So you say you love Star Wars: The Force Awakens and want at least two handfuls of movies that are like it. Well, how about we settle for a list of 8 movies and in no particular order.
The Godfather Part III (1990)
So after almost 20 years Francis Ford Coppola just decided to make a third sequel to two of his best and most critically acclaimed movies and have one of the side plotlines be about incest between two cousins. I know that the movie was made in the 90s but what was Coppola smoking? Even after that hiccup, Godfather Part III is still a surprisingly good movie. The writing is still sharp, the acting is 5 stars all around, especially with Al Pacino as a much older and guilt-tripped Michael Corleone, and Francis Ford Coppola is mostly on his A game as the director. If you already watched the first two Godfather movies and still haven’t seen the third one yet, I think you should, it’s a solid film.
Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope (1977)
The one time George Lucas actually made a good Star Wars film. Oh yeah, that’s right! I went there. When it was simply called Star Wars and it was really good with great characters such as Han Solo and Darth Vader, one of the best space battle scenes, and special effects that still hold up great even today . Don’t get me wrong, there are some things that haven’t exactly aged well, like the lightsaber fight, some of the acting, example Carrie Fisher’s very confusing accent throughout the film, seems she couldn’t decide on having a British accent or American accent, but it is still a really great film. Whenever you can get yourself the actual original copy, not the special edition where George Lucas put CGI all over the place.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
I would say it’s the best Captain America movie if it didn’t have almost all of the Avengers. It probably should’ve been called The Avengers 2.5. The best way I could describe this to you is how Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice should have been. It has great action scenes all around, the Avengers fighting with each other is just itself amazing. There is a really good conflict that’s pretty complex and it’s hard to side with one team. The movie also gives us a glimpse of both Black Panther and Spider-man in future films (just saying Spider-Man best part of the movie). Don’t know why you haven’t watched it yet, what is wrong with you!? Watch, the hands down, best Marvel film ever… Till like Infinity Wars comes out.
Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
There’re no words to describe how great Empire Strikes Back is. Developing the characters that gives more depth and further adds to their relationships, great special effects that, again, still hold up to this date, and one of the best twist endings that now everyone knows about. The only downside to this masterpiece, you have to look for the original version. Seriously Disney, give me that unaltered version already, you have the rights to the movie and like unlimited resources that can do this.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
This is a hard movie to sell. I will say, I’m a fan of this movie but I do see the flaws. It’s super slow pace, it kind of rips off 2001: A Space Odyssey, and there’s like no action in it. However, I think it’s a solid movie. Is it as good as it’s sequel Wrath of Khan? I will answer that question after I stop laughing. It’s more of a movie that either you love it or hate it, yet it does have some good moments in there. If you are curious enough to watch it, then take warning it’s not an action sci-fi movie, just more sci-fi.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
This movie is one of the most critically acclaimed and one of the best action/ sci-fi sequels of all time, according to everyone else except for me. I do want to point out I think it’s a really good movie, just prefer the first movie better but it does have enough great things in it that everyone must watch. The action scenes are awesome, Arnold Schwarzenegger is amazing, and the action scenes are awesome. I know I said it twice but gosh darn it they are awesome. If you want to check out a good terminator movie then start with this film.
Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi (1983)
So how do you one up to the already best sequel in the trilogy, by being okay. It is still a good film and leagues way better than the prequel, but that’s not saying much. It has the best space battle scenes, that I think no one can even top that, a really good conclusion to this story until The Force Awakens, and the really cool speeder chase scene. Again, track this movie down and get a VHS player, time to go back to a galaxy far, far away and pretend the prequel never happened.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
I’m gonna put this out there, this is Quentin Tarantino’s best film since Jackie Brown. His movies from Kill Bill Vol.1 to Django Unchained, are from at best okay to good. The Hateful Eight is really gosh darn good, with the classic Tarantino dialogue, the great characters he introduces, like Major Marquis Warren, whom at first seem like a normal dude but later on show a very different side to him that I spoiled, although will say “Dude, that’s a bit messed up.” Beautiful cinematography, and for the first-ever an actual original music that is just so good and played by the great Ennio Morricone. It does have parts that drag but once things hit the fan, it keeps on rolling. You should totally check it out since this will probably be the last great Tarantino movie we’ll ever have.