Come Christmastime, there’s a little bit of Ebenezer Scrooge in all of us. But of the countless movie and TV versions of Dickens’ character, who stands head and shoulders above the rest? Here are our picks for the 10 of the best from Bill Murray to Reginald Owen.
In The Amityville Horror, the walls bleed and there’s nasty glop oozing from the plumbing, but the main event isn’t spooky special effects. It’s the Lutz family.
Platoon. Wall Street. Major League. Charlie Sheen has done some solid work over the course of his Hollywood career, but his greatest movies all came out during the ’80s.
We love characters who are stuck in the “friend zone” because they remind us how difficult love can be—and that’s what makes love worth chasing. Our list of 10 reasons you might be stuck in the “friend zone” has it all—spies, light-sabers, pregnancy, cartoons and, of course, Molly Ringwald.
Seen “Born into Brothels” and “The Wolfpack” already? Well, there are eight other documentaries here to add to your queue.
We always admire a strong female character, but sometimes it’s not just the personality of that character that’s inspiring—it’s the wardrobe, too. Here is our list of 10 of the most fashionable characters in movies, including Carrie Fischer in “Star Wars” and Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz.”
World AIDS Day is a chance for people around the globe to come together and raise awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. These ten movies, from “Dallas Buyers Club” to “Philadelphia,” deliver a powerful message and commemorate those who have lost their lives to the epidemic.
Sometimes you just need a good cry. And when those times arise, only people with the coldest of hearts wouldn’t shed a tear or two when their favorite characters lose it onscreen. Here’s our list of the best sobfests in movies, including scenes from “Mystic River” and “The Green Mile.”
Multimedia chameleon David Bowie was most renowned for his career as a musician, but every time he dabbled in movie acting, the results were always been unique and bewildering. Here are Bowie’s eight best big-screen performances.
When a movie character goes off to jail, questions arise. Who will they meet inside? Will they ever get out? When they do get out, what will they want to eat? Here now is a list of movies that use prison as a way of launching characters into the world, as well as into the heart of the movie fan, including “A Clockwork Orange” and “The Blues Brothers.
These six flicks, from “Pretty Woman” to “The Devil Wears Prada,” can be your own form of retail therapy.
Some call the ’90s the boom years at Sundance, but in the ’00s plenty of great work was produced–upholding the finest traditions of independent movies and maybe even inventing some new ones. Of the fiction features that had their world premieres at Sundance this past decade, here are our top 10, including “Donnie Darko” and “The Savages.”
Don’t let her pretty face fool you. Nicole Kidman’s filmography features more complex roles than just the sweet girl next door. In fact, she often portrays murderous, manipulative characters and is also the perfect leading lady to cast in pretty much any dark movie. From Stoker to Dogville, here are eight of our favorite dark flicks starring the actress.
You can start with “Amores Perros.”
A huge crowds flocks to a large, isolated building and shuffles quietly into a dark room, drooling at the scent of warm… popcorn. The movie’s a hit! Zombie movies were once pretty niche, but over the last decade or so, undead monsters have gone mainstream. Here are 10 movies, including “28 Days Later,” that turned the living dead into cold, hard cash.
With winter approaching, curling up by the fireplace with a cozy blanket is definitely a posture that favors page-turning over screen-gazing. So if you’re looking for your next great book, here are 10 movies you should “read” this winter.
Despite being one of Hollywood’s biggest stars for nearly two decades, there is one career milestone that continues to elude Leonardo DiCaprio: an Academy Award. First nominated for an Oscar as a teenager, DiCaprio has struck out all four times he’s been up for the coveted trophy, making him perhaps the most conspicuously snubbed actor of his generation. Movies like “Revolutionary Road” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” showcase just a few examples of his work that failed to bring home the gold—or, in many cases, even earn him an Oscar nomination.
Once upon a time, the average movie hero didn’t wear capes, tights or electrically powered exoskeletons. Instead, they were ordinary men and women thrust into real-world combat, relying on their temerity and teamwork to save the day amid brutal (and historically accurate) circumstances. Here are 10 war movies that defined heroism from the front lines.
1989 was a wild year in politics thanks to events like the downfall of the Berlin Wall and the deadly pro-democracy rallies in China’s Tiananmen Square. It was also an underrated and exceptional year for movies. Want proof? Here are nine movies from that year that make for essential viewing, all of them featured in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Sometimes couples sizzle on and off the screen. Here are 10 real-life pairs, from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, who made it work on both sides of the camera.
Sometimes we all just need to curl up in a ball and let the waterworks flow. So the next time you’re feeling overcome with feelings, try turning on one of these 10 movies (“Brokeback Mountain,” anyone?) that don’t hold back from delivering an emotional wallop. Warning: have a box of tissues ready.
“Aliens,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Ghostbusters”…. Most blockbuster movies, when you get right down to it, are about invasions: otherworldly creatures arriving on our planet uninvited, ghosts taking over society, futuristic cyborg assassins intent on pursuing its targets to the ends of the earth, etc. And while we usually associate invasion movies with destruction and mayhem, some visitors do exhibit more peaceful intentions. Here are 10 of the best-ever invasion flicks that can all be found in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
Not all zombies are created equal. From shambling, slow-moving corpses to insectoid alien parasites, the living dead have taken myriad forms while attacking humanity. Here are seven movies, from “Dead Alive” to “World War Z” that offer truly terrifying takes on a zombie apocalypse.
Having graduated from high school years ago, I forgot what it was like to have writing assignments. In the spirit of watching HEATHERS, I take on the movie in the same way I had to in high school: haikus. I once had to write twenty haikus about various household objects in my house. This was more fun.
Madman, maverick, adventurer, auteur: There’s no one in cinema quite like Werner Herzog. While “Grizzly Bear” finds the German filmmaker doing what he does best—shining a light on the extremes of human obsession—that’s just one of Herzog’s many explorations into the darker side of human nature. In fact, here are 10 movies that illustrate why Herzog is a moviemaking genius.