My 25 Favorite Movies

These are the movies that I can watch over and over again, movies that have impacted me emotionally, changed the way I think, made me laugh, made me cry, made me believe in the impossible, in the human spirit. These are my favorite movies.
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1.
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
“ This is my favorite movie of all time. Perhaps it's because I am young and eager to see the world and keep from becoming complacent, or maybe it's because this film encompasses the true desire of every man. "To be alone in the wild." ” - dannyporter
 
2.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
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Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ This is number two for many reasons, INCREDIBLE CINEMATOGRAPHY, amazing script, and an all around entertaining and suspenseful film. ” - dannyporter
 
3.
V for Vendetta (2005)
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In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ Great action flick, even better political thriller. This is anarchy at it's finest. ” - dannyporter
 
4.
The Patriot (2000)
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Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son. (165 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Best historical war movie ever made, in my opinion. This film is an amazing glimpse at the timeless saga of the bond of family and the bond of countrymen. ” - dannyporter
 
5.
Friday Night Lights (2004)
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Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
“ The best sports film ever made. It is unflinching in realism and emotion. Flat out incredible. ” - dannyporter
 
6.
Garden State (2004)
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A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
“ My favorite indie flick, my favorite coming of age story. Three of Hollywood's finest actors all in one heartwarming film. ” - dannyporter
 
7.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
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A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career. (117 mins.)
“ A great feel good story. This is how a father should love his child. ” - dannyporter
 
8.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
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A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ A fantastic road movie. A grand adventure in filmmaking and an even grander adventure into the bonds of siblings. ” - dannyporter
 
9.
Jarhead (2005)
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A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home. (125 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ An awesome war film, my favorite memoir film, told with such great humor and emotion. It's just that good. ” - dannyporter
 
10.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ An amazing story with two of the best actors in history. Freeman and Eastwood are flat out amazing. Swank is the icing on the cake. ” - dannyporter
 
11.
The Social Network (2010)
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Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ The defining movie of my generation. ” - dannyporter
 
12.
Stand by Me (1986)
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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ One of my favorite 80's films. Good Stuff. ” - dannyporter
 
13.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ Favorite romantic comedy, it's timeless. ” - dannyporter
 
14.
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
“ Gosling makes this film incredible. ” - dannyporter
 
15.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
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During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ Second favorite film as far as cinematography goes. Beautifully done. ” - dannyporter
 
16.
Mystic River (2003)
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With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ My favorite east coast crime drama. ” - dannyporter
 
17.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ It's a classic, come on now. ” - dannyporter
 
18.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Incredible story. ” - dannyporter
 
19.
Taxi Driver (1976)
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A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, while attempting to save a twelve-year-old prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Chiiling and thought provoking. De Niro at his best. ” - dannyporter
 
20.
Crash (2004)
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Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ The human emotion at it's finest. ” - dannyporter
 
21.
The Mist (2007)
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A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Great horror film. Best (and most controversial) ending to any movie ever. ” - dannyporter
 
22.
Seven Pounds (2008)
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A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers. (123 mins.)
“ Dark, depressing, and flat out beautiful. ” - dannyporter
 
23.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
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An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death. (113 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ The only good Will Ferrell movie ever made. ” - dannyporter
 
24.
Pineapple Express (2008)
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A process server and his marijuana dealer wind up on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after he witnesses his dealer's boss murder a competitor while trying to serve papers on him. (111 mins.)
“ My favorite Comedy. ” - dannyporter
 
25.
Orange County (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A guidance counselor mistakenly sends out the wrong transcripts to Stanford University under the name of an over-achieving high schooler. (82 mins.)
Director: Jake Kasdan
“ The defining film of my adolescent years. ” - dannyporter