Movies I've Seen and Recommend

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)
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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
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
2.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ 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." ” - jeffshumphreys
 
3.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ 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? ” - jeffshumphreys
 
4.
Star Trek (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Commander Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
5.
Star Trek (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets. (50 mins.)
“ I watched this on TV originally. Kirk was the perfect father. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
6.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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. (132 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
7.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (113 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
8.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to 20th century Earth to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it, humpback whales. (119 mins.)
Director: Leonard Nimoy
“ All the elements of the old Star Trek are here, except with the proper nostalgic treatment by the characters for days gone by. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
9.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (113 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
10.
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Captain Picard, with the help of supposedly dead Captain Kirk, must stop a madman willing to murder on a planetary scale in order to enter an energy ribbon. (118 mins.)
Director: David Carson
“ Is this the one with the Ribbon? 'Time is the fire in which we all burn." That line has stuck with me forever. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
11.
Iron Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, a billionaire engineer creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
12.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source planet finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ A bit gross, but critical to understanding Prometheus. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
13.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
14.
Alien: Resurrection (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two centuries after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the aliens. (109 mins.)
 
15.
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he emerges whenever he loses his temper. However, Banner then must fight a soldier who unleashes himself as a threat stronger than he. (112 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
 
16.
Thor (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (115 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Hard to beat on a fun level. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
17.
Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ This wasn't as easy for me to enjoy, but my 14-year old son really got into it, which surprised me. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
18.
Batman (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Even though Bale took over the meaning of Batman, they all secretly worship Jack Nicholson's Joker. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
19.
Batman Begins (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (140 mins.)
“ The music is critical to this series. Listen to the strings as they manage to maintain the emotion when the story is thin. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
20.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ Josh loved Bane, the bad guy. He is impressive, even though the movie peters out, and there's confusion at the end. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
21.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ The best of the series, with the Jokers incredible capture of American's fascination with indifference. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
22.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ Good lines, good story, good music, great pacing. The girl is a bit off for me, but only a bit. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
23.
Man on Fire (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect. (146 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ A bit depressing, but incredible "Man" power is expressed throughout, strong and silent, unstoppable rage. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
24.
Green Lantern (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
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. (114 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ Hey, very corny, but still fun! ” - jeffshumphreys
 
25.
Superman (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (143 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ My favorite version. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
26.
Superman II (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. (127 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
27.
Total Recall (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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? (113 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Good clean fun. Lots of action, quirky story, Phillip K. Dick again. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
28.
Minority Report (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (145 mins.)
 
29.
Mission: Impossible (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization. (110 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
30.
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera". (123 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
31.
Blade (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires. (120 mins.)
 
32.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Which cut? Who cares! The ending is confusing on all of them. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
33.
Con Air (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control. (115 mins.)
Director: Simon West
 
34.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A human-looking indestructible 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. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
35.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A cybernetic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 19-year old drifter and his future wife from a most advanced robotic assassin and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack. (109 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
 
36.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
37.
Spawn (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
An elite mercenary is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil. (96 mins.)
“ Too gross? ” - jeffshumphreys
 
38.
Predator (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. (107 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
39.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Key to your man voyage. "Yippie Kayee mother *beep* Woo hoo! ” - jeffshumphreys
 
40.
Die Hard 2 (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. (124 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
“ An excellent follow on to Die Hard, with a pretty good villain. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
41.
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (128 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
 
42.
Outbreak (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Extreme measures are necessary to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus. But how extreme, exactly? (127 mins.)
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
43.
V for Vendetta (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ 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." ” - jeffshumphreys
 
44.
Predator 2 (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
“ As usual, people didn't like this, because no Arnold, but Danny Glover is cool, and the effects are cool. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
45.
Falling Down (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A borderline personality disordered defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them. (113 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ "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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
46.
Judge Dredd (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
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. (96 mins.)
Director: Danny Cannon
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
47.
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.)
“ "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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
48.
Planet of the Apes (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans. (119 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ A confusing version, but worth watching for fun. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
49.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising. (105 mins.)
Director: Rupert Wyatt
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
50.
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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. (95 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
 
51.
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Ten years after conquering the Earth, ape leader Caesar wants the ruling apes and enslaved humans to live in peace. But warring factions of apes led by a militant gorilla general as well as various human groups threaten the stability. (93 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
52.
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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. (88 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
53.
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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. (98 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
54.
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
“ Quirky and violently silly, the mix of sadism with tenderness is beyond acceptable in a PC society, so that's why I love it. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
55.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother. (146 mins.)
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
56.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
57.
Fallen (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (124 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
“ Creepy. Negative and dark. Not very funny, but the sheer volume of hopelessness for the situation makes you cringe. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
58.
Speed (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young cop must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph. (116 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
59.
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.)
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
60.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (138 mins.)
 
61.
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (129 mins.)
 
62.
Contact (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
63.
The 6th Day (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Futuristic action about a man who meets a clone of himself and stumbles into a grand conspiracy about clones taking over the world. (123 mins.)
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
64.
True Lies (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (141 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Entertaining, and at times overly silly. But fast-paced and the sidekick works. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
65.
The Fugitive (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt. (130 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
 
66.
U.S. Marshals (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
US Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones) and his team of Marshals are assigned to track down Sheridan (Snipes), who has been accused of a double-murder. (131 mins.)
Director: Stuart Baird
 
67.
The Negotiator (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (140 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
68.
The Punisher (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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. (124 mins.)
 
69.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a alter-ego devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more... (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
70.
X-Men (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers. (104 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
71.
X2 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (134 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
72.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
 
73.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto. (104 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
74.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (132 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
75.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Not like the books; yes, we know. Now we can get past that and just enjoy the massive scale. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
76.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
77.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
78.
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Warning: This movie upset me deeply, but as a sci-fi it makes a critical point about our assumptions about aliens. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
79.
Transformers (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
80.
Casino Royale (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
81.
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
“ Uber-man, but some of the Persian decadence is pretty gross. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
82.
Cloverfield (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack. (85 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
83.
War of the Worlds (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival. (116 mins.)
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
84.
The Postman (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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. (177 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
85.
Waterworld (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
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. (135 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
86.
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
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. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Longo
“ Geeky stuff. A hint of punk/cyber tech sci-fi. Not many films picked up these themes. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
87.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ Not fast-paced, but so unusual and dark. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
88.
28 Days (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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. (103 mins.)
Director: Betty Thomas
 
89.
The Plague Dogs (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague. (103 mins.)
Director: Martin Rosen
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
90.
The Vanishing (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: George Sluizer
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
91.
The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague... (100 mins.)
Director: Josef Rusnak
“ This may not be appreciated; I love recursive universe stories. Good for the paranoid. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
92.
Gattaca (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
93.
Lord of War (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol agent. (122 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ Based on a true story, fun. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
94.
Men in Black (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth. (98 mins.)
“ Entertaining. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
95.
Inside Man (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ Moody and quiet. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
96.
The Puppet Masters (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The Earth is invaded by stingray-shaped alien "slugs" that ride on people's backs and control their minds. (109 mins.)
Director: Stuart Orme
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
97.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (124 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ I love the drunken robot scene, it's just funny. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
98.
I, Robot (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity. (115 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ 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. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
99.
Short Circuit (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes. (98 mins.)
Director: John Badham
“ Too cute for most macho men, but the robot is so optimistic and childlike, and the Indian stereotype is racist and funny. ” - jeffshumphreys
 
100.
Short Circuit 2 (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Robot Johnny Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own purposes. (110 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Johnson
“ Just as funny as the first, surprisingly. ” - jeffshumphreys