I usually list by chronology, here I tried to rank the films in order ... some spots may be interchangeable
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.)
“ This is one of the best and quite possible the best of the 90s. Tricky stories perfectly arranged, great dialogue, great characters, great style, great soundtrack. Not only revolutionized the movies but also influenced pop culture. Represents a moment in time! ” - eli-ass
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ This is kind of on par with No. 1. It is totally my type of film.
A small, complex, intriguing, challenging, philosophical, independent film-noir psycho thriller. Definately Nolan's best and hands down the cleverest film I've ever seen. It's perfect. ” - eli-ass
No Country for Old Men
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.)
“ A perfectly crafted thriller by the great Coens.
Grotesque, funny, brilliant. Some scenes are so good you could watch just these bits over and over again ... ” - eli-ass
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
“ A 3 hour ensemble piece of biblical proportions.
Very strong cast, interesting plot lines and structure, poetic and witty and featuring an artsy ending that noone could have preseen.
The pace may seem slow at times, but this is definately worth every second of your time! ” - eli-ass
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
“ Another complex indie movie.
Surreal and very interesting.
And all the characters are so charming. ” - eli-ass
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
“ This is an underrated one. Christian Bale is certainly one of my favorite actors and in this satire he gives one of his best performances. This movie is hilarious from beginning to end. Love the humor ... and yet this is also to some degree thought provoking. ” - eli-ass
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
“ 40s style film noir "horror-" thriller. Milestone for the genre.
Dark, gritty atmosphere.
Great chemistry between the protagonists.
Great script and ending! ” - eli-ass
The Big Lebowski
"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.)
“ The dude is not only a character but represents an attitude.
Absolutely funny, grotesque comedy by the great Coen Brothers.
Cult. ” - eli-ass
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. (120 mins.)
“ Extraordinary. Inventive and colorful, bizarre and beautiful, violent and funny. A dark and extremely powerful revenge drama. ” - eli-ass
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.)
“ I had to send this one 3 times over the screen until it finally made this list - and I wanted it to do so after the first time ...
I still don't think it is perfect but I just can't deny the appeal of an insanely, entertainingly complex film like this. Even though parts of it feel a bit too conventional his project remains a challenging, sophisticated stroke of genius that is fascinating experience on literally multiple layers! ” - eli-ass
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. (124 mins.)
“ Not only a film but also a piece of art.
Best comic adaption I have seen.
Visually enthralling, compelling stories in a film noir thriller in a dark city, where only few colors mark a magical movie experience. ” - eli-ass
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
“ A huge load of interesting characters occupy this great film and are beautifully connected in this episodic drama dealing wonderfully with racial prejudice and communication issues. ” - eli-ass
City of God
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.)
“ An electrifying indie-drama! Incredibly well made, rich story. ” - eli-ass
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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.)
“ Wonderful film and statement for life. ” - eli-ass
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.)
“ My favorite Scorsese movie, though I'd say not his best one (right behind Raging Bull and Goodfellas).
A film about loneliness and alienation.
A shattering nightmare in the wonderfully portrayed Streets of New York City. De Niro gives an amazing, creepy performance. ” - eli-ass
A Serious Man
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking. (106 mins.)
“ In a way, this was more satisfying than any other Coen film to me.
I love it. The script is so fantastically written and funny. Even the tiniest supporting role is perfectly cast.
And did I mention Sy Ableman!? ” - eli-ass
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ Tarantino again.
This features one of the best 'first-scenes' I've seen in a very long time...Waltz is terrific and the movie is perfectly directed. ” - eli-ass
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ Tarantino the third. Well, he is just the man to show us things we normally don't see in other movies... though this is not quite as rewatchable as those I mentioned before... ” - eli-ass
A Clockwork Orange
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
“ My favorite by visonary director Kubrick.
This bizarre, unique piece is absolutly funny (in a dark way) and still delivers criticism about society. ” - eli-ass
American History X
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
“ Very strong, engaging, disturbing drama about and against (!) fascism. ” - eli-ass
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
“ HONORABLE MENTIONS:
I grew up with Star Wars. This call also includes the rest of the original trilogy. Star Wars was probably the first movie of the kind that you would today call a "blockbuster". It's corny but has given us a wonderful new universe with the biggest amount of memorable characters in a single movie ever ... ” - eli-ass
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ HONORABLE MENTIONS:
The hero of my childhood. This call also includes parts 2 and 3 of the series.
Simply one of the most entertaining and charming action adventures ever made. ” - eli-ass
12 Angry Men
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
“ HONORABLE MENTIONS:
This is not one of my very favorites but definately a Great Movie.
I list it under "Honorable mentions" because I think this is such an essential piece of filmmaking. I recommend this to those unevolved people who call "Transfomers: Revenge of the fallen" a good movie.
Here we get what is the most essential ingredients of a good film.
A great ensemble of actors, great characters and a great script.
That's all you need. No special effects, no explosions, no chase scenes, no shoot outs... no action.
Just 12 men sitting in a room talking for one and a half hours. ” - eli-ass
The Passion of the Christ
Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. (127 mins.)
“ HONORABLE MENTIONS:
High end in craftsmanship. Mel Gibson is a masterful director.
The tight atmosphere in this one is overwhelming.
The acting is outstanding.
I included it because it is actually the only movie I ever wanted to turn off because I was so emotionally moved by the cruelty presented.
To see Jesus suffering here was the most "disturbing" thing I ever watched... and thats due to the performances and great filmmaking.
For sure there are lots of "sicker" movies out there but most of them just leave you cold ... ” - eli-ass
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
“ HORABLE MENTIONS:
Always preferred this to other vietnam movies (Deer Hunter, Apocalypse now...) Great film about the soldiers and their struggle not to go nuts and their war between each other. ” - eli-ass