50 Must-See Movies of The Past Two Decades (COMPLETE)

This is a list of fifty movies from the past two decades that in my opinion are must-see films. FINAL LIST.
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1.
Scream (1996)
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A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ An original Wes Craven slasher. ” - Huump
 
2.
A Murder of Crows (1998)
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A disbarred lawyer takes credit for a late friend's book, which becomes a smash hit but the tables turn on him sooner than he suspected. (102 mins.)
 
3.
Black Dynamite (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice. (84 mins.)
Director: Scott Sanders
 
4.
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
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When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it. (108 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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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.)
 
7.
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
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A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity. (149 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
8.
300 (2006)
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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
9.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (152 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
10.
Running Scared (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands. (122 mins.)
Director: Wayne Kramer
 
11.
Minority Report (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
 
12.
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
 
13.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy. (140 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ The final chapter of the Star Wars prequels. ” - Huump
 
16.
Face/Off (1997)
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In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent. (138 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
17.
The Crow (1994)
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A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder. (102 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
18.
Mobsters (1991)
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From start to finish, it's a story of friendship between 4 street-wise males who don't mind using violence to achieve the lives that they want. They trust no one but each other which is vital to their success as mobsters. (104 mins.)
“ The tale of "Lucky" Luciano and his rise to power as a mobster. ” - Huump
 
19.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
 
20.
Shutter Island (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
21.
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects. (112 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
 
22.
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
 
23.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
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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
 
24.
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job to work in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date. (144 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
25.
The Prestige (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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. (130 mins.)
“ Ex-partners (magicians) become rivals after the death of their third, who was also one magicians lover. ” - Huump
 
26.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
 
27.
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
“ Can aliens and humans coexist on the same planet??... ” - Huump
 
28.
Saw (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
 
29.
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal. (109 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
30.
Brothers (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
“ The story of a soldiers worst nightmare... ” - Huump
 
31.
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
“ The story of it's creators and the origin of the social network, FaceBook. ” - Huump
 
32.
Super 8 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. (112 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
33.
RED (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants. (111 mins.)
“ Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman, together... ” - Huump
 
34.
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
“ A journey for the ages... ” - Huump
 
35.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ The movie that started Quentin Tarantino's career. ” - Huump
 
36.
Grindhouse (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's homage to exploitation double features in the 60s and 70s with two back-to-back cult films that include previews of coming attractions between them. (191 mins.)
“ Rodriguez... Tarantino... Enough said. ” - Huump
 
37.
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 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. (152 mins.)
“ This is theatrical perfection! ” - Huump
 
38.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
39.
Menace II Society (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life. (97 mins.)
 
40.
Shrek (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. (90 mins.)
“ A family must-see. ” - Huump
 
41.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. (118 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
42.
Halloween (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie. (109 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
“ A worthy remake of the classic original. ” - Huump
 
43.
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
“ A frightfully delightful musical drama. ” - Huump
 
44.
Tombstone (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. (130 mins.)
 
45.
Beowulf (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing Denmark, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge. (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
46.
National Treasure (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. (131 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
47.
Troy (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved. (163 mins.)
 
48.
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
 
49.
Phone Booth (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. (81 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
50.
America: Freedom to Fascism (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A documentary that explores the connection between income tax collection and the erosion of civil liberties in America. (95 mins.)
Director: Aaron Russo