Essentials

A compilation of the most inspirational, pulsating, hilarious, witty & mind boggling films that i have had the pleasure of watching... to date. [Cult Classics, Indie & Mainstream]. There are movies aplenty, but very few remain etched in your memory and possess recall value. Cinema is an industry. It is not only an art expression, but also a business.

Memorable Performances:
Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Clint Eastwood, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Joe Pesci, Guy Pierce, Heath Ledger, Peter Sellers, Bruno Ganz, James Stewart, Marlon Brando, Forrest Whitaker, Rooney Mara, Sean Penn, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hardy, Humphrey Bogart, Charles Chaplin, Ben Kingsley, Audrey Tautou, Min-sik Choi, Alain Delon, Peter Lorre, Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Rosamund Pike & Smeagol \0/.

-The Cast in: Seven Samurai
-The Cast in: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
-The Cast in: Dr. Strangelove or:How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Masterminds:
Christopher Nolan, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott, Frank Darabont, David Fincher, Coen Brothers, Sergio Leone, Sam Mendes, Clint Eastwood, Peter Jackson, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini,, Chan-wook Park, Jean-Pierre Melville, Michael Mann, Jaco Van Dormael, Guy Ritchie, Sidney Lumet, James Cameron, Darren Aronofsky, Billy Wilder, Frank Capra, Jose Padiha.

...Films are primarily from the past 2 decades
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1.
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.)
“ "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." ;)

"Don Corleone, give me justice." But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me Godfather. Instead, you come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to do murder for money.

Stands the test of time

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
2.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. (202 mins.)
“ Builds upon an already sound foundation, adds new dimensions and doesn't fail to deliver. As good as the first and in some ways better.

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
3.
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
“ Best Western ever... The Mexican stand-off and shoot-out scene... :D

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
4.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ Nolan might be best known for his Blockbuster hits but this one really hits home and stays with you long beyond the sitting.

Re watchable :)

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
5.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Modern Marvel... Heavy Hitters... Fincher's finest ? I think so

Rich content. Great acting. Delicately presented. Authentic

....a glimpse of the horrors that this world is filled with.

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
6.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ The greatest ending to a film ever EVER!.

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
7.
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
“ 2 deeply satisfying villains - Presented flawlessly.

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
8.
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
“ The acting is truly brilliant, the episodes are built logically, coherently, the dialogues are deep, thrilling, intriguing; every sentence and every word is deeply constructed, containing profound irony and intelligent elements of humor.


Kevin Spacey in his third film on my top ten list. Speaks Volume

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
9.
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
“ Greatest Trilogy EVER!!!? I was skeptical... BUT!

Finest ending to a series.

No surprise this was a box office success $1,119,929,521 (Worldwide) and dominated the Oscars with 11 wins... Yikes!!!

Its extremely difficult to be so well received on both fronts.

Smeagol best anime character ever. REALLY

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
10.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Joe Pesci simple lit up the screen with his performance

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
11.
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
“ The quality of the acting from everyone in the cast is is is...Top Notch

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
12.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Nolan at it again...

The Joker is in the esteemed company of Hannibal Lecter. MYSTIFYING

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
13.
City of God (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
“ Legit gun fights

As good as it gets. Violence in all its glory

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
14.
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 try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ I cant believe how immense this was... as of now a fan of Kubrick, well these 2 films primarily.

Gen. Jack Ripper's theory of fluoridation... of denying them his essence |LOL...!

Dr Strangelove proposes a very intriguing counter measure to the Nuclear Explosion in the end... :)

realized that Peter Sellers played 3 key figures in the film :s

Chicago Sun-Times:
"Dr. Strangelove seems remarkably fresh and undated - a clear-eyed, irreverant, dangerous satire. And its willingness to follow the situation to its logical conclusion - nuclear annihilation - has a purity that today's lily-livered happy-ending technicians would probably find a way around."

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
15.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Provocative to say the least...

I was hesitant towards Kubrick for what can be perceived as a abysmal acclimatization to Full Metal Jacket. But this is without doubt amongst his finest pieces.

