My 100 Favorite Films of All Timeby lwpetruccy | created - 03 Feb 2011 | updated - 07 Feb 2011 | Public
The 100 Movies I love watching the most. These are not the 100 greatest films of all time. Not all of them are great films. Heck some are not even close. Most will never win awards. But I still love them anyway.
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1. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
57 years later, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. The moon from the original movie has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 547,334 | Gross: $85.16M
My all-time favorite film. I personally feel the special edition released in 91 is the only way to experience the film. Great suspense, solid action, classic quotes and nice ensemble cast. Can't ask for much more from a Sci-Fi film.
2. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 813,529 | Gross: $46.84M
My favorite mobster movie ever made. Another great ensemble casting and Martin Scorcese's best picture to date.
3. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
Votes: 695,772 | Gross: $402.45M
Stan Winston's creations at their best mixed with early, really well done CGI that holds up today. Throw in a good story, great soundtrack and solid adventure and you have a winner.
4. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Votes: 1,652,562 | Gross: $292.58M
A very new film to be so high on my list, but this film blew me away. Fantastic cast and great acting, combined with stunning visuals and score for a great thrill ride with depth.
5. The Thing (1982)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.
Votes: 293,415 | Gross: $13.78M
My favorite John Carpenter film. It is full of tension and the fear of the unknown. Solid performances and unpredictible elements make this a can't miss film. A remake that drastically improves the original.
6. Point Break (1991)
R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.
Votes: 125,504 | Gross: $43.22M
Surfing, sky diving, bank robbing, chase scenes, and Gary Busey as an old timer with an edge. What more can you ask for in a 90's action flick?
7. The Warriors (1979)
R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down.
Votes: 78,552 | Gross: $22.49M
I have been a big fan of this film since I was a child growing up. It is a great thing when a director can make you root for a group of gang members like they are heroes. Stellar fight scenes and a great soundtrack.
8. Top Gun (1986)
PG | 110 min | Action, Drama, Romance
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
Votes: 239,667 | Gross: $179.80M
This is just a classic adrenaline filled film. Not the greatest acting in the world, but can't help but enjoy it.
9. Hot Fuzz (2007)
R | 121 min | Action, Comedy
A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town that's harbouring a dark secret.
Votes: 390,033 | Gross: $23.64M
Hilarious movie that tributes and parodies the great action films at the same time. My favorite Simon Pegg film to date.
10. Office Space (1999)
R | 89 min | Comedy
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
Votes: 214,422 | Gross: $10.82M
A movie that you don't expect much from, but that really delivers. You add a greater appreciation for the film if you have ever worked in an office/cubicle.
11. The Hurt Locker (2008)
R | 131 min | Drama, History, Thriller
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
Votes: 363,295 | Gross: $17.02M
I had mixed emotions going into the film as war films can be hit or miss. This one really delivered. There is a nice balance of incredible tense moments and quick comedic moments to relieve the tension. I have not been as engrossed in a war drama in many years.
12. Rounders (1998)
R | 121 min | Crime, Drama
A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.
Votes: 128,984 | Gross: $22.91M
I have always loved this film since I first saw it in the late 90s. There are fantastic performances from Matt Damon and Ed Norton that really elevate this movie beyond a simple plot about gamblers. I would rate this film up there with the greats from the genre.
13. Falling Down (1993)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.
Votes: 145,338 | Gross: $40.90M
Michael Douglas is brilliant in this movie. Robert Duvall gives a notable performance as well. I am always amazed by the number of people that have not seen this film. It is one that will not disappoint. A great social commentary about LA in the early 90's.
14. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 829,386 | Gross: $210.61M
A feel good movie with great characters and great lines. Nice set work and a cool car also help.
15. L.A. Confidential (1997)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
Votes: 453,893 | Gross: $64.62M
Perhaps one of the best ensemble casts ever. This movie was robbed of the best picture award for 1997 and continues to reveal more depth in each new viewing.
16. 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: 1,358,163 | Gross: $171.48M
This film was a game changer for Sci-Fi and action in the late 90's. There have been countless rip offs ever since. The sequels were horrible, but this film really delivers. It also includes one of my all time favorite action sequences ever filmed.
17. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 1,888,016 | Gross: $28.34M
This is, in my opinion the best overall film of the last 25 years. The story is inspiring and the acting is in a league of its own. It is hard not to watch this film and get some type of deep emotional experience.
18. The Lost Boys (1987)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.
Votes: 102,003 | Gross: $32.22M
Comedic, hip, totally 80's. Great soundtrack and a silly plot, but an all together great time.
19. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Votes: 817,721 | Gross: $75.60M
A fantastic epic with incredible action and a great pace to it. Mel Gibson's best directing effort and possibly his best performance in a film to date.
20. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll.
Votes: 78,446 | Gross: $27.09M
The best of the "high school comedies." It does a great job of highlighting the different types of students and the trivial details of their lives growing up in the 80's with great comedic elements.
21. The Descent (2005)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Votes: 170,408 | Gross: $26.02M
This is one of the most unique horror films of the last decade. It emphasises strong assertive women and is full of surprises and some very good scares.
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,369,255 | Gross: $315.54M
My favorite installment in the Lord of the Rings franchise. I believe Return of the King is a better movie overall (barely), but I love the journey in this one. It is my favorite element in the entire story.
23. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 655,359 | Gross: $83.01M
Possibly the best straight action film ever made. It has some humor mixed in and created one of the greatest action characters of all time.
24. The Town (2010)
R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I. Agent looking to bring him and his crew down.
Votes: 302,355 | Gross: $92.19M
Another new film in a high slot. This film created characters with depth and provided a nice mix of solid story and good action. I actually cared about the criminals which can often prove difficult to achieve. Ben Afflect is proving to be a talented director, and Jeremy Renner a very gifted actor.
25. Saw (2004)
R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.
Votes: 328,680 | Gross: $56.00M
A completely fresh take on the horror genre. It has great twists, a killer surprise ending, and a good set of performances. Since the film has come out there have been a lot of ripoffs and unnecessary sequels that surprisingly were decent for the most part. This one if by far the best.
26. Underworld (2003)
R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.
Votes: 227,258 | Gross: $51.97M
A nice take on Romeo and Juliet. A much more modern version that works better than trying to force the shakespearean language in a modern context.
27. Wanted (2008)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy
A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.
Votes: 320,625 | Gross: $134.51M
Not the most complex movie ever made, but a really good action movie. The film is visually stimulating at times also. It also has one of my favorite action scenes of all time at the end of the film.
28. Road House (1989)
R | 114 min | Action, Thriller
A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.
Votes: 47,970 | Gross: $30.05M
Not great acting. Not a great plot. Not sure why I watch it every time it is on TV, but I always seem to. There is just something about it that draws me to this film. It could have something to do with the great music from the late Jeff Healey. It has a few good fight scenes that make up for the mediocre acting.
29. Snow Day (2000)
PG | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
When a school in upstate New York is snowed in, a group of students hi-jack a plow to keep the school closed.
Votes: 10,048 | Gross: $60.02M
I will probably get a lot of criticism for this film, but I am being honest. I have liked this film since it came out. It is a fun kids movie and is not meant to have any great meaning. Just enjoy it for what it is.
30. The Punisher (2004)
R | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion.
Votes: 134,370 | Gross: $33.68M
This is not the best written film ever, and is not even close. It is however a good action film. There is some humor mixed in, some decent character development, and while at times has some over the top, or under acting, it is an enjoyable experience.
31. Parenthood (1989)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama
The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse.
Votes: 38,261 | Gross: $100.05M
I really love Steve Martin in this film. I appreciate that they tried to make a sitcom based on this movie twice now. Unfortunately they will never match the talent or chemistry of this group of actors/actresses. Ron Howard did an excellent job of making loveable and (not so loveable) characters.
32. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
PG-13 | 157 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A young wizard finds himself competing in a hazardous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.
Votes: 435,656 | Gross: $290.01M
I have become a big fan of the entire Harry Potter series, but for me, this is the best installment. It finds a nice buffer between kids movie and adult themes and takes a real step in making the movies appeal to adults. The ending was done in an excellent fashion and it is one great adventure.
33. Predator (1987)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
Votes: 316,458 | Gross: $59.74M
Arnold at his best. Great lines and awesome action. The ultimate man's movie.
34. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 518,993 | Gross: $37.63M
One of my favorite foreign films of all time. This film is a modern fairy tale and is stunning in the visual and special effects areas. The acting is top notch and the film has very graphic and dark elements. A very impressive film. Guillermo Del Toro's best to date.
35. Cocktail (1988)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love.
Votes: 66,652 | Gross: $78.22M
This really is just a fun movie. Who wouldn't want to be a hip bartender working in NY or Jamaica tossing drinks and making cash. Tom Cruise makes it look easy.
36. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
R | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.
Votes: 56,606 | Gross: $44.79M
My favorite installment in the Nightmare franchise. I enjoy that it ignores the horrible second installment. I also think this is where Freddy begins to take a turn for the humorous. It is a nice mix of funny and scary Freddy.
37. Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A Montreal construction worker joins a band and turns out to be a long-lost rock star from 1960s New Jersey - none other than Eddie Wilson, who mysteriously disappeared after a road accident.
Votes: 2,309 | Gross: $0.54M
This is my favorite music movie of all time. The first film may have been a better film, but this one has great music by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band and a decent enough plot. It is just a great movie to throw on for some entertainment and some great music.
38. Twister (1996)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.
Votes: 153,585 | Gross: $241.72M
A great disaster flick that is non-stop action and destruction. The special effects are done quite well and I appreciate the screenplay as it was cowritten by michael crichton. It is not a great movie, but it is a great time.
39. Blade II (2002)
R | 117 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires.
Votes: 173,231 | Gross: $82.35M
I am a huge Ron Perlman fan and he does a great job in this movie. It is a good slick action film. If you liked the first film, check this one out.
40. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Votes: 1,863,701 | Gross: $534.86M
This is by far the best Batman and possibly superhero movie to date. The characters are well crafted and have excellent performances. The action is excellent and is very visual also. Great movie all around.
41. Gran Torino (2008)
R | 116 min | Drama
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.
Votes: 617,213 | Gross: $148.10M
Clint Eastwood does a fantastic job directing this film and is a wonderful goodbye to a stellar acting career. The characters are authentic, and while a little inexperienced in acting, the story is very impactful and will dazzle.
42. The Breakfast Club (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
Votes: 288,393 | Gross: $45.88M
Another great look into high school personalities. This one focuses on five characters that each represent a different part of the high school crowd. It has solid writing and good performances by the Brat Pack.
43. Blood Diamond (2006)
R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.
Votes: 434,457 | Gross: $57.37M
For me, ever since Leo DiCaprio met Martin Scorcese while working on Gangs of New York, he has continued to grow into a powerhouse of an actor. This role for me is one of his best. The story is gripping, the action and characters feel real as well. It is a powerful film that will stay with you long after you are finished viewing.
44. As Good as It Gets (1997)
PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.
Votes: 239,973 | Gross: $148.48M
This really is a beautiful character study piece. Each character is flawed and complex. I love the dialogue and detail put into bringing each character to life. My favorite Jack Nicholson character to date.
45. The Great Escape (1963)
Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
This is truly a classic. It has one of the best ensemble casts ever assembled. Terrific performances, great tension, and excellent score.
46. 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: 1,095,249 | Gross: $187.71M
This film has a very epic feel to it. The fight scenes are done well. There is solid character development. The visuals are impressive. The cast delivers great performances as well. Plus there is a fight with a tiger. No complaints here.
47. Stargate (1994)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
Votes: 157,458 | Gross: $71.57M
I like the concept of this film. The idea that there is a portal to another land similar to ours. It is just an intriguing idea. I think that is why the TV show spin offs were so successful also. It has some decent characters and some cool effects. Enjoyable throughout.
48. She's Out of My League (2010)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Romance
An average Joe meets the perfect woman, but his lack of confidence and the influence of his friends and family begin to pick away at the relationship.
Votes: 108,398 | Gross: $31.58M
I saw this movie the first time in theaters because nothing else was playing at the time. I had super low expectations and I found myself laughing throughout. It still makes me laugh with each new viewing.
49. Starship Troopers (1997)
R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.
Votes: 237,272 | Gross: $54.81M
This film has no real stars, with maybe the exception of a not so great performance by michael ironside and neil patrick harris. Clancy Brown does a nice job as the drill instructor, and you get what you'd expect (not good but enjoyable performances) from Casper Van Dean, Denise Richards, and Jake Busey. Sure the dialogue is ridiculous, the violence graphic, and has no real plot other than an absurd notion of revenge, but it is fun to watch and that is all that really matters.
50. Equilibrium (2002)
R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.
Votes: 280,137 | Gross: $1.20M
Fantasitc action sequences. This film may be a mixture of 1984 and the matrix, but it really is something special action wise. It may not be as well known, but once you see it for the first time, it is impossible to forget.
51. That Thing You Do! (1996)
PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A local Pennsylvania band scores a one hit wonder in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from its manager.
Votes: 53,862 | Gross: $25.81M
This is another guilty pleasure of mine. It is one of my favorite "band" movies. Tom Hanks and tom Everett Scott are clearly the stars of this movie as they shine in every scene. It is a fun movie not to be taken too seriously.
52. The Rock (1996)
R | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.
Votes: 276,466 | Gross: $134.07M
This is just a fun movie. Its filled with the typical Michael Bay action and has some great quotes. Ed Harris delivers a pretty solid performance as Frank Hummel as well.
53. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
R | 91 min | Horror
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.
Votes: 167,970 | Gross: $25.50M
This is the original in the series. The effects don't hold up as well as some other films, but it created one of the best horror villains of all time. The movie's acting was not great, but solid music, creepy atmosphere, and an awesome bad guy make this one of my favorites.
54. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
This is a powerful drama. The characters are brilliantly portrayed. The plot progresses beautifully. You actually feel like you are inside the sweat filled, tense juror's room with the men. The atmosphere and acting alone make this a must see.
55. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.
Votes: 149,789 | Gross: $66.47M
The plot of this movie is ridiculous. The characters taken from the books are not even really accurate. However, that being said, it is a fun film. There are some good action sequences and it is visually appealing. Plus is it Connery's last film. Just enjoy it for what it is and don't expect a masterpiece.
56. Zombieland (2009)
R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror
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.
Votes: 423,846 | Gross: $75.59M
While I am not overly crazy about zombie films, I did enjoy this one. I think Woody harrelson is at his best in the wise cracking type of role. Jesse Eisenberg plays his usual aqward guy role to perfection. The surprise cameo seals the deal.
57. The 13th Warrior (1999)
R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, History
A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.
Votes: 106,118 | Gross: $32.70M
This movie was actually a nice improvement over the very dull book by Michael Crichton. The story is simple: an updated twist on the beowulf/grendel story. Some good action scenes and some interesting characters make this a favorite of mine.
58. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Unrated | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Votes: 97,198 | Gross: $5.10M
Some may feel Night of the Living Dead is a more influential film, but personally I think this one took the series to a new level. Romero designed this a commentary against consumerism and does an effective job of making his point. The main characters are ones you care about and are rooting for in the end. The only downside is the film runs just a touch long.
59. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.
Votes: 321,028 | Gross: $22.20M
A classic. There is not much to say. It has held up better than most films do today. One of the most beloved films of all time.
60. Star Trek (2009)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.
Votes: 536,192 | Gross: $257.73M
I am not a fan of Star Trek. I have never watched any of the shows. I only have seen a few of the movies, and mostly next generation cast. I never really had much interest. However, this film was paced well, had well written and interesting characters, and was visually amazing. I really hope the sequel does not disappoint.
61. Jingle All the Way (1996)
PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family
A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas, however, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.
Votes: 75,963 | Gross: $60.57M
With the exception of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, this is my favorite thing to watch around christmas. It is cheesy, over the top, and a great time.
62. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.
Votes: 247,028 | Gross: $38.18M
Great modern update on a classic Shakespearean story. Good cast and well written script.
63. Them! (1954)
Approved | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.
Pretty awesome special effects for the 1950's. Plus it has some talented actors/actresses. The movie has surprisingly good acting and does a great job of capturing some of the fears of the time. A favorite of mine since I was a child.
64. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.
Votes: 412,284 | Gross: $32.39M
This movie is one that I really loved the first time I saw it. It has an interesting structure and the acting by the leads is great. There also is an absurd dance sequence that some how works.
65. G.I. Jane (1997)
R | 125 min | Action, Drama, War
A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.
Votes: 64,832 | Gross: $48.17M
This is not Ridley Scott's best movie. That being said, I have always been fond of movies that cover basic training and boot camps. I like the first half of Full Metal Jacket, Starship Troopers, etc. This movie has some good charaters, most kinda blur together though. The exception is Viggo Mortenson's character. He gives one of the better performances of his career and really steals the show.
66. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 975,031 | Gross: $132.38M
While it is almost a carbon copy of Infernal Affairs, this film does give some terrific moments. I loved it when I first saw it. It has great performances all around. It is not Scorcese's best, and it is not any member of the casts best either. However, it still delivers in all areas.
67. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government, must find a cure for the monster he turns into, whenever he loses his temper.
Votes: 355,318 | Gross: $134.52M
Special effects win here. This is on here mostly due to the final fight scene between the Hulk and Abomination. Fantastic superhero battle. One of the best.
68. Planet of the Apes (1968)
G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.
Votes: 147,825 | Gross: $33.40M
This is a great classic Sci-fi film. It is intelligent and has a great twist at the end. Heston delivers a great performance and the make up effects for the time were quite good.
69. Identity (2003)
R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller
Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.
Votes: 194,404 | Gross: $52.16M
This is one of the more complex horror movies that has come out in recent years. It keeps you guessing and has some well crafted characters that you care about. All in all a great horror/suspense film.
70. Bedazzled (2000)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Hopeless dweeb Elliot Richards is granted seven wishes by the Devil to snare Allison, the girl of his dreams, in exchange for his soul.
Votes: 86,760 | Gross: $37.88M
I must admit that I love this film, mostly due to my love of Elizabeth Hurley. The movie itself is cheesy and comedic at times. It is no masterpiece, but it entertains.
71. 30 Days of Night (2007)
R | 113 min | Horror, Thriller
After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.
Votes: 147,981 | Gross: $39.57M
This is one of the darker more gruesome vampire films to come out in recent years. The vampires are different than the traditional ones you see in films. The main characters are not exceptionally well written, or acted, but the movie itself is very engrossing. I like the concept and the atmosphere.
72. Tombstone (1993)
R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Votes: 104,872 | Gross: $56.51M
Fantastic ensemble cast. Val Kilmer's best performance in his career. The film came out the same time as Wyatt Earp, but while that was a boring snooze-fest due to Kevin Costner's knack for sucking the life out of everything, this is full of life and vibrant characters. Excellent shootout scenes and solid acting make this a winner.
73. Army of Darkness (1992)
R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror
A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.
Votes: 140,886 | Gross: $11.50M
A very funny B movie. Bruce Campbell is great. It makes no attempts to be a great film and just accepts what it is, and embraces it. That is what makes it great.
74. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
When Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first.
Votes: 573,974 | Gross: $197.17M
My favorite Indy film. I think it is is the chemistry between Ford and Connery that makes this one so great. Plus I like the whole crusade concept. It is a great adventure film.
75. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
R | 169 min | Drama, War
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Votes: 993,532 | Gross: $216.54M
This is a great story about a small group of soldiers on a mission to save another. The characters are well crafted and the action is very realistic. It is an incredible journey and a wonderful film. It is easily one of the best of the war genre.
76. Judgment Night (1993)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Four friends on their way to a boxing match get caught in heavy traffic, so they take a shortcut in order to get there faster, unfortunately it leads to them witnessing a murder which leaves them running for their lives.
Votes: 13,090 | Gross: $12.14M
This is not a very well known movie, but it has a solid cast. The picture quality is a little dark (possibly intentionally to set mood) but all in all it is a solid thriller.
77. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.
Votes: 103,114 | Gross: $11.10M
Another great Kurt Russell performance. This is an over the top sci-fi flick that inspired the character of Rayden in the Mortal Kombat game series.
78. The Towering Inferno (1974)
PG | 165 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.
Votes: 32,849 | Gross: $116.00M
Perhaps one of the best and most unpredictable disaster films ever. Exceptional cast with McQueen, Newman, and a host of others. This film is not afraid to throw some curveballs. The only downside is the rather long runtime.
79. Halloween II (1981)
R | 92 min | Horror
While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.
Votes: 57,310 | Gross: $25.53M
The first in the series is universally considered the best, but personally I like the vulnerability of the hospital setting in this one. The music is also darker and the film is paced well. It is very tense and is overall a great horror flick.
80. Used Cars (1980)
R | 113 min | Comedy
When the owner of a struggling used car lot is killed, it's up to the lot's hot-shot salesman to save the property from falling into the hands of the owner's ruthless brother and used-car rival.
This film can be raunchy at times, completely absurd at times, and way over the top in some of the acting. But it is very funny and that is all that really matters in the end. Kurt Russell creates one of my favorite characters in this film.
81. 100 Girls (2000)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Romance
This sexy, teen-comedy is about a freshman, Matthew, at college who meets his dream girl in a dorm elevator during a blackout. He never sees her face, but instantly falls in love. In the ... See full summary »
This film will never win awards and it will not make superstars out of anyone. It is a simple love story mixed in with some comedy. I enjoy it for what it is, even when the main character reaches the point of borderline annoying.
82. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
The spectre of a dead child rapist haunts the children of the parents who murdered him, stalking and killing them in their dreams.
Votes: 80,737 | Gross: $63.08M
I actually really enjoyed this version of the film. I rather liked the backstory provided to the character. There also are a few decent performances mixed in and a few cool effects. I am not sure why this film has gotten as much criticism as it has as it was miles better than the friday the 13th remake. It is not a great film, but it is enjoyable.
83. Clue (1985)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery.
Votes: 63,427 | Gross: $14.64M
For a movie based on a board game, you really can't expect much. This one however has a great ensemble cast and delivers laugh after laugh. The three endings is genious as well.
84. Alien³ (1992)
R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor.
Votes: 234,517 | Gross: $55.47M
This film is often blamed for turning the Alien franchise in the wrong direction. I intially did not like the film either. However throughout the years and over many repeat viewings I have grown to like this film quite a lot. It actually has two of the most interesting characters in the entire series in the characters portrayed by Charles Dance and Charles Dutton. It is not for everyone, but I enjoy it.
85. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything.
Votes: 144,934 | Gross: $4.00M
This is another classic. Gene Wilder does an amazing job in this and really delivers a terrific performance. It has a mixture of great visuals and music. There is even a particularly disturbing scene with the boat ride mixed in. Excellent film.
