If Films Were Fortune Cookies

by rubyfruit76 | created - 21 Oct 2016 | updated - 27 Jan 2017 | Public

To celebrate Chinese New Year, which is observed in late January, what film title best reflects the fortune cookie that would best fit your life right now or that you would most like to receive?

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1. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

20 Metascore

A vulnerable teenager with a deep perception of the world and no idea how to live in it.

Director: Roberto Faenza | Stars: Toby Regbo, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter Gallagher, Lucy Liu

Votes: 2,426

2. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute. Meanwhile, Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Gemma Jones

Votes: 41,789 | Gross: $3.25M

3. Do the Right Thing (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson

Votes: 76,200 | Gross: $27.55M

4. Eat Pray Love (2010)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis

Votes: 78,675 | Gross: $80.57M

5. Don't You Worry, It Will Probably Pass (2003)

74 min | Documentary

Three teenagers express their thoughts about bi- and homosexuality.

Director: Cecilia Neant-Falk | Stars: Eva Dahlgren, Natalie Durbeej, Kronprinsessan Victoria, Johanna Svensson

Votes: 162

6. Desire Will Set You Free (2015)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Desire Will Set You Free is a feature film that explores life in contemporary Berlin with an often critical and sometimes humorous eye. Based on a true story, the plot follows the ... See full summary »

Director: Yony Leyser | Stars: Yony Leyser, Tim-Fabian Hoffmann, Chloe Griffin, Amber Benson

Votes: 185

7. The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Horror

A young divorcee tries to convert a historic house into a hotel despite its oddball inhabitants and dead bodies in the cellar.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Maxie Rosenbloom, Larry Parks

Votes: 676

8. Get a Job (2016)

R | 83 min | Comedy

31 Metascore

After college, Will is having problems getting a good, lasting job, as are his roomies, his girlfriend and his just fired dad.

Director: Dylan Kidd | Stars: Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick, Bryan Cranston, Nicholas Braun

Votes: 19,380

9. He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

This Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Morgan Lily

Votes: 150,652 | Gross: $93.95M

10. All Good Things (2010)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

57 Metascore

Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Lily Rabe

Votes: 50,020 | Gross: $0.58M

11. Clear and Present Danger (1994)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Joaquim de Almeida

Votes: 82,558 | Gross: $122.19M

12. Don't Say a Word (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

38 Metascore

When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret...

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Skye McCole Bartusiak

Votes: 46,115 | Gross: $55.00M

13. Fly Away Home (1996)

PG | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney

Votes: 22,198 | Gross: $24.51M

14. Get Smart (2008)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

54 Metascore

Maxwell Smart, a highly intellectual but bumbling spy working for the CONTROL agency, is tasked with preventing a terrorist attack from rival spy agency KAOS.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin, Dwayne Johnson

Votes: 191,535 | Gross: $130.32M

15. Hustle & Flow (2005)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Music

68 Metascore

With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Terrence Howard, Ludacris, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning

Votes: 36,897 | Gross: $22.20M

16. Kiss the Girls (1997)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

46 Metascore

Police hunting for a serial kidnapper are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Alex McArthur

Votes: 59,588 | Gross: $60.53M

17. Love Is a Gun (1994)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A photographer who's afraid he's slowly losing his grip on reality is seduced by a disturbed married model. She claims it's their destiny to be together. Her husband disagrees. The photographer starts having a strange feeling of deja vu.

Director: David Hartwell | Stars: Eric Roberts, Kelly Preston, Eliza Roberts, R. Lee Ermey

Votes: 374

18. Cry Freedom (1987)

PG | 157 min | Biography, Drama, History

59 Metascore

South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Josette Simon, Wabei Siyolwe

Votes: 11,652 | Gross: $5.90M

19. Don't Be Afraid (2011)

R | 90 min | Drama

Silvia used to be a cheerful little girl until something happened when she was 8 years old. Nobody could understand the sudden change in her behavior. Now that she's 25, Silvia wants to settle scores with her traumatic past.

Director: Montxo Armendáriz | Stars: Lluís Homar, Belén Rueda, Núria Gago, Cristina Plazas

Votes: 668

20. Man Up (I) (2015)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A single woman takes the place of a stranger's blind date, which leads to her finding the perfect boyfriend.

Director: Ben Palmer | Stars: Lake Bell, Rory Kinnear, Ken Stott, Harriet Walter

Votes: 45,080

21. Pay It Forward (2000)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama

40 Metascore

A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, Jay Mohr

Votes: 107,775 | Gross: $33.52M

22. Phffft (1954)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

While pursing new companions, a former married couple keep running into one another all over town.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Jack Carson, Kim Novak

Votes: 1,257

23. Reality Bites (1994)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, looking for work and love in Houston.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn

Votes: 42,629 | Gross: $20.98M

24. You Can't Take It with You (1938)

Passed | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold

Votes: 21,411 | Gross: $4.66M

25. You Don't Know Jack (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama

A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro, John Goodman, Deirdre O'Connell

Votes: 25,097

26. Return to Paradise (1998)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

54 Metascore

Two friends must choose whether to help a third friend who was arrested in Malaysia for drug possession.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, David Conrad

Votes: 12,962 | Gross: $8.29M

27. Stop! Look! and Laugh! (1960)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy

Paul Winchell is trying to tell stories to Knucklehead and Jerry Mahoney who of course are his ventriloquist props. But the Three Stooges keep inserting themselves into his tales giving them a different interpretation.

Directors: Don Appell, Louis Brandt | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Paul Winchell

Votes: 214

28. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 468,658 | Gross: $40.22M

29. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 263,199 | Gross: $103.05M

30. You Should Stop (2012)

18 min | Short, Horror, Mystery

Alice doesn't mind that she lies, cheats, and steals. It's everyone else who has a problem with it.

Director: Ian Wolfley | Stars: Mikka Bonel, Benjamin Couch, James Arthur M., Solana Paz

Votes: 10

31. It Could Happen to You (1994)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip.

Director: Andrew Bergman | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 32,527 | Gross: $37.80M

32. Sssshhh... (2003)

163 min | Horror, Mystery

A serial killer is around which is responsible for taking many lives including that of Malini and her boyfriend. The police are unable to comprehend especially when this killer leaves no evidence at every crime scene.

Director: Pavan Kaul | Stars: Tanishaa Mukerji, Dino Morea, Karan Nath, Gaurav Kapoor

Votes: 289

33. Life is All You Get (1997)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

After he loses his job, his father, and his girlfriend, Jan's life is a shambles. Then suddenly he meets freakish street musician Vera, and a bittersweet romance unfolds...

Director: Wolfgang Becker | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Christiane Paul, Ricky Tomlinson, Hristina Papamihou

Votes: 1,680

34. Clueless (1995)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

68 Metascore

A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Votes: 159,126 | Gross: $56.63M

The fortune cookie spends some time on the table listening to you, trying to get a sense of what's going on in your life, and is confounded.

35. Answers to Nothing (2011)

R | 124 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

29 Metascore

Against the backdrop of a missing girl case, lost souls throughout Los Angeles search for meaning and redemption and affect each other in ways they don't always see.

Director: Matthew Leutwyler | Stars: Sam Page, Caitlin Gerard, Chuck McCollum, Julie Benz

Votes: 956 | Gross: $0.02M

You get the most honest fortune cookie in the world, which just admits it's a cookie and knows nothing.



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