My favorite kind of movie

Yes I like action flicks, spy thrillers, heist/caper movies, and zombie movies. There’s nothing quite as diverting as a great action movie that keeps me riveted to the edge of my seat. They’re awesome. My favorite movies fall into these categories (such as Ocean’s Eleven, 28 Days Later, 300 — evidently movies with numbers in the title, haha!).

While these are entertaining stories and I would watch them again and again, I actually like another kind of movie even more… it’s not really a genre as a much as a methodology: I love movies that tell a story in a different way; I love movies that break the pattern and use innovative storytelling techniques.

Here’s a list of great movies that just do that.

  • Memento: this movie is basically told in reverse. It blew my mind.
  • Suicide Kings: the main character is tied to a chair for most of the movie, and yet he drives the action forward. Love it!
  • Russian Ark: admittedly, this movie is hard to watch because it’s an hour and a half long and filmed entirely in one take, but it is so powerful!
  • Inception: there are aspects of this movie that are weird and annoying (as cleverly explained in this Honest Trailer) but overall I liked that the move was different.
  • The Matrix: this movie blew my mind. I caught it in the theater and went back the next day watch it again. The story was good but — to the point of this blog post — the groundbreaking camera work made the story so much more compelling.
  • The Betrayed: was a low-budget movie that was really well acted and, with the exception of the first scene, took place entirely in one room. I think it’s hard to pull that off in a movie (and certainly this created plot holes) but overall it was still an engaging movie.
  • Glengarry Glen Ross: aside from being greatest movie of all time, has a very small cast who mostly talk to each other (no other action), and there are very few sets and it all takes place over a period of less than 18 hours. This makes sense because it was a play first.
  • Nick of Time and 88 Minutes: these were two attempts at making a “real time” movie and both of them fell short. But I applaud the effort. Probably the best real time movie (although it’s certainly not billed as such) was Crank. Although the movie gets silly at points, it does a good job of making you feel that you’re in the moment, living the situation with the main character.

I realize there are probably others to add to this list. Cloud Atlas looks like one of them, although I haven’t seen it yet.

I love movies that tell a great story, have lots of action and intrigue, and surprise me with an unexpected twist. But I particularly love movies that tell their story in a unique way. Yeah, most of these movies aren’t award winners and most of them aren’t popcorn-and-beer movies that you’d watch with friends, but if you want to stretch how you define “storytelling” then these are great movies to watch.

Published by Aaron Hoos

Aaron Hoos is a writer, strategist, and investor who builds and optimizes profitable sales funnels. He is the author of The Sales Funnel Bible and other books.