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1. Terminator 2 (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg.
Votes: 835,105 | Gross: $204.84M
Favourite movie of all time. Its the total impression of the film that satifies me in a way most deep (or "trying hard") movies do not. This is intellectual in its own way, and although its a action flick, it really gives out the message that there is hope and good out there. Combined with a extremely tight script, and Arnold in one of his best performances (god knows, he played a in a lot of *beep* flicks as well) makes up for an uniqe movie experience. The setting, the mood, the cast, the cinematography, sound editing, action sequenses.... its all done to a T. And it grossed HUGHELY as well, and although this shouldnt be a criterium for a film to be good, the people behind movies try to make money of it, and one of the aspects of a good film is hitting a huge audience spread. I am a film student myself, and i would say that if a film doesnt even its budget there is something wrong (maybe marketing) but now Im way out of topic.
The reason this works so well is so many, and many things i cant even put my finger on it. Its one of those movies that just makes you feel something, either awe, sorrow, empathy, anger, excitment, and this is from a ACTION movie. I am not a huge fan of films with only "action" in its genre, although this is sci-fi as well, I allways look at the "sci-fi" just as a back layer in wich the real story takes place. A story about people and hope.
2. There Will Be Blood (2007)
R | 158 min | Drama
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Votes: 425,286 | Gross: $40.22M
Well, this is a great movie. Beatufil production design and cinematographyof the old west, but that just adds to the value, because Daniel Day-Lewis performs a character that is what all other actor arts are being measurd up against. Or at least it should be like that, because Daniel Plainview is a piece of art. Hands down the best performance i have seen. I wonder how much driection he got, or if he created Daniel all by himself, wich im pretty certain he did.
The story is also good, but for me, this is just in the background while we are watching Daniel Plainview. At least for me, this is a study in acting at the highest level, but it would of course be nothing without the writing and the vision of Paul Thomas Anderson. Its a voyeuristik view into the cynism and we are being shown a primal, yet intellingent man tucked in a suit.
Its raw, its disturbing, its not for everybody (not a first date movie), and its slow paced, but the first 20 minutes without dialouge was amazing anyhow. I didnt miss any dialouge and couldnt see where it should fit in, or how it would make the movie better.
Its a perfect execution.
3. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
PG-13 | 164 min | Western
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
Votes: 246,418 | Gross: $5.32M
I am from Norway, and dont have the same relationship with the old west as all americans, but i do appreciate a good western anyhow. Just like no trekkies have ever been to space.
I have seen all Sergio Leones films, and it just strikes me how this film is such a marble, and it strikes me that this obcene italian who didnt master the language could produce movies like this meant for the Hollywood business. But he sure knows what he is doing.
You can see the progress in his talent through the "Dollars" - triology, and for me, this is his western climax. Like i said in other comments, its not very important where/when a movie is shot. That is essentially just the background for the characters that are going to develop and tell us a story. This is such a fantastic tale, and the cast is perfect. All the mains and how the interact with each other, the chemistry, its brilliant acting, nonetheless. Amazing how this italian could instruct in such a way without mastering the language properly.
The story its more or less a classic tale, but the devil is in the details in this movie. For each viewing i get amazed by all the details Sergio Leone gives this picture. Before the green screen times, this is a top notch production design.
All in all the best western made to date, and unfortunatley, we will never see anything like this again. Not because i dont belive filmmakers as gifted as Leone will emerge sometime, if there isnt someone out there allready, but cinema has changed, and this movie follows a pattern, pace and perspective that has changed since the 60s. Change is not a bad thing. Every year there is a few films that really catches me, but something like OUaTitW, we will for sure never see again, so for those of you who havent seen it, you owe it to yourself. But last caution, i saw it a couple of times as a youth and i was 23 before i realized what magic i was really witnessing
4. Sunshine (2007)
R | 107 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.
Votes: 208,145 | Gross: $3.68M
5. WALL·E (2008)
G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Votes: 824,887 | Gross: $223.81M
6. 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: 81,568 | Gross: $0.24M
7. Rocky (1976)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Votes: 431,226 | Gross: $117.24M
8. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, War
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
Votes: 503,971 | Gross: $83.47M
10. Sin City (2005)
R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 696,101 | Gross: $74.10M
11. 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: 1,377,382 | Gross: $171.48M
15. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.
Votes: 230,298 | Gross: $10.68M
16. 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: 1,677,283 | Gross: $292.58M
17. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 567,832 | Gross: $27.00M
21. Snatch (2000)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
Votes: 670,458 | Gross: $30.33M
22. The Illusionist (2006)
PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.
Votes: 322,359 | Gross: $39.87M
24. 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: 438,762 | Gross: $57.37M
25. The Aviator (2004)
PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama, History
A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.
Votes: 290,120 | Gross: $102.61M
26. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
Votes: 707,088 | Gross: $402.45M
27. The Ninth Gate (1999)
R | 133 min | Mystery, Thriller
A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.
Votes: 147,232 | Gross: $18.66M
28. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Emotionally self-destructive boxer, Jake La Motta's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Votes: 263,440 | Gross: $23.38M
29. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 825,638 | Gross: $46.84M
30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 700,206 | Gross: $74.28M
31. Ed Wood (1994)
R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of support.
Votes: 151,518 | Gross: $5.89M
32. Blow (2001)
R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel, headed by Pablo Escobar established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.
Votes: 214,358 | Gross: $52.99M
33. Casino (1995)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.
Votes: 378,159 | Gross: $42.44M
34. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
Votes: 460,855 | Gross: $3.90M
36. The Ghost Writer (2010)
PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.
Votes: 142,366 | Gross: $15.54M
37. 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: 348,651 | Gross: $77.81M
38. 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: 888,885 | Gross: $70.51M
39. Rocky II (1979)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport
Rocky struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed, while the embarrassed champ insistently goads him to accept a challenge for a rematch.
Votes: 156,809 | Gross: $6.39M
42. The Doors (1991)
R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971.
Votes: 73,672 | Gross: $35.18M