100 Best Films

The Top 100 Classic, Well Done, Groundbreaking, Influential Entertainments of Cinema.

The Top 100 Films you should see in your lifetime.

These are the The Top 100 that may not be for everyone, but should be.

These films truly create their own worlds and make their own rules.

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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.)
“ Beyond philosophical.
This film asks a lot of questions...
Why does Marsellus have a bandage on the back of his head?
That's for your interpretation.
What's in the briefcase?
That doesn't matter.
...therefore, the film raises even more than it answers.
This is life.
This is religion on film. What we've believed for centuries, our entire language, especially in America "don't mean *beep* All we even care about is, essentially, *beep*
Where did the gold watch come from?
The point is clear: in the absence of any lasting, transcendent objective framework of value and meaning, our language no longer points to anything beyond itself. To call something good or evil renders it so, given that there is no higher authority or criteria by which one might judge actions. Jules quotes the Bible before his executions, but he may as well be quoting the Fonz or Buddy Holly.

Yet, everything happens for a reason. Maybe there are no miracles or divine intervention, but what we choose to see and listen to are what make us who we are. Sure, Butch must be as ruthless as the gangster who wants him dead, but in the end it was his loyalty that saved his life. His legacy lives on, but Vince's ignorance met his demise.

Jules: What the *beep* did you just do to his towel?

Vincent: I was just dryin’ my hands.

Jules: You’re supposed to wash ’em first.

Vincent: You watched me wash ’em.

Jules: I watched you get ’em wet.

Vincent: I washed ’em. Blood’s real hard to get off. Maybe if he had some Lava, I coulda done a better job.

Jules: I used the same soap you did and when I dried my hands, the towel didn’t look like a *beep* maxipad.

In the end, Jules' were completely clean. Had Vince washed his hands, the toaster would have still gone off. The smoke alarm would have gone off.
...and Butch would have had opportunity to leave silently.
Wouldn't have saved him from what happens next, but Vince would still be alive. Jules is off to walk the earth like Cain in Kung Fu. What will Vince be remembered for?

At least he's alive at the end of the movie.

Everything happens for a reason. It's movie logic, but no film shows more love for the movies than this. This is all film is capable of. It's an experience, it's comic relief, it's something for everyone, it's something to talk about. The spirit of Quentin Tarantino is there in all of this films, but "Pulp Fiction" stands alone. They're all pulp fiction.

The stories could be biblical. Connections between nihilism and loyalty blend with faith and meaning to add up to your own interpretation of what you believe. In the end, loyalty in yourself is taking care. Not caring just might get your hands dirty. Thinking you know everything is ridiculous.

But there are certainties. We may not have seen it...but...

"Zed's dead, baby, Zed's dead." ” - ceidt
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
“ THIS is a product of "The Golden Age" of Cinema.
You wouldn't be able to remember, but the people who made this film grew up in a world of silent pictures and new ways to tell stories.
Many times, the first picture a filmmaker is able to produce is the best they will ever be. This is because they have been waiting their whole lives to make a movie. Casablanca came, really, when many were making these great films. Many hold up, but none DEFINES the golden age of cinema more than this.
And to prove it, who are the people who grew up without television and only nights out at the movies...at the cinema?
Martin Scorsese and the like of him.
The greatest Hollywood creation proves that romance wins hearts and reality leaves us with the great "what if" questions. In the end, be thankful for what you have. ” - ceidt
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
“ The all-time outrageous, satirical, comedy farce favorite, Some Like It Hot (1959) is one of the most hilarious, raucous films ever made. The ribald film is a clever combination of many elements: a spoof of 1920-30's gangster films with period costumes and speakeasies, and romance in a quasi-screwball comedy with one central joke - entangled and deceptive identities, reversed sex roles and cross-dressing. In fact, one of the film's major themes is disguise and masquerade - e.g., the drag costumes of the two male musicians, Joe's disguise as a Cary Grant-like impotent millionaire, and Jerry's happiness with a real wealthy, yacht-owning retiree.

It's also a black and white film (reminiscent of the early film era) filled with non-stop action (e.g., the initial car chase), slapstick, and one-liners reminiscent of Marx Brothers and Mack Sennett comedies.

Director-producer Wilder had purposely challenged the system with this gender-bending and risqué comedy, filled with sly and witty sexual innuendo (the "sweet" and "fuzzy end of the lollipop" represented oral sex), unembarrassed vulgarity, free love, spoofs of sexual stereotypes (bisexuality, transvestism, androgyny, homosexuality, transsexuality, lesbianism, and impotence), sexy costuming for the well-endowed, bosomy Marilyn Monroe, an outrageous and steamy seduction scene aboard a yacht, and a mix of serious themes including abuse, alcoholism, unemployment, and murder, among others.

-Filmsite Review ” - ceidt
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
“ The greatest most realistic war film of all time is shown through an emotional story that audiences for decades will be shocked did not win best picture of the year. ” - ceidt
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ I am biased towards horror. Something that affects you in a way you can't forget is great. I believe horror is the hardest kind of film to make. From script to shoot to edit, a lot of it has to be just right.
This film is not only the greatest horror film, it is the best Stanley Kubrick film.

http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/faq/html/shining/shining.html ” - ceidt
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ This is an exact note from Justin Bailey to me on August 14th, 2007:

Long post follows: I recently viewed "For a Few Dollars More" for a second time, and I must say, it is comparable to "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly". I'd say it is superior in terms of action, and I like the villain of Indio better than Angel Eyes. However, I think GBU is still the better film, because it is superior in terms of style and the artistic approach. It is an epic story, so it's slow at times and doesn't have the breakneck pacing of the first two, but I think it has the best character development and dialogue. All 3 are great for different reasons, Fistful for its pacing and suspense, FAFDM for its incredible action, and GBU for its epicness. Sergio does Westerns as well as (in fact probably better than) anyone. ” - ceidt
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
“ Film-making at its finest. Doesn't matter what a film is about, but film is shown as art here. The "thrill of invention is there in every shot," making every viewing feel like the first. ” - ceidt
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 motives. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ David Fincher was born in Denver, Colorado. Although the acclaimed director is best known for Fight Club (1999) and The Social Network (2010), many forget that his first two feature films were horror. Unfortunately, his debut production - Alien 3 (1992) - was widely panned by critics and fans alike. Yet, Fincher rebounded three years later with a horror blockbuster – Se7en (1995) – opening a little over a month before Halloween and grossing over $100 million by the end of October (more than three-fold a return to New Line Cinema off a $30 million budget). At the time the only horror movies with higher grosses were The Exorcist (1973) and Jaws (1975). Yet even today, Se7en still sits comfortably in the top ten. The film put Fincher on the map and satisfied the appetite of audiences across the country who had been starving for the theatrical release of a decent horror film since the end of the 1980s. From Best-Horror-Movies.com (I'll always be biased towards a good horrific flick): Although the horror genre would not receive its badly needed jumpstart until Wes Craven deconstructed the slasher subgenre with Scream (1996), Se7en reminded studios across the country that America likes horror.

The film was helped along by the talented trio of Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey, but neither actor had yet to make a movie as successful as Se7en ultimately turned out to be. Their execution was first-rate, but the real credit for the dark atmosphere and creepy mood must go to director, David Fincher.

