Movies-TV I've Seen and Recommend

by 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

8.7
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92 Metascore

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.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

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.

2. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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81 Metascore

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.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

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."

3. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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53 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

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

8.0
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82 Metascore

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.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy

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

8.3
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Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 59,188

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

6.4
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48 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

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

7.7
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71 Metascore

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.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

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

7.3
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

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

7.2
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

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

6.6
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55 Metascore

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.

Director: David Carson | Stars: Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell, Jonathan Frakes

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

7.9
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79 Metascore

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 764,531 | Gross: $318.41M

12. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

8.5
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83 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 642,127 | Gross: $78.90M

A bit gross, but critical to understanding Prometheus.

13. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.4
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86 Metascore

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?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 546,694 | Gross: $85.16M

14. Alien: Resurrection (1997)

R | 109 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.2
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman

Votes: 193,219 | Gross: $47.75M

15. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Louis Leterrier | Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt

Votes: 354,923 | Gross: $134.52M

16. Thor (2011)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.0
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57 Metascore

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.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Votes: 596,342 | Gross: $181.03M

Hard to beat on a fun level.

17. Moon (2009)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw

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

7.6
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69 Metascore

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl

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

8.3
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

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

8.4
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78 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

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

9.0
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82 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

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

8.5
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85 Metascore

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

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

7.7
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47 Metascore

In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell

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

5.6
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39 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong

Votes: 237,575 | Gross: $116.60M

Hey, very corny, but still fun!

25. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 137,363 | Gross: $134.22M

My favorite version.

26. Superman II (1980)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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87 Metascore

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Lester, Richard Donner | Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty

Votes: 83,692 | Gross: $108.19M

27. Total Recall (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.5
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57 Metascore

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?

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin

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

7.7
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80 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow

Votes: 434,849 | Gross: $132.07M

29. Mission: Impossible (1996)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.1
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59 Metascore

An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny

Votes: 326,275 | Gross: $180.98M

30. Mission: Impossible II (2000)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.1
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59 Metascore

A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera".

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames

Votes: 262,758 | Gross: $215.41M

31. Blade (1998)

R | 120 min | Action, Horror

7.1
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45 Metascore

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 208,949 | Gross: $70.09M

32. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.2
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

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

6.8
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52 Metascore

Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Colm Meaney

Votes: 241,290 | Gross: $101.12M

34. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.0
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83 Metascore

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.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 664,782 | Gross: $38.40M

35. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

R | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.3
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken, Claire Danes

Votes: 328,626 | Gross: $150.37M

36. Terminator 2 (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.5
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75 Metascore

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.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 823,130 | Gross: $204.84M

37. Spawn (1997)

R | 96 min | Action, Horror

5.2
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34 Metascore

An elite mercenary is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.

Director: Mark A.Z. Dippé | Stars: Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle

Votes: 56,711 | Gross: $54.97M

Too gross?

38. Predator (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.8
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40 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 316,200 | Gross: $59.74M

39. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

8.2
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

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

7.1
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67 Metascore

John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

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

7.6
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, Graham Greene

Votes: 320,252 | Gross: $100.01M

42. Outbreak (1995)

R | 127 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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65 Metascore

Extreme measures are necessary to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus. But how extreme, exactly?

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey

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

8.2
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62 Metascore

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.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea

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

6.2
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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.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Kevin Peter Hall, Rubén Blades

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

7.6
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56 Metascore

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin

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

5.5
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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.

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Armand Assante, Rob Schneider, Jürgen Prochnow

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

8.0
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79 Metascore

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.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

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

5.7
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50 Metascore

An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan

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

7.6
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68 Metascore

A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Karin Konoval

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

6.1
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46 Metascore

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.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison

Votes: 36,109 | Gross: $19.00M

51. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

G | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi

5.5
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40 Metascore

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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden

Votes: 25,070 | Gross: $8.80M

52. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.1
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49 Metascore

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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 25,973 | Gross: $9.00M

53. Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

G | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.3
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 26,865 | Gross: $12.30M

54. Zombieland (2009)

R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

7.7
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin

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

7.1
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65 Metascore

A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards

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

8.3
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

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

7.0
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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.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz

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

7.2
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78 Metascore

A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton

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

8.7
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73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

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

7.2
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62 Metascore

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.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 450,185 | Gross: $281.49M

61. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.7
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47 Metascore

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.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 390,330 | Gross: $139.31M

62. Contact (1997)

PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.4
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62 Metascore

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

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

5.9
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49 Metascore

Futuristic action about a man who meets a clone of himself and stumbles into a grand conspiracy about clones taking over the world.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker

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

7.2
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton

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

7.8
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88 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore

Votes: 229,021 | Gross: $183.88M

66. U.S. Marshals (1998)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.5
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47 Metascore

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.

Director: Stuart Baird | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley Snipes, Robert Downey Jr., Joe Pantoliano

Votes: 83,302 | Gross: $57.17M

67. The Negotiator (1998)

R | 140 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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62 Metascore

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.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse, Ron Rifkin

Votes: 114,884 | Gross: $44.48M

68. The Punisher (2004)

R | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.5
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33 Metascore

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.

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh | Stars: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis, Laura Harring

Votes: 134,220 | Gross: $33.68M

69. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

8.8
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,511,277 | Gross: $37.03M

70. X-Men (2000)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.4
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64 Metascore

Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen

Votes: 497,603 | Gross: $157.30M

71. X2 (2003)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen

Votes: 445,431 | Gross: $214.95M

72. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.7
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40 Metascore

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.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Danny Huston

Votes: 401,782 | Gross: $179.88M

73. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.7
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen

Votes: 419,223 | Gross: $234.36M

74. X: First Class (2011)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.8
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 566,330 | Gross: $146.41M

75. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.8
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92 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

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

8.7
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88 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,219,555 | Gross: $342.55M

77. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.9
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94 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,347,399 | Gross: $377.85M

78. The Mist (2007)

R | 126 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher

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

7.1
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

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

8.0
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80 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 507,871 | Gross: $167.45M

81. 300 (2006)

R | 117 min | Action, Fantasy

7.7
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52 Metascore

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

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

7.0
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64 Metascore

A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller

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

6.5
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73 Metascore

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto

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

6.0
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29 Metascore

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.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams

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

6.1
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56 Metascore

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.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper, Tina Majorino

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

5.6
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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.

Director: Robert Longo | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren, Dina Meyer, Ice-T

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

8.1
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88 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 643,175 | Gross: $0.19M

Not fast-paced, but so unusual and dark.

88. 28 Days (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

6.0
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46 Metascore

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.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Elizabeth Perkins

Votes: 37,355 | Gross: $37.17M

89. The Plague Dogs (1982)

PG-13 | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.

Director: Martin Rosen | Stars: John Hurt, Christopher Benjamin, James Bolam, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 5,225

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

7.8
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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.

Director: George Sluizer | Stars: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus

Votes: 27,731

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

7.0
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36 Metascore

A computer scientist running a virtual reality simulation of 1937 becomes the primary suspect when his colleague and mentor is murdered.

Director: Josef Rusnak | Stars: Craig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Vincent D'Onofrio

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

7.8
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64 Metascore

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal

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

7.6
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62 Metascore

An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol Agent.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan

Votes: 263,715 | Gross: $24.15M

Based on a true story, fun.

94. Men in Black (1997)

PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.3
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71 Metascore

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 443,204 | Gross: $250.69M

Entertaining.

95. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 293,045 | Gross: $88.51M

Moody and quiet.

96. The Puppet Masters (1994)

R | 109 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.9
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The Earth is invaded by stingray-shaped alien "slugs" that ride on people's backs and control their minds.

Director: Stuart Orme | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Eric Thal, Julie Warner, Keith David

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

7.0
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57 Metascore

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.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

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

7.1
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59 Metascore

In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, Alan Tudyk

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

6.6
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50 Metascore

Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens, Austin Pendleton

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

5.6
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Robot Johnny Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own purposes.

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Stars: Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Tim Blaney, Cynthia Gibb

Votes: 20,039 | Gross: $21.63M

Just as funny as the first, surprisingly.