Easy Rider (1969)
Two bikers (Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper) on their way to Mardis Gras, and encounter hitchhikers, a drunken lawyer (Jack Nicholson), a jail cell, a whorehouse and the death of a friend. (Aaron Horne)
The mother of all road movies.
The Outsiders (1983)
Tagline: They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.
Look at that cast!
Horror Hotel (1960)
On the recommendation of her professor (Christopher Lee), a young female student (played by Venetia Stevenson) travels to the fictional Massachusetts town of Whitewood to do some research into witchcraft. She finds the town occupied by the reincarnation of an infamous witch (played by Patricia Jessel) burned at the stake in the 17th century; in order to sustain her immortality, Virgins must be sacrificed to her every year–and this year, the student has been the chosen victim.
Burning witches! Christopher Lee!! Virgin sacrifice!!! Do you even need another reason?
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Professional assassin Leon (Jean Reno) reluctantly takes care of 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman), a neighbor whose parents are killed, and teaches her his trade. (IMDB)
Action films by French directors are always interesting but this one is a classic. Gary Oldman dominates. Watch it now.
The Wizard of Gore (1970)
A TV talk-show hostess and her boyfriend investigate a shady magician whom has the ability to hypnotize and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions using his powers of mind bending.
This one is really really low budget and total gross out featuring tons of fake blood and lots of women tied up. Perfect for projecting on the wall at your next party.
Germany in the early 1930s. Against the backdrop of the Nazis’ rise, Hermann Hermann, a Russian émigré and chocolate magnate, goes slowly mad. (IMDB)
You can watch Fassbinder films on YouTube now. The whole reason I made this list.
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.
You can watch Wes Craven’s original “Hills” on your phone during whenever you want. For free. Maybe there is a God.
Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
A Parisian woman’s descent into prostitution.
Anna Karina is amazing in this Godard classic about wasted youth and losing control over life. **Be sure to select the Closed Caption on the YouTube player for subtitles.
Satan Was A Lady (2001)
Cleo Irane (Honey Lauren) is a frequently naked dominatrix who gets paid a large sum of money from a rich client. She then dumps her boyfriend and spends her time at a strip club, showcasing the talents of Lindsey Amodeo and Kerry Johnston. “Satan Was a Lady” won director Doris Wishman a special jury prize for her comeback at the 2001 New York Underground Film Festival. Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
Tits and whips aplenty in this cool exploitation flick. SHWING.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2005)
#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver, makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby’s talent and devotion are put to the test. IMDB
I like John C. Reilly, do you like John C. Reilly?
Pretty Woman (1990)
A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love. (IMDB)
FUN FACT: Sylvester Stallone turned down the role of Edward Lewis (Richard Gere).
Sex Madness (1938)
This is a typical sex exploitation film from the early 1930s–complete with wild parties, sex out of wedlock, lesbianism, etc. A chorus girl’s exposure to the “casting couch” also exposes her to syphilis. Exploitation filmmakers hoped to capitalize on the taboo subjects of venereal disease, sex before marriage, lesbianism, etc. while skirting the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 which forbade a film from containing such content. Films like this would tour the United States for years – mostly being shown in rundown, skid row theaters. (via)
The Shock of the New (1980)
A documentary series by critic Robert Hughes that was broadcast by the BBC in the United Kingdom and by PBS in the United States. It addressed the development of modern art since the Impressionists and was accompanied by a book of the same name; its combination of insight, wit and accessibility are still widely praised. (Wikipedia)
Even if you don’t know anything about art (like me!) you’ll love this series. Robert Hughes is a total bad ass. Check out some of his said wit here or just watch all eight one-hour episodes here.
You Got Served (2004)
In order to achieve their dream of opening a recording studio, two friends must first win their city’s dance contest — a fierce competition that pits them against a group of tough street dancers. (IMBD)
A group of young American ex-pats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities are hiding from a clandestine U.S. government agency. They must utilize their different talents and band together for a final job enabling them to escape the agency forever. (Anonymous)
Yes, that is Dakota Fanning up there.
Disney’s classis collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.
My first favorite film.
A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son’s elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions — some that have already occurred and others that are about to — that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold. (email@example.com)
Nic Cage and “Dark City” director Alex Proyas team up for this visually stunning sci-fi flick.
Flight of the Navigator (1986)
A 12 year old boy goes missing in 1978, only to reappear once more in 1986. In the eight years that have passed, David hasn’t aged. It is no coincidence that at the time David ‘comes back’, a flying saucer is found, entangled in electricity cables. (Rob Hartill)
I watched this movie at least once a week when I was 10. It is Pee-Wee Herman finest moment as a voice-over artist.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
More than 300 years ago, 3 witches were sentenced to die in Salem, Massachusetts and a boy was turned into a cat (a black cat, naturally). Now it’s Halloween, and the witches (who fly on [I kid you not] vacuum cleaners) are back. This time, they’ve got their eyes on immortal life and have turned their wrath on trick-or-treaters and it’s up to the 300-year-old cat to save the day. (Steve Derby)
Short Circuit (1986)
Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, undergoes a sudden transformation after being struck by lightning. He develops self-awareness, consciousness, and a fear of the reprogramming that awaits him back at the factory. With the help of a young woman, Number 5 tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he has truly become alive. (Jean-Marc Rocher)
A young boy is arrested by the US Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday. Years later, he and his new-found friends discover a plot to unleash a dangerous computer virus, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus. (Alexander Lum)
“We have just gotten a wake-up call from the Nintendo Generation.”
The Bad News Bears (1976)
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league. (IMDB)
This was “The Mighty Ducks” before “The Mighty Ducks” existed.
War Games (1983)
A young man (Matthew Broderick) finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. (IMDB)
“Hackers” before “Hackers” existed.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
A group of WWII US soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Vin Diesel’s finest moment.
Cross of Iron (1977)
Classic German perspective WWII flick directed by Sam Peckinpah, with James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner.
Quentin Tarantino used this one as inspiration for “Inglourious Basterds”.
When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family. (IMDB)
The Way of the Dragon (1972)
A man (Bruce Lee) visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them. (IMDB)
Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris. That is all.
Under Siege (1992)
A former SEAL, now cook, is the only person who can stop a gang of terrorists when they sieze control of a US Navy battleship. (IMDB)
Steven Seagal’s best movie co-starring Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey ever.
The Delta Force (1986)
A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists and it is up to Chuck Norris to save the day.
Lee Marvin’s legacy deserves better than this.
Double Dragon (1994)
Two brothers have half of a powerful ancient Chinese talisman. An evil gang leader has the other half, and determines to get the brothers’ half and have a complete medallion so he can gain absolute power.
Scott Wolf and Alyssa Milano try to make a Nintendo game into a film.
Reign of Fire (2002)
A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting fire to everything, establishing dominance over the planet. (IMDB)
Lots of shirtless Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey, of course.
The Rock (1996)
A renegade general and his group of U.S. Marines take over Alcatraz and threaten San Francisco Bay with biological weapons. A chemical weapons specialist and the only man to have ever escaped from the Rock attempt to prevent chaos. (IMDB)
FUN FACT: I’m friends with the guy who got his motorcycle jacked by Nic Cage in this flick.
Wayne’s World (1992)
Two slackers promote their hit public-access cable show.
From a time when “SNL” skits made for funny movies.
Road Trip (2000)
Four college dudes go on a road trip to intercept a sex tape accidentally sent to a girlfriend.
Worth a watch if only for Tom Green’s brilliant scene with a mouse and Mitch the snake.
Jason And The Argonauts (1963)
A Greek hero goes on a quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.
My Mom used to think this was a bible story.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Five friends visiting their grandpa’s old house are hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.
Tobe Hooper’s original still holds up as a masterpiece of gore and horror.
Army of Darkness (1992)
A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. (IMDB)
“Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This… is my boomstick! The twelve-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart’s top of the line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That’s right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Retails for about a hundred and nine, ninety five. It’s got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. That’s right. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. You got that? “
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
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. (IMDB)
Remember when this was the only good movie you could stream on Netflix?
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
A theater director (Philip Seymour Hoffman) struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play. (IMDB)
ART FILM ALERT!
A Belgian girl, Carol, works as a manicurist at a London beauty salon. While having lunch, a good looking young man, Colin, spots her and makes a date for another evening. She shares a flat with her sister Helen. Her sister’s married lover, Michael, brings out her dislike of men which she cannot explain to Colin. Michael takes Helen abroad for a holiday. Left alone in their flat, Carol’s moments of catalepsy and hallucination increase and deepen into madness. (IMDB)
A Roman Polanski classic. Required viewing for any film junkie.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
A quartet of humanoid turtles trained by their mentor in ninjitsu must learn to pull together in order to face the menace of Shredder and the Foot Clan. (IMDB)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Robin Hood gets the Mel Brooks treatment.
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)
Wayne Szalinzki decides to use his infamous shrink machine just one more time.
The Number 23 (2007)
Jim Carrey goes dark.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” (IMDB)
Yes, that is Zooey Deschanel.
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. (IMDB)
Clip your fingernails before watching this Mel Gibson nerve-racker. You might bite them all off if you don’t.
In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit. (IMDB)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
An historic telling of the failed attempt to capture several bridges to Germany in World War II in a campaign called Operation Market-Garden. (IMDB)
Look at that cast! I can’t even.
200 Motels (1971)
Frank Zappa’s cult tale of a band on the road and their search for groupies and the desire to get paid.
Double Indemnity (1944)
An insurance rep lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator’s suspicions. (IMDB)
Billy Wilder’s noir classic. Essential viewing.
Two young men strangle their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime. (IMDB)
Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart make a “perfect murder” film for the ages.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Four London working class stiffs pool their money to put one in a high stakes card game, but things go wrong and they end up owing half a million pounds and having one week to come up with the cash. (IMDB)
The Tarantino biter that, for better or for worse, introduced the world to Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie.
Biography of ‘Mahatma Gandhi’, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of non-violent protest. (IMDB)
Winner of 8 Academy Awards.
Adjusting for inflation, this is still one of the most expensive movies ever made.
The Trip (1967)
Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally (Susan Strasberg) has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John (Bruce Dern), a self-styled guru who’s an advocate of LSD. Paul asks John to be the guide on his first “trip”. John takes Paul to a “freak-out” at his friend Max’s (Dennis Hopper) pad. (IMDB)
Groovay, man. Groooooo-vaaaaayyy.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor’s daughter, from Jack’s former pirate allies, who are now undead. (IMDB)
A hard-living superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public enters into a questionable relationship with the wife of the public relations professional who’s trying to repair his image. (IMDB)
Get Carter (1971)
When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate. (IMDB)
If you didn’t already know, Michael Caine is the man.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (IMDB)
YouTube has one version that is in chronological order and the original version too.