My favourite movies

Well, I don't give away high scores easily, but these are the films I've given top marks (9 or 10) to, films that impressed me for various reasons.
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1.
American History X (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
“ The scariest films are the ones that remind us of reality. And this is by far the most chilling film I've ever seen. I mean.. that "eat the curb"-scene? That made me jump out of my seat, and trust me, I'm not easily spooked by... well, anything.
Brilliant acting, particularly from Norton. Just a straight up 10. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
2.
American Psycho (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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.)
Director: Mary Harron
“ I think people generally underestimate Bale in this one. Pretty much known as Mr. Freeze due to not giving away much facial expression, this proves everything about that statement wrong.
It takes a lot from an actor to portray such a vile human being.
And the plot? Well, serial killing while reviewing 80's pop albums must always be considered a brilliant idea, doesn't it? ” - Jennica Larsson
 
3.
Monster's Ball (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed. (111 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ Subdued drama, but everything here just feels so real, even though the story has its share of holes.
The acting here is brilliant, from Halle Berry through Billy Bob Thornton, and not forgetting the supporting characters by Heath Ledger and Peter Boyle. Hell, even Puff Daddy is great, and it just goes to show what actors are truly capable of when working with a great script.
The scene where Hank (Thornton) assaults Sonny (Ledger) is so uncomfortable to watch, you can really feel all the angst and hatred between the two, Ledger is really impressive in this scene.
The ending scene with Leticia are among the best performances ever by a female actress. You just kind of wish that Berry would be able to do that sort of thing again. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
4.
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
“ Pretty much a flawless film, it's got everything from those feel-good moments (McMurphy on the boat trip) to the downright chilling (Billy's suicide) and down to the unexpected ending. Nicholson is simply fantastic. All those Academy Awards were well deserved. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
5.
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.)
“ Pretty much everyone's favourite film, isn't it? And there's a reason for that. Tarantino is great. And this is his best, hands down. His penchant for lenghty dialogue has never been better. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
6.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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.)
Director: George Lucas
“ What can I say? A childhood favourite that has stood the test of time.
Still the best sci-fi there is, and probably ever will be. It's got it all, the heroes, the villians, the cool vehicles, the light sabres.. Darth Vader. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
7.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ Best follow-up EVER? I was always the kind of child that was rooting for the bad guys, and they were always the main reason I watched films like these (Darth Vader!) but damn, when Han Solo was frozen at the end, I felt so bad and I completely switched sides. That didn't happen often. Still doesn't. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
8.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ Best ending in a trilogy EVER? An epic end to an equally epic story. My personal favourite of the three films as a child, and it still is. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
9.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ I don't get it. Why are everyone always raving on about Schwarznegger being scary as The Terminator, when to me, it was Robert Patricks as T-100 that scared the *beep* out of me. Talk about an ICE COLD killer. Best part? The chilling imagery at the start of the film, coupled with that eerie music. You just know something bad is going down in this film. And you're right. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
10.
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.)
“ I REFUSED to watch this when it came out. I always do, when films get overhyped. I just want to form my own opinion and be able to say "well, this sucked" and prove people wrong. Well. When I saw this two years later than everyone else, I was so desperate to find faults in it, I wanted to slam it so badly. And I really wanted to say Heath Ledgers performance was overblown by his death.

Verdict? I can't do it.

Heath Ledger deserves every ounce of praise he's gotten as well as his Academy Award. I've never seen a better villain - EVER - and I've rarely come across this type of acting, the type of acting where you JUST CAN'T BELIEVE that it's actually an actor and not a live character. I've given the film top marks solely based on Ledger, despite the fact that the plot and the script isn't perfect.
It's all on his shoulders, but boy does he carry it well. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
11.
The Machinist (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. (101 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
“ I've always loved the unpredictable kind of films, I want to see twists and I want to see things come together in a way that I myself couldn't see coming. This is perfect in that regard, even though your mind is pretty focused on counting Christian Bale's every rib sticking out throughout the film. Talk about giving it all for your art! ” - Jennica Larsson
 
