"They were dead all along" is a well-worn plot twist that's eye-rollingly bad when lazily written... but great when it's done right.
Disney movies may be known for being family-friendly, but many Disney tales come from source material that's much darker.
Want to better understand the nuances and impacts of both the male gaze and female gaze on cinema? Here are several examples!
The slasher movie is one of the most popular horror subgenres. Here are the best slasher films that show why it's so popular.
These incredibly crafted slice-of-life movies prove that cinema can be fun, exciting, and thrilling even when there isn't much plot.
Movies from Pre-Code Hollywood were notorious for depictions of immorality and impurity. Here are the best ones to watch.
These fascinating films are all about the process of creating something extraordinary... or dealing with the consequences thereafter.
Movies set in the desert—or wastelands that are basically deserts—provide a unique environmental challenge that's gripping to watch.
There's something uniquely special about war movies based on true stories. Here are the best war movies that pull it off well.
Why settle for one murderer when you can have two? These iconic movie couples double both the kills and thrills!
Split personalities. Multiple personality disorder. Dissociative behavior. These movies explore these subjects in fascinating ways.
The medieval era remains one of the most intriguing times in history. These movies explore the middle ages from all sorts of angles.
These incredible movies feature characters in wilderness survival situations enduring against all odds to live another day.
The British Isles have some amazing coastlines. These British movies have settings that highlight the best UK beaches and coasts.
Movies don't need lots of characters to be interesting, as proven by these amazing movies that feature only one character.
The best metaphor for a character's internal journey could be an actual road trip across harsh landscapes and rough obstacles.
Who are we? Why are we here? These existential films explore the meaning of life and all the dread and joy within.
Robots and AI can feel overused in sci-fi cinema, but these movies prove that the subject can still blow us away when done well.
Medical TV shows are uniquely engaging. From comedies to dramas, from lone doctors to hospitals, here are the best ones to watch.
Whether bleak or hopeful, the greatest dystopian movies all share one thing: they say something meaningful about the world.
We love a good friendship group in movies. With the right dynamics, best friends can elevate any good movie into a great movie.
The Nifty Fifties was an iconic decade for various reasons. These movies take us back to the 1950s and examine the era.
The dolly zoom, also known as the contra zoom, is an iconic technique that signals something unusual to the viewer.
There's no gangster movie quite like a British gangster movie. Here are the best British gangster films worth checking out!
Charles Dickens is known for his books, but those books have been adapted to film and television many times. Here are the best ones.
Hippies comprise a distinct group, but even so, hippie characters aren't all the same. These hippie movies come at all angles.
Non-horror movies can definitely be creepy—sometimes even creepier than most horror flicks. Here are our favorite examples.
Growing up is never easy for anyone! Here are the best movies about young adulthood and the trials that come with coming of age.
The 1940s was a transitionary decade due to the impact of World War II. These movies explore the era from all kinds of angles.
People love music and people love competitions. These movies bring them together into something we all love: singing competitions!
Grief is one of the heaviest human emotions, able to consume without limit. These powerful movies explore grief and loss.
Most children's movies are bright and happy, but they can be devastatingly sad—even more so than any film meant for adults.
No war had more impact than the Second World War. These incredible WW2 movies explore those years from every angle.
With all the drama and conflict inherent in a midlife crisis, it's no wonder there are so many great movies about it.
The Great Depression was a terrible decade with much loss and suffering. These movies show us what the 1930s were like.
These movies actually feature real-world museums and art galleries, which are just as fun to see on the big screen!
Here are the best blaxploitation movies that represent the genre and highlight all the best aspects of this unique film culture.
Epistolary books are stories framed as letters, diaries, emails, clippings, etc. Here are the best ones that do justice to the format!
Life behind bars is a completely different experience. These great TV shows about prison explore what it's like in different ways.
The era of 80s cinema gave us tons of amazing chick flick movies that still hold up and are worth watching (or rewatching)!
For whatever reason, some actors always play the same characters in every movie they're in. Here are our favorites and why!
Here are the best and most popular movies of the 1940s, which define the decade and still hold up as worth watching today.
Sideshow Bob is one of the best characters in The Simpsons, and these episodes prove why he's so great to watch.
Few things are worse than losing your autonomy. These movies about freedom explore the idea of liberty from many angles.
These movies about cults ramp up the creepiness factor as they center on strange groups with unusual beliefs and ulterior motives.
Here are the best and most popular movies of the 1950s, which define the decade and still hold up as worth watching today.
Some of the most engaging stories happen on the inside, when characters struggle against themselves and learn to overcome.
Some of the most thrilling and engaging movies are based around competitions—perhaps ones where even your life is on the line.
Breaking the fourth wall can be corny, but when it's done well, it can be spectacular. Here are iconic examples in movies and TV.
What is dark academia? These great movies wonderfully capture the essence of this aesthetic that's hard to define.
These dark romance movies explore the murkier, grimier, and more tragic aspects of love that you don't see in romcoms.
Dive into the behind-the-scenes details for cinema's most notable films with these must-watch documentaries.
These incredible Cold War movies show us the various facets of the Cold War decades and how tense they really were.
Hood movies are some of the most raw, authentic, and consequential films in cinema. Here are the ones you have to watch.
Looking for a film that evokes the warm vibe of summer? These bright, beachy, sunny movies will immerse you in the season.
Gen Z is unlike any generation that came before. These movies capture the ideals and lifestyles that represent zoomers.
Boxing makes for incredible drama. These boxing movies show there can be real depth beneath the brutality of the sport.
These movies about eating disorders feature all kinds of characters—skinny to obese—and they're all emotional in their own ways.
A single long take can be impressive when it's done well. Here are several examples of the best one takes in cinema history.
Blues music has a storied history unlike other music genres. These fantastic movies explore blues music and its impact.