Films Bucket List

by emailryang | created - 8 months ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

These are films that I never got a chance to watch, but they still interest me, old & new. The numbering has no significance to how I see them as. When one is viewed, I check them off.

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1. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 85,373 | Gross: $30.08M

I heard that this movie was a big hit for the director, despite a lot of liberties done to history, and I'm into period dramas

2. Ready Player One (2018)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe

Votes: 292,740 | Gross: $137.69M

Trailers got me anxious for this one

3. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

47 Metascore

A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 107,526 | Gross: $25.02M

After reading that the story of Moby Dick was based on a real event, I wanted to see just how much it can be done with

4. Kids (1995)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama

63 Metascore

A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking and deflowering virgins.

Director: Larry Clark | Stars: Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Chloë Sevigny, Sarah Henderson

Votes: 67,300 | Gross: $7.42M

Always wanted to see what 90s culture was like and how the decade was overall

5. Wild Wild West (1999)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

38 Metascore

The two best hired guns in the West must save President Grant from the clutches of a nineteenth century inventor-villain.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Salma Hayek

Votes: 143,743 | Gross: $113.81M

Wanted to know what my Kid's Meal Toy was based on.

6. The Magnificent Seven (2016)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Western

54 Metascore

Seven gunmen from a variety of backgrounds are brought together by a vengeful young widow to protect her town from the private army of a destructive industrialist.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 166,957 | Gross: $93.43M

Still have a small thing for westerns

7. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 86,655 | Gross: $11.53M

Seeing Hilary Swank in her shot to stardom and to learn about what transgenderism is like

8. Amelia (2009)

PG | 111 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

37 Metascore

A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston

Votes: 11,296 | Gross: $14.24M

I like biopics and Hilary Swank

9. The Replacements (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Sport

30 Metascore

During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones

Votes: 53,993 | Gross: $44.74M

Recently got into Keanu Reeves, it would be nice to see any comedic films he may have done in his career

10. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Votes: 149,837 | Gross: $18.10M

The premise sounded unique and critical reviews got to me

11. Love, Simon (2018)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Director: Greg Berlanti | Stars: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford

Votes: 78,863 | Gross: $40.83M

12. Ant-Man (2015)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 486,073 | Gross: $180.20M

The only recent Marvel superhero movie I am willing to see, also for Paul Rudd

13. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins

Votes: 220,124 | Gross: $216.65M

If the majority of opinions for the first one is to go by, the sequel should not be bad at all

14. Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions (2016)

PG | 130 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Yugi and Kaiba have a special duel that transcends dimensions.

Director: Satoshi Kuwabara | Stars: Shunsuke Kazama, Kenjirô Tsuda, Gregory Abbey, Luis Alfonso

Votes: 2,023 | Gross: $1.02M

Been a fan of the original series since the beginning, so it only makes sense to watch the gang one last time

15. Bully (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America.

Director: Lee Hirsch | Stars: Ja'Meya Jackson, Kelby Johnson, Lona Johnson, Bob Johnson

Votes: 9,564 | Gross: $4.04M

16. Maurice (1987)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 13,922 | Gross: $3.13M

Curious to see what made this gay romance film so great at its time

17. Loving Vincent (2017)

PG-13 | 94 min | Animation, Biography, Crime

62 Metascore

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman | Stars: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McCrory

Votes: 38,675 | Gross: $6.74M

Love Van Gogh's work, so it only makes sense to see how his art style comes to life in this film's animation

18. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker

Votes: 13,867 | Gross: $10.00M

I have seen the other versions of this book, now I want to know how well to do does the first one hold up

19. Power Rangers (2017)

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

44 Metascore

A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Director: Dean Israelite | Stars: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin

Votes: 90,646 | Gross: $85.07M

Been a fan of Power Rangers franchise since 2001, this movie my inner kid active again to see.

20. All the Vermeers in New York (1990)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Anna, a French actress, is approached by financial broker Gordon in the Vermeer room of a New York gallery. However, romance does not ensue...

Director: Jon Jost | Stars: Emmanuelle Chaulet, Stephen Lack, Katie Garner, Grace Phillips

Votes: 414 | Gross: $0.14M

After watching Girl With A Pearl Earring, I want to see any other movies that talks about Vermeer

21. Operation Finale (2018)

PG-13 | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

58 Metascore

A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.

Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz

Votes: 19,738 | Gross: $17.61M

Trailer got me anxious

22. Geostorm (2017)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

21 Metascore

When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate starts to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock for its creator to uncover the real threat before a worldwide Geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

Director: Dean Devlin | Stars: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 76,724 | Gross: $33.70M

I like disaster flicks and it reminds of The Day After Tomorrow

23. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

41 Metascore

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou

Votes: 166,258 | Gross: $39.18M

Fan of stuff that is based around legends and mythologies.

24. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Romance

74 Metascore

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan

Votes: 87,795 | Gross: $174.53M

First time to see a movie with an all Asian cast CHECKED: A little long for me, but ultimately a good movie

25. Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

85 Metascore

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Fred Rogers, Joanne Rogers, John Rogers, Jim Rogers

Votes: 16,018 | Gross: $22.61M

Always loved Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and had seen many documentaries about him. This is the only one left that I hadn't got the chance yet.

26. Incredibles 2 (2018)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

80 Metascore

The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner

Votes: 193,910 | Gross: $608.58M

The first one was really great CHECKED: It was great, but there were some stuff I thought they could have done better with the plot and characterization

27. Miss Potter (2006)

PG | 88 min | Biography, Drama

57 Metascore

The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success.

Director: Chris Noonan | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn

Votes: 26,521 | Gross: $2.98M

Growing up reading Peter Rabbit and her other books, I'd love to see what inspired her to go the path of a writer

28. Antz (1998)

PG | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tim Johnson | Stars: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Sylvester Stallone

Votes: 138,667 | Gross: $90.76M

This was considered a "rival" film to A Bug's Life, but supposedly, a different tone and plot.

29. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

81 Metascore

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

Directors: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak | Stars: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard Webber

Votes: 32,606 | Gross: $19.38M

This seems similar to Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, so I think I'll like this one

30. Isle of Dogs (2018)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

82 Metascore

Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban

Votes: 103,801 | Gross: $32.02M

31. The Maze Runner (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

Director: Wes Ball | Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Votes: 384,060 | Gross: $102.43M

32. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.

Director: Wes Ball | Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 199,036 | Gross: $81.70M

33. Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

50 Metascore

Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as "The Flare".

Director: Wes Ball | Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Votes: 88,566 | Gross: $58.03M

34. Arthur & Merlin (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Fantasy

A young Celtic warrior and a hermit wizard must unite to defeat an evil druid.

Director: Marco van Belle | Stars: Kirk Barker, Stefan Butler, Nigel Cooke, Charlotte Brimble

Votes: 1,142

Want to know how this movie is divisive between critics and audience; I'm into King Arthur tales

35. Premium Rush (2012)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

66 Metascore

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Sean Kennedy

Votes: 104,911 | Gross: $20.28M

36. Anonymous (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

50 Metascore

The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Sebastian Armesto

Votes: 37,794 | Gross: $4.46M

CHECKED: Interesting conspiracy movie, but a little confusing with the flashbacks. But it is nice to see something different from Roland Emmerich

37. The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

R | 95 min | Action

51 Metascore

On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.

Director: RZA | Stars: Russell Crowe, Cung Le, Lucy Liu, RZA

Votes: 58,029 | Gross: $15.63M

Want to give martial arts films another try

38. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director: Josie Rourke | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn

Votes: 20,854 | Gross: $16.47M

If I'm gonna watch Elizabeth, might as well see how this historic epic would draw out on the opposing side.

39. Robin Hood (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

32 Metascore

A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown.

Director: Otto Bathurst | Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson

Votes: 37,267 | Gross: $30.82M

40. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

In the 1980s the X-Men must defeat an ancient all-powerful mutant, En Sabah Nur, who intends to thrive through bringing destruction to the world.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 348,817 | Gross: $155.44M

41. Dark Phoenix (2019)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Post-production

Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.

Director: Simon Kinberg | Stars: Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain

42. RoboCop (2014)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy, a loving husband, father and good cop, is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.

Director: José Padilha | Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish

Votes: 204,746 | Gross: $58.61M

CHECKED: This is an excellent remake of the original!

43. Patriots Day (2016)

R | 133 min | Action, Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman

Votes: 75,101 | Gross: $31.89M

44. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

45 Metascore

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 61,692 | Gross: $16.29M

45. The Catcher Was a Spy (2018)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, War

49 Metascore

A major league baseball player, Moe Berg, lives a double life working for the Office of Strategic Services.

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: Paul Rudd, Pierfrancesco Favino, Tom Wilkinson, Connie Nielsen

Votes: 4,116 | Gross: $0.71M

46. First Man (2018)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

84 Metascore

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 112,709 | Gross: $44.94M

47. Black Death (2010)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

71 Metascore

Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is given the task of learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village.

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Carice van Houten, Kimberley Nixon

Votes: 40,844 | Gross: $0.02M

48. Power Rangers (2017)

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

44 Metascore

A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Director: Dean Israelite | Stars: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin

Votes: 90,646 | Gross: $85.07M

Always enjoyed the series as a kid, now a to see a movie as an adult

49. Ben-Hur (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

38 Metascore

Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army, returns to his homeland after years at sea to seek revenge, but finds redemption.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi

Votes: 37,423 | Gross: $26.38M <