Movies to pass the hours on a rainy dayby al151068 | created - 26 Mar 2011 | updated - 26 Mar 2011 | Public
New on here but just adding a few films I turn to that always leave a smile on my face for various reasons. Not a top 10 but a few random titles people may or may not have seen.
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1. The Cheap Detective (1978)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
San Francisco, 1940, detectives, dames, documents, Nazis, and a treasure.
Not a sequel to the fun Murder by Death but just as entertaining.
2. Cool Runnings (1993)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.
Votes: 76,903 | Gross: $68.86M
John Candy would always bring a smile to my face even in dross like Cannonball Fever. A fun film without the Hollywood ending but an acceptence that we can all learn from
3. Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)
R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller
Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.
Votes: 29,411 | Gross: $19.47M
Jason returns and this time brings along humour to counter Freddys Nightmare on Elm street success
4. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
PG-13 | 118 min | Drama
After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life.
Votes: 186,001 | Gross: $9.17M
The first time I saw this and saw dicaprio"s performance, I knew the boy had talent
5. Deep Rising (1998)
R | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first.
Votes: 28,422 | Gross: $11.20M
A fun tongue in cheek action/horror movie with the open ending. Wish we had a sequel rather than the Mummy
6. Easy Money (1983)
R | 95 min | Comedy
To inherit his mother-in-law's colossal fortune, a hard-living gambling addict must change his unhealthy ways before they get the best of him.
Votes: 6,395 | Gross: $29.31M
Every since Caddyshack, i have been a fan of Rodney Dangerfield way of nervous delivery. The star of this film for me is Joe Pesci though as i found him very funny
7. Used Cars (1980)
R | 113 min | Comedy
When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.
The always watchable Kurt Russell stars opposite Jack Warden in dual roles. Fun movie
8. Party Party (1983)
100 min | Comedy
Its New Years Eve and Larry is having a party at his parents house. - only his parents don't know as they are out at the social club party...everyone else does though from all of Larry's ... See full summary »
Since its realease, it has become a tradition for me to watch this each New Years Eve. British comedy and a chance to see many TV stars of today in early roles.
9. Drop Dead Fred (1991)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A young woman finds her already unstable life rocked by the presence of a rambunctious imaginary friend from childhood.
Votes: 23,459 | Gross: $43.88M
Rik Mayall hits Hollywood. Not a big hit as the humour probably didn"t translate well. The Banister scene is still my favourite
10. Young Frankenstein (1974)
PG | 106 min | Comedy
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
Votes: 125,593 | Gross: $86.30M
The only film listed that IS in my personal Top 10 movies. Marty Feldman steals the show as Igor
11. I Come in Peace (1990)
R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Horror
Jack Caine (Dolph Lundgren) is a Houston vice cop who's forgotten the rule book. His self-appointed mission is to stop the drugs trade and the number one supplier Victor Manning. Whilst ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,427 | Gross: $4.35M
12. The Man with Two Brains (1983)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain.
Votes: 21,222 | Gross: $10.10M
14. The Frighteners (1996)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
After a tragic car accident kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.
Votes: 72,661 | Gross: $16.76M
15. Next Friday (2000)
R | 98 min | Comedy
Uncle Elroy and Day Day owe money on taxes so Craig finds a way to steal from the next door neighbors to pay off the taxes so Uncle Elroy's house doesn't get put up for auction.
Votes: 30,759 | Gross: $57.33M
16. Top Secret! (1984)
PG | 90 min | Comedy
Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.
Votes: 50,604 | Gross: $20.50M
19. Animal House (1978)
R | 109 min | Comedy
At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.
Votes: 97,472 | Gross: $141.60M
20. The Wedding Singer (1998)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.
Votes: 117,925 | Gross: $80.25M
21. The Freshman (1990)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
A NYC film school student accepts a job with a local mobster who resembles a famous cinema godfather and who takes the young man under his wing, after demanding total loyalty.
Votes: 16,704 | Gross: $21.46M
Ferris Bueller meets the godfather
23. Doghouse (2009)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A group of men, heading to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce, soon discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals.
24. 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: 74,968 | Gross: $30.57M
Horror and humour done to perfection
27. The Prowler (1981)
R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
Some great killings in this slasher
28. The Usual Suspects (1995)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
Votes: 830,733 | Gross: $23.34M
29. Dung fong tuk ying (1987)
R | 93 min | Action, Drama, War
An action film about a daring commando raid into Vietnam to destroy a munitions dump left behind by American marines.
Dirty dozen Hong Kong style
30. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
Votes: 432,988 | Gross: $1.02M
A true classic