12 Movies for 12 Movie Genres

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Photo Credit: Paramount / FAiR Use

Let's face it—sometimes we get stuck in a rut, even when it comes to our movie choices. Every once in a while it does us good to try something new. As part of our Opposite’s Attract Date, we created a quiz to see which movies you usually avoid. Now we encourage you to branch out and watch one of them.

We generated this list below for those who want to try something new but don’t know where to start. The list is by no means exhaustive, but each movie has been chosen with novices in mind. Try one out and let us know your thoughts.


True Grit (2010)

Westerns are possibly the most underrated films on our list. If you have ever shaken off the thought of watching one, think again. Not only do westerns embrace the American landscape, they also bring up challenging themes of belonging, survival, and justice.

One such adventure is True Grit (2010), the story of a 14-year-old young woman seeking justice for her father's murder. With her gender, her age, and the harsh desert environment all working against her, she must display strength far beyond what others expect of her.

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Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) -

A railroad tycoon aims to create a railroad stop at the only place around Flagstone with water. The only problem? The land's owner doesn't want to sell. A series of injustices lead you to question how the west has been romanticized in this revisionist western.

Red River (1948) -

In this classic, three men attempt to drive their cattle herd to Missouri after the Civil War.


Psycho (1960)

While you may usually go for a good old fashioned love story or comedy, why not try something different? Despite this iconic scene from Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), horror does not have to be all blood and guts.

In Psycho, a secretary from Phoenix goes on the lam for a desperate crime she would like to take back. Tired and unable to go on, she stops at a run down motel.

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Night of the Living Dead (1968) -

When corpses start emerging from the neighborhood graveyard and feasting on the living, a group of people take refuge in an abandoned house. This film marks the beginning of modern horror films.

The Sixth Sense (1999) -

A terrorized young boy visits a child psychologist who has all but given up on his work. They turn out to be just what the other needs.


Titanic (1997)

If you prefer a movie with blood and guts, why not change it up and focus on the blood pumping through the human heart and the gut-wrenching feelings you get when watching a romance. You never know...you might fall in love with a movie like Titanic (1997).

In Titanic, a wealthy young woman falls in love with a man far below her class, much to the dismay of her family and arrogant fiancé. She prepares to embrace the consequences when the ship they are on strikes an iceberg and slowly plummets into the depths of the ocean.

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Casablanca (1942) -

A nightclub owner in Morocco helps his former lover and her husband escape the Nazis during WWII.

Pride & Prejudice (2005) -

A young woman faces her own stubbornness and pride when the man she loathes saves her family from losing everything.


Jaws (1975)

Perhaps ordinarily you play it safe and silly, but this time why not try to get those hairs on the back of your neck to stand up? Suspense is different than horror in that it you are always on the edge of your seat, unsure of what might come next.

Stream a movie like Jaws (1975) and hold your breath as you ride the wave of human versus beast. A giant killer shark threatens the island of Amity and the new police chief must capture it and kill it.

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Rear Window (1954) -

A newspaper photographer breaks his leg and is stuck recuperatung in his apartment. Bored, he starts spying on his neighbors through his camera lens and witnesses a murder.

Shutter Island (2010) -

A U.S. Marshall travels to a remote island, home to an insane asylum, to locate a murderess who has escaped. However, he soon struggles to distinguish between his imagination and reality.


If you usually like intrigue and suspense, why not try something completely different, like a classic family film? A family movie might not be the first thing you pick, but you may be surprised how much you fall in love with a classic like Wizard of Oz (1939). After all, "there's no place like home!"

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E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982) -

A gentle alien finds himself stranded on earth and is rescued by a boy and his siblings. But the suburbs are no place for a creature from outer space.

Enchanted (2007) -

A cruel queen sends a fairytale princess to the dark world of modern New York City, where she gets a hefty dose of reality. Hilarious and self-deprecating, this film will surprise you.


Some Like It Hot (1959)

While a good drama has the power to go deep, why not lighten things up with a good old fashioned comedy? Everyone can use a good laugh every once in a while.

If you haven't seen the classic comedy Some Like It Hot (1959), start there. When two down-on-their-luck musicians witness a horrible crime, they run from the mafia disguised as women.

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His Girl Friday (1940) -

A newspaper editor finds out his ex-wife intends to remarry and does everything he can to break them up and get her back to work as his journalist.

Groundhog Day (1993) -

When a grumpy weatherman travels to the small town of Punxsutawney for a puff piece on Groundhog Day, he somehow finds himself living the same day over and over.


Atonement (2007)

We get it. You like to keep it light, have a few laughs, keep the tears in your eyes where they belong. But if you want to try something different you're going to have to let yourself indulge in a meaty drama. Let a tragedy take you in for once. It will be good for you.

We recommend Atonement (2007). One lie has dire consequences for a young woman, her sister, and her sister's lover. When a world war breaks out, they may be separated forever.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) -

A man is born with a strange disease that makes him age backwards. His lifelong love must try to meet him in the middle as their lives move in opposite directions.

The Maltese Falcon (1941) -

A private detective gets entangled in a web of crime and intrigue as he searches for a bejeweled statuette that everybody seems desperate to get their hands on.


Gladiator (2000)

Perhaps you prefer to think ahead. This time, why not turn towards the past? Historical movies have the ability to transport you to another place and time. They give you perspective and compassion for the lives of people who have come before you.

Try something different tonight with Gladiator (2000). In Roman times, a powerful general's life collapses when the emperor's son murders his family and sells him into slavery. The general fights to become a successful gladiator and threatens the power of the throne.

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Schindler's List (1993) -

A business man joins the Nazi party in 1939 and plans to profit from impending WWII. He staffs his factory with Jewish workers as a money saving tactic but soon finds it is the only way to save their lives.

12 Years a Slave (2013) -

Before the Civil War, a free black musician in the north is kidnapped and torn from his family. He is sold into slavery in the south and spends years trying to return home.


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

While you may usually watch something grounded in true happenings, maybe you should let your imagination run wild with a science fiction film. Instead of focusing on what we can learn from our past, sci-fi warns us of our potential future.

Start with a classic like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and see what it would be like if computers had minds of their own.

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Jurassic Park (1990) -

What if science could bring back dinosaurs? In this movie, a paleontologist and botanist visit a soon-to-open theme park where dinosaurs are to be gawked at on display. They soon learn that some things are better left buried in the ground.

Metropolis (1927) -

In a futuristic city, life is perfect bliss. Yet things aren't always as they seem. Underneath the city lies a group of workers who slave to keep this mirage alive. This may be the most influential science fiction film of all time.


Up (2009)

If you crave action, change up your routine with an animated feature. You may be surprised to find that some animated films are just as enjoyable for adults as kids. And most are loaded with action and adventure.

Take Up (2009), for instance. The story follows a curmudgeonly old man as he attempts to escape reality and fulfill his lifelong dream of traveling to South America. He'll use any means necessary to achieve his goal, but his plans are upset by an unexpected stowaway.

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The Emperor's New Groove (2000) -

A young emperor must learn to let go of his pride when his power-hungry advisor attempts to kill and dethrone him, but instead turns him into a llama. Possibly the funniest animated film ever made.

Coraline (2009) -

A young woman moves to a new home and finds a secret door that leads to a better version of her own life. But as this new world quickly turns twisted and creepy, she must learn to appreciate what she already has.


Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

If you tend to stick with your favorite childhood movies, it's time to embark on some new adventures. Why not try an action flick to pluck you out of your everyday routine? We promise it won't all be guns and explosions.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) has it all: a far off land, a hunky hero, a big bad villain, a seemingly strong yet always distressed damsel. It may even have a happy ending (or perhaps an utterly bizarre one).

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Skyfall (2012) -

This is James Bond as you have never seen him. He must save his fellow agents as a vindictive man aims to sabotage his boss, M.

African Queen (1951) -

A religious spinster in Africa aims to avenge her missionary brother's death during WWI. A steamboat captain offers her safe passage out, but she has other plans.


Chicago (2002)

Have you ever even considered watching a musical? If you got this result--probably not. But let your bias and fear go just this once. You may be surprised.

One musical that may change your outlook is Chicago (2002). Not only does it feature a star-studded cast with actual talent, but it also does an incredible job of interweaving jazz music into the twisted storyline of several murderesses trying to avoid getting hanged. If that doesn't intrigue you, I don't know what will.

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West Side Story (1961) -

A teenage street gang picks a fight when one of their own falls in love with the rival gang leader's sister. A modern day Romeo and Juliet, the film deals with age, race, and class.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) -

A woman falls in love with a man at first sight, only to find out he has six brothers to take care of. You will expect the stereotypical upbeat song and dance numbers. You won't expect how funny and outrageous it is.

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