100 Incredible Films (Volume 6 ~ #s 50-41)

# 50 ~~~ L.A. Confidential (1997)

Thinking about this movie just makes ya smile. I'm not sure if it's the smack-downs issued by Russell Crowe, the whispers of Danny DeVito or the eyes of Kim Basinger but it's there. A gleam in your eye in knowing you just enjoyed quality entertainment. It has a pleasant and authentic retro-California copper caper feel to it that just feels honorable. Fans of this must see Denzel in the movie at #87 Devil in a Blue Dress.

# 49 ~~~ Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samarai (1999)

What an incredible film!

Jim Jarmusch has directed some real head-scratchers through the years and he has also been brilliant at times, but it's a mixed bag. This is the one piece of genius that has flown under the radar for far too long. I love this film and will watch it over and over for years to come I am sure. I show it to people and they flip the hell out everytime. You will too...even if this is the first samarai movie you've ever seen.

# 48 ~~~ Prelude To A Kiss (1992)

The Wedding

There really aren't a whole lot of romantic films that I can say I wholeheartedly enjoy. The Notebook was pretty good and then there's this little ditty. Both of which have HORRIBLE romance novel type covers on the boxes. This one is based on a great play that I read in college. This movie asks us to follow a fairytale romance that turns freakey-friday right there at the wedding reception. Can he still love her if she's old and toothless and ... a man?

# 47 ~~~ Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Graduation Speech from Hell

Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece is hardly a secret but I do think that with all the movies we have about war, this one is pretty honest and refreshing by comparison. Private Joker (Matthew Modine and Vincent D'Onofrio) & Private Pyle are going through Marine boot camp with a drill sargeant that will never ever be forgotten. If you're wondering why R. Lee Ermey is better than both Christopher Walken and Lou Gossett Jr who both were great as drill sargeants, the reason is because is he an authentic Gunnery Sargeant Marine of 11 years service. Ain't nothing like the real thing baby.

# 46 ~~~ Notes On A Scandal (2006)

Tagline: One Woman's Mistake is Another's Opportunity.

That's the meat of it anyway. Not since The Shawshank Redemption have we heard such great narration. Judi Dench gives a poetically twisted performance here and now we understand why she is so respected an actress. She is as coldblooded as Keyser Soze and yet doesn't kill a flea. Secrets and power of the information in them is fun again! Bravo!

# 45 ~~~ Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

This movie is so intense and so much fun that it's hard to believe that we are just watching a bunch of junkies. Matt Dillon is one of those guys that we should really be thankful for because when he takes the leap into a character, he goes for it in every sense. He is magnetic again, re-capturing that thing he had in the The Outsiders. What's it called? Oh yeah, charisma. If you haven't seen it, you run the risk of jinxing your whole crew. "Hat on the Bed" is one of the all-time great meltdowns on screen and something you don't want to happen to you. Damn, rollergirl! :)

# 44 ~~~ Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

If you don't like Will Ferrell as a comedic actor than try him in drama because he is a master at both. He is going to be around for a very long time and we are all very lucky to have him. Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson and Queen Latifah supporting. This crazy script is reminiscent Charlie Kaufman's Adaptation at times, but no matter, it makes me feel happy and sad and happy again. And this is weeks later...

# 43 ~~~ Fresh (1994)

Ever heard of Lawrence Bender? He was the producer of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction and he is also the producer of Boaz Yakin's Fresh. A movie so great that it had to be ignored by the mainstream because it is too real. A young delivery boy takes down his opponents using the lessons he learned from playing chess with his father. Checkmate people.

# 42 ~~~ Slacker (1991)

Richard Linklater's brilliant and plotless debut is still exhilarating. I have acquired The Criterion Collection version which has some great insights, interviews, script excerpts, etc. If you don't already know, the worst thing anyone has ever said about this film is that the title unwittingly fed the annoying stereotype of Generation X as lazy. Everything else about it is refreshing, authentic original filmmaking straight out of Austin, Texas.

