"13 Going on 30" (2004)
Jennifer Garner plays a 13-year-old who dreams of being 30. Yeah, we don't get it either, but it's one heck of a romantic comedy.
"Almost Famous" (2000)
Loosely based on writer-director Cameron Crowe's adventures as a teenager writing for Rolling Stone, "Almost Famous" follows a young man's journey into 1970s rock and falling in love along the way.
The incredible talent of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is showcased in this stunning, Oscar-winning film.
With an incredible imagination and an interest in helping those around her, Amélie sets off on a unique journey of self-discovery and, perhaps, love.
"American Beauty" (1999)
Suburban life is highlighted at its most dysfunctional in this best picture Oscar winner that looks at a father (Kevin Spacey) in a midlife crisis and the drama surrounding the rest of his family.
Sure it's a corny Michael Bay movie, but it's one of the better corny Michael Bay movies. Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, and a whole bunch of oil drillers head out to space to save the world from an oncoming asteroid.
"The Babadook" (2014)
One of the best horror movies in the last five years. A mother and son's realization that a spirit is among them leads to much deeper meaning.
"Back to the Future" (1985)
This classic action comedy by visionary director Robert Zemeckis is as good now as it was in the '80s. In fact, it might actually be better. The sequels are also on Netflix.
Jane Fonda plays a woman assigned to stop a villain and ends up becoming the epitome of sex for the free-love 1960s.
"Basic Instinct" (1992)
Responsible for the most famous leg-crossing of all time, Sharon Stone plays a seductive temptress who makes Michael Douglas (and the audience) go mad.
"Battle Royale" (2000)
Before "The Hunger Games" novels became a YA phenomenon, there was this Japanese movie that looks at a future where young school kids are ordered to take part in a killing tournament that ends when one person is left alive.
"Beasts of No Nation" (2015)
Director Cary Fukunaga gives a harsh look at survival by spotlighting a young boy who becomes a child soldier during a civil war in Africa.
"Beverly Hills Cop" (1984)
In one of the greatest roles he's ever played, Eddie Murphy is a Detroit cop who finds himself in a very different world when tracking down a criminal to swanky Beverly Hills.
"Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987)
Eddie Murphy returns to Beverly Hills with Tony Scott at the helm and makes one of the best comedy sequels ever.
"Beyond the Lights" (2014)
One of the most underrated movies of 2014. Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are explosive as a couple who try to escape the materialistic world of pop celebrity.
"Big Daddy" (1999)
Though Netflix and Adam Sandler are in bed together on his latest films, let's celebrate this classic that is still available to stream on the service.
"The Big Short" (2015)
Director Adam McKay is best known for his outrageous comedy work with Will Ferrell, but here he takes a sobering look at when the housing bubble burst.
"Big Trouble in Little China" (1986)
Though not fully appreciated until years later, John Carpenter's magical comedy thriller starring Kurt Russell is a highlight in the pair's collaborations.
This powerful documentary cannot be missed. It looks into the abusive captivity of killer whales at SeaWorld.
Mel Gibson directs and stars in this gory look at one man's mission for Scottish independence from the English in the 13th century. The movie went on to win five Oscars, including best picture and best director.
"The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957)
This Oscar winner looks at a World War II POW group that's forced to build a bridge that the Allies plan to destroy. If you've never seen Alec Guinness in anything other than "Star Wars," you should watch this Oscar-winning performance he gives here.
"The Burbs" (1989)
Before Tom Hanks became an Oscar-winning actor, he was stuck in the comedy bubble and this is one of the few that is memorable. With an incredible cast that includes Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern, and Corey Feldman, this gem is as strange as living in the suburbs really is.
Warren Beatty plays a politician who has given up on the system and starts to talk real with the public. Remind you of a real-life election?
"Can’t Buy Me Love" (1987)
Patrick Dempsey plays a nerdy high schooler who pays his way into becoming the most popular guy in school.
Edgar Ramírez gives a tour-de-force performance as revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization in the 1970s.
At one time one of the most expensive movie ever made, in which the biggest star of the era, Elizabeth Taylor, plays the Egyptian queen.
The Kevin Smith era (like it or not) started with this different kind of independent film that had countless pop-culture references and adolescent humor.
"Crocodile Dundee" (1986)
When a crocodile poacher falls for an American reporter he heads back to New York City with her and finds himself in a very different kind of outback.
"The Color Purple" (1985)
A look at the life of a Southern black woman (Whoopi Goldberg) over 40 years directed by Steven Spielberg received 11 Oscar nominations but didn't win a single one. Decide for yourself if it was robbed.
"Coming to America" (1988)
This classic comedy stars Eddie Murphy as an African prince who travels to Queens, New York, to find the woman of his dreams. What ensues is some of the most memorable comedy in movie history.
"Days of Thunder" (1990)
Tom Cruise plays a hotshot driver who takes over NASCAR with his aggressive style, but is always a bad turn away from ending his life.
"Defending Your Life" (1991)
This Albert Brooks romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep is an entertaining look at the afterlife, which is really a court proceeding where it is decided if you move on or return back to earth to do it all over again.
Nominated for three Oscars, it's about a river trip in the South that leads to a story of survival. It's caused people to be scared whenever they hear a particular banjo riff since its release in 1972.
"Django Unchained" (2012)
Quentin Tarantino's first Western follows a freed former slave as he rescues his wife from a Mississippi landowner. And in typical Tarantino fashion there's a lot of blood and colorful chatter.
"Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood" (1996)
The Wayans family has always had a talent for spoofs, and in the mid-1990s Shawn and Marlon wrote and starred in this hilarious sendup of the recent African-American movies of that time.
"Eddie Murphy: Delirious" (1983) & "Raw" (1987)
Two of the greatest standup movies of all time. You really can't name one without the other. Eddie Murphy delivers material (and a fashion sense) that few have been able to pull off in standup. Honestly, spend a night and binge these two movies together.
"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"
Steven Spielberg's classic is one of his most flawless movies. Capturing a friendship between a boy and an alien, it has a timeless quality and is something that you should watch every few years.
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)
Perhaps the greatest collaboration from the minds of director Michel Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (so far), this unique love story is powerfully told through amazing performances and incredible sleight-of-hand visuals.
"Erin Brockovich" (2000)
Though Steven Soderbergh has made more memorable movies in his career, this is one where the story is perfectly delivered. Julia Roberts plays an unemployed single mother who almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply. Soderbergh steps back and lets Roberts shine.
"The Exorcist" (1973)
In one of the scariest movies ever made, director William Friedkin uses his background as a documentary filmmaker to create horror that feels so real, some people fainted while watching the movie when it was first in theaters.
"The Fast and the Furious" (2001)
Before they parachuted their cars out of airplanes and did jobs for the military across the globe, the characters of the "Fast and Furious" franchise were just street racers looking for a rush. The movie that started it all is fun to look back at now since it's shocking to see how far a movie about street racing has expanded.
"Fatal Attraction" (1987)
If you're looking for a good thriller, you can't do better than this classic. There's really never been a better movie on the repercussions that come with cheating on your spouse.
"The Fly" (1958)
This classic horror has to be seen at least once in your life. A scientist's accident leads to a gruesome discovery that leads to a chilling ending.
"Force Majeure" (2014)
One of the most uncomfortably funny movies you'll ever see, it follows a family whose ski trip is interrupted by an avalanche. The actions by the father in the moment of the event lead to an awkward rest of the vacation for everyone.
"Forrest Gump" (1994)
Tom Hanks solidifies himself as one of the greatest actors of his generation with this look at a man whose life intersects with some of the greatest moments in history while trying to connect with his true love, Jenny.
"Frances Ha" (2012)
Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach combine forces to create one of the best movies from the "mumblecore" genre. Gerwig plays a New York nomad who bounces around hoping one of her life aspirations will bear fruit.
"From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996)
Robert Rodriguez's vampire tale is some grindhouse fun. George Clooney may have to carry Quentin Tarantino in a few scenes, but the fun of the movie is watching Clooney up against vampires. Yes, kids, at one point in his career he was in movies like this.
"Full Metal Jacket" (1987)
Stanley Kubrick's look at the madness of war is still a powerful work, mainly because of the first half of the movie in which the Marines go through training. No matter how many times I've seen it, the beginning of the movie still makes me feel uneasy.
"Galaxy Quest" (1999)
This comedy that has grown to have a following as large as the fake sci-fi movie it highlights is fun to watch when you need someone to spoof the bizarre themes of all science fiction.
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953)
In this Howard Hawks classic, Marilyn Monroe is the object of affection for numerous suitors. The musical made her an icon.