The Riker Scale: 40-31

The latest installment of the Riker Scale series counts down from movie #40 to #31. Check out next week for the next ten movies.


31) Spiderman 2 (2003), PG-13, Directed by Sam Raimi

Of the original Spiderman trilogy, the second film was the best of the bunch. Peter Parker fights Doctor Octopus while struggling in relationships with his friends.

Riker Scale Score: 91

32) Despicable Me (2011), PG, Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud

Gru, a sorry villain, battles his rival Vector while he adopts three orphans. The minions are world-famous, the theme music amazing, and the story fun and entertaining.

Riker Scale Score: 91

33) Ocean’s Eleven (2001), PG-13, Directed by Steven Soderberg

Danny Ocean (George Clooney) creates a team of thieves to rob multiple Las Vegas casinos. The plot is complex and entertaining and the acting superb.

Riker Scale Score: 91

34) And Then There Were None (1945), NR, Directed by René Clair

This film adaptation of the famous Agatha Christie murder mystery is well-done, even if it is in black and white. Ten people go to an island and they are murdered, one by one.

Riker Scale Score: 90

35) Superman (1978), PG, Directed by Richard Donner

The first major superhero movie, Superman set the bar high for one of today’s most popular genres. Clark Kent must save California from the clutches of the evil Lex Luthor.

Riker Scale Score: 90

36) Remember the Titans (2000), PG, Directed by Boaz Yakin

One of two football flicks on the list, Remember the Titans is a bona fide classic. It tackles both football and racism in an interesting and inspiring way.

Riker Scale Score: 90

37) I, Robot (2004), PG-13, Directed by Alex Proyas

The best, and only, Will Smith movie on this list was thrilling and entertaining. Set in the future, a cop leads a revolution against robots designed to help humans.

Riker Scale Score: 90

38) Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade (1989), PG-13, Directed by Steven Spielberg

Rarely do sequels live up to the originals, but the third installment in the Indiana Jones series is almost as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark. In this one, Indy looks for the Holy Grail.

Riker Scale Score: 90

39) Back to the Future (1985), PG, Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Teenager Marty McFly goes back in time to when his parents were in high school and must match them together to save him and his siblings. This classic movie is equally entertaining and interesting.

Riker Scale Score: 90

40) The Dark Knight (2008), PG-13, Directed by Christopher Nolan

Batman defends Gotham City from the grasp of one of the best villains all-time, the Joker. Ranked as one of the best all-time, I’m more of a Superman/Spiderman person than Batman.

Riker Scale Score: 89


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