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List of Movies Worth Watching
I've decided to compile a list of movies, domestic and foreign, that I have found to be worth watching, they range from war movies, to westerns, comedies and action flicks.
1. The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Language: Italian (Subtitles available)
Original Title: Ladri di biciclette
Rating: None, old movie, safe for all audiences
Genre: Neorealist, classic, black and white
Short Synopsis: A man in postwar Italy is offered a job (which were rare at this point in history) but the job requires a bicycle, shortly after getting this job, his bicycle is stolen, desperate search for the bike ensues.
2. The Goonies (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Journey
Rating: PG for some language and peril
Short Synopsis: Group of small town kids find a treasure map, search for treasure.
3. Ran (1985)
Language: Japanese (Subtitles available)
Genre: Drama, Tragedy
Rating: None, but includes much violence and blood.
Short Synopsis: Based off of Shakespeare's King Lear. A Japanese King/Lord divides his kingdom among his sons, a series of betrayals by his bad sons results in the crumbling of the family. 160 minutes long.
4. Ravenous (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Western, War
Rating: R for strong violence and gore involving cannabilism
Short Synopsis: Manifest Destiny takes a brutal turn when a group at an Army outpost meet a crazy guy that claims to be the only survivor of the brutal killing and eating of a travelling group. Only, he was the guy he was talking about. Death and sick humor follows.
5. The Straight Story (1999)
Rating: G I believe, maybe PG, but it's pretty clean.
Genre: Journey, Drama, Comedy
Short Synopsis: An old guy gets a phone call about his estranged brother who has taken ill, old guy cannot drive because of his eyes and is left no choice but to drive his riding lawn mower across a couple states. Sounds boring, but very good.
6. Instinct (1999)
Rating: R for Violence and Language (More PG13 level IMO)
Genre: Psychological, Drama
Short Synopsis: Psychologist talks to another guy, an Ex-psychologist who apparently went nuts and killed some people while he was studying gorillas. Very cool movie, well done, etc.
7. Memento (2000)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Noir, Thriller, Drama
Rating: R for Language, violence, and some sex/drugs
Short Synopsis: A man suffering from terrible short term memory loss (about 15 seconds) searches for the man he believes killed his wife and caused his injury. (The guy cant make new memories so he writes himself all kinds of notes and gets tatoos, but he can remember everything up to waking up after the man broke into his house, broke his head, and killed his wife.)
8. Anti Trust (2001)
Genre: Thriller, Geek
Rating: PG13 for violence and a little language
Short Synopsis: Computer programmer gets dream job with a big computer company, but his idealist friend is killed, one with dream job investigates further and begins to suspect the company he's working for.
9 . No Man's Land (2001)
Country: Bosnia-Herzegovina / Slovenia / Italy / France / UK / Belgium
Language: Primarily Serbo-Croation, some French and English
Genre: Drama, War, Satire, Comedy
Rating: R for Language and Violence
Short Synopsis: Serbian soldier and two Bosnian soldiers get trapped in a trench between the lines of their respective armies, the enemies must trust each-other if they are to survive.
Comments: Gripping, terrifying, funny, and heartwrenching. Excellent performances.
10. The Tracker (2002)
Rating: None, some violence, and brief nudity (of natives)
Short Synopsis: A native Australian man is accused of killing a white woman, three white men set out to catch this fugitive with the help of an experienced native tracker. Beautifully done movie that traces the group as they travel through the outback and we learn about them.
11. Infernal Affairs (2002)
Country: China/Hong Kong
Original Title: Mou Gaan Dou
Language: Chinese or Dubbed English (Subtitles available)
Genre: Mafia, Police, Action, Drama
Short Synopsis: an organized crime group infiltrates the Hong Kong Police Department. The Departed was based off of this, but this was MUCH better.
12. Saints and Soldiers (2003)
Rating: PG13 for war violence
Short synopsis: Group of 5 American soldiers during WWII make their way from behind enemy lines to friendly territory after witnessing a brutal massacre of prisoners by German forces.
13. Nothing (2003)
Rating: R for language
Short Synopsis: 2 rejects wake up to find themselves and their property the only thing left in the world, everything else is just bouncy whitness. Turns out they had a power that if they hate something it disappears, hunger is solved when they hate it so the movie can continue, this one is only good if you half watch it, half do something else, only get it if you're desperate.
14. Far Side of the Moon (2003)
Country: Canada (Original title: Face cachée de la lune)
Genre: Drama, Thinking
Short Synopsis: The story of Phillipe, a telemarketer because the career he wants is not within his reach. His mother recently died and he doesnt get along well with his brother, who is his only remaining family. Phillipe saw a special on a talk show about the SETI project and they wanted to broadcast videos into space and he decides to send them one of his own videos, and we're shown this video as he makes it throughout the movie.
Comments: Kind of slow, no explosions but it's a good movie anyway. Watch it.
15. The Rundown (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Adventure
Rating: PG13 for violence and crude language
Short Synopsis: A big bodyguard guy is sent to South America to retrieve a client's son, but instead battles an opressive town leader and his mercenaries. Very entertaining and funny, lots of action and great acting.
16. Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)
Language: German with English Subtitles
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Short Synopsis: Delightful movie about an old guy who takes a much needed vacation, slow moving, but riveting. There is little dialogue, the cinematography, facial expressions, and actions of the characters say enough as is, the dialogue is just supplementary. Just watch this movie, reminds me of The Straight Story
17. R Point (2004)
Country: South Korea
Genre: War, Psychological Thriller, Horror
Rating: R for strong war violence and language.
Short Synopsis: a group of South Korean soldiers during the Vietnam War are sent to investigate a missing squad, they come upon an ominous sign that says that those who have killed someone will never return beyond this point...well it's a horror movie, of course these lemmings will continue. Eventual death or loss of mind of everyone on this mission. Leaves audience confused, you gotta think about this one.
Comments: Absolutely brilliant, this one's deep man....
18. Wool Cap (2004)
Country: USA (TV)
Rating: PG13 for Drug Content and "sensuality"
Short Synopsis: Mute superintendent of an old apartment building and with a troubled past is delegated to take care of a young girl. They become attached and a touching story follows.
19. Initial D (2005)
Country: China/Hong Kong
Original Title: Tau Man Ji
Language: Chinese or Dubbed English (Subtitles available)
Rating: None (Includes mild sexual content, illicit racing, violence, and a little bit of language, everything is less than in Fast/Furious trilogy)
Short Synopsis: Gas station attendant by day, delivery boy by night. A young driver gets very good at driving from driving the same stretch of road every night, passes a street racer one night and becomes famous after being challenged to races on this difficult stretch of road. Live action film based on an anime series, which was based on a comic book.
Comments: I saw this and thought by the cover that it would be a ripoff of Fast and the Furious series, but from the looks of things, the reverse is true. MUCH better than FF trilogy.
20. Tsotsi (2005)
Country: South Africa / UK
Language: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Brief English
Rating: R for Language and Violence (and brief nudity as a baby is nursed)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Short Synopsis: A young gangster in South Africa indavertently kidnaps a baby when he steals a car, learns many lessons in the next six days as he takes responsibility for his actions.
21. The Guardian (2006)
Genre: Drama, Military Training, US Coast Guard
Rating: PG13 for violence, Sexual content, some language
Short Synopsis: Old USCG Rescue swimmer has to transfer to a teaching position at a training facility for new rescue swimmers. Finds qualities of himself in a student and pushes that student to be the best that he can be.
I'll add more, dont worry.