Movies-TV I've Seen and Recommendby jeffshumphreys | created - 31 Jul 2012 | updated - 01 Nov 2016 | Public
Movies that have affected me in some way I consider positive, and that I feel could possibly be rewarding to someone else. An excessive inclusion of sci-fi, so if you didn't like sci-fi, you would probably be disappointed. Action movies are mixed with documentaries, and sappy love stories, classics and new releases. The only requirements are that I've seen them (and I remember something about them) and that I found something of value, especially if it was just fun.
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1. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,013,462 | Gross: $322.74M
This formed an important part of my imagination. I realized a lot about my impressions of space. The soundtrack was a critical element that was missing in the last three prequels.
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke.
Votes: 941,182 | Gross: $290.48M
Many people found this to be too dark, but for me it fit right into the expectation of a "between" movie. From beginning to end the rebels are on the run, and by the end we are concerned that they may be losing the war - which is how we're supposed to feel. "Come on, goldenrod!" "I love you." "I know."
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Votes: 771,842 | Gross: $309.13M
A perfect END to the series. Please disregard the prequels. There are great effects in them, but they create a disturbance in the field, the aura generated in those generations of children. Lucas really has committed a crime by his slow and steady dismantling of the originals. There is a Orwellian quality to his alteration of the past. What if the same was done to history? Improve it here and there, add muppets to the beach at Normandy?
4. Star Trek (2009)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.
Votes: 535,899 | Gross: $257.73M
I enjoyed the beginning scene in this one the most, the crazy kid loose in a Mustang. The villain was horribly inadequate, though. But the idea of re-defining the whole Star Trek series by altering time is great. Any series could be restarted this way. In fact, you could merge dying series together by some sort of time entanglement. Seeing a young Kirk and a young Spock strengthened the Roddenberry line.
5. Star Trek (1966–1969)
TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.
I watched this on TV originally. Kirk was the perfect father.
6. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
G | 132 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder.
Votes: 69,231 | Gross: $82.26M
A lot of people hate this, but after several viewings I began to understand it in the Gene Roddenberry ethos. Man-machine merger, Spock learning his identity (which is forgotten by Star Trek II.) Decker provides a nice foil to an aging Kirk.
7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
PG | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.
Votes: 98,343 | Gross: $78.91M
Khan and Kirk. Without Khan, Kirk would have been hard to take. "With my last breath I spit at thee." The son is awful, the ex-wife is awful. Spock and Kirk and Khan create a trifecta. The hate between Kirk and Khan, and the brotherhood/friendship between Kirk and Spock are twin pieces that somehow create a thematic resonance possibly beyond anything intended by the writers.
8. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
PG | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.
Votes: 67,123 | Gross: $109.71M
All the elements of the old Star Trek are here, except with the proper nostalgic treatment by the characters for days gone by.
9. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
PG | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.
Votes: 60,184 | Gross: $74.89M
The bad guy in this tale is excellent. Shakespeare is always a welcome addition to Star Trek. "Once more into the breach!" "Cry havoc, and loose the dogs of war." "Prick me do I not bleed?" The hate Kirk has for the Klingons is very socially relevant.
10. Star Trek: Generations (1994)
PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
Captain Picard, with the help of long presumed dead Captain Kirk, must stop a madman willing to murder on a planetary scale in order to enter an energy ribbon.
Votes: 65,340 | Gross: $75.67M
Is this the one with the Ribbon? 'Time is the fire in which we all burn." That line has stuck with me forever.
11. Iron Man (2008)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.
Votes: 764,531 | Gross: $318.41M
12. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 642,127 | Gross: $78.90M
A bit gross, but critical to understanding Prometheus.
13. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
57 years later, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. The moon from the original movie has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 546,694 | Gross: $85.16M
14. Alien: Resurrection (1997)
R | 109 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her battle against the aliens. Along with a crew of space pirates, Ripley must also prevent the deadly aliens from reaching Earth.
