This is a list of my favourite movies of all time so far, please let me know if there are awesome movies that haven't made this list because I probably haven't seen them. I'm 20 and have only started watching serious movies in 2011. My list is constantly changing and no movie is in a fixed position. Also I am very aware that there are Foreign movies out there. I am soon going to be watching a fare few foreign movies. Also I am also going to be watching some older movies from the 40's, 50's etc. Please leave a comment as i will eventually reply back to you. If you have a imdb list that you would like me to look at please feel free to post it as i will look at it eventually.
This list isn't supposed to be a copy of IMDb's Top 250 or anything like that. I know there might be a couple of movies that might not suit everybody but for some reason I enjoy them.
As I have started in 2011 and continued through looking at cinema more finely I have come to the conclusion I can't necessarily rank what films in a particular order. They are now all out of order but should be watched by all.
A list of every movie i've seen:
Above is the link to every movie I have seen, I will be updating that list often more than this one.
I have decided that instead of the top 250 movies I can no longer take any of the movies from this list away as they are all great movies that everyone should watch and I no longer limit it to 250. I have decided that all movies that are on this list are "Great Movies" that comes from the late Roger Ebert's movie list. I will try to list in order of my favourites but since I've grown more mature since when I first made this list my taste has grown since then and I'm finding it more and more difficult to add or take to this list.
For the past year I have started a film diary on letterboxd where I rate movies now out of 5 and I have all my films I have added and more fin tuned of how I see them today. Please follow me on letterboxd if you like: http://letterboxd.com/cy1995/
I will still be adding movies from time to time when I see movies that I define as great.
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.)
“ A BRILLIANT Film!! The story is so gripping that it makes you believe this actually happened. The acting is superb from everyone involved and Tarantino is a brilliant director. Highly recommend checking it out if you haven't ” - cy1995
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
“ David Fincher is a genius! The character 'Tyler Durdan' is brilliant!! Edward Nortan is fantastic! Everything about it is gripping and fantastic! ” - cy1995
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
“ Beauty is all around us, we just have to look.
Sam Mendez proved that he knows how to make a movie. Kevin Spacey is brilliant!! The story plot is just mind blowing! The acting is just phenomenal! Everybody just delivers brilliance! Just watch it i love it!!! ” - cy1995
The Wolf of Wall Street
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort
, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (180 mins.)
12 Angry Men
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
“ Set in one room mainly. Henry Fonda's performance is outstanding! It makes the movie. From director Sidney Lumet comes a fantastic film! Its a great job for one of his first films. ” - cy1995
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ 'I'll make him an offer he can't refuse'
Brando at his best!! Everything about this movie is brilliant! Pacino signature role is fantastic! All the actors are amazing especially James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and John Cazale. Coppola was a mastermind back in the 70's. A must watch! Definitely the best out of the trilogy ” - cy1995
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ A brilliant idea!!!!
I understood this movie first time i saw it and i had no idea what it was about when it first came out and i LOVE IT!!!! Nolan is one of the greatest directors of all time!! DiCaprio is amazing on every level! The layers of dreams is incredible. Also Joseph Gordon Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Paige were amazing! I love it. ” - cy1995
“ The greatest trilogy of all time!!!
Peter Jackson delivers brilliance!! The CGI is the best I've ever seen!! Everything about Return of the king is brilliant! It raps up a fantastic trilogy perfectly! Everything about return of the king is brilliant! Every actor/actress delivers brilliance!!!
I can't wait for the Hobbit this Year!!! ” - cy1995
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. (195 mins.)
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
“ How many one lines are there!?
'Play it again same', ' I think this is a start to a beautiful friendship'
It is unbelievable that all these movie quotes started with this movie!
Bogart is brilliant! The coat the heat everything! Its a brilliant movie!! A must watch! ” - cy1995
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. (117 mins.)
“ Ridley Scott is a Genius!!
Everything about Blade Runner is fantastic!!! The way Scott used CGI was amazing and Harrison Ford's best role ever! The story is so engaging and it leaves questions that make you think at the end. I recommend to watch the Final Cut of this as its Ridley Scotts version not the Directors Cut which was done by a couple of Studio executives. Its a must watch! ” - cy1995
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Where do i begin!!??
Kubrick at his all time best! And thats saying something. He was a mastermind! The way he controlled is actors and the way he directed and produced was astonishing!! Peter Sellers is brilliant! A fun little fact: Peter Sellers improvised most of his lines. I could go on and one about this movie forever it would take me ages and i could spoil the movie for people who haven't seen it but GO WATCH IT NOW!!!!!!!! ” - cy1995
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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. (161 mins.)
The Green Mile
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.)
“ A beautiful film!
Michael Clarke Duncan's character was brilliant! This movie is a sad movie i think! Tom hanks at his all time best! From Frank Darabont, this movie amazed me! Way better than shawshank any day of the YEAR!!!! Its just not some hollywood trash, its a work of art! Its a must watch! ” - cy1995
Back to the Future Part II
After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip. (108 mins.)
“ My most watch movie ever!!
A lot of people have asked me why this ranks higher than 1. Well because I like it better. The way 2015 is viewed from back then is hilarious now! Flying cars, hover boards and Jaws 12! Plus don't forget Reagan and Michael Jackson being alive! Plus Mr Fusion! I am sorry if i have ruined some of it but trust me i haven't in story wise! Michael J Fox is a great actor along with Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson. 'Marty you got to come back with me, where, back to the future!' Classic movie and i LOVE IT! ” - cy1995
2001: A Space Odyssey
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. (149 mins.)
“ How did Kubrick do this!!??
If this was made now, i think it would suck! This movie amazed me to be fantastic! The way Kubrick approached it is amazing! He used puppets and people in costumes and still pictures is amazing for that particular time. The story is complicated but i got it and that why i love it this much! Plus don't forget HAL! Genius idea! I highly recommend it! ” - cy1995
Back to the Future
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Lost in Translation
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)
A Clockwork Orange
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.)
“ "Just a little bit of Ultra Violence"
From the start of the movie you hate the narrator!! But at the same time you get brought into a mind of a physcopath and not too may directors can do that properly, Kubrick is one of them obviously! The character Malcolm McDowell plays Alex DeLarge. One of the cinemas greatest villains! This movie isn't for everybody and there is some graphic content in this. But i found it brilliant & and i recommend it highly! ” - cy1995
City of God
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.)
“ This could never be done in English, EVER!!!!
Set in Rio De Genero, it follows two completely different people but at the same age and how there lives are impacted. The acting is fantastic, directing is brilliant!! I am gobsmacked at how good this is! Great piece of foreign film!!! ” - cy1995
Requiem for a Dream
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ Let just say i am never going to take drugs ever!!
This shows what drug addicts are like from narcotics to prescription abuse. Darren Aronofsky is a fantastic director and delivers a brilliant message ' this is what happens when you take/abuse drugs'. Very graphical images of drug abuse in my opinion. Its a must watch for everyone!!! ” - cy1995
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.)
“ This i thought was BRILLIANT! Now this movie isn't for everyone, it is very complex and the story isn't linear. From the minute it starts it is telling you the one of the most important pieces to this movie. Also look at the background and what the characters are doing and saying. This can be extremely confusing in some parts & extremely weird in some but it all ties together in the end in a very weird way. I HIGHLY recommend this movie if you haven't seen it. ” - cy1995
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. (103 mins.)
“ 'Save Ferris'
One of my personally favourite movies ever! This makes e laugh ever time i watch it. Matthew Broderick was born to play ferris bueller. Everything is great! A must watch! ” - cy1995
The Dark Knight
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
“ Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci are at there top of there game in Goodfellas. From director Martin Scorsese come a brilliant and probably he's best movie to date! Everything about goodfellas is brilliant from the acting to directing to producing to cinematography. Everything is fantastic!! ” - cy1995
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Alfred Hitchcock's best movie!!
The way he directed it was fantastic! No other director in the world could direct this movie! The way suspense was created is brilliant! With the Bates Motel as a iconic place, this is just a fantastic movie!! Brilliant acting as well! ” - cy1995
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Leaving Las Vegas
Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his drinking, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera. (111 mins.)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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. (133 mins.)
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
Lawrence of Arabia
The story of T.E. Lawrence
, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
A young couple move into 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. (136 mins.)
The Lost Weekend
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout. (101 mins.)
To Kill a Mockingbird
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
The Deer Hunter
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.)
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
The Bridge on the River Kwai
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
La Dolce Vita
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. (126 mins.)
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
All About Eve
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. (138 mins.)
Catch Me If You Can
The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr.
who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. (141 mins.)
Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding. (100 mins.)
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
The Big Lebowski
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (143 mins.)
In Detroit, loner Clarence marries a call girl named Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine, the mob, track them down and try to reclaim it. (120 mins.)
A nurse is put in charge of an actress who can't talk and finds that the actress's persona is melding with hers. (85 mins.)
The Great Dictator
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Dial M for Murder
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
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. (120 mins.)
With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent. (149 mins.)
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. (169 mins.)
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Dallas Buyers Club
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. (117 mins.)
Once Upon a Time in America
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life. (229 mins.)
The Usual Suspects
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Good Will Hunting
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
Once Upon a Time in the West
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of. (111 mins.)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. (110 mins.)
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
12 Years a Slave
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup
, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (134 mins.)
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
There Will Be Blood
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
Saving Private Ryan
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends, a mafia underboss and a casino owner, for a trophy wife over a gambling empire. (178 mins.)
Touch of Evil
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Léon: The Professional
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. (110 mins.)
The Godfather: Part II
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.)
No Country for Old Men
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
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.)
The moon from Alien
has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)