Stuck on an Uncharted Island?

by ThommyMac | created - 20 Sep 2011 | updated - 30 Sep 2015 | Public

Yes, we are stuck on that often cited desert isle. The one where we have some hermetically sealed, solar powered nearly indestructible 42" flat screen. This magic* device with magic storage allows us to have a modest library of up to 365 movies. It ONLY allows one viewing per day. Here are mine, please share yours. Comments ARE enabled on ALL lists. Somebody cried and got me "Hall of Shame" list pulled. A person listed left some comments. I left them on, every person on the list was encouraged to respond. That was the point of leaving comments enabled. I doubt it was him, he seemed pretty stand up all in all. No, I think it was over zealous fans of a deceased conman/P.T. Barnum type of character.

ORDER has little bearing. In fact this may end up my 100 favourite movies.

*per the much cited Arthur C Clarke's 3rd "law"

I used to try and watch movies in my mind when spending time in the hole.

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1. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson

Votes: 37,058

One movie that I can ALWAYS watch, per the list's description. I know the next statement, if it ever is read by anyone, will tick off the wanna be film school crowd. BoF is one of the best movies ever made. I am purposely staying away from the AFI list until this one is done. The sets, the lighting, the acting, even the special effects are all so well crafted and fit together so well that I never grow tired of this movie.

2. Blazing Saddles (1974)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Western

73 Metascore

In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman

Votes: 109,971 | Gross: $119.50M

This movie helped show just how ridiculous judging anyone by their skin colour really is. Even after its 75th viewing it is still side-splitting. Seeing it as a teen, the Carol Burnette Show with the folks was never the same. Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, you name it, Mel got the most out of every member of the cast. Lily Von's musical number is priceless. The irony is that this film could NOT be released today. Comments on that?

3. Death Race 2000 (1975)

R | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality.

Director: Paul Bartel | Stars: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Simone Griffeth, Mary Woronov

Votes: 21,867 | Gross: $8.00M

What's not to like? Arguably Roger's best. You can tell everyone is having a blast. The director's cameo was priceless. We love YOU, Mr. President! Frankenstein, a dear friend of mine, has a red hot 'sexpot' for a navigator. Dave Carradine, wishing to shake his 'Kung Fu' image (I'd imagine) took this completely opposite character. Him and his co-stars all got 'nekkid' at the drop of a hat. The commentary tracks with Roger & Calamity Jane are priceless, yet another reason to go get a legit copy.

4. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

96 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 395,934 | Gross: $0.28M

I took a younger friend to see this at the Harris Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA's cultural district (whatever that is). Having not been really old enough to know about the Cold War, I was wondering how much he would like. He dug every minute. Granted he is smarter than your average bloke, it still made him laugh. If you have seen it, you know why its on this list. If you haven't, get thee to a legit copy of it.

5. Papillon (1973)

R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon

Votes: 106,527 | Gross: $53.27M

Detractors can say what they want about Enrie. Just to survive long enough to share those stories makes him a BMF. So a couple MAY have been second-hand told in first person? He did time on Devil's Island and escaped. That has been verified again and again. The movie is awesome. It's liberties with the book make for a much better tale, especially the flow and simplicity. Way back when Pittsburgh's south side could only get 2 to 4 channels, I used to watch this with me dad every year when it was a yearly event on CBS. My younger brothers joined but the rule with dad was you could watch as long as you were quiet. ONE word and you were "off the island". Oh, Steve, Steve, Steve. If only you didn't boink Ali McGraw, you would of got the gold statuette for this performance. Was it worth it? As a guy I am SURE it wasn't.

6. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

R | 113 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Votes: 86,263 | Gross: $44.79M

Man, I love this film. They TRULY do not make them like this anymore. On the last leg of my decent into drug-induced madness, my beloved and dearly departed brother Joe was one of the few folks who would have anything to do with me. We would watch this and think "Ain't there yet..." At least Rico had a friend when he died. I love almost every second of this movie. We keep your stuff nice and safe. House rules

7. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 134,218

There are so many classic "must see" flicks that are a huge disappointment. Not his movie by any measurement. A movie I could watch anytime. While watching it for my 50th birthday, I realized something. I had never watched this during my decades of using hard drugs. On a personal level, this is my heroin free movie. I NEVER saw it using. I mean Humphrey is sooooo HUMPHREY in this one, Lorre and Greenstreet are just awesome. A movie I could watch 2x a week and do sometimes.

8. Ocean's 11 (1960)

Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

Danny Ocean gathers a group of his World War II compatriots to pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist. Together the eleven friends plan to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford

Votes: 17,293 | Gross: $12.32M

Look, that alleged remake was just a title & a premise. Not a bad heist flick but all those guys are NOTHING when stood next to THE Rat Pack. Get it out of your head and watch THIS MOVIE! Man, could you imagine being a rich guy in 1960 and a real combat vet to boot? There may have been no Internet or Stolen Valour Act, but them old paratroopers could smell a wannabe 20 yards upwind. They would beat up posers on a regular basis. Anyhow, the world would be your oyster in so many ways. Whenever facing a tough decision, ask yourself "What would Duke Santos do?"

9. Dracula (1931)

Not Rated | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror

The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye

Votes: 38,697

Do I really need to explain this one? The oft mourned Pittsburgh Playhouse put this on with the original Frankenstein* every Halloween. On the big screen, it is magnificent. My great friend Misha has a version where the film has been scored. Although I always associate Swan Lake with it, the scored version is also worth a look/listen. Up on the big screen, you can feel it as a play. Simply said, it stands the test of time.

10. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

Votes: 76,991

No, this is not some 'look I am an expert egghead film school wannabe' entry. I saw a clip of it as a kid on David Frost. I think he was interviewing that pompous ass you catch in EVERY History Channel vampire episode. Anyhow, I thought it was real footage of a vampire. Cut me a break, I was like 6 or 7 at the time. As you would guess, it rattled me good. On our island's magic* player, this is a GREAT print with the original score. It is a silent flick that will not only held my interest, it gave me some genuine chills. In a slightly related note, 'Shadow of the Vampire' is AWESOME! SEE IT ASAP! After you watch this then "Shadow", go for the hat trick with Kinski's Nosferatu. You'll thank me later.

*Please see introduction.

11. Nude on the Moon (1961)

83 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A rich rocket scientist organizes an expedition to the moon, which they discover is inhabited by nude women.

Directors: Raymond Phelan, Doris Wishman | Stars: Marietta, William Mayer, Lester Brown, Pat Reilly

Votes: 684

"If you seen one 1960s nudie, you seen them all." Au contraire, mon frer. Although I have never been marooned, I would bet that it involves a healthy amount of self-abuse, once shelter/food issues are addressed. Do NOT go on a 3 hour tour without this gem. The Professor got dibs on Mary Ann, lil buddy & the skipper obviously mirror a certain Hoover and Tolston, and Ginger may give you the gift that keeps on giving. That don't leave much in the way of relief from life. Besides the story/sets/acting being hilarious, the women in this flick are great bordering spectacular. Why? Because every single one of them is a REAL woman. Hollywood can keep all those disposable early 20s surgically enhanced bimbettes. NOTHING compares to a woman in her late 30s up to early 50s, keep your 'girls'. Every pair here is 'real', far more important than size to certain fans. Anyhow, this one. IMHO, is Doris' magnum opus.

12. Horror of Dracula (1958)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling

Votes: 17,576

Bela may have made the role his own, in a regal manner, but Chris Lee was MY Dracula. Watching him on Saturday as a kid was unbearably scary, almost. Picking a favourite Hammer Dracula is as difficult as picking a favourite position (wink), they are all pretty good. Still, this would be the 'doggy style' or even the 'woman on top' of Hammer films. Geez, I hope me kids don't read this.

13. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Horror

Six friends in a theatrical troupe dig up a corpse on an abandoned island to use in a mock Satanic ritual. It backfires with deadly consequences.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeff Gillen, Anya Ormsby

Votes: 3,515

I think THIS is my very favourite movie, no joshing. THERE. I said it and I am not ashamed. Most friends still see me as the same person. I saw it as a teen in the 1970s. The title, besides being awesome on its own, is just darn good advice. The first time I saw it was on the incredible "Chiller Theatre w/Bill Cardille", the second on a bootleg Betamax in Panama, and numerous times since. Now that I own it (Thanks, Outback Ray!) and have seen it enough to write a walk-through, I have to say it aged VERY well. The clothes, lingo, and attitudes are PURE early 70s. The kids who pretend to remember this sort of stuff on "I Love the 70s" would do well to study the players in this flick. Anyhow, even after many viewings over the years it is still genuinely creepy. A forgotten gem, if you will. When I was a teen, I felt Terry (Jane Daly) was the smoking hottest women me adolescent eyes ever laid on, second only to Adrienne Barbeau. I still do.

14. Throne of Blood (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 37,652

In case you haven't read me other lists, I am a former drug addict . I had seen Shogun as a teenager. It was a school assignment to watch it. Many years later, going through withdrawal, Shogun would make me forget being dope sick for long periods. THIS movie helps me visualize feudal Japan. Being a fan of the Bard and a lover of the play "Macbeth", this movie is a gem. I could watch it again and again and again.

15. Barry Lyndon (1975)

PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History

An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 123,983

You are doing yourself a disservice if you have not seen this. Fascinating, perfectly filmed and the acting is superb. It bombed? Really? Well, when has anyone MADE money OVER estimating the American public? Old England and good King George forever!!!!

16. The Big Red One (1980)

R | 113 min | Drama, War

77 Metascore

The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they serve in and try to survive World War II.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco

Votes: 16,888

This movie and Apocalypse Now had a HUGE part in me picking the US Army Infantry as my branch of service and job. It may be needless to say to vets, but to the civvies Big Red One covers the personalities and the Infantry pretty good. Apocalypse Now was surreal on purpose. If you ever hear some cat talking about "Apocalypse Now" being just like his "tour", he is probably a fake S.E.A.L., too. They also tend to claim to be part Cherokee, as well as having a mutt that is 'part wolf', too. (Technically not the 70s but I was still a freshman).

17. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, War

94 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

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

Votes: 519,608 | Gross: $83.47M

See above (The BR1). Man, what a great parable but it is based on a Joseph Conrad story. The story was set in the Congo, a great place NOT to be in the late 1890s. It has no bearing on the actual Vietnam war.

The movie reminds me of some BS artist going on and on at a bar (way back when I drank) about his PTSD, blah blah blah. When I told him the VA took great care of me, he did the usual 'secret records means I was where we weren't' story. I almost pity those cats. Ladies, if hooked up with some goof that uses some military 'experience' to justify inappropriate behaviour, get thee over to the national archive and ask for his military records.

They will tell you how to get someone's military records. REAL men NEVER hit women or kids. The majority of ex-POWS are overachievers. They are CEOs, retired pilots, and are never mooches in a bar. I am very grateful Recondos were never mentioned in movies. I guess because we were only allowed to wear the patch in units under the auspices of the XVIII Airborne Corps. A room mate who ended up PCSing to a leg unit said they made him take it off, as well as the JOTC patch on the opposite pocket. Whatever. That was over 30 years ago.

18. The Krays (1990)

R | 115 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Billie Whitelaw, Tom Bell

Votes: 6,673 | Gross: $2.06M

You don't have to be an Anglophile or have UK roots to watch this, but it does help. A strange and fascinating film that stands up to multiple viewings. Sad, scary, and funny alternately, I hope you find it as haunting as I did.

19. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror

71 Metascore

The filming of Nosferatu (1922) is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.

Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes

Votes: 36,687 | Gross: $8.29M

First rate in every category, you will not be disappointed in any way. Malkovich shows where he got his reputation from and Defoe is amazing as the Count.

20. V for Vendetta (2005)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea

Votes: 910,493 | Gross: $70.51M

OK, so her accent is as bad as a local PBS hack trying to get a pledge out of EastEnders fans. That's easily ignored, really. Hugo manages to play a man in a mask in a convincing, subtle manner. Keep the awesome graphic novel out of your mind and watch this flick all on it's own. Stellar performances by all but one, coupled with believable situations keep this on my list of flicks I can always watch. Stephen Fry is superb, as is Hugo Weaving.

21. Independence Day (1996)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell

Votes: 477,209 | Gross: $306.17M

Friends and 'serious' movie fans are going to roll their collective eyes over this choice. First, ignore the atrocious science. No one involved expects things outside the immediate story to stand up to scrutiny. Sit back and enjoy the ride, minus the 'stripper with a heart of gold' parts. Even the suspension of disbelief can't get around her, the kid, or their dog. If digitally removed from the film, no apologies would be needed to include it on this list. The actress is great, its what she has to work with for her character. As cartoonish as Hirsch's performance but still, a solid actress.

22. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

R | 81 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

73 Metascore

When Cartman and his friends go see an R rated movie, they start cursing and their parents think that Canada is to blame.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes

Votes: 176,454 | Gross: $52.01M

I was never really that into the show until me younger brother got me to watch this. What can be said that hasn't appeared somewhere else? The musical numbers are brilliant, the story great, the humour priceless. The "Sartre" kid gets old, but that's the only ding. Like "Blazing Saddle", it is still funny after 100 viewings. I wish Big Gay Al lived on my street.

23. Frailty (2001)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."

Director: Bill Paxton | Stars: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matt O'Leary

Votes: 68,311 | Gross: $13.10M

Don't roll your yes, Mathews is VERY good in this. So is Powers. It's hard to describe without giving anything away. If you watch until Paxton wakes the kids up. You will be hooked.

24. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery

81 Metascore

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin

Votes: 208,753 | Gross: $140.54M

Now that a over a decade has passed, its still is a fresh idea that was both well executed and well done. Stands up to multiple viewings.

25. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

47 Metascore

When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger

Votes: 45,005 | Gross: $40.90M

Where to begin? How about a personal anecdote? I used to have a terrible penchant for drugs, plain and simple. Fast forward to 7 or so years ago when your (then 'newly') clean narrator got a chance to watch this flick. Was it as funny to a tea totaler as it was when brain was soaked in THC & opiates? The answer is a resounding YES! It may be even funnier. Like 'Blazing Saddles' I now know every word and STILL laugh. It also COMPLETELY changed me tune about James Brolin. Yes, I went from hater to fan with those couple minutes of screen time. Fickle? Possibly, but it is hard to dislike celebrities that have no problem with some self-effacing humour. He was great and Mr. Reuben was on the very top of his game. 25 years (?!?!) later, it stands the test of time. The rock group's cameo dates it a bit, but that may have been THEIR high water mark, too.

26. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 87,000 | Gross: $2.24M

Once you get past Chuck Heston playing a Mexican, it is a great flick. Very hard to describe without spoilers, so just watch it.

27. Gods and Monsters (1998)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The last days of Frankenstein (1931) Director James Whale are explored.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich

Votes: 26,656 | Gross: $6.39M

An absolutely mesmerizing film, you will look at the clock when its over and swear only a couple minutes passed. Frasier would have been taken very seriously had he stuck to flicks like this. I don't look down on folks who take the money and run* but the man can act.

*As a KISS fan, that would be pretty hypocritical ;-)

28. Cross of Iron (1977)

R | 119 min | Drama, War

A German commander places a squad in extreme danger after its Sergeant refuses to lie for him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner

Votes: 22,597

If you read the book, you can see how and why it was changed for the big screen. Powerful without being overblown and deep without being cheesy, this is a flick NOT to be missed.

29. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 134,218

One of the oft cited "classics" that is well worth watching again and again. It is the movie that made me a Bogey fan. The first film appearence of the mighty Elisha Cook Jr.

30. Pale Rider (1985)

R | 115 min | Western

61 Metascore

A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Sydney Penny

Votes: 45,157 | Gross: $41.41M

I saw this movie half-drunk with buddies while in the Army. I went and seen it sober and really dug it. A western that stands up to multiple viewings. Hmm, that reminds me...

31. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 269,882 | Gross: $171.24M

Rare is the well-done western. Even more rare is the re-make that is as good as the original, if not better. This movie delivers. That young lady should of got the gold statuette. Heck, I may have to make a list of films robbed by the Academy.

32. O Lucky Man! (1973)

R | 178 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Arthur Lowe

Votes: 6,726

All of the movies listed by your humble narrator are ones I can watch over and over. This is one of them. On some cable channel during my last years in the Army and my first years as a civilian, I willingly caught it many times.

33. Clash of the Titans (1981)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family

59 Metascore

Perseus must battle both Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda.

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith

Votes: 36,273 | Gross: $41.09M

"On some cable channel during my last years in the Army and my first years as a civilian, I willingly caught it many times." That could certainly describe this one. Ray Harryhausen was the best. Forget cheapo CGI, his stuff was AWESOME and still is.

34. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

98 Metascore

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 544,583 | Gross: $37.63M

Its not for the kiddies, if you haven't already been warned. This is an absolutely mesmorizing film. The story, the acting (sub-titled, not dubbed), the cinematography, and the direction come together in a way that is rare in today's films. It is easily one of the best films to come around in the past 30 years.

35. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

63 Metascore

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Votes: 924,050 | Gross: $305.41M

So clever, witty, and fun that you can almost forgive everyone involved in the abysmal sequels. Remember the models for the ride that came out around 35 years ago, maybe even 40? This movie is almost as much fun as they were.

36. 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, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.

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

Votes: 599,715 | Gross: $28.26M

The first time I saw this was at a drive in during a family trip to Cleveland. It was love at first viewing. 6 years later I had rented the video in the Army to show to some friends. As we were walking up to the barracks, we bumped into some cats from Bravo company (3rd/187thINF ABN) who asked what we were watching. One goof commented "Aw, no one gets killed in that until the very end." If that's your mentality (possibly representative of all mortar men), don't bother. Pearls before swine.

37. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer HAL 9000, sets off on a quest.

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

Votes: 508,584 | Gross: $56.95M

Oh Pittsburgh Playhouse Film Repretory, how sorely you are missed. Not only did it allow teen-agers to be able to see it on the big screen in 1977, it let us take our little brothers. It is another fine example of turning a great but cerebral book into a great movie. Anyone who thinks Kubrick is over-rated needs to go read The Shining and then watch his imagining of it.

38. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heals. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 178,277 | Gross: $102.31M

Nowadays, an alarmingly high percentage of "stars" (**cough**) are created. Some could argue it has always been that way. Whatever your position on that, Newman and Redford became stars on their talent. Anyone who thinks otherwise should watch this a couple times, wait a week, and watch it again.

39. Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)

PG | 101 min | Horror

In the 13th century there existed a legion of evil knights known as the Templars, who quested for eternal life by drinking human blood and committing sacrifices. Executed for their unholy ... See full summary »

Director: Amando de Ossorio | Stars: Lone Fleming, César Burner, María Elena Arpón, José Thelman

Votes: 4,552

I do not have a clue what this 'part 4' stuff is, but its the right movie. Watch this on Saturday nights in honour of Chilly Billy Cardille. For folks not from the area, he is the reporter in 'Night of the Living Dead' and hosted the most imitated Saturday night monster movie show, ever. The movie? Oh, yeah. A GREAT Spanish Zombie flick. Watch it without sub-titles and work on your Espanol. The ruins and the 'blind dead' are great! The story? Eh, so so at best BUT keep an eye out for when the girls reminisce about their boarding school days. Keeping this spoiler free, you may want to fast forward through Pedro and Virginia looking on their own. It is the fly in the ointment. Besides that, it is way fun! The Yank version is also sadly lacking the girls' "school days memories". AAIIIEEE! El gato de propulcion! Addendum: I bought a DVD that has the same cover as the one here at the IMDB. It appears the Yank version is considerably different than the Continent's version, so try to pick it up. Re-watching the original and the Yank version reminded me of a part of the film that I skip through. It is tough to watch and has nothing to add to the flick. Pedro is a scumbag, we get it. So, spoiler free, keep an eye out for Betty and Pedro going off by themselves, hit 2x or even 4x. At least for repeated viewings.

40. The Apple (1980)

PG | 90 min | Music, Musical, Sci-Fi

In 1994, a young couple enters the world of the music industry, and subsequently the world of drugs.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, George Gilmour, Grace Kennedy, Allan Love

Votes: 1,565

I feel guilty admitting it but I let this joke of a film roll in the background. As bad as it is, it is never the horrid "endurance contest" like "Sextette" or the abominable "Candy".

41. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 727,990 | Gross: $44.02M

See the beta version of Jack's "Joker"

42. The Sentinel (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably cheap Brooklyn Heights apartment, where weird occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon, Martin Balsam

Votes: 7,579

It scared the pants off of me and STILL does. Even though the same films appear on many of my lists I try to do a capsule for each based on the context of the list. The reason this film stands up to multiple viewings is its cinematography and secondary story.

43. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 41,382 | Gross: $42.77M

I know, I know. But you gotta admit she was very good in this. York, too. He is soooooo underrated that it vexes me sometimes. Pre-Nazi Germany was as crazy as it gets, at least from my studies. This is one of those flicks everyone should see.

44. Alexander Nevsky (1938)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov, Dmitriy Orlov

Votes: 9,142

The only good part of the original "Red Dawn"* was that "Nevsky" was being shown at the local cinema.

*Did we really need a remake?

45. Threads (1984 TV Movie)

112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

92 Metascore

The effects of a nuclear holocaust on the working class city of Sheffield, England and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly, Rita May

Votes: 8,858

Dear Lord, those born after 1980 have no idea how close this was to reality. Go watch it NOW. I'll wait...

46. Spartacus (1960)

PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton

Votes: 108,969 | Gross: $30.00M

Kirk respected our boy Stanley. This was the result.

47. Ed Wood (1994)

R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of support.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 153,202 | Gross: $5.89M

In the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, my friend Leo Vale used to turn me on to movies. He knows film unlike anyone I have ever met. Anyhow, there was a LOT of Eddie and a GREAT British "Amazing Picture Show" installment on him. Johnny Depp was still to establish himself as a mega-star then. Tim Burton was just hitting his stride and this film may have been his high-water mark.

48. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 220,790 | Gross: $104.45M

I changed my tune regarding Mr. Hanks' skill set. I have really come to respect and enjoy his work. This is a great role, and the rest of the of the cast are superb, as is the directing.

49. Frenzy (1972)

R | 116 min | Thriller