Great Films


  1. fb100003473307908
  2. Ethan

My favorite movies-- Movies I'd give a score of 4.5 or 5 out of 5 stars.

Organized by release year.

Page Views
246
Comments
0
  fb100003473307908's Rating My Rating
1
All Quiet on the Western Front 1930,  PG)
2
The Public Enemy 1931,  Unrated)
3
Angels with Dirty Faces 1938,  Unrated)
4
Gone With the Wind 1939,  G)
5
Fantasia 1940,  G)
6
Citizen Kane 1941,  PG)
7
The Maltese Falcon 1941,  PG)
8
Casablanca 1942,  PG)
9
Double Indemnity 1944,  Unrated)
10
It's a Wonderful Life 1946,  PG)
11
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948,  Unrated)
12
Rope 1948,  PG)
13
The Third Man 1949,  Unrated)
14
The Asphalt Jungle 1950,  Unrated)
15
Sunset Boulevard 1950,  Unrated)
Sunset Boulevard
Not only is Sunset Boulevard a great and very tragic character study, but it's also one of the most realistic portraits of Hollywood and its negatives.
16
Strangers on a Train 1951,  PG)
17
The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951,  G)
18
A Streetcar Named Desire 1951,  PG)
A Streetcar Named Desire
A sometimes delicate, sometimes bolstering portrait of loneliness and regret.
19
Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) 1954,  Unrated)
20
Rear Window 1954,  PG)
21
On the Waterfront 1954,  Unrated)
On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront contains glorious scenes after glorious scenes and keeps the viewer intrigued and enthralled in its well-written drama, with support from its expert cast, Marlon Brando giving a revolutionary realistic performance.
22
The Killing 1956,  Unrated)
The Killing
The Killing deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Stanley Kubrick's other masterpieces such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, thanks to an airtight story, rapid-fire dialogue, great performances from its ensemble cast, and some of the director's best camerawork.
23
The Searchers 1956,  PG)
24
12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) 1957,  PG)
25
The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957,  PG)
26
Sweet Smell of Success 1957,  Unrated)
Sweet Smell of Success
Sweet Smell of Success is a perfectly directed look into late 1950s New York City with a great story and great performances. Not only is it one of the greatest noir films, it's become my favorite of the genre.
27
Paths of Glory 1957,  G)
28
Vertigo 1958,  PG)
29
The Magician (Ansiktet) (The Face) 1958,  Unrated)
The Magician (Ansiktet) (The Face)
Combining elements of drama, comedy, and horror, The Magician is a gorgeously filmed portrait of deceit and a statement about the battle between artist and critic. A very interesting film that demands more than just one viewing.
30
The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) 1959,  Unrated)
The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups)
A moving yet unsentimental view of adolescence in all its misery, Franšois Truffaut's semi-autobiographical debut is as emotionally engrossing as it is visually. A tragic coming-of-age story with slick direction and beautiful cinematography.
31
North by Northwest 1959,  Unrated)
32
Psycho 1960,  R)
33
The Apartment 1960,  Unrated)
34
The Time Machine 1960,  G)
35
Lawrence of Arabia 1962,  PG)
36
To Kill A Mockingbird 1962,  Unrated)
37
The Birds 1963,  PG-13)
38
A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari) 1964,  R)
39
Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964,  PG)
40
A Hard Day's Night 1964,  G)
41
Goldfinger 1964,  PG)
42
For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Pi¨) 1965,  R)
43
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966,  R)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
An intriguing and brilliantly constructed character study, an amazing directorial debut, and one of my new favorites.
44
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo.) 1966,  R)
45
The Graduate 1967,  PG)
46
Bonnie and Clyde 1967,  R)
47
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968,  G)
48
Rosemary's Baby 1968,  R)
Rosemary's Baby
It may have a tendency to go on and on, but that's what aids in its gripping suspense. Roman Polanski's sly direction both subtly and forthrightly impacts the viewer. I've definitely been intrigued by horror films like Stanley Kubrick's The Shining or William Friedkin's The Exorcist, but I believe Rosemary's Baby is the first to legitimately unsettle and disturb me.
49
The Odd Couple 1968,  PG)
50
Planet of the Apes 1968,  G)
51
Once Upon a Time in the West 1968,  PG-13)
52
A Clockwork Orange 1971,  R)
53
The French Connection 1971,  R)
54
Dirty Harry 1971,  R)
55
The Godfather 1972,  R)
56
Badlands 1973,  PG)
Badlands
Terrence Malick sets up and directs what, under most circumstances, would be a very disturbing and unsettling story, in such a manner in which it feels more along the lines of an upbeat, carefree road movie. The story is also presented in an almost fairy tale like narrative, adding to its strangeness. With great directing, solid acting, and beautiful cinematography (the landscape shots in particular), Badlands is a fantastic film, especially as a directorial debut.
57
The Sting 1973,  PG)
58
Mean Streets 1973,  R)
59
The Exorcist 1973,  R)
The Exorcist
Director William Friedkin's talent for mastering atmosphere makes The Exorcist an eerie and unsettling film that uses both visual and psychological scares to suck the viewer in and really get a sense of the supernatural. Not to mention the phenomenal acting and brilliant subliminal material. A truly haunting and thought provoking movie.
60
The Godfather, Part II 1974,  R)
61
The Conversation 1974,  PG)
The Conversation
Eerie, suspenseful, masterfully directed, and brilliantly acted, The Conversation is a masterpiece of cinema.
62
Chinatown 1974,  R)
63
Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1974,  PG)
64
Young Frankenstein 1974,  PG)
Young Frankenstein
One of the few artistically made comedies, Young Frankenstein is both a spoof and homage to the original Frankenstein, complete with hilarious writing brilliantly brought to life by Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, and the rest of its great cast. Easily my favorite Mel Brooks film.
65
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1974,  R)
66
Barry Lyndon 1975,  PG)
67
Jaws 1975,  PG)
68
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975,  R)
69
Dog Day Afternoon 1975,  R)
70
Nashville 1975,  R)
71
Taxi Driver 1976,  R)
72
All the President's Men 1976,  PG)
73
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977,  PG)
74
Annie Hall 1977,  PG)
Annie Hall
Hilarious dialogue and flat out bizarre moments make Annie Hall endlessly enjoyable to watch.
75
Days of Heaven 1978,  PG)
Days of Heaven
Days of Heaven is an achingly tragic love story, filmed in a strange yet appealing quasi-documentary style. A beautiful masterpiece composed of breathtaking cinematography, subtle acting, smart writing, and ingenious direction.
76
The Deer Hunter 1978,  R)
77
Watership Down 1978,  PG)
78
Apocalypse Now 1979,  R)
79
The In-Laws 1979,  PG-13)
80
The Shining 1980,  R)
81
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980,  PG)
82
Raging Bull 1980,  R)
Raging Bull
Martin Scorsese's stylistic directing accompanied by outstanding performances by Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Cathy Moriarty make Raging Bull an enormous accomplishment.
83
Airplane! 1980,  PG)
84
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981,  PG)
85
Reds 1981,  PG)
86
Blade Runner 1982,  R)
Blade Runner
When I first saw Blade Runner about a year ago, I liked it but didn't understand why it was so acclaimed. Having revisited it, I now see why. Not only is the neo-noir cinematography beautiful and the special effects for its time unbelievable, but the film's story, characters, and themes are all so human and complex that I can't call it anything other than a masterpiece.
87
Gandhi 1982,  PG)
88
Tootsie 1982,  PG)
89
Poltergeist 1982,  PG)
90
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983,  PG)
91
The Right Stuff 1983,  PG)
92
WarGames (War Games) 1983,  PG)
93
Scarface 1983,  R)
94
A Christmas Story 1983,  PG)
95
Paris, Texas 1983,  R)
96
Once Upon a Time in America 1984,  R)
97
Blood Simple 1984,  R)
Blood Simple
Blood Simple is admittedly a bit confusing, but that's not even remotely an issue, seeing as the whole story begins to fit together about halfway through. While the viewer is keeping up with its well-constructed plot, the Coen brothers' odd and engrossing directing keeps them sucked in to the movie. One of the best directorial debuts I've ever seen.
98
Ghostbusters 1984,  PG)
99
The Breakfast Club 1985,  R)
100
Witness 1985,  R)
101
Back to the Future 1985,  PG)
102
Stand by Me 1986,  R)
103
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986,  PG-13)
104
The Fly 1986,  R)
105
Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987,  R)
106
Full Metal Jacket 1987,  R)
107
The Untouchables 1987,  R)
108
Rain Man 1988,  R)
109
Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) 1988,  Unrated)
Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies)
As both a film and anime fan, I love everything about Grave of the Fireflies, from its tragedy, to its heart, to its haunting beauty. A massive achievement by Studio Ghibli, as well as one for both film and anime.
110
My Neighbor Totoro 1988,  G)
My Neighbor Totoro
What's great about My Neighbor Totoro is its simplicity. Hayao Miyazaki paints an accurate portrait of childhood against the backdrop of the beautiful rural Japan, giving one of the best portrayals of innocence ever seen in a movie. One of the director's best films and arguably the greatest animated children's film ever made.
111
Akira 1988,  R)
Akira
Combining elements of movies like A Clockwork Orange and Blade Runner, Akira is both one of the best science fiction films and the reason we have great anime series like Death Note, Code Geass, and so on and so forth.
112
Do the Right Thing 1989,  R)
Do the Right Thing
Spike Lee's powerful, nonlinear, and accurate analysis of racism is nothing short of a masterpiece.
113
Dead Poets Society 1989,  PG)
114
Castle in the Sky 1989,  PG)
115
My Left Foot 1989,  R)
My Left Foot
My Left Foot is a great movie about overcoming the toughest of obstacles. Plus, with an amazing performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, what's not to like?
116
GoodFellas 1990,  R)
117
Miller's Crossing 1990,  R)
118
The Silence of the Lambs 1991,  R)
The Silence of the Lambs
It's smart, it's gripping, it's insanely disturbing, and it's one of the best made horror films ever.
119
Reservoir Dogs 1992,  R)
120
Glengarry Glen Ross 1992,  R)
Glengarry Glen Ross
Along with great performances by its ensemble of amazing actors, subtle direction, and a script laden with sharp dialogue, Glengarry Glen Ross is an engrossing and rebuking look into the cutthroat world of business.
121
A Few Good Men 1992,  R)
122
Schindler's List 1993,  R)
123
The Fugitive 1993,  PG-13)
124
Manhattan Murder Mystery 1993,  PG)
125
The Shawshank Redemption 1994,  R)
126
Pulp Fiction 1994,  R)
127
Forrest Gump 1994,  PG-13)
128
The Lion King 1994,  G)
129
Speed 1994,  R)
130
Quiz Show 1994,  PG-13)
131
The Usual Suspects 1995,  R)
The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects has an enthralling story with excellent performances to back it up (especially that of the great Kevin Spacey). It also has probably the best twist ending I've ever seen in a movie
132
Casino 1995,  R)
133
Toy Story 1995,  G)
134
Apollo 13 1995,  PG)
135
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996,  G)
136
Good Will Hunting 1997,  R)
Good Will Hunting
A fantastically acted character study with terrific dialogue and great directing from Gus Van Sant.
137
Saving Private Ryan 1998,  R)
Saving Private Ryan
Every scene submerses you and makes you feel as if you're right there in the heart of battle. Arguably the most involving war film I've ever seen. Excellent.
138
The Big Lebowski 1998,  R)
The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski has an outrageously entertaining off-the-wall story, and that's great, but what I love about it the most is its use of particularly exaggerated imagery. It seems aimless at times, but that just adds to the fun of it. Coupled with hilarious rapid-fire dialogue, flawless direction, a variety of great characters, and a few subtleties that I just love, this is one of the most unique movies I've ever seen, and among the best from the Coen brothers.
139
The Thin Red Line 1998,  R)
The Thin Red Line
Possibly the most poetic and beautiful war film ever made.
140
Rushmore 1998,  R)
141
Pleasantville 1998,  PG-13)
142
Magnolia 1999,  R)
Magnolia
The multiple stories and acting in Magnolia are all equally incredible. A true masterpiece from Paul Thomas Anderson.
143
American Beauty 1999,  R)
144
Fight Club 1999,  R)
145
Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) 1999,  PG-13)
146
Toy Story 2 1999,  G)
147
Office Space 1999,  R)
148
The Sixth Sense 1999,  PG-13)
149
Spirited Away 2001,  PG)
150
A Beautiful Mind 2001,  PG-13)
151
Shrek 2001,  PG)
152
Punch-Drunk Love 2002,  R)
Punch-Drunk Love
Punch-Drunk Love has fantastic direction by Paul Thomas Anderson, impressive cinematography, a subtle yet hilarious performance by Adam Sandler, and is overall a uniquely and delightfully weird romantic comedy drama.
153
Gangs of New York 2002,  R)
154
The Aviator 2004,  PG-13)
155
The Incredibles 2004,  PG)
156
Shrek 2 2004,  PG)
157
Hotel Rwanda 2004,  PG-13)
158
Howl's Moving Castle 2005,  PG)
159
Capote 2005,  R)
Capote
Philip Seymour Hoffman gives one of his best performances in Capote, completely becoming the title character. Combined with Bennett Miller's sympathetic directing, it's a great film about the writing of "In Cold Blood", the most emotional and interesting segment in the life of author Truman Capote.
160
The Departed 2006,  R)
161
Casino Royale 2006,  PG-13)
162
There Will Be Blood 2007,  R)
163
No Country for Old Men 2007,  R)
164
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007,  R)
165
Ratatouille 2007,  G)
166
American Gangster 2007,  R)
167
Doubt 2008,  PG-13)
168
Gran Torino 2008,  R)
169
The Dark Knight 2008,  PG-13)
170
Hunger 2008,  R)
Hunger
Steve McQueen's directorial debut may seem somewhat distant at times, but the raw emotion, realistic acting, and darkly poetic imagery presented in Hunger make it an intense and thrilling cinematic experience.
171
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo kakeru shojo) 2008,  Unrated)
172
Inglourious Basterds 2009,  R)
173
Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009,  PG)
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Hilarious, witty, beautifully animated, and consistently self aware, Wes Anderson's clever adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book of the same name is an immensely enjoyable film. It's also great to see a stop animation film in the era of CGI.
174
A Serious Man 2009,  R)
A Serious Man
A Serious Man is extremely bizarre and original, presenting many realistic situations that can happen to many people. It's a great movie about struggling through life and the questions we may have regarding it. The Coen Brothers give typically fantastic directing coupled with Michael Stuhlbarg's terrific performance.
175
Summer Wars (Sama Wozu) 2009,  PG)
176
Inception 2010,  PG-13)
177
The Tree of Life 2011,  PG-13)
The Tree of Life
Visually beautiful and emotionally powerful, The Tree of Life is an amazing portrait of life and the loss of innocence.
178
The Kid with a Bike 2011,  PG-13)
The Kid with a Bike
When I first saw it, I enjoyed it, but found it a little boring and overrated. Upon second viewing, however, I can honestly say that I have no idea what I was thinking. The Kid with a Bike is perfect. Its realistic drama is heartbreaking, human, and finely directed by the Dardenne brothers, supported by a great cast led by the young and talented Thomas Doret.
179
Shame 2011,  NC-17)
180
The Artist 2011,  PG-13)
The Artist
The Artist is a well acted and excellently directed tribute to the silent era of movies.
181
Midnight in Paris 2011,  PG-13)
182
Drive 2011,  R)
Drive
Drive's story is very simple and, in some regards, old-fashioned; and that's what's so great about it. The writing and directing style evokes the themes and style of the classic western and crime films. Stunning cinematography, superb directing, and insanely stylized violence make the whole experience a thrill to watch.
183
The Master 2012,  R)
The Master
The Master truly is a masterpiece because of fantastic performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman and amazing directing on Paul Thomas Anderson's part.
184
Amour 2012,  PG-13)
185
Les MisÚrables 2012,  PG-13)
186
Django Unchained 2012,  R)
187
Moonrise Kingdom 2012,  PG-13)
Moonrise Kingdom
Moonrise Kingdom has capriciously cartoon-ish logic, with a whimsical and touching atmosphere. Wes Anderson's directing is superb, the ensemble cast is great, and the cinematography is excellent. I loved it-- a new favorite of mine.
188
Lincoln 2012,  PG-13)
189
The Wolf of Wall Street 2013,  R)
The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese fails to disappoint yet again with this highly stylized and satirical look into the world of the American stock market. It's utterly insane, and that's what's so great about it.
190
Nebraska 2013,  R)

Comments (0)


Post a comment

Recent Comments