Stories that engaged, humored or otherwise lingered more than usual

by stupidus | created - 11 Nov 2013 | updated - 03 Aug 2016 | Public

From what I can remember (obviously).

The best ones reminded that life is worth living and/or inspired to be a better man (if only for couple of hours).

Obviously in no particular rank.

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1. Moon (2009)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw

Votes: 294,669 | Gross: $5.01M

A lot to love and nothing to really hate about.

Sam Rockwell's tour de force.

2. Central Station (1998)

R | 113 min | Drama

80 Metascore

An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Vinícius de Oliveira, Marília Pêra, Soia Lira

Votes: 31,195 | Gross: $5.60M

Made me cry.

3. The Visitor (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 39,338 | Gross: $9.42M

Conveys well what it wanted to convey (even if or when one doesn't agree with everything expressed or implied).

4. Kolya (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Zdenek Sverák, Andrey Khalimon, Libuse Safránková, Ondrej Vetchý

Votes: 13,100 | Gross: $5.73M

Perfetto.

5. Groundhog Day (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

72 Metascore

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 507,880 | Gross: $70.91M

Apart from Andie McDowell everything is enjoyable and even she is more bearable than usual.

I am stunned however that a lot of - characteristically snobby? - critics suddenly started praising Murray's performance in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003), when Murray's been doing what he does best pretty much from day one. Tisk, risk.

6. Predator (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

42 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 322,392 | Gross: $59.74M

Still love the core idea a lot.

If you can suspend belief when it comes to lugging around a mini gun (plus enough ammo to justify it's usability in the first place) for more than few paces without breaking every muscle in your body known to man, then you're in for a killer ride (pun intended).

7. One Hour Photo (2002)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A mentally unstable photo developer begins to attack a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith

Votes: 104,282 | Gross: $31.60M

Gotta love Robin Williams. Lesson to learn: don't take pictures you don't want just anyone to see.

8. Happiness (1998)

Unrated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker

Votes: 59,930 | Gross: $2.81M

If this leaves you cold, you are dead inside.

9. Darkman (1990)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake

Votes: 51,824 | Gross: $33.88M

If you need an antidote to goody-goody superheroes saving mankind then Darkman has you covered.

10. He Was a Quiet Man (2007)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

53 Metascore

An office worker inadvertently becomes a hero after he saves a woman's life.

Director: Frank A. Cappello | Stars: Christian Slater, Elisha Cuthbert, William H. Macy, Michael DeLuise

Votes: 21,048

Not a great fan of Christian Slater but he gives a great performance in this delightfully quirky but somewhat uneven little gem. And as usual Elisha Cuthbert nails her role.

11. Sideways (2004)

R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

Votes: 162,790 | Gross: $71.50M

One word: bubbly

12. Point Break (1991)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty

Votes: 128,678 | Gross: $43.22M

Works on so many levels.

13. The Science of Sleep (2006)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

70 Metascore

A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, Alain Chabat

Votes: 64,469 | Gross: $4.66M

It relies heavily on fantastical dream elements but feels true to life and ends in a very sweet, human, note. Charlotte Gainsbourg is pretty mesmerizing - once again.

14. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 215,347

Quite possibly the greatest movie that ever got made - regardless of how old you might be or get.

Hayao Miyazaki FTW!

15. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

83 Metascore

A seemingly indestructible Android is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all cost

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 684,114 | Gross: $38.40M

While Terminator 2 of course fared much better in the cinemas, looks decidedly cool, and obviously made a fortune, it can't honestly touch its predecessor, and frankly, there never even was a need for the whole Terminator franchise (but someone smelled money - like someone always will).

The Terminator is a solid story as it is and there is nothing far-fetched in it - barring time travel. The terminator isn't some god-like omnipresent phoenix super villain - or even villain per se - that would be damn nigh impossible to kill (or rather dismantle).

Of course it won't be a walk in the park to stop it but something that can definitely be done - provided that you don't get yourself killed in the process.

It's not like in the sequel where a second gen terminator is this pure liquid metal shapeshifting creature that can mysteriously and instantly take any reasonably sized form and automagically for example don a suit of its fancy by seemingly simply exerting will power… while never having to experience diminished capacity to function properly, no matter what.

Luckily The Terminator isn't one of "those" movies.

If you can suspend belief when it comes to time travel - and this much you must - then you will find that The Terminator is an action packed, yet relatable, human and even wise movie - possibly even prescient (though hopefully not!) - that shows us just what might happen if we fail to take the time to collectively sit down on the same table as a human race to consider - and to constantly reconsider! - how much we really want to allow technology to do for us from here on forward.

I'm personally all for Aristotle's notion of how better developed tech has the potential to ultimately set us free from daily drudgery in order to allow mankind to finally concentrate on the much finer things in life.

There really isn't a single bone in my body that would want to partake in a technological neo-luddites' favorite pastime.

It's just that I doubt a lot of people's judgment - my own including - and because of this the issue of automating most aspects of our life one step at a time needs to be pondered and achieved in a concerted fashion that is based on factual evidence and scientifically sound risk evaluations.

Because, as most of us know only too well, the road to hell tends to be paved with good intentions. And few films drive that message home better than The Terminator.

16. 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: 50,371 | Gross: $2.88M

Great story played by a great cast from a great director. Danny Boyle's least flashy and most profound work, no doubt about that.

17. Beautiful Girls (1996)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich, Annabeth Gish

Votes: 28,506 | Gross: $10.60M

Nat was a great child actress (see also Léon: The Professional (1994)), who has since mostly failed to impress me. Today she is more or less just another pretty faced actress with a couple of facial expressions who works hard and fails miserably at being natural.

When you watch Portman in Closer (2004) or in Black Swan (2010) - for which the movie establishment of course gave her an Oscar - starring alongside with folks who are actually/mostly plausible, it's painstakingly evident that this woman might be a lot of things but she ain't no stellar actress - and will likely never be one either.

Beautiful Girls is a lifelike and often more or less humorous drama irrespective of the viewer's own opinions about love, affection, lust and, yes, sex as well.

What ever happened to Timothy Hutton?

18. Cast Away (2000)

PG-13 | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez, Lari White

Votes: 445,127 | Gross: $233.63M

Priceless.

19. 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: 231,697 | Gross: $10.68M

Benecio pretty much steals the show.

20. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.

Director: Mike Figgis | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands, Richard Lewis

Votes: 101,631 | Gross: $31.97M

Nicolas Cage's finest and will likely remain as such. Hope this isn't Elisabeth Shue's best effort, too. I believe Julian Sands was horribly miscast here.

Simple and solid story that has some truly memorable scenes.

21. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 157,666 | Gross: $78.65M

What a cast! The finale is one of the most powerful moments ever captured on-screen and shows Ralph Fiennes at his finest.

22. Little Children (2006)

R | 136 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.

Director: Todd Field | Stars: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 97,782 | Gross: $5.46M

" Maybe I just didn't understand it. "

23. Moscow on the Hudson (1984)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Robin Williams, Maria Conchita Alonso, Cleavant Derricks, Alejandro Rey

Votes: 9,585 | Gross: $25.10M

Even when Robin Williams isn't at his best form, he's still better than most actors can ever hope to be.

Some folks just love nothing better than to label movies like MOTH as promoting Reaganism (what ever the hell that's even supposed to mean), consumerism or basically whatever ism they personally tend to find deplorable.

I guess a lot of the same people tend to find it incredibly hard to accept facts of life.

Soviet did happen. And it wasn't all that rosy living for many Russians in the Soviet regime.

Unless I remember incorrectly MOTH didn't argue that everything was perfect in USA either.

But at least you were free(er) to speak your mind and work towards goals you yourself deemed valuable and worth pursuing.

24. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 580,910 | Gross: $27.00M

Another Philip K. Dick inspired story (only much better than the original). I love the general atmosphere they managed to create in Blade Runner. Timeless.

What ever happened to Sean Young? She was on her way of becoming a huge star but obviously something went terribly wrong. Tisk, tisk, such a rare beauty to go to waste.

25. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 768,430 | Gross: $34.40M

I think the subplot was unnecessary and only dragged down otherwise brilliant story (I could care less about Frodo and Kirsten Dunst here).

Jim Carrey's most serious work and Kate Winslet is perfect as usual.

26. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak

Votes: 61,252 | Gross: $71.52M

Clint is good but then again Clint is Clint. The real star is Meryl Streep (once again).

27. Once (2007)

R | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance

88 Metascore

A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh, Gerard Hendrick

Votes: 101,340 | Gross: $9.44M

Awww…. :)

28. Arlington Road (1999)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

A man begins to suspect his neighbors are not what they appear to be and their secrets could be deadly.

Director: Mark Pellington | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis

Votes: 74,446 | Gross: $24.36M

Few actors are as intense as Jeff Bridges. Very effective movie - and not just because *beep* like this could easily take place in real life too.

29. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

62 Metascore

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Votes: 84,535 | Gross: $26.12M

I'm not much of fan of Tim Robbins to be honest but JL is pretty damn compelling thriller and will likely be remembered as Robbins' best effort as an actor.

30. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime

80 Metascore

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Directors: Charles Crichton, John Cleese | Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

Votes: 116,921 | Gross: $63.49M

Great crew in this slapstick comedy. Kevin Kline is a hit and miss kinda actor but in AFCW he's in top shape.

31. Witness (1985)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas, Josef Sommer

Votes: 73,726 | Gross: $68.71M

Love the Amish backdrop. And hey, there's young Viggo Mortensen, too. ;)

Harrison Ford is usually a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand he can be very one-note kinda actor, yet he can be incredibly visceral, too.

A little bit of an enigma, really. I personally believe that Ford just isn't this most self-assured guy around although he certainly has gotten more than his share of those kinds of roles to play not least because of his good looks and boyish charm.

But in my view Ford is far more interesting when he's doing low-keyish roles à la Blade Runner and Frantic - and Witness, of course.

32. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

61 Metascore

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

Votes: 88,155 | Gross: $4.18M

Made me cry.

33. Thank You for Smoking (2005)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, Joan Lunden

Votes: 201,349 | Gross: $24.79M

Delightful quotes abound. Here be some of my favorites:

" My job requires a certain... moral flexibility. "

" That's the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you're never wrong. "

" Dad, why is the American government the best government? " " Because of our endless appeals system. "

34. L'auberge espagnole (2002)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Romain Duris, Judith Godrèche, Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou

Votes: 36,603 | Gross: $3.90M

Surprisingly lifelike, funny and touching.

35. Falling Down (1993)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 147,755 | Gross: $40.90M

We all know this feeling, don't we?

36. Elling (2001)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and... See full summary »

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Jørgen Langhelle

Votes: 13,082 | Gross: $0.31M

37. Vratné lahve (2007)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

A comic love story about a man who refuses to accept that old age is empty of love, meaning and value to society.

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Zdenek Sverák, Daniela Kolárová, Pavel Landovský, Tatiana Vilhelmová

Votes: 4,058

38. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons

Votes: 35,875 | Gross: $84.56M

This might possible explain why I learned to swim half-decent only at a ripe age of 29. I still wouldn't do that dive, though.

39. Under Suspicion (1991)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Brighton in 1959, disgraced cop turned private detective Tony Aaron works largely on falsifying adulteries for use as evidence in divorce cases. He involves his wife as the fictional ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Moore | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura San Giacomo, Kenneth Cranham, Maggie O'Neill

Votes: 2,881 | Gross: $0.22M

A little gem.

Liam has the rare capacity to turn otherwise pretty damn awful movies into at least watchable ones. Obviously this guy doesn't discriminate between doing movies in this genre or that genre.

Neeson's got an working man's attitude towards work in general and that is incredibly rare in Hollywood. In other words he doesn't cherry-pick, he seems to be taking on whatever projects come his way if he just has the hours to do it.

