Surprisingly Good Movies

I wasn't expecting much from these movies so I was pleasantly surprised that they were actually pretty good. Some of these had bad reviews and others I didn't know much about but they turned out well.
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1.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
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A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. (129 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ Was not expecting this to be good and it turned out to be such a kick ass movie! Freakin' Awesome! ” - vavamatazz
 
2.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Kept me interested and the ending was unexpected. ” - vavamatazz
 
3.
World War Z (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (116 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ I couldn't wait for this to come out and was hoping I wouldn't be disappointed. It was better than what I hoped for! ” - vavamatazz
 
4.
Lord of War (2005)
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An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol agent. (122 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ Wasn't expecting much from this but it was a well done movie that's a bit of an eye opener. ” - vavamatazz
 
5.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ Definitely one of the most interesting movies around. ” - vavamatazz
 
6.
Crash (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ Best of the best in terms of movies which features separate lives being linked from a certain incident. ” - vavamatazz
 
7.
300 (2006)
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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ I wasn't keen on this movie but after seeing it, I thought it was freakin' awesome. My only regret is that I didn't watch it in the cinema. ” - vavamatazz
 
8.
Burn After Reading (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it. (96 mins.)
“ Very entertaining and one of those movies that I didn't think I'd enjoy but did. ” - vavamatazz
 
9.
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 Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ Wasn't really into Star Trek so I wasn't expecting anything great but this one was truly well done. ” - vavamatazz
 
10.
The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Three groups of people intertwine and are left stranded in the streets on Purge Night, trying to survive the chaos and violence that occurs. (103 mins.)
Director: James DeMonaco
“ Surprisingly better than the first one! ” - vavamatazz
 
11.
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.)
“ I thought this was going to be one of those over-rated movies since it received so much hype and awards but it was well deserved. ” - vavamatazz
 
12.
Apocalypto (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. (139 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ It kept me interested and at the end of the movie, I thought it was worth watching. ” - vavamatazz
 
13.
Anonymous (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her. (130 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ One of the movies I was looking forward to and was impressed by how good it turned out to be. ” - vavamatazz
 
14.
Equilibrium (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. (107 mins.)
Director: Kurt Wimmer
“ Best movie I've seen that's based on the book 1984. ” - vavamatazz
 
15.
The Pianist (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Great movie even though it left me depressed in the end. ” - vavamatazz
 
16.
Argo (2012)
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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Better than what I expected. ” - vavamatazz
 
17.
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Interesting enough to maybe watch again one day. ” - vavamatazz
 
18.
Unknown (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is. (113 mins.)
“ I like this type of movie and this one kept me interested. ” - vavamatazz
 
19.
Stardust (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. (127 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ Loved it! A great story, great cast and great movie. ” - vavamatazz
 
20.
Spy (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster. (119 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
 
21.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables the magic sand inside to reverse time. (116 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
22.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A veteran Vegas magician tries to revive his career after his longtime partner quits, he gets fired from his casino act, and an edgy new "street magician" steals his thunder. (100 mins.)
Director: Don Scardino
“ Pleasantly surprised at how funny and amusing it was. ” - vavamatazz
 
23.
Antitrust (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A computer programmer's dream job at a hot Portland-based firm turns nightmarish when he discovers his boss has a secret and ruthless means of dispatching anti-trust problems. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Howitt
“ I remember this being intriguing and interesting enough to think it was a worthwhile movie to watch. ” - vavamatazz
 
24.
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Following Kick-Ass' heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders. But Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to get revenge, kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything he stands for. (103 mins.)
Director: Jeff Wadlow
“ Better than the first Kick Ass. ” - vavamatazz
 
25.
Vantage Point (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives. (90 mins.)
Director: Pete Travis
“ Enjoyed it. One of those movies you want to watch again after not seeing it for awhile. ” - vavamatazz
 
26.
RED (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants. (111 mins.)
“ Thought it was going to be terrible, turned out okay. ” - vavamatazz
 
27.
Arbitrage (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. (107 mins.)
“ Intriguing drama similar to some of the other movies Richard Gere has been in. ” - vavamatazz
 
28.
Idiocracy (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive. (84 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
“ Entertaining enough. One to watch again. ” - vavamatazz
 
29.
The Rocker (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman... (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Cattaneo
“ Funny, amusing and better than most of the blockbuster comedies that's been churned out in the past couple of years. ” - vavamatazz
 
30.
Chaos (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two cops, a rookie and a grizzled vet, pursue an accomplished bank robber. (106 mins.)
Director: Tony Giglio
“ Surprisingly interesting. ” - vavamatazz
 
31.
Shoot 'Em Up (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen. (86 mins.)
Director: Michael Davis
“ A total riot. Fun. Nothing to take too seriously at all. ” - vavamatazz
 
32.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
 
33.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
 
34.
The Big Year (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition. (100 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
“ Enjoyable and "heartwarming" type movie. Better than what I thought it was going to be. ” - vavamatazz
 
35.
Morning Glory (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An upstart television producer accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program with warring co-hosts. (107 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ I avoided watching this for so long because I thought it was going to be awful like most chick flicks, but this was surprisingly good!! ” - vavamatazz
 
36.
The Guard (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring. (96 mins.)
“ Wasn't expecting much from this but it turned out to be alright. ” - vavamatazz
 
37.
Envy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A man becomes increasingly jealous of his friend's newfound success. (99 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Better than a lot of more well known Ben Stiller flicks. ” - vavamatazz
 
38.
Elf (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ I'm not into Christmas movies but this one was great! Full of laughs and memorable scenes. ” - vavamatazz
 
39.
Lucy (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. (89 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Great sci-fi movie for those interested in human evolution with some action thrown in. Best way to watch things like this is to not take it too seriously. ” - vavamatazz
 
40.
Pixels (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games. (105 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Actually didn't know anything about this move - I thought it was going to be similar to the Lego Movie but it's not like that at all. It's an Adam Sandler movie and surprisingly not ridiculously awful like his other recent movies. This is entertaining and fun! ” - vavamatazz
 
41.
Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A group of people fight to survive in a zombie-infested town. (118 mins.)
Director: Zach Lipovsky
 
42.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town that's harbouring a dark secret. (121 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright