Mardi's Top 100by MardiShakti | created - 07 Aug 2013 | updated - 17 Aug 2019 | 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
They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They live.
Votes: 131,651 | 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: 64,896 | 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
Chicklet is a sixteen-year old tomboy who's desperate to be part of the in-crowd of Malibu beach surfers. She's the typical American girl - except for one little problem: her personality is split into more slices than a pepperoni pizza.
Votes: 6,212 | Gross: $0.27M
Funnest fun, ever!
4. Sin City (2005)
R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller
An exploration of the dark and miserable Basin City and three of its residents, all of whom are caught up in violent corruption.
Votes: 769,995 | Gross: $74.10M
5. Strange Days (1995)
R | 145 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999.
Votes: 72,572 | 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 | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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 quickie marts.
Votes: 16,306 | 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: 10,496 | 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 (I) (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: 233,763 | Gross: $0.62M
One of my personalities' favourite movie!
9. Satisfaction (1988)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Justine Bateman rocks out as the leader of an all-girl band that struggles with men and drugs during a summer resort gig.
Votes: 3,642 | Gross: $8.25M
10. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical
A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter.
Votes: 154,213 | Gross: $139.88M
11. Down by Law (1986)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two men are framed and sent to jail, where they meet a murderer who helps them escape and leave the state.
Votes: 52,138 | Gross: $1.44M
12. Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
Janey is new in town and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general and "Dance TV" in particular.
Votes: 12,222 | Gross: $6.33M
13. Grease (1978)
PG | 110 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Good girl Sandy Olsson and greaser Danny Zuko 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: 277,623 | Gross: $188.76M
Baby, it's you.
14. The Wedding Singer (1998)
PG-13 | 97 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: 151,882 | Gross: $80.25M
I decided this is one of my favourite movies (-but I always have such a crush on Steve Buscemi).
15. Jackie Brown (1997)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A flight attendant with a criminal past gets nabbed by the ATF for smuggling. Under pressure to become an informant against the drug dealer she works for, she must find a way to secure her future without getting killed.
Votes: 350,799 | Gross: $39.67M
Like a fine wine - what a great movie. Great story. Great soundtrack. Great feel.
16. 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: 185,442 | Gross: $25.04M
If I don't meet and work with Tarantino and Rodriguez I will die.
17. 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: 11,349 | Gross: $2.66M
Russ Meyer with a plot - gorgeous film, songs, and cast.
18. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When a man goes in to have virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars implanted in his mind, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or is he?
Votes: 332,348 | Gross: $119.39M
19. 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: 75,725 | Gross: $25.48M
I only saw this recently - Loved it!
20. 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: 71,391 | Gross: $63.77M
Classic, witchy fun...
21. 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: 84,424 | 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.
23. Wrong Turn (I) (2003)
R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller
Chris and a group of five friends are left stranded deep in the middle of the woods after their cars collide. As they venture deeper into the woods, they face an uncertain and bloodcurdling fate.
Votes: 121,527 | Gross: $15.42M
A great modern horror with an authentic 70's horror vibe; when human life was still valuable.
24. 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: 87,436 | 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!
25. Coming to America (1988)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Romance
An extremely pampered African prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife that he can respect for her intelligence and strong will.
Votes: 209,139 | Gross: $128.15M
26. 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: 202,664 | Gross: $156.45M
27. 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: 184,726 | Gross: $43.22M
So into Kathryn Bigelow.
28. 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: 1,248,760 | Gross: $760.51M
29. Hancock (2008)
PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
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: 483,842 | Gross: $227.95M
This goes in my "surprisingly spiritual movies" category...
30. 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: 1,818 | Gross: $0.46M
Wonderful journey, two unlikely friends.
31. 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: 8,076 | Gross: $5.84M
Font, music, atmosphere, story - so memorable.
32. The Crow (1994)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.
Votes: 186,069 | Gross: $50.69M
Invented Emo. Great soundtrack...
33. 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: 32,508 | 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. :)
34. Dark City (1998)
R | 100 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A man struggles with memories of his past, which include a wife he cannot remember and a nightmarish world no one else ever seems to wake up from.
Votes: 201,179 | Gross: $14.38M
Intriguing, unique film.
35. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
Votes: 309,036 | Gross: $78.62M
36. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
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: 768,597 | Gross: $32.87M
Sometimes, it's a Bladerunner day...
37. Jawbreaker (1999)
R | 86 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: 26,952 | 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.
38. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 1,199,818 | Gross: $210.61M
and Back to the Future II! ok, III, too (but that's my least favourite.)
39. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape from Earth and return to his home planet.
Votes: 410,302 | Gross: $435.11M
40. Labyrinth (1986)
PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth.
Votes: 138,674 | Gross: $12.73M
43. True Lies (1994)
R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller