2010 to 2020 Movie Favourites (by StuOz)

by StuOz | created - 20 May 2017 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

This list might need up-dating, I am slow to view new films.

This list is a combination of the mainstream and nerdsville cinema.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019) might go down as not only the best movie of 2019, but the best movie since Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)....not that the two movies have anything in common (with the exception of nostalgia for the 60s or 70s). "Once Upon" really makes the viewer feel like they are in the 1960s - just a knockout film!

I am an Australian so I put a few very unknown Aussie titles in here: Red Billabong, Sanctum, These Final Hours and Throwback. I am big on disaster movies in general (old ones, new ones, US ones, Aussie ones) and I actually regard These Final Hours as one of the best disaster movies of this century (so far).

This list also reveals my love of science fiction movies.

This list also reveals my love of Batman, two of the titles are actually reboots of the old 1966 Batman series with Adam West and Burd Ward. These two shows were not released in cinemas but I felt the need to put them in this list as they were just so good, and they don't get enough attention. RIP Adam West: The Light Knight. A couple of other titles were also not released in cinemas (2017's Wake In Fright) but they were included in the list for the same reasons.

Spring, Birdman, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Throwback, Red Billabong, Zombeavers, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and the two 1966 Batman reboots are the only titles with comical elements...everything else is played straight.

Hunter Killer is listed here because I am a sucker for TV's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-68) and any submarine movie that has just a touch of VTTBOTS gets in my list.

One film - The Ash Lad - is from Norway. You might start seeing more non-American or non-Australian films is this list as I have recently got my hands on a 24 hour movie channel with very international flicks.

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1. Sanctum (2011)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

42 Metascore

An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

Director: Alister Grierson | Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Allison Cratchley, Christopher James Baker, Richard Roxburgh

Votes: 51,958 | Gross: $23.07M

2. These Final Hours (2013)

R | 87 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

61 Metascore

A self-obsessed young man makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth, but ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father. Their relationship ultimately leads him on the path to redemption.

Director: Zak Hilditch | Stars: Jessica De Gouw, Nathan Phillips, David Field, Lauren Cleary

Votes: 15,125

3. Red Dawn (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

31 Metascore

A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

Director: Dan Bradley | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck

Votes: 71,166 | Gross: $44.81M

4. Skyline (2010)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

26 Metascore

Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.

Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause | Stars: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel

Votes: 84,840 | Gross: $21.37M

5. Monsters (2010)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Mario Zuniga Benavides, Annalee Jefferies

Votes: 85,592 | Gross: $0.24M

6. Pompeii (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

39 Metascore

A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 102,983 | Gross: $23.22M

7. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 545,121 | Gross: $42.34M

8. San Andreas (2015)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

43 Metascore

In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey with his ex-wife across the state in order to rescue his daughter.

Director: Brad Peyton | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes

Votes: 200,488 | Gross: $155.19M

9. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Defected stormtrooper Finn and the scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 826,307 | Gross: $936.66M

10. Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

54 Metascore

When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight unlikely teenagers band together to fight.

Director: Stuart Beattie | Stars: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Deniz Akdeniz

Votes: 29,643

11. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

PG | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

41 Metascore

Sean Anderson partners with his mom's husband on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.

Director: Brad Peyton | Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 87,260 | Gross: $103.86M

12. The Maze Runner (2014)

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

57 Metascore

Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

Director: Wes Ball | Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Votes: 398,553 | Gross: $102.43M

13. Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy

Votes: 126,893 | Gross: $65.19M

14. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016)

PG | 78 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Batman and Robin of the 1960s live action series are back in action to take down their fiendish foes united once more against them.

Director: Rick Morales | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Jeff Bergman

Votes: 4,319

15. Batman vs. Two-Face (2017 Video)

PG | 72 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent is mutilated in a laboratory accident. When the duplicitous Two-Face embarks on a crime spree, Batman and Robin must solve the mystery of his identity while facing off against several other foes.

Director: Rick Morales | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, William Shatner, Julie Newmar

Votes: 2,807

16. An Adventure in Space and Time (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatisation of the early years of Doctor Who (1963), with the story revolving around BBC executive Sydney Newman, novice producer Verity Lambert and actor William Hartnell.

Director: Terry McDonough | Stars: David Bradley, Ross Gurney-Randall, Roger May, Sam Hoare

Votes: 6,166

17. Spring (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 109 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

A young man in a personal tailspin flees from US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harboring a dark, primordial secret.

Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead | Stars: Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker, Francesco Carnelutti, Nick Nevern

Votes: 22,190 | Gross: $0.05M

18. Non-Stop (2014)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages demanding $150 million into an off-shore account, or someone will die every 20 minutes.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery

Votes: 241,037 | Gross: $92.17M

19. The Walk (II) (2015)

PG | 123 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

70 Metascore

In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Émilie Leclerc

Votes: 113,651 | Gross: $10.14M

20. Captain Phillips (2013)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener

Votes: 399,958 | Gross: $107.10M

21. Sully (2016)

PG-13 | 96 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The story of Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Valerie Mahaffey

Votes: 217,354 | Gross: $125.07M

22. The Wave (2015)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Although anticipated, no one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic, narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger collapses and creates an 85-meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.

Director: Roar Uthaug | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande

Votes: 30,358 | Gross: $0.18M

23. Under the Skin (I) (2013)

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

78 Metascore

A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Dougie McConnell

Votes: 119,916 | Gross: $2.61M

24. It Follows (2014)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe

Votes: 194,616 | Gross: $14.67M

25. Throwback (II) (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Two treasure hunters, a park ranger and an unhinged ex-cop tangle with a Yowie, the Australian Bigfoot, deep in the jungles of Far North Queensland.

Director: Travis Bain | Stars: Shawn Brack, Anthony Ring, Melanie Serafin, Vernon Wells

Votes: 291

26. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc..

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Sam Firstenberg, David Paulsen, Luigi Cozzi, Menahem Golan

Votes: 4,806

27. Red Billabong (2016)

113 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

In the Australian Outback, two estranged brothers discover old secrets and family lies. As their friends start to go missing they fear they are being stalked by someone or something.

Director: Luke Sparke | Stars: Dan Ewing, Tim Pocock, Jessica Green, Sophie Don

Votes: 660

28. Hunter Killer (2018)

R | 122 min | Action, Thriller

43 Metascore

An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.

Director: Donovan Marsh | Stars: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 44,544 | Gross: $15.77M

29. Zombeavers (2014)

R | 77 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

44 Metascore

A fun weekend turns into madness and horror for a bunch of groupies looking for fun in a beaver infested swamp.

Director: Jordan Rubin | Stars: Rachel Melvin, Cortney Palm, Lexi Atkins, Hutch Dano

Votes: 15,443 | Gross: $0.01M

30. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

R | 161 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch

Votes: 384,643 | Gross: $135.37M

31. Jungle (I) (2017)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

48 Metascore

A group of friends join a guide for a trek into the Bolivian jungle, searching for an Indian village. The men soon realize that the jungle is a difficult place to be.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann, Joel Jackson, Yasmin Kassim

Votes: 40,027

32. Kong: Skull Island (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

62 Metascore

After the Vietnam war, a team of scientists explores an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly

Votes: 252,605 | Gross: $168.05M

33. The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King (2017)

104 min | Adventure, Family

Espen "Ash Lad", a poor farmer's son, embarks on a dangerous quest with his brothers to save the princess from a vile troll known as the Mountain King - in order to collect a reward and save his family's farm from ruin.

Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose | Stars: Vebjørn Enger, Eili Harboe, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Elias Holmen Sørensen

Votes: 2,179

34. Overdrive (2017)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Thriller

Two car thief brothers, who journey to the south of France for new opportunities, wind up in the cross hairs of the local crime boss.

Director: Antonio Negret | Stars: Scott Eastwood, Freddie Thorp, Ana de Armas, Gaia Weiss

Votes: 11,400



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