Great Films

by Hassan Ilahi | created - 04 Feb 2011 | updated - 12 Mar 2014 | Public

The best films I've seen. Definitely recommended for any movie-buff.

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1. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,311,221 | Gross: $134.97M

Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather is an American classic and one of the greatest films ever made in cinematic history. It's a masterful and powerful inside look on the criminal underworld along with the characters and things that go along with it. Boasted by legendary performances from Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, an excellent script, outstanding direction, and a smooth, soothing soundtrack. The true exception of the The Godfather, however, is that it has one of the most sophisticated and glamorous characters of all time. This is probably the best American film ever made, not to mention the best gangster story ever told.

2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 1,918,548 | Gross: $28.34M

I seriously don't know a person who hasn't heard of this film. The Shawshank Redemption is a powerful, heavenly film that represents absolute astonishment. Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins give amazing, honest performances in this long, but brilliant film. One of the best films of all-time. Gritty, brutal, and realistic, it is the most powerful movie I have ever seen.

3. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
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82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,450,631 | Gross: $330.25M

One of the best movies I've seen in my lifetime. Perfect! Hanks' 'pitch-perfect' best performance. This movie is humorous, adorable, powerful, and moving. Extraordinary lifetime film!

4. 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: 1,498,872 | Gross: $107.93M

Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" is a strangely comic, extremely witty, and undeniably unusual masterpiece. Made up of completely original, intertwining stories, this film stands out as one of the most distinct movies in Cinema history. Writer-directors have been in the business of film-making for quite some time now. Tarantino proves that he is one of the very best. Never has any movie's screenplay had such a strong impact on the actual film. The dialogue in "Pulp Fiction" is smart, charming, and nothing short of spectacular. An innumerable amount of quotes in the movie are memorable.The script creates such captivating and compelling characters. They are brilliantly portrayed through star-making performances by the film's cast. In the end, "Pulp Fiction" is phenomenal film-making. One of the characters in the film noted that, "Just because you are a character doesn't mean that you have character". Quentin Tarantino certainly proves this through a script that is filled with some of the most interesting characters ever.

5. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

9.0
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82 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,890,403 | Gross: $534.86M

Thrilling and very grim. This comic-book adaptation is probably the best you'll ever see! Extraordinary performance from Ledger as 'the joker'. Other than that, great crime-saga. Certainly, best superhero movie ever.

6. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

8.9
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90 Metascore

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 567,569 | Gross: $6.10M

Yes, its silly at times and pretty long (3 hrs.), but who HASN'T heard of this film. Sergio Leone is an amazing man who bought us this masterpiece in on western films. Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef give outstanding performances in this film. The script is well-thought and the film is visually stylized. The soundtrack is extraordinary and beats every soundtrack I've heard coming from this industry. It's actually hard to believe this film was dubbed into English from Italian. The dialogue is top-notch!

7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

R | 133 min | Drama

8.7
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80 Metascore

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco

Votes: 764,521 | Gross: $112.00M

This unforgettable film is a masterpiece full of 'joyous' brilliance. Jack Nicholson gives his 'career-best' performance in this macabre. He plays his character by giving his whole soul to this film. This is Nicholson at the most dangerous breaking-point. The other performance from Louise Fletcher also carries this masterpiece. She is the complete opposite of Jack, with a whole new perspective as the 'nurse'. The screenplay from Michael Douglas is a beautifully written one that you won't see from EVERY film. Overall, 'Cuckoo's Nest' is a joyous, disheartening, straightforward spectacle that never falls flat. You may not like the ending, but certainly don't miss this classic.

8. Rope (1948)

PG | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan

Votes: 106,875

Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope" is a smart, intelligent, and thought-provoking film that tugs on the strings of doing right and wrong. The script, which is based off a stage play is crisp and fresh. The dialogue is magnificent. James Stewart, John Dall, and Farley Granger give fantastic and undeniably realistic performances. Hitchcock directs the film with perfectionism. It's not a massively acclaimed film, however it still stands as one of the most intriguing flicks that Hitchcock ever made.

9. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 529,119

Sidney Lumet's '12 Angry Men' represents breathtaking, extraordinary, and thoughtful filmmaking at it's best. It's a film that is shot in one room for the whole time, while never dragging or flawed. This Sidney Lumet classic is filled with great performances, brilliant direction, and a fascinating screenplay. Henry Fonda gives an amazing performance as one of those 12 angry men. The rest of the cast also give remarkable performances with enough personality conflicts, character development, and depth. This is a trace of simple, yet extremely effective storytelling. This is also by far one of the best films ever made

10. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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87 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 247,310

Robert Mulligan's "To Kill A Mockingbird" is an absorbing, sufficient, and powerful film that embodies 1930s life in a realistic and profound way. It is also the perfect example of an anti-racism movie. Robert Mulligan directs this film with the help of brilliant cinematography and a flawless cast. Horton Foote's screenplay is an example of a fantastic book-to-film translation. Gregory Peck delivers an outstanding performance as a lawyer struggling to lead his family in the right direction. Peck has breathtaking screen presence and completely deserved the Academy Award for this film. The rest of the cast including Mary Badham, Philip Alford, and Brock Peters is magnificent. This film is very long and some subplots are irrelevant, but otherwise this is an unforgettable classic. It has a strong message that is simple, but perfectly formed. "To Kill A Mockingbird" is overall a film no movie-buff should miss.

11. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 883,333 | Gross: $659.33M

With the help of charming performances, brilliant direction, and dazzling effects; this film is an instant classic that will NEVER be forgotten. This is also the film that proved that James Cameron is a genius.

12. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 484,287 | Gross: $32.00M

Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" is a suspenseful, gripping, and unpredictable horror masterpiece. It's one of the most haunting and complex films to ever come out at the time period. Hitchcock directs this using his cast and script as assets. He makes full use of the lighting and black/white cinematography. What makes this film so famous is the unforgettable shower scene. The way this scene is filmed demonstrates Hitchcock's perfectionist direction. Surprisingly, no nudity is featured because of the humongous amount of work on this scene. Janet Leigh delivers a great supporting performance as a devious, but beautiful woman. Leigh is really convincing in her short screen time. Anthony Perkins is fantastic as a crazy yet interesting innkeeper. Perkins captures his character's intentions very well and portrays him magnificently. The rest of the cast including Vera Miles, John Gavin, and Martin Balsam is terrific. The soundtrack for this film is rousing and matches the dark tone of the events that take place. "Psycho" is Hitchcock's masterpiece. Its a gem of a film and stands as an individual alongside the director's other films. This is an example of great classical horror and is recommended for all movie-buffs

13. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

8.2
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92 Metascore

Emotionally self-destructive boxer, Jake La Motta's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 263,659 | Gross: $23.38M

Martin Scorsese's 'Raging Bull' is not a film about boxing, but about the sadness, grief, and breakdown of one man. Scorsese's direction is pitch-perfect with engaging cinematography, and the black/white shooting makes this film even more better. A great cast give excellent performances, but Robert De Niro stands out the most out of them. He is simply phenomenal and gives one of the best performances in cinema history. This is one of the best films of the 80's and represents Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro at their near breaking point.

14. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

9.0
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85 Metascore

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 905,296 | Gross: $57.30M

Francis Ford Coppola's sequel to one of the greatest films ever made, is still known as the best sequel ever made. It's a grand, cinematic experience that will enthral, exhilirate, and stay with you for the rest of your life. It features towering performances from Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, brilliant storytelling, and great, constructed direction from Coppola. Even if this film doesn't match the standard of the original, it will work very well in it's own ways. The shiftbacks of telling two storys at once is complicated, but Coppola does just that and that's one of the reasons that he is classified as a legendary director.

15. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 360,964 | Gross: $36.76M

James Stewart as the main protagonist gives an excellent, highly memorable performance in this jarring classic. Alfred Hitchcock provides brilliant direction, excellent use of light, and a suspenseful and nail-biting climax in this film. There's plenty of crisp dialogue and one-liners to go along with it. Not overused, just the right amount. The setting and characters in this film are colorful and full of life. The film itself, will never be forgotten. Definitely not. If you're a fan of Hitchcock, do NOT miss this film. Worth watching over and over again.

16. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

8.4
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A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 288,043 | Gross: $3.20M

Hitchcock's personal and often overlooked favorite does offer more individuality and improvisation than his other films. It's terrifying, sophisticated, and highly sublime, but who didn't say that it was still a masterpiece. Excellent performances, amazing visual effects, and honorable direction present Hitchcock with just a glance. The music too, is brilliant, and the suspense and drama terrific. A film to really look into and intentionally mind-bending.

17. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama

8.3
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70 Metascore

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 698,987 | Gross: $138.43M

Brilliant take on coming-of-age adults. Damon gives an astonishing and heartfelt performance. Williams also gives a brilliant performance. Writing is unbelievable. Damon and Affleck have done a very good job. Direction from Gus Van Sant is warm and welcoming. The film is also beautifully shot. There's a believable and understandable plot. A strong message lies near the end of the film. 'Do what you want. Make your own choices.'

18. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.9
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91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 313,896 | Gross: $435.11M

The touching, emotional, powerful, adorable, and cute flick that will be heartwarming for young audiences, as well as older!

19. Inception (2010)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.8
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74 Metascore

A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 1,678,332 | Gross: $292.58M

Exhilarating in a 'smart way'. Nolan has proved to be one of the notable talents in the world. His mind-boggle film, Inception, is one of the rare blockbusters that succeed due to great direction. It is also one of the most original and complex movies of it's decade. Only, it takes around a 3-4 times watch to fully understand the film.

20. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 716,892 | Gross: $191.80M

A flawless animation movie from Pixar. The voice-performances are fantastic, the script is brilliant, and the soundtrack is well put together. Everything about this film from its charming and unforgettable characters to perfect pacing leaves a person breathless. To be honest, without this film, Pixar would not have become as successful or respected as it is today. The movie lay out the foundations for a phenomenal trilogy and is one of the best animation films ever made.

21. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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83 Metascore

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 748,821 | Gross: $312.90M

Basically, the king of animation movies. The Lion King has a very emotional plot, enticing visuals, and great music.

22. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.2
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 99,422

Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" is an intriguing, interesting, and highly unpredictable masterpiece. The stunning film, which is based off a classic novel, features Hitchcock's perfectionist direction, brilliant performances, and a great screenplay. Hitchcock directs this film using just the right amount of lighting. The cinematography is visually astounding and at times even absorbing. Laurence Olivier delivers an amazing performance as 'Maxim'. He is handsome, charming, and very graceful in many scenes. Joan Fontaine is fabulous as Maxim's wife. She plays her character in an elegant and very delicate way. The rest of the cast including George Sanders, Judith Anderson, and Reginald Denny is terrific. The screenplay is full of intelligent and quirky remarks. "Rebecca" is one of the master's very best films. It is the perfect example of an outstanding mystery.

23. Toy Story 2 (1999)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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88 Metascore

When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting.

Directors: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer

Votes: 430,855 | Gross: $245.85M

A spectacular sequel and one of the best follow-ups ever made. Its filled with more interesting/fascinating characters than its predecessor and features an original script. The movie is flawless in every aspect. A must-watch for any fan of animation films.

24. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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80 Metascore

A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 955,651 | Gross: $25.54M

Christopher Nolan's Memento is a complex, challenging film that is a brain-teaser and an emotional experience. This is a dark, complex, engaging, and absorbing film that is told in a fascinating, almost diabolical way. Yes, it's hard to understand, but every question in the end gets answered. This is because of a truly unforgettable performance from Guy Pearce who plays the central character, Leonard, in such a fantastic way. This is Pearce's film all the way and will probably be known as his best. The rest of the cast including Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano are also undeniable. Nolan, who wrote his film with his brother has created that best script ever. A truly phenomenal one with such character development and detail. In the end, Memento is one of the best films ever made, and you'll like it even better when you see it more times.

25. 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: 826,290 | Gross: $46.84M

Intelligent, enlightening and deeply insightful, Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" is a phenomenal crime epic that arguably stands today as the definitive gangster film of all-time. While "The Godfather" admittedly is my favorite film of all-time, with "Goodfellas", director Martin Scorsese dives deeper into the world of criminals, painting a portrait of gangster life that is both personal and surprisingly even relatable. It is not an easy job to make an audience care for characters that are despicable in their actions, yet the feats that Scorsese manages to accomplish with this movie as jaw-dropping. A master at weaving together stories through non-linear storytelling, voice-over narration and larger-than-life characters, this is arguably his most personal film. You truly feel as if the director himself has grown up in his childhood observing and being exposed to gangster life. From the psychological effects of the job to the impact it has on women, the movie offers a fascinating look at the way gangsters behave, act and speak in public. The direction is outstanding, the performances irreplaceable and the writing highly entertaining. Scorsese knows the characters inside-out, and through a fantastic screenplay leaves you gaping in awe. Besides the colorful and memorable characters, the dialogue is magnificent. Despite featuring a heavy-load of profanity, it is witty, charming and utterly clever. It's also hard to dismiss the timeless performances from the cast. In a career-defining role as a self-centered, yet confident gangster, Ray Liotta takes your breath away. Charismatic, persuasive and highly convincing, his eye-movement and facial expressions tell you all you need to know about his character: he's not one to be messed with. Robert De Niro is amazing as the wise, yet impatient Jimmy Conway, an unpredictable gangster that can't be trusted. Yet the real standout here is without a doubt Joe Pesci, who sends chills down your spine as a hot-headed gangster ready to explode at any moment. He steals every scene he's in, and is in equal measure both hilarious and terrifying. Yet just when you think that these are the only actors that make an impression, so does Lorraine Bracco in one of the strongest female roles I've ever seen. If there's anyone that knows how to handle music, it's definitely Martin Scorsese. The musical score for "Goodfellas" completely transports you to the time period of the 1970's, proving both effective and surprising. It's hard not to gape at how Scorsese adds upbeat music to a rather grim murder scene, and however strange it sounds, it works extremely well. Despite being entertaining throughout, "Goodfellas" is a tad too long as a film and by the end you're so exhausted it seems as if you've run a marathon. But in the end, the marathon is worth it for any movie fan.

26. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.4
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98 Metascore

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 247,146 | Gross: $13.28M

As far as it goes, this is the signature film of the perfectionist. This is filled with memorable performances, excellent dialogue, outstanding direction, and a great script. The film is not only acclaimed, but also thoroughly entertaining. Cary Grant is extremely charming as the main protagonist. He, and Hitchcock alone, make a great, almost adorable combination.

27. Ordinary People (1980)

R | 124 min | Drama

7.8
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87 Metascore

The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 39,123 | Gross: $54.80M

Robert Redford's "Ordinary People" is an excellent film about love, family-ties, and moving on. This is an extraordinary film that explores deep and thoughtful messages with undeniable precision. Robert Redford directs his very first film with integrity and understanding of the subject. Redford leads this film with a highly perceptive and realistic approach. The cast is absolutely brilliant. Timothy Hutton delivers a terrific performance as a teenager who's guilt-ridden after his brother died. Hutton is powerful in many scenes and was deserving of the Academy Award he got for this film. Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore are great as the teenager's parents. This film can be hard to watch, because of the emotionally heavy subject matter, but otherwise there's no reason at all to miss it. One of the greatest movies ever made about a family in a mid-life crisis.

28. Toy Story 3 (2010)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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92 Metascore

The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.

Director: Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty

Votes: 621,680 | Gross: $415.00M

One of the rare sequels that extremely work. This movie is funny, cute, and also emotional;heartbreaking. A truly wonderful end to the series.

29. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.0
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A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 107,678 | Gross: $7.63M

Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" is a diabolically entertaining masterpiece that represents Hitchcock's fantastic visual style of direction and the director's typical thrills. This is a film that is gripping, intense, and often even intriguing and fascinating. The cast is brilliant: Farley Granger and Robert Walker deliver amazing performances. The rest of the cast is top-notch. This is also a film that has an exceptional script. This is overall ,without doubt, one of the master's best films.

30. The Usual Suspects (1995)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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77 Metascore

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin

Votes: 836,651 | Gross: $23.34M

Orchestrated by a brilliant ensemble cast, which includes an excellent performance from Kevin Spacey, outstanding screenplay, worthy direction, and simply spine-tingling soundtrack; this Bryan Singer masterpiece definitely is a film nobody should miss. It is (in every way) intensifying, suspenseful, and thrilling. Unpredictable ending to top it all up, I really haven't seen such an achieving thriller.

31. A Separation (2011)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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95 Metascore

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

Votes: 175,845 | Gross: $7.10M

A powerful, gripping, and unpredictable look at a deteriorating relationship, "A Separation" is a landmark foreign language film. It is a masterclass in acting, writing and directing, but above all else, It is a movie that stays with you long after you've seen it and refuses to leave your mind. Though "A Separation" starts off as a regular film, it soon grows on you and transforms into something much more. Director Asghar Farhadi has created a truly special movie, one that will hopefully be regarded as a cult classic in the future.

32. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.5
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 844,182 | Gross: $210.61M

This all-time classic is probably the most entertaining film you'll ever see. Thrilling, humorous, extravagant, and fun. It's also filled with memorable performances, crispy dialogue, and excellent visual effects. The 'time travel' classic is a huge influence on pop culture and the world today. The best, most popular film of the 80's. Recommended for any person who loves going to the movies.

33. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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80 Metascore

An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin

Votes: 84,056 | Gross: $10.73M

A smart, intelligent, and highly intellectual comedy, 'Glengarry Glen Ross' is filled with excellent performances, a sharp script, and a memorable score. A brilliant ensemble cast including Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, and Kevin Spacey give incredible performances in their character-driven roles. David Mamet, who also wrote the play, has produced a fantastic script with fabulous one-liners and witty sarcasm. James Newton Howard's sleazy score matches the tone of this film. Everything presented here is the work of perfectionists doing what they do best. That's the reason 'Glengarry Glen Ross' works so well as a factual and poignant drama.

34. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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81 Metascore

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 587,945 | Gross: $132.09M

The key to life is happiness.

David O. Russel's "Silver Linings Playbook" is an outstanding movie about realistic people in believable situations. Its also a great example of how amazing performances and a fantastic script can work well together. David O. Russel is a sharp and unique director in the way he tells a story. Each shot from the cinematography is distinct and inventive. Russell succeeds in creating an emotional and humorous drama. Matthew Quick's script is invigorating because its made up of funny dialogue, wonderful characters, and true-to-life situations. Its also tremendously award-worthy. Bradley Cooper delivers a brilliant performance as a troubled man with an illness. He has electric screen presence and a likable personality. Cooper is filled with humanity in a difficult performance, which is award-worthy in almost every aspect. Jennifer Lawrence is at her best as Tiffany. She is strikingly believable and convincing in her role. Her chemistry with Bradley Cooper's character creates a jovial and almost energetic atmosphere. Other standouts in the cast include Robert De Niro at his best, a highly convincing Jacki Weaver, and a splendid Chris Tucker. Another thing that works well for this movie is its soundtrack, which adds to the film's strange tones. In a nutshell, "Silver Linings Playbook" is an absolute revelation that stands as one of the most distinct movies of the year. Its real, different, and inventive.

35. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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79 Metascore

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox

Votes: 192,220 | Gross: $52.77M

This has all the components of being an amazing biography. Ben Kingsley's powerful performance, the splendid direction, a rich soundtrack, and fresh storytelling make this well worth a watch. Gandhi is an epic which (in my opinion) stands as one of the best biographies I've ever seen...A solid piece of film making.

36. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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67 Metascore

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Director: Stephen Chbosky | Stars: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Paul Rudd

Votes: 396,754 | Gross: $17.74M

A phenomenal movie about love, friendship, and life itself. The direction is magnificent, the performances are outstanding, and the script is brilliant. Stephen Chbosky manages to capture the essence in a well-told story. The result is a film with an astounding message. In terms of acting the film couldn't have been better. Logan Lerman delivers an exceptional performance as a social introvert. He is very realistic and profound in the way he portrays his character. Its a daring and brave performance in a tough role. Emma Watson is at the top of her game as Sam. Her likable personality along with undeniable charisma create wonders in her performance. This is her at her best. Ezra Miller is another standout that's well worth a mention. He dazzles in the role of a flamboyant and enthusiastic youngster. The rest of the cast including Paul Rudd and Mae Whitman is terrific. This film has a great screenplay which creates highly-developed characters and humorous dialogue. There are touching and moving moments that standout. In conclusion, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is a must-see. Its one of the best films of the decade and a memorable account of High School. Films like this almost never come out.

37. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.9
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94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,369,589 | Gross: $377.85M

Jackson truly impresses in third installment of the blockbuster series. 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' has a heart-breaking ending to the series. It is beautifully filmed, visually stunning, and the best movie in this series. Yet again, thank Jackson, who has brought us a movie that was extravagant.

38. 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: 1,389,330 | Gross: $315.54M

Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantastical and classical book is a beautifully made, excellently acted, and wonderfully directed film. The soundtrack of this film is also rousing, grand, and matches the tone of this film. Ian Mckellen gives a naturally dominal performance as Gandalf the Grey. This also has simply outstanding visual effects. However, in spite of all this, it is written in a very modern way, opposed to the book's rich classicness. And just because of that it is not perfect. Overall a grand experience worth every minute, but excessive in length and not entirely well written.

39. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | 99 min | Drama

7.4
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81 Metascore

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

Votes: 81,996 | Gross: $106.59M

A beautiful and very well-made Oscar winner. Funny, charming, and definitely heartwarming, this is certainly worth watching over and over again. Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy give terrific performances in this simple film. The pacing is smart and it never drags. The music is melodious and unforgettable. The script is excellent...this is one film that is irresistible and delicate. Also one that will (hopefully) be remembered throughout the years.

40. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

8.5
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85 Metascore

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 743,864 | Gross: $248.16M

Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is a timeless start to a popular franchise. Harrison Ford delivers a highly memorable performance in one of his most iconic roles up to date. The rest of the cast including Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, and Alfred Molina, are all committed in their roles. Spielberg's direction is magnificent. The cinematography is lavished. Even the action sequences are done very well for the time period. John William's score is terrific. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" may be outdated, but it still remains one of the greatest adventure films of all time. Entertaining and fast-paced; recommended for any movie buff.

41. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

7.8
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 147,051 | Gross: $4.00M

A warm and nostalgic adaptation of Roald Dahl's book. Gene Wilder delivers a brilliant performance as Willy Wonka, while the rest of the cast is at the top of its game as well. The magical surprise here is the fantastic songs on display. A musical would not have been my first thought for adapting Roald Dahl's novel, yet it works tremendously. The musical score is breathtaking and one of the main reasons to watch this classic.

42. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 704,601 | Gross: $170.74M

Certainly one of the most deserving Oscar winners of the decade! Ron Howard's beautifully exhibits film at its very best. Crowe gives his career-best performance as the American hero...the supporting cast is brilliant; the writing wonderful. Overall, a beautiful movie...

43. The Hurt Locker (2008)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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94 Metascore

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.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Votes: 368,281 | Gross: $17.02M

A surprisingly detailed and different look at the depictions and affects of war. Gripping, intense, and profound; The Hurt Locker is a jubilantly thrilling and must-see watch. Kathryn Bigelow determinedly proves she is a masterful filmmaker and one to not outshine. Jeremy Renner gives an excellent, star-making performance in what seems to be his film up-to-date. The rest of the cast including Anthony Mackie and Guy Pearce is uproariously brilliant. This is also features taut writing and a nice pacing. A highly evocative piece of drama, the Hurt Locker is a big Oscar contender and definitely one of the best war films of the last decade.

44. Annie Hall (1977)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

8.1
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92 Metascore

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane

Votes: 220,543 | Gross: $39.20M

Woody Allen's 'Annie Hall' is an unusual, uncomfortable, and often realistic comedy that represents Allen's style as a director, writer, and an actor. The film goes through the life of a devastating relationship with Allen's character at the centre point. Even though this romantic comedy is a bit out-dated, it is still worth watching because of poignant performances, excellent direction, and a beautiful script. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton give memorable performances as the two leads in the battered relationship. Allen's narrative storytelling is different, jarring, and, very evocative. The film also runs at a fast pace. This is one of Woody Allen's best works and also one of the best romantic comedies ever made

45. 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: 1,111,663 | Gross: $187.71M

Russel Crowe's unimaginable perfection is shown throughout the film...He is simply the star of the film. The film is other than that, brilliantly acted, intensely directed, and well-crafted. 'Brutal and unmerciful' are the words that describe one of the best films of 2000!

46. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.7
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73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,378,258 | Gross: $171.48M

THE coolest film of all-time. The Matrix has excessively nonsensical violence, but the visuals effects and cinematography are galore. A shining caper that outshines most science-fiction films I've seen!

47. The Social Network (2010)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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95 Metascore

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

Votes: 534,533 | Gross: $96.96M

Apart from its interesting plot, The Social Network features brilliant writing, great screenplay, and some fine performances. Sure shows the 'dark side' towards the Facebook hero. Also features an interesting story, mainly because of the substance material. One of the real reasons I saw this film was because I love Facebook. I was very interested in the story behind it!

48. Up (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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88 Metascore

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 767,301 | Gross: $293.00M

Its definitely one of Pixars masterpieces. Up features an emotional;humorous storyline. The movie is also cute, adorable, and surprisingly great visual. One of the best (if not best) movies from Pixar...

49. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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89 Metascore

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 206,978 | Gross: $44.67M

Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" is a magnificent tribute and love-letter to classical cinema. This silent black-and-white film is filled with joyous performances, excellent direction, and a brilliant soundtrack. Jean Dujardin gives an outstanding performance as a silent movie star. This is a performance that's Oscar-worthy on every level. Berenice Bejo is also magnificent as a young newcomer. The film's pacing, editing, and cinematography are great. Hazanavicius has created a remarkable film. After an innumerable amount of decades, Hollywood has finally made what remains to be seen as one of the best films of the year. This is one film that's highly unforgettable.

50. Notorious (1946)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

8.0
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A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern

Votes: 80,270 | Gross: $10.46M

Alfred Hitchcock's "Notorious" is a dark, sophisticated, and unpredictable film that represents the power a great director, amazing cast, and a magnificent script can produce. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman are unimaginably charismatic in their performances. Both display the quantities and skills of a cast member. Their presence more than benefits the film's engrossing screenplay, which is written with ultra satisfaction. Hitchcock's direction is fantastic. This is one of his very best films and classic film-noir for any movie buff.

51. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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84 Metascore

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 472,402 | Gross: $66.49M

An immensely original, complex, and thought-provoking movie. The premise of time travel is a tricky one to do justice to, yet Rian Johnson's "Looper" works tremendously. It relies on fantastic performances, excellent direction, and a brilliant screenplay. Johnson's direction is magnificent. He manages to excel as a writer too. The dialogue is funny, charming, and effective. It enhances this film to another level. Steve Yedlin's cinematography is exceptional, capturing a fascinating imagination of the future. An unrecognizable Joseph Gordon-Levitt delivers a great performance as Joe. He completely immerses himself into the role of a lost man and has electric screen presence. Thanks to a top-notch makeup department, Levitt looks and functions like Bruce Willis's character. Willis is superb, his interactions with Gordon-Levitt are entertaining to watch. The rest of the cast including Emily Blunt and Jeff Daniels is at the top of its game. While this movie is executed impressively, it's story is extremely hard to follow and not straightforwardly explained. Nevertheless, "Looper" is still one of the best films of the year. This is an outstanding science-fiction movie that will go down as one of the best of the decade. Recommended for all fans of the sci-fi genre.

52. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 219,136 | Gross: $44.82M

This engrossing epic is definitely one of the best films ever made. Some excellent performances, outstanding direction, and a brilliant script back this up. This film's soundtrack is highly memorable and one of the most famous (as of today). However, there's two major problems to this film. First off, it' EXTREMELY long, and second, it's an inaccurate account of real-life history. So, look out for the length and don't expect actual facts. Lawrence of Arabia, overall, cannot be denied and is still grandiose.

53. 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: 1,104,485 | Gross: $206.85M

Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" is a film that redefines a great superhero by displaying the vision of an amazing director. With an exceptional cast, magnificent cinematography, breathtaking visual effects, and an impressive score, this is one of the best superhero films to ever come out. Nolan directs this film in a superb way. All the departments involved in the making of this movie, are top-notch thanks to him. David S. Goyer's screenplay is fantastic. It features immense character development, which was missing in previous films of this superhero. Christian Bale delivers a terrific performance as Bruce Wayne. Bale grasps the emotional part of the character, as well as the functional one. Michael Caine is perfectly cast as Alfred. The rest of the cast including Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, and Cillian Murphy is at the top of their game. Wally Pfister's cinematography is beautiful, capturing the bleak and grim tone of Gotham City. The score by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard is highly praiseworthy. Brilliance aside, this film has minor problems such as a bad casting choice. Katie Holmes isn't entirely convincing as Rachel Dawes. Nonetheless, this movie is a must-see for fans of the superhero.

54. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
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78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,285,630 | Gross: $448.14M

Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" is a fantastic conclusion to an amazing franchise. Many 3rd additions to trilogies have failed to conclude films in the past, yet Christopher Nolan and a great crew don't disappoint. This is a spectacular movie that boasts great direction, excellent performances, a magnificent score, and a well-crafted script. Continuing his streak of impressive films, Christopher Nolan leads this movie to being almost perfect. His direction is one of the major assets that make this film worth watching. Wally Pfister's cinematography is gorgeous, capturing the bleak and dark tone of this film. In addition, Jonathan Nolan's screenplay is highly engaging. It provides this movie with an immense emotional punch. Hans Zimmer's soundtrack is flawless. Its an improvement on the already great "Dark Knight" score. Zimmer's music perfectly fits this film's massive and epic scale. In terms of acting, the whole department is exceptional. Christian Bale delivers his best performance as Bruce Wayne. Bale has a full understanding of the character's emotional and sad turmoil. This is simply him at his best. Anne Hathaway is perfectly cast as Selina Kyle, she provides some humor which blends in with the bleak tone of the film. Even if he's a bit of a under-developed villain, Tom Hardy is terrific as Bane. The rest of the cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine is at the top of their game. As for problems with this movie, there are a few minor ones. Its all got to do with the script, which in a way brings this film down. Too many subplots can sometimes cause plot holes and that's exactly what happens here. This is isn't as good as "The Dark Knight", yet its still a satisfying conclusion. Recommended for all fans of the previous films.

55. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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86 Metascore

A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor

Votes: 704,524 | Gross: $141.32M

A little film that 'wowed' people around the world in the year 2008. This 'little film' is extraordinary because of its message and storyline. Very rare. The film won 8 academy awards, isn't that too over-rated? It might be but, Slumdog Millionare features great direction, cinematography, and music. This is a movie that, despite it's faults, deserves a place in Cinema. Probably one of the most astonishing films of the decade.

56. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.6
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77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 230,024 | Gross: $173.84M

Ron Howard's definite best achievement in film-making. The movie is scary, gripping, thrilling, inspiring, and heartwarming. A perfect example of a classic. 'A rare classic of the 90's' that exceeds visually and viscerally...

57. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 250,583 | Gross: $75.08M

There wouldn't be a film these days as weird as this Tim Burton classic. Dark, twisted, and weird; but surprisingly lots of fun too. The outstanding visual effects, original storyline, fine cast, and brilliant soundtrack is unexplainable. Burton carefully illustrates with pure ecstasy as he shows us what a real Holiday treat is made of. Danny Elfman's brilliant voice is the best I've ever heard! Could there have been a better Burton film than this?

58. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.6
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80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 265,230 | Gross: $171.24M

A magnificent remake of the original classic. The Coen Brothers handled this film with extravagant perfection. Strong performances, strong plot, and beautiful cinematography to top it up. Bridges, Damon, and Steinfield are all brilliant! Steinfield plays her role with courage and brilliancy. Damon and Bridges are unsurprisingly forthcoming in their roles. One of the Coen brothers best works.

59. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

8.6
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90 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,009,905 | Gross: $216.54M

THE best war film I've seen. Tom Hanks humanism-like performance is phenomenal and Steven Spielberg's static, dark, and unique direction is highly praise. Overall, a must-see film that also marks another outstanding film from Steven Spielberg!

60. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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87 Metascore

Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 629,550 | Gross: $381.01M

If there is any way to end a decade-long, beloved franchise, this is the perfect way. Part 2 provides us with enough emotional consensus, powerful performances, an excellent script, and outstanding visual effects to produce the darkest film is the franchise and one of the best films this year. It's not an easy thing to do, but with enough depth and understanding of the series, David Yates and a great cast get the job done. If only this wasn't the end, but everyone who worked in this film can still walk away with their heads held up high.

61. The Avengers (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.1
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69 Metascore

Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Votes: 1,087,256 | Gross: $623.36M

Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" is an action-packed blockbuster that plays tremendous homage to the substance material. It features great performances, brilliant direction, and a fantastic script. Whedon directs this film using his knowledge and cast as tools. It isn't easy to bring 4 superheroes into one film and expect each cast member to shine, however, Whedon handles this project towards perfection. Each character gets their 'moment', mainly due to excellent character development. The screenplay is engaging and plays a major role in enhancing this film. In terms of performances, everyone in this film is superior. Robert Downey Jr. is as always great, Chris Evans delivers a better performance than the one he gave in "Captain America", Chris Hemsworth captures the true essence of 'Thor', and Mark Ruffalo is terrific as the 'Hulk'. The rest of the cast including Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Tom Hiddleston is fine. Even the visual effects are well executed and a pleasure to watch. "The Avengers" is Marvel's special gift for comic-book fans. It is one of the best superhero films ever made and one of the most entertaining films of the year. Recommended for blockbuster lovers.

62. The Day of the Jackal (1973)

PG | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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80 Metascore

A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Edward Fox, Terence Alexander, Michel Auclair, Alan Badel

Votes: 32,174 | Gross: $16.06M

Taut, stylish, slick, and unpredictable, "The Day of the Jackal" is a nail-biting suspense classic. Fred Zinnemann directs this film with a strong force. He and screenwriter Kenneth Ross have seamlessly produced one of the most impressive thrillers in the world. Edward Fox delivers a fantastic and completely flawless performance as the "jackal". He is carefully supported by an excellent cast including Cyril Cusack and Delphine Seyrig. Even though its a bit complicated in parts, the film is intense from start to finish and leaves you stunned by the end. "The Day of the Jackal" is a near-flawless attempt at film-making.

63. The Descendants (2011)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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84 Metascore

A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause

Votes: 216,367 | Gross: $82.58M

Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" is a brilliant film about life and the things you go through when dealing with it. It's also an examination of a dysfunctional family dealing with a crisis. George Clooney gives a quietly powerful performance as a relational family man. His performance is well worth of yet another Oscar. The rest of the acting showcases come from Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller, who come across as very good young actresses. Payne's script is fantastic with a hilarious, but also sad approach to families. The film runs at a great pace, covering the funny, moving, and often subtle moments. Not only is this one of the best films of the year, it's also a realistic one with emotionally heavy subject matter. The subject matter is perfectly handled and that's why "The Descendants" works extravagantly.

64. The Queen (2006)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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91 Metascore

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings

Votes: 93,346 | Gross: $56.44M

Stephen Frears' 'The Queen' is a moving, intense, and interesting protrayal of events in the Royal Family. It relies on a brilliant screenplay, excellent performances, and Oscar-worthy direction. Helen Mirren gives a realistically stunning performance as Queen Elizabeth II in this beautiful film. Michael Sheen is also terrific, definitely at his best. Frears' direction is undeniable and simply beautiful in every circumstance. Peter Morgan's screenplay is amazing and also quite accurate in many ways. An overall must-see of a film that's worth every second of a viewing.

65. Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

8.2
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85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 312,805 | Gross: $101.16M

If there is ANY respect and sympathy for Clint Eastwood, this is the film that rewards him it. With brilliant performances, excellent direction, and an exceptional subject matter, Clint Eastwood (as an actor and director) manages to capture the mythology of human violence. It's not like any other western, and that's exactly what makes this film special. Not a spaghetti western, a dark, thought-provoking film.

66. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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87 Metascore

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 307,980 | Gross: $75.61M

A brilliant film not just about baseball, but about life and the qualities of it. A seasoned looking Brad Pitt gives an excellent performance with a great supporting cast which includes a surprising Jonah Hill. Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin's fantastic screenplay is memorably amazing and highly detailed. Bennet Miller's direction is fascinating with a really clear objective. This is one of the year's best films and also one with a really effective message. A must-watch for all baseball and non-baseball fans alike.

67. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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96 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 92,310

It's hard, gritty, and over-the-top, but William Friedkin's 'The French Connection' is still a fantastic, thoroughly entertaining film about drug smuggling in New York. Help up by a brilliant performance from Gene Hackman, Friedkin's fabulous direction, and a fascinating screenplay, this is one of the best films of the 70's. It's still relevant when you watch it today, because it's just so realistic and effective. The truth is the truth and sometimes you have to face it. 'The French Connection' is an examination of that and probably one of the most believable crime thrillers ever made.

68. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

PG | 108 min | Thriller

8.0
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A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Henry Travers

Votes: 50,111

Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt" is a very well executed, superbly acted, and highly suspenseful drama. Hitchcock's style of direction is classy, constructive, and intense. The performances from both Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten are effective and natural. While the film often moves at a slow pace and the plot is slightly predictable, "Shadow of a Doubt" is nonetheless a great film that represents Alfred Hitchcock at his typical stance as a director. It may not come across as his best film, but it still strikes cords as an engaging and interesting one.

69. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 988,840 | Gross: $132.38M

No, it definitely won't reach everyone's favorites, or people unfamiliar to the substance material, but this still shows the "unimaginable" brilliancy in Martin Scorsese. This is his best film since 'Goodfellas'. Excellent performances from the notable Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, and Matt Damon. The film also features the director's outstanding achievement. The soundtrack of this film is captivating, and highly memorable. The script of this film is suspenseful, yet abrupt...Overall, seeing this film is like exploding fireworks in the sky. Highly praise fireworks.

70. 50/50 (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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72 Metascore

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 289,748 | Gross: $35.01M

It's not easy to blend in comedy with a tough subject, but director Jonathan Levine has created a film that handles both towards unimaginable perfection. '50/50' is a heartfelt gem that features a seasoned Joseph Gordon-Levitt who gives a seamlessly Oscar-worthy performance. Will Reiser's fantastic screenplay is filled with depth and true grace. Even Seth Rogen, who seemed to have lost it, really hasn't. The supporting cast is brilliant including great talent. This is one of the best films of the year, a surprising crowd-pleaser.

71. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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86 Metascore

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 503,657 | Gross: $136.03M

Engaging, thrilling, and riveting,"Argo" is a great piece of film-making that proves Ben Affleck's abilities as a director. Stepping into new territory is a risky move, especially when translating a true story, yet Affleck and a devoted crew deliver the goods. This movie works very well because of impressive direction, great performances, and excellent writing. Ben Affleck's direction is commendable. Not only is he able to create tension through gripping cinematography, he can also tell a story effectively. This film comes across as being serious, but there are really two sides to it. The movie is a perfect balance between comical satire and solemn tones. A groundbreaking achievement for Affleck, this film may be the one that garners him an Academy Award. Chris Terrio's screenplay features charming and interesting characters that deserve attention. Affleck delivers a quietly powerful performance as Tony Mendez. His screen presence is electric and his character is highly likable, It goes on to show how he has evolved as an actor. John Goodman and Alan Arkin are fantastic in supporting roles. They provide much of the comical and funny dialogue in this movie. The rest of the cast is terrific. While "Argo" is very good, its not without its flaws. The film's pacing is slightly slow in the middle and some character's are undeveloped. Otherwise this is one of the best films of the year and a sure front-runner come award season. An important movie for America.

72. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

8.4
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81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,105,311 | Gross: $162.81M

Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is an undeniably witty, hilarious, and unpredictable movie that represents the director's trademark style. Its a film that's splattered with immense violence, but amazing performances and a phenomenal screenplay too. Jamie Foxx delivers an astoundingly great performance as Django. From intense demeanor to a perfectly captured personality, Django remains one of the most fascinating characters of the year. It is through Foxx's performance that the character really works. Christoph Waltz is charming and comical. Leonardo DiCaprio is unlike you've ever seen him before in a distinct and vibrant performance. His screen presence is electrifying and so is his interesting character. Though only in a supporting role, Samuel L. Jackson is great, proving his diverseness as an actor.

Despite being a thoroughly entertaining, nearly 3-hour movie, "Django Unchained" is too long and could have been edited more carefully. Yet the acting is top-notch and so is the screenplay. As a result, the film is as a whole, a bloody great time.

73. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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69 Metascore

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl

Votes: 295,173 | Gross: $251.19M

Tim Burton's grim, violent, and gripping tale. First of all, I'm surprised at how under-rated this movie actually is! I personally think this is a brilliant take on this specific super-hero. Nicholson is outstanding as the Joker. He plays the role thoroughly with great enthusiasm.

74. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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81 Metascore

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 576,568 | Gross: $115.65M

Copey and Jackson tackle alien-thriller with wit and grit. In the hands of Jackson, District 9 is violent, brutal, and also witty. The visuals are well-done, the acting is great, and the plot is brilliant. One of the best Science-Fiction Films I've seen!

75. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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88 Metascore

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 557,262 | Gross: $138.80M

Offers one performance that basically changes everything. Colin Firth masterfully gives a 'mind-blowing' performance in this brilliant take on British drama. He is sure to take home 2010's Best Actor award. No question. The movie also has a brilliant supporting cast and an interesting story. Geoffrey Rush and Helen Bonham Carter are helpful, giving superb performances. Overall, no questions, one of the best films of 2010.

76. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.5
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83 Metascore

In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 269,863 | Gross: $73.86M

Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" is a fantastic film that represents Scorsese's delightful love for cinema. He has created a film that uses 3D in a magnificent way. His direction is brilliant and extravagantly full of magic. The performances from Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz are great. They represent dedicated actors doing what they do best. The supporting cast including Ben Kingsley and Sacha Baron Cohen are top-notch, delivering pitch-perfect performances. The film is a love letter and that can certainly be seen from it wondrous soundtrack. "Hugo" may run a bit too long, but otherwise it's one of the year's most well-made and sophisticated films.

77. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

7.8
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74 Metascore

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

Votes: 104,108 | Gross: $52.10M

Penny Marshall's "Awakenings" is a brilliant film with strong performances and a great message. Robin Williams gives a great performance as a neurologist that is ousted because of his shyness with people. Williams plays Dr. Malcolm Sayer perfectly, proving that he can handle much more than just comedic roles. Robert De Niro is amazing as a patient struggling with illness. De Niro never goes over the top with his performance and certainly deserved the Academy Award nomination he got. The rest of the cast including Julie Kavner, John Heard, and Penelope Ann Miller are all charming in their roles. The soundtrack and script for this film are delightful. This is a deeply moving and jubilantly satisfying film. One of the greatest ever to come out in the 90's.

78. 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: 1,169,389 | Gross: $100.13M

Dark. Twisted. Brilliant. Could you really ask so much from a thriller? David Fincher offers unique, mad direction that cannot be denied. The performances in this film are nothing short of outstanding. Pitt and Freeman make a brilliant pair. The film is engrossing and suspenseful from start to finish. Excellent narrative storytelling. Jubilantly, this is one film I just can't stop admiring. I never have seen such a well-crafted thriller. With all these fabulous components, it remains to be.

79. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

Votes: 204,418 | Gross: $50.00M

Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon is a film about a simple robbery gone all wrong. Lumet's direction is fantastic with striking close-up shots and the characters are very well-developed. Al Pacino's stunning performance carries the film very well. The rest of the cast including John Cazale and Charles Durning is also terrific. The film is a tad bit long for it's subject matter and drags in parts, but otherwise, Dog Day Afternoon is a realistically well-constructed film that features one of Al Pacino's best performances combined with the flawless style of Sidney Lumet.

80. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.6
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68 Metascore

A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Karin Konoval

Votes: 450,470 | Gross: $176.76M

Stunning, jarring, fabulous, and highly unforgettable film. Besides that, it has lots going for it. Andy Serkis's phenomenal performance as the ape, brilliant direction, and an intriguing script. The visual effects are too well-done with enough emotional content to spare. Powerful and excellent piece of drama and humanism. It's fascinating to see such a different and engaging film come from something very unanticipated. Surprising and entertaining film that reaches the heights of great summer films.

81. Scent of a Woman (1992)

R | 156 min | Drama

8.0
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59 Metascore

A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar

Votes: 215,575 | Gross: $63.90M

Al Pacino gives a ferocious, powerhouse performance in the honest, subtle, and moving 'Scent of a Woman'. It's uplifted by powerful performances, an excellent script, and Thomas Newman's wonderful score. A magnifecent and beautifully constructed film which proves to be Al Pacino's signature film. One of the best films of the 90's and also one of the best films of all-time.

82. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

7.2
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82 Metascore

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Votes: 189,439 | Gross: $170.69M

Rob Marshall's "Chicago" is an energetic, entertaining, and engaging film that works because of brilliant direction, a great script and an amazing cast. Marshall directs the Broadway Musical adaptation making full use of great sets and splendid costume designs. He manages to capture the essence of the story, as well as the electric musical numbers. Both are surprisingly balanced out very well. Bill Condon's script is very witty and charming. It enlightens the film and also causes it to be well-paced. Renée Zellweger delivers an astounding performance as a dancer named Roxie Hart. She sizzles in every scene she is in and grasps her character's intentions with perfection. Catherine Zeta-Jones is great as Velma Kelly. The rest of the cast including John C. Reilly, Richard Gere, and Queen Latifah is superior. Even the cinematography for this film is dazzling. This movie misses depth, but otherwise it is worth a watch. Recommended for fans of musicals.

83. The Hours (2002)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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80 Metascore

The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 110,745 | Gross: $41.68M

Stephen Daldry's "The Hours" is an intriguing, intelligent, and thought-provoking film that raises questions about life. It is also a masterclass in acting and directing. Daldry directs this film using a brilliant script and engaging cinematography. David Hare's script is deeply profound. It enhances this film, but also negatively affects it. The reason for this is the fact that this movie is very complicated and multi-layered. Nicole Kidman delivers an outstanding performance as Virginia Woolf. She captures her character's personality so well, that this may be her best performance yet. Julianne Moore is astounding as Laura Brown. Moore exhibits electric screen presence due to her beauty and character development. Meryl Streep is great as Clarissa Vaughn. Streep doesn't have much screen-time, but she does act well in several scenes. Philip Glass' score is rousing and even haunting. It matches the strange tone of this film perfectly. "The Hours" is an amazing experience. David Hare's script doesn't fully explain the events in this film, but otherwise its highly worth watching. However, it won't appeal to just any viewer. Recommended for serious movie-buffs.

84. The Hurricane (1999)

R | 146 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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74 Metascore

The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 82,404 | Gross: $50.67M

'The biography on boxing' is simply undeniable. Denzel Washington jubilantly gives an outstanding performance as the main protagonist, and the film has honest, moving parts. Sometimes so moving and heartfelt, that it'll make you cry and leap for joy. This film is also under-rated for the substance material it's bringing out. If I were you, see this film with a open heart, and you will not regret it. This film is one that simply knocked me out. And no, don't compare it to other boxing films...

85. The Town (2010)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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74 Metascore

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.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner

Votes: 305,180 | Gross: $92.19M

Much like 2006's Departed, this is also a brilliant look at Boston. With an excellent cast, including Jeremy Renner's unforgettable turn, it's irresistible entertainment. Tuned in by the taut, well-done script, and also worthy direction, it's one of the best films of the year. Ben Affleck's comeback on the director's chair has earned him a solid response. He is a highly talented filmmaker that finally knows where he is going with his films.

86. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 543,801 | Gross: $100.49M

EXTREMELY depressing, but a knockout. Eastwood, Freeman, and Swank give outstanding performances in this fresh film. A dazzling script also ravels inside this masterpiece...

