My Most Recomended Movies

I have a large area of interest in all types of films. To only like certain genres of films would be narrow. From the large collection of movies that I personally own, this is my best of. Films that I'd suggest to any friend with an open mind. Keep in mind this is just of what I own, not that I have seen.
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1.
Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ This 1950's crime/mystery is a very important comment on the idea of truth in the world and how everyone's perspective of the truth is warped to their own worldview. It's also about the search for purity in mankind to see if there is a such thing as a selfless act. ” - RashomonX
 
2.
Wild Strawberries (1957)
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After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Although maybe the one film Bergman directed that is unlike any other film he'd ever done, Wild Strawbrries strikes me as the most moving. It's the story of an old man who has slowly become a crotchety grouch. He one day realizes through his niece that he is not likable and this sets him on a look through his life and gives him a chance at redeeming himself not only in her eyes, but in his own as well. (I'm sure this paved the way for the "when did I become the bad guy?" films like Falling Down With Michael Douglas...but this is a more sensitive and non-aggressive film by far.) ” - RashomonX
 
3.
The Wages of Fear (1953)
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In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. (131 mins.)
“ In this French thriller a South American oil well owned by an American company catches fire, the company hires four European men, down on their luck, to drive two trucks over mountain dirt roads, carrying the nitroglycerine needed to extinguish the fire. But, they only need one truck to make it, so it is almost implied by taken the job that they expect a 1 in 4 chance of surviving the ride down Hell's Pass without exploding. A very nerve racking look at humanity and the need for fear as a survival tool. ” - RashomonX
 
4.
The Virgin Spring (1960)
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An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Perhaps one of the more brutal tales told by Bergman is The Virgin Spring. This film shows the element of revenge/justice only the way Bergman could tell it. Anything else I could say would spoil the great writing from an amazing script. ” - RashomonX
 
5.
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ Carol Reed's 1950s Film Noir classic starring Joseph Cotton and Orson Wells is one of the most unforgettable mysteries I have ever seen. The idea is that an American pulp Western writer Holly Martins arrives in Post-World War II Vienna seeking his childhood friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job. Martins discovers that Lime was killed by a car while crossing the street but eventually questions the idea of this and slowly believes that his friend is either the victim of foul play or indeed still alive. Beyond the main plot you see the nature greed. What a man will do for money and what the price is for everyone else. Has one of the best lines in any movie uttered by the brilliant Orson Wells. ” - RashomonX
 
6.
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
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In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers. (95 mins.)
“ Ivan's Childhood was Tarkovsky's first feature film. It won him critical acclaim and made him internationally known. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1962 and the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1962. The film was also selected as the Soviet entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 36th Academy Awards...so it is without a doubt a very important film for Russian cinema. A 12 year old Russian boy on the eastern front during World War II when Russia was invading Germany is able to cross between enemy lines. His sister and parents being murdered by Nazis decided join the army under the command of Gryaznov. In the army unit Ivan insists on fighting on the front line. Taking advantage of his small size he is able to get reconnaissance jobs for which grownups would be unsuitable. Ultimately Gryaznov and the other soldiers want to send him to a military school. They give up their idea as Ivan resists being sent away from the front line. It's hard to explain the emotional attachment you feel towards Ivan in this film. He just never gives up and you shows an honor unparallelled in most men, let alone children. ” - RashomonX
 
7.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
“ Directed by French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, the film stars Josette Day as Belle and Jean Marais. It is widely considered one of the finest fantasy films of all time. It is without a doubt the best telling of this story I have ever seen and with all the camera tricks and surrealism that takes place it's no wonder that you can still marvel over it today. ” - RashomonX
 
8.
Metropolis (1927)
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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ This German expressionist masterpiece set in futuristic urban dystopia makes use of this context to explore the social crisis between workers and owners inherent in capitalism, as expressed by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Very phenomenal imagery and some of the best set designs of all time make it an indisputable classic. ” - RashomonX
 
9.
El Topo (1970)
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A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters. (125 mins.)
“ What I call a psycho-western, may be the best example of heavy doses of Christian symbolism and Eastern philosophy in a film. It's about the eponymous character - a violent, black-clad gunfighter - and his quest for enlightenment. ” - RashomonX
 
10.
Rope (1948)
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Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime. (80 mins.)
“ Rope, is a film favorite of mine for several reasons. One is that it is slated as the first major film about homosexuality. It's right there for everyone to see and thus ahead of it's time. Two, the entire film looks seamless because they only cut when the film ran out and virtually did this like a stage play. Three, it's Hitchcock's first color film and looks amazing. And lastly, when else are you going to see Jimmy Stewart portray a semi-bad guy? Easily one of the best Stewart/Hitchcock films. ” - RashomonX
 
11.
Destiny (1921)
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When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate. (114 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Destiny is one of those films you never hear about but when you see, you wonder why you hadn't. It's a fantasy epic about a woman whose new husband was stolen by death himself and she gets three chances to beat death and save her husband drawn in three different time periods and locations. It's a classic! ” - RashomonX
 
12.
One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen... (108 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ One of the most beautiful and heart touching stories I've seen in Asian cinema. Yuzo and his fiancée, Masako, spend a Sunday together in Tokyo. Between them they have 35 yen and are determined to make it last. It shows when you are in love that money is not important. ” - RashomonX
 
13.
Knife in the Water (1962)
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On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization. (94 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Polanski's first feature film, is chalk full of sexual tension and twists that leave you wondering where it's all going to go until the last minute. Beautifully filmed and acted this is by far his best work. ” - RashomonX
 
14.
Kill! (1968)
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Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal. (115 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
“ I first caught this on IFC because Quentin Tarantino was showing off the latest films he was going to rip off to make Kill Bill! (Even stole the exclamation point and the word Kill from this film...) I sat down to watch and was amazed at how captivating this film was. It is very story driven, wonderfully shot, and acted. You'll just have to see it. ” - RashomonX
 
15.
Rebecca (1940)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
“ A 1940 psychological/dramatic noir thriller ended up Hitchcock's very first American film. I have noticed if you give Hitchcock a new medium (Color) a new actor (James Stewart or Laurence Olivier) or a new country to make a movie in (U.S.A.) he nails it somehow every time better than anything he was ever used to before. The film is a gothic tale about the lingering memory of the title character, Maxim de Winter's dead first wife, which continues to haunt Maxim, his new bride, and Mrs. Danvers. ” - RashomonX
 
16.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
17.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
18.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
19.
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954 Short Film)
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A Slavonic Mass by Leos Janácek plays as historical figures, biblical characters, and mythical creatures gather in the pleasure dome... (38 mins.)
Director: Anger
 
20.
Europa (1991)
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Just after W.W.II, an American takes a railway job in Germany, but finds his position politically sensitive with various people trying to use him. (112 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
21.
The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
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A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess. (155 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
22.
The Crowd (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls. (98 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
23.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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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.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
24.
Stroszek (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin. (115 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
25.
Koruto wa ore no pasupooto (1967)
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A hit man is hired to kill a mob boss. After the deed is done, he and his driver are wanted dead by rival gangs who joined forces. (84 mins.)
Director: Takashi Nomura
 
26.
Moon (2009)
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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
 
27.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (93 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
28.
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. (91 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
29.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
30.
Diabolique (1955)
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The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (117 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
31.
Django (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A coffin-dragging gunslinger and a half-breed prostitute become embroiled in a bitter feud between a Klan of Southern racists and a band of Mexican Revolutionaries. (92 mins.)
Director: Sergio Corbucci
 
32.
Black Sabbath (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an... (92 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
33.
M (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
34.
The Element of Crime (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor. (104 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
35.
Corridors of Blood (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig but soon finds himself addicted. (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
 
36.
Stalker (1979)
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (163 mins.)
 
37.
Enemy Mine (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor... (108 mins.)
 
38.
Umberto D. (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome. (89 mins.)
 
39.
Seven Samurai (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
40.
Army of Shadows (1969)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. (145 mins.)
 
41.
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
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Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general. (139 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
42.
Simon of the Desert (1965 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him. (43 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
43.
Tenebre (1982)
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An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book. (101 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
44.
The Golem (1936)
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The Golem, a giant creature created out of clay by a rabbi, comes to life in a time of trouble to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. (83 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
45.
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a posse catches up three men suspected of killing a local farmer, some of them become strongly divided on whether or not to lynch the men. (75 mins.)
 
46.
The Bad Seed (1956)
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A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer. (129 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
47.
Rescue Dawn (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. (120 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
48.
Kill Baby, Kill (1966)
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An 18th century European village is haunted by the ghost of a murderous little girl. (85 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
49.
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
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A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge. (131 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
50.
Band of Outsiders (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. (95 mins.)
 
51.
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal. (67 mins.)
 
52.
The Searchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
53.
Strike (1925)
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A group of oppressed factory workers go on strike in pre-revolutionary Russia. (82 mins.)
 
54.
The Beyond (1981)
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A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell. (87 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
55.
The Devils (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell