My Favorite movies

list of movies that have made an impact on me
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1.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ surreal film ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
2.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ technically astute, emotionally relevant and haunting ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
3.
Yojimbo (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ remade into so many movies.. ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
4.
Die Hard (1988)
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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.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ first proper english film i watched in a theatre. yippy ki-yay mf stayed with me for quite some time. alan rickman has hanz gruber is the uber cool villain ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
5.
Sholay (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture the bandit. (198 mins.)
Director: Ramesh Sippy
“ cried when jai dies...enough said ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
6.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
“ talk about a movie that has an eyelid as the protagonist for most part of the movie... brilliant ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
7.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death. (113 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ always liked will ferrel.. he is brilliant in this movie and the casting is superb. such a simple plot..so well narrated. ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
8.
The Game (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A wealthy banker is drawn into a dangerous game where the lines between the game and his real life become more and more blurry. (129 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ one of my first fincher movies....edge of the seat thriller with fantastic cinematography.. thats so typically fincher ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
9.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ how can you not like zooey deschanel.. with those eyes! joseph gordon lewitt is very very good and loved the way the story unfolds...jumping back and forth in time.. how can you not like the ending! ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
10.
Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared. (121 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
“ again..another simple story..but so innovative. no CG, no big budgets..just a well told unique story ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
11.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ one of my besson favorites.. damn should have added fifth element and banlieue 13 to this list.. am a big action junkie ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
12.
Serpico (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him. (130 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ al pacino like you wont believe.. he doesnt get angry in this movie..doesnt shout. none of the typical al pacino crazy eye acting.. just him being fantastic as an honest cop.. and i love the look of the film. ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
13.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ once you watch this movie in a 'Negotiation Strategies' class.. stays with you forever ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
14.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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.)
“ only movie that demands so much concentration and effort while watching. definitely not one to sit back and enjoy but to immerse and assimilate every bit of information thats being thrown at you ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
15.
Groundhog Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ think this is every persons fantasy to be able to stretch time and learn music, speak umpteen languages and eventually get what you want :) ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
16.
All of Me (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A dying millionaire has her soul transferred into a younger, willing woman. However, something goes wrong, and she finds herself in her lawyer's body - together with the lawyer. (93 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
“ am a big steve martin fan.. and to watch him play part man (left side) part woman (right side) is an acting masterclass. ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
17.
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two friends, attempting to start-up their own photo studio, come across shady dealings, corruption and murder, and must fight to bring the guilty to light. (132 mins.)
Director: Kundan Shah
“ the lines, the humor, the timing, the political undertones, the climax scene and the irony at the end...cult film ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
18.
Rounders (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks. (121 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
“ single-handedly responsible for making people wanna play poker..."if you havent spotted the fish at the table in the first five minutes...you are the fish" john malkovich is brilliant in the movie "chik chik..." ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
19.
Any Given Sunday (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A behind-the-scenes look at the life-and-death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them. (162 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ oliver stone, al pacino, cameron diaz and a great sports movie..whats not to like ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
20.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton... (115 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
“ the kung fu movie that will last forever... ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
21.
Hero (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (99 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ fantastic visuals.. great action choreography.. and this was before they made every movie look like crouching tiger..so still love it.. ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
22.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
23.
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break. (95 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ john woo.. chow yun fat.. remade into aatish.. great story ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
24.
Zodiac (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree. (157 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ david fincher again. about a serial killer and how people pursuing him become obsessed with catching him and how it ruins their lives.. true story too ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
25.
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
“ agent clarice starling... fantastic movie.. hopkins is brilliant obviously..but pathbreaking villainy ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
26.
High Fidelity (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
27.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ david fincher..enough said ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
28.
Almost Famous (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ cameron crowe, billy crudup.. beautiful emotional tale about a boy growing up with a rock band on tour ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
29.
The Italian Job (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally. (111 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
“ love heist flicks ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
30.
Heist (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A career jewel thief finds himself at tense odds with his longtime partner, a crime boss who sends his nephew to keep watch. (109 mins.)
Director: David Mamet
“ and again...love heist flicks... like who doesnt!!! ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
31.
Notting Hill (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world. (124 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ i love brit humor and hugh grant is disarmingly charming and likeable... some great lines.. julia roberts is playing practically herself and the pair work wonderfully together. ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
32.
Parinda (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two brothers are caught on the different sides of a gang war. (154 mins.)
“ first gangsta movie that was stark, shot at night and devoid of any item numbers.. great characters ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
33.
Satya (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young man named Satya (J.D Chakravarthy) comes to Mumbai from South India in search of a job. Jailed for something he did not do... (170 mins.)
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
“ ramus flagship movie.. though shiva was equally good but not as well made.. no one had made a movie about the mumbai mafia like this..these werent the dons.rather the next in command so to speak ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
34.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ scorsese' finest imho ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
35.
Casino (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ second finest ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
36.
Taken (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. (93 mins.)
Director: Pierre Morel
“ luc besson production i believe... liam neeson is brilliant as an ex special ops veteran... the scene where he is on the phone with his daughter just before she is gonna be kidnapped.... makes the movie! ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
37.
Sliding Doors (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A London woman's love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Howitt
“ any movie about parallel destiny, time, fate... sign me up! ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
38.
Zoolander (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. (90 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
“ ben stiller directed and co-wrote this epic comedy.thats banned in singapore apparently. mugatu is will ferrel btw and its a highly under rated film ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
39.
Top Secret! (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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.)
“ period spoof... have to watch the scene with the giant telephone... i love that kind of humor ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
40.
Singles (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle. (99 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ cameron crowe! ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
41.
Vanilla Sky (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover. (136 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ scared teh *beep* outa me..but great movie.. cameron crowe again! ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
42.
Point Break (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. (122 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
43.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
 
44.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
45.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
46.
The Longest Yard (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards. (113 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
 
47.
Knocked Up (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant with his child. (129 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
“ judd apatow.. is going to be legendary ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
48.
Funny People (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act. (146 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
 
49.
Love Aaj Kal (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An old-fashioned romantic tells his personal love story to a modern man who has just broken up with his girlfriend. Has love really ever changed? (128 mins.)
Director: Imtiaz Ali
“ could relate to this in droves.. think imtiyaz should make a movie about ex's next ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
50.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
“ creepiest villain ever... ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
51.
The Social Network (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ if fincher wasnt enough, here's sorkin for good measure... some of the wittiest lines. ” - siddharth-ganesh
 
52.
Without Limits (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to... (117 mins.)
Director: Robert Towne
“ billy crudup is phenomenal in this movie ... donald sutherland and billy crudup .. great movie.. makes you wanna lace up and go out there give it your best... ” - siddharth-ganesh