100 Must Buy Moviesby MustBuyMovies | created - 31 Mar 2011 | updated - 04 Apr 2011 | Public
As the title suggests, here is a list of 100 movies that you really must have in your collection. Your feedback on my selection is very welcome.
Just a quick note - there are several movies in my list that are part of a series (ie including sequels...). For these movies, I have always listed the first movie released in the series (even if I prefer the sequel...) because let's face it - if you're going to buy these types of movies, chances are you will buy the whole series ;)
Keep an eye out for my new website coming soon - it will include a more detailed personal review from me on each of these movies.
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1. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
How many films do you know that are filmed almost entirely in one room and are still good enough to keep you totally enthralled for 90-odd minutes. I know one - and it's called "12 Angry Men".
From the moment one single man decides that perhaps things aren't as clear cut as they seem (or as everyone wants them to be), you know there's going to be drama. And drama there is, in spades. And some of the finest acting you will ever see.
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
Votes: 485,677 | Gross: $56.95M
A true Sci-Fi classic.
3. 8½ (1963)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.
Votes: 88,746 | Gross: $0.05M
This is an amazing work of art. Fellini lets his imagination run wild in this somewhat autobiographical film starring the legendary Marcello Mastroianni as Guido - a famous film director who's life is in turmoil. The dream sequences in this film are just sublime, heightened by the exquisite musical score.
4. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
My favorite Stanley Kubrick picture, and an absolute classic. I don't know if it's as shocking today as it must've been in its day, but it will certainly grab your attention and keep you mesmerized until the end. Sometimes you forget that this film was banned in Britain for 30 years.
5. Amélie (2001)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
Votes: 599,194 | Gross: $33.23M
So charming, so funny, so quirky, so clever, so French!! I'm a huge fan of Jeunet's work and this is his best. This is a movie you simply fall in love with, just like the title character Amélie, played to perfection by the very talented Audrey Tautou.
6. American Beauty (1999)
R | 122 min | Drama
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
Votes: 917,606 | Gross: $130.10M
This was a hugely successful film, and deservedly so. What I love about this film is how it presents simple things in a way that invites you to observe and appreciate them - like a plastic bag floating around on the breeze. It is moments like these that make this movie so special.
7. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
Votes: 74,986 | Gross: $30.57M
Fantastic Horror movie that is still hilariously funny.
8. Avatar (2009)
PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
Votes: 970,721 | Gross: $760.51M
Stunningly beautiful picture with ground-breaking effects, and that's enough to hook you again and again. James Cameron's world of Pandora is just so incredible to behold that the story could be very ordinary and people would still enjoy it. The story isn't, there's plenty there to keep your attention between all the awe-inspiring visual scenes.
9. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 837,050 | Gross: $210.61M
Time-travel movies are always so intriguing to me, but "Back to the Future" succeeds because it is just so much fun. Michael J. Fox is so perfectly cast as Marty McFly and that's what makes this series so enjoyable.
10. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.
Votes: 1,097,166 | Gross: $206.85M
Christopher Nolan brings us Batman as we've never seen him before, and it's darker than ever. "Batman Begins" introduces the new franchise perfectly, "Dark Knight" surpasses it (somehow) by taking us to an even darker place.
I can't wait for the next installment "The Dark Knight Rises"!!
11. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 559,862 | Gross: $27.00M
Classic and timeless dark Sci-Fi and a credit to Ridley Scott. It's full of surprises, and becomes even more rewarding when you take the time to really observe and analyse it.
12. Brazil (1985)
R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.
Votes: 165,298 | Gross: $9.93M
This is Terry Gilliam's masterpiece. It is fully of inventive and creative ideas that just delight you, visually it is just stunning. And it's actually very clever and funny.
13. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.
Audrey Hepburn is just gorgeous in this movie and you can't help but fall in love with her (regardless of her character Holly's many shortcomings). The movie is full of wit and charm, and the unforgettable "Moon River".
14. Breathless (1960)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama
A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.
