Random awesome movies

These are some of my favorite movies. There's no particular genre I'm focusing on and I tried the order them by release year. The list ranges from classics to "so-bad-it's-good" type movies. I wrote little blurbs about some of them-- and of course, you can just click on the movie page for the info :)
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1.
Nosferatu (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ A silent film from 1922. This isn't necessarily the greatest movie of all time, but I love that it is the first portrayal of a Dracula-esque character in a film. F.W. Murnau could not get the rights to use Bram Stokers character so he made some changes. Sadly, the unauthorized adaptation was still so obvious that Bram Stoker's widow sued the production company some years later for copy-write infringement and won-- effectively putting them out of business. For those of you who saw Shadow of the Vampire (which wasn't so great), this is the movie it is based on. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
2.
Modern Times (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
“ I think this may have been the first Chaplin movie with any speaking in it at all. The voice comes from the big boss of a factory (who's actually supposed to be a spoof on Henry Ford). Lots of social commentary in this movie, starting from the first few seconds where a herd of sheep fades to a group of people. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
3.
The Great Dictator (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ The history behind this movie is fascinating. This was the first film Chaplin ever spoke in, because he stated that he would talk if he had something to say. If you ever have a copy, watch the documentary that comes with the "Chaplin Collection" edition.

I'll never understand why this movie isn't known by more people. The ending speech is posted all over the internet, but most have never seen the whole thing. Is it because the subject matter is just too much for people? Comedy is the best medicine! When you watch this, keep it in context. He wrote it before WWII started to bring public attention to what was going on in Germany, the severity of which lots of people in the U.S. were ignorant to. It was released during the second year of the war, against the will of a lot of people... he was a gutsy guy. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
4.
Gaslight (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane. (114 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
5.
Inherit the Wind (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution. (128 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
6.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ It's been years since I saw this movie, and it still sticks out as a classic. You can't go wrong with Bette Davis. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
7.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
8.
Scrooge (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. (113 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
“ This is the best adaptation of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" I've seen. Albert Finney plays a fantastic Ebenezer Scrooge. The music and choreography are also pretty great. A lot of the songs are funny, but perfectly fit in with the story, one of my favorites is "I Hate People." ” - crystal-a-crown
 
9.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. (117 mins.)
“ This is one of the few horror movies that genuinely scared me. I'm not one to be scared of a lot of horror where there's gobs of outlandish stuff -- like monsters and creatures or tons of blood and gore and the like. But this is one where you almost feel like some of these things could happen to you, which makes it very creepy. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
10.
History of the World: Part I (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes. (92 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
11.
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected. (82 mins.)
Director: Don Bluth
“ Even though it's a kids movie, I still love it. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
12.
Yellowbeard (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Yellowbeard, a pirate's pirate, is allowed to escape from prison to lead the authorities to his treasure... (96 mins.)
Director: Mel Damski
“ This movie seems to be a bit polarizing. People either love it or think it's the worst thing ever made. I think it's hilarious. Look for the bit part of David Bowie playing a shark. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
13.
Labyrinth (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
 
14.
The Princess Bride (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
15.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Dark, disturbing, and pretty fantastic. However, before I saw it I had people trying to tell me it was a comedy... it is anything but a comedy. The only funny thing about it is R. Lee Ermey and the insane things he says to the cadets. All the crazy insults he doles out were made up by him, apparently on the spot one day (while apparently being pelted with tennis balls?), and Kubrick liked them so much that he put them into the script. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
16.
Spaceballs (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them. (96 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
17.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits. (126 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
18.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
19.
Army of Darkness (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. (81 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
20.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
 
21.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A spoof of Robin Hood in general and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in particular. (104 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
22.
A Bronx Tale (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A father becomes worried when a local gangster befriends his son in the Bronx in the 1960s. (121 mins.)
Director: Robert De Niro
 
23.
True Romance (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In Detroit, loner Clarence marries a call girl named Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the mob, track them down and try to reclaim it. (120 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
24.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
 
25.
American History X (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
26.
Apt Pupil (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A boy blackmails his neighbour after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal. (111 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Excellent. A movie about a kid who becomes obsessed with WWII and through researching Hitler's henchmen finds out his next door neighbor is a Nazi war criminal who took on a fake identity. It's a pretty intense movie with some parts that are downright eerie, but definitely worth watching. This is one of those films where you start out siding with one character, but by the end, you change your mind. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
27.
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. (118 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
“ Excellent acting, very sad movie. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
28.
Battle Royale (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ A twisted Japanese movie which starts with the Japanese economy as a disaster and students getting out of control. The adults eventually come up with the "Battle Royale" act, with the obvious purpose of killing off lots of the youth. This consists of sending groups of kids to an island and having them battle each other until only one survives-- that person is "the winner." Not necessarily a "classic," but definitely something for people who can enjoy the darker side of things. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
29.
The Score (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist. (124 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ This is one of those movies that I probably wouldn't go out and buy, but I am really glad I saw it-- if only for the ending, which is priceless. Ed Norton's character is well done-- he and Robert Deniro work well together. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
30.
Zoolander (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. (90 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
 
31.
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
“ This is a really funny, lighthearted, kung-fu comedy. It's about a guy who puts together a super powered soccer team that blends soccer and kung fu. There's lots of flying and balls being kicked so hard they turn to fire. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
32.
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy. (92 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ Elvis and JFK (turned into a black man) alive in a nursing home, fighting a soul munching mummy... it's totally ridiculous, but if you like Bruce Campbell, you'll like it. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
33.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ This movie is visually stunning, and very well done. It's all in Chinese but you can turn on the subtitles. Even if you don't like martial arts movies you can still get into it. There is a good plot and lot of things going on outside of the fight scenes, and even the fight scenes have enough altering that they seem like more of a fantasy. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
34.
March of the Penguins (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. (80 mins.)
Director: Luc Jacquet
“ A great documentary about Emperor penguins and the difficulties they go through to raise chicks in Antarctica. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
35.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
“ The movie is fantastically beautiful, but also very sad. If you're up on your fairy tales and folklore you will notice a lot of references to stories and such. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
36.
Grimm Love (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
In Germany, as graduate student Katie Armstrong researches cannibal killer Oliver Hagen for her thesis, she becomes obsessed with her subject and ultimately plunges into a lifestyle similar to Hagen's and the thousands of people like him. (87 mins.)
Director: Martin Weisz
“ This movie was a bit disturbing. It's supposed to be about a student who is obsessed with the (fairly well known) German case of a cannibal who found a willing victim online-- though the names are changed, perhaps they couldn't permission to use them. The two main actors did a great job and make it believable-- which is why it's disturbing. The only downside to it was the lead actress... ” - crystal-a-crown
 
37.
The Prestige (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. (130 mins.)
“ I thought this was a really clever movie. You can guess the "big secret" about 3/4 the way through, but that didn't really kill it for me. The only sour note was Hugh Jackman, whose bad acting stuck out like a sore thumb. A little bonus for me was the portrayal of Nicola Tesla (David Bowie), who most people seem to forget about. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
38.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. (128 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ I liked this movie a lot. Not only did it keep pretty true to the Sherlock Holmes character from the stories, but it was also well done with a great cast. ” - crystal-a-crown
 
39.
Hobo with a Shotgun (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun. (86 mins.)
Director: Jason Eisener
“ I'm not going to call this a quality movie, and I don't think it wants to be called that either. A ridiculous, over-the-top movie with lots of blood, violence, great one-liners, and a hobo with a shotgun. ” - crystal-a-crown