My 20 favourite films

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1.
The Godfather (1972)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ Simply perfect. ” - tony_egan
 
2.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on his crime syndicate stretching from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to pre-revolution 1958 Cuba. (202 mins.)
“ The greatest sequel ever made matches or surpasses the original. Twin timeframes so richly interwoven. ” - tony_egan
 
3.
American Beauty (1999)
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A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Absolutely piercing rendering of the American Dream turned nightmare. Lester Burnham is the great American character of the last 20 years. ” - tony_egan
 
4.
Lost in Translation (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ Sublime tale of alienation and need. ” - tony_egan
 
5.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
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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
“ Horrific without being a horror film. Perfect acting; brilliant direction. ” - tony_egan
 
6.
Lantana (2001)
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The relationships of four couples unravel after the discovery of a young woman's body in Lantana bush in suburban Sydney. (121 mins.)
Director: Ray Lawrence
“ The greatest Australian film ever. Acting beyond description from Armstrong and Blake in particular. ” - tony_egan
 
7.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Superb visual feast; befitting end to great trilogy. ” - tony_egan
 
8.
Unforgiven (1992)
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Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (131 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ No other Western comes close. ” - tony_egan
 
9.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
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Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems. (132 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
“ I know it's basically just a weepie melodrama, but I find it so funny and insightful. And it is one of the few films to ever make me cry. ” - tony_egan
 
10.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the One Ring and the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Brilliant from start to finish. Great story so well told. ” - tony_egan
 
11.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Race relations and the quality of man have never been so well portrayed. ” - tony_egan
 
12.
The Untouchables (1987)
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Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (119 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Connery acts Costner off the screen, and De Niro tops him. ” - tony_egan
 
13.
On Golden Pond (1981)
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Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
“ An acting masterclass from Fonda, Hepburn and Fonda. ” - tony_egan
 
14.
Angel Heart (1987)
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Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn. (113 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Eerie and freaky. Complex and surreal. ” - tony_egan
 
15.
Funny Bones (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An unsuccessful comedian uncovers a family secret and learns the true price of letting inherent talent shine. (128 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
“ I can never figure why this film isn't more highly regarded. Brilliantly funny and achingly painful at the same time. ” - tony_egan
 
16.
Garden State (2004)
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A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
“ Similar in themes to Lost in Translation, but with father issues thrown in. ” - tony_egan
 
17.
The Tall Guy (1989)
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Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty... (92 mins.)
Director: Mel Smith
“ Another underrated comedy gem. Kate Lemon remains my favourite female character of the 80's. ” - tony_egan
 
18.
Donnie Darko (2001)
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A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ Don't ask me to explain it, just love it for what it is. ” - tony_egan
 
19.
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.)
“ The best of the nonsense comedies, just edging Hot Shots. ” - tony_egan
 
20.
Finding Nemo (2003)
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After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. (100 mins.)
“ Best animated film ever. Ellen's Dorey is brilliant. ” - tony_egan