Votes: 58,762 | Gross: $0.34M
"Breathless" or "À Bout de Souffle" as it's known outside the USA, is a brilliant and very accessible French New Wave film. Jean-Paul Belmondo, who just happens to be my favorite French actor, is super cool in the role of a fugitive on the run from the law. Apart from admiring Godard's revolutionary storytelling style, I always enjoy seeing Paris in the 60's as filmed here by hand-held camera.
15. Bullitt (1968)
M/PG | 114 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.
Votes: 51,044 | Gross: $42.30M
Most people will remember this film for the Mustang and the ultimate car chase around San Fransisco. Nothing wrong with that, it was sensational!!
But it's also a gritty detective thriller full of twists and turns and of course, Steve McQueen.
16. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.
Votes: 169,920 | Gross: $102.31M
Was it the perfect combination of Newman and Redford that had us rooting for the bad guys, the brilliant script full of great lines, fun and adventure? Whatever it was, it worked beautifully. "Rain drops keep fallin' on my head..."
17. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
Votes: 433,117 | Gross: $1.02M
OK, this is MY FAVORITE MOVIE.
For me, it is just perfect - the story, the setting, the amazing writing, the infinitely quotable one-liners, Bogart, Bergman, Sam, "La Marseillaise"...
18. Children of Men (2006)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Votes: 398,048 | Gross: $35.55M
Mind-blowing Sci-Fi drama. Children of Men really pulls you in and keeps you spellbound for 2 hours straight. The premise of the story is so intriguing and is enhanced by strong performances (especially Michael Caine) and some amazing shots. There is one scene in particular, a long single-shot scene full incredible action sequences that is just incredible to watch. How did they even manage to do that??
19. Chinatown (1974)
R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.
Votes: 242,150 | Gross: $29.20M
Regardless of how you might feel about Roman Polanski as a person, there's no denying that he has directed a couple of masterpieces in his time. Chinatown is for me his crowning achievement. It's right up there with the best Film-Noir detective movies of years gone by.
20. Chocolat (2000)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance
A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.
Votes: 160,662 | Gross: $71.51M
Like the beautiful hand made chocolate delights we see throughout, this film is like an indulgence of the senses. The main story is quite simple, but perfectly executed in a way that you can almost taste.
21. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
R | 155 min | Drama
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.
Votes: 176,351 | Gross: $11.99M
I recently had the pleasure of introducing this film to my dad a couple of months ago. I have no idea why, but he had never seen it before...
I took so much pleasure in hearing him describe how moved he was by this film, how parts of the story and all the feelings so strongly portrayed seemed to so closely reflected parts of his own life... We then proceeded to talk about it in detail over several hours (and coffees). What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon, discussing a special movie with your dad.
I've seen this movie so many times over the years, and it's still as charming and moving today as it was the first time I saw it.
22. Crash (I) (2004)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Votes: 383,517 | Gross: $54.58M
This is an incredibly powerful drama and insightful look at some of the prejudices that exist in our world today. It's the type of movie that will make you question some of your own beliefs and actions.
That it won the Best Picture Oscar against some pretty solid competition is a good indication of how good this movie is.
23. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.
Votes: 230,306 | Gross: $128.08M
There are so many wonderful films of the Wu Xia tradition to have come out of China, this film is right up there with the best of them. It features two contrasting love stories set amongst fierce action, amazing colors and breathtaking cinematography.
Seasoned veterans Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh are both superb in their roles, and Ziyi Zhang dazzles as the beautiful young up and coming star that she is.
24. Delicatessen (1991)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.
Votes: 71,303 | Gross: $1.79M
Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro have teamed up to bring us a number of amazing movie experiences - you'll know their film Amelie. Delicatessen is a much earlier film that is also bursting with original creative ideas.
I would go as far as to say this is THE MOVIE for people who love movies!! It really is that inventive.
25. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
PG-13 | 197 min | Drama, Romance, War
The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution.
Votes: 60,403 | Gross: $111.72M
Since I was a boy, this has been one of my favorite movies. Like the main character, it is beautifully poetic and bursting with emotion. It's also one of the longer movies you will experience - but don't be put off by that, it's a film you experience.
Each winter, I wait for a particularly cold and rainy Saturday afternoon and I pull out a fine bottle of Shiraz and settle in for an afternoon of Dr Zhivago. I can't rate this movie high enough!!
26. 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: 648,121 | Gross: $0.19M
It's no surprise that this film has become a cult classic. It has so many interesting aspects that pique your interest, the humor is dark, and the music just compliments everything else so perfectly.
27. Enter the Dragon (1973)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.
Votes: 83,424 | Gross: $25.00M
This is a classic 70's kung-fu action flick and perfect tribute to the legendary Bruce Lee. The concept is simple enough - a bunch of martial artists from all over the world, each with their own motivations, competing in the ultimate fighting tournament...
But it's packaged so well, with great locations, interesting characters, and a killer theme song that you just can't get enough of.
28. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
Votes: 751,846 | Gross: $34.40M
What an amazing concept it is to have memories erased. And what a match made in heaven to have a writer like Charlie Kaufman team up with a creative director like Michel Gondry. The result is simply mesmerizing. The icing on the cake is Jim Carey playing a depressive introvert to perfection in this visual and emotional roller coaster of a movie.
29. 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: 1,524,942 | Gross: $37.03M
This is a modern-day classic. The story has the kind of depth that will appeal to any thinking person and structured in a way that just adds an extra layer of depth. Both Pitt and Norton are sensational in their respective roles.
30. Gattaca (1997)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
Votes: 242,696 | Gross: $12.34M
Perhaps this movie appeals to me because when I was a boy, I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up. (But then, I used to get air-sick every time I flew...).
The story of Gattaca is just brilliant and very thought-provoking. It's well realized and is a classic Sci-Fi in my opinion.
31. Get Carter (1971)
R | 112 min | Crime, Thriller
When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.
By now you probably know that Michael Caine is one of my favorite actors, and this is one of my favorite Michael Caine movies. It's a classic British gangster flick with the classic gangster Jack Carter. The locations filmed really add to the feel of the movie. And the lines are top notch. How about this for a classic line: "You're a big man but you are out of shape. With me it's a job. Sit down and behave"
32. Ghostbusters (1984)
PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
Votes: 301,207 | Gross: $238.63M
Is it right for comedies to be named in a top 100 list?? Damn right it is when you're talking about a movie like "Ghost Busters". This movie is as funny in 2011 as it was in 1984. And I think it is the perfect combination of the main characters that is the reason behind this. And Bill Murray :)
33. Gladiator (2000)
R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
Votes: 1,103,687 | Gross: $187.71M
I sometimes wonder how directors (or actors for that matter) feel when they give us movies like Gladiator. This is such an exciting movie, the type that leaves you on the edge of your seat most of the time. And that cast - what a wonderful testament for actors like Oliver Reed and Richard Harris!
34. Goldfinger (1964)
PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.
Votes: 149,787 | Gross: $51.08M
I am a huge fan of James Bond movies, especially those starring Sean Connery. And this is the pinnacle for me. Goldfinger is so perfectly entertaining from start to finish. The theme song is unforgettable, as is the scenery, the gadgets, and the one-liners.
35. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 819,738 | Gross: $46.84M
Top notch Scorsese magic. Enough said.
36. Groundhog Day (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
Votes: 494,690 | Gross: $70.91M
Funnily enough, each time you watch this movie it's still hilarious even though you know exactly what is going to happen next. That's what I love about this film.
37. High and Low (1963)
Not Rated | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.
If you've ever seen a Kurosawa film, you probably already know what a master director he was. I suspect this film is possibly not well known (compared to films like Seven Samurai, Yojimbo...). This particular film, a "kidnapper ransom thriller" really appeals to me as it gives you a real insight into Japan in the 60's. It's stylish, and very engaging.
38. In the Mood for Love (2000)
PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance
Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.
