David's Must See Films...

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1. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 167,220 | Gross: $8.55M

2. The Girl Next Door (2004)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

A teenager's dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love.

Director: Luke Greenfield | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Downs, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant

Votes: 193,292 | Gross: $14.59M

3. Comfort and Joy (2003 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

The life of Jane Berry was all materialist, until one Christmas Eve, she is involved in a car accident that changes her life forever. She wakes up to discover she is the mother of two, a ... See full summary »

Director: Maggie Greenwald | Stars: Nancy McKeon, Steven Eckholdt, Paul Dooley, Andrew Chalmers

Votes: 897

4. 12 Men of Christmas (2009 TV Movie)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

A high-powered New York City publicist finds herself in Montana promoting a charity calendar after being betrayed by her boss and fiancé. Unfortunately, matters of the heart are just as complicated in the wilds as they are in the big city.

Director: Arlene Sanford | Stars: Kristin Chenoweth, Josh Hopkins, Anna Chlumsky, Erin Dilly

Votes: 2,077

5. Christmas Town (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A cynical workaholic gets suspicious of her banker father's sudden departure from his career and city life to move to a small town with unusually strong ties to Christmas.

Director: George Erschbamer | Stars: Nicole de Boer, Patrick Muldoon, Gig Morton, Garry Chalk

Votes: 931

6. Little Voice (1998)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A shy reclusive lady is convinced by an invisible entity to sing. Subsequently, she finds herself noticed by a sleazy talent agent and her talent being showcased on-stage. She also meets a kind but nervous man who becomes her best friend.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine, Ewan McGregor

Votes: 15,266 | Gross: $4.60M

7. The Back-up Plan (2010)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

34 Metascore

A woman conceives twins through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her dreams on the very same day.

Director: Alan Poul | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, Michaela Watkins, Eric Christian Olsen

Votes: 46,797 | Gross: $37.49M

8. Piranha 3D (2010)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

53 Metascore

After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames

Votes: 82,834 | Gross: $25.00M

9. 3 (2010)

Unrated | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

A Berlin-set drama centered on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Sophie Rois, Sebastian Schipper, Devid Striesow, Angela Winkler

Votes: 4,791 | Gross: $0.06M

10. Sylvia (1965)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama

Sylvia West is a young poetess engaged to Frederic Summers, an eccentric millionaire. Summers, a man who always fears he is being loved for his money, decides to make a small check on his ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Carroll Baker, George Maharis, Joanne Dru, Peter Lawford

Votes: 328

11. Winter Kill (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Mystery, Thriller

A sniper is killing residents at a winter resort. Who will die next? And why?

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Andy Griffith, John Larch, Tim O'Connor, Lawrence Pressman

Votes: 240

12. Love, Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 393,847 | Gross: $59.70M

13. Shallow Hal (2001)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

48 Metascore

A shallow man falls in love with a 300-pound woman because of her inner beauty.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Jack Black, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Alexander, Joe Viterelli

Votes: 122,507 | Gross: $70.84M

14. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 575,761 | Gross: $24.61M

15. Ten Inch Hero (2007)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An artist gets a job at a beachside sandwich shop, where she hangs out with a techie, a flirt, a rocker, a hippie, and a Wiccan.

Director: David Mackay | Stars: Elisabeth Harnois, Clea DuVall, Sean Patrick Flanery, Jensen Ackles

Votes: 11,485

16. Big Eden (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

Big Eden is a small, fictional northwestern Montana town.

