Favouritesby Ammar Keshodia | created - 26 Oct 2011 | updated - 19 Mar 2016 | Public
This list contains some of my most beloved movies from over the years. While they may not all be objectively good movies, each holds value, either for some aspect of its craft or for my personal attachment to it.
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1. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 1,651,543 | Gross: $292.58M
It's built on an remarkably original idea that finds a thrilling balance between action and intellectualism. It continued Christopher Nolan's exploration of cognition and psychology and best of all, it didn't hold the audience's hand.
One of the most remarkable things that came out of this film was the spark of conversation in its aftermath - everyone was discussing the puzzles that it presented. I remember the screening where I watched it, you could feel everyone in the room holding their breath as the final frame played out, and the ensuing reaction of people groaning and shouting was simply incredible. It got me thinking about the value of the collective theatric experience.
2. American History X (1998)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.
Votes: 868,352 | Gross: $6.72M
It's a brutal story of race and transformation with harrowing performances from both its leads.
3. Amélie (2001)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
Votes: 594,493 | Gross: $33.23M
I just love the vibe and quirk of this film- it spins magic around you and pulls you in.
4. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 828,882 | Gross: $210.61M
I'm a sucker for Time Travel stories and Back to The Future is a classic. The character dynamic of the two leads is just great fun on top of an already exciting film.
5. Blue Valentine (2010)
R | 112 min | Drama, Romance
The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.
Votes: 156,755 | Gross: $9.74M
It's perhaps the most honest meditation on love that has ever graced cinema. The film is both brutal and endearing at times, with natural and believable performances by both the leads. At times its tough to watch but it's an important movie that rejects the fairy-tale lives we hold in our heads.
6. Children of Men (2006)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Votes: 395,989 | Gross: $35.55M
Alfonso Cuarón paints an incredible bleak universe and plants a tiny seed of hope in it. It's perhaps one of my most favourite movies of all time for both its craft and the nature of its human story. The long takes are masterful - they pull you in without you even realizing. If you ever get to see this on the big screen, don't miss it.
7. Cast Away (2000)
PG-13 | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.
Votes: 435,106 | Gross: $233.63M
The reason this movie sticks in my mind has mostly to do with the way it ends. I was pretty young when I saw it and it gave me a lot to think about with regards to the process of how a man in isolation would reintegrate into society.
8. District 9 (2009)
R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 571,454 | Gross: $115.65M
District 9 was another amazing balance between entertainment and commentary. You start out seeing the aliens as absolutely repulsive, but by the end, to my pleasant surprise, I was empathizing more with these ugly creatures than I have with most humans in other movies.
9. Kynodontas (2009)
Unrated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller
Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.
Votes: 55,337 | Gross: $0.11M
It's a pretty odd movie and it gets you thinking about nature vs. nurture. While it doesn't quite take that conversation anywhere, it's worth watching simply for the shockingly distorted upbringing the children have.
10. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 643,662 | Gross: $0.19M
Donnie Darko has a great tone and a great cast of characters. The discussions on time and space are interesting too. Patrick Swayze plays a role that's unique and odd considering his history, but he totally pulls it off.
11. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.
Votes: 745,809 | Gross: $34.40M
It's like quirky poetry with a beautiful and important surprisingly somber story at the center. It's a film that speaks to you much more when you look between the lines.
12. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 1,512,434 | Gross: $37.03M
Another one of my most favourite movies - as far as I'm concerned, Fight Club is a film that defines the 1990s. Fincher's hand on the film extends the satire of the story to a length that's just right. It becomes an amazing examination of nihilism complemented with an appropriately revolting mise en scène and a great story to wrap it all together.
13. Good Will Hunting (1997)
R | 126 min | Drama
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
Votes: 686,273 | Gross: $138.43M
I love this movie for the relationship between the two leads. It's another film I watched when I was young and it made me believe that everyone, even a janitor, should be treated with respect and compassion.
14. Groundhog Day (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
Votes: 490,315 | Gross: $70.91M
This film holds a special place in my mind because of my parents love for it. They would watch again and again, any time it was on tv and eventually they even bought a VHS of it. It became a weird meta installation throughout my childhood, the constant déjà vu of Bill Murray's character reflected in my own forced repeat viewing of this film.
15. Hard Candy (2005)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a pedophile.
Votes: 140,075 | Gross: $1.01M
Hard Candy is a shocking film with a brutal performance by Ellen Page. The stark cinematography and simple story have so many twists and turns that it's entertaining down to the final line. It's almost difficult to take repeat viewings but it's one of my big favourites.
16. I Am Sam (2001)
PG-13 | 132 min | Drama
A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his cold hearted lawyer the value of love and family.
Votes: 129,625 | Gross: $40.31M
Sean Penn gave an unbelievable performance in this film and while it wasn't necessarily great cinema, it was a story that touched me. It stays true to itself and approaches everything with honesty.
17. I, Robot (2004)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.
Votes: 428,485 | Gross: $144.80M
Probably the best robot movie in existence today. I, Robot is a succinct and exciting examination of Asimov's Laws. It makes the idea of a sentient machine really exiting and pulls off the 'pinocchio' story really well with Sonny, the lead robot.
18. In the Mood for Love (2000)
PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance
Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.
Votes: 88,866 | Gross: $2.73M
19. Independence Day (1996)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.
Votes: 465,090 | Gross: $306.17M
20. Inside Man (2006)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.
Votes: 293,161 | Gross: $88.51M
21. Irreversible (2002)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.
Votes: 96,356 | Gross: $0.75M
22. Jarhead (2005)
R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, War
A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home.
Votes: 153,611 | Gross: $62.66M
24. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Votes: 384,525 | Gross: $59.89M
26. Meet Joe Black (1998)
PG-13 | 178 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
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.
Votes: 182,376 | Gross: $44.62M
28. Monsters (2010)
R | 94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.
Votes: 80,925 | Gross: $0.24M
29. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think.
Votes: 661,262 | Gross: $289.92M
30. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Votes: 407,032 | Gross: $0.71M
32. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Votes: 259,930 | Gross: $23.38M
33. Red Dragon (2002)
R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A retired F.B.I. Agent with psychological gifts, is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him, is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.
Votes: 217,648 | Gross: $93.15M
35. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Votes: 745,230 | Gross: $2.83M
36. Rush Hour (1998)
PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A loyal and dedicated Hong Kong inspector teams up with a reckless and loudmouthed LAPD detective to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way.
Votes: 204,029 | Gross: $141.15M
38. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
Votes: 305,908 | Gross: $31.49M
40. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.
Votes: 433,209 | Gross: $13.54M
41. Signs (2002)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Votes: 294,750 | Gross: $227.97M
42. Star Trek (2009)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.
Votes: 536,069 | Gross: $257.73M
43. 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: 543,016 | Gross: $227.47M
44. 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: 501,444 | Gross: $127.51M
45. 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: 1,862,851 | Gross: $534.86M
46. 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: 363,152 | Gross: $17.02M
47. The King's Speech (2010)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
Votes: 550,480 | Gross: $138.80M
48. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,357,476 | Gross: $171.48M
49. 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: 958,123 | Gross: $53.09M
51. The Room (2003)
R | 99 min | Drama
Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored with him and decides to seduce his best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.
52. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 1,887,087 | Gross: $28.34M
53. The Social Network (2010)
PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 528,096 | Gross: $96.96M
56. The Wackness (2008)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter.
Votes: 28,208 | Gross: $2.08M
57. V for Vendetta (2005)
R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 877,449 | Gross: $70.51M
58. 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: 566,584 | Gross: $146.41M
59. Zodiac (2007)
R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.
Votes: 349,517 | Gross: $33.08M
60. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
Votes: 691,805 | Gross: $170.74M
63. Hesher (2010)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.
Votes: 46,449 | Gross: $0.38M
64. Moon (2009)
R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 286,715 | Gross: $5.01M
65. Submarine (2010)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.
Votes: 74,055 | Gross: $0.47M
66. The Town (2010)
R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I. Agent looking to bring him and his crew down.
Votes: 302,283 | Gross: $92.19M
67. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.
Votes: 156,653 | Gross: $21.00M
68. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004)
PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
SpongeBob SquarePants takes leave from the town of Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptune's stolen crown.
Votes: 64,889 | Gross: $85.42M
69. Dedication (2007)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The romantic comedy follows a misogynistic children's book author who is forced to work closely with a female illustrator instead of his long-time collaborator and only friend.
Votes: 6,373 | Gross: $0.09M
70. Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
John McClane and a young hacker join forces to take down master cyber-terrorist Thomas Gabriel in Washington D.C.
Votes: 354,483 | Gross: $134.53M
72. [Rec] (2007)
R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.
73. Jack (1996)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Because of an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, a boy enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man.
Votes: 49,731 | Gross: $58.62M
75. Trick 'r Treat (2007)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.
77. A Knight's Tale (2001)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.
Votes: 147,420 | Gross: $56.57M
79. Contact (1997)
PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
Votes: 220,140 | Gross: $100.92M
80. Equilibrium (2002)
R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.
Votes: 280,058 | Gross: $1.20M
81. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime
The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »
Votes: 55,410 | Gross: $3.29M
83. Teeth (I) (2007)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence.
Votes: 36,753 | Gross: $0.35M
84. Art & Copy (2009)
TV-PG | 89 min | Documentary
ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential ... See full summary »
86. Objectified (2009)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary
A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them.
Votes: 3,095 | Gross: $0.01M
88. Cropsey (2009)
Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Horror
Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.
Votes: 6,389 | Gross: $0.05M
90. Jumanji (1995)
PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family
When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.
Votes: 236,276 | Gross: $100.48M
92. Urbanized (2011)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary
A documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.
93. Brick (2005)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
Votes: 90,166 | Gross: $2.06M
94. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.
Votes: 408,876 | Gross: $84.35M
95. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.
Votes: 51,355 | Gross: $0.05M
98. Buried (2010)
R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap.
Votes: 129,527 | Gross: $1.03M
99. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.
Votes: 412,137 | Gross: $32.39M
100. The Chorus (2004)
PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Music
The new teacher at a severely administered boys' boarding school works to positively affect the students' lives through music.
Votes: 48,441 | Gross: $3.64M