Every Movie Nerds Collection Should Include...

From the unmissable to the completely forgetful, passing fads to long forgotten conversation starters, these movies should awaken distant memories!
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1.
8 Mile (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap, harder than it may seem. (110 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ An unknown young white rapper (Eminem) climbs the local scene dominated by hard-hitting established mike-slayers... and beats the pants off of every one of 'em! ” - ihtoit
 
2.
200 M.P.H. (2011 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  
An amateur racer gets involved in illegal street racing after the death of his brother. (92 mins.)
Director: Cole McKay
“ Low budget ripoff of the Fast & Furious franchise. Fast cars, plenty of neon but not nearly as much fun. ” - ihtoit
 
3.
300 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Meet The Spartans writ serious. ” - ihtoit
 
4.
Tracey Ullman: A Class Act (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A short series of 15 minute programmes, really expanded sketches, in which Tracey Ullman and Michael Palin play various roles satirizing the British class system. (50 mins.)
Director: Les Blair
“ Split sketches make for one utterly hilarious movie. WARNING: must have British sense of humour to fully appreciate. ” - ihtoit
 
5.
Alien Nation (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A few years from now, Earth will have the first contact with an alien civilization. These aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after years of quarantine. (91 mins.)
Director: Graham Baker
“ What might have been had the aliens from "V" not been flesh-eating reptiles... ” - ihtoit
 
6.
Iron Sky (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018. (93 mins.)
Director: Timo Vuorensola
“ The Germans were there first... ” - ihtoit
 
7.
RoboCop (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Criterion Edition or nothing! ” - ihtoit
 
8.
Ice Planet (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
The end of our world is the beginning on another... (83 mins.)
Director: Winrich Kolbe
“ He's not top billed but he should be... Wes Studi in one of his better roles ” - ihtoit
 
9.
Wing Commander (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
Blair, a fighter pilot, joins an interstellar war to fight the evil Kilrathi who are trying to destroy the universe. (100 mins.)
Director: Chris Roberts
“ Probably one of the best game-to-movie conversions ever. ” - ihtoit
 
10.
A Boy and His Dog (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex... (91 mins.)
Director: L.Q. Jones
“ When the two most important things in life are food and sex (preferably with one of the opposite gender), and not necessarily in that order, you know the world is in trouble. Even more so when your only companion is a very young Don Johnson and you're the dog able to communicate with him via thought. ” - ihtoit
 
11.
Earth's Final Hours (2011 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
After dense matter from an imploded white hole hits Earth, the planet's rotation is devastated. A group of government agents must locate a lost satellite network that is the world's only hope for survival. (84 mins.)
Director: W.D. Hogan
“ Yep, probably a good thing this was a made-for-TV affair, it fails to deliver on its titular promise. SPOILER ALERT: Earth survives. ” - ihtoit
 
12.
The Quiet Earth (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda. (91 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Murphy
“ Surreal, original and engaging science fiction from the pen of Craig Harrison - with not a single BEM or laser pistol in sight. ” - ihtoit
 
13.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ One word: Kubrick. ” - ihtoit
 
14.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ The movie against which all modern movies, musical or not, should measure themselves. ” - ihtoit
 
15.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Beautiful story about a socialite, a struggling writer and a nameless cat. ” - ihtoit
 
16.
The King and I (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. (133 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
“ "You think you teach King lesson, but this is one lesson you do not get paid for teaching! In the future, you will stop instructing wives and children in silly English song 'Home Sweet House' to remind me of breaking promises I never make, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!"

Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. Forget Fred & Ginger, this is *the* movie pairing to beat all. ” - ihtoit
 
17.
Zombieland (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. (88 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
“ OK. Give me a continuous fourth wall violation, Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson and a smattering of other out of work Hollywood A-Listers, turn most of them into zombies and let 'em slug it out for a couple hours. Fun! ” - ihtoit
 
18.
Snakes on a Train (2006 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  
A Zombie curse is placed upon a woman, which causes her to have living snakes inside her. Brujo, who is looking after her... (91 mins.)
“ Three words:

What.
The.
NO. ” - ihtoit
 
19.
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, returns from a spiritual quest to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat, the sacred animal of a tribe in Africa. (90 mins.)
Director: Steve Oedekerk
“ The better of the two. Only because you get to see Carrey's range of pained facial contortions in this one. ” - ihtoit
 
20.
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind a team journey across the universe and find a structure on a distant planet containing a monolithic statue of a humanoid head and stone cylinders of alien blood but they soon find they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Apparently this is meant to be (and was written as) a standalone from the Alien franchise, but it does slot in pretty well. Watch in production order for a Lucas experience, for full sense watch in the following order, with crossovers (I won't bother listing any of these elsewhere on this list): Predator, Predator II, AvP (Alien Vs. Predator), AvP: Requiem, Predators, Prometheus, Alien, Aliens, Alien3, Alien: Resurrection. Get the unrated editions if you can, they add a *lot* to the story. ” - ihtoit
 
21.
Star Wars (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
“ I've seen the discussions about what order to watch the Star Wars movies in, so here's mine: IV, V, II, III, VI. Yes, there's no episode I in there because it adds nothing to the story and it has that annoying Binks character in it. ” - ihtoit
 
22.
Casino Royale (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
In an early spy spoof, aging Sir James Bond comes out of retirement to take on SMERSH. (131 mins.)
“ Great Bond parody; watch for Anjelica Huston's movie debut and the guy under the Vader mask is in there, too! ” - ihtoit
 
23.
PT 109 (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
During WW2, Lieut. John F. Kennedy takes command of PT 109 to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands. (140 mins.)
“ fact-based story about the early military career of the late, great John F. Kennedy, as he undertook duty in the Pacific theatre starting with the reconditioning of a decrepit motor torpedo boat. ” - ihtoit
 
24.
Once Upon a Spy (1980 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Ted Danson plays a computer genius who gets involved in the theft of an important NASA computer, then thrust into the world of espionage with Christopher Lee. (91 mins.)
Director: Ivan Nagy
“ Ted Danson is a reluctant spy, Mary Louise Parker his gorgeous pro sidekick, and Christopher Lee a wheelchair-bound villain in this salute to Sixties camp thrillers. ” - ihtoit
 
25.
Flash Gordon (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
“ Rockin' movie with a rockin' soundtrack.

"Do you want to live forever. Hawkmen... DIIIIIIVVE!" ” - ihtoit
 
26.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
“ Robots, invisible aliens, Leslie Nielson and millennia-old contraptions. Sublime sci-fi epic that created a genre. ” - ihtoit
 
27.
The Fly (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device. (94 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
“ The original and better version. Hedison's final words in the movie still gives me the chills. ” - ihtoit
 
28.
Village of the Damned (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A small town's women give birth to unfriendly alien children posing as humans. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Lindsey Haun being absolutely terrifying as an alien hybrid child who, along with her brethren, murder their way through a village in one of the most underrated movies ever made. ” - ihtoit
 
29.
Moontrap (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
The Space Shuttle returns to earth, but some of the equipment brought back on it begins to behave strangely... (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Dyke
“ Walter Koenig typecast as a shuttle commander turned little-acknowledged hero of the day as an alien robot chews its way through flesh and uses odd bits of machinery to build itself. Oh, and watch out for that headgear. ” - ihtoit
 
30.
Scanners (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. (103 mins.)
“ A true Cronenberg masterpiece of horror and exploding heads. ” - ihtoit
 
31.
Venus Wars (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The new frontier of Venus has degenerated into a dystopia ravaged by the civil war between Ishtar and Aphrodia... (102 mins.)
“ One of many dystopian fantasies to emerge from the Japanese studios of Bandai. This one involves a fresh faced reporter flung into the rising civil war on the new Venusian frontier, a gang of monocycle-loving petrolheads, and lots of interesting ways to get blown up. ” - ihtoit
 
32.
The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An infamous hit-man becomes the target of a powerful oil tycoon after the former kills the latter's son. (95 mins.)
Director: Osamu Dezaki
“ Duke Togo. Professional assassin. Makes James Bond look like Maxwell Smart. ” - ihtoit
 
33.
Lensman (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Kimball Kinnison, a young man from the agricultural planet Mquie and his Valerian companinon, Buscirk... (107 mins.)
“ CGI-heavy animation about a farmboy thrown into a struggle for galactic domination against a dark foe.

Sound familiar? ” - ihtoit
 
34.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
“ Shocking tragedy about a brother and sister struggling to survive World War II Japan. Starvation, bombing and sheer desperation add to the dark theme of this masterpiece. ” - ihtoit
 
35.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ If you're a hardcore science fiction fan who is drawn by compelling storylines, cutting-edge effects (hello, Bullet Time!), and interesting characters, then this is the movie for you.

That said, forget the sequels, they're utter rubbish. ” - ihtoit
 
36.
Titan A.E. (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young man learns that he has to find a hidden Earth ship before an enemy alien species does in order to secure the survival of humanity. (94 mins.)
“ Formular post apocalyptic space action with aliens and several locations but extremely well executed and pretty much perfectly cast. ” - ihtoit
 
37.
TRON (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program. (96 mins.)
“ Disney's best picture, by far. And not a single bloody talking duck to be seen! ” - ihtoit
 
38.
The Last Starfighter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A discouraged video-gaming boy finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force. (101 mins.)
Director: Nick Castle
“ Yet another Star Wars rip-off, but this time with something extra: engaging main character who you wouldn't mind swapping places with! ” - ihtoit
 
39.
Tin Man (2007 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz". (270 mins.)
“ Zooey Deschanel is DG, a girl drawn into the land of Oz in this reimagining of the 1939 classic. Odd at times, annoying at others, but the performances of Deschanel and McDonough are always engaging. ” - ihtoit
 
40.
Stargate (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra. (116 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ The movie that spawned three live-action series, one cartoon series, several made-for-TV movies and an immense fanbase complete with crossover, slash and season-extra fanfiction. If you've seen SG-1, and fancy a rewatch, then start with this. ” - ihtoit
 
41.
Enemy Mine (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor... (108 mins.)
“ The first time I ever saw this it instantly reminded me of the final episode of Battlestar Galactica 1980, "The Return of Starbuck". The plot is the same, the character interactions are the same. Two enemy pilots crash on a desolate planet and need to work together to survive.

That's... pretty much it. ” - ihtoit
 
42.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ The best (by a WIDE MARGIN) adaptation of the Pierre Boulle novel.

"Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty APE!" ” - ihtoit
 
43.
Priest (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece. (87 mins.)
Director: Scott Stewart
“ The best vampire flick since Interview. ” - ihtoit
 
44.
The Unloved (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A film that gives a child's eye view of the U.K.'s government-run care system for orphans and children in danger. (106 mins.)
Director: Samantha Morton
“ This movie means a lot to me, but I can't tell you why. ” - ihtoit