Impressive Titles

Whether it was shocking, enlightening, entertaining, or soothing, the following movies all left an remarkable impression on myself during my childhood, teenage, and young adult years.
(Only Non-Disney Cartoon Films, if possible)
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1.
Fly Away Home (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air. (107 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
“ A story about finding one's way and personal growth, the warm tones in both color and music make this one of the most soothing movies ever made.
(Even today, when I'm sick or feeling down, I curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and watch this film.) ” - kittybrains
 
2.
Vanity Fair (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Growing up poor in London, Becky Sharp (Witherspoon) defies her poverty-stricken background and ascends the social ladder alongside her best friend, Amelia. (141 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
“ I was struck by the profound acting in this film. Like Jane Austin but with the harsh edge of reality, this movie quickly made Reese Witherspoon one of my favorite actresses and also served as part of my awakening to truly dramatic films.
(There's a scene where Witherspoon screams at something behind the camera, her raw emotional portrayal left me rattled and breathless). ” - kittybrains
 
3.
Primal Fear (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep. (129 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
“ One of the first psychological thrillers I'd ever seen, this film rocked my understanding of what the film medium was capable, and left me dumbfounded, mouth agape in disbelief, and clapping my approval.
(Props to Edward Norton and Richard Gere ” - kittybrains
 
4.
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge. (131 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
“ Though told in a manner completely different from its namesake novel by Alexandre Dumas, as a film, this tale of cold vengeance left me feeling warm and satisfied. The story engaging, the environments lush, and the acting wonderful.
(One of my favorite movies, and one of the few that I watched twice in a row the first time I saw it.) ” - kittybrains
 
5.
Anastasia (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family joins two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death. (94 mins.)
“ Quite possibly one of the best animated musicals. The superbly captured movements, colors, and sounds combine to make one feel as if they're watching people--not cartoons--speak, dance, and sing. While true that the plot sways far from the historical account on which it's based, The sassy characters also draw the audience in to this tale and sometimes you just can't help but sing along to this original tale. ” - kittybrains
 
6.
Stardust (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. (127 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ I had no idea what this film was about when I first saw it, as such, I was completely unprepared for the intriguing setting, original ideas, engaging characters, humorous situations, and sinister intentions that drove much of the plot. The mix of fresh and foreign talent with American icons Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer, each in a new kind of role was both refreshing and incredibly entertaining.
(One of the 5 movies to date that I watched again right after finishing it the first time.) ” - kittybrains
 
7.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
8.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
9.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
10.
The Three Godfathers (1916)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Three outlaws fleeing a posse through the desert come upon a dying woman and her baby in a wagon. Before she passes away, she makes the men promise to take care of her baby and get it safely through the desert.
“ Ancient by motion picture standards and nonexistent in the memory of my generation, I first viewed this film Turner Classic Movie channel in the wee hours of the morning during my junior high years. The simple story, sparse sets, classic symbolism and great acting easily upstaged many of the movies popular at the time. It also gave me a lesson in old moviemaking and a hint of 'the Golden Age of the Silver Screen.' ” - kittybrains
 
11.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ One of the few movies that can be undisputably rated 'G,' and enjoyed by all ages (with a little patience), this cartoon encapsulates much of the magic of childhood just before it's time to start growing up. I remember renting this from Blockbuster and watching it over and over again as a child, then forgetting about it. When, several years later, I viewed an image of the same style of animation, I was hit with images and a tune I could not name in a wave of nostalgia. Once the puzzle was solve, my dedicated fandom to Hayao Miyazaki. ” - kittybrains
 
12.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Best Christmas Movie. No really. I know it sounds strange, but watch it when the holiday season rolls around and tell me you're not filled with a warm, happy and satisfied feeling.
Sure, it's not a particularly profound film (though Alan Rickman has some brilliantly dramatic moments), it has just the right balance of dignity, explosion, emotion, blood and poetic justice to come full circle and leave you with a smile, ready to break out the eggnog and laugh with loved ones. ” - kittybrains
 
13.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
14.
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 young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
15.
Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Scientists genetically create a new Pokmon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous. (96 mins.)
“ Yes, I'm serious. I was--and still am--a great fan of PokeMon (and I was nine). Japanese cartoon movies always have better animation than the TV episodes they spawn from, so it was easy to watch. And this was, unquestionably, one of the biggest movies ever for American Children below the age of 12. And better still, at that highly impressionable age, this film had a good message to teach the youngsters as spoken by the sagely voice of Phillip Bartlett (and pricelessly capitalized on by Jon Stewart of the Daily Show... Youtube it, you won't regret it). ” - kittybrains
 
16.
Sister Act (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
When a worldly singer witnesses a mob crime, the police hide her as a nun in a traditional convent where she has trouble fitting in. (100 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
 
17.
Double Jeopardy (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him. (105 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
18.
Witness (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
19.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
20.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
 
21.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
 
22.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
 
23.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis. (127 mins.)
 
24.
The Illusionist (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
 
25.
Fist of Legend (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese. (103 mins.)
Director: Gordon Chan
 
26.
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with a deadly Chinese crimelord trying to get his brother out of prison. (127 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
27.
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war? (135 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
28.
GoldenEye (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow agent formerly believed to be dead. (130 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
29.
Patriot Games (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge. (117 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
30.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. (116 mins.)
 
31.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11. (125 mins.)
 
32.
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Danny Ocean rounds up the boys for a third heist, after casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses one of the original eleven, Reuben Tishkoff. (122 mins.)
 
33.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
 
34.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
 
35.
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