This page will be updated every six months or so as great movies aren’t made overnight, also to give you all time to get through the list before it is refreshed.
I’ll try and pick things that aren’t already very well known, otherwise what’s the point?
I haven’t checked Netflix to see if all of these films are present, but I’ll highlight the ones that I know are on Netflix (at the time of writing) in red.
Alas, here goes… In no particular order:
The Lego Movie (2014) – I know, I know… You’re just gonna have to trust me on this one. This is easily one of my favourite animated movies from the last few years, well worth a watch!
The Rush Hour Trilogy (1998, 2001, 2007 (2018???)) – I know this is a very well known trilogy, but it would’ve been rude to exclude such a comedic masterpiece from my list – definitely worth watching.
Armageddon (1998) – The science in this film won’t appeal to everyone, I admit, but who doesn’t love blowing up a huge meteor before it can destroy the world?
Dope (2015) – One of the best movies I’ve ever seen based on the first watch and message it carried, follows a young black genius getting caught up in the drug life, cause of stereotypes and what not… Obviously, there’s a twist, but the way the movie destroys our assumptions is absolutely brilliant!
Get Out (2017) – Speaking of challenging our assumptions, Get Out has got to be one of the most well-crafted films of recent times. The satirical plot carries some very important messages and truths about the lives of black people in our society, regardless of how you choose to interpret each scene. If you’ve already seen the film, have a look at this post from Buzz Feed (Contains spoilers). 100% must watch!
National Security (2003) – Kind of like a Rush Hour lite but still a very funny movie that’ll get you through a tough time, as it did me.
The Blade Trilogy (1998, 2002, 2004 (2018???)) – The Marvel Movie they didn’t want you to know about. Two hours of the Great Wesley Snipes kicking vampire ass in this epic Fantasy/Thriller. I haven’t actually finished the trilogy as the reviews for Blade II and Blade: Trinity aren’t as appealing as one would hope, but the first movie a very good watch.
About Last Night (2014) – Now, I’m not big on the Romance scene, but everyone loves a good rom-com. Emphasis on the GOOD. Alas, Kevin Hart has been hit and miss in his recent filmography but this was a film I could enjoy, which also carries a powerful message about love and how to show it, conveyed in a fresh, unique way.
The Big Short (2015) – If you love making money and beating the system, studying economics, or post-batman Christian Bale, you’ll love this movie. Ryan Gosling & Steve Carell are also in this movie which shows us how being lazy can get you paid – based on a true story.
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) – You didn’t think I’d make a list of great movies and not talk about Kung Fu, did you? There are a hell of a lot of Kung Fu movies out in the wild and plenty better than this, but anyone who watches fighting movies will already know about that. The Forbidden Kingdom is the perfect movie for those unaware of the art, as it will slowly open your eyes the crazy world of martial arts, Karate Kid aside. There’s also Tuxedo or Kiss of the Dragon, starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li respectively, as opposed to both of whom being present in the aforementioned movie.
Like Mike (2002) – This movie takes empathy to a whole new level. A 14 year old Lil’ Bow Wow stars in this film as an orphan who becomes an NBA superstar after finding an old pair of Michael Jordan’s trainers. I’m not really sure what else I can say, just watch it.
Liar Liar (1997) – Bruce Almighty (2003) will always be considered a brilliant family movie, but let’s remember where Jim Carrey came from. The Mask back in ’93 is my earliest memory of Jim, mind you, it wasn’t exactly “family friendly”. In this film, the protagonist loses his ability to lie after disappointing his son one time too many, so believe me when I say this is a great film!
Shaolin Soccer (2001) – Just when you thought I was moving on… Shaolin Soccer is the perfect combination of Kung Fu and football, in an incredibly faced paced, action based masterpiece. If you love football, martial arts or even some sort of dance, you’ll love this!
Kung Fu Hustle (2004) – From the makers of Shaolin Soccer, Stephen Chow returns as a Kung Fu master, torn between helping people or joining a notorious gang. On his journey, he begins to master his true powers and show everyone just what he’s made of… Kung Fu style!
Jingle All The Way (1996) – Another family film, this time with the great Arnold Schwarzenegger who also seems to enjoy disappointing his son (I feel a blog post coming on…), goes on an adventure to redeem himself after forgetting to buy his son a Christmas present, only to find out the action figure Turbo Man has sold out everywhere. Alas, no job is too big for Arnold!
Good Burger (1997) – Nickelodeon wasn’t really the place to be for good movies, but Good Burger was absolutely hilarious, I must say. Not your typical teen film.