Favorite Movies

by belladonnaseraphina | created - 11 Nov 2011 | updated - 11 Nov 2011 | Public

Movies I love. The acting sometimes isn't great, but it's the story, it's what draws me in and lets me escape for a few hours.

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1. 300 (2006)

R | 117 min | Action, Fantasy

7.7
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52 Metascore

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

Votes: 657,154 | Gross: $210.61M

Gerard Butler is perfectly cast for the role of Leonidis. This is great for men for the fight scenes and appreciation for the cinematography. This is great for the ladies for the rippin' bods of these warriors. (I love it for both reasons)

2. The Illusionist (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.6
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68 Metascore

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 320,868 | Gross: $39.87M

The acting isn't the best, especially from Jessica Biel, but the rest of the cast are brilliant. I didn't even want to watch this, but while on vacation with family, we watched it, and I instantly fell in love with it. The love story is beautiful. This is unfortunately nothing like the book. The way the story plays out is pure genius.

3. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,299,648 | Gross: $134.97M

Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. Need I say more?

4. A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)

R | 119 min | Drama

7.2
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48 Metascore

A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.

Director: Shainee Gabel | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, John Travolta, Gabriel Macht, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 23,180 | Gross: $0.16M

I hated Scarlett Johansson until I watched this movie. This movie will make you cry, laugh, make you angry, and you find yourself enthralled in the movie. This is possibly one of John Travolta's best performances. There are a lot of f-bombs in the dialogue, and if you can get past that, you'll love it even more.

5. Legion (2010)

R | 100 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

5.2
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32 Metascore

When a group of strangers at a dusty roadside diner come under attack by demonic forces, their only chance for survival lies with an archangel named Michael, who informs a pregnant waitress that her unborn child is humanity's last hope.

Director: Scott Stewart | Stars: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black

Votes: 86,732 | Gross: $40.17M

I will never look at Ice Cream Men the same way! The plot was a little predictable, but all in all, it's one of those great stay-up-late-with-the-lights-off-curled-up-on-the-couch-with-a-bowl-of-popcorn-and-your-significant-other movies.

6. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 147,782 | Gross: $56.12M

This movie made Edward Norton a true Hollywood talent. Even with Richard Gere (sorry ladies, I'm not a Gere fan), the movie still gives me goose-bumps when I watch it. Norton was perfection.

7. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,013,856 | Gross: $130.74M

Sir Anthony Hopkins.

8. The Rite (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.0
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38 Metascore

An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Colin O'Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciarán Hinds, Alice Braga

Votes: 81,372 | Gross: $33.05M

This was a close one between The Silence of the Lambs and The Rite as to which I love more. Sir Hopkins gives a very chilling performance and will always be one of the best actors of all time.

9. Dune (2000– )

Unrated | 265 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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A three-part miniseries on politics, betrayal, lust, greed and the coming of a Messiah. Based on Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel.

Stars: William Hurt, Alec Newman, Giancarlo Giannini, Uwe Ochsenknecht

Votes: 15,814

Many don't like this movie, I for one, am not one of them. The cinematography with this movie makes you feel like you're watching a very elaborate play, the way the lighting is done, it allows you to understand things you might otherwise miss. The acting is clearly not the best, and it doesn't follow the book well, but I still find myself getting caught up in the movie, feeling like I'm really there. I believe Hollywood and most of today's movie-goers have forgotten what the point of movies are. That is why I love this movie.

10. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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75 Metascore

A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 81,078 | Gross: $30.08M

I personally love this time era and read and watch as much as I can about the histories of Old Europe. I greatly enjoyed watching Cate Blanchett grow from this innocent teenage bastard princess turn into the greatest Queen the world has ever seen, which is why my next pick is...

11. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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45 Metascore

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 58,803 | Gross: $16.29M

Not as great as the first, but Cate Blanchett shows us that she can stay true to form and continue playing a character that was perfectly made for her. She captured the essence of Queen Elizabeth wonderfully.

12. Pitch Black (2000)

R | 109 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.1
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49 Metascore

A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Vin Diesel, Keith David

Votes: 205,439 | Gross: $39.24M

The movie that brought Vin Diesel into my life. His rockin' bod, shined eyes, and even though he was a hard-core criminal, Riddick finds a sliver of humanity and redeems himself.

13. Empire Records (1995)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.7
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30 Metascore

The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.

Director: Allan Moyle | Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, Maxwell Caulfield, Rory Cochrane

Votes: 41,493 | Gross: $0.30M

"It's Rex Manning Day!"

14. The Runaways (2010)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.6
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65 Metascore

A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored.

Director: Floria Sigismondi | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve

Votes: 42,077 | Gross: $3.57M

Kristen Stewart rocked the part of Joan Jett. Joan loved the portrayal. Dakota Fanning amazed me with such a mature role, but she has always been a great actress in my opinion. The biggest problem I had with the movie was that there wasn't more of the story with the background of fellow rocker Lita Ford (who is the sh!t btw). This has the making of a cult following.

15. Dazed and Confused (1993)

R | 102 min | Comedy

7.7
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78 Metascore

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane

Votes: 136,032 | Gross: $7.99M

Where to begin! One of the best party movies ever. It was disappointing that Parker Posey never got her a$$ kicked like she deserved. Oh well, still one rockin' night!

16. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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50 Metascore

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess

Votes: 90,876 | Gross: $26.81M

Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman) turns against her sister, Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson), yet Mary stays with her until the end. Mary raises Elizabeth. Beautiful story of love, betrayal, and loyalty.

17. Underworld (2003)

R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

7.0
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42 Metascore

Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly, Michael Sheen

Votes: 228,124 | Gross: $51.97M

Typically, I'm not a huge Kate Beckinsale fan, but she nailed down "Selene". I'm a huge fan of anything vampire/lycan, and this trilogy did not disappoint me. I'm highly anticipating the fourth installment. So, do not be surprised by the next two choices I have.

18. Underworld: Evolution (2006)

R | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.7
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36 Metascore

Picking up directly from the previous film, vampire warrior Selene and the half werewolf Michael hunt for clues to reveal the history of their races and the war between them.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, Tony Curran

Votes: 171,816 | Gross: $62.32M

Selene and Michael are once again at their best. The background of the characters, Vampires, and Lycans is most welcoming. I was wanting to see more of Michael, but he was still awesome.

19. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

R | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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44 Metascore

An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans.

Director: Patrick Tatopoulos | Stars: Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 134,465 | Gross: $45.80M

No Michael or Selene, but a great prequel to the war between Vampire and Lycan. Seeing the history of what caused future events was refreshing and highly enjoyable.

20. The Transporter (2002)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.8
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51 Metascore

Frank is hired to "transport" packages for unknown clients and has made a very good living doing so. But when asked to move a package that begins moving, complications arise.

Directors: Louis Leterrier, Corey Yuen | Stars: Jason Statham, Qi Shu, Matt Schulze, François Berléand

Votes: 256,281 | Gross: $25.30M

Two words : Jason Statham

21. Twilight (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

5.2
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56 Metascore

A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Sarah Clarke

Votes: 370,670 | Gross: $191.47M

I am an absolute Twi-Hard, so the movies are all going to be on here. The movies stray a bit from the books (which in my opinion are much, MUCH better), but it's a beautiful love story (even if the vampires do sparkle).

22. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

PG-13 | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

4.9
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58 Metascore

As a string of mysterious killings grips Seattle, Bella, whose high school graduation is fast approaching, is forced to choose between her love for vampire Edward and her friendship with werewolf Jacob.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Xavier Samuel

Votes: 198,305 | Gross: $300.53M

A continuation of the above pick.

23. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)

PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

4.7
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44 Metascore

Edward leaves Bella after an attack that nearly claimed her life, and in her depression she falls into yet another paranormal relationship - this time with werewolf Jacob Black.

Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Christina Jastrzembska

Votes: 234,926 | Gross: $296.62M

A continuation of the two above (yes I know they aren't in order).