Amazing Films - Not Found on Netflix (Cause the service sucks)

by davidjamescowen | created - 29 Mar 2016 | updated - 14 Jan 2018 | Public

Films I have seen and loved. I also am thinking about listing some overrated & terrible films as well. I am in my 30's and worked at Blockbuster when I was in High School. It was an amazing job because I loved film and was allowed 10 free rentals a week. I have seen Thousands and thousands of films in my life. I will be adding films to this list all the time so please keep checking back. If you want to ask me my opinion on a film not listed please contact me and I will get back to you asap. A blog will be coming too on film, music, culture and other Art. You can also check some stylish stuff out on my instagram @helzyah. Keep coming back

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1. Children of Men (2006)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

84 Metascore

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

Votes: 428,921 | Gross: $35.55M

This film is a real masterpiece. Clive Owen is at his best & really takes the viewer w/ him throughout the film. Owen and Caine are great. Casting the right lead for this film was imperative & Clive Owen's talents are really showcased. I feel it important that a film is one you can & want to watch often and this is definitely one of them. This also is the only movie I can think of that is far better then the book. I would not recommend reading it. The movie has amazing locations, cinematography, story adaptation & acting - right on down to the key grips & gaffers.

2. Revolver (2005)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

25 Metascore

Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, André Benjamin, Vincent Pastore

Votes: 83,893 | Gross: $0.08M

It took me a while to come around to watching this film. I saw it a year after it hit the shelf & I have watched it many times since - Buying for my collection as well. The 3rd film by Guy Ritchie & full of amazing actors, fresh, smart story that was doomed to "Direct to Video" when no major studio in the USA picked it up. This is Guy Ritchie's smartest film to date. Andre 3000 is amazing in this film. It is also important to mention Mark Strong. An actor like Jason Statham that owes much to Guy Ritchie's ability to spot talented actors & put them in versatile roles. This has a smart theme, if you don't enjoy thinking and rewatching films to discover new things then this is not a film for you. This is a very underrated & underappreciated works of Art and is Guy Ritchie's best writing!

3. Four Lions (2010)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Four incompetent British terrorists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.

Director: Christopher Morris | Stars: Will Adamsdale, Riz Ahmed, Adeel Akhtar, Arsher Ali

Votes: 66,055 | Gross: $0.30M

An International Film (British). Saw a trailer for this film and was curious. It is a dark comedy that's a hilarious satire about terrorism. This is a really funny tragic tale. Loved it. If you have a good sense of humour and don't mind British films - you will enjoy it to. Women won't enjoy this film. My son was 14 or 15 when I watched it w/ him and he loved it. It kept him watching and not watching while playing games on his phone etc. Kids have a very short attention span, so if you see them invest in something completely you know it's great.

4. Stonehearst Asylum (2014)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

An Oxford graduate takes up a job in a mental asylum, only to discover that the "revolutionary" new treatments are inhumane, and that there is more going on than meets the eye.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 45,877

A really great film that you might not have heard of. I have seen it listed under a different title on some sites. I stumbled on a leaked copy of this film & was really surprised how such a great film w/ a great Cast and fresh story got so little "ink" Kate Beckinsale is great. Jim Sturgess is a very underrated actor & Ben Kingsley is amazing as always. Michael Caine has a small role but always delivers. This film is packed w/ small twists and has a wonderful storyline, great climax and resolution. Film for men or women & Mature teens.

5. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken

Votes: 222,964 | Gross: $15.02M

A Dark, drama/comedy/fantasy. It is a fresh story w/ great characters that are all played masterfully by reliable actors like, Woody Harrelson, Chris Walken; Sam Rockwell is a standout in the midst of many great established actors. It's a polarizing film. You will either love it or hate it.

6. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 88,002 | Gross: $2.08M

A man enters prison a second class citizen because he is a Muslim. He has to do a job & he waits, watches and learns. He is young, smart, ambitious but doesn't mind getting his hands dirty if it keeps him from his ultimate goal. This is a Must See film for any Film Geek like me. International Film (France/Corsican french subs)

7. Snowpiercer (2013)

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

84 Metascore

In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris

Votes: 236,748 | Gross: $4.56M

There is so much I could tell you in regards to this film. I will touch base more when I have my blog up and running. I will say it is by far Chris Evans best role - though Puncture is another film he dominates throughout. Another fresh storyline w/ so many references to things we are dealing w/ in the world or will be in the future. Great cast, directing & cinematography. Another underrated film that got deliberately sabotaged by Harvey Weinstein because the director would not do his bidding at the cost of his vision. (Change the End) This is a polarizing film. Tilda Swinton is great too. I think most people that don't like this film aren't smart enough. This isn't written down to a grade 6 reading level which is the standard in the film industry. The ending isn't rainbows and puppy dogs. I have seen this film several times and the Cinematography, Lighting, editing & masterfully choreographed action sequences in narrow train cars filled w/ people. (In reality a studio set) This is a story of redemption, humanity & is a perfect metaphor for the current & ever growing class divide in the world.

8. Drive (I) (2011)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks

Votes: 520,046 | Gross: $35.06M

A true work of art. I can say nothing negative about the film. The uniquest & by far the smartest car chase shot for cinema. Fresh story. Great adaptation from the book. This film has no fluff. Gosling's acting is amazing & Nicolas Refn... doesn't disappoint. Oscar Issac is great supporting. Nicholas likes to use as little dialogue as possible, which makes everything that is said really powerful! It also has the effect of adding a sense of mystery around this "shadowy" Driver. The music & film scores is award worthy. I love the cinematography, costumes, cars etc. The directing is top notch. This film cleaned up when it was taken on the festival circuit but had too much violence to ever be considered for an Oscar - a prime example of why films that win Oscars are usually garbage. This film is a a masterpiece! Great first date film. If she's cool she will like it if she hates it then hit it and quit it. Jks It's really a masterpiece - which is very rare these days.

9. Lone Survivor (2013)

R | 121 min | Action, Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster

Votes: 246,043 | Gross: $125.10M

A disgracefully under-appreciated film. Better then Hurt Locker (Oscar Winner) or American Sniper (Oscars) Not knocking Cooper's acting but Eastwood butchered the film and abandoned the book. Actually it does not seem like he even read it (The film or Eastwood's adaptation is almost all fiction & the book is a true account and therefore non fiction)Back to the movie at hand. I have read both books and seen both films and w/out any question, Lone Survivor is the best war movie about the Afghan / Iraq war era. Also one of the best of all time. Amazing casting, acting and directing. I always say read the books. The scenes where they jump down and role are crazy and I have no clue how Peter Berg managed to shoot them.

10. I Origins (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

Director: Mike Cahill | Stars: Michael Pitt, Steven Yeun, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Brit Marling

Votes: 104,392 | Gross: $0.33M

A definite cult film that is a great movie to watch on a date if you know it's a flick you both like. This is a very smart film that touches on many topics. It brings, science, faith, religion & the fact that regardless what you believe, that in the end none of us truly know. This is another Original story and has one of the best climax & resolutions in film. A great treat indeed.

11. Sin City (2005)

R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller

74 Metascore

A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba

Votes: 714,354 | Gross: $74.10M

Most people have probably seen this. The 1st scene w/ Josh Hartnett was made by Robert Rodriguez to show Frank Miller that in fact it was possible to take his graphic novel & adapt it to film w/out losing it's artistic integrity. The only bad thing I can say about it is Alba's Nancy character. A stripper who was supposed to be bare chested but would only do it if she could stay clothed. No stripper leaves everything on and seeing how her character was something all the guys were nuts over it is ridiculous that she remain fully clothed. Only poor casting and neg. thing I can say. Actually, Rosario Dawson's hair and costume are not flattering for such a gorgeous lady. Those things are pretty small but I am really picky.

12. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 777,009 | Gross: $154.06M

Have always loved this franchise. I had been really looking forward to this film. I did worry that w/ the big budget Miller was going to CGI the heck out of it. This did not happen. In my mind Hardy was the only man for the job of Max & he was definitely true to the character while adding a bit of his own style to it. No real script - the story is fueled by acting and action over dialogue. I love films where the main protagonist is a person of few words. If you love the franchise you love this one too. I have heard a few critical of it but I would say that if you don't at least like this Mad Max then you have terrible taste and I really don't want you watching any of my suggested films. I really mean that.

13. 300 (2006)

R | 117 min | Action, Fantasy, War

52 Metascore

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

Votes: 690,248 | Gross: $210.61M

A great film w/ an amazing cast. Graphic Novels like this have shown to be far better then their superhero comic counterparts (Deadpool the acception). This film was shot all w/ a green screen in Quebec Canada. It looks amazing. If you think about getting into a character or scene w/ nothing but a costume and green screen you can really appreciate the amazing acting and flawless visual effects.

14. Eastern Promises (2007)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Josef Altin

Votes: 214,089 | Gross: $17.11M

Great film directed by a fellow Canadian. It stars Viggo & Watts. This like all the others on the list are fresh stories, have great characters and storylines. This film touches on the long standing Russian tradition of The Thieves in Law (look up spelling for russian translation). This really is an amazing film. It just touches on the tradition of tattoos that started long ago (still used but much differently) Tattoos all have meaning and tell a criminals story if you can read them. There is a great russian documentary (The Mark of Cain) that talks a little more about this.

15. True Romance (1993)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the Mob, track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer

Votes: 187,940 | Gross: $12.28M

Great film. Written by Tarantino who used the $50 000 he got to make Reservoir Dogs. The script was rarely altered - including music. The scene where Clarence's father (Hopper) is interrogated by the mob underboss (Walken) is considered one of the best movie scenes ever. This is a great film to watch on a date to help impress a girl w/ style. Gary Oldman shows why he is such an important actor. Slater is amazing. Pitt as Floyd takes a bit part and makes it a memorable character. It is a love story w/out all the Hollywood gloss and cheese. It reflects real love as being tough dirty and hard work. Love is never perfect or easy and it can hurt but if it's true then you are willing to do whatever it takes. Still one of my favourite films of all time.

16. Training Day (2001)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the L.A.P.D. with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger

Votes: 355,919 | Gross: $76.63M

Great film. A great Denzel & Hawke acting job. Fresh story. Great directing by an underrated director. Must see

17. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 163,533 | Gross: $56.12M

A great Gere film & amazing thriller w/ a young Ed Norton

18. Brooklyn's Finest (2009)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

43 Metascore

Three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes

Votes: 57,928 | Gross: $27.15M

Great film w/ inter-woven stories. Just an amazingly written and directed films. Though the genre is not new the story is. Great casting and Acting. I really enjoy this film, by an under used Director

19. The Leap (2015)

30 min | Short, Drama, Sci-Fi

London, 2084. An interstellar migration cop's fateful encounter with a young prostitute leads to a violent shot at redemption.

Director: Karel van Bellingen | Stars: Simon Merrells, Alix Wilton Regan, Katie Gunby, Jon Campling

Votes: 372

By Chance I stumbled across this Short Film. It is only a half hour but well worth the watch. This is a film you would want to make a feature length picture. The story that is told in such a short period is a great one. Everyone watches crappy films sometimes. Do yourself a favour and invest a 1/2hr of your life to see something cool.

20. No Stone Unturned (2017)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

An in-depth look at the unsolved 1994 Loughinisland massacre, where six Irishmen were murdered, presumably by a Unionist paramilitary group, while watching the World Cup at the local pub in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland.

Director: Alex Gibney

Votes: 371

21. Zero Days (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien, Liam O'Murchu

Votes: 7,844 | Gross: $0.10M

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