"Kubrick demonstrates singularity of vision, mature mastery of his medium, near-reckless courage in asserting through this work a claim to greatness that time alone can—and probably will—confirm" ...some critic^

Redemption. ★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
16.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Epic story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica who joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ RAW

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
17.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
18.
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.)
“ That beach scene... IMMENSE

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
19.
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
“ Flawless really, really flawless.

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
20.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. (195 mins.)
“ The bigger picture

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
21.
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
“ One room. A thousand views

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
22.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ engrossing

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
23.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Talk about revenge

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
24.
Le Samouraï (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After killing a night-club owner, professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner. (105 mins.)
“ ...no other film in which nothing happens has ever been so riveting.

It is a meticulously developed project, with virtually no flaws.

[Melville's] style remains haunting and elegantly spare.

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
25.
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.)
“ Nolan again lol

5 layers ehh, This generation of mindless bobble heads.

The only weakness was in its desire to please for mass appeal the later part inclusive of the explosions kind of took away from the sheer genius and class in organizing and synthesizing all of this into a digestible serving.

Cool. Emotional. Imaginative. Bold.

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
26.
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
“ They don't make em like they used to :(

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
27.
Heat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Micheal Mann action scenes are legendary

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
28.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. (115 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ A complex work of art... The Coens finest and seriously underrated film

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
29.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
“ Power

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
30.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
“ un magnifique d'amour

As much a fun-piece as a ★★★★★-Masterpiece

................ :) ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
31.
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
“ The chemistry between the two!

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
32.
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
“ This film really set the stage ;)

Best way to spend 9+ Hours

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
33.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ I Like the Way You Die, Boy...

In terms of pure entertainment | unparalleled.

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
34.
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.)
“ Like the open feeling to this film, nothing seems contrived.

It also doesn't build up moments and that interesting straight to the action and it really works.

These bystanders really add to it with their spontaneity.

ORIGINAL ★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
35.
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, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ This slightly eclipses the film below and it was hard to put space between them.

Just that extra ummph of unbridled action.

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
36.
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
“ My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius!

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
37.
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.)
“ L.O.U.D

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
38.
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.)
“ Silent winner.

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
39.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ The Force is strong with this one...

Darth Vader \o/

Not my cup of tea but I actually liked this... way better than the 1st and 3rd.

They were lame...

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
40.
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 distress call, their landing on the source planet finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ ...been watching sci - films recently... like the one flanking this one... was hesitant towards the genre but as a purist was inclined to see these [all] "classics".

The position of these films on my list says it all...

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
41.
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
“ Timeless. ★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
42.
Interstellar (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. (169 mins.)
“ `GRAVITY~

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
43.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Didn't expect this to be this G.O.O.D

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
44.
Black Swan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ Epic Mosaic... Artistic and Wholesome.

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
45.
(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.)
“ Different kind of charm.

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
46.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (180 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ G.R.E.E.D

As much a fun-piece as a...

...★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
47.
Revolver (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences. (111 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ I wouldn't just put this one here for no reason.

This one will stay with you long after viewing a gem

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
48.
Mr. Nobody (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. (141 mins.)
“ ...principle of "Schrodingers Cat." | metaphysics ?

...principle of entropy| evolve to a state of increasing disorder

Zudzwang| combinatorial game theory.

Inception, Butterfly Effect, Deja Vu and a bit of String Theory

Talk about layers, segments, fractions, atoms, bits...

Not: Best Directing, Picture, Actor, Actress, Film Editing, Art Direction, Cinematography.

something else...

★★★★★-Masterpiece ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
49.
The Prestige (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. (130 mins.)
“ Nolan never fails ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
50.
Platoon (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ The art of war / The futility of war. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
51.
Whiplash (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. (107 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
 
52.
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 and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ The journey started out a bit quirky BUT! ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
53.
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
“ This is Spartaaaa! .PEAK ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
54.
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 alter-ego devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more... (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ One step closer to the edge. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
55.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Cliffhangaaa! ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
56.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Bloody pikey ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
57.
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
“ o.|
Sensible action.
Sensible sequence.
Sensible mistakes.
|.o ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
58.
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. (140 mins.)
“ Nolan. Nolan. Nolan. Troll.

As in this is almost as good as the Dark Knight.

"If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal and if they can't stop you, you become something else entirely – a legend, Mister Wayne".

Ra's Al Ghul+, The Effects of the Gas+, Eye Candy-

"Every time a civilization reaches the pinnacle of its decadence, we return to restore the balance". ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
59.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his imposed exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (164 mins.)
“ ...2nd best ending to a trilogy... ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
60.
Blade Runner (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Like the environment...The film is hauntingly beautiful

it's almost like an art movie, the first science-fiction art film…

"Blade Runner is not for the adrenaline junkie, nor for those who like flashy gadgets and bright explosions, with a healthy Hollywood-made dose of convincing storyline spoon-fed for their satisfaction".

Harrison Ford isn't that great of an actor but his films sure do gross alot. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
61.
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
“ Not all things are easily explained ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
62.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. (121 mins.)
Director: Terry George
“ empty promises. corruption. chaos. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
63.
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.)
 
64.
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
“ Neatly presented

with a loophole that doesn't affect ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
65.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young man is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
66.
Titanic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 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
 
67.
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.)
 
68.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ So that seen with the baseball bat# ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
69.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The story of TE Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War 1 in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
70.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ ~!Here's looking at you, kid ~ ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
71.
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
“ Just about right. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
72.
Modern Times (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. (87 mins.)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
 
73.
Downfall (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. (156 mins.)
“ Mein Führer... call me delusional Ha!

"If steiner attacks everything will be alright... Mein Führer... Steiner... removes glasses...

#rant #rant #rant... *Classic scene* ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
74.
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
“ You could see the smeagol in his eyes. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
75.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
76.
Double Indemnity (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. (107 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
77.
The Untouchables (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (119 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
78.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
 
79.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Clint Marathon ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
80.
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
“ Clint Marathon ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
81.
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
“ Say hello to my little friend. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
82.
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
“ The system feeds on politics...

When they said this was a cross between The Wire, Godfather and The Departed I was skeptical but it did live up to the lofty comparisons.

"It`s a pure slam-bang knockout of an action movie. It packs an intense blow of story, characters, politics and realism into one explosive tour de force. A cripplingly dramatic and well-constructed flick. A stylish, heart-pounding, twist-filled and action-packed edge of your seat thriller that sets the screen ablaze. A powerful and electrifying movie. I loved this film. It`s angry, complex and very compelling all the way through. A real eye-opener that`s smart, fresh and utterly exhilarating." [Critic]

The system will give a hand to save the arm. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
83.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
 
84.
Memories of Murder (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead... (131 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
85.
Zodiac (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer. (157 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Creep. Steep. Deep ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
86.
Gone Girl (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent. (149 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
87.
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.)
 
88.
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
“ Sticks and stones may break his bones but words will always hurt him. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
89.
Warrior (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother. (140 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
“ Unexpectedly good. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
90.
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
“ No wonder why this won...

|- Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen -|

most memorable quote... "All I know is, you've got to get mad. You've got to say, "I'm a human being, goddamn it. My life has value."

simply ahead of its time... ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
91.
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
“ I heard the music of true forgiveness filling the theater, conferring on all who sat there, perfect absolution. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
92.
Gravity (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
93.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
 
94.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
95.
JFK (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ /
-You cant bury your head in the sand like an Ostrich...
-Kings get killed, Politics is power...
-Confuse the eye and confound the understanding...

..."Like Caesar, he is surrounded by enemies, and something's underway, but it has no face, yet everybody in the loop knows."
...coup d’état. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
96.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Majestic ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
97.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ ~;Fresh~ ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
98.
Annie Hall (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ very DENSE...| No wonder why this won...

^- Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen -^

1/2 way through his voice gets annoying thou... (whiny) ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
99.
American History X (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
“ So that scene where Norton completely goes AAA on that guys face on the pavement. ” - Kadri Nicholson
 
100.
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. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ I love the smell of napalm in the morning ” - Kadri Nicholson