The Riker Scale: 20-11

These 10 movies are just out of the top ten. Here are numbers 20-11.

11) Adventures of Tin-Tin (2011), PG, Directed by Steven Spielberg

An Indiana Jones-style animated film, the Adventures of Tin-Tin is the greatest movie that I expected to be horrible. Tin-Tin, the subject of a comic book series, is a young journalist who stumbles upon an epic mystery spanning the globe.

Riker Scale Score: 96

12) Blind Side (2009), PG-13, Directed by John Lee Hancock

The Blind Side follows the inspiring story of Michael Oher, a Super Bowl champion, and the family that adopted him and put him on the right path, the Tuohys. The second-best sports movie on the list tackles much more than football.

Riker Scale Score: 96

13) Sound of Music (1965), G, Directed by Robert Wise

The Sound of Music is the top musical on the list and this is as rewatchable a film as any. A nanny helps the children of a naval officer realize their musical gifts and escape Nazi-controlled Austria.

Riker Scale Score: 96

14) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), PG, Directed by Chris Columbus

The Harry Potter movies are close, but the second, the Chamber of Secrets, is my favorite. This one is the best mystery of the series and has the cleverest resolution.

Riker Scale Score: 95

15) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), PG-13, Directed by David Yates

Of the last four Harry Potter movies, this is the highest on the list by far. Harry faces his toughest test but builds Dumbledore’s Army to aid him in his battle with Voldemort.

Riker Scale Score: 95

16) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), PG, Directed by Chris Columbus

The first Harry Potter movie may be on the boring side, but it is classic and isn’t as dark as the later films. Harry Potter learns about his mysterious past and attends the wizarding school Hogwarts.

Riker Scale Score: 95

17) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), PG-13, Directed by Mike Newell

The Triwizard Tournament brings two other wizarding schools to Hogwarts, but it also brings more danger and darkness for one of its contestants, Harry Potter. The Goblet of Fire transitions the series into a darker tone, but it is still interesting and not over-the-top.

Riker Scale Score: 94

18) Madagascar (2005), PG, Directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath

Four zoo animals escape and wind up on the island of Madagascar. This is one of the top animated movies and family movies around.

Riker Scale Score: 94

19) The Italian Job (2003), PG-13, Directed by F. Gary Gray

Charlie Croker (Mark Wahlberg) aims to avenge the death of their former leader with an elaborate heist. Total entertainment value and an interesting and complex plot.

Riker Scale Score: 94

20) Monsters Inc. (2001), PG, Directed by Pete Docter

Monsters Mike and Sully make a living scaring children to provide energy to their city, but chaos breaks out when a little girl escapes into their world. Rewatchable and family-friendly, this is one of Pixar’s best.

Riker Scale Score: 94

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