Votes: 193,219 | Gross: $47.75M
15. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he turns into, whenever he loses his temper.
Votes: 354,923 | Gross: $134.52M
16. Thor (2011)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The powerful, but arrogant god Thor, is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
Votes: 596,342 | Gross: $181.03M
Hard to beat on a fun level.
17. Moon (2009)
R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.
Votes: 286,562 | Gross: $5.01M
This wasn't as easy for me to enjoy, but my 14-year old son really got into it, which surprised me.
18. Batman (1989)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.
Votes: 291,815 | Gross: $251.19M
Even though Bale took over the meaning of Batman, they all secretly worship Jack Nicholson's Joker.
19. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.
Votes: 1,088,264 | Gross: $206.85M
The music is critical to this series. Listen to the strings as they manage to maintain the emotion when the story is thin.
20. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.
Votes: 1,267,586 | Gross: $448.14M
Josh loved Bane, the bad guy. He is impressive, even though the movie peters out, and there's confusion at the end.
21. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Votes: 1,861,478 | Gross: $534.86M
The best of the series, with the Jokers incredible capture of American's fascination with indifference.
22. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
Votes: 731,883 | Gross: $248.16M
Good lines, good story, good music, great pacing. The girl is a bit off for me, but only a bit.
23. Man on Fire (2004)
R | 146 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.
Votes: 287,440 | Gross: $77.91M
A bit depressing, but incredible "Man" power is expressed throughout, strong and silent, unstoppable rage.
24. Green Lantern (2011)
PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.
Votes: 237,575 | Gross: $116.60M
Hey, very corny, but still fun!
25. Superman (1978)
PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.
Votes: 137,363 | Gross: $134.22M
My favorite version.
26. Superman II (1980)
PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.
Votes: 83,692 | Gross: $108.19M
27. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?
Votes: 259,691 | Gross: $119.39M
Good clean fun. Lots of action, quirky story, Phillip K. Dick again.
28. Minority Report (2002)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.
Votes: 434,849 | Gross: $132.07M
29. Mission: Impossible (1996)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.
Votes: 326,275 | Gross: $180.98M
32. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 547,873 | Gross: $27.00M
Which cut? Who cares! The ending is confusing on all of them.
33. Con Air (1997)
R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.
Votes: 241,290 | Gross: $101.12M
34. The Terminator (1984)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A seemingly indestructible humanoid 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.
Votes: 664,782 | Gross: $38.40M
35. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
R | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A cybernetic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 25-year old drifter and his future wife from a most advanced robotic assassin and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack.
Votes: 328,626 | Gross: $150.37M
36. Terminator 2 (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg.
Votes: 823,130 | Gross: $204.84M
37. Spawn (1997)
R | 96 min | Action, Horror
An elite mercenary is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.
Votes: 56,711 | Gross: $54.97M
38. Predator (1987)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
Votes: 316,200 | Gross: $59.74M
39. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
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.
Votes: 654,414 | Gross: $83.01M
Key to your man voyage. "Yippie Kayee mother *beep* Woo hoo!
40. Die Hard 2 (1990)
R | 124 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.
Votes: 291,361 | Gross: $117.54M
An excellent follow on to Die Hard, with a pretty good villain.
41. Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.
Votes: 320,252 | Gross: $100.01M
42. Outbreak (1995)
R | 127 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Extreme measures are necessary to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus. But how extreme, exactly?
Votes: 96,133 | Gross: $67.82M
Pretty cool. Hoffman and Russo work as a pair. He is such a bindlestiff and she's such a bitch, they sparkle. And Freedman is great as always. What's not to love? The scenario is perfectly set up, and the comedy is well played.
43. V for Vendetta (2005)
R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.
Votes: 876,844 | Gross: $70.51M
I love psychic torment for some sick reason. I love "Remember, remember, the 5 of September" or however it went. I love the idea of blowing up "Parliament."
44. Predator 2 (1990)
R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Amidst a territorial gang war in 1997, a sophisticated alien hunter stalks the citizens of Los Angeles and the only man between him and his prey is veteran L.A.P.D. officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan.
Votes: 118,455 | Gross: $30.67M
As usual, people didn't like this, because no Arnold, but Danny Glover is cool, and the effects are cool.
45. Falling Down (1993)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.
Votes: 145,237 | Gross: $40.90M
"I'm the bad guy?" Love this. I always feel like this is my story. It's me the middle-aged white guy who's out of luck. Hershey is the biggest bitch on earth, she plays it sooo cool. Nooo, she didn't do anything to deserve this. Hah!
I know, I got the wrong message. oops.
46. Judge Dredd (1995)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a dystopian future, Joseph Dredd, the most famous Judge (a police officer with instant field judiciary powers), is convicted for a crime he did not commit and must face his murderous counterpart.
Votes: 95,936 | Gross: $34.69M
Diane Lane is great, Stallone is perfectly over the top and it works. "I am the Law!" The graphics aren't bad, the ideas are fairly classic science fiction.
47. Planet of the Apes (1968)
G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 147,726 | Gross: $33.40M
"Get your damn hands off me, you filthy ape." Charleton Heston defined anger management. I took some of this in to my personality at an early age, and came to regret it later in life.
48. Planet of the Apes (2001)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.
Votes: 191,922 | Gross: $180.01M
A confusing version, but worth watching for fun.
49. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.
Votes: 445,364 | Gross: $176.76M
Very interesting ideas! I love anything with genetics. Of course it breaks the entire mythology of the earlier 70s series. Don't let them confuse you.
50. Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
G | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.
Votes: 36,109 | Gross: $19.00M
51. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
G | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi
One decade after a worldwide series of ape revolutions and a brutal nuclear war among humans, Caesar must protect survivors of both species from an insidious human cult and a militant ape faction alike.
Votes: 25,070 | Gross: $8.80M
52. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.
Votes: 25,973 | Gross: $9.00M
53. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
G | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi
The world is shocked by the appearance of three talking chimpanzees, who arrived mysteriously in a U.S. spacecraft. They become the toast of society, but one man believes them to be a threat to the human race.
Votes: 26,865 | Gross: $12.30M
54. Zombieland (2009)
R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror
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.
Votes: 423,534 | Gross: $75.59M
Quirky and violently silly, the mix of sadism with tenderness is beyond acceptable in a PC society, so that's why I love it.
55. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
Votes: 258,363 | Gross: $78.62M
You may hate this one, it's pretty slow and long, but Spielberg captures a flavor of modern sci-fi that you won't find many places. It's not hard sci-fi like 2010.
56. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
Votes: 480,981 | Gross: $56.95M
Sooooo slow, be careful. The message is tricky to find; I don't think Kubrik's vision matches Clarke's story, but it's a very intriguing one. 2010 goes into a more explicit outlining of Clarke's message.
57. Fallen (1998)
R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.
Votes: 63,623 | Gross: $25.19M
Creepy. Negative and dark. Not very funny, but the sheer volume of hopelessness for the situation makes you cringe.
58. Speed (1994)
R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.
Votes: 281,887 | Gross: $121.25M
Dennis Hopper. I love his evilness. Sandra Bullock is exaggerating the bimbo here, but it's not really offensive. The premise is enough to keep your attention.
59. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,356,413 | Gross: $171.48M
My kind of paranoia. Some don't think Keanu was effective, but as a stunted human struggling against an electromechanical world I think his bland expressions fit perfectly. The grey universe seems to grant a subtlety to his face that isn't there in his other work.
60. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
R | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.
Votes: 450,185 | Gross: $281.49M
61. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.
Votes: 390,330 | Gross: $139.31M
62. Contact (1997)
PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
Votes: 220,016 | Gross: $100.92M
As strange as the story is, and with the awkward pacing, a 14-year old still can enjoy it, which I found unusual. The questions of faith are great when reflected in a story about first contact. The setting of SETI was nice to see in a film. SETI is a short chapter in human history, and at least for that reason this film is worth watching. Foster brings an idealism to the search of the heavens.
63. The 6th Day (2000)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Futuristic action about a man who meets a clone of himself and stumbles into a grand conspiracy about clones taking over the world.
Votes: 105,433 | Gross: $34.60M
Pretty dumb, don't look for good sci-fi story or you'll be disappointed. If you treat it as entertainment, you'll be fine.
64. True Lies (1994)
R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.
Votes: 204,620 | Gross: $146.28M
Entertaining, and at times overly silly. But fast-paced and the sidekick works.
65. The Fugitive (1993)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt lead by a seasoned US Marshall.
Votes: 229,021 | Gross: $183.88M
66. U.S. Marshals (1998)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones) and his team of Marshals are assigned to track down Sheridan (Snipes), who has been accused of a double-murder.
Votes: 83,302 | Gross: $57.17M
67. The Negotiator (1998)
R | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In a desperate attempt to prove his innocence, a skilled police negotiator accused of corruption and murder takes hostages in a government office to gain the time he needs to find the truth.
Votes: 114,884 | Gross: $44.48M
68. The Punisher (2004)
R | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion.
Votes: 134,220 | Gross: $33.68M
69. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Votes: 1,511,277 | Gross: $37.03M
70. X-Men (2000)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.
Votes: 497,603 | Gross: $157.30M
71. X2 (2003)
PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.
Votes: 445,431 | Gross: $214.95M
72. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A look at Wolverine's early life, in particular his time with the government squad Team X and the impact it will have on his later years.
Votes: 401,782 | Gross: $179.88M
73. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
An all-out war looms when the discovery of a cure for mutations draws a line between the followers of Charles Xavier and those of Magneto.
Votes: 419,223 | Gross: $234.36M
74. X: First Class (2011)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.
Votes: 566,330 | Gross: $146.41M
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,367,597 | Gross: $315.54M
Not like the books; yes, we know. Now we can get past that and just enjoy the massive scale.
76. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,219,555 | Gross: $342.55M
PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,347,399 | Gross: $377.85M
78. The Mist (2007)
R | 126 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Votes: 242,374 | Gross: $25.59M
Warning: This movie upset me deeply, but as a sci-fi it makes a critical point about our assumptions about aliens.
79. Transformers (2007)
PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.
Votes: 544,218 | Gross: $319.07M
Not that good, may take it off. I love the machines and battles, but somehow the complex graphics and motion underwhelms. Maybe a 600 KHz screen would make it more enjoyable. I spent most of the time trying grasp at whizzing detail. Still, I enjoyed it on some baffled and dazed level.
80. Casino Royale (2006)
PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.
Votes: 507,871 | Gross: $167.45M
81. 300 (2006)
R | 117 min | Action, Fantasy
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
Votes: 653,823 | Gross: $210.61M
Uber-man, but some of the Persian decadence is pretty gross.
82. Cloverfield (2008)
PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.
Votes: 322,533 | Gross: $80.05M
Another example of an unsettling sci-fi, with a tragic twist. Done from a seemingly childish perspective, after letting go my stereotypes I was able to find an excellent story.
83. War of the Worlds (2005)
PG-13 | 116 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.
Votes: 361,075 | Gross: $234.28M
The story between the father and son, trying to keep his family together through an unsettling first contact gone wrong, is a powerful message for me, as a paranoiac worried about the collapse of civilization. See also Year Zero.
84. The Postman (1997)
R | 177 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A nameless drifter dons a postman's uniform and bag of mail as he begins a quest to inspire hope to the survivors living in post-apocalyptic America.
