I watched a lot of movies this weekend. (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, and The Internship – if you were curious.) This got me thinking it was about time to resurrect the old Oxide classic: the Great™ movies blog post.

As Adam explained in his list awhile back, “a Great movie is one that you would watch right now.”

Now, I tend to really enjoy fantasy and/or sci-fi films – and Shakespeare adaptations. You’ll see many such films below. While I recognize that these movies may not be universal favorites, they’ve brought me much joy over the years, and I highly recommend them.
Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Horror

  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003) – These films are epic and amazing and everyone should see them.
  • Willow (1988) – Fun to watch.
  • Underworld (2003) (the first one) – This movie gets a lot of bad reviews, but I love it. Solid story, decent special effects, good actors, great soundtrack.
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – This is how fantasy films should be.
  • Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut (1992) – Classic sci-fi. Make sure you don’t accidentally watch the 1982 theatrical release.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) – One of the funniest movies of all time.
  • The Evil Dead (1981) – Campy and scary and Great.
  • Cabin in the Woods (2012) – Generic horror film turned “¦ not. It’s wonderful.
  • The Princess Bride (1987) – My all-time favorite movie. Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles “¦ it speaks for itself.
  • World War Z (2013) – Super-suspenseful. Just don’t go in expecting it to be like the book.
  • The Goonies (1985) – A classic.
  • Alien (1979) – Sigourney Weaver is a badass.

Animated Kids Movies

  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010) – Toothless is adorable.
  • Up (2009) – The only movie that ever triggered tear production.
  • Rango (2011) – I enjoy the Hunter S. Thompson references.
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991) – A childhood favorite.
  • The Lion King (1994) – Another childhood favorite.
  • Shrek (2001) – Comical.

Romantic Comedies

  • Benny & Joon (1993) – Johnny Depp and The Proclaimers.
  • Much Ado About Nothing (2013) – I grew up watching the 1993 Kenneth Branagh version. Joss Whedon’s is refreshing.
  • Love Actually (2003) – Always an enjoyable watch, especially at Christmastime.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) – Probably the best teen movie ever.

Historicalish

  • The Last of the Mohicans (1992) – Daniel Day Lewis plus amazing soundtrack and cinematography.
  • The Patriot (2000) – Jason Isaacs is the ultimate bad guy.
  • Titanic (1997) – Sorry about this one.
  • The Piano (1993) – The soundtrack is really good.
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – Thanks, Dad.
  • 300 (2006) – Entertaining.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Gotta love Indiana Jones.
  • Romeo + Juliet (1996) – Does like Baz Lurhmann do.
  • Newsies (1992) – I was all about this movie in grade school.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Clerks
  • Serenity
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Run Lola Run
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Zombieland
  • Thor
  • Hook
  • Jurassic Park