My personal masterpiecesby gilad33 | created - 30 Apr 2011 | updated - 30 Apr 2011 | Public
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1. 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: 831,179 | Gross: $23.34M
The Best thriller I've seen. Had the most impact on me than anything else I have ever seen, and the surprise ending...
2. The Doors (1991)
R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors 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.
Votes: 73,387 | Gross: $35.18M
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
3. House of Games (1987)
R | 102 min | Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 17,707 | Gross: $2.59M
Slow and elegant thriller that is a "must see"
4. Short Cuts (1993)
R | 188 min | Comedy, Drama
The day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents.
Votes: 37,584 | Gross: $6.11M
Smart and dramatic. The title says it all.
5. Duel (1971 TV Movie)
PG | 90 min | Action, Thriller
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.
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
6. Dead Again (1991)
R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection.
Votes: 23,089 | Gross: $38.02M
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
7. Spellbound (1945)
Not Rated | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance
A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.
Votes: 36,328 | Gross: $7.00M
Dali dream scenes, and the script - Wonderful
8. The Prisoner (1967–1968)
TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
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
9. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Votes: 1,525,367 | Gross: $37.03M
Brilliant. In thought, acting and thrill. The ending is part of the magic
10. Lost (2004–2010)
TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.
Loved every minute, though there were a few episodes I could do without
11. 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: 949,104 | Gross: $25.54M
Brilliant script going from the end to the current time. Great acting!
12. 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: 605,383 | Gross: $17.45M
Funny and smart. Not for everyone, but definitly for me
13. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Votes: 751,486 | Gross: $2.83M
I remember laughting out loud, and adoring the script
14. 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: 327,656 | Gross: $30.86M
Magic on screen. Best romantic movie of all times that takes itself lightly enough to not be kitsh
15. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 458,429 | Gross: $3.90M
Funny. First black comedy I remember that surprised me
16. Magnolia (1999)
R | 188 min | Drama
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Votes: 256,979 | Gross: $22.46M
Take it to your heart. Wonderful script matched by wonderful acting. Resembles "Short cuts" a bit.
17. 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: 331,576 | Gross: $1.59M
Classic. Love the photography more than the script.
18. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 94,998 | Gross: $5.99M
I cried and cried. The most I have ever cried in a movie
19. The Sting (1973)
PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.
Votes: 197,659 | Gross: $159.60M
Smart and amusing
20. Boston Legal (2004–2008)
TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running David E. Kelley series The Practice (1997), following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole, and Schmidt.
Makes me feel smarter just by watching.
21. Brick (2005)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
Votes: 90,821 | Gross: $2.06M
Very different. The scenes, the script, the "rules"... everything is challenging
22. The Name of the Rose (1986)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.
Votes: 88,601 | Gross: $7.15M
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
23. Awakenings (1990)
PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 103,449 | Gross: $52.10M
Great acting to a strong and dramatic script
24. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.
Votes: 83,623 | Gross: $10.73M
Brilliant. A little complicated, but once it catches you - you are hooked. You must see Jack Lemon in his best acting
25. The Fixer (2008– )
Crime, Drama, Mystery
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
26. See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 40,883 | Gross: $46.91M
Possibly the one that made me laugh the most
27. Top Secret! (1984)
PG | 90 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 50,620 | Gross: $20.50M
Changed comedy. All the "Top secret" movies done since seems so lame comparing to the original
28. Marathon Man (1976)
R | 125 min | Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 49,035 | Gross: $21.71M
Dramatic and thrilling. Loved it
29. The World According to Garp (1982)
R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama
A struggling young writer finds his life and work dominated by his unfaithful wife and his radical feminist mother, whose best-selling manifesto turns her into a cultural icon.
Votes: 22,211 | Gross: $29.71M
I still take the ideas from this one with me everyday
30. Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama
Five different criminals face imminent death after botching a job quite badly.
Votes: 23,592 | Gross: $0.53M
Surprising and thrilling
31. Birdy (1984)
R | 120 min | Drama, War
After two friends return home from the Vietnam War one becomes mentally unstable and obsesses with becoming a bird.
Votes: 18,717 | Gross: $1.46M
Just thinking about it makes me want to see it again
32. Four Lions (2010)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.
Votes: 62,234 | Gross: $0.30M
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
33. Inside Man (2006)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 294,698 | Gross: $88.51M
Great acting and smart script
34. Dark City (1998)
R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.
Votes: 169,140 | Gross: $14.38M
Before the brought us the Matrix, there was this surreal Sci-fi movie
35. Dead Poets Society (1989)
PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.
Votes: 315,644 | Gross: $95.86M
Karpa diam is all I have to say
36. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.
Votes: 191,513 | Gross: $4.24M
The last Val Kilmar movies I enjoyed. Brilliant
37. As Good as It Gets (1997)
PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.
Votes: 241,207 | Gross: $148.48M
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
38. North by Northwest (1959)
Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
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.
Votes: 245,452 | Gross: $13.28M
The script is nice, but the unforgettble scenes makes this one better
39. Blazing Saddles (1974)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Western
In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
Votes: 107,153 | Gross: $119.50M
40. Death at a Funeral (2007)
R | 87 min | Comedy
Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.
Votes: 96,453 | Gross: $8.58M
Very, very funny
41. Annie Hall (1977)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance
Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.
Votes: 218,861 | Gross: $39.20M
Touching and smart
42. Once (2007)
R | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance
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.
Votes: 100,227 | Gross: $9.44M
Great music with a small story. Magic
43. The Third Man (1949)
Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
Votes: 128,280 | Gross: $0.45M
44. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
R | 171 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 29,338 | Gross: $10.01M
If you like drama and sexy movies, this will work for you