Good Will Hunting (1997) – Winner of best original screenplay, and best supporting actor (Robin Williams). Features some magnificent dialog between Damon & Williams.
Dredd (2012) – A fun, straightforward and very well done action movie.
Jarhead (2005) – One of the best war movies of the 2000’s. Hell, one of the best movies of the last 15 years, period.
Requiem For a Dream (2000) – A mesmerizing film about the horrors of drug addiction. Be warned, it’s disturbing, and many say depressing. See it at least once.
Capote (2005) – Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Academy Award for best actor in this wonderful film about Truman Capote, following the events during his writing of In Cold Blood.
The Artist (2011) – Think you won’t enjoy a black & white, silent film? Think again! Nominated for 10 academy awards, and winner of 5, The Artist also has a crazy high 98% on RT. If you haven’t seen it, watch it and find out why. It’s a delight, and great if you’re ever feeling down.
Do The Right Thing (1989) – Spike Lee’s brilliant 1989 work that is now on the AFI’s top 100 films of all time. One of 5 films to be selected for preservation by the Nation Film Registry in their first year of eligibility.
Jackie Brown (1997) – Some consider this to be Tarantino’s best. Definitely a fun ride.
Miller’s Crossing (1990) – One of the best of the Coen Brothers’ films.
Ip Man (2008) (foreign language) – One of the greatest martial arts films ever made. Stars the infinitely likeable Donnie Yen, portraying Yip Man, who was Bruce Lee’s real life instructor. Features a legendary fight scene.
Fargo (1996) – Terrific acting and just a really great script all the way through.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) – Featuring an unbelievable cast: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Jonathan Pryce, and a legendary cameo scene from Alec Baldwin. You’ll be quoting this movie for years.
Oldboy (2003) (foreign language) – #83 in IMDB’s Top 250 films of all time.
Let The Right One In (2008) (foreign language) – Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire. Sweden has created a vampire film masterpiece.
Hustle & Flow (2005) – “With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.” — having read that description before watching, I wasn’t expecting much. What I got was a fantastic movie, with a powerfully effective performance from Terrance Howard.
Lost In Translation (2003) – A quiet, introspective film about human connection.
The King’s Speech (2010) – Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
Gosford Park (2001) – Multiple storylined drama set in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guest and downstairs servants at a party in a country house in England. Academy Award winner for best original screenplay.
Everything Must Go (2010) – When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form. Will Ferrell in a unconventional (for him) dramatic role.
The Pianist (2002) – A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. Often brutally depressing, it is an absolute masterpiece, and one of the best films.