1. The Warriors
I can't believe I hadn't seen this movie before. A gang called the warriors has to fight their way home across New York City after they are blamed for the murder of the leader of the most powerful gang in the city. Great concept, gangs and their respective outfits, and locations. This is what every comic book movie should strive to be.
2. Night on Earth
Jim Jarmusch's tale of four taxi experiences in four cities across the globe is a feat of filmmaking. To keep an audience intrigued by what is basically a two hour cab ride... well you get this picture. It's fun, clever, and exactly what should be expected of a Jarmusch film made during his prime.
3. Dark City
A well executed dark concept film about a man whose special ability leads him to discover that his entire city has been turned into an alien experiment. I saw this in the theater as a kid and I'll never forget it.
4. Touch of Evil
Orson Welles acts/directs in this story of good cop vs. bad cop on a border town between the US and Mexico is ultra stylized film noir. Known for it's first shot, which is a very long and intricate long take and for the fact that Charleton Heston plays a Mexican, this film is about as dark as they come. Welles created a dark carnival of a world. And he supposedly shot at night so the studio execs would be asleep instead of bothering him in the middle of the night on set.
5. After Hours
It's nowhere near Scorsese's best work, but there's something about a crazy night in the city that leaves you with a good feeling when it's over. Bonus points for Clarence Felder playing a bouncer at a weird bar.
6. Escape from New York
I love John Carpenter. As all of his movies are being remade by Hollywood hacks, it become more and more apparent how great of a director he was.
7. The Crow
Another example of a comic book type movie done right. And Ernie Hudson nails it in his role as a cop.
Alphaville wraps up this list. Godard's futuristic detective story was shot in Paris in the early 60's yet it looks authentically futuristic. It's about the only big brother type movie that isn't disgustingly hackneyed. I saw this movie for the first time earlier this year and have watched it at least 10 times since.