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Winter is fast approaching, I will have some downtime, I’m looking for movie recommendations. I love documentaries/true stories, western setting movies, but will indulge in other genres.
I hate slapstick/stupid humor. I’m over the action films where the fight scenes consist of two combatants going blow for blow at asinine speeds.
I’m fairly picky, I would rather stare at a wall then watch most movies.

Here is a list of movies I have enjoyed.
There are more, but I would like to hear what you recommend

Winter bone
Margin Call
Private war
On the basis of sex
Megan Leavey
Just mercy
Green book
Only the brave
Unbroken
Adrift
Murder Mountain
Togo
Ozark’s, probably one the best series ever.
Wind River
Jungle
Into the White
Operation Finale
Papillon
Tread
Free Solo
Dawn wall
War Dogs
Mud
Lincoln Lawyer
Hell or high water, great way to screw the bank that’s screwing with you.
Bird box
Peanut butter falcon
Lawless
 
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A couple to add to your list are:

Nobody
Danger Close

Nobody is kind of a John Wick knockoff, but it's good fun.

There are a couple of movies called Danger Close. The one I watched last night was made in 2019. It's about Australian and New Zealand soldiers and the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam where 108 soldiers fought off over 2,000 Viet Cong This one is similar to We Were Soldiers and was very well done. The wife even liked it.

If you have not seen Mel Gibson's We Were Soldiers, add that to your list.

If you enjoyed Bird Box, then add A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II. The second one was better than the first.
 
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  • Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (A fairly decent survivalist film about a teenage boy and his dog)
  • Open Range (Duvall, Costner. One of the best street gunfights in a Western film)
  • Heat (Pacino, DeNiro, along with many others, as a modern cop and robbers film)
  • Justified (TV series, starring Timothy Olyphant. A US Deputy Marshall in Appalachia v. some fairly malevolent locals)
  • Tender Mercies (Duvall. A story about personal redemption)
  • An Unfinished Life (Redford, Freeman, Lopez. A story about forgiveness)
  • Wind River (Jeremy Rhener. Serial rapist and murderer pursued in Alaska, by a USF&G agent, whose daughter was a victim years ago)
  • Whiteout (Beckensale. A murder/crime drama set in Antarctica)
  • Last of the Dogmen (Berrenger, Hershey. A bounty hunter that tracks convicts into the wild and runs into an unknown tribe of Cheyenne)
  • Death Wish (A 2018 remake of the Charles Bronson film, with Bruce Willis)
  • Seven Days in Utopia (Duvall. American Christian sports drama film)
  • Mountain Top (Barry Corbin. Christian film about a lawyer turned preacher, persuaded to represent a man who speaks to God)
  • Jesse Stone TV film series (Tom Selleck as Chief Jesse Stone. You have to watch in order)
  • Sicario (Blunt, Brolin, del Toro. An FBI agent enlisted by a CIA task force to bring down the leader of a Mexico drug cartel)
  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Second installment of the three. The third film, Sicario: Capos, is in develpment now)
  • Heaven is for real (Kinnear, Church. American Christian drama film)
  • Miracles from Heaven (Garner. American Christian drama film)
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance (A fairly good Action/Drama, with a good bit of, albeit race, humor)
  • The Mountain Between Us (Elba, Winslet. A very well made film about survival in the Rockies)
  • Secondhand Lions (Osment, Duvall, Caine. A boy spends his summer with his two eccentric uncles)
  • August Rush (Highmore, Rhys Meyers, Russell, Williams. A musically gifted runaway orphan in NYC)
  • The Astronaut Farmer (Thornton, Madsen. A rancher who once trained to be an astronaut, fulfills a lifelong dream)
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (Lane. A divorcee moves to Tuscany)
  • Must Love Dogs (Lane. A 40sh woman in the online dating world)
I want to see the film, "Let him go," with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane.
 

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if you can find it somewhere to watch it - Apple has a new weekly series Invasion - 4 episodes into the season - follows four people/families around the world trying to survive an alien invasion ...

get thru the first episode - slow character development intro - gets better after that ....
 

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I keep a list, so here's mine. I highly recommend all films and shows on this list.

Action
  • Platoon
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Die Hard
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Ronin
  • Heat
  • No country for old men
  • Pulp fiction
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Unforgiven
  • Gladiator
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Rocky (all of them)
  • Band of Brothers
  • Hunt for Red October
  • Patriot Games
  • Top Gun
  • Fight Club
  • Collateral

Best action scenes for intensity and realism:
  • SPR scenes
  • Ronin scenes
  • Heat bank heist
  • Collateral alleyway
  • Many Band of Brothers entire episodes
  • Black Hawk Down scenes

Sci-Fi / Action
  • Alien/Aliens (best sequel)
  • Mad Max I, and Mad Max II, The Road Warrior (best sequel)
  • Star Wars IV and Star Wars V (best sequel)
  • Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade
  • Blade Runner (the original)
  • Jurassic Park
  • Children of Men
  • Conan the Barbarian
Horror / Sci-Fi Horror
  • The Thing
  • Alien
  • Terminator I and II
  • Halloween
  • Jaws
  • The Shining (Stephen King adaptation)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Seven
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • The Mist (Stephen King adaptation)
Drama
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Forrest Gump
  • A Few Good Men
  • Usual suspects
  • Arlington Road
  • The Bounty
  • Trainspotting
  • Castaway
  • Risky Business
  • Fargo
  • Walk the Line
Comedy (I removed the slapstick films, which I do like if done well. These are solidly funny.)
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Swingers
  • Office Space
  • Ground Hog Day
Christmas
  • White Christmas
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • A Christmas Story
TV Shows
  • Cheers
  • Frazier
  • Breaking Bad
  • Mad Men
  • The Killing (US version in Seattle)
  • Seinfeld
 

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Some of my higher recommends.

Westerns:
Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford)
Open Range (Duvall/Costner)
They Call Me Trinity (Terrence Hill)
The Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day-Lewis)
The Patriot (Mel Gibson)
Quigley Down Under (Tom Selleck)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood)

War Movies/Shows:
Band of Brothers (HIGHLY Recommend!)
Enemy at the Gates (Jude Law)
American Sniper (Bradley Cooper)
Fury (Brad Pitt)
12 Strong (Chris Hemsworth)
Saving Private Ryan (Tom Hanks)
Black Hawk Down (Josh Hartnett)
13 Hours (John Krasinski)
Lone Survivor (Mark Wahlberg)

Sword Fighting:
Vikings Series on History
Kingdom of Heaven (Orlando Bloom)
Braveheart (Mel Gibson)
Robin Hood (Russell Crowe)

Sports:
Greater (story of Brandon Burrelsworth)
The Natural (Robert Redford)
McFarland USA (Kevin Costner)
 

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Winter is fast approaching, I will have some downtime, I’m looking for movie recommendations. I love documentaries/true stories, western setting movies, but will indulge in other genres.
I hate slapstick/stupid humor. I’m over the action films where the fight scenes consist of two combatants going blow for blow at asinine speeds.
I’m fairly picky, I would rather stare at a wall then watch most movies.

Here is a list of movies I have enjoyed.
There are more, but I would like to hear what you recommend

Winter bone
Margin Call
Private war
On the basis of sex
Megan Leavey
Just mercy
Green book
Only the brave
Unbroken
Adrift
Murder Mountain
Togo
Ozark’s, probably one the best series ever.
Wind River
Jungle
Into the White
Operation Finale
Papillon
Tread
Free Solo
Dawn wall
War Dogs
Mud
Lincoln Lawyer
Hell or high water, great way to screw the bank that’s screwing with you.
Bird box
Peanut butter falcon
Lawless
I like most anything with Clint Eastwood but especially:

The Outlaw Josey Wales
Pale Rider
High Plains Drifter
Hang 'Em High
A Fistful of Dollars
The Good The Bad & The Ugly

I also like:

Deliverance (Burt Reynolds, John Voight, Ned Beatty)
Emperor of the North (Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Keith Carradine)
The Sixth Sense
The Game (Michael Douglas, Sean Penn)


TV Series:

Twilight Zone
One Step Beyond
The Outer Limits
Seinfeld
The King of Queens
The Office
Get Smart
 

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The Quiet Man (John Wayne)
The Stand (Steven King)
The Goonies -- silly, but great
The Princes Bride
Blackhawk Down -- some of the best movie music I've ever heard
Repo Man
Tears of the Sun
The Crow
John Carter
Shrek - all of them
Narnia - most of them
Lord of the Rings + The Hobbit
Revelation Road
The Book of Eli
Man on Fire
Get the G-r-i-n-g-o ... Mel Gibson movie, sorry to bypass the language filter, but it's the title of a movie
 
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