Favourite Filmsby George Boland | created - 14 Nov 2011 | updated - 12 Feb 2015 | Public
Personal list of my favourite films. This is purely subjective, and my favourites change from day to day depending on how I feel.
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1. The Big Lebowski (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 600,831 | Gross: $17.45M
2. The Big Lebowski (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 600,831 | Gross: $17.45M
3. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 691,713 | Gross: $44.02M
4. Blue Velvet (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Votes: 148,826 | Gross: $8.55M
5. There Will Be Blood (2007)
R | 158 min | Drama, History
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: 418,494 | Gross: $40.22M
6. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
7. 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: 96,392 | Gross: $0.75M
8. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Votes: 267,274 | Gross: $7.22M
9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
R | 83 min | Horror
In this cult horror classic, five friends pick up a traumatized young hitchhiker, and find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chain saw-wielding killer and his family of psychopaths.
Votes: 109,562 | Gross: $30.86M
10. Trainspotting (1996)
R | 94 min | Drama
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Votes: 538,038 | Gross: $16.50M
I love this movie more than I love heroine... THAT'S A LOT!!
11. American Movie (1999)
R | 107 min | Documentary, Comedy
Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.
Votes: 14,635 | Gross: $1.16M
12. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
Votes: 481,610 | Gross: $56.95M
13. The Lives of Others (2006)
R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Votes: 290,053 | Gross: $11.29M
14. Beginners (2010)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.
Votes: 79,574 | Gross: $5.79M
16. Enter the Void (2009)
Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy
A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.
Votes: 52,907 | Gross: $0.34M
I was hesitant about putting this on my list because of the length. I can sit through a near three hour film no sweat, as long as there is a reason for me to be watching for those two and a half (plus) hours. This movie clocks in at 161 minutes and I don't see a real reason why it should as the latter half of the film feels like it drags on at multiple points. I do realize that Gaspar Noé is inspired by Kubrick, an influence he wears on his sleeve (not that there is anything wrong with that), but in the end Noé's longer drawn shots do not create awe in the same sense that Kubrick's do and the film suffers because of it. Don't let that stop you from seeing this film, it is worth experiencing at least once. The visuals in this film are extraordinary; it is shot beautifully and is a cinematic accomplishment to say the least.
18. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 642,915 | Gross: $78.90M
Lots of people consider "Aliens" to be this series best film, but "Aliens" ditches the original subtle suspense and trades it in for chaos and action. There is nothing wrong with this and both films offer horror in different ways, but personally I find the subtlety of the original far more suspenseful as the crew are picked off one-by-one by an unknown stalker that lurks in the shadows.
20. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
R | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.
Votes: 151,510 | Gross: $11.90M
The Darjeeling Limited is a more mature Wes Anderson film that deals with family (a common Anderson theme). In some ways I prefer these three brothers as character's than those of other Anderson films because of their subtlety. They're believable as brothers, and if you have siblings I think you will really appreciate this film.
PG | 95 min | Comedy, War
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
Votes: 378,971 | Gross: $0.28M
22. American Psycho (2000)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama
A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Votes: 395,935 | Gross: $15.07M
Amaerican Psycho is based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name, and can be a pleasure to watch depending on your taste and sense of humor. Its interesting to note that when the original novel came out it was opposed by lots of feminist groups because of its tones of misogyny, but the film's screenplay was co-written by two women. Also Gloria Steinem, a feminist activist who originally opposed the novel, is Christian Bale's stepmother.
23. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
Votes: 559,229 | Gross: $6.10M
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: 384,620 | Gross: $59.89M
The first time I saw 'Little Miss Sunshine' I thought it was... okay. The second time I loved it, and every time I have watched it since then I have found it to be more enjoyable than the last. The themes of this film are in no way hidden. It is a simple and enjoyable, albeit dark, drama/comedy about a family that while different, will do anything for each other.
