Sam Leonhard's Top 10 Movies

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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
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.)
Taxi Driver (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Upon my first viewing, I was warped into a 1970's post-war New York City finely created by the fantastic Martin Scorsese (Director). The film is driven by a chilling performance by Robert De Niro, portraying a Vietnam War veteran trying to find his place in a peace-time society. Throughout his journey, he finds himself in a dark hole that many of us find ourselves in: hopeless, cynical, and alone. Taxi Driver is a heartbreaking film in it's realism, but it also sustains a vast amount of beauty in it's poetic delivery. ” - samlnhrd
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.)
“ I grew up being a huge wrestling fan. There were so many things to admire about professional wrestlers. Some of my favorite superstars were portrayed as athletic, witty, and confident. Behind the curtains, however, their lives aren't as great as they're portrayed.

Darren Aronofsky (Director/Writer) focuses on Ricky "The Ram" Robinson, a former wrestling superstar who can now be described as a "has been". While his life in the 80's was filled with prosperity, the current world isn't treating him so well. Ricky is faced with the same problems that any normal human being is faced with: poverty, poor health, family problems, and loneliness. It's a cold world for Ricky, and The Wrestler is successful in turning this character's story into a tear-jerker (yes, I cried like a baby).

The Wrestler is led by one of the greatest lead performances of all time by Micky Rourke. I've never seen an actor so dedicated to a role, and I'm convinced that Rourke must have had to dig deep to a real place to put on his performance. ” - samlnhrd
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.)
Walk the Line (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. (136 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (153 mins.)
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Fargo is an extremely fun film, and is perhaps the finest example of the Coen brothers' talent. Once again, their directorial and writing skills result in a film that shows no shortage of wit, humor, suspense, and all-around fun. A large contributing factor to my love for this movie is the excellent acting. Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy, and Francis McNormand all put together Oscar-worthy performances. I love dark-comedies, and Fargo is one of the best of all time. ” - samlnhrd
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
Sling Blade (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town. (135 mins.)