Movies with stories worth watchingby Nastasia | created - 16 Apr 2011 | updated - 20 Feb 2017 | Public
This is the list of movies (and series) with interesting storyline, well with plots I found compelling-interesting-touching ie worth watching and really worth watching afterwards. Happy browsing! P.S. The list isn't in any particular order, it's pretty much chaotic and defies any genre and language and age criteria... P.S.S. Sorry in advance for my English and somewhat clumsy explanations (and possible spoilers!) below.
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1. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Votes: 1,677,248 | Gross: $292.58M
No comment is needed for this film - the whirlwind of thoughts, ideas and (sub)plots here is well worth watching.
2. Se7en (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Votes: 1,168,556 | Gross: $100.13M
Is it necessary to say why this movie is worth watching? Not for Brad Pitt I dare say, as I really think he performed better in some other movies, but for the gripping tale of a monster lurking those two detectives following his trail and the disturbing background for his wrongdoings.
3. Alien (1979)
R | 116 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: 652,931 | Gross: $78.90M
I have the Alien Quadrilogy collection, and I have seen every single featurette in it. I really think this movie is the best of the bests horrors ever made - horror number one without even really showing the monster before the very end. The sequels are also worth watching and having, the fourth a bit lesser than the others, but this one is really the best.
4. Angel Heart (1987)
R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.
Votes: 68,827 | Gross: $17.19M
Uh, there were some parts I would rather like they weren't shown, as this film is shockingly explicit. The story is really disturbing and definitely memorable.
5. À la folie... pas du tout (2002)
PG-13 | 92 min | Romance, Thriller
A young woman who is in love with a married doctor becomes dangerous when her attempts to persuade him to leave his wife are unsuccessful. However, when things are seen from his point of view, the real situation becomes clear.
Votes: 17,179 | Gross: $1.01M
At first this movie follows the standard story for every romance gone wrong, and I felt a bit sorry for that girl, but oh when it starts presenting the other side of the coin - wow was I shocked! This film really opened my eyes and showed me that we shouldn't ever ever take everything people say for granted.
6. 28 Days Later... (2002)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Votes: 326,800 | Gross: $45.06M
I like this film for the mood, for the story, for the very good performances of the actors, for the questions it brings about us, about moves we might as the heroes of this film undertake in unlikely situations such as theirs were. But the sequel I dislike, despite Carlyle, the actor I really like in other movies, because the story was lame and way too predictable. Maybe I'll give that movie another shot another time, but not so soon.
7. The Abyss (1989)
PG-13 | 145 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.
Votes: 143,406 | Gross: $54.46M
This movie really showed me the lovable magic the television screen can bring in our homes. I am sorry I was way too young to see this movie in the cinema, as I would definitely be overwhelmed as every time I saw it later. I even like the extended cut more, but it's not really much different from the original version.
8. Amadeus (1984)
R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 307,770 | Gross: $51.97M
Well, it's hard to comment this one. This is really good biopic of a really original, weird and somewhat likable music genius :-)
9. Across the Universe (2007)
PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical
The music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.
Votes: 97,845 | Gross: $24.34M
The story isn't so much original, but the songs themselves are well worth hearing and seeing. Although, the weird hippie part in the tent I would skip.
10. American Beauty (1999)
R | 122 min | Drama
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
Votes: 923,027 | Gross: $130.10M
Another one of the best roles of Kevin Spacey. At first I felt disgusted on seeing him getting an affection to his teenage daughter's girlfriend, but thankfully he fully redeemed himself later. The movie is really worth watching, at least for me, as it really shows what are the real values of life.
11. Anatomie (2000)
R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller
Medical student Paula Henning wins a place at an exclusive Heidelberg medical school. When the body of a young man she met on the train turns up on her dissection table, she begins to ... See full summary »
Votes: 10,682 | Gross: $0.01M
Creepy German horror about, well, medicine, honor, and well, soullessness of our er... doctors-to-be. It's hard to describe what I liked about this film. The disturbing story, good actors, the suspense.
