Movies with stories worth watchingby Nastasia | created - 16 Apr 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
This is the list of movies (and series) with interesting storyline, well with plots I found compelling-interesting-touching ie worth watching and really worth watching afterwards. Happy browsing! P.S. The list isn't in any particular order, it's pretty much chaotic and defies any genre and language and age criteria... P.S.S. Sorry in advance for my English and somewhat clumsy explanations (and possible spoilers!) below.
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1. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.
Votes: 2,082,437 | Gross: $292.58M
No comment is needed for this film - the whirlwind of thoughts, ideas and (sub)plots here is well worth watching.
2. Se7en (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Votes: 1,456,285 | Gross: $100.13M
Is it necessary to say why this movie is worth watching? Not for Brad Pitt I dare say, as I really think he performed better in some other movies, but for the gripping tale of a monster lurking those two detectives following his trail and the disturbing background for his wrongdoings.
3. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 792,755 | Gross: $78.90M
I have the Alien Quadrilogy collection, and I have seen every single featurette in it. I really think this movie is the best of the bests horrors ever made - horror number one without even really showing the monster before the very end. The sequels are also worth watching and having, the fourth a bit lesser than the others, but this one is really the best.
4. Angel Heart (1987)
X | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.
Votes: 80,989 | Gross: $17.19M
Uh, there were some parts I would rather like they weren't shown, as this film is shockingly explicit. The story is really disturbing and definitely memorable.
5. He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002)
PG-13 | 92 min | Romance, Thriller
A young woman who is in love with a married doctor becomes dangerous when her attempts to persuade him to leave his wife are unsuccessful. However, when things are seen from his point of view, the real situation becomes clear.
Votes: 18,443 | Gross: $1.01M
At first this movie follows the standard story for every romance gone wrong, and I felt a bit sorry for that girl, but oh when it starts presenting the other side of the coin - wow was I shocked! This film really opened my eyes and showed me that we shouldn't ever ever take everything people say for granted.
6. 28 Days Later... (2002)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Votes: 378,437 | Gross: $45.06M
I like this film for the mood, for the story, for the very good performances of the actors, for the questions it brings about us, about moves we might as the heroes of this film undertake in unlikely situations such as theirs were. But the sequel I dislike, despite Carlyle, the actor I really like in other movies, because the story was lame and way too predictable. Maybe I'll give that movie another shot another time, but not so soon.
7. The Abyss (1989)
PG-13 | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and faces danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.
Votes: 163,324 | Gross: $54.46M
This movie really showed me the lovable magic the television screen can bring in our homes. I am sorry I was way too young to see this movie in the cinema, as I would definitely be overwhelmed as every time I saw it later. I even like the extended cut more, but it's not really much different from the original version.
8. Amadeus (1984)
R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 371,022 | Gross: $51.97M
Well, it's hard to comment this one. This is really good biopic of a really original, weird and somewhat likable music genius :-)
9. Across the Universe (2007)
PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, History
The music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.
Votes: 106,330 | Gross: $24.34M
The story isn't so much original, but the songs themselves are well worth hearing and seeing. Although, the weird hippie part in the tent I would skip.
10. American Beauty (1999)
R | 122 min | Drama
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
Votes: 1,075,033 | Gross: $130.10M
Another one of the best roles of Kevin Spacey. At first I felt disgusted on seeing him getting an affection to his teenage daughter's girlfriend, but thankfully he fully redeemed himself later. The movie is really worth watching, at least for me, as it really shows what are the real values of life.
11. Anatomy (2000)
R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller
A cute med student starts a summer course at Heidelberg University. David's on her dissection table. She met him the day before on the train. Something's wrong.
Votes: 11,742 | Gross: $0.01M
Creepy German horror about, well, medicine, honor, and well, soullessness of our er... doctors-to-be. It's hard to describe what I liked about this film. The disturbing story, good actors, the suspense.
12. Atonement (2007)
R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Thirteen-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Votes: 253,336 | Gross: $50.93M
Oh dear... This film has really torn me apart. The definitely must-have novel follows somewhat different path, but the essence of the story is the same. Oh dear, that poor Briony, it's really hard to feel any sympathy for her, as she really really did something horrible and utterly unpardonable, yet I have to, because she was so young and unexperienced and scared and well, just a girl with too vivid imagination - who says we wouldn't act just the same in the same situation? Can we really condemn her, as she tries really really hard to forgive herself the same thing? I love this movie.
13. Children of Heaven (1997)
PG | 89 min | Drama, Family, Sport
After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair.
Votes: 66,026 | Gross: $0.93M
I actually like many iranian movies, especially Kiarostami's, because of the lovely stories they tell, about innocence, love, life, friendship and compassion, but especially those about children as this one. How one cannot love the poor little boy who loves his sister so much he would do anything in his little power to give her... shoes? Real gem worth watching.
14. The Others (2001)
PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.
Votes: 339,383 | Gross: $96.52M
Disturbing tale about mother of two children literally lost in her own house and mind. Worth watching for an unexpected and really sad twist.
15. Farscape (1999–2003)
TV-14 | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew.
Yes, this show had some dull moments, but it was always unpredictable. The main characters were original and likable, and the story real-life like, on the basis what if that sf/fantasy situation really occur, as the main character belonged to our world and was literally thrown to this so unbelievable nightmarish world of not-so-kind-and-sweet aliens.
16. Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)
R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free.
Added this film for Foster's great performance, and for really good depiction of the issue. Although I must admit in our country we didn't have these problems when we were in the high school...
17. Late Spring (1949)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.
I liked this movie for lovely touching relationship between father and daughter, and for lovely Noriko as a girl that wanted to live freely, whatever everybody says and wishes.
18. Adam (I) (2009)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.
Votes: 33,563 | Gross: $2.28M
Many thoughts were generated during the watching of this film. How to cope against unwilling insensitivity? How to cope with it when the person you love can be sensitive to your feelings, but isn't aware of your need for it? There were also other questions, delivered without false pretense and big words. Despite the unsatisfying ending, very interesting movie.
19. Before Sunrise (1995)
R | 101 min | Drama, Romance
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
Votes: 274,605 | Gross: $5.54M
Here comes a charming one, unpretentious little film with a LOT of talking, combining with travelling and romance, well, this one won me. The sequel is OK, also good, but it was somewhat disturbing to see how much Ethan changed, and the relationship between them didn't fit so good as in the first one.
20. Below (2002)
R | 105 min | Action, Horror, Mystery
Strange happenings occur on a WW II submarine.
Votes: 21,111 | Gross: $0.61M
Submarines are always good spots for a good scare, as this movie is. The story was good, the actors too, the period when the story occurs also fit and interesting, I really couldn't complain about this one.
21. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two ambitious girls, despite their parents' wishes, have their hearts set on careers in professional soccer.
Votes: 104,665 | Gross: $32.54M
Lovely little story about a girl with limitations forced by her family and tradition, and good romance, however predictable but forgivable because delivered by charming actors.
22. Amores Perros (2000)
R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.
Votes: 224,857 | Gross: $5.38M
Really sad and hard to watch story, especially if you love animals, like I do. Inarritu delivered this story splendidly, and the actors, especially Bernal, did their jobs perfectly. As much as I couldn't accept the motives for everyone's doings, I could understand them, and felt sorry for them. The ending devastated me.
23. Ben-Hur (1959)
G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History
After a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Votes: 220,535 | Gross: $74.70M
Hm... Perfection beyond any imagination. Actually, no comment necessary :-)
24. Black Beauty (1994)
G | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.
Votes: 9,353 | Gross: $4.63M
This classic tale of a horse tormented in many ways, who just wanted love and care (how difficult that can be...) is simply adorable and hard to resist for any person who loves animals.
25. Firefly (2002–2003)
TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.
I must admit I think that it's maybe better that this series didn't outlive its first season and the film. This way it kept its heart, interesting unpredictable charming characters and witty sparky interactions between them that might lose its attraction easily otherwise.
26. 29th Street (1991)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
Frank's been lucky from the day, he was born. So why's he throwing rocks at a church after winning $6,200,000 in 1976 NYC lottery? He tells his story at the police station.
Votes: 2,620 | Gross: $2.12M
Surprisingly good story about values bigger than any lottery prize.
27. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 697,563 | Gross: $32.87M
A Philip K Dick's classic sf about loneliness, alienation and gloomy future I wouldn't like to live in, full of stereotypes and prejudices of other yet quite familiar kinds.
28. Blindness (2008)
R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness.
Votes: 70,418 | Gross: $3.07M
I fell in love with this film right at first sight, as I perfectly understood the emotions and actions of Julianne Moore's character, and the triumphant conclusion of the film for all the protagonists, that expressed exactly what actually was the solution for their problem. Oh yes, the blind received sight...
29. Blood Diamond (2006)
R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.
Votes: 502,082 | Gross: $57.37M
Powerful story about greed and selfishness, and the absolute need for people to raise the voice against it in unison. The end was maybe trite, as we are all perfectly aware how we live in hypocritical world where the word of one man means nothing against bribed, duplicitous merciless men of power, politicians and businessmen alike -- but I feel it was necessary. This kind of story cries out loud desperately for such a message, however weak it may be, as I hope not every one of those above mentioned men is of such kind.
30. Das Boot (1981)
R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.
Votes: 233,217 | Gross: $11.49M
I have longer, 4,5-hour version of it, and not a single minute is a bore, at least to me. Perfect if you ever wanted to know what kind of life (and work) would that be for the soldiers in the WWII submarine, and on the wrong side too? Darn realistic, thrilling and compassionate.
