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Best Movies to Watch with Friends

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Do you have some free time to enjoy with your friends or family members & looking for some movies to watch together? If yes then I have a perfect list of movies that you all must not miss. These might not be the latest but they could entertain you anytime.

Watching a movie with your friends could freshen up your old memories & remind you of all those amazing days you had spent together so this can also be treated as a Stress Buster or friends Reunion Special.

 So simply sit back - go through the list & pick your favourite to start watching with your buddies.
Here is the very carefully curated list with all the details you will need to be able to select the best as per choice :)

1. The Matrix Series

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Source: Warner Bros.Pictures
About the movie:
The Matrix was released in the year 1999 & since then it is one of the well-known science fiction action films that was written and directed by the Wachowskis & features Keanu Reeves as the focal point of the whole star cast, it also includes Laurence Fishburne along with Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. It depicts a dystopian future that is having an imaginary society focused on dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible, you will observe humans trapped inside a simulated reality calling it the Matrix, created by thought-capable machines (artificial beings) to deviate human beings while using their bodies as an energy source. When computer programmer Thomas Anderson, under the hacker alias "Neo", uncovers this truth, he "is drawn into a rebellion against the machines" along with other people who have been freed from the Matrix.

Cast & their roles:

  • Keanu Reeves as Thomas A. Anderson also known as Neo in the movie: He is a  computer programmer who works as a hacker. Reeves expressed his character as a person who felt that something was weird, and was searching for Morpheus and the truth to break free. Initially, Will Smith was approached for playing this role but he turned down to make Wild Wild West, because of scepticism over the film's ambitious bullet-time special effects. He later stated he was "not mature enough as an actor" at that time, and that if given the role, he "would have messed it up". Another who turned down the role was Nicolas Cage because of quoted "family obligations". Warner Bros. later sought Brad Pitt or Val Kilmer for the role but when both declined, the studio brought in Reeves & won it ahead of Jonny Depp the Wachowskis' first choice.

  • Laurence Fishburne playing the vital character of Morpheus: A human freed from the Matrix, captain of the Nebuchadnezzar. Fishburne said that once he read the script, he did not understand why other people found it confusing. However, he had a doubt if the movie would ever be made because it was way ahead of its time & "so smart". The Wachowskis asked Fishburne to base his performance on the character Morpheus in Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics. Gary Oldman including Samuel L. Jackson and Val Kilmer were all considered for the part. Despite many rumours surrounding the plot, Sean Connery was offered the role of the Architect in the sequels, not that of Morpheus.

  • Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity: Freed by Morpheus, a crew member of the Nebuchadnezzar, Neo's romantic interest. After reading the script, Moss expressed that initially, she did not think that she had to do the extreme acrobatic actions as described in the script. She was circumspect on how the Wachowskis would get to direct a movie with such a heavy budget, but then after spending about an hour with them going through the storyboard, she realised why some people would trust them with so much faith. Moss also mentioned how she underwent a three-hour physical test during casting, so she knew what to expect subsequently. The role Trinity made Moss, who later stated that she had no career before. None.
  •  Janet Jackson was first approached for this role but scheduling conflicts kept her away from accepting it. In one of the interviews, she told that turning down the role was not easy for her, so she later referenced The Matrix in the 'Intro' and 'Outro' interludes on her studio album named Discipline.

  • Hugo Weaving playing the role of Agent Smith: A sentient "Agent" program of the Matrix whose purpose is to destroy Zion and stop humans from getting out of the Matrix. Unlike those other guys, he has ambitions to free himself from his duties. Weaving stated that the character was fun to play because it took his attention. He developed a neutral accent but even more for the character he was playing. He didn't want Smith to sound human but nor robotic at the same time, and also said that the Wachowskis' voices had influenced his voice in the film. When the shooting began, Weaving mentioned that he was excited to be a part of something so unique. Jean Reno was rumoured to be offered the role, but he declined because of his unwillingness to move to Australia for the production.
  • Joe Pantoliano acting as Cypher: Another human freed by Morpheus, but one who regrets taking the red pill and seeks to be returned to the Matrix. It was Pantoliano's 2nd time working with Wachowskis prior to appearing in The Matrix.

