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1. We're No Angels (1955)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Three Devil's Island escapees hide out in the house of a kindly merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett

Votes: 7,378

Don't hold the terrible remake from DeNiro-Penn against it. This movie is funny, dark, & surprisingly heartwarming. Great Christmas film also. Please seek this out.

2. Casual Sex? (1988)

R | 97 min | Comedy

While attending a singles retreat, two female friends-- one promiscuous, the other unlucky with men-- share their philosophies on love, sex, men, and dating in the wake of the 1980s AIDS epidemic.

Director: Geneviève Robert | Stars: Lea Thompson, Victoria Jackson, Stephen Shellen, Jerry Levine

Votes: 3,561 | Gross: $12.28M

Lea Thompson at her hottest. Victoria Jackson at her cutiest. Even Andrew "Dice" Clay does a great job. Funny and a great statement of the sexual tension of the late eighties.

3. The Cowboy Way (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

As they visit New York City, a pair of cowboys have to become unlikely heroes when their friend is kidnapped.

Director: Gregg Champion | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Kiefer Sutherland, Dylan McDermott, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 7,324 | Gross: $20.28M

Missing "24" like me? This is easily Kiefer Sutherland's best film. It's funny without ever being slapsticky. The pairing with Woody Harrelson is inspired & the friendship between the two feels authentic. Fun movie with great action. What more could you ask for?

4. The Losers (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

44 Metascore

A CIA special forces team are betrayed and left for dead by their superiors, galvanizing them to mount an offensive on the CIA.

Director: Sylvain White | Stars: Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans

Votes: 85,994 | Gross: $23.58M

This movie didn't get it's due. It was out-budgeted by "The A Team" remake. Funny how this movie's cast was better, the storyline less forced, and it simply was a better film all around. It's on cable. Make sure you catch it.

5. Dead Set (2008)

141 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

During a fictional series of Big Brother, a zombie outbreak occurs, but the house-mates are unaware of the impending doom outside of the Big Brother House.

Stars: Jaime Winstone, Liz May Brice, Beth Cordingly, Adam Deacon

Votes: 17,156

Ever watch that piece of crap "Big Brother" show & wish someone would walk in that house with a gun? This BBC miniseries did also...they just sent flesh-eating zombies instead. Equally exciting, creepy, gross, & funny. Hard to find in the US. Worth seeking out!

6. The Hidden (1987)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Law abiding people suddenly become violent criminals. A cop and an FBI agent race for answers in this sci-fi thriller.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder

Votes: 15,728 | Gross: $9.75M

God, I love this movie. And, overall in a spectrum, I HATE SCI-FI FILMS!! This one was different. Cool storyline told with a small budget, but with a big imagination. Kyle Maclaughlin is AWESOME. Oh...one more thing...Stripper with a shotgun...AWESOME!!!!

7. Freeway (1996)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A twisted take on "Little Red Riding Hood", with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker travelling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer and pedophile.

Director: Matthew Bright | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Bokeem Woodbine, Paul Perri

Votes: 25,021 | Gross: $0.30M

This isn't "Walk The Line" Reese Witherspoon, but she is just as compelling. This modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, with a particularly twisted Kiefer Sutherland as the "Big Bad Wolf", is a white-trash fairytale told with a biting wit. Great f-ing movie!

8. My Bodyguard (1980)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard.

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Paul Quandt

Votes: 8,084 | Gross: $22.48M

I grew up with this movie. Really a great movie to watch now with all the "Bully" hysteria going on these days. Well made with winning actors & a GREAT ending. Fantastic supporting performance by Ruth Gordon.

9. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

65 Metascore

Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.

Director: Eli Craig | Stars: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss

Votes: 156,224 | Gross: $0.22M

This movie really snuck up on me. I liked the story line that showed a horror film from the side of the scary hillbillies that are "terrorizing" the "innocent" college kids. I thought that sounded cool. What I found was a VERY funny movies with legitimate horror scares. Check it out. It's both smart & silly.

10. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Sport

In the small town of Dillon, Texas, one night matters: Friday Night. Eric Taylor has recently been hired as the head football coach for the Dillon High School Panthers, the town's pride and... See full summary »

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Aimee Teegarden

Votes: 52,077

No one was happier than I was when they announced that this outstanding show had finally gotten the Emmy nomination for best drama it richly deserved. I hope it causes people to seek it out. It's not a "football" show. It is a family & community drama...and they don't get much better. Make sure you watch it from the beginning. You won't be disappointed.

11. Idle Hands (1999)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

31 Metascore

A teenage slacker's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.

Director: Rodman Flender | Stars: Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson, Jessica Alba

Votes: 37,623 | Gross: $4.00M

Slasher flick combined with stoner comedy. Good horror mixed with a funny script and lots of pot material. Seth Green is great in a supporting role.

12. Night Shift (1982)

R | 106 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

A morgue attendant is talked into running a brothel at his workplace after a deceased pimp is sent there. However, the pimp's killers don't look too kindly on this new 'business', nor does the morgue's owner.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, Shelley Long, Gina Hecht

Votes: 13,033 | Gross: $23.60M

The film that introduced the masses to Michael Keaton. Funny grown-up humor back when Ron Howard didn't take himself so seriously. Look for a young Kevin Cosner as an extra in the fraternity.

13. Super Troopers (2001)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

48 Metascore

Five Vermont state troopers, avid pranksters with a knack for screwing up, try to save their jobs and out-do the local police department by solving a crime.

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar | Stars: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, André Vippolis, Joey Kern

Votes: 92,093 | Gross: $18.49M

Broken Lizard is a great comedy troop & this is a funny-ass movie. I highly recommend it...& it pays to be "medicated" when you see it!

14. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Forced by the imminent foreclosure of their friend's bar, two lifelong buddies will decide to rob a bank's armoured car, not knowing that its cargo is not money but a new street drug.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Don Johnson, Chelsea Field, Daniel Baldwin

Votes: 17,362 | Gross: $7.43M

I'm not embarassed to admit it. I'm a huge Don Johnson fan. Don & Mickey have great chemistry & this is a great buddy movie. Great action and a good sense of humor.

15. iCarly (2007–2012)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

Carly hosts her own home-grown web show, iCarly, Carly and sidekick Sam's regular Web casts ultimately feature everything from comedy sketches and talent contests to interviews, recipes, and problem-solving.

Stars: Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress

Votes: 29,533

Much like Spongebob, I was forced to watch this with my children. Then one day I noticed I was laughing watching this ALONE. Love these kids.

16. Heart and Souls (1993)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

An unhappy businessman finds a new sense of purpose after he's tasked with helping a quartet of ghosts fulfill their last wishes before moving on to the afterlife.

Director: Ron Underwood | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick

Votes: 15,236 | Gross: $16.58M

A very sweet & big hearted love story that will stick with you long after you watch it. Robert Downey Jr. does his usual fantastic job of acting. Elizabeth Shue is typically beautiful.

17. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake.

Director: James Signorelli | Stars: Cassandra Peterson, Phil Rubenstein, Larry Flash Jenkins, Damita Jo Freeman

Votes: 11,882 | Gross: $5.60M

Such a funny movie. Fine for the kids to watch (except for the last 2 minutes) but plenty of grownup racy humor. I love this film.

18. Johnny Handsome (1989)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After being double crossed and thrown in jail, a deformed gangster gets a new face and rehabilitation, but his desire for revenge looms.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 8,308 | Gross: $7.24M

A film done prior to Mickey Rourke's career comeback. Dark, gritty, & brutal with a fantastic supporting performance by Ellen Barkin. I LOVE a good revenge flick & Walter Hill directs a great one. Check it out!

19. Taking Chance (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, War

Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.

Director: Ross Katz | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Tom Aldredge, Nicholas Art, Blanche Baker

Votes: 12,524

No matter your personal feeling about war, this movie is an honor to watch. Even-handed & heartfelt, this movie will make you burst with patriotism while also shedding many tears.

20. Drop Dead Diva (2009–2014)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

A vapid aspiring model killed in a car crash gets brought back to life as an intelligent, overweight lawyer, hoping to find the meaning of inner beauty.

Stars: Brooke Elliott, Margaret Cho, Kate Levering, April Bowlby

Votes: 17,139

I know. A "Lifetime Network" show!...Really!!! This is a really wonderful show that combines humor, romance, & courtroom drama. Brooke Elliott is an amazingly appealing actress.

21. No Small Affair (1984)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

The 16 years old amateur photographer Charles accidentally takes a photo of Laura - and falls in love with her, when he develops the picture. He finds out that she works as singer in a bar,... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Jon Cryer, Demi Moore, George Wendt, Peter Frechette

Votes: 1,800 | Gross: $4.99M

Way before Two & a Half Men, a young Jon Cryer is great in this little romantic comedy about a young introverted teen who falls in love with Demi Moore, a jaded unknown singer. Cute & full of laughs.

22. Demons (1985)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

A group of random people are invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento

Votes: 18,248

A scarily graphic horror film from pioneer Italian writer/director Dario Argento. Brutal & bleak, it is a truly scary movie.

23. Looker (1981)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

20 Metascore

Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Albert Finney, James Coburn, Susan Dey, Leigh Taylor-Young

Votes: 4,308 | Gross: $3.28M

Hard to find science fiction film that has a lot to say about how looks influence how we feel. Albert Finney is on top of his game & Susan Dey is easy on the eyes. Written & directed by Michael Crichton. I wish I could find this movie.

24. Raging Phoenix (2009)

R | 112 min | Action, Romance

A violent gang is abducting and killing women around Thailand. Sanim and his friends, having had loved ones abducted, have joined together to break the gang of kidnappers. In a botched ... See full summary »

Director: Rashane Limtrakul | Stars: JeeJa Yanin, Kazu Patrick Tang, Nui Saendaeng, Sompong Leartvimolkasame

Votes: 2,034

Follow up movie by "Chocolate" martial-arts star JeeJa Yanin. One of the best actresses in martial arts, she carries this film involving women being kidnapped for criminal purposes. She teams up with a team of "drunkin-fighting" masters to break up the ring. Action packed & surprisingly emotional.

25. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Stars: Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt

Votes: 183,831

Easily one of the best comedic casts on TV right now. With the same documentary style as "The Office", it deals with the parks & rec department in a small town. Amy Prohler is perfect as a right-minded goverment worker. Finally getting the attention it deserves.

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