The Best Films I Have Seen, So Far

A Collection of films you must see before you die. Sorted by year of release, then alphabetically. Be aware that this is not a comprehensive list; it is comprised only of films which I have seen.
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1.
Nosferatu (1922)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ F.W. Murnau's chilling take on the Vampire tale (the tagline for this film, "Eine Symphonie des Grauens"--"A symphony of horror"--does the title justice.) ” - maverick31415
 
2.
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch. (45 mins.)
Director: Buster Keaton
“ One of Buster Keaton's masterpieces, this film tells the tale of a silent movie projectionist who dreams of becoming a detective. In one glorious sequence, Buster literally steps into one of the films he is screening. ” - maverick31415
 
3.
The General (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
“ Based on a real incident, this is the story of a Confederate train engineer whose locomotive, the eponymous General, is stolen by Union spies. Buster Keaton does not disappoint. ” - maverick31415
 
4.
Metropolis (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Fritz Lang's vision of the future, co-written with his wife, Thea von Harbou. This film defies description in its scope and brilliance. ” - maverick31415
 
5.
Sunrise (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him. Both sides are made flesh - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ F.W. Murnau tells us of a married country man who is having an affair with a city woman, the latter of whom convinces the former to drown his wife. ” - maverick31415
 
6.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ Lewis Milestone's World War I masterpiece is that rare war film that in no way glorifies violence, but treats it as what it is--grim, terrible, and miserable. ” - maverick31415
 
7.
M (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Fritz Lang weaves a disquieting yarn in this tale of child murder, implied pedophilia, the Berlin Underground movement, the then-modern investigation technique of fingerprinting, and provides us with a glimpse into the mind of a psychopath. ” - maverick31415
 
8.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ The classic tale of Beauty taming the Beast. The famous Empire State Building scene is still magnificent to this day. ” - maverick31415
 
9.
It Happened One Night (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ A romantic comedy centering on a bus ride. Contrary to the title it did not actually happen "one night," but rather it was a slow process taking place over a few days. ” - maverick31415
 
10.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti... (132 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
“ Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian butt heads in this brilliant tale of mutiny on the high seas. ” - maverick31415
 
11.
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ Frank Capra's wonderful film about a family of blissful eccentrics. ” - maverick31415
 
12.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. (129 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ James Stewart delivers a stirring performance as Mr. Smith, an idealistic man whose nearly hopeless naivety clashes with the cynicism of Washington, D.C. ” - maverick31415
 
13.
The Great Dictator (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ Long before anyone had the courage to do so, Charles Chaplin stood up to Hitler and the other Axis Powers in Europe. His send-up of Hitler--here Adenoid Hynkel--is remarkable, and there is a famous ballet scene with darkly humourous results. ” - maverick31415
 
14.
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Orson Welles' masterpiece of cinema utilizing innovative techniques of filmmaking tells the story of the quest to uncover the meaning of Charles Foster Kane's last word--"Rosebud." ” - maverick31415
 
15.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Casablanca--the African port whence political refugees flee to America, to escape the Nazis. Love, murder, intrigue, and a host of memorable characters collide at Casablanca. ” - maverick31415
 
16.
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II. (134 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ William Wyler's wonderful tale of a housewife in World War II England guiding her family through the hard times. ” - maverick31415
 
17.
Gaslight (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane. (114 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ A psychological thriller in which Ingrid Bergman's character thinks she is losing her mind, and, in a climactic scene with a knife, tells her husband exactly how she feels about him. ” - maverick31415
 
18.
The Lost Weekend (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout. (101 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Before "The Lost Weekend," few films showed alcoholics in a negative light--they were always the lovable town drunk. This film had the audacity to portray an alcoholic as a man with a problem. ” - maverick31415
 
19.
Great Expectations (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. (118 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Charles Dickens' tale of Pip, a lad with great expectations, whose life follows many twists and turns. ” - maverick31415
 
20.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ This is certainly one of the best feel-good movies out there. We are reminded of just how wonderful life is. ” - maverick31415
 
21.
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen. He and his son set out to find it. (89 mins.)
“ This film is about a man whose bicycle is stolen--a bicycle without which he is out of work in post-WWII Italy. Not a place to be without a job. ” - maverick31415
 
22.
Hamlet (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king. (154 mins.)
“ William Shakespeare's tragedy of murder, insanity, and ghosts brought magnificently to the screen by Laurence Olivier. ” - maverick31415
 
