BEST 50 MOVIES...OF THE LAST 50 YEARS

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1.
Barfly (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. (100 mins.)
“ Screenplay written by Bukowski in two weeks, Mickey Rourke at his best, Dunaway too...doesn't get better. ” - jacksback647
 
2.
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
“ What is now a movie involving a who's who of Hollywood icons, still stands up to any film. ” - jacksback647
 
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. (147 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ I can' put my finger on why this movie works, but when you watch it once you'll remember it. Ry Cooder's score and Harry Dean Stanton's performances are two reasons..Wim Wenders(director) is one of the all time greats. Homage paid to Wenders and Paris, Texas in numerous films, the latest being Bothersome Man. ” - jacksback647
 
4.
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.)
“ Daniel Day Lewis is in every scene. ” - jacksback647
 
5.
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex. (129 mins.)
“ Bertolucci's best..Brando's rawest performance set the bar for the "art movie" genre. ” - jacksback647
 
6.
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. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ So much involved with this movie at the time it was filmed, like Citizen Kane. Unlike Citzen Kane, Apocalypse Now is a good movie...boo hiss... ” - jacksback647
 
7.
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
“ Take away Marty's gangsters and you're left with the classic tragic hero.. ” - jacksback647
 
8.
The Pianist (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ With respect to Chinatown and Rosemarys Baby, this is Polanki's opus. ” - jacksback647
 
9.
The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Lady M. wades every morning through the sea in order to heal her pain. But she is not what she pretends... (95 mins.)
“ I've seen Jeanne Moreau a lot prettier (a lot younger) but never better..a part you'd think she had a role in creating. ” - jacksback647
 
10.
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 his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. (202 mins.)
“ What can you say part I or part II...I say part II..my list my say. ” - jacksback647
 
11.
Pusher (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord. (110 mins.)
“ Life as a drug dealer doesn't get more real. ” - jacksback647
 
12.
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 begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Overplayed on basic cable and movie channels has decreased what really is a top notch thriller... ” - jacksback647
 
13.
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.)
“ The very best Tarantino film. ” - jacksback647
 
14.
The Insider (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Does not make you quit smoking,...guilty.... but makes for a fantastic thriller. Maybe Christopher Plummers best role. Michael Mann's direction from calm to frantic tops Thief. ” - jacksback647
 
15.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Married on screen married off screen both bitterly ugly portrayals... ” - jacksback647
 
16.
The Hustler (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
“ No beginning or end to the Hustler, enter in the middle exit in the middle, lessons learned for fast Eddie. ” - jacksback647
 
17.
Ordinary People (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son. (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ Few movies have a feel to it. This movie is nervous, almost needing emotion from the viewer to sustain it...Best picture 1980...tough year, beat Raging Bull. ” - jacksback647
 
18.
Das Boot (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
“ Claustrophobic look at disgruntled German soldiers aboard a Uboat during WWII. Sounds bleak... it is. Cinematography acting and script more than make up for average special effects. ” - jacksback647
 
19.
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life. (125 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ A drunken' excommunicated priest (Richard Burton) and Ava Gardner...a good start. ” - jacksback647
 
20.
Sid and Nancy (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen... (112 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
“ Alex Cox's mark on the 80's cannot be overlooked...the life of Sid Vicious, portrayed by Gary Oldman. ” - jacksback647
 
21.
Amores Perros (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. (154 mins.)
“ Fast movie start to finish ...made faster because of the subtitles, if you don't speak Spanish. No good guys in this movie. ” - jacksback647
 
22.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ Few movies make you feel stoned after watching them, Requiem makes you feel wasted. ” - jacksback647
 
23.
The Intouchables (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
24.
Platoon (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ If you're between the ages of 18-25 and for whatever reason have not seen this movie..do yourself a favour. ” - jacksback647
 
25.
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
 
26.
Smoke (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers. (112 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
“ Brooklyn NY cigar stand interractions camouflage a father son story. Directed by Wayne Wang. ” - jacksback647
 
27.
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
“ Complete story... starts where it ends vice versa. Great cast, script, best picture, enough said. Much consideration to Forest Gump as I see them in the same category...1 and 1A. ” - jacksback647
 
28.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades. (118 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ A tribute to Terry Gilliam for his entire body of work...Fear and Loathing shows the best. ” - jacksback647
 
29.
Heat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Very difficult not to root for the bad guys in this one....De Niro and Pacino together for the first time, (Godfather Part II doesn't count for you movie buffs), and the bank robbery tops the list for best shootouts in movie history. ” - jacksback647
 
30.
Raising Arizona (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated. (94 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Cohen brothers fans may disagree and I welcome that, but Raising Arizona is their best..special consideration to their body of work as a whole..lovers of Big Lebowski..Fargo..No Country, I hear you but am sticking with Raising Arizona and not looking back. ” - jacksback647
 
31.
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
 
32.
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Woody at his neurotic best..special consideration to Manhattan, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Sweet Lowdown, Annie Hall: all of Woody's movies. ” - jacksback647
 
33.
Chopper (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller. (94 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
“ Bana's transformation into one of Australias most notorious bad guys is astounding..hardly recognize him..be prepared for violence! ” - jacksback647
 
34.
Lolita (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet. (152 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Shelly Winters or Sue Lyon..hmmmm decisions, decisions. Kubrick directed, I'm guessing Polanski wasn't asked. ” - jacksback647
 
35.
Frida (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. (123 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
“ A colourful canvas to a depressing life. ” - jacksback647
 
36.
Midnight Express (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison. (121 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Never smuggle hash from Turkey...Never smuggle hash from Turkey..true story ” - jacksback647
 
37.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman. (113 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
“ It can't be true???!!?? ” - jacksback647
 
38.
Sling Blade (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town. (135 mins.)
 
39.
After Hours (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop. (97 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Weird events occur in this one night stand gone wrong. Scorcese directs. ” - jacksback647
 
40.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. (170 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ I'm not a fan of cameo casting, but it works in this movie, maybe because war is cast the same way.. ” - jacksback647
 
41.
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. (119 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ My introduction to John Malkovich was technically The Killing Fields..this was a personal introduction. Great cast Glenn Close, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman. This remake surpasses the original French version. ” - jacksback647
 
42.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ Art imitating life for Sly..inspirational ” - jacksback647
 
43.
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, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Violently about as far as you can go in 1976. The blood originally was too realistic in colour so it had to be changed??? X rating becomes R. ” - jacksback647
 
44.
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
“ American Beauty exposes American insecurity. ” - jacksback647
 
45.
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.)
“ Not too many dark romantic comedies out there. ” - jacksback647
 
46.
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law. (102 mins.)
“ Underrated druggie drama in a non stop search for prescription narcotics. William Burroughs has a small role as a lifelong junkie. ” - jacksback647
 
47.
Spun (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A drug dealer introduces one of his customers, a 'speed freak', to the man who runs the meth lab. A crazy three-day adventure ensues. (101 mins.)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
“ Introduction to Jason Schwartzman. Reunion for Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts ..great cast overall. Two hour tweek on crystal meth. ” - jacksback647
 
48.
Something Wild (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up. (114 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ A road trip movie where you have no idea where it will end up. Funny and creepy at the same time..Jonathon Demme directs. ” - jacksback647
 
49.
Withnail & I (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp... (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
“ Quirky British dramatic comedy involving two out of work actors. More than a few memorable scenes. ” - jacksback647
 
50.
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three go-go dancers holding a young girl hostage come across a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert. After learning he's hiding a sum of cash around, the women start scheming on him. (83 mins.)
Director: Russ Meyer
“ Russ Meyer's Iconic B movie. The poster in the den..funny thing is, girls like this movie better than the guys..go figure. ” - jacksback647