1. Bohemian Rhapsody
This won more than best motion picture at the Golden Globes, it won an entire generation. Rami Malek is literally so close to Freddie Mercury that we all felt a little confused for half of it, and we’re pretty jealous. Who doesn’t want to work a stage like Freddie?
Bohemian Rhapsody: Hollywood Movie
2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Because sometimes the sequels aren’t trash. Terminator 2 brought back Arnie (he did SAY), reunited him with Linda Hamilton and added a dusting of cutting edge (and still impressive) digital effects for the eerie new T-1000 liquid metal villain. The script, and Arnold’s unmistakable delivery, added a whole new load of memorable quotes to the Schwarzenegger dictionary
Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Hollywood Movie
3. Mulholland Drive
Critics for the BBC voted Mulholland Drive the best film of the 21st Century, so, like, what more do you want? There’s a surreal, haunting murder mystery set in and around the mysterious world of the Hollywood movie industry (yikes, ammirite?). Nobody REALLY knows the actual plot… but what more are we meant to expect from a David Lynch film? See it, and make your own mind up.
Mulholland Drive: Hollywood Movie
4. Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo is the best storyteller in all the land, and this film is about as beautiful and emotional as it gets. Kubo is on a journey to locate a magical suit of armour that belonged to his deceased father (aaaaand the tears have already started) so that he can defeat a vengeful spirit (who’s a real d*ck). The film is full of twists and beautiful imagery, and chills are 100% guaranteed.
Kubo and the Two Strings: Hollywood Movie
5. Donnie Darko
Donald Darko is awoken and led by some freak in a straight up terrifying rabbit costume called Frank. (We personally think Dark Rabbit Lord would’ve been a better name, but cool. Whatever.) “Frank” tells him that the world will end real soon (in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds, to be specific). This leads Donnie to begin exploring what it means to be alive and, consequently, uncovering secrets of the universe as he becomes tempted to alter time and destiny. Woah
Donnie Darko: Hollywood Movie
6. Back to the Future
The sci-fi adventure comedy is the first film of, basically, one of the best trilogies in the universe. Michael J. Fox is the mega dreamy Marty McFly who goes back in time to 1955. There, he meets his future parents and accidentally becomes his mum’s crush… don’t act like you haven’t been there. Accompanied by everyone’s favourite mentally dodgy scientist ‘Doc’, they set on a mission to make his parents fall in love and get Marty back to good ole ‘85.
Back to the Future: Hollywood Movie
Excuse us while we CRY. This film puts the ‘BEAU’ in ‘beautiful’. It follows the story of a young man growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami, and how realising his sexuality weighs down his relationships with people, and affects his everyday life. Moonlight is a touching award-winner with a soundtrack that will surprise you — its use of ‘chopped and screwed’ music is unique and DaBomb (seriously, you’ll feel it in your soul). This film seriously packs a punch and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Moonlight: Hollywood Movie
8. The Breakfast Club
This coming-of-age comedy is p. much one of the greatest high school films ever made. Ever. The story sees five teenagers all brought together in a Saturday detention as they realise that there is more to them than their cliques. It’s a bit too real for words, whoever you are you’ll identify with SOMEONE. Everything about this film is iconic and the whole world will start to make more sense once you watch it. So go watch it.
The Breakfast Club: Hollywood Movie
9. This is Spinal Tap
Following fictional British heavy metal band, Spinal Tap, this rock mockumentary is all about getting people to do their favourite things – judge people and laugh about it. The dialogue was largely ad libbed, which really makes you wonder how these people function in real life. Commonly regarded as the best film of its year, (we were sceptical too, but for real) it’s hilarious.
This is Spinal Tap: Hollywood Movie
10. Alien (1979)
This Ridley Scott sci-fi horror follows the crew of a spaceship as they are stalked to death by a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creature (see? We did say that we know you’re out there…) and launched the Alien franchise. The original film received huge critical acclaim and box office success and went on to win several awards and be considered one of the best films evah. We won’t lie to you, this film is kinda gross. But it’s a good type of gross. The type of gross you need in your life.
Alien (1979): Hollywood Movie
11. Sorry to Bother You
Lakeith Stanfield could NEVER bother us, and neither could Tessa Thompson. Some people are too gorg for this universe, and putting them right next to each other makes Sorry to Bother You almost… too powerful. Like, we’re weak AF already from how insanely creative (we’re talking moving walls and floors) and funny it is, why do they have to do us like that? The premise is one we can all identify with – Cassius is just trying to get the moolah and is willing to do basically anything to get it.
Sorry to Bother You: Hollywood Movie
12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Based on the Ken Kesey novel, this is considered to be one the greatest films ever made. It has won five major Academy Awards, numerous Golden Globes and BAFTAs. But that doesn’t really matter. What matters is us, and we’re telling you that you gotta watch it. It’s the story of Randle McMurphy, who, despite not being mentally ill, is moved from prison to a mental institution. McMurphy ends up leading a revolution and starts to plan an escape. It does not go well.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Hollywood Movie
13. Vertigo (1958)
Some might say Vertigo is about some dude who’s afraid of heights. But we’re classy. It’s about a detective who’s afraid of heights. He basically becomes obsessed with his pal’s wife, who has more than a few tricks up her sleeve. Once you think you know what’s going on, you don’t. The suspense will kill you and you won’t be able to look away while John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson spirals into madness.
Vertigo (1958): Hollywood Movie
14. Shawshank Redemption
Adapted from Stephen King’s evidently limitless mind, the American drama follows Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his innocent pleas. Befriending a fellow prisoner, ‘Red’, he finds himself protected by the wardens when they start using him to help in a money-laundering operation. This film will get you feeling things for about a week.
Shawshank Redemption: Hollywood Movie
15. La La Land
And people thought they didn’t make ’em like this anymore. Clearly, they do. Lose yourself in this glorious musical where two struggling stars devote every second to making it big. You’ll be dancing in your seat, singing along, and highly emotional in no time. La La Land may have only accidentally won best picture at the Oscars, but it’s won a real place in all our hearts.
La La Land: Hollywood Movie
16. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Following a voyage to Jupiter with Hal, a sentient computer (y’know, like that one Futurama episode where Bender gets with the spaceship), after a black monolith affecting human evolution is discovered. The film deals with technology, artificial intelligence, extraterrestrial life (we know you’re out there, aliens) and existentialism and is frequently noted for its scientific accuracy, trailblazing SFX and enigmatic imagery. If you think you’re ready for this, you’re not.
2001: A Space Odyssey: Hollywood Movie
17. Apocalypse Now
This war epic, starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, and Robert Duvall (swoon, much?) follows Captain Benjamin L. Willard as he embarks upon a secret mission to kill a presumed insane traitor. Widely noted for the problems it experienced during production – including an overweight and unprepared Brando (same), Sheen’s near-fatal on-set heart attack and expensive sets being destroyed by severe weather.
Apocalypse Now: Hollywood Movie