12. Atonement (2007)
R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Votes: 213,152 | Gross: $50.93M
Oh dear... This film has really torn me apart. The definitely must-have novel follows somewhat different path, but the essence of the story is the same. Oh dear, that poor Briony, it's really hard to feel any sympathy for her, as she really really did something horrible and utterly unpardonable, yet I have to, because she was so young and unexperienced and scared and well, just a girl with too vivid imagination - who says we wouldn't act just the same in the same situation? Can we really condemn her, as she tries really really hard to forgive herself the same thing? I love this movie.
13. Children of Heaven (1997)
PG | 89 min | Drama, Family
After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair.
Votes: 40,375 | Gross: $0.93M
I actually like many iranian movies, especially Kiarostami's, because of the lovely stories they tell, about innocence, love, life, friendship and compassion, but especially those about children as this one. How one cannot love the poor little boy who loves his sister so much he would do anything in his little power to give her... shoes? Real gem worth watching.
14. The Others (2001)
PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
Votes: 296,781 | Gross: $96.52M
Disturbing tale about mother of two children literally lost in her own house and mind. Worth watching for an unexpected and really sad twist.
15. Farscape (1999–2003)
TV-14 | 50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew.
Yes, this show had some dull moments, but it was always unpredictable. The main characters were original and likable, and the story real-life like, on the basis what if that sf/fantasy situation really occur, as the main character belonged to our world and was literally thrown to this so unbelievable nightmarish world of not-so-kind-and-sweet aliens.
16. Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)
R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free.
Added this film for Foster's great performance, and for really good depiction of the issue. Although I must admit in our country we didn't have these problems when we were in the high school...
17. Late Spring (1949)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.
I liked this movie for lovely touching relationship between father and daughter, and for lovely Noriko as a girl that wanted to live freely, whatever everybody says and wishes.
18. Adam (I) (2009)
PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Romance
Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.
Votes: 31,257 | Gross: $2.28M
Many thoughts were generated during the watching of this film. How to cope against unwilling insensitivity? How to cope with it when the person you love can be sensitive to your feelings, but isn't aware of your need for it? There were also other questions, delivered without false pretense and big words. Despite the unsatisfying ending, very interesting movie.
19. Before Sunrise (1995)
R | 101 min | Drama, Romance
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
Votes: 214,349 | Gross: $5.54M
Here comes a charming one, unpretentious little film with a LOT of talking, combining with travelling and romance, well, this one won me. The sequel is OK, also good, but it was somewhat disturbing to see how much Ethan changed, and the relationship between them didn't fit so good as in the first one.
20. Below (2002)
R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Strange happenings occur on a WW II submarine.
Votes: 19,065 | Gross: $0.61M
Submarines are always good spots for a good scare, as this movie is. The story was good, the actors too, the period when the story occurs also fit and interesting, I really couldn't complain about this one.
21. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.
Votes: 95,706 | Gross: $32.54M
Lovely little story about a girl with limitations forced by her family and tradition, and good romance, however predictable but forgivable because delivered by charming actors.
22. Amores Perros (2000)
R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.
Votes: 192,264 | Gross: $5.38M
Really sad and hard to watch story, especially if you love animals, like I do. Inarritu delivered this story splendidly, and the actors, especially Bernal, did their jobs perfectly. As much as I couldn't accept the motives for everyone's doings, I could understand them, and felt sorry for them. The ending devastated me.
23. Ben-Hur (1959)
G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Votes: 183,368 | Gross: $74.70M
Hm... Perfection beyond any imagination. Actually, no comment necessary :-)
24. Black Beauty (1994)
G | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.
Votes: 7,986 | Gross: $4.63M
This classic tale of a horse tormented in many ways, who just wanted love and care (how difficult that can be...) is simply adorable and hard to resist for any person who loves animals.
25. Firefly (2002–2003)
TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.
I must admit I think that it's maybe better that this series didn't outlive its first season and the film. This way it kept its heart, interesting unpredictable charming characters and witty sparky interactions between them that might lose its attraction easily otherwise.
26. 29th Street (1991)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
Frank Pesce is the luckiest man alive in spite of his bad luck. Based on a true story, a man growing up in a tough New York neighborhood has a gift for finding himself in the worst possible... See full summary »
Votes: 2,211 | Gross: $2.12M
Surprisingly good story about values bigger than any lottery prize.
27. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 567,814 | Gross: $27.00M
A Philip K Dick's classic sf about loneliness, alienation and gloomy future I wouldn't like to live in, full of stereotypes and prejudices of other yet quite familiar kinds.
28. Blindness (2008)
R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness.
Votes: 63,218 | Gross: $3.07M
I fell in love with this film right at first sight, as I perfectly understood the emotions and actions of Julianne Moore's character, and the triumphant conclusion of the film for all the protagonists, that expressed exactly what actually was the solution for their problem. Oh yes, the blind received sight...
29. Blood Diamond (2006)
R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.
Votes: 438,755 | Gross: $57.37M
Powerful story about greed and selfishness, and the absolute need for people to raise the voice against it in unison. The end was maybe trite, as we are all perfectly aware how we live in hypocritical world where the word of one man means nothing against bribed, duplicitous merciless men of power, politicians and businessmen alike -- but I feel it was necessary. This kind of story cries out loud desperately for such a message, however weak it may be, as I hope not every one of those above mentioned men is of such kind.
30. Das Boot (1981)
R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.
Votes: 189,887 | Gross: $11.49M
I have longer, 4,5-hour version of it, and not a single minute is a bore, at least to me. Perfect if you ever wanted to know what kind of life (and work) would that be for the soldiers in the WWII submarine, and on the wrong side too? Darn realistic, thrilling and compassionate.
31. Die xue jie tou (1990)
Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.
I might say this one is the Chinese version of The Deer Hunter, depicting perfectly the chaos and the irreversible damage the war does to the people and the relationships they ever have had. This film I consider the best of the Woo's, the most realistic and influential one, I dare say, however odd that might sound.
32. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
R | 113 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 396,090 | Gross: $57.94M
The theory around which the film revolves is questionable, of course, but intriguing. The script was smart enough and the performances surprisingly good.
33. Carandiru (2003)
R | 145 min | Drama, Crime
Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »
Votes: 15,434 | Gross: $0.21M
I find it hard to care for criminals that deserved to go to prison, but this one really succeeds in depicting them as real human beings whose lives no one but God may end, especially not if they are unarmed. But I have some reserves regarding the film, as I noticed this is one side of the incident that really happened and might not be so accurate and objective. Anyway, powerful story.
34. Clockwise (1986)
PG | 96 min | Comedy
An obsessively punctual comprehensive school headmaster sets out to give an important speech at the annual Headmasters' Conference.
Votes: 9,853 | Gross: $1.48M
Hilarious movie about stiff school head-master, who really needed some (odd) life lessons to learn that you just have to RELAX and enjoy the life.
35. Changeling (2008)
R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.
Votes: 213,254 | Gross: $35.74M
Disturbing story that made me really angry because of powerlessness of the small man, especially of the woman in this still unjust greedy cruel world. This really happened. They really could lock her and other women in the asylum just because they weren't enough pleasant and obedient? Just like in Magdalene Sisters, such things still infuriate me. But this is mainly story about mother whose love for her son gave her the strength to live on and to fight.
36. Children of Men (2006)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 399,908 | Gross: $35.55M
Amazing movie on many levels, especially for the soul. Interesting, meaningful story that makes you really care for the protagonists, for poor, silly but admirable Jasper, for the grief stricken Theo, and especially for that miracle and hope everybody was waiting for.
37. The Constant Gardener (2005)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.
Votes: 119,709 | Gross: $33.58M
Now that's the story, surprising for me as I always connected John LeCarre's prosaic abilities with the Cold War and espionage. Here we are in Africa, in middle of the corruption and greed of the so-called humanitarians, and we follow the poor husband's efforts to find out what has really happened to his wife, and why. His discoveries didn't produce much good to him, nor we will get out of the story unscathed too. Actually, I was really angry for a pretty long while after watching this movie.
38. 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: 222,572 | Gross: $100.92M
The novel describes the vastness and the magic of the universe and of our imagination as well, but the movie touched me very much too. You don't have to believe in UFOs to like this movie. You should like Jodie, though.
39. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
GP | 126 min | Crime, Drama
A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.
I love this movie and the character it revolves around. This Paul Newman was my hero, somewhat odd and puzzling one, certainly, but original. Although, somebody might get a message that you should conform if you do not want to end like the above said hero. Well. It's a movie. I'd still like to hope it's possible to escape/avoid all those societal rules.
40. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Votes: 829,011 | Gross: $75.60M
Let's say it - the brutal butchering at the end wasn't necessary. But you may close your eyes to avoid unpleasant feelings in your stomach. In everything else, the movie was superb.
41. Cosi (1996)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Lewis is a young Sydney amateur theater director at his first experience: he is offered a job with a Governmental program for the rehabilitation of mentally ill patients in a Sydney ... See full summary »
Sweet, hilariously funny aussie story about the staging of the play with the actors from the institution for (various kinds of) mentally ill people. Sometimes what we think is awkward, isn't when put in the right perspective... They might not be in their right mind, but they still have a heart worth working with. I know, it's naive, so is the movie, but nevertheless...
42. The Crazies (2010)
R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller
About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply.
Votes: 99,793 | Gross: $39.12M
Really good remake of Romero's cult classic. Olyphant is a bit ridiculous with his cowboy walk which I noticed he carries in every single thing he did, but he did great job anyway, and Radha Mitchell too. The story is brilliantly developed and likewise concluded at the end of the movie. Of course, it's not recommended for faint-hearted.
43. Cronos (1993)
R | 94 min | Horror
A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.
Votes: 22,519 | Gross: $0.62M
Del Toro really has the way with storytelling and little children as well. It's hard to watch children in such unusual and horrendous circumstances - Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone are even better examples, but this one was to me more painful to watch, the child had someone to love, and was inevitably about to lose it whatever she could do... It really saddened me.
44. Cube (1997)
R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.
Votes: 179,057 | Gross: $0.50M
Although simple in essence, really interesting story told masterfully, that makes you think about human nature and about yourself. A lot.
45. Dave (1993)
PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Romance
To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place.
Votes: 43,410 | Gross: $63.27M
Delightful comedy-drama that makes me wish every pretender for important roles in our society watch every day.
46. Agora (2009)
R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Catholicism in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the famous philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.
Votes: 58,104 | Gross: $0.62M
This movie tells the story of famous female philosopher in the years long gone, somewhat changed for dramatic purposes, but nonetheless worth watching. Although it's a biopic at the first sight, it actually targets people in general and condemn them for every act made in the name of someone/something else, whilst hypocritically hiding the real background for it. It doesn't condemn religion in itself, as it is explicitly shown in some well-meaning people of the faith in the movie who are perfectly aware of people exploiting others' faith for their own filthy purposes, but obviously powerless to do something against it.
47. Dead End (I) (2003)
R | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery
Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.
I was really surprised with this one, and that was even better. I didn't know the story, the actors were completely unknown to me (all but the main one) - and I anyway found myself quickly wholly immersed into it, and really interested how the mystery would be solved. I wasn't disappointed in that either.
48. Dead Poets Society (1989)
PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.
Votes: 319,657 | Gross: $95.86M
The movie for every literature fan - for every person who doesn't think the education is only necessary evil, actually. I wanted to be a literature professor like Mr. Keating, who inspires students to do great things with their lives through the art. Well, my formal education took other path, but I still like to torment my family and friends about movies and literature ;-)
49. Deadwood (2004–2006)
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History
A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.
Although too bloody and too harsh for my taste, just like Rome was, but the story was incredibly good, interesting and realistic. Good old days on the western frontier... But without Zane Grey's beauty treatment :-)
50. 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: 256,690 | Gross: $53.61M
Although the ending is a bit contriving, the whole story is quite interesting and characters impressive.
