Films I've seen for the first time in 2021

by DougWonnacott | created - 3 months ago | updated - 5 days ago | Public

This is all the films I've seen for the first time in 2021 in order of when I saw them.

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1. March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's Bogeymen are set on Toyland.

Directors: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns, Charlotte Henry

Votes: 6,294

2. Appointment with Death (1988)

PG | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a former prison wardress who dominates the lives of her three adult stepchildren and her daughter is found dead at an archaeological dig near the Dead Sea, there are a great many suspects.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Carrie Fisher, John Gielgud

Votes: 4,078 | Gross: $0.96M

3. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

PG-13 | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

52 Metascore

When a murder occurs on the train on which he's travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench

Votes: 217,287 | Gross: $102.83M

4. On the Buses (1971)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

When the bus company finds itself short-staffed, it is Inspector Blake who comes up with the brilliant idea of employing women drivers. The company is delighted, but the bus crews are horrified and try to get rid of the women.

Director: Harry Booth | Stars: Reg Varney, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins, Anna Karen

Votes: 1,696

5. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

The Looney Tunes search for a man's missing father and the mythical Blue Monkey diamond.

Directors: Joe Dante, Eric Goldberg | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin, Heather Locklear

Votes: 33,792 | Gross: $20.99M

6. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 893,320 | Gross: $248.16M

7. Alpha (II) (2018)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

63 Metascore

In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion and starts a friendship that would change humanity.

Director: Albert Hughes | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Marcin Kowalczyk, Jens Hultén

Votes: 56,384 | Gross: $35.85M

8. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure

57 Metascore

In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India, still part of the British Empire, and is asked to find a mystical stone. He then stumbles upon a secret cult committing enslavement and human sacrifices in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, Amrish Puri

Votes: 453,867 | Gross: $179.87M

9. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020)

PG | 83 min | Documentary, Biography

72 Metascore

One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes, Keith Scholey | Stars: David Attenborough, Max Hughes

Votes: 26,479

10. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them from obtaining its powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 699,159 | Gross: $197.17M

11. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 229,777 | Gross: $49.28M

12. The Woman in the Window (1944)

Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A conservative middle aged professor engages in a relationship with a femme fatale, he's plunged into a nightmarish world of blackmail and murder.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, Edmund Breon

Votes: 14,444

13. Ex Machina (2014)

R | 108 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

78 Metascore

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a highly advanced humanoid A.I.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno

Votes: 480,548 | Gross: $25.44M

14. The Italian Job (1969)

G | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone

Votes: 42,644

15. The Ladykillers (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

91 Metascore

Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

Votes: 26,938

16. Mandy (I) (2018)

Not Rated | 121 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy

Votes: 66,098 | Gross: $1.21M

17. Ashens and the Polybius Heist (2020)

99 min | Comedy

A motley crew of misfits hunt down an infamous 80's arcade game that can supposedly control people's minds.

Director: Riyad Barmania | Stars: Stuart Ashen, Tom Bonington, Eli Silverman, Tayla Kovacevic-Ebong

Votes: 332

18. The Holcroft Covenant (1985)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

The son of a German General becomes part of a mysterious conspiracy to gain hidden Nazi funds.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Michael Caine, Anthony Andrews, Victoria Tennant, Lilli Palmer

Votes: 3,033 | Gross: $0.39M

19. Galaxy Quest (1999)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.

Director: Dean Parisot | Stars: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 151,579 | Gross: $71.58M

20. Black Sunday (1977)

R | 143 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

Black Sunday is the powerful story of a Black September terrorist group attempting to blow up a Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people and the president of the United States in attendance.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver

Votes: 6,964 | Gross: $15.77M

21. Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary (2019)

95 min | Documentary

Filmmakers and stars discuss the filming and social effects of Galaxy Quest, a comedic take-off of Star Trek, with brilliant commentary not only on the Star Trek series but on the real-life actors themselves.

Director: Jack Bennett | Stars: Tim Allen, Greg Berlanti, Elizabeth Cantillon, Linda DeScenna

Votes: 1,476

22. The Meg (2018)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

A group of scientists exploring the Marianas Trench encounter the largest marine predator that has ever existed - the Megalodon.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 153,681 | Gross: $143.01M

23. Batman: Soul of the Dragon (2021)

R | 83 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the 1970s, a missing teacher of martial arts is the subject of a quest by his devoted and brilliant but distant students, who include Batman.

Director: Sam Liu | Stars: David Giuntoli, Mark Dacascos, Kelly Hu, Michael Jai White

Votes: 2,881

24. Ice Station Zebra (1968)

G | 148 min | Adventure, Thriller

USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan, Jim Brown

Votes: 9,263

25. Re-Animator (1985)

Unrated | 104 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale

Votes: 57,459 | Gross: $2.02M

26. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Vincent D'Onofrio, Donnie Wahlberg, Richard Schiff

Votes: 938

27. Theater of Blood (1973)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews

Votes: 9,743

28. The Conversation (1974)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that the couple he is spying on will be murdered.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 100,623 | Gross: $4.42M

29. Mutiny on the Buses (1972)

PG | 89 min | Comedy

Bus driver Stan Butler agrees to marry Suzy, much to the anguish of Mum, her son-in-law, Arthur, and daughter Olive. How, they wonder, will they ever manage without Stan's money coming in? Then Arthur is sacked, and Stan agrees to delay the wedding. Meanwhile, he hits on an idea: Arthur should learn to drive a bus. Somehow he does just that, and even gets a job. Stan then blackmails the Depot ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Booth | Stars: Reg Varney, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins, Anna Karen

Votes: 1,197

30. Holiday on the Buses (1973)

85 min | Comedy

Stan and Jack seek work at a bus driving holiday camp after being fired from the bus company for crashing two buses, only to find Inspector Blake works there also.

Director: Bryan Izzard | Stars: Reg Varney, Stephen Lewis, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins

Votes: 1,578

31. Penguins (2012 Video)

PG | 78 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

35 Metascore

Narrated by David Attenborough, "Penguins 3D" celebrates the destiny of a very special King Penguin, who returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic. Known as Penguin City, the island is... See full summary »

Director: Sias Wilson | Stars: Tim Allen, David Attenborough

Votes: 276

32. Steve McQueen: The Lost Movie (2021)

87 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A car racing movie Hollywood legend and avid racing fan Steve McQueen started production on in the mid-1960s as his passion project, but never completed.

Director: Alex Rodger | Stars: James Garner, Steve McQueen, John Frankenheimer, John Sturges

Votes: 55

33. Bruno v Tyson (2021 TV Movie)

Documentary, Sport

An exploration of the rivalry and relationship between Frank Bruno and Mike Tyson, two heavyweight icons from opposite sides of the Atlantic.

Director: Benjamin Hirsch | Stars: Frank Bruno, Paul Dempsey, Don King, Duke McKenzie

Votes: 272

34. Enchanted Kingdom (2014)

G | 87 min | Documentary

This absolutely beautiful documentary on our World, its mystical beauty and miracles including slow motion footage of nature, animals, seasons, new life and daily beauties I've never seen ... See full summary »

Directors: Patrick Morris, Neil Nightingale | Stars: Idris Elba, Lambert Wilson, Hayley Joanne Bacon, Lillie-Mae Stewart

Votes: 704

35. In the Loop (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy

83 Metascore

A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Harry Hadden-Paton

Votes: 55,166 | Gross: $2.38M

36. Victory (1981)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Sport, War

57 Metascore

As allied P.O.W.s prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pelé, Bobby Moore

Votes: 28,140 | Gross: $10.85M

37. Attack the Block (2011)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

75 Metascore

A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.

Director: Joe Cornish | Stars: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail, Leeon Jones

Votes: 100,915 | Gross: $1.02M

38. The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

65 Metascore

After being attacked on the street, a young man enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself from future threats.

Director: Riley Stearns | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots, Steve Terada

Votes: 29,792 | Gross: $2.41M

39. You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020)

R | 91 min | Documentary, Sport

66 Metascore

Actor David Arquette attempts a rocky return to the sport that stalled his promising Hollywood career.

Directors: David Darg, Price James | Stars: David Arquette, Christina McLarty Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette

Votes: 1,299

40. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

G | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

99 Metascore

A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen

Votes: 221,960 | Gross: $8.82M

41. Ten Seconds to Hell (1959)

Approved | 93 min | Action, Drama, Romance

After 1945, six German ex-soldiers are hired to defuse unexploded Allied bombs in the ruins of Berlin.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Jack Palance, Jeff Chandler, Martine Carol, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 860

42. Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale (2016)

90 min | Documentary

The incredible, true-life story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the wilderness of Botswana. When she's suddenly orphaned at one month of age, it's up to the men who look after her herd to save her life.

Directors: Ben Bowie, Geoffrey Luck

Votes: 368

43. Legacy of Lies (2020)

R | 101 min | Action, Thriller

An ex-MI6 agent is thrown back into the world of espionage and high stakes to uncover the shocking truth about operations conducted by unknown secret services.

Director: Adrian Bol | Stars: Scott Adkins, Anna Butkevich, Yuliia Sobol, Honor Kneafsey

Votes: 2,321

44. A Plastic Ocean (2016)

102 min | Documentary

Journalist Craig Leeson teams up with diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans.

Director: Craig Leeson | Stars: David Attenborough, Sylvia Earle, Ben Fogle, Craig Leeson

Votes: 2,625

45. One Life (I) (2011)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Family

68 Metascore

Focuses on the cyclical journey taken by all living creatures, from birth to having youngsters of their own.

Directors: Michael Gunton, Martha Holmes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Koert-Jan de Bruijn

Votes: 2,456

46. Andre the Giant (2018 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.8