My favourite top 30 films of all time...by Ellen Vernon | created - 10 Sep 2010 | updated - 15 Sep 2010 | Public
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1. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 574,846 | Gross: $27.00M
Has to be my ALL TIME favorite!
2. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Votes: 364,551 | Gross: $36.76M
Classic suspense film... one of the best.
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
R | 133 min | Drama
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
Votes: 769,687 | Gross: $112.00M
Sticks in my mind as one of those films I couldn't have got more wrong! I had no knowledge about the before hand, when I saw it in the late 80s, having not read about it before and thought it was a comedy! There was a British sitcom at the time with a similar name - How wrong could I have been. Fabulous!!!!!!
4. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,386,301 | Gross: $171.48M
Totally blown away in the cinema (another "don't read the plot beforehand") superb
5. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
No special effects required or big budgets - very powerful stuff.
6. Alien (1979)
R | 116 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 658,585 | Gross: $78.90M
Hated spiders in the first place so the face huggers really gave me the heeby-jeebies! Fabulous throughout (shame about the last few sequels)
7. The Terminator (1984)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.
Votes: 679,197 | Gross: $38.40M
I have only one thing to say "I'll be back".
8. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,042,564 | Gross: $322.74M
One of my childhood favorites
9. Finding Nemo (2003)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.
Votes: 800,469 | Gross: $380.84M
My favorite animation !
10. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 559,352 | Gross: $85.16M
Brilliant sequel to the first !
11. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 656,808 | Gross: $0.19M
Brilliant and totally unexpected - that's what I enjoy most about titles like this.
12. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Votes: 1,545,229 | Gross: $37.03M
Love love love Brad!!! in this
13. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.
Votes: 472,618 | Gross: $260.00M
Classic horror - loved every "jumping" bit of it
14. Innerspace (1987)
PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him.
Votes: 46,504 | Gross: $25.89M
My sentimental film (first I saw with my husband, then boyfriend, when I was 16!)
15. Unbreakable (2000)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.
Votes: 290,050 | Gross: $95.01M
Had to include this in my top 15. Classic comic book sentiments - love it *(and Bruce of course)
16. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
Votes: 600,053 | Gross: $7.56M
17. The Lovely Bones (2009)
PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.
Votes: 137,061 | Gross: $43.82M
A film both amazing and distressing at the same time. Subject matter handled really well (the less detail the better really) but the images of the world 'in between" was totally amazing! I cried buckets.
19. Gladiator (2000)
R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
Votes: 1,118,553 | Gross: $187.71M
Fabulous, traumatic, teary, it's got it all...oh and good ol Russell
20. The Sea Inside (I) (2004)
PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.
Votes: 69,892 | Gross: $2.09M
21. The Edukators (2004)
R | 127 min | Drama, Romance
Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home.
Votes: 28,745 | Gross: $0.18M
Loved it from start to finish - how our standards/morals slowly change over our lifetime without really realizing it.
23. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,460,422 | Gross: $330.25M
Tom is superb - yet again- !
24. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
Votes: 748,922 | Gross: $248.16M
Very rarely went to the cinema (parents didn't drive) but this is one of those films where I did get a chance to see... FAB!
25. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
R | 102 min | Drama
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.
Votes: 653,528 | Gross: $3.64M
Totally blown away!
26. Groundhog Day (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
Votes: 503,855 | Gross: $70.91M
For those of us who would like to repeat some days over and over and over.....
27. Moon (2009)
R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.
Votes: 292,879 | Gross: $5.01M
Even forgot I was watching one person....
28. 28 Days Later... (2002)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Votes: 328,160 | Gross: $45.06M
Best Zombie film...
29. Grease (1978)
PG-13 | 110 min | Musical, Romance
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
Votes: 191,280 | Gross: $188.76M
... has a place in my dancin' heart...
30. Dirty Dancing (1987)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.
Votes: 160,859 | Gross: $63.95M
To Patrick :-) xxxx