1. Arthur

Arthur

Director: Steve Gordon

Screenplay: Steve Gordon

Starring: Dudley Moore, Lisa Minnelli

Dudley Moore is known better now because he was perceived in his real life to be much like his onscreen counterpart, Arthur, that is, perpetually drunken and looking for love in all the wrong places. The truth is, he was an accomplished humorist, painter and pianist as well. And who doesn’t like to drink a bit?

  1. As Good as it Gets

As good As it Gets

Director: James L. Brooks

Screenplay: James L. Brooks, Mark Andrus

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Greg Kinnear, Helen Hunt

As Good as it Gets is another “bad-boys-being-bad-and-looking-for-love” movie. Jack Nicholson plays a lauded writer who’s also a giant ass. The film comes off as a bit anachronistic now but remains a solid piece of cinema.

  1. Bad Boys

Bad Boys

Director: Michael Bay

Screenplay: Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Doug Richardson

Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence

Michael Bay has only made three good films in his long career and they all have Bad Boys in the title. He’ll increase that number when Bad Boys 4 drops next year.

  1. The Big Chill

The Big Chill

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan, Barbra Benedek

Starring: Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum

The ultimate movie about old friends coming together and realizing that life ain’t always what it’s cracked up to be. It also singlehandedly ruined “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” for an entire generation.

  1. Bloodsport

Blood Sport

Director: Newt Arnold

Screenplay: Sheldon Lettich

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme

For a plotless crawl through the world of underground martial arts, Bloodsport remains surprisingly compelling. We assume it has something to do with the dramatic flaring of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s nostrils.

  1. Breakdown

Breakdown

Director: Jonathan Mostow

Screenplay: Jonathan Mostow

Starring: Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan

A man’s wife is kidnapped after their car breaks down (hence the title) in the middle of the New Mexican desert. Now, he’s on a race against time (and his own mind) to find her in this “taut” “surreal” thriller. Also, makes for a cautionary tale explaining why you should never trust banjo-picking desert people.

  1. Clue

Clue

Director: Jonathan Lyn

Screenplay: Jonathan Lyn

Starring: Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd

Board game movies are almost never good (except for Battleship of course) but Clue broke the mold. In keeping with the spirit of the game, the film had three different endings, which went to different theatres around the country so you might have seen a different ending of the movie in California than the folks did in New York.

  1. Clueless

Clueless

Director: Amy Heckerling

Screenplay: Amy Heckerling

Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash

Though Clueless came out over twenty years ago, it stays remarkably relevant throughout vast generational shifts. We have a hunch it has something to do with the timeless source material—Jane Austen’s Emma.

  1. Finding Forrester

Finding Forester

Director: Gus Van Sant

Screenplay: Mike Rich

Starring: Sean Connery, Rob Brown

Okay, so this movie really just rode the coattails of Good Will Hunting, but it did give us one of the greatest Internet memes of all time—“You the man now, dog.”

  1. The Foot Fist Way

The Foot Fist Way

Director: Jody Hill

Screenplay: Ben Best, Jody Hill, Danny McBride

Starring: Danny McBride, Ben Best

Sure, Danny McBride basically just plays the same character in every film/television series—a foul-mouthed southerner with a tough exterior but truly a heart of gold. This, the first feature-length collaboration from the guys who’d go on to do Eastbound and Down is no different. But it’s hilarious all the same.

  1. Mars Attacks!

Mars Attacks

Director: Tim Burton

Screenplay: Jonathan Gems

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Lukas Haas

Who’d have thought that a trading card series from the 60s would make such a fine film? Tim Burton. That’s who. Little green men invade Earth and hilarity ensues.

  1. Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Once Upon A Time in Mexico

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Screenplay: Robert Rodriguez

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp

The third, and final, film in Robert Rodriguez’s Mexico Trilogy (along with El Mariachi and Desperado) is ambitious if uneven with a head-scratcher of a plot. Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp kill it as usual and Willem Dafoe takes his drug lord character to incredible heights.

  1. Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

Director: Steven Spielberg

Screenplay: Robert Rodat

Starring: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon

There’s a popular Internet meme that gets circulated theorizing the amount of money the United States government has spent saving Matt Damon. Currently, the estimate is at about $900 million.

  1. Spider-Man

Spider-Man

Director: Sam Raimi

Screenplay: David Koepp

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe

With Spiderman: Homecoming, the wall-crawler is currently on his third iteration but, with those glassy eyes and boyish good looks, Tobey Maguire will always be Spiderman in our hearts. Plus, this one had Evil Dead Trilogy director Sam Raimi at the helm.

  1. Teen Wolf Too

Teen Wolf Too

Director: Christopher Leitch

Screenplay: Tim Kring

Starring: Jason Bateman, Kim Darby

Before he was plugging holes as Michael Bluth, Jason Bateman was sinking baskets in this inexplicable sequel to Teen Wolf, which has recently been reboot as a sexy MTV teen drama. We’re sure there’s something redeeming in this film and we challenge our readers with finding it!

  1. The Toy

The Toy

Director: Richard Donner

Screenplay: Carol Sobieski

Starring: Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason

With fresh, 2017 eyes, a black man being purchased for the son of a mega-rich news magnate seems pretty problematic. But, hey man, this was the wild and free 1980s when nothing seemed to matter.

  1. Vanilla Sky

Vanilla Sky

Director: Cameron Crowe

Screenplay: Cameron Crowe

Starring: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz

Despite making a handful of really great movies, Cameron Crowe can’t seem to catch much of a break. He makes understated rom-coms like Elizabethtown and critics dump on him for playing it too close to the vest. He makes big, heady narratives like Vanilla Sky and critics dump on him for overreaching. Despite some snares, Vanilla Sky is good.

  1. Hamlet (1990)

Hamlet

Director: Franco Zeffirelli

Screenplay: Franco Zeffirelli, Christopher De Vore, William Shakespeare

Starring: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close

Alright, here’s the definitive hierarchy of Hamlet adaptations made between 1990 and 2000:

  1. The Lion King
  2. Hamlet (1996)
  3. Renaissance Man (starring Joe Pesci)
  4. Let the Devil Wear Black
  5. Hamlet (2000)
  6. Hamlet (1990)
  1. Universal Soldier

Universal Soldier

Director: Roland Emmerich

Screenplay: Dean Devlin

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren

Universal Soldier is an… imaginative (?)… depiction of PTSD in the wake of the Vietnam War. You know the old tale—two soldiers (one insane) die and are then reanimated as super-soldiers in service of the U.S. government.

  1. Coming to America

Coming to America

Director: John Landis

Screenplay: David Sheffield

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall

The classic fish-out-of-water story but set in the 80s and in Queens, New York. It’s worth the watch just to see Eddie Murphy play every single character (including an old Jewish man) in the barbershop scene.

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