96. The Sixth Sense (1999)
Logline: Young Cole Sear (Osment) has a problem: He sees dead people. And apparently they’re in denial about being that way. Now, it’s up to child psychologist Malcom Crowe (Willis) to help the boy and to determine what’s troubling him so.
Memorable Moments: Undoubtedly, it’s the scene where Cole and mother (Toni Collette) are stuck in traffic. Cole frightens his mother when he begins to speak about the dead people he sees.
Why People Love It: Let’s be honest here: This is likely one of the best films, out of the (clears throat) many lemons, that’s come from M. Night Shyamalan.
Best Quote: Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment):”I see dead people.”
95. The Big Lebowski (1998)
Logline: In a case of mistaken identity, two thugs piss on a man’s rug (“The Dude” Lebowsky)—thinking it belongs to the millionaire Lebowski. While attempting compensation from the rich Lebowski, The Dude accepts a one-time job that promises great pay. After enlisting Walter (Goodman), an angry bowling friend and angry, Jewish convert, to help, manipulation leads to even bigger trouble and soon, everyone wants a piece of The Dude.
Memorable Moments: Lunatic war veteran, Walter, informs another bowler (Smokey) of “fouling over the line.” When Smokey hesitates to admit fault, Walter pulls his gun, points it, and shouts “you think I’m f***ing around…mark it zero!”
Why People Love It: The Big Lebowski, with help from The Coen brothers no doubt, has a cult following due to its raunchy, quirky, for-adults-only hilarity.
Best Quote: Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges)(repeated among others): “That rug really tied the room together.”
94. Jaws (1975)
Logline: Three daring men, in response to a huge, killer shark that’s terrorizing the Amity’s beach, embark on a deep sea mission to find and kill it. Little do they know, though, that this giant shark proves every bit as smart as it is lethal.
Memorable Moments: The scene in the last 15 minutes where Quint—trying to fend off the gargantuan, toothy shark (while the boat is’a sinkin’, nonetheless!)—slides into the shark’s massive jaws and is mercilessly eaten alive.
Why People Love It: Jaws tapped into one of peoples’ most primal fears: That of the unknown. And the unknown here is a man-eating, marine beast which lurks in the deep abyss, waiting for his next victim (meal). Oh, and it’s just downright terrifying the first time it’s watched.
Best Quote: Martin Brody (Roy Scheider): “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
93. Casino (1995)
Logline: Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) and Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro) portray two 70’s Las Vegas gangsters: Ace, the Tangiers casino’s boss and Nicky, his ‘strong arm’. Affairs begin to rapidly deteriorate, though, Ace’s marriage to Ginger crumbles and Nicky’s obsession with vices will ultimately destroy him.
Memorable Moments: Out of the too-many-to-list great scenes, the scene in the bar where Nicky, in order to “remedy” a situation where Ace is insulted by a patron, brutally, repeatedly bludgeons the jerk (in the neck, nonetheless) with his own pen.
Why People Love It: Specifically, Casino is loved by those who love mafia/gangster genre. And just as the duo did in Goodfellas, Casino, and Raging Bull—De Niro and Pesci give powerful, unrelenting performances.
Best Quote: Sam “Ace” Rothstein: “No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And if you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he’ll keep comin’ back and back until one of you is dead.”