1940's-2000's: Some Films I'd Recommend

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1.
They Drive by Night (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two brothers struggle as wildcat truck drivers; one comes to harm, the other is accused of his friend's murder. (95 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ first noir? good blue-collar underdogs story ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
2.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ gritty, textured b&w. steinbeck/ford classic ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
3.
The Letter (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing. (95 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ atmospheric rubber plantation, brit-like ex-pats. someone is not behaving right ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
4.
High Sierra (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After being released from prison, notorious thief Roy Earle is hired by his old boss to help a group of inexperienced criminals plan and carry out the robbery of a California resort. (100 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ great. surprise populist. gangster into Noir. smacks of grapesOfwrath ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
5.
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ pure american film noir started here. john huston. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
6.
I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Why is Inspector Ed Cornell trying to railroad Frankie Christopher for the murder of model Vicky Lynn? (82 mins.)
“ not nearly as disturbing as title. good. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
7.
Kings Row (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century. (127 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
“ small town life- noir aspects, good ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
8.
Saboteur (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. (109 mins.)
“ fun cross-country chase to prove innocence ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
9.
The More the Merrier (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two. (104 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ great acting all around, lot of HQ fun ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
10.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be. (108 mins.)
“ masterful. teresa wright is amazing. prod. design perfect. very scary ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
11.
Day of Wrath (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The young wife of an aging priest falls in love with his son amidst the horror of a merciless witch hunt in 17th century Denmark. (97 mins.)
“ film at its most potent best. denmark. allegory. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
12.
Guest in the House (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young manipulative woman moves in with her fiances family and turns a happy household against itself. (121 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
“ underrated. not a stylized femme fatale- more real life; fam, etc ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
13.
Laura (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ more complex (much less perverted) than description given. dana andrews is great, no one else much less than great ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
14.
Lifeboat (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it. (97 mins.)
“ like a bergman (or a stage play) more than a hitchcock. by the end it works ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
15.
The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father's dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress. (70 mins.)
“ really good 40s indy w/ high prod. values, and snappy DVD print
Much more substantial than title suggests. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
16.
Torment (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An idealistic adolescent, suffering under the thumb of a sadistic schoolmaster, falls in love with a loose girl who is bullied and tormented by another lover. (101 mins.)
Director: Alf Sjöberg
“ sjoberg/ bergman. bergman's first & preview to his best. sweden. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
17.
Detour (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble. (68 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
“ perfect little dirt noir. cult classic. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
18.
The Lost Weekend (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout. (101 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ accurate. ray milland comes through big. some natural humor ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
19.
Strange Illusion (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death... (87 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
“ extremely weird & surreal look into one youth's escape from Evil Psychiatrists! ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
20.
The House on 92nd Street (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Bill Dietrich becomes a double agent for the FBI in a Nazi spy ring. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ gritty photography, nyc semi-doc. interesting 'true' 5th Column bust by CIA & look into wartime treasury dept. procedure ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
21.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ beginning look at the post-war boom economy. w/ likable independent Joan C getting into the restaurant biz, but that daughter... ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
22.
Spellbound (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory. (111 mins.)
“ Ingrid Bergman (!!!) and almost an advertisement, interesting, for Freudian Analysis- here used to solve a crime! ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
23.
The Big Sleep (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. (114 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ one of the very best. raymond chandler/john huston
lauren Bacall/Humphrey bogart
& all extras good. Atmosphere impeccable ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
24.
Somewhere in the Night (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
George Taylor returns from WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, while trying to track down his old identity, he stumbles onto a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million. (110 mins.)
“ GI wakes up in hawaii w/ amnesia and has to find out who he really is in surreal los angeles. john hodiak swirling. good b ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
25.
Deadline at Dawn (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When a woman he meets is murdered, a soon-to-ship-out sailor has until dawn to find the killer, aided by a weary dance hall girl. (83 mins.)
Director: Harold Clurman
“ regular (not criminal) citizens of nyc are the main character, good-hearted noir ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
26.
Decoy (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A mortally wounded female gangster recounts how she and her gang revived an executed killer from the gas chamber, to try and find out where he buried a fortune in cash. (76 mins.)
Director: Jack Bernhard
 
27.
The Chase (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare. (86 mins.)
 
28.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A ruthless, domineering woman is married to an alcoholic D.A., her childhood companion and the only living witness to her murder of her rich aunt seventeen years earlier. (116 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
29.
The Stranger (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ powerful, well done. new england small town. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
30.
Born to Kill (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A calculating divorcée risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn't love by getting involved with the hotheaded murderer romancing her foster sister. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ lawrence tierney is so evil (really too) it's like a doc. production values and characters high & fancy ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
31.
T-Men (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two US Treasury agents hunt a successful counterfeiting ring. (92 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ mann's deep b/w's. interesting view into 40s treasury dept ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
32.
Dishonored Lady (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night... (85 mins.)
“ underrated. one powerful nyc career woman. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
33.
Four Faces West (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In New Mexico, a cowpoke forces a banker at gunpoint to give him a loan without collateral, in exchange for an IOU but the marshal and his posse chase after him. (89 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
“ joel mccrae as humanitarian cowboy bandit !?! ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
34.
Call Northside 777 (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case. (112 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ great chicago photography/people. documentary style ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
35.
Hollow Triumph (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Pursued by the big-time gambler he robbed, John Muller takes a new identity, with ironic results. (83 mins.)
Director: Steve Sekely
“ good B ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
36.
The Set-Up (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Because aging boxer Bill Thompson always lost his past fights, his corrupt manager, without telling Thompson, takes bribes from a betting gangster, to ensure Thompson's pre-arranged dive-loss in the next match. (73 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ near perfect little film. (in real time) ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
37.
Tension (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A meek pharmacist creates an alternate identity under which he plans to murder the bullying liquor salesman who has become his wife's lover. (95 mins.)
Director: John Berry
“ much more interesting than descrip. richard basehart is all-pro ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
38.
Port of Call (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A suicidal factory girl out of reformatory school, anxious to escape her overbearing mother, falls in love with a sailor who can't forgive her past. (100 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ good early bergman. true life. industrial seacoast sweden. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
39.
The Children Are Watching Us (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A four-year old boy, Pricò, becomes the subject of emotional folly by his fluctuant parents and inattentive relatives. (84 mins.)
“ incredible acting by young Prico; who is interviewed in '04 middle-aged on the DVD; revealing that he had just lost his mother when De Sica discovered him for the role. italy. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
40.
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute. (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
“ description provided inaccurate/ incomplete. without spoilers- you'll just have to see it yourself ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
41.
The Road (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea. (111 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ don't knock it 'til you've tried it ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
42.
Public Enemies (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. (140 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ interesting textures being filmed on DV ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
43.
Afterwards (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Nathan, a brilliant New York lawyer who leads a life of professional success, but his private life is pretty dismal since he divorced Claire... (104 mins.)
Director: Gilles Bourdos
“ kind of drama poem in images ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
44.
Ballast (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A drama set in the Mississippi delta, where one man's suicide affects three people's lives. (96 mins.)
Director: Lance Hammer
“ slow yourself down before viewing ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
45.
Trucker (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A trucker, leading a life free of depth and on the way to nowhere, is forced to make a decision about her aggressive loner 11-year-old son whom she openly deserted ten years previously. (90 mins.)
Director: James Mottern
“ good. like a good 70s movie ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
46.
In the Valley of Elah (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq. (121 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ topical, real, un-biased ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
47.
Michael Clayton (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Gilroy
“ solid. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
48.
Fracture (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An attorney, intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute. (113 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
“ solid. production design! ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
49.
King of California (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia. (93 mins.)
Director: Mike Cahill
 
50.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. (160 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
“ like a period painting. and paced like life in the open spaces of the period. rewarding. lotta haters ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
51.
Infamous (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While researching his novel "In Cold Blood", Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. (110 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
“ the better one ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
52.
Half Nelson (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret. (106 mins.)
Director: Ryan Fleck
“ won't regret it ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
53.
Broken Flowers (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers. (106 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ don't expect anything ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
54.
Junebug (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A dealer in "outsider" art travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, challenging the equilibrium of this middle class Southern home. (106 mins.)
Director: Phil Morrison
“ modern masterpiece ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
55.
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life. (91 mins.)
Director: Miranda July
“ rare these days: a Good time-capsule film, will be a classic ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
56.
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico. (121 mins.)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
“ the new west; pulling no punches ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
57.
Brick (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. (110 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ well done high school noir, not jokey ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
58.
North Country (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit. (126 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
“ story, cinematography, acting: standout ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
59.
Swimmers (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After an accident in a small Maryland fishing town, 11-year-old Emma begins to question the nature of the adults around her. (90 mins.)
Director: Doug Sadler
“ regional flavor, great film ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
60.
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A father and daughter isolated on an island off the East Coast and living on a once-thriving commune grapple with the limits of family and sexuality. (112 mins.)
Director: Rebecca Miller
“ "utopia" ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
61.
The New World (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ visceral ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
62.
Misery (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse. (107 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ classic ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
63.
All the Vermeers in New York (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Anna, a French actress, is approached by financial broker Gordon in the Vermeer room of a New York gallery. However, romance does not ensue... (87 mins.)
Director: Jon Jost
“ personal favorite ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
64.
Black Robe (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter. (101 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ wild st. lawrence river valley, strong film. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
65.
Barton Fink (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ maybe their best? ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
66.
Bugsy (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas. (136 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ overlooked ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
67.
The Indian Runner (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Vietnam vet comes home to his small town and finds himself in conflict with rules that his brother has vowed to uphold. (127 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
“ like a good 70s drama ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
68.
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects. (112 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
“ stands test of time; time-capsule ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
69.
Slacker (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs. (97 mins.)
“ austin,tx. not what you think. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
70.
The Player (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one? (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ classic ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
71.
Paper Hearts (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A man who abandoned his family callously returns with his new girlfriend to sign the divorce papers and see his daughter who's getting married. His arrival reawakens old family wounds and pushes his distraught wife to the brink of sanity. (88 mins.)
Director: Rod McCall
“ hidden tx gem ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
72.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (118 mins.)
“ kleenex/other- very good/very best. by swedish director lasse hallstrom of 'my life as a dog' ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
73.
Flesh and Bone (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Some thirty years after Arlis witnesses his father murdering a family, he runs into Kay, who happens to be the family's baby who was spared... (126 mins.)
Director: Steve Kloves
“ lost tx gem; cinematographers choice ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
74.
Ethan Frome (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A new pastor arrives in a stark Vermont village and is intrigued by crippled, misshapen Ethan Frome living on an isolated, hardscrabble farm with his sickly wife Zeena. (99 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ nice and quiet. rural new england ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
75.
In the Line of Fire (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president. (128 mins.)
“ classic; deserves it ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
76.
The Age of Innocence (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin. (139 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ you think you know scorsese ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
77.
Groundhog Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ metaphysical classic ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
78.
Falling Down (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them. (113 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ angry man classic ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
79.
Short Cuts (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents. (188 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ pretty much masterpiece. time-capsule ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
80.
Silent Tongue (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Mad with grief after the death of his Kiowa wife, Talbot awaits death under a tree with her body beside him. She begins to haunt him because he won't burn her. His father, who bought him the wife, thinks her sister might reason with him. (102 mins.)
Director: Sam Shepard
“ rich imagery ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
81.
Nobody's Fool (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A stubborn man past his prime reflects his life of strict independence and seeks more out of himself. (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
“ his last classic? upstate ny ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
82.
River of Grass (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Cozy, a dissatisfied housewife, meets Lee at a bar. A drink turns into a home break-in, and a gun shot sends them on the run together, thinking they've committed murder. (76 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
“ awesomeness ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
83.
Thief (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Coming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the Mafia, who have other plans for him. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ little known classic ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
84.
Body Heat (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband. (113 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
“ works. florida color noir ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
85.
Cutter's Way (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter. (109 mins.)
Director: Ivan Passer
“ on dvd. lost great 'european' california film ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
86.
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of a jungle. (158 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ personal favorite ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
87.
Tender Mercies (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together. (92 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ should be classic, great cinematography (& acting) ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
88.
Eureka (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In 1925, Arctic prospector Jack McCann becomes a rich man when he strikes gold but 20 years later he faces major personal and family problems. (130 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
“ one of the strangest timeless movies you'll ever see ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
89.
Rumble Fish (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on. (94 mins.)
“ modern fable. visual. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
90.
Paris, Texas (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family. (145 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ personal favorite ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
91.
The Stone Boy (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Midwestern farm family faces major emotional adjustment after a tragedy results in the death of an older brother. (91 mins.)
“ on dvd. good. modern montana fam. ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
92.
Blood Simple. (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ coen's tx first. a ride ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
93.
Country (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Gilbert Ivy and his wife Jewell are farmers. They seem to be working against the odds, producing no financial surplus... (105 mins.)
Director: Richard Pearce
“ classic: acting, historic period, well filmed ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
94.
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial... (89 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ personal favorite ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
95.
The Molly Maguires (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish immigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires... (124 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ coal landscape; not the j.bond connery. cinematographer's choice ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
96.
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A dropout from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
“ whidby island ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
97.
Man in the Wilderness (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Left for dead after a bear attack, a fur-trapper exacts revenge on his fellow companions who abandoned him in dangerous Indian territory. (104 mins.)
“ on dvd. very interesting. like a werner herzog ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
98.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene. (120 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ pac-northwest anti-western classic ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
99.
The Last Picture Show (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically. (118 mins.)
“ " the best film of 1951 " ” - jonoken-964-626854
 
100.
Vanishing Point (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During the 1970s, car delivery driver Kowalski delivers hot rods in record time but always runs into trouble with the highway cops. (99 mins.)
“ good clean fun ” - jonoken-964-626854