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#151 Posted by Doskias (304 posts) -

I was incredibly tempted to simply type Robocop ten times, but I feel like that would be disrespectful to the OP's intent. So, in no particular order, here are the nine movies that are almost as good as Robocop:

Terminator 2
Blazing Saddles
Die Hard
Pulp Fiction
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the RIng
John Carpenter's The Thing
The Godfather
Saving Private Ryan

I'm sure if I gave some more time, I could probably do a proper list, and some of htese might not even be on it. But this is what came to me in the moment, and who cares, because the original Robocop is the greatest achievement in cinematic history.

#152 Posted by Tatsuyarr (63 posts) -

In no particular order:

- Regarding Henry

- Once upon a time in America

- The Godfather trilogy

- Raiders of the lost Ark

- The thin red line

- Star Wars first trilogy

- Back to the future

- Rocky (all of them except 5)

- Scott Pilgrim vs the World

- Angel Heart

Using trilogy is not cheating!

#153 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (2597 posts) -

Here is a REAL list, not some weird 'do I seem cool' list. These are all movies I would flip the channel to and keep watching.

Its a Wonderful Life (A fucking classic folks...makes men cry.)

African Queen (It's Bogart Bitch, and add a can of whoop-ass Katharine Hepburn)

The Great Escape (A fun thriller of a movie! Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough!)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (It is one movie, lets be real, all 9 hours of it!)

Star Wars Episode IV (The first and the best. The one that started it all.)

The Life of Brian (Funny, yet topical and interesting..makes you think about ancient people.)

Time Bandits (A fun movie with great visuals, gotta respect Terry Gilliam.)

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (The funnest dystopian post-apocalyptic movie ever...feral boy rules!)

Jaws (Best horror/monster movie ever...because it could happen.)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Anyone who did have this on their list is a ponce.)

#154 Posted by Gadol (6 posts) -

Godfather all

Star Wars all

Forest Gump

Love Actually


#155 Posted by iBushido (100 posts) -

I'm going to put NO thought into this and just write 10 movies in no particular order. This way it doesn't take me the entire night. It'll be less than accurate, but at least I'll have time to play some games tonight instead of sit here debating with myself.

1. Seven Samurai

2. The Shawshank Redemption

3. Kill Bill (Vol 1 & 2)

4. Alien

5. The Thing

6. Forest Gump

7. Reservoir Dogs

8. Enter the Dragon

9. The Silence of the Lambs

10. Jurassic Park... no, Jaws... no, The Shining... god damnit...

#156 Edited by crithon (3081 posts) -

1. Brazil

2. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

3. Lone Wolf and Cub series

4. the Street Fighter

5 . Django

6. Young Frankenstein

7. Cowboy Bebop Knocking on Heaven's Door

8. Shawn of the Dead

9. 101 Dalmations

10. Black Dynamite

#157 Edited by deadmoscow (261 posts) -

1. Apocalypse Now - Best war movie ever made. Incredible vibe, astounding performance from Marlon Brando, incredible across the board. Interestingly, it's one of the rare films whose director's cut is actually worse than the theatrical release.

2. Blade Runner - The one thing that Blade Runner does better than any other sci-fi film is that it doesn't rub your face in the fact that it's science fiction. It respects your intelligence and simply presents you with a world and a story that happens within it. The set design is also super awesome throughout the film. See also...

3. Ghost in the Shell - I absolutely love the long shots and soundtrack of this film. I also really liked how heady and philosophical it got when it probably could have gone in the complete opposite direction quite easily (whoa, robot people! they can do crazy shit!).

4. Mulholland Drive - David Lynch is a modern master, and this is absolutely his best film. The film is riddled with little clues and tidbits as to what's actually going on, and it's shot on absolutely incredible film stock. It has a dreamy, classic Hollywood look to it while still having modern sensibilities.

5. Seven Samurai - You really couldn't pick a better representation of this era of cinema. This film is the number one reason why Kurosawa is such a legendary figure.

6. The Seventh Seal - Poignant, wonderful meditation on life, death, religion, and how one can find meaning and purpose.

7. Drive - Nicolas Winding Refn has an absolute mastery over the aesthetic qualities of his films. Drive fits together perfectly and hits like a hammer to the face.

8. The Departed - In my opinion, Scorsese's best work. It's the best cop film out there.

9. Alien - I don't care what anyone says, this is way better than Aliens. No question.

10. Eraserhead - I love how completely balls to the wall weird this movie is. You'll never forget it once you've seen it.

#158 Edited by Omelet_Pants (165 posts) -

Everyone should check out Memento. For those that don't know, it's a mystery/psychological thriller that put director Christopher Nolan on the map. It's about a man who has no short term memory who tries to solve a murder. The fascinating thing about this movie is the way it's presented: the scenes in the movie are played in reverse. This makes you actually feel what the main character is going through with his short term memory loss. It's kinda hard to describe, so here's a better explanation from wiki: Memento is presented as two different sequences of scenes: a series in black-and-white that is shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order. The two sequences "meet" at the end of the film, producing one common story.

It's the type of movie that you'll watch over and over again to catch things that you didn't notice the first time around.

My top 10, in no particular order:


Good Fellas


Full Metal Jacket

The Big Lebowski

Shawshank Redemption

Pulp Fiction

Reservoir Dogs

Forrest Gump

The Usual Suspects

#159 Edited by Omelet_Pants (165 posts) -

Also, check out Grizzly Man. It's a documentary about a guy who went to Alaska every year for 15 consecutive years to study Grizzly Bears. The guy is a real eccentric character. He thinks he can communicate with the bears and does crazy stuff like admires their dung that they leave behind. He also hugs and kisses them... basically everything you're not supposed to do while studying wild animals. There's tons of beautiful and incredible footage of Alaska... But the documentary takes a tragic turn when the Grizzlies eat him and his girlfriend, and it's caught on tape. Yes, it's a documentary, but non-documentary people will be entertained.

#160 Posted by Lukeweizer (2620 posts) -

Came in, saw all this praise for "The Dark Knight", left.

#161 Posted by Jackentrote (43 posts) -
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Matrix
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  • Al Risala (The Message)
  • Clerks
  • Inception
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian
  • Ong Bak

This was more confusing and painful than fun to do, scru u!

#162 Edited by MightyDuck (1511 posts) -

My 10 favorite? Hmmm, in no apparent order. There are some "bangers" on this list, I realize that.

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • The Matrix
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • Running Man
  • Christmas Vacation
  • You've Got Mail
  • Empire Strikes Back
  • Die Hard
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze
#163 Edited by smcn (903 posts) -

Monty Python's Life of Brian

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Not much of a movie person. Nowadays I mostly watch movies with RiffTrax. Which means I've seen every Twilight movie.

#164 Edited by Red (5994 posts) -

1. Rushmore
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
4. Children of Men
5. Fargo
6. Almost Famous
7. Shawshank Redemption
8. Doctor Strangelove
9. Network
10. The Iron Giant

Order changes, but this is generally pretty representative. I sure need to watch more Kubrick, though.

#165 Posted by ShaggE (6351 posts) -

(no particular order)

1. The Crow

2. A Nightmare On Elm Street (can I put the whole franchise here? If not, then... I dunno... Nightmare 4? Maybe?)

3. Killer Klowns From Outer Space

4. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

5. Freaks

6. Eraserhead

7. Airplane!

8. Terminator 2

9. The Flying Deuces

10. Alice (the Jan Svankmajer one)

#166 Posted by potarto72 (2 posts) -

1. Donnie Darko (2001)

2. Pulp Fiction (1994)

3. The Green Mile (1999)

4. Citizen Kane (1941)

5. 127 Hours (2010)

6. No Country for Old Men (2007)

7. Falling Down (1993)

8. Fight Club (1999)

9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

10. Rocky (1976)

11. Forrest Gump (1994)

12. Jaws (1975)

13. Braveheart (1995)

14. Chronicle (2012)

15. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Honorable Mention: The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Kill Bill (2004) Toy Story Trilogy (1995-2010)

#167 Posted by lead_dispencer (39 posts) -

Sigh.. I applaud you all with trimming down your favorite movies, when I try to narrow my own down it becomes a sorting match between my own thoughts. Easy ones like the Green Mile or Saving Private Ryan I feel like should be up there with Jaws or Terminator 2 but then my head goes "hey what about Kill Bill or Fight Club or the first goofy movie?" and then the list of ten turns to 20 and its an exponential growth that I cannot finish. :(

Basically, I have too much love to contain!!

#168 Edited by Slaps2 (158 posts) -

In no particular order (accept for point break being at the top):

  1. Point Break
  2. Hurt Locker
  3. Skyfall (without a doubt the best bond movie)
  4. Gravity
  5. Apocalypse Now (probably a perfect movie)
  6. Alien (Not Aliens. James Cameron is a hack and a bad filmmaker.)
  7. Heat
  8. The Dark Knight
  9. Princess Mononoke
  10. Grave of the Fireflies (If you've never heard of this movie, don't look it up, just watch it... bring tissues)

I feel like a lot of movies on my list a very recent, but I really loved a lot of recent movies.

#169 Posted by Slaps2 (158 posts) -

@nomin: #6... best intro ever. It was #11 on my list.

#170 Posted by w1n5t0n (174 posts) -
  1. A Scanner Darkly
  2. Zodiac
  3. Jurassic Park
  4. Toy Story 3
  5. The Dark Knight
  6. Scott Pilgrim
  7. 127 Hours
  8. The Matrix
  9. The Raid: Redemption
  10. Redbelt

The order is probably interchangeable.

#172 Posted by N3m3s1s (2 posts) -

#57 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) - 4 years, 10 months ago

For me, Tarantino's sense of humour worked in Reservoir Dogs, especially the opening scene in the diner, and excelled in True Romance, but in Pulp Fiction is just felt tired and anything after that is predictable. For David Mamet, you need to see Glengarry Glen Ross, his other stuff is pretty good too but that's the pinnacle. He also did some work under an alias for Ronin. For Aaron Sorkin, he singlehandedly wrote the first few (ie good) seasons of The West Wing and the underrated Studio 60 on The Sunset Strip though in film, A Few Good Men and Charlie Wilson's War are his only real highlights.


Agree with you on Tarantino and Mamet but in defense of Sorkin, if you have not seen "Network" you might want to take a look at that one again. I have not seen an episode of west wing and your post probably came before social network was released. Network was some brilliant sceenwriting and I'd put that atop of his list.

#173 Posted by EVO (3871 posts) -

@n3m3s1s: HandsomeDead is long gone dude.

#174 Posted by Mousse_gallon (173 posts) -
  1. The Lord of the Rings (1-3)
  2. Princess Mononoke
  3. Star Wars (4-6)
  4. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  5. Seven Samurai
  6. Lupin III "Castle of Cagliostro"
  7. The Shawshank Redemption
  8. Vampire Hunter D "Blood Lust"
  9. Escaflowne
  10. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
#176 Edited by thevigilanteoflove (504 posts) -

This is an old ass thread, and I may have posted here before, but my opinions have changed since then surely. Here are my top ten as of now in no particular order.

-Manhattan: My favorite Woody Allen movie, and one of the coolest representations of New York City that I've seen, and it's in black and white! It hits this really great balance of romance and angst, while still being witty, and it has a great soundtrack of mostly Gershwin songs.

-Annie Hall: Changed my whole perspective on movies and writing in movies. It is hilarious, and even after probably twenty viewings, I am always noticing new jokes and references that I never saw before.

-Hannah and Her Sisters: I'll just get all my Woody Allen choices out of the way now I suppose. It's my favorite movie about neurotic women that's for sure, and it's funny, and charming, and gets a little dark but ends oh so well. Woody plays somebody obsessed with his own death, which is just how I like him.

-The Apartment: Great romantic comedy from 1960 that holds up ridiculously well. Jack Lemmon plays the relatable everyman who I can't help but get behind. Also gets a little dark for a rom-com from 1960, but it's very funny.

-Spider-Man 2: Still my favorite comic book/superhero movie. I think I just really like watching Peter Parker having to deal with all of is personal problems. That's always what has attracted me to the character, not so much his superhero problems.

-Adventureland: Funny and sweet coming-of-age movie directed by the same guy who did Superbad, but the two movies are nothing alike. Adventureland was marketed as this wacky, sex comedy "from the director of Superbad!" but the two movies are so different in tone. It has very relatable characters, and pretty accurately portrays having a shitty summer job.

-Superbad: Still my favorite of any Rogen or Apatow movie, and I enjoy them quite a bit. I think Jonah Hill makes this movie for me. He's quick-witted and a loser and the writing is really funny.

Hot Rod: My favorite thing The Lonely Island has done. It's so dumb. Reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite and Wet Hot American Summer.

Death of a Salesman: The 1985 television movie with Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich.

Husbands and Wives: Gah, another Woody Allen movie. Shot in this cool documentary style with interviews and everything. Daaaark, and weird and timely given the actual relationship scandal he was going through at the time with Mia Farrow.

#177 Edited by Shortbreadtom (688 posts) -

No particular order:

-The Sunset Limited

-Back to the Future

-Mr Nobody


-Pulp Fiction

-Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

-Grave of the Fireflies



-Inside Llewyn Davis

Honorable mentions go to Django Unchained, Oldboy, Her, Moonrise Kingdom, Nebraska and The Sweet Smell of Success

#178 Edited by UitDeToekomst (705 posts) -

kind of in order, sort of:

  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Inception
  • 24 Hour Party People
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • The Princess Bride
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Ghost World
  • Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth
  • Boogie Nights

Honorable mention for Office Space, The Aviator and Unbreakable

#179 Edited by N3m3s1s (2 posts) -

Few favorites, not necessarily in top 10. There are many great movies that I have not seen so I am looking forward to seeing them.

10. Poughkeepsie Tapes (found footage junkie here and this to me is the king of them all. Not perfect or great by any stretch of the imagination but this one roams through my mind almost everyday and it's been years since I have last seen it. I'll be honest I am scared it's contents, not scared of it but what happens to that poor girl. For me it's one of the most disturbing movies i've ever seen and believe me I have seen most of them.)

09. Incendies / Oldboy (original) / Irreversible / Solaris (Tarkovsky) / Stalker (no reason for me grouping them)

08. Life of Emile Zola / Can't Take It With You / Sunset Blvd / The Innocents

07. The Secret Lives of Others / Primer / Timecrimes / Triangle / Pi

06. State of Grace / Friends of Eddie Coyle / The Killing of a Chinese Bookie / Ran / Rashomon

05. Martyrs / Moon / Tenebre / Deep Red / Rebecca / Them (french) / Inside (french)

04. City of God / Los Olivdados / The Hireling / The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie / Grand Hotel

03. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (My fav Fassbinder) / 400 Blows

02. The Cranes are Flying - Amazing movie, very moving.

01. All About Eve - Great movie! it's been placed on a pedestal inside of me and I'll recommend it til the day I die!

Ones that most have heard of: Ben-Her / On the Waterfront // / Glory / Pan's Labyrinth / Carlito's Way // Psycho / Step Brothers / Zoolander / Dumb & Dumber / Old School / Something About Mary / Wedding Crashers / Superbad / Casino / Goodfellas / Godfather I, II / Blair Witch Project / Cloverfield / West Side Story / Creepshow / Krull / Dark Crystal / Neverending Story / Karate Kid / Back to the Future / Bloodsport / Kickboxer / Memento / Donnie Darko

#180 Posted by crithon (3081 posts) -

I keep these movies close to me, and I always feel inspired

  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
  • Susperia
  • Danger Diabolik
  • Evil Dead 2
  • Batman Beyond Return of the Joker
  • Phantom of Paradise
  • Battle Royale
  • Cowboy Bebop Knocking on Heaven's Door
  • Lone Wolf and Cub Babycart on the River Styx
  • Iron Giant
#181 Posted by UitDeToekomst (705 posts) -

@crithon said:

  • Danger Diabolik

hmmm... are you amongst the small but vocal group of people who were infuriated that this ended up on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000?

#182 Posted by crithon (3081 posts) -

@crithon said:

  • Danger Diabolik

hmmm... are you amongst the small but vocal group of people who were infuriated that this ended up on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000?

Nope, sometimes I even mock films I enjoy. Remember there's even a Beastie Boys video re-enact the video to steal a spaghetti sauce instead of making love atop of money. Plus MST3K introduced film to people they may have never known about, like for example was talking to a friend who liked Gamera more then Godzilla because of MST3K.