10. The other guys
Let’s start with the only comedy that will be making an appearance on this list. This buddy cop movie starring the hilarious duo of will Farrell and mark wahlberg definitely isn’t for everyone, but it churns out one clever and original joke after another until your side hurts from laughter. It’s also the most quotable movie on this list, excluding the number one pick.
9. Kingsman: the secret service
The genius of kingsman lies in it’s ability to straddle the line between spy movie parody and stylish action adventure. It goes out of its way to distinguish itself from movies like James Bond, but still borrows (and makes of fun of) the best aspects of those films. This pen was the victim of poor advertising, and went unnoticed for the most part. However, that shouldn’t stop you from giving it a look.
8. Minority report
This is one that you’ll understand the brilliance of much better if you just watch it. The plot is original and inventive, and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It presents some really interesting moral dilemmas that will keep you thinking for days after you watch it. I’m a huge fan of Tom cruise movies, and this one is definitely my favorite.
This is what I consider the be the best Schwarzenegger movie. It’s over the top 80’s sci-fi action still holds up today, even if the predator itself doesn’t quite stand the test of time. The movie isn’t a marvel of cinema, but it is very fun to watch.
6. Die hard
This movie is just so great. The premise, the action, the setting. But oddly enough, what really shines in this one is the characters. Argyle, john McLain, and of course Alan Rickman’s incredible portrayal of Hans Gruber, who has to be one of the best action movie villains ever. If you somehow haven’t seen this classic, stop reading this right now and get watching.
The first big screen depiction of one of the most beloved marvel characters ever was a comic fans dream. Ryan Reynolds’ depiction of the fowl mouthed, sword wielding anti hero was absolutely perfect. The movie was the most rated-R superhero film ever, and fans expected no less. It captures so perfectly the feeling of the comics, but someone who has never heard of the merc with a mouth can still fully appreciate the genius writing and awesome action.
4. The usual suspects
Speaking of genius, the intricate and engrossing plot of the usual suspects will keep you thinking for the whole run time. Shifting alliances and a mysterious villain always keep you in the dark. And just when you think you have everything figured out, the movie flips your whole theory on its head. You need to pay attention with this one, but the payoff is so worth it.
3. Mad max: fury road
Despite what the title will have you believe, max himself is merely a side character in this movie. And that’s definitely not a bad thing, because Charlize Theron’s portrayal of furiousa is simply awesome. But where this movie really shines is world building. You really buy into the dark, post apocalyptic vision of the near future presented by the movie. It’s dirty, depressing and dangerous. Not to mention the crazy action scenes that barely utilize computer generated images, instead opting for practical effects. This movie is so freaking cool, and definitely a must see.
2. The shawshank redemption
Man, what is there to say about this classic? This story of a prison inmate takes you on an emotional roller coaster. The highs are so high, but only because they come after a crushing low. But the magic of this one is really found in the bond between the inmates. This really is a special movie, and should be experienced by all.
1. The dark knight
if you’ve ever actually talked to me, this shouldn’t be a surprise. I love this movie. In my opinion, it’s perfect. The mood. The action. The plot. The fan service. And most of all, Heath Ledger’s extraordinary and chilling portrayal of the joker. He does everything perfectly. When this movie came out in 2008, Heath had the world saying joker quotes for years. And let’s not forget about the captivating and metaphorical arc of district attorney Harvey Dent, played here by Aaron Eckhart. I really do love this movie, and it’s easily my favorite of all time.