11. E.T. the Extraterrestrial
Sure, there have been dozens of much better aliens-living-among-humans stories written in the past three decades, but without Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic, none of them would exist. E.T. was the first time our imagination ran wild with the idea that alien life might not want to hurt us, and could be just as lost as we are in this vast cosmic playground. It's not perfect, but for a heavy helping of nostalgia, E.T. is an old friend well worth revisiting.
IMDB Rating: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
If you haven't seen it, Amelie is pretty much the French equivalent of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Starring Audrey TauTou, it's a weird, quirky and all-around whimsical joyride around Paris as we see Amelie develop from a reserved waitress into a romantically involved extrovert. For introverts, Amelie is a spiritually moving film, taking on mental ailments like depression, social anxiety and agoraphobia head-on while still providing a solid rom-com foundation for all fans of the genre.
IMDB Rating: 8.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
13. V for Vendetta
Based on a graphic novel of the same name, V for Vendetta is a poignant think piece mixed with scenes of intense action and over-the-top symbolism that will both entertain and, hopefully, enlighten in equal amounts. We won't bore you with the entire backstory and what its author originally intended, but the gist of it is that society has spiraled out of control and our leaders, the nice, confident people we've put our trust in, really don't care about us. Just a warning: It's a bit heady at times and, like Memento, everything doesn't wrap up in a perfect bow by the time the credits role. Still, if you can stand a little philosophy in your films, this one's worth watching.
IMDB Rating: 8.2, Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
14. Moonrise Kingdom
Starting September 16, Moonrise Kingdom will be the only Wes Anderson film available on Netflix. And while that sounds somewhat depressing, it's anything but. By limiting us to a single Anderson flick at a time, Netflix is slowly building our palette for the director's dry wit, exceptional pacing and phenomenal casting that seems to permeate each film under his supervision. Wonderfully smart and expertly crafted, Moonrise Kingdom might not overtake The Grand Budapest Hotel or The Royal Tenenbaums as our favorite Wes Anderson films, but that doesn't make it any less of an excellent movie on its own.
IMDB Rating: 7.8, Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
15. Full Metal Jacket
You can always count on Kubrick to come through with something so profound that it almost doesn't make sense. Full Metal Jacket applies Kubrick's storytelling genius to the Vietnam War, where soldiers are tasked with committing atrocities all in the name of their country that's 7,500 miles away. Taking on themes like the meaning of war (or rather, the lack of said meaning) and the idea of serving your country, Full Metal Jacket is a must-watch.
IMDB Rating: 8.3, Rotten Tomatoes: 95%