My favorite 50 movies of all time

I knew the minute I had 50 films I would then remember all the other films I love.
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1.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ I go back and forth between 1 and 2. Bette is the better actress. And I love the dialogue in All About Eve. But the style of Mildred Pierce wins me over. ” - cobalt_s
 
2.
All About Eve (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
“ The best dialogue ever. It defies all the rules of screenwriting with dialogue moving the plot. You have to be very skillfull - which I am not - to do this. ” - cobalt_s
 
3.
Auntie Mame (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle. (143 mins.)
Director: Morton DaCosta
“ Roz Russell, colorfull costumes, and great dialogue. ” - cobalt_s
 
4.
Giant (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates. (201 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ Didn't think I would like it when I first saw it. It pulled me in right away. Rock Hudson's best performance. James Dean's last. :( Great film. ” - cobalt_s
 
5.
Goldfinger (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ The best Bond ever. The best song, best gadgets, best Bond girl with double entendre name, best imagry.... ” - cobalt_s
 
6.
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives. (118 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ I love witches and I love Cher. ” - cobalt_s
 
7.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (137 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ This movie gets better every time I see it. ” - cobalt_s
 
8.
Darling (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. (128 mins.)
“ It's a mod, mod, mod, mod world. ” - cobalt_s
 
9.
The King of Comedy (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy. (109 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Before its time. The world is so crazy now, the movie may have lost some of its bite. ” - cobalt_s
 
10.
Stage Door (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A chronicle of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of aspiring actresses who all live in the same boarding house. (92 mins.)
Director: Gregory LaCava
“ Kate Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden and Ann Miller all in one movie. Enough reason. ” - cobalt_s
 
11.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view. (116 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
“ Maggie Smith gives a tour de force performance. Another film that gets better everytime I see it. ” - cobalt_s
 
12.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Say what you will about Stephen King. He tells the best stories. ” - cobalt_s
 
13.
Marked Woman (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A crusading DA persuades a clip joint "party girl" to testify against her mobster boss after her innocent sister is accidentally murdered during one of his unsavory "parties". (96 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
“ Very dark movie. One of the best about organized crime. ” - cobalt_s
 
14.
The Green Mile (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Another great Stephen King story. Doug Hutchinson makes the movie for me. He should have been nominated. ” - cobalt_s
 
15.
Thunderball (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme. (130 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ My second favorite Bond movie. ” - cobalt_s
 
16.
The Thin Man (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it. (91 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
“ The best of the Thin Man series. Very dark and risque. ” - cobalt_s
 
17.
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s. (127 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Winona's last great film. Great supporting cast. My friend and I recite lines from this all the time. Eat - in chicken. ” - cobalt_s
 
18.
The Incredibles (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. (115 mins.)
Director: Brad Bird
“ This film got me back in the theaters again. I saw it four times!!!!! ” - cobalt_s
 
19.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world. (142 mins.)
Director: Peter Hunt
“ George Lazenby wasn't so bad. And the action sequences are the best of all the Bonds. ” - cobalt_s
 
20.
Mermaids (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds. (110 mins.)
“ It's a movie that grows on me. ” - cobalt_s
 
21.
Me, Natalie (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young woman struggles for independence. (111 mins.)
Director: Fred Coe
“ Patty Duke as an ugly duckling. And Al Pacino's first film. ” - cobalt_s
 
22.
The Apartment (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Before Mad Men, there was The Apartment. ” - cobalt_s
 
23.
Tootsie (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ Has some of the best lines ever. ” - cobalt_s
 
24.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Only skilled actresses like these two could pull this movie off. ” - cobalt_s
 
25.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him. (141 mins.)
“ I missed this one in the movies. One of my biggest regrets. ” - cobalt_s
 
26.
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/11 X  
Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. (82 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Me and another friend of mine recite lines from this one. ” - cobalt_s
 
27.
The Women (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A study of the lives and romantic entanglements of various interconnected women. (133 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Roz Russell steals this one. She fought to have her name above the title for a reason. ” - cobalt_s
 
28.
Nightmare Alley (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall. (110 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
“ Tyrone Powers best movie. And a great Post- War America film. ” - cobalt_s
 
29.
After the Thin Man (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family. (112 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
“ Second favorite Thin Man. ” - cobalt_s
 
30.
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after. (102 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ One of the best times ever was when I showed this to my niece for the first time. ” - cobalt_s
 
31.
Baby Face (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young woman, sexually exploited all her life, decides to turn the tables and exploit the hapless men at a big city bank - by gleefully sleeping her way to the top. (71 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
“ Before the Pre-code. I was shocked at how bold this was. ” - cobalt_s
 
32.
Career (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal? (105 mins.)
Director: Joseph Anthony
“ One of the best underrated films about show biz. ” - cobalt_s
 
33.
The Stepford Wives (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents. (115 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
“ Avoid the Nicole Kidman film like the plague. This is the one! ” - cobalt_s
 
34.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ There was nothing like the first time seeing this. ” - cobalt_s
 
35.
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 motives. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Best thriller since Silence of the Lambs. ” - cobalt_s
 
36.
A Place in the Sun (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women. (122 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ Get the hankies out, kids. ” - cobalt_s
 
37.
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family. (128 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
“ The definitive piece on Black American life, at least for me. ” - cobalt_s
 
38.
RoboCop (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
39.
The Towering Inferno (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it. (165 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
40.
Paper Moon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership. (102 mins.)
 
41.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two best friends set out on an adventure but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the American police as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed! (130 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
42.
The Bad Seed (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer. (129 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
43.
Circuit (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
John, a gay Illinois small town cop moves to Los Angeles, hoping to fit into a place more welcoming of his sexuality. He soon discovers the "circuit," where he meets an insecure hustler, who draws John into drug abuse and illicit sex. (130 mins.)
Director: Dirk Shafer
 
44.
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Two dim-witted, inseparable friends hit the road for their ten-year high school reunion and concoct an elaborate lie about their lives in order to impress their classmates. (92 mins.)
Director: David Mirkin
 
45.
Blast from the Past (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A naive man comes out into the world after spending 35 years in a nuclear fallout shelter. (112 mins.)
Director: Hugh Wilson
 
46.
Chuck & Buck (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An oddly naive man-child stalks his childhood best friend and tries to reconnect with their past. (96 mins.)
Director: Miguel Arteta
 
47.
Basic Instinct (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved. (127 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
48.
Starship Troopers (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival. (129 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
49.
The Craft (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Fleming
 
50.
New York, New York (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb. (155 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese