Every Movie Nerds Collection Should Include...

by ihtoit | created - 07 Aug 2012 | updated - 08 Aug 2012 | Public

From the unmissable to the completely forgetful, passing fads to long forgotten conversation starters, these movies should awaken distant memories!

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1. 8 Mile (2002)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Marshall Mathers, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 215,280 | Gross: $116.72M

An unknown young white rapper (Eminem) climbs the local scene dominated by hard-hitting established mike-slayers... and beats the pants off of every one of 'em!

2. 200 M.P.H. (2011 Video)

R | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An amateur racer gets involved in illegal street racing after the death of his brother.

Director: Cole S. McKay | Stars: Jaz Martin, Hennely Jimenez, AnnaMaria Demara, Darren Anthony Thomas

Votes: 1,650

Low budget ripoff of the Fast & Furious franchise. Fast cars, plenty of neon but not nearly as much fun.

3. 300 (2006)

R | 117 min | Action, Fantasy

52 Metascore

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

Votes: 667,078 | Gross: $210.61M

Meet The Spartans writ serious.

4. Tracey Ullman: A Class Act (1993 TV Movie)

60 min

A short series of 15 minute programmes, really expanded sketches, in which Tracey Ullman and Michael Palin play various roles satirizing the British class system.

Director: Les Blair | Stars: Tracey Ullman, Michael Palin, Gareth Armstrong, Ellie Beaven

Votes: 19

Split sketches make for one utterly hilarious movie. WARNING: must have British sense of humour to fully appreciate.

5. 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: 12,641 | Gross: $25.22M

What might have been had the aliens from "V" not been flesh-eating reptiles...

6. Iron Sky (2012)

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

The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018.

Director: Timo Vuorensola | Stars: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Udo Kier

Votes: 84,812

The Germans were there first...

7. RoboCop (1987)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox

Votes: 204,247 | Gross: $53.42M

Criterion Edition or nothing!

8. Ice Planet (2001)

83 min | Sci-Fi

The end of our world is the beginning on another...

Director: Winrich Kolbe | Stars: Reiner Schöne, Sab Shimono, James O'Shea, Valeriy Nikolaev

Votes: 941

He's not top billed but he should be... Wes Studi in one of his better roles

9. Wing Commander (1999)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

21 Metascore

Blair, a fighter pilot, joins an interstellar war to fight the evil Kilrathi who are trying to destroy the universe.

Director: Chris Roberts | Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard, Saffron Burrows, Tchéky Karyo

Votes: 15,372 | Gross: $11.58M

Probably one of the best game-to-movie conversions ever.

10. A Boy and His Dog (1975)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

A young man and his telepathic dog wander a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Director: L.Q. Jones | Stars: Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Susanne Benton, Tim McIntire

Votes: 14,431

When the two most important things in life are food and sex (preferably with one of the opposite gender), and not necessarily in that order, you know the world is in trouble. Even more so when your only companion is a very young Don Johnson and you're the dog able to communicate with him via thought.

11. Earth's Final Hours (2011 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 84 min | Action, Sci-Fi

After dense matter from an imploded white hole hits Earth, the planet's rotation is devastated. A group of government agents must locate a lost satellite network that is the world's only hope for survival.

Director: W.D. Hogan | Stars: Robert Knepper, Julia Benson, Cameron Bright, Julia Maxwell

Votes: 2,159

Yep, probably a good thing this was a made-for-TV affair, it fails to deliver on its titular promise. SPOILER ALERT: Earth survives.

12. The Quiet Earth (1985)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Pete Smith, Anzac Wallace

Votes: 22,149 | Gross: $2.12M

Surreal, original and engaging science fiction from the pen of Craig Harrison - with not a single BEM or laser pistol in sight.

13. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 649,225

One word: Kubrick.

14. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 334,674 | Gross: $22.20M

The movie against which all modern movies, musical or not, should measure themselves.

15. 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: 143,315

Beautiful story about a socialite, a struggling writer and a nameless cat.

16. The King and I (1956)

G | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson

Votes: 21,151 | Gross: $21.30M

"You think you teach King lesson, but this is one lesson you do not get paid for teaching! In the future, you will stop instructing wives and children in silly English song 'Home Sweet House' to remind me of breaking promises I never make, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!"

Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. Forget Fred & Ginger, this is *the* movie pairing to beat all.

17. Zombieland (2009)

R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

73 Metascore

A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 435,060 | Gross: $75.59M

OK. Give me a continuous fourth wall violation, Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson and a smattering of other out of work Hollywood A-Listers, turn most of them into zombies and let 'em slug it out for a couple hours. Fun!

18. Snakes on a Train (2006 Video)

R | 91 min | Horror

A Zombie curse is placed upon a woman, which causes her to have living snakes inside her. Brujo, who is looking after her, attempts to take her to Los Angeles on the train. After several ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Mervis | Stars: A.J. Castro, Julia Ruiz, Giovanni Bejarano, Al Galvez

Votes: 2,084

Three words:

What. The. NO.

19. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

45 Metascore

Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, returns from a spiritual quest to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat, the sacred animal of a tribe in Africa.

Director: Steve Oedekerk | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ian McNeice, Simon Callow, Maynard Eziashi

Votes: 179,222 | Gross: $108.39M

The better of the two. Only because you get to see Carrey's range of pained facial contortions in this one.

20. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 519,593 | Gross: $126.48M

Apparently this is meant to be (and was written as) a standalone from the Alien franchise, but it does slot in pretty well. Watch in production order for a Lucas experience, for full sense watch in the following order, with crossovers (I won't bother listing any of these elsewhere on this list): Predator, Predator II, AvP (Alien Vs. Predator), AvP: Requiem, Predators, Prometheus, Alien, Aliens, Alien3, Alien: Resurrection. Get the unrated editions if you can, they add a *lot* to the story.

21. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,060,157 | Gross: $322.74M

I've seen the discussions about what order to watch the Star Wars movies in, so here's mine: IV, V, II, III, VI. Yes, there's no episode I in there because it adds nothing to the story and it has that annoying Binks character in it.

22. Casino Royale (1967)

Not Rated | 131 min | Comedy

In an early spy spoof, aging Sir James Bond comes out of retirement to take on SMERSH.

Directors: Val Guest, Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Richard Talmadge | Stars: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles

Votes: 24,028

Great Bond parody; watch for Anjelica Huston's movie debut and the guy under the Vader mask is in there, too!

23. PT 109 (1963)

Approved | 140 min | Biography, Drama, War

During WW2, Lieut. John F. Kennedy takes command of PT 109 to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Robert Culp, Ty Hardin, James Gregory

Votes: 1,942

fact-based story about the early military career of the late, great John F. Kennedy, as he undertook duty in the Pacific theatre starting with the reconditioning of a decrepit motor torpedo boat.

24. Once Upon a Spy (1980 TV Movie)

91 min | Action, Thriller, Drama

Ted Danson plays a computer genius who gets involved in the theft of an important NASA computer, then thrust into the world of espionage with Christopher Lee.

Director: Ivan Nagy | Stars: Ted Danson, Mary Louise Weller, Christopher Lee, Eleanor Parker

Votes: 190

Ted Danson is a reluctant spy, Mary Louise Parker his gorgeous pro sidekick, and Christopher Lee a wheelchair-bound villain in this salute to Sixties camp thrillers.

25. Flash Gordon (1980)

PG | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol

Votes: 43,107

Rockin' movie with a rockin' soundtrack.

"Do you want to live forever. Hawkmen... DIIIIIIVVE!"

26. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 39,123 | Gross: $3.00M

Robots, invisible aliens, Leslie Nielson and millennia-old contraptions. Sublime sci-fi epic that created a genre.

27. The Fly (1958)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 17,763 | Gross: $3.00M

The original and better version. Hedison's final words in the movie still gives me the chills.

28. Village of the Damned (1995)

R | 99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

41 Metascore

A small town's women give birth to unfriendly alien children posing as humans.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski, Michael Paré

Votes: 24,564 | Gross: $9.42M

Lindsey Haun being absolutely terrifying as an alien hybrid child who, along with her brethren, murder their way through a village in one of the most underrated movies ever made.

29. Moontrap (1989)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The Space Shuttle returns to earth, but some of the equipment brought back on it begins to behave strangely. Scientists are unsure what is happening, and decide to take all necessary ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Dyke | Stars: Walter Koenig, Bruce Campbell, Leigh Lombardi, Robert Kurcz

Votes: 2,435

Walter Koenig typecast as a shuttle commander turned little-acknowledged hero of the day as an alien robot chews its way through flesh and uses odd bits of machinery to build itself. Oh, and watch out for that headgear.

30. Scanners (1981)

R | 103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane

Votes: 40,482 | Gross: $14.23M

A true Cronenberg masterpiece of horror and exploding heads.

31. Venus Wars (1989)

Not Rated | 102 min | Animation, Action, Drama

The new frontier of Venus has degenerated into a dystopia ravaged by the civil war between Ishtar and Aphrodia. Bubbly reporter Susan Sommers arrives in the capitol of Aphrodia just before ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko | Stars: Katsuhide Uekusa, Ben Fairman, Yûko Mizutani, Anna Alba

Votes: 1,229

One of many dystopian fantasies to emerge from the Japanese studios of Bandai. This one involves a fresh faced reporter flung into the rising civil war on the new Venusian frontier, a gang of monocycle-loving petrolheads, and lots of interesting ways to get blown up.

32. The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)

Not Rated | 91 min | Animation, Action, Crime

After killing the son of a powerful oil tycoon, an assassin-for-hire becomes the target of American soldiers and superhuman killers.

Director: Osamu Dezaki | Stars: Tetsurô Sagawa, Gorô Naya, Toshiko Fujita, Kôsei Tomita

Votes: 2,261

Duke Togo. Professional assassin. Makes James Bond look like Maxwell Smart.

33. Lensman (1984)

PG-13 | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Kimball Kinnison, a young man from the agricultural planet Mquie and his Valerian companinon, Buscirk find a dying man with a legendary crystal lens embedded in his hand. As the man was ... See full summary »

Directors: Kazuyuki Hirokawa, Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Mami Koyama, Chikao Ohtsuka, Nachi Nozawa

Votes: 515

CGI-heavy animation about a farmboy thrown into a struggle for galactic domination against a dark foe.

Sound familiar?

34. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Votes: 177,903

Shocking tragedy about a brother and sister struggling to survive World War II Japan. Starvation, bombing and sheer desperation add to the dark theme of this masterpiece.

35. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,411,825 | Gross: $171.48M

If you're a hardcore science fiction fan who is drawn by compelling storylines, cutting-edge effects (hello, Bullet Time!), and interesting characters, then this is the movie for you.

That said, forget the sequels, they're utter rubbish.

36. Titan A.E. (2000)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

48 Metascore

A young man learns that he has to find a hidden Earth ship before an enemy alien species does in order to secure the survival of humanity.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman | Stars: Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo

Votes: 55,098 | Gross: $22.75M

Formular post apocalyptic space action with aliens and several locations but extremely well executed and pretty much perfectly cast.

37. TRON (1982)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

Director: Steven Lisberger | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan

Votes: 102,447 | Gross: $33.00M

Disney's best picture, by far. And not a single bloody talking duck to be seen!

38. The Last Starfighter (1984)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

Video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Kay E. Kuter, Dan Mason

Votes: 33,063 | Gross: $28.73M

Yet another Star Wars rip-off, but this time with something extra: engaging main character who you wouldn't mind swapping places with!

39. Tin Man (2007)

TV-PG | 270 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz".

Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough, Kathleen Robertson

Votes: 12,276

Zooey Deschanel is DG, a girl drawn into the land of Oz in this reimagining of the 1939 classic. Odd at times, annoying at others, but the performances of Deschanel and McDonough are always engaging.

40. Stargate (1994)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors

Votes: 160,352 | Gross: $71.57M

The movie that spawned three live-action series, one cartoon series, several made-for-TV movies and an immense fanbase complete with crossover, slash and season-extra fanfiction. If you've seen SG-1, and fancy a rewatch, then start with this.

41. Enemy Mine (1985)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually, he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting. They band together ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James, Richard Marcus

Votes: 38,208 | Gross: $4.27M

The first time I ever saw this it instantly reminded me of the final episode of Battlestar Galactica 1980, "The Return of Starbuck". The plot is the same, the character interactions are the same. Two enemy pilots crash on a desolate planet and need to work together to survive.

That's... pretty much it.

42. Planet of the Apes (1968)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Votes: 150,999 | Gross: $33.40M

The best (by a WIDE MARGIN) adaptation of the Pierre Boulle novel.

"Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty APE!"

43. Priest (2011)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

41 Metascore

A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Director: Scott Stewart | Stars: Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban

Votes: 104,600 | Gross: $29.14M

The best vampire flick since Interview.

44. The Unloved (2009 TV Movie)

106 min | Drama

A film that gives a child's eye view of the U.K.'s government-run care system for orphans and children in danger.

Director: Samantha Morton | Stars: Molly Windsor, Robert Carlyle, Susan Lynch, Craig Parkinson

Votes: 923

This movie means a lot to me, but I can't tell you why.