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The 30 Best Movies Like ‘Inception’ To Watch For a Mind-Bending Experience

A tale of corporate espionage told in the most layered fashion possible. Dreams within dreams, emotions buried deep within, and stunning action set pieces that boggle the mind. Ever since Inception‘s release in 2010, audiences have been captivated and left wondering what exactly they just watched. A complex, intricate cinematic vision that left millions of viewers wanting more, and we’re here to provide. Here are thirty of the best movies like Inception.

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1. Paprika

Where to begin besides the inspiration? As original as Nolan’s vision seems, Paprika did it first. It may be a given considering that Inception is based on it, but these films share a ton of similarities. Paprika follows the battle between a dream terrorist and a researcher-turned detective. The high stakes of Inception are present here with the dream terrorist out for blood, planting nightmares, and attempting to share dreams. Where Inception falters, Paprika thrives. Satoshi Kon may lack the action prowess of Nolan, but Paprika makes up for it with greater emotional potency and slightly more ingenuity than its successor. This one is essential viewing for Inception fans.

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2. Source Code

An out-of-body experience in the literal sense. Colter may not be inside a dream, but he certainly isn’t conscious either. Source Code follows the Groundhog Day format of reliving the same events over and over again, but this time with 100x the stakes. Our protagonist wakes up in a body that isn’t his, tasked with finding and stopping a bomber on a train. While Inception features characters going into someone’s mind, Source Code features a character reliving someone’s life, taking over their mind, and becoming one with their body. With an only 94 minute run time, Source Code makes every second count, bringing an experience fraught with tension, twists, and thrilling action.

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3. Tenet

Christopher Nolan is always gonna be Christopher Nolan, he proved that with Tenet. A time-bending, audacious epic that is far more deserving of the “mindfuck” title that Inception has been branded with. CIA Operatives trying to save the world by any means necessary, international espionage with the survival of the entire world on the line. Tenet is imaginative beyond belief and executed fully to its beautifully disorienting, thrilling, questionably coherent conclusion. Balls to the wall and undoubtedly (in my mind) Nolan’s most purely entertaining, Tenet is an amalgamation of hundreds of ideas clouding Nolan’s brain, and the result is phenomenal.

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4. The Matrix

As much as I adore Inception, there’s something electrifying about a Sci-Fi blockbuster of that caliber that actually has something to say. The Matrix as a standalone film and as a series communicates philosophical ideas and does so beautifully. What begins as a small coincidence quickly ramps into a large-scale battle with the rebels who wish to overthrow the computers that now control earth and its people. The cinematic technique of blurring the lines between reality and fantasy begins and ends with The Matrix. This is a guaranteed hit for sci-fi lovers and Inception lovers alike.

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5. The Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Reloaded is the most “all over the place” entry in the Matrix series. The glorious middle child of the original trilogy is strikingly similar to Inception purely in terms of structure. It features the same thought-provoking, disorienting content of Nolan’s work, while also featuring some of the most remarkable set pieces in the history of cinema. The freeway scene makes the greatest Inception action moments look like child’s play. The Matrix Reloaded is a guaranteed hit.

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6. The Matrix Revolutions

There is one word to describe The Matrix Revolutions… metal. A large-scale CGI creation, two hours of straight action. While it may not be attempting to induce philosophical thought as much as its predecessors, I think it succeeds in that regard. The best visuals of the series are also featured here, doubling down on the binary look of the matrix, and inventing some of the craziest CGI creations of all time.

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7. The Matrix Resurrections

The most disorienting entry in the Matrix saga. The franchise’s mostly unwanted, but very welcomed 2021 entry took an audacious, unexpected approach. Framing the protagonist we know and love in some sort of meta light, Keanu Reaves’ character takes on the role of a game developer for a game ABOUT Neo’s history with the matrix. Not only this, but now dealing with dreams, therapy sessions, and alternate versions of characters, you truly have to focus to understand everything that is going down.

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8. The Cell

A horror approach to the incredibly niche “diving into someone’s mind” subgenre. The Cell is Tarsem Singh’s incredibly stylistic approach to a tale about an unconventional psychotherapist’s journey into the mind of a comatose serial killer. Tonally ranging from a tense serial killer thriller, all the way to a sometimes-cheap surrealist fantasy within the dream. The Cell does a great job at disorienting the viewer through the use of dream sequences, surreal, other-worldly, and scary. Inception fans who love the layered aspect of it will love this.

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9. The Game

Fincher’s most disorienting exploit is also his most underrated. The Game is an experience that is best experienced with no prior knowledge. What I will say is that this film succeeds in disorienting the viewer, we feel the same as our protagonist, and the lines between reality and charade are blurred in the same way that they are in Inception. Action-packed and constantly thrilling with twists and turns, The Game will not disappoint.

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10. Waking Life

If you are looking for insight surrounding dreams as a concept that Inception lacks, Waking Life is right up your alley. Waking Life is a film I think about most days. Life-affirming and endlessly thought-provoking, this film will have you thinking more deeply about dreams, life, and what they mean. Also gives you some good tips on how to lucid dream if that interests you.

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11. Trance

Trance is Danny Boyle’s take on the overly confusing, inside-the-mind film. It’s endlessly creative and original, following a gang that begins to work with a hypnotherapist. If anything is deserving of the overused “mindfuck” title, it’s this. Trance is so extremely convoluted to the point where I’m not sure if it exactly makes sense, but it’s definitely enjoyable.

Too convoluted for its own good? You decide.

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12. Memento

My personal favorite Nolan film. Memento is told in the most interesting way possible, from end to beginning, through the protagonist’s short-term memory. As Leonard learns and subsequently forgets, new information so does the audience. A mystery thriller told in reverse through short-term memory that could not be more thrilling. If Inception was a hit, this will be a home run.

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13. Shutter Island

Shutter Island is a mind-bending experience from the great Martin Scorsese. While a majority of his films feature some form of psychological torment on at least one character’s behalf, none of them reach the same level of distress that Shutter Island achieves. The film follows a U.S. Marshall’s investigation of a patient’s disappearance from a psychiatric facility on the mysterious island. His efforts are made more difficult and potentially thwarted by mysterious visions, a shady doctor, and blurry lines of reality and illusion.

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14. Primer

Primer is a film by Shane Carruth, an extremely polarizing independent film director. Some deem his work as staggeringly brilliant, while others claim that it’s pretentious. Primer is about a pair of friends, entrepreneurs, coworkers, and inventors, who accidentally create time travel. This film doesn’t speak down to its viewers and it expects a lot of them. Carruth choosing not to dumb down any of the language used while actively challenging viewers to focus on the plethora of timelines unfolding. If you enjoyed the layered aspect of Inception and want something more challenging, this is the film for you.

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15. Looper

Looper is an early Rian Johnson exploit that is one of the most convoluted takes on time travel to ever be put to film. Set in a future where time travel exists but is made illegal, and following a time traveling contract killer (loopers.) In this particular story, the contract killer gets his hardest task yet, going back in time to assassinate himself. Looper does a great job at making this seems hard to follow concept very easy to follow. In a similar way to Inception, it is a simplified take on an endlessly imaginative tale, this is bound to be a hit for every Nolan superfan.

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16. Annihilation

Another one that I think is best seen knowing nothing. Annihilation is an unforgettable Sci-Fi horror outing from Alex Garland (director of Ex Machina, and controversial 2022 release Men. Annihilation follows a biologist/explorer’s journey into a mysterious zone, in this zone, the laws of nature and logic do not apply. While it shares the same disorienting, science-fiction qualities that Inception has, it is more so characterized by a deep understanding of grief, emotion, fear, and overall human behavior.

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17. Dune

Not everyone loves Inception for the disorienting concept, some just want a grand cinematic experience. When you talk about cinematic experiences of recent times, Dune is one you have to mention. Denis Villeneuve has proven his directorial prowess previously with Sci-Fi hits like Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, but in terms of visual effects, large-scale action, and overall intensity, Dune is one of a kind.

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18. Mr.Nobody

Mr. Nobody is an overlooked 2009 effort starring Jared Leto as Nemo Nobody, as a normal, everyday guy who one day wakes up as a “mortal centenarian” in the year 2092. Foolish to dismiss this as nonsensical or incoherent as many critics did at the time, it can be described as ambitious, maybe overly ambitious, but it is perfectly coherent from end to end. In a similar vein to the previously mentioned Primer, Mr. Nobody demands your attention and doesn’t speak down to its viewer. Deserves praise for the sheer ambition and visuals behind it if nothing else.

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19. Coherence

Coherence is one of the most intricately confusing films of the past decade. A film where reality is bent in ways that will leave you both scared, thrilled, and on the edge of your seat. This is a film that has left viewers creating flow charts just to understand the series of events that transpired. I wouldn’t classify it in the “so intricate that it’s off-putting” category though, Coherence is accessible as a casual viewing experience but has a wealth of micro-concepts and subtleties for those looking to analyze it more thoroughly.

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20. Videodrome

Would be remiss of me to not include a Cronenberg film as ONE37pm’s resident Cronen-bro. No one makes a disorienting film quite like him. Contains the themes of sex and violence that have become so prevalent in Cronenberg’s repertoire while also being a film that will leave you questioning your perception of reality, much like Inception.

Long live the new flesh.

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21. Edge of Tomorrow

Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow is an action-packed Tom Cruise sci-fi outing that manipulates time in the Groundhog Day cadence. Cruise’s character is dropped into combat and immediately killed, but he soon finds himself living the same events over and over. As days go by he learns more and attempts to escape the loop.

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22. Jumper

Another Doug Liman effort that toys with the mind and employs creative filmmaking tactics that disorient the viewer. Jumper follows a man with the ability to teleport anywhere on earth instantaneously. As the story continues he discovers others like him and learns of a zealot plot to eradicate them all.

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23. Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko features a young Jake Gyllenhaal in a darkly mysterious role as a young man who just barely avoided harm in a bizarre accident. Following this event, he is haunted by visions of a large plush-looking rabbit that manipulates and entices him into committing crimes. This is a film by Richard Kelly, a filmmaker who has received cult praise in recent years thanks to this, Southland Tales, and The Box. This film belongs on this list in part due to its tendency to leave you thinking after the film ends, but also due to the lines between fantasy and reality being blurred.

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24. The Prestige

Why not include more Nolan? He is a stylistically consistent director after all, and The Prestige is one of his films that toys with the mind most effectively. Following two magicians throughout an intense rivalry against each other physically, mentally, and professionally. It is one that will blow your mind to an incredible degree on first viewing and will not falter on subsequent watches.

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25. Vanilla Sky

Tom Cruise has already been featured on this list a number of times, but Vanilla Sky is perhaps the most worthy of placement here. Cruise plays David Aames, a well-off man who gets into a horrible car accident that disfigures his face. Following the accident is when the film begins to earn the Inception comparison. The lines between reality and illusion begin to fade, it becomes Twilight Zone-esque, and life and death come into question. Vanilla Sky has never been the most critically acclaimed film, especially not when you consider it’s directed by Cameron Crowe, but it’s worth a watch for lovers of this mind-bending Sci-Fi subgenre.

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26. Blade Runner 2049

Much like Dune, Blade Runner 2049 is an undeniably essential large-scale blockbuster from recent years. Stunning Sci-Fi visuals are a staple of Villeneuve films, but when combined with the ingenuity of the Blade Runner franchise and the ever-exciting action that transpires, this was guaranteed to be a hit.

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27. Fight Club

David Fincher’s second entry on this list, and deservedly so.

Fight Club is another film that will distort reality with a convoluted, yet definitely coherent screenplay. I would place it in the same comfortably confusing subgroup as Inception and Coherence. It follows Brad Pitt and Edward Norton as an insomniac and a salesman respectively in their descent into the therapeutic conceptual underworld of fight club. The idea spreads like wildfire until external forces get in the way and send their lives plunging into madness.

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28. Doctor Strange

While the whole comic book world is experimenting with time-centric shenanigans right now, Doctor Stange was one of the first to do so, and in a way that I found charming during my die-hard Marvel phase, and still, find charming now. Doctor Strange is a film that follows Stephen Strange, a doctor who following an accident gets a second shot at life when a sorcerer takes him as an apprentice. The film employs creative VFX strategies to add to the stunning action sequences and also features a uniquely creative finale that manipulates time in a way that is both hilarious and dramatic.

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29. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

When compared to the original, this feels less groundbreaking, but when viewed in a vacuum, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness employs some very creative methods of manipulating the viewer’s perception of reality. All of these scenes are equally disorienting and stunning, especially when supported by stunning VFX work, my favorite in any Marvel film.

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30. Ink

You know something is similar to Inception when the tagline is simply ‘Dreams’. Ink is a mid-2000’s low-budget outing from Jamin Winans. The spirit of a young girl is captured in the dream world by the titular evil nightmare-inducing mercenary. To rectify this, the ‘dream-givers’ must round up resources to save her soul. Fantastical and action-packed, Ink is admirable for its ambition despite a low budget and overall brooding atmosphere.

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The 20 Best Movies Like ‘Sicario’ To Watch Right Now

Modern audiences undoubtedly have an undying obsession with the drug cartel/drug war drama. Ever since the release of Sicario in 2015, audiences have been trying to find a new obsession within the subgenre. Television has provided the rabid fanbase with acceptable replacements, like Narcos and Ozark, but there’s nothing quite like the experience of watching an unflinchingly brutal, repugnantly real depiction of the drug war on the big screen. Here are the 18 best movies like Sicario.

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1. Sicario: Day of the Soldado

A directorial change didn’t change much, except maybe for quality. Sicario: Day of the Soldado moved on from Denis Villeneuve and into the trustworthy hands of Stefano Sollima. Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro reprise their roles and deliver killer performances unsurprisingly. This film shares the brutal, mean, and raw qualities of the previous film, and possibly even ups the ante, but it falters in two specific ways.

Without Denis Villeneuve at the helm and Roger Deakins behind the camera, it never stood a chance of living up to its predecessor. So much of what made Sicario great was the overwhelming filmmaking prowess on display from those two masterminds. Hard-hitting, alienating cinematography, and clear and definitive direction and stylistic flair, Sicario: Day of the Soldado doesn’t reach those heights, but it is a guaranteed hit for fans of the original.

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2. Traffic

Steven Soderbergh’s moment in the Hollywood sun. A sprawling epic tale about the drug war told from multiple perspectives, so epic that it garnered Soderbergh an Academy Award for best director. Deservedly so, Traffic is a film that breaks the Hollywood norms in multiple ways, editing-wise, cinematography-wise, and structure-wise. A film so good that despite not following the typical oscar winner formula, it won anyway. Traffic, similar to Sicario is relentlessly brutal and realistic, while also being backed up by a filmmaker with a confidently bold vision. An absolute must-watch for Sicario fans.

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3. The Mule

One of Clint Eastwood’s many late-career efforts that gives a middle finger to anyone who isn’t already a fan. The Mule follows an elderly botanist, he becomes estranged from his family and fearing he might lose his business he unknowingly picks up a job as a drug mule. Tender, funny, and not to mention how thrilling it can be, The Mule is a film on the drug cartel from an unlikely point of view, and you certainly won’t regret watching it.

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4. Belly

The only feature film Hype Williams ever made, and it achieved borderline masterpiece status. Belly stars DMX and Nas as prominent figures in the hood, criminals, thieves, and drug dealers. Brutal and brilliantly made should be essential viewing for aspiring filmmakers and simple film lovers alike. Belly is less grand in scale than Sicario, but the stakes feel equally as high. From the opening scene (which the filmmakers nearly blew the whole budget on) you’ll be hooked and never want the film to end.

Belly has to be seen to be believed.

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5. Miami Vice

I’ve mentioned the heavily stylized nature of Sicario a few times already, but Michael Mann’s Miami Vice makes that look like a bland, uninspired exploit, for better or for worse. Michael Mann is a filmmaker who has been hailed for his understanding of the medium, while simultaneously ragged on for his insistence on unconventional decision-making. Miami Vice is off-putting in terms of visuals, a very “love it or hate it” type of thing, but enough of that.

In terms of content, this film shares many palpable similarities to Sicario. It has cartels, undercover missions, international consequences, and unflinchingly brutal action. Can’t say that this one is a guaranteed hit, but it’s worth a shot.

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6. No Country for Old Men

This ruthless hunt film is another Academy Award winner, this time for Best Picture. Directing duo Joel and Ethan Coen teamed up with Roger Deakins, the cinematographer for Sicario, to provide a unique, beautifully violent visual experience. No Country for Old Men has everything a fan of Sicario wants, a three-way cat and mouse game with deadly consequences, drugs, money, and plenty of carnage.

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7. American Made

One of the more recent entries on this list. American Made is an action-packed Tom Cruise feature directed by Doug Liman. Comedic, exciting, packed with criminal occurrences, and strangely down to earth. American Made follows Barry Seal, a pilot who transports contraband for the Medellin Cartel and the CIA. This film has been largely forgotten about since its release but its charm deserves credit and I recommend that fans of Sicario check it out.

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8. Wind River

Another one that shares a crew with Sicario. Wind River is directed by Taylor Sheridan, a recent breakout screenwriter turned director. Similar to Sicario, this film follows an FBI Agent thrown into a staggeringly dangerous situation. It is similarly brutal and unforgiving, but with the exact opposite setting, which makes it feel fresh and new.

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9. King of New York

A modern twist on Robin Hood set in New York with drug lords directed by Abel Ferrara, need I say anything else? King of New York is a political juggernaut of a film that follows Christopher Walken as Frank White, freshly released from prison drug lord dedicated to wiping out his competition and feeding the profits to the lower class. Tight, clean, and meticulous filmmaking, so much so that Ferrara has called his OWN filmmaking “fascistic.” Despite that hyperbolized quote from the director himself, King of New York is a masterpiece of drug politics and thrilling violence.

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10. 21 Bridges

Rest in peace to the king. One of Chadwick Boseman’s final films was 21 Bridges, an exciting crime thriller featuring complicated internal relationships. Chadwick Boseman plays Andre Davis, an NYPD detective on a hunt for two cop killers amidst a large, layered, unexpected conspiracy. Relentless in its action and exciting in its chase format, 21 Bridges will not disappoint.

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11. Carlito’s Way

De Palma is perhaps the quintessential crime filmmaker out there. From Scarface, to Blow Out, to Black Dahlia, and finally back to Carlito’s Way, this is a no holds barred look into the life of ex-con Carlito Brigante who, despite pledging not to return to a life of drugs and crime, gets sucked back in. Al Pacino gives the performance of a lifetime unsurprisingly, and with stellar set pieces and the violent thrills of the New York City underworld to go along with it, the film shines on all levels.

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12. Hell or High Water

A recent Academy Award darling, garnering four nominations including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. Yet another Taylor Sheridan screenplay put to film, so no surprise it has similarities to Sicario, with the same harsh setting, desperate visuals, and subtle build-up. In addition to this, the nomination for Best Film Editing will tell you that this is more than just an effort in storytelling, it’s edited with style and flair in a similar way to Sicario, and that will not go unnoticed.

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13. You Were Never Really Here

Short, sweet, and endlessly brutal. You Were Never Really Here is Lynne Ramsey’s foray into the Action Thriller genre, but have no doubt, it packs an emotional and psychological punch. The film follows a PTSD-ridden veteran who has taken up the job of tracking down missing girls, and he is not afraid to use violence. In this film, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joe uncovers a conspiracy that will send him spiraling down into the criminal underworld. This combined with his nightmares makes for a toxic cocktail of gore and psychological trauma. The action genre is stripped down to exactly what makes it great, and with a Lynne Ramsey mind games spin, an incredible film.

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14. Birds of Passage

Worth putting on this list almost exclusively because Birds of Passage has what might be my favorite poster of any 2010’s film. That personal bias aside, Birds of Passage follows Rapayet and his family, all of whom get caught up in the beginnings of the drug trafficking epidemic in Colombia. Getting wrapped up in this business leads to their lives, culture, and business getting destroyed. A political crime film that will satisfy the Sicario craving, despite it being noticeably less action-packed.

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15. The Gentlemen

The criminal underworld of London, this movie features drug plots that admittedly are on a much smaller scale than Sicario, but strangely the same caliber of violence. The Gentlemen is a film that is centered around the leader of a successful marijuana empire in London, when word gets out that he wishes to leave the business, all hell breaks loose. Subplots with dastardly schemes, unrestrained violence, deception, bribery, and blackmail all run amuck. Fun, funny, and action-packed, do Guy Ritchie a favor and check this one out.

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16. Clear and Present Danger

Yet another tale against the Colombian Drug Cartel, but this one features a prime Harrison Ford (did his prime ever really end?) Ford plays Jack Ryan, a CIA Analyst who gets thrown into the questionably “legal” war the U.S. government is waging against an ever-dastardly drug cartel. Fluctuating power dynamics, rough, gritty action, and a tasteful amount of off-the-cuff charm. Clear and Present Danger isn’t exactly Sicario but it’s as close to a guaranteed hit as I can see.

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17. Blood Simple

Blood Simple is the Coen Brothers’ first feature film, and its dark hopeless pessimism truly shares similarities with Sicario. The owner of a small town bar throws himself into a deathly situation when he discovers his wife is having an affair with an employee. After this, a deliciously convoluted series of events, misunderstandings, lies, deception, and mischief ensues.

The beautiful part of the Blood Simple experience is that the viewer has to keep track of what each character knows, and how they use that information to fuel their actions. Potentially off-putting at first, but Blood Simple will pull you in whether you like it or not.

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18. Prisoners

Had to include at least one other Villeneuve film on this list. Prisoners is not the most similar to Sicario content wise, following a father on an unending quest to find his missing daughter, but on a purely vibes level, it couldn’t be more similar. Villeneuve’s films whether you love him or not have an undeniable feel to them. A slow-burning, consistently tense action-packed thriller much like Sicario, but in a brand new setting.

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19. Zero Dark Thirty

A dramatic retelling of the singular most American moment to ever occur anywhere ever. The killing of Osama Bin Laden was the symbolic “end” to the war on terror but in reality the end to nothing. Zero Dark Thirty doesn’t chronicle anything regarding drugs, but its breakdown of the intricacies of big government’s war on evil is fascinating and strikingly real, this even more so than Sicario. This film was nominated for tons of awards, but most notably the Best Picture Academy Award, which it nearly took home over fellow American triumph, Argo.

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20. Drug War

A drug cartel tale literally titled Drug War, does it get any more similar? Johnnie To’s Drug War is an action-packed crime film following a drug cartel boss as he deals with potentially needing to betray his accomplices and go undercover. To’s films always feature incredible action so this is a safe bet. If you want a more exciting, unrelenting take on the Sicario drug-fueled drama, this is for you.

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Movies/TV Popular Culture

The 46 Best 90s Horror Movies and Where to Watch Them for Halloween

Gen Z is beyond obsessed with Y2K, but for many ’90s nostalgia reigns supreme. The decade that brought us cheesy classics like Titanic and Forrest Gump wasn’t only about sentimentalism — we also had plenty of scares. 90s horror movies provided genuine terror, campy fun, and even plenty of laughs, and these films did it better than the rest.

Although 90’s horror is often remembered as mindless dreck, the 90’s actually birthed some of the most critically acclaimed horror films ever made. It’s true that plenty of movies followed the most obvious formulas, but others were deconstructing the genre itself: smartly playing with the cliches of horror to make something starkly new. Meanwhile, while J-Horror was only of interest to the United States in the early ’00s, Japan was laying the blueprint for what would come in the genre long before Western cinephiles would take note in the new millennium. 

In celebration of long-forgotten classics, critical triumphs, schlocky remakes, and under-appreciated gems, we’re counting down our favorite 1990s horror films in this unranked list: ranging from Oscar-winning thrillers to low-budget legends. Here are the 46 best 90s horror movies to check out as Halloween approaches.

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1. Arachnophobia
  • Who’s in it: Jeff Daniels, Harley Jane Kozak, John Goodman, Julian Sands, Brian McNamara
  • Release Year: 1990

As per the title, Arachnophobia is a spider-filled horror comedy starring early 90’s icons like John Goodman, Jeff Daniels, and Frances Bay. Although it’s mostly played for laughs, the movie racked up wins at the esteemed Saturn Awards. Even the notoriously anti-horror film critic Roger Ebert loved it!

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2. Frankenhooker
  • Who’s In It: James Lorinz, Patty Mullen, Louise Lasser
  • Release Year: 1990

Despite its immature sense of humor, Frankenhooker is a crudely glamorous movie about a man who reanimates his wife using body parts he harvested from — you guessed it — a prostitute. Rife for drag parody, the movie’s quirky aesthetic has made it a camp classic.

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3. Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Who’s In It: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert J. Prosky, Robert Picardo
  • Release Year: 1990

Bearing almost no resemblance to the original film, Gremlins 2 is a parody of 1980s hypercapitalism told through cartoonish histrionics and postmodern humor. The special effects are both laughably absurd and oddly endearing. In over-the-topness, this sequel far outshines the original.

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4. It
  • Who’s In It: Tim Curry, John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher
  • Release Year: 1990

The epitome of coulrophobia, this two-part, made-for-TV adaptation of Stephen King’s most notorious novel has some truly cringeworthy moments — but Tim Curry will live forever as the most legendary evil clown in cinema history.

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5. Misery
  • Who’s In It: Kathy Bates, James Caan
  • Release Year: 1990

In yet another Stephen King adaptation, Kathy Bates is stunningly terrifying playing a horror writer’s biggest fan. When she discovers her idol is injured following an unfortunate accident, she takes it upon herself to care for the fallen scribe — but she refuses to ever let him go! Bates snagged an Oscar for her part in this oddly violent, minimalist film — despite the academy’s hatred of horror.

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6. Night of the Living Dead
  • Who’s In It: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman
  • Release Year: 1990

Tom Savini, perhaps the greatest horror special effects designer in history, re-made the original zombie movie in 1990. With an assist from the original film’s director, George Romero, this reinvention of the classic mythos doesn’t quite hold up to the first movie — but has garnered cult esteem nonetheless.

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7. Silence of the Lambs
  • Who’s In It: Anthony Hopkins, Jodi Foster, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine
  • Release Year: 1991

Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are perfect foils playing cannibal psychologist Hannibal Lector and Special Agent Clarice Starling — locked in a respectful intellectual rivalry, Starling tries to penetrate Hannibal’s impervious mind in the hopes of catching a serial killer, before it’s too late! Silence remains one of the greatest horror movies ever made and is often cited as a cinematic achievement, despite certain aspects of the movie not aging so well. 

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8. Alien 3
  • Who’s In It: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Lance Henriksen
  • Release Year: 1992

David Fincher’s Alien 3 is usually thought of as one of the weaker entries in this ongoing franchise, but it’s still pretty good. Lieutenant Ellen Ripley crash lands on a prison planet and hopes to warn the incarcerated population about the xenomorph she just encountered, but her efforts are too little, too late. She once again must watch those around her be torn down by a vicious bio-weapon with mysterious origins. 

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9. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Who’s In It: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves
  • Release Year: 1992

Winona Ryder, Gary Oldman, and Keanu Reeves appear in this lushly gothic thriller but the real star is the late costume designer Eiko Ishioka, whose gorgeous vampiric couture elevates this from a droll adaptation into high art. 

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10. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • Who’s In It: Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry, Rutger Hauer, Paul Reubens, Hilary Swank, Donald Sutherland
  • Release Year: 1992

Kristy Swanson stars as the eponymous teenage heroine of this camp classic. Although the TV series on which this movie is based is often better remembered than the original film, the movie’s got just as many deadpan laughs and quick-witted quips as the widely beloved show. 

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11. Candyman
  • Who’s In It: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons
  • Release Year: 1992

Candyman got a revival this past year with Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta’s sequel, but the original is a slyly avant-garde masterpiece masquerading as a horror film. Phillip Glass’s moving and menacing score creates a deeply unsettling atmosphere for this introspective film about race and class.

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12. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
  • Who’s In It: Sheryl Lee, Moira Kelly, David Bowie, Harry Dean Stanton, Kyle MacLachlan
  • Release Year: 1992

David Lynch’s surrealist soap opera Twin Peaks concluded with a cliffhanger — and his decision to revisit the haunted town several years after the show’s final episode didn’t help clarify anything at all. Without having seen the series, this movie won’t make any sense — and it still might not even if you’ve studied every aspect of the show. That being said, Fire Walk With Me is an aesthetically beautiful and absolutely frightening exploration of sexual trauma.

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13. The Crow
  • Who’s In It: Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott
  • Release Year: 1994

Although it became a cultural touchstone for anyone who identifies as goth, The Crow feels oddly goofy in retrospect. That being said, those big black trench coats and that ridiculous makeup are somehow both absurdly outdated and oddly fashionable these days! The tragic death of star Brandon Lee tends to overshadow this film, but he is unforgettable as the spooky protagonist of this accidentally campy classic.

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14. In The Mouth of Madness
  • Who’s In It: Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Charlton Heston, Jürgen Prochnow
  • Release Year: 1994

Based on the enduringly unnerving literature of American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, John Carpenter’s In The Mouth of Madness explores the cosmic terror of a vast and uncaring universe as otherworldly forces begin awakening in small-town America. Reality begins to unwind when an insurance agent investigates a missing novelist — but what apocalypse is brewing underneath this seemingly banal mystery?

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15. Interview with a Vampire
  • Who’s In It: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Stephen Rea, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater, Kirsten Dunst
  • Release Year: 1994

Anne Rice’s sexy vampire fiction is brought to life in this zany yet insidiously romantic horror movie starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise as a homoerotic duo of undead lovers. While the gay storyline is hardly subtext, the movie plays it safe with actual depictions of vampiric sodomy. Meanwhile, a young Kirstin Dunst camps it up as a demonic child with a sadistic streak.

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16. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
  • Who’s In It: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Miko Hughes, John Saxon
  • Release Year: 1994

By 1994, the Nightmare on Elm Street series had already jumped the shark — but one last attempt at reviving Freddy was made in this smartly self-referential horror film in which Wes Craven and the film’s cast members play themselves — fighting an entity that the iconic horror series has accidentally brought to life through the collective unconscious.

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17. Species
  • Who’s In It: Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Henstridge
  • Release Year: 1995

Scientists clamor to stop an alien-human hybrid from propagating her species — but her impossibly seductive powers could bring ruin to all of humankind! In this erotic sci-fi story, Natasha Henstridge plays an outer-space siren that could spell disaster for planet Earth.

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18. The Craft
  • Who’s In It: Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True
  • Release Year: 1996

An entire generation of social outcasts grew up repeating catchphrases from this story about teenage witches using the dark arts to get revenge on their hateful classmates. Fairuza Balk is beyond iconic as the fashionable goth Nancy Downs, who is driven mad by her sudden mastery of black magic. (Do NOT bother watching the reboot from 2020.)

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19. Scream
  • Who’s In It: David Arquette, Neve Campbel,, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy, Drew Barrymore
  • Release Year: 1996

Scream broke all the rules of slasher cinema by saying them out loud: this postmodern deconstruction of horror movies’ biggest cliches essentially re-wrote all the tropes and defied expectations through subtle subversion of the most obvious formulas. Audiences were scandalized at the time by the shocking, early death of Drew Barrymore but remained transfixed by Neve Campbell’s harrowing battle against a relentless masked murderer.

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20. Thinner
  • Who’s In It: Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Michael Constantine, Kari Wuhrer
  • Release Year: 1996

The premise is simple: after an ill-fated encounter with a mysterious old man, Billy Halleck (played by Robert John Burke) simply can’t stop losing weight, no matter what he eats. His body functions begin to fail as he wastes away from an obese businessman into a hollow shell of a human. The ghastly special effects are satisfyingly gruesome, even if the concept is a bit, well, thin.

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21. Alien: Resurrection
  • Who’s In It: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman
  • Release Year: 1997

Joss Whedon and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s unlikely team-up is at times disastrous and at other times oddly brilliant. Although Jeunet is better known for his twee romance film Amelie, he’s always been a sci-fi director — and his skill at highlighting the endearingly grotesque is on full display in this under-appreciated continuation of the Alien franchise. Meanwhile, Winona Ryder and Sigourney Weaver are an iconic on-screen duo. 

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22. Anaconda
  • Who’s In It: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Jon Voight, Ice Cube
  • Release Year: 1997

Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Jon Voight, and Ice Cube make up the cast for this delightfully stupid horror-comedy. Although reviewers hated this movie deeply, it wound up scoring big at the box office and spawned an almost endless amount of sequels. We’ll spare you some jokes about Sir Mix-A-Lot wanting none.

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23. Cube
  • Who’s In It: Nicole de Boer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Julian Richings
  • Release Year: 1997

A hyper-violent, Kafkaesque metaphor about the meaninglessness of life, Cube begins when several strangers wake up inexplicably trapped inside some kind of complicated torture device. As they attempt to escape the bizarre machine, they consider how they got trapped there — and why someone would subject them to such malice. 

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24. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Who’s In It: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddy Prinze Jr.
  • Release Year: 1997

Often unfairly compared to Scream due to its similarities as star-studded teen slashers, Last Summer is a much more straightforward murder mystery (no postmodern shenanigans here). Sarah Michelle Gellar continues her reign as the Supreme Scream Queen of the 1990s while simultaneously revitalizing slasher cinema in this beloved, 80’s-influenced whodunnit. 

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25. Mimic
  • Who’s In It: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Josh Brolin, Charles S. Dutton, F. Murray Abraham
  • Release Year: 1997

Guillermo Del Toro directs this sci-fi story about science experiments gone wrong: bioengineers, in an attempt to control an out-of-control cockroach population, accidentally create a monster with a thirst for human blood! Del Toro’s unmatched sense of whimsy and unique object styling is easy to spot, even this early work by the auteur.

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26. Scream 2
  • Who’s In It: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jamie Kennedy
  • Release Year: 1997

Scream 2 is perfectly self-aware in its realization that the only thing more cliche than a slasher is a sequel. While it seemed impossible to match the iconoclastic wit of the first Scream film, the second came close with equally-as-clever subversions of horror truisms, while simultaneously developing an ongoing mythos around its cast of oddball characters.

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27. Spawn
  • Who’s In It: John Leguizamo, Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen
  • Release Year: 1997

The world wasn’t exactly crazy about superheroes in 1997, and Todd McFarlane’s visually stunning and deeply nasty story about an undead caped crusader didn’t help endear the American public to comic book adaptations. Nonetheless, the movie’s out-of-control visual aesthetic is far from forgettable, even if reviewers hated it at the time.

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28. Blade
  • Who’s In It: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue
  • Release Year: 1998

The visual styling of Blade predicted the rise of afro-goth fashion long before certain disparate subcultures had properly converged. Wesley Snipes is impossibly cool as a leather-clad vampire hunter — and his fetish-y looks made him a style icon. Blade is considerably darker and much more stylish than the endless superhero tripe we get these days; nonetheless, the film is often credited with helping establish the rise of superhero cinema.

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29. Bride of Chucky
  • Who’s In It: Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Katherine Heigl, Nick Stabile, John Ritter
  • Release Year: 1998

Chucky had been terrorizing America in several films before he met his match in Tiffany, a serial killer fangirl turned into a murderous doll. Child’s Play films before this were much less comedic, but Jennifer Tilly introduced a playful campiness and undeniable sartorial smarts into the franchise, cementing her status as a legendary scream queen.

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30. The Faculty
  • Who’s In It: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Elijah Wood, Usher Raymond, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett, Shawn Hatosy, Famke Jannsen
  • Release Year: 1998

Filled with 90’s teen heartthrobs like Josh Hartnett, Clea Duvall, Elijah Wood, and Piper Laurie, The Faculty took a sci-fi spin on high school horror. John Stewart makes a memorable cameo as a possessed teacher in this movie about extraterrestrials invading an unsuspecting suburb. 

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31. Halloween H20
  • Who’s In It: Jamie Lee Curtis, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams, LL Cool J, Josh Hartnett, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Release Year: 1998

The chronology of several Halloween sequels was totally erased with this continuation of the Michael Myers story, which picks up with PTSD-suffering Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) attempting to eradicate her attempted killer once again. H20 rebooted the Halloween story and is remembered as one of the franchise’s better films — even though this movie’s events were also retconned when the franchise was rebooted a second (and third!) time in the interceding years.

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32. Psycho
  • Who’s In It: Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy, Anne Heche
  • Release Year: 1998

Gus Van Sant’s remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s most notorious movie couldn’t hold a candle to the original but is a sometimes unintentionally hilarious attempt nonetheless. Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, Vigo Mortensen, William H. Macy, and Vince Vaughn star in this almost shot-for-shot re-envisioning of the Norman Bates story that is — stunningly, somehow — much better than it’s often given credit for!

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33. Ringu
  • Who’s In It: Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rikiya Otaka
  • Release Year: 1998

Based on the novel by Koji Suzuki (often considered the Stephen King of Japan), Ringu was later remade into the beloved American horror film, The Ring. Although Gore Verbinski’s adaptation is much easier to swallow, Ringu was starkly original when it was released in 1998 — and the cursed videotape depicted within it remains a surrealistic and nightmarish triumph of meta-filmmaking. Sadako differs significantly from the American haunted girl Samara, and it’s interesting to see the character’s original context — even if the movie sometimes doesn’t make much sense.

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34. Audition
  • Who’s In It: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina
  • Release Year: 1999

Often unfairly dismissed as “torture porn,” Takashi Miike’s Audition is a brutal critique of Japan’s harsh cultural standards around femininity. Beware: although smart and often poetically beautiful, the movie is relentlessly violent and features extremely long and unbearably realistic scenes of sadistic torment.

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35. The Blair Witch Project
  • Who’s In It: Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, Joshua Leonard
  • Release Year: 1999

Blair Witch is often considered one of the most profitable horror movies ever made — thanks in part to its gimmicky marketing campaign, which asserted the movie was real found footage and that its stars had actually gone missing. Accidentally avant-garde, the movie utilizes frightening minimalism to depict its protagonists’ journey into the woods of Maryland, where they encounter a series of dark occurrences. 

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36. Deep Blue Sea
  • Who’s In It: Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgård
  • Release Year: 1999

When a team of biologists genetically engineer a pack of hyper-intelligent sharks, things inevitably veer towards disaster. Samuel L. Jackson is particularly absurd in his role as a deep-sea scientist, and the movie is both purposefully and accidentally hilarious.

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37. The Haunting
  • Who’s In It: Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luke Wilson, Lily Taylor
  • Release Year: 1999

Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luke Wilson, and Lily Taylor have a truly weird synergy in this baroque haunted house thriller in which participants of a sleep study come up against supernatural forces. The set design is oddly astounding considering how bad the script is, but there’s something undeniably loveable about the film’s absolute commitment to excess.

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38. Lake Placid
  • Who’s In It: Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White
  • Release Year: 1999

Jaws, but then make it a crocodile: that’s the concept. While the premise is simple, the movie is actually far more action-packed — and Bill Pullman is effortlessly cool, as always. Nothing too sophisticated here, just a goofy, good-time monster movie with a few moments of ultra-violence.

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39. The Rage: Carrie 2
  • Who’s In It: Emily Bergl, Jason London, Dylan Bruno, J. Smith-Cameron, Amy Irving
  • Release Year: 1999

A perfectly delicious artifact of late 90’s shlock, The Rage copies the original Carrie’s concept in a beat-for-beat sequel filled with absurd style flourishes and an oddly emotional story underneath. Emily Bergl has awkwardly inspired the protective instincts of audiences for decades, and it’s hard not to feel something for the psychokinetic protagonist in this kitschy follow-up that no one really asked for.

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40. Sleepy Hollow
  • Who’s In It: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones
  • Release Year: 1999

Sleepy Hollow hits all the predictable Tim Burton cliches (swirls, stripes, Halloween-adjacent tricks and treats) but remains a stylish sendup of the eponymous American myth by Washington Irving. Johnny Depp plays a deranged Ichabod Crane (re-imagined by Burton as a sort of steampunk forensic scientist) opposite Christina Ricci — both decked out in lavish costumes by Colleen Atwood. 

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41. Wild Zero
  • Who’s In It: Guitar Wolf, Masashi Endō, Makoto Inamiya
  • Release Year: 1999

Incomparable to horror movies from the West, Wild Zero is a queer punk musical about zombies, rock and roll, gay love, and motorcycle gangs. The music by Japanese punk band Guitar Wolf is lo-fi rock heaven, and the movie’s wacky undead antics are both putrid and oddly heartwarming.

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42. From Dusk Til Dawn
  • Who’s In It: George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin, Salma Hayek
  • Release Year: 1996

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez teamed up for this bonkers story about vampires invading a biker bar. Salma Hayek’s role as a crazed vampire queen is unforgettable, as are the movie’s cartoonish depictions of violence. 

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43. Army of Darkness
  • Who’s In It: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz
  • Release Year: 1992

Speaking of cartoonish violence, Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness stars the devilishly handsome Bruce Campbell in a continuation of the Evil Dead series. Protagonist Ash Williams is transported to the Middle Ages where he fights an endless array of miscreants from Hell in a veritable gauntlet match filled with truly silly amounts of bloodshed.

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44. Jacob’s Ladder
  • Who’s In It: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello
  • Release Year: 1990

An oddly cerebral and experimental horror movie, Jacob’s Ladder is a contemplation on post-war trauma and schizophrenia. “Hope is hell’s final torment,” said director Bruce Joel Rubin, summarizing the theme of this nightmarish venture into the depths of psychosis.

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45. The Sixth Sense
  • Who’s In It: Haley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams
  • Release Year: 1999

The movie that put M. Night Shyamalan on the map, The Sixth Sense centers on Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist who is working to help his patient, Cole. Cole believes that he can see dead people, and through his treatment, Malcolm believes he can help Cole and repair his relationship with his wife.

It also has one of the best twists in movie history, which was an absolute stunner at the time.

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46. Se7en
  • Who’s In It: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey
  • Release Year: 1995

While Se7en certainly toes the line between thriller and horror, there’s no question that it provides some genuine scares. Two detectives, played by Pitt and Freeman, attempt to hunt down a serial killer who is murdering people and uses the seven deadly sins as his calling card.

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All 10 DCEU Movies, Ranked from Worst to Best

It’s been a confusing road for the DC Extended Universe thus far. With Batgirl‘s recent cancellation, Ezra Miller’s whole… existence, and Black Adam and Shazam: Fury of the Gods on the horizon, the whole thing is, lightly put, a mess. Trying to match the success of the MCU in terms of fan and critical reception, and most importantly financial success was a hefty task to take on from the jump. The lack of a concise vision hasn’t helped, with most of the films varying in tone and overall world feel, leaving fans disoriented and confused as to what to expect. What made Marvel so successful? To me it’s the formula that they stick to, while repetitive, it’s crowd-pleasing, and they know it. Despite the lack of cohesion, the  DCEU has produced some great content once you sort through all the garbage. Here are all of the DCEU movies, ranked.

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10. ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

A tonal mess from start to finish.

Gal Gadot’s debut as Wonder Woman came in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, a dark, brooding, grittily realistic take on the superhero genre. Her character was presented as such, and in the subsequent solo films featuring her, that style has been completely abandoned for the worse. Wonder Woman 1984 attempts to reach the comedic, childlike humor heights of Shazam! while trying to frame our titular character in a more humanistic light, and it fails.

From the great heights of the opening scene to the great lows of the following scene, it’s a quality rollercoaster that has an overwhelming net downhill. The positives include some audacious, colorful visuals (something that has always been present and should be MORE present in the Wonder Woman series,) and some positively over-the-top performances from the likes of Pedro Pascal. Worth watching solely for completion, we can only hope the third DCEU entry doesn’t disappoint.

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9. ‘Suicide Squad’

Hard to rationalize this being over WW84, besides the fact that one of the two actively left me bored, and it certainly wasn’t Suicide Squad. The first DCEU entry in the Suicide Squad series is a mess, an incomplete, torn up (we’ll get to this later), tonally inconsistent mess, but it has more positives for me than I’d like to admit.

Overwhelming positives like some passionate performances that we would eventually get much more of like Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the role she was born to play. Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Joel Kinnaman as Colonel Rick Flag, are all passionate, lovable performances and we are lucky that they reprised their role after the disaster that this film was critically.

A structural mess with mostly hollow characters of nothingness who embark on a nothing journey against a nothing villain, but a fun one when it boils down to it, and I can’t in good conscience place it last. 

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8. ‘Man of Steel’

Unfortunately can’t get behind this one. Fascinating action and captivating editing help this become something I want to love. Smash zooms and bold choices are offset by overwritten, overacted overzealous, somehow dull monotony. Feels like it had overwhelming potential with the action sequences and the overall tone, which if it had been seen to its full potential could have been great (as we saw in Zack Snyder’s Justice League), but this is not its full potential, this is bad. A rough start for the DCEU.

