My Favorite Movies
My Top 100 All-Time Favorite Movies
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The Godfather 1972, R)
The Usual Suspects 1995, R)
Rocky 1976, PG)
Pulp Fiction 1994, R)
Fight Club 1999, R)
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.
Requiem for a Dream 2000, R)
Seven (Se7en) 1995, R)
Being John Malkovich 1999, R)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001, PG-13)
The Shawshank Redemption 1994, R)
American History X 1998, R)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 1977, PG)
To me this is just about the most interesting movie ever made for a couple reasons:
Minority Report 2002, PG-13)
Edward Scissorhands 1990, PG-13)
The Sixth Sense 1999, PG-13)
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981, PG)
The Godfather, Part II 1974, R)
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.
GoodFellas 1990, R)
The Social Network 2010, PG-13)
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.
The Matrix 1999, R)
Jurassic Park 1993, PG-13)
Drive 2011, R)
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.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991, R)
12 Years a Slave 2013, R)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008, PG-13)
Jaws 1975, PG)
Kill Bill: Volume 1 2003, R)
The Green Mile 1999, R)
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.
The Terminator 1984, R)
Donnie Darko 2001, R)
Ratatouille 2007, G)
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.
The Virgin Suicides 2000, R)
Hugo 2011, PG)
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.
L.A. Confidential 1997, R)
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.
Moon 2009, R)
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.
Revolutionary Road 2008, R)
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 Fountain 2006, PG-13)
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.
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968, G)
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.
Hot Fuzz 2007, R)
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.
Starship Troopers 1997, R)
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.
Inglourious Basterds 2009, R)
He Got Game 1998, R)
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.
Forrest Gump 2014, PG-13)
Fargo 1996, R)
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.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982, PG)
No Country for Old Men 2007, R)
Full Metal Jacket 1987, R)
The Breakfast Club 1985, R)
American Beauty 1999, R)
Slumdog Millionaire 2008, R)
Mud 2013, PG-13)
Big Fish 2003, PG-13)
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.
Mystic River 2003, R)
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.
Super 8 2011, PG-13)
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.
Toy Story 1995, G)
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).
Back to the Future 1985, PG)
Jerry Maguire 1996, R)
Heat 1995, R)
A Clockwork Orange 1971, R)
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).
Gran Torino 2009, R)
District 9 2009, R)
Boyz n the Hood 1991, R)
Up 2009, PG)
Tron Legacy 2010, PG)
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.
Paths of Glory 1957, G)
Unforgiven 1992, R)
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.
Django Unchained 2012, R)
Another revenge tale from the best at it... Quentin Tarantino. Django is outright fun and full of every thing that makes a Tarantino film.
The Incredibles 2004, PG)
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.
12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) 1957, PG)
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'...
V for Vendetta 2006, R)
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.
Boogie Nights 1997, R)
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.
Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009, PG)
Cidade de Deus (City of God) 2003, R)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011, PG-13)
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.
Never Let Me Go 2010, R)
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.