"The Revolt that Stirred the World!"

The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, not rated, 121 minutes

The Battle of Algiers is a brilliantly made and remarkably realistic film about the bloody revolution in Algeria against the French. The film takes a surprisingly unbiased look at the revolution, showing the good parts and the deplorable parts of both sides. The film feels almost like a documentary, using many real people as opposed to actors, and a look similar to a news reel. The film can be hard to watch, as the brutality looks real and events are true, but the powerful story is fascinating and enlightening. The Battle of Algiers is a monumental and illuminating film that has a powerful message and an unforgettable true story. You'll like it if: You like political thrillers, historical dramas, war movies, Lawrence of Arabia, All Quiet on the Western Front or Rome, Open City.

"When Ambition Meets Faith"

There Will be Blood (2007)
Directed by P.T. Anderson, rated R, 158 minutes

There Will be Blood is a visually arresting and utterly engrossing film about a greedy oil prospector whose insatiable thirst for success drives him to get all the oil in a small western town. Daniel Day-Lewis delivers what can only be described as a tour de force, he's charming, ruthless, greedy, frightening, powerful and absolutely unforgettable. The story is a slow burner, but the characters are interesting, the cinematography is amazing and the suspense of the story continues to build all through the film. The anxious music helps add to the unsettling and brilliantly dark mood. There Will be Blood is a relentless and awe-inspiring film that sucks you in till the shocking and perfect ending. You'll like it if: You like movies about greed, character studies, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York, The Night of the Hunter, The Shining or Magnolia.

"A comedy about growing up... and the bumps along the way."

Juno (2007)
Directed by jason Reitman, rated Pg-13, 96 minutes

Juno is an unpredictable and delightfully quirky independent comedy about a teenage girl who begins on the odd journey of her unplanned pregnancy with her awkward boyfriend. Ellen Page is completely lovable as Juno, but it's the supporting cast, including the hilarious Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman and J.K. Simmons, that holds the film together. The dialogue can border on annoying at times, but the well written characters and the solid acting keep the film entertaining to it's interesting ending. Juno is a smart and enjoyable film that's held back by it's desire to be popular and indie, but is still pretty good. You'll like it if: You like indie comedies, Ellen Page, Little Miss Sunshine or Thank You for Smoking.

5 Terrific Horror-Comedies (No Sequels)

5. Cemetery Man (1994) Directed by Michele Soavi, rated R, 105 minutes
Cemetery is a genuinely bizarre and wonderfully entertaining Italian zombie film about a cemetery caretaker who must kill the dead brought to his cemetery a second time, as they become the living dead after seven nights in the cemetery. The film is filled with hysterically funny scenes, and others that are just absurdly weird. The story is a little hard to follow, but in the end it comes together in an unpredictable and interesting way. Cemetery Man is a unique and incredibly intriguing film that will surely surprise you by the end. You'll like it if: You like Italian horror movies, surreal movies or The Re-Animator.

4. Scream (1996) Directed by Wes Craven, rated R, 111 minutes
Scream is horror master Wes Craven's smart and scary send up to slasher films, about a psychopathic serial killer who's stalking a group of teenagers, just like it happens in the movies. The film makes a lot of in-jokes for horror fans, and there are some genuine scares mixed in with the laughs. The story is filled with many subtly hilarious scenes, as the killer is not an unstoppable killer, but is actually rather inept at killing. In Scream, the opening scene will have you hooked, and the surprising ending will have you shocked. You'll like it if: You like parodies, Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween.

3. Braindead aka Dead Alive (1992) Directed by Peter Jackson, rated R, 104 minutes
Braindead is the goriest film of all time. Director Peter Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings, brings his incredible vision to zombie films. Braindead is about a shy man who, after his mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey, dies and comes back from the dead, must try to stop the zombie outbreak from going farther. The film contains a bunch of hilariously over the top characters, and some brilliant dialogue. And, the last 30 minutes contains some of the goriest and funniest scenes ever made. Braindead is rollicking and ludicrously entertaining film, that is more funny than scary or disturbing. You'll like it if: You like splatter movies, Australian cinema or The Evil Dead Trilogy.

2. Planet Terror (2007) Directed by Robert Rodriguez, rated R, 105 minutes
Planet Terror was the better half of the utterly brilliant Grindhouse, and it's a truly unforgettable zombie film. Planet Terror is about a group of survivors who try to survive in a zombie infested world after a bio-weapon is released. The film mocks old exploitation films with a fake aged look and a hilarious low-budget atmosphere, and the story is an unsettling and exceptionally funny. The film is so wonderfully over the top and absurdly unrealistic, you can't help but enjoy it. Planet Terror is an unbelievably entertaining and indescribably fun film that keeps getting more hilarious and out of control. You'll like it if: You like zombie movies, exploitation movies, parodies, Shaun of the Dead or From Dusk Till Dawn.

1. American Psycho (2000) Directed by Mary Harron, rated R, 101 minutes
American Psycho is a deliciously satirical and delightfully dark film, set in the 80's, about a wealthy New York investment banker who's nightly bloodlust for murder begins to spill into his daytime. Christian Bale offers a truly perfect performance, creating a disgustingly lovable and really disturbing psychopath, as he delivers an unending line of laugh out loud quotes. The film has a surreal element, as you dip into the mind of a disturbed and hilariously twisted killer. The story presents some absurdly funny satire of the 80's, and the dialogue is to kill for. American Psycho is both a preposterously entertaining and meaningful film, with memorable characters and an unpredictable ending. You'll like it if: You like satirical movies, dark comedies, The Silence of the Lambs, Fight Club or The King of Comedy.

"A Disgrace to Criminals Everywhere."

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Directed by Guy Ritchie, rated R, 107 minutes

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a hilarious, thrilling and extremely fun British gangster-comedy about four friends who, after losing a ton of money in a high stakes poker games, have one week to pay the mob half a million pounds. The writing is brilliant following a few different stories that come together in the end, and the dialogue is effortlessly funny. The camera work is entertaining, livening an already exciting film that keeps your attention with tons of twists and turns. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is an unpredictable and stylized film, with plenty of dark humor and lovable characters. You'll like it if: You like crime-comedies, movies about converging stories, British cinema, Pulp Fiction, In Bruges or Reservoir Dogs.

"Everyone has one special thing"

Boogie Nights (1997)
Directed by P.T. Anderson, rated R, 155 minutes

Boogie Nights is a hysterically funny but desperately sad epic film about the rise and fall of a high school dropout who enters the porn industry in the 70's and begins making the best films around. The simply incredible cast, including Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, John C. Reilly, Heather Graham, Don Cheadle, Philip Seymour Hoffman and William H. Macy, creates innumerable memorable characters. The story is brilliantly written, as you follow this young man's incredible story in the decadent and bizarre world of L.A. in the 70's and 80's. Boogie Nights is a visually masterful film filled with deeply interesting characters, hilarious dialogue and honestly depressing twists and turns. You'll like it if: You like movies following the rise and fall of someone, movies with huge casts, movies set in the 70's, Magnolia, Goodfellas or American Beauty.

A Graphic and Chaotic War Film

Black Hawk Down (2001)
Directed by Ridley Scott, rated R, 144 minutes

Black Hawk Down is a realistic and bleak film that shows a rather unglamorous view of war. The film is about a group of elite U.S. soldiers sent into Somalia, who find themselves in a city where their enemies are everywhere and mixed in with the civilians. The fantastic cast, including Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore and William Fitchner, manage to create a plethora of likable characters. The battle scenes are brilliantly directed, and the film even manages to make you feel like you're trapped in Somalia with these men. Black Hawk Down is a powerful and violently realistic war film that presents an honest, frightening and heroic view war. You'll like it if: You like war movies, movies with large casts, Ridley Scott's films, Saving Private Ryan or Tears of the Sun.

"A story of the most precious moments in woman's life!"

Brief Encounter (1945)
Directed by David Lean, not rated, 86 minutes

Brief Encounter is an immensely powerful and incredibly beautiful film about the relationship that develops between a married woman and a doctor after a chance encounter at the train station. Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard are flawless as the leads, and their relationship seems so real you can't help but enjoy seeing them together. The story is a very simple one, but the honest emotions evoked throughout the film make it truly memorable. Brief Encounter is a deeply engrossing and melancholy film; it's simple, honest and memorable. You'll like it if: You like classic romance movies, romantic dramas, David Lean's films, Roman Holiday or Lost in Translation.