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600 Movies I Like

Looking for a good movie to watch? Feel free to ask me-- I'd be glad to talk you through a few choices below.  Nearly all of the films on this list earned a rating of at least 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and many can also be found on the American Film Industry's list of the top 100 American Films. Having 1,800 movies or so (many of them not good), I can also steer you away from some real stinkers.
 
THE GENRES
Action / Adventure
Animated & Family
Biopics
Black Comedy
Dramatic Comedy
Romantic Comedy
Buddy Movies
Parody & Satire
Comedy
Comic Book / Graphic Novel
Crime
Courtroom Drama
Detective Story
Documentary
Drama
Epic
Fantasy
Foreign
Horror
Monster & B-Movies
Melodrama & Tearjerkers
Musical
Romance
Sci-Fi
Silent Films
Social Drama
Sports
Psychological Thriller
Suspense & Mystery
War
Western
Other

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LIST of MOVIES I LIKE
 
GREEN = I enjoyed more than others in the genre
GOLD = One of my favorite movies of all time
All of my favorites are listed together here.


Action / Adventure


Air Force One

All is Lost

The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Ultimatum

Braveheart (1995)

Casino Royale (2006)

Clear and Present Danger

Con Air

Die Hard

First Blood




Animated & Family


Aladdin

Antz

Babe

A Bug's Life

Cars

Chicken Run

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Despicable Me

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Finding Nemo

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Happy Feet

The Hobbit (1978)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1965)

How to Train your Dragon

Ice Age

The Incredibles

The Iron Giant




Biopics


Ali

Amadeus
 
The Aviator (2004)

A Beautiful Mind

Capote

Cinderella Man

 
Ed Wood

The Elephant Man

Fair Game
(2010)

The Fighter

The Great Ziegfeld

The Imitation Game

The Hurricane

The Last King of Scotland




Black Comedy


American Psycho

Bad Santa

Big Fan

To Die For

Election (1995)

Fargo

Fight Club


Four Lions

Go

Harold and Maude

Heathers

Mean Girls






Dramatic Comedy


50 / 50 (2011)

Blue Jasmine

Adventureland

The Full Monty

High Fidelity 
(2000)

The Hudsucker Proxy

Igby Goes Down

The Kids are All Right



Romantic Comedy


(500) Days of Summer

The American President

As Good as it Gets

Along Came Polly

Coming to America

Date Night

Forgetting Sarah Marshall






Buddy Movies


48 Hours


The Big Lebowski


The Blues Brothers

The Change-Up

City Slickers


Clerks


Dumb and Dumber

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Friday

Funny People

Good Burger

The Hangover


Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle


Hot Tub Time Machine


I Love You, Man


Grumpy Old Men







Parody & Satire


Airplane!

Analyze This

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Barton Fink

Best in Show

Borat

Bruno

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Glengarry Glen Ross

The Great Dictator

Hot Fuzz


 

Comedy


The 40-Year-Old Virgin


American Pie


Animal House

Back to School

Bridesmaids

Broadway Danny Rose

Bullets over Broadway


Caddy Shack

A Christmas Story


Dazed and Confused


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels







Comic Book / Graphic Novel

300

Batman Begins

Captain America:  The First Avenger

The Dark Knight

A History of Violence

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Incredible Hulk
(2008)

Iron Man

Kick-Ass

Men in Black

Red

Road to Perdition





Crime


American Gangster

The Bank Job (2008)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Bonnie and Clyde

The Boondock Saints

Carlito's Way

Casino

Colors

The Departed

Dog Day Afternoon

Donnie Brasco

Gangs of New York

Goodfellas

Heat (1995)

Lock, Stock, and Three Smoking Barrels

The Lookout






Courtroom Drama


12 Angry Men

A Civil Action

Class Action

A Few Good Men

To Kill a Mockingbird




Detective Story


Basic

Brick

Chinatown

Gone Baby Gone


Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

L.A. Confidential





Documentary


Air Guitar Nation 

American:  The Bill Hicks Story

American Movie

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Bowling for Columbine

Capitalism:  A Love Story

Capturing the Friedmans

The Corporation

Dogtown and Z-Boys

F for Fake

Fahrenheit 911

Food, Inc.

A Film Unfinished


 

Drama


127 Hours

25th Hour

Adaptation

All About Eve

Almost Famous
(2000)

Babel

Bad Boys
(1983)

This Boy's Life

Boyz in the Hood

The Breakfast Club

A Bronx Tale

Cast Away

Citizen Kane

Doubt

Falling Down

Frost/Nixon



Epics


Ben Hur
(1959)

Dances with Wolves
 
Ghandi

Gladiator (2000)

The Godfather




Fantasy


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince






Foreign


French

The 400 Blows
Amelie
Delicatessen
Grand Illusion
The Hate
The Intouchables
La Jetée
A Prophet
The Red Balloon
Tell No One


Chinese/Hong Kong

Hero
Infernal Affairs
Ip Man


German

Das Boot
Downfall  (2004)
(1931)
My Life as a Dog
Night and Fog
Run Lola Run


Hindi (India)

3 Idiots
Embers (Sholay)
Like Stars on Earth
Slumdog Millionaire




Other Foreign Films

The Celebration

City of God

Leningrad Cowboys Go America

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Let the Right One In (2008)

Oldboy

A Separation

The Seventh Seal



Horror 


Apollo 18

The Birds
 
The Blair Witch Project

Carrie

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Misery




Monster, B Movies, & Camp


The Blob (1958)

Cloverfield

The Creature from the Black Lagoon

Godzilla, King of the Monsters!


Gojira






Melodrama and Tear-Jerkers


About Schmidt

Captains Courageous (1937)

Charlotte's Web (1973)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Color Purple

Dead Man Walking

Dead Poets Society

Forrest Gump

Good Will Hunting


The Green Mile





Musical


Chicago

Fiddler on the Roof

Grease

Jesus Christ Superstar

Mary Poppins

Oliver!





Romance

2 Days in Paris 

Breakfast at Tiffany's 

Casablanca (1942)

City of Angels (1998)

Ghost

Marty


 


Sci-Fi


A.I. Artificial Intelligence
 
Alien

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Avatar

Back to the Future

Blade Runner

Children of Men

The Empire Strikes Back

The Fifth Element

Gattaca

I am Legend

The Matrix

Minority Report



Silent


Birth of a Nation (1915)

Intolerance (1916)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

The High Sign (1921)

The Kid (1921)

Nosferatu (1922)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Sherlock, Jr. (1924)

The Battleship Potemkin (1925)

The Gold Rush (1925) 


 


Social Drama

 

All the President’s Men

American History X 

Cool Hand Luke

Do the Right Thing

Easy Rider

Gentleman's Agreement

Gran Torino
 
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)


 



Sports


Bull Durham

The Bad News Bears (1976)

Breaking Away (1979)

Hoosiers

The Hustler

Major League

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Moneyball





Psychological Thriller


12 Monkeys

The Adjustment Bureau

Altered States

Being John Malkovich

Cape Fear (1991)

Donnie Darko

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 

The Fisher King

Following

The Game (1997)

Inception 

Identity




Suspense, Mystery


Apollo 13 

Buried

Catch Me if You Can (2002)

Changeling

Clockers

Conspiracy Theory

Crimson Tide

Double Indemnity (1944)

Escape from Alcatraz

Face/Off

Frequency

The Fugitive (1993)

Fury

The Ghost Writer (2010)

Hart's War

The Hunt for Red October 

In the Line of Fire (1993)

Internal Affairs

Jaws 



War


All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Apocalypse Now

Blackhawk Down

The Bridge on the River Kwai 

Casualties of War 

The Deer Hunter

The Dirty Dozen 

Flags of our Fathers

Full Metal Jacket

Glory

Good Morning Vietnam



Western


3:10 to Yuma (2007)
 
Fistful of Dollars
 
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

High Noon

High Plains Drifter

Hud (1963)

Lonely Are the Brave

The Ox-Bow Incident



Other


Band of Brothers (TV mini-series)

The Commitments

A Hard Day's Night

Kill Bill Vol. 2

The Pacific (TV mini-series)

Pink Floyd The Wall


Overrated


Alphaville

Black Swan

Breathless

The English Patient

Enter the Dragon

The Hurt Locker

Lost in Translation

Rebel without a Cause

Scarface (1983)

Sideways (2004)





The Great Escape

Independence Day

Jurassic Park

Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon II

Mission: Impossible

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Point Break

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Speed







Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda 2

The Lion King

Monsters, Inc.

The Polar Express

Ponyo

Porco Rosso

Princess Mononoke

Rango

Ratatouille

Rio

Shrek

Shrek 2

The Tale of Despereaux

Tangled

Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3

Up (2009)
 
WALL-E








Malcolm X (1992) 

A Man for All Seasons

Man on the Moon

Milk

Monster (2003)

Pollock

Schindler's  List  

Serpico

Ray

RKO-281
 
Walk the Line

The Wolf of Wall Street

You Don't Know Jack









Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

Nashville

The Royal Tenenbaums

Rushmore

Network

Nightcrawler

Office Space
(1999)

Shaun of the Dead

Snatch


Stranger than Fiction (2006)

The Whole Nine Yards

Youth in Revolt

Zombieland










Little Miss Sunshine

In Bruges

The Informant!

Lars and the Real Girl

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Midnight in Paris

Win Win










Hitch

Juno

Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist

Roxanne

Shakespeare in Love

Eagle vs. Shark

There’s Something about Mary

The Wedding Singer








Made

Midnight Run

Old School (2003)

Pineapple Express

Rodger Dodger

Role Models

Some Like it Hot

Stakeout

Starsky and Hutch (2004)

Superbad

Swingers

Ted

Tommy Boy

The Wackness

Wayne's World

The Wedding Crashers











Johnny Dangerously

Life of Brian

The Naked Gun

The Player

The Princess Bride


Scream

This is Spinal Tap

Top Secret
!

Tropic Thunder

Wag the Dog


Young Frankenstein

Zoolander









Duck Soup 

The Goonies

Happy Gilmore


Meet the Parents


My Cousin Vinnie


Napoleon Dynamite


Private Parts (1997)

The School of Rock


Sixteen Candles


Super Troopers














Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Sin City

Spider Man

Superman
(1978)

Superman Returns
(2006)

V For Vendetta

Wanted

Watchmen

X2

X-Men

X-Men: Days of Future Past









Mystic River

Natural-Born Killers 

Oceans Eleven (2001)

Once upon a Time in America

The Professional

Public Enemies

Pulp Fiction

Reservoir Dogs 

The Third Man

The Town

Training Day

True Romance

The Untouchables

The Usual Suspects

The Way of the Gun













The Lincoln Lawyer

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Primal Fear

The Rack

Sleepers

The Verdict









The Maltese Falcon  (1941)

Manhunter

Se7en 

The Thin Man

Zero Effect

Zodiac











Grizzly Man

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse 

Man on Wire

Michael Moore Hates America

The People vs. George Lucas

Project Nim

Restrepo

Roger & Me

Super-Size Me

Tarnation

Tyson

The Up Series

Woodstock








The King's Speech

Me and Orson Welles

My Own Private Idaho

Requiem for a Dream

Rob Roy
(1995)

Rounders

Scent of a Woman

The Social Network

Straw Dogs (1971)

Sunset Boulevard

Talk Radio

Tape

Taxi Driver (1976)

There Will Be Blood

Traffic
(2000)

Up in the Air (2009)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?




The Godfather II

Gone with the Wind

The Last Samurai

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Pearl Harbor (2001)






The Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings:  The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings:  The Return of the King

Where the Wild Things Are






Italian

½
Amarcord
The Bicycle Thief
Cinema Paradiso
Ciao, Professore!
Gomorrah
Life is Beautiful
Nights of Cabiria
La Strada
Umberto D.


Japanese

13 Assassins (2010)
The Human Condition Trilogy
The Seven Samurai 
Tokyo Story
Woman in the Dunes

Russian

Andrei Rublev
Ballad of a Soldier
Day Watch
Come and See
The Cranes are Flying
Night Watch
Solaris



Serbian

Once upon a Time there was a Country
Who Sings over There?


Spanish

Incendies
Pan's Labrynth
The Science of Sleep 











Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Paranormal Activity

Psycho

The Serpent and the Rainbow

The Shining (1980)

The Thing (1982)











King Kong (1933) (1976) (2005)

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. Megalon

Plan 9 from Outer Space

Predator 

Them!











It's a Wonderful Life

Mr. Holland's Opus

Mask

St. Vincent

My Dog Skip

The Notebook
(2004)

Philadelphia

Rudy

The Shawshank Redemption

Stand by Me

Terms of Endearment








Singin’ in the Rain

The Sound of Music 

South Park:  Bigger, Longer, Uncut

West Side Story

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

The Wizard of Oz 










An Officer and a Gentleman 

Out of Sight

Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Titanic (1997)












Moon

The Prestige

Planet of the Apes (1968)

A Scanner Darkly

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Robocop

Predestination

Splice

Star Trek (2009)
 
Star Wars Episode IV:  A New Hope

Starship Troopers

The Terminator

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Transformers (2007)

Vanilla Sky








Phantom of the Opera (1925)

The General (1926)

Faust (1926)

Metropolis (1927) 

Wings (1927)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Man with the Movie Camera (1929) 

Earth (1930)

City Lights (1930)

Modern Times (1936)








Higher Learning

Into the Wild

Jerry Maguire

The Lost Weekend

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest 

Quiz Show 

Rain Man

The Truman Show

Wall Street (1987)












The Sandlot

Raging Bull

Remember the Titans

Rocky

Rocky II

Seabiscuit

Warrior
(2011)
 
Whip It










Insomnia (2002)

Jacob's Ladder

Lost Highway (1997)

The Machinist

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Memento

Rear Window

Shutter Island

The Sixth Sense

The Silence of the Lambs

Source Code

Vertigo






JFK

Michael Clayton

Munich

No Way Out (1987)

The Negotiator

Marathon Man

Presumed Innocent

Red Riding: Part 1: 1974

Red Riding: Part 2: 1980

Red Riding: Part 3: 1983

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Phone Booth

Signs (2002)

Strange Days

Syriana

Transsiberian

Unbreakable

Unthinkable

War Games (1983)











Hamburger Hill

Inglourious Basterds

Jarhead

Kelly's Heroes

Three Kings

Letters from Iwo Jima

The Longest Day

Paths of Glory

Patton

Platoon

Saving Private Ryan

We Were Soldiers







The Magnificent Seven

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Rio Bravo

The Searchers

Stagecoach (1939)

True Grit (2011)

Unforgiven

The Wild Bunch