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  1. 48 Hrs.

48 Hrs

Director: Walter Hill

Screenplay: Walter Hill, Roger Spottiswoode

Starring: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy

There are few “ebony and ivory” teams better than Murphy/Nolte. We’re talking Wilder/Pryor and McCarthy/Jackson but, other than those two, Nolte/Murphy has the trope on lock.

  1. 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag

8 Heads in a Duffle Bag

Director: Tom Schulman

Screenplay: Tom Schulman

Starring: Joe Pesci, Andy Comeau

This was one of Joe Pesci’s last films before he retired from acting and, yeah, he’s typecast as your typical Italian mobster. Despite how inherently terrible the film is, Pesci manages to still do his wise-guy best with what he’s given.

  1. Another 48 Hrs.

Another 48 Hrs

Director: Walter Hill

Screenplay: Walter Hill, Roger Spottiswoode

Starring: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy

Ex-Con Murphy and no nonsense cop Nolte are hot in the trail of another hitman in this sequel to the original 48 Hrs.

  1. Bandits

Bandits

Director: Barry Levinson

Screenplay: Harley Peyton

Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett

Perhaps there’s no more a bizarre love triangle than the three stars of Bandits. The film is but fun romp through America with some damn fine company.

  1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Director: Blake Edwards

Screenplay: George Axelrod

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard

The novel was originally penned by literary heavyweight Truman Capote and the film turned Audrey Hepburn into a cinema icon. People are still looking for the restaurant inside of Tiffany’s to this day and, unfortunately, the movie did spawn one terrible mid-nineties pop song.

  1. Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

Director: Anthony Minghella

Screenplay: Anthony Minghella

Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger

Good luck making a film centered on a Confederate soldier in this day and age, we don’t care how much you try to humanize him. The movie is good, though, and the music produced by T Bone Burnett is incredible.

  1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good,the bad,the ugly

Director: Sergio Leone

Screenplay: Sergio Leone

Starring: Clint Eastwood

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly remains the most iconic film in the “Man with No Name” trilogy. You know the drill—bandits, shootouts, dusty locales and Ennio Morricone’s landmark score.

  1. The Hunt For Red October

The Hunt for Red October

Director: John McTiernan

Screenplay: Larry Ferguson, Donald E. Stewart

Starring: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin

Those pesky Russians are at it again, and only CIA agent Jack Ryan can save us all in this thriller, which you can see on repeat every Father’s Day on either TBS, TNT or USA Network.

  1. Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers

Director: Victor Salva

Screenplay: Victor Salva

Starring: Justin Long, Gina Phillips

We’re in this era of monster movies always being big and brash with Godzilla and King Kong remakes, but sometimes you wish for the days of the more understated monster like Creeper in the Jeepers Creepers franchise. The film is getting a third installment to be released later this year.

  1. Kingpin

Kingpins

Director: The Farrelly Brothers

Screenplay: Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

Kingpin predates The Big Lebowski by two years so perhaps the Cohen Brothers borrowed some ideas from the other, less-famous set of director-brothers, The Farrelly Brothers. The Farrellys definitely had a “moment” in the late nineties and early aughts, and this film was one of the highpoints, drawing great performances from Harrelson, Quaid and Bill Murray as a hotshot bowler.

  1. The Midnight Meat Train

The Midnight Meat Train

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura

Screenplay: Jeff Buhler

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones

People either pass this film right over, or stop because they see Brad Cooper, and then eventually pass it over after reading the description. But don’t let the premise, or the grindhouse title deter you, this movie is pure, cinematic gold.

  1. Pootie Tang

Pootie Tang

Director: Louis C.K.

Screenplay: Louis C.K.

Starring: Chris Rock, Lance Crouther

After the breakout success of literally everything Louis C.K. touches, folks were more inclined to take a look at this early comedic gem from the young comedian. Okay, it’s not all great, but there are some serious moments worth watching for.

  1. Rosemary’s Baby

Rosemary's baby

Director: Roman Polanski

Screenplay: Roman Polanski

Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes

Mia Farrow gets “up close and personal” with the prince of darkness himself in this classic from Roman Polanski.

  1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek II

Director: Nicholas Meyer

Screenplay: Jack B. Sowards

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

Amazon is actually releasing all nine of the original Star Trek films but Wrath of Khan is by far the most iconic and oft quoted for comedic value. Ricardo Montalban will forever be Khan despite Benedict Cumberbatch’s decent and recent performance.

  1. Suicide Kings

Suicide Kings

Director: Peter O’Fallon

Screenplay: Josh Mckinney, Gina Goldman

Starring: Christopher Walken, Denis Leary

For some reason this film is sitting at a 34% on Rotten Tomatoes, which makes no sense because it’s got Chris Walken messing with the minds of a bunch of wannabe tough guys.

  1. Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Director: Jason Reitman

Screenplay: Jason Reitman

Starring: George Clooney, Ana Kendrick

This is a film about a guy who fires people for a living and we’re supposed to feel sorry for him? Oddly enough, by the end we kind of do.

  1. Our Kind of Traitor

Our Kind of Traitor

Director: Susanna White

Screenplay: Hossein Amini

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris

It’s a spy thriller, okay? There are Russians, Brits and all kinds of intrigue and twists, we’re sure.

  1. Chef

Chef

Director: Jon Favreau

Screenplay: Jon Favreau

Starring: Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson

Jon Favreau scores a win here with his by-the-numbers portrayal of a down-on-his-luck chef. While the continued glorification of so-called “celebrity chefs” and the food service industry as a whole (which exists solely to exploit “foodies,” which is okay, but also workers, which is bad) is annoying, this movie is pretty good.

  1. The Last Tycoon: Season 1 (Amazon original)

The Last Tycoon Season 1

Created By: Billy Ray, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Produced: Christopher Keyser

Starring: Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer

This show is based on a Fitzgerald book nobody was forced to read in high school about the film industry in 1930s Hollywood. Amazon is doubling down on their Fitzgerald worship as they’re also featuring their original show, Z: The Beginning of Everything about the charmed and strange life of Zelda Fitzgerald starring Christina Ricci.

  1. Killing Zoe

Killing Zoe

Director: Roger Avary

Screenplay: Roger Avary

Starring: Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy

This movie got panned when it came out all the way back in 1994 but has achieved a cult classic status in the years since. It’s basically a Gen X heist film in the vein of Reservoir Dogs complete with a cool soundtrack, long shots of Paris and Julie Delpy.

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