40 Movies You Probably Haven't Seen But Should

by bengunby1984 | created - 22 Dec 2010 | updated - 26 Jan 2011 | Public

There are those hidden treasures everywhere, some of which we skip over due to their time period, or even their genre. Some, we just don't want people to know we watched them. Here are 40 movies that I think everyone should see that many probably haven't, regardless of reservations.

*note, some additions are made, and instead of taking some movies out, I just chose to expand the list*

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1. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 457,586 | Gross: $1.02M

I hate having to feel the need to include this, but the more I interact with people, the more and more people I realize have not seen this absolutely great movie. Few movies lend themselves like Casablanca to AFI's Top 100 movie quotes, and for good reason. So much of this movie is still ingrained in modern culture, and yet, people don't even realize. Watch this movie and you'll see it, you'll also see how so many movies have taken lessons learned from this great film and applied them to their own movie. Few could own the camera like Bogart, and he owns it well here. I mean, it is only considered by many film experts the greatest movie of all-time.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 261,571

Unless you've read the book, or had to watch it during your days in school, it's likely you've missed out on Gregory Peck at his absolute best (and you know I'm enthralled with the job he did in Roman Holiday). Dealing with sensitive racial issues at a time when they were the talk of the nation, the movie is phenomenally written and acted, and stays very true to the book itself for the most part. It's a story though that I can't do justice trying to portray to you, but rather let the movie itself tell it. An interesting bit of trivia, Robert Duvall has a role in this movie

3. Roman Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

76 Metascore

A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power

Votes: 114,440

Two of the greatest film presences of all-time joined together to produce a memorable tale of a relationship never destined to be, and present a man with a question and decision that brings his morals all the way to the forefront. Few movies overall are as good as Roman Holiday, the performance by both Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck help carry the charming, unlikely couple of a princess and newspaper reporter through a blissful day that each knows is likely to never occur again. The movie itself I believe is aimed to teach us to relish in life's little moments without always having to expect, or even want, them to last forever. Watching this movie is one of those little moments. But this one can happen whenever you want it to.

4. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

62 Metascore

A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.

Director: Goran Dukic | Stars: Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham, Tom Waits, Will Arnett

Votes: 50,359 | Gross: $0.32M

Suicide is a very touchy subject, and a difficult one to broach in film. Few movies did it as creatively, and as well, as this one. Taking place in what one could deem is a permanent state of purgatory, it's a dark world full of suicide victims. There is no smiling, there is little color. It's not hell, but it's sure not heaven. You're just there. For Mikal however, she believes she's not supposed to be there, that she wasn't attempting to kill herself, and that she's there by mistake. It's her mission to find whoever is in charge and have this corrected. She eventually tags along with the movie's man character, Zia, a young man who killed himself over the break-up with his girlfriend. He has uncovered that she too committed suicide and is now on a mission to find her. Together, Zia and Mikal go about a life changing journey.

5. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 146,270

Audrey Hepburn is probably my favorite actress of all-time, and I think her role of Holy Golightly might be my favorite. Her rendition of "Moon River" is exceptional, and actually produced an Oscar for the song. It's a story many of us know good and well. Knowing you're the right person for someone, and being right under their nose, unfortunately, they are too wrapped up in other affairs to realize it. One can only hope they realize it in time. I mean, when a movie gets recognized in a popular Top 40 song decades later, it's got some staying power and appeal.

6. The Graduate (1967)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels

Votes: 232,105 | Gross: $104.95M

This movie probably has no place on the list, I think most people who really enjoy movies have seen this movie. It's a hard one to miss. It's a great story, great acting, and even better music. The use of Simon and Garfunkel in this movie is as good a job of using music as there has been in a romantic drama. The ending scene with Sound of Silence is one of the best closing scenes in cinematic history.

7. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 73,688

This another classic movie that's still very much a part of popular culture today, even without people realizing it. Part of this comes from the fact that James Dean only acted in three movies due to his untimely death. It is argued that Rebel Without a Cause was his finest work, and that of his three movies, the better of the three. having Natalie Wood in the movie certainly won't elicit an argument from me. The name of the movie gives away it seems the plot line, except for the fact that Dean's character does indeed have a cause, a cause we see manifest itself throughout the movie. Once again, Dean's acting skills make this movie more than than just a nice story, it makes an epic classic.

8. To Have and Have Not (1944)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran

Votes: 26,961

This was supposed to be Bogart's show, which, just about everything he did was his show. However, this also happened to be the debut of one Lauren Bacall and she stole a great deal of thunder from Bogart. To this day, I doubt anyone's complaining. Her place as Hollywood sex symbol was entrenched with her stunning and seductive performance in this movie. It was here we first discovered "the look" that she would use to turn heads everywhere for years to come. On a side note, the movie itself isn't too bad either.

9. Each Dawn I Die (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A corrupt D.A. with governatorial ambitions is annoyed by an investigative reporter's criticism of his criminal activities and decides to frame the reporter for manslaughter in order to silence him.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan, George Bancroft

Votes: 2,394

Another James Cagney performance that is simply masterful. Cagney plays a man who faces perhaps what is one the biggest fears hidden deep down inside every single one of us, being jailed and imprisoned for something we did not do. In a time before regulations on treatments of prisoners were in place, or enforced strongly, Ross endures a miserable stay in prison for crimes he did not commit. It's a story of suffering and attempt at vindication, and a good one at that.

10. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

88 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 123,742 | Gross: $9.60M

Marlon Brando is not just the Godfather, which seems to be the mistake among my generation regarding Brando's acting prowess. While I'm no particular Brando buff, as I've yet to have time to watch enough of his movies (perhaps there should be a list of movies I haven't seen but should), I recognize what is considered by many some of his finest work. Not only is Brando outstanding, the writing, and the story is captivating and makes you pull for Brando's character. It doesn't hurt that one of the more memorable lines in movie history, and one many people can probably relate to, is uttered by Brando in this movie.

11. Fail-Safe (1964)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted?

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 17,129

It's the doomsday scenario that's been ever present since the invention of they hydrogen bomb. While in today's world, the events would probably be different, the fear of what could happen, what might happen, if things go bad, is still prevalent with some, and something to not be completely ignored. The original Fail Safe addresses these with a tense and dramatic thriller that at the days end leaves you wondering, what if...........

12. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 562,306

I'm hoping most people watched this at some point in school. If not, shame on you. The acting is outstanding, and the manner in which you come to know all 12 people in the room, and how it effects their views on the trial is the case of superb writing. Today's generation doesn't know the star power in that movie as well, though see if you can recognize which juror was also the voice of a certain creature in the 100 Acre Wood.

13. Dead Man Walking (1995)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

Director: Tim Robbins | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry

Votes: 80,794 | Gross: $39.39M

It's a movie that was well received by movie goers and critics alike, however, it's not one that seems to come up very often in conversation. And that, is a crying shame. Sean Penn has had many great performances in his career, but I can't think of one that tops this one. Susan Sarandon is almost as good. Penn plays a man on death row, who continues with his hardened stance up until the very minutes before death, when he realizes the finality of it. It's a strong reminder of the finality of death, and a peek into what goes through one's mind when it's near.

14. Charade (1963)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Whom can she trust?

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn

Votes: 57,594 | Gross: $13.47M

You put Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Walter Matthau on the same set, you're going to come away with something really good, and that they did. The "caper" thriller is more entertaining than suspenseful, and Grant and Hepburn do a great job playing off one another. While today we so many A-listers unable to find chemistry on set, that wasn't a problem here. The story itself actually does a good job of keeping one relatively in the dark about what is happening. Then again, that could be because Hepburn's charm is always distracting for me.

15. Before Sunrise (1995)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Pöschl

Votes: 228,093 | Gross: $5.54M

Two reasons for its inclusion. One, it didn't exactly gross a ton at the box office, so it's not like it hit with a huge release. Two, that genre thing, you know, people trying to shy away from sappy, love story, chick flicks. Well don't shy away from this one. It has some Roman Holiday elements to it, another movie on this list, and the ending is, well, I'll let you decide for yourself what you think of it.

16. Airplane! (1980)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 184,112 | Gross: $83.40M

I'd like to think most people have seen this, but I'm thinking they haven't, especially today's younger crowd. If you know me, then watching this movie you'll easily understand my love affair with it. Dry, witty sarcasm at its absolute best. Amazing.

17. No Time for Sergeants (1958)

Approved | 119 min | Comedy, War

Will Stockdale is a country bumpkin drafted into the Air Force and too dumb to realize he's driving everyone around him crazy, no one more than Sergeant King.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Andy Griffith, Myron McCormick, Nick Adams, Murray Hamilton

Votes: 3,308

Andy Griffith plays Andy Griffith, or, well, perhaps, more of an Andy Taylor. He plays a country bumpkin enlisting in the Air Force, and from there, the laughs don't end. However, if you're not a fan of dry humor, or sarcasm, or Airplane!, you probably won't find much of the humor in this particular movie humorous. If you are a fan of such humor though, it's a movie you can watch over and over again.

18. The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)

G | 76 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The adventures of a young cat and a dog as they find themselves accidentally separated and each swept into a hazardous trek.

Director: Masanori Hata | Stars: Kyôko Koizumi, Chatran, , Shigeru Tsuyuki

Votes: 9,595 | Gross: $13.25M

Before Homeward Bound there was Milo and Otis. With its catchy song, "Walk Outside" and scenes of the adorable little pets, it's hard to turn away from. Originally done as a Japanese film, it was translated into English, but unfortunately probably not overly popular among the states, especially with the bigger budgeted Homeward Bound just a few years away from release. However, if you ever get the chance to catch this version, you'll be glad you did. I would say you could borrow mine, but it's pretty difficult to find, and I'm not sure I can let one of my favorite childhood movies of all-time out of my sights.

19. This Property Is Condemned (1966)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

The dramatic love story of small-town Mississippi girl Alva Starr and railroad official Owen Legate, set during the Great Depression.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Kate Reid

Votes: 4,478

Natalie Wood. Enough said.

I mean, it is enough said, but I will say more regardless. While not highly popular in the box office, this is often recognized as one of Wood's finest performances. She certainly looks at just about her absolute best, and teams well with Robert Redford.

Wood does a great job of playing a repressed young girl making her way, and making mistakes, all the while chasing that elusive love that seems so forbidden.

In an effort to not spoil the way the movie flows, and ends, I will curtail a lot of what I say. However, this too is one of those movies that more than anything you watch for the performance of the stars.

Redford is good, but Wood is even better. Her character development, and emotion is easily transparent and plays beautifully from set to screen (well, anything Wood does plays beautifully, but I digress).

An interesting side note, see if you can recognize the actress who plays Wood's sister in this movie. You can count the number of films she's been in on one hand, but one is a classic that most everyone has probably seen at this point.

20. (500) Days of Summer (2009)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz

Votes: 428,737 | Gross: $32.39M

The performances in this movie are well done by both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zoey Deschanel, and that's maybe being a bit too kind. However, perhaps Zoey Deschanel does too good of a job. Connection to characters can be vital in many movies, and a lack of it can be the death of some. In (500) Days of Summer though, there is no shortage of connection here, and the emotion it draws out of you will probably be different for each individual person based on their own personal life experiences, and this comes via excellent writing and acting.

21. Chinatown (1974)

R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

92 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

Votes: 256,124 | Gross: $29.20M

So often movies have to end happily ever after for us, so it's refreshing to see one try and go a different route at times. Jack Nicholson is phenomenal in his seemingly futile attempts to reel in a big fish in California's political and criminal games. The movie does a great job with a couple well placed twists that seemingly turn the film on its ears. However, ultimately, it's just carried by Nicholson, and concludes with one of the best movie ending lines of all-time.

22. Moonlight Mile (2002)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

As he copes with the death of his fiancée, a young man befriends her parents and must figure out what he wants out of life.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Alexia Landeau

Votes: 12,764 | Gross: $6.84M

Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Pompeo, and Jake Gyllenhaal make up a pretty solid trio for the base of a cast, and the movie doesn't disappoint. Again, it's not entirely unpredictable, but the performances by the leads in this movie help carry it. Fortunately, the premise for the story as well is not quite the same, repeated love story, find the right person but run from them, kind of story so many movies seem to be. There are some differences in the plot line that help separate the movie. Despite struggling at the box office, Roger Ebert agrees with me, it's a good movie, worthy of finding on television sometime and checking out. When it comes to coping, and grieving, few movies touch on the realities of how we as people actually are able to do that like this one does.

23. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 118 min | Drama

A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

Votes: 35,198

James Dean played the role of troubled teenager in teenage angst films like nobody before him, or since, has ever done. Dean was equally captivating in all of his films, this one included. Playing the younger brother who feels overshadowed by an older brother, Dean makes the not so original story work because he's just that good. Watching Dean makes you really wonder what could have been if he'd been able to star in more than three movies.

24. Definitely, Maybe (2008)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter.

Director: Adam Brooks | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin, An Nguyen

Votes: 142,320 | Gross: $31.97M

This one too falls into that category of, "I wonder if many have seen it because of the "sappy" connotation to its genre". In any event, the cast is superb, to say the least. Perhaps their performances aren't quite Oscar worthy, but it's a cast of some of my favorite performers of recent years. The story, while not the most original, or most unpredictable tale of movie history, more than holds its own. At times you do find yourself cheering for, or against, certain events. The movie though is fun, entertaining, and yeah, I'll say heartwarming.

25. Wait Until Dark (1967)

Not Rated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

81 Metascore

A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Votes: 24,013 | Gross: $17.55M

So I finally got around to watching this, and as a result, needed to move this up the list. It's one of Hepburn's better acting performances as she plays a blind woman in a house alone being hassled by drug smugglers attempting to obtain a doll they have been using to smuggle drugs with.

Psychologically, and physically, Hepburn faces many fears and challenges throughout the film, culminating in an expected, but yet still dramatic ending.

The movie itself helps shed to light the struggles someone who loses their sight in the middle of their life must face, both mentally and physically, as well as the demands and frustrations of those who live with, and try to help, the blind.

Hepburn's acting is what makes this, as she dominates just about every scene in the movie, and powerfully so. If anything, see this movie just to once again appreciate Audrey Hepburn.

26. Say Anything... (1989)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor

Votes: 74,443 | Gross: $20.78M

The phrase, "the difference in being a stalker and being a romantic is simply if the other person is attracted to you", never rings truer than in this movie. John Cusack seems desperate, even pathetic, and yet, you pull for him. The things he does are the things that people would look at you like you're crazy for actually doing in real life. You'd be deemed a desperate stalker, but it's the thought, the idea of doing those things, that most of us have probably had at some point, that adds to the appeal to Cusack's character and this movie. Cheesy? Yes. Enjoyable? Absolutely.

27. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Documentary film-maker Bob Sanders and his wife Carol attend a group therapy session that serves as the backdrop for the opening scenes of the film. Returning to their Los Angeles home, the... See full summary »

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon

Votes: 4,579 | Gross: $31.90M

Natalie Wood. That's all. Okay, it isn't, but it should be. This movie also stars Elliot Gould and Robert Culp. For its time, it really pushed the limits on how far a movie could go sexually, and does so in an entertaining, yet still awkward (appropriately) way. Natalie Wood is her typical charming, beautiful self, and the story is one that was extremely unique for it's time period.

28. Diner (1982)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern

Votes: 16,898 | Gross: $14.10M

From the early 80s comes a movie with a cast that years later can be looked on as an ensemble cast. Paul Reiser, Steve Guttenberg, Tim Daly, Kevin Bacon and Ellen Barkin help make up this film that really was he icebreaker that paved the way for the "Brat Pack" movies of the mid 80s. A small trivia note, Ellen Barkin plays the women seducing Matt Damon in Ocean's Thirteen. Talk about managing to age well.........

29. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

R | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana

Votes: 112,940 | Gross: $123.92M

This is Robin Williams in his comedic element. However, along with Williams' great comedic performance, there comes along with it the emotional, and the disheartening truth of the Vietnam War and what it entailed. The ability to combine humor with such a dark overtone is rather impressive. It's uplifting and depressing all at the same time as it serves as a reminder of just how treacherous war is, and how desperate those fighting are for some sort of temporary distraction. In many ways its a reminder why concerts for the troops, or satellite broadcasts of sporting events are such welcomed events for troops around the world.

30. 'G' Men (1935)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

It's the early days of the F.B.I. - federal agents working for the Department of Justice. Though they've got limited powers - they don't carry weapons and have to get local police approval ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley | Stars: James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Ann Dvorak, Robert Armstrong

Votes: 3,077

James Cagney was just a phenomenal actor, I could probably put all of his movies on this list, though I will try and limit it to a few. This is one of my favorite Gangster movies, and really helped set the bar for how they should be done.

31. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of the life and career of famed baseball player Lou Gehrig.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan

Votes: 8,841

The Lou Gherig story is a rather remarkable one. The people of his life, the accomplishments in it, and the way it ended. Few public speeches are as renown as his "Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" speech he gave at Yankee Stadium. If you're a baseball fan, or just a fan of people hanging on to a dream just as long as they humanly possibly can despite tremendous struggles, Pride of the Yankees is something you should watch.

32. Hard Candy (2005)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

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: 143,956 | Gross: $1.01M

Ellen Paige is delightful and charming in Juno. She's good in Inception. But until you've seen her in Hard Candy, I don't know you've seen the extent of her acting talents. Using the sickening practice of older men luring young girls into their homes via the internet, the story seems about a sick old man and innocent young girl. Just wait.

33. The Sure Thing (1985)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally...

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards, Boyd Gaines

Votes: 17,319 | Gross: $18.14M

More "Brat Pack" movies, as once again John Cusack plays another seemingly hopeless and destitute love sick man chasing what seems to be unobtainable (Serendipity, Say Anything). Heading across the country to finally sleep with a woman, a "Sure Thing", he is forced to share the trip with a girl that it seems is destined to die at his hands, or kill him first, due to their constant bickering. Well, we'll see how that goes. It's a story you know how it will end, but it doesn't make the getting there any less entertaining.

34. Sex and the Single Girl (1964)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

A womanizing reporter for a sleazy tabloid magazine impersonates his hen-pecked neighbor in order to get an expose on renowned psychologist Helen Gurley Brown.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda

Votes: 3,057

Lauren Bacall, even aged, and Natalie Wood alone are a reason to watch this movie. Actually, as you might have gathered from previous comments about other movies, Wood alone can make a movie worth seeing. The premise of the movie isn't all that inspiring, but it's enjoyable and light as you go through the movie. In the end, the final scene seems far fetched, and a bit implausible, and yet, it's humorous and ultimately the perfect ending for the movie.

35. A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Music

An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau

Votes: 11,512

From what I understand, this was a relatively accurate portrayal of Andy Griffith himself. Patricia Neal is outstanding in this as the women who is victimized by the main character's self indulgence. It's a great story of rising and falling, made all together better because of Griffith's multiple talents.

36. Written on the Wind (1956)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 8,789

Lauren Bacall was arguably one of the movie industry's first sexy symbols, and while at this point in time some of that appeal had perhaps to age, it had done so gracefully. She still had most of what made her such an appealing actress, and again demonstrates it here. Along side Rock Hudson Bacall founds herself wrapped up in a bit of a love triangle with best friends amidst the booming Texas oil industry. While it's not all together one of my favorite movies of all-time, if you come across it, I wouldn't turn it off. Then again, just turning Lauren Bacall off is just not a good idea, generally, ever.

37. A Walk in the Clouds (1995)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A married soldier returning from World War II poses as a pregnant woman's husband to save her from her father's anger and honor.

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Anthony Quinn, Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 28,026 | Gross: $50.01M

Keanu actually demonstrating some real acting skills here. Sure, the story has been played over and over again, but then again, what movies have many original story lines? I don't know, maybe it was the mood I was in when I watched it, but I came away a big fan.

38. The Usual Suspects (1995)

R | 106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin

Votes: 871,325 | Gross: $23.34M

If you like movies that create constant confusion with the plot, and leave you guessing every second of the way and pausing the movie to try and reset your barometer and figure out what's going on again, this is the perfect movie for you. Paying attention throughout the film though is a must, otherwise, you'll just have to watch it again as you try and figure out how what just happened actually just happened.

39. Two for the Road (1967)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A couple in the south of France non-sequentially spin down the highways of infidelity in their troubled ten-year marriage.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, Eleanor Bron, William Daniels

Votes: 10,525

Here, Audrey Hepburn doesn't play the charming little seductress who seems to be a bit flaky and living life on a whim. Instead, we see are as a settled down, seemingly, married woman who is now looking back, along with her husband, on their ten years of marriage. Together they look back, trying to see how they reached the point in their marriage that they did. For anyone who ever failed in any type of relationship, such a journey is easily related to, especially when told by Hepburn.

40. The Ice Storm (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

72 Metascore

In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny

Votes: 49,942 | Gross: $7.84M

It's story doesn't exactly offer anything too creative or out of the ordinary. However, it's application does, as well as a strong cast. Everyone has problems, everybody's life has issues, and they're all magnified with several families coming together for a holiday party. While the party goes on, a tremendous ice storm has moved into the area, symbolic of all the troubles of everyones coming light for all to see. While the summary seems simple, it's the ability to put it on properly, and in an entertaining matter that also makes you care somewhat about the people involved. This movie won't make my lists of greatest evers, but it's another one of those that if it's on television, it's one I wouldn't be in a hurry to skip over.

41. Steel Magnolias (1989)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship, and welcome her into the fold.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts

Votes: 40,216 | Gross: $83.76M

This movie gets an honorary inclusion also as a movie I've yet to see, simply because of hearing me rattle of some of my favorite movies, I was told I absolutely had to see this one.

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