16. Indie Game: The Movie
Full disclosure: Almost all of us here at TechRadar love video games. If you couldn't tell from the hundreds of articles we write about the latest and greatest gaming hardware to the disappointment in our text when we hear that our favorite game has been delayed (again), one of the best parts of the job is getting to be so close to one of our favorite mediums. Not to sound all mushy, but Indie Game: The Movie is the culmination of that love into a single, two-hour film that illustrates perfectly the periods of heart-break and joy that go into each and every one of your favorite games. If you even remotely care about games, you should watch this film.
IMDB Rating: 7.7, Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
17. The Fundamentals of Caring
The Fundamentals of Caring is proof that you can take actor Paul Rudd, put him in literally any movie about any subject and he automatically makes it 10 to 20 times better. With any other actor in the leading role, The Fundamentals of Caring – based on the book by Jonathan Evison – would've likely had no lasting appeal. And yet, with Rudd behind the wheel of the ship the film becomes a comical road trip movie with a compelling twist that's one part Eurotrip and two parts 50/50. The stakes here are that Rudd is taking care of an emotionally sheltered, physically handicapped teen whose bark is fiercer than his bite. The friendship the two form ultimately help the other grow out of their shells. It may come off as trite, cliché and over-wrought at times, but if you stick through the saccharine, there's a well-crafted story here that might melt your heart.
IMDB Rating: 7.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
18. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
If you would've told us that there'd be Star Wars spin-off films a decade ago, and that those films were actually better than some of the main entries in the series, we wouldn't believe you. But then again, it doesn't take much to beat out Star Wars Episode I, does it? Rogue One is entirely its own thing and stands on its own two feet. Sure, you'll still see Vader walking about and the calculated Grand Moff Tarkin scheming his grand schemes, but Rogue One becomes its own living and breathing story, full of new characters that improve the Star Wars universe as well as expand upon it.
IMDB Rating: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
19. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the uplifting documentary of one man who never gave up on his … uh, dreams. Jiro became the first three-star Michelin sushi chef in Japan and has been called a national treasure, all the while honing his mantra of being his best self. Jiro's commitment to his craft that carries the film – but it's his two sons, both famous sushi chefs like their father that make the film one of the best documentaries ever made. If you're hungry for a bit of inspiration in an evermore depressing world, pull up a seat.
IMDB Rating: 7.9, Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
20. The Shining
Ending the list on a high-note, The Shining is the pinnacle of American film-making. It remains an exceptionally paced horror/thriller hybrid that remains iconic 40 years after its release. The hardest part about The Shining is talking about where the film went so right. Was it Kubrick and Stephen King's story? Was it Jack Nicholson's immersion into the character and frightening descent into madness? Or did it simply prey on our easily accessed fears? Like the symbolism presented in the movie, the answer isn't totally clear but regardless the trip into madness is an enjoyable one, even after all this time.
IMDB Rating: 8.4, Rotten Tomatoes: 87%