Votes: 60,290 | Gross: $17.63M
I know we all hate Kevin Kostner, but what a basic apocalyptic story. The action is constant, the story is twisted, the villain is pretty clever, and I love the little bits of Shakespeare thrown in.
85. Waterworld (1995)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.
Votes: 155,171 | Gross: $88.25M
Everyone hates, especially women, but try to see the clever ideas there. The idea of water as an exchange mechanism is great. The ship he lives on is very clever.
86. Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.
Votes: 59,250 | Gross: $19.08M
Geeky stuff. A hint of punk/cyber tech sci-fi. Not many films picked up these themes.
87. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 643,175 | Gross: $0.19M
Not fast-paced, but so unusual and dark.
88. 28 Days (2000)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama
A big-city newspaper columnist is forced to enter a drug and alcohol rehab center after ruining her sister's wedding and crashing a stolen limousine.
Votes: 37,355 | Gross: $37.17M
89. The Plague Dogs (1982)
PG-13 | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.
No one else likes this, but I like to cry for no apparent reason sometimes. The concept of two souls not worth a damn to the world except as experiments or as dangers is a strange sort of film. The ending (and beginning) hit me harder than anything. If you bother to watch, you must make note of the terse dialogue and how it portrays the world views of each of the characters, and how something important happens in the very last three lines. If you miss this, you missed the film.
90. The Vanishing (1988)
Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller
Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.
French subtitles; very slow pacing. Caused nightmares for me and my dad, so if you have a sensitive nature, you might skip.
It has no soundtrack; right there you lose people. The film, like most good films, asks the viewer a question: What is love to you? When the chips are down, what are you willing to do? Beyond that, if you gave up all for love, and lost everything, but achieved more knowledge of love than most people ever do, would you be grateful?
These are the questions that try men's souls.
91. The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A computer scientist running a virtual reality simulation of 1937 becomes the primary suspect when his colleague and mentor is murdered.
Votes: 56,939 | Gross: $15.50M
This may not be appreciated; I love recursive universe stories. Good for the paranoid.
92. Gattaca (1997)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
Votes: 241,070 | Gross: $12.34M
Some think this is over stylized, and, as usual, I'm baffled by this snooty perspective. When looked at as a story about our childhood beliefs, about the relationships between brothers. Do you have beliefs about genetics, that it defines you, or have you thought about it? It's a valid question we should ask ourselves, it's one that the Socratics couldn't ask themselves. It's the scientific revelation of a philosophic question.
93. Lord of War (2005)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol Agent.
Votes: 263,715 | Gross: $24.15M
Based on a true story, fun.
94. Men in Black (1997)
PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.
Votes: 443,204 | Gross: $250.69M
95. Inside Man (2006)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.
Votes: 293,045 | Gross: $88.51M
Moody and quiet.
96. The Puppet Masters (1994)
R | 109 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The Earth is invaded by stingray-shaped alien "slugs" that ride on people's backs and control their minds.
Votes: 7,348 | Gross: $8.64M
Follows the Heinlein book more closely than any other adaptation, but overlooked by Heinlein fans. The detail into the alien invasion, the mechanics are great, and not out of the book, but perfect additions.
97. Iron Man 2 (2010)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father's legacy.
Votes: 578,579 | Gross: $312.43M
I love the drunken robot scene, it's just funny.
98. I, Robot (2004)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.
Votes: 428,219 | Gross: $144.80M
Will Smith makes any movie fun. And the hint of a message, which only geeks will appreciate. The questions from the robot ("Can you?") and Smith's animosity provide a great baffle for the conflict of man vs. machine.
99. Short Circuit (1986)
PG | 98 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.
Votes: 47,572 | Gross: $40.70M
Too cute for most macho men, but the robot is so optimistic and childlike, and the Indian stereotype is racist and funny.
100. Short Circuit 2 (1988)
PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Robot Johnny Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own purposes.
Votes: 20,039 | Gross: $21.63M
Just as funny as the first, surprisingly.