My wife and I are avid movie watchers and what we like in movies is remarkably similar. The most important thing for us is the story. We tend to avoid films that have been overhyped or that become part of mass media culture. For example, neither of us have seen any of the Star Wars movies. Maybe someday, but we'd rather look for movies that most people might not know about. We've found many treasures and these are ones that I would definitely recommend. Clicking a title will take you to a page on MSN movies with a detailed synopsis. I've divided them into three eras. We also don't care whether or not a movie is current. I hope you will seek some of these out and enjoy them.

30s-50s
All My Sons (1948) Drama - Edward G. Robinson, Burt Lancaster
Ball of Fire (1941) Comedy, Drama - Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck
Christmas In Connecticut (1945) Comedy - Barbara Stanywyck, Dennis Morgan
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) Drama, Romance - Jose Ferrer, Mala Powers
The Edge of Darkness (1943) Drama, War - Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan
Golden Boy (1939) Drama - Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden
The Hard Way (1942) Drama - Ida Lupino, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Drama - Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara
The Lady Eve (1941) Comedy, Romance - Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck
Meet John Doe (1941) Comedy, Romance - Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Drama - James Stewart, Jean Arthur
No Man of Her Own (1950) Drama, Romance - Barbara Stanwyck, John Lund
This Land Is Mine (1943) Drama, War - Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara

60s-80s
...And Justice For All (1979) Drama - Al Pacino, Jack Warden
Blade Runner (1982) SciFi, Drama - Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Elmer Gantry (1960) Drama - Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons
Eye of the Needle (1981) Action, War - Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan
From Noon Till Three (1976) Western, Comedy - Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) Comedy - Marius Weyers, N!xau, Sandra Prinsloo
The Gods Must Be Crazy ll (1988) Comedy - N!xau, Lena Farugia, Hans Strydom
The Killing Fields (1984) Drama - Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor
Logan's Run (1976) SciFi, Drama - Michael York, Jenny Agutter
Planet of the Apes (1968) SciFi - Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter
The Star Chamber (1983) Drama - Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook

90s-present
An American Rhapsody (2001) Drama - Nastassja Kinski, Scarlett Johansson
Angela's Ashes (1999) Drama - Robert Carlyle, Emily Watson, Joe Breen
Antwone Fisher (2002) Drama - Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Denzel Washington
Arlington Road (1999) Drama, Action - Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack
Cellular (2004) Action - Kim Basinger, Chris Evans
City of Angels (1998) Drama, Romance - Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan
The Client (1994) Drama - Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro
Conspiracy Theory (1997) Action - Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts
Cool Runnings (1993) Comedy - Leon, Doug E. Doug, Malik Yoba, John Candy
The Edge (1997) Action - Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin
The Four Feathers (2002) Action, Drama - Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson
French Kiss (1995) Comedy, Romance - Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline
It Could Happen To You (1994) Comedy, Romance - Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda
The Man Without a Face (1993) Drama - Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl
Monsoon Wedding (2002) Comedy, Romance - Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey
Monster's Ball (2002) Drama - Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Heath Ledger
Notting Hill (1999) Comedy, Romance - Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant
Panic Room (2002) Action - Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart
A Perfect Murder (1998) Action - Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow
Perfume: The Story of a Murder (2006) Drama - Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman
Phone Booth (2003) Action, Drama - Colin Farrell, Forest Whitasker
The Red Violin (1999) Drama - Samuel L. Jackson, Don McKellar
The Snow Walker (2003) Action, Drama - Barry Pepper, Annabella Piugattuk
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Drama - Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law
Unfaithful (2002) Drama, Action - Richard Gere, Diane Lane
Untraceable (2008) Drama, Action - Diane Lane, Billy Burke
When the Sky Falls (2000) Drama - Joan Allen, Patrick Bergen
While You Were Sleeping (1995) - Comedy, Romance - Sandra Bullock, Bill Pulman