Votes: 89,935 | Gross: $2.73M
This movie contains what I believe to be the most haunting theme song ever, and it is used brilliantly to enhance the story. I would go as far as to say see this movie just for the song - there is one scene in particular that will be etched in your memory for ever more.
But I don't want to sell this movie short. It is in fact a gorgeous and poetic love story, featuring superb cinematography and magnificent performances. There possibly aren't adequate words to describe just how beautiful this movie is.
39. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Votes: 1,665,698 | Gross: $292.58M
This movie blew me away!! I don't know what else to say about it... Even now I occasionally find myself reflecting on that spinning top and coming up with new theories. And that is what is truly amazing about this movie - you don't just sit back and be entertained, you are invited to THINK. And Nolan has given us one amazing puzzle to think about!!
40. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Votes: 318,174 | Gross: $7.27M
It's easy to see why Jimmy Steward was so loved, and he was nothing short of superb in this moving film. This is a movie that will restore your faith in mankind, such is the power of the story.
41. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.
Votes: 465,137 | Gross: $260.00M
This movie will scare the pants off you every time. But it's more than a scary movie, it's a beautifully crafted film with great characters and one of the most unforgettable theme songs ever.
42. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Votes: 489,518 | Gross: $57.60M
I can't think of any other film that is able to make you laugh as much as this, in the saddest of settings. That is what makes "Life is Beautiful" truly special. In fact, I have a tear in my eye right now just thinking about it.
This film won the Best Foreign Oscar in 1998, but for some unknown reason it was robbed of the Best Picture award.
43. 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: 458,323 | Gross: $3.90M
Incredibly funny and action-packed Guy Ritchie crime thriller. This is so well written that you can watch it again and again and still find enjoy immensely. Personally, I love the many different levels of gangster characters - just fascinating.
44. Mad Max (1979)
R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.
Votes: 166,065 | Gross: $8.75M
Many people may be more aware of the sequel this movie ("The Road Warrior"). The original however, delivers such an incredible impact that really defies its shoestring budget. I believe it is the most significant Australian movie ever made. Filmed at a time when real stunt men had to earn their money, the stunts in this film are mind-blowing.
45. 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: 948,820 | Gross: $25.54M
The pure genius of this Christopher Nolan film is that it basically plays out in reverse. So as one scene finishes, the next scene actually shows the events that lead to it. This brilliantly immerses you in the confused world of the main character - who suffers from a condition where he has no short-term memory.
46. Midnight Cowboy (1969)
R | 113 min | Drama
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend.
Votes: 83,696 | Gross: $44.79M
This film may not appeal to everyone, however I think most will appreciate this for its original story, and strong performances by Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. I seem to be attracted to films like this that paint a grimy image of city life and the exploited characters living there. It's fascinating however to watch as bright-eyed title character deals with the many disappointments and challenges he faces. And the theme song is used so perfectly here.
47. 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: 245,379 | Gross: $13.28M
This is another favorite Hitchcock film. What I love about this is the pure charm that Cary Grant exudes, even in the most challenging situations. A perfect mix of suspense and entertainment.
48. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Mystery, Thriller
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Votes: 410,944 | Gross: $0.71M
This South Korean film is just sublime. The story is just brilliant and totally engaging. There are so many delightful surprises and twists, and this movie gets better with each viewing.
49. 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: 759,048 | Gross: $112.00M
Jack Nicholson is simply incredible in this film, I think his finest work (and this is an actor who has stolen the show more times than any other I can think of). It's a roller coaster ride of a movie with hysterically funny moments, and sad scenes that leave you in tears.
50. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 523,279 | Gross: $37.63M
A wonderfully creative story from Guillermo del Toro. It's magical to dive into Ofelia's fantasy world as she escapes the real world in a time of war and violence. It's no fairytale however - the visual beauty is extraordinary, but there is a real sense of tragedy that you feel for a 12 year old girl and the choices she is faced with.
51. Paris, Texas (1984)
R | 145 min | Drama
Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.
Votes: 60,424 | Gross: $2.18M
A very special and beautiful film. It's interesting that a German director like Wim Wenders has directed a classic American movie. And it is a classic.
52. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,488,154 | Gross: $107.93M
This movie has become one of my favorites, but it wasn't always that way. Living in Australia, a relatively conservative country (at least, in 1994), I still remember seeing this movie at the cinema for the first time. There's that scene... You know the one that makes you squirm in your seat... I remember it unfolding and people walking out of the cinema, and I remember questioning if I could go on!
I reluctantly did stay to the end of the film, and then I thought about the movie for days... And after that, I came to the conclusion that seeing this film had opened my eyes, perhaps desensitized me a little, but not only that, I realized that I really liked this film. Having watched it about a dozen times since then, I love and appreciate it more and more each time.
53. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
Votes: 738,556 | Gross: $248.16M
This is the ultimate adventure movie (and start of an entertaining series of films that are all excellent in their own right). Raiders is special for me as it's the first movie I remember seeing as a child at the cinema with my dad. Each time I see it takes me back to that original experience that was so incredible for a young boy!!
54. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Votes: 358,098 | Gross: $36.76M
Brilliant Hitchcock film. This film has me jumping out of my seat with nervous anticipation that just seems to grow as the suspense builds and builds. So rewarding on so many levels.
55. Rocky (1976)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Votes: 427,893 | Gross: $117.24M
Most people probably forget after 6 entertaining Rocky movies spanning 30 years that the original was quite brilliant - brilliant enough to win a Best Picture Oscar. If you haven't seen it for a while, check it out and be surprised by just how engaging a film it is.
56. Ronin (1998)
R | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.
Votes: 154,489 | Gross: $41.62M
This movie was such wonderful surprise when it arrived on the big screen in the late 90's. Frankenheimer, who directed some fantastic movies in the 60's and 70's, delivered what I think is his best work 30 years later in this film.
The suspense is gripping, the action is furious, and those car chase scenes are pure gold! The friendship that grows between De Niro and Reno's characters is also wonderful to watch. I also love seeing some of the streets that I know in the various French cities this film was shot in. Love it.
57. Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama
The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,229 | Gross: $2.08M
20 years before "Slumdog Millionaire" appeared on the big screen, a gem of a film called "Salaam Bombay!" authentically depicted life on the streets of Bombay for a bunch of children just trying to survive. It's so powerful, and so moving. If you have spent any time in a 3rd world country, you will appreciate this film.
As I type this review, I am actually travelling around Manila in the Philippines, and everyday I see similar examples of children who are born into poverty living on the streets and squatting in makeshift houses. It amazes me that these kids are always smiling, despite the challenges they face.
58. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.
Votes: 979,271 | Gross: $96.07M
Of all of Spielberg's impressive works, Schindler's List is the film that delivers a message so powerful that shakes you to your very core. Having toured Poland extensively myself, I find the impact of the film even stronger than previously. This film is a credit to Spielberg, the brilliant cast, and a worthy testament of disturbing events in human history.
59. Se7en (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Votes: 1,160,609 | Gross: $100.13M
Powerful cast, dark and gripping movie.
60. Sin City (2005)
R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
Votes: 694,628 | Gross: $74.10M
Sin City is stylish and entertaining. I love the way it unfolds, and the various characters who play their part. Visually, it's a delight, and the narrative style is so funny even though the violence on the screen is quite over the top.
61. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
R | 120 min | Drama, Romance
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
Votes: 700,845 | Gross: $141.32M
Immerse yourself in a world you would not normally have the chance to experience. That is what this movie allows you to do. Everything works together - the camera work, the music, the raw performances; and the result is something very special.
62. Snatch (2000)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
Votes: 666,738 | Gross: $30.33M
There are two things to adore about this film: 1. The amazing story telling abilities of Guy Ritchie; and 2. Brad Pitt. Apart from that, there are dozens of things to love about this film, it's just pure entertainment.
63. Solaris (1972)
PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.
Forget the ordinary American remake (even George Clooney could not save it). The original Russian masterpiece "Solaris" is the real deal. While the pacing of this Sci-Fi is quite deliberate, it works perfectly. And some of the scenes in this movie will make such an impression that you will be thinking about them for weeks, maybe even months after watching the movie - so it was for me. It takes real pleasure in the beauty of our world, and surprises you with questions about our own emotions.
64. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,029,094 | Gross: $322.74M
Perhaps (like me) you love the dark side of Episode V, but Star Wars is the movie that started it all, and it really is a great movie. My normal rule on series applies here, great the bunch of them (although I'm still not quite convince that Episodes I - III are "must haves").
65. Tell No One (2006)
Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After eight long years since his beloved wife's hideous murder, unexpectedly, an accidental discovery of two bodies near a Doctor's estate will stir things again in a long-forgotten buried case that nothing is as it appears.
Votes: 42,952 | Gross: $6.18M
This movie really is a Tour de Force, and I must admit that it took me completely by surprise. You've seen many of these quality French actors in other movies, but this thriller is something special.
66. The Apartment (1960)
Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 125,600 | Gross: $18.60M
Classic performances, classic comedy.
67. The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.
Votes: 26,038 | Gross: $3.43M
This is one of the best things to ever come out of Canada, and I'll admit that I cry like a little girl every time I see it - it is just so moving!! And this is a film that really makes you look at your life and what is important.
I'm also going to break my rule about sequels here, as this technically is a sequel, albeit 15 years after the original film "The Decline of the American Empire". But rest assured you can watch the film without having seen the prequel and not miss out on too much ;)
68. The Big Blue (1988)
R | 168 min | Adventure, Drama, Sport
The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown.
Votes: 41,504 | Gross: $3.50M
I suspect that most people looking at my list have not even heard of this film - which just happens to be one of my favorite of all time. If you love the ocean (as I do), then you must watch this movie. I promise you will enjoy the ride. Luc Besson brought us this film a few years before The Professional.
69. The Bourne Identity (2002)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory.
Votes: 448,654 | Gross: $121.66M
At a time when James Bond was starting to lose his way, Bourne arrived on the scene and showed us what a good spy movie can be. Excellent trilogy.
70. The Conversation (1974)
PG | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple, on whom he is spying, will be murdered.
Votes: 81,663 | Gross: $4.42M
Another brilliant Francis Ford Coppola movie and excellent performance by Gene Hackman.
71. The Day of the Jackal (1973)
PG | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A professional assassin codenamed "Jackal" plots to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France.
Votes: 31,986 | Gross: $16.06M
Such an intense thriller and a wonderful picture of Europe in the early 70's.
72. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Adventure, War
During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.
Votes: 57,742 | Gross: $45.30M
I love the idea of throwing together a dozen convicted GI's and sending them on (basically) a suicide mission. So entertaining.
73. The English Patient (1996)
R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
Votes: 155,279 | Gross: $78.65M
This movie for some reason I can't understand seems to be quite polarizing. I think it is extremely underrated by some, and in my opinion it was a more than worthy of the many Oscars it picked up in 1997 (including Best Picture).
74. The French Connection (1971)
R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
I love the films that were being made in America in the 70's, and this is a perfect example. It was a worthy winner of several Oscars the year it was released.
75. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,300,232 | Gross: $134.97M
The first two movies in the series are seriously good. There's obviously a reason these films are #2 and #3 on IMDB top 250...
76. 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: 563,406 | Gross: $6.10M
Sergio Leone directed so many excellent films, but this is the one that always stands out for me. I love the story and characters, and THAT soundtrack!!!
77. The Graduate (1967)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.
Votes: 225,781 | Gross: $104.95M
There is so much to love about this film, but the interesting shots and music by Simon and Garfunkel really stand out to me.
78. The Great Dictator (1940)
G | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.
I would've loved to be around when this satire was released in 1940. It's both hysterically funny, and incredibly moving (the closing scene is unforgettable).
79. The Great Escape (1963)
Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
So many stars, so entertaining.
80. The Italian Job (1969)
G | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.
This caper movie is so much fun to watch, and Michael Caine (my favorite actor) is just perfect in the role of Charlie Croker.
81. The Lives of Others (2006)
R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 292,219 | Gross: $11.29M
When this movie came out, I called it the best movie to be released in years! I still consider this to be one of my all time favorite movies. It really is THAT GOOD!! I confess that I cry every time I see this film.
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,379,666 | Gross: $315.54M
What a superb trilogy, each movie is brilliant in its own right.
83. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
My second favorite Bogart movie, and my favorite out of a long list of excellent Film-Noirs of the time.
84. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,368,464 | Gross: $171.48M
Is there anybody who doesn't already own this movie?? I don't think it's possible! Like me, you've probably seen it about 15 times by now ;)
85. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.
Votes: 88,221 | Gross: $16.76M
Just seeing some of the beautiful shots of Latin American (locations and people) is reason enough to see this film. Debate will continue about how Che is portrayed in this movie...
86. The Pink Panther (1963)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet--a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther."
Votes: 41,658 | Gross: $10.88M
Hilarious movie. Also a must see just for Claudia Cardinale who is just so incredibly beautiful.
87. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
Votes: 827,243 | Gross: $19.50M
I'm a huge fan of Luc Besson. This is probably his best work however. Each actor plays their part perfectly in this movie, and Natalie Portman is just wonderful.
88. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 1,903,177 | Gross: $28.34M
What more can you say about this film that hasn't been said before. It's as close to perfect as you can find. I enjoy it so much every time I watch it, and I've lost count how many times that is...
89. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 697,502 | Gross: $44.02M
This is so much more than a "horror" flick. If you haven't seen it before, do yourself a favor. Nicholson is brilliant as always, but it's the camera work and music score make this unforgettable.
90. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,014,305 | Gross: $130.74M
Anthony Hopkins had played a few great roles prior to this, but Dr. Hannibal Lecter will always be the character we remember him for.
91. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 780,850 | Gross: $293.51M
I still remember seeing this for the first time and how much I loved it.
92. The Sound of Music (1965)
G | 174 min | Biography, Drama, Family
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
Votes: 165,861 | Gross: $163.21M
Timeless classic! Always handy to have a copy especially if you have kids (or nephews/nieces)...
93. The Terminator (1984)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs.
Votes: 670,184 | Gross: $38.40M
This was the original that started it all.
94. 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: 830,992 | Gross: $23.34M
Just a fantastic mystery thriller, and so entertaining. Kevin Spacey shines!
95. 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: 53,724 | Gross: $0.06M
Cult Classic. I put the final scene as one of the most amazing scenes ever put to film! But this movie has more than one trick up its sleeve - the wonderful scenes that build up to the culmination are enthralling.
It's billed as a Horror, but perhaps in a similar fashion to "The Shining", it's more the eeriness that scares the pants off you. But fittingly (for a so-called Horror), Christopher Lee is perfect in the role of patriarch of this remote Scottish island full of pagans, and Britt Ekland is PERFECT as the naked temptress who torments the newly arrived and morally upright Christian police officer (also perfectly played by Edward Woodward).
96. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
Votes: 509,043 | Gross: $57.14M
This Sci-Fi from Terry Gilliam is just amazing!! It's so gripping, and Bruce Willis and (even more so) Brad Pitt are just brilliant.
97. Unforgiven (1992)
R | 130 min | Drama, Western
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
Votes: 310,540 | Gross: $101.16M
Brilliant modern western. Eastwood is fantastic, Hackman is just brilliant as Little Bill.
98. Vertigo (1958)
PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
Votes: 285,398 | Gross: $3.20M
I love Hitchcock, and this movie is just sublime!! Surely IMDB this should be up in the top 5 of all time - don't know how it slumped to #45...
99. Where Eagles Dare (1968)
PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, War
Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on.
This is my favourite WW2 movie. Eastwood and Burton together are just magic!
100. Wild Strawberries (1957)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.
So quirky, and enjoyable to watch from start to finish. This is a classic from Swedish maestro Ingmar Bergman.