Movies like Stand By Me 1986

After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their rural homes, four Oregon boys decide to go see the body. On the way, Gordie Lachance, Vern Tessio, Chris Chambers and Teddy Duchamp encounter a mean junk man and a marsh full of leeches, as they also learn more about one another and their very different home lives. Just a lark at first, the boys' adventure evolves into a defining event in their lives.

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1 The Elephant Man 1980

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.

Genres:

Drama, History

Director:

David Lynch

Writers:

Christopher De Vore (screenplay), Eric Bergren (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
8.1

2 One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 1975

While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy, inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Milos Forman

Writers:

Lawrence Hauben (screenplay), Bo Goldman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
8.7

3 Taxi Driver 1976

A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feed his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writer:

Paul Schrader

Country:

United States of America
8.3

4 Full Metal Jacket 1987

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Genres:

Drama, War

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writers:

Stanley Kubrick (screenplay by), Michael Herr (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
8.3

5 Platoon 1986

As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Genres:

Drama, War, Action

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writer:

Oliver Stone

Countries:

United States of America, United Kingdom
8.1

6 Good Will Hunting 1997

Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Countries:

Canada, United States of America
8.3

7 American Beauty 1999

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Sam Mendes

Writer:

Alan Ball

Country:

United States of America
8.3

8 The Deer Hunter 1978

A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.

Genres:

Drama, War

Director:

Michael Cimino

Writers:

Michael Cimino (story), Deric Washburn (story) | 3 more credits »

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
8.1

9 Amadeus 1984

The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival, Antonio Salieri—now confined to an insane asylum.

Genres:

Drama, History, Music

Director:

Milos Forman

Writers:

Peter Shaffer (original stage play), Peter Shaffer (original screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
8.3

10 Fargo 1996

Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start dying. Enter Police Chief Marge, a coffee-drinking, parka-wearing - and extremely pregnant - investigator who'll stop at nothing to get her man. And if you think her small-time investigative skills will give the crooks a run for their ransom... you betcha!

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Directors:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)

Writers:

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
8.1

11 To Kill A Mockingbird 1962

Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson against fabricated rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping.

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writers:

Harper Lee (based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"), Horton Foote (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
8.2

12 The Wizard Of Oz 1939

Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.

Genres:

Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Directors:

Victor Fleming, George Cukor (uncredited) | 4 more credits »

Writers:

Noel Langley (screenplay), Florence Ryerson (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
8

13 Groundhog Day 1993

A narcissistic T.V. weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.

Genres:

Romance, Fantasy, Drama, Comedy

Director:

Harold Ramis

Writers:

Danny Rubin (screenplay), Harold Ramis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8

14 Cool Hand Luke 1967

When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable will. Luke's bravado, even in the face of repeated stints in the prison's dreaded solitary confinement cell, "the box," make him a rebel hero to his fellow convicts and a thorn in the side of the prison officers.

Genres:

Crime, Drama

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

Donn Pearce (screenplay), Frank Pierson (screenplay) (as Frank R. Pierson) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8.1

15 The Princess Bride 1987

In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size. But even death can't stop these true lovebirds from triumphing.

Genres:

Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance

Director:

Rob Reiner

Writers:

William Goldman (screenplay by), William Goldman (based upon his book)

Country:

United States of America
8.1

16 Jaws 1975

When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, the police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the blood-thirsty beast.

Genres:

Horror, Thriller, Adventure

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Peter Benchley (screenplay), Carl Gottlieb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8

17 A Clockwork Orange 1971

In a near-future Britain, young Alexander DeLarge and his pals get their kicks beating and raping anyone they please. When not destroying the lives of others, Alex swoons to the music of Beethoven. The state, eager to crack down on juvenile crime, gives an incarcerated Alex the option to undergo an invasive procedure that'll rob him of all personal agency. In a time when conscience is a commodity, can Alex change his tune?

Genres:

Science Fiction, Drama

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writers:

Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Anthony Burgess (novel)

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
8.3

18 The Big Lebowski 1998

Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink White Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events involving nihilists, adult film producers, ferrets, errant toes, and large sums of money.

Genres:

Comedy, Crime

Directors:

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)

Writers:

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
8.1

19 The Shining 1980

Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.

Genres:

Horror, Thriller

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

United States of America, United Kingdom
8.4

20 Pan's Labyrinth 2006

Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real father, Ofelia must complete three terrifying tasks.

Genres:

Fantasy, Drama, War

Director:

Guillermo del Toro

Countries:

Mexico, Spain, United States of America
8.2

21 Dead Poets Society 1989

At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Peter Weir

Writer:

Tom Schulman

Country:

United States of America
8.1

22 The Silence Of The Lambs 1991

Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller, Horror

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Thomas Harris (novel), Ted Tally (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
8.6

23 Back To The Future 1985

Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his parents' romance and - with the help of his eccentric inventor friend Doc Brown - return to 1985.

Genres:

Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction, Family

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Country:

United States of America
8.5

24 The Goonies 1985

A young teenager named Mikey Walsh finds an old treasure map in his father's attic. Hoping to save their homes from demolition, Mikey and his friends Data Wang, Chunk Cohen, and Mouth Devereaux run off on a big quest to find the secret stash of Pirate One-Eyed Willie.

Genres:

Adventure, Comedy, Family

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Chris Columbus (screenplay by), Steven Spielberg (story by)

Country:

United States of America
7.8