The Best of the Best from various genres

My personal list of 'movies to watch before you die' - in no particular order
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1.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Beautiful artistically rendered film. ” - zombambi
 
2.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune. (108 mins.)
Director: Brad Silberling
“ Very witty, dark and cunning story with gorgeous set design ” - zombambi
 
3.
Paul (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51. (104 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
“ I hate science fiction but this film is hilarious and very original (and very crude) ” - zombambi
 
4.
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Will she get home? Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way. (75 mins.)
“ The original bizarre adventure ” - zombambi
 
5.
V for Vendetta (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ Masterpiece. ” - zombambi
 
6.
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
“ My 'single serving' recommendation ” - zombambi
 
7.
American History X (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
“ A real eye opener ” - zombambi
 
8.
Green Street Hooligans (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism. (109 mins.)
Director: Lexi Alexander
“ Pure chaos and anarchy ” - zombambi
 
9.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion. (76 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ Based on a poem by Tim Burton, though directed by Henry Selick - this film has amazing stop-motion and for this I think it was well before its time. As always, beautiful music by Danny Elfman. This film is more than just an 'emo-cult' frenzy, it shows vivid imagination and creativity and was created way before the birth of said 'emo' - the story behind it all has a happy ending, which unwinds from a series of comical, yet sinister and macabre events. ” - zombambi
 
10.
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
“ Crazy portrayal of ancient Asian spirits. Animated, but it can be enjoyed by anyone (though some scenes might upset young viewers). This Oscar winning film has both an English and Japanese audio version. ” - zombambi
 
11.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton, so obviously it is a great film. Perfectly cast, though sometimes Christina Richie did annoy me a bit with her 'too sweet to poop' attitude. ” - zombambi
 
12.
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.)
“ Brilliant take on the second World War which portrays the fictional events leading to Hitler's death ” - zombambi
 
13.
Lord of War (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol agent. (122 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ Another eye opener -Plot details on the illegal arms market, particularly regarding purchases for West Africa in early 1990s, are closely based on real stories and people originating from the former Soviet Union. The film follows the fictional character Yuri Orlov (Nicholas Cage) as he sets off in his profession of illegal dealing in arms. The film was officially endorsed by the human rights group Amnesty International for highlighting the arms trafficking by the international arms industry. ” - zombambi
 
14.
Equilibrium (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. (107 mins.)
Director: Kurt Wimmer
“ Very creative, yet scary portrayal of a possible future with no emotion of any kind. ” - zombambi
 
15.
Sin City (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. (124 mins.)
“ Wicked film ” - zombambi
 
16.
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
“ Really good suspense action thriller ” - zombambi
 
17.
The Addams Family (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle. (99 mins.)
 
18.
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however. (98 mins.)
“ Don't watch this if you are not a fan of opera or musicals, but a definite must see to witness Paris Hilton's face peel off (literally) ” - zombambi
 
19.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker. (115 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ This version is sick and twisted. ” - zombambi
 
20.
Despicable Me (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. (95 mins.)
“ Genius, for both adults and children ” - zombambi
 
21.
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. (123 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
22.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
23.
Mary and Max (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
“ Very dark comedy ” - zombambi
 
24.
Pirate Radio (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ Also known as 'The boat that Rocked'. A must for any rock fan. ” - zombambi
 
25.
Coraline (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ Dark stop motion film, I would not recommend it for young children. ” - zombambi
 
26.
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
To become the greatest band of all time, two slacker, wannabe-rockers set out on a quest to steal a legendary guitar pick that gives its holders incredible guitar skills, from a maximum security Rock and Roll museum. (93 mins.)
Director: Liam Lynch
“ Only a fan would appreciate this ” - zombambi
 
27.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
 
28.
Cruel Intentions (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term. (97 mins.)
Director: Roger Kumble
 
29.
Orphan (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a nine year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be. (123 mins.)
“ Creepy movie about a family and all the mishaps after they adopt an OLDER child. ” - zombambi
 
