Complete Randomnessby ranma_saotome007 | created - 27 Dec 2014 | updated - 4 months ago | Public
Movies I watch because I or someone I know own the DVD, or because I just feel like seeing it again, or because it comes up in discussions with friends.
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1. Identity (2003)
R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller
Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.
Votes: 205,901 | Gross: $52.16M
It did age a little and probably lost a lot of its novelty. Probably would have gained to be watched on a big screen. Still, pleasant enough to watch.
2. The Jackal (1997)
R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An imprisoned I.R.A. fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.
Votes: 98,073 | Gross: $54.93M
Photography and editing are a bit old school (Bruce Willis had hair, back then) but it remains a movie I enjoy watching. And that I'll probably rewatch in a couple years with pleasure.
3. Patriot Games (1992)
R | 117 min | Action, Thriller
When CIA analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.
Votes: 92,347 | Gross: $83.29M
I was looking for something to watch on christmas and while reading the jacket of the DVD I realise that Sean Bean is in that movie, that I watched many times when I was younger. While it has aged (it's amazing how difficult life can get when you're fighting for your life without the possibility to use a cellphone) it was 1.5 hour well spend. In the Jack Ryan series.
4. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Votes: 84,552 | Gross: $46.41M
Watched it in order to be able to go see the second one with my mum and not feel completely lost. Touching stories, and well build characters. I had forgotten how much I like Bill Nighty in that kind of scenario. That being said, I initially found it hard to see Judy Dench as anything else than M. But you find yourself charmed by Maggie Smith's way of introducing tea.
5. Poseidon (2006)
PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner Poseidon capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for their lives as they attempt to escape the sinking ship.
Votes: 90,938 | Gross: $60.67M
I had watched the older version of this when I was a kid. This one is a bit of a guilty pleasure, but W. Petersen did a great directing job.
6. The Perfect Storm (2000)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An unusually intense storm pattern catches some commercial fishermen unaware and puts them in mortal danger.
Votes: 145,174 | Gross: $182.62M
Speaking of W. Petersen... I had watched it already and decided to give it another go. I didn't remember it like that at all, but the few years I took since then probably explain that.
7. 28 Days Later... (2002)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Votes: 340,128 | Gross: $45.06M
Yay, zombies! It actually summaries it pretty well.
8. 28 Weeks Later (2007)
R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes according to plan.
Votes: 238,274 | Gross: $28.64M
Yay, more zombies! As always in that kind of story, humans are too cocky, and they go too far too fast. But, hey, this one was a nice take.
9. Tell No One (2006)
Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An accidental discovery near a doctor's estate stirs up some painful memories eight years after his wife's hideous murder, and now, things are bound to take a turn for the unexpected. Does the good doctor know more than he's letting on?
Votes: 45,656 | Gross: $6.18M
I have red this, and I went to see it in the theater back when it came out. I have troubles in general with french movies, and it did grow old a bit, but it was still pleasant nonetheless even if I liked the book better. I guess I'll have to try again in 10 years.
10. Divergent (2014)
PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.
Votes: 393,021 | Gross: $150.95M
One of my best friend is a fan. I watched it to be able to discuss it with her, and it turned out ok. I wouldn't say I was sweeped off my feet, but the surprise was enjoyable enough. On another note, the functionning of this society is actually quite fascinating. Looking forward to see what the next movies have to offer.
11. Freerunner (2011)
R | 87 min | Action
With a ticking bomb locked to his neck, a young freerunner races against the clock and all types of baddies to get from one end of the city to the other to save himself and his girlfriend.
Run for you life, literally. B13 was new and to the point with awesome stunt work. Battle Royal is.. do I really need to find words? This, this is a poor attempt at reuniting the 2. Not even good enough for a post night shift DVD session.
12. Cellular (2004)
PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. The catch? The woman claims to have been kidnapped; and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.
Votes: 86,525 | Gross: $32.00M
Back then Chris Evans used to look like your everyday surfer. Old times. More than 10 years later, it's still fun to reunite with this cast (William H. Macy people! Working to launch a day spa!). And seriously, Rick Hoffman playing the douchebag lawyer who's just bought himself a new shiny car a few years before playing douchebag lawyer Louis Litt on Suits? Dang, cinema trivia!
13. Premium Rush (2012)
PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.
Votes: 104,313 | Gross: $20.28M
JGL early days. This one is honest really. And a chase&run on bikes in the middle of NYC? What's not to like?
14. Mission: Impossible II (2000)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
IMF Agent Ethan Hunt is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera".
Votes: 285,133 | Gross: $215.41M
Never realised before but I was 9 when this came out... Time flies. Hadn't watched it in a while, and I did remember the explosions and action in there, but I had forgotten the part where people talk in between.. Directed by John Woo, beautiful choreography, and a few very nice images (a dove flying through fire, beautiful really). To remember as the one about Chimera and Bellerophon, but also the one where everyone wears a masks and no one seems to be who it appears at first.
15. Entrapment (1999)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Crime, Romance
An insurance agent is sent by her employer to track down and help capture an art thief.
Votes: 98,945 | Gross: $87.70M
Maybe surprisingly, this one has aged very well (Except for a few clothing items, like always), the directing is very modern, the acting still convincing and the stunts believable even though we've seen it thousands times since...
16. Insomnia (2002)
R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Votes: 249,674 | Gross: $67.36M
Should have watched this when I was younger. Didn't manage to get into it. Maybe I'll try again in a few years in better viewing conditions.
17. S.W.A.T. (2003)
PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody, and only the L.A.P.D.'s Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it.
Votes: 129,958 | Gross: $116.93M
Wow it is more than 10 years old. Didn't expect that. Still something the could come out now without many changes. Nice to remember what Colin Farrell used look like. And, surprise, younger Jeremy Renner.
18. Gone (I) (2012)
PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A woman is convinced her kidnapper has returned when her sister goes missing.
Votes: 38,920 | Gross: $11.65M
Better than what I had expected. Probably would have had a better score if the cast was more famous. The plot was surprisingly intriging.
19. The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch (2008)
Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
After a powerful billionaire is murdered, his secret adoptive son must race to prove his legitimacy, find his father's killers and stop them from taking over his financial empire.
Votes: 12,507 | Gross: $0.01M
Always a pleasure. Maybe blender than what I remembered? Still nice to watch.
20. Mission: Impossible (1996)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.
Votes: 352,395 | Gross: $180.98M
Watched it again before I went to spend a long week-end in Prague.. (yes, I'm that kind of person.) It's still everything I liked about it (but technology... you never get used to what it used to be. I mean.. The state of the internet back then? And cassettes to watch movies on planes?) (yay to old sets of TGVs... I remember them being that way). The bridge's scene ("Ethan, Ethan") is somewhat cult at home, and I don't think I will ever be able to completely forget the vault scene or helicopter chase. Then again, I've probable watched this more than 30 times since the first time. (Yes, I'm that kind of person too.)
21. Ordinary People (1980)
R | 124 min | Drama
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.
Votes: 41,305 | Gross: $54.80M
This was amazing. Yes it grew old but it is so modern in the way it treats greaf and the expected reactions versus the harder reality. Very good actors, good script. No easy shortcut. Loved it.
22. The Player (1992)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected, but which one?
Votes: 48,569 | Gross: $21.71M
Maybe a tad too long, but it paints a picture of the hollywood society that's frankly frightening, and yet we accept this for what it is. The snake that bites its tail. Moral conflicts and internal debates with oneself. Life goes full circle.
23. Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.
Votes: 58,020 | Gross: $10.51M
I somehow completely missed this when it came out. You recognize Woody Allen from the first few seconds (old school generic, with very distinctive music) and his signature is heavy all along. So you have to like the style to enjoy this, but if you do, it's a very well thought divertisment.
24. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Romance
Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
Votes: 224,425 | Gross: $23.22M
Watched it with the boyfriend. A lot less intense than the memory I kept from when I saw it first (2008! Time flies). What I remembered was at the same time consistent and very different from the real movie. Scarlett Johanson is breathtaking.
25. Strangers on a Train (1951)
PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
A psychotic socialite attempts to force a professional tennis star to prove a theory that two complete strangers can get away with murder.
Votes: 112,132 | Gross: $7.63M
Love Hitchcock! Very good in that classical way of his. That being said, not the one I preferred..
26. The Constant Gardener (2005)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.
Votes: 123,736 | Gross: $33.58M
Aouch. Fascinatign acting. Ralf Fiennes & Weiscz both! You get sucked into the story and the sorrow of the main character. Wonderful landscapes too. Overall very good in all technical areas.
27. Mud (2012)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama
Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.
Votes: 154,365 | Gross: $21.59M
Where was I when this got out? I had never even heard of this, and it is awesome! McConaughey's bursting trough the screen and the kid is just incredible. Amazing story about life, love, being a man, and what it takes to mix those 3 things together.
28. Unstoppable (2010)
PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Thriller
With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.
Votes: 170,199 | Gross: $81.56M
Watched it for like, the 5th time? Never gets old.
29. 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: 907,983 | Gross: $210.61M
Finally got around to see it on an evening with friends. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I can cross this from the still impressive 'cult films I haven't seen' list, but for someone who sees this the first time at more than 20 years of age, it's not of prime youth (I wasn't even born when this came out). Still, the story is fun enough if you're in a mood to endulge. I'll probably watch the 2 and 3 soon.
30. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.
Votes: 902,759 | Gross: $333.18M
Missed it in the theater. Glad I watched it, and with friends! Will watch the next one too. A few good jokes, nice soundtrack (Hooked on a feeling!). A good one for a night home.
31. 50 First Dates (2004)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next day.
Votes: 298,948 | Gross: $120.91M
Not a big Adam Sandler fan, but okay, I'll let it slide. Fun story. Could have failed spectacularly but it works. Nice girl movie.
32. Lethal Weapon (1987)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.
Votes: 216,246 | Gross: $65.21M
Love it! It aged but it's still as pleasurable as it used to be, and I was surprised by how good it still is considering when it was realeased. Gotta love Mel Gibson crazy face. Guess I ain't too old yet.
33. Cidade dos Homens (2007)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama
Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.
Votes: 14,312 | Gross: $0.31M
I was told it was a quite realistic view of a life in the poor quarters in Rio. Acerola and Laranjinha see life with a fresh eye, and pack up so much resiliency I can't even describe it. It's always a culture shock when you watch a movie like that with someone who tells you 'oh yeah, it happens like this all the time, it's actually really close to real life'. There is hope to be found everywhere.
34. The Intouchables (2011)
R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
Votes: 654,014 | Gross: $13.18M
Got to watch it on the job! Nice. I had forgotten the tone in wich this is told. I was not disappointed. Light while treating of serious matter. Really worth it.
35. Mulan (1998)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.
Votes: 215,184 | Gross: $120.62M
Can't get enough. One I watch when I feel down, or when I feel good, or bored, or when I just feel like it.
36. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.
Votes: 630,239 | Gross: $7.56M
Some parts are hard to digest. Still, it is reality. Some scenes are still with me, and I think I'll carry them for a while. Not for sensitive souls.
37. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Votes: 874,872 | Gross: $75.60M
I had never seen this masterpiece. Loved it. There's a lot more common referencies that I understand now. Sad story, but also beautiful. Freedom.
PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.
Votes: 187,086 | Gross: $93.93M
I watched it once before, probably something like ten years ago. I think I liked it better this time, even though my memory of it was good. Action, men of honor, and adventures. I like the ending.
39. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Three trappers protect the daughters of a British Colonel in the midst of the French and Indian War.
Votes: 133,450 | Gross: $75.51M
Probably my boyfriend's all time favorite, and I had never seen it. Now it's done, and I don't regret it! While the movie has obviously aged, it is still very enjoyable and the directing isn't completely out of fashion - it probably was pretty innovative when it came out.
40. Cloud Atlas (2012)
R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Votes: 322,153 | Gross: $27.11M
Enjoyable, but complicated to understand. I'll probably have to watch it again to better grasp the plotlines. Humour, poetry, and that knot of lifelines that keep on coming together even if on first sight nothing ties them together.
41. Knight and Day (2010)
PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A young woman gets mixed up with a disgraced spy who is trying to clear his name.
Votes: 167,532 | Gross: $76.42M
Never fails to cheer me up. It's not earth shattering I'll admit, but it gets the job done. Light jokes, action, plot twists and conspiration... It does not get old.
42. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 116 min | Drama, War
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Votes: 593,907 | Gross: $46.36M
Very good, but ouch. Am I soft? Raw, in every sense. Confirms my opinions and doubts on war in general. Nothing that I didn't know but still, seeing it is another story. Interesting humanly speaking.
43. Flags of our Fathers (2006)
R | 135 min | Drama, History, War
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.
Votes: 110,406 | Gross: $33.60M
Still as awesome as the first time I saw it. Clint Eastwood is a master director. Incredible cast. Incredible photography. Amazing story.
44. The Bourne Legacy (2012)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.
Votes: 264,360 | Gross: $113.20M
Another one of my all time favorites. Good for a sunday evening. BO by Moby = awesomness. I'm sad there isn't a second one, but perhaps it would be too much.
45. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.
Votes: 1,315,296 | Gross: $342.55M
Do I need to say something? Loved it then, love it now. Special effects are awesome, breathtaking landscape.. Still, some scenes are more irritating than I remembered.
PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.
Votes: 1,454,681 | Gross: $377.85M
And BAM! The end of a masterpiece. I'll probably watch the commentary too. What the adaptation of a book series should be like. Time was taken but not stretched beyond reason. And the battle scenes are one of a kind.
47. Miss Congeniality (2000)
PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
An F.B.I. Agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.
Votes: 164,998 | Gross: $106.81M
One of my absolute favorites. I still laugh like the first time 'I'm gliding here'. 'Yes, feel the crown, be the crown'. That's a classic.