The eccentric, The obscure, and the quirky

by always_blinded | created - 29 Apr 2011 | updated - 08 Nov 2012 | Public

some are classics... some are just films that deserve to be watched but most if not all are my own personal favorites

the order has no importance

*** I welcome movie suggestions from other film connoisseurs

"be kind please rewind"

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1. Secretary (2002)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Director: Steven Shainberg | Stars: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 75,436 | Gross: $4.06M

an S & M love story at its finest

2. Buffalo '66 (1998)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, whom he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.

Director: Vincent Gallo | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rourke

Votes: 41,476 | Gross: $2.38M

Vincent Gallo composed and performed the original music and also wrote, directed and stars in the film

3. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 677,024 | Gross: $1.48M

a twisted mind-trip that deserves to be seen by the masses

4. Bully (2001)

R | 108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.

Director: Larry Clark | Stars: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner

Votes: 31,779 | Gross: $1.54M

a Larry Clark film based on actual events.. with a memorable performance by the late Brad Renfro

5. Alpha Dog (2006)

R | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach, then assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder. They develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis

Votes: 93,673 | Gross: $15.23M

a true story about a kidnapping that goes to far

6. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 156,499 | Gross: $8.55M

ill never look at Dennis Hopper the same ever again

7. Trainspotting (1996)

R | 94 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd

Votes: 569,292 | Gross: $16.50M

an epic drug hazed binge to remember

8. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

42 Metascore

Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends.

Director: David Wain | Stars: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau

Votes: 48,217 | Gross: $0.29M

can of mixed vegtables thats all im saying

9. Shallow Grave (1994)

R | 89 min | Crime, Thriller

67 Metascore

Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor, Ken Stott

Votes: 51,299 | Gross: $2.88M

a slow downward spiral into madness

10. Altered States (1980)

R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

58 Metascore

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid

Votes: 28,161 | Gross: $19.85M

a sensory deprivation tank and some tripped out visuals

11. Bongwater (1998)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

An indolent artist in Portland, Oregon becomes addicted to marijuana, prompting his girlfriend to flee to New York City with a heroin addict.

Director: Richard Sears | Stars: Luke Wilson, Alicia Witt, Amy Locane, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 3,209

Andy Dick & Jeremy Sisto do make the most darling couple!!!

12. Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

R | 99 min | Biography, Comedy

Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Director: Art Linson | Stars: Peter Boyle, Bill Murray, Bruno Kirby, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 10,322 | Gross: $6.66M

13. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

41 Metascore

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Michael Lee Gogin

Votes: 236,266 | Gross: $10.68M

14. Taxi Driver (1976)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Votes: 609,458 | Gross: $28.26M

are you talkin to me

15. Less Than Zero (1987)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

Votes: 16,384 | Gross: $12.40M

16. American Psycho (2000)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 414,777 | Gross: $15.07M

17. But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Director: Jamie Babbit | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams, Brandt Wille

Votes: 22,544 | Gross: $2.21M

18. The Salton Sea (2002)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

41 Metascore

After a tragic incident, a man drifts into a world populated by thugs and speed junkies.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Goldberg, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 28,183 | Gross: $0.76M

19. King of the Ants (I) (2003)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A young drifter discovers his true calling when he's hired by a mobster to stalk and kill a prominent accountant, and then decides to seek revenge when the stingy thugs try to kill him rather than pay him.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Chris McKenna, Kari Wuhrer, George Wendt, Vernon Wells

Votes: 3,576

a messed up lil film

20. Fido (2006)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

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: 26,745 | Gross: $0.30M

a zombie Timmy & Lassie love story gone ....right!

21. Tart (2001)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

After her only friend is expelled from their private school in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Cat Storm wants to get close to a boy she is attracted to and recreate herself with new ... See full summary »

Director: Christina Wayne | Stars: Dominique Swain, Brad Renfro, Bijou Phillips, Mischa Barton

Votes: 2,694

sex, drugs and study hall

22. The Minus Man (1999)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

56 Metascore

A cold-blooded serial killer floats around the country and chooses his victims from people who complain about their lives and indicate a willingness to be killed. His murders are introduced... See full summary »

Director: Hampton Fancher | Stars: Owen Wilson, Sheryl Crow, Dwight Yoakam, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 5,924 | Gross: $0.37M

likable serial killer

23. Twelve Monkeys (1995)

R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

74 Metascore

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito

Votes: 528,213 | Gross: $57.14M

24. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,604,782 | Gross: $37.03M

the hottest Mr. Pitt has EVER been .... hands down Tyler Durden

25. Highway (I) (2002)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama

After Jack gets caught with a Vegas mobster's wife in bed, he's gotta hit the road. Jack's best friend Pilot accompanies him, and the pair sets out on an adventure akin to Kerouac's "On the Road".

Director: James Cox | Stars: Kimberley Kates, Jared Leto, Jake Gyllenhaal, Selma Blair

Votes: 5,698

right here is one of my guilty pleasures

26. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 85,185 | Gross: $11.53M

how i learned of Ms. Chloe's 3rd nipple birthmark...

27. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 957,625 | Gross: $130.10M

28. My Own Private Idaho (1991)

R | 104 min | Drama

77 Metascore

Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert

Votes: 42,900 | Gross: $6.40M

29. Dream a Little Dream (1989)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An accident puts the consciousness of an elderly dream researcher into the body of a bratty teenager. The problem? The kid prefers dreamworld limbo to real life.

Director: Marc Rocco | Stars: Corey Feldman, Jason Robards, Piper Laurie, Meredith Salenger

Votes: 5,532 | Gross: $5.55M

this solidified my love for the Corey's

30. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

50 Metascore

A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 109,152 | Gross: $12.73M

the epidemy of my childhood

31. Harold and Maude (1971)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 63,522

oh Maude you are the most fabulous rockin lil old lady to ever be an old lady EVER!!!

32. 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: 231,992 | Gross: $104.95M

cheers to you Mrs Robinson Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo,Wo,Wo)

33. The Locusts (1997)

R | 124 min | Drama

A drifter enters a small town looking for employment. While working at the local cattle ranch, he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Kitty and becomes involved in a deadly yet erotic love triangle.

Director: John Patrick Kelley | Stars: Kate Capshaw, Jeremy Davies, Vince Vaughn, Ashley Judd

Votes: 1,557 | Gross: $0.01M

sad dysfunctional tale of a family ... and a passing stranger that now knows too much

34. Return to Paradise (1998)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

54 Metascore

Two friends must choose whether to help a third friend who was arrested in Malaysia for drug possession.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, David Conrad

Votes: 12,592 | Gross: $8.29M

i love to love the Vaughn

35. The House of Yes (1997)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

A mentally unbalanced young woman - who is convinced she is Jackie Kennedy - flies into a murderous rage when her brother returns home to reveal he is engaged.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton, Tori Spelling, Freddie Prinze Jr.

Votes: 7,137 | Gross: $0.62M

36. Cabin Fever (2002)

R | 93 min | Horror

56 Metascore

A group of 5 college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Jordan Ladd, Rider Strong, James DeBello, Cerina Vincent

Votes: 68,631 | Gross: $21.16M

37. The War Zone (1999)

R | 98 min | Drama

68 Metascore

An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.

Director: Tim Roth | Stars: Ray Winstone, Kate Ashfield, Annabelle Apsion, Lara Belmont

Votes: 8,761 | Gross: $0.25M

38. Clay Pigeons (1998)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime

46 Metascore

Clay is a young man in a small town who witnesses his friend kill himself because of the on-going affair that Clay was having with the man's wife. Feeling guilty, Clay now resists the widow... See full summary »

Director: David Dobkin | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Janeane Garofalo, Gregory Sporleder

Votes: 9,954 | Gross: $1.79M

39. Sleepers (1996)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Over ten years later, they get their chance for revenge.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric

Votes: 170,924 | Gross: $49.10M

40. Léon: The Professional (1994)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 878,891 | Gross: $19.50M

41. Clean, Shaven (1993)

Not Rated | 79 min | Crime, Drama

After a man suffering from schizophrenia is released from a mental institution, he attempts to get his daughter back from her adoptive family.

Director: Lodge Kerrigan | Stars: Peter Greene, Alice Levitt, Megan Owen, Jennifer MacDonald

Votes: 4,706

experience life through a schizophrenics eyes

42. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R | 102 min | Drama

68 Metascore

The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Votes: 674,885 | Gross: $3.64M

a gritty powerful emotional rollercoaster

43. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 540,232 | Gross: $24.61M

severed leg through a wood chipper!!!

44. Wonderland (2003)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

43 Metascore

In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes.

Director: James Cox | Stars: Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth, Christina Applegate

Votes: 20,034 | Gross: $1.06M

45. Spun (2002)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

41 Metascore

A drug dealer introduces one of his customers, a 'speed freak', to the man who runs the meth lab. A crazy three-day adventure ensues.

Director: Jonas Åkerlund | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, John Leguizamo, Patrick Fugit, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 34,430 | Gross: $0.41M

my favorite drug film of all time

46. Ordinary People (1980)

R | 124 min | Drama

87 Metascore

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 40,629 | Gross: $54.80M

mary tyler moore in a way ive never seen her

47. Pretty Baby (1978)

R | 110 min | Drama

A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon, Frances Faye

Votes: 8,533 | Gross: $5.79M

wow Brooke Sheilds your mother was one sick sick woman

48. Being John Malkovich (1999)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy