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1.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
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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 Best thriller I've seen. Had the most impact on me than anything else I have ever seen, and the surprise ending... ” - gilad33
 
2.
The Doors (1991)
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The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. (140 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ I'm a big fan of the music, but that itself is no reason. The Val Kilmar acting is superb and the atmosphere in the movie + the sountruck is epic ” - gilad33
 
3.
House of Games (1987)
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A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men. (102 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
“ Slow and elegant thriller that is a "must see" ” - gilad33
 
4.
Short Cuts (1993)
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The day-to-day lives of a number of suburban Los Angeles residents. (187 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ Smart and dramatic. The title says it all. ” - gilad33
 
5.
Duel (1971 TV Movie)
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A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer. (90 mins.)
“ Thrilling. My brother told me first about this small Spilberg movie and I was glued to the screen. Looks a bit old now, but still this is a great example of how smart directing can be ” - gilad33
 
6.
Dead Again (1991)
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An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection. (107 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Makes you believe in past lives. One of the most under-rated films of all times. Loved it and still see it when I get a chance ” - gilad33
 
7.
Spellbound (1945)
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A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory. (111 mins.)
“ Dali dream scenes, and the script - Wonderful ” - gilad33
 
8.
The Prisoner (1967 TV Series)
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After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape. (50 mins.)
“ So surreal and smart. I remember watching it as a kid. Nothing has been done since to match this level of surreal idea and script ” - gilad33
 
9.
Fight Club (1999)
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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
“ Brilliant. In thought, acting and thrill. The ending is part of the magic ” - gilad33
 
10.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
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The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island. (44 mins.)
“ Loved every minute, though there were a few episodes I could do without ” - gilad33
 
11.
Memento (2000)
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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.)
“ Brilliant script going from the end to the current time. Great acting! ” - gilad33
 
12.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
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"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
“ Funny and smart.
Not for everyone, but definitly for me ” - gilad33
 
13.
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.)
“ I remember laughting out loud, and adoring the script ” - gilad33
 
14.
The Princess Bride (1987)
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While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Magic on screen. Best romantic movie of all times that takes itself lightly enough to not be kitsh ” - gilad33
 
15.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
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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
“ Funny. First black comedy I remember that surprised me ” - gilad33
 
16.
Magnolia (1999)
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An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
“ Take it to your heart. Wonderful script matched by wonderful acting. Resembles "Short cuts" a bit. ” - gilad33
 
17.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Classic. Love the photography more than the script. ” - gilad33
 
18.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
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The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
“ I cried and cried. The most I have ever cried in a movie ” - gilad33
 
19.
The Sting (1973)
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In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Smart and amusing ” - gilad33
 
20.
Boston Legal (2004 TV Series)
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Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running Kelley series The Practice, following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole and Schmidt. (44 mins.)
“ Makes me feel smarter just by watching. ” - gilad33
 
21.
Brick (2005)
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A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. (110 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ Very different. The scenes, the script, the "rules"... everything is challenging ” - gilad33
 
22.
The Name of the Rose (1986)
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An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey. (130 mins.)
“ I don't enjoy watching it now as I did the first time, but back then I thought this is the best I've seen ” - gilad33
 
23.
Awakenings (1990)
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The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them. (121 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
“ Great acting to a strong and dramatic script ” - gilad33
 
24.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
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An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office. (100 mins.)
Director: James Foley
“ Brilliant. A little complicated, but once it catches you - you are hooked. You must see Jack Lemon in his best acting ” - gilad33
 
25.
The Fixer (2008 TV Series)
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Ex-special forces operative and convicted murderer John Mercer is awarded an early release from prison on the condition that he becomes an assassin for the government.
“ Intelegant thrills and drama ” - gilad33
 
26.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
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Dave is deaf, and Wally is blind. They witness a murder, but it was Dave who was looking at her, and Wally who was listening. (103 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ Possibly the one that made me laugh the most ” - gilad33
 
27.
Top Secret! (1984)
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Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany. (90 mins.)
“ Changed comedy. All the "Top secret" movies done since seems so lame comparing to the original ” - gilad33
 
28.
Marathon Man (1976)
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A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent. (125 mins.)
“ Dramatic and thrilling. Loved it ” - gilad33
 
29.
The World According to Garp (1982)
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Based on the John Irving novel, this film chronicles the life of T S Garp, and his mother, Jenny. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer... (136 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ I still take the ideas from this one with me everyday ” - gilad33
 
30.
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
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Five different criminals face imminent death after botching a job quite badly. (115 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
“ Surprising and thrilling ” - gilad33
 
31.
Birdy (1984)
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After two friends return home from the Vietnam War one becomes mentally unstable and obsesses with becoming a bird. (120 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Just thinking about it makes me want to see it again ” - gilad33
 
32.
Four Lions (2010)
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Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror. (97 mins.)
Director: Chris Morris
“ Best I've seen this year. It's a comedy that will make you laugh, but the issue is the one that makes it so smart and satiric.
You wouldn't know if to clap, or to boo ” - gilad33
 
33.
Inside Man (2006)
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A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ Great acting and smart script ” - gilad33
 
34.
Dark City (1998)
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A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. (100 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ Before the brought us the Matrix, there was this surreal Sci-fi movie ” - gilad33
 
35.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
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English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ Karpa diam is all I have to say ” - gilad33
 
36.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
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A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor. (103 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
“ The last Val Kilmar movies I enjoyed. Brilliant ” - gilad33
 
37.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
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A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ Touching and funny. A lot of film actors I don't like joined in this wonderful movie, and even they couldn't harm my pleasure ” - gilad33
 
38.
North by Northwest (1959)
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A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ The script is nice, but the unforgettble scenes makes this one better ” - gilad33
 
39.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
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To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (93 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ Simply fun ” - gilad33
 
40.
Death at a Funeral (2007)
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Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family. (87 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
“ Very, very funny ” - gilad33
 
41.
Annie Hall (1977)
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Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall. (93 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Touching and smart ” - gilad33
 
42.
Once (2007)
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A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. (85 mins.)
Director: John Carney
“ Great music with a small story. Magic ” - gilad33
 
43.
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ Suspence ” - gilad33
 
44.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
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In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives. (171 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
“ If you like drama and sexy movies, this will work for you ” - gilad33
 
45.
Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
“ Our wonderful and surprising world looks very different here. Great photography and ideas ” - gilad33