Director: Thomas Bezucha | Stars: Arye Gross, Eric Schweig, Tim DeKay, Louise Fletcher

Votes: 3,856 | Gross: $0.51M

17. Last Night (I) (2010)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.

Director: Massy Tadjedin | Stars: Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes, Guillaume Canet

Votes: 45,295 | Gross: $0.10M

18. Green Zone (2010)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

Discovering covert and faulty intelligence causes a U.S. Army officer to go rogue as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Greg Kinnear, Igal Naor

Votes: 124,258 | Gross: $35.05M

19. Female on the Beach (1955)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Moving into a beach house involves Lynn Markham in mystery, danger, and romance with a beach boy of dubious motives.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling, Cecil Kellaway

Votes: 933

20. Shallow Grave (1994)

R | 89 min | Crime, Thriller

67 Metascore

Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor, Ken Stott

Votes: 53,905 | Gross: $2.88M

21. Trainspotting (1996)

R | 93 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd

Votes: 602,611 | Gross: $16.50M

22. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 176,993

23. Hard Luck (2006 Video)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two converging story lines involving corrupt cops ripping off drug dealers and serial killers are followed as former drug dealer Lucky, trying to go straight after doing a prison stint, ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Jackie Quinones, Cybill Shepherd, James Hiroyuki Liao

Votes: 2,828

24. Murder Is My Beat (1955)

Approved | 77 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

A police detective helps a singer heading to prison for the murder of a man she claims is still alive.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Paul Langton, Barbara Payton, Robert Shayne, Selena Royle

Votes: 362

25. The Fury (1978)

R | 118 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

A former CIA agent uses the talents of a young psychic to help retrieve his telekinetic son from terrorists, who want to use his mental powers for evil.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Charles Durning

Votes: 12,546

26. Knight and Day (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

46 Metascore

A young woman gets mixed up with a disgraced spy who is trying to clear his name.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 172,483 | Gross: $76.42M

27. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 690,949 | Gross: $176.65M

28. The Way Way Back (2013)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.

Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb

Votes: 134,526 | Gross: $21.50M

29. Turbo (2013)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.

Director: David Soren | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 77,097 | Gross: $83.03M

30. Carrie (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror

53 Metascore

A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 127,841 | Gross: $35.27M

31. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

G | 144 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill

Votes: 38,330

32. Dressed to Kill (1980)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

74 Metascore

A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon

Votes: 31,871 | Gross: $31.90M

33. Foul Play (1978)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

A shy San Francisco librarian and a bumbling cop fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

Director: Colin Higgins | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith, Rachel Roberts

Votes: 12,707 | Gross: $45.00M

34. Seems Like Old Times (1980)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

58 Metascore

Wrongfully accused of a bank robbery, a writer seeks the help of his ex-wife, who is now married to the soon-to-be D.A. of California.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Charles Grodin, Robert Guillaume

Votes: 8,063 | Gross: $44.00M

35. The Time Machine (1960)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 33,844

36. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, War

A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell

Votes: 11,625

37. A History of Violence (2005)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core in this action thriller.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt

Votes: 214,244 | Gross: $31.49M

38. A Perfect Murder (1998)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

50 Metascore

A wealthy Wall Street speculator discovers that his wife has a lover. He investigates him and uses the carrot and stick to make him murder his wife. Planned to detail, it seems like a perfect murder.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, David Suchet

Votes: 74,866 | Gross: $67.64M

39. The Cowboy Way (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

As they visit New York City, a pair of cowboys have to become unlikely heroes when their friend is kidnapped.

Director: Gregg Champion | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Kiefer Sutherland, Dylan McDermott, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 7,376 | Gross: $20.28M

40. Her (2013)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara

Votes: 489,385 | Gross: $25.57M

41. Helicopter Mom (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy

Maggie Cooper thinks it would be really cool if her son Lloyd were gay. So cool, in fact, that she outs him to the entire school.

Director: Salomé Breziner | Stars: Nia Vardalos, Jason Dolley, Mark Boone Junior, Skyler Samuels

Votes: 1,399

42. Rabbit Test (1978)

PG | 84 min | Comedy

Lionel's life turns around after a one-night stand on top of a pinball table... he becomes the world's first pregnant man!

Director: Joan Rivers | Stars: Billy Crystal, Alex Rocco, Joan Prather, Doris Roberts

Votes: 650

43. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 593,559 | Gross: $56.67M

44. The Music Man (1962)

G | 151 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

Director: Morton DaCosta | Stars: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold

Votes: 15,091 | Gross: $14.95M

45. Rudy (1993)

PG | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport