6. The Sixth Sense.
This movie caused quite a stir. M. Night Shyamalan established himself firmly as the king of the twist with the ending to this movie. It fooled more people than any other film in recent memory. The perfect mood set with the perfect shots lead the audience so far down one path they never see the end coming - and if they did, they brushed it off quickly. If it hasn't yet been ruined for you, go see it ASAP. It also starts a young Mischa Barton, throwing up under a table.
Other notable six films: The 6th Day for Arnold Schwarzenegger lovers and Six Days, Seven Nights for more Harrison Ford (if you can stomach Anne Heche).
This is not the movie to watch on Halloween night with no lights on in the dark near the stroke of midnight with few ideas of what will actually transpire onscreen. Let's just say this: we all know what was in the box.
Other notable seven movies: "Six Days, Seven Nights" for more of Indie with Crazy (see above), Seven Years in Tibet for more Brad Pitt, The Magnificent Seven for Western lovers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves if the kids are still up reading this, and The Seven Year Itch in case Grandma's babysitting them.
8. 8 MM
Why one might ask...well it's got Nicolas Cage. It centers solely on the dark seedy underbelly of the porn industry. It involves the murder of a young girl and images no one under 17 should ever see. It's pornographic at points and achingly human at others. It definitely makes one think long and hard before going through Grandpa's old boxes of stuff.
Other ocho movies: 8 Mile for the gangstas, Eight Below for the hipsters, Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights for the bratty tweens, demanding cartoons, and 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag for everybody else.
9. 9 1/2 Weeks.
The sensation play of ice and blindfolds, the absurd concept that this type of affair would ever work, and the way Mickey Rourke used to look. Kim Basinger's hot to trot in this 1986 tale of sex, mystery and limits. Seems like the higher the numbers go, the higher the rating…..
Other notable neuf films: "9" for the kid or apocalypse lover in all of us, Nine to Five for the girls that want to climb the corporate ladder in heels, Nine Months for more charming Hugh Grant bumble-ry, and The Whole Nine Yards for people that wish Analyze This could've fit into this countdown.
10. 10 Things I Hate About You.
Those that grew up with the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears (pre-insanity) remember this film well. A weak take on Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" softens the image of a feisty female randomly tamed. Instead, it's how a few hot young actors bring mutual understanding into their lives through a series of drunken misadventures, tortured discussions, and ludicrous parental rules. It brought Julia Stiles and the late great Heath Ledger into the eyesight of the tweens and teens of the '90s, which meaning major exposure and thus, buying power. From the film there is at least one still running spin-off sitcom on ABC Family by the same name, but nothing quite matches up to the original. Note to those reading: flashing a teacher will NOT get you out of detention.
Other notable deca-films: 10 with Bo Derek for the ugly boy-duckling dreamer and The Ten Commandments for the religious.
Agree? Disagree? Please make it be known if you number one (or six) movie has been omitted from the top ten!
Story by Kate Kostal
Starpulse contributing writer