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My Top 100 All-Time Favorite Movies

  English47's Rating My Rating
1
The Godfather 1972,  R)
The Godfather
The greatest film ever made. The acting is flawless, the cinematography is beautiful and the storyline is incredible.
2
The Usual Suspects 1995,  R)
The Usual Suspects
Kevin Spacey is one of the greatest actors of all-time. The twist at the end is one of the best I've ever seen. Oh and fuck Scary Movie...
3
Rocky 1976,  PG)
Rocky
The inspirational music, the cinematography and the depth within each character portrayed is amazing when you consider how quickly this film was made and how low-budget it was. The acting was also phenomenal - FOUR actors including Talia Shire were nominated for Oscars.
4
Pulp Fiction 1994,  R)
Pulp Fiction
Possibly the greatest quotable movie ever made.
5
Fight Club 1999,  R)
Fight Club
Forget the twist... watching this movie the second and even the third time is so much better than the first. It's not even that my second favorite director directed this master piece or that 2 of my favorite actors star in it. It's the single greatest commentary of the post-modern era on consumerism. The stylistic storytelling and direction sets the perfect mood for one of the greatest movies of all-time. It's impossible not to like this.
6
Requiem for a Dream 2000,  R)
Requiem for a Dream
The most intense movie I've ever seen. The most powerful movie I've ever seen. The quick and clever ediitng along with the visuals provide an atmosphere that almost makes you feel trapped... there's a certain point in the movie where you just know if you go any further there's no turning back.
7
Seven (Se7en) 1995,  R)
Seven (Se7en)
Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacy 3 solid actors - in my Top 10. David Fincher directing - in my Top 10. Se7en is without hesitation - in my Top 10.
8
Being John Malkovich 1999,  R)
Being John Malkovich
You know you're watching a damn good movie when you start thinking what happens if John Malkovich enters his own portal to see the world through his own eyes... "Malkovich, Malkovich? Malkovich!" From Charlie Sheen's comb-over to the 7 1/2th floor... this was the most creative movie I've ever seen.
9
A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001,  PG-13)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
The most underrated film of all-time. Completely misunderstood.
10
The Shawshank Redemption 1994,  R)
The Shawshank Redemption
Morgan Freeman + Tim Robbins = one hell of a great movie. My first thoughts after seeing this flick: "That was based on a Stephen King book?"
11
American History X 1998,  R)
American History X
Absolutely powerful.
12
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977,  PG)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
To me this is just about the most interesting movie ever made for a couple reasons:

1) How it was made
2) How it changed the sci-fi genre and movies to come
3) How it attracted one of the largest fan bases in movie history

This is the most creative film of all time and the whole storyline being a true epic is fascinating. The characters, the story, the art direction, the special effects and the action are incredibly rediculous.
13
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980,  PG)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Best of the Star Wars hexalogy. Hexalogy right?
14
Minority Report 2002,  PG-13)
Minority Report
Amazing story told through beautiful cinematography and very different but equally great visual effects. Every time I watch this I pick up something new. Every detail and second of this film is not wasted... the near perfrect sci-fi film with some of Spielberg's best direction yet.
15
Edward Scissorhands 1990,  PG-13)
Edward Scissorhands
This is Tim Burton's best work hands down. The emotion and strange feelings in this movie are almost magical and truley different than any other film I've ever seen... reminds me of E.T. I guess.
16
The Sixth Sense 1999,  PG-13)
The Sixth Sense
Oh the twist - the twist is incredible. Without the twist it is a Four Star - Four and a Half Star movie but the twist makes it all. I'm not quite sure how it could end without one though.
17
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981,  PG)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The best Indiana Jones movie ever made. Possibly the best action/adventure film ever made.
18
The Godfather, Part II 1974,  R)
The Godfather, Part II
The first time I saw this I couldn't really understand what was going on all the time - the second viewing I paid close attention. As soon as I started realizing this character had done that and that guy had done this I started realizing how brilliant this movie was. I loved the fresh idea of the 2 different stories happening both before and after the first installment.

DeNiro was excellent along with Al Pachino although when I think of The Godfather I think of Marlon Brando. To me this is still inferior to my favorite movie of all time... The Godfather.
19
GoodFellas 1990,  R)
GoodFellas
Scorsese's best. In my opinion DeNiro's best. Best mob film not named The Godfather.
20
The Social Network 2010,  PG-13)
The Social Network
David Fincher is a genius. I saw this movie with my entire grade class (well a good bit of it at least) and I have to say I smiled the entire time. Not everyone "got" it but I loved every second of it. I first wanted to see this movie ever since I saw the trailer... probabley the greatest most interesting trailer I've ever seen.

First off let's say the cinematography was awesome. Then let's add in that Jesse Eisenberg gave a standout performance (one of the best I've ever seen) and Andrew Garfield impressed so much in his first role I've seen him in. Timberlake was actually very impressive too.

The script was so well-crafted and witty. The cleverness in the dialogue was better than any movie I've probabley ever seen...

"Hold on... let me check your math - I got the same answer."

I guess I can't say enough about the script and the stylish directing... David Fincher and "you need to see this" is all I really should have to say.
21
The Matrix 1999,  R)
The Matrix
Nothing quite like it...
22
Jurassic Park 1993,  PG-13)
Jurassic Park
Spielberg directs yet another awesome Summer blockbuster. The special effects are still amazing even 17 year later.

The action is thrilling and exciting while Michael Crichton's idea of a park made for dinosaurs comes to life.
23
Drive 2011,  R)
Drive
This is about as good as a film can get. Perfect acting from Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac and Ron Perlman. The direction was near flawless. The music was great. The sound design was great. The over the top violence and the characters that come with it are great. The humor is just right.

My only complaint is that the audience as a whole sat through the ENTIRE length of the film and either talked, giggled or laughed whenever Ryan Gosling had a blank stare (even after the 20th fucking time) or whenever something violent happened (pretty much the entire film). It was hard to really dive into the action and more violent scenes bec. the audience reminded me it was just a fucking movie every time it saw an opportunity.
24
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991,  R)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
One of the best action movies I've ever seen next to the the first Terminator. The acting isn't great but it's adequete. Not many movies that have the same type of suspense that the Terminator series includes.
25
12 Years a Slave 2013,  R)
12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave is the most powerful film I have ever seen. The characters in it are as real as ever. This is a film handled with such delicate care and is perfectly crafted, but I cannot ignore for one moment that it has a soul and it lives and breathes - 12 Years a Slave transcends the medium.
26
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008,  PG-13)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
One of the greatest stories and character studies of all time in film.
27
Jaws 1975,  PG)
Jaws
The best action/thriller other than maybe The Terminator and T2: Judgement Day.
28
Kill Bill: Volume 1 2003,  R)
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Loved the fight scenes, the cartoon origin story, the soundtrack, the camera work and just about everything in this film. Instant favorite.
29
The Green Mile 1999,  R)
The Green Mile
Well, what a nice story. I really think Stephen King and Frank Darabont could do a prison TV mini series like Oz - that would be one hell of a show to watch. Anyway, The Green Mile was different than almost any other movie I've ever seen. The directing and storytelling styles were almost identical to The Shawshank Redemption but other than that, The Green Mile is one of a kind.

Ultimately it's a story about human nature and meaning behind life and death - it's a very powerful film.
30
The Terminator 1984,  R)
The Terminator
Best action/thriller ever.
31
Donnie Darko 2001,  R)
Donnie Darko
I still don't understand certain elements of this film (most people don't)... I'm not sure if you really have to.
32
Ratatouille 2007,  G)
Ratatouille
Years ago I didn't think this movie was going to be great even though I rarely doubt Pixar, but a friend encouraged me to watch it and I'm glad I did. The story comes around and finishes surprisingly strong. It's not as easy to get heavily invested into the characters or anything, but the story is as strong as they come from Pixar. Another good movie from Brad Bird also.

Edit: I had this at 3.5 stars over a year ago, but upon revisiting Ratatouille I have to say I think this is Pixar's best yet. Pixar's films are often a tad bit predictable and formulaic because they're essentially children's movies. But they deliver the best aspects of conventional narratives and they introduce us to worlds and characters that resonate more than any other studio. Ratatouille provides several surprises along the way too and even if you know what's going to happen next, there's a genuine reason for it.

The voice acting is fantastic as always and the message of this film is charming and heartwarming (anyone can cook, or rather, a great cook can come from anywhere).
33
The Virgin Suicides 2000,  R)
The Virgin Suicides
After seeing this a second time I have to bump it up another half star. Every scene one after the next gives off a unique authentic vibe that screams youth. The atmosphere and story are perfectly combined in this movie under Sofia Coppola's direction.
34
Hugo 2011,  PG)
Hugo
This being a very different film for Martin Scorsese and a different film just in general, I was surprised at how much I liked it. Hugo grabbed my attention from the very start and I fell in love with the characters and the tribute to Georges Méliès works excellently as a story of purpose.

All of the actors are well casted, I felt, including Sacha Baron Cohen and especially Chloe Grace Mortez (who is continuing to impress me) and Asa Butterfield. This is a feel good film and a rare sort of magical film experience that I'll have to come back to.
35
L.A. Confidential 1997,  R)
L.A. Confidential
Near perfect dialogue with perfect characters for the story (which is nearly perfect). The best shootout scene I've ever seen since Heat. Kevin Spacey. Russell Crowe. Twists and turns and brilliant direction from Curtis Hanson. Even with as much critical praise as it received this has still got to be one of the most underrated movies I've seen.
36
Moon 2009,  R)
Moon
This was amazing and it should become a classic some years from now but I know it won't. The story is so intriguing from the very start and the feeling at the end of the movie is unreal. At first it seemed like it was going to be a different take on the story of HAL from 2001 when GERTY hits Sam but afterwards you realize it's nothing like that at all instead it's one of the most original fresh ideas ever put on the screen.
37
Revolutionary Road 2008,  R)
Revolutionary Road
The perfect drama in a lot of ways. Sam Mendes has topped American Beauty and Road to Perdition in my honest opinion with a brilliant portrait of... reality? The film touches on some relevant, emotional and personal themes. If you've ever asked yourself who you really are or who you really want to be, or what you really want to do, or be doing, then you should feel right at home with the core of this film.

The scenes are incredibly compelling although there is a complete lack of action (at least that you're used to seeing in films) which just means it's a movie that ordinary people with complex thoughts and feelings can relate to. Rarely does a film truly captivate my interest and encourage me to think about myself, but Revolutionary Road is definitely one that does.
38
The Fountain 2006,  PG-13)
The Fountain
It's hard to understand why so many critics did not like this film. If you liked 2001: A Space Odyssey you will love this.

The story is sad and depressing. The metaphor is unique. The truth of what this film speaks of is understandable - love will last forever. This is a film that forces you to think outside the box and should become a classic decades for now (but probabley will not).

Darren Aronofsky directs another beautiful and near- perfect film.
39
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968,  G)
2001: A Space Odyssey
Visually stunning but the ending leaves a big intentional question mark as to what happened. (Don't read this if you haven't seen the movie). I still don't know what exactly to think but it seems as though mankind evolves after epanding its existence from the Earth to the Moon to the Universe yet is reborn as something completley different ready to exist in whole new level of evolution. It's really something special and unique in every way.
40
Hot Fuzz 2007,  R)
Hot Fuzz
I love how this movie could be such a great horror film (just like Shaun of the Dead)... but its an even better comedy with great characters, a great story, great action and above all - just damn funny.

Edit: After re-watching this (and Shaun of the Dead) I can confirm my privately kept hunch that this is the better of the two movies and now having seen The World's End, the best of the Cornetto Trilogy.

This might be my favorite comedy of all-time. It's part comedy, small part horror and last but certainly not least, a third act promising on one big part - action. Fantastic movie.
41
Starship Troopers 1997,  R)
Starship Troopers
In the style of a B-Movie Sci-Fi war film, Starship Troopers is possibly the most under-appreciated sci-fi flick of all time. It feels like a long movie even though it isn't, which is usually a bad thing, but I think that's just because so much happens in this movie.

From my understanding the novel had a different philosophy and wasn't so much an anti-war satire, but I think that difference is what justifies this movie as a whole. If you ever think you're about to feel bored, don't worry the two mains characters are about as good looking as they get and the acting, although campy, like every thing else in this movie, really keeps the show going.
42
Inglourious Basterds 2009,  R)
Inglourious Basterds
Much better than I expected. Quentin's done it again.
43
He Got Game 1998,  R)
He Got Game
I love the combination of Denzel Washington with Spike Lee and (surprisingly) Ray Allen. The ending is a little odd but altogether this film was just so different than anything I've ever seen before. It's hardly a sports movie though it has everything to do with the basketball lifestyle of a highly recruited prodigy. Well made and highly underrated.
44
Forrest Gump 1994,  PG-13)
Forrest Gump
The art of storytelling at it's best - and it doesn't hurt to have one of the greatest actors of all time telling it.
45
Fargo 1996,  R)
Fargo
Umm, how the hell is this a comedy? It's not even a dark comedy... there is nothing funny about it other than the insane aspects of chopping up somebody's limbs in a wood chipper (so yes there are some aspects of a black/ dark comedy but honestly not many). The reoccurring "yea" with a distinct accent was funny - I guess. The fact that this isn't even real is an element of comedy... oh wait, not really. Besides the genre debate this was a phenomenal film. The writing and dialogue was outstanding and the acting was perfect.
46
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982,  PG)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
One of the few films that is timeless, anyone and everyone can enjoy and is powerful in its use of emotion.
47
No Country for Old Men 2007,  R)
No Country for Old Men
Possibly the greatest thriller I have ever seen. Bardem plays the most convincing antagonist in cinematic history.
48
Full Metal Jacket 1987,  R)
Full Metal Jacket
The greatest war film of all time. I became an instant fan of Kubrick after I saw this.
49
The Breakfast Club 1985,  R)
The Breakfast Club
The second best coming-of-age movie I've ever seen. The characters and the chemistry is just about all you can ask for.
50
American Beauty 1999,  R)
American Beauty
I've been waiting to see this for a long time and it was fantastic. Spacy once again delivers.
51
Slumdog Millionaire 2008,  R)
Slumdog Millionaire
A good concept and plot but a great story that explains everything you need to know about a guy named Jamal from him becoming a boy to a man. Impossible to not love this movie.
52
Mud 2013,  PG-13)
Mud
Whoa. This film totally went under the radar. It's a coming of the age flick that's a slow burner but a great film the whole way through. The direction and acting is perfect for this story and the characters are unforgettable.
53
Big Fish 2003,  PG-13)
Big Fish
Big Fish was one of my favorites when I was younger and it had just come out, but now it seems almost too simple and sentimental. I still really enjoy watching it and I think it still works as a touching story about a son trying to figure out his old man. It also gives insight (however heavy-handed) into the appeal and controversy of story telling.
54
Mystic River 2003,  R)
Mystic River
This is a movie that would probabley be your average flick if it wasn't for Eastwood directing and Penn, Bacon and Robbins starring. Everyone played their roles to absolute perfection and each second is filled with dark suspense. The disturbing ending is what I expected (well the fact that it would be disturbing). This mystery is as intense as they come.
55
Super 8 2011,  PG-13)
Super 8
Ahhh I loved this movie. The humor, the special effects, the kids, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, the countless Spielberg elements, E.L.O... it had it all (even the short film during the credits). It's been a while since I've seen a movie like this in the theatres and I'm glad I didn't wait until it came out on DVD to see it.
56
Toy Story 1995,  G)
Toy Story
Nearly 20 years after its release, Toy Story has become the classic Pixar probably knew it would be. The voice acting and toy characters are so well crafted and the story and the plot are as perfect (and especially for a kids movie) as anything to come after it. It's no wonder why still today (with the exception of a few movies) Pixar has turned out great movie after great movie - they set the bar almost impossibly high with this one. Even the animation is breath taking albeit a little dated (okay that dog looked horrible, but everything else was incredible).
57
Back to the Future 1985,  PG)
Back to the Future
What good fun! Lloyd and Fox are perfect - it's a great story and idea. It keeps your brain thinking "what if" through the entire movie and even afterwards.
58
Jerry Maguire 1996,  R)
Jerry Maguire
Love this movie.
59
Heat 1995,  R)
Heat
This was incredible. A great story with a great cast - the perfect crime drama. Also one of the greatest action scenes ever with the huge police shootout.
60
A Clockwork Orange 1971,  R)
A Clockwork Orange
The idea of a common cure for aggression by way of torture and conditioning raises all kinds of questions. The fact is Alex is a cold blooded criminal and the cure (as the priest says) does nothing other than prevent him from making decisions. The cure does not make him good - it makes him insane (as if he wasn't already).

This is a disturbing and twisted film throughout... but the conclusion is perhaps even more disturbing and twisted. Brilliant film.
61
Gran Torino 2009,  R)
Gran Torino
Even if the acting is miserable and the dialogue eye-brow raising Gran Torino is a solid movie with a great story.
62
District 9 2009,  R)
District 9
Different - I wonder if there's going to be a District 10.
63
Boyz n the Hood 1991,  R)
Boyz n the Hood
This is one of the most powerful movies ever made next to American History X. Cuba Gooding and Fishburne were perfect and the rest of the cast was solid. Singleton's debut film and best film (2 Fast 2 Furious was mighty close though).
64
Up 2009,  PG)
Up
Possibly Pixar's best ever.
65
Tron Legacy 2010,  PG)
Tron Legacy
Amazing movie. There really isn't one moment where you could say it's boring. The story is entertaining even though the conclusion isn't all that dramatic - it works for the kind of movie it is.

The critics are pretentious assholes... everything about this movie is at least in some way pretty damn good. Throw in the outstanding visual effects and this is one movie you'll never forget.
66
Paths of Glory 1957,  G)
Paths of Glory
A disturbing and emotional ride through WWI w/ Kirk Douglas appearing to be the only man with either morals or the gut to stick w/ his own principles. Everyone should see this film - it is one of the better anti-war films I have seen to this date.
67
Unforgiven 1992,  R)
Unforgiven
Will Munny: It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have.
The Schofield Kid: Yeah, well, I guess they had it coming.
Will Munny: We all got it coming, kid.

This dark western is a twist on the genre. It's violent and disturbing and built on meaning. The characters that truly matter are truly characters. "Deserves got nothing to do with it." Gotta love that line coming from Eastwood. This is the a great depiction of the genre and makes sense to be Clint's last western.
68
Django Unchained 2012,  R)
Django Unchained
Another revenge tale from the best at it... Quentin Tarantino. Django is outright fun and full of every thing that makes a Tarantino film.

It's most similar to Inglourious Basterds being that it is a revenge story in a historical setting of racism, contains explosives, has a long dinner conversation that builds up suspense and overall just makes you happy to see white racist bastards die...