25. Animal Kingdom (2010)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.
Votes: 48,887 | Gross: $1.04M
27. The Thing (1982)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.
Votes: 293,370 | Gross: $13.78M
28. 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: 745,527 | Gross: $2.83M
29. Hunger (2008)
Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama
Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.
Votes: 56,860 | Gross: $0.15M
Hunger is about the 1981 Irish hunger strike and for the most part follows Michael Fassbender as IRA prisoner, Bobby Sands, who leads the protest for political status in Maze Prison. Hunger is visually stunning, which depending on how strong your stomach is can be a great thing or a bad one. Michael Fassbender is amazing as Bobby Sands and this is the role that made him one of my favourite modern actors. Also Note: this film features one of the longest (maybe the longest) single shot in mainstream cinema which is a 17 minute dialogue between Bobby Sands and a priest. Michael Fassbender and Rory Mullen (Priest) do a great job at carrying the scene which makes it quite interesting to watch. This one is best watched with bowl of chili.
30. 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: 140,109 | Gross: $1.01M
'Hard Candy' is a personal favourtite of mine even though half the people I show it to HATE it. I think the less you know about this film going in, the better. Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson are both phenomenal in this. Also the cinematography and use of colour is captivating from start to finish. You will either love or hate this film, and that is what makes it so great!
31. 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: 407,243 | Gross: $0.71M
32. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
A clan's estranged patriarch loses his home and learns that his ex-wife plans to remarry.
Votes: 227,961 | Gross: $52.36M
Wes Anderson's films have a feel all their own making him one of my favourite directors. I would have to say The Royal Tenenbaums comes out on top as my favourite Wes Anderson film because of unique characters it feautures and wonderful narration. This whole cast does an amazing job of portraying the colourful characters of the Tenenbaum family each with their own interesting quarks. Also Alec Baldwin's narration gives the film along with Anderson's style give the film a descriptive novel like feel.
33. 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: 548,898 | Gross: $27.00M
34. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
Votes: 166,539 | Gross: $44.91M
35. 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: 643,882 | Gross: $0.19M
37. About a Boy (2002)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.
Votes: 152,094 | Gross: $41.39M
This one is a favourite from my childhood that I have watched so many times that I am unable to judge how good it is anymore, and I like that a lot.
38. Fargo (1996)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 507,602 | Gross: $24.61M
39. Funny Games (2007)
R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.
Votes: 77,071 | Gross: $1.29M
I chose the U.S. version of the film mainly because of the cast. I prefer Tim Roth and Michael Pitt in their roles to the original actors (although Ulrich Mühe is great in the original). Also this version of the film is more recent and in English, both of which reasons make it more accessible to new viewers.
40. Biutiful (2010)
R | 148 min | Drama, Romance
This is the story of Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move.
Votes: 75,273 | Gross: $5.10M
Javier Bardem... I could just stop there, but I guess I will go on to say that this film is brilliant. It has its emotional ups and downs, to be honest mostly downs. It is about a father, Uxbal, who does what he has to in order to raise his two children the best way he can. Uxbal's situation becomes even more difficult when he finds out he has terminal cancer. I do believe that this film is about hope in the end, even though its bleak nature can imply otherwise.
41. Happiness (1998)
Unrated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama
The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection.
Votes: 59,085 | Gross: $2.81M
42. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
R | 102 min | Drama
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.
Votes: 639,264 | Gross: $3.64M
I think this is the most emotional and disturbing film I have ever seen. Darren Aronofsky is amazing at evoking emotion and Requiem for a Dream is probably the greatest testament to that. If you've seen it you know what I mean, if not watch it. By the end of this film I want to curl up into the fetal position. Every time I watch this film I never want to watch it again, and thats why its so great! This film is best to watch while coming down from a heroine high.
43. Love Actually (2003)
R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Votes: 350,966 | Gross: $59.70M
44. The White Ribbon (2009)
R | 144 min | Drama, History, Mystery
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?