30.
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.)
“ A ballet dancer who loses touch with reality - very vivid imagery ” - zombambi
 
31.
6 Souls (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient's multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what's happening before her time is finished. (112 mins.)
“ This horror film may have religious undertones, but it still makes for a great psychotic journey ” - zombambi
 
32.
Practical Magic (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love. (104 mins.)
Director: Griffin Dunne
“ Fun film to watch. ” - zombambi
 
33.
The Others (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
“ Very suspenseful plot, kept me hooked AND it has a shocker moment. ” - zombambi
 
34.
Silent Hill (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill. (125 mins.)
Director: Christophe Gans
“ For fans of the game. ” - zombambi
 
35.
The Uninvited (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Anna returns home after a stint in a mental hospital, but her recovery is jeopardized by her cruel stepmother and ghastly visions of her dead mother. (87 mins.)
“ Plot twists everywhere!!! ” - zombambi
 
36.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town. (104 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ This is my Christmas film, though not spectacular, it always puts me in the seasonal mood. ” - zombambi
 
37.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenny Ortega
“ Fun film about Salem and the return of the three Sanderson sisters ” - zombambi
 
38.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (116 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Musical! ” - zombambi
 
39.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ Acquired taste ” - zombambi
 
40.
House of Voices (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
In 1958, in the French Alp, the young servant Anna Jurin arrives in Saint Ange Orphanage to work with... (98 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ AKA 'Saint Ange' is a very creepy ghost story that is understood by very few. ” - zombambi
 
41.
Beetlejuice (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. (92 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
42.
The Crow (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder. (102 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
43.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
44.
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
“ The story of the amazing imagination of a dying father ” - zombambi
 
45.
Riding the Bullet (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
When a man finds out his mother is dying and tries to hitchike his way to the hospital, he is picked up by a stranger with a deadly secret. (98 mins.)
Director: Mick Garris
“ Based on a Stephen King novel, this film is not for people who have boarder personality issues. ” - zombambi
 
46.
The Faculty (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences. (104 mins.)
“ Another scifi, but it is wickedly awesome. ” - zombambi
 
47.
The Skeleton Key (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past. (104 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
“ I enjoyed this because of the plot - I also loved the soundtrack! ” - zombambi
 
48.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. (94 mins.)
Director: Mark Herman
“ Very sad film about a Nazi officer and his family who are forced to move close to a concentration camp where the father has duties to fulfil. The Nazi Officer's son is oblivious to the war and the harsh conditions of the camp and befriends a small boy on the inside. ” - zombambi
 
49.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Here's Johnny! ” - zombambi
 
50.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
 
51.
Corpse Bride (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. (77 mins.)
 
52.
Mr. Brooks (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego. (120 mins.)
Director: Bruce A. Evans
“ Fascinating plot, very entertaining and not predictable ” - zombambi
 
53.
The Cube (1980 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Kamil Pixa
“ Before 'SAW' there was The Cube... ” - zombambi
 
54.
The Lost Boys (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ Bring retro back to vamp! ” - zombambi
 
55.
Constantine (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Supernatural detective John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more. (121 mins.)
“ Interesting vision of God and the Devil in their battle for souls ” - zombambi
 
56.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ Again, acquired taste ” - zombambi
 
57.
The Number 23 (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Walter Sparrow becomes obsessed with a novel that he believes was written about him. As his obsession increases, more and more similarities seem to arise. (101 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
58.
The Truman Show (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
59.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
60.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
61.
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
 
62.
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
 
63.
Legends of the Fall (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war. (133 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
64.
The Green Mile (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
65.
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ Very VERY graphic ” - zombambi
 
66.
The Rite (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course. (114 mins.)
 
67.
Meet Joe Black (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide's daughter. (178 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
 
68.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. (160 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
69.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug. (169 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
70.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. (161 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
71.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
72.
The Devil's Carnival (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Lost souls enter The Devil's Carnival where they are each faced with the sins they committed in life. (56 mins.)