1001 films less lame than Shawshank and Inception

by maddox-richard | created - 12 Sep 2012 | updated - 07 Jun 2016 | Public

Like it says on the tin. These are all less lame than Boys-Own white collar prison fantasy Shawshank and make it twisty so people who stay awake think they're a bit clever Inception. Also, qv. "8 Films Containing Dream Sequences More Interesting Than The Ones In Inception" http://multiglom.wordpress.com/2010/07/23/eight-films-containing-dream-sequences-more-interesting-than-the-ones-in-inception/

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1. Robot Monster (1953)

Approved | 66 min | Sci-Fi

The monstrous Ro-Man attempts to annihilate the last family alive on Earth, but finds himself falling for their beautiful daughter.

Director: Phil Tucker | Stars: George Nader, Gregory Moffett, Claudia Barrett, Selena Royle

Votes: 3,912 | Gross: $1.00M

2. Showgirls (1995)

NC-17 | 128 min | Drama

16 Metascore

Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan, Gina Gershon, Glenn Plummer

Votes: 54,870 | Gross: $20.30M

3. BMX Bandits (1983)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Nicole Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: David Argue, John Ley, Nicole Kidman, Angelo D'Angelo

Votes: 4,009

4. 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: 23,869

5. Car Wash (1976)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A comedic take on the daily life of a car wash employees, chronicling their hopes, fears, joys, dreams and tribulations. And meeting a few eccentric costumers along the way.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Darrow Igus, Otis Day

Votes: 5,336

6. Bloody Mama (1970)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

A psychologically-disturbed matriarch presides over her damaged family of bank-robbing misfits.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Pat Hingle, Diane Varsi

Votes: 2,555

7. Dead End Drive-In (1986)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama, Horror

In the near future, a teenage couple are trapped in a drive-in theater which has become a concentration camp for social outcasts. The inmates are treated to drugs, exploitation films, junk food, and new wave music.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford, Wilbur Wilde

Votes: 2,043

8. Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

On her deathbed, a mother makes her son promise never to get married, which scars him with psychological blocks to a commitment with his girlfriend. They finally decide to tie the knot in ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Bergman | Stars: James Caan, Nicolas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pat Morita

Votes: 15,356 | Gross: $35.21M

9. My Son John (1952)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

The Jeffersons are the ideal picture-perfect all-American family in a small town, but their eldest son John returns home after a long absence spouting views that cause them to worry he may be a Communist.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Robert Walker, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Dean Jagger

Votes: 448

10. An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan, the play quickly turns into a dark metaphor for youth... See full summary »

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Georgina Cates, Alun Armstrong

Votes: 2,315 | Gross: $0.26M

11. The Witches (1966)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well.

Director: Cyril Frankel | Stars: Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Ann Bell

Votes: 1,995

12. Pink Flamingos (1972)

NC-17 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole

Votes: 18,862 | Gross: $0.18M

13. Raw Meat (1972)

R | 87 min | Horror

There's something pretty grisly going on under London in the Tube tunnels between Holborn and Russell Square. When a top civil servant becomes the latest to disappear down there Scotland ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington, David Ladd, Sharon Gurney

Votes: 2,963

14. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

NC-17 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John Lazar

Votes: 8,576 | Gross: $9.00M

15. Pushing Tin (1999)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

A feud develops between two air traffic controllers: one cocky and determined while the other is restrained and laidback, which inevitably affects their lives.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 26,159 | Gross: $8.41M

16. The Day of the Triffids (1963)

Approved | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

Directors: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis | Stars: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore

Votes: 6,174

17. Q (1982)

R | 93 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

NYPD detectives Shepard and Powell are working on a bizarre case of a ritualistic Aztec murder. Meanwhile, something big is attacking people of New York and only greedy small time crook Jimmy Quinn knows where its lair is.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: David Carradine, Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 4,877

18. The Magic Christian (1969)

M | 92 min | Comedy

Sir Guy Grand, the richest man in the world, adopts a homeless boy, Youngman. Together, they set out to prove that anyone--and anything--can be bought with money.

Director: Joseph McGrath | Stars: Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr, Isabel Jeans, Caroline Blakiston

Votes: 2,684

19. The Hayseed (1919)

27 min | Short, Comedy

Buster manages the store while Roscoe delivers the mail, taking time out for hide-and-seek with Molly. The constable, also interested in Molly, steals $300 while being observed by Buster.

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle | Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Molly Malone, Jack Coogan Sr.

Votes: 543

20. Next of Kin (1982)

89 min | Horror, Mystery

In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother's diary begin to happen to the daughter.

Director: Tony Williams | Stars: Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt, Alex Scott, Gerda Nicolson

Votes: 736

21. Monkey Shines (1988)

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

71 Metascore

A quadriplegic man has a trained monkey help him with his paralysis, until the little monkey begins to develop feelings, and rage, against its new master.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 8,943 | Gross: $5.34M

22. The Black Rose (1950)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, History, Romance

A disinherited 13th Century Saxon nobleman leaves Norman England with an archer friend to seek his fortune in the Far East.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Cécile Aubry, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 1,471

23. Krush Groove (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Walker manages all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove Records, which include ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Sheila E., Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell

Votes: 2,034 | Gross: $11.05M

24. Muppets from Space (1999)

G | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. But when the men in black kidnap him, it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him reunite with his long-lost family.

Director: Tim Hill | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 16,041 | Gross: $16.63M

25. Legally Blonde (2001)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

59 Metascore

Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.

Director: Robert Luketic | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis

Votes: 151,368 | Gross: $96.52M

26. Parents (1989)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis, Bryan Madorsky

Votes: 5,171 | Gross: $0.87M

27. It Could Happen to You (1994)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip.

Director: Andrew Bergman | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 30,464 | Gross: $37.80M

28. Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns.

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Siobhan Finneran, Michelle Holmes, George Costigan, Lesley Sharp

Votes: 2,878 | Gross: $0.12M

29. The Addiction (1995)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra, Edie Falco

Votes: 7,304 | Gross: $0.30M

30. Stone (1974)

103 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

Members of the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club are being knocked off one by one, and someone needs to find out why! Sandy Harbutt's timeless Australian cult film about a bunch of renegades riding Kawasaki 900s.

Director: Sandy Harbutt | Stars: Deryck Barnes, Sandy Harbutt, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Lex Mitchell

Votes: 1,032

31. Paulie (1998)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Paulie, a talking parrot, recounts his travels looking for his original owner to a Russian janitor who helps him to the end of his journey.

Director: John Roberts | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Bruce Davison

Votes: 12,816 | Gross: $27.01M

32. Wolfen (1981)

R | 115 min | Horror, Thriller

64 Metascore

A New York cop investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Edward James Olmos, Gregory Hines

Votes: 7,540 | Gross: $10.63M

33. The Wonderful Country (1959)

Approved | 98 min | Romance, Western

A honorable drifter constantly on the run finds his enemies closing in around him.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Gary Merrill, Albert Dekker

Votes: 1,154

34. I Like It Like That (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Lisette and husband Chino face marital difficulties. She is fed up with the kids, while he has job troubles. His mother Rosaria hates Lisette and the neighborhood tramp has designs on Chino... See full summary »

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Luna Lauren Velez, Jon Seda, Tomas Melly, Desiree Casado

Votes: 1,317 | Gross: $1.78M

35. 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: 21,438 | Gross: $10.10M

36. 52 Pick-Up (1986)

R | 110 min | Crime, Thriller

A secret fling between a man and his mistress leads to blackmail and murder.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Roy Scheider, Ann-Margret, Vanity, John Glover

Votes: 4,028 | Gross: $5.19M

37. It's Not Just You, Murray! (1964)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

Now middle-aged, mobster Murray looks back at his humble beginnings as a bootlegger and his rise to becoming wealthy and highly influential. Through it he talks about how much of his ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Ira Rubin, Sam DeFazio, Andrea Martin, Catherine Scorsese

Votes: 968

38. The Blob (1958)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

Directors: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., Russell S. Doughten Jr. | Stars: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howland

Votes: 18,638

39. Crimes of the Heart (1986)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard

Votes: 3,151 | Gross: $22.91M

40. La crise (1992)

95 min | Comedy, Music

When Victor finds out one morning that his wife had left him and that she had forgotten to at least buy milk for the Kids, he finds that things can only get worse. Having also been fired ... See full summary »

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Patrick Timsit, Zabou Breitman, Maria Pacôme

Votes: 1,088

41. The Purchase Price (1932)

TV-PG | 68 min | Drama, Comedy

A torch singer becomes a mail-order bride for a farmer.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Lyle Talbot, Hardie Albright

Votes: 1,097

42. The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)

PG | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Wallace Ritchie is mistaken for a spy and must stop a plot to assassinate international leaders at a banquet.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Bill Murray, Joanne Whalley, Peter Gallagher, Richard Wilson

Votes: 26,125 | Gross: $13.80M

43. Made in U.S.A (1966)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

In the near future, leftist writer Paula goes from Paris to the French town of Atlantic-Cité when she learns of the death of a former colleague and lover, Richard P. Is she there to ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, László Szabó, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marianne Faithfull

Votes: 2,957 | Gross: $0.08M

44. Miami Blues (1990)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

An ex-con's first act of freedom is moving to Miami where he restarts his old criminal ways with even more potency.

Director: George Armitage | Stars: Fred Ward, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cecilia Pérez-Cervera

Votes: 6,701 | Gross: $9.89M

45. Be Kind Rewind (2008)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy

52 Metascore

Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jack Black, Yasiin Bey, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow

Votes: 83,958 | Gross: $11.17M

46. Day of the Fight (1951)

Approved | 16 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

After a short study of boxing's history, narrated by newscaster Douglas Edwards, we follow a day in the life of a middleweight Irish boxer named Walter Cartier.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Douglas Edwards, Nat Fleischer, Walter Cartier, Vincent Cartier

Votes: 3,217

47. Nine to Five (1980)

PG | 109 min | Comedy

58 Metascore

Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.

Director: Colin Higgins | Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 22,786 | Gross: $103.29M

48. Dark Habits (1983)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

A nightclub singer seeks refuge with gay nuns on dope in a Madrid convent.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cristina Sánchez Pascual, Will More, Laura Cepeda, Miguel Zúñiga

Votes: 5,050

49. Palookaville (1995)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime

Jerry and his two pals, Russ and Syd, are just looking for some easy money to help them break out of their nowhere lives in their nowhere town. Despite a bungled jewelry store heist which ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: William Forsythe, Vincent Gallo, Adam Trese, Gareth Williams

Votes: 2,241 | Gross: $0.32M

50. Three Men and a Cradle (1985)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy

44 Metascore

Jacques, Pierre, and Michel are three adult friends who enjoy single life until they find themselves stuck - with a baby.

Director: