BySierra Elizabeth Hilbert, writer at Creators.co
films, photography, writing. these are a few of my favorite things.
Sierra Elizabeth Hilbert

There are plenty of them out there & I am definitely a fan. This is part 1 of my quirky movie selection. If you're all for the strange, sometimes dark, & often humorous plots, scripts, & characters that are likely to make an appearance in the quirky genre--than this may be the list you've been searching for. I will include a short description of each movie & reasons to why you should check it out. So without further a do:

1. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
Basic Plot:
Zooey Deschanel plays a girl who thinks true love doesn't exist & Joseph Gorden-Levitt is the boy who falls for her.
Why you should watch:
Because it's adorable & it's got a great soundtrack. I must sheepishly admit that I had never heard of The Smiths until I watched this movie & now I'm infatuated with their music.

(500) Days of Summer (2009)
(500) Days of Summer (2009)


2.
Amélie (2001)
Basic Plot:
A sweet, naive, French girl delights in helping others, & along the way finds love.
Why you should watch:
It is a French film, but trust me you will become so entranced by the beautiful Audrey Tautou that you won't even notice you're reading subtitles. What you will notice is the beautiful color scheme of the film, the quirky dialogue, & the sweet love story.

Amélie (2001)
Amélie (2001)

3. Benny & Joon (1993)
Basic Plot:
A brother does his best to take care of his mentally ill younger sister, who falls in love with an eccentric man who idolizes Buster Keaton.
Why you should watch:
It's a little dated, but honestly if you're a fan of Johnny Depp at all--you need to see him in this role. He does an awesome Buster Keaton impression. Also, you will learn a very clever way to make grilled cheese.

Benny & Joon (1993)
Benny & Joon (1993)

4. Big Fish (2003)
Basic Plot:
A son has listened to the crazy tall tales of his father's adventures his entire life; of a misunderstood giant, conjoined Siamese twins, & a circus ringmaster werewolf, but finds that there may be some truth to them after all.
Why you should watch:
This just might be my favorite Tim Burton film. It's based on Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace. If you're into magical stories with intriguing characters, & even if you're not a huge fan of Burton--give it a watch, I promise you won't be disappointed.

Big Fish (2003)
Big Fish (2003)

5. Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Basic Plot:
A rich kid opens up a psychiatry office within the stalls of the boys bathroom at his high school.
Why you should watch:
It's got a great cast; Anton Yelchin as the famous Charlie Bartlett, Kat Dennings, & Robert Downey Jr. If you're looking for a more recent Ferris Bueller's Day Off feeling movie, check it out. It's pretty hilarious & I will say the soundtrack is also awesome.

Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Charlie Bartlett (2007)

6. Elvis & Anabelle (2007)
Basic Plot:
On the verge of winning a beauty pageant, Anabelle suddenly dies on stage. Her body is taken to a funeral home owned by Elvis's family & just as she is about to be embalmed, her spirit returns.
Why you should watch:
Elvis & Anabelle are from two totally different worlds. Generally, it's nothing you haven't seen before as far as the romance part goes, but I bet you haven't seen a girl come back to life on an embalming table. Also, Blake Lively is wonderful in this movie.

Elvis & Anabelle (2007)
Elvis & Anabelle (2007)

7. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Basic Plot:
Based on the book by Roald Dahl about a fox who is retired from his former life of crime as a thief, but decides to do one last big job. His victims are the farmer's Bogus, Bunce & Bean--one fat, one short, one lean & all of them equally mean.
Why you should watch:
Because it is directed by Wes Anderson & because it is stop motion, but mostly because it is stop motion. It's just such a unique style of film & with it being based off a writer's work like Roald Dahl (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Matilda), you know it's got to be good. So what the cuss are you waiting for?

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

8. The First Time (2012)
Basic Plot:
Shy high school senior Dave & down-to-earth junior Aubrey meet at a party & fall in love over one short weekend & find that first love isn't always perfect.
Why you should watch:
In all honesty, I was not expecting to enjoy this movie as much as I did. The dialogue is intelligent, thoughtful, & often funny. The story itself is a good reminder that our reality may not always meet our expectations. & on another note, it has a pretty good soundtrack.

The First Time (2012)
The First Time (2012)

9. Garden State (2004)
Basic Plot:
After a decade of being estranged from his family, a young troubled man returns home to attend his mother's funeral.
Why you should watch:

It was written & directed by Zach Braff (former Scrubs star). It has all the humor with all the heart. I loved Natalie Portman, & of course the soundtrack is awesome. "Good luck exploring the infinite abyss."

Garden State (2004)
Garden State (2004)

10. It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
Basic Plot:
Clinically depressed & suicidal teenager Craig checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward & turns his life around making friends along the way.
Why you should watch:
It's based on the novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini (who actually died by suicide himself in 2013). I might be alone in this, but I find that intriguing. There's also something about kooky characters with psychological issues that is really entertaining. Plus, Zach Galifianakis.

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)


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