My influential films of the past 20 years

by tutty321 | created - 05 Oct 2010 | updated - 05 Oct 2010 | Public
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1. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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89 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 824,807 | Gross: $46.84M

'As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster.'

This film I can watch over and over. It is pure brilliance. Every character is engaging. Memorable quotes and scenes make this a film you cannot miss. It was my induction into the brilliant world of Martin Scorcesse.

2. Thelma & Louise (1991)

R | 130 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.4
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88 Metascore

Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen

Votes: 112,689 | Gross: $45.36M

I think this is a great script. A bold film without the romance or weepyness of a normal so called chick flick film. It is a great story about friendship, frustration and the confinement of leading a life in which you feel trapped.

Great performances from Gene Davies, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Susan Surrandon and intoducing Brad Pitt.

3. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 44,826 | Gross: $62.55M

From Neil Jordan comes this fantastic tale. Up until then films about the Troubles or stories using the Troubles in Northern Ireland showed the romantic notion of a futile revolution, focusing on politics and ideals. But this was a tale like no other focusing on much more, sexuality and identity.

4. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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68 Metascore

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 706,341 | Gross: $402.45M

'You think they'll have that on the tour?'

It is still one of my favourite films ever. I went to see it thirteen times in the cinema and still love to watch it to this day. Fantastically written by David keopp and Michael Critchon.

5. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,496,553 | Gross: $107.93M

This is when I knew I wanted to make movies when I grew up. I never got people saying that you had to keep watching it over and over again to get it though. I thought it was pretty straight forward but for such a multi narrative it works quite simple. It is a lesson in how to write an original screenplay. And how influential soundtracks are to enhance a film.

6. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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65 Metascore

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker

Votes: 1,167,523 | Gross: $100.13M

'What's in the box?'

What a film. Can't really say anything else. I loved it. I can watch it again and even knowing the ending it makes it better you can enjoy the smaller details throughout this edge of the seat film.

7. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 515,226 | Gross: $24.61M

I remember watching the first 10 minutes of this and not getting into it maybe it was because it was 4am but the next time good God what a great movie. Superb acting and my first introduction to the Coen Brothers.

8. The Ice Storm (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny

Votes: 49,097 | Gross: $7.84M

Hauntingly beautiful story. I am a fan of multi character driven scripts and this is great. It doesn't even lag. It's slow moving putting you into the heads of the people in this small community and the feeling of being trapped. Even Toby Macguire is watchable in this.

9. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama

8.5
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62 Metascore

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 879,665 | Gross: $6.72M

Engaging and controversial. Great film. Does the hollywood ending work for you or not? Either way a great film and great acting as always by Ed Norton.

10. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

8.8
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,533,960 | Gross: $37.03M

'First rule about fight club...'

First rule about this film is watch it again and again. Love it, love David Fincher, love Ed Norton and love Helena Bohem Carter and a memorable MeatLoaf.

I am Jack's excitement!

11. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,109,896 | Gross: $187.71M

'Are you not entertained?'

Well if you weren't then you are a moron. Great film, great acting, great passion and I could quote all day.

12. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.8
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92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,387,331 | Gross: $315.54M

Masterpiece in adaptation. Flawless. Compelling, beautiful and entertaining.

Hats off to Mr. Jackson and to JRR Tolkein for this timeless tale.

13. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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79 Metascore

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 594,813 | Gross: $7.56M

Watch it!!!!!!

That is all.

14. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

8.1
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69 Metascore

The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 829,736 | Gross: $70.10M

One of my all time favourite films. Over the top dialogue, incredible fight scenes, incredible cast. Tarrintino is a genius and this will never get old. Although the Kill Bill Vol 2 is by far a better and more story focused film which is the better of the two.

15. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

8.3
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89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 756,373 | Gross: $34.40M

Words cannot describe this film. Absolutely speechless to try and describe how much this film should be revered. Don't like Jim Carrey as a comedian but if he finds a role like this again as a credible actor he will go down great in my books. A role in which he should have won an oscar.

16. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

8.3
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70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,102,946 | Gross: $206.85M

I love the capped crusader and to see it resurrected by Christopher Nolan in this way was fantastic. Much more than just a comic book it is an epic film.

17. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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98 Metascore

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 526,832 | Gross: $37.63M

I thought only Tim Burton could create worlds like this. Spellbinding imagination and beautifully written. This is a must see.

18. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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68 Metascore

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 149,169 | Gross: $3.90M

Mismerising performance by Cassey Affleck. Oscar performance by Brad Pitt. Heart braking film and beautifully shot.

19. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

7.9
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82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Votes: 186,462 | Gross: $2.12M

Again I am not very articulate in my descriptions all containing beautiful or brilliant. But this film is a gem to watch. Watch it before the hollywood version comes out. Once again Hollywood remake a film they don't understand.

20. Taken (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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50 Metascore

A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Leland Orser

Votes: 516,829 | Gross: $145.00M

It say's 2008 but was released in 2009.

Liam Nelson at his best. Not great at action like his character in Batman Begins but good god is he fantastic in this Luc Besson thriller.

21. Machete (2010)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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60 Metascore

After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.

Directors: Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba

Votes: 175,498 | Gross: $26.59M

The only film I can mention as this year has been the worst for movies bar Inception but I haven't seen that yet.

Great 70's sploitation flick. Over the top brilliance.