Movies that change your universe

100 Girls (2000)
American Beauty (1999)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
The Great India Railway (National Geographic)
The Hospital (1971)
The Matrix
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Mojave Phone Booth (2006)
Paris, Je T'aime
Pump Up the Volume
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Shawshank Redemption
Thunderheart (1992)
Winged Migration (Documentary)
Z (1969)


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

Blackthorn (2011)
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
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

Crazy Heart
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
The Darjeeling LImited
The Dish (2001)
Desperately Seeking Susan
Diner (1982)
Gloomy Sunday (1999)
The Grey Fox (1983)
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)
Office Space
Il Postino
The Purple Rose of Cairo
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
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 (1994)


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
Wonder Woman (2017)



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)
Sex, Lies and Videotape
Sin City
White Palace


Coming of Age / High School

Bandslam (2009)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
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)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Total Recall (1990)
Tremors (1990)
WarGames (1983)



Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The Grey Fox (1983)
Heartland (1980)
Hannie Caulder (1971)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Pale Rider
Rio Bravo (1959)
The Magnificent Seven
Unforgiven (1992)



10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
The Gods Must be Crazy (1980)
Men in Black
Galaxy Quest (1999)
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


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)



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 (1946)
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)



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)
Hunger Games
The Lives of Others (2007)
A Man for All Seasons
Missing (1982)
Never Cry Wolf
Pump Up the Volume
Syriana (2005)
Wag the Dog
Z (1969)



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



Should probably be a subdivision of Guilty Pleasures

A League of their Own (1992)
Breaking Away
Bull Durham
Cool Runnings (1993)
Major League
Million Dollar Baby
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) - Very cringe-worthy but 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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