23.
The Snake Pit (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A detailed chronicle of a woman during her stay in a mental institution. (108 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
“ Olivia de Havilland brings insanity to a new level of understanding when she is committed by her husband to an asylum. ” - maverick31415
 
24.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ The lust for gold and riches is sometimes too much for a man to take. John Huston brilliantly brings his script to life on screen, thanks in no small part to his father, Walter, who plays a key supporting role. ” - maverick31415
 
25.
The Heiress (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A young naive woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter. (115 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ William Wyler splendidly directs this tale of a plain girl who is constantly and subtly insulted by her father, and who falls in love with a possible fortune hunter. ” - maverick31415
 
26.
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Hamer
“ A dark British comedy centering on a jailed man writing his memoirs, telling us how he came to encounter such a fortune by murdering, one by one, all the members of his family who stood in his way. All of the family members are played very funnily by Alec Guinness. ” - maverick31415
 
27.
The Third Man (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ A brilliant film noir centering on a writer who is investigating a friend's death in Vienna. ” - maverick31415
 
28.
All About Eve (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
“ The story of Eve Harrington, who connives her way from obsessive fan to star of the stage. ” - maverick31415
 
29.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ A bleak look at Hollywood and all of the results stemming from debts owed and a flat tire. ” - maverick31415
 
30.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. (122 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister, Stella, and Stella's husband, Stanley. Blanche and Stanley both embody different sets of ideals and eras, and the two clash nearly continuously. ” - maverick31415
 
31.
On the Waterfront (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Elia Kazan made this film as a method of defending himself for testifying before the House of Un-American Activities Committee, and regardless of what one believes, this is still a beautifully made film. ” - maverick31415
 
32.
Rear Window (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
“ Alfred Hitchcock's thriller set almost entirely in one apartment tells of a war photographer with a broken leg, confined to his apartment, who spies on his neighbors and uncovers more about them than he ever thought possible. ” - maverick31415
 
33.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece of cinema shows a soldier returning to Sweden during the years of the Plague, playing chess with Death and meeting various persons along the way. ” - maverick31415
 
34.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Examining the motives behind a jury's individual decisions, and one man's determination to prove the innocence of the man whose life is at stake. ” - maverick31415
 
35.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (121 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Billy Wilder has us laughing almost through the entire film as two musicians who witness a mob hit flee to Florida, disguised as female band players. ” - maverick31415
 
36.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Alfred Hitchcock takes us on a masterful tour of the art of the thriller with this distressingly possible psychological drama. ” - maverick31415
 
37.
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. (186 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ The tale of the trials of the Nazis for war crimes at Nuremberg in war-ravaged Germany, and the struggle of the lawyer who has to defend the most inhuman of people. ” - maverick31415
 
38.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, brought magnificently to the screen. Gregory Peck's performance is one for the ages. ” - maverick31415
 
39.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ David Lean's sweeping epic of the eccentric T.E. Lawrence almost defies description. Scratch that, it cannot be described--words do not do it justice. ” - maverick31415
 
40.
(1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ Federico Fellini's look at a filmmaker whose mind is unraveling before us. ” - maverick31415
 
41.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Stanley Kubrick directed Peter Sellers in three different roles in this darkly hilarious nuclear war satire. ” - maverick31415
 
42.
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ The story of Thomas More, who had the courage to stand up to King Henry VIII when the latter separated from the Roman Catholic Church in order to divorce his wife and remarry. ” - maverick31415
 
43.
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
“ An aging couple use alcohol and a younger couple to fuel and vent their emotional anguish towards each other. ” - maverick31415
 
44.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ The story of the gangster couple who together became a celebrated phenomenon. They introduce themselves with the line, "We rob banks!" ” - maverick31415
 
45.
The Graduate (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Benjamin Braddock is a young man who doesn't know what to do with himself. He finds solace in the arms of a family friend, Mrs. Robinson, and later her daughter, Elaine. ” - maverick31415
 
46.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ An African-American detective (Sidney Poitier) is asked to help solve a murder in a racist Southern town, with help from the chief of police (Rod Steiger, in his Oscar-winning role). ” - maverick31415
 
47.
The Lion in Winter (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. (134 mins.)
Director: Anthony Harvey
“ King Henry II lets his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, out of the tower for Christmas. The two rulers and their three sons plot against and with each other, everyone trying to know who will be next in line for the throne. ” - maverick31415
 
48.
The Producers (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop. (88 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ Mel Brooks' hilarious story of a broke play producer, and the accountant who inadvertently gives him the scheme to make it rich. ” - maverick31415
 
49.
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.)
“ The story of a mafia patriarch who trains his son to be the head of his empire, although the son does not necessarily want to do so. ” - maverick31415
 
50.
The Sting (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ In 1930s Chicago, two con men team up to win a fortune from a criminal banker. ” - maverick31415
 
51.
Chinatown (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ This brilliant film tells the story of Detective J.J. Gittes, who, while investigating an adultery case, finds himself involved in a murder case. ” - maverick31415
 
52.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ A killer shark looms off the coast of Amity Island, and it is up to Chief of Police Martin Brody, marine biologist Matt Hooper, and eccentric fisherman Quint to stop the monster. ” - maverick31415
 
53.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (91 mins.)
“ One of the funniest movies ever, this is the slightly altered story of King Arthur and his quest for the Holy Grail, told magnificently by the members of the British comedy troupe, Monty Python. ” - maverick31415
 
54.
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
“ When the charismatic R.P. MacMurphy is committed to a mental hospital, run by the wicked Nurse Ratched, a power struggle quickly erupts between the two, affecting everyone in the ward. ” - maverick31415
 
55.
Network (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ A brilliantly dark satire of the lengths to which television would go to get good TV. Watching it now, it is a little unsettling how close to reality this satire eventually became. ” - maverick31415
 
56.
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
“ George Lucas' sci-fi saga begins a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... ” - maverick31415
 
57.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Ridley Scott's grisly space tale, set on the Nostromo, tells of how much chaos and bloodshed a single alien aboard the ship can cause. ” - maverick31415
 
58.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
“ A marvelously told tale of divorce and the effects it has on everyone involved. ” - maverick31415
 
59.
Life of Brian (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
Director: Terry Jones
“ Another great film from Monty Python, this time set in Judea in the time of Christ. It tells the story of the last few days of Brian Cohen, born in the stable next to Jesus. ” - maverick31415
 
60.
Airplane! (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. (88 mins.)
“ An uproarious spoof of airline disaster movies, with several unforgettable lines. ” - maverick31415
 
61.
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 are overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Master Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ The second installment in the Star Wars saga tells of Luke's unforgettable discovery. ” - maverick31415
 
62.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
“ The heart-warming tale of friendship from across the stars. ” - maverick31415
 
63.
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. (188 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
64.
Gandhi (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. (191 mins.)
“ A stunning biopic of Mohandas K. Gandhi, pacifist in British-occupied India, who succeeded in throwing off the British handle of rule. ” - maverick31415
 
65.
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
“ After the "patron saint of mediocrities" Salieri tries to kill himself, and is subsequently committed to an asylum, he tells us how he devised and carried out a scheme to kill Mozart. ” - maverick31415
 
66.
The Princess Bride (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Foremost a tale of love, but with such hilarious characters and dialogue that it could almost be considered a comedy. ” - maverick31415
 
67.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. (108 mins.)
“ So much goes on in this film, it would be fruitless to try to explain it here in this little comment box. Just know that Kevin Kline's character is hands-down hilarious, as is the dialogue. ” - maverick31415
 
68.
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
“ When FBI trainee Clarice Starling is sent to extract information from mad, cannibalistic genius ex-psychologist Hannibal Lecter, she finds out more than she bargained for. ” - maverick31415
 
69.
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (130 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Clint Eastwood's masterful tale of the cowboys and the harsh reality of their lives, now glorified by Hollywood. ” - maverick31415
 
70.
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.)
“ The story of Oskar Schindler, a war profiteer who eventually made faulty weaponry for the Nazis in World War II, saving 1100 Jews along the way. ” - maverick31415
 
71.
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
“ Forrest Gump is a slow-witted, big-hearted Alabaman, who witnesses various historical events and the lives of those whom he loves. ” - maverick31415
 
72.
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. (88 mins.)
“ Based on Willliam Shakespeare's "Hamlet," this is the story of Simba, exiled from Pride Rock by his evil uncle Scar, who killed his brother (Simba's father) Mufasa in order to gain power. It features unforgettable songs, including "Hakuna Matata," "The Circle of Life," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" ” - maverick31415
 
73.
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 lives of two mob hit-men, their boss's wife, a boxer, and two restaurant robbers intertwine in this amazing tale from Quentin Tarantino. ” - maverick31415
 
74.
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
“ Andy Dufresne is wrongly sent to prison for murdering his wife, but he develops a friendship with Red and passively clashes with the warden of the prison, all while planning his escape. ” - maverick31415
 
75.
Toy Story (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. (81 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
“ What happens when we aren't playing with our toys? Jealousy, friendship, and escape from a toy killer, that's what. ” - maverick31415
 
76.
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
“ Jerry Lundegaard hires two con men to kidnap his wife and hold her for ransom, but things rapidly go out of control, resulting in bloodshed. ” - maverick31415
 
77.
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
“ When Lester Burnham enters a mid-life crisis, he decides to turn his life around, and develops a passion for his teenage daughter's best friend as well. ” - maverick31415
 
78.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting. (92 mins.)
“ This surprisingly adept sequel finds Woody in the hands of a toy collector, who plans on selling him. We are introduced to Jessie the Cowgirl, and her horse, Bullseye. ” - maverick31415
 
79.
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
“ The Lord of the Rings trilogy starts out with Frodo inheriting the Ring from his uncle Bilbo, and subsequently encounters several creatures, both good and evil. ” - maverick31415
 
80.
Shrek (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. (90 mins.)
“ The story of an ogre who just wants to be left alone, who suddenly finds his swamp filled with fairy-tale creatures. This is the work of the pint-sized Lord Farquaad, who hates fairy-tale creatures with a passion. If Shrek can rescue Princess Fiona for Lord Farquaad, the latter will remove all of the creatures from the ogre's swamp. But, love blossoms between the rescuer and the princess. ” - maverick31415
 
81.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ The second installment in the epic trilogy starts with Gandalf battling the Balrog, and that is pretty much the high point. But, it is worth watching for the brilliant effects and Gollum, who is probably the most fascinating and tragic character in any of the films. ” - maverick31415
 
82.
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
“ The story of Wladislaw Szpilman, a Polish Jewish pianist who struggles to survive the onset of WWII. ” - maverick31415
 
83.
Finding Nemo (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. (100 mins.)
“ When young Nemo is captured by Australian divers, it is up to his father--Marlin--and his newfound companion--Dory, a very funny blue fish with short-term memory loss--to save him. ” - maverick31415
 
84.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ The epic saga comes to an end with this terrific finale, with Frodo coming ever closer to reaching his goal of destroying the evil Ring. ” - maverick31415
 
85.
The Incredibles (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. (115 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ Part satire, part action movie, part family film, part comedy, one of Pixar's best films tells the story of the family of Supers living undercover, whose lives are shattered by the paterfamilias' Wednesday night hero work. ” - maverick31415
 
86.
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest. (85 mins.)
Director: Steve Box, Nick Park
 
87.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ So much is going on in this film, it is difficult to put into words just how brilliant it is. ” - maverick31415
 
88.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (101 mins.)
“ The story of a little girl and her dysfunctional family trying desperately to make it to her Little Miss Sunshine Pageant....a few states away. ” - maverick31415
 
89.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
“ Set in the middle of the Spanish Revolution, a little girl finds escape from the turmoil of reality in the form of Pan's Labyrinth. ” - maverick31415
 
90.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
“ When a drug deal goes horribly, horribly wrong, and a man finds the money, the evil Anton Chigurh will stop at nothing to get it back. ” - maverick31415
 
91.
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 emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ By far the best Batman film and in general just a really good movie, the Joker terrorizes the citizens of Gotham, and the powers of good are continuously being forced to make impossible decisions. ” - maverick31415
 
92.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ The story of a bomb removal squad and their reckless leader, who is addicted to the thrill of battle. ” - maverick31415
 
93.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
“ Danny Boyle's masterful tale of love, triumph, and a little bit of knowledge about "The Three Musketeers." ” - maverick31415
 
94.
WALL·E (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ One of Pixar's best films is the story of a robot designed to clean up Earth whose lonely existence is interrupted by a mysterious stranger. ” - maverick31415
 
95.
Up (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
“ Every kid dreams of floating away using balloons, right? Well, Pixar makes the list again with exactly that dream. ” - maverick31415
 
96.
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.)
“ Christopher Nolan's mind-bending film about dreams and the possibilities presented by them. ” - maverick31415
 
97.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ The story of the stuttering naval officer who became King of England at the beginning of World War I, and the quirky speech therapist who helped him reach the throne. ” - maverick31415
 
98.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
“ Pixar delivers once again with a brilliant third installment to a brilliant series of films. ” - maverick31415
 
99.
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