86. The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Flynn, an over 30 "professional student," is banned from more classes, since he already has 22 degrees. Unexpectedly hired by a mysterious library, he's soon pursuing a stolen artifact from... See full summary »
This film is very cheesy and hokey at time. I went in with very low expectations as it was made for TV, but in the end it has become a guilty pleasure. It is a fun adventure film in the style of Indiana Jones.
87. Terminator 2 (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg.
Votes: 824,120 | Gross: $204.84M
A fantastic special effects movie. Better than the original and helps set the standard for action films. The effects still look amazing today as well.
88. Shutter Island (2010)
R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
Votes: 898,132 | Gross: $128.01M
This involves several really good performances. I think some of the visuals are stunning and if you rewatch the film you pick up on a lot of subtle hints that are overlooked in the first viewing.
89. Run, Fatboy, Run (2007)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
Five years after jilting his pregnant fiancée on their wedding day, out-of-shape Dennis decides to run a marathon to win her back.
Votes: 61,196 | Gross: $6.00M
Nothing special in the way of plot, acting or effects. It is just a funny, silly movie that entertains.
90. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
Votes: 55,162 | Gross: $24.38M
This is a film that deserves the best picture title that it was awarded. There are stellar performances by the leads and a great plot. This film really impressed me.
91. A Few Good Men (1992)
R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller
Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.
Votes: 198,176 | Gross: $141.34M
This is one of Tom Cruises' best films. The tension between his character and Jack Nicholson is incredible. A great plot full of intrigue leads to a dramatic courtroom showdown.
92. Young Guns (1988)
R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.
Votes: 46,288 | Gross: $45.66M
not the best acting in the world. Most of the actors were young and fairly inexperienced. However it is a good action movie with some great quotes. If you go in not expecting much, it will entertain.
93. The Pentagon Wars (1998 TV Movie)
R | 104 min | Comedy, War
Story of a cover up in the military.
This film was made by HBO and is based on true events. Carey Elwes and Kelsey Grammer deliver excellent performances. It is full of humor and provides an interesting perspective on the military.
94. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Votes: 775,061 | Gross: $309.13M
It may surprise people that this film made the list and Empire Strikes Back did not. I admit Empire is a better movie in design, but I am partial to the scenes with Jabba and the sand pit. The original trilogy is great, but this one stands a bit above the other two for me.
95. The Last Samurai (2003)
R | 154 min | Action, Drama, History
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.
Votes: 343,784 | Gross: $111.11M
I orginally had very little interest in this film. I finally broke down and watched it and was quite pleasantly surprised. There are some excellent surprises, good action, and a very solid plot. It takes the best elements of braveheart and dances with wolves and combines them into a great movie.
96. American Graffiti (1973)
PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.
Votes: 68,949 | Gross: $115.00M
This is a movie I keep coming back to over the years. It has a good cast and some decent performances. The characters feel real and are relatable.
97. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport
A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.
Votes: 200,242 | Gross: $114.33M
Not the greatest acting in the world. It is completely over the top on the ridiculous level, but that is what makes it great. This is my favorite Ben Stiller performance.
98. White Men Can't Jump (1992)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.
Votes: 63,621 | Gross: $76.25M
An all around funny movie. I am not huge on sports films, but this one always makes me laugh.
99. The Untouchables (1987)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.
Votes: 236,690 | Gross: $76.27M
I am not a Kevin Costner fan at all, but I really enjoy this film. I think mostly due to the great performance from the supporting cast, especially Sean Connery. A nice mobster movie.
100. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)
R | 92 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
A man on the run is hunted by a demon known as the Collector.
Votes: 17,985 | Gross: $21.09M
I have always been a fan of the Tales from the Crypt show. This movie had a decent plot, and a really great performance by Billy Zane which makes the movie worth watching for that alone.