Films to Watch

This list is a brief collection of what I believe to be a varied selection of movies, which will give you a broad idea of what a quality movie is. Not necessarily the most likable, but the movies included here were either defining to the movie industry, to the genre, or to the viewers in some way or another, and therefor also worth a watch.

The movies are in no particular order of preference.

PF = Personal favourite
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1.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ A once upon a time silent movie star is now living in loneliness and nostalgia. ” - Shadowmere91
 
2.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ Recognised as one of the best movies ever made, but more importantly, it's a classic and it must be experienced. ” - Shadowmere91
 
3.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ One of the most tragic, yet amazing love stories ever portrayed in a movie. (Also one of the few "serious" movies with Jim Carrey). ” - Shadowmere91
 
4.
Le voyage dans la lune (1902 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
“ Sci-fi from the beginning of the century. 'Nough said! ” - Shadowmere91
 
5.
Office Space (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss. (89 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
“ One of the most referenced and copied movies in the history of movies. ” - Shadowmere91
 
6.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ It's a horror-flick, but it's not. ” - Shadowmere91
 
7.
Deathstalker II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Deathstalker helps Reena the Seer out of a few jams, and she solicits his help for a bigger task. She reveals that she is actually Princess Evie... (85 mins.)
Director: Jim Wynorski
“ Same as above, but this one is funnier in my opinion. ” - Shadowmere91
 
8.
Kick-Ass (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ Hard do define, but a hilarious and brilliant display of the typical "teenage loner who struggles"-scenario with characters to fall in love with. ” - Shadowmere91
 
9.
Her (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need. (126 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ A unique love story set in the future with a brilliant performance by Joaquin Phoenix. ” - Shadowmere91
 
10.
Amadeus (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ The movie about the Mozart's life, and the mysteries surrounding him, and his music. ” - Shadowmere91
 
11.
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ A German silent "Horror"-movie from 1922 based on the story of Dracula.

PF ” - Shadowmere91
 
12.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ Special effects, more special effects, revolutionary film technology and methods, AND the well known love story of course. A true classic!

PF ” - Shadowmere91
 
13.
The Green Mile (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ A drama set around the guards on death row, and the relationship between them and the inmates, one of whom has a gift.

PF ” - Shadowmere91
 
14.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. (92 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ This movie makes you think. ” - Shadowmere91
 
15.
Groundhog Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ To watch once a year on 2nd February, only (The Groundhog Day). ” - Shadowmere91
 
16.
Yip Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
“ It's a martial arts-movie, yes. This one however, has a fascinating story as well. ” - Shadowmere91
 
17.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ This movie portrays how the recruits in the U.S. Marine are brainwashed, and changed in order to become "killer machines" for the army in the Vietnam war. One of Stanley Kubrick's finest. ” - Shadowmere91
 
18.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ This movie is about so much more than what it's (in)famous for. It's filled with issues relevant in our society AND lives. Consumerism, meaning of life, buddhism, and social differences (there's a bit more, but I don't wanna spoil too much).

PF ” - Shadowmere91
 
19.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ This movie is simply astonishing! Paul Newman and Robert Redford were the perfect duo to give this movie the comedic touch it has in addition to awesome action scenes.

PF ” - Shadowmere91
 
20.
Gattaca (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ Genetic modifications, "design children", the evolution of humans. All in one movie. Also, Ethan Hawke! ” - Shadowmere91
 
21.
Before Sunrise (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (101 mins.)
“ These three movies we have to watch consecutively. They all portray the dynamics of a relationship in the most accurate and true manner I've ever seen in movies! ” - Shadowmere91
 
22.
Before Sunset (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
“ Same as the one above. This one however, moved me!

PF ” - Shadowmere91
 
23.
Before Midnight (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. (109 mins.)
“ End of the story, and a great ending at that. ” - Shadowmere91
 
24.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ The music! The plot, the characters, the backstory too, but the music in combination with the quick-witted humour and dialogue makes this a classic to enjoy.

PF ” - Shadowmere91
 
25.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (97 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ A true classic! Still holds up, 30 years later. ” - Shadowmere91
 
26.
8 Mile (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem. (110 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ The biographical movie about the beginning of Eminem's rise to stardom. ” - Shadowmere91
 
27.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ A sci-fi classic we need to watch! I'm not gonna say more than that. ” - Shadowmere91
 
28.
Cidade de Deus (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
“ Two brothers. One becomes a drug dealer. The other a renowned photographer. Considered to be one of the best foreign films ever made. ” - Shadowmere91
 
29.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ One scene in the entire movie. A fantastic character-centered drama about 12 members of a jury who holds the fate of an 18 year old boy in their hands.

PF ” - Shadowmere91
 
30.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ 4 addicts with 4 different addictions. The movie gives the viewer a disturbingly honest insight into the ugliest and dirtiest everyday life of an addict. Also, the music is incredible! ” - Shadowmere91
 
31.
Batoru rowaiaru (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ The original of The Hunger Games. ” - Shadowmere91
 
32.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ You don't have a choice. ” - Shadowmere91
 
33.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ You'll enjoy these. This one is also one if the last original action movies that were made. ” - Shadowmere91
 
34.
A Grand Day Out (1989 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Wallace takes a break from trying to decide on a holiday destination only to find he has no cheese for his crackers. The solution to both problems is a trip to the moon, with dog Gromit, because everybody knows the moon's made of cheese. (23 mins.)
Director: Nick Park
“ Needs no introduction. These three are fantastic! The same people who created Shaun the Sheep. ” - Shadowmere91
 
35.
The Wrong Trousers (1993 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Wallace is used by a criminal penguin in a robbery involving mechanical trousers. (30 mins.)
Director: Nick Park
“ --"-- ” - Shadowmere91
 
36.
A Close Shave (1995 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Wallace falls for Wendolene, a wool shop owner, while Gromit is framed for the sheep rustling. (30 mins.)
Director: Nick Park
“ --"-- ” - Shadowmere91
 
37.
Triumph des Willens (1935 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany. (114 mins.)
“ The nazi propaganda movie starring... wait for it... Adolph Hitler! ” - Shadowmere91
 
38.
Stand by Me (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Another 80's classic, starring Will Wheaton. A proper feelgood movie. ” - Shadowmere91
 
39.
Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ In my opinion the best Studio Ghibli movie after Spirited Away. This one is just more entertaining and "easier to watch". ” - Shadowmere91
 
40.
Billy Elliot (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ The Irish working class boy who wants to become a ballet dancer despite the pressure from family, and society to do boxing and "man sports" instead. ” - Shadowmere91
 
41.
The Sting (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Another amazing Paul Newman/Robert Redford movie about a big con. ” - Shadowmere91
 
42.
Spaceballs (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them. (96 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ Star Wars parody that I have yet to see. ” - Shadowmere91
 
43.
The Insider (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
44.
The Crucible (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials. (124 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner