There are too many good movies and there is no way to list them all, as they are completely subjective. This first list contains movies that we felt were somewhat currently memorable and honestly just serves as a jump into other movie genres/categories we will get into in the near future (post-apocalyptic movies we recommend, must watch horror films, romcoms to actually watch, etc).
Check out our recommendations + trailers below. What movies would you recommend?
- The Strangers
“Because you were home” never sounded so creepy, this horror suspense movie really gives a look into the real world fear of being stalked in the middle of no where. No crazy monsters, no sensationalized jump scares – pure crazies terrorizing a couple, because they were home.
- 28 Days Later
I can honestly say this is one of the best, contemporary zombie horror movies we’ve seen. The story and treatment of film, release of the rage-inducing virus – where the protagonist wakes up alone in the hospital – walks out into the new world, for a very rude awakening.
- Children of Men
I am a big fan of dystopian films and seeing some of Banksy’s art work in the movie made it better! Humans are dealing with infertility and the world they live in is in the brink of collapse. But then comes a refugee name Kee, who miraculously has a baby. The scene where the cries of baby literally stops war, wow.
- Billy Madison
For me, this is a classic comedy film in my time, first time I seen Adam Sandler. Rich kid and heir to a wealthy Hotel company, Billy Madison spent his life leeching off his father. Now, he must “grow up” and take on the business, but first, he must show how he can be an adult. It’s simply hilarious.
- The Warriors
“Warriors, come out and play!” A movie based on the novel (same name), in New York where gangs run sectors of New York. A gang leader is murdered and one gang is framed, only to fight through the urban jungle from The Bronx to Coney Island. It’s cult film for a reason.
A French romcom, a quirky film based off a main character deprived early in life based on her father’s fear (she has a heart condition). She uses her imagination to escape, eventually moving to Paris. There, she is consumed with returning an artifact to the previous tenant living in her apartment, only leading her to truly and finally, experience life.
- Battle Royale
The first time we saw this movie was when it was banned in the state, so naturally, we have to watch it. Another dystopian film based in Japan, where junior high schoolers are forced to fight to the death – for one single survivor to return home. It’s essentially a wild, crazy way of doing population control. Gore, weapons, wit and twists you’ll enjoy.
- The God Must Crazy
Easily one of the most underrated films. A South African comedy that revolves around a Coke bottle dropped from the sky, literally. The bottle finds its way in Botswana, into a tribe that has no connection to the modern world. What is this shiny new thing from the heavens? Where did it come from? This film is sure to give you feel good laughs!
- City of God
Organized crime films we love, now take that and put it in Brazil – this is a must see, powerful film. Rio de Janeiro is the center for the film, where a drug war between drug dealers, vigilantes and the police force. The story feels so raw, so real – which makes sense as it is loosely based off real events + happenings in Brazil.
- They Live
The first time I saw this movie, I freaked out. I honestly thought it was the real world, invaded by aliens who are controlling us and we are walking around like mindless sheep? Sounds familiar? Well, is it really that far-fetched? Watch and see why this film is one of John Carpenter’s BEST.
I had a hard time writing this list. I love movies, we watching so many movies but after a lot of deliberation these were some of the movies from my formative years – Good Will Hunting has ALWAYS been one of my favorite movies but with the rest of the list, I had to choose among my faves.
- Good Will Hunting
“How do you like them apples?!” This is my favorite movie of all time. I’m a Matt Damon fan, I thought he was brilliant as Will and I loved his friendship with Chuckie (Ben Affleck), Billy, and Morgan. I also thought the relationship he built with Sean (Robin Williams) was dynamic and really I thought the character development and the story was phenomenal. I think I’m a fan of the underdog and to think he was a janitor at MIT and more brilliant than even the professors. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched this movie, but I’ll always watch it whenever it’s on.
- Finding Forrester
I’ve always been a writer since I was young, I would write in a journal. I really related with Jamal (Rob Brown) in that sense but I also loved that the basketball phenom, turned out to be a writing prodigy. I’m a Sean Connery fan and in this movie, I became a Rob Brown fan. The two very different characters, with a similar love of writing. I thought the story was great and I really liked the relationship between them.
- 28 Days Later
Even though Peter also chose this, I couldn’t pass it up. Of all the zombie movies I’ve watched before, this was by far the most exciting. It was intense, with the zombies that run. It kept you on the edge of your seat and I thought it was the first of its kind.
- The Matrix
The Matrix came out when I was in high school. I had a crush on Keanu Reeves back then but really I love this movie because it was from my formative years and it was one of my faves back then. I remember having conversations about the theories about the story. I’m also not a huge science fiction fan but this was one I could watch over and over to analyze what’s really happening.
- Jurassic Park
I remember watching Jurassic Park in the theatre and it was a thriller keeping you on the edge of your seat. I always think about myself in that situation and it was so intense. Plus, at the time I was really impressed with the visuals. To my younger self, I was amazed at the idea of dinosaurs being able to be extracted from a mosquito and I think the Jurassic Park brand has kept up its unique ideas even in the newer Jurassic Park movies.
- Get Out
I really enjoyed Get Out because it was a unique story and it showed a unique perspective. I loved how Jordan Peele showed a different side of “scary” “thrillers.” Plus, I always love a twist. It was also one of those movies that got people thinking and talking about. I loved all the conversations people were raving about it on Twitter.
- A Bronx Tale
I’m a fan of Robert DeNiro and he did an excellent job directing this coming of age story. I like that it shows different sides a complicated story. It shows the push and pull of growing up among the American MOB. I thought the cast did a great job of playing these complex roles and it really spoke on the racial divide of the times. Plus, there was some education that both Calogero and the viewers are learning.
- Lion King
I’m a huge Disney fan so I couldn’t forget to include some of my fave Disney movies. I had a hard time choosing, because honestly my whole list could be of Disney & Pixar films but Lion King has always been one of my favorites. When I was a kid, I was able to watch it in the theatre with my grandma and it’s always held a special place in my heart. It’s a great story, I love the characters, songs and really just the coming of age story of Simba. Plus, it made me have all the emotions.
Up is one of my favorites because it showed a layered story of love and the action and adventure of Carl and Russell. I thought the characters were excellent and it wasn’t your typical Disney movie. It showed the complicated story of relationships, losing a loved one, growing older, living in a city where you no longer fit in or are being pushed out, and being disappointed by your childhood heroes. There’s just so much to the story that is heartwarming. It’s a great movie because everyone from all ages could enjoy it.
I always call myself a kid at heart and I love the playful imagination that Robin Williams as Peter and the Lost Boys brought to life. This was a big part of my youth and I loved the idea of “staying young.” I had a hard time choosing between this and Sandlot but if I think about which movie I’d want to be in, Hook was it! I’m sure it’s a lot about Robin William’s brilliance but it’s also about keeping your childlike imagination.