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 1999, 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 2006, 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 1994, 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 2004, 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 2008, 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) 2002, 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.
Planet of the Apes 1968, G)
Whoa, did not see this coming. I knew about the twist, had seen Burton's remake and ROTPOTA as well (liked both), had known for years about the twist ending, but still...
Kick-Ass 2010, R)
Pan's Labyrinth 2006, R)
I liked it, but the hype killed it for me... the suspense and mystery was gripping enough.
Shotgun Stories 2007, PG-13)
Shotgun Stories is another slow burner set in the south from Jeff Nichols that just feels right from the get-go. It's a story about a feud b/w two sets of half brothers and is essentially a family drama that doesn't try to pull the heart strings of the audience or manipulate them even with what could be a tear jerker. It's a tragic tale of vengeance set off by dumb bull shit.
Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai 1999, R)
Whoa dude. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is pretty cool flick from director Jim Jarmusch. RZA provides a cool and mellow hip-hop soundtrack while we watch a film essentially centering around old dying cultures clashing in a changing world.
Gravity 2013, PG-13)
A masterpiece in its own right. The 3D serves a purpose for once and the cinematography is beautiful. The story is simple. Spoiler Alert (but not really): you have a feeling that the main character is going to achieve the near impossible of surviving all this mess and it's all a matter of how she does it. It's intense. It's a cinematic experience unlike any other and perhaps one of the most unique films ever made.
Miller's Crossing 1990, R)
Miller's Crossing ranks as one of the greatest gangster flicks of all time. If you haven't watched this one yet, pay attention - it gets a little messy.
Star Trek 2009, PG-13)
Star Trek Into Darkness 2013, PG-13)
I would say the first film (2009 reboot) is better by a hair, but mainly because it's an origin story and a fantastic one at that. However, this sequel is outstanding in it's own right. As someone recommended to me, watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan before seeing this.
Mission: Impossible III 2006, PG-13)
The Place Beyond The Pines 2012, R)
Place Beyond The Pines is a touching film with few one-dimensional characters if any at all. The story is essentially made up of 3 parts. One story centers around a sort of daredevil outlaw motorcyclist (Gosling) and his actions after becoming aware of some late news. The second story, which is shorter, centers around a cop (Bradley Cooper) who witnesses police corruption in the aftermath of prior events. The third story involves the children of the former protagonists - Luke and Avery's sons.
Oldboy 2004, R)
Oldboy is a truly unique disturbing, twisted film and given the reasons for it being that, it's a powerful and stunning display of cinema. Any scene with action in it, feels realistic as there is a story and emotion and character in every frame. Several scenes standout as particularly thought provoking including the very last scene which raises a few questions for me, like,"was that a smile?"
Casablanca 1942, PG)
Monsters, Inc. 2012, G)
Dazed and Confused 1993, R)
Richard Linklater is known to be a incredibly prolific filmmaker who's never in danger of typecasting himself (thus often coming up in the same conversation as Steven Soderbergh). However, his sophomore effort, Dazed and Confused, is definitely a Linklater film. There is a not much in the way of a plot, like his first film Slacker and it features a large ensemble cast and good amount of seemingly random dialogue. Yet, with Dazed and Confused, there seems to be more in the way of a story and so it benefits on a visceral level.
Adventureland 2009, R)
It starts off a with some forced lines that made me wonder where this was going, but before I knew it Adventureland engrossed me in its details. The characters are all laid back and fun to watch. I like Jesse Eisenberg and Martin Starr from Freaks and Geeks, but I've never been that keen on Kristen Stewart or Ryan Reynolds but both are convincing enough for this surprisingly good 80's coming of age love story.
Whoa. Haven't seen much of Robert Rodriguez's work outside Dusk Till Dawn and Sin City so I was surprised that Planet Terror was as good as it was. It's fun, cool and visually - it's just fucking awesome.
Take Shelter 2011, R)
Take Shelter's a fantastic family drama and character study. It's not the easiest film to watch, but it's well crafted and Michael Shannon's performance (and you might as well say Jessica Chastain's) drives the narrative. There are some moments when I thought everything could go wrong for these characters, but the movie took a direction I wasn't exactly expecting or even thinking of really...
Mulholland Drive 2001, R)
David Lynch's confusing narrative about a sort of love triangle is regarded as one of (if not) his best works. To take from another source that kindly explained just about everything in prefect English, Mulholland Drive follows the story of a young actress named Diane who is love with another young actress named Camilla who has a history with Diane (or maybe something that is still a little bit there). At a dinner party, Camilla and Adam (her new lover) announce they will be getting married (or so it is assumed). So Diane orders a hit on Camilla and when she discovers the hit has actually gone though - she kills herself.
There Will Be Blood 2007, R)
This was an excellent film by all measures. The intensity and the character of Daniel Plainview kept my interest throughout the whole movie. I always like a good plot in my favorite movies or something that ties pieces together and this is more of a character study but the film held onto me the entire time. I think I have to watch it again to absorb it all.
The Wrestler 2008, R)
I'm glad I finally got the chance to see this. My uncle has a funny story about Mickey Rourke and The Wrestler - He's somewhat involved in the film making business and he saw the movie a while ago. He was at a party and talking to a guy about how he thought Mickey Rourke's performance was overrated bec. it was just Mickey Rourke being himself durring the whole film. I don't really care if that's true or not but he did give a damn good performance. Anyway he looks over his shoulder and sees none other than THE Mickey Rourke...
Flight 2012, R)
From the intensity of the action in the nose dive of the plane to the intensity in the drama of Whitaker's spiraling downfall as an alcoholic, Robert Zemeckis delivers one of the best dramas I think I have seen in years. The ending can be a tossup for most movie goers (I mean you can't just say cocaine saved the day!), but I like that this film is about the reality of the situation and although no one scene is out of place or dull and boring, the film isn't the same old bullshit coming out of Hollywood's assembly line.
The Great Gatsby 2013, PG-13)
I don't understand all the hate, it was much better than expected after hearing some bad reviews. I can understand people not liking the soundtrack, but it's not completely irrelevant or anything.
The Royal Tenenbaums 2002, R)
Anderson seems to have the same themes through out all of his films and I like that about him. He's one of a few notable auteurs that are making million dollar budget films. This film was simple yet complicated and the vibe it gives off is worthy of every star. Great performances by every single cast member.
Catch Me If You Can 2002, PG-13)
Moonrise Kingdom 2012, PG-13)
Possibly Wes Anderson's best film to date although I may have enjoyed a few others more (The Royal Tenebaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox). At this point you know what you're getting with Anderson but it's still a great flick. Definitely the best lineup in a cast we've seen from Wes I just wish it was a little bit longer.
Looper 2012, R)
When I saw the trailer for Looper I thought it was a stupid idea and I hated the fact that Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were in it because I don't like when stars I like are in bad movies. Then came a slew of good reviews, so from that point on, I expected it to be pretty good.
Argo 2012, R)
Yeah, Argo was the shit. Affleck's resume as a director is getting better and better and his acting as Mendez was great along with the rest of the cast members like Walter White, that dude from Friday Night Lights and even John Goodman. The characters were pretty likeable, in fact I'd say the only downside of it is that the hostages were characters I was least interested about.
Skyfall 2012, PG-13)
Best Bond for me that I've seen. I think Craig being a cold and detached Bond works better than any other Bond before him. Bringing Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins onto this project was the best decision this franchise could go after the dreadful Quantum of Solace.
Dogville 2003, R)
With all of Lars Von Trier's controversial statements, its hard to really understand what he is trying to say in this film as he has made some anti-American and pro-Nazi remarks that are equally ridiculous yet somehow understandable and that's sort of how I feel about the conceit of this film.
Along with There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford solidified 2007 as the year of great westerns.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 1989, PG)
Pacific Rim 2013, PG-13)
Although they're are plenty of recycled movie cliches and plot devices this film is a completely refreshing homage of Kaiju films. The cast is decent, the action is awesome. The special effects are about as good as they get - awe inspiring, the design of every aspect contributes to giving this film a unique atmosphere.
RoboCop 1987, R)
First off let me say the visual effects on the 209's were just fantastic lol but in all seriousness this was a fascinating flick. Robocop was just cool - if the movie was extended another hour I would eat it up. There were a few characters that overacted but it was a great storyline and well executed film. I like "Red" as the bad guy too. I can't wait to see what Aronofsky does with the remake.
Stand by Me 1986, R)
The Killing 1956, Unrated)
The Goonies 1985, PG)
Blade Runner 1982, R)
Talk about a dark movie. A little slow for my taste but a well-crafted and well-shot movie. The visual effects and set decoration are amazing. Reminded me of Minority Report and I later found that both movies are based off the work of Phillip K. Dick.
Frailty 2002, R)
This is such a great movie - one of the best phycological thrillers I've ever seen next to the 6th sense and No Country for Old Men. This movie is seriously underrated and overlooked and I can sort of understand why (the ending might stretch itself but it makes so much sense and makes the story truly that much more creepier). The story is amazing - the only other reason why it might go overlooked would be be because of it's sort of anti-religous storyline.
Do the Right Thing 1989, R)
This is a movie about tension in the middle of the Summer on a hot day. Do The Right Thing is a powerful film with excellent characters, dialogue, story, camera work and acting - overall a brilliantly directed film about racism and human relationships (of all kinds from boss and co-worker, girlfriend and boyfriend, neighbors, friends and brothers to father and son). This is one of Spike Lee's best works.
Following 1998, R)
Christopher Nolan once again uses his special non-linear story telling to explain the story of a man who follows people and ends up in a sticky situation. The ending explains every shot that might have seemed irrelevant before hand. It can obviously be compared to Memento as a less polished and thought out movie but it was fantastic...
Memento 2000, R)
The World's End 2013, R)
After seeing this film a second time I have refined my opinions about it. I'm a huge fan of Hot Fuzz and I quite liked Shaun of the Dead, but the World's End probably has the most substance of either film.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986, PG-13)
Sin City 2005, R)
I gave this a second viewing and actually watched it on my TV instead of a crappy little monitor - it made a big difference. Understanding the whole story now I actually enjoyed it a lot more so than my first going. In fact the only thing not to like is the cheesy occasional one-liners, "but that's my specialty!"
True Grit 2010, PG-13)
This is a hard film to write a review for. Where do you begin? The direction was awesome - without a doubt oscar worthy. The acting was amazing. Better than any film I might have ever seen. Anyone who's seen this will support me when I say that.
Office Space 1999, R)
Inception 2010, PG-13)
That I have seen, there are only 19 Five Star movies ever made - this is one of them. The concept and the complexity of a simple idea is astonishing. The film-making is stunning. The editing and special effects are spot on. The ONLY aspect that wasn't practically perfect was the exposition... but you try explaining half that shit to a PG-13 audience.
The Departed 2006, R)
Assault on Precinct 13 1976, R)
Assault on Precinct 13 is one of the better John Carpenter films I've seen. It's dated and totally ridiculous, but it's not a tongue in cheek camp fest like Escape From New York or Big Trouble in Little China. This film is a gritty action/suspense thriller with just a little side commentary on the LAPD. Assault on Precinct 13 is solid and engaging from start to finish.
Battle Royale 3D 2000, Unrated)
The Prestige 2006, PG-13)
Léon: The Professional 1994, R)
Reminds me of Taxi Driver in some ways. I would've liked it to be a little longer. The potential for this movie to be a Top 10 or Top 15 on my list was there but the admiration for the two main characters was cut short by the time.
The Hurt Locker 2008, R)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 2004, R)
Really liked this one... a little weak in the middle but the last 45 minutes were especially strong. Can't believe it got a 53% from the critics.
Warrior 2011, PG-13)
Dancer in the Dark 2000, R)
Lars Von Trier delivers another powerful film with Bjork as our blind protagonist. There are quite a few scenes that are almost painful to watch but the film itself is beautiful. The characters and scenarios they are put in along with the actual performances and direction make this film what it is for the most part while the ending completes what you could call a masterpiece in some regards.
Watchmen 2009, R)
Pleasantville 1998, PG-13)
Children of Men 2006, R)
Rushmore 1998, R)
Great indie comedy. The performances are all very good from Bill Murray to Mason Gamble who plays a character named Dirk. I loved it because it didn't try too hard to seem weird and there aren't many movies made like this (in fact the only other movie that I've seen close to it was The Life Aquatic although I didn't finsih it). So I guess I could best sum this movie up by simpily saying: Wes Anderson.
Gladiator 2000, R)
A true hollywood epic that is complete fiction for the most part but is an incredible film that will be remembered for years. Russell Crowe is outstanding in a Spartacus inspired role, but Joaquin Phoenix steals the show for me. It's been a long time since I really hated a character so much as Commodus (which is due partly to the script, directing, editing and maybe history but above all - Phoenix himself).