Fifty Fabulous Movies

My picks for movies that spark your imagination, transport you somewhere else, or inspire you!
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1.
Serenity (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their members who is telepathic. (119 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ I never get tired of watching the rich characters in this dystopian film, which was actually supposed to be the pilot for the series Firefly.When you finish watching it and fall in love with it and you must have more, go out and get the full season of Firefly so you can get your fix!** in my ten way tie for all time favorite movie ever** ” - allorra_dannon
 
2.
Lonesome Dove (1989 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory. (384 mins.)
“ Watch as two Texas Rangers and an unconventional crew take a herd of stolen cattle from southern Texas to Montana. By the end, you identify so deeply with the characters, and events adhere reasonably well to the book, also one of my favorites. ” - allorra_dannon
 
3.
Turner & Hooch (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A detective must adopt the dog of a dead man to help him find the murderer. (97 mins.)
“ Compulsively neat investigator Scott Turner is days away from moving away from his boring life and job in a small town, when an old man he knows is murdered and he must take his dog into protective custody=] A must must for anyone with a dog! ” - allorra_dannon
 
4.
Walk the Line (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ The story of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Excellently scripted and acted. A definite repeater. ” - allorra_dannon
 
5.
Tombstone (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. (130 mins.)
“ My hands down favorite Wyatt Earp film! Val Kilmer as Doc made the movie! ” - allorra_dannon
 
6.
Phenomenon (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis. (123 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ An excellent movie about human potential, and the breaths we take for granted. ” - allorra_dannon
 
7.
The Boondock Saints (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent. (108 mins.)
Director: Troy Duffy
“ If I have to tell you then you haven't seen it and you should RUN to get it. **in my ten way tie for all time fav movie ever** ” - allorra_dannon
 
8.
The Princess Bride (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Absolutely hilarious fairy tale narrated by "Columbo" and stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Andre the giant, etc...I have walked thru grocery stores saying " HULLO, my name is inigo montoya. You keel my father. Prepare to die!" The whole family can watch this w/o covering their eyes or ears! **in my ten way tie for all time favorite movie ever!" ” - allorra_dannon
 
9.
A League of Their Own (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. (128 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
“ Incredibly heart warming true story type sports movie about the AAGPB league's beginnings, centered around a woman who only played the first season. Directed by Penny Marshall with an all star cast including Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O Donnell. ” - allorra_dannon
 
10.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal. (113 mins.)
“ Engrossing with many twists and turns... a young man tries to change the future for all his loved ones by jumping back and forth thru time and finds that no matter what he changes, someone is hurt for it..the end takes your breath away. ” - allorra_dannon
 
11.
Heathers (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
“ Cult Classic about a popular high school girl and her new to town renegade boyfriend. Good dark comedic film. ” - allorra_dannon
 
12.
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
“ Amazing adaptation of a series of shorts by Stephen King. John Coffey, a very large, gentle, and a bit slow man, is sent to death row after inadvertently confessing to the brutal murders of 2 little girls. Tom Hanks plays the role of the prison guard in charge of the Green Mile and tells the story of John Coffey and Mr. Jingles the mouse.
Another look at the human potential, and human failings. Adult themed and some of the scenes very graphic for children. ** one of my ten way tie for best movie ever!** ” - allorra_dannon
 
13.
I Am Legend (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. (101 mins.)
“ A military doctor is the last uninfected human left in New York, as he searches for a cure for the disease that has turned most of humanity into insane super strong ungodly aggressive creatures who are deathly light sensitive and full of rage. Stranded alone for years with only a dog for company, he searches the country for others like himself, who were immune. For the subject matter, Will Smith brings necessary comic relief at just the right times.. this is a great story. ” - allorra_dannon
 
14.
Armageddon (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet. (151 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ Bad Ass drill riggers are asked by NASA to save the earth from an incoming meteor. This movie rounds out a movies duties nicely!Star studded cast and great transitions from drama, to action, to comedy.** one of my ten way tie for fav movie ever** ” - allorra_dannon
 
15.
A Walk to Remember (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service. (101 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
“ A must for all teenagers and their parents... ” - allorra_dannon
 
16.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ A great movie about a troubled angry genius and the psychologist who help each other let go and move on.. ” - allorra_dannon
 
17.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ First in one of the best trilogies ever.. Action packed and suspenseful.. ” - allorra_dannon
 
18.
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ The second Bourne movie-- gripping ” - allorra_dannon
 
19.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ The third Bourne movie... at the edge of your seat the whole time! ” - allorra_dannon
 
20.
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The MacManus brothers are living a quiet life in Ireland with their father, but when they learn that their beloved priest has been killed by mob forces, they go back to Boston to bring justice to those responsible and avenge the priest. (118 mins.)
Director: Troy Duffy
“ After you have watched the boondock saints and know it by heart you will get curious about a few things and you get the answers here.. the history of El Duce, and some more of the boys and their brand of justice.... ” - allorra_dannon
 
21.
My Fair Lady (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ I love love love Audrey Hepburn in this movie and its one of my favorite cinderella movies! ” - allorra_dannon
 
22.
Pretty Woman (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love. (119 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ Another favorite cinderella movie ” - allorra_dannon
 
23.
Finding Nemo (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. (100 mins.)
“ ...just keep swimming... mine mine mine mine mine mine.... bubbles bubbles bubbles bubbles....and i can go on and on =] ” - allorra_dannon
 
24.
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 teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Of all the terminator movies this one is my favorite.. typical arnold lines aside, it full of action and drama.. ” - allorra_dannon
 
25.
Star Trek (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ I want more and I was never an original star trek fan.... ” - allorra_dannon
 
26.
The Sandlot (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team in this coming of age movie set in the summer of 1962. Together, they get themselves into many adventures involving rival teams, lifeguards, and a vicious dog. (101 mins.)
“ Hilarious nostalgic movie-- if you liked the Wonder years or Stand by Me, you will love this movie! ” - allorra_dannon
 
27.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
While not intelligent, Forrest Gump has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ One of the most unique movies ever, it possesses the ability to make you willing to watch it over and over...Also has an award winning score! ” - allorra_dannon
 
28.
The Land Before Time (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An orphaned brontosaurus teams up with other young dinosaurs in order to reunite with their families in a valley. (69 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
“ After the first one it got ridiculous unless you were under 5, but the first one has some precious and heart breaking moments.. If i have to watch a dinosaur cartoon this is my pick every time.. ” - allorra_dannon
 
29.
Jurassic Park (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ It was a marvel of its time for sure, and Sam Neil is good in it... ” - allorra_dannon
 
30.
Where the Heart Is (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A pregnant 17-year-old rebuilds her life after being abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma. (120 mins.)
Director: Matt Williams
“ a tale of underprivileged teen pregnancy, optimism, self improvement, goal setting, true love, self worth, forgiveness, and strong relationships... a heartland story. ” - allorra_dannon
 
31.
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In a dystopicly polluted rightwing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility. (109 mins.)
“ A strange tale of humans who are mostly unable to reproduce, and the religious military regime who takes women who can into custody and forces them to procreate for the good of a few... has a few graphic sexual scenes but is mostly about the life of a particular woman who has been forced to be a handmaid, and the plans she finds herself involved in to kill her commander and flee with her baby. ” - allorra_dannon
 
32.
Mask (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. (120 mins.)
“ Sam Elliot.
Yes thats it. ” - allorra_dannon
 
33.
Mobsters (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
From start to finish, it's a story of friendship between 4 street-wise males who don't mind using violence to achieve the lives that they want. They trust no one but each other which is vital to their success as mobsters. (104 mins.)
“ One of my favorite mob movies... the story of Charlie"Lucky" Luciano and the beginning of "the company". Also lightly highlights the early years of Bugsy Siegal, and Myer Lansky. Great costumes, sets and story telling! ” - allorra_dannon
 
34.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
 
35.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ this ones my favorite ” - allorra_dannon
 
36.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing. (162 mins.)
“ If you are sick in bed or laying around on a sunday, watch them back to back.. great mob story.. ” - allorra_dannon
 
37.
Steel Magnolias (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold. (117 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ One of the best chic flicks of all time.... "awww you know I love you more than my luggage"... "smile.. it increases your face value" .." turns out I was suffering from premenstrual syndrome".... "if you cant say anything nice about anyone, come sit next to me"..." this is your chance to do something for your fellow man...we'll sell t-shirts that say I slapped Weezer!"... "laughter through tears is my favorite emotion" ** one of my ten way ties for fav movie ever** ” - allorra_dannon
 
38.
Deep Impact (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive? (120 mins.)
Director: Mimi Leder
“ A comet is coming and we cant divert it... so we hold a lottery for 2 million people to be saved and the rest of the world is screwed. There are some really painfully raw moments in this movie that grab you and wont let go...great action and drama. ” - allorra_dannon
 
39.
Rudy (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
“ Absolutely excellent true story movie about a guy who just wants to go to Notre Dame and play football... and everything he goes through to get there... this is one of the best sports movies I have seen.** one of my ten way ties for best movie ever** ” - allorra_dannon
 
40.
We Are Marshall (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive. (131 mins.)
Director: McG
“ An excellent football movie and true story of The Marshall team that crashes just outside of home, losing all but three of their players and most of the coaching staff and boosters, and the man that begins the rebuilding of the team and the town. ” - allorra_dannon
 
41.
Radio (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing. (109 mins.)
Director: Michael Tollin
“ yep another Football movie, but its more about the relationship between a beloved high school coach and a young mildly mentally disabled black man in the 70s. Very heartwarming and based on a true story. Cuba Gooding Jr was excellent in the title role. ” - allorra_dannon
 
42.
Remember the Titans (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. (113 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
“ And last but def not least, this football movie centers on the a town in the south that must deal with it belated and recent integration... and how the new and old football coach join forces to get them through it. ” - allorra_dannon
 
43.
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
“ Laugh till you pee and your sides hurt and you cant stop and then keep going..." i need my stapler" ** one of my ten way ties for best movie ever** ” - allorra_dannon
 
44.
The Lion King (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (88 mins.)
“ still my favorite disney movie but its very close with Tarzan and Toy Story.... ” - allorra_dannon
 
45.
Coming to America (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An extremely pampered African prince travels to Queens, New York City, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will. (116 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ I think that whoever wrote the lion king saw this movie and was inspired in some ways... i swear that the king and queen in this movie were the voices for Mufasa and Sarabi!
Even still, best Eddie Murphy movie with the possible exception of Trading Places. ” - allorra_dannon
 
46.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ I loved this movie and would watch it anytime over Titanic....** one of ten way ties for fav movie ever** ” - allorra_dannon
 
47.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. (102 mins.)
“ very fantastical tale of a boy who reads a magic book and becomes part of the story.. the luck dragon and the tortoise are wonderful... ” - allorra_dannon
 
48.
Beaches (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years. (123 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey play the roles of polar opposites who become lifelong best friends... ” - allorra_dannon
 
49.
The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An autistic boy who dreams of flying touches everyone he meets, including a new family who has moved in after their father dies. (114 mins.)
Director: Nick Castle
“ Sweet and patient movie about a boy who believes he can fly and the girl next door who fall in love with him. ” - allorra_dannon
 
50.
Love Leads the Way: A True Story (1984 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A recently blinded man becomes one of the first American users of a seeing eye dog and must fight to remove the legal barriers impeding its use. (99 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
“ The true story of the first seeing eye dog and her owner, a young man in his prime who is struck blind in a boxing match.** one of my ten way ties for fav movie ever** if you can find this movie to watch consider yourself lucky... I have been searching for a copy of it for years. ” - allorra_dannon