a list of my very favourite movies of all time

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1.
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
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The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II. (138 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ a movie of Michelangelo beautifully portrayed by the incomparable Charlton Heston (and a great supporting cast) ” - gordie02
 
2.
The English Patient (1996)
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At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. (162 mins.)
“ A multi-layered masterpiece ” - gordie02
 
3.
The Reader (2008)
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Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial. (124 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ Bears watching over and over. A beautiful movie supported by a great storyline and fabulous acting ” - gordie02
 
4.
Gloomy Sunday (1999)
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Follows three men who are in love with a most beautiful waitress: An intellectual restaurant owner, a mysterious musician and an erratic businessman; taking place during the WWII. (112 mins.)
Director: Rolf Schübel
“ a top foreign movie. One of the great things about this movie is that most, if not all of the players are unknown to the majority of movie goers. Highly recommended ” - gordie02
 
5.
Un Coeur en Hiver (1992)
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Beautiful violin virtuoso Camille has two obsessions: the music of Ravel, and a friend of her husband's who crafts violins... (105 mins.)
Director: Claude Sautet
“ Also known as "A heart in winter". Probably my number one movie. ” - gordie02
 
6.
El Cid (1961)
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The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors. (182 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ An old movie now, but one which showcases the acting talent of Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. ” - gordie02
 
7.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
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In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures. (139 mins.)
“ Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. A movie to be seen again and again. ” - gordie02
 
8.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
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A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ a beautifully acted thriller. ” - gordie02
 
9.
The Sea Inside (2004)
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The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. (125 mins.)
“ A great movie about the inner turmoil of a man following a tragic accident ” - gordie02
 
10.
The Lives of Others (2006)
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In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
“ a masterpiece of the first order detailing the intrusion of the state into an innocent life ” - gordie02
 
11.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Peter O'Toole at the height of his powers portraying a man of heroic stature ” - gordie02
 
12.
True Grit (2010)
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A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
“ a movie not to be missed. a soaring achievement. ” - gordie02
 
13.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
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A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose. (120 mins.)
Director: Marc Rothemund
“ a movie demonstrating true heroism of Sophie and others ” - gordie02
 
14.
Gandhi (1982)
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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. (191 mins.)
“ A masterful portrayal of one of the great leaders of our time ” - gordie02
 
15.
The King's Speech (2010)
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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. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ fittingly goes onto the list of one of the greats ” - gordie02
 
16.
The Young Victoria (2009)
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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
“ a beautiful movie of the highest calibre ” - gordie02
 
17.
The Queen (2006)
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After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. (103 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ a heart-breaking insight into the death of Diana and the reaction of the family and the British public ” - gordie02
 
18.
The Duchess (2008)
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A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life. (110 mins.)
Director: Saul Dibb
“ Keira Knightly owns this film. An intensely emotional experience ” - gordie02
 
19.
The Night of the Generals (1967)
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In 1942, a Polish prostitute is murdered in Warsaw. Suspicion falls on three generals, and Major Grau of German Intelligence seeks justice despite the ongoing atrocities committed during WWII. (148 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
“ a truly great movie. fantastic performances by Peter O'toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, Donald Pleasance, Joanna Pettet, Philippe Noiret. ” - gordie02
 
20.
Is Paris Burning? (1966)
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The departure of the German army from Paris in 1944. (175 mins.)
Director: René Clément
“ The saving of Paris towards the end of the second world war by a courageous German general. ” - gordie02
 
21.
Gettysburg (1993)
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War. (271 mins.)
“ A great movie of the American civil war portraying both heroism and honour of the combatants. ” - gordie02
 
22.
The Boston Strangler (1968)
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A series of brutal murders in Boston sparks a seemingly endless and increasingly complex manhunt. (116 mins.)
“ A sad movie of a very disturbed man beautifully portrayed by Tony Curtis. ” - gordie02
 
23.
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
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Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on. (158 mins.)
Director: Brian G. Hutton
“ pure escapism (excuse the pun), showcasing the acting talents of Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. Where did all that ammo come from??? ” - gordie02
 
24.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
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Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Daniel Day-Lewis in a great movie of the frontier days of America ” - gordie02
 
25.
Burke & Wills (1985)
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A story based on true events about two explorers on a doomed journey trying to cross Australia on foot in the 19 century. (140 mins.)
Director: Graeme Clifford
“ Jack Thompson and Greta Scacchi add to the human side of a great australian tragedy. ” - gordie02
 
26.
Patton (1970)
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The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
“ a blood and guts story of General George Patton, a soldier for all ages. ” - gordie02
 
27.
Spartacus (1960)
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The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic. (197 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ one of the great roman epics starring Kirk Douglas and a beautiful Jean Simmons ” - gordie02
 
28.
Nuremberg (2000 Mini-Series)
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The dramatized account of the war crime trials following the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. (180 mins.)
“ an engrossing story of the trial of the vanquished leaders of nazi germany ” - gordie02
 
29.
Frost/Nixon (2008)
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A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. (122 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ a movie of wonderful depth and acting showing the downfall of a once proud man ” - gordie02
 
30.
Gladiator (2000)
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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. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ deserves to be on the list of all-time greats. ” - gordie02
 
31.
Witness (1985)
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A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial. (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ a very different cop movie as Harrison Ford meets the Amish ” - gordie02
 
32.
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
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A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner. (94 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ a very funny and very clever iconic australian movie ” - gordie02
 
33.
Paradise Road (1997)
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Fact-based recounting of a group of women who are imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during World War II and used music as a relief to their misery. (122 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ the death and triumph of the spirit of women in the hands of brutal Japanese soldiers ” - gordie02
 
34.
Rain Man (1988)
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Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Dustin Hoffman makes this movie his own, ably supported by Tom Cruise ” - gordie02
 
35.
Shine (1996)
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Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim. (105 mins.)
Director: Scott Hicks
“ one of the great australian movies ” - gordie02
 
36.
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
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The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire. (188 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
37.
Forrest Gump (1994)
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Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ not enough superlatives ” - gordie02
 
38.
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
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The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them. (129 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ the fight to save the beautiful mountain gorillas ” - gordie02
 
39.
The Hurricane (1999)
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The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence. (146 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
40.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
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Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. (94 mins.)
Director: Mark Herman
“ harrowing ” - gordie02
 
41.
Queen Margot (1994)
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Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family. (159 mins.)
“ also known as "Queen Margot". ” - gordie02
 
42.
Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
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A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader. (130 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ The heart-wrenching true story of the assassination of civil rights activist Medger Evers and the eventual bringing to justice of his cowardly killer. ” - gordie02
 
43.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
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A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory. (119 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
 
44.
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
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When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
45.
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
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Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
46.
Mississippi Burning (1988)
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Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists. (128 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
47.
Bright Star (2009)
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The three-year romance between 19th-century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne near the end of his life. (119 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
“ the tragic story of the poet John Keats and the woman who loved him. ” - gordie02
 
48.
Becket (1964)
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King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. (148 mins.)
Director: Peter Glenville
“ Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton....need I say more. ” - gordie02
 
49.
Schindler's List (1993)
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In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. (195 mins.)
“ A great, great movie honouring the countless innocent dead and celebrating those who survived. Oscar Schindler is a true hero. ” - gordie02
 
50.
The Killing Fields (1984)
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A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. (141 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
“ the story of the tyrant Pol Pot and the millions who died during his regime ” - gordie02
 
51.
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
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The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Paul Schofield at the top of his form ” - gordie02
 
52.
The Mission (1986)
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18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. (125 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
53.
Out of Africa (1985)
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In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. (161 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ "I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the N'gong hills". The inspiring story of Karen Blixen and her love of Denys (Robert Redford). ” - gordie02
 
54.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
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In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian. (178 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
55.
Henry V (1989)
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War in 1415, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France. (137 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
56.
A Passage to India (1984)
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Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator. (164 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
57.
The Scarlet and the Black (1983 TV Movie)
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Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, to save Allied POWs and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome. (143 mins.)
Director: Jerry London
 
58.
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
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True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet. (136 mins.)
 
59.
Stealing Heaven (1988)
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Abelard, a respected philosopher and teacher in 12th-century Paris, is hired to tutor the intelligent and beautiful Heloise... (115 mins.)
Director: Clive Donner
“ the love story of Abelard and Heloise ” - gordie02
 
60.
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
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A U.S. Japanese fisherman may have killed his neighbor Carl at sea. In the 1950s, race figures into the trial. So does reporter Ishmael. (127 mins.)
Director: Scott Hicks
“ Ishmael loved Hatsue, but she had to marry within her own race (Japanese). Ishmael had an agonizing decision to make which would allow Hatsue to see him in a different light. ” - gordie02
 
61.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
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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. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
62.
Waterloo (1970)
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Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo. (134 mins.)
“ Rod Steiger at his best ” - gordie02
 
63.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
64.
Casablanca (1942)
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In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ arguably the greatest of the classics ” - gordie02
 
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66.
Elizabeth (1998)
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A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. (124 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
 
67.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
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A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
 
68.
Gallipoli (1981)
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Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ a national treasure of a movie ” - gordie02
 
69.
Khartoum (1966)
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In the Sudan, in 1884-85, Egyptian forces led by a British general defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim army led by a religious fanatic, the Mahdi. (134 mins.)
 
70.
The Pianist (2002)
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A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ the true life story of the brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman ” - gordie02
 
71.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
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This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope... (122 mins.)
“ beautiful movie of St Francis ” - gordie02
 
72.
The Hours (2002)
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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. (114 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ Fantastic movie. So beautifully constructed. Every actor is perfect. Couldn't give it less than a 10!!! ” - gordie02
 
73.
Philadelphia (1993)
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When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
74.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
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A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. (143 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ not to be missed ” - gordie02
 
75.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ a rollicking tale of fun and love ” - gordie02
 
76.
Dresden (2006 TV Movie)
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A romance between a British pilot hiding in Germany and a German nurse is shown on the background of massive allied bombing of Dresden towards the end of World War 2. (176 mins.)
“ The bombing of Dresden by the allies at the end of the second world war and the tragedy of the loss of human life counted in the thousands. ” - gordie02
 
77.
Gods and Generals (2003)
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The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863. Prequel to the 1993 classic "Gettysburg". (219 mins.)
 
78.
Walk the Line (2005)
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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. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ for all us Johnny Cash and June Carter fans ” - gordie02
 
79.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
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A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
“ the story of the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. ” - gordie02
 
80.
Downfall (2004)
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Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. (156 mins.)
“ An amazing expose of the last days of the Third Reich and the eventual defeat and death of many of the Nazis including Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun. ” - gordie02
 
81.
The Age of Innocence (1993)
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A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin. (139 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
82.
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
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Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl. (99 mins.)
Director: Simon Curtis
“ Michelle is superb in this movie about a screen legend. ” - gordie02
 
83.
Longitude (2000 TV Movie)
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Parallel stories: 18th century Harrison builds the marine chronometer for safe navigation at sea; 20th century Gould is obsessed with restoring it. (200 mins.)
“ the perseverance of John Harrison in solving a major problem at sea whilst facing the disdain of "the board". A truly inspiring man who with his son emerged victorious. ” - gordie02
 
84.
The Impressionists (2006 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"Three hour mini-series tells the intimate history of a most illustrious brotherhood of Impressionist artists - Monet...
Director: Tim Dunn
“ a beautiful expose of the work of Monet, Manet, Renoir and others who forged a new way of painting. ” - gordie02
 
85.
The Book Thief (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents. (131 mins.)
Director: Brian Percival
 
86.
Philomena (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
87.
The Railway Man (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him. (116 mins.)
 
88.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (134 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ A must see movie vividly portraying the agony and pain of black Americans in the 1800's. ” - gordie02
 
89.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. (141 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
“ a great movie about a great man during a very difficult period in south African history ” - gordie02
 
90.
The Invisible Woman (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death. (111 mins.)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
“ Great movie portraying a long bygone era. Beautifully acted by all. Nelly is heartbreaking. ” - gordie02
 
91.
Belle (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. (104 mins.)
Director: Amma Asante
“ A great and beautiful movie showing that the age of movie making is not gone. All the actors are great and the setting and scenery is exquisite. ” - gordie02
 
92.
Amazing Grace (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade. (118 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ I feel ashamed that it has taken me so long to add this movie to my list. What a great and powerful movie showing the tenacity and courage of William Wilberforce. Up against such powerful men he persevered until the abolition of slavery became a reality. Beautiful film, perfectly acted and portrayed. ” - gordie02
 
93.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A dramatization of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen. (144 mins.)
“ "I am afraid we have awoken a sleeping giant". A movie of epic proportions showing the lead up to and torpedo attack by the Japanese on the American naval base of Pearl Harbour. ” - gordie02
 
94.
The Imitation Game (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. (114 mins.)
Director: Morten Tyldum
“ Heartbreakingly beautiful. It shows that even brilliant people who give all for the common good can be misunderstood and vilified. So sad what happened to Alan. (died in 1954). ” - gordie02
 
95.
Still Alice (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. (101 mins.)
“ A beautiful, poignant film of a tragic condition so common today. Great performance by Julieanne Moore as Alice, but also a moving portrayal of her husband by Alec Baldwin. ” - gordie02
 
96.
The Theory of Everything (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife. (123 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
“ Incredibly sad, but incredibly uplifting at the same time. Beautifully acted by all players. Eddie Redmayne played the part of Stephen Hawking to perfection. ” - gordie02
 
97.
Woman in Gold (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. (109 mins.)
Director: Simon Curtis
“ A beautiful movie showcasing the acting talents of Helen Mirren. This film demonstrates that we must never forget the times and the events of momentous periods of history. In this case the indignities visited upon the Jewish people. ” - gordie02
 
98.
Bridge of Spies (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers. (142 mins.)
“ This is magnificent. Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and the cast and crew have created a movie for the ages. It is destined to be listed among the all-time greats. An emotional tour-de-force! ” - gordie02
 
99.
Spotlight (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. (128 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
“ This is a must-see movie for everyone of all religious persuasions. What a travesty has been visited upon the lives of so many innocent children by evil men who purport to represent a loving God. ” - gordie02
 
100.
Brooklyn (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. (111 mins.)
Director: John Crowley
“ A fitting "no.100". This is a beautiful movie; simple yet profound!
All the players were great, but the lead actress was exactly that - the lead actress. She played the part to perfection; could not have done it any better. Highly recommended. ” - gordie02