My Favorite Movies

Top 30 personal favorites; not necessarily the greatest films of all time - I put a lot of value in concept, aesthetic, atmosphere etc. over technical execution and acting. I like movies that provoke my imagination more than anything else.
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1.
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.)
“ del Toro is my hero. A beautiful, dark and imaginative film. ” - monkeybob780
 
2.
West Side Story (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. (152 mins.)
“ Favorite musical and a fantastic re-telling of Romeo and Juliet. ” - monkeybob780
 
3.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ Indiana Jones is one of my favorite fictional characters of any medium and the reason I have a degree in Anthropology. ” - monkeybob780
 
4.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ My favorite Miyazaki film ” - monkeybob780
 
5.
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate. (102 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
6.
Children of Men (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
7.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body. (106 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
8.
The Host (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. (120 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ Favorite monster movie (sorry Godzilla!) and my introduction to the wonderful world of Korean film. ” - monkeybob780
 
9.
Yojimbo (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
10.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (91 mins.)
 
11.
Murder by Death (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Moore
“ One of my dad's favorite films, so I grew up watching this on VHS over and over again. Incredible cast. ” - monkeybob780
 
12.
Hunter Prey (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The Prometheus has dropped out of orbit. Communications and life support systems are down. Situation Critical: Status of Crew and Prisoner unknown... (88 mins.)
Director: Sandy Collora
“ A low-budget masterpiece. Independent film-making at its finest. ” - monkeybob780
 
13.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ I always liked this film since I have a soft spot for historical epics, but I was floored the first time I saw the Director's Cut. The theatrical cut doesn't do the film justice. An under-appreciated gem. ” - monkeybob780
 
14.
Akira (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
“ Masterful. Required viewing for anyone interested in anime. ” - monkeybob780
 
15.
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. (101 mins.)
“ I barely took a breath watching this. Probably my favorite action movie. ” - monkeybob780
 
16.
It Happened One Night (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
17.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
 
18.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
19.
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him. (89 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
20.
Let the Right One In (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ Can we please stop making vampire movies now? Because nothing will ever top this. ” - monkeybob780
 
21.
Under the Skin (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery. (108 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
 
22.
Mirrormask (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home. (101 mins.)
Director: Dave McKean
 
23.
Snowpiercer (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges. (126 mins.)
Director: Bong Joon Ho
 
24.
Godzilla (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity. (123 mins.)
Director: Gareth Edwards
“ As much as I adore the original classic, Gareth Edwards did the impossible by bringing the King of All Monsters into the modern age. Flawed but epic fun. ” - monkeybob780
 
25.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
 
26.
Ink (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares. (107 mins.)
Director: Jamin Winans
 
27.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. (136 mins.)
“ As good as it gets for the superhero genre. ” - monkeybob780
 
28.
War of the Arrows (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Set during the second Manchu invasion of Korea, Nam Yi, the best archer in Korea, goes up against the Qing Dynasty to save his younger sister Ja In - who was dragged away by Manchurian. (122 mins.)
Director: Han-min Kim
 
29.
The Man from Earth (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine. (87 mins.)
 
30.
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A bad scientist and wife, a mad scientist and skeleton, two aliens and their escaped pet are all searching for the elusive element "atmospherium". (90 mins.)
Director: Larry Blamire