CINEMA IS NOT ENTERTAINMENT, IT'S AN ART

Cinema might be born as an entertainment but it will die as an Art. Here is a collection of art pieces, films that have achieved a certain degree of aesthetic perfection or moral maturity. A good movie deals with the imperfect balance between fiction and reality and how cinema is a conscious attempt to bring reality to another dimension. It reminds you what it means to be human and how much you can control your own perception.

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1.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life. (229 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Once Upon a Time in America is a tribute to life in all its aspects. As we watch these boys grow up as gangsters, we are bound to reflect on our own childhood dreams, friendships, sexual experiences and romances. Each scene is brought to an epic dimension thanks to Leone's mastery of the camera, attention to details, mise-en-scene and editing.
This movie also showed how great an actor Robert de Niro is, full of realism, versatile and sharp on the screen. ” - Losingtouch
 
2.
2046 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love. (129 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ 2046 can be seen as a narrative experimentation. But it also presents us with a number of different characters, all in search of themselves, lost between nostalgia and hope. The soundtrack underscores the dark setting of the movie and its sense of despair. Throwing themselves into the intense pleasure of physical relationship, they forget all about their own identity and sometimes even the time and place they are living in. Wong Kar Wai demonstrates his ability to transport the audience to a world of passion and pain. His use of light is amazing. I don't know why, everytime I watch it, I can't stop myself from feeling suicidal.... ” - Losingtouch
 
3.
Paris, Texas (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family. (145 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ The first 20 minutes of the movie gives you a perfect picture of what it is going to be like. Emptiness, silence and alienation. I don't know whether the music or the bare landscapes or simply the expression of Travis left me so depressive after seeing this. Maybe a mix of all these elements?
The conversation between Travis and Jane at the end is one I will never forget. ” - Losingtouch
 
4.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
“ War pushes the limits of our humanity. Life becomes an empty concept and perhaps there remains only friendship that counts. Christopher Walken should be remembered for this one film. ” - Losingtouch
 
5.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ "That's when you know you've found somebody special. When you can just shut the *beep* up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence."

Pulp Fiction is a mixture of absurd events and profound/witty dialogue.

Sometimes, we all wished we could live with such carefreeness as Tarantino's characters display. ” - Losingtouch
 
6.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ The gangster genre would have been different if this monument of cinema did not belong to it.
The Godfather is a moral tale that could compete with the greatest essays written about values such as justice, loyalty and family. ” - Losingtouch
 
7.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ There is much discussion as whether Part II is more accomplished than Part I. In its construction certainly, but it lacks the powerful screen presence of Marlo Brando. ” - Losingtouch
 
8.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
“ Amazing movie with no real plot line or progression, just narrates a week of a journalist.....A lot of realism and wonderful shots. Also Steiner was a very deep character despite the fact that he appears in only 3 scenes... The ending shot made me think about 400 blows, beautiful! ” - Losingtouch
 
9.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Herzog found such a subtle balance between people and nature, shots of facial expressions and shots of landscapes. There is no way to convey the thrill you get from staring into Aguirre's blue eyes as he faces the camera, his madness bluntly directed at the audience. There are no words, no crazy actions like in Taxi Driver but you understand how detached this character is from reality. We lost him the minute he appeared on the screen. He is full irony because he is indifferent to life. There is just one obsession, gold...... ” - Losingtouch
 
10.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (147 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ Yes, I finally saw it (redux)!! I thought it was a bit long, actually more like inconsistent than long, because the first two hours were slow and the last hour so haunting that I didn't even see time passing by.......And when it was finished, I was like : "Already??!!" I guess Col. Kurtz' appearance just changed everything! I mean: "wow, how can Coppola do a better job with the camera than for the scene we see Kurtz for the first time??" The light, the shadows, the setting, the voice, the gaze, everything!!!
A true depiction of HORROR, Coppola at his best! ” - Losingtouch
 
11.
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Such an intense movie, one of the best performance of Robert de Niro! ” - Losingtouch
 
12.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ I was most confused by the young girl that Jons picks up. There is something about her silence, her only sentence to Death that is intriguing, was she detaining a secret? ” - Losingtouch
 
13.
Taxi Driver (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, while attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Distrubing yet unforgettable. ” - Losingtouch
 
14.
Stalker (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (162 mins.)
“ The touch of cynicism in this movie is extraordinarily human. The idea of the Zone sounded at first banal but it is so subtlety brought to life by Tarkovsky that you just stare in amazement at so much mastery. ” - Losingtouch
 
15.
Chungking Express (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ An unique atmosphere with a great camera work. There isn't really a plot but that's not the point. You just have to immerge yourself into the movie and feel the little touches of melancholy, here and there.... I never knew whether I should cry or laugh, because even the most funny parts weren't lacking this nostalgy of another age. ” - Losingtouch
 
16.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ More than a story about an hit-men, a story about how loneliness can be overcome when you meet somebody really special... ” - Losingtouch
 
17.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Western genre has been so intensively exploited that it is hard to find a perfect combination of epic-ness, cool action and sincere portraits of cowboys. Ladies and gentlemen, this is it. ” - Losingtouch
 
18.
Fireworks (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions. (103 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
“ This is perhaps the closest anyone has ever got to create a true poetic aesthetic of film. And paradoxically, it is in a genre that has nothing to do with poetry, the gangster genre.
The whole movie is a single painting, a moving painting with bright colors and sudden movements that you can't quite catch. Its beauty lies in the look of its silent characters. ” - Losingtouch
 
19.
City of God (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
“ breath-taking cinema!
Wonderful camera, great dialogues...
I don't particularly fancy the plot but it's a classique, solid one. ” - Losingtouch
 
20.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ No particular actor should be mentioned for this movie because it is the entire CREW that blowed the screen. True gangsters that have nothing to loose. ” - Losingtouch
 
21.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
22.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
23.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ I watched this one several times, the last viewing being a screening with live score performed by the New York Philharmonic. The scene when Hal is gradually "dying" will always give me the chills. The psychedelic crush into Jupiter will always leave me bewildered. This film is a powerful ode to our human condition and its distant, disconnected, often obscure elements are bound to leave anybody searching for more meaning in it. ” - Losingtouch
 
24.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ The movie that changed my opinion about Kubrick!
and an unexpected, haunting ending...
Is this really what war is about? ” - Losingtouch
 
25.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Lumet's genius at creating suspense, atmosphere, psychological intensity. ” - Losingtouch
 
26.
Persona (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Bergman's attempt to give substance to the undefined and complex nature of human ego. ” - Losingtouch
 
27.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. (90 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ This a movie about memory, about forgetfulness, this tragedy that we all face. Why do memories all eventually fade away? even the most powerful love looses its shape in the face of time. Time, the most dangerous enemy of mind, consumes us and reduces feelings into ashes of nostalgia... ” - Losingtouch
 
28.
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Darker than it seems, this is a movie about the ugliness behind the middle-class suburban american family. It is deeply cynical and many characters inspire despise more than anything else. But it also the love story of two teenage outcasts, two people who were lucky enough to find each other because they are too weird for this conformist society. ” - Losingtouch
 
29.
(1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
30.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ A flawed masterpiece. A paradox in itself. Fight Club is an anti-capitalist movie but it turns out that Tyler Durden is himself somewhat of a fascist, brain-washing dictator. The plot just draws you in and in and in, until you become one of those hard-core Fight Club geeks. Durden and his soap, making way into your personal life... ” - Losingtouch
 
31.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ Tarantino is not a politically correct director and has never aspired to be one. On the contrary. He is here to stylize violence in a way that was never imagined before. Mr Blonde is the unsuspected psychopath, bringing to cinema one of the most intense torture scene ever. It's not only in his acts but also in his attitude. ” - Losingtouch
 
32.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist. (155 mins.)
 
33.
Amadeus (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Maybe because I am a musician myself and an admirer of Mozart's simple and yet transcending music, this movie will always stay close to my heart. ” - Losingtouch
 
34.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
35.
Mr. Nobody (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. (141 mins.)
“ Mind-blowing narration which serves philosophical inquiries (unlike in Memento...) ” - Losingtouch
 
36.
The Lives of Others (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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.)
“ Oppression, dictatorship, spying. Familiar themes in cinema because they always provide the movie with a good background to a narrative. But this one is different. Saying that the historical setting of the movies doesn't matter would be a lie, but it goes way beyond that. It is a portrait of frustrated man who learned to live through the people he was spying and the gradual compassion he came to feel. ” - Losingtouch
 
37.
The Conformist (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. (113 mins.)
“ Politically and sexually ambiguous, The Conformist centers around a man who is trying to be someone he is not. Always awkward and unsure, he slowly looses grip over his actions, trapped by those who are smarter than him. ” - Losingtouch
 
38.
The Graduate (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
39.
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ A feminist film that features one of the most interesting camera-work by Godard. Though many don't get why he is a great director, let me say this: Godard had ideas that reached out beyond cinema and he was not fearful of applying them to cinema and that's what makes him unique. In particular he believes that cinema should not be an illusion of reality but present a certain consciousness of reality while highlighting the artificial devices it employs to this mean. ” - Losingtouch
 
40.
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss. (180 mins.)
“ I watched this movie twice in the cinemas, and even so, I sill have this urge to delve back into its world. The realism of Kechiche's cinema is exemplary, putting the viewer in the heart and body of Adele, wanting to know her more, to understand her, to be her. In my opinion, it is far more complex than a "simple love story," it is in the words of the actress Adele herself, a story of how one's life can be changed, transformed, disrupted, disheveled by another human being. It is the tragic encounter of two women from different worlds, held together only by the power of passion and love, which in the end proves insufficient for a long-lasting relationship. Kechiche moralizes about the intellectual upper middle class of France and its subtle arrogance towards life. Adele believes that happiness has only an answer in love but her lover Emma thrives to find it in art as well. A divide that will eventually torn them apart. ” - Losingtouch
 
41.
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein, a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world. (97 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
“ The cover of the Criterion DVD is very misleading. Not only is the movie not in black and white but it is perhaps one of the most atmospheric movie I've seen in terms of colors and toning. The confrontation between death and childhood is a theme explored by Erice through a cinematic reference to Whale's Frankenstein and the fantasy world Ana subsequently creates for herself. ” - Losingtouch
 
42.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing. (162 mins.)
“ I don't know why most people don't think Part III at the same level as Part I and II. Personally, I thought it had just as much mastery, maybe just a little bit less but nevertheless, full of the same intensity. ” - Losingtouch
 
43.
La Haine (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. (98 mins.)
“ A masterpiece of independent French cinema, La Haine is a film clearly ahead of its times, drawing a social portrait of a world many people hoped to ignore. There are so many beautifully crafted moments that make it such a heart-breaking yet powerful work of art. The three main characters are very realistic, with different personalities, yet their destinies are tied to the place where they grew up, this banlieue of violence, intolerance but also friendships. ” - Losingtouch
 
44.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
 
45.
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
46.
A Prophet (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ Another marvelous french movie...... Prison movie, how could that be unusual?? I don't know but this movie definitely was, and in all ways. First of all, the title! I spent a whole day figuring that out! A Prophet ?! and why so many Corsicans in a french prison? why choose Corsicans? and what happened at the end....?
And there were these sequences that make you want to scream because it's so tense and some scenes gives you life philosophies...it's magical in a sense, the way the director captures the all atmosphere.... Love it! ” - Losingtouch
 
47.
Breathless (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. (90 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ Godard mixing genres for his debut-feature and breaking with conventions. If art cinema is motivated by ambiguity, this surely is a masterful art cinema movie. ” - Losingtouch
 
48.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ The most amazing twist in the history of cinema! And Kevin Spacey!! ” - Losingtouch
 
49.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ How it is rated so low on imdb is a real mystery.... And though the movie's theme (racial tensions) may seem cliche and boring, the movie is NOT... A must-see, pure good cinema experience^^ ” - Losingtouch
 
50.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
 
51.
Ghost World (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives. (111 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
“ A summer after high school. Most of us have forgot about it but this movie will surely bring back awkward memories. A movie about socially different teenagers, in a time of searching and trying when friends mattered much more than family. ” - Losingtouch
 
52.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ A cult movie who brings together thousand of people around the planet. Whether it is the "Shut up Donny" or the "Do you like coitus?" everyone fan has his/her favorite line. It is such a *beep* up movie, it's a riot to watch it again and again. ” - Losingtouch
 
53.
Happy Together (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift... (96 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Piece of art. Watching this movies demand such significant emotional investment, as if it is trying to drain out every single part of your soul from you. ” - Losingtouch
 
54.
Sans Soleil (1983 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A woman narrates the contemplative writings of a seasoned world traveler, focusing on contemporary Japan. (104 mins.)
Director: Chris. Marker
“ Very dense movie, not only visually but also textually... Marker explores theme as vast as space compression, memory and nomadism and brings us on a trip all around the world, we are the spectator in exile from our usual cinematic experience, trying hard to hold on to anything familiar, slowly making the essayist-filmaker's voice our own. In the end, your lives are only relevant through these daily routines, this "banality" Marker tries so hard to "hunt down". ” - Losingtouch
 
55.
Red Beard (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern. (185 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ One of the many forgotten masterpieces made by Kurosawa, Akahige is a slow-paced movie, each brushstroke a careful and subtle remainder of what goodness mean in a world of suffering. ” - Losingtouch
 
56.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Another masterpiece by Wong Kar-Wai..... ” - Losingtouch
 
57.
Sonatine (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach. (94 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
58.
Claire's Knee (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
On holiday, a conflicted man lusts after beautiful stepsisters despite his betrothal to a diplomat's daughter. (105 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
59.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
60.
The 400 Blows (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
 
61.
The End of Summer (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth. (103 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
62.
Chinatown (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ I need a Jack Nicholson! ” - Losingtouch
 
63.
Fallen Angels (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A disillusioned killer embarks on his last hit but first he has to overcome his affections for his cool... (99 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
64.
The Celebration (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed. (105 mins.)
 
65.
The Big Blue (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown. (168 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
66.
Touch of Evil (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ I discovered Marlene Dietrich in this movie, her acting really stands out! Obviously, Orson Welles is just MAJESTIC.... ” - Losingtouch
 
67.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
68.
Holy Motors (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
“ Without doubt, the most surreal cinematographic experience I ever took part in. Some parts are strangely empty, leaving me to think there were just there for aesthetic reasons. One particular scene was awkwardly corny and I could only make sense of it by perceiving it as a parody of American musicals. Its a movie that doesn't make sense, but allow you to live so many different lives. It's amazing. ” - Losingtouch
 
69.
The Tree of Life (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings. (139 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ I could put it here, or #1 or #34...really I don't know how to rank this movie.... It's so perfect and yet UN-PERFECT. Perfect because Malick's way of filming exactly suits my mood, my personnality, my language, my way of dreaming....SO I don't have any problems immerging myself into it, and just follow the camera on a dazzling trip. But UN-PERFECT because it lacks consistency, it lacks coherence, it lacks ugliness...YEs too much beauty kills it and that's the first flaw of this movie. The ending is kind of poor I have to admit, but how difficult must it be too end such an epic adventure!
Respects to Malick and please don't call it a documentary or a slideshow, hurts my feelings......^^" ” - Losingtouch
 
70.
The Master (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. (144 mins.)
 
71.
Falling Down (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them. (113 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ I accidentaly came across this one and you know what? it's one great movie! not epic or masterpiece but really interesting.... Great portrait of new America with memorable scenes. Don't we all stumble into situations like the ones D-Fens faces? Who never thought about just walking out of a traffic jam?
Joel Schumacher (the director) is really not famous and I would not check out his other movies, but I have to admit that he did achieved something with this one. And Watch for Duvall's performance!!
It reminded me of Taxi Driver and in a way I like it better.
I don't see, many of you have seen it so I definitely recommend it! ” - Losingtouch
 
72.
Band of Outsiders (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. (95 mins.)
Director: Cinéma
“ Godard..... everything is in his shots! The narrative line "almost" doesn't make sense but that's ok because his shots are so beautiful that the narrative just gets put into the background. ” - Losingtouch
 
73.
Stroszek (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin. (115 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
74.
Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Subtle in its emotions, Louis Malle delivers a perfect portrait of a time and country and a youth that had so much nostalgia already. ” - Losingtouch
 
75.
Still Life (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes. (111 mins.)
Director: Zhangke Jia
“ A lot of poetry in this chinese movie, it seems that even the grey river can carry the eyes of the viewer somewhere else. This is a film about loosing and not finding back. Nothing is never left intact. ” - Losingtouch
 
76.
Days of Heaven (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
77.
Ikiru (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
78.
Jules and Jim (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
 
79.
The Conversation (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
 
80.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
81.
Late Spring (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father. (108 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
82.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. (115 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
83.
Talk to Her (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. (112 mins.)
“ Such a weird movie, seriously.... ” - Losingtouch
 
84.
Close-Up (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The true story of Hossain Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film. (98 mins.)
“ A reconstructed documentary with real footage from the courts during the trial of this stranger who decided to take on the identity of a famous director. ” - Losingtouch
 
85.
The Wave (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own. (107 mins.)
Director: Dennis Gansel
“ Terribly scaring and thought provoking!!! ” - Losingtouch
 
86.
Three Colors: Red (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A model discovers her neighbor is keen on invading people's privacy. (99 mins.)
 
87.
The Dreamers (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots. (115 mins.)
“ This is a must-watch for any fans of new wave cinema (Godard and other 60s european movies)!
Apparently, the movie has been so unknown by the public because of its "heavy sexual" content. Personally I think it is more about sexuality than sex. I mean yes there is a lot of sexual tension between the three characters but that is what makes this movies so damn intense and beautiful!
It is the kind of movie you want to live in, because the people in it are just so cool, so hipster, so cinephil, so unforgettable. ” - Losingtouch
 
88.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
 
89.
Le Samouraï (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner. (105 mins.)
“ Ok, nobody likes Alain Delon back here in the country but it doesn't mean that this movie isn't great.... ” - Losingtouch
 
90.
Melancholia (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. (135 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
“ If there is a movie this one should be compared too, this is definitely The Tree of Life. Not only because they both came out in 2011 and were competing in the Cannes festival but also I guess because they have this common theme about cosmos or the universe. They both deal with some exterior force beyond our control that eventually shape and impact our life.
But what I appreciated in Melancholia is the presence of a plot line, though not action-driven provides a great background for character development The two sisters are realistically portrayed in their anxieties and there is like fragile balance between their two minds which I found interesting.
A movie to think about! ” - Losingtouch
 
91.
Following (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing. (69 mins.)
“ NOLAN, NOLAN, so *beep* genius!!!
I can't believe the ending, I can't believe the narration AHHH
Mind-blowing! ” - Losingtouch
 
92.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ I believe Wes Anderson is one of the few directors who has created a world of his own through his movies. Another one I can think of is Melville, but he is very limited by genre while Wes isn't. In fact, it is extremely hard to categorize Wes' films because they are all a reflection of his imagination, with all genres mixed up together. His latest feature film is a blast of colors with a unforgettable soundtrack, some very andersonian characters and more depth in the narrative than some of his earlier films. One step closer to creating a masterpiece. ” - Losingtouch
 
93.
Barton Fink (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ This is one Coen-esque movie....the tension as always is so well managed. John Goodman is mind-blowing...so much symbolism too and you know that the Coens are not even doing it on purpose. They are just genius! ” - Losingtouch
 
94.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A clan's estranged patriarch loses his home and learns that his ex-wife plans to remarry. (110 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Beautifully written, perfect balance between every character, incredible imagination and witty dialogue by Wes Anderson. He is not just an entertaining director but a smart and full of surprises one. God bless me, I actually saw him talking about this materpiece LIVE. ” - Losingtouch
 
95.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding. (95 mins.)
“ Punch-Drunk Love is a funny movie but unlike most funny movie, there is a hidden gem to look for behind it. ” - Losingtouch
 
96.
Badlands (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
97.
Still Walking (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A family gathers together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear. (115 mins.)
 
98.
Volver (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life. (121 mins.)
 
99.
The Great Beauty (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (141 mins.)
“ An interesting echo and perhaps tribute to Fellini's Eight and a Half, perhaps more intelligible yet containing the same very magical and dreamy sequences that make Eight and a Half so memorable. ” - Losingtouch
 
100.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch