My TOP 200 from 2000 to Present Day

These are my favorite films from 2000 to present day(8/15/11 - RECENTLY EDITED TO 200 FILMS INCLUDING FILMS UP TO JAN '16)). Remember this list is just my opinion of the films I've enjoyed the most. Narrowing this down was a DIFFICULT task.

I started with every film I have rated/seen from 8-10 stars(my rating) on IMDB. It started as almost exactly 150 films I had rated 8/10+, but now into late 2012 as I edit - some 8's are dropping off the list.(edited to include everything up until Jan '16

Here's the just missed list before I start(in no particular order):Exit Through the Gift Shop, Bridesmaids The Queen, Barney's Version, State of Play, Find Me Guilty, Star Trek, CRAZY, Inside Job, Matador,Cloverfield, Layer Cake, The CHaser, 127 Hours, The Lookout, Body of Lies, The Music Never Stopped, Superbad,The Hunt, CJ7, Enigma, The Hunting Party, A SIngle Shot, Avatar, 3:10 to Yuma, SPartan, Gran Torino, Win Win, A Beautiful Mind, Public Enemies, The Fighter, Ratatouille, Perfect Host, The Double Hour, Raid:redemption, Paprika, Beerfest, The Girl Next Door, IPMan 2, Superbad, Waitress, The Fountain, Three BUrials of Melquis Estrada, Munich, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity, Kill the Irishman, the Matador, Black Hawk Down, Tailor of Panama, A Scanner Darkly, Assassination of the coward.., Mothman Prophecies, Dark Blue, Old School, Session 9, Walk The Line, Intouchables, The Perfect Storm, Elephant, LOTR:The Fellowship of the Ring, Felon, Remember the Titans, The Dancer Upstairs, the Escapist.... All good films... deserving... but some have to be left out to get to 200...

Since the listings start with #1 - I'll start with #1 and go to #200.........

everyone has their own likes and dislikes......... While I'm sure many won't agree with the order - I truly CAN recommend every film on this list. I tried to maintain integrity within my own rating system(which is not perfected by any means). Hope you enjoy it. EDiting IN newer films as I see them..
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1.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
“ The film seems stripped down... deliberate... It certainly isn't a film that will appeal to everyone, but this movie has everything that I look for... revenge... great character development... great score... just a great movie. ” - witster18
 
2.
The Pianist (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
3.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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?" (120 mins.)
“ The highest ranked Best Picture on my list. An underdog story is right up my alley. Great music, great story, great execution from Danny Boyle. ” - witster18
 
4.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
“ This is the pin-your-ears-back entry to the top 10. Kill Bill Vol. 1 is a violent, funny, expertly-crafted action film. Love the anime, love the big fight scene and the final fight scene. Superb flick. ” - witster18
 
5.
Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. (107 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
“ Seldom does a performance elevate a movie from good to fantastic, but Claire Danes puts on the performance of a lifetime. I think this is one of two made for tv movies on the list. ” - witster18
 
6.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
“ There's no doubt that there are mixed emotions and varied opinions on this one, but I think this movie will be looked at in a new light in 30-50 years. It is a masterpiece. ” - witster18
 
7.
Whiplash (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. (107 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
 
8.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games. (79 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
“ I put this here because very few films start good and just get better and better. Half-way through I could only hope that this would and could end the way I wanted it to end - and it did. ” - witster18
 
9.
U2 3D (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A 3-D presentation of U2's global "Vertigo" tour. Shot at seven different shows, this production employs the greatest number of 3-D cameras ever used for a single project. (85 mins.)
 
10.
Searching for Sugar Man (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez. (86 mins.)
 
11.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ The best Sci-Fi film since Blade Runner and Empire Strikes Back. I thought it only scraped the surface of the alien and human interaction, but a film has only 2 hours to work with, and this was an adventurous 2 hours. ” - witster18
 
12.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
“ Never have I seen a film that crossed-genres so seemlessly. It's a frightening film with expertly crafted fantasy elements. I loved this movie! ” - witster18
 
13.
Sideways (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle. (126 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ Paul Giamatti is incredible here. The story is realistic and hilarious. The characters are well-developed, and this film has style pouring out of it like a fine bottle of wine at a dinner table with friends. ” - witster18
 
14.
Inside Man (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation. (129 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ Garnered far too-little attention from viewers and the Academy. ” - witster18
 
15.
Finding Nemo (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. (100 mins.)
“ My favorite PIXAR film. ” - witster18
 
16.
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. (133 mins.)
“ The cinematography is amazing, the story is intriguing, and the acting is superlative. What more could a viewer ask for? And don't say no subtitles. ” - witster18
 
17.
Wild Tales (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress. (122 mins.)
Director: Damián Szifron
 
18.
Ex Machina (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. (108 mins.)
Director: Alex Garland
 
19.
Lost in Translation (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (102 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ This movie really makes you think about relationships and environment. I think it's one of those movies that will hold up forever. It makes you think, and it makes you feel. ” - witster18
 
20.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
“ Vintage Tarantino. Over-Stylized, Gory, Foul-mouthed. If it weren't so darn entertaining! Cinematography and acting are aces. ” - witster18
 
21.
The Sea Inside (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. (125 mins.)
“ Javier Bardem is the best in the business, and it shows in this fantastic film based on a true story. ” - witster18
 
22.
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
“ Fact or fiction is irrelevant to me. Love the music and the performances. The script is amazing. This is quality film-making. ” - witster18
 
23.
Casino Royale (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ This put the spark back in bond. The bond movies were getting silly,... too silly... and Craig's bond brought a severe degree of realism to the character. A successful pre-quel to a great franchise. Nothing like going into a movie with huge expectations, and then having it exceed them. ” - witster18
 
24.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective. (140 mins.)
“ A tough watch. Big-turns in the plot seem like a desperately-needed smack to the face of the film industry. Very, very good film. ” - witster18
 
25.
Prisoners (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? (153 mins.)
“ The car scene at the end had me screaming "director-to-watch", and of course now he's signing-on for Blade Runner 2 and other big-time projects. Riveting film. ” - witster18
 
26.
Chef (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. (114 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ This seemingly harmless and insignificant film has charm in spades. Favreau is excellent. Lovable. Infinitely re-watchable. ” - witster18
 
27.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Take out the bus pulling in-line, and speed up the last 30 minutes and this would be top 5. ” - witster18
 
28.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Incredible performance from Leo. Has that "Goodfellas" pace and razor script. Excellent film. ” - witster18
 
29.
Drive (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ restrained script. The film oozes style and the ending is just fantastic. ” - witster18
 
30.
Rust and Bone (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ The ending is a bit cliche'd and hurried, but everything leading up to it is so near-perfect that overall it's the best film from 2012, and top 30 here. A few scenes are unforgettable. ” - witster18
 
31.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. (158 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ FIncher polishes and paces-up the foreign hit, making it even better. Sure, it's 'americanized' in nearly every way, but the production values, the action, the style, and the acting exceed the original. ” - witster18
 
32.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ A delightful charmer that throws a pie in the face of the normal rom-com, and is bolstered by yet another superb Woody Allen script. ” - witster18
 
33.
Short Term 12 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. (96 mins.)
“ Small independent film hits you like a mack-truck. My top film of 2013. ” - witster18
 
34.
The Descendants (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ I just don't understand why this is 7.2 on IMDB. It deserves at least an 8.0. The acting is incredible across the board. The film captures Hawaii in a special way, and has seemed to move-up my lists as time has went-on. It's just a great movie. ” - witster18
 
35.
Crash (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ This is one powerful film that really brings racism to the forefront. ” - witster18
 
36.
Blood Diamond (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. (143 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ Not a perfect film. If this would have ended on the mountain-side and not hollywooded-up the ending - it would have been top 10. ” - witster18
 
37.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ Colin Firth is amazing here. I had chills during the speech - how could you not. This is film royalty. ” - witster18
 
38.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. (87 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Another one that will stand the test of time. There aren't too many of these that appeal to kids and adults - especially without being over-dramatic. This movie is just pure fun. ” - witster18
 
39.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. (103 mins.)
Director: Lee Unkrich
“ Hopefully they'll call it quits on this high-note. A very good movie. ” - witster18
 
40.
Headhunters (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary. (100 mins.)
Director: Morten Tyldum
“ The film has a few glaring issues, but retains an edge that only foreign action films can have - managing to show characters who aren't interested in our approval, and style that is far from cliche'. ” - witster18
 
41.
Big Fish (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Part fantasy, part devastating drama... Big Fish was a big hit in my opinion. ” - witster18
 
42.
The Wrestler (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
“ You really feel the desperation of the main character. He's not a bad person, but he has been. He's not a hero, but he has been. He's not a savior, but he wants to be. This is a really good movie. Aronofsky is great. ” - witster18
 
43.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Not as boring as the first and not as self-righteous as the finale'. This is a great action film. ” - witster18
 
44.
Touching the Void (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. (106 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
“ Engrossing doc captures the fear and grandeur of the subject. The re-enactment scenes among the best of their kind ever put to film. Love this film. ” - witster18
 
45.
Interstellar (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. (169 mins.)
“ the film is certainly epic, well-acted, and seems to go by pretty quickly for it's long running time. The ending and plot could have been tied together just a little better, but I certainly wouldn't be of any help in suggesting how. It's a really good movie. ” - witster18
 
46.
Her (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need. (126 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ Reminds me a bit of Electric Dreams, only with stellar production values, a fantastic lead performance, and better overall. ” - witster18
 
47.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. (121 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
“ Might be sliding a bit further as time goes by. Loved it the first time I saw it, but losing a bit of steam upon re-watches. Defo entertaining. ” - witster18
 
48.
Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ A bit too long, but perhaps the best directorial debut since "Kontrol". ROckwell is superb, the opening credits just cool-as-hell, and the scoring is second to none. Duncan Jones is a director to watch. ” - witster18
 
49.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Perhaps the best 'looking' film on the entire list. Needs a couple of watches just to get the just of it, but still reads like an unfinished book. ” - witster18
 
50.
A Dirty Carnival (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened... (141 mins.)
Director: Yoo Ha
“ Only the Koreans can make a film that is so funny, so dramatic, so violent, and so soulful all at the same time. A Ditry Carnival is one of the most under-viewed gems since 2000 - without question. ” - witster18
 
51.
Nightcrawler (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When Louis Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. (118 mins.)
Director: Dan Gilroy
“ Great lead performance. I could have done without the last 5 minutes of the film, but the first 110 minutes is just aces. ” - witster18
 
52.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Escape to a different world. I kept thinking after seeing Inside Out, because it was so highly rated, "why" didn't this film receive the same type of attention and accolades among American audiences? I mean it's a cartoon so dubbing it isn't an issue at all... so why? Awesome animated film. ” - witster18
 
53.
Memories of Murder (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead... (131 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
“ Feels so damn real. ” - witster18
 
54.
Training Day (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears. (122 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ Denzel AND Hawke are just lights-out here. I'm surprised this film doesn't get mentioned more among the best since 2000, or as one of the best of '01. The ending is so satisfying and the film one of the best dirty-cop films ever made - if not the best. ” - witster18
 
55.
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
“ Whimsical, hilarious, and yet dead serious and heartbreaking. Weird combination? Yes, and done soooo right. ” - witster18
 
56.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor's struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown. (119 mins.)
“ the achievement in terms of filming in one shot doesn't feel gimmicky - it feels amazing. I actually think it was cut in two maybe three places that I noticed it might of been, but still. Add some strong performances, and a sci-fi-ish finish, and you have yourself an original winner. ” - witster18
 
57.
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend. (119 mins.)
Director: Jeong-beom Lee
“ I'm positive that many will think this is over-rated here, but it's my list and I love this movie. ” - witster18
 
58.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son. (95 mins.)
Director: Kurt Kuenne
“ devastating. ” - witster18
 
