The Usual Suspects (1995)

Director: Bryan SingerMV5BMzI1MjI5MDQyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzE4Mjg3NA@@._V1_UY1200_CR85,0,630,1200_AL_

Writer: Christopher McQuarrie

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri

Description: Oscar winning crime/drama/mystery about five criminals who met at a police lineup. The events and storyline told from the cripple Verbal Kint’s (Kevin Spacey) point of view. Top tier script and acting. This is one of those crime movies where you have to do your own investigation throughout the movie to see whether you’ve guessed it right.

Rating: 8.8 / 10

Other noteable cast: Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, Benicio Del Toro, Pete Postlethwaite

Favorite quote: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.

Recommended audience: 17+

Gladiator (2000)

Director: Ridley ScottMV5BMTgwMzQzNTQ1Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDY2NTYxMTE@._V1_UY1200_CR90,0,630,1200_AL_

Writer: David Franzoni

Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

Description: Five time Oscar winner, this movie tells the epic story of a Roman general turned slave turned gladiator, played by Russell Crowe. It will give you goosebumps all the way through. Great acting, well written and no one else than Ridley Scott in the directors chair. Add Hans Zimmer composing the soundtrack and it becomes a movie of the ages.

Rating: 9.2 / 10

Other noteable cast: Oliver Reed, Tomas Arana, Djimon Hounsou

Favorite quote:What we do in life, echoes in eternity.

Recommended audience: 14+

Lord of War (2005)

Director: Andrew Niccol215px-Lordofwar

Writer: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke

Description: War/crime/drama with Nicolas Cage playing an international, unorthodox arms dealer. Witness the incredible cat and mouse chase between Interpol agent Valentine (Hawke) and the Orlov brothers (Leto & Cage). This film is somewhat based around the real life arms dealer Viktor Bout. Great movie overall and my favorite one with Nicolas Cage

Rating: 7.5 / 10

Other noteable cast: Bridget Moynahan, Ian Holm

Favorite quote:There is one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?”

Recommended audience: 15+

Goodfellas (1990)

Director: Martin ScorseseMV5BNThjMzczMjctZmIwOC00NTQ4LWJhZWItZDdhNTk5ZTdiMWFlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDYyMDk5MTU@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_

Writer: Nicholas Pileggi

Starring: Robert DeNiro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

Description: The Oscar winning bio/crime/drama that follows mob member Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and his associates (Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci) from the time period 1955-1980. This is some of the best work from Martin Scorsese, and without a doubt the best mafia film since The Godfather. Misguided loyalty, greed, murder and it’s all based on a true story.

Rating: 9.5 / 10

Other noteable cast: Paul Sorvino, Frank Vincent, Mike Starr

Favorite quote: Paulie may have moved slow, but it was only because Paulie didn’t have to move for anybody.

Recommended audience: 18+

Into The White (2012)

Director: Petter Næss220px-Into_The_White_Official_Poster

Writer: Ole Meldgaard, Dave Mango

Starring: Florian Lukas, Stig Hoff, David Kross, Lachlan Nieboer, Rupert Grint

Description:  Bio/drama/history about a group of German and British aircraft pilots who shot eachother down during WW2. Both sides surviving their crash, they are stuck taking shelter in the same cabin during a cold Norwegian winter. The movie is based on a real event, and it provides insight to how things were during WW2. Realistic, tense, interesting and mind-opening.

Rating: 7.1 / 10

Other noteable cast: N/A

Favorite quote: Food rule number one: If it’s full of vitamins, it tastes like shit.

Recommended audience: 13+

The Big Short (2015)

Director: Adam MckayThe_Big_Short_teaser_poster

Writer: Charles Randolph, Adam Mckay

Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Description: Oscar winning bio/drama/comedy about the housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s. This movie managed to make economy fun and understandable. Brilliant cast, funny, unique and educational.

Rating: 7.7 / 10

Other noteable cast: Tracy Letts

Favorite quote: Truth is like poetry, and most people fucking hate poetry.”

Recommended audience: 20+

Léon: The Professional (1994)

Director: Luc BessonLEON

Writer: Luc Besson

Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman

Description: Jean Reno plays a hardcore hitman who mentors a young girl after her familiy is murdered. Watch as these two form an unlikely relationship as she learns the trades of the assassin. One of the few extremely well-made assassin movies. This is the debut of Natalie Portman as the young girl Mathilda, both her and Reno delivers great acting to a thrilling movie.

Rating: 9.0 / 10

Other noteable cast: Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello

Favorite quote: “The knife is the last thing you learn.”

Recommended audience: 18+