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.
What makes a movie a cult movie? Is it the movie itself or the audience who watches it? Are certain movies just born to be cult, while others have cult status thrust upon them? These questions are as elusive and provocative as cult movies themselves, but while you ponder, check out these 10 cult movies from the past 25 years, like “Natural Born Killers,” that are all included in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
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.
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.
She’s quirky. She’s talented. She makes normal look boring…and when she’s not kicking ass in front of a camera, Emma Stone is usually busy being an awesome human being. ere are 10 reasons why we absolutely adore the star of “Superbad,” “Birdman” and “Easy A.”
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.
If you’ve ever wanted to know more uses for chocolate than Willy Wonka, then we’ve got some ideas for you.
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.
Film scholar Carol J. Clover coined the term “Final Girl” to describe the horror genre’s female protagonists like Nancy Thompson in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” who—through a combination of pluck, luck and relentless common sense—keep their heads about them when everyone else is losing theirs… literally. They’re the last ones standing at the end of of the picture.
A mobster’s favorite means of control? Violence, which is a staple of gangster culture—and, by extension, mob movies. “Bonnie and Clyde,” “The Godfather”…. Here are 10 of the most gruesome scenes you’ll ever see in movies about the Mafia.
Horror’s not the only movie genre that boasts horrific body counts (“Saving Private Ryan,” anyone?), but if you’re a fan of scary movies, then you know there’s good, fatal fun to be had in fright flicks. That’s why we’ve compiled our rankings of some of the deadliest movies we’ve ever seen — from “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2″ to “World War Z.”
The zombie subgenre of horror flicks has a rich history of mixing gore with guffaws. In fact, here are 10 bloody funny movies that perfectly illustrate how “zom-coms” are anything but brainless.
Pizza should get its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s been making cameos in movies like “Do The Right Thing” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” for decades. And there are often valuable lessons to be learned from cinema’s most famous ‘za connoisseurs. So order a pie and read on for 10 pizza proverbs.
Sometimes uttering the words “I quit” just won’t cut it. If you’re looking to make a less than graceful exit from your job, you need not look any further than movies like “Bad Teacher” and “Waiting” that teach you exactly how. Here are 9 foolproof ways to suck at your job.
The Juilliard-trained, Oscar-winning William Hurt is a consummate actor’s actor, a leading man who isn’t afraid to take on supporting roles. Maybe that’s because—as the following 10 movies from “The Big Chill” to “The Accidental Tourist” prove—he’s one of those electrifying performers who scene-steals every movie he’s in regardless of the part he’s playing.
The upcoming Ghostbusters remake—which features female stars like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy taking over the roles made famous by the likes of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd—could be the start of a trend. As long as Hollywood seems ready to remake everything these days, why not cast more women in what used to be men’s roles? (After all, is busting ghosts necessarily a guys-only activity?) Here are our picks for famous films that should be remade with female leads.
Let’s pay tribute to some of the best big-screen grandparents out there. From Betty White in The Proposal to Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums, here are 10 amazing onscreen grandmas and grandpas who do a lot more than just knit sweaters.
Blockbuster season has come and gone, so as the summer’s superhero reboots drop out of theaters like so many autumnal leaves, why not check out some of the year’s finest independent offerings on the big screen? Here are 10 indie movies not to miss this fall, from raunchy comedies to groundbreaking dramas to challenging documentaries.
Every great movie starts a great script, but sometimes the greatest moments in cinema are captured when an actor “goes off book” and conjures a mesmerizing gesture or unforgettable line on the spot. To wit, here are 10 spontaneous bits in “Goodfellas,” “Annie Hall,” and more that have since been emblazoned into filmmaking history.
War, what is it good for? Well, at the movies, war is good for shocking (sometimes even sickening) moviegoers with images that convey just how gritty and unbearable human combat can be. Here are 10 movies that don’t flinch as they show their audiences the grim realities of battle.
David Cronenberg’s now-classic remake of “The Fly” paves way for some big questions. However you side in the great genetic manipulation debate, here are seven things “The Fly” has made us ponder over the decades since its release.
Few directors are guaranteed final cut on their movies these days, which means that even after they painstakingly oversee a film’s production, the movie that ultimately hits theaters may not be the one they really want audiences to see. However, since the arrival of home video, an increasing number of filmmakers have managed to issue original, restored or extended cuts of their work—a boon to movie buffs who love nothing more than seeing an auteur’s vision manifested on film. Here are 10 of the most famous director’s cuts.
Some support your rap career, others accept your alcoholism…and some even earn you some quick cash by turning your house into a brothel to earn you some cash. Working girls are more than just streetwalkers in miniskirts and high heels; in fact, at the movies, they often make for some of the most colorful characters onscreen. Here are 10 fictional prostitutes with hearts of gold we’d love to meet someday.