Recommended Movies

Here are some movies I have enjoyed over the years and would recommend. Some titles like The Thin Red Line, Black Hawk Down, Gran Torino, or Saving Private Ryan are not for the faint of heart, but they’re really great films.

Top Favorites

Title Director
The Tree of Life
The Thin Red Line
Terrence Malick
The Prestige
The Dark Knight Trilogy
Christopher Nolan
A Beautiful Mind Ron Howard
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Mark Herman
The King’s Speech Tom Hooper
The Bourne Supremacy Paul Greengrass
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Andrew Adamson


Title Director
The Birds
North By Northwest
Alfred Hitchcock
Roman Holiday William Wyler
The Philadelphia Story George Cukor
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
It Happened One Night
Frank Capra
Charade Stanley Donen
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Blake Edwards
Night Train to Munich Carol Reed
The Man Who Never Was Ronald Neame

Action & Adventure/Historical/Drama/Fiction/etc.

Title Director
Road to Perdition
Sam Mendes
Casino Royale Martin Campbell
The Bourne Identity Doug Liman
The Bourne Ultimatum Paul Greengrass
State of Play Kevin MacDonald
The Hunt for Red October John McTiernan
Clear and Present Danger Phillip Noyce
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Kenneth Branagh
Black Hawk Down Ridley Scott
The Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler’s List
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Steven Spielberg
28 Days Later Danny Boyle
Defiance Edward Zwick


Title Director
Star Wars
Star Trek: First Contact Jonathan Frakes
Star Trek: Into Darkness J.J. Abrams
The Hunger Games Gary Ross
The Avengers Joss Wheedon
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Anthony and Joe Russo


Title Director
For A Few Dollars More
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Once Upon a Time in the West
Sergio Leone
3:10 to Yuma James Mangold
High Noon Fred Zinnemann


Title Director
The Blindside John Lee Hancock
October Baby Jon and Andrew Erwin
The Second Chance Steve Taylor
Gran Torino, American Sniper Clint Eastwood
Les Misérables Tom Hooper

Updated February 17, 2016