Again, in no particular order.
1) The Punisher (2004) – 29%
Ok, so this was right after the initial superhero mass film creation extravaganza of the early 2000s and I’ll admit it was quite rushed out the door. However, it’s still solidly entertaining. Thomas Jane did a great job and Travolta plays a convincing villain you definitely want to see, well, punished. It’s a by the numbers action romp with plenty of comic-booky-ness thrown in.
2) Natural Born Killers (1994) – 47%
Now this is a classic, a damn shame it’s technically “worse” than Sharknado 2. Oliver Stone directed it, Woody Harrelson stars with Robert Downey Jr., and Tommy Lee Jones, are you freaking kidding me? Oh, and I did forget to mention Quentin Tarantino wrote the damn thing? Because he certainly did! This movie is phenomenal, go watch it. The fact it’s on this list is making me sad.
3) The Perfect Storm (2000) – 47%
George Heartthrob Clooney and Mark Wahlberg? No wonder my mom loved this movie so much. Anyway, it’s a touching story of a real fishing boat lost at sea, spoiler alert it doesn’t end well. It’ll bring a tear to your eye, even for the manliest of men.
4) The Expendables (2010) – 41%
Now this one will bring a tear to your eye for only the manliest of men, because this movie is like having testosterone injected straight into your eyeballs for two hours. It’s like a parody of itself in a way, but also serious. I don’t know how to describe it. Just watch it. Appreciate Jason Statham punching people and all your favorite classic action movie stars. And the sequel is even more ridiculous.
5) Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002) – 11%
Kung Pow is homage to classic B-level Kung Fu movies from a long time ago. With terrible dubbing over the voices like the kind Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston watch in Office Space. But obviously this film takes it to the complete extreme level of absurdity and the results are side-splittingly hilarious. Enjoy.
6) Your Highness (2011) – 27%
This movie didn’t even have a script when it was started. And apparently didn’t even have a script when it finished. It’s James Franco, Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel, and Natalie Portman making dick and fart jokes for an hour and half. It’s physical comedy gold. Enough said.
7) The Replacements (2000) – 40%
I’ve always felt this was a very underrated sports film. Sure Keanu can’t act all that well but they work that into the narrative, he took a few too many hits to the head when he was a QB at Ohio State. Fun fact – this is the second movie he played a former OSU quarterback (Point Break was the first, duh). Gene Hackman is awesome as the head coach and the supporting cast features Jon Favreau and Orlando Jones as well as many others. And John Madden and Pat Summerall are there too to provide glorious commentary.
8) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – 33%
Ok, I’ll admit these movies got worse as they went on. The first one was great, the second was weird, and the third was confusing at best. But I actually quite liked the fourth installment of the series. Johnny Depp is funny as always, the music is great, the action and adventure are all back to their original levels, I think. Sure, we lost some cast members along the way and got a new director but I really enjoyed this one. Plus it introduced me to Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, and that’s just fantastic.
9) Sucker Punch (2011) – 23%
This was a dark movie. And to be honest I’m really not sure what it’s about. It’s deep, I think, there are three story-lines going on, each within itself and the others and it’s confusing, a little, but it also makes sense. And there’s a dragon somewhere. Got it? Good. Watch it because Zack Snyder makes use of cool, albeit overused, visual stylization techniques and for the ridiculous levels of action. And then the ending leaves with a sort of, “huh,” feeling.
10) Green Street Hooligans (2005) – 47%
I don’t think this is well known and it’s probably the least famous film on this list. But don’t let that tell you it’s not worth watching, it definitely is. It’s a great view into the world of football (soccer) hooliganism and what goes on in the back streets of England. Elijah Wood plays Elijah Wood and it stars a pre-Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam as the role model type leader guy. It’s a cool movie overall.
11) Rat Race (2001) – 44%
I’ve always felt this was a really underrated comedy. Sure it’s not quite to the levels of Space Balls or Airplane (even though it has the same director as Airplane). But it has a lot of great gags and events that will leave you clutching your side. Plus it has a phenomenal cast – John Cleese, Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Rowan Atkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Seth Green, Jon Lovitz, and Wayne Knight… Newman!
12) Space Jam (1996) – 35%
In no just world is Sharknado 2 better than Space Jam. You don’t insult His Royal Airness like that! This movie is a classic and deserves a place in history. This isn’t fun anymore.
Any others you think I need to add or mention? Maybe I’ll make a third installment of these if I get enough support. Feel free to leave any and all suggestions in the comments.