The Ones You Never Forget

by cinemajunky | created - 25 Dec 2012 | updated - 25 Dec 2012 | Public

These are some of my favorite movies - the ones I insist that my friends watch. A lot of them are a little quirky, but that's part of their charm.

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1. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

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81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 149,233

Based on a novel, a group of students go on a trip only to find themselves pitted against each other on an island they can't escape. If you liked The Hunger Games, you'll love this movie.

2. The Price of Milk (2000)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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49 Metascore

New Zealand milk farmer Rob gives his lover Lucinda a ring. Trying to spark up her relationship with Rob, she takes her friend Drosophila's advice and starts to try and make Rob angry. But ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Sinclair | Stars: Danielle Cormack, Karl Urban, Willa O'Neill, Michael Lawrence

Votes: 1,567 | Gross: $0.11M

Quirky Kiwi movie about an engaged couple living on a milk farm. When her best friend tells her that no relationship is complete without at least one good fight, the lead actress sets out to anger her beau.

3. What Dreams May Come (1998)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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44 Metascore

After he dies in a car crash, a man searches heaven and hell for his beloved wife.

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow

Votes: 89,494 | Gross: $55.49M

Based on a novel, this movie shows Robin Williams in a serious role as a man who acclimates to Heaven only to navigate Hell for the woman he loves.

4. Leave Me (2009 Video)

5 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

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A recent widower deals with his grief through his wife's broken camera as he relives through her photos to find one last chance to be with her.

Director: Dustin Ballard | Stars: Ryan Dunlap, Mark Gullickson, Sarah Van Eman, Christopher Akers

Votes: 328

This one is a short video (maybe 15min max) that had me in tears by the end. After losing his wife in an accident, a man flips through the pictures on her broken camera.

5. The Devil's Carnival (2012)

Not Rated | 56 min | Horror, Musical

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Lost souls enter The Devil's Carnival where they are each faced with the sins they committed in life.

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman | Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, Briana Evigan, Jessica Lowndes, Terrance Zdunich

Votes: 3,538

From the same people who gave us Repo! The Genetic Opera, a lot of the same players are back for The Devil's Carnival. Telling the stories of three different sinners, the music is fun and catchy and the makeup is impressive for the most part. The creators say that this is the first of three or four installments.

6. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

G | 108 min | Drama, History, Musical

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Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life, told in an anachronistic manner.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen

Votes: 21,170 | Gross: $24.48M

Originally banned by the Vatican, this contemporary musical tells the story of the Passion through the eyes of Judas.

7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

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58 Metascore

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 113,844 | Gross: $139.88M

Originally banned by the Vatican, this contemporary musical tells the story of the Passion through the eyes of Judas. Even if you're not hugely religious, the music and the acting is fair enough to carry the story.

8. Forbidden Zone (1980)

R | 74 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

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The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement.

Director: Richard Elfman | Stars: Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Gisele Lindley, Jan Stuart Schwartz

Votes: 3,868

Richard Elfman, the older brother of Danny Elfman (the guy who does the music for all of Tim Burton's movies and is part of the band Oingo Boingo), created this raunchy good time where a girl is whisked off into the Forbidden Zone to be the mistress of the King and the target of the Queen's jealousy. Danny Elfman plays Satan and there are quite a few other notable faces.

9. The Bleeding House (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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A stranger with mysterious intentions comes to stay the night at a secluded country home, but what he finds inside is a family torn apart by a violent past and a secret more deadly than he expected.

Director: Philip Gelatt | Stars: Alexandra Chando, Patrick Breen, Nina Lisandrello, Betsy Aidem

Votes: 1,473

This was actually a surprising view for me since I didn't think it was going to be as good as it was. An average suburban family makes a new life for themselves out in the country when a stranger comes calling for assistance. However, no one is exactly what they seem and it all gets turned around.

10. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

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70 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 156,127 | Gross: $2.40M

The first in a trilogy of awesome. See Sam Raimi's genius firsthand! Bruce Campbell, King of the B-Movies, stars and is put through a battery of assaults throughout this movie and its sequels when he and a group of friends travel to a cabin in the woods.

11. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

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69 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 124,897 | Gross: $5.92M

Arguably a tad creepier, this movie takes up where the first left off and rehashes the first just a tad. Ash, played by Bruce Campbell, fights off all sorts of horrors while trying to convince a new group of cabin campers that they should leave.

