39. Jurassic Park (1993)
The first time I ever found myself completely immersed in a movie was during “Jurassic Park”. I was about 8 years old when this movie came out, which is pretty much the perfect age to view this film. In my experience, there’s never been an 8-year-old boy who didn’t absolutely love dinosaurs, and to see them come alive in such a mind-blowing fashion was one of the high-lights of my childhood. As I’ve grown older I’ve also grown somewhat colder to the product that Spielberg turns out. There’s no doubt that the man has more talent than almost any other director in the world, living or dead, but he’s someone who appeals to the child in all of us, and I’m not too sure how much of my childhood is really left inside of me. (Though his more adult fare, such as “Munich” is still awesome.) My childhood may have left me, but this film never will.
38. Funny Games (1997/2007)
“Funny Games” is one of the most innovative, funny, and terrifying films ever made. It’s equal parts “Straw Dogs” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, but somehow it remains completely and wholly original. Truly, there is no other movie in the world like “Funny Games” except, of course, The American remake of the original German film, both of which are directed by Michael Haneke. I’m not suggesting either version of the film is better than the other simply because they are the exact same movie, shot for shot, only with different actors. Watch either version of this film immediately, and then be prepared to talk about it for a long, long time after.
37. Repulsion (1965)
The best French New Wave film that is technically neither French nor New Wave. Still, it’s probably the scariest movie that Roman Polanski has ever directed (which is quite something considering he’s the man who gave us “Rosemary’s Baby”) and certainly the most innovative. Whether he’s stealing tricks from Hitchcock or Cocteau, Polanski has a cinematic language all his own and creates some of the most tense films you will ever see. “Repulsion” is one of his best.
36. Army of Darkness (1992)
Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s third entry into “The Evil Dead” franchise. I’m not going to say much else here, because Lord knows I’ll be talking about both other films at some point soon, but “Army of Darkness” is the funniest entry in the series and perfectly recaptures the magic of serial-adventure films. Now give me some sugar baby.
35. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Billy Wilder’s greatest film, bar none. It’s tense, dramatic, tragic, and absolutely hilarious. There isn’t a single scene that doesn’t work perfectly in this movie and is one of the very few films that actually deserve the adjective of “classic”.