100 movies in 100 daysby bhnow | created - 03 Feb 2014 | updated - 18 May 2014 | Public
100 movies I have never seen before
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1. The Snowtown Murders (2011)
Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
Votes: 15,037 | Gross: $0.01M
Haunting, macabre look at the murders in Adelaide and the man behind them all, John Bunting. I had scepticism as to how a film would accurately portray such a charismatic yet evil person, yet the performance by Henshall is truly amazing. Very realistic without overindulging in the gore. The relationships between the characters and who was who was a little confusing. 8/10
2. Red Dawn (1984)
PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Drama
It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.
Votes: 45,491 | Gross: $38.38M
Incredible and dramatic opening scenes with paratroopers descending from the sky. Reasonable action flick without being over-interesting. Young performances from Swayze, Sheen show good things and the reaction of the young women joining the Wolverines after being assaulted by the invading forces was surprisingly realistic. 7/10
3. La linea (2009)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The unstable new kingpin of a Tijuana drug cartel is targeted by an assassin for elimination.
Convoluted ending, only for the sake of it. Adequate action/suspense movie until the ending, which suddenly twists things around so much, it renders the rest of the movie pointless. 6/10
4. The Saint (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
Simon Templar (The Saint), is a thief for hire, whose latest job to steal the secret process for cold fusion puts him at odds with a traitor bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds its secret.
Votes: 55,755 | Gross: $61.36M
Big budget production with a good cast, it's strange that this movie seems forgotten about and is hard to find. Perhaps a drawback is that Kilmer seems a bit too smug and cocky at times, lacking soul. The rest of the cast is great, Shue is beautiful and touching. The Russian leader is like a mad emperor, captivating and fun to watch. 8/10
5. Red Dawn (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.
Votes: 67,162 | Gross: $44.81M
Updated version on the 1984 original, which doesn't bring anything new. Hemsworth is decent as the Wolerines leader, but this film is mostly forgettable. 6/10
6. The Beast (1996)
PG-13 | 176 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Mysterious things happen at the coast of Graves Point: An empty boat lies at the shore, divers vanish. The sea biologist Dr. Talley thinks he knows the solution of the mystery: In the depth there is a gigantic squid.
Run-of-the-mill suspense drama desperately tries to re-produce the magic of Jaws, only it doesn't really work. Petersen is a stand-out. Admittedly only seen half. 6/10
7. The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
PG | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that.
Votes: 19,790 | Gross: $10.20M
Quirky double-crossing film with a multitude of twists. Very clunky and overly-witty dialogue also noticeable in Mamets State And Main. 7/10
8. Thin Ice (2011)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A dishonest insurance salesman's life quickly disintegrates during a Wisconsin winter when he teams up with a psychopath to steal a rare violin at the home of a reclusive farmer.
Votes: 4,221 | Gross: $0.79M
Rubbish surprise ending, that twists everything gone before it. A cross between Fargo and the Usual Suspects - plot looked lifted from Fargo in parts, but was taken from a book, so perhaps not. Crudup was intense and believable. 5/10
9. The Master (2012)
R | 138 min | Drama
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
Votes: 122,167 | Gross: $16.38M
Well written, well acted drama, based loosely on L Ron Hubbard. Hoffman and Phoenix are superb - there is one scene where Phoenix has to not blink while answering difficult questions - his face gets redder and redder, without being faked. Set in 1950, I didn't find the movie itself overly interesting. The level of detail into the processing techniques was excellent however. Similar to the directors other work, There Will Be Blood and Magnolia, in that there was no beginning, middle and end, just an ongoing story. 7/10
10. American Hustle (2013)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.
Votes: 398,924 | Gross: $150.12M
Top quality cast shine. Bale is always worth watching but Cooper, surprisingly, is the scene stealer. I thought he might be out of his league, but seems right at home, as the wild FBI agent forcing conman Bale and Co to entrap 4 white collar criminals. The scene with De Niro and Bale silently sussing each other out is probably the most poignant in the whole movie. 8/10
11. Savages (2012)
R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Votes: 111,573 | Gross: $47.38M
I did not want to see this at all, based on the promos shown when it first came out. The girl narrating (who has an awful speaking voice) talking about how she sleeps with 2 different drug dealers and no one has a problem. What a load of *beep* I missed the first half hour, but watched the rest of it when it was showing on tv. Thankfully most of the action I saw centred on Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek who played Mexican drug enforcer/boss. The protagonist (Blake Lively) can't act, and the storyline about noble drug dealers is drivel. Del Toro/Hayek: good. Rest of it: poor. 3/10
12. Cocaine Cowboys 2 (2008)
Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Crime, History
Set in 1991 on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California, cocaine dealer Charles Cosby has his life changed forever when he writes a fan letter to the "Cocaine Godmother" Griselda ... See full summary »
Ok documentary, mostly about the relationship with the drug godmother, Griselda Blanco. Worth a look, but not particularly grabbing. 6/10
13. Sabrina (1995)
PG | 127 min | Comedy, Drama
An ugly duckling having undergone a remarkable change, still harbors feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it.
Votes: 32,447 | Gross: $53.67M
Above average romantic comedy, but nothing brilliant. Harrison Ford is gold though, as the scheming elder brother. 7/10
14. Black Rain (1989)
R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.
Votes: 43,373 | Gross: $46.21M
All right action flick, too many cliches though. Douglas is ok as the renegade cop out for vengeance. Given the exotic location, Japan, I was expecting something more original. 7/10
15. The Wrong Guy (1997)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Thriller
After his boss is murdered, Nelson is on the run for fear of prosecution. He hides out in a small town to avoid the police, which should be easy because they know he didn't do it and they aren't looking for him.
As much as I liked him in Newsradio, Dave Foley isn't enough to carry a film. His acting isn't top notch, and he doesn't have a strong enough presence. He tries hard in this comedy, but it never feels like a good film. Higgins is the funniest thing about the movie, he is the detective in lazy pursuit. 6/10
16. The Cool Surface (1993)
R | 88 min | Thriller
A writer returns to Hollywood after finishing his novel in the wilderness. Still smarting from his girlfriend's suicide and his publisher's criticisms of his novel, he becomes intrigued by ... See full summary »
Bizarre soundtrack intro has a man howling like a coyote. Probably the most genuinely unintentionally weird moment in a movie I can remember seeing. Plot gets better after the first 30mins - the whole neighbours faking domestic violence thing was terrible - and the ending was way over the top. Patrick brings probably too much macho gravity to the role of a nerdy writer, Hatcher is sultry as the ambitious actress. Better than I thought it would be, but still not very good. 6/10
17. Elysium (I) (2013)
R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
Votes: 378,415 | Gross: $93.05M
Quality production, good plot. Hard to connect with any of the characters though. Looks like they borrowed a few ideas from Futurama. Also, why are the successful, wealthy people the bad guys? 7/10
18. Second Nature (2003 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A man comes out of a coma with amnesia. He believes he was in a plane crash that killed his wife and kid and he worked for an agency as assassin. Soon he's sent on another mission. Who is he and who can he trust?
No wonder this movie is unheard of, despite having a bankable star in Baldwin as lead. The storyline felt imitated from the Bourne Identity, with a couple of minor plot differences. Alec Baldwin is one of my favourite actors, and I don't understand why he signed on to do this film. The action is ok, and it does have some interesting thoughts. But given the timing of it, very ordinary movie. 5/10
19. The Music of Chance (1993)
R | 98 min | Drama
A thrill seeker agrees to help a shady professional gambler win a high stakes poker game. However, they lose and become captives of two eccentric rich men who decide to forcibly keep them on their remote gated ranch as indentured servants.
Votes: 1,925 | Gross: $0.31M
Mesmerising and intriguing, I really enjoyed this movie for the most part - constantly looking forward to what happened next. However, I was expecting an elaborate plot, with an explain-all finish, but that certainly wasn't the case. The acting is top-shelf, and Spader (whom I normally can't stand) is brilliant. Patinkin is a likeable star, and a sheer contrast to Spader's character. His reaction to losing made me think that there was a plan to it all though. The support cast all plays their roles to perfection too. The story is intriguing and builds nicely, and I was disappointed that there wasn't an underlying twist to come. 7/10 but could have been more
20. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
Votes: 108,178 | Gross: $50.58M
Slick production, hard to find fault with. Fluid mix of espionage and action, with decent acting, particularly from the support. Costner is decent for the first film I've seen him in for ages. The weakest link seemed to be the beautiful Knightley, who didn't quite seem right in the role. 8/10
21. Greedy (1994)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy
Uncle Joe is ageing. He's also a millionaire. That's why his family is trying so very hard to get into his good books. They all want a piece of his empire. Unfortunately Uncle Joe isn't as ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,343 | Gross: $13.15M
Enjoyable comedy about a wealthy millionaire and the grovelling relatives who smell blood in the water. Ensemble cast is good, but the real standout is Phil Hartman who plays the most devious of the relatives. 7/10
22. Spartan (2004)
R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.
