Introducing the 50 Movies Project #4: Contemporary Edition

After much deliberation, I have decided to continue the 50 Movies Project. These projects are very much what this site is all about, and I hate to break tradition. This year, I am switching things up a bit. The focus will be on contemporary films, meaning anything from 1980 to present day. It was surprisingly easy to put together a list of modern films that I missed — my first draft had nearly 170 titles! It took a while to whittle this down to 50, but I’m pleased with the end result. I tried to make a mix of popular and critically-acclaimed movies this time around, so there’s everything from Top Gun to Amour. I would love to hear your thoughts on these. Any particular titles you would recommend watching first?

50 Movies Project #4: Contemporary Edition

Fast Times at Ridgemont High [1982, Amy Heckerling]
First Blood [1982, Ted Kotcheff]
The King of Comedy [1982, Martin Scorsese]
A Christmas Story [1983, Bob Clark]
The Karate Kid [1984, John G. Avildsen]
Stand By Me [1986, Rob Reiner]
Top Gun [1986, Tony Scott]
Dirty Dancing [1987, Emile Ardolino]
The Untouchables [1987, Brian De Palma]
Big [1988, Penny Marshall]
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? [1988, Robert Zemeckis]
Driving Miss Daisy [1989, Bruce Beresford]
Major League [1989, David S. Ward]
Road House [1989, Rowdy Herrington]
Say Anything… [1989, Cameron Crowe]
When Harry Met Sally [1989, Rob Reiner]
Dances With Wolves [1990, Kevin Costner]
The Godfather Part III [1990, Francis Ford Coppola]
Miller’s Crossing [1990, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen]
Misery [1990, Rob Reiner]
Pretty Woman [1990, Garry Marshall]
Boyz N The Hood [1991, John Singleton]
JFK [1991, Oliver Stone]
Thelma & Louise [1991, Ridley Scott]
Philadelphia [1993, Jonathan Demme]
Rudy [1993, David Anspaugh]
Apollo 13 [1995, Ron Howard]
Face/Off [1997, John Woo]
Armageddon [1998, Michael Bay]
Out of Sight [1998, Steven Soderbergh]
Run Lola Run [1998, Tom Tykwer]
Being John Malkovich [1999, Spike Jonze]
The Insider [1999, Michael Mann]
The Iron Giant [1999, Brad Bird]
Unbreakable [2000, M. Night Shyamalan]
About Schmidt [2002, Alexander Payne]
Catch Me If You Can [2002, Steven Spielberg]
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [2003, Peter Weir]
Mystic River [2003, Clint Eastwood]
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [2003, Gore Verbinski]
The Aviator [2004, Martin Scorsese]
Sideways [2004, Alexander Payne]
Good Night, and Good Luck [2005, George Clooney]
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [2007, Cristian Mungiu]
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford [2007, Andrew Dominik]
The Orphanage [2007, Juan Antonio Bayona]
Gomorrah [2008, Matteo Garrone]
A Prophet [2009, Jacques Audiard]
Incendies [2010, Denis Villeneuve]
Amour [2012, Michael Haneke]