Votes: 58,425 | Gross: $2.22M
One thing I love about lots of Michael Haneke's films is that he brings you into a world and a community that exists both before and after the movie starts and ends. In life the answer is never clear and you can only see things from a limited point of view, its annoying but its true. Michael Haneke tries to simulate the same thing in his films which is one of the reasons they evoke so much emotion.
45. 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: 689,322 | Gross: $74.28M
Javier Bardem... I could just stop there, but I guess I will go on to say this film is great. You have probably heard of this movie enough so I won't go on about it. This films asks lots of questions like "Is two hours enough time for Javier Bardem solidify his spot as the ultimate badass?" which of course is a trick question because two minutes is enough time. Javier Bardem plays Anton Chigurh, but the film will be a lot more rewarding if you imagine his name is spelled "Sugar"; it also may explain the haircut.
46. 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: 746,086 | Gross: $34.40M
'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' is a film that asks "Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?" The screenplay is written by Charlie Kaufman who also wrote the screenplay for 'Being John Malkovich', which isn't surprising because both use unique Science Fiction elements. This story is one of the most clever films you will watch, and can't be missed.
49. Eraserhead (1977)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Votes: 80,616 | Gross: $7.00M
You Can NOT have no opinion about this film. You'll either love it, hate it, or eventually love it.
50. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
R | 152 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.
Votes: 186,672 | Gross: $10.10M
The whole series is great and it is worth watching all of them.
51. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 518,938 | Gross: $37.63M
El Laberinto Del FAUNOOOOO!! Pan's Labyrinth is a fantasy story that is tailored to more mature audiences, it captivates
52. (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: 412,251 | Gross: $32.39M
53. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
R | 155 min | Drama
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.
Votes: 174,667 | Gross: $11.99M
55. 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: 433,328 | Gross: $13.54M
56. Antichrist (2009)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror
A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Votes: 97,593 | Gross: $0.40M
This Lars Von Trier film is both beautiful and dark. It deals with themes of fear and does a good job at presenting that theme and representing how grief and guilt can manifest as fear (in the first half of the film at least). The second half of the film is where the story becomes darker and more disturbing which is great if you can handle it. Parts of this film had me dropping my jaw or even looking away, but again if you can handle it then this film can be beautiful.
57. Dark City (1998)
R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.
Votes: 168,417 | Gross: $14.38M
58. Youth in Revolt (2009)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity.
Votes: 68,110 | Gross: $15.28M
60. Adventureland (2009)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a 'nowhere' job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.
Votes: 139,917 | Gross: $16.03M
61. Being John Malkovich (1999)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
Votes: 272,406 | Gross: $22.86M
Being John Malkovich uses unique science fiction ideas, plot twists, and flawed characters to make a mysterious film that as you are watching keeps you enthralled. You will like and dislike the characters in this film, always questioning their morality. This is a clever film that is one of a kind.
62. 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: 306,051 | Gross: $31.49M
You will be able to tell if you love or hate 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' within the first 15 minutes upon watching it because of its unique art style and over-the-top plot. It is based on the comic series of the same name about Scott Pilgrim who must defeat his new girl's seven evil exes to be with her. If you cringed at that last sentence this film may not be for you, if you thought awesome then party on. 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World uses lots of comic style visuals and also visuals based on retro video games.
63. 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: 1,512,985 | Gross: $37.03M
64. 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: 408,965 | Gross: $84.35M
65. Funny People (2009)
R | 146 min | Comedy, Drama
When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.
Votes: 104,812 | Gross: $51.86M
66. Midnight in Paris (2011)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.
Votes: 331,744 | Gross: $56.82M
67. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Romance
Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
Votes: 214,906 | Gross: $23.22M
68. Ordinary People (1980)
R | 124 min | Drama
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.
Votes: 38,585 | Gross: $54.80M
69. The Warriors (1979)
R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down.
Votes: 78,552 | Gross: $22.49M
70. Pineapple Express (2008)
R | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A process server and his marijuana dealer wind up on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after he witnesses his dealer's boss murder a competitor while trying to serve papers on him.
Votes: 275,492 | Gross: $87.34M