  • Marcus Chong playing the role Tank: He is the "operator" of the Nebuchadnezzar, he is Dozer's brother, and like him was born outside the Matrix.
  • Anthony Ray Parker taking Dozer's role: He is a "natural" human born outside of the Matrix, and pilot of the Nebuchadnezzar.
  • Julian Arahanga acting as Apoc: Apoc a freed human and crew member on the Nebuchadnezzar.

  • Matt Doran playing the role Mouse: A freed human and programmer on the Nebuchadnezzar.
  • Gloria Foster in the role of Oracle: Oracle is a prophet who still resides in the Matrix, helping the freed humans with her foresight and wisdom.
  • Belinda McClory is seen playing the role of Switch: A human freed by Morpheus, and crew member of the Nebuchadnezzar.

  • Paul Goddard plays the character of Agent Brown: One of two sentient "Agent" programs in the Matrix who work with Agent Smith with a mission to destroy Zion and stop humans from escaping the system.
  • Robert Taylor acts an Agent Jones: Second sentient "Agent" program working with Agent Smith.
  • Ada Nicodemou as DuJour

2. Taken (1st):

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Source: Grive Productions

About the movie:
Bryan Mills a retired CIA agent who lefts his job in a hopeful attempt to build a closer relationship with his daughter  Kim, who lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim the 17-year-old manages to convince her unwilling father to provide her with permission to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. After the girls arrive in Paris they share a cab with a stranger named Peter, and Amanda allows him to know that they are alone in Paris. Using this information an Albanian gang who is involved in human trafficking kidnaps the girls. Kim rarely has any time to call her father when they got captured and give him information. Her father somehow gets to speak for a brief amount of time to one of the kidnappers and he promises to kill the kidnappers if they do not let his daughter go free. The kidnapper hearing the threat wishes him "good luck," the movie climax begins when Bryan Mills travels to Paris to search for his daughter and her friend.
Cast & their roles:

  • Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills
  • Maggie Grace as Kim Mills
  • Famke Janssen as Lenore Mills-St John
  • Katie Cassidy as Amanda
  • Leland Orser as Sam Gilroy
  • Jon Gries as Mark Casey
  • David Warshofsky as Bernie Harris
  • Holly Valance as Sheerah
  • Xander Berkeley as Stuart St John
  • Olivier Rabourdin as Jean-Claude Pitrel
  • Gérard Watkins as Patrice Saint-Clair
  • Arben Bajraktaraj as Marko Hoxha
  • Camille Japy as Isabelle
  • Nicolas Giraud as Peter
  • Goran Kostić as Gregor
  • Nabil Massad as Raman
  • Jalil Naciri as Ali

3. Kung Fu Hustle

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Source: Columbia Pictures
About the movie:
The movie shows the 1940s period in China specifically in a place called Canton where the story focuses on a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member suddenly runs into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Sing's actions lead to the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in explosive kung-fu war. Only one side will prevail and only one hero will be crowned as the greatest kung-fu master of all.

Cast & their roles:

  • Stephen Chow as Sing, a loser in life who aspires to join the Axe Gang. He masters the Fut Gar Buddhist Palm technique. After he is killed 7 then again brought back to life, he acquired the ability to master all types of Kung Fu.
  • Danny Chan Kwok-Kwan plays the role of  Brother Sum, who is a ruthless leader of the Axe Gang who has killed all gangs in China.
  • Yuen Wah acts as the Landlord of Pig Sty Alley. He is also a master of Taijiquan. He is flexible and able to hover in midair.
  • Yuen Qiu in the role Landlady of Pig Sty Alley. She masters the Lama Pai Lion's Roar technique & has a sonic scream that can potentially pierce through anything.

  • Bruce Leung Siu-lung playing the vital role of Beast, an old but incredibly strong Kung Fu master. He is rumoured to be the most dangerous person alive, though his skill is disguised by his weird appearance. He is a master of the Toad Style in which he can emulate a toad and hit a person with enormous force.
  • Xing Yu as the Coolie, a Kung Fu specialist of Tán Tuǐ Twelve Kicks technique from the Tam School. He has incredibly fast legs and can sense when an opponent is approaching.
  • Chiu Chi-ling as Tailor, the tailor of Pig Sty Alley who is specialized in the art of performing the Hung Ga Iron Fist technique and he fights with iron rings on his arms. He possesses strong fists that give the resemblance somewhat like Iron Fist.
  • Dong Zhihua in the character of Donut, who happens to be a baker in Pig Sty Alley. He specializes in the Eight Trigram Staff. He controls staffs in the direction they go.
  • Lam Chi-Chung acting as Bone, Sing's sidekick. He tends to follow Sing around and is obese.
  • Eva Huang playing Fong who is Sing's mute love interest and childhood acquaintance. Sing also protected her from Brother Sum and his crew when she was young.
  • Tin Kai-man as Brother Sum's adviser. He takes over as the supreme of the Axe Gang after Brother Sum gets killed.
  • Gar Hong-hay and Fung Hak-on appearing as The Harpists who are killers hired by the Axe Gang. Their instrument is known as "Chinese harp."  which they can use their harp to create skeleton soldiers or swords to kill a person.
  • Lam Suet and Liang Hsiao in the role of high-ranking members of the Axe Gang.
  • Yuen Cheung-yan in the role of a Beggar, the man who sold Sing the Buddha's Palm manual. He is a fraud who tricks kids to make money for himself.
  • Feng Xiaogang plays the character "leader of the Crocodile Gang" who is killed by the Axe Gang at the start of the film. He was the final gang leader to be killed by Brother Sum.
  • Fung Min-hun as the 4-eyed clerk.

4. Sherlock Holmes

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Source:  Warner Bros. Pictures

About the movie:
After successfully catching the serial killer known as Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes along with his assistant Dr Watson were just about to close another victorious case. But when Blackwood under some unknown circumstance returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must prepare again to take up the hunt. Contending with his partner's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the fearless detective must collect & go through all the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the venomous embrace of temptress Irene Adler.

Cast & their roles:

  • Robert Downey Jr. playing the all-important role of Sherlock Holmes, a scientist of high calibre and eccentric detective-for-hire who becomes a wanted fugitive in his hunt for Lord Blackwood.  Downey revealed what his wife had to say: "that when he reads the description of the guy who is — quirky and kind of nuts — then it could be a description of him. Downey thought of focusing more on Holmes' patriotism and his bohemianism and felt that his work on Chaplin had prepared him for an English accent.  Both Downey and Director Guy Ritchie are martial arts enthusiasts and have been inspired by the Baritsu that was mentioned in the 1901 story The Adventure of the Empty House. Downey lost weight for the part because, while having a chat with Chris Martin, Martin recommended that Holmes look "gaunt" and "skinny".

  • Jude Law in the role of Dr John Watson who is a Holmes' companion and close friend who is also a surgeon and a veteran of the Second Afghan War. Watson is more like the original character, who was more of a worker, rather than the bumbling fool portrayed by the actor Nigel Bruce in the 1930s–40s films. Law in the past had appeared in the Granada Television series called The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, in an episode based on The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place. As he was a Holmes fan, Law's attention helped him identify that there was material unexplored in other adaptations and  Law was cast because of his positive meeting with Downey and concurred the film would have to explore Holmes and Watson's friendship. Downey was a firm believer that by emphasizing Watson's qualities as a former soldier, a doctor, a womanizer and a gambler, it would make him perfect for a more favourable foil for Holmes. 

  • Mark Strong in the role of Lord Henry Blackwood who happens to be an aristocratic serial killer dabbling in the occult to compel others to do his bidding. As he returned after his execution, Blackwood unveils a plan to take control of the British Empire. He has been provided with many supernatural elements to his character, and his presence is usually accompanied by a menacing crow. It was Strong's worked 3rd time working with director Ritchie and said he appreciates the director's lack of ego and how easy to work attitude.
  • Rachel McAdams in the form of Irene Adler, she is an American femme fatale from New Jersey who managed to outwit Holmes twice in the past, as chronicled in Doyle's story A Scandal in Bohemia. In the movie, she is no longer married to Godfrey Norton and visits Holmes' to ask help for the case. Downey managed to convince Ritchie to cast McAdams after he briefed him that she would not be looking too young to be his love interest. In this area the film manages to depart from Doyle's original, where Holmes never got to meet Adler again after the one occasion where she outwitted him; the film conversely implies that the two of them met a number of times later also had a close love affair.

  • Kelly Reilly acting as Mary Morstan who is a governess & the one Watson wishes to marry due to which it causes a conflict with Holmes.
  • Eddie Marsan acting as Inspector Lestrade who is an investigator from Scotland Yard who hires Holmes to look into the murders. Unlike in many previous sherlock holmes storylines, Lestrade this time is not portrayed as a bumbling inspector but is shown to be a rather competent officer (though he is relatively fed up with Holmes).
  • Hans Matheson playing the character Lord Coward, he is the Home Secretary who is Blackwood's right-hand man and assisted Blackwood in all his murders and also had his name as one of the rare allies aware of Blackwood's usage of technology to feign magical powers.

  • Geraldine James acting as Mrs Hudson, she is  Sherlock Holmes' landlady. This is James' second Holmes film. She earlier had played the role of Dr Mortimer's wife in the 2002 adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
  • James Fox as Sir Thomas Rotheram, father of Lord Blackwood and Head of the Four Orders.
  • Robert Maillet as Dredger, a 7 foot, French-speaking henchman working for Blackwood.
  • William Hope as American Ambassador Standish.
  • William Houston as Constable Clark

5. The Hangover (2009)

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Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
About the movie:
The story behind like this - Angelenos Doug Billings and Tracy Garner are about to be ready for the wedding. A couple of days before the planned wedding, the four men in the party - Doug, Doug's two best buddies Phil Wenneck and Stu Price, and Tracy's brother Alan Garner -  takes Tracy's father's favourite Mercedes convertible for a 24-hour stag party to Las Vegas. Phil who is a married high school teacher has the same understanding level as his students during the time he's with his pals. Stu is a dentist who's worried about everything, especially what his controlling girlfriend Melissa thinks as she disapproves any traditional male bonding rituals & therefore has to lie to her about the stag, & tells her that they are going on a wine tasting tour in the Napa Valley. Even with these lingering misconceptions, he wants to marry her which is against the advice and wishes of his friends. And Alan seems to be unaware of what is considered the social graces of the western world.  After they arrived around the morning time in Las Vegas, the movie really becomes one to watch. 

Cast & their roles:

  • Philip "Phil" Wenneck's character is played by Bradley Cooper
  • Stuart "Stu" Price role is taken by Ed Helms
  • Alan Garner's role is played by Zach Galifianakis
  • Douglas "Doug" Billing is played by Justin Bartha
  • The role of Leslie Chow is done by Ken Jeong
  • Sidney "Sid" Garner is the character of Jeffrey Tambor
  • Sondra Currie acting as Linda Garner
  • Tracy Garner-Billings is the character name of Sasha Barrese
  • Stephanie Wenneck is played by Gillian Vigman
  • Character Jade is played by Heather Graham
  • Black Douglas "Doug" is the character of Mike Epps
  • Tyler / Carlos Grant Holmquist is the role of Grant Holmquist
  • Melissa is the role of Rachael Harris  
  • Mike Tyson Himself  
  • Edward "Eddie" / Samir is Bryan Callen  
  • Kingsley is played by Paul Giamatti  
  • Theodore "Teddy" Srisai is the role of Mason Lee  
  • Kimberly "Kimmy" is Yasmin Lee  
  • Lauren Price-Srisa is a character played by Jamie Chung
  • Marshall is played by John Goodman
  • Cassandra "Cassie" is Melissa McCarthy
  • Drug-dealing monkey is Crystal the Monkey

These 5 movies will sure give you a perfect dose of entertainment & many fun moments to enjoy + cherish especially if you all are meeting after a long time or even just taking a break from the daily hustle, relax & chill out with these blockbuster hits.

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