Apparently because I’m supposed to have good taste in movies or something. I don’t necessarily believe that because I can find good in almost every movie I see, but yeah, here’s a masterpost of movies you should watch because they’re all pretty good, if not great.
Bold ones are highly recommended; bold and italics mean we might have a problem if you don’t watch this movie.
Movies designed to frighten or disturb the viewer, with more gore than thrillers.
28 Days Later
The Cabin in the Woods
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens
The Omen (1976)
Films that primarily use suspense, tension and excitement to elicit a reaction in the viewer. Often overlaps with horror, but with less gore.
A Clockwork Orange
The Silence of the Lambs
The Sixth Sense
A very specific type of filmmaking, used most commonly in horror, in which the film is presented as if the events on tape “actually happened” and were discovered on tapes or in files left behind by missing or dead protagonists.
The Blair Witch Project
Films that focus mostly on in-depth character development as opposed to elaborate action sequences or shocking viewers. These films are often nominated for Academy Awards.
All the President’s Men
Movies that put the heroes in situations where they face incredible odds and must physically fight their way out. Lots of explosions. Lots.
The Boondock Saints
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Star Trek (2009)
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Comic Book Movies:
Movies based, however loosely, on characters originating in comic books and graphic novels.
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Captain America: The First Avenger
Iron Man 2
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
V for Vendetta
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men: First Class
Films designed to elicit laughter from the audience. The main emphasis is, obviously, on humor.
Back to the Future
The Breakfast Club
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Men in Black
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Princess Bride
Shaun of the Dead
Exactly what it says on the tin.
Batman: Under the Red Hood
The Emperor’s New Groove
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Prince of Egypt
Rise of the Guardians
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Movies marked by their usage of songs sung by the characters and woven into the narrative.
Across the Universe
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
The Producers (2005)
Repo! The Genetic Opera
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The Filmography of Quentin Tarantino:
Tarantino films are a genre to themselves. They’re even better if you watch them in the order they came out. (I will go ahead and say that I haven’t seen either Kill Bill movie yet, but if they’re like his other movies, they are fantastic.) This list does not include Jackie Brown or Grindhouse, due to those not being solely Tarantino.
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 2
So Bad They’re Good:
Just trust me. I haven’t seen all of these, either, but my friends and family swear by them.
Birdemic: Shock and Terror
Chupacabra vs. the Alamo
Manos: The Hands of Fate
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Movies I’ve missed in other categories.
Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Nowhere in Africa (Nirgwendo in Afrika)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Let me know if a link is broken, and tell me what you think of the movies if you watch any of them!