-from Best-Horror-Movies.com ” - ceidt
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.)
“ For me, the defining film of what is a "saga."
Starring my favorite actor, Marlon Brando is the title character, even though the meaning of "Godfather" is passed on to Al Pacino. A performance later in his career, (he was considered a "washed up" actor at the time, this being his comeback role for which he won an Oscar) you don't see performance so much as the head of an Italian mob family that one would actually look to for guidance and help. "The Godfather" has become a rulebook of influence towards the loyalty of family.
"Leave the gun, take the cannoli" is a metaphor of importance.
The true meaning of friendship.
The unavoidable penalty of adultery.
Even how to make meatballs sauce for many people.
Of course, dealing with these Italians, violence plays a large part in how they do justice, even though the Don Corleone is smart enough to know vengeance won't bring back the dead. Yet, they are never played like people of which we should be afraid. Not including the last shot of the film. ” - ceidt
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Quentin Tarantino's favorite movie of all time.
The greatest soundtrack created for film. ” - ceidt
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician. (96 mins.)
Seven Samurai (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ The original action formula. The story's been done time and time again. ” - ceidt
The Social Network (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ The second film on this list from David Fincher with another flawless film...the most intelligent characters in movie history. This should be considered the film of my generation. ” - ceidt
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.)
“ Given an honorary Oscar in 1949, routinely voted one of the greatest films of all time, revered as one of the foundation stones of Italian neorealism, it is a simple, powerful film about a man who needs a job.
-Roger Ebert
Like "Citizen Kane," this is directed by an actor, but it truly shows as we don't see actors on screen. Most of them are just "real people" in real locations. While the realistic style feels consistently present, the stunning photography is far from just a documentary feel, although it works as a historical document, a social statement, and a record of one of the century's most influential film movements.
It's all about the cycle itself, in the end, after his son sees something he thought he would never see. The boy follows his father into a crowd becoming just like everyone else. ” - ceidt
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ A different way to make a western, but entirely realistic. The entirely classic story is similar to "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) in several ways, but the original implementation of the western genre added a thrill the former could not. ” - ceidt
The Sound of Music (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. (174 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ The greatest musical of all time! ” - ceidt
The Apartment (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Based on a great book, proves the art of film is superior when it comes to story telling. ” - ceidt
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (147 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ More than a war movie. This is an experience. ” - ceidt
Titanic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ The greatest romance of all time in the greatest disaster film of all time using the biggest budget of it's time to appeal to every kind of audience member. ” - ceidt
The Big Lebowski (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"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.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ The greatest film with a massive
cult following.
The greatest bowling movie (even if the main character doesn't even throw a ball).
The greatest stoner movie.
The second greatest comedy.

Talking about the "Nostalgia Critic" segment on "The Big Lebowski":

That segment was okay, although unsure of itself. I was afraid he was putting down the whole movie, but at least he admits it's a masterpiece. The theme of The Big Lebowski is "Ignorance is Bliss."
The Dude smokes weed. He goes bowling, yet never throws the ball. The other Lebowski has a wife he never sees. The line "He fixes the cable?" (one of my favorites).
Even "Hey man, there's a beverage here!" is ignorant on both characters on screen.
As a society, we can't be nor can we afford to be ignorant like The Dude. Therefore, he is one of the greatest characters in movie history because he could never really be recreated. Film makers have tried. Tirelessly. There are plenty of terrible role models that star in "stoner movies," but The Dude never tries to be a role model. His life is not lived glamorously, and he doesn't promote anything that he does. He's just getting by. He's doing what he has to do. He's not in control of his life. However, no matter what he gets himself into...he's happy.
The whole movie is designed almost with a noir-rish Elmore Leonard feel to it, which would be normal for a detective story, but the only detectives in the flick are either laughing at The Dude or angry with him to the extent that they would waste a mug of coffee on his head. Beverage abuse all over the place. ” - ceidt
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.)
“ It's in the title, all about perspective. James Stewart acts as an audience member, and our imagination brings the suspense. Hasn't been recreated as perfectly. ” - ceidt
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ The greatest comic-book movie (even if there's no comic book). ” - ceidt
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery. (92 mins.)
“ Simply haunting.
Directed by an actor in an experimental fashion. You haven't seen this before...or since, really. ” - ceidt
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
“ Dedicated to Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. ” - ceidt
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.)
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ The "die hard" movie. Recreated the action movie. ” - ceidt
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
“ Many movies were made based on great concept used in short stories. This is one of them and makes a truly great story giving us faith in humanity. ” - ceidt
Roman Holiday (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ The second greatest action movie was an homage to the great adventure movie serials from decades before. ” - ceidt
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
Braveheart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ The greatest battle scenes in film history. ” - ceidt
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
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.)
“ The first film to earn over $100,000,000 at the box office.
The first "blockbuster."
Old-school film-making brought by the best new director in town. ” - ceidt
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
The Evil Dead (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Truly the "Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror!" The greatest low-budget film ever! Would not have gained popularity if it weren't for Stephen King's love for it, the remake, still called "Evil Dead II," became a cult phenomenon, but this, being where it all started, was all about the love of making a scary movie. From here on out, Sam Raimi would use a greater sense of humor. ” - ceidt
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
“ Selling "story" right in the title, this appeals to everybody. The start of the second-greatest trilogy of all time! (Behind only what's known as the "dollars trilogy," and not by much). ” - ceidt
The Great Escape (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ Gives new definition to "escapist entertainment."
Excitement galore in the third act. ” - ceidt
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
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
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.)
“ This is "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" of today. Speaks volumes with as few words and hardly any soundtrack. ” - ceidt
Before Sunset (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
“ The second part of what became the most unique trilogy in movie history. This is as intimate of an experience as you can possibly have. As much as it feels like a foreign film, the simplicity of the story allows the complexities of humanity into the facts of love, life, and hopefully "happily ever after." This is the best director Linklater has been capitalizing on his infamous "hang-out" feel, and featuring a jaw-dropping ending that leaves you wanting more (nine years later, with "Before Midnight"). ” - ceidt
Jurassic Park (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. (127 mins.)
“ The greatest monster movie of all time! The greatest science-fiction and adventure movie of all time! ” - ceidt
Casino Royale (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ The best James Bond movie! One of the best action movies ever! ” - ceidt
Gladiator (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
Traffic (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business. (147 mins.)
“ The ultimate "hardass" drama. This is a heavy film, and shows the affects of drugs perfectly. The best multi-story film. ” - ceidt
Field of Dreams (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come. (107 mins.)
“ The number one sports movie of all time! ” - ceidt
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.)
“ So many directors wanted to tell this story.
Not exactly a feel-good movie, but restores faith in humanity.
Shows the darkness of the events in beautiful black and white.
Realism in every aspect. Actual events. No movie tricks showing you who's evil and who's good. It's all in the performances.
See also: The much more entertaining "Munich." On par, even in part and homage to "The Godfather." ” - ceidt
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
“ The best superhero movie is also one of the greatest animated movies of all time. This was entirely original story with a dysfunctional family of supers, yet paid homage to everything from James Bond to Indiana Jones. Still the greatest city-destruction climax ever seen. It has everything! ” - ceidt
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
“ One of the greatest fantasies sparking the imaginations of generations to come. Also makes you feel like a kid again every time you watch. ” - ceidt
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army. (102 mins.)
“ One of the first great action movies. ” - ceidt
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
“ The best Robert Rodriguez movie thanks to Tarantino.
One of the biggest mind-blows in movie history. ” - ceidt
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (164 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ You forgive this one for being long and drawn-out, but revisiting some of the greatest landmarks in western movie history is worth it.
Sergio Leone could tell any story, but even American producers felt his efforts were best in the western genre. We're thankful they did, and even his next, "Duck, You Sucker" proved they were right. ” - ceidt
Training Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the LAPD with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ An urban drama features the best Denzel performance and the greatest twisted-cop character ever. ” - ceidt
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind. (81 mins.)
“ The first and best "shaky cam" film. Started a revolution, especially when it came to marketing. ” - ceidt
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
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After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
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
“ Perfect use of satire, but the film-making and performances are what makes this the best of it's kind. ” - ceidt
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
“ One of the first movies I think about when I realize not all films can be "fun." However, the insight to the FBI and a great character study adds up to one of the most disturbing stories building up to one of the most intense scenes in movie history. ” - ceidt
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
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.)
“ Sophisticated fast humor with such random scene structure and story telling is still ahead of it's time. The low-budget was implemented in a perfect way and the poor film quality actually added a layer of realism, but the brilliant set pieces feature satire at it's greatest. ” - ceidt
Batman Begins (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. (152 mins.)
“ The best Christopher Nolan movie started out a consistently great trilogy, but never more emotional and powerful as this one. Perfect use of source material as inspiration.
The new way to make a superhero movie: rooted in realism. Also known as "gritty," which is hopefully not an evil trend in Hollywood today. ” - ceidt
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
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
Terminator 2 (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 ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ A true art film. ” - ceidt
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ The special effects hardly feel like special effects. They're so effortless and simple. The best of Charlie Kaufman, although please watch "Being John Malkovich" sometime. ” - ceidt
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, while attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
The World's End (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival. (109 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner. (116 mins.)
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
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
“ Steven Spielberg has said he watches this film before starting work on a movie. I think it shows. ” - ceidt
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
57 years later, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. The moon from the original movie has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ A superior sequel. One of the few (I'm usually biased towards originals).
This is what a sequel should be capable of doing. Giving audiences what they love, but not more of the same. ” - ceidt
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
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. (96 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
Black Hawk Down (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ I still don't get the final minutes of this film, but everything leading up to it is pure cinematic genius. This is quite an experience. ” - ceidt
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ Feels like "Citizen Kane," plays like a Western, styled like a horror movie, and has drama to keep you engaged thoroughly. Powerful performances, too. ” - ceidt
Collateral (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (115 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Robert DeNiro's best performance.
The film technique is strong here while the director was never passionate about boxing. The movie becomes much more than a boxing movie. This is not as mainstream as "Cinderella Man" became, therefore more original, although, there's no real comparison. "Cinderella Man" is not one to miss, either. ” - ceidt
28 Days Later... (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
The Green Mile (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ This entirely entertaining movie outdoes it's predecessor ("The Shawshank Redemption") maybe not in emotional impact for some people, nor does it end on a hopeful note, but it is perfectly cast and structured to shock (no pun intended) yet keep the viewer grounded in a mystical story that ends on twist after twist in a great way. Stephen King gets a lot of credit, if only for story and inspiring great films by directors. ” - ceidt
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell. (84 mins.)
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
You've Got Mail (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet. (119 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ So much mystery adds up to one of the most interesting movies ever. This is a movie all about discovery. ” - ceidt
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
“ Modern film noir. This is part of the pulp fiction genre. Not only does it take you into another world and another time, but the story works into an homage of so many movies before it. The twists and the performances also give it a timelessness. ” - ceidt
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.)
“ While I favor the first over Vol. 2, consider this spot as "Kill Bill" as a whole" as Vol. 2 has always been right behind. ” - ceidt
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ Horrifying.
Brought to you by one of the most interesting directors, Darren Aronofsky, the man who has gone on to Oscar contenders "The Wrestler," and "Black Swan," we see how disturbing life is.
Never more effective than this flick. Horrific. ” - ceidt
Léon: The Professional (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. (110 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Gary Oldman performance NOT to miss!
Also the best Luc Besson has ever been. He's been trying to capture the magic of this in his other pictures. ” - ceidt
300 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ The story of the Spartans.
Clearly, the story has been retold over and over, however, for this generation's version we get a visionary trip into another world. This was a new way to make movies, and still the best of it's kind. ” - ceidt
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.)
Rashomon (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ The director was originally set to do a film based in the same world as the "Halo" video games. This is not only better and safer, but is so original, especially starting out with a documentary style showing a world so real, we can hardly tell when it switches over to one exciting movie. ” - ceidt
Lethal Weapon (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A veteran policeman, Murtaugh, is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer, Riggs. They both have one thing in common: hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ The "buddy cop" movie. Infuses humor with "adult drama" into it's own genre of action film. Like "Die Hard," also one of my favorite movies to watch around Christmas time. Why was this a trend?
Shane Black, we blame you (the writer, who went on to be the first to make $1 Million dollars for a script, "The Last Boy Scout") ” - ceidt
Last Days (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A Seattle musician's life and career are reminiscent to those of Kurt Cobain. (97 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ One of my own most inspiring movies. This film invents it's own rules and thrives on cinematography and scenes from different perspectives. It's about isolation, and you can feel it. For a portraiture of the late Kurt Cobain, you know where the movie's going if only because of the title. It's not about story. This rock star's story is over. This is pure cinema. ” - ceidt
Duck Soup (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. (68 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ Truly one of the scariest movies ever with a great script and top-notch acting, this intimate tale featured a great twist and has paved the way for every pg-13 horror film since. ” - ceidt