Favourite 150 Filmsby Paul1984 | created - 05 May 2012 | updated - 01 May 2015 | Public
This is a list of my favourite films of all time. Many are picked due to childhood experiences and therefore this isn't my 'Best 150 Films List' (as explained in the individual film text).
It includes a wide range of genres, as I love all types of film: From Animation to Documentaries to War.
I've made a decision to only pick one film from each Trilogy/Quadrilogy/Series of films. This is to ensure that the list isn't cluttered with sequels.
List is still in progress with the order still being tweaked. Please feel free to make any comments.
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1. Big (1988)
PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.
Votes: 165,645 | Gross: $114.97M
I love Tom Hanks in this film, an all-time classic. I tried to pick a favourite scene but really couldn't.
From: winning at squash, singing 'Shimmy-Shimmy-Coco-Pop', to (unintentionally) sabotaging a presentation with childish innocence. And then there's the giant piano... Never a dull moment.
"It's a glow-in-the-dark compass ring. So you don't get lost."
2. GoldenEye (1995)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow Agent formerly believed to be dead.
Votes: 211,262 | Gross: $106.60M
As a huge James Bond fan, this film had to make my Top 10. When I finally saw this film I was still absorbed in the N64 computer game of the same name: 'Goldeneye 007'. I loved how closely the game followed the storyline of the film (something that had never/rarely been done before to my knowledge). Maybe part of my admiration for this film is due to those many evenings sat huddled around a tiny portable TV playing 4 multiplayer deathmatch with Proximity Mines.
Pierce Brosnan is my favourite Bond, which some see as a controversial opinion due to the rest of his Bond work not being particularly inspirational. But I think 'picking your favourite Bond' is truly generational: whichever Bond you 'grew-up with' often takes the crown.
"DON'T TOUCH THAT!!!..... It's my lunch"
3. 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: 1,862,378 | Gross: $534.86M
An incredible epic. Fantastic performances from Bale, Ledger and Oldman. Partnered with a great script, gothic atmosphere and gritty action this is my favourite 'comic-book' movie of all-time.
Nolan and Bale are an incredible partnership. The highlight of the Trilogy and true revival of the Batman brand. The best superhero movie ever made.
"Wanna know how I got these scars?"
4. The Green Mile (1999)
R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Votes: 893,596 | Gross: $136.80M
A fantastic emotional rollercoaster, and even though it could be argued that he is outshone by Michael Duncan, the fact that this is another Tom Hanks film isn't a coincidence. Honourable mention to Michael Jeter for his portrayal of Eduard Delacroix.
Paul Edgecomb didn't believe in miracles. Until the day he met one.
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: 811,156 | Gross: $223.81M
My favourite Pixar film. A touching tale of friendship and hope. As with all Pixar films this has an underlying narrative/message increasingly relevant to today's consumerist society.
One of my cats even received the dubious honour of being named 'Eva' due to the way Wall-e pronounces EVE.
6. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Votes: 357,451 | Gross: $285.76M
I must have seen this film 20 times as a kid, I even remember the VHS being chewed and grainy due to repeated viewings. But I can still watch it (on Blu) to this day and it never fails to make me smile.
A great soundtrack, with comprehensive performances from Culkin, Pesci and the McCallister family, and a basic, but effective script (with many quotables). An all-time classic in my eyes, and an enjoyable family favourite for the Christmas period. Similarly to The Great Escape, this film has become a holiday tradition in the UK, with a well-integrated message of the importance of family being ever-relevant.
"This is my house. I HAVE to defend it".
7. Toy Story 2 (1999)
G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting.
Votes: 425,126 | Gross: $245.85M
I favour Toy Story 2 to the first Toy Story film, as I feel that it betters it in many ways. I was a slightly 'late adopter' to the animated genre and I feel that this may be part of the reason for my affection for this film. Picking from the three Toy Story films, my order is; TS2>TS1>TS3. The orchestration from Randy Newman deserves a mention.
"Rex: I can't look. Could somebody please cover my eyes?"
8. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
Votes: 818,856 | Gross: $19.50M
This film introduced me to Jean Reno, with a 10/10 performance as the assassin who falls in love with a teenage girl. An honourable mention to the psychotic performance of Gary Oldman. Great ending.
"No women, no kids, that's the rules."
9. Up (2009)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.
Votes: 753,914 | Gross: $293.00M
This is an amazingly inspirational and unique film. I originally saw this in the cinema and it was the first I'd watched in 3D, I've since purchased the Blu-ray and watched it many times.
"Carl Fredricksen: [to Russell] Now, we're gonna walk to the falls quickly and quietly with no rap music or flashdancing."
10. Terminator 2 (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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: 823,532 | Gross: $204.84M
As I'm only picking one film from each series of films, I HAD to pick T2 from the Terminator franchise. I remember seeing it for the first time on VHS as a teen and I was blown away. I'm sure that I rewound certain parts two or three times as I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I could probably even say that this is one title that really sparked my interest in film, and graduated me from a casual viewer. I have a vague memory of some kind of miniature viewing device as a small child, with 'cartridges' for each film. The Terminator 2 cartridge clip with T-100 morphing into the co-pilot in the helicopter was one that I viewed incessantly.
The CGI, the incredible acting (Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick stand-outs for me), and a hugely original sci-fi script.
"I'll need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle"...
11. 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: 695,181 | Gross: $402.45M
Jurassic Park is without doubt my stand-out favourite movie of the JP Trilogy. Similarly to Terminator 2, I was blown away when it first was released, during the era of great developments in CGI technology. Watching the extras on the DVD/Blu-ray, highlights the huge gamble using advancing tech for something as mammoth (arf) as dinosaurs. The gamble paid off: big time.
8.0 is a travesty of an overall rating, and I'm even considering boosting the film higher up my list. Strangely, my favourite performance is that of Dennis Nedry. I don't normally support negative/evil characters within films (as the human psyche dictates) but Wayne Knights performance was flawless. And his death scene is awesome.
"Dr. Alan Grant: A six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the middle toe. He doesn't bother to bite your jugular like a lion, say... no no. He slashes at you here, or here...
[he repeatedly 'slashes' across the kid's body with the raptor claw]"
12. 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: 1,357,123 | Gross: $171.48M
As a teen I remember being utterly flummoxed by this film on first watch. Incredible action scenes and a frankly outrageous storyline, give this the title of one of my favourite 'action' films of all-time. Such a shame that the sequels didn't live-up to this incredible piece of work. The blu-ray is a must-buy to test any system to the max.
"There is no spoon."
13. The Goonies (1985)
PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.
Votes: 196,982 | Gross: $61.50M
Another classic picked due to my childhood. A great adventure film that seems to have all of the right ingredients to make me smile.
This film is an everlasting memory of my Grandparents, and their magical wool-shop + house in London. As this always seemed to be on TV whenever I stayed over there (Christmas/Holiday Periods I guess). As a teen I had to re-discover this film by buying it on VHS, DVD and eventually Blu-ray. Now I can rewatch it whenever I like!
14. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything.
Votes: 144,845 | Gross: $4.00M
The word 'classic' should be reserved for films like this. Classic soundtrack, classic performances (Gene Wilder) and a classic storyline.
But also the epitome of how Hollywood can ruin a films legacy with a remake.....
Basic acting, poor singing and cardboard sets don't even ruin this for me in 2014. Maybe it's the nostalgia but this films stays in the my Top 15.
"So shines a good deed in a weary world"
15. Hook (1991)
PG | 142 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.
Votes: 198,481 | Gross: $119.65M
Another childhood favourite that is picked for purely retro reasons. This makes the Top 20 because of Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Bob Hoskins. I've heard that Steven Spielberg was dissapointed with the outcome of this film, but it's a great family fairy tale. My favourite scene: The food fight.
"You're starting to believe Peter"...epic.
16. 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: 1,886,579 | Gross: $28.34M
A heartening prison drama, with the exceptional voice-over work of Morgan Freeman. The scene when Andy breaks into the Prison Wardens office and plays a piece of music over the tannoy is undoubtedly one of my favourite moments from the film.
"I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free."
17. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?
Votes: 259,791 | Gross: $119.39M
Another movie that Hollywood has decided to remake due to it's cult status. I can't begin to emphasise how hilarious, action-packed and outrageous this film is. Quotables, cardboard acting, ridiculous storylines and comic violence. Love it!
The epitome of the over-the-top, violent action films of the 80's/early 90's.
"Get your ass to Mars, get your ass to Mars..."
18. 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: 828,612 | Gross: $210.61M
Where would a favourite films list be without Back to the Future?
An incredible score (John Williams), acting performances (Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Thomas Wilson) and ground-breaking special effects. A timeless classic.
19. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,288,083 | Gross: $134.97M
Only being able to pick one film from The Godfather Trilogy, I have to pick the original. The first 'crime/Mafia' film that I ever saw, and I still don't think it's been bettered in the category.
I was unfortunate enough not to have seen this film until fairly recently. Since then I have watched it many times and would recommend it as the magnum opus of gangster films.
20. Finding Nemo (2003)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.
Votes: 782,041 | Gross: $380.84M
Some would say that this film is too high on the list, but when this was released during Pixar's 'Golden Years' I was obsessed with animation. Mixed with my love of animals I guess this appealed to me.
It also has a great raft of quotables; "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming".
21. Predator (1987)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
Votes: 316,293 | Gross: $59.74M
Schwarzeneggers best work. Brutal, raw and frenetic. A fantastic performance from Arnie and the supporting cast, great quotables mixed with the originality of the adventure = one of my favourite action films of all time.
"Get to the chopper!"
22. 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: 455,217 | Gross: $3.65M
Vinnie Jones and Jason Statham + stylish editing, sharp dialogue and originality = a stone cold English gangster flick classic.
Many prefer Snatch, and I admit that I really struggled to pick between them as they're both epics.
"You're a rally driver aren't you Tryone. COURSE I am"
23. 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: 423,853 | Gross: $117.24M
THE seminal sport film. Inspirational, emotional and (unashamedly) hammy. An all time classic that has spawned many poor imitations since. Stallone at his best.
24. The Truman Show (1998)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.
Votes: 751,659 | Gross: $125.62M
As a Jim Carey fan, this is my favourite work of his. An original storyline, mixed with flawless performances from Jim, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich and Ed Harris. The ending is fantastic.
"Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!"
25. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
R | 169 min | Drama, War
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Votes: 992,716 | Gross: $216.54M
A true testament to the futility of war. A gory, emotional expose of the life within a soldiers world at war. We must've spent a whole year at school quoting lines and reenacting scenes from this film.
Blu-ray a MUST.
26. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,014,475 | Gross: $322.74M
Following my formula of picking only one of each film from a 'series', I had to pick the original Star Wars film. The one that started it all.
I was late to the series (as I wasn't alive when it was originally released), but completely absorbed within the Star Wars world once I discovered the films. I recently purchased the Lego Star Wars computer game, a great companion for the films.
27. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
A magical tale, and my introduction to Studio Ghibli. I've since collected the rest of the studio's work on DVD/Blu-ray. Some of the latest films such as Ponyo and Arriety are also truly outstanding and seem to be finally getting the mainstream recognition they deserve.
28. Heat (1995)
R | 170 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and their professional lives.
Votes: 475,885 | Gross: $67.44M
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino feature together on screen for the first time in this riveting story about an intense rivalry between expert thief and volatile cop. HEAT is a truly epic crime story.
29. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
Votes: 732,234 | Gross: $248.16M
Renowned archeologist Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant, which is believed to still hold the ten commandments. Indy and his ex-flame Marion escape from various close scrapes in a quest that takes them from Nepal to Cairo battling Nazi's.
John Williams and Harrison Ford = an all time adventure classic that will never be bettered in the genre.
30. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 654,764 | Gross: $83.01M
Bruce Willis stars as New York City detective John McClane, newly arrived in Los Angeles to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged wife. But as McClane waits for his wife's office party to break up, terrorists take control of the building.
A crackling thriller from beginning to end, Die Hard explodes with suspense. (Ironically) A Christmas Classic. Action, quotables (Yippe-Ki-Yay), great performances (Rickman, Willis) and a fantastic ending.
31. 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: 497,178 | Gross: $83.47M
During the Vietnam War, young U.S. Captain Willard is given the assignment to hunt down and kill one of his own: Colonel Kurtz who has apparently gone insane, murdered hundreds of innocent people, and constructed a strange kingdom for himself deep in the jungle.
*Ride of the Valkyries*: "I love the spell of Napalm in the morning"...Nuff said.
32. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.
Votes: 817,847 | Gross: $70.10M
I view the Kill Bill films as Tarantino's best work. I enjoy them more than Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs or Jackie Brown.
Volume 1 and 2 HAVE to be consumed as intended, with back-to-back viewing. Uma Thurman is incredible.
33. Scarface (1983)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Votes: 599,035 | Gross: $45.60M
Scarface enjoys cult status even today in the Hip-Hop world, with quotations and inspiration still taken from Brian De Palmer's epic. Al Pacino is outrageous in this film, and gives the performance of his life as Tony Montana, an immigrant who enjoys a rags to riches lifestyle.
A fantastically fitting end.
34. 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: 812,930 | Gross: $46.84M
Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci.
And some of the best voice-over work ever.
35. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Votes: 309,514 | Gross: $435.11M
An extra-terrestrial is accidentally left behind on Earth and is befriended by a young boy and his brother and sister. As Elliot attempts to help his extra-terrestrial companion contact his home planet so that he might be rescued, the children must elude scientists and government agents determined to apprehend the alien for their own purposes...which results in an adventure greater than any of them could have imagined.
36. The Iron Giant (1999)
PG | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
Votes: 141,951 | Gross: $23.16M
A hugely underrated animation in my opinion, and one that deserves far more spotlight than it receives. Probably notable for being Brad Birds first 'film' as Director.
The beauty of its colour and motion cannot be underestimated. A true gem.
37. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,475,686 | Gross: $107.93M
A comedy about blood, guts, violence, strange sex, drugs, fixed fights, dead body disposal, leather freaks, and a wristwatch that makes a dark journey down through the generations.
The script is electric, as are the performances of Uma Thurman, John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson.
"The car hit a bump!"
38. The Killer (1989)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss.
My favourite John Woo film. I would recommend this to any action/martial arts fan, you won't be disappointed.
39. 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: 558,890 | Gross: $6.10M
I purchased this film recently due to it's high rating on IMDB. I had never seen this epic for reasons unbeknown to me (maybe because it isn't often shown on TV).
It's a strange feeling watching a film that has been parodied and stolen-from so many times. To be actually seeing the originator afterwards is bizarre. I imagine it's like the experience that some kids had if they watched the Austin Powers films before the older James Bond's.
The extended cut on Blu-ray is long. But a must.
40. Men in Black (1997)
PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.
Votes: 443,296 | Gross: $250.69M
Will Smith at the top of his game (this film was released between: Bad Boys, Independence Day and Enemy of the State).
Great CGI too.
41. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Votes: 355,083 | Gross: $36.76M
The first Hitchcock film that I had the pleasure to see, and still my favourite (run close by Vertigo).
42. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.
Votes: 60,673 | Gross: $19.20M
A beautiful re-imagination of the Borrowers story that I watched on TV and read as a book in my childhood.
Beautiful is a word that sums up this work perfectly.
43. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.
44. Ponyo (2008)
G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A five year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.
Votes: 95,939 | Gross: $15.09M
45. Ratatouille (2007)
G | 111 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.
Votes: 522,665 | Gross: $206.45M
Made during the 'Golden Era' of Pixar's dominance, as with all good animation this gem appeals to all ages (excuse the cliche).
46. 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: 642,486 | Gross: $78.90M
In space no one can hear you scream.
47. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,423,826 | Gross: $330.25M
48. 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: 661,108 | Gross: $289.92M
49. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy
The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.
Votes: 35,462 | Gross: $126.74M
A film that was shown often on TV throughout my childhood. Combined with my love of cars, this led to me owning a number of (model) Trans Am's and pretending to be The Bandit on numerous occassions.
50. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.
Votes: 118,310 | Gross: $130.72M
51. First Blood (1982)
R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.
Votes: 187,429 | Gross: $47.21M
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Votes: 1,368,229 | Gross: $315.54M
53. Batman (1989)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.
Votes: 291,917 | Gross: $251.19M
A tough choice for me between Batman and Batman Returns (I love Danny Devito as the penguin).
55. RoboCop (1987)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
Votes: 198,581 | Gross: $53.42M
Another of the 80's/Early 90's action blockbusters that ruled my teen years. I could happily spend a day watching; Robocop, Commando, Total Recall and Predator.
56. Liar Liar (1997)
PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy
A fast-track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after he turns his son down for the last time.
Votes: 240,593 | Gross: $181.41M
Some find Jim Carrey and this movie annoying, but I'm definitely not in that camp. Hilarious.
"The pen is Bluee!"
58. The Karate Kid (1984)
PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family
A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.
Votes: 142,902 | Gross: $90.82M
Along with Rocky, this is one of the seminal sport films.
59. Iron Man (2008)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.
Votes: 764,846 | Gross: $318.41M
60. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.
Votes: 138,005 | Gross: $234.76M
61. Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
G | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, is racing in the Monte Carlo Rally. Unbeknownst to Herbie's driver, thieves have hidden a cache of stolen diamonds in Herbie's gas tank, and are now trying to get them back.
Another car film that