my fifty-nine favorite movies (English language)

These are the fifty-seven that continue to move and inspire and even improve with age. I just haven't seen enough foreign films to do that category justice.
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1.
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
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A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ Captures perfectly the seduction of living on the edge in an exotic locale. You can taste the adrenalin. Memorable score too. ” - Mark Harris
 
2.
Before Sunrise (1995)
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A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (101 mins.)
“ So, defying improbable odds against, you find THE girl of your dreams and, defying astronomical odds against, she loves you back. ” - Mark Harris
 
3.
The Cider House Rules (1999)
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A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world. (126 mins.)
“ Scrupulously cast; uncanny score; reminds me of what it felt like to read Dickens for the first time. ” - Mark Harris
 
4.
Ruby in Paradise (1993)
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Ruby, a young woman, arrives in a Florida resort town during the off season to make a fresh start. She... (114 mins.)
Director: Victor Nunez
“ This one feels like it's steeped in the stuff of real life. Superb performance by Ashley Judd. And, hard to imagine I know, but not a wisecrackin' asskickin' superhero anywhere in sight. ” - Mark Harris
 
5.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ The cat-and-mouse, fight, and car-chase scenes are brilliant, yes, but it's the quirky rapport achieved between Matt Damon as Bourne and Franka Potente as Marie that elevate this one above the splendid sequels in my mind. ” - Mark Harris
 
6.
High Fidelity (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ Note-perfect. ” - Mark Harris
 
7.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Spellbinding, gripping, a visual treat, and yet earthy as hell. Plus another irreplaceable momentous score. ” - Mark Harris
 
8.
Amadeus (1984)
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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
“ Music by Mozart. ” - Mark Harris
 
9.
The Village (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village. (108 mins.)
“ I can't quite fathom why this movie hasn't generated more acclaim. It exhibits the enduring and psychologically penetrating attributes of a fairy tale, inspired performances, wicked cinematography, and a stunning unearthly score. ” - Mark Harris
 
10.
Primer (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention. (77 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
“ The understated way this movie was shot (on a shoestring budget) is so compelling it's hard to believe the events as presented didn't actually happen. Then again, what you think just happened didn't happen in the way you thought but in a way that should be impossible but since they happened it must be possible or so you might think. Note to Mr. Carruth: hire me for your next film. Roll the dice. I'm just like Brando without being dead. ” - Mark Harris
 
11.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Stirring, majestic, as monumental as a Greek tragedy. Even D. H. Lawrence liked this story. ” - Mark Harris
 
12.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
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Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (125 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
“ Once upon a time, men of principle and integrity were actually admired, even celebrated. ” - Mark Harris
 
13.
Like Crazy (2011)
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A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. (86 mins.)
Director: Drake Doremus
“ Captivating. ” - Mark Harris
 
14.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ Intense. Should have won Best Picture. ” - Mark Harris
 
15.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ Contrary to popular opinion, The Matrix is not a work of fiction. ” - Mark Harris
 
16.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ What a rush! Besides the stunning visuals, and the extradimensional premise, with Ariadne, impeccably portrayed by Ellen Page, Christopher Nolan has given us a heroine for the ages. ” - Mark Harris
 
17.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ Astounding performance by the kid and Willis rose to the occasion. ” - Mark Harris
 
18.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
 
19.
Beyond Rangoon (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Laura is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after the murder of her husband and son, and goes on vacation with her sister to Burma... (100 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ Save for the fact that a few scenes seem a little too hastily executed, this is every bit as gripping and intense as The Year of Living Dangerously. ” - Mark Harris
 
20.
Take Shelter (2011)
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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. (121 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
 
21.
What Maisie Knew (2012)
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In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle. (99 mins.)
 
22.
The Sting (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Please don't remake this classic. ” - Mark Harris
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
Clueless (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way. (97 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
“ Good-natured. ” - Mark Harris
 
25.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues. (138 mins.)
“ Still the best version on film. ” - Mark Harris
 
26.
Thirteen (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend. (100 mins.)
“ Daring and courageous filmmaking. ” - Mark Harris
 
27.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. (129 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
28.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (146 mins.)
 
29.
The Lathe of Heaven (1980 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs... (105 mins.)
 
30.
The Hunger Games (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. (142 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
 
31.
Predestination (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos. (97 mins.)
 
32.
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
33.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
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160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
34.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives. (171 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
35.
Before Midnight (2013)
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We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. (109 mins.)
 
36.
The East (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. (116 mins.)
Director: Zal Batmanglij
 
37.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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
 
38.
The Natural (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. (138 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
39.
Babe (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. (91 mins.)
Director: Chris Noonan
 
40.
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
 
41.
99 Homes (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A recently unemployed single father struggles to get back his foreclosed home by working for the real estate broker who is the source of his frustration. (112 mins.)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
 
42.
All the President's Men (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation. (138 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
43.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. (146 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
44.
Divergent (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late. (139 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
 
45.
Swingers (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene. (96 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
 
46.
Better Than Sex (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After a one-night stand a couple is faced with the terrifying possibility of what they really want. (95 mins.)
 
47.
X-Men 2 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces. (134 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
48.
Eye in the Sky (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare. (102 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
 
49.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years -- which could shake the foundations of Christianity. (149 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
50.
The Big Short (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. (130 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
 
51.
Patriot Games (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge. (117 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
52.
The Pelican Brief (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A law student uncovers a conspiracy, putting herself and others in danger. (141 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
53.
Kill the Messenger (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered... (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Cuesta
 
54.
National Treasure (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. (131 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
55.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
56.
The Giver (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world. (97 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
57.
Project Almanac (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control. (106 mins.)
Director: Dean Israelite
 
58.
Coherence (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead. (89 mins.)
 
59.
Excalibur (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart (140 mins.)
Director: John Boorman