12 Most Enthralling Movies Ever Made

12 Most Enthralling Movies Ever Made

I am a HUGE movie buff. I watch them all, even the bad ones. I love, love, LOVE movies!

However, there are 12 movies that stand above the rest. No. They are not classics…yet. But I’ve seen each and every one of these flicks at least 15 times, and they only get better with each showing.

I know, I know. I need to get a life. I’m working on that part.

If you haven’t seen one of these, do yourself a favor and rent it, buy it, steal it if you have to; but get a bag of popcorn and prepare yourself to be enthralled with the sites and sounds of the 12 most amazing movies ever made.

How do I know these are the most amazing movies ever made? I’m glad you asked.

Evey time I accidentally happen to be in front of TV when one of these movies is playing I get sucked into watching it, no matter how many times I’ve seen it already.

They just have that certain something that makes you see them every time as if it’s unwrapping a present for the first time.Only few movies have that kind of effect on me, and here they are.

So without further ado, for your viewing pleasure, the 12 Most Amazing Movies Ever Made.

1. Twelve Monkeys

Oh my god. How awesome is this movie? What? You’ve never seen it? Get out!?!

I must have seen this movie dozens of times. An ex girlfriend and I had a tradition to watch this movie on January 1st after waking up from New Year’s celebrations and perhaps imbibing more than we should. So needless to say, 12 Monkeys has a special personal significance to me.

For you however, you will find it an engrossing experience as Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt take you through twists and turns of time travel like you’ve never seen before.

2. The Usual Suspects

What a twist ending. You’ll NEVER see it coming.

Who’s in this movie? Oh, I dunno, how about Kevin Pollak, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro, Gabriel Byrne, and none other than Mr. Kevin Spacey. How is that for an all star lineup?

And as far as powerful storytelling goes, it doesn’t get any better than this. Even Stephen Baldwin, who is arguably the least talented Stephen, is in rare form in this one.

3. Grosse Pointe Blank

John Cusack is most definitely one of my favorite actors.

Alan Arkin, a veteran of other awesome movies that could have easily made this list (namely So I Married an Axe Murderer where he plays a Police Chief who is trying to be a hard ass), plays a Psychiatrist to John Cusack’s character in Grosse Pointe Blank, and it’s one of the most authentic portrayals of the way a shrink would act around a killer-for-hire that I’ve ever seen. It comes up more than you think :-)

Even Dan Aykroyd, who in my mind represents everything that’s wrong with the (movie) world, is simply brilliant in this movie.

4. Lucky Number Slevin

From the opening scene to the very end, this movie is simply gripping. Another Bruce Willis joint. And to think the producers of Moonlighting (a TV show on which Willis got his start) wanted to cancel the whole thing after the unsuccessful first season.

The 2nd season of Moonlighting became huge success and with it, it elevated Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis to superstar status. Bruce went on to make movies like 12 Monkeys and Lucky Number Slevin, which are simply amazing. But it almost didn’t happen.

Everyone in this movie is simply amazing. I love, love, LOVE this movie.

5. Snatch

Brad Pitt is one of the main characters in this movie and as such, he has a huge speaking part. Too bad you can’t understand the word of it.

It’s all by design of course, because Pitt plays a Gypsy living in rural British Side. If you thought Cockney accent is difficult to understand, try a Gypsy with a Cockney accent on for size.

None of that matters because Pitt is superb in this one. Anyone who speaks for a living can learn A TON from Pitt in this role because everything that needed to be communicated was communicated sans words, using body, posture, looks, and occasional grunt to convey the message.

Message conveyed. I can see this movie over and over again.

6. The Big Lebowski

Dude. This one has so many undefinable qualities my words escape me.

I think the biggest trick the director pulls on the viewer in this one, is to lull you into a false sense of ordinary, only to take every single ordinary situation and flip it on its head.

Also, this is another one with amazing cast. I don’t think casting directors get enough credit. I mean, you put giants like Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and you’re bound to have yourself an amazing movie. And this one most certainly is.

7. The Truman Show

This movie has not one, not two, but 3 amazing things going for it.

One. It was made in 1998, well before reality shows were all the rage. But the story revolves around a reality show in which Truman -played by Jim Carrey- is televised 24/7 without his knowing. Truman starts to suspect something is “off” and in the end…well, you’ll just have to watch the movie to find out.

Two. It turned Jim Carrey from a comedy clown into a character actor. Jim didn’t say a single line out of his ass in this one.

And three. Well, this one is personal. Something very special and private happened to me on the opening night -June 5th- of this movie. Something that never happened before or since. What was it? I’ll never tell. :-)

8. Pulp Fiction

I have to assume you’ve seen Pulp Fiction, right?

It’s only one of the most original movies ever made. The only sin this movie ever committed is that it revived John Travolta’s career. But I will forgive it because Travolta is actually quite exceptional in this one.

Also, the casting in this one is superb. Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, Uma Thurman…I mean, are you kidding me?

I will assume everyone has seen this movie and will move on, But if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a solid and watch it, and then watch it again.

9. Life of Brian

When I was a kid, growing up somewhere in Bosnia in the mid to late 80s, the late 70s were just arriving, and with it arrived Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Released in 1979 it’s the oldest movie in this bunch, but I’ve probably seen this movie every year at least once since I was 12 yrs old.

The song everyone should know -Always Look on the Bright Side of Life- premiered in this movie. The entire movie consists of quotable one-liners and hilarious plot twists.

Brian is confused for Jesus of Nazareth in this one, and of course, hilarity ensues.

You may have missed this one growing up. If so, do yourself a favor and watch it.

10. Casino

I have a confession to make. I’ve never seen The Godfather. It was way before my time and I don’t really care for Gone With the Wind. Those old movies could be pumpkin pie for all I know, but I have no desire to see them. And I suspect kids born today will have no interest in watching this old garbage that was made way before their time either.

Having said that, Casino strikes the right chord with me. Released in 1995, it’s the last of the great mafia flicks in the tradition of The Godfather and Goodfellas (another amazing movie btw).

This movie is epic. At 3 hrs long, by the time you get to the end you want it to go on even longer. A must see.

11. Reservoir Dogs

This was Quentin Tarantino’s directorial debut. And what a debut it was.

You can see the threads of Pulp Fiction (also directed by Quentin Tarantino) being sown already by the young director.

The cast? Basically it’s who’s who of cool. Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and the list goes on. Even the “voice” on the radio is provided by one of the coolest comedians with the iciest delivery on the planet, the venerable Mr. Steven Wright.

This is truly a modern classic, film-buffs and movie-school dropouts will be studying this one for a long time.

12. Fight Club

This one catches me off guard every time I watch it. It is a brilliant adaptation of the book and of course, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are sublime.

This is also the first time I became aware of, and subsequently fell in love with, Helena Bonham Carter.

Even Meatloaf (or is it Mr. Meatloaf?) is playing a great character and his role feals unforced and comfortable. As if he’s played that part all his life.

Superbly executed, brilliantly directed, awesomely casted. Fight Club.

What does this say about me?

I never realized this about myself, but apparently I’m a huge fan of Bruce Willis. He is in 3 out of these 12 movies. Brady Pitt is in 3 as well. Steve Buscemi is in 2. Quentin Tarantino clocks in twice as a Director on tow of these movies. But I already knew I liked Tarantino’s directorial prowess.

I read the list out loud to my girlfriend (aka Javelina Evelina ) and she said they’re all the same kind of movie. But I don’t think so…are they?

  • What is the best, most amazing movie you’ve ever seen?
  • Who is your favorite actor?
  • Which one of these movies will you watch this weekend?
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Dino Dogan


Founder of Triberr . Lousy Mixed Martial Artist and a recovering Network Engineer. Pretty good singer/songwriter, trainer of dogs, and a blogger of Biz. Fun at parties and a global force for badassery.

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I've seen the majority of these flicks, and I have to say that I've enjoyed the ones I've seen. I would have enjoyed them even more without the violence, language and sex, but they would only be 10 minute long flicks.

Kind of surprised about the Godfather comment. I would have figured that you'd have seen those classic mob movies, especially Scareface. Interesting.


Outstanding list, Dino. #1, #2 and #4 are high on my list...and the Truman Show was very creative! And well, we aren't supposed to talk about #12...but again, exceptionally creative.


Doga, I agree with you with most but I can't forgive what you said about The Godfather... Must see!

Also, I would love to add few more: Ghost Dog (the way of samurai), High Fidelity, Lost in Translation, Napoleon Dynamite and Carlito's Way. Actually, I might make up my own list and post it to you, curious about your opinion ;)

Cheers mate, once again, great job here!


VERY well done - except you'r missing some John Hughes!


Nice Dino! I absolutely LOVE Usual Suspects! Turned me into a Spacey fan for sure!


Dino, aloha. What a wonderful surprise to see you as a 12Most contributor. Today is my first day back after a week+ on the Mainland and there was your post waiting for approval as a Welcome Home gift.

Since I am not a movie buff, I cannot comment on your selections. That being said, I do find your reviews compelling and I agree with your comments on "Th Usual Suspects"--the only one I have seen. Aloha. Janet

PegFitzpatrick moderator

Love that @dinodogan is in the 12 Most house!!

Really great round up of movies! I have watched them many times myself as my husband is a huge fan of this type of movie as well. If you swapped Truman for True Lies and added a Godfather or two, it would be my house on the tube.

Unless I get to pick the movie!


We have similar taste. I can say that I wouldn't mind sitting through any of these movies again. I am especially pleased that Life of Brian made the list! I re-watch it all the time. It is hilarious and my favorite python film. It is strangely historically accurate in parts which adds to its charm.

The movies that would be on my list include "Stranger Than Fiction" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".

Kim Phillips
Kim Phillips

Agree with your lady friend that there is a common thread among these movies... very masculine, a lot of violence. Have seen most of them, some of them several times. Top of my personal list would be Local Hero... if you haven't seen it, give it a try. I have seen it easily 30 times and would watch it again tonight. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085859/


Though my 12 most enthralling movies would be vastly different than yours, I completely relate to the love of movies you have. Unfortunately I'm finding it more and more difficult to find movies to love that way anymore. I don't know if its me or the film industry, but it's kind of frustrating. More and more I find myself being more captivated by cable series: Enlightened, Shameless, Big Love (miss it), and so on. It's all about the characters!


@sharongreenthal I am LOVING Californication, Dexter, and Bored to Death.

And btw, I think it's us. Movies -like music- has to be made during our salad days to have any meaning to us. If you care more about the opinion of your peer group than the opinion of your family, you're in your salad days and the movies (and music) you watch will have a huge meaning for you.

Once you start spending less time with friends and more time with spouse and kids, the peer group's opinion -and consequently the meaning- is removed from your life and not tied to them any longer....anyways, this makes total sense in my head, hope it makes sense to you too :-)


@dinodogan You can take him, buddy - just let him wear himself out, you know what I mean?


@dinodogan@socialmouths I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It also stars Emma Thompson who is super funny. She does so much dramatic work that I almost forget she was well known for her comedy first!

Kim Phillips
Kim Phillips

@dinodogan Let me know how you like it... don't multi-task the first time you watch it...lots of subtleties.... kim at getlucid . net