31. Bullet in the Head (1990)
Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.
I might say this one is the Chinese version of The Deer Hunter, depicting perfectly the chaos and the irreversible damage the war does to the people and the relationships they ever have had. This film I consider the best of the Woo's, the most realistic and influential one, I dare say, however odd that might sound.
32. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal.
Votes: 453,235 | Gross: $57.94M
The theory around which the film revolves is questionable, of course, but intriguing. The script was smart enough and the performances surprisingly good.
33. Carandiru (2003)
R | 145 min | Drama, Crime
Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »
Votes: 18,346 | Gross: $0.21M
I find it hard to care for criminals that deserved to go to prison, but this one really succeeds in depicting them as real human beings whose lives no one but God may end, especially not if they are unarmed. But I have some reserves regarding the film, as I noticed this is one side of the incident that really happened and might not be so accurate and objective. Anyway, powerful story.
34. Clockwise (1986)
PG | 96 min | Comedy
An obsessively punctual comprehensive school headmaster sets out to give an important speech at the annual Headmasters' Conference.
Votes: 11,443 | Gross: $1.48M
Hilarious movie about stiff school head-master, who really needed some (odd) life lessons to learn that you just have to RELAX and enjoy the life.
35. Changeling (2008)
R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Grief-stricken mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) takes on the L.A.P.D. to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.
Votes: 240,311 | Gross: $35.74M
Disturbing story that made me really angry because of powerlessness of the small man, especially of the woman in this still unjust greedy cruel world. This really happened. They really could lock her and other women in the asylum just because they weren't enough pleasant and obedient? Just like in Magdalene Sisters, such things still infuriate me. But this is mainly story about mother whose love for her son gave her the strength to live on and to fight.
36. Children of Men (2006)
R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Votes: 467,026 | Gross: $35.55M
Amazing movie on many levels, especially for the soul. Interesting, meaningful story that makes you really care for the protagonists, for poor, silly but admirable Jasper, for the grief stricken Theo, and especially for that miracle and hope everybody was waiting for.
37. The Constant Gardener (2005)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.
Votes: 133,214 | Gross: $33.58M
Now that's the story, surprising for me as I always connected John LeCarre's prosaic abilities with the Cold War and espionage. Here we are in Africa, in middle of the corruption and greed of the so-called humanitarians, and we follow the poor husband's efforts to find out what has really happened to his wife, and why. His discoveries didn't produce much good to him, nor we will get out of the story unscathed too. Actually, I was really angry for a pretty long while after watching this movie.
38. Contact (1997)
PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
Votes: 255,810 | Gross: $100.92M
The novel describes the vastness and the magic of the universe and of our imagination as well, but the movie touched me very much too. You don't have to believe in UFOs to like this movie. You should like Jodie, though.
39. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
GP | 127 min | Crime, Drama
A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.
Votes: 162,964 | Gross: $16.22M
I love this movie and the character it revolves around. This Paul Newman was my hero, somewhat odd and puzzling one, certainly, but original. Although, somebody might get a message that you should conform if you do not want to end like the above said hero. Well. It's a movie. I'd still like to hope it's possible to escape/avoid all those societal rules.
40. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
Scottish warrior William Wallace leads his countrymen in a rebellion to free his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England.
Votes: 963,899 | Gross: $75.60M
Let's say it - the brutal butchering at the end wasn't necessary. But you may close your eyes to avoid unpleasant feelings in your stomach. In everything else, the movie was superb.
41. Cosi (1996)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Lewis is a young Sydney amateur theater director at his first experience: he is offered a job with a Governmental program for the rehabilitation of mentally ill patients in a Sydney ... See full summary »
Sweet, hilariously funny aussie story about the staging of the play with the actors from the institution for (various kinds of) mentally ill people. Sometimes what we think is awkward, isn't when put in the right perspective... They might not be in their right mind, but they still have a heart worth working with. I know, it's naive, so is the movie, but nevertheless...
42. The Crazies (2010)
R | 101 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
After a strange and insecure plane crash, an unusual toxic virus enters a quaint farming town. A young couple are quarantined, but they fight for survival along with help from a couple of people.
Votes: 111,991 | Gross: $39.12M
Really good remake of Romero's cult classic. Olyphant is a bit ridiculous with his cowboy walk which I noticed he carries in every single thing he did, but he did great job anyway, and Radha Mitchell too. The story is brilliantly developed and likewise concluded at the end of the movie. Of course, it's not recommended for faint-hearted.
43. Cronos (1993)
R | 94 min | Fantasy, Horror
A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.
Votes: 27,347 | Gross: $0.62M
Del Toro really has the way with storytelling and little children as well. It's hard to watch children in such unusual and horrendous circumstances - Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone are even better examples, but this one was to me more painful to watch, the child had someone to love, and was inevitably about to lose it whatever she could do... It really saddened me.
44. Cube (1997)
R | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi