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Seven Samurai

Directed by Akira Kurosawa | 207 min | 1954

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.


North by Northwest

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock | 136 min | 1959

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.


Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Directed by George Lucas | Rated PG | 121 min | 1977

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Directed by Peter Jackson | Rated PG-13 | 201 min | 2003

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.


Raiders of the Lost Ark

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG | 115 min | 1981

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.


Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Directed by Irvin Kershner | Rated PG | 124 min | 1980

After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.


The Wild Bunch

Directed by Sam Peckinpah | Rated R | 145 min | 1969

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.


Bonnie and Clyde

Directed by Arthur Penn | 111 min | 1967

A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang.


Saving Private Ryan

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated R | 169 min | 1998

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.


Gladiator

Directed by Ridley Scott | Rated R | 155 min | 2000

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.


The Dark Knight

Directed by Christopher Nolan | Rated PG-13 | 152 min | 2008

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice.


The General

Directed by Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton | 67 min | 1926

When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.


The Adventures of Robin Hood

Directed by Michael Curtiz, William Keighley | Rated PG | 102 min | 1938

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.


The French Connection

Directed by William Friedkin | Rated R | 104 min | 1971

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Directed by Peter Jackson | Rated PG-13 | 178 min | 2001

A meek Hobbit and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron.


The Matrix

Directed by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Rated R | 136 min | 1999

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.


Mad Max: Fury Road

Directed by George Miller | Rated R | 120 min | 2015

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.


Inception

Directed by Christopher Nolan | Rated PG-13 | 148 min | 2010

A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.


Goldfinger

Directed by Guy Hamilton | 110 min | 1964

Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.


Avatar

Directed by James Cameron | Rated PG-13 | 162 min | 2009

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.


Aliens

Directed by James Cameron | Rated R | 137 min | 1986

The planet from Alien (1979) has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?


Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Directed by George Miller | Rated R | 94 min | 1981

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.


Red River

Directed by Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson | 133 min | 1948

Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.


Ran

Directed by Akira Kurosawa | Rated R | 162 min | 1985

Set in Japan in the 16th century (or so), an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them, or cause them to turn on each other...and him...


The Terminator

Directed by James Cameron | Rated R | 107 min | 1984

A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.


Dirty Harry

Directed by Don Siegel | Rated R | 102 min | 1971

When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.


Juice

Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson | Rated R | 95 min | 1992

Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as "the juice".


Shaft

Directed by Gordon Parks | Rated R | 100 min | 1971

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.


Super Fly

Directed by Gordon Parks Jr. | Rated R | 93 min | 1972

The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.


The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Directed by Ivan Dixon | Rated PG | 102 min | 1973

A black man plays Uncle Tom in order to gain access to CIA training, then uses that knowledge to plot a new American Revolution.


Rio Bravo

Directed by Howard Hawks | 141 min | 1959

A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy.


Sherlock Jr.

Directed by Buster Keaton | 45 min | 1924

A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.


The Italian Job

Directed by Peter Collinson | Rated G | 99 min | 1969

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.


Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Directed by James Cameron | Rated R | 137 min | 1991

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal.


Ghostbusters

Directed by Ivan Reitman | Rated PG | 105 min | 1984

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Directed by Peter Jackson | Rated PG-13 | 179 min | 2002

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.


Die Hard

Directed by John McTiernan | Rated R | 131 min | 1988

John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.


Dr. No

Directed by Terence Young | 110 min | 1962

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.


A Most Violent Year

Directed by J.C. Chandor | Rated R | 125 min | 2014

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.


The Longest Day

Directed by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck | Rated G | 178 min | 1962

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.


The Dark Knight Rises

Directed by Christopher Nolan | Rated PG-13 | 164 min | 2012

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.


Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Directed by Richard Marquand | Rated PG | 131 min | 1983

After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force.


Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Directed by J.J. Abrams | Rated PG-13 | 138 min | 2015

Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Directed by Ang Lee | Rated PG-13 | 120 min | 2000

Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically skilled, adolescent nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.


District 9

Directed by Neill Blomkamp | Rated R | 112 min | 2009

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.


Alexander Nevsky

Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev | 112 min | 1938

The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.


The Navigator

Directed by Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton | 59 min | 1924

Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship.


Apocalypto

Directed by Mel Gibson | Rated R | 139 min | 2006

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate.


Kung Fu Hustle

Directed by Stephen Chow | Rated R | 99 min | 2004

In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.


Mad Max

Directed by George Miller | Rated R | 88 min | 1979

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.


Rolling Thunder

Directed by John Flynn | Rated R | 95 min | 1977

Major Charles Rane comes back from the war and is given a number of gifts from his hometown because he is a war hero. Some greedy thugs decide that they want to steal a number of silver ...


Thief

Directed by Michael Mann | Rated R | 122 min | 1981

Becoming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the mafia, who have other plans for him.


Yojimbo

Directed by Akira Kurosawa | 110 min | 1961

A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.


Three Kings

Directed by David O. Russell | Rated R | 114 min | 1999

In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.


Looper

Directed by Rian Johnson | Rated R | 119 min | 2012

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.


Edge of Tomorrow

Directed by Doug Liman | Rated PG-13 | 113 min | 2014

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.


Snowpiercer

Directed by Joon-ho Bong | Rated R | 126 min | 2013

Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.


The World's End

Directed by Edgar Wright | Rated R | 109 min | 2013

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival.


Attack the Block

Directed by Joe Cornish | Rated R | 88 min | 2011

A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.


Guardians of the Galaxy

Directed by James Gunn | Rated PG-13 | 121 min | 2014

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.


Minority Report

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG-13 | 145 min | 2002

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.


Dunkirk

Directed by Christopher Nolan | Rated PG-13 | 106 min | 2017

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.


Romancing the Stone

Directed by Robert Zemeckis | Rated PG | 106 min | 1984

A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure.


The Guns of Navarone

Directed by J. Lee Thompson | Rated N/A | 158 min | 1961

A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.

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