Movies

Great movies. Not intended as an exhaustive list, but if you haven’t seen any of these, you should:

G/PG Movies

Year   Minutes Movie
1980 88 Airplane!
1984 158 Amadeus
1995 89 Babe
1985 116 Back to the Future
2008 96 Bolt
1998 96 Bug’s Life
1995 110 Canadian Bacon
1958 108 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
2005 115 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2009 90 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
1997 142 Contact
2013 98 Despicable Me 2
2007 118 Enchanted
1984 105 Ghostbusters
1985 111 Goonies
1993 103 Groundhog Day
2006 81 Hoodwinked
2002 81 Ice Age
2008 88 Kung Fu Panda
2014 100 The Lego Movie
1987 130 Living Daylights
1987 84 Magic Snowman
1997 92 Man Who Knew Too Little
1996 95 Matilda
2010 95 Megamind
1975 89 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
1939 125 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
2006 90 Over the Hedge
1987 100 Princess Bride
2007 111 Ratatouille
1981 115 Raiders of the Lost Ark
1983 133 Return of the Jedi
1984 106 Romancing the Stone
1993 111 Secret Garden
2001 89 Shrek
2004 92 Shrek 2
2005 102 Sky High
1985 109 Spies Like Us
1977 121 Star Wars
1934 80 Thin Man
1986 105 Three Amigos!
1999 85 Toy Story 2
1998 102 Truman Show
2009 96 Up
2005 85 Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
2008 97 WALL-E

PG-13 Movies

Year   Minutes Movie
1999 97 10 Things I Hate About You
2016 116 Arrival
2009 162 Avatar
2001 106 Behind Enemy Lines
2000 90 Best in Show
2002 85 Big Trouble
2007 93 Blades of Glory
2002 96 Bourne Identity
2006 144 Casino Royale
2006 98 Click
1993 110 Dave
2004 97 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
1998 122 Ever After
2014 93 Edge of Tomorrow
2014 121 Guardians of the Galaxy
1991 89 If Looks Could Kill
1996 145 Independence Day
1993 137 Jurassic Park
2005 95 Just Like Heaven
2001 121 Kate & Leopold
1998 122 Life is Beautiful
1997 98 Men in Black
1997 91 Mortal Kombat: The Annihilation
2005 102 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
2006 110 My Super Ex-Girlfriend
1988 85 Naked Gun
2007 96 Next
2004 143 Phantom of the Opera
2003 133 Pirates of the Caribbean
2004 79 Primer
1984 114 Red Dawn
2010 113 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
2006 108 Sentinal
2005 119 Serenity
1990 97 Short Time
1994 119 Stargate
2007 128 Stardust
2006 113 Stranger Than Fiction
2008 93 Taken
2006 110 Talladega Nights
1997 197 Titanic
2001 89 Zoolander

R Movies

Year   Minutes Movie
1988 99 Above the Law
1986 137 Aliens
1998 105 Baseketball
1987 102 Beverly Hills Cop 2
1982 117 Bladerunner (director’s cut)
1996 100 Craft
1974 92 Death Wish
1993 115 Demolition Man
1988 127 Die Hard
2009 112 District 9
2006 85 District B13
1998 127 Enemy of the State
2002 107 Equilibrium
1993 115 Falling Down
1999 139 Fight Club
2010 92 From Paris with Love
2000 150 Gladiator
1999 187 Green Mile
1997 107 Grosse Pointe Blank
1989 102 Heathers
1993 123 In the Line of Fire
2006 128 Inside Man
1997 135 LA Confidential
2001 120 Last Castle
1987 110 Lethal Weapon
2007 130 Live Free or Die Hard
1999 136 Matrix
1991 103 McBain
1988 128 Midnight Run
2015 90 Mr. Right
1992 113 Patriot Games
1999 110 Payback
1987 106 Predator
1990 87 Quick Change
1985 95 Rambo: Part II
1998 118 Ronin
1986 92 Ruthless People
1998 170 Saving Private Ryan
1996 110 Scream
1994 142 Shawshank Redemption
2005 126 Sin City
1994 115 Speed
2001 127 Spy Game
1991 135 Terminator 2
2006 92 Thank You For Smoking
1994 141 True Lies
1992 100 Under Siege
2002 138 We Were Soldiers
2000 101 Whole Nine Yards

5 thoughts on “Movies

  1. federalist Post author

    I have subscribed to Netflix for years. Recently, however, I found a great supplement — especially for newer releases that often have a long wait on Netflix: RedBox.com has convenient DVD vending machines all over that only charge $1/day for DVD rentals!

  2. Already Saved

    What’s with this movie list? NO Jaws, NO Dirty Harry, NO Hunger Games; yet you have the trendy, leftie, “Watch the CIA try and kill the plucky hero, because the CIA are Your ENEMIES, unlike the nice KGB, who WEREN’T!” Bourne Identity!
    Jason Bourne is a Democrat’s wet dream!

  3. federalist Post author

    I’m not into suspense or horror — I find real life provides more than enough of that for my appetite — so no Jaws even though it’s iconic.

    Aside from that one iconic Dirty Harry scene (“Well do you, punk?”) I can’t remember that any of the series can compare to more modern police/crime thrillers in terms of something you’d want to sit and watch all the way through. This is actually true of a lot of older movies that were groundbreaking in their day but that are just painfully slow and dull in contrast to more recent films.

    Hunger Games may have been fantastic for fans of the books, but for guys like me who knew little of them it was just irritating to have the movie assume so many essential premises and plot points.

    And yes, Bourne Identity was an excellent movie: Engaging and self-consistent from beginning to end. I didn’t think its pretext was overbearing, but I guess if you’re hypersensitive about government conspiracies you should steer clear of a lot of these movies.

  4. Already Saved

    Can’t agree with you on either Dirty Harry or Hunger Games; D.H. is iconic in that it was the first film to show a serial killer as neither crazy nor superhuman, but just nasty and doing it for payment. Furthermore, the race to reach each phone box said the bar that even Die Hard With a Vengeance couldn’t top (they played for humour: D.H. played for tension).
    And I saw Hunger Games before reading the books, and still regard it as the best blockbuster since ET, and arguably since Jaws (the makers concentrated on character and character development rather than set-pieces and huge SFX; & while Schindler and Private Ryan did too, they weren’t aimed at the popcorn masses).
    Government conspiracy doesn’t worry me; but Hollywood always dissing the real life good guys does: the most obvious example of late is Argo, with the Britsshown as cowardly and ineffectual. But the truth is, it was the Brits who hid the Americans, and ferried them to safety — in a pink Austin Maxi, no less!

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