10. Air Force One (1997)
This is one President who hates stowaways, especially if they’re Russian terrorists. I really think Harrison Ford could have branded “Get off my plane!” kind of how Arnold did with “I’ll be back.” He could’ve even used it in all of his subsequent movies. Firewall: “Get out of my bank!” Cowboys & Aliens: “Get off my horse!” Indiana Jones 4: “Get me out of my contract!” Yep, Indiana Jones 4 was that freaking bad!
9. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Francis Ford Coppola taking on the famous tale of Dracula was a dream come true for many cinephiles. This one was very good, but wasn’t quite the masterpiece many expected it to be. That being said, the action is heavy in this one, showing a darker version of the classic vampire.
8. Immortal Beloved (1994)
While this one came a bit too late, in this author’s opinion, the story of Ludvig van Beethoven is fascinating and disturbing at the same time. Gary Oldman is an excellent choice to play the legendary composer. You can’t help but think though, with a few tweaks here and there, this one might have been a historic film achievement, instead of just a very good movie.
7. Batman Begins (2005)
After a couple of lackluster installments, Batman was in desperate need of a reboot. It got the one it needed…and deserved in the form of auteur Christopher Nolan. Honestly, the first of Nolan’s Batman films was the best, as it was not nearly as pedantic as the other two.
6. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Gary Oldman stars in the fantastic Cold War drama, with so many twists and turns, it will leave any viewer on edge. The plot here is somewhat similar to some of the other films of the time. What sets “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” apart is the subtleties.
5. The Dark Knight (2008)
While definitely good, this author feels as though “The Dark Knight” is one of the more overrated movies of the past couple of decades. While the action is very good, the dialogue is extremely clunky and there are massive plot holes. Bale is decent, and Heath Ledger’s Joker is quite good, but doesn’t surpass Jack Nicholson.
4. 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.
3. The Contender (2000)
It’s like a stoner’s dream, “The Dude” becomes President. Well, Bridges has a bit of a different role in this one. I’ve always seen Jeff as a Midwest version of Al Pacino. He really displays his versatility in The Contender.
2. Leon (1994)
“Leon” is one of the most underrated movies of the 1990’s and one of the most unique action movies ever. Jean Reno is absolutely brilliant as a reclusive killer with a hidden heart of gold. His relationship with a very young Natalie Portman made for some odd and funny moments.
- JFK (1991)
Oliver Stone’s conspiracy-filled masterpiece is layered and beautifully-terrifying. The cast is absolutely phenomenal and the story holds up, even after a hefty runtime. Costner is excellent as Jim Garrison. This one has really held up well also…