My Favorite Films

The top 25 films that I've seen... so far!? I think?
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1.
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.)
“ My favorite movie eva! From my favorite film maker Quentin Tarantino! What makes this movie great is the characters & the dialog! Very Cool! QT! ” - beattie
 
2.
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.)
“ This movie is bad-ass! The action sequences are the best!!! & created the new bench-mark! But it's not only a killer action flick & maybe the best Sci-Fi movie ever!! It's also gawd dayum EPIC... bending and twisting your mind and knocks you on your @ss! Eye Candy! ” - beattie
 
3.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Probably one of the most universally loved movies of all-time! What's not to like about this movie!? NOTHING! I could watch this over & over & over! ” - beattie
 
4.
Braveheart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ This used to be my favorite movie... the test of time seems to have dropped it a bit! But I still think it's a masterpiece! And I dont care about it's accuracy! I'm not grading a history paper here! This movie had a profound effect on me when I 1st seen it!! I may have been 14-15? I wanted to be a better person honest/loyal/brave/etc. lol well so much for that...but anyways ;) it stuck with me for a while after watching it... to me thats when you know for sure its a great one... ” - beattie
 
5.
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
“ I love this damn movie! Jack Nicholson is awesome! His best performance and that's saying alot! I love this character, one of my favorite characters fo sho! It may be in the drama section but also a very entertaining comedy IMO!! You must see this movie!! ” - beattie
 
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.)
“ What can you say? This is a list of great films... so here is the Godfather! Done deal! Any list without it must have been created by another life form? or some unfortunate soul who didnt invest the 3hrs into watching this splendor of film making?!?! ” - beattie
 
7.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ I love everything about this movie! The acting: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey! The genre: Crime/Mystery/Thriller! The plot: tracking down a serial killer who uses the 7 deadly sins as his inspiration! Way way way better then Saw!! And I like Saw (the 1st one anyway). Very cool & very well executed movie! IMO ” - beattie
 
8.
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
“ I remember renting Forrest Gump! It was the 1st movie and only movie I watched where as soon as it was finished, I hit rewind (VHS) and watched it all over again right away! Classic! Forrest Gump is another unforgettable character! Who hasnt quoted a line from Forrest Gump? ” - beattie
 
9.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ I love this movie mainly because of the relationship between the amazingly sharp & intelligent Dr. Hannibal Lecter & the rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling! One of the best villains ever, hands down! Just a really clever thriller that unfolds beautifully on screen!! ” - beattie
 
10.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
“ + Vol. 1
I like to consider Kill Bill Vol.1 & Vol. 2 one movie. But if I had to choose I would pick Vol. 2, so that's why it' listed...

I love revenge movies, and this is the ultimate revenge movie! More great QT characters & great dialog... ” - beattie
 
11.
City of God (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 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.)
“ My favorite foreign film of all-time & one of the greatest film's I've ever seen!! Stunning! I've watched this movie 3-4 times now & each time I almost expect my praise for it to diminish but instead I learn to appreciate it even more!! ” - beattie
 
12.
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
“ One of those movies that's almost a safe bet to recommend to anyone no matter what their film taste's are... A very young Natalie Portman stars with Jean Reno and a cool villain played by Gary Oldman! A must see! ” - beattie
 
13.
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
“ Love it! My favorite Coen's bros. movie! This movie is damn hilarious!! And as I've mentioned one of my benchmarks for a great film is characters - The Dude & Walter are among my favorites in movie history! ” - beattie
 
14.
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
 
15.
Almost Famous (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ Beautifully combines two of my favorite things in life... great music and great film-making... nuff said! ” - beattie
 
16.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
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
“ One of my favorite movie twists of all-time. Your following along with "Verbal" Kint's narration (Kevin Spacey) & watching the flash backs to the action as Kint describes, trying to piece together this little mystery/thriller puzzle... Then BAM the rug is pulled out from under you & your speechless... Very clever! Oscar award winning script also! ” - beattie
 
19.
Frailty (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons." (100 mins.)
Director: Bill Paxton
“ Bill Paxton does an awesome job both acting & directing in this highly under-rated thriller! A very original, dark & haunting film with some twists along the way. Also touches a bit on one of my other fascinations: Religion! The "God's Hands" killer! Don't overlook this one! Check it out! ” - beattie
 
20.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ This was really the movie that awakened me to the fact that other countries can make %$^&ing awesome movies as well!! What else have I been missing!? Never again will I let foreign films & subtitles keep me from experiencing bad ass movies like this one!! There's so much going on in this movie, it's just an all around amazing film! ” - beattie
 
21.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
“ I had never read the books, only seen the trailers & heard the buzz about this movie before I stepped into the theater... damn what a shock! The spectacle that is LoTR captivated me from the very first frame... Amazing visuals, story, special effects, etc. I remember being disappointed at first when the credits rolled, but it was only because it was over... I wanted the next 2 installments then & there!! ” - beattie
 
24.
Minority Report (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
“ It seems odd that I would rank this movie, of all the amazing Steven Spielberg movies to choose from, this high... Only Saving Private Ryan being higher. But it's a testament to how much I enjoy it! I love movies that make you think... this is definitely one of those, a very intelligent sci-fi/action film. The story is gripping & the action & special effects are amazing! ” - beattie
 
25.
Rounders (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school. (121 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
“ 2 of my favorite actors in a movie about poker? Still not expecting much , how good can a movie centered around poker really be? Well IMO this film delivers! Another under-rated movie in my book... Damon (Mike McDee) & Norton (Worm) are also a great duo on screen! Plus Martin Landua, John Turturro & John Malkovich are all great!! You don't have to love poker as I do to appreciate the movie either! IMO :) ” - beattie