2nd Tier Film Favorites

by dotcomboy | created - 14 Feb 2011 | updated - 6 days ago | Public

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These movies aren't going to change your life but they are worth a couple viewings throughout your life if you've already watched everything on my "1st Tier Film Favorites" list (http://www.imdb.com/list/tctWRWAcEds).

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1. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Drama, Horror

76 Metascore

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

Director: Dan Trachtenberg | Stars: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Douglas M. Griffin

Votes: 284,187 | Gross: $72.08M

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 590,360 | Gross: $56.95M

3. 21 & Over (2013)

R | 93 min | Comedy

34 Metascore

The night before his big medical school interview, a promising student celebrates his 21st birthday with his two best friends.

Directors: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore | Stars: Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Jonathan Keltz, Sarah Wright

Votes: 71,420 | Gross: $25.68M

A wild and fun popcorn flick. I so enjoy Teller's character's intoxicating brand of ultra irreverence. If he were real I think he would be a riot to hang out with.

It was so cool to see a movie filmed in the part of town I live in, and a very innovative choice for the director to film a movie around here that goes out of its way to not mention Seattle or Washington State. Even the UW was rechristened the vague, chuckle-inspiring 'Northern University.'

It is also very refreshing to see a film that takes place in Washington State in which it never rains during the whole movie.

4. 3 Magic Words (2010)

TV-G | 71 min | Documentary

A woman awakens with amnesia after a suicide attempt, and her quest to find the meaning of life introduces her to a great spiritual philosophy. Her self-discovery becomes a real-life primer in new age consciousness.

Director: Michael H. Perlin | Stars: Gabriella Ethereal, Debbie Ford, Gudni Gudnason, Nassim Haramein

Votes: 60

When is lunch?

5. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman

Votes: 284,815 | Gross: $53.61M

6. 50/50 (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 312,490 | Gross: $35.01M

7. 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: 465,571 | Gross: $32.39M

Another movie about how bitches be crazy!

8. 7500 (2019)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

When terrorists try to seize control of a Berlin-Paris flight, a soft-spoken American co-pilot struggles to save the lives of the passengers and crew while forging a surprising connection with one of the hijackers.

Director: Patrick Vollrath | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Omid Memar, Aylin Tezel, Carlo Kitzlinger

Votes: 16,032

9. 84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Jean De Baer

Votes: 8,434 | Gross: $1.08M

10. Abduction (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

25 Metascore

A young man sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jake Andolina

Votes: 75,642 | Gross: $28.09M

11. The Addams Family (1991)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy

57 Metascore

Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 128,058 | Gross: $113.50M

12. Adoration (2008)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

For his French-class assignment, a high school student weaves his family history in a news story involving terrorism, and goes on to invite an Internet audience in on the resulting controversy.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Devon Bostick, Rachel Blanchard, Louca Tassone, Kenneth Welsh

Votes: 3,155 | Gross: $0.29M

13. Alabama Moon (2009)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Family

After the unexpected death of his survivalist father, an eleven-year-old boy raised in the Alabama wilderness must learn how to make a home in the modern world.

Director: Tim McCanlies | Stars: Jimmy Bennett, Gabriel Basso, Uriah Shelton, Clint Howard

Votes: 1,374

14. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 771,762 | Gross: $78.90M

15. Alien Nation (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.

Director: Graham Baker | Stars: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, Kevyn Major Howard

Votes: 13,951 | Gross: $25.22M

16. Alien Trespass (2009)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

After crash landing near a desert town, an alien enlists the help of a local waitress to re-capture a monster that escaped from the wreckage of his space ship.

Director: R.W. Goodwin | Stars: Eric McCormack, Jenni Baird, Robert Patrick, Dan Lauria

Votes: 3,726 | Gross: $0.10M

17. A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

35 Metascore

Upon being fired, a desperate guy kidnaps a daughter of his former boss. Two angels are sent to Earth to check if love is possible in this case.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo

Votes: 34,033 | Gross: $4.27M

18. Allied (2016)

R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Vincent Ebrahim

Votes: 138,132 | Gross: $40.10M

19. All the President's Men (1976)

PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

84 Metascore

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 100,290 | Gross: $70.60M

20. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 248,440 | Gross: $32.53M

21. American Hustle (2013)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

Votes: 441,717 | Gross: $150.12M

22. American Ultra (2015)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy

50 Metascore

A stoner - who is in fact a government agent - is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he's too well-trained and too high for them to handle.

Director: Nima Nourizadeh | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo

Votes: 83,264 | Gross: $14.43M

23. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

60 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 89,964 | Gross: $30.57M

24. The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror

28 Metascore

Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud

Votes: 34,554 | Gross: $86.43M

25. Angel Heart (1987)

X | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 78,916 | Gross: $17.19M

26. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

21 Metascore

A perpetually angry man is informed he has 90 minutes to live and promptly sets out to reconcile with his family and friends in the short time he has left.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo

Votes: 20,677

27. Another Day in Paradise (1998)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up to commit various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder.

Director: Larry Clark | Stars: James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Vincent Kartheiser, Natasha Gregson Wagner

Votes: 8,205 | Gross: $1.03M

28. Another Earth (2011)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.

Director: Mike Cahill | Stars: Brit Marling, William Mapother, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, DJ Flava

Votes: 89,868 | Gross: $1.32M

29. Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers (2015 Video)

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy

Stand up comedian and former Late Night with Jimmy Fallon writer Anthony Jeselnik brings his dark humor and wit to San Francisco.

Director: Adam Dubin | Stars: Anthony Jeselnik, Peggy

Votes: 4,257

30. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 593,454 | Gross: $83.47M

31. Apocalypto (2006)

R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

68 Metascore

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Max Trujillo, Dalia Hernández, Rudy Youngblood

Votes: 286,957 | Gross: $50.87M

32. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 262,943 | Gross: $173.84M

33. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

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 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 564,413 | Gross: $136.03M

34. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 578,604 | Gross: $100.55M

35. Arthur (1981)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Alcoholic billionaire playboy Arthur Bach must marry a woman he does not love, or he will be cut off from his $750,000,000 fortune. But when Arthur falls in love with a poor waitress, he must decide if he wants to choose love or money.

Director: Steve Gordon | Stars: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 25,525 | Gross: $95.46M

36. Arthur (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Romance

36 Metascore

A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn't like.

Director: Jason Winer | Stars: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig

Votes: 50,374 | Gross: $33.04M

37. Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

PG | 113 min | Comedy, Romance

Arthur loses all of his money, and his wife wants a baby.

Director: Bud Yorkin | Stars: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 5,966 | Gross: $14.68M

38. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards

Votes: 286,965 | Gross: $78.62M

39. As Good as It Gets (1997)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 270,697 | Gross: $148.48M

40. As the Palaces Burn (2014)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Music

80 Metascore

Documentary that follows metal fans in different countries set against Lamb of God's 2012 world tour.

Director: Don Argott | Stars: Chris Adler, Willy Adler, Randy Blythe, Dave Brockie

Votes: 689

41. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 1,103,558 | Gross: $760.51M

Yes, the visuals are awesome and unprecedented, and I confess I enjoyed them very much, but what I have wanted for so long now is movies with great, fresh, original stories. What worked out with such elegance for 'Star Wars,' the retelling of a composite of stories as old as storytelling, came off as heavy-handed and preachy for Avatar. I watch movies to be taken somewhere else for a short while, only a great tale can do that. No amount of special effects can make up for the lack of a good story.

42. The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney

Votes: 191,160 | Gross: $0.92M

43. Baby Driver (2017)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Music

7.6