Good Movies on AMC

Friday, April 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Good Movies on AMC

If you have cable television, there’s a strong chance that you’ve seen AMC. They’ve been around since 1984, and they feature a solid line-up of feature films each and every month. AMC is also known for their original programming, turning out such award-winning shows as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and The Killing. But the focus of this article is on film, so let’s move forward and take a look at some of the good movies on AMC.

But before we do, I’d also like to mention another fine source for getting your movie fix. I’m talking about Netflix, of course, the largest online rental service in North America. With a library of over 100,000 titles and the option to stream films on your computer or receive them in the mail, their potential for growth is almost unlimited. If you’d like to see what all the fuss is about, head over to the Netflix site and give their free trial offer a spin.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

25th Hour (2002) – One day before he begins a seven-year prison term for dealing drugs, Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) attempts to spend time with family and friends. Directed by Spike Lee and co-starring Brian Cox, Rosario Dawson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, and Anna Paquin.

Conan the Barbarian (1982) – Directed by John Milius and co-written by Oliver Stone, this sword-and-sorcery classic stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the muscular barbarian from the mind of Robert E. Howard. Intent on gaining revenge against the man who murdered his family (James Earl Jones), Conan spends his free time stealing magical gems, chopping up anyone who gets in his way, and romancing a beautiful thief (Sandahl Bergman). Much better than the sequel.

Sudden Impact (1983) – When “Dirty” Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) takes a holiday, he soon finds himself in the middle of a series of brutal murders where victims are shot once in the groin and once in the head. But the film’s most notable contribution was the line “Go ahead, make my day,” which took the country by storm.

Tombstone (1993) – After Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and his brothers (Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton) roll into the mining town of Tombstone, they soon become embroiled in a bloody feud with a local gang of outlaws known as The Cowboys. Val Kilmer steals the show as Doc Holiday, while the rest of the cast includes Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Dana Delany, Billy Zane, Stephen Lang, and Charleton Heston. Look for a pre-fame Billy Bob Thornton in a small role as a bully who gets straightened out by our hero.

Hang ‘Em High (1968) – Clint Eastwood stars as an innocent man who winds up being lynched by a hasty posse. He’s cut down in the nick of time, survives with a scar around his neck, and sets out to bring the men responsible to justice. Pat Hingle co-stars as a hanging judge, while the cast is rounded out by Inger Stevens, Ed Begley, Ben Johnson, Bruce Dern, and Dennis Hopper.

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Scarface (1983) – Director Brian DePalma and star Al Pacino teamed up to make rappers around the world happy with their tale of a Cuban criminal who washes up on the shores of Miami and quickly rises through the ranks of the criminal underworld. Michelle Pfeiffer looks especially waifish, and Oliver Stone’s screenplay doesn’t skimp on the violence and cocaine use. The iconic final shootout is a must-see for any fan of crime movies.

Rocky IV (1985) – The Cold War was still alive and well when this blockbuster Sylvester Stallone sports film was released, and viewers are treated to the inevitable showdown between the scrappy Rocky Balboa and an unstoppable Russian named Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). The fight takes place in the Soviet Union on Christmas Day, and I’ll give you one guess as to the winner of the bout. Even so, it’s still good, dimwitted fun for die-hard patriots and boxing fans.

Man on the Moon (1999) – Jim Carrey slips inside the skin of bizarre comic Andy Kaufman, recreating some of his most controversial pranks and publicity stunts (including his stint as a pro wrestler). Co-starring Danny DeVito, Courtney Love, Paul Giamatti, and Jerry Lawler, the film would win Carrey his second Golden Globe award in a row.

Norma Rae (1979) – Sally Field picked up a Best Actress Oscar for her role as a minimum-wage worker at a cotton mill who joins the efforts to unionize her co-workers. Filled with hardship and inspiration, the film demonstrates Field at her best (along with Places in the Heart). Co-starring Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, and Pat Hingle.

Summer School (1987) – Mark Harmon stars in this good-natured comedy about a misfit teacher who only wants to surf and spend time with his much younger girlfriend. But when he gets stuck teaching a group of misfits during the summer, he begins to learn that there’s more to life than being a beach bum. Kirstie Alley co-stars as his teacher love interest, and the class is filled with everything from a pregnant single mother to a male stripper. Directed by Carl Reiner.

So the next time the movie bug bites you, go ahead and check out these good movies on AMC. They have many more to choose from, of course, and hardcore cinephiles may also want to sign up with Netflix, America’s top online rental service. We do get a commission if you decide to go with the latter, but it won’t cost you anything extra.

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