12.
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
“ What can be said about the film that consistently tops every list of Best Movie Ever Made? I'm almost inclined to agree - almost. It's such a hopeful thing, and the acting is incredible. It's one of those films that get you sucked in, and you can pretty much watch it ten times over without ever getting bored by it. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
13.
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 confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Well constructed, well acted, well thought through. Just great from start to finish, Anthony Hopkins serves us one of the best and most chilling psychopaths ever to be portrayed on the screen. Simply an unforgotteable film. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
14.
This Is England (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit. (101 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
“ I'm not too fond of child actors, but Thomas Turgoose is such a brilliant young actor. This reminded me a lot of American History X, with a similar theme and fate, and just like the aforementioned film, this is one film that scared me. In one of the final scenes, I literally stopped breathing. Hard to beat an impression like that. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
15.
Trainspotting (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Absolutely flawless in every aspect. Great acting, great scenery, THE BEST soundtrack of all time. Every scene is a favourite for me. There's drugs (obviously), there's music, there's sex, there's excrement (a lot of it, too), there's a "one-final-scam" and a whole life philosophy to this film. What more can you ask for? ” - Jennica Larsson
 
16.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, 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.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Political, frightening, brutal. Stanley Kubrick's best film, and that's saying a lot. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
17.
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
“ Monumenteus film about the incredible life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, portrayed (brilliantly, I might add - he should have gotten an Academy Award) by Tom Hulce as a giggling imbecil with pottery humour, and yet the greatest genius of all time as a composer. You feel for Salieri, you can't help but wonder - how did this happen? Compelling film. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
18.
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
“ Kevin Spacey is as sleazy as they come in this film, perfectly portaying a mid-life crisis resulting in tragedy. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
19.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich. (112 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ Probably one of the weirdest films I've ever seen - and I love it. I don't how one would come up with an idea like this, but for some very odd reason, every screwed up thing about it works! ” - Jennica Larsson
 
20.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ Try to keep up with this one the first time you see it. The plot is so well constructed, it's truly impressive. A backwards film? Why not? This keeps you guessing right until the end and it's full of delightful twists. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
21.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life. (118 mins.)
“ If you ever doubted in Leonard diCaprio's acting ability, you seriously need to see this. He portrays the mentally retarded younger brother of Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp, also brilliant) and it's really quite impressive. Rather emotional story of a dysfunctional working class family, slowly learning how to get along and supporting one another. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
22.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. (129 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Terry Gilliam, brilliant as always, here depicting a future world deserted in ruins by a disease that James Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to try and stop. Brad Pitt does his absolute best as a psychopathic extremist. The decision to swap Willis' and Pitts' roles for each other was a brave one, and it worked so well. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
23.
The Boondock Saints (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent. (108 mins.)
Director: Troy Duffy
“ Well, let's say this is one film I didn't expect to love. Or even like, for that matter. It's just not my sort of thing, this type of "let's-just-start-shooting-in-every-direction" and act as if that's cool. But thanks to a rapidly flowing plot, it does work and I found myself completely immersed in this and loving every minute of it. Willem Dafoe's cross-dressing cop character is one of my all-time favourites. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
24.
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.)
“ Impressive, just really impressive, both in aspects of directing, script-wise and acting. Billy Bob Thornton's best role and best film to date. Next to Leonardo diCaprio in aforementioned "Gilbert Grape", he's done one of the greatest acting impressions of mental retardation, and he does it with such charm and such sweetness. I just felt so sorry for him, the whole way through. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
25.
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 modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Greatest thriller ever made. A flawless story of a serial killer, one of the worst I've ever seen depicted in a film. Visually stunning, acting is brilliant (particularly Kevin Spacey). ” - Jennica Larsson
 
26.
Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ I love films that requires a lot of thinking from the audience and this one sure did. Quite an impressive debut, very well constructed and just goes to show you don't need a big ass budget to make a great film. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
27.
Rain Man (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ This is just a beautiful film.
People just need to be reminded of how great Tom Cruise actually is in this film, and what an emotional ride his character is going through, starting off as your typical egocentrical money-grabbing yuppie, taking advantage of his idiot savant long-lost older brother, but ending up learning to care for and love his sibling. Never get tired of this one, just a perfect lesson in compassion. ” - Jennica Larsson
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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.)
 
30.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.)
 
31.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
 
32.
The Aviator (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s. (170 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
33.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. (118 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
36.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson. (84 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
37.
True Romance (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine - the Mob - track them down in an attempt to reclaim it. (120 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
38.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
39.
The Elephant Man (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. (124 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
40.
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
 
41.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
 
42.
In the Name of the Father (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them. (133 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
43.
Black Swan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
 
44.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
45.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
46.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
47.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
48.
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.)
 
49.
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
 
50.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 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.)
 
51.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
 
52.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. (117 mins.)
 
53.
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
 
54.
Equilibrium (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. (107 mins.)
Director: Kurt Wimmer