Votes: 27,728 | Gross: $4.43M
Excellent thriller/action movie with Kilmer as the no-nonsense elite Ranger. Unfortunately Mamet's style is very noticeable - it looks and feels like a play, with all the actors waiting to say their lines. It doesn't roll smoothly in his movies, which is a shame because his screenplays seem well written. 8/10
23. For Love or Money (1993)
PG | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Doug is a young man who works all day as a concierge at a luxurious hotel, saving money to make his own business. Unfortunately, when he finds the financial supporter he needs, he discovers... See full summary »
Votes: 10,360 | Gross: $11.00M
Romcom drivel. Weak star power in Fox (who acts in this movie likes a precocious child star) and even worse from Anwar, who's acting is terrible at best. Fox does better things in other movies, but this movie is a waste of time. 4/10
24. Point of Impact (1993)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Jack David (Pare) is a tough, outspoken cop who finds himself wrongly accused for the death of a fellow agent by the depraved and power hungry chief of Miami Customs, Martin Cullen (Ian ... See full summary »
Predictable, yet adequate B-grade action flick. Support acting was a bit mediocre. Better than expected star in Pare, and the erotic scenes are passionate and believable. In fact, the love scenes are done better in this movie than most other movies, by far. 7/10
25. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Votes: 537,129 | Gross: $56.67M
Heart-wrenching true story of a negro forced into slavery for 12 years. The performances are top-rate, as is the production. The cruelty was unbearable at times, and does the story and injustice of life in those times well. Not particularly enjoyable to watch at times. 7/10
26. Promised Land (2012)
R | 106 min | Drama
A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
Votes: 33,291 | Gross: $7.60M
Run-of-the-mill story with a fantastic twist at the end, which I didn't see coming. The performances are good from Damon and Krasinski, but the twist is what made the film for me. 8/10
27. In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco (1993 TV Movie)
R | 98 min | Action, Drama
Religious fanatics are barricaded in a building, and surrounded by police. But they're not going to surrender, they prefer to die.
Made very soon after the actual event, the actor looks remarkably like cult leader Koresh. B-grade movie production at best. 6/10
28. Citizen X (1995 TV Movie)
R | 105 min | Adult, Biography, Crime
During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods.
Decent television movie about the Rostov Ripper, and the bureaucracy which got in the way of finding him. Rea conveys a sense of frustrated compassion throughout, Sutherland is a bit aloof but always watchable. 7/10
29. Blow (2001)
R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel, headed by Pablo Escobar established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.
Votes: 216,048 | Gross: $52.99M
Enjoyable biopic about the glory days and downfall of drug smuggler George Jung. Depp is at his best in this movie, and the support does a fine job too. Biopics are usually uninteresting in parts, but this entertains from beginning to end. 8/10
30. Contact (1997)
PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
Votes: 224,948 | Gross: $100.92M
Enjoyable science fiction based on book by Carl Sagan. Foster is excellent as the lead, one of her best performances. 8/10
31. Maria Full of Grace (2004)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama
A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
Votes: 32,089 | Gross: $6.52M
Interesting, if a little plain, look a a woman's journey into becoming a drug mule. The heroine is graceful and beautiful and arouses sympathy for her plight. 7/10
32. Ted (2012)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy
John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori.
Votes: 516,750 | Gross: $218.82M
Very well written comedy, one of the best adult comedies I've seen in ages. Bit of a throwback to the 80's where you had to suspend reality for a bit, but it works well. The cast is good, solid commitment from Wahlberg. 8/10
33. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
R | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
Votes: 951,800 | Gross: $116.90M
Glitzy entertaining romp through a stockbrokers rise to multimillionaire. The decadence is delicious and sucks you in, but this movie goes far too long. Jonah Hill is brilliant as usual. 7/10
34. Munich (2005)
R | 164 min | Drama, History, Thriller
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.
Votes: 191,684 | Gross: $47.40M
Average movie about a hit squad sent to take out the perpetrators of the Munich terrorism attack in 1972. Should have been better but very pro-Jewish, almost to the point of propaganda. Eric Bana is a fine actor, but seemed a bit lost in this, not quite fully present. 7/10
35. Wolf Creek (2005)
R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.
Votes: 60,938 | Gross: $16.19M
Good horror/thriller, especially for an Australian movie. Cast is good, particularly Phillips who continues to impress. 7/10
36. Huevos de oro (1993)
95 min | Comedy, Drama
A construction worker uses his charm and bravado in an attempt to attain enough finances to build his dream project.
More tragedy than comedy. Bardem certainly holds his own as the ambitious developer, and the women are beautiful and vibrant. But the movie drops off a cliff, leaving the viewer unsatisfied and depressed. 5/10
37. Lone Survivor (2013)
R | 121 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.
Votes: 233,760 | Gross: $125.10M
Visually attractive, and good storyline, but forgettable. Lots of close ups of tumbling down the mountainside and getting shot. Wahlberg seems a bit old to be playing a junior petty officer, but the acting all round is fine. 7/10
38. The Other Guys (2010)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops, whom they idolize, only things don't quite go as planned.
Votes: 210,809 | Gross: $119.22M
Witty comedy with well-written characters, excelled in by Wahlberg and Ferrell. Probably Ferrell's best work, along with Step-brothers. 8/10
39. Shadow of the Cobra (1989 TV Movie)
Dramatisation of the story of notorious Indian serial killer Charles Sobhraj, who preyed on Western tourists throughout South East Asia during the 1970s.
Adequate TV movie based on fascinating book by Richard Neville. Stays true to book for most part, with minor changes. Fair performances all around, not outstanding though. 7/10
40. Broken City (2013)
R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.
Votes: 69,330 | Gross: $19.70M
Decent political thriller, with some nice twists and turns. Wahlberg has been prolific in recent years and continues to do solid work, in different genres. Crowe and Zeta-Jones are sharp-tongued and a realistic political power couple. 7/10
41. Arbitrage (2012)
R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Votes: 45,338 | Gross: $7.92M
Absorbing drama about a very wealthy man and the wrangling he does to escape from the train wreck that is his life. Somewhat stilted finish, could have gone a number of ways. 8/10
42. The Hunting Party (2007)
R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No.1 war criminal in Bosnia. However, their extremely dangerous target decides to come after them.
Votes: 23,196 | Gross: $0.97M
Entertaining if bit hollow story allegedly based on true events. Terence Howard is solid. The credit and promo imagery doesn't match the feel of the film. 7/10
43. Being Flynn (2012)
R | 102 min | Drama
Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.
Votes: 15,250 | Gross: $0.53M
Depressing story of a mans relationship with his destitute and deluded father. De Niro gives a credible performance as does Dano. 7/10
44. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
R | 119 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Disgraced Secret Service agent (and former presidential guard) Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
Votes: 225,547 | Gross: $98.93M
Die Hard has moved to the White House. Although done with modern actors, technology and storyline, this movie is very similar to the first Die Hard movie. Decent action, but nothing original. 7/10
45. Safe Haven (I) (2013)
PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.
Votes: 90,937 | Gross: $71.35M
Half-decent chick flick, with good performance from the lead actress. Unfortunately, like many chick movies, the male characters are unrealistic, Duhamel as the wimpy supporting man, and the other being a psycho ex husband. 6/10
46. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.
Votes: 137,106 | Gross: $126.53M
One of the best romantic comedies ever made. Hanks is perfect as the wry widower and Meg Ryan does a good job in this film (tried to repeat her character in many following films to lesser effect) 8/10
47. No Mercy (1986)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A Chicago detective, seeking to avenge his partner's death, travels to New Orleans, where he unexpectedly becomes involved in a cat and mouse game of survival.
Votes: 5,805 | Gross: $12.30M
Doesn't quite ever live up to its potential - quality attractive lead stars, exotic New Orleans location, thrilling chase plot - but somehow doesn't hit the mark. Gere tries hard. 6/10
48. Street Fighter (1994)
PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.
Votes: 57,559 | Gross: $33.42M
Rubbish, even for JCVD standards. Would have been better if it was a fighting tournament like the game, or so many of JCVD's other movies. Raul Julia actually is a bit too good for this, and does his best with his ridiculous megalomaniac. 4/10
49. Hostage (1992)
R | 98 min | Action, Drama, Thriller