All top ten lists are, by their nature, subjective, but this one is especially so–because one person’s “WTF” sex scene is another person’s monkey spanking material. (Exhibit A: We’d qualify a lot of porn as WTF.) That’s said, here are 10 scenes that make us scratch our heads.
Great films don’t always do great things at the box office. These ten unforgettable hits were too dark, too unique or too poorly marketed to bring in the audiences they deserved upon release. Each has been saved from obscurity by hordes of obsessive, talkative, guushy fans. It’s that kind of passion—not reviews, awards or earnings—that makes a film a true classic.
Cher is a classic triple threat: singer, actress, HUGE hair. While her hair has been spectacularly large throughout her career, we think it should have its own credit in these movies. At the very least, it should have its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was a challenging task, but we’ve done extensive field research and uncovered the top five movies where Cher’s hair ruled.
All the hubhub about David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” reminded us that it’s been 15 years since we first saw Fight Club—high time to look back at the 1999 movie that achieved cult status. Tyler Durden is definitely going to be on our asses, as we’re clearly been breaking the first two rules of Fight Club, but without further ado, the top 10 reasons you need to rewatch Fight Club are:
Classic composers provide the soundtrack for so many memorable movie scenes–from Strauss in “2001: A Space Odyssey” to Beethoven in “A Clockwork Orange.” To get some insight about how classical music can define a movie, or be redefined by a movie, we spoke to Vadym Kholodenko–winner of the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013 and first artistic partner of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He gave us the scoop on pianists in movies, the best classical documentary and which composer is most suited to scores.
When you can’t get away from the cube (hello, endless conference calls and sad desk lunches), a good adventure movie will have to do.
No doubt about it: “Star Wars” had an astronomical impact on the movie industry. It was the first huge summer blockbuster that mixed genres, spawned a trilogy (and then franchise), had amazing special effects, and an epic “hero’s journey” plot. It opened the door for a surge of similarly-themed fantasy movies with intricately imagined universes inhabited by different races and species who coexist peacefully–or not so much. Here are 8 fantasy movies from the 80s that couldn’t have done it without Star Wars.
The noise! The destruction! The mad dash to safety! There just aren’t many scenes in cinema more tense and exciting than a good old-fashioned gunfight. These ten unforgettable showdowns set new visual standards and inspired generations of youthful finger pointing and “pew! pew!” sounds. Get fired up!
It’s a rare week when a sequel or a franchise movie isn’t playing in a local movie theater. Most are just a pale imitation of the original, but every now and then a sequel comes along that equals its predecessor, or on those rarest of occasions, betters it. Here’s a list of the best sequels—all featured in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
When it comes to settings for crime thrillers, New York City usually springs to mind. But from character-driven tales of small-time crooks caught up in the Irish Mafia or high-octane heist thrillers, the home of the Red Sox has also scored its fair share of gritty films. Check out our list of the 10 best Boston crime thrillers below.
Did you know you can watch movies right here on SundanceTV? Here’s what’s available to stream this month, including a career-best performance from Richard Gere, a glimpse inside the world of fashion’s ultimate tastemakers and two feature debuts from notable directors.
Roleplaying has always been a huge part of hip-hop. Rap lyrics, so often autobiographical, blur lines between reality and fiction almost without exception, and any truly successful rapper has mastered the performance of at least one painstakingly engineered persona. Maybe it should come as no surprise, then, that so many rappers can really act. Unlike those few-and-far-between crossovers from other genres (Tom Waits, Justin Timberlake), rappers who can bring roles to life seem to be the rule, not the exception.
Movies often become defined by their soundtracks—by musical choices so electric, they make individual sequences feel like epic movies themselves. (Think "Pixies" crooning over the opening scene of "Watchmen.") Some movies go the extra mile, though, and feature made-for-the-screen bands with musicians that are entirely fictional but which we only wish were putting out platinum albums on the regular.
The movies on this list shy away from the obvious gore and violence of the horror genre, but the far more disturbing than most fright flicks.
A-list actor Jack Nicholson has racked up Oscar wins and nominations for his anti-hero roles in movies from the 1960s to the 2000s–in fact, he’s the most-nominated male actor in Oscar history. As an added bonus, the 11 movies he starred in below are all in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.” Who’s got the popcorn ready?
By their nature, fashion documentaries give us plenty of striking people and outfits to admire (or recoil at). This list covers a gamut of the fashion world: good, bad and beautiful–and often very funny.
His works have spawned numerous (and terrifying) big screen adaptations, and made for classic moments in cinematic history–such as Arnold Schwarzenegger unleashing hell on Mars, and Harrison Ford kissing a cyborg.
A song can make a movie. And sometimes a soundtrack has a life all it’s own. We had so many favorite musical moments that we had to go for a second round. Read on for some memorable tunes–and vote for your favorite in the poll!
Some are so good, they’ll do anything to help their kids succeed–but you’d better not break the rules. Some are so, so bad, you really don’t want to cross them. These high school teachers and principals from movies are no joke, even though we may like to laugh at them.
Burns and Allen, Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis… every now and then throughout comedy history, a pair that are so hilarious together that they put solo acts to shame. When Dan Aykroyd met John Belushi in a Chicago speakeasy, a legendary team was born. Though the collaboration was cut short by Belushi’s tragic death in 1982, these four projects live on as permanent evidence of one of the funniest duos of all time.
While Dames may conjure images of castles and queenly coronations, technically they are the female equivalent of knights (but not that kind). Dames are high-achieving women who’ve made significant contributions to society in the UK—and, in this instance, actresses have made some seriously good movies (not to mention TV shows and plays). And at least one of these actresses was awarded a Damehood for humanitarian work. Dames may not get crowns or carriages, but they do get to enjoy the status of being in a very exclusive British honor society and the acknowledgement that they have shaped the world with their creative talents. Here, a list of our favorite actresses with British Damehoods.
For many people songs are like footnotes marking a specific moment in their lives. This is particularly true of songs in movies–take “Saturday Night Fever,” many people will have heard the music, but not seen the movie. The soundtrack album came to define a generation. Here’s a list of movies from “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” whose songs are arguably as famous as the movies they appear in.
While they may not be able to legally drink, these deranged teens find plenty more sinister ways to get into trouble—namely, killing family members, classmates, and even complete strangers. Sociopaths have always made for unpredictable characters, shifting from charming to murderous with a telltale chilling ease. In teenage form, with the fleeting power of youth, they’re even more terrifying. The underage psychopaths below take the cake.
Some teachers from movies and TV are too cool for school–in fact, they’re so cool, we wish these amazing mentors and role models would hop right off the screen and teach us a thing or two.
THE RED ROAD star Jason Momoa bared his Hollywood chops when “Road to Paloma” (he directed, starred, co-produced and co-wrote the movie) hit theaters this past summer–critics raved about his “richly atmospheric” directorial debut. See what the buzz was about.