A small mandatory watchlist based on some redeeming qualityby mixedblood74 | created - 02 Jan 2017 | updated - 4 months ago | Public
A list of films which I believe should be watched without hesitation, based on some redeeming quality - whether it's feel-good, enlightening, mind-bending, full of heart and soul, or just sheer originality. You can't please everyone all the time, so try not to be a hater. Hopefully there's something on here that you haven't seen.
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1. Skins (2002)
R | 84 min | Crime, Drama
An inspirational tale about the relationship between two Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.
Votes: 1,240 | Gross: $0.24M
A powerful Native, brother, redemption film from the great Chris Eyre.
2. Thunderheart (1992)
R | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.
Votes: 12,365 | Gross: $22.66M
A Hollywood production, but they get it right, tell a good story, and respect Natives while doing so.
3. Smoke Signals (1998)
PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Drama
Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by... See full summary »
Votes: 8,766 | Gross: $6.72M
Feel good story about the power of fathers.
4. Absentia (I) (2011)
R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband.
Low budget indie horror with a griping story and spooky feel.
5. Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
Not Rated | 67 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.
What can I say? This film just has to be experienced. It's crazy addictive fun.
6. Catfish (2010)
PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary
Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.
Votes: 37,626 | Gross: $3.23M
I saw this long before the TV show ever came out and wasn't sure if it was a horror movie even while I was watching it. That's the power of it.
7. Slacker (1991)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs.
Votes: 16,972 | Gross: $1.23M
Exemplifies the phrase "Keep Austin weird." In this early film of his, you can see the groundwork Linklater will lay in his upcoming films as both a philosopher and a voice of his generation.
8. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale, Bubba Ho-tep tells the "true" story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis (Bruce ... See full summary »
Votes: 41,502 | Gross: $2.00M
Original all the way. If you can go in with an open mind, you will be richly rewarded with humor and one of the most touching, albeit out there, tributes to the King.
9. Ink (I) (2009)
Not Rated | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares.
One of my favorite films of all time. Come for the independent and original spirit, stay for the heart and soul.
10. Food, Inc. (2008)
PG | 94 min | Documentary
An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.
Votes: 46,410 | Gross: $4.42M
Will make you re-think what you do everyday.
11. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.
Votes: 108,545 | Gross: $4.01M
An independent and original love story.
12. Ten Canoes (2006)
Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,018 | Gross: $0.28M
Highly original and moving story about Australian Aborigines. Unfortunately, I can't tell you of any other film where Australian Aborigines are shown pre-contact. But I can't imagine a film done better, depicting their sadly lost world.
13. Trudell (2005)
PG | 80 min | Documentary
A chronicle of legendary Native American poet/activist John Trudell's travels, spoken word performances and politics.
Votes: 426 | Gross: $0.02M
Riveting and sad. This guy is truly a Renaissance man, and it's cool as hell that he's a Native.
14. Serenity (2005)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their members who is telepathic.
Votes: 259,696 | Gross: $25.51M
Coupled with the Firefly series, of which it's based, this sci-fi world is refreshingly original and very much needed. Ranks with Alien and Blade Runner in quality, vision, character development, and story.
15. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
Votes: 467,788 | Gross: $3.90M
Great British gangster film in the style of Tarantino. Still manages to find it's own voice with loads of humor and clever twists.
16. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Devastated Peter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex - and she's bringing along her new boyfriend.
Votes: 236,186 | Gross: $63.17M
An original modern love story. Hilariously heartfelt.
17. Downfall (2004)
R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.
Votes: 286,449 | Gross: $5.51M
Gritty, realistic, and utterly involving.
18. Let the Right One In (2008)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
Votes: 187,607 | Gross: $2.12M
This film came out of nowhere. It's subtle but unrelenting all at the same time.
19. The Elephant Man (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
Part tear-jerker, part historical drama, all Lynch.
20. Cube (1997)
R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps.
Votes: 180,555 | Gross: $0.50M
Smart and fun low budget sci-fi.
21. The Descent (2005)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Votes: 174,247 | Gross: $26.02M
A fast paced and refreshing little horror film that's both fun and scary.
22. Waiting... (I) (2005)
R | 94 min | Comedy
Young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics.
Votes: 80,698 | Gross: $16.12M
Hilariously low budget comedy.
23. Hide and Creep (2004)
R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror
Residents of a small Southern town contend with bloodthirsty zombies, a mysterious flying saucer, and bad television reception.
This movie has heart in spades. You can tell the ones involved all love and respect the zombie genre, even though they didn't have two dimes to rub together. Proves that it's not funding that makes a great movie.
24. Onibaba (1964)
Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror
Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.
I had no expectations for this film going in and was blown away. It's haunting, eerily erotic, and captivating to the end.
25. Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.
Votes: 26,612 | Gross: $1.26M
An incredibly fun foreign film with eccentric characters and a good story.
26. The Orphanage (2007)
R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.
Votes: 131,552 | Gross: $7.16M
A creepy and emotional horror film with one hell of an ending.
27. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)
Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
A talented mechanic prepares to battle his way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters after his sister is kidnapped on the eve of a zombie apocalypse.
Great Aussie take on the zombie apocalypse. Loads of fun.