87. Skyfall (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.8
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81 Metascore

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Judi Dench

Votes: 565,160 | Gross: $304.36M

A terrific comeback for the "Bond" franchise after the disappointing "Quantum of Solace". Brilliantly acted and superbly directed with a fitting soundtrack and impressive action set-pieces. Roger Deakin's cinematography is fabulous, capturing city skyscrapers and other settings with immense style. Daniel Craig delivers one of his best Bond performances, while Judi Dench shines as M. Javier Bardem is fantastic as the main villain. His looks and demented personality add to his standout performance. While it may be very similar to the soundtrack of "The Dark Knight", Thomas Newman's score is still effective and enhances this movie to another level. All in all, this is one of the best films of the year. The third act of the movie is slightly conventional, but otherwise this is an exhilarating and entertaining film. A dream come true for all "Bond" fans.

88. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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82 Metascore

It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Griffiths

Votes: 442,033 | Gross: $249.36M

A person wouldn't normally touch the Fantasy genre, but I do. The third Potter is brilliant, like all the others. Yet, what makes it special, is its great director, Alfonso Cauron. Cauron handles the project in a gripping and emotional way. The emotional content is rare in 'ever-day' Potter movies. That's why its this good!

89. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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

7.3
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83 Metascore

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco

Votes: 462,533 | Gross: $373.59M

Definitely one of the best comic-book adaptations, that come to the big-screen. The spider-man movies are pretty average, in my opinion. The 1st is good, but the 3rd is bad. Thankfully, the second one is actually great! Spider-man 2 offers thrills, action, and wit. It also has a unique storyline. Peter Parker is more than just spider-man, dealing with problems outside his superhero life, he has to chose between being a super-hero and an actual person.

90. The Fighter (I) (2010)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.8
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79 Metascore

A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

Votes: 300,455 | Gross: $93.62M

I can understand why this was such a big project for Mark Wahlberg. This movie is a 'classic' entry in the boxing genre. Wahlberg, Bale, Adams, and Leo all give terrific performances in their roles. The film is also captured really well in its setting. One of the most surprising films of the year.

91. Arthur Christmas (2011)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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69 Metascore

Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook | Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 41,842 | Gross: $46.46M

A festive, clever, and emotionally engaging movie. It features excellent voice performances, astounding visuals, and an honest script. The whole voice cast is brilliant. James McAvoy delivers a great performance as Arthur. Bill Nighy is superb as Grandsanta and the rest of the cast including Imelda Staunton and Hugh Laurie is terrific. This film is visually dazzling; it's a pleasure to watch in terms of visuals. Peter Baynham's screenplay is surprisingly filled with comical and intelligent dialogue. "Arthur Christmas" is one of the must-see animation films of the year. It's a justified holiday treat for kids. Recommended for kids of all ages.

92. As Good as It Gets (1997)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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67 Metascore

A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 242,258 | Gross: $148.48M

Nicholson is highly enthusiastic in his formidable performance in this film. The probable best you'll see of him. Helen Hunt surprisingly also demonstrates a likeable character with her witty and thoughtful acts. Kinnear, lastly, is simply adorable; full of literal humanism. Overall, a film that certainly shouldn't be missed...Witty and satisfying.

93. Drive (I) (2011)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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78 Metascore

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks

Votes: 486,947 | Gross: $35.06M

A fascinating character study and breathtaking action film, Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" is like a beautiful painting: visually stunning and meticulously crafted. Here's a movie that your average movie-goer would probably dismiss, while a fan of art films would probably adore it. It isn't going to please everyone with it's gruesome and unexpected violence, but for any person who can handle that, "Drive" is a triumph. Ryan Gosling delivers what may be the best performance of his career. In the role of a man without a name, he exemplifies what a great performance is. The quietness and mysteriousness of his character are captured skillfully through intense expressions and effective dialogue. In the supporting cast, Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman stand out as ruthless mobsters, while Bryan Cranston and Carey Mulligan are also superb. The pacing and soundtrack for this film deserve mentions because they are marvelous assets that make the movie work. As a whole, "Drive" is a very involving and intense film that thrills despite a rather shallow screenplay.

94. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.8
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83 Metascore

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 975,949 | Gross: $760.51M

Cameron's outstanding direction and story make this movie amazing. The acting is way below 0%. Cameron pulls of yet another spectacular piece of effects, after Titanic. Best 3D experience a person could probably have.

95. Tootsie (1982)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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87 Metascore

Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 84,514 | Gross: $177.20M

The subject matter itself is slightly predictable, but Sydney Pollack's Tootsie is a very funny comedy that never gets old. Filled with a charming performance from Dustin Hoffman, an upbeat soundtrack, and a great script, this might as well be one of the best comedies ever made. Touching, funny, and witty, this is one of the best films ever made too.

96. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.9
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72 Metascore

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 202,056 | Gross: $119.52M

Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon give truly remarkable performances in this take on Johnny Cash's life. Joaquin Phoenix is outstanding, because he delivers his heart and soul into this film and this will be remembered as his BEST performance. Reese Witherspoon is electrifying; her other films aren't even half as good as this one. Demanding enough soul and justice, this is one of the best drama films I've seen!

97. The Insider (1999)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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84 Metascore

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora

Votes: 143,336 | Gross: $28.97M

A thought-provoking and patient thriller that is so suspenseful, its hard not to like it. Russell Crowe gives a brilliant performance and Al Pacino is also great. Michael Mann with his assuring direction, proves this is best film up-to-date. A compelling true story, as well as a fascinating whistle-blower film.

98. The Ides of March (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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67 Metascore

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 201,161 | Gross: $40.96M

George Clooney's 'The Ides of March' is a gripping, riveting, and undeniably realistic account of the political world today. Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Paul Giamatti give brilliant, intesifying performances in this film. Clooney's direction is fantastic, and it has improved quite a bit since he was last behind camera. The script is also great with fabulous one-liners and intense dialogue. This is a highly intelligent film, one that is a massive piece of talent and it certainly deserves acclaim.

99. George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

Not Rated | 208 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.1
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Filmmaker Martin Scorsese examines the life of musician George Harrison, weaving together interviews, concert footage, home movies and photographs.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr

Votes: 8,200

Martin Scorsese's "Living in the Material World" is an emotionally triggered and highly detailed documentary on musician George Harrison. Scorsese beautifully handles this jarring, evocative, and engaging film with undeniable knowledge. This film features a vast amount of interviews from Harrison's friends and family. All these interviews are full of depth. The result allows Scorsese to construct a magnificent portrait of a spiritual and honest person. This is a definitive look at who George Harrison was and is recommended for any fan of the musician.

100. X: First Class (2011)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.8
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65 Metascore

In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 572,311 | Gross: $146.41M

Best prequel ever made? It seems so on the case of the horrible 3rd and 4th. First Class is an entertaining study of excellent quality. Strong performances, great direction, and a brilliant script back up this film. This film's also flawless. I can't see any reason why a person should NOT see it. One of the best films of the year, if not the best.