12. Army of Darkness (1992)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

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57 Metascore

A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie

Votes: 140,793 | Gross: $11.50M

At this point, Sam Raimi and co. just gave up entirely on horror and focused on horror-comedy as they toss Ash into a vortex that brings him to a medieval time where he has to help defend a castle against the evil undead army trying to steal the Necronomicon.

13. Koroshiya 1 (2001)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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55 Metascore

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun

Votes: 45,535

My first real taste of Takashi Miike's work and the J-Gore style, this movie focuses on a broken man who is manipulated into being an assassin. As Yakuza drop like flies, one lower ranking mob guy tries to track Ichi down for killing his boss. Like all Miike movies, this is not for the faint of stomach.

14. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 60,415

Part love story, part love story gone horribly wrong. When a single father movie maker decides to court a new wife, his friend encourages him to hold a fake audition to meet women. After finding a very demure girl, he soon learns there is more to her than she put in her resume.

15. Chûgoku no chôjin (1998)

118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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A salaryman and yakuza are each sent by their bosses to a remote Chinese village but discover more then they expected.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Renji Ishibashi, Mako, Michiko Kichise

Votes: 4,001

This Miike film is vastly different from the previous two - a Yakuza comes to China to meet with a business man over acquiring some resources. They travel to this small town that is split between the modern youngsters and the traditional older folks. While the business man becomes taken with a local girl, the Yakuza obsesses over the flying contraptions that the town builds.

16. Hard Candy (2005)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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58 Metascore

A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a pedophile.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Odessa Rae

Votes: 140,044 | Gross: $1.01M

Ellen Page in a role you won't soon forget; a teenage girl meets up with an older man that she met off the internet. Over the next few hours, the most intense game of cat-and-mouse occurs between the two.

17. The American Astronaut (2001)

Not Rated | 91 min | Musical, Comedy, Sci-Fi

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51 Metascore

Samuel Curtis, an interplanetary trader, sets forth through a rustic and remote solar system, unaware that his old friend Professor Hess is trying to kill him.

Director: Cory McAbee | Stars: Cory McAbee, Rocco Sisto, Gregory Russell Cook, Annie Golden

Votes: 2,751 | Gross: $0.04M

The Blueberry Pirate trades a cat to the owner of a bar who gives him a real live girl in a box to trade with the men of Mars to get The Boy Who Saw A Woman's Breast to exchange with the women of Venus for the body of only man they've ever loved. Meanwhile, the insane Professor Hess hounds their every step to settle an old score.

18. Six-String Samurai (1998)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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In the post-apocalyptic world of 1960s Nevada, a rock 'n' roll samurai on his way to Lost Vegas takes a young orphan boy under his protection as Death and his metalhead Horsemen chase after them.

Director: Lance Mungia | Stars: Jeffrey Falcon, Justin McGuire, Kim De Angelo, Stephane Gauger

Votes: 6,016 | Gross: $0.12M

The Blueberry Pirate trades a cat to the owner of a bar who gives him a real live girl in a box to trade with the men of Mars to get The Boy Who Saw A Woman's Breast to exchange with the women of Venus for the body of only man they've ever loved. Meanwhile, the insane Professor Hess hounds their every step to settle an old score. The Billy Nayor Show performs the entire soundtrack.

19. Tank Girl (1995)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

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A girl is among the few survivors of a dystopian Earth. Riding a war tank, she fights against the tyranny of a mega-corporation that dominates the remaining potable water supply of the planet.

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Don Harvey

Votes: 26,471 | Gross: $4.06M

based on a comic book, the story is set in post-apocalypse America where there's no water to be had outside of the tyrannically led Water and Power company. If you don't love Lori Petty after this movie, there's no hope for you and this list. =P

20. Hot Fuzz (2007)

R | 121 min | Action, Comedy

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81 Metascore

A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town that's harbouring a dark secret.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy

Votes: 389,780 | Gross: $23.64M

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are cops in a small town that harbors a nefarious secret. This hilarious send-up of cop based action films gives us one more reason to love this duo.

21. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

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76 Metascore

A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

Votes: 433,116 | Gross: $13.54M

I love when movie lovers make films. Just as Hot Fuzz pointed out all the cliche scenes of action movies, Shaun of the Dead runs through all the cliche zombie movie scenes in the middle of a love story and still manages to be pretty darn hilarious.

22. How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

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40 Metascore

Shy, chain-smoking, insomniac Peter McGowan is an L.A. playwright with a string of hits that preceded his current ten years of failed productions. His mother-in-law is sinking into senility... See full summary »

Director: Michael Kalesniko | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Robin Wright, Suzi Hofrichter, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 3,242 | Gross: $0.05M

A struggling playwright and his wife debate over whether or not to have a baby when they meet their new neighbors' daughter. To increase the stress level, the other neighbors continually leave their yapping dog outside at night. The spitome of dry, British wit tossed in with a great story, this is one of is actually on the 2nd tier of my "must see" list.

23. Death at a Funeral (2007)

R | 87 min | Comedy

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67 Metascore

Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage, Ewen Bremner, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 95,982 | Gross: $8.58M

On the day of their patriarch's funeral, family members bicker, panic, and trip out in the most restrained ways that British upper class families can. Alan Tudyk ("Wash" from Firefly) plays the panicking boyfriend and is absolutely hilarious.

24. Fido (2006)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

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70 Metascore

In an Earthly world resembling the 1950s, a cloud of space radiation has shrouded the planet, resulting in the dead becoming zombies that desire live human flesh. A company called Zomcon ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Currie | Stars: Kesun Loder, Billy Connolly, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Kaye

Votes: 26,213 | Gross: $0.30M

In post-zombie-apocalpyse, a 50s-era styled gated community lives alongside forcibly docile zombies who wear collars that keep them sedated and compliant. When Billy's zombie's collar goes awry, the neighborhood takes a turn for the worse.

25. Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001)

R | 85 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

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Kung-Fu Action / Comedy / Horror / Musical about the second coming.

Director: Lee Demarbre | Stars: Phil Caracas, Murielle Varhelyi, Maria Moulton, Tim Devries

Votes: 3,689

Hilarious and terrible, Jesus Christ returns to Earth to fight off vampires who prey on lesbians.

26. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

R | 105 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

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42 Metascore

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie

Votes: 136,142 | Gross: $37.52M

Based on a book, this movie blends historical fact with fantastic fiction. The vampires are terrible CG, but the story is pretty fun even if it isn't 100% true to the book.

27. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008)

TV-PG | 42 min | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi

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An aspiring supervillain must balance his career and his pursuit of a beautiful do-gooder.

Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, Simon Helberg

Votes: 37,598

Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillon ("Mal" from Firefly), and Felicia Day (The Guild and Red The Werewolf Hunter) get together in this musical from Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Part love story, part super villain thwarted constantly by super hero movie, this has a cult following and is looking at a sequel. It was originally an internet movie done during the Writer's Strike.

28. Children of Men (2006)

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

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84 Metascore

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

Votes: 395,907 | Gross: $35.55M

This is the first time I realized my love of Clive Owen as a reluctant good guy. Recruited by his estranged ex-wife in the wake of the death of the youngest person on the planet, he's introduced to a young girl who reveals that she is pregnant which is significant in that no one has been able to give birth for almost two decades. He has to lead her through various dangers to the coast where she and her baby will be safe.

29. V for Vendetta (2005)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

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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: 877,113 | Gross: $70.51M

Another post-apocalyse movie based on a comic book; the remaining people of Great Britain are ruled over by a Nazi-like party after a terrorist group unleashed a plague. The hero/anti-hero V rescues Evee and keeps her contained for a year while planning an attack on Parliament. Visually stunning and incredibly well-acted, I still cry at the end.

30. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

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98 Metascore

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 518,545 | Gross: $37.63M

Guillermo del Toro is a fantastic director and I love almost everything he's ever done, but this story is awesome for several reasons. The acting is as superb as the story is enchanting - a young girl moves to the country during the Spanish Civil War to stay with her mother and her mother's new husband. While there, she meets a faun who sends her on missions so that she can be with her real father, the King of the Faeries. The makeup and costumes make this movie.

31. The Fall (2006)

R | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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64 Metascore

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Kim Uylenbroek

Votes: 95,826 | Gross: $2.28M

I first saw Lee Pace in Pushing Daisies and absolutely loved his quirky face. In this, he's a stunt man who may or may not have attempted suicide and is currently staying in a hospital with a broken leg when he meets a little girl with a broken arm. He enchants her with a story of masked vigilantes and heroes.