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comedy, Action

21 Jump Street

Written By: Michael Bacall 

Synopsis: A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

Action, War

300

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Written By: Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad and Michael B. Gordon (screenplay), based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller & Lynn Varley 

Synopsis: King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

animation, action

The Adventures of Tintin

Written By: Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish (screenplay), based on the novel "The Adventures of Tintin" by Hergé 

Synopsis: Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.

sci-fi, action

Avatar

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Written By: James Cameron

Synopsis: A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

action, sci-fi

The Avengers

Written By: Joss Whedon

Synopsis: Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

action, sci-fi

Avengers: Endgame

Written By: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely

Synopsis: After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.

action, crime

Baby Driver

Written By: Edgar Wright

Synopsis: After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

sci-fi, action

Back to the Future

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Written By: Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale

Synopsis: Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.

action, fantasy

Batman Begins

Written By: Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer (screenplay), based on the comics by Bob Kane 

Synopsis: After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

action, sci-fi

Black Panther

Written By: Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole (screenplay), based on the comics by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby

Synopsis: T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

action, sci-fi

Blade Runner

Written By: Hampton Fancher & David Webb Peoples (screenplay), based on the novel by Philip K. Dick

Synopsis: A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

action, sci-fi

Blade Runner 2049

Written By: Hampton Fancher & Michael Green (screenplay), based on the novel by Philip K. Dick 

Synopsis: Young Blade Runner K's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former Blade Runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

action, thriller

The Bourne Ultimatum

Written By: Tony Gilroy and Scott Z. Burns & George Nolfi (screenplay), based on the novel by Robert Ludlum

Synopsis: Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless C.I.A. official and his Agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.




Written By: Hui-Ling Wang and James Schamus & Kuo Jung Tsai (screenplay), based on the book by Du Lu Wang  

Synopsis: A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

action, THRILLER

The Dark Knight

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Written By: Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer (screenplay), based on the original comics by Bob Kane

Synopsis: When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

action, thriller

The Dark Knight Rises

Written By: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan (screenplay), based on the characters by Bob Kane 

Synopsis: Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

action, comedy

Deadpool

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Written By: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick

Synopsis: A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

action, thriller

Die Hard

Written By: Jeb Stuart & Steven E. de Souza (screenplay), based on the novel by Roderick Thorp 

Synopsis: An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

western, action

Django Unchained

Written By: Quentin Tarantino 

Synopsis: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

action, sci-fi

Dredd

Written By: Alex Garland (screenplay), based on the characters by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra

Synopsis: In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

action, crime

Drive

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Written By: Hossein Amini (screenplay), based on the book by James Sallis

SynopsisAn action drama about a mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlighting as a getaway driver finding himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

action, war

Dunkirk

Written By: Christopher Nolan

Synopsis: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.





action, sci-fi, comedy

Everything Everywhere All at Once

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Written By: Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert

Synopsis: An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, in which she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.

sci-fi, action

The Fifth Element

Written By: Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen 

Synopsis: In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.

Written By: James Gunn 

Synopsis: The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego.

comedy, action

Hot Fuzz

Written By: Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg 

Synopsis: A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town with a dark secret.

action, sci-fi

Inception

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Written By: Christopher Nolan 

Synopsis: A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.

Written By: Lawrence Kasdan

Synopsis: In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Action, sci-fi

Iron Man

Written By: Mark Furgus & Hawk Otsby & Art Marcum & Matt Holloway

Synopsis: After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

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Written By: Quentin Tarantino

Synopsis: In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

sci-fi, action, drama

Interstellar

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Written By: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan

Synopsis: A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

action

John Wick

Written By: Derek Kolstad 

Synopsis: An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him.

action, sci-fi

Jurassic Park

Written By: Michael Crichton & David Koepp (screenplay), based on the novel by Michael Crichton

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Synopsis: A pragmatic paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.

ACTION, crime

Kill Bill Vol. 1

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Written By: Quentin Tarantino 

Synopsis: After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

ACTION, crime

Kill Bill Vol. 2

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Written By: Quentin Tarantino

Synopsis: The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd, and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.

action, comedy

Last Action Hero

Written By: Shane Black & David Arnott (screenplay), based on the story by Zak Penn & Adam Leff

Synopsis: With the help of a magic ticket, a young movie fan is transported into the fictional world of his favorite action movie character.

action, comedy

The Last Boy Scout

Written By: Shane Black (screenplay), based on the story by Shane Black & Greg Hicks

Synopsis: A private detective's protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim's boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner.

action, comedy

Lethal Weapon

Written By: Shane Black

Synopsis: Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

action, comedy

Lethal Weapon II

Written By: Jeffrey Boam (screenplay), based on the story by Shane Black & Warren Murphy

Synopsis: Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

action, sci-fi

Logan

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Written By: Scott Frank and James Mangold & Michael Green

Synopsis: In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.

Written By: Shane Black 

Synopsis: Samantha Caine lives in a small town with her daughter. Eight years ago she emerged, two months pregnant, from a nearby river with no memory of her past or who she is. However, she's getting closer to finding out about her past.

Written By: Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson (screenplay), based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

Synopsis: A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

fantasy, action

LOTR: The Two Towers

Written By: Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens & Stephen Sinclair & Peter Jackson (screenplay), based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

Synopsis: While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

Written By: Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens & Stephen Sinclair & Peter Jackson (screenplay), based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien 

Synopsis: Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

sci-fi, action

The Martian

Written By: Drew Goddard (screenplay), based on the novel by Andy Weir

Synopsis: An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

sci-fi, action

The Matrix

Written By: Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski 

Synopsis: A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

action, thriller

Mission: Impossible

Written By: David Koepp & Robert Towne (screenplay), based on the television series by Bruce Geller

Synopsis: An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

action, comedy

The Nice Guys

Written By: Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi

Synopsis: In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.

war, action

The Patriot

Written By: Robert Rodat 

Synopsis: Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Written By: Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie and Jay Wolpert

Synopsis: Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.

action, sci-fi

The Postman

Written By: Eric Roth & Brian Helgeland (screenplay), based on the novel by David Brin

Synopsis: A nameless drifter dons a postman's uniform and bag of mail as he begins a quest to inspire hope to the survivors living in post-apocalyptic America.

sci-fi, action

The Predator

Written By:  Fred Dekker & Shane Black (screenplay), based on the characters by Jim Thomas & John Thomas

Synopsis: When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters' return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race.

Written By: Robert Rodat

Synopsis: Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

comedy, action, romance

Scott Pilgrim vs the World

Written By: Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright (screenplay), based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Synopsis: In a magically realistic version of Toronto, a young man must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes one by one in order to win her heart.

action, thriller

Speed

Written By: Graham Yost 

Synopsis: A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.

action, fantasy

Spider Man

Written By: David Koepp (screenplay), based on the comics by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko

Synopsis: When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

ACTION, FANTASY

Spider Man 2

Written By: Alfred Gough (screenplay), based on the comic book by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko

Synopsis: Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

ANIMATION, ACTION, FANTASY

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Written By: Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman 

Synopsis: Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

action, drama

Stand By Me

Written By: Raynold Gideon & Bruce A. Evans (screenplay), based on the novel by Stephen King

Synopsis: After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a childhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.

action, sci-fi

Star Wars: A New Hope

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Written By: George Lucas

Synopsis: Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Written By: Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan & George Lucas

Synopsis: After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy.

Written By: Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams & Michael Arndt

Synopsis: As a new threat to the galaxy rises, Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, an ex-stormtrooper, must join Han Solo and Chewbacca to search for the one hope of restoring peace.

Written By: George Lucas

Synopsis: Two Jedi escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.

Written By: George Lucas

Synopsis: Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.

action, sci-fi

The Terminator

Written By: James Cameron & William Wisher

Synopsis: A human soldier is sent from 2029 to 1984 to stop an almost indestructible cyborg killing machine, sent from the same year, which has been programmed to execute a young woman whose unborn son is the key to humanity's future salvation.

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Written By: James Cameron & William Wisher

Synopsis: A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

action, thriller

Tenet

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Written By: Christopher Nolan

Synopsis: Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

action, sci-fi, comedy

Thor: Ragnarok

Written By: Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost

Synopsis: Imprisoned on the planet Sakaar, Thor must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök, the destruction of his world, at the hands of the powerful and ruthless villain Hela.

western, action

Tombstone

Written By: Kevin Jarre 

Synopsis: A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Written By: Mark Bomback & Matt Reeves (screenplay), based on the characters by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver

Synopsis: After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

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