Top Notchby patrick_14780 | created - 06 May 2011 | updated - 12 May 2011 | Public
After endless hours of movie marathons, this is my select list of top notch films in a mix of genres. P.s. You won't find any of the commercial movies you're used to seeing on most lists (i.e. Godfather,Raging Bull,Taxi Driver etc.)
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1. The Wicker Man (1973)
R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.
Votes: 53,352 | Gross: $0.06M
A policeman's investigation of a disappearance on an island inhabited by people with awkward behaviour. The build up is slow,creeping up on you at a steady pace...until the final scene - probably the best ending ever.
2. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.
Votes: 124,515 | Gross: $75.51M
A wonderful mix of war and romance, unforgettable scenery and a soundtrack to die for!
3. Adaptation. (2002)
R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.
Votes: 155,149 | Gross: $22.25M
Life is so simple yet so complicated in this perfectly acted film (Chris Cooper received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor). Very philosophical and very original, truly one of a kind.
4. The Tenant (1976)
R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.
Votes: 30,887 | Gross: $1.92M
A person's gradual descent into madness, in a place where not everything is what it seems. Roman Polanski is the master of the surreal (without it ever getting boring or too artsy-fartsy)...and this is the perfect example!
5. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
R | 137 min | Drama, Horror
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
Polanski's best movie ever...and this time with a touch of satanism. Horror movies don't get any better than this, mostly in the psychological aspect rather than the visual one which makes it EVEN better.
6. 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: 753,352 | Gross: $112.00M
7. Midnight Express (1978)
R | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.
Votes: 59,852 | Gross: $35.00M
Incredible prison movie based on a true story making it all the more fascinating.
8. In Bruges (2008)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.
Votes: 332,157 | Gross: $7.76M
A superb dark comedy with masterful performances from Farrell and Gleeson, resulting in one of the best films of 2008. Extremely funny yet somehow emotional at the same time..
9. In America (2002)
PG-13 | 105 min | Drama
A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.
Votes: 37,895 | Gross: $15.54M
A genuinely touching movie about an immigrant family and the hardship it faces while adjusting to contemporary New York. Depressing but also encouraging at times, this is one of those films you haven't seen or heard of, but definitely belongs in the 'must see' list.
Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.
A documentary that will blow your mind! Real courtroom drama, real-life police investigation, interviews with family and friends of the victims and of the accused and last but foremost, highly questionable evidence...(if you like this one also check out 'Murder on a Sunday Morning' as well as 'Thin Blue Line').
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.
A muddled start quickly unravels into an astonishing tribute to a passing friend and a justice system which yet again comes to question.
12. Earthlings (2005)
95 min | Documentary, Horror
Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.
A documentary about animals and how they are used and abused for our entertainment, scientific research, food and clothing. Educational and life altering - for most.
13. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)
Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime
Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.
Votes: 8,908 | Gross: $30.58M
With the hypocricy of religion and of the people representing it, this documentary will shock you and aggravate you like never before.
14. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 643,687 | Gross: $0.19M
An intelligent and imaginative drama with a very mind-challenging subject. Truly brilliant filmmaking.
15. The Tao of Steve (2000)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Underachieving, overweight kindergarten teacher Dex finds a woman who forces him to reexamine his Zen-like system of seduction.
Votes: 6,969 | Gross: $4.34M
A very smart and interesting character study offering many insights about sexual relationships. This movie will impress you through it's simplicity as well as it's lovable characters.
16. Harakiri (1962)
Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.
A thrilling tale about revenge and the samurai warrior's honour code. Add a great plot to the ingredients and you have a marvelous result.
17. Young Frankenstein (1974)
PG | 106 min | Comedy
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
Votes: 125,037 | Gross: $86.30M
By far Mel Brooks' best (and funniest) movie featuring - who else?- Gene Wilder with a peak performance.
18. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 745,857 | Gross: $34.40M
Charming,imaginative and twisty!
19. House of Wax (1953)
Approved | 88 min | Horror
An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.
Votes: 13,077 | Gross: $23.75M
Vincent Price, by far the best horror icon (yes, even better than Christopher Lee) offering a classic 50's chiller better than anything made nowadays. His best movie (No.2 is Theatre of Blood).
20. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 320,900 | Gross: $22.20M
As good today as it was 72 years ago when it was released, a truly epic movie in all aspects, for both young and old.
21. Scarface (1983)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Votes: 599,224 | Gross: $45.60M
Commercial I know, but I couldn't help adding it to the list! In the words of Oscar Wilde - 'I can resist everything but temptation'
22. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
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.
Votes: 559,069 | Gross: $6.10M
The undisputed Western of all Westerns...