59.
Angel-A (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A beautiful woman helps an inept scam artist get his game together. (91 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ Sure, it's unbelievable and simple. But Arborgasts black and white cinematography in Paris, along with Besson edge for strong female leads, sci-fi, and stylized action, make for one of the best sleepers since 2000. Great fun. Personally, I find the ending to be ultra-powerful and well-shot considering the task. ” - witster18
 
60.
Gone Girl (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
Director: David Fincher
“ I love these whodunnits, and fincher's direction, reznor's scoring, and the violent twist towards the end make this. ” - witster18
 
61.
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Genre bender. Good performances. Good camera work. ” - witster18
 
62.
Trust (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator. (106 mins.)
Director: David Schwimmer
“ SUre, it feels like a hallmark saturday afternoon special, but Schwimmer's grasp of the subject matter, coupled with an outstanding breakout performance from the young lead, shoot this straight outta afternoon television and into the hollywoodisphere. Rarely do we get a film like this that is this accurate in terms of timeline and plotting. ” - witster18
 
63.
Up (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
“ 'Up' is a film that will take you away. I found that the weird second half of the film added a great light-heartedness to an other-wise heavy film. Amazing animation. ” - witster18
 
64.
Kontroll (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love. (105 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
 
65.
Creed (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. (133 mins.)
Director: Ryan Coogler
 
66.
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
“ Has a delicate balance of great music, drama, and comedy. This was right up my alley. ” - witster18
 
67.
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.)
“ A tense, gripping film. I'm very glad I caught this on the big screen. ” - witster18
 
68.
The Martian (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
69.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max. (120 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
70.
The Last Samurai (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. (154 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ Very well-crafted. Great cinematography and great acting. I don't care much for Tom Cruise, but this movie is engrossing. ” - witster18
 
71.
Dope (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure. (103 mins.)
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
 
72.
Cinderella Man (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s. (144 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ I did a little research on boxing of this era, and I believe that this movie was pretty close to what happened. The actors even resemble the real boxers(well, russell is a little too big). A great underdog story. It won't be the last on the list. ” - witster18
 
73.
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he... (92 mins.)
“ I'm a sucker for low-budget films and horror movies - so this hit me right where it hurts. I love this 'B' movie. Hilarious throughout, and yet it still stays true to its' horror roots in the films second half. ” - witster18
 
74.
Joy Division (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band. (93 mins.)
Director: Grant Gee
 
75.
Batman Begins (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (140 mins.)
“ It's a shame that 'The Dark Knight' over-shadowed this great superhero film. I do believe that Dark Knight has higher production value, but this is just as re-watchable and fun as its' successor. ” - witster18
 
76.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor. (94 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
“ Their aren't too many comedies on the list. Perhaps the most quotable comedy since Caddyshack. ” - witster18
 
77.
Black Book (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance. (145 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ A Very Long Engagement 'Light'. Good storytelling and great production values. The lead is a supreme hotty. ” - witster18
 
78.
Traffic (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business. (147 mins.)
“ A tough watch because of the disturbing subject matter, but the acting and pacing is superb. ” - witster18
 
79.
Green Zone (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Discovering covert and faulty intelligence causes a U.S. Army officer to go rogue as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ For a film that lacks character development and probably takes many liberties with the plot - I loved every minute. ” - witster18
 
80.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ A strange delight. ” - witster18
 
81.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. (143 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ I really enjoyed the first one. Then they went and turned it into a three-ring circus. ” - witster18
 
82.
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
“ Going go back and fill in summaries to get these all in... ” - witster18
 
83.
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.)
“ A tedious story with great acting across the board. I love Guy Pearce. ” - witster18
 
84.
Black Swan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
 
85.
Skyfall (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
86.
City of God (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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.)
 
87.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
88.
Jane Eyre (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
 
89.
Chicago (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago. (113 mins.)
Director: Rob Marshall
 
90.
Lone Survivor (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (121 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
91.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
 
92.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
93.
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. (92 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
 
94.
Winter's Bone (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (100 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
 
95.
Amores Perros (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. (154 mins.)
 
96.
Mississippi Grind (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what's been lost. (108 mins.)
 
97.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
98.
Restrepo (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. (93 mins.)
 
99.
United 93 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
100.
Into the Wild (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn