Here's a quick little bit of fun. I was just going through my Netflix rental log, and through ye-old memory banks, and put together this list of movies that I particularly enjoyed. Sometimes friends ask about Netflix (which is way cool), my 8-disc at a time subscription, or for recommendations, so here it is!
Some of these have sequels (obviously), which may or may not be better than the first, your call. For example, I like Austin Powers II, Star Trek: First Contact, The Terminator II, etc. Keep in mind that there are many more decent, enjoyable movies, but these are just my subjective opinion of the creame of the crop.
I'll admit it, these are diverse (though no chick flicks, okay, maybe one or two), but you can quickly tell if your taste in movies is close to mine, and if it is, you should like the ones here you haven't seen. If you discover any new gems in here, leave a comment. If you like these movies and think I'm missing one from the list, leave a comment.
I've made these links to the movies at Netflix, so you can read descriptions, quickly add to your queue, and watch previews. I added a custom parser plug-in to my NovaBlog app that creates the Netflix links at parse/upload time. Most of these are the first item on the returned search. If there's any confusion, leave a comment and I can clarify.
The 8-disc Netflix account is very useful for the TV series, since it makes it so easy to watch them straight through.
Some of these are cult classic sci-fi movies and must sees, but I'll let you find them hiddin in the list. Just look for older titles, if their older, then they've got to be real good to be on this list. Other factors, beyond guns, aliens, outer space, comedy, war, etc that make a good show are people like Patrick Stewart, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Connery, Drew Barrymore, etc