Favorite Films

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1.
The Lives of Others (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
“ Fantastic film. The grey, bleak atmosphere created in this movie is incredible, it really takes you to 1980's Eastern Germany. The plot drew me in from the first time I saw it and still gripped me tight on later viewings. I can't see this film being knocked off as my favorite anytime soon. Please God don't let them remake this movie, I wouldn't even watch it but it would make me so unhappy to hear the American version get talked about rather than this near perfect gem. ” - tcstrou2
 
2.
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.)
“ Just love this movie. The dialogue is crisp and witty, just love everything about it really. I'm not even a huge Tarantino fan in general, but I really love PF. I didn't really get all the hype behind it the first time I watched it, but it really sank in the next day and I had to re-watch it. ” - tcstrou2
 
3.
The Chaser (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes. (125 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
“ I don't know what to say about this movie. I picked it off of the free Sundance On-Demand channel and wow. I didn't know what to think going into it but after I watched it I was just stunned and didn't move until the credits ended. A fantastically disturbing film. ” - tcstrou2
 
4.
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
“ Another great Korean movie. I know a lot of people have Oldboy as their favorite Korean movie, or even overall favorite, but I just found these two films to be better than Oldboy. I'm sure many will disagree with me but I just loved these two. ” - tcstrou2
 
5.
Revanche (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable. (121 mins.)
Director: Götz Spielmann
“ Didn't really know what to expect from this one. Beautiful landscapes throughout the movie. Just a great film that I happened upon. ” - tcstrou2
 
6.
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Farrelly
“ My favorite comedy. Always will be. I saw this movie when I was like 12 and really only got the gags and potty humor. When I watched it later I realized it was actually a smart comedy and got all the subtleties of it, which made it even better. ” - tcstrou2
 
7.
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
“ I would almost classify this one as a comedy before Alex gets taken in. The dialogue is just hilarious. I watched this one a little early before I could understand it, and when I watched it later I just loved the dialogue and the way characters talked. ” - tcstrou2
 
8.
Collateral (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ I didn't honestly expect much from this film. I saw Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise and thought it was going to be a mediocre, nothing special mainstream movie, but I really loved it. ” - tcstrou2
 
9.
La Haine (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. (98 mins.)
“ This, like Pulp Fiction, took some time to sink in. I didn't know what to think after it ended but the next day I realized how much I loved the film. ” - tcstrou2
 
10.
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Great dark comedy. Bruges is a beautiful city and was depicted as such in the film. Loved it after I saw it. ” - tcstrou2
 
11.
Trainspotting (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ I kept hearing about this movie on Requiem for a Dream threads, so I went into it expecting another Requiem type film. It was nothing of the sort and I was surprised when it was over how much I liked it. ” - tcstrou2
 
12.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ My introduction to David Lynch. I loved the mood this film set, it was all so dreamy and surreal. ” - tcstrou2
 
13.
Eastern Promises (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family. (100 mins.)
“ I saw A History of Violence before Eastern Promises and was a little let down. I enjoyed it, but thought it was a little overrated. I thought Eastern Promises to be the superior film. ” - tcstrou2
 
14.
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.)
“ My first real foreign film that I loved. ” - tcstrou2
 
15.
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
 
16.
Meduzot (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Meduzot (the Hebrew word for Jellyfish) tells the story of three very different Israeli women living... (78 mins.)
“ I saw this on the Sundance channel. Really a nice little movie. ” - tcstrou2
 
17.
The Guitar (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The life of a woman is transformed after she is diagnosed with a terminal disease, fired from her job and abandoned by her boyfriend. Given two months to live, she throws caution to the wind to pursue her dreams. (95 mins.)
Director: Amy Redford
“ I don't know why I like this film so much. Maybe since I play the guitar I enjoy a naked woman playing the guitar more than the average person. I can't say for sure, but I sure did like the film. ” - tcstrou2
 
18.
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
“ This movie has serious rewatchability (is that even a word? haha) for me. I don't know what it is about it but I just love watching it. ” - tcstrou2
 
19.
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
“ Good film. ” - tcstrou2
 
20.
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.)
“ Saw this in the theater and it was a great experience. ” - tcstrou2
 
21.
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.)
“ I finished this film and just sat in silence for a while after it finished. I haven't been in the mood since to watch it again. Haha that may sound like I hate it but it is just a tough film to watch. ” - tcstrou2
 
22.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
“ Another movie I watched first when I was too young but viewed again later on and loved. ” - tcstrou2
 
23.
Mystic River (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ I heard good and bad things about this one before I saw it. I really enjoyed it. ” - tcstrou2