And I for one respect Neeson for doing just that. And I'm guessing that isn't a minor detail why he has managed to become such a strong actor in the first place.

40. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 157,955 | Gross: $132.09M

Timeless.

41. La tigre e la neve (2005)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

22 Metascore

A love-struck Italian poet is stuck in Iraq at the onset of an American invasion.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Jean Reno, Nicoletta Braschi, Tom Waits

Votes: 12,404 | Gross: $0.01M

Here I can whole heartedly appreciate Roberto Benigni's comedy. Jean Reno is good too, but then again, he always is.

42. The Celebration (1998)

R | 105 min | Drama

82 Metascore

At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen

Votes: 70,826 | Gross: $1.65M

There's never a good reason to have a family get-together...

43. Capricorn One (1977)

PG | 123 min | Action, Thriller

A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston

Votes: 17,539

C1 has stuck in my mind since I first saw it as a kid. It might have single-handedly destroyed a child's illusion about government being this omniscient and benign presence that is always looking out for our best interest and helping us when help is warranted.

44. Hallam Foe (2007)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

62 Metascore

Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Jamie Bell, Ruth Milne, John Paul Lawler, Claire Forlani

Votes: 11,526 | Gross: $0.06M

Edinburgh has possible never looked as intriguing - and few women as beautiful and open as Sophia Myles in HF.

Wake up directors and give this woman something decent - no, make that exceptional - to work with!

45. The Children's Hour (1961)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins

Votes: 12,001

Never much cared for Audrey but she's so good in TCH.

46. Jane Eyre (1996)

PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance

Jane Eyre is an orphan cast out as a young girl by her aunt, Mrs. Reed, and sent to be raised in a harsh charity school for girls. There she learns to become a teacher and eventually seeks ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: William Hurt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anna Paquin, Nic Knight

Votes: 8,153 | Gross: $5.20M

I could watch Charlotte Gainsbourg all day doing nothing at all. She's just mesmerizing.

47. Les Misérables (1998)

PG-13 | 134 min | Crime, Drama, History

Valjean, a former criminal, has atoned for his past and now finds himself in the midst of the French Revolution, avoiding a law-obsessed policeman hell-bent on capturing him.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Christopher Adamson

Votes: 34,665 | Gross: $14.10M

One word: Liam.

48. The Girl Next Door (2004)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

A teenager's dreams come true when a former porn star moves in next door and they fall in love.

Director: Luke Greenfield | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Nicholas Downs, Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Olyphant

Votes: 183,733 | Gross: $14.59M

"It's a little funny" would be an understatement.

Despite the fantastical elements this little love story unfolds emotionally as very true to life indeed. Make no mistake: this is what falling in love pretty much feels like. And if you don't instantly recognize this you are either dead inside or you've just never been in love - for real, that is.

It's damn near impossible to be cute, sweet, funny, bold and sexy seemingly all at once, but apparently for folks like Elisha Cuthbert such a combo comes more or less naturally. Gotta love that giggle.

I don't care if you are a guy or a gal, unless you are blind or sexually repressed, you simply must admit Elisha is smoking hot in TGND.

TGND isn't one bit coy about showing the female figure - nor showing male lust for those figures. No doubt some will inevitably find that degrading and sexist in the same vein as they tend to have a hard time accepting pretty much anything as "normal".

Or let's just all be thankful for the fact that the mighty Almodovar for example isn't guilty of objectifying the female body - let alone doing light comedy. ;)

In a girl power kinda sense I see some similarities with "Whipped" (2000) which by the way also suffers from unfair grading here in IMDb (and likely everywhere else too). But that goes without saying. Tisk, risk.

Don't take TGND - or life in general - too seriously. We're all gonna die anyways so we might as well enjoy the ride while we are here.

To cap, a heartwarming and uplifting little offbeat gem with a great cast and particularly convincing on-screen chemistry between the two leads that miraculously offers little to no preachiness - or coyness - while reminding us about all those little things in life that truly, genuinely matter.

Hollywood, you ignorant *beep* We could all be enjoying actresses like Cuthbert but instead we are forced to watch one-note automatons like Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.