Movies that change your universe

100 Girls (2000)
American Beauty (1999)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dances with Wolves
Do the Right Thing (1989)
The Great India Railway (National Geographic)
The Hospital (1971)
The Matrix
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Mojave Phone Booth (2006)
Network
Paris, Je T'aime
Pump Up the Volume
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Shawshank Redemption
Thunderheart (1992)
Winged Migration (Documentary)
Z

 

Movies to drink Scotch to
Because they invoke a certain notion of the void.

Blackthorn (2011)
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Her
The Lives of Others (2007)
Mojave Phone Booth (2006)
Monsieur Hire (1989)
Sin City
Waltz with Bashir

 

Good small movies
This category is for movies that a) do not attempt to tell a big, cosmic, story, b) are not big budget, and yet c) are compelling

Aeragon
Clueless
Crazy Heart
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
The Darjeeling LImited
The Dish (2001)
Desperately Seeking Susan
Diner
Gloomy Sunday (1999)
The Grey Fox (1983)
Hereafter
10 Things I Hate about you
Kinky Boots
Jackie Brown (1997)
The King's Speech
The Last Picture Show
Le Femme Nikia (the 1990 French one)
Mediterraneo
Moonstruck
Office Space
Il Postino
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Ronin
Shall We Dance? (the 1996 Japanese one)
Sideways (2004)
Sliding Doors (1998)
Up in the Air

 

Just Good

Amadeus (1984)
Bye Bye Brazil
Groundhog Day
Invictus
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
Rain Man
Third Person (2014)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Last Picture Show

 

Movies with no villain

A tip of the hat to Jeremy Rose for this concept.

Crazy Heart (2010)
The Dish (2001)
Night Flight (1933)
The Intern (2015)
The Way (2010)
World's Fastest Indian

 

Movies I can watch over and over again

I shudder to think what this list reveals.

The Dream is Alive (1985, NASA)
Major League (1989)
Mojave Phone Booth (2006)
Office Space
The Replacements (2000)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
White Christmas (1954)

 

 

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Spy Movies

This list should be a lot longer. Overlaps with Action/Adventure but still... should be a lot more.

Arabesque (1966)
Black Book (Dutch, 2006)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
Casablanca (1942)
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Syriana (2005)
True Lies

 

Action Adventure / Crime

Desert Heat
Double Indemnity
Glory (1989)
The Great Escape
Haywire (2011)
L. A. Confidential
Le Femme Nikia (the 1990 French one)
The Narrow Margin

Rififi (1955)
Romancing the Stone
Ronin (1998)
Run, Lola, Run
Sin City
Sneakers (1992)
Terminator 2
The Train
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Thelma & Louise
Tightrope
Wonder Woman (2017)

 

Erotic

100 Girls (2000)
Body Heat (1981)
Closely Watched Trains
En la cama
The Girlfriend Experience
Il Postino
Kama Sutra (A Tale of Love)
Nathalie (French, 2004)
Passione
Sex, Lies and Videotape
Sin City
White Palace

 

Coming of Age / High School

Bandslam (2009)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Clueless
Easy A
Pump up the Volume

 

Science Fiction

2001 A Space Odyssey
Back to the Future
Blade Runner
Children of Men
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
District 9
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Host
Hunger Games
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Men in Black
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Serenity
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Total Recall (1990)
Tremors (1990)
WarGames (1983)

 

Western

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Grey Fox (1983)
Heartland (1980)
Hannie Caulder (1971)
Pale Rider
Rio Bravo (1959)
The Magnificent Seven
Unforgiven (1992)

 

Comedy

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
The Gods Must be Crazy (1980)
Men in Black
Galaxy Quest
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)
Monty Python's Life of Brian
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)
Office Space
Ruthless People (1986)
Sneakers (1992)
Soapdish (1991)
This is Spinal Tap
The Valet

Railroad

Closely Watched Trains
The Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996)
The Narrow Margin
A Railway in the Cloud (2007)
The Train (1964)
The Great India Railway (National Geographic)

 

Transportation (other than rail)

Night Flight (1933)

 

Music

The Commitments (1991)
Crazy Heart
Rock Around the Clock (1956)
That Thing You Do! (1996)

 

The World of Men

Because, contrary to popular belief, this is rarely done well.

The Best Years of our Lives
Das Boot
The Full Monty
The Intern (2015)
Shall We Dance? (the Japanese one)
Super Bridge (Nova, documentary)

 

The World of the Mind

Has this ever really been done well? To show creativity, and how it feels to be inside that creativity? As opposed to showing the creative person as just wonderfully wacky? Some partial successes.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Amadeaus (1984)

 

Political

All the King's Men (the 1949 one)
An Inconvenient Truth (Documentary)
The Battle of Algiers
The Breakfast Club
Children of Men (2006)
The China Syndrome
Control Room (Documentary)
Gandhi
Hunger Games
Invictus
The Lives of Others (2007)
A Man for All Seasons
Missing (1982)
Network
Never Cry Wolf
Pump Up the Volume
Silkwood
Syriana (2005)
Thunderheart
Wag the Dog
Z (1969)

 

Religion

A Man for all Seasons
Life of Brian
Shoes of the Fisherman

 

Sports

Should probably be a subdivision of Guilty Pleasures

A League of their Own (1992)
Breaking Away
Bull Durham
Cool Runnings (1993)
Hoosiers
Major League
Million Dollar Baby
Moneyball
Invictus (2009)
The Replacements (2000)
Tin Cup

 

Guilty Pleasures

While normal standards of quality are omitted for this category, the movie still has to have some redeeming feature.

The American (2010) - Yea, a lot of cliches in this one. But the villages... and the use of tension rather than bullets.

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) - Roger Ebert wrote it, for crying out loud. Also, the Strawberry Alarm Clock doing a song that isn't the one you know.

Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989) - For the title, mostly, and for casting . Shannon Tweed as a Feminist Studies Prof & Bill Maher as hopeless.

Desert Heat (1999) - Jean-Claude Van Damme as ... spiritual seeker?

Major League (1989) - For its realistic depiction of underdogs, but not for its sexual or tribal politics.

Psycho Beach Party
Sin City

The Tourist (2010) - It wasn't that bad! Light action adventure. The architecture was beautiful and seductive. And Venice also.

Starship Troopers - The politics are fascist; the uniforms Nazi, but just good clean fun. And Denise Richards before we knew what a dolt she is.

Tremors (1990)
White Christmas (1954)

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