Movies and shows that sound really good- My "must watch" list

by denali_dreamer1993 | created - 02 May 2012 | updated - 26 Nov 2013 | Public
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1. An Education (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams

Votes: 124,468 | Gross: $12.57M

2. Truth Be Told (2011 TV Movie)

95 min | Comedy

"Honesty is the key to a successful marriage", advises counselor Annie Morgan. Ironically, the never-married Annie doesn't always follow her own advice. Media mogul Terrance Bishop invites ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Ronny Cox, Belita Moreno, Chris Brochu

Votes: 268

3. Camilla Dickinson (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Family, Romance

Fifteen-year-old Camilla Dickinson (Clemens), leads a sheltered life in New York City until her parents' marriage begins to fall apart. When Camilla meets her best friend's rebellious ... See full summary »

Director: Cornelia Duryée | Stars: Adelaide Clemens, Samantha Mathis, Gregg Sulkin, Cary Elwes

Votes: 96

4. Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister.

Director: Christine Jeffs | Stars: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Jason Spevack

Votes: 67,835 | Gross: $12.06M

5. Men of Honor (2000)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

The story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver, and the man who trained him.

Director: George Tillman Jr. | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, Aunjanue Ellis

Votes: 102,588 | Gross: $48.82M

6. Saved! (2004)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her.

Director: Brian Dannelly | Stars: Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit

Votes: 43,476 | Gross: $8.94M

7. Simon Birch (1998)

PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

39 Metascore

A young boy with stunted growth is convinced that God has a great purpose for him.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt

Votes: 19,968 | Gross: $18.25M

8. Stepmom (1998)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

A terminally-ill woman must deal with her ex-husband's new lover, who will be their children's stepmother.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone

Votes: 57,174 | Gross: $91.14M

9. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko | Stars: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska

Votes: 121,909 | Gross: $20.81M

10. Loving Leah (2009 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Drama, Romance

A quirky love story revolving around the unexpected wedding and unconventional married life of a 26-year-old widow and her late husband's brother, a handsome 30-year-old cardiologist.

Director: Jeff Bleckner | Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Adam Kaufman, Susie Essman, Harris Yulin

Votes: 2,644

11. Silk Stalkings (1991–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

"Cassy" St. John and Tom Ryan are the new duo in town. It is now their job to catch the killers of Palm Beach.

Stars: Rob Estes, Mitzi Kapture, Charlie Brill, Janet Gunn

Votes: 2,167

12. Blonde (2001)

165 min | Biography, Drama

A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe mixed with series of real events in her life.

Stars: Titus Welliver, Eric Bogosian, Niklaus Lange, Richard Roxburgh

Votes: 793

13. High School Confidential! (1958)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama

A tough kid comes to a new high school and begins muscling his way into the drug scene. As he moves his way up the ladder, a schoolteacher tries to reform him, his aunt tries to seduce him,... See full summary »

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, John Drew Barrymore, Mamie Van Doren

Votes: 800

14. Lying to Be Perfect (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An overweight magazine editor leads a double life as a sassy advice columnist at night. To keep her alter ego a secret she agrees to lose weight with two of her friends and embarks on a life changing journey.

Director: Gary Harvey | Stars: Poppy Montgomery, Adam Kaufman, Chelah Horsdal, Audrey Wasilewski

Votes: 2,140

16. Desperate Endeavors (2012)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

Follows the exploits of an Indian immigrant trying to make it in New York City in 1973.

Director: Salim Khassa | Stars: Ismail Bashey, Gulshan Grover, Lavrenti Lopes, Paul Ben-Victor

Votes: 41 | Gross: $0.00M

17. Alias (2001–2006)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college, trained for espionage and self-defense.

Stars: Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman

Votes: 42,931

18. Love Bites (2011)

60 min | Comedy

A series about love, and all the crazy things it makes us do, like pretending to be a virgin to get a guy interested. Or competing with your fiancée's favorite bedroom toy. Or actually ... See full summary »

Stars: Becki Newton, Greg Grunberg, Constance Zimmer, James MacDonald

Votes: 2,286

19. Happy Endings (2011–2013)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Romance

This Chicago-set sitcom follows the intertwined lives of six young urbanites trying to learn the ropes of adulthood. Through breakups and whatever other curve-balls life throws them, the pals stick together.

Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 32,917

20. The Inbetweeners (2008–2010)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

Follows four friends and their antics during their final years of school.

Stars: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas

Votes: 74,338

21. Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (1998–2001)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

Three twenty-somethings share a Boston apartment and hang around (and work) at a pizza place.

Stars: Traylor Howard, Ryan Reynolds, Richard Ruccolo, Suzanne Cryer

Votes: 15,003

22. Mad Love (2011)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

Revolves around a quartet of single friends in New York City-- two who are falling in love and two who despise each other, at least initially.

Stars: Jason Biggs, Sarah Chalke, Judy Greer, Tyler Labine

Votes: 4,128

23. The Nine (2006–2007)

45 min | Crime, Drama

Nine surviving hostages from a spectacular bank hold-up meet regularly. The memories keep haunting them, in flash-backs slowly revealing that story. Two surviving perpetrators in jail, ... See full summary »

Stars: Lourdes Benedicto, John Billingsley, Jessica Collins, Tim Daly

Votes: 1,393

24. The Dresden Files (2007– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A Chicago-based wizard works as a private investigator.

Stars: Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann, Raoul Bhaneja

Votes: 8,711

25. One Hour Photo (2002)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A mentally unstable photo developer targets a middle-class family after his obsession with them becomes more sick and disturbing than any of them could imagine.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith

Votes: 109,812 | Gross: $31.60M

26. Notes on a Scandal (2006)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Andrew Simpson, Tom Georgeson

Votes: 72,061 | Gross: $17.51M

27. The Experiment (2001)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski, Wotan Wilke Möhring

Votes: 88,080 | Gross: $0.14M

28. The Wave (2008)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich

Votes: 97,042

29. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Francesc Albiol

Votes: 224,000 | Gross: $2.22M

30. Unthinkable (2010)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A psychological thriller centered around a black-ops interrogator and an F.B.I. Agent who press a suspect terrorist into divulging the location of three nuclear weapons set to detonate in the U.S.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen, Stephen Root

Votes: 81,085

31. Nothing But the Truth (I) (2008)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

64 Metascore

In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga, Angela Bassett

Votes: 34,767 | Gross: $0.00M

32. Frozen (I) (2010)

R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

43 Metascore

Three skiers stranded on a chairlift are forced to make life-or-death choices, which prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.

Director: Adam Green | Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers, Ed Ackerman

Votes: 63,725 | Gross: $0.24M

33. Right at Your Door (2006)

R | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

57 Metascore

A dirty bomb goes off in Los Angeles, jamming freeways and spreading a toxic cloud.

Director: Chris Gorak | Stars: Mary McCormack, Rory Cochrane, Tony Perez, Scotty Noyd Jr.

Votes: 12,392 | Gross: $0.06M

34. The Brothers Grimm (2005)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci, Petr Ratimec

Votes: 112,283 | Gross: $37.92M

35. Red Riding Hood (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

29 Metascore

Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke

Votes: 103,894 | Gross: $37.66M

36. Ocean's Eleven (2001)

PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Thriller

74 Metascore

Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

Votes: 484,442 | Gross: $183.42M

37. Ocean's 11 (1960)

Approved | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

57 Metascore

Danny Ocean gathers a group of his World War II compatriots to pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist. Together the eleven friends plan to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford

Votes: 18,733 | Gross: $12.32M

38. Ocean's Twelve (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 338,658 | Gross: $125.54M

39. Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Thriller

62 Metascore

Danny Ocean rounds up the boys for a third heist, after casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses one of the original eleven, Reuben Tishkoff.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Michael Mantell

Votes: 303,618 | Gross: $117.15M

40. Cleaner (2007)

R | 88 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

A former cop who now earns a wage as a crime scene cleaner unknowingly participates in a cover-up at his latest job.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 36,205

41. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 333,014 | Gross: $11.29M

42. A Man Apart (2003)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

A man known as Diablo emerges to head a drug cartel after the previous leader is imprisoned.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Vin Diesel, Timothy Olyphant, Larenz Tate, Geno Silva

Votes: 42,973 | Gross: $26.18M

43. The Virgin Suicides (1999)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid 1970s.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, Kathleen Turner

Votes: 136,947 | Gross: $4.86M

44. Passchendaele (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, History, Romance

The lives of a troubled veteran, his nurse girlfriend and a naive boy intersect first in Alberta and then in Belgium during the bloody World War I battle of Passchendaele.

Director: Paul Gross | Stars: Paul Gross, Michael Greyeyes, James Kot, Jesse Frechette

Votes: 7,729

45. Puck Hogs (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Sport