The Best There is

Everything from Fantasy and Superheroes to Comedy and Westerns. The best there is of Actors, Stories, and Meanings.
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1.
Fight Club (1999)
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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. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
2.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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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. (164 mins.)
 
3.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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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. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ From the rolling fields of the Shire to the cavernous halls of Moria, Frodo and The Fellowship will cross gorgeous lands, meet fantastic peoples and creatures, and kill most of them in Peter Jackson's rendition of J.R.R Tolkien's famous fantasy novel. ” - jamieknox
 
4.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
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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
“ The Fellowship has parted, but the quest isn't over. Rohan is at war and the Ring still needs to be destroyed as Peter Jackson tells the story of the second book in the trilogy that started a trend in Fantasy Novels. ” - jamieknox
 
5.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
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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
“ With the war for Middle Earth coming to a boiling point the remnants of the Fellowship must fight battles against ghosts, Giant Spiders, and politics as they try to band the peoples of Middle Earth together in one last match to get the Ring to the fires of Mount Doom. The final story to be told in the Fantasy Novel to end all Fantasy Novels. ” - jamieknox
 
6.
Limitless (2011)
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With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
“ From dud to stud in 30 seconds. Bradley Cooper is in it... what more need be said? ” - jamieknox
 
7.
Real Steel (2011)
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In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot. (127 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
 
8.
The Birdcage (1996)
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A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
9.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
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In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. (108 mins.)
 
10.
Braveheart (1995)
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When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ For Freedom.... and pale pasty white legs. It is not a skirt it is a kilt. What Scotsman doesn't love watching his ancestry get in a good fight, and with the English to boot. ” - jamieknox
 
11.
Iron Man (2008)
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After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ Watch Robert Downy Jr. forge himself anew as one of the most iconic superheroes of all time. ” - jamieknox
 
12.
El Dorado (1967)
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Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water. (126 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
13.
The Last Samurai (2003)
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An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. (154 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
14.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
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Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. (116 mins.)
“ You never know what is going to happen next. ” - jamieknox
 
15.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
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Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11. (125 mins.)
“ A worth successor to the Oceans throne. ” - jamieknox
 
16.
Sahara (2005)
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Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a WHO doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator. (124 mins.)
Director: Breck Eisner
“ An adventure unlike any other. No vast riches or princesses, just good friends, good fights, and good humor. ” - jamieknox
 
17.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
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A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that. (103 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ What teenager doesn't love skipping school to go on an adventure. Well here is one like no other. ” - jamieknox
 
18.
Battle Los Angeles (2011)
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A squadron of U.S. Marines becomes the last line of defense against a global invasion. (116 mins.)
“ I have two words for you. Marines... Hoorah. ” - jamieknox
 
19.
The Godfather (1972)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ I'm gonna make you and offer you can't refuse.. watch this movie or miss out on one of the best films in history. Never has the Italian Mafia seemed more grand. ” - jamieknox
 
20.
The Matrix (1999)
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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.)
“ Love action movies, this is great. Love deep meaningful themes, I have that right here. Welcome to the wonderful world of Conformism, Buddhism, robots, and gunfights. ” - jamieknox
 
21.
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
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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.)
“ The end of an epic Trilogy..... though honestly I just put it up because the giant mech-walkers are awesome. ” - jamieknox
 
22.
Jurassic Park (1993)
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During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ Who doesn't love Dinosaurs.... well unless they are trying to eat you. ” - jamieknox
 
23.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
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A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda. (129 mins.)
“ A new twist and a whole lot more dinosaurs. Better not let one loose in San Diego. Plus it has Jeff Goldblum. ” - jamieknox
 
24.
Jurassic Park III (2001)
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A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Alan Grant to go to Isla Sorna (the second InGen dinosaur lab.), resulting in an unexpected landing...and unexpected new inhabitants on the island. (92 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ Sam Neill returns to the home of the Dinosaurs once more and we are very grateful to him for it. ” - jamieknox
 
25.
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
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True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet. (136 mins.)
“ One of the most moving movies ever, and the best Buddhist film I have ever come across. ” - jamieknox
 
26.
Independence Day (1996)
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The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
27.
My Fellow Americans (1996)
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Two former U. S. Presidents, hated rivals, join forces to expose the current, corrupt President at the risk of their lives. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
 
28.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
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Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
29.
Hidalgo (2004)
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In 1890, a down-and-out cowboy and his horse travel to Arabia to compete in a deadly cross desert horse race. (136 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
 
30.
Troy (2004)
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An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved. (163 mins.)
 
31.
Reign of Fire (2002)
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A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting everything ablaze, establishing dominance over the planet. (101 mins.)
Director: Rob Bowman
 
32.
The Alamo (2004)
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Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. (137 mins.)
 
33.
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
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James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot when he protects an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can't feel pain. (128 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
34.
GoldenEye (1995)
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James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow Agent formerly believed to be dead. (130 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
35.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
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James Bond heads to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage. (119 mins.)
 
36.
The Last Legion (2007)
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As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters. (102 mins.)
Director: Doug Lefler
 
37.
The Patriot (2000)
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Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son. (165 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
38.
The Three Musketeers (1993)
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The three best of the disbanded Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - join a young hotheaded would-be-Musketeer... (105 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
39.
Secondhand Lions (2003)
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A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas. (111 mins.)
Director: Tim McCanlies
 
40.
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
 
41.
Now You See Me (2013)
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An F.B.I. Agent, and an Interpol Detective, track a team of illusionists, who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money. (115 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
 
42.
Hitch (2005)
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While helping his latest client woo the fine lady of his dreams, a professional "date doctor" finds that his game doesn't quite work on the gossip columnist with whom he's smitten. (118 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant