2nd Tier Film Favoritesby dotcomboy | created - 14 Feb 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
These movies aren't going to change your life but they are worth a couple viewings throughout your life if you've already watched everything on my "1st Tier Film Favorites" list (http://www.imdb.com/list/tctWRWAcEds). VoteForRodneyLewis.com
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1. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.
Votes: 215,746 | Gross: $71.90M
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
Votes: 481,292 | Gross: $56.95M
3. 21 & Over (2013)
R | 93 min | Comedy
The night before his big medical school interview, a promising student celebrates his 21st birthday with his two best friends.
Votes: 65,268 | Gross: $25.68M
A wild and fun popcorn flick. I so enjoy Teller's character's intoxicating brand of ultra irreverence. If he were real I think he would be a riot to hang out with.
It was so cool to see a movie filmed in the part of town I live in, and a very innovative choice for the director to film a movie around here that goes out of its way to not mention Seattle or Washington State. Even the UW was rechristened the vague, chuckle-inspiring 'Northern University.'
It is also very refreshing to see a film that takes place in Washington State in which it never rains during the whole movie.
4. 3 Magic Words (2010)
TV-G | 71 min | Documentary
A woman awakens with amnesia after a suicide attempt, and her quest to find the meaning of life introduces her to a great spiritual philosophy. Her self-discovery becomes a real-life primer in new age consciousness.
When is lunch?
5. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
R | 122 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama
A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.
Votes: 254,438 | Gross: $53.61M
6. 50/50 (2011)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
Votes: 287,479 | Gross: $35.01M
7. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.
Votes: 412,075 | Gross: $32.39M
Another movie about how bitches be crazy!
8. 84 Charing Cross Road (1987)
PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.
Votes: 6,345 | Gross: $1.08M
9. Abduction (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.
Votes: 68,783 | Gross: $28.09M
11. Adoration (2008)
R | 100 min | Drama, Romance
For his French-class assignment, a high school student weaves his family history in a news story involving terrorism, and goes on to invite an Internet audience in on the resulting controversy.
Votes: 2,904 | Gross: $0.29M
12. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
Votes: 258,448 | Gross: $78.62M
13. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 642,521 | Gross: $78.90M
14. Alien Nation (1988)
R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi
In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.
Votes: 12,237 | Gross: $25.22M
15. Alien Trespass (2009)
PG | 90 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
After crash landing near a desert town, an alien enlists the help of a local waitress to re-capture a monster that escaped from the wreckage of his space ship.
Votes: 3,330 | Gross: $0.10M
16. A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in Los Angeles, who takes his boss' daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot. Two "angels", who are in charge of human relationships ... See full summary »
Votes: 31,629 | Gross: $4.27M
17. Almost Famous (2000)
R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.
Votes: 221,909 | Gross: $32.53M
18. American Hustle (2013)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and Mafia.
Votes: 390,016 | Gross: $150.12M
19. American Ultra (2015)
R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
A stoner - who is in fact a government agent - is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he's too well-trained and too high for them to handle.
Votes: 68,853 | Gross: $14.43M
20. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
Votes: 74,334 | Gross: $30.57M
21. The Amityville Horror (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.
Votes: 30,062 | Gross: $86.43M
22. Another Day in Paradise (1998)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up to commit various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder.
Votes: 7,558 | Gross: $1.03M
23. Another Earth (2011)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.
Votes: 79,961 | Gross: $1.32M
25. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, War
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
Votes: 497,200 | Gross: $83.47M
26. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)
PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History
NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.
Votes: 226,848 | Gross: $173.84M
27. Argo (2012)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.
Votes: 496,762 | Gross: $136.03M
28. Arrival (II) (2016)
PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
When twelve mysterious spacecrafts appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.
Votes: 412,878 | Gross: $100.55M
29. Arthur (1981)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which he is told will only be his if he marries Susan. He does not love Susan, but she ... See full summary »
Votes: 22,738 | Gross: $95.46M
32. As Good as It Gets (1997)
PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.
Votes: 239,894 | Gross: $148.48M
34. Avatar (2009)
PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
Votes: 964,741 | Gross: $760.51M
Yes, the visuals are awesome and unprecedented, and I confess I enjoyed them very much, but what I have wanted for so long now is movies with great, fresh, original stories. What worked out with such elegance for 'Star Wars,' the retelling of a composite of stories as old as storytelling, came off as heavy-handed and preachy for Avatar. I watch movies to be taken somewhere else for a short while, only a great tale can do that. No amount of special effects can make up for the lack of a good story.
35. The Babadook (2014)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Horror
A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Votes: 145,661 | Gross: $0.92M
37. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.
Votes: 382,334 | Gross: $118.50M
38. Bad Lieutenant (1992)
NC-17 | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness.
Votes: 32,042 | Gross: $2.00M
40. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.
Votes: 1,088,810 | Gross: $206.85M
41. Battle in Seattle (2007)
R | 98 min | Action, Drama
Activists arrive in Seattle, Washington en masse to protest a meeting of the World Trade Organization. Riots and chaos ensue as demonstrators successfully stop the WTO meetings.
Votes: 13,332 | Gross: $0.22M
42. Beat Street (1984)
PG | 105 min | Drama, Music
An aspiring DJ, from the South Bronx, and his best friend, a promoter, try to get into show business by exposing people to hip-hop music and culture.
Votes: 2,851 | Gross: $16.60M
43. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Votes: 86,262 | Gross: $7.08M
44. Bernie (2011)
PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.
Votes: 50,481 | Gross: $9.20M
45. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogomil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.
Votes: 91,896 | Gross: $153.67M
48. The Big Lebowski (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 600,489 | Gross: $17.45M
49. The Big Short (2015)
R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
Votes: 267,190 | Gross: $70.26M
50. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music
Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.
Votes: 91,649 | Gross: $40.49M
51. The Birdcage (1996)
R | 117 min | Comedy
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents.
Votes: 67,159 | Gross: $124.06M
52. Black Mass (2015)
R | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Votes: 142,804 | Gross: $62.58M
53. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
Votes: 600,639 | Gross: $106.95M
55. Blue Steel (1989)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A female rookie in the police force must engage in a cat-and-mouse game with a pistol-wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.
Votes: 10,078 | Gross: $8.22M
56. The Bridge (I) (2006)
R | 94 min | Documentary, Drama
People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular ... See full summary »
Votes: 10,007 | Gross: $0.18M
57. Boiler Room (2000)
R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A college dropout, attempting to win back his father's high standards he gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it once appeared to be.
Votes: 44,155 | Gross: $16.94M
59. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, War
Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
Votes: 151,874 | Gross: $9.03M
60. The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)
PG | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
An autistic boy who dreams of flying touches everyone he meets, including a new family who has moved in after their father dies.
Votes: 4,670 | Gross: $7.18M
61. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.
Votes: 103,456 | Gross: $57.50M
62. Brewster's Millions (1985)
PG | 102 min | Comedy
A minor-league baseball player has to spend $30,000,000 in thirty days in order to inherit $300,000,000. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.
Votes: 30,493 | Gross: $38.80M
64. Bubble Boy (2001)
PG-13 | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
A young man who was born without an immune system and has lived his life within a plastic bubble in his bedroom finds out that the woman he has loved since childhood is about to be married ... See full summary »
Votes: 27,184 | Gross: $5.00M
67. The 'Burbs (1989)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.
Votes: 56,493 | Gross: $36.60M
68. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
R | 95 min | Horror
5 friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Votes: 308,437 | Gross: $42.07M
69. Cadillac Man (1990)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime
Joe's a car salesman with a problem. He has two days to sell 12 cars or he loses his job. This would be a difficult task at the best of times but Joe has to contend with his girlfriends (... See full summary »
Votes: 11,466 | Gross: $27.63M
70. The Call (II) (2013)
R | 94 min | Crime, Thriller
When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.
Votes: 96,941 | Gross: $51.87M
71. The Campaign (2012)
R | 85 min | Comedy
An incumbent Representative embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.
Votes: 112,869 | Gross: $86.91M
72. Candyman (1992)
R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.
Votes: 54,746 | Gross: $25.79M
73. Cape Fear (1991)
R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller
A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.
Votes: 139,920 | Gross: $79.10M
74. Capote (2005)
R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.
Votes: 109,187 | Gross: $28.75M
75. Captain Phillips (2013)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Votes: 358,606 | Gross: $107.10M
76. Casino (1995)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.
Votes: 372,580 | Gross: $42.44M
77. Charlie Victor Romeo (2013)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Drama, History
A documentary derived entirely from 'Black Box' transcripts of six real-life major airline emergencies.
78. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
R | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
Votes: 94,767 | Gross: $66.66M
80. The Chase (1994)
PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Escaped convict Jack Hammond takes a woman hostage and sets off for the Mexican border with the police hot on his tail.
Votes: 15,332 | Gross: $8.01M
"Miss Voss, don't do it! You're confused! He's confused you! It's very confusing!" -Josh Mostel as Officer Figus
81. Chasing Amy (1997)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian.
Votes: 120,352 | Gross: $12.01M
I did not want to like this movie but it did have its moments.
82. Child's Play (1988)
R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller
A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
Votes: 69,336 | Gross: $33.24M
84. The Chocolate War (1988)
R | 100 min | Drama
A surreal portrait of a Catholic Private School and its hierarchy. A new student must submit to the bizarre rituals of his peers and the expectations of the school's administration by ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,796 | Gross: $0.30M
85. Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 83 min | Comedy
A holiday to the South Pacific turns awry, when Cousin Eddie's family and a tour guide are shipwrecked on an island.
87. The City of Lost Children (1995)
R | 112 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi
A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.
Votes: 58,885 | Gross: $1.51M
88. Clara's Heart (1988)
PG-13 | 108 min | Drama
David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,834 | Gross: $5.19M
89. Clockers (1995)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them.
Votes: 17,798 | Gross: $13.04M
90. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.
Votes: 154,321 | Gross: $132.09M
91. The Color Purple (1985)
PG-13 | 154 min | Drama
A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.
Votes: 66,070 | Gross: $98.47M
92. Colors (1988)
R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An experienced cop and his rookie partner patrol the streets of East Los Angeles while trying to keep the gang violence under control.
Votes: 20,677 | Gross: $46.62M
93. Coming to America (1988)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance
An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will.
Votes: 132,246 | Gross: $128.15M
94. Contact (1997)
PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
Votes: 220,101 | Gross: $100.92M
95. Control (2007)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.
Votes: 54,810 | Gross: $0.87M
96. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.
Votes: 184,617 | Gross: $100.24M
98. CrissCross (1992)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
Set in 1969, a twelve-year-old grows up in Key West with his mother, who is paying the bills by stripping at the local topless bar. The boy finds out about her activities and tries to ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,399 | Gross: $3.05M
99. Critical Condition (1987)
R | 100 min | Comedy
Con man Kevin Lennihan framed in a jewel smuggling tries for an insanity plea and is sent to a hospital for review where he is confused for another doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits.
Votes: 2,475 | Gross: $20.24M