I’m much with @csgeek on his list, and also agree, it’s hard to pick just a few, as I’ve seen a lot of movies in my day and have quite a few favorites…
But, in an attempt to list a few, the Top-7 quick-pick are:
The Matrix (the original, the sequels were kinda “meh” TBH)
LOTR Trilogy (and maybe also The Hobbit ones)
Gladiator (makes me cry every time I re-watch it)
Shawshank Redemption (classic, a must-watch!)
Most of “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” and spin-offs
21 (really well done, and well acted IMHO)
Anything by Guy Ritchie (Lock-Stock, Snatch, RockNRolla, The Gentlemen. Absolutely love his films. “D’ya like daggz?” and “What’re ya waiting for? Zi Djermanz?” haha, epic! )
Also, “honorable mentions” go to (just to mention a few more decent Movies and Shows, just because they made movies out of good stories and whatnot)
HHGTTG (The movie was not optimally done, but still worth a watch IMHO)
Legend of The Seeker (even though they deviated quite a bit from Terry Goodkind’s books)
- Shannara Chronicles
- The Orville
- Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Vampire Diaries
The Warrior (based on writings by Bruce Lee)
- The Witcher
- Wu Assassins
…and quite a few more, and I’m spacing out and forgetting tons, but yeah… that’s a short summary of what’s caught my interest so far.
…and I’m still waiting for someone to make a series/TV show based on Robert Jordan and/or David Eddings stories/books. That would rock and be totally awesome, if done well.