50 Personal Favorites [1990-2010]by Manny Calavera | created - 10 Feb 2011 | updated - 23 Aug 2011 | Public
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1. The Fifth Element (1997)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.
Votes: 374,499 | Gross: $63.54M
#50, SOTS: Luc Besson
2. Serenity (2005)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their members who is telepathic.
Votes: 256,771 | Gross: $25.51M
#49, SOTS: Joss Whedon
3. State of Grace (1990)
R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.
Votes: 17,963 | Gross: $1.91M
#48, SOTS: Gary Oldman
4. Thank You for Smoking (2005)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama
Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.
Votes: 199,488 | Gross: $24.79M
#47, SOTS: Aaron Eckhart
5. Pirate Radio (2009)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves.
Votes: 96,500 | Gross: $7.99M
#46, SOTS: Rhys Ifans
6. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
R | 115 min | Animation, Action, Crime
A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.
Votes: 35,521 | Gross: $1.00M
#45, SOTS: Yoko Kanno
7. Hot Fuzz (2007)
R | 121 min | Action, Comedy
A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town that's harbouring a dark secret.
Votes: 389,878 | Gross: $23.64M
#44, SOTS: Simon Pegg
8. High Fidelity (2000)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.
Votes: 151,377 | Gross: $27.28M
#43, SOTS: Jack Black
9. La Haine (1995)
Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama
24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.
Votes: 117,224 | Gross: $0.31M
#42, SOTS: Mathieu Kassovitz
10. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Votes: 484,375 | Gross: $57.60M
#41, SOTS: Roberto Benigni
11. Lepa sela lepo gore (1996)
115 min | Comedy, Drama, History
At the Belgrade army hospital, casualties of Bosnian civil war are treated. In the hospital they remember their youth and the war. Two young boys, Halil, a Muslim, and Milan, a Serb, have ... See full summary »
#40, SOTS: Srdjan Dragojevic
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.
Votes: 896,468 | Gross: $305.41M
#39, SOTS: Johnny Depp
13. Ratatouille (2007)
G | 111 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.
Votes: 522,760 | Gross: $206.45M
#38, SOTS: Brad Bird
14. Big Night (1996)
R | 109 min | Drama, Romance
A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.
Votes: 14,146 | Gross: $11.88M
#37, SOTS: Stanley Tucci
15. Black Dynamite (2009)
R | 84 min | Action, Comedy
Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice.
Votes: 38,897 | Gross: $0.23M
#36, SOTS: Michael Jai White
16. Brick (2005)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
Votes: 90,166 | Gross: $2.06M
#35, SOTS: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
17. Election (1999)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.
Votes: 78,281 | Gross: $14.88M
#34, SOTS: Reese Witherspoon
18. Go (1999)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
Go! tells the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view.
Votes: 61,784 | Gross: $16.84M
#33, SOTS: Timothy Olyphant
19. The Social Network (2010)
PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 528,096 | Gross: $96.96M
#32, SOTS: Aaron Sorkin
20. Adaptation. (2002)
R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.
Votes: 155,144 | Gross: $22.25M
#31, SOTS: Nicholas Cage
21. American Psycho (2000)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama
A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Votes: 395,825 | Gross: $15.07M
#30, SOTS: Christian Bale
22. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Votes: 745,282 | Gross: $2.83M
#29, SOTS: Quentin Tarantino
23. Spirited Away (2001)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.
Votes: 485,030 | Gross: $10.06M
#28, SOTS: Hayao Miyazaki
24. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,357,476 | Gross: $171.48M
#27, SOTS: The Wachowskis
25. Sideways (2004)
R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.
Votes: 159,822 | Gross: $71.50M
#26, SOTS: Paul Giammatti
26. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.
Votes: 941,528 | Gross: $25.54M
#25, SOTS: Christopher Nolan
27. Lost in Translation (2003)
R | 102 min | Drama
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.
Votes: 349,021 | Gross: $44.59M
#24, SOTS: Bill Murray
28. The Truman Show (1998)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.
Votes: 751,842 | Gross: $125.62M
#23, SOTS: Jim Carrey
29. The Player (1992)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?
Votes: 45,725 | Gross: $21.71M
#22, SOTS: Robert Altman
30. Gladiator (2000)
R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
Votes: 1,094,710 | Gross: $187.71M
#21, SOTS: Russell Crowe
31. L.A. Confidential (1997)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
Votes: 453,732 | Gross: $64.62M
#20, SOTS: Curtis Hanson
32. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.
Votes: 190,302 | Gross: $4.24M
#19, SOTS: Shane Black
33. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 1,887,087 | Gross: $28.34M
#18, SOTS: Frank Darabont
34. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.
Votes: 228,497 | Gross: $10.68M
#17, SOTS: Johnny Depp
35. The Last Boy Scout (1991)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
An LAPD detective's protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim's boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner.
Votes: 81,007 | Gross: $59.51M
#16, SOTS: Shane Black
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,368,571 | Gross: $315.54M
#15, SOTS: Peter Jackson
37. The Usual Suspects (1995)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 824,845 | Gross: $23.34M
#14, SOTS: Kevin Spacey
38. Ed Wood (1994)
R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Ambitious but troubled movie director, Edward D. Wood Jr, tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support.
Votes: 150,369 | Gross: $5.89M
#13, SOTS: Martin Landau
39. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.
Votes: 156,653 | Gross: $21.00M
#12, SOTS: Wes Anderson
40. Living in Oblivion (1995)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.
Votes: 13,781 | Gross: $1.15M
#11, SOTS: Tom DiCillo
41. The Lion King (1994)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.
Votes: 734,781 | Gross: $312.90M
#10, SOTS: Jeremy Irons
42. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
Votes: 455,320 | Gross: $3.65M
#9, SOTS: Guy Ritchie
43. Clerks (1994)
R | 92 min | Comedy
A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.
Votes: 191,904 | Gross: $3.15M
#8, SOTS: Kevin Smith
44. Porco Rosso (1992)
PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.
#7, SOTS: Hayao Miyazaki
45. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.
Votes: 83,187 | Gross: $10.73M
#6, SOTS: David Mamet
46. Miller's Crossing (1990)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.
Votes: 111,255 | Gross: $5.08M
#5, SOTS: The Coen brothers
47. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
Votes: 305,908 | Gross: $31.49M
#4, SOTS: Edgar Wright
48. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 1,476,051 | Gross: $107.93M
#3, SOTS: Quentin Tarantino & Samuel L. Jackson
49. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Votes: 1,512,434 | Gross: $37.03M
#2, SOTS: David Fincher, Brad Pitt & Chuck Palahniuk
50. The Big Lebowski (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 600,600 | Gross: $17.45M
#1: SOTS: Jeff Bridges