My Top 50 moviesby ilja-albrecht | created - 02 Jun 2011 | updated - 03 Jun 2011 | Public
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1. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 566,607 | Gross: $27.00M
Most probably THE sci-fi movie. As always, Scott's creation of ambience is unrivalled.
2. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 1,887,365 | Gross: $534.86M
Best comic adaption ever, by far and forever the best and darkest villain ever portrayed. What a loss the great Heath Ledger is to all of us.
3. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Votes: 493,405 | Gross: $57.60M
The first and only time I cried at the end of a movie. A grand piece of art, this one.
4. Drowning by Numbers (1988)
R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama
Three generations of women all share the same problem: cheating husbands, and they want to put an end to it.
Votes: 6,834 | Gross: $0.42M
Greeneaway is most probably the unified Rembrandt and Picasso of film-making. Watch and relish.
5. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,034,705 | Gross: $322.74M
My entry into space, I was 10 when this came out and I was blown away...
6. Casino Royale (2006)
PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 512,131 | Gross: $167.45M
Best Bond ever.
7. Star Trek (2009)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.
Votes: 539,129 | Gross: $257.73M
If, as in Bond, you want to re-animate a great series, this is how you do it. Loved it and always will remain a Trekkie, no matter how pissed the bourgeois hardliners were about Spock snogging Uhura.
8. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
Votes: 742,536 | Gross: $248.16M
Most probably the best adventure movie ever made. I am still mad at Spielberg why he animated Tintin instead of doing the real thing.
9. The Big Lebowski (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 608,619 | Gross: $17.50M
Bowling is cool, no matter what they told you
10. Seven Samurai (1954)
Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Votes: 257,456 | Gross: $0.27M
Kurosawa defined it.
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke.
Votes: 962,388 | Gross: $290.48M
Best sequel ever
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,387,143 | Gross: $315.54M
Best fantasy film ever. This here stands for the entire trilogy
13. Delicatessen (1991)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.
Votes: 71,594 | Gross: $1.79M
Dark, funny, unbelievablly nice and chique. Cinematography at its best
14. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,496,332 | Gross: $107.93M
Coolest gangster movie, best story. "Whose motor-cycle is this? It's not a motorcycle, it's a chopper, baby. Wose chopper is it? Zed's. Who is Zed? Zed's dead, baby, Zed's dead."
15. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 483,280 | Gross: $32.00M
Hitchcock is the master. No more, no less
16. The Princess Bride (1987)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.
Votes: 329,296 | Gross: $30.86M
My name is Inigo Montoya. You kiled my father. Prepare to die." Thank you Mandy for creating one the coolest moments in film. "Go away or I call the brute squad. I am from the brute squad. You are the brute squad." Unbelievable, hilarious, fantastic and very fine film.
17. The Usual Suspects (1995)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
Votes: 835,253 | Gross: $23.34M
Probably the most intelligent film ever made.
18. Gladiator (2000)
R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 1,109,746 | Gross: $187.71M
Best epic I have seen
19. Dune (1984)
PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule.
Votes: 105,275 | Gross: $30.93M
The second best sci-fi of all times. Still one of the most fascinating journeys into a different world
20. Alien (1979)
R | 116 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 652,205 | Gross: $78.90M
Ridley Scott - he is the master. This is his first big hit. Watch it and understand.
21. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
Votes: 706,217 | Gross: $402.45M
To this day a breathtaking film
22. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,020,860 | Gross: $130.74M
Best horror. I know, some people would say this is rather suspense. Anyway, Demme defined how to scare people with words and suggestions.
23. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
R | 169 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 1,008,050 | Gross: $216.54M
If you want to understand how war feels when you're in it - watch this one and cure yourself from any illusion you might have had before.
24. Metropolis (1927)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
Votes: 128,051 | Gross: $0.03M
Fritz Lang defined the path, Scott and Spielberg followed.
25. Dances with Wolves (1990)
PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
Votes: 205,797 | Gross: $184.21M
One of the best western movies
PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.
Votes: 181,218 | Gross: $93.93M
This is after Raiders the second best adventure movie there is. Fantastic photography, story and the sound is a masterpiece of craftsmanship.
27. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.
Votes: 115,926 | Gross: $63.49M
The best comedy ever made. A wonderful cast, a cool story and - as always when John Cleese is involved - pure class in terms of dark British humour.
28. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
Sidney Lumet is a master and so was Henry Fonda.
29. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,447,698 | Gross: $330.25M
A truly beautiful film
30. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,308,752 | Gross: $134.97M
Brando is the man.
31. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
R | 133 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 763,193 | Gross: $112.00M
Jack is brilliant, the movie a showcase of fantastic acting
32. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 503,534 | Gross: $83.47M
This and Private Ryan explains everything why war is hell on earth.
33. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 833,184 | Gross: $19.50M
Reno is one of the cooles, this movie probably the best sad killer story.
34. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.
Votes: 954,028 | Gross: $25.54M
Fantastic film. Fantastic story
35. American Beauty (1999)
R | 122 min | Drama
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
Votes: 922,168 | Gross: $130.10M
Kevin Spacey is one of the finest actors aound. This movie shows you why
36. Groundhog Day (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
Votes: 498,914 | Gross: $70.91M
Apart from being a great comedy, the story of this one made movie history. It is simply brilliant.
37. The Bourne Identity (2002)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory.
Votes: 450,112 | Gross: $121.66M
Probably the best realistic spy thriller.
38. Syriana (2005)
R | 128 min | Drama, Thriller
A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it.
Votes: 116,256 | Gross: $50.82M
This movie is a must for anyone who wants to understand what the Americans are doing in and to the Middle East. Clooney became a method actor in this brilliant film
39. In the Line of Fire (1993)
R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president.
Votes: 80,108 | Gross: $102.31M
Eastwood and Malkovich shine in a gripping thriller. Two fantastic actors at the top of their game.
40. The Green Mile (1999)
R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 908,946 | Gross: $136.80M
I am not a fan of King - this excellent film is the exception.
41. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 198,722 | Gross: $25.00M
The finest classic comedy - Wilder is one of film's classic geniouses.
42. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 842,492 | Gross: $210.61M
A fantastic ride. This stands for the entire trilogy.
43. Fargo (1996)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 515,148 | Gross: $24.61M
Coen. Practically everything they do is fantastic
44. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
Votes: 542,835 | Gross: $100.49M
Eastwood becomes better and better with age, like a good wine
45. Das Boot (1981)
R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.
Votes: 189,723 | Gross: $11.49M
Third and last war movie in this list. However a classic. No one ever showed war and claustrophobia more intense as Wolfgang Petersen did.
46. Terminator 2 (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 834,283 | Gross: $204.84M
Still one of the all-time greats of Sci-Fi. Arnold was a machine without sex-drive - gone are the good old days
47. The Prestige (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After a tragic accident two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the other.
Votes: 972,788 | Gross: $53.09M
Brilliant and very classy
48. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.
Votes: 424,067 | Gross: $1.23M
You never forget your first. My stomach hurt for days after from all the laughing
49. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 488,665 | Gross: $56.95M
First number zero in this list: Not the best but the most important Sci-Fi film ever made. It defined what came after.
50. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
Votes: 333,210 | Gross: $1.59M
This is the second number zero of the list. A film that to this day is a defining masterpiece of photography and film-making.