20 films that changed my life since 1990

These 20 films from the past 20 years were influential in not only developing my aesthetic, but also my identity. Though many I consider among my favorite films, a couple are not. In order of importance.
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1.
V for Vendetta (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ The Quintessential film of our generation. Somehow defines our generation. ” - gstridsigne
 
2.
After Life (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity. (118 mins.)
“ Sentimental, exacting, and provoking, this film reminds me why I choose to continue living. ” - gstridsigne
 
3.
WALL·E (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ This film simultaneously astounded and released me. It has dethroned some of the films that I consider to be the greatest. Wall-E helped me to grasp a segment of humanity that is often missed: the importance of human interaction and how it can provide better ideas. ” - gstridsigne
 
4.
Next Time (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Inter-racial romance develops over a period of time as two down-on-their luck people, one a 19 year... (97 mins.)
Director: Alan L. Fraser
“ When I first watched this film, it uncovered something so vital to me, and brought that concept to the forefront of my consciousness. It ripped the veil from my eyes. ” - gstridsigne
 
5.
Idiocracy (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive. (84 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
“ May not be one of my favorite films, but this movie SCARED me! So therefore it changed my life.. I might just have 20 kids because of this movie. ” - gstridsigne
 
6.
The Fall (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances. (117 mins.)
Director: Tarsem
“ Surrealist tableau painted over a realist ensemble. The film demands one to respond. ” - gstridsigne
 
7.
Soldier's Girl (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The true story of the price a young soldier paid for falling in love with a transsexual night-club performer. (112 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
“ Growing up, I rarely found characters to whom I could truly relate. Barry Winchell was the first. ” - gstridsigne
 
8.
Southern Comfort (2001 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Southern Comfort documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a transgender man. Eads, diagnosed with ovarian cancer... (90 mins.)
Director: Kate Davis
“ Affordable and accessible health care for all people has always struck a violent chord with me. This film brought those sentiments boiling to the surface. ” - gstridsigne
 
9.
The Constant Gardener (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. (129 mins.)
“ Never has a filmed angered me to the point of rebellion so much than the injustice displayed in this film. The few competitors would be 3 Needles and Hotel Rwanda. ” - gstridsigne
 
10.
Big Fish (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ This film truly changed my outlook on life. The beauty of this film, both visually and emotionally, is difficult to replicate. ” - gstridsigne
 
11.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ You know, the scene everyone always goes up in arms over is the girl in the red jacket. But for me, it is when Oskar Schindler grabs a small child holding their fingers up, and pleading with the Soldier to allow them to stay. That image haunts me. ” - gstridsigne
 
12.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
“ Ubiquitous? Yes. Do I care? No. Sometimes, but not too often, there comes a film that not only do you love if for its wonderfulness, but so does everyone else. For a foreign language film, Pan's Labyrinth is highly accessible. Sometimes, it is nice to talk about a film that you are quite positive that everyone has seen. ” - gstridsigne
 
13.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
“ The MPAA can go and suck a f***ing diseased donkey d***! (oh right, I have to remain PG for this site). ” - gstridsigne
 
14.
Saw (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ Completely hated and despised this film. I thought this film was vile and monstrous, despite my twisted mind and love for the grotesque. This film made me question the very nature of humanity, and also kept me from watching horror films released after it. It changed my life, and challenged my mind. ” - gstridsigne
 
15.
Flirting with Disaster (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young man, his wife, and his incompetent case worker travel across country to find his birth parents. (92 mins.)
“ I originally watched this when I was in middle school, and could not stop laughing. It would be very difficult to find a film that makes me laugh more than this one did. ” - gstridsigne
 
16.
3 Needles (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A three-paneled look at the worldwide AIDS crisis: in Montreal, a porn actor (Ashmore) schemes to pass his mandatory blood test; a young nun (Sevigny) makes a personal sacrifice for the benefit of a South African village; in rural China, a black market operative (Liu) posing as a goverment-sanctioned blood drawer jeopardizes an entire village's safety. (127 mins.)
Director: Thom Fitzgerald
“ Infuriating and twisted, this film triptych, if you will, leaves everyone wanting something to be done. Wait, it leaves everyone wanting to DO! Education of injustice can only go so far, and then action must occur. ” - gstridsigne
 
17.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
While not intelligent, Forrest Gump has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Simplicity will get you everywhere my friend. ” - gstridsigne
 
18.
Home Alone (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An eight-year-old trouble-maker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ I add this because it was the first film I ever saw in theaters. It was the beginning. ” - gstridsigne
 
19.
Waking Life (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. (99 mins.)
“ Though I am pretty sure that I would be completely disappointed with this film now, it was a film that helped lead me towards a major in philosophy, and in that way was influential and life-changing. ” - gstridsigne
 
20.
Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ Rarely a film comes by that has all of the following:

A. Great script
B. Great artistry
C. Great acting
D. Great direction
E. Actual philosophical depth!

I only saw it a few weeks ago, but I think Moon may just be a life changing film for me :) ” - gstridsigne