# 41 ~~~ Lost in Translation (2003)

Completely original concept executed with a stylish sense of humor as well. What more can you ask for? Scarlett's delicious ass is the first thing we see and Bill Murray is perfect in every way possible. He is his self-loathing best as an overage actor who's life is a total sham. Karaoke anyone? So what exactly does he say to her at the end? That's between them and I like it that way. A special bond between a man and a woman, old and young and they find each other on the other side of the earth.

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The List So Far...

100) Romeo Is Bleeding (1993 - Gary Oldman, Lena Olin)

99) Victory (1981 - Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine)

98) Bad Boys (1983 - Sean Penn, Esai Morales)

97) Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993 - Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne)

96) The Last House On The Left (1972 - Wes Craven's Debut)

95) Citizen Ruth (1996 - Laura Dern, Swoozie Kurtz)

94) This Boy's Life (1993 - Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro, Ellen Barkin)

93) Three Kings (1999 - George Clooney, Mark Walhberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze)

92) Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989 - James Spader, Andie MacDowell)

91) Kalifornia (1993 - Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny)


90) 2 Days in the Valley (1996 - Charlize Theron, Eric Stoltz, Danny Aiello, Glenne Headley)

89) Lean On Me (1989 - Morgan Freeman, Robert Guillaume)

88) Hard Eight (1996 - Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow)

87) Devil in a Blue Dress (1995 - Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Beals)

86) V for Vendetta (2005 - Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving)

85) Freeway (1996 - Reese Witherspoon, Keifer Sutherland, Brittany Murphy)

84) Cop Land (1997 - Sylvester Stallone, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta)

83) Red Dawn (1984 - Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Charlie Sheen)

82) The Warriors (1979 - Street Gang Classic by Walter Hill)

81) Run Lola Run (1998 - Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu)


80) The United States of Leland (2003 - Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle)

79) Bound (1996 - Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano)

78) American Psycho (2000 - Christian Bale, Jared Leto)

77) The Basketball Diaries (1995 - Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Lorraine Bracco)

76) Alpha Dog (2006 - Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis)

75) Empire of the Sun (1987 - Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Joe Pantoliano)

74) My Bodyguard (1980 - Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin,Matt Dillon,Martin Mull,Ruth Gordon)

73) To Die For (1995 - Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck)

72) Hustle & Flow (2005 - Terrance Howard, Taraji P. Henson, DJ Qualls)

71) Logan's Run (1976 - Michael York, Jenny Agutter)


70) Children of Men (2006 - Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine)

69) Barfly (1987 - Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Frank Stallone)

68) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004 - Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood)

67) The Outsiders (1983 - Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Love, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Diane Lane)

66) Cube (1997 - David Hewlett, Andrew Miller)

65) The Conversation (1974 - Gene Hackman, John Cazale)

64) The Secret of NIMH (1982 - Animated feat. Dom DeLouise)

63) In The Name of the Father (1993 - Daniel Day-Louis, Emma Thompson, Pete Postlethwaite, Tom Wilkinson)

62) Falling Down (1993 - Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall)

61) Igby Goes Down (2002 - Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Ryan Phillippe, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Peet, Jeff Goldblum)


60) New Jack City (1991 - Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Bill Nunn, Chris Rock, Judd Nelson)

59) Memento (2000 - Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne moss, Joe Pantoliano)

58) Wall Street (1987 - Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, John C. McGinley)

57) The Wicker Man (1973 - Edward Woodward, Christpher Lee)

56) The Fifth Element (1997 - Bruce Willis, Iam Holm, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker, Gary Oldman & Tiny Lister)

55) The Last Seduction (1994 - Linda Fiorentino, Bill Pullman, Peter Berg)

54) Hotel Rwanda (2004 - Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo & Nick Nolte)

53) Das Experiment (2001 - Moritz Beibtreu)

52) One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975 - Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher)

51) A Bronx Tale (1993 - Robert DeNiro, Chazz Palmintieri, Lillo Brancato)


50) L.A. Confidential (1997 - Russell Crowe, Guy Pierce, Kim Basinger)

49) Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samarai (1999 - Forrest Whitaker)

48) Prelude To A Kiss (1992 - Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan, Stanley Tucci)

47) Full Metal Jacket (1987 - Matthew Modine, Vincent D'onofrio)

46) Notes On A Scandal (2006 - Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett)

45) Drugstore Cowboy (1989 - Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Le Gros)

44) Stranger Than Fiction (2006 - Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson)

43) Fresh (1994 - Sean Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito)

42) Slacker (1991 - Richard Linklater)

41) Lost In Translation (2003 - Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray)

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Melissa G 8 years ago from Tempe, AZ

Thanks for helping me fill up my Netflix queue. :)

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

No problem Melissa, that is exactly what this hub is designed for. :)

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Shay Govara 8 years ago from On the run

Cool movies, especially Stranger than Fiction and Full Metal Jacket. Love the list.

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kpfingaz 8 years ago from ~~~

Wow, some really cool ones here - Ghost Dog is the shizack with music from the master RZA.

Fresh is dope - Sam Jackson's in that and I like the ending (dude is realy smart kid) and wooooo... "this is my rifle, this is my gun" - Full Metal Jacket is really intense and sometimes disturbing which if you know Stanley Kubricks work then you know its intentional.

Stranger than Fiction is also a very cool movie also.

Saw LA Confidential one late night and I must have been very tired cuz I don't remember how it goes - think I'll watch it again.

Haven't seen the others but Drugstone Cowboy looks very interesting.

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Glad you guys are having fun with this edition.

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billyblogthornton 8 years ago from Boston

DJ- one of the most solid lists by anyone ever to make lists on hub pgs. full metal jacket-funny, but serious. la confidential-my brother and i bought this flick for each other for christmas. neither of us yet to view it. now i gotta. any linklater movie is gonna be solid. stranger than fiction was interesting and creative.

good work. hubpages should give you salary, put you on full-time. so much better than the "10 things you can make w/ spaghetti" posts. everybody knows at least 12 things you can make w/ spaghetti, and movies isn't one of them.

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

The only one who's not here yet is desert blondie.

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Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

That's an extensive list. I agree with most, not all, and the ones I haven't seen are now on my list. Thanks.

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allshookup 8 years ago from The South, United States

I had forgotten about 'The Outsiders'. I love that movie. Thanks for bringing back some good memories of dating and watching that movie!

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

So glad you could reminisce.

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nurjahan 8 years ago

Your collections are cool and nice.

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Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

Great list! The ones I've seen on that list are some of my favourites - so judging by that, I'm guessing I should go get hold of the ones I haven't :)

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

We are getting down to the nitty gritty now people! 

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Constant Walker 8 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Good movie commentary, DJ. The only movies in this hub I remember seeing are "Full metal Jacket" (loved it!) and "Lost in Translation" - which didn't make a huge impression.

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Yeah, I don't think a lot of people GOT Lost in Translation because the reviews were so good and people were expecting more.  I however think it is an extraordinary character study and that is all I'm looking sometimes. 

Notes on a Scandal AND Fresh AND Ghost Dog are 4 stars! You simply CAN'T miss them.

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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

happy to see Stranger Than Fiction made your list in the top 50. Will Ferrell deserves tons of praise for this film. And, nice to see the "chick flick" pick of Prelude to a Kiss...what a weird love story!!

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Love that play.

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CJStone 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

Hi DJ, just wanted you to know that I've been using this series as a resource, and trying out all the movies you recommend. We have similar tastes. But the great surpise, for me, was Ghost Dog. What a movie. Definitely one to keep. Thanks for this. I'll be going through your next list too, which I see you've just published. Great movies.

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove Author

Wow, thank you for telling me CJ, because that is exactly what I hoped for. Ghost Dog should probably be much higher on this list but I couldn't wait to bust it out!!

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