Movies to pass the hours on a rainy day

by al151068 | created - 26 Mar 2011 | updated - 26 Mar 2011 | Public

New on here but just adding a few films I turn to that always leave a smile on my face for various reasons. Not a top 10 but a few random titles people may or may not have seen.

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1. The Cheap Detective (1978)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

San Francisco, 1940, detectives, dames, documents, Nazis, and a treasure.

Director: Robert Moore | Stars: Peter Falk, Ann-Margret, Eileen Brennan, Sid Caesar

Votes: 3,382

Not a sequel to the fun Murder by Death but just as entertaining.

2. Cool Runnings (1993)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

60 Metascore

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis

Votes: 79,396 | Gross: $68.86M

John Candy would always bring a smile to my face even in dross like Cannonball Fever. A fun film without the Hollywood ending but an acceptence that we can all learn from

3. Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Kerry Noonan

Votes: 30,091 | Gross: $19.47M

Jason returns and this time brings along humour to counter Freddys Nightmare on Elm street success

4. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama

73 Metascore

After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 188,115 | Gross: $9.17M

The first time I saw this and saw dicaprio"s performance, I knew the boy had talent

5. Deep Rising (1998)

R | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first.

Director: Stephen Sommers | Stars: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O'Connor

Votes: 28,808 | Gross: $11.20M

A fun tongue in cheek action/horror movie with the open ending. Wish we had a sequel rather than the Mummy

6. Easy Money (1983)

R | 95 min | Comedy

48 Metascore

To inherit his mother-in-law's colossal fortune, a hard-living gambling addict must change his unhealthy ways before they get the best of him.

Director: James Signorelli | Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Joe Pesci, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Candice Azzara

Votes: 6,489 | Gross: $29.31M

Every since Caddyshack, i have been a fan of Rodney Dangerfield way of nervous delivery. The star of this film for me is Joe Pesci though as i found him very funny

7. Used Cars (1980)

R | 113 min | Comedy

68 Metascore

When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae

Votes: 11,741

The always watchable Kurt Russell stars opposite Jack Warden in dual roles. Fun movie

8. Party Party (1983)

100 min | Comedy

Its New Years Eve and Larry is having a party at his parents house. - only his parents don't know as they are out at the social club party...everyone else does though from all of Larry's ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Winsor | Stars: Daniel Peacock, Karl Howman, Perry Fenwick, Sean Chapman

Votes: 299

Since its realease, it has become a tradition for me to watch this each New Years Eve. British comedy and a chance to see many TV stars of today in early roles.

9. Drop Dead Fred (1991)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A young woman finds her already unstable life rocked by the presence of a rambunctious imaginary friend from childhood.

Director: Ate de Jong | Stars: Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason, Tim Matheson

Votes: 23,715 | Gross: $43.88M

Rik Mayall hits Hollywood. Not a big hit as the humour probably didn"t translate well. The Banister scene is still my favourite

10. Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG | 106 min | Comedy

80 Metascore

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle

Votes: 127,066 | Gross: $86.30M

The only film listed that IS in my personal Top 10 movies. Marty Feldman steals the show as Igor

11. I Come in Peace (1990)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Jack Caine (Dolph Lundgren) is a Houston vice cop who's forgotten the rule book. His self-appointed mission is to stop the drugs trade and the number one supplier Victor Manning. Whilst ... See full summary »

Director: Craig R. Baxley | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley, Matthias Hues

Votes: 8,557 | Gross: $4.35M

12. The Man with Two Brains (1983)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict

Votes: 21,437 | Gross: $10.10M

13. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

68 Metascore

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers

Votes: 55,733 | Gross: $42.04M

14. The Frighteners (1996)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

After a tragic car accident kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin

Votes: 73,367 | Gross: $16.76M

15. Next Friday (2000)

R | 98 min | Comedy

41 Metascore

Uncle Elroy and Day Day owe money on taxes so Craig finds a way to steal from the next door neighbors to pay off the taxes so Uncle Elroy's house doesn't get put up for auction.

Director: Steve Carr | Stars: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Justin Pierce, John Witherspoon

Votes: 31,497 | Gross: $57.33M

16. Top Secret! (1984)

PG | 90 min | Comedy

68 Metascore

Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 51,290 | Gross: $20.50M

17. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 252,465 | Gross: $38.18M

18. A Shot in the Dark (1964)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Mystery

70 Metascore

Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, Herbert Lom

Votes: 21,978 | Gross: $12.37M

19. Animal House (1978)

R | 109 min | Comedy

79 Metascore

At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Karen Allen, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst

Votes: 99,264 | Gross: $141.60M

20. The Wedding Singer (1998)

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

59 Metascore

Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert

Votes: 119,181 | Gross: $80.25M

21. The Freshman (1990)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

A NYC film school student accepts a job with a local mobster who resembles a famous cinema godfather and who takes the young man under his wing, after demanding total loyalty.

Director: Andrew Bergman | Stars: Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby, Penelope Ann Miller

Votes: 16,874 | Gross: $21.46M

Ferris Bueller meets the godfather

22. The Long Good Friday (1980)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An up-and-coming gangster is tested by the insurgence of an unknown, very powerful threat.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan

Votes: 15,794

23. Doghouse (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of men, heading to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce, soon discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals.

Director: Jake West | Stars: Danny Dyer, Noel Clarke, Emil Marwa, Lee Ingleby

Votes: 19,575

24. 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: 76,204 | Gross: $30.57M

Horror and humour done to perfection

25. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

Five different criminals face imminent death after botching a job quite badly.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Andy Garcia, Christopher Walken, Christopher Lloyd, William Forsythe

Votes: 23,802 | Gross: $0.53M

26. Breakdown (I) (1997)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey

Votes: 41,984 | Gross: $50.13M

27. The Prowler (1981)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.

Director: Joseph Zito | Stars: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney, Farley Granger

Votes: 7,212

Some great killings in this slasher

28. 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: 847,566 | Gross: $23.34M

29. Dung fong tuk ying (1987)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, War

An action film about a daring commando raid into Vietnam to destroy a munitions dump left behind by American marines.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Biao Yuen, Haing S. Ngor, Joyce Godenzi

Votes: 1,668

Dirty dozen Hong Kong style

30. 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: 444,491 | Gross: $1.02M

A true classic