88. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Logline: John Conner must be protected by the very cyborg that tried to kill his mother, Sarah. But now, the Terminator faces an opponent (whose sole mission is to find and kill John Conner) who’s more far more advanced than he is.
Memorable Moments: The Terminator propels a police cruiser backwards—Sarah (Linda Hamilton) and John Conner in tow—in an attempt to escape the extremely resilient T-1000 cyborg.
Why People Love It: Much like other sci-fi action movies such as the Alien and Predator franchises, Terminator 2 has proven nothing less than epic to the genre’s fans.
Best Quote: The Terminator (Schwarzenegger): “Hasta la vista, baby.”
87. Training Day (2001)
Logline: A rookie cop, Officer Hoyt (Ethan Hawke), becomes a detective under the supervision of Det. Alonzo Harris (Washington). As his ‘training day’ progresses—and through a series of very questionable (perhaps even illegal) tactics used by Harris to “fight” crime—it becomes obvious to Hoyt that his mentor is anything but a good cop.
Memorable Moments: One defining moment occurs when Detective Alonzo kills his “friend” Roger (Scott Glenn) in the presence of nervous Jake and the rest of Alonzo’s corrupt team.
Why People Love It: For one, it stars Denzel Washington: Hard to go wrong there. Second, Training Day is irresistibly good fun in its portrayal of a “respected”, veteran detective—with his ‘to catch a wolf you gotta be a wolf’ philosophy—that’s, in reality, actually more criminal than he is cop.
Best Quote: Detective Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington): “To protect the sheep you gotta catch the wolf, and it takes a wolf to catch a wolf.”
86. The Gold Rush (1925)
Logline: The Lone Prospector (Charlie Chaplin) travels to Alaska in a quest for gold, but gets more than he bargained for when he becomes involved with some hardy characters and falls head-over-heels for the gorgeous Georgia.
Memorable Moments: In the scene (shown above) entitled “Thanksgiving Dinner”, the Tramp boils his boot and shares it with a large, burly dude.
Why People Love It: Movie critics widely dub The Gold Rush, much like the invention of film itself, to be one of the greatest films of the early twentieth-century—and the one that Chaplin remarked that he wanted to be remembered by.
Best Quote: The film is a characteristically-of-the-era silent one.
85. Batman Begins (2005)
Logline: The prequel to the original, Batman Begins reminisces about Batman’s parents’ murder and ‘pre’-Batman days. After failing to accept guidance from trainer Henri Ducard, Bruce returns home to a crime-ridden Gotham City. He finally gets fed-up, though. Now, the gloves come off and beware the Bat!
Memorable Moments: Undoubtedly it’s the icy, mountainous scene that sees Bruce Wayne and Henri Ducard duke it out with swords.
Why People Love It: Common, it’s Batman! What would we ever do without the Batmans, Spidermans, and Supermans (and maybe Ironmans?) of the world?
Best Quote: Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson): “Men fear most what they cannot see.”