I like Bad Santa this time every year. It's raunchy (language/scenes not for the kids) - the boxing scene cracks me up every time. Another funny one is Better Off Dead (John Cusack). 1980's teen angst told from a weird and original perspective. O' Brother Where Art Thou - I could watch it a 100 times. Animal House and Caddy Shack. The Fletch movies (Chevy Chase). Young Frankenstien/Blazing Saddles. Any Will Farrell movie.
The classics (for our younger friends out there):
Best Years of Our Lives - 1946 Academy Award winning story about vets coping with return from WW II. This one is a must see.
The Blue Max - Great movie about pilots in WW I - told from the German side - George Peppard, Elke Sommer, James Mason. Some great flying scenes in this one.
The Sand Pebbles - About a crew on a military ship in China during the Boxer Rebellion rescuing missionaries - Steve McQueen, Richard Crenna. May sound boring, but McQueen movies never are.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Small southern town murder/trial with Gregory Peck and short appearance by Robert Duvall as Boo Radley - a truly great, classic movie. (See Peck in 12 O'Clock High too).
The Shining / Chinatown / One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Jack Nicholson at his best.
Barry Lyndon - Kubrick's 1975 epic about the life of an 18th century dandy. Costuming and scenes are stunning (Academy Award winning). If you like history, a good story, and this period in time, this is a good one.
A Clockwork Orange - another Kubrick movie about futuristic life in England - Malcom McDowell.
Double Indemnity - 1944 classic murder mystery
Blade Runner - people still talk about this one. Harrison Ford as a futuristic detective in a society where it's difficult to tell the androids from the humans. Sean Young. Re-Released this year with extra scenes.
Pan's Labyrinth - Spanish - a little girl in 1930's Spain - a lot of magic - and a good story.
Das Boot (The Boat -1981) - WW II (German) U-Boat life at it's grittiest - Jurgen Prochnow is amazing as the melancholy, fatalistic captain.
Cinema Paradiso - a man, a projector, a theatre - and a great story.
My Life As A Dog - Swedish - a boy copes with a chaotic family life.
Swimming Pool - an author takes a vacation in France - and gets a lot of (unexpected) material for a new book. Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier.
There are many others in this category I just can't think of.
The Station Agent, Memento, The Illusionist, Rescue Dawn, Down in the Valley, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The Proposition, The Usual Suspects (1990's)...many more.
Bad movies I liked:
Meet Joe Black. I know this one was panned bigtime, but I liked it. It probably made some lists as one of the worst movies ever. The acting was really bad...I just can't explain why I liked it. Maybe it had something to do with Clarie Forlani!
The Hot Spot - (1990's) Steamy story about crime, money, lust in a small southern town. Jennifer Connelly, Virginia Madsen, and Don Johnson - yes, Don Johnson - probably the best thing he ever did. Cheap thrills!