Lots of fun, full of half-surprises (as in: didn't expect "that" to happen, but expected something) and thank god QT's cameo was cut short the way it was.
69
The Incredibles 2004,  PG)
The Incredibles
One of my favorite animated films of all time. I would rather this get a sequel than Cars or even Monsters Inc. Both films which I also liked.

Upon seeing this again and re-watching several other Pixar films, I'm realizing more and more just how perfect these films are. The cinematography, costume designs even and especially the beautiful james bond-esque locations are all creations by people sitting behind computers, but more to my point, are absolutely flawless.

The film has very subtle references to the ridiculous tropes of action films and uses other tropes to its advantages. The excellent drama in the beginning of the film with Bob Parr trying to hide his vigilante outings from his wife is what propels the story into an all-out action extravaganza. What I love about Pixar is that they stick to what works. Every. Single. Time. Don't get me wrong - each Pixar classic is unique in its own right, but is also using what works in any other great story.
70
12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) 1957,  PG)
12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)
The fact that this film was (almost) entirely shot in one room w/ no stops in the conversation seems absurd when you also consider this to be one of the greatest films of all-time. Technically flawless. Near-perfect acting. Gripping dialogue. The idea of a single life laying in the hand of 12 Angry Men is a great concept that can be argued about for days, but unfortunately people have 'better things to do'...
71
V for Vendetta 2006,  R)
V for Vendetta
Upon a 3rd visit to this film I have changed my opinion completely. I understand the message and the idea of "V" so much more now than I did years ago when I first saw this film which makes it all the more enjoyable though this is not a movie or a film you simply enjoy.

This story is so thought provoking that you can almost forget you're watching actors and actresses for 2 hours. Alan Moore has created many graphic novels that are almost better off as just novels - their content is so hard to wrap your brain around that pictures can almost take you away from the core message, but if done well (in the case of this movie and in his graphic novels) pictures can also enhance it.
72
Boogie Nights 1997,  R)
Boogie Nights
Paul Thomas Anderson's best work. This atmospheric film is a rarity in that it tackles the subject of pornography in the 70's heading into the 80's in a style that only a great storyteller and a great director can offer.

Burt Reynolds plays Jack Horner the legendary porn director who has brought Mark Whalberg a.k.a. Eddie Adams a.k.a Dirk Diggler a.k.a. Brock Landers... into the game. I might add that both provide 2 great performances next to a line of other stellar performances from:

Juliane Moore
John C. Reilly
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
William H. Macy
Don Cheadle
Heather Graham
Thomas Jane

... and that's not to mention other stars like Phillip Baker Hall, Robert Downey Sr., Alfred Molina and Luis Gruzman.

The cast is loaded and full of great performances. The film itself is hilarious and offers a great commentary on the lives of the characters portrayed. The soundtrack which seems to play during the entire movie is awesome too. P.T. Anderson has done a fantastic job with this one.
73
Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009,  PG)
Fantastic Mr. Fox
One of the best animated movies I've seen. The voices are all very well done and the stop motion animation along with the nice visual touch is handled extremely well. Loved every quircky second of this funny and entertainting movie.
74
Cidade de Deus (City of God) 2003,  R)
Cidade de Deus (City of God)
There's an interesting story behind the City of God but I won't give it away. This film is too good to pass up.
75
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011,  PG-13)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Holy hell... this was a damn well made action flick. The characters - plot - story development - pacing. The direction from Rupert Wyatt was impressive to say the least.

This was a very intelligent well thought out action movie with a pretty good script and I think the CGI and cinematography worked together better than so many movies that focus way too much on the special effects (aka Avatar).

I was entertained and blown away. It was worth the 13 dollars and the price of popcorn and a drink.
76
Never Let Me Go 2010,  R)
Never Let Me Go
Underrated film in my opinion. Never Let Me Go is of course beautifully shot and directed, but the near tragic theme of the story and the flow of the movie makes it beautiful in it's own right - a word I rarely use to describe movies. It's is sad and real, profound and provocative. I highly recommend this Mark Romanek film.
77
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