The Greatest Movies of the 21st Centuryby regienaldg-283-237153 | created - 04 Feb 2012 | updated - 25 Jul 2012 | Public
In no particular order, here is the list of the movies I believe should be included in the Greatest Movies list.
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1. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.
Votes: 1,277,272 | Gross: $448.14M
I have to say that this movie is one that surpassed all of its predecessors, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. I expected much from this movie and true enough, all my expectations were blown away. There are events that are a little predictable but how those events are exhibited are full of surprises. There was never a dull moment in this movie. I was at the edge of my seat from start to finish. This movie doesn't only deal with the physical aspect of the story but it also targets the emotional aspect of not only the story but the viewers as well. This is what this movie is all about. It deals with pain as Christopher Nolan describes it. The cast and acting were outstanding. I can't think of other actors who can portray the characters better than all the actors in the film. Who would do better than Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, and Morgan Freeman? They all did well. Most of all, the mind of this movie Christopher Nolan did the greatest job a director could ever have done. This movie is a Christopher Nolan masterpiece and I can't think of any other movie as good as this one in its genre.
2. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Votes: 1,877,088 | Gross: $534.86M
3. Avatar (2009)
PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
Votes: 970,663 | Gross: $760.51M
4. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Votes: 1,665,512 | Gross: $292.58M
5. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 982,031 | Gross: $132.38M
6. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.
Votes: 1,097,061 | Gross: $206.85M
8. The Hours (2002)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance
The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.
Votes: 110,016 | Gross: $41.68M
9. Chicago (2002)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
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.
Votes: 188,198 | Gross: $170.69M
11. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. He kidnaps the soprano and forces the owners of the play to keep her as the lead role of the play.
Votes: 103,733 | Gross: $51.27M
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,379,533 | Gross: $315.54M
13. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,230,819 | Gross: $342.55M
PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,359,541 | Gross: $377.85M
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 900,398 | Gross: $305.41M
16. The Blind Side (2009)
PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
Votes: 246,972 | Gross: $255.96M
17. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama
A smart but sensible new graduate lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine.
Votes: 313,396 | Gross: $124.74M
19. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 824,680 | Gross: $70.10M
20. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.
Votes: 565,548 | Gross: $66.21M
21. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name.
Votes: 393,473 | Gross: $209.40M
22. Taken (I) (2008)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 515,288 | Gross: $145.00M
R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Musical
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Votes: 305,815 | Gross: $52.90M
25. Alice in Wonderland (I) (2010)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.
Votes: 336,419 | Gross: $334.19M
26. The Prestige (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After a tragic accident two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the other.
Votes: 966,546 | Gross: $53.09M
27. X: First Class (2011)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III.
Votes: 569,584 | Gross: $146.41M
28. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.
Votes: 1,012,650 | Gross: $120.54M
29. Gangs of New York (2002)
R | 167 min | Crime, Drama
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.
Votes: 346,537 | Gross: $77.81M
30. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Votes: 504,320 | Gross: $127.51M
31. Changeling (2008)
R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.
Votes: 212,375 | Gross: $35.74M
32. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.
Votes: 378,695 | Gross: $295.98M
33. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.
Votes: 624,185 | Gross: $381.01M
34. The Hurt Locker (2008)
R | 131 min | Drama, History, Thriller
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
Votes: 365,585 | Gross: $17.02M
35. The Bourne Identity (2002)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory.
Votes: 448,633 | Gross: $121.66M
36. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive.
Votes: 384,872 | Gross: $176.24M
37. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.
Votes: 546,363 | Gross: $227.47M
38. Shutter Island (2010)
R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
Votes: 905,962 | Gross: $128.01M
39. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
Votes: 751,777 | Gross: $34.40M
40. Contagion (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Thriller
Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.
Votes: 191,882 | Gross: $75.66M
Majority of the movie writers focus on keeping the excitement and intensity of a movie to the extent of altering majority of the scientific facts which may annoy someone whose expertise is the subject of alteration. This movie is an exception. As someone who has a medical background I am very impressed at how this movie went about with the plot while maintaining the scientific aspects of the story as accurate as possible. The intensity was also high it kept me at the edge of my seat from start to finish. I have to give a thumbs up for this movie for its accuracy and great climax.
41. The Notebook (2004)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance
A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.
Votes: 438,524 | Gross: $81.00M
42. Warrior (2011)
PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Sport
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.
Votes: 372,132 | Gross: $13.66M
43. Rocky Balboa (2006)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Sport
Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.
Votes: 177,000 | Gross: $70.27M
44. Blood Diamond (2006)
R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.
Votes: 436,764 | Gross: $57.37M
45. Drive (I) (2011)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Votes: 483,418 | Gross: $35.06M
After watching this movie, a friend of mine commented that it was kind of boring as the pace was so slow and there were less conversations and less action. Well, that was his impression. He was a bit surprised when I told him that I really liked this movie. The slow pace, the less conversations, is exactly what this movie is all about. I believe that this movie focuses on the aspect of one man's silence, inner thoughts, and conflicts as he tries to cope up with his social responsibility. The main character didn't talk too much because his actions spoke for himself which were interpreted well by the other characters in the movie. What is so good about this movie is that it is able to communicate its story to the viewers even with less words. It was so generous enough as to provide attention to one of the misunderstood means of communication: silence. The story line was good. The cinematography was great. The characters were so perfect. Ryan Gosling proved once more that he is his generation's greatest performer. Kudos to director Nicolas Winding Refn for doing a great job.