My 50 All-Time Favorite Movies

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1.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
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Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ The sentimental favorite always wins out. I've been an Oz girl since the golden age of youth. I still want to go over the rainbow... ” - lindsey_romain
 
2.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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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
“ It's weird and beautiful and full of splendor. I catch a new detail every time I watch it, and I wouldn't have a movie any other way. Clementine is perhaps my favorite female character ever put to screen. All hail Charlie Kaufman. ” - lindsey_romain
 
3.
Taxi Driver (1976)
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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, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Something about the music and the subtle insanity and Robert De Niro in plaid just does it for me. ” - lindsey_romain
 
4.
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
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Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her madness proves to be a problem in the marriage. The film transpires to a positive role of madness in the family, challenging conventional representations of madness in cinema. (155 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
“ My favorite Cassavetes movie, my other favorite female performance, and one of the most challenging but beautifully captured movies ever made. ” - lindsey_romain
 
5.
Manhattan (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ I love Woody Allen's eternal love affair with New York City. The black and white, the inappropriate (or perhaps just controversial) relationship between Isac and Tracy, and Diane Keaton at her best. Woody is so hit and miss, but when he hits, it's a fucking home run. ” - lindsey_romain
 
6.
The Ice Storm (1997)
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1973, suburban New Canaan, Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control. (112 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Sexy and weird and full of brilliant performances from a young cast of then-unknowns (including Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood and Katie Holmes). ” - lindsey_romain
 
7.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
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A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
“ Such a terribly underrated movie. I love the quirky romance between Lars and Bianca, and I love a man on a quest for some kind of something stories. Lars is perfectly unique and this little snapshot of his life is lovely. And the cast is brilliant. ” - lindsey_romain
 
8.
Chinatown (1974)
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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
“ Roman Polanski is a genius and Chinatown is a perfect film. ” - lindsey_romain
 
9.
Boogie Nights (1997)
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The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (155 mins.)
“ Mark Wahlberg's penis, Julianne Moore as a porn star and a whole lotta Burt Reynolds. God, I just fucking love this movie. It's as fun as movies get. ” - lindsey_romain
 
10.
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
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Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s. (127 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Winona Ryder was my childhood hero, mostly for her role in Little Women (I still want to be Josephine March). But if I have to pick a favorite Wino movie, it's this, only because the entire thing pains me so. I love her relationship with the rest of the institution ladies. Angelina Jolie is superb (her role in this made me love her forever) and Whoopi Goldberg is boss. ” - lindsey_romain
 
11.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
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In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ My favorite Tarantino movie. It's a Spaghetti Western WWII epic with a cast to die for. What's not to love? ” - lindsey_romain
 
12.
Match Point (2005)
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At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law. (119 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ My other favorite Woody Allen movie. All of those super hot sex scenes and London and things! ” - lindsey_romain
 
13.
Zodiac (2007)
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A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer. (157 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. make this a girl's movie dream come true on their own, but give me a little Chloe Sevigny and David Fincher's rad style and it's a hit. This was the only time I can remember being genuinely terrified in a movie theater. That stabbing by the lake scene has haunted me for years. ” - lindsey_romain
 
14.
An Education (2009)
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A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. (100 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
“ The coming out movie for Carey Mulligan, the love of my life. She has such a natural talent, and I love the color and delight of the 60s bursting at the seams of this movie. It was a revelation for me. ” - lindsey_romain
 
15.
Hard Candy (2005)
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A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a sex offender with pedophilia. (104 mins.)
Director: David Slade
“ I never get sick of that castration scene. ” - lindsey_romain
 
16.
Conversations with Other Women (2005)
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When a man and woman flirt with each other at a wedding reception, the sexual tension seems spontaneous. As they break from the party to a hotel room, the flirtation turns into a night filled with passion and remorse. (84 mins.)
Director: Hans Canosa
“ There's something incredibly intimate and perfectly peaceful about this little unseen gem. Helena Bonham Carter is expectedly brilliant and there's something wildly sexy about Aaron Eckhart that I can never put my finger on. I love the split-screen. Usually I find that kind of tactic pretentious, but here it's perfectly on point. ” - lindsey_romain
 
17.
Jurassic Park (1993)
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During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ Another nostalgic favorite. I love Steven Spielberg movies though. I really do. I don't know if they're weird enough or daring enough or even meant to make me think too hard or dream too big, but no other movies make me FEEEEEEEL the way his movies make me FEEEEEEL. If that makes sense? Jurassic Park is so full of grandeur and music and spectacle that it's hard not to feel overwhelmed. I get excited every time I find it on TV. ” - lindsey_romain
 
18.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
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A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does. (97 mins.)
Director: Gil Junger
“ What the fuck ever. My favorite teen movie, my favorite teen movie super heroine (Kat Stratford, ladies and gentlemen), and Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon Levitt before their prime. I put it on, quote along, and remember what it was like to be a pre-teen. AND I'M BACK IN THE GAME. ” - lindsey_romain
 
19.
A Serious Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
“ My favorite Coen brothers movie, which sounds silly next to The Big Lebowski or Fargo or what not, but there's something so incredibly endearing about the Gopnik family. ” - lindsey_romain
 
20.
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
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A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s. (97 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ There's something so dreamy and ethereal about this movie. It reminds me of lazy summer days and doodling in my notebooks and Michigan. My favorite Sofia Coppola movie by a landslide (though I also nurse a massive soft spot for Lost in Translation). ” - lindsey_romain
 
21.
WALL·E (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ The best Pixar movie and the most perfect animated movie of all time. ” - lindsey_romain
 
22.
Children of Men (2006)
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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ That long one-take gives me boners just thinking about it. ” - lindsey_romain
 
23.
Black Swan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ Slowly creeping its way into my top favorites only because it's bizarre and stunning and scary and full of amazing performances. ” - lindsey_romain
 
24.
The 400 Blows (1959)
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
“ I clearly remember watching this in film class and wondering how a movie could be so perfect. ” - lindsey_romain
 
25.
Little Women (1994)
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The March sisters live and grow in post-Civil War America. (115 mins.)
“ NOSTALGIA, OKAY. AND CHRISTIAN BALE AS A GUY NAMED TEDDY, OKAY? ” - lindsey_romain
 
26.
Rear Window (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
“ Favorite Hitchcock movie by a landslide. ” - lindsey_romain
 
27.
Milk (2008)
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The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ My favorite biopic of all time. Gus Van Sant knows what's up. And Sean Penn gives one of the most harrowing performances I've ever seen. ” - lindsey_romain
 
28.
Junebug (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A dealer in "outsider" art travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, challenging the equilibrium of this middle class Southern home. (106 mins.)
Director: Phil Morrison
“ Amy Adams is so fantastic in this little movie. I saw it before she was a big deal and I've loved her since. The movie is so touching too. That scene near the end in the hospital makes me sob hysterically. ” - lindsey_romain
 
29.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Because there is a pitiful romantic buried somewhere beneath my hostile exterior. Bogie and Bergman are handsome spectacles to behold. ” - lindsey_romain
 
30.
Half Nelson (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret. (106 mins.)
Director: Ryan Fleck
“ Another glimpse at Ryan Gosling, superstar. ” - lindsey_romain
 
31.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ Because at my core I enjoy a good British period piece. Throw in Keira Knightley and we've got ourselves a deal. I want Mr. Darcy for myself. ” - lindsey_romain
 
32.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubrick movies scare me to death. He captures such an intense aesthetic. It's always very surreal and slightly askew and perfectly horrifying. I don't like The Shining as an adaptation (it captures nothing relevant about the King novel), but as a standalone its perfectly wild and scary and fun. Heeeeeeeere's Johnny. ” - lindsey_romain
 
33.
All About Eve (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
“ Bette Davis is another hero divine. I love her in all of her catty splendor. ” - lindsey_romain
 
34.
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.)
“ A skewered timeline, Uma Thurman's wig, and the return of John Travolta's dancing. Good enough for me. Oh, and Bruce Willis's hottest role. ” - lindsey_romain
 
35.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
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While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Putting this on here because it's the least-loved of the trilogy but the most-loved by me. The Riders of Rohan! I love Eowyn and Eomer and all of that blonde hair blowing in the wind business. ” - lindsey_romain
 
36.
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
“ I used to catch this in snippets on Cinemax growing up and didn't see it in its entirety until a few years ago, but I remember standing in front of my mirror with a toy gun and pretending to be Natalie Portman. I was chubbier and blonder, but it felt legit at the time. ” - lindsey_romain
 
37.
Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
“ I love Emile Hirsch. I want all the world to know. ” - lindsey_romain
 
38.
The Wrestler (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
“ I didn't care for Requiem for a Dream the way most people seemed to, so The Wrestler was my first proper introduction to Arronofsky. Thank heavens. ” - lindsey_romain
 
39.
Labyrinth (1986)
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A selfish 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
“ Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie in a Jim Henson movie. You had me at hello. ” - lindsey_romain
 
40.
Beetlejuice (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. (92 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ I don't care for pretty much any of Tim Burton's recent movies (with the exception of Sweeney Todd - a murderous barber, for crying out loud!), but his old stuff is camp galore and I love it all to pieces. Beetle Juice is my favorite, but I do dote on Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow. ” - lindsey_romain
 
41.
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
“ Oh my love for 60s and 70s Dustin Hoffman... ” - lindsey_romain
 
42.
Rushmore (1998)
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The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation. (93 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wes Anderson. Delightful. ” - lindsey_romain
 
43.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the year before the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York. (113 mins.)
“ I covet Judy Garland's early 20th century bangs and swagger. ” - lindsey_romain
 
44.
Opening Night (1977)
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An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her. (144 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
“ New to the list, but any Cassavetes movie with a heavy emphasis on Gena Rowlands and insanity is a good thing. ” - lindsey_romain
 
45.
The New World (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Terrence Malick perfection. I haven't seen enough of his films to have a favorite, but I was blown away by this and always will be. ” - lindsey_romain
 
46.
Knocked Up (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant. (129 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
“ I love potty humor and Apatow always delivers some kind of eclectic mix of pop culture dialogue and laugh-out-loud dick jokes. Knocked Up is a little sexist, but a lot funny. ” - lindsey_romain
 
47.
Twister (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes. (113 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
“ LISTEN BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME. I was obsessed with tornados when I was a kid and this was like an ode to joy for that sort of thing. AND BILL PAXTON IS HOT. THE END. ” - lindsey_romain
 
48.
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
“ Fuck this movie and its bizarre brilliance. ” - lindsey_romain
 
49.
Unfaithful (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling. (124 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ Diane Lane is the sexiest broad on the planet. I love watching her performance here - she's so subdued and heartbreaking. ” - lindsey_romain
 
50.
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
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Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. (81 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ Great portrait of a family with some stellar performances. ” - lindsey_romain