21 movies that will take you to another planet and back

A high quality movie excites, relaxes, excites, relaxes, inspires, surprises, intrigues, teaches, makes one laugh, saddens, makes one laugh, encourages. These movies are movies that do that and that will take you to another planet and back. Which movies would you add to this list?

Amarcord

Amarcord – Federico Fellini

Amarcord – Federico Fellini

Amarcord is a constant comedy of everyday life and events in a small coastal town in Italy. The story takes place in the 1930s. The main character is Titta who, along with his friends, drives his parents, teachers, and priests crazy by causing a ruckus around town and trying to make his teenage fantasies come true.

Runtime: 123 minutes

IMDB: Amarcord

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter - Michael Cimino

The Deer Hunter – Michael Cimino

The Deer Hunter is a film about friendship, love, and honor. One of the best, if not the best film of all time. A film like this is produced only once in an eon.

Runtime: 183 minutes

IMDB: The Deer Hunter

Das Boot

Das Boot - Wolfgang Petersen

Das Boot – Wolfgang Petersen

War is a for-profit institution where millions of people fight and kill each other using weapons, clothing, and food that their governments, using the budget of money collected by taxing those same people, buy during the war from for-profit corporations that produce weapons, chemicals, socks, underwear, boots, and other things for all sides involved in the war. War is an institution where a minority profits at the expense of a naive majority. War is a consciousness of duality which mankind will one day rise above and look at as a distant history through masterpieces such as the movie Das Boot. “Not yet Kameraden! Not Yet!”

Runtime: 149 minutes

IMDB: Das Boot

Embrace of the Serpent

Embrace of the Serpent – Ciro Guerra

Embrace of the Serpent – Ciro Guerra

Embrace of the Serpent happens in the Amazon rain forest where two scientists – one from Germany and one from America – with the help of an Amazonian shaman, in a time span of 40 years, search for a rare sacred plant. The film and the Amazonian nature will take you to another planet, enlighten you, and leave you with lasting impressions.

Runtime: 125 minutes

IMDB: Embrace of the Serpent

Snatch

Snatch – Guy Ritchie

Snatch – Guy Ritchie

Snatch is an epic action comedy packed with unique, funny, and entertaining scenes, quotes, and characters. Brad Pitt, Rade Serbedzija, Jason Statham, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, and Robbie Gee are just some of the actors who make up the numerous team of characters that altogether contribute to the quality of this classic film that can be watched again and again and again.

Runtime: 104 minutes

IMDB: Snatch

Incendies

Incendies – Denis Villeneuve

Incendies – Denis Villeneuve

Incendies is a story about twins from Canada who, per their mother’s last wish, embark on a journey to the Middle East to deliver two envelopes that their mother has prepared for their father and brother, both of whom neither one of them knows. The brother’s and the sister’s path will take you through a complicated world, relationships, events, love, and hate, and then take you for a 360 degrees spin when you least expect it. An excellent film that retains and enhances the viewer’s attention and curiosity throughout the entire time.

Runtime: 139 minutes

IMDB: Incendies

Enter the Void

Enter the Void – Gaspar Noé

Enter the Void – Gaspar Noé

Enter the Void is about an American guy in Tokyo who, as a child, was separated from his twin sister after their parents’ deadly traffic accident and whose soul, after getting killed by the Tokyo police, observes the consequences of his death and the grief of his sister who had just recently moved to Tokyo and then seeks to reincarnate.

Runtime: 161 minutes

IMDB: Enter the Void

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Milos Forman

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Milos Forman

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a great comedy about a criminal who, convicted for a crime by a court, declares himself insane in order to avoid labor work in the prison only to end up being sent to a ward for the mentally unstable against his will. Once inside the ward, he tries to revive the atmosphere by playing cards and basketball with other inmates, but a cruel, chief nurse, whom they constantly devise plans and tricks against, always stands in their way.

Runtime: 133 minutes

IMDB: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Stroszek

Stroszek – Werner Herzog

Stroszek – Werner Herzog

Stroszek is a comedy about an alcoholic and an excellent musician from Berlin named Bruno who is released from prison and, together with his elderly friend and a prostitute, leaves Germany and moves to the US state of Wisconsin in order to seek a better life. However, soon after his arrival, things go wrong and Bruno starts feeling as if he was inside a mental hospital.

Runtime: 115 minutes

IMDB: Stroszek

12

12 – Nikita Mikhalkov

12 – Nikita Mikhalkov

12 is a film that takes place mostly in a closed school gym where 12 jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen boy accused of murdering his stepfather. Eleven of them are impatient, they want to go home to their families, and without any discussion vote that the boy is guilty. However, one man votes against because he thinks that deciding one’s life fate so fast is a bad decision and he urges the group to at least discuss things a little, saying that he, too, will vote against the boy if everyone remains of the same opinion after the discussion. And then the discussion takes place while the uncertainty becomes bigger and bigger. The quality of acting in the movie is outstanding.

Runtime: 159 minutes

IMDB: 12

Matrix

Matrix - Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

Matrix – Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

Matrix is a story about a computer hacker named Neo who learns about the true nature of life and his role in life. Upon learning that almost the entire human race lives in a software program created by artificially intelligent machines, Neo engages in a battle against these machines in order to set humanity free.

Runtime: 136 minutes

IMDB: Matrix

Il Postino

Il Postino – Michael Radford

Il Postino – Michael Radford

Il Postino is a movie about a simple Italian postman who, regularly delivering mail to a famous poet, grows fond of poetry and using his newfound friend’s and teacher’s help tries to win the heart of a beauty in his little town.

Runtime: 108 minutes

IMDB: Il Postino

Underground

Underground – Emir Kusturica

Underground – Emir Kusturica

Underground is a comedy, circus, school, love, hate, unity, betrayal, dance, music, hope, disappointment, joy – all that packed together. Starring Lazar Ristovski and Predrag Manojlovic who are so funny and amusing that even kids love watching this movie while Mirjana Joković went above and beyond duty in her role. The most versatile film I’ve ever seen and one of the best.

Runtime: 170 minutes

IMDB: Underground

Vizontele

Vizontele – Yilmaz Erdogan, Ömer Faruk Sorak

Vizontele – Yilmaz Erdogan, Ömer Faruk Sorak

Vizontele is a unique comedy about the introduction of television to the residents of a small village in Anatolia. Merry characters and non-stop humor are the foundation of this movie. If I see the president on television, does that mean he can see me too? Do I have to put a suit on? – these are some of the questions by the villagers when the first TV appears.

Runtime: 110 minutes

IMDB: Vizontele

The Border Post

The Border Post - Rajko Grlić

The Border Post – Rajko Grlić

The Border Post is a classical movie and a tragicomedy about events in a small border post near the border between Yugoslavia and Albania in 1987. Frustrated and always drunk, lieutenant Pašić feels a strange pain in the groin and seeks help from the only doctor among his soldiers who diagnoses him with a sexually transmitted disease which takes three weeks to cure. Not wishing for his wife to find out, he finds an excuse to not go home by declaring a state of emergency claiming that the Albanian army is preparing for an attack on Yugoslavia and that no one, including him, may leave the border post premises for three weeks. And until his genitalia is cured, Yugoslavia is ‘at war’ with Albania.

Runtime: 94 minutes

IMDB: The Border Post

Malena

Malena – Giuseppe Tornatore

Malena – Giuseppe Tornatore

Malena is a story of a twelve year old boy who fell in love with an older woman and the life of this woman after the news that her husband was killed in the war. A movie about friendship, passion, jealousy, and perseverance and a movie that exceptionally depicts the daily life, passions, values, and concerns of many boys growing up in southern parts of Europe and cities with a soul.

Runtime: 109 minutes

IMDB: Malena

Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List – Steven Spielberg

Schindler’s List – Steven Spielberg

Schindler’s List is a movie about a businessman who gets rich at the beginning of World War II by exploiting cheap Jewish labor, but ends up turning his factory into a refuge and eventually saving more than 1,000 Jews. An emotional film that picturesquely carries you throughout history. Excellent cinematography, even better music.

Runtime: 195 minutes

IMDB: Schindler’s List

Whiplash

Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Whiplash is an inspirational film about a talented, young drummer with big ambitions and his militant instructor who, using all kinds of ruthless methods, tries to make him realize his full potential. I believe that we are all born with a certain talent and when destiny connects us with someone like this instructor, who knows how to develop that talent into its maximum potential, a story like Whiplash happens.

Runtime: 107 minutes

IMDB: Whiplash

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas – Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

Cloud Atlas – Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski

Cloud Atlas is a movie that depicts life from a perspective where every person is connected with others throughout many lifetimes in the past, present, and future. The movie shows how every act of man, whether an act of goodness or evil, shapes not only the future, but also the past and the present. A movie that enlightens and a movie that challenges you to look at life from a different perspective.

Runtime: 172 minutes

IMDB: Cloud Atlas

A Separation

A Separation – Asghar Farhadi

A Separation – Asghar Farhadi

A Separation is a movie about a couple from Iran that is faced with a difficult decision – to use their already obtained visas to move abroad or to stay in Iran and take care of a parent whose health is increasingly deteriorating. Excellent acting and an excellent story. The movie is full of tension, uncertainty, and turns and those are the things that make a top quality movie.

Runtime: 123 minutes

IMDB: A Separation

In the Name of the Son

In the Name of the Son – Harun Mehmedinovic

In the Name of the Son – Harun Mehmedinovic

In the Name of the Son is a movie about a soldier from Bosnia who immigrates to America only to have the man who had spared his life during the war, years later, appear at his front door and ask him for a favor. The movie shows that a man in tense situations does not always act in a way that he would later wish to have acted in, but that even when he commits a sin, no matter how big it is, redemption is always possible. A movie that inspires you to think about friendship, courage, loyalty, ideology, sinning, forgiveness, redemption, and love and a movie that among all that offers you a bit of humor from time to time.

Runtime: 25 minutes

IMDB: In the Name of the Son

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