The greatest movies of my lifetime- 34 movies for 34 years

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1.
Labyrinth (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
“ Magical...what more can I say? ” - Raven
 
2.
Legend (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves. (94 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Fantastic- Tom Cruise's best work...when he was normal ” - Raven
 
3.
The Little Mermaid (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mermaid falls in love with a human prince, which leads to tragedy. (68 mins.)
“ Emotionally impacting, this movie will have you in tears. Not to be confused with the Disney rip off. ” - Raven
 
4.
The Notebook (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences. (123 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
“ The only movie to make me fully cry ” - Raven
 
5.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers. (98 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
“ I like this and The Beginning. A very well done remake ” - Raven
 
6.
Shutter Island (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ I never wanted to see this, but when I finally did I instantly wanted to see it again. Fantastic! ” - Raven
 
7.
Night of the Demons (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin S. Tenney
“ This movie has always scared the crap out of me ” - Raven
 
8.
To Die For (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
L.A. real estate agent Kate Wooten gets a new lease on life when she learns that her new client, a mysterious and handsome man named Vlad... (94 mins.)
Director: Deran Sarafian
“ Excellent vampire movie, but hard to find. Well worth it if you can get it! ” - Raven
 
9.
The Descent (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ A real nail-biter, with a lot of tension and jumps ” - Raven
 
10.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother. (146 mins.)
“ This movie was really not what I expected, and to me it was incredibly sad ” - Raven
 
11.
Awake (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A wealthy man undergoing surgery becomes aware during the heart operation, unable to move or call out, discovers his surgeons plans to kill him. (84 mins.)
Director: Joby Harold
“ This movie stuck with me for days after watching it! ” - Raven
 
12.
Dead Silence (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist. (89 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ A lot of people hated this movie, but I didn't. I was really creeped out by it, and it remains one of my top favorite films. I prefer the theatrical release though- I hate the stupid fake tongue they added in ” - Raven
 
13.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ This movie was just excellent! An amazing story! ” - Raven
 
14.
Spiral (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals. (90 mins.)
Director: Higuchinsky
“ This is a truly creepy and strange Asian horror film. By far the weirdest I've seen, it's still spooky as hell ” - Raven
 
15.
Orphan (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9 year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. (123 mins.)
“ I heard a lot of good things about this film, and I was not at all disappointed. The ending was a fantastic twist! ” - Raven
 
16.
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.)
“ Another creepy yet magical film, it surpassed my expectations ” - Raven
 
17.
[Rec] (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
“ I by far prefer this to Quarantine. ” - Raven
 
18.
Mirrormask (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a fifteen-year-old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home. (101 mins.)
Director: Dave McKean
“ What can I say? I absolutely love this movie! ” - Raven
 
19.
Return of the Living Dead III (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Having recently witnessed the horrific results of a top secret project to bring the dead back to life, a distraught youth performs the operation on his girlfriend after she's killed in a motorcycle accident. (97 mins.)
Director: Brian Yuzna
“ One of the best zombie films ever. The heartbreaking story has never been matched ” - Raven
 
20.
Scarecrows (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Criminals hijack a plane and force the pilot and his daughter to fly them to Mexico. However, an unexpected landing finds them in a cemetery inhabited by killer scarecrows. (83 mins.)
Director: William Wesley
“ Old, but still has some really creepy moments. Worth a look! ” - Raven
 
21.
Deja Vu (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims. (126 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ This movie was really interesting, and as it progressed I just wanted to see more and more! ” - Raven
 
22.
Next (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack. (96 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
“ This film's climax gave me goosebumps- an excellent watch! ” - Raven
 
23.
Vacancy (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They soon realize that unless they escape, they'll be the next victims of a snuff film. (85 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
“ Part 2 was utter crap, but this one is still really exciting ” - Raven
 
24.
Cabin Fever (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals. (93 mins.)
Director: Eli Roth
“ I just saw this not too long ago, and ended up really loving it. Again, part 2 just didn't measure up ” - Raven
 
25.
Eden Lake (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences. (91 mins.)
Director: James Watkins
“ An amazingly realistic and horrifying thriller. this is a must see if you haven't already! ” - Raven
 
26.
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
“ This includes all of the series. ” - Raven
 
27.
Final Destination (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one. (98 mins.)
Director: James Wong
“ I love 1, 2, and 3...but hate 4. ” - Raven
 
28.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Without question, I of course like all 3 ” - Raven
 
29.
The Island (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth. (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ This was a really interesting and just all around great film ” - Raven
 
30.
The Last Unicorn (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns. (92 mins.)
“ A movie from my childhood. Ageless and full of magic...but stay away from the re-released DVD, as it's been censored ” - Raven
 
31.
Boy Eats Girl (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A boy declares his love for his girlfriend, only to die the same night. He is brought back to life by his mother as a flesh-craving zombie, who sires more teen undead while trying to control his, er, appetite for his beloved. (80 mins.)
Director: Stephen Bradley
“ A really funny short movie- you won't be let down ” - Raven
 
32.
Grease (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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? (110 mins.)
Director: Randal Kleiser
“ I love both Grease 1 and 2 ” - Raven
 
33.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (99 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ A total laugh riot. Nothing ever has or will top this as far as horror-comedy goes ” - Raven
 
34.
The Crow (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder. (102 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ Yes, yes...typically I do love this film. A tale of love and revenge? What can be better? ” - Raven
 
35.
Zombieland (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. (88 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
“ HONORABLE MENTION:Couldn't leave this out ” - Raven