MOST ENJOYABLE MOVIES

This list celebrates films of Fun, Hope, and Heart!
(Some get deeper than others.)

I've excluded films made earlier than the 1980's.
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1.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Woody Allen is an American treasure, and I still can't believe he made his greatest achievement "Midnight in Paris" this late in his career. A truly wonderful film. ” - BobSacramento
 
2.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
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The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling. (126 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
“ Road trip through South America in the 1950's.... Absolutely gorgeous photography... Fun, funny, and full of heart... A story of friendship and humanity. ” - BobSacramento
 
3.
Before Sunrise (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (101 mins.)
“ A romantic encounter between two young idealists amid their European travels... The film's simple nature is so entirely refreshing. ” - BobSacramento
 
4.
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
“ I'm amazed by how effective the mood of the movie is. The story is, um, ambitious. But the script is excellent. And through the eyes of Gus Van Sant, plus a killer soundtrack, we get one extremely beautiful movie. And hello, Robin Williams? His finest hour. ” - BobSacramento
 
5.
Office Space (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss. (89 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
“ Mike Judge is a genius at mocking American stupidity. In Office Space, his portrayal of mid-management is precise, merciless, and euphorically hilarious. A fully realized film, perfect in every way. ” - BobSacramento
 
6.
Boyhood (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college. (165 mins.)
“ The concept of filming over 12 years-- and using time as the star of the movie-- sets Boyhood apart in every sense. Just a beautiful film. ” - BobSacramento
 
7.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
“ Speilberg all but puts you alongside American soldiers in WWII. This is a film about the honor of sacrifice. And it is beautiful. ” - BobSacramento
 
8.
Wall Street (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing. (126 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ It's incredible how well this film holds up 25 years later, both in story and production. "Gordon Gekko" is perhaps the greatest film character ever. ” - BobSacramento
 
9.
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Farrelly
“ I've spent two decades quoting this film. It's the gift that never stops giving. Both characters are so fully developed, and so entirely hysterical. ” - BobSacramento
 
10.
Chef (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. (114 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ Ingredients: Food porn, road trip, humor, & a great soundtrack... Excellent movie! ” - BobSacramento
 
11.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. (166 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ The story was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and took the better part of a century to accomplish the visual effect. This is filmmaking at its best, showing us imagery we could hardly imagine ourselves. ” - BobSacramento
 
12.
The Goonies (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure. (114 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ This is, without a doubt, the ultimate childhood adventure. If it is not seared into your consciousness, well, I'm sorry for you. ” - BobSacramento
 
13.
La La Land (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. (128 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
“ This was just wonderful. ” - BobSacramento
 
14.
Big Night (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. (109 mins.)
“ Hard to pinpoint what makes this film so pleasant. It's simplicity? The humor? The food? Minnie? ” - BobSacramento
 
15.
Short Term 12 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. (96 mins.)
“ Forget about comic-book superheroes. This movie is about real heroism. The emotional impact of Short Term 12 is astonishing. It is so fully enlightened, illustrating the purest form of hope. ” - BobSacramento
 
16.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ The photography of this film is mesmerizing. Good story with a great finale. Who knew a stammer could be so entertaining? ” - BobSacramento
 
17.
Stand by Me (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ The train tracks that cut through the Oregon countryside wins it for me. Great story. This captured my imagination as a child, and as an adult I love it all the same. ” - BobSacramento
 
18.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Close your eyes and hear the narration of Morgan Freeman.... Feeling good already? ” - BobSacramento
 
19.
Superbad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. (113 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
“ Hysterical. Absolutely flippin' hysterical. ” - BobSacramento
 
20.
Begin Again (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. (104 mins.)
Director: John Carney
“ Many folks won't find this movie to be exceptional. But for those with a melodic sweet spot, and the indie spirit, this movie is nothing short of sheer pleasure. ” - BobSacramento
 
21.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ The collaboration of Kaufman and Gondry results in a film so good, it borders on epiphany. Beneath it all, love remains untouchable. ” - BobSacramento
 
22.
National Treasure (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. (131 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ Hear me out.... Nicolas Cage as a treasure hunter who steals the Declaration of Independence which has clues written in invisible ink that can only be read with spectacles handmade by Benjamin Franklin.... AMIRITE!?! ” - BobSacramento
 
23.
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The adult siblings of the Fitzgerald family prepare for their estranged father to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. (99 mins.)
Director: Edward Burns
“ Ed Burns has spent his directorial career leading up to this movie. The ensemble cast is phenomenal. A fantastic story of forgiveness. ” - BobSacramento
 
24.
Smoke Signals (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear... (89 mins.)
Director: Chris Eyre
“ An emotional comedy that takes the viewer into the world of modern Native Americans. A little-known gem that is nothing short of beautiful. ” - BobSacramento
 
25.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
“ Cinematic playfulness simmered to perfection. ” - BobSacramento
 
26.
The Great Debaters (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. (126 mins.)
“ An elegant movie, driven on the hope of its two young stars. Denzel Washington proves he's a fine director, with this and Antwone Fisher under his belt. ” - BobSacramento
 
27.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
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
“ A 100 foot sea-wave swallows Manhattan, just as a new ice age swallows Earth..... Complete with outdated CGI.... Eff yes. ” - BobSacramento
 
28.
Limitless (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ Talk about vicarious experience. The makers really did a great job getting you to feel the height of this "brain drug". Cool movie! ” - BobSacramento
 
29.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
“ Quite the tale, told in such a clever way. This film deals with some heavy issues too, but by the end credits you feel good. ” - BobSacramento
 
30.
Spotlight (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. (128 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
“ Spotlight is a movie that celebrates journalism. The ensemble cast and filmmakers do an incredible job of telling this horrible story. ” - BobSacramento
 
31.
The Intouchables (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
“ This is the ultimate heartwarmer. ” - BobSacramento
 
32.
Knocked Up (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant with his child. (129 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
“ Judd Apatow rules. His best movie. ” - BobSacramento
 
33.
No Looking Back (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Claudia has lived all her life in a small, seaside, blue-collar town, hanging out with the same group of friends since grade school... (96 mins.)
Director: Edward Burns
“ No Looking Back is the most panned movie on my list. I think that's a shame. The resonance of young hometown working class people, growing into adults, in the winter on the beachfront coast, questioning life decisions, and with the soundtrack of Springsteen at every turn... And yes, Jon Bon Jovi is actually very good.... A fine film. ” - BobSacramento
 
34.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Devastated Peter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex - and she's bringing along her new boyfriend. (111 mins.)
“ Written by & starring Jason Segel, it's safe to say this is his baby. A solid comedy, with many many laughs. ” - BobSacramento
 
35.
Groundhog Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ I don't think I've ever met a person who dislikes this movie. Total classic! ” - BobSacramento
 
36.
Bridesmaids (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef. (125 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
“ A very funny movie, no doubt. But for me, Melissa McCarthy's character Megan stacks up with the funniest performances ever caught on film. "It's coming out like hot lava!" ” - BobSacramento
 
37.
Unstoppable (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe. (98 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ A runway train-- 5,000 tons of steel-- barreling across the countryside and towards cities at 100 mph.... All aboard!! ” - BobSacramento
 
38.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ The Bourne Trilogy is pure entertainment. Nothing more nothing less. Watch all three. Repeat as needed. ” - BobSacramento
 
39.
Taken (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. (93 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ This movie is fun. Pure effing fun. Seriously, have yourself some fun, eh? ” - BobSacramento
 
40.
The Company Men (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company - and how that affects them, their families, and their communities. (104 mins.)
Director: John Wells
“ Movies about corporate culture and recession will never excite the masses. But "Company Men" has a ton of heart, and is worth your time. ” - BobSacramento
 
41.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ JohnCandy+SteveMartin+JohnHughes=Genius. ” - BobSacramento
 
42.
Field of Dreams (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come. (107 mins.)
“ Go get James Earl Jones and put him in your VW bus and bring him to the cornfields. Yeah, it's like that. ” - BobSacramento
 
43.
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. (124 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ Cameron Crowe shows the world how to do "sweet, sentimental Hollywood" with a lot of dignity. ” - BobSacramento
 
44.
Runaway Jury (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer. (127 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
“ Who doesn't love courtroom suspense? This is the best Grisham flick they made. Fast paced and, good God, Gene Hackman rules. ” - BobSacramento
 
45.
A Few Good Men (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders. (138 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Rob Reiner and Aaron Sorkin made a good team, giving us this gem and "The American President". If nothing else, love this film for Kevin Bacon's haircut. ” - BobSacramento