Mardi's Top 100by MardiShakti | created - 07 Aug 2013 | updated - 22 Aug 2013 | Public
Grew up working in a video store - old VHS ;)
We used to take turns creating a shelf of each of the staff's "Top 100". The funnest part was how some customers liked my style, and some didn't - there will always be other lists.
In no particular order; Enjoy!
(a work in progress - if you like a film, see more from the same director, or same actors, and see where you end up!) (o yeah, and I ALWAYS went over 100... ;) )
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1. They Live (1988)
R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.
Votes: 89,655 | Gross: $13.01M
"I've got one that can see..."
Best documentary, ever.
2. I Heart Huckabees (2004)
R | 107 min | Comedy
A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
Votes: 59,566 | Gross: $12.78M
The most underrated existential movie ever made.
I used to watch it every 3 months; just for a check-up.
"How am I not myself?"
3. Psycho Beach Party (2000)
Unrated | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Spoof of 1960s Beach Party/Gidget surfing movies mixed with slasher horror films. Florence Forrest, a not-so-innocent girl in 1960s Malibu, becomes "Chicklet", the first girl surfer at ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,974 | Gross: $0.27M
Funnest fun, ever!
4. Sin City (2005)
R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
Votes: 702,847 | Gross: $74.10M
5. Strange Days (1995)
R | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999.
Votes: 60,420 | Gross: $7.92M
This is one of my top 5 favourite movies ever made...
Anything that Graeme Revell touches, he turns to glitter...
6. The Doom Generation (1995)
R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts.
Votes: 12,584 | Gross: $0.26M
Loved Rose IMMEDIATELY.
7. Until the End of the World (1991)
R | 158 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash. She rescues Sam and starts traveling around the world with him. Writer Eugene follows them and writes their story, as a way of recording dreams is being invented.
Votes: 7,663 | Gross: $0.75M
This is not actually a foreign film, this says: Until the End of the World. It is a long, cinematic masterpiece... a journey over all the world, with a great soundtrack. I believe it took them 14 years to complete. It feels epic.
8. Dirty Dancing (1987)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.
Votes: 165,165 | Gross: $63.95M
One of my personalities' favourite movie!
9. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
Votes: 117,336 | Gross: $139.88M
10. Down by Law (1986)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.
Votes: 41,598 | Gross: $1.44M
11. Grease (1978)
PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
Votes: 196,927 | Gross: $188.76M
Baby, it's you.
12. The Wedding Singer (1998)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.
Votes: 120,752 | Gross: $80.25M
I decided this is one of my favourite movies (-but I always have such a crush on Steve Buscemi).
13. Jackie Brown (1997)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.
Votes: 269,849 | Gross: $39.67M
Like a fine wine - what a great movie. Great story. Great soundtrack. Great feel.
14. Grindhouse (2007)
R | 191 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them.
Votes: 166,176 | Gross: $25.03M
If I don't meet and work with Tarantino and Rodriguez I will die.
15. 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.
Votes: 8,707 | Gross: $9.00M
Russ Meyer with a plot - gorgeous film, songs, and cast.
16. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?
Votes: 268,117 | Gross: $119.39M
17. Escape from L.A. (1996)
R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported.
Votes: 61,339 | Gross: $25.48M
I only saw this recently - Loved it!
18. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
R | 118 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted, at a cost, when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.
Votes: 54,167 | Gross: $63.77M
Classic, witchy fun...
19. Practical Magic (1998)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love.
Votes: 63,214 | Gross: $46.68M
One of my favourite, warm movies... of course it is a rich story due to being adapted from a book.
...I'll watch it again, and again.
21. Wrong Turn (I) (2003)
R | 84 min | Horror
Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding."
Votes: 97,592 | Gross: $15.42M
A great modern horror with an authentic 70's horror vibe; when human life was still valuable.
22. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
R | 89 min | Horror
Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.
Votes: 66,968 | Gross: $12.63M
Fun, gritty, and atmospheric... the DVD intro is one of the creepiest, most uncomfortable experiences I've ever had - but that's just me. Sid Haig, talking at you, long-staring - eeeeek!
23. Coming to America (1988)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance
An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will.
Votes: 138,567 | Gross: $128.15M
24. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.
Votes: 161,580 | Gross: $156.45M
25. Point Break (1991)
R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.
Votes: 131,200 | Gross: $43.22M
So into Kathryn Bigelow.
26. Avatar (2009)
PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
Votes: 998,169 | Gross: $760.51M
27. Hancock (2008)
PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when the person he saves helps him improve his public image.
Votes: 394,284 | Gross: $227.95M
This goes in my "surprisingly spiritual movies" category...
28. Dream with the Fishes (1997)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
Terry is a suicidal voyeur who treats a dying addict to a final binge, but Terry will only do this if he promises to kill him.
Votes: 1,620 | Gross: $0.46M
Wonderful journey, two unlikely friends.
29. Palmetto (1998)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A recently released ex-con gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns very real.
Votes: 7,088 | Gross: $5.84M
Font, music, atmosphere, story - so memorable.
30. The Crow (1994)
R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.
Votes: 150,431 | Gross: $50.69M
Invented Emo. Great soundtrack...
31. Tank Girl (1995)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
A girl is among the few survivors of a dystopian Earth. Riding a war tank, she fights against the tyranny of a mega-corporation that dominates the remaining potable water supply of the planet.
Votes: 27,341 | Gross: $4.06M
While this movie is never as good as you remember it was, who doesn't Love a comic book-turned-movie! It's fun, colourful, and fun. :)
32. Dark City (1998)
R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.
Votes: 172,597 | Gross: $14.38M
Intriguing, unique film.
33. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
Votes: 266,549 | Gross: $78.62M
34. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 595,315 | Gross: $27.00M
Sometimes, it's a Bladerunner day...
35. Jawbreaker (1999)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Three of the most popular girls at Reagan High accidentally kill the prom queen with a jawbreaker when a kidnapping goes horribly wrong.
Votes: 21,231 | Gross: $3.07M
Naughty fun. Maybe a touch dated, but if you've not seen it, you'll enjoy it - if you like this sort of thing.
36. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 877,784 | Gross: $210.61M
and Back to the Future II! ok, III, too (but that's my least favourite.)
37. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Votes: 321,971 | Gross: $435.11M
38. Labyrinth (1986)
PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.
Votes: 108,250 | Gross: $12.73M
41. True Lies (1994)
R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.
Votes: 211,610 | Gross: $146.28M
When you can see through government propaganda, everything is entertaining. This.is.awesome.
42. Dogma (1999)
R | 130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.
Votes: 194,134 | Gross: $30.65M
43. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.
Votes: 248,310 | Gross: $25.75M
44. Single White Female (1992)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A woman advertising for a new roommate finds that something very strange is going on with the tenant who decides to move in.
Votes: 27,372 | Gross: $47.92M
45. The Fast and the Furious (2001)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.
Votes: 308,361 | Gross: $144.53M
- all of them. :)
46. I, Robot (2004)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.
Votes: 444,720 | Gross: $144.80M
47. Natural Born Killers (1994)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Votes: 193,242 | Gross: $50.28M
48. The Birds (1963)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.
Votes: 148,155 | Gross: $11.40M
All of Alfred Hitchcock - you can't go past. Vertigo, Spellbound, Psycho, Rope...
49. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller