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In no particular order, many of my favorite movies
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1.
Frequency (2000)
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An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences. (118 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
 
2.
The Rookie (2002)
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A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs. (127 mins.)
 
3.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
4.
Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)
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The extremely talented Santiago Munez is given a chance at professional football, after being spotted by a scout who has ties with Newcastle United. (118 mins.)
Director: Danny Cannon
 
5.
Forever Strong (2008)
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A rugby player is put up in a juvenile detention center. There he plays for the Highland Rugby team and ultimately plays against his father in the National Championships. (112 mins.)
Director: Ryan Little
 
6.
Event Horizon (1997)
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A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
 
7.
Billy Elliot (2000)
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A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
8.
Dreamcatcher (2003)
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Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space. (136 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
9.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
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A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
10.
Gladiator (2000)
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When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
11.
Queen of the Damned (2002)
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The vampire Lestat becomes a rock star whose music wakes up the queen of all vampires. (101 mins.)
Director: Michael Rymer
 
12.
Remember the Titans (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. (113 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
 
13.
Stargate (1994)
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An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra. (116 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
14.
Surviving the Game (1994)
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A homeless man is hired as a survival guide for a group of wealthy businessmen on a hunting trip in the mountains, unaware that they are killers who hunt humans for sport, and that he is their new prey. (96 mins.)
 
15.
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
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A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge. (131 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
16.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
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Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek across America to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. (124 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
17.
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
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A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
 
18.
August Rush (2007)
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A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents. (114 mins.)
 
19.
The Hunted (2003)
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An FBI deep-woods tracker captures a trained assassin who has made a sport of hunting humans. (94 mins.)
 
20.
The Recruit (2003)
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A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency. (115 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
21.
Across the Universe (2007)
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The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. (133 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
22.
Miracle (2004)
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Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad. (135 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
23.
October Sky (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes. (108 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
 
24.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
25.
Fighting (2009)
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In New York City, a young counterfeiter is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist, who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit. (105 mins.)
Director: Dito Montiel
 
26.
The Blind Side (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (129 mins.)
 
27.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
a struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career. (117 mins.)
 
28.
Legendary (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A book-smart teenager joins his school's wrestling team as a way to reunite his surviving family members, who split apart after the death of his father, a college wrestling legend, 10 years ago. (107 mins.)
Director: Mel Damski
 
29.
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the 1913 US Open, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet played against his idol, 1900 US Open champion, Englishman Harry Vardon. (120 mins.)
Director: Bill Paxton
 
30.
The Time Machine (2002)
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Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races. (96 mins.)
Director: Simon Wells
 
31.
American History X (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
 
32.
Jumper (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A teenager with teleportation abilities suddenly finds himself in the middle of an ancient war between those like him and their sworn annihilators. (88 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
 
33.
Avatar (2009)
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A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
34.
Hackers (1995)
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Dade Murphy was a hacker even as a kid in Seattle. He got arrested for the computer virus that he planted... (107 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
 
35.
Planet of the Apes (2001)
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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
 
36.
Training Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
37.
The Craft (1996)
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A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Fleming
 
38.
Resident Evil (2002)
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A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. (100 mins.)
 
39.
Contact (1997)
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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
 
40.
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
 
41.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
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A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
42.
Drumline (2002)
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A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university. (118 mins.)
 
43.
Footloose (1984)
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A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. (107 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
44.
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
 
45.
City of Angels (1998)
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Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel (Cage) who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room. Franz plays Cage's buddy who somehow knows a lot about angels. (114 mins.)
Director: Brad Silberling
 
46.
White Water Summer (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The story of a shy boy who gets convinced by his parents to spend a few summer days in the mountains. So, he joins a group, and the vacation begins. Unfortunately, things turn out to be a little tough for our small friend. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeff Bleckner
 
47.
Explorers (1985)
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A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what? (109 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
48.
The Skulls (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Luke McNamara, a college senior from a working class background joins a secret elitist college fraternity organization called "The Skulls"... (106 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen