10. Jackie Brown (1997)
It was an extremely weird mix, combining Quentin Tarantino with Elmore Leonard. The result was some really good and some really bad. There is something truly irresistible about this movie though, even as the second half falls pretty flat. Honestly, “Get Shorty” would have probably done better with the Tarantino treatment.
9. Patriot Games (1992)
The second of the Jack Ryan films is actually the best, with Harrison Ford taking on the role after Alec Baldwin would depart. Ryan seeks revenge on the IRA after the go after his family…and the IRA seek revenge on Ryan for killing one of their members. There’s just a lot of revenge going on here.
8. Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Most were extremely disappointed with the second trilogy of Star Wars films. The third installment, “Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith” was easily the best of the three, and this author would argue that it’s even better than “Return of the Jedi.” The story of Darth Vader’s descent is fascinating viewing.
7. True Romance (1993)
Combine Quentin Tarantino with Tony Scott, and you get this bizarre little crime drama. This one is all over the place, with regard to genre, but that’s actually a really good thing. As with most Tarantino film’s, the dialogue is perfect, with an astoundingly-good cast.
6. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)
While missing many of the subtleties of “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” the second installment is still an excellent action/kung-fu movie. Some of the action scenes are unparalleled as Uma Thurman works her way up the food chain of revenge. The climax is fantastic, but much of the film is somewhat heavy-handed.
5. Do the Right Thing (1989)
While the ending leaves you wondering a bit, much of “Do the Right Thing” is absolutely masterful storytelling. It’s also incredibly fun to see Lee’s playfulness in filmmaking, something that has been a bit lost in his later works. The director is also a solid actor in this one as well.
4. The Negotiator (1998)
Kevin Spacey and Samuel L. Jackson star in this terrific and underrated film about a hostage negotiator (Spacey) who must manage a crisis that is much more than it seems. Both actors, and the entire cast for that matter, turn in fabulous performances. …And that ending…
3. Jurassic Park (1993)
Yep, there’s big scary dinosaurs that eat Newman and Shaft (c’mon, you’ve all seen this one), but the relative chaos that is life, always makes it unpredictable and exciting. See, outside of dinosaurs that might or might not eat you on the shitter, Jurassic Park is a meditation on determinism versus chaos. You can’t control everything in life, so do your best and enjoy the ride. That is, unless Jeff Goldblum’s on it too. If that happens, just sacrifice yourself to the T-Rex.
2. Goodfellas (1990)
Few films are more iconic that Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.” Aside from telling a compelling and authentic story, this work is best-known for stylistic revelations that would fuel the film industry for decades to follow. The acting is also top-notch, launching Joe Pesci’s career.
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
Travolta was on his way to TV movies and furniture commercials before destiny, in the form of Quentin Tarantino, called. The former “a” star, landed the role of a lifetime in one of the most popular films of the last several decades. The film’s success and Travolta’s performance catapulted him into superstardom and blew-up his bank account. As good as John Travolta was in “Pulp Fiction,” Samuel L. Jackson was even better. Every bit of dialogue was magical and his character, Jules is one of the most interesting in film history. The final scene at the diner involving Jackson and Tim Roth is one of the most memorable in all of cinema.