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7. ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

Even as a moderate Snyder/DCEU defender I can’t defend this film. Truly a piece of work, but not for a lack of trying. While Suicide Squad and WW84 feel uninspired, BvS feels like a passion project in a sense. It’s an attempt at a rich thematic dive into character psyches that unfortunately failed for me, but succeeded for many people as the film has become a massive cult classic since release. Failing in part due to Warner Bros.’s tendency to chop up and ruin films made for them, completely straying from the director’s vision, but also in part due to Zack Snyder’s general overzealousness.

Positives range from the cinematography of Larry Fong, the overall tone which is very definitive and a breath of fresh air in the monotonous comic book movie world, and the performances from Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, who I personally love as their respective characters, but the negatives sadly outweigh the positives.

Incoherent in the theatrical form, with a messy script and foggy character motivations. The ‘Ultimate Cut’ is an improved version of the film, and would likely place somewhere around the top five, but the wide release version is inexcusable as a whole. 

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6. ‘Wonder Woman’

Maybe the first DCEU movie I’ll acknowledge as “good”. Well directed and thankfully not overwritten like every single previous entry. Wonder Woman is dazzling in action, unique in setting, and charming in performances, but what was awful about Gal Gadot’s performance in WW84 is entirely unpresent here, she stuns and impresses as the titular character, and her chemistry with Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor is palpable. Accompanied by her now iconic musical theme, Wonder Woman kicks ass and takes names in this long overdue solo outing. 

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5. ‘Shazam!’

Words cannot describe how glad I was to see Shazam (or Captain Marvel for the old heads out there,) get his silver screen debut.

One of the most unique characters in the DCEU and the entire DC Universe, this movie leaned into his unique style and attitude more than I could have ever expected. Narrowing in on the childlike wonder of Billy Batson and his newfound power. Shazam! is a comedy first and foremost, badass action sequences aside, this film is encapsulated by the hilariously adorable training sequences, family moments, and immature jokes.

With likable characters, a decent load of mature emotion, and pounding action sequences, Shazam! becomes the most unique comic book film to grace the public in, ever? 

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4. ‘Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)’

Similar to Shazam!, Birds of Prey (which I will be calling this and only this to avoid the mouthful that is the full title), truly leans into the characters’ quirks and humor.

Adult humor and adult gore are the calling card of this DCEU entry. Brutal action sequences with shockingly violent conclusions, are absolutely not what you would expect going into this. Birds of Prey is a graceful mix of three aspects that make superhero films great, action, adult humor, and visual flare.

The finale of this film will leave you with your jaw on the floor due to its out-of-this-world visual finesse and eye candy style. Incredibly impressive and Incredibly underrated from a visual point of view thanks to Cathy Yan and cinematographer Matthew Libatique. If that’s not enough to entice you, just remember that we are blessed to see Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, and we mustn’t take it for granted. 

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3. ‘Aquaman’

Aquaman perplexed audiences upon release and continues to do so even now. Aquaman is hilariously over the top while simultaneously being a serious tale of revenge and honor. It’s an action-packed, exciting film with beautiful effects and the wackiest dialogue and plot of any DCEU film, but most importantly it’s self-aware. Aquaman leans into everything that made the character so beloved in his initial appearance in theatrical Justice League.

James Wan made his name as a horror director known for his stylistic flair and success with the general populace, but this film proved he knows how to direct cohesive action. The underwater sequences, and the land sequences which somehow get even more ridiculous both feature unconventional battles with underwater physics but Wan and the VFX team orchestrate these scenes beautifully. You can tell Wan has a sense for action because in films like this it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on during big battle sequences, but that isn’t the case in Aquaman.

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2. ‘The Suicide Squad’

To no one’s surprise, James Gunn delivered with The Suicide Squad. Those who passionately hated David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (most) will be pleased with this entry in the series and will thank Gunn for doing these phenomenal characters and actors justice. Gunn, now the only director to work both in the MCU and the DCEU, applied his signature style of overly stylized gore, dating back to his Troma days, combined with his on-the-nose humor which makes the movie a comedy, but not too much like a comedy.

The film walks the tonal slackline between comedy, action, and drama gracefully, and I couldn’t be happier that we finally got a crowd-pleasing feature with Task Force X. 

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1. ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’

You may have noticed I didn’t place the original theatrical run of Justice League on this list, only room for one Justice League in this town, and I’ll be damned if I side with Warner Bros. evildoing. How could it not be first?

Regardless of your stance on Snyder’s previous films, his previous DCEU films, or the director himself, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a coherent, definitive, singular vision realized to its full potential. Everything that held back BvS and Justice League is gone here. The emotion that the creators wished to achieve was achieved once the characters were fully developed (Cyborg most notably as the emotional backbone), and the grandiose theatrical event action set pieces that were so lackluster in Justice League are fully realized.

Further creative liberties are also taken with the aspect ratio, editing, and so much more. So refreshing to see a director get full creative liberty with a project that contains existing IPs.

From the opening scene you see the large-scale world-building that you’re about to witness, and if you let yourself get sucked in it surely won’t disappoint.

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‘Prey’ Review: The ‘Predator’ Movie We’ve Needed For Years

Don’t beat a dead horse. As morbid as the saying is, it’s an essential lesson that Hollywood has to learn. Hollywood studios have constantly taken the safe route (financially, not critically) and opted to revisit old franchises that are clearly on their last legs. The Predator franchise has had the life sucked out of it for decades now, and despite seven entries, new creative ground has not been broken until now with Prey.

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Don’t get me wrong, Prey is no masterpiece, but to breathe life into a franchise after Predators (2010) and The Predator (2018) is no easy task.

Critical bomb after critical bomb (the 2018 entry more so than 2010), the Predator franchise needed this, and it was a welcome surprise. Dan Trachtenberg has proven his directorial prowess with hits such as 10 Cloverfield Lane. That film is an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller featuring two of the most exhilarating performances you’ll ever see from John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Thanks to 10 Cloverfield Lane, we learned that Trachtenberg knows how to get the best out of his actors, and he certainly did that here.

Prey features numerous actors with limited experience, most notably the actor behind Taabe, the protagonist’s brother, portrayed by Dakota Beavers, and the actor behind the Predator itself, Dane DiLiegro. Every single lead brought their A-game in this one, fueling the tension and surprisingly touching tale of self-discovery and coming into one’s role. The self-discovery aspect comes with our protagonist, Naru, portrayed by Amber Midthunder. She bravely battles man, nature, societal expectations, and colonizers, all in a 99-minute runtime.


Prey is surprisingly emotionally cogent for a Predator film. From the jump, we see the training for what is to be Naru’s Kuhtaamia, a hunter’s rite of passage, the kill or conquest that makes them officially respected as one of them. Our leads don’t realize at this point what exactly her Kuhtaamia would turn out to be.

From struggling to wield a weapon, “You need a leash for your weapon,” remarks one of her misogynistic Comanche tribe members, to using alien technology and observational skills against the Predator itself. The growth on display is significant; it must be when you are burdened with grief like she is. To put it lightly, this isn’t a feel-good movie; the bloodshed along the way piles up, leaving Naru grizzled and forced to grow into this apex predator role. Naru’s ascent up the food chain is steady and subtle, but it’s significant, and I can say it’s the best character arc in the franchise.


As I mentioned earlier, creative life was breathed into this franchise confidently and definitively. What was once a franchise I wished would end has become one I wouldn’t mind sequels from. The creative liberty taken in this is not only due to the emotional gravity but due to the diversity of tension-building options. Prey leans into the contemplative, slow, suspenseful brand of thrills more than any other entry in the saga. For better or worse, regardless of your preference, it certainly feels fresh.

Not only this, but the situations Naru finds herself in are brimming with creativity, and the way she finagles her way out are even more clever. Constantly innovative, from escaping the Colonists to using an Uno reverse card on the Predator, to setting up intricate traps, endless props to the writing team for not gunning for the same monotonous options. The complex traps set up by Naru leave us wondering who the ‘Prey’ really is. The kills are equally brutal and clever as well, most notable being the Wolf kill, which elicited an audible “HOLY SHIT” from my onlooking family. The film also has a brilliant use of gore to evoke a significant emotional response and uses it sparingly enough to make it not feel overdone.


Lastly, I’d like to touch on the representation of indigenous peoples. Great of the filmmakers to integrate an Anti-colonialism subplot, though it does feel a bit forced given the short runtime. This story cannot be told without referencing the mistreatment and evildoing of colonizers, a tale that has been swept under the rug many times. Casting real indigenous peoples in their roles as opposed to casting outside of race is refreshing to see, even though it should be the norm. And lastly, the fact that Hulu included a Comanche dub is something that may not get a lot of coverage, views, or attention. The inclusion of this shows that an insane amount of care and effort went into making it as properly representative as possible, and I applaud that.

Prey is a sequel that shouldn’t exist, but I’m happy it does. In its short runtime, it does everything right compared to previous entries in the overdone franchise. Give Prey a watch. You’ll be glad you did.

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All 10 Quentin Tarantino Movies, Ranked

Consistency. Consistently controversial, consistently provocative, consistently masterful. There are very few filmmakers who can match the critical consistency that Quentin Tarantino achieves year in and year out. Every single film has achieved some level of critical success, from Oscar winners to niche cult favorites, and I am no different than the academy. I love and have great admiration for every single Tarantino film, which makes ranking his filmography a herculean task that is bound to cause some disagreements. It’s tough but here are my rankings for all 10 Quentin Tarantino movies.

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10. ‘Kill Bill: Vol. 2’

Starting off strong, but I swear this is my only controversial pick. The Kill Bill series is one that features so much stylistic flair and creative brain power that to me the well ran out on the second attempt (despite the two films being intended as one entity). The more Kill Bill you watch, and even more Quentin Tarantino films you watch the more the badass facade of the bride fades, and the hollow-ness beneath is revealed.

Negativity aside, would you believe me if I still said this film is an all-time favorite for me? View it as a testament to Tarantino’s mastery in the director’s chair, because this is a staple in the cinematic canon for good reason. This, along with its predecessor, is potentially the Tarantino film that packs the heaviest emotional punch, and for that, it deserves some credit.

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9. ‘Jackie Brown’

No fault of Jackie Brown‘s, but (aside from Death Proof) this has become the most ignored film in Tarantino’s catalog, and I’m not particularly sure why. Jackie Brown has all the usual hits of Tino films, off-the-cuff violence, relentless use of profanity, and high-stakes action feuds, but it goes forgotten in the grand scheme. Jackie Brown is fully epitomized by imperfection.

Every character is a rugged, older version of who they would be in a typical Tarantino joint. An aging bail bondsman, an over-her-head flight attendant, a drugged-out college-aged girl, and forgetful and imperfect ring leaders make up the cast of characters. I suspect the reason this has gone underappreciated is that it lacks the flash and narrative boldness that is present in the most well-received Tarantino outings (Pulp Fiction), but that’s what makes it so good. Jackie Brown is complex in its own way with a web of intricate character dynamics and the “Who is working with who” factor. With some of the most likable protagonists present in any of his films, Jackie Brown is one that is sure not to disappoint, and one that is not to be overlooked (despite its “low” placement on this list of Quentin Tarantino movies.)

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8. ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Quentin Tarantino’s most recent outing has proven to be a polarizing one and for good reason. If Jackie Brown was a step away from the style we all know and love, then Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a whole stroll away. This film serves as both a love letter to Hollywood and a dark retelling of some of its not-so-desirable, abusive, violent past.

OUATIH is filled to the brim with Hollywood lore that I can’t even begin to get into in this measly blurb. Some seem to be off-put by the more reserved, day-in-the-life type narrative presented here, but even those people will be pleased with the finale of this film. OUATIH truly has something for everyone despite how polarizing and scattered it can be. I could see a good argument for it at any slot in this ranking of Quentin Tarantino movies.

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7. ‘Kill Bill: Vol. 1’

Almost surely Tarantino’s most stylish outing. Kill Bill: Vol 1 is yet another love letter to the films I can guarantee he fawned over as a child. With odes to the samurai films of the east, spaghetti westerns, gore-filled splatter films, and exploitation. Kill Bill is the favorite of many, and I am not denying its greatness. This film is endlessly quotable and absolutely thrilling. Quentin Tarantino is a master of the genre form, leaning into the most indulgent aspects of each genre he draws inspiration from and making it his own. Truly a one-of-a-kind creation that gracefully adapts, borrows, steals, and swipes from the greats that came before it.

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6. ‘Django Unchained’

Comedically violent at points. Django Unchained is the revenge film that we have come to love Tarantino for, period piece style. Kill Bill leaned into the spaghetti western flare, but Django truly doubles down. Stylistic in the most overt way, and when I say comedically violent, I mean it. Over the top in the best possible way, both in terms of the action, the ideologies, the dialogue, and the performances. The only fault of Django for me is the overall pacing, a film that begins as brilliantly as this one deserves a greater final act (particularly one that includes more Christoph Waltz).

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5. ‘The Hateful Eight’

I’m nothing if not a sucker for the claustrophobia and thrills of a contained action movie like this. A monumental feat of tension creation with limited actors, limited space, and limited creativity, but you wouldn’t know it from this three-hour epic. Visceral, snappy, disgusting, and chock-full of grandiose expressions of violence.

Political and intricate, the characters in this film have to decipher what is what when caught in “a plot of betrayal and deception”. Shocking that a film of this caliber, this length, can exist, not even to mention the extended cut which clocks in at a whopping 210 minutes, without a single down, unexciting moment. Potentially Tarantino’s most thrilling relative to its length, but not his most thrilling period.

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4. ‘Death Proof’

Tarantino’s most underrated work without a doubt. One half of Grindhouse, an epic double feature with Planet Terror put together by two phenomenal talents, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. It features two absurd, schlocky, violent feature films, and in between the two are fake trailers by the likes of Edgar Wright, Eli Roth, and Rob Zombie.

A star-studded crew makes up an unforgettable experience, but this isn’t about the full Grindhouse experience, this is about Death Proof. This film is gritty, over the top, thrilling, and most of all Self-Aware. Not only that, but it’s an absolute breath of fresh air when compared to the controversially masculine nature of his other films. Death Proof will take you somewhere you don’t expect to be with a Tarantino feature, and the ending is something to behold.

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3. ‘Pulp Fiction’

What is there to be said about Pulp Fiction that hasn’t already been said? When you think of Quentin Tarantino movies, you think of Pulp Fiction. Darkly comedic, with a bold narrative with a nonlinear style. The film that catapulted Quentin Tarantino into becoming one of the most acclaimed directors of all time, and for good reason.

In this film, he clearly defines the style that would come to define him in later years, and he did so so effortlessly. Characterized by charm out the ass, fastly paced dialogue/action, jaw-dropping lines of dialogue, and of course the violence and crime that is present in his entire filmography.

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2. ‘Reservoir Dogs’

The most audacious directorial debut, ever. Reservoir Dogs is a blood-spurting, heartrate-boosting, fractured narrative film with deeply flawed, prejudiced, asshole characters… sound familiar? Quentin Tarantino established his signature style immediately out of the gate, with Reservoir Dogs. This film is shocking, exciting, and hilarious and does not falter for a single second, with twists and turns that some call predictable, but I don’t feel the same.

On the first watch, and even on subsequent viewings, I have been strapped to my chair and even shocked at the events that transpire. Darkly comedic in the same way that his other early films are, Reservoir Dogs features various self insert rants, lines, and characters that talk about nonsense for extended periods of time, and it’s hilarious. Absolutely essential, and absolutely a contender for his best film ever.

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1. ‘Inglorious Basterds’

Not a unanimous no-brainer decision to place this in first place on a ranking of Quentin Tarantino movies, but I am confident in my choice. Inglorious Basterds is one of the defining films of the 2000s, with its audacious nazi-killing centric plot, shocking thrills even from the first scene with the great Christoph Waltz, and surprisingly graceful humor. As we’ve seen in the past with films like Jojo Rabbit, tiptoeing around nazi humor is tricky, and many were displeased, offended, or straight-up disgusted by the way it was presented in that film, but I have never seen that complaint leveled against Inglorious Basterds. Snappy dialogue and brilliant subtlety even with such a “loud” subject matter, combined with the usual Tarantino staples make for a proper masterpiece of the 21st century. Unforgettable and unmistakable, Inglorious Basterds demands to be seen.

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The 25 Best Movies Like ‘Superbad’ To Watch Right Now

It’s like trying to catch lightning in a bottle twice. To recapture the magic of Greg Mottola’s 2007 Superbad would be to capture the hearts of a generation. The earliest screenwriting exploits from gut-busting duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg proved to be the launching pad for their already blossoming careers. Hawaiian organ donors, dirty cops, and boozy teenagers characterize this 21st-century classic. It has yet to be replicated, but a handful of films with palpable similarities exist. Here are 25 of the best movies like Superbad.

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1. ‘American Pie’

The teen sex comedy that has come to define sex comedies. Following a similar basic formula, American Pie is a quest for over-zealous high schoolers to lose their virginity. A pact is made between friends to complete this task before graduation. What follows is a raunchy, desperate trip through the hopeless sex life of horny high schoolers. Very similar to Superbad in terms of tone and humor, and it might even get more raunchy.

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2. ‘Neighbors’

Not a Seth Rogen screenwriting exploit, you’ll have to wait until the sequel for that, but similar to Superbad nonetheless. Raunchy and hilarious for the entire runtime. Neighbors follows new parents who have been forced into the dire situation of living right next to a fraternity. They first try to be civil and even try to become friendly with the neighbors, but a war erupts after the police get involved. Hysterical, emotional, and likable at the very least. Neighbors and Neighbors 2 are pleasant watches that will satisfy the Superbad craving.

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3. ‘Neighbors 2’

The follow-up to Neighbors ups the ante by incorporating a sorority and teaming the former foes up to fight a common enemy. While not quite as funny as the original, Neighbors 2 still has plenty of laughs that will definitely keep you entertained.

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4. ‘The Hangover’

One of the most quotable comedies of the modern era, The Hangover is adult Superbad if it were to exist. With a star-studded cast that mirrors the archetypes presented in Superbad, Phil, Stu, and Alan go through hell and back in both this film and the whole trilogy. A vegas story where three friends battle through a nasty hangover to save their friend at any cost. The Hangover is an absurd take on the dark sex comedy that is loosely(very loosely)based on true events, and it demands to be seen.

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5. ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’

Scratch what I said about American Pie, this is the real high school sex comedy pioneer. Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a film about high schoolers doping and finding love in SoCal. Incredibly witty with a million-miles-per-hour pace, this film has it all. Stereotypical characters that may be viewed as groan-worthy in the modern lens, but when viewed as a product of their time it proves to be hilarious and a great look into a bygone era of high school.

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6. ‘The Daytrippers’

Greg Mottola’s films have a certain unexplainable charm to them, and I think The Daytrippers exemplifies that perfectly. This is a film that, thanks to the Criterion Collection, has seen a bit of a resurgence of appreciation, and that’s something I’m very happy about. Nearly as funny as Superbad but in an entirely unique way, Mottola shows off his comedic range by providing us with a road trip comedy with complex, hilarious family dynamics. Every character in this film developed at length in such a profound way, that it’s no surprise that it packs an emotional punch towards the end.

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7. ‘Adventureland’

Yet another entry in the Mottola comedy multiverse. Once again he shows off his comedic range by incorporating notoriously awkward character actors Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, who have continuously proven to have incredible chemistry(See: Cafe Society). A story of people being pulled together by a commonly shared anchor, a shitty summer job. A great example of how deep Mottola’s comedy bag goes, and a film definitely worth watching.

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8. ‘Good Boys’

Superbad aged down, is something not a lot of people think they want until they see Good Boys. A delightfully funny, quaint comedy that has been labeled as forgettable in recent years, but it doesn’t deserve that title. Childish with childlike stakes, but still fun for people of all ages. A quest to fix a drone before they get in trouble turns into a journey into adolescence, and with joke after joke it proves to be Superbad-lite, absolutely worth watching

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9. ’21 Jump Street’

My personal most quoted movies of all time. 21 Jump Street. and its successor 22 Jump Street. reign supreme as the most unique undercover cops movie out there. Hilarious and endlessly unique. Schmidt and Jenko are fighting against drug lords and performing slam poetry about dying for our “Cynthias”, and it hits every single time. Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and the extensive writing team which includes the likes of Jonah Hill have a knack for comedy that ranges from delightful subtlety to grand performances of hilarity.

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10. ’22 Jump Street

Taking things out of high school and onto college, 22 Jump Street is one of the best comedy sequels you’ll ever watch.

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11. ‘Project X’

This is how I imagine Superbad would have gone down had Seth, Evan, and Fogel thrown the party. In Project X, things spiral out of control in ways that are unimaginable. A movie that clearly wants to be Superbad, but is only a little bad. Project X is the little brother that shines when it’s doing what it’s made to do but falters when it tries to reach the heights set by big bro. Living in Superbad‘s shadow is not something to be ashamed of though. This film is respectable and desires admiration in its own right. Raunchy, unique, and batshit crazy, Project X has to be seen to be believed.

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12. ‘Blockers’

A crazy night from the perspective of the parents. Similar formula but spun on its head. A trio of girls vows to lose their virginity at and after prom, their parents find out about this plan and hatch an intricate plan to stop it in its tracks. Endearing, witty, and constantly funny, Blockers is a raunchy new spin on the teen sex comedy that I would highly recommend.

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13. ‘Dazed and Confused’

The first and superior entry into Richard Linklater’s stoner school comedies. Dazed and Confused follows a group of teens on their last day of school, it flows between social groups and is effortlessly funny. A glorious, exciting, drug-fueled adventure through a teenage wasteland. As is to be expected with Linklater dialogue it’s snappy and full of chemistry, your facial expression will range from a slight grin to hysterical laughter and never falter.

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14. ‘This Is The End’

The directorial debut from the hottest comedic duo working is This Is The End, and unsurprisingly it became a big hit. This film has already solidified its spot in the comedy pantheon after only 9 years, and for good reason. A “who’s who” of a cast with the most chemistry you’ll ever see, an insane, apocalyptic storyline, and witty, hilarious writing that mirrors Superbad. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have a knack for writing hits, and This Is The End proves that.

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15. ‘Sausage Party’

Raunchy doesn’t even begin to describe it. Sausage Party is a screenwriting bout from the aforementioned duo and Jonah Hill, and it is one of the more controversial movies to hit theaters in a minute. Countless parents bringing their kids to what they expected was a kids’ movie only to be met by the most sexual animated film ever made. Although it’s not similar to Superbad at all content-wise, it shares the same bedroom humor that so many people love about Superbad.

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16. ‘Pineapple Express’

A stoner comedy classic. Seth Rogen and James Franco star in an intense action-packed take on the subgenre. Almost all of the gags hit, and until the end, where many would argue the film jumps the shark, the comedy is consistent. Similar to Superbad in a sense, one that fans of Rogen are sure to love, and definitely one of the best movies like Superbad.

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17. ‘Boogie Nights’

From acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson, Boogie Nights is an ensemble cast film that is a step above Superbad in the realm of sex. Characterized by an ensemble cast and eccentric sex workers. Charming and witty, Boogie Nights provides a good time with its suggestive comedy and deep look into the sex work industry.

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18. ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’

The Judd Apatow school of sex comedies. The 40-year-old Virgin is a directorial outing by the king of the subgenre. The film is exactly what it seems, Superbad brand comedy but fast-forwarded. Steve Carell gives a charming performance as the titular character, and through his friends and romantic conquests he sets off on an incredible adventure.

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19. ‘Booksmart’

A night to remember is a phrase that can summarize both Superbad and Booksmart. Charming and increasingly crazy over the runtime, Booksmart doesn’t share the same raunchy, sexual comedy as its predecessor, but it does have the same focus. At the heart of each film is great interpersonal dynamics, between Seth and Evan, and between them and their love interests. Booksmart accomplishes a similar feel with its saccharinity and heart.

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20. ‘The Night Before’

Perfect for Christmas time or any time in between. The Night Before is an endlessly funny, often real stoner-sex comedy. One of my personal favorite Rogen films that I return to nearly every year around the holidays. Joined by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie, this trio of on-screen lifelong friends exudes heaps of chemistry and charms. The characters go through realistic lows and absurdist highs, and it provides a fantastic time for the viewer every single time.

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21. ‘Everybody Wants Some’

Another teen comedy from Richard Linklater, a director who has proven he knows how to write entertaining, realistic young people dialogue even in the later years of his career. A comedy where friends try to manage their newfound freedom in unsupervised adulthood. Creative, hilarious, and unique with its hangout feel. If you like Dazed and Confused you’ll love this.

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22. ‘Napoleon Dynamite’

The 2000’s comedy with the greatest cult following is Napoleon Dynamite. Similar to Superbad mostly in terms of legacy and quotability, both stand the test of time and cement themselves as iconic pillars of comedic brilliance. A silly comedy that chronicles social awkwardness while dealing with big crushes and unbearable bullies. A different style of comedy than Superbad, but similar in terms of how the comedy comes to be, definitely worth watching

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23. ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’

One of the most underappreciated comedies of the 2000s is Nicholas Stoller’s 2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Notable for its emotional reality and complicated relationships, this film is charming in its depiction of romance in a semi-realistic way. Following Jason Segel as a struggling musician, it is equally hilarious, charming, and horrifyingly awkward.

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24. ‘Zack and Miri Make a Porno’

Starring Superbad alum Seth Rogen and frequent collaborator Craig Robinson and Elizabeth Banks, this film is full of the raunchy awkwardness of Superbad while touching on the hardships of adult life and the perils of mixed-gender friendships. When faced with the titular task, long-time roommates Zach and Miri realize it’s more difficult than they thought. Directed by Kevin Smith, who has an eye for this style of comedy, Zach and Miri Make a Porno is guaranteed to provide some laughs.

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25. ‘Take Me Home Tonight’

An aimless MIT grad works at a video store in part as an act of rebellion when he runs into his crush from High School. What unfolds for the rest of the film is reliving the more mature glory days of High School parties while being faced with the usual adulthood hurdles, sex, drugs, and corporate assholes. It has similar character archetypes to Superbad too, the lovable big guy who goes crazy over the course of the film in his own way, and the lead just searching for love. Take Me Home Tonight is nothing mind-blowing but it is an underseen 2010’s comedy that shares numerous similarities to our comedic golden boy.

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In the Mood for a Good “Whodunit?” Check Out These 20 Movies Like ‘Knives Out’

Original murder mystery movies seemed like a dying genre. Studios stopped green-lighting big-budget whodunnits, until 2019. Rian Johnson flipped that trend by bringing us Knives Out, a suburb mystery with both comedic flair and entertaining investigative work brought to life by a stunning cast and inventive script. Today, ONE37pm takes a look at what films are similar and explores 20 movies like ‘Knives Out.’

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1. Mystic River

While Knives Out follows the aftermath of a death in the family, so does Mystic River. Director Clint Eastwood brings us a film about revenge, violence, and its consequences. The film follows three men’s lives, who were all childhood friends, who get shattered when one of them suffers a family tragedy. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon play the leading characters who all bring their best to the table to create a gripping detective drama.

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2. ‘Brick’

Naturally, the acclaimed writer and director of Knives Out, Rian Johnson’s first feature film had to make this list. A high school teenage loner joins an underground crime ring to find out what happened to his murdered ex-girlfriend. Although the film is set in high school, Rian Johnson stylizes the film to make it feel just like a detective movie. After watching this, it’s interesting to see the film that got Rian Johnson started and can be a cool look at what his early directorial style looked like.

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3. ‘Logan Lucky’

Another film featuring the star of Knives Out Daniel Craig, Logan Lucky is an entertaining heist movie with heart and a lot of laughs. Two brothers try to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Helmed by acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh and featuring a top-tier cast including Channing Tatum and Adam Driver (in addition to Daniel Craig) Logan Lucky is a damn good time that is sure to entertain just like Knives Out.

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4. ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (1974)

Legendary director Sidney Lumet brings us an Agatha Christie adaptation that feels very similar to Knives Out. Murder on the Orient Express follows detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) as he traverses his way on a luxury transcontinental train to solve a murder that occurred in his train car the night before with a handful of potential suspects. If you want to go back to the roots of murder mysteries, look no further than Murder on the Orient Express.

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5. ‘A Simple Favor’

While sharing similar concepts to Knives Out, A Simple Favor is much more than the title states. A widowed mother, Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) with a cooking vlog forms an unlikely friendship with Emily (Blake Lively), whose values highly differ, but when Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to find Emily. With many unexpected plot twists, A Simple Favor is sure to keep you encapsulated for its entirety.

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6. ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’

While the story is not similar to Knives Out in the slightest, if you enjoyed watching the family dynamic of the Thrombeys, The Royal Tenenbaums features another family that must cope with their issues. Helmed by acclaimed writer and director Wes Anderson, this is a stylistic film that follows a flawed family that must gather under the same roof because of many different reasons. It’s funny, entertaining and one of Anderson’s best which should put this film towards the top of your list.

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7. ‘Game Night’

While Knives Out knows how and where to put its comedy, Game Night takes the comedy mystery genre to a new level and is sure to make you hysterically laugh. As a group of friends meets up for their regularly scheduled game night, they find themselves trapped in a real-life mystery when the brother of a player is kidnapped by gangsters. The ensemble of this film has excellent chemistry together. Similar to the Thrombey family in Knives Out, these characters’ relationships feel real because more of the jokes tend to land, resulting in the overall movie being a success instead of falling flat.

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8. ‘Clue’

A true cult classic, Clue is another hilarious murder mystery film that is as campy as it gets. Six guests are invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed they must come together as a team to solve the murder mystery before more bodies start piling up. When this was released in theaters, the filmmakers made three different endings for the film, so depending on which theater you saw the movie in, you would end up with a different result. Once released on home video, the endings occurred one after the other until the third was designated as canon. Definitely check this classic out if you haven’t already.

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9. ‘Ready or Not’

An underrated gem from 2019, Ready or Not is wickedly entertaining and shares similar values and themes to Knives Out. A newly wedded bride must take part in a deadly game after her new inlaws take an unexpected sinister turn for the worse. Featuring some excellent comedy that balances well with the action, this film will most definitely make you think differently about the simple child’s game of “ready or not.”

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10. ‘Death on the Nile’ (1978)

Another Agatha Christie adaptation only this time helmed by a different director in John Guillermin, Death on the Nile takes place on the water and stars yet again the world-class detective Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov). The film follows Poirot as he searches to find the murderer of a newlywed heiress on board before they reach their destination and the killer roams free forever. Another absolute classic tale, Death on the Nile is a must-watch for all murder mystery fans. 

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11. ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ‘

Another film where Daniel Craig stars as a lead detective, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a chilling detective mystery that can at times be extremely disturbing. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is hired by a wealthy industrialist to figure out who killed his niece over 40 years ago, but Blomkvist quickly learns that this job is out of his league and gets aid from an anti-social yet very efficient computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo is a gripping, dark, and violent mystery movie.

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12. ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’

Similar to Knives Out, Bad Times At the El Royale features an amazing cast and has an excellent murder mystery story which is why it easily cracks this list. Taking place over one night, six strangers each holding their valued secrets all meet at the El Royale hotel, and as the night unfolds, each stranger begins to unravel more information about one another resulting in potential chaos. The film is wacky, secretive, and holds more mysteries than one might expect by just looking at the surface of this one.

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13. ‘Scream’ (1996)

Similar to Knives Out but told in a different manner, Scream is a classic murder mystery movie that is sure to be adored by all fans of Knives Out. Focused on the lives of high school students, a teenage girl and her friends become targets of a killer who are all part of a deadly game. One of the acclaimed horror director Wes Craven’s best, Scream is sure to be enjoyed by all fans of a good, entertaining, and frightening murder mystery flick.

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14. ‘Prisoners’

While not having the same exact premise as Knives Out, Prisoners is another detective mystery film with a much darker plot. Undeniably being one of the most captivating movies on this list, Denis Villeneuve, who is now considered one of the greatest directors working today, brings us a mind-blowing masterpiece early in his career. Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) works tirelessly to hunt down the kidnapper of two young girls, but one of the girls’ fathers, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), feels like the police could be doing more. As the film goes on, Dover gets fed up and tries to take matters into his own hands which is where the film shifts gears and takes detective work to a whole different level.

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15. ‘Sherlock Holmes’ (2009)

A standard, run-of-the-mill, yet entertaining detective mystery, Sherlock Holmes does the job. Not too much to say about this one, but if you’re looking for another film with sparky energy like Knives Out featuring some solid action, this film will provide you with an enjoyable adventure.

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16. ‘Gone Girl’

A mystery film that has a somewhat similar style to Knives Out, director David Fincher delivers a brilliant film in Gone Girl. When his wife suddenly disappears, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) desperately goes searching for her all while the media closes in on Nick and increasingly considers the possibility that Nick could’ve killed her. The film constantly bounces between perspectives and you really don’t know who to trust, Nick or his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike). If you enjoyed the detective work in Knives Out then definitely check this film out as it brings many new ideas to the table and has an ending that will leave you stunned.

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17. ‘The Hateful Eight’

Possibly the most far-out film on this list, The Hateful Eight is a slow-burn crime drama that, similarly to Knives Out, features a stellar cast and has lots of witty banter. The film follows a bounty hunter and his prisoner as they find shelter in a secluded cabin in Wyoming that is unbeknownst to them, already inhabited by villainous individuals. It features all the classic Tarantino traits, strong violence, language, and wild characters that make this a must-watch.

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18. ‘The Nice Guys’

A detective comedy that has similar tropes to Knives Out, The Nice Guys deserves more recognition. The film stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling who team up to investigate a missing girl and the strange death of a pornstar in 1970s Los Angeles. Crowe and Gosling’s chemistry is perfect and they elevate the film to a higher level than most. Go seek out this movie for a unique, entertaining, and fun watch.

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19. ‘Murder by Death’ (1976)

This is Knives Out but 1000 times goofier and not taken seriously at all (but in a good way). Five famous detectives and their sidekicks all get invited to a strange mansion to solve an even stranger mystery. It’s hysterical and is one of the greater, older mystery films of all time that blends in comedy to perfection.

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20. ‘The Usual Suspects’

An intriguing mystery that keeps you guessing till the end, The Usual Suspects will no doubt leave you stunned. The only survivor of a brutal gun battle is questioned about the events leading up to it and how he was involved. If you are unfamiliar with this movie, it’s an absolute classic with one of the greatest film endings of all time and it comes with no surprise that it won the Academy Award for best original screenplay.

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‘Nope’ Review: Jordan Peele Succeeds Once Again By Bringing Us Another Entertaining Thrill Ride

With his third horror film, Jordan Peele sticks the landing, but in a much different way than his previous films. His newest movie, Nope, follows struggling ranchers OJ and Emerald Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya & Keke Palmer) as they come across a shocking discovery on their ranch in North Hollywood.

But instead of leaving and ducking for safety, the brother and sister attempt to catch the entity on camera and capture an ‘Oprah Shot’ to show to the world.

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In classic Peele style, Nope starts out with a stressful scene as OJ Haywood witnesses a tragedy happen on the ranch. Right after this event, the film cuts to a haunting credit sequence, and even from the start, it’s clear that the film is going to have many tricks up its sleeve. 

Going into the movie, I really had no idea what to expect, which is why I give a considerable amount of credit to the trailer for this film. Oftentimes nowadays, trailers spoil big events and secrets to the movie that really make the viewing experience unenjoyable. But without a doubt, I did not see what happened in this movie coming.

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The horror genre has slowly begun to creep back up to the forefront of cinema partly thanks to Peele’s previous two movies, Get Out and Us, but while Nope may not be as great as those two films, it is most definitely an amazing adventure movie that feels like Peele’s most mature. It is also evident that Peele took a lot of inspiration from legendary director Steven Speilberg’s Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind as well as director M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs. But despite what similarities can be drawn from those films, it’s safe to say Nope as a whole is one of the most original pieces of cinema I have ever seen.

Many complain nowadays of a lack of original and unique ideas, but Nope is a perfect example of original cinema and is something that the big screen has never seen before. Additionally, if you get the chance to see this in theaters, make sure to sprinkle the extra five-to-ten dollars and see it on the IMAX screen, trust me it’ll be worth it. 

Bouncing off that, the cinematography is undeniably breathtaking and Hoyte van Hoytema is firmly establishing his name as one of the best cinematographers working today. What he was able to achieve with some of the shots in this movie was unbelievable. The film had many scenes taking place at night, but for one of the first times I can remember, I could always see what was going on in the dark. I genuinely don’t know how the lighting was achieved in this movie, and whenever I’m able to say that, I know the film’s cinematography was special.

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What differentiates this film from Peele’s previous work the most are the gorgeous longer takes. There is one scene especially, in the second half of the film, that could be one of Peele’s best scenes to date. The camera slowly pans around the room and doesn’t rely on quick cuts, staying on characters for longer periods of time leaving more of a lasting effect on the scenes as a whole. This strategy also impacts the overall level of terror in the film and leads to the more frightening moments in the film, which there are plenty of.

Nope also has potentially the best of any Peele movie when it comes to score and set design. The noises and sounds coming from the speakers in the IMAX theater flowed blissfully through the ears and are genuinely one of the best sound mixes I’ve heard in a film to date. 

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From a filmmaking perspective, every element is really top-notch, but no movie is made without superb work from its acting crew. Keke Palmer is fantastic as the lead, but in my opinion, Daniel Kaluuya steals the show. He cements his name as one of Hollywood’s best as he plays the stoic and determined character of OJ Haywood to perfection. As far as the rest of the cast goes, Steven Yeun is solid for the screen time he manages to get. One big surprise is newcomer Brandon Perea portraying Angel Torres, an electronics company worker who gets mixed up in the Haywood’s quest. His character was hilarious and provided a majority of the comedy for the film which Nope had a significant amount of.

It always impresses me how Peele manages to mix in a significant amount of comedy in each of his movies despite the disturbing topics. He makes it seem easy, but for the comedy to land as well as it does, it is harder to achieve than many would think.

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With the year halfway done, I am very pleased with the amount of fantastic original films we have received thus far. 

It’s safe to say that Peele delivered once again as he brings audiences his biggest and boldest film to date. If you’re looking for an entertaining thrill ride full of surprises and haunting scares, look no further than Nope.

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From Comedy Actor to Horror Filmmaker, Jordan Peele Has Done It All

Over the course of fifteen years, Jordan Peele has slowly become a household name and now he shines at the top of Hollywood’s elite director’s list, but he didn’t get there without a lot of hard work. We are going to go back to his beginnings and will be taking a deep dive look into how he got to where he is today. With a new horror film from Peele just around the corner what better time than to dissect his intriguing career thus far.

Humble Beginnings
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Jordan Peele attended Sarah Lawrence College in 1997 and studied for two years until he realized you don’t need a degree to be funny. Peele decided to drop out and form a comedy duo with classmate Rebecca Drysdale. After a couple of years, Peele switched it up and started grinding sketch and improv comedy at Second City and Improv Olympic in Chicago where he began to attain more traction for his work. Later in 2002, Jordan Peele relocated and performed sketch and improv comedy at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam.

Peele’s First Big Gig

In 2003, Peele joined the cast of the hit TV show Mad TV. Around the same time, a future collaborator of Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key joined the cast too which is where they met. During Peele’s time at Mad TV, his comedy skills only grew as he delivered hilarious impressions and in turn, received his first Emmy nomination. Peele even auditioned for Saturday Night Live around the time of the Writers Guild of America strike but ended up not receiving a role on the show and continued to work on Mad TV through 2008.

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Peele’s Own Little Sunken Place

After Mad TV, a few years went by where it seemed like Peele’s career was halted. He bounced around acting gigs having been featured on some small TV shows such as The Station, Chocolate News, Reno 911!, SuperNews!, and Love Bites. Peele also had some very small roles in two feature films: Little Fockers and Wanderlust. But little did the public know, Peele had many ideas up his sleeve for the future.

Peele’s Big Break

In 2012, Jordan Peele struck comedy gold with old collaborator Keegan-Michael Key as they created the hit TV show Key & Peele which aired on Comedy Central. The show lasted for three years and also sparked many viral youtube comedy sketches online such as ‘Substitute Teacher’ and ‘I Said Bitch’. Many people, including myself, oftentimes get stuck in the youtube rabbit hole for hours on end watching Key & Peele’s laugh-out-loud comedy skits. My brother, friends, and even relatives quote the sketches daily. Their comedy was a huge hit in the pop culture world and will surely influence future comedic acts for years on end. The show was not only popular amongst fans, but it came with critical acclaim and received 16 Emmy nominations including 2 wins during its time on air. 

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Peele Lands His First Lead Role

After the success of Key & Peele, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key collaborated once more bringing us the hilarious Keanu. Peele not only starred in the film but he also co-wrote and produced the movie too. Although the premise was extremely silly, (having similar humor to his comedy skits from Key & Peele), the film was a success winning over both critics and the general public. While the film probably didn’t win over many new fans, Keanu was still a benchmark in Peele’s career as a whole. 

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Peele’s Moves On In A Big Way

After the success of Keanu, one would think Peele would begin to star in bigger-budget comedy movies and continue his acting career. But to the surprise of many, Peele shocked the world with the announcement that his next move would be writing and directing an original horror movie titled Get Out. He had never directed anything in the past so there was no telling whether the film would be a hit or a miss. I myself had reasons to believe the film would flop and was unfortunately not anticipating the film to be good at all.

For starters, the film had a February release date which historically is a month that doesn’t produce the best movies. Additionally (and this could be a very hot take) I thought the trailers looked like another throwaway Blumhouse horror film. But to many people’s great surprise, including myself, Get Out turned out to be one of my favorite movies of all time and Jordan Peele immediately became a household name if he wasn’t already. 

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Sunken Place Success

Get Out was extremely well received amongst both the critics and audiences by landing a highly coveted 98% on rotten tomatoes and an 85 on Metacritic. At the time of release, there was also speculation that the film could potentially receive some Academy Award nominations. The only problem is that films released very early in the year rarely get nominated for Oscars because they are usually forgotten about by the time the ceremony comes around. But Get Out proved every doubter wrong and stayed a strong contender throughout the year.

The film ended up landing four huge Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya. The film also received nominations from many other lower-level prestigious awards ceremonies and Peele ended up taking home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay which firmly cemented his name in Hollywood history by becoming the first African American to win the Best Original Screenplay award. After Peele received the Oscar, it was easy to predict he would keep making movies for a while.

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Peele Says Bye To Acting

After his success with Get Out, Peele revealed that he secretly always had ideas for horror movies and was dying to make them because he felt as if the genre was dying. On top of that, Peele stated that he enjoys making movies more than acting and will be making four more very unique and different social horror, and thriller movies within the next decade. With this announcement from Peele, it meant two things. The more positive outcome is that we would get four more kick-ass horror movies in the coming years, but unfortunately, it also meant that he wouldn’t be taking any big acting roles anymore and so far he has been true to his word. 

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From 2017 onward, he’s had limited acting work playing voices in two animated movies: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie and Toy Story 4, one animated TV show, Big Mouth, and he starred as the narrator in the reboot of The Twilight Zone. In addition to small acting roles, Peele has dabbled in producing shows and movies too. In 2018, Peele received his fourth Oscar nomination for producing the Best Picture nominated film BlacKkKlansman. Other projects Peele has produced after BlacKkKlansman include: Weird City, Lorena, Us, Hair Love, Hunters, The Twilight Zone, Lovecraft Country, Candyman, and The Last O.G.  

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Peele’s Second Feature Film

In 2019 Peele brought us his second horror film Us. Despite the film not winning as many awards as Get Out, critically, it still received rave reviews and was mostly loved by the general public. The closest it got to receiving an Academy Award nomination was for Best Actress for Lupita Nyong’o. In my opinion, this is still one of the biggest Oscar snubs to date as Lupita Nyong’o gave an incredible performance playing both a concerned mother and a vicious doppelgänger. At the end of the day, Peele gave audiences another entertaining thrill ride that cemented Peele’s name even deeper in Hollywood history.

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Peele’s Third Feature Film

This week, Peele’s third horror nightmare will be released to the world. Titled Nope, the film follows California ranch owners as they encounter a shocking discovery that could change their lives forever. From the trailers, this looks like it will be Peele’s biggest and boldest film to date. Expectations are definitely high, but so far Peele hasn’t let us down, so it’s safe to keep the ceiling high with this one.

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Future Endeavors

Besides the two more horror movies that we will be getting from Peele in the future when it comes to his other plans, who knows what he’ll decide to do later down the road. The only thing we do expect is to see him collaborate with Keegan-Michael Key again very soon. Key and Peele have a new animated adventure comedy releasing in late 2022 starring both of them titled Wendell and Wild. In addition, it is rumored that the pair have two comedy movies planned together so don’t expect Jordan Peele’s comedy roots to go away anytime soon.