51. Carnivàle (2003–2005)
TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.
Supernatural and poetical story in the Great Depression era, the characters we actually care for, emotions that mean something or we wish they do. Really good - and it's better it didn't go farther than the two seasons, despite the feeling it maybe should have.
52. Deathwatch (2002)
R | 94 min | Drama, Horror, War
In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone - and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down.
Very interesting British story about the soldiers that wandered onto something evil in the trenches... Although they weren't sure is the evil really outward... or just in their heads.
53. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
Votes: 261,306 | Gross: $48.98M
Disturbing story about friends and brothers whose lives were irreversibly changed by the war. The despair and the helplessness on the screen was really touching and tear-jerking.
54. Death at a Funeral (2007)
R | 87 min | Comedy
Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.
Votes: 96,822 | Gross: $8.58M
Delightful British comedy about a funeral ceremony that went wrong in many different ways.
55. Devdas (I) (2002)
185 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying the woman he is in love with, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain.
Votes: 31,094 | Gross: $3.50M
I've seen a couple of bollywood musicals, and this one I consider really good. The actors were really good, the story almost believable (it's bollywood after all...) and the emotions on the screen really visible. The songs were of course perfect. Although, they would drive me crazy if heard hundred times a day :-)
56. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.
Votes: 88,534 | Gross: $16.76M
Loved this one, inspired me to travel even more enthusiastically than before, and touched my heart more deeply for the issues of people who are in need, much bigger need than we are. Brilliant movie.
57. The Awakening (I) (2011)
R | 102 min | Horror, Thriller
In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.
Somewhat similar to The Others, The Innocents, The Orphanage and to The Devil's Backbone, yet completely different. The twist is the surprising one, at least it was for me - the movie is even better after you watch it again aware of its resolution!
58. 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: 80,989 | Gross: $1.32M
The sci-fi part of the movie goes mostly to its title - this is basically a drama, and a such one that tears you unwillingly apart -- you wish the issues were solved differently for the characters, but you know in your heart they couldn't possibly be.
59. Devil (2010)
PG-13 | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.
Votes: 115,071 | Gross: $33.58M
Wow, the horror movie that really scared me and also made me think about myself and my actions! Now that's a rare feat!
60. The Man Who Sued God (2001)
97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, a lawyer who became a fisherman from frustration. When his one piece of property, his boat, is struck by lightning and destroyed he is denied insurance ... See full summary »
Witty, funny, clever movie - maybe too clever for its own good, because some might find themselves offended by it. But it got a point, especially if you do not like insurance companies very much :)
61. 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: 503,961 | Gross: $83.47M
Powerful adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novella, story about the meaninglessness of the war and the aberrations of the humanity.
62. Midnight in Paris (2011)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.
Votes: 335,733 | Gross: $56.82M
Woody Allen was never so delightful as in this comedy - and he even doesn't act in it :) smart, genuinely kind movie, that makes you really wish have a time machine to return to those glorious Paris days when you could be an artist, without money but with enough soul and passion.
63. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.
Votes: 237,438 | Gross: $47.40M
But only the director's cut that includes the whole story - theatrical version is really really bad and definitely not worth watching unless you're looking only for gore and action.
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,388,466 | Gross: $315.54M
Please watch the director's cut. Much better than the theatrical one.
65. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.
Votes: 1,238,944 | Gross: $342.55M
Watch the director's cut. Also much better than the theatrical version.
PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.
Votes: 1,368,645 | Gross: $377.85M
Definitely watch the director's cut. No more endings added than in the theatrical version, but has many deleted scenes important for the whole story - especially if you are a fan of the LotR novels.
67. I Am Legend (2007)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 594,422 | Gross: $256.39M
I actually prefer a novel much more, but the movie is also good - the alternate ending even better.
68. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999)
TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore.
P.S. Only first four seasons with the original cast!
69. Gone with the Wind (1939)
G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 242,007 | Gross: $198.68M
One really wonders what is it in Scarlet O'Hara that fascinates so - in the beginning she is so irritating, don't you agree? But as the story closes, you cannot not feel sorry for her. Amazing movie, a true masterpiece of all the times.
70. Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
PG | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king.
Votes: 92,945 | Gross: $77.23M
No real plot here actually, more odd interactions between a boy and his 'wild things' that eventually lead him to revelations about relationships and himself. Not everyone's cup of tea, mind you, and here I refer to taste - if you like Spike Jonze's movies, you'll like this one too.
71. March of the Penguins (2005)
G | 80 min | Documentary, Family
In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family.
Votes: 50,917 | Gross: $77.44M
Delightful story of the penguins and their struggles to life and death -- never did these clumsy birds look so close to my heart.
72. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?
Votes: 262,639 | Gross: $119.39M
Based on Philip K. Dick's awesome short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale", it is brilliant science fiction film. Although the special effects (better said make-up and prosthetic) are a bit freakish, the story and dialogues are intelligent and very interesting.
73. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
R | 95 min | Fantasy, 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: 312,297 | Gross: $42.07M
Story twist really surprised me - although I might complain the end was a bit rushed, I won't as the last part of the movie was the most thrilling one! Especially if you like the movies that are somewhat an ode to the genre itself :)
74. The English Patient (1996)
R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
Votes: 156,193 | Gross: $78.65M
75. También la lluvia (2010)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, History
As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
Votes: 10,970 | Gross: $0.56M
Impressive film filming circumstances of filming a film. Gorgeous scenery, brilliant actors and even greater story, about relativity of values, looking through the eyes of both sides, of people depending on things the other people take for granted.
76. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 651,986 | Gross: $0.19M
77. Dunya & Desie (2008)
98 min | Comedy, Drama
The story of two 18-year old best friends who grew up together in the suburbs of Amsterdam. Dunya is Moroccan, grown up with Ramadan, imams and Mecca. Desie is as Dutch as cheese and tulips... See full summary »
79. The Children of the Century (1999)
135 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The only thing more outrageous than French novelist George Sand's torrid love affair with the decadent author Alfred de Musset and her affinity for wearing men's clothing, was the content ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,500 | Gross: $0.05M
80. Lonesome Dove (1989)
TV-14 | 384 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
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.
81. The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Approved | 188 min | Drama, History, War
The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire.
Votes: 6,893 | Gross: $4.75M
83. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
R | 106 min | Drama, Horror
After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.
Votes: 53,388 | Gross: $0.75M
84. Est - Ouest (1999)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, History, Romance
June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,176 | Gross: $2.78M
85. Event Horizon (1997)
R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.
Votes: 133,572 | Gross: $26.67M
86. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.
Votes: 105,395 | Gross: $75.07M
87. The Experiment (2001)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.
Votes: 84,165 | Gross: $0.14M
88. Amélie (2001)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
Votes: 603,174 | Gross: $33.23M
89. Fallen (1998)
R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.
Votes: 64,318 | Gross: $25.19M
90. Fargo (1996)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Votes: 515,794 | Gross: $24.61M
91. The Four Feathers (2002)
PG-13 | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.
Votes: 29,897 | Gross: $18.31M
92. Frailty (2001)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."
Votes: 66,917 | Gross: $13.10M
93. The Mission (1986)
PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.
Votes: 48,622 | Gross: $17.22M
94. Le frère du guerrier (2002)
115 min | Drama, History
13th century France. To live, to survive, requires weapons. Which do you choose? Weapons of war, which give the power to punish and kill? Or the sword of knowledge, which gives the power to... See full summary »
95. The Final Cut (2004)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Set in a world with memory recording implants, Alan Hakman is a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories. His latest assignment is one that puts him in danger.
Votes: 28,468 | Gross: $0.55M
96. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama
A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.
Votes: 57,258 | Gross: $82.42M
98. Gin gwai (2002)
R | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts.
Votes: 26,051 | Gross: $0.50M
99. Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.
Votes: 65,131 | Gross: $11.63M
100. Gladiator (2000)
R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
Votes: 1,110,874 | Gross: $187.71M