1. Be Cool (2005)

Be Cool

Director: F. Gary Gray

Screenplay: Peter Steinfeld

Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman

Like any great Elmore Leonard novel adaptation, lots of funky characters will be introduced and not everything will be tied up neat and tidy. While Be Cool doesn’t win as much as its predecessor Get Shorty, it still has some fine performances, especially by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

  1. Bend It Like Beckham (2003)

Bend it Like Beckham

Director: Gurinder Chadha

Screenplay: Paul Mayeda Berges, Guljit Bindra, Gurinder Chadha

Starring: Keira Knightly, Parminder Nagra

In this decidedly British dram-com, a young Indian girl desperately wants to play football (soccer) and in comes Keira Knightly to awkwardly help her do just that.

  1. Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

Coal Miners Daughter

Director: Michael Apted

Screenplay: Tom Rickman

Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones

The story of country music legend Loretta Lynn is brought to life in this heartbreaking melodrama starring the inimitable Sissy Spacek.

  1. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Driving Miss Daisy

Director: Bruce Beresford

Screenplay: Alfred Uhry

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy

Driving Miss Daisy is often pointed at as, less a well put together meditation of racial prejudices in the American South, and more a movie that tries to purportedly “solve” problems by acknowledging that they don’t have to exist if we’re just nice to each other. Great thought but totally inapplicable in our modern lives.

  1. Frequency (2000)

Frequency

Director: Gregory Hoblit

Screenplay: Toby Emmerich

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Dennis Quaid

Frequency is one of those movies that everybody’s dad has seen and probably loves. Seriously, go ask your dad if he’s seen this movie and he’ll probably respond with “Oh yeah, I love that movie.”

  1. Get Smart (2008)

Get Smart

Director: Peter Segal

Screenplay: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember

Starring: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway

There’s always a need for movies that you can just kind of ignore while you fold laundry or do the dishes or whatever. Get Smart is the perfect movie for doing minor tasks.

  1. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

Harold and Kumar

Director: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Screenplay: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Starring: John Cho, Kal Penn

Maybe the world needs another Harold & Kumar movie. It just might be the right time in world history for some slightly subversive and very stupid stoner laughs by a couple of Asian guys.

  1. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

The Birth of a Nation

Director: Nate Parker

Screenplay: Nate Parker

Starring: Nate Parker, Gabrielle Union

This film had a strange history out of the gate: a reimagining of the original The Birth of a Nation but with the slaves playing the heroes instead of the villains. Sounds good, right? That was until some disturbing revelations about Nate Parker’s actions in college. Critics eventually panned it and people stepped out of the way to let Parker self-destruct.

  1. Insomnia (2002)

Insomnia

Director: Christopher Nolan

Screenplay: Hillary Seitz

Starring: Al Pacino, Robin Williams

Chris Nolan has made a slew of great flicks over the course of his career but most people tend to name check his Batman trilogy and Inception when they speak of it. Insomnia finds Al Pacino as a detective sent to Alaska on a missing persons case. He finds Robin Williams in a sinister turn as the man he’s got to hunt down.

  1. Protocol (1984)

Protocol

Director: Herbert Ross

Screenplay: Nancy Meyers

Starring: Goldie Hawn, Chris Sarandon

After saving the life of an Arab emir, Goldie Hawn finds herself at the center of the world’s attention. And with the world’s attention, comes plenty of scandal!

  1. Rush Hour 3 (2007)

Rush Hour 3

Director: Brett Ratner

Screenplay: Jeff Nathanson

Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker

There’s plenty of debate over which of the Rush Hour films is the best in the series, but we don’t think there’s much to be said at all: it’s clear that third times are truly a charm.

  1. Serendipity (2001)

Serendipity

Director: Peter Chelsom

Screenplay: Marc Klein

Starring: Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack

Before she was slaying werewolves on the reg, Kate Beckinsale was slaying our hearts with understated little romantic comedies like this one opposite John Cusack.

  1. Shaft (2000)

Shaft

Director: John Singleton

Screenplay: John Singleton

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Christian Bale

Only one man can clean up the seedy underbelly of New York City and look good as hell doing it—SHAFT! (shut yo mouth).

  1. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Shakespeare in Love

Director: John Madden

Screenplay: Tom Stoppard, Marc Norman

Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes

This film won a ton of awards the year it came out but people will probably just find it annoying now.

  1. Speed (1994)

Speed

Director: Jan de Bont

Screenplay: Graham Yost, Joss Whedon

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper

This is one of the best movies to ever take place on a bus. There aren’t a ton of movies that take place on a bus, but if there were, this one would still be the best.

  1. The Bodyguard (1992)

    The Bodyguard

Director: Mick Jackson

Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston

It’s become a Twitter “woke” trope to hate on white savior movies but this one has to be one of the worst. Luckily, the two stars shine brightly being that their respective characters aren’t too far from their real life counterparts. But, then again, here we are making hot takes on a 25-year-old movie.

  1. The Conjuring (2013)

The-Conjuring-

Director: James Wan

Screenplay: Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga

Horror movies get a bad rap because so many awful slasher flicks have come out over the course of cinema history but The Conjuring takes horror movies back for the people! It’s a more than serviceable haunted house film with plenty of great acting.

  1. The Order (2003)

The Order

Director: Brian Helgeland

Screenplay: Brian Helgeland

Starring: Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon

Devils and demons plague Heath Ledger (RIP) playing a priest of the old order hot on the trail of an arcane murder. He’ll have to get down with G-O-D if he wants to solve this one.

  1. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

    The WItches of Eastwick

Director: George Miller

Screenplay: Michael Cristofer

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer

Based on the novel of the same name by John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick finds Jack Nicholson as a charming bachelor who encourages the titular witches to grow their powers through seduction.

  1. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

    the conjouring 2

Director: James Wan

Screenplay: Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes, James Wan, David Leslie Johnson

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga

This sequel has the Warrens once again besieged by evil spirits. No less terrifying but another fine outing by genre specialist James Wan.

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