My top 40 favourite movies

List of my top forty favourite films of all time. I rated them in terms of my most favorite from one to forty.
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1.
The Imitation Game (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. (114 mins.)
Director: Morten Tyldum
“ My most anticipated movie of all time, and one of the best films of 2014.
It stars one of my favourite actors (Cumberbatch) playing one of the most fascinating people ever, Alan Turing. It really is an amazing, beautiful and accomplished work of art. ” - Avwillfan89
 
2.
Angels in America (2003 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals. (352 mins.)
“ Genuinely one of the most beautiful films ever. The text is out of this world! ” - Avwillfan89
 
3.
Scent of a Woman (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated. (156 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ "You get tangled up, you tango on." Pure beauty. ” - Avwillfan89
 
4.
The Runaways (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. This film also explores the relationship between band members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. (106 mins.)
“ A near perfect bio pic with VERY well casted performers: Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. This was basically the film that got me interested in playing the guitar. ” - Avwillfan89
 
5.
Shark Tale (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
When a son of a gangster shark boss is accidentally killed while on the hunt, his would-be prey and his vegetarian brother both decide to use the incident to their own advantage. (90 mins.)
“ The animated movie that introduced me to classics like Goodfellas, The Godfather and Taxi Driver. I love it! ” - Avwillfan89
 
6.
A Home at the End of the World (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Hours" comes a story that chronicles a dozen years in... (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Mayer
“ My heart was swelling up like a balloon the whole time. Genuinely one of the most beautiful films ever. ” - Avwillfan89
 
7.
The Lion King (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (89 mins.)
“ My favorite film from my childhood. As much my favorite now as it was then. The story and animation are the best I've seen from Disney, so it's hard to top it. ” - Avwillfan89
 
8.
Sideways (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ Brilliant film about wine and human relationships. ” - Avwillfan89
 
9.
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s. (127 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Very personal movie of mine. So many people can relate to it. Unforgettable performance by Jolie. ” - Avwillfan89
 
10.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ You want an insight in the life of American mafia? This is better than any documentary you'll ever see! ” - Avwillfan89
 
11.
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, two monsters realize things may not be what they think. (92 mins.)
“ Funny, moving and perfect in every way! ” - Avwillfan89
 
12.
Independence Day (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ One of the few sci-fi blockbusters to still be remembered to this day thanks to its originality. Not bad. Not bad at all! ” - Avwillfan89
 
13.
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job to work in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date. (144 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ Completly blows me away everytime. Fantastic movie! ” - Avwillfan89
 
14.
Casino (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends. a mafia underboss and a casino owner for a trophy wife over a gambling empire. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Like Goodfellas, no one could have directed it better than the legendary Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone shine at the top of their game. ” - Avwillfan89
 
15.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Everyone knows the quote, many have seen the movie and we all love it! ” - Avwillfan89
 
16.
Bridesmaids (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef. (125 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
“ Apart from the Hangover, it has got nothing on any of the new comedies from America. Absolutely hilarious! ” - Avwillfan89
 
17.
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other. (106 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ Funny, beautiful, sexy, inspiring, fufilling and thought provoking - all at the same time. ” - Avwillfan89
 
18.
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
“ A truly beautiful and enjoyable film. "Get busy living or get busy dying. That's goddamn right." ” - Avwillfan89
 
19.
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
“ Bleak, disturbing but thouroughly brilliant. Travis Bickle is definitely one of my all time favorite characters in one of the best American films ever. ” - Avwillfan89
 
20.
Carlito's Way (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Excellent gangster thriller, entertaining and suspense filled with great acting. ” - Avwillfan89
 
21.
The Birdcage (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée's right-wing moralistic parents. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ One of the funniest films I've ever seen. It will leave you in stitches! ” - Avwillfan89
 
22.
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins while taking a young protégé under his wing. (162 mins.)
“ A tragic yet simply brilliant conclusion to the famous saga. ” - Avwillfan89
 
23.
The Full Monty (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity. (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Cattaneo
“ Hilariously in-stitches funny, classical British comedy ” - Avwillfan89
 
24.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve. (85 mins.)
Director: Brian Henson
“ Not only is it a good adaptation of the classic Dickens novel, it has all the brilliant entertainment factors of the Muppets. ” - Avwillfan89
 
25.
Monster (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. (109 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
“ Charlize is an example of what real acting is in this film. ” - Avwillfan89
 
26.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (99 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ Hilariously funny British zombie comedy. Featuring great performances, blood splatter, ice cream and Queen. ” - Avwillfan89
 
27.
Third Star (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
James and his three closest lifelong friends go on an ill-advised trip to the stunning coastal area of Barafundle Bay in West Wales. What follows is a touching and comical adventure dealing with friendship, heroism and love. (92 mins.)
Director: Hattie Dalton
“ Although dealing with the very difficult subject of Cancer and dying young, this film is utterly enthralling, sensational, beautiful, hilarious and devastating all at the same time. ” - Avwillfan89
 
28.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife. (125 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Both gut-busting funny and heartbreakingly sad - there is literally never a dull moment in this film. God bless Robin Williams and his comedic genius. ” - Avwillfan89
 
29.
Brave (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (93 mins.)
“ Celtic mythology, fiesty female heroine, scottish accents and feminism at its best - all in a Pixar movie! ” - Avwillfan89
 
30.
Van Gogh: Painted with Words (2010 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of Vincent Van Gogh, with dialogue sourced from his own words. (80 mins.)
Director: Andrew Hutton
“ Fantastic, deeply intimate and informative docudrama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Vincent Van Gogh. It truly is great when one of your favourite actors portrays a person you also equally admire. ” - Avwillfan89
 
31.
The Avengers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (143 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ Nothing works better than to have all these amazing superheroes fight a bad ass villain in one movie! ” - Avwillfan89
 
32.
Whale Rider (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize. (101 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
“ Magical New Zealand film about a young girl going against tradition. Perfect movie to watch when you're staying beside a beach. :) ” - Avwillfan89
 
33.
V for Vendetta (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
“ The man behind the anarchy mask and his muse fight against fascism in a futuristic London. Very well made, written and acted. ” - Avwillfan89
 
34.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ This is mostly brilliant because of Heath Ledger's hypnotic performance as The Joker. One of the most deserved Oscars ever. ” - Avwillfan89
 
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 brightly colourful, passionate and enriching story of the equally passionate and brilliant Mexican painter, Frida Khalo. Salma Hayek shines in this one! ” - Avwillfan89
 
36.
Inside Out (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. (95 mins.)
“ Yet another amazing film from Pixar that focuses on emotions - and coming of age. ” - Avwillfan89
 
37.
I, Robot (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity. (115 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ Great source material, great acting, great movie! ” - Avwillfan89
 
38.
Ghostbusters (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat. (116 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
“ Way better than the original - kicks solid ass and is hilariously funny. Take that haters! ” - Avwillfan89
 
39.
Phone Booth (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. (81 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Who'd of thought a guy stuck in a phone booth for nearly an entire film could be so entertaining? :) ” - Avwillfan89
 
40.
Frankie and Johnny (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom. (118 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ My favorite romantic comedy. ” - Avwillfan89