my top 25 films

the 25 films that have made the biggest impression on me
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1.
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
“ my fondest memory of growing up was seeing this in the cinema. a film that has absolutely everything except zombies..... and porn. ” - kyald0
 
2.
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. (113 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ a horror that provokes discussion. the day after watching it, it suddenly clicked and i realized what a great film i had watched. ” - kyald0
 
3.
Tape (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Three old high school friends meet in a Michigan motel room to dissect painful memories from their past. (86 mins.)
“ ethan hawke at his best. great performances from all 3 actors. ” - kyald0
 
4.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
“ so many of my dreams take place in a zombie filled world. this version of my world just seems so right. ” - kyald0
 
5.
The Wicker Man (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
“ great horror + super soundtrack + creepy christopher lee = perfect ” - kyald0
 
6.
Meet Joe Black (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth, and in the process, he falls in love with his guide's daughter. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ if u dont cry at the end of this film..... then u must be an android. ” - kyald0
 
7.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office. (100 mins.)
Director: James Foley
“ Dave Moss: What's your name?
Blake: *beep* you. That's my name. ” - kyald0
 
8.
Battle Royale (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ question: whats better than a bunch of japanese students on an island?

answer: a bunch of japanese students on an island that are trying to kill eachother. ” - kyald0
 
9.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ if this happened to u on a tropical island it would suck.
the fact that this happens in the antarctic makes it all the more suckier.
gotta love you some splitting dog aliens. ” - kyald0
 
10.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ wills nsa monologue is to this day, one of my favourite film moments. ” - kyald0
 
11.
Dogma (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven. (130 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ such a cool and original story. even without the humour this story has got so much going for it. better than clerks in my opinion. ” - kyald0
 
12.
The Fall (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances. (117 mins.)
Director: Tarsem
“ really interesting approach to storytelling. such vibrant use of colours. love that we see this through the eyes of an infant. ” - kyald0
 
13.
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss. (118 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ cool little story that shows how deep friendship can be. ” - kyald0
 
14.
Rio Bravo (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy. (141 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ i pose the question; who doesnt want to watch dean martin as a gun-toting alcoholic?? ” - kyald0
 
15.
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ one of the best ending ever. ” - kyald0
 
16.
Shogun Assassin (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When the wife of the Shogun's Decapitator is murdered and he is ordered to commit suicide by the paranoid Shogun, he and his four-year-old son escape and become assassins for hire, embarking on a journey of blood and violent death. (85 mins.)
“ watching this film makes me want to live in a time when it was acceptable to chop peoples heads off. ” - kyald0
 
17.
Sexy Beast (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them. (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
“ Gal: I am going to have to turn this opportunity down.
Don: No, you are going to have to turn this opportunity yes!


who wouldve thought that gandhi could be so scary?? ” - kyald0
 
18.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A clan's estranged patriarch loses his home and learns that his ex-wife plans to remarry. (110 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ the best wes anderson film. great characters. great situations and great use of music. ” - kyald0
 
19.
The Ninth Configuration (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S.M.C... (118 mins.)
“ this is what shutter island tried to be. really unexpected conclusion. ” - kyald0
 
20.
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.)
“ whenever i watch this film, i cheer at the end. this is the measuring stick of what any super hero film needs to be. ” - kyald0
 
21.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first. (127 mins.)
“ if u dont want to be a jedi or a super hero, its only because u want to be indiana jones. ” - kyald0
 
22.
Scum (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An uncompromising story of life in a British juvenile offender institution in the 70's. (98 mins.)
Director: Alan Clarke
“ 4737 carling sir.
this makes me so thankful that i wasnt detained at her majestys pleasure in a borstal. ” - kyald0
 
23.
Made in Britain (1982 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Trevor is a 16 year old, sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend... (76 mins.)
Director: Alan Clarke
“ tim roth is my favourite actor. this is one of his finest performances. love this film so much. it says so much about my country as i was growing up. ” - kyald0
 
24.
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison. He comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints. (100 mins.)
Director: Dito Montiel
“ forget ironman. this is downeys finest hour. i try to show this to as many people as possible. ” - kyald0
 
25.
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
“ essentially a love story. however, it is sooo much more. this has everything that a child needs.
if i was king of the world. i would make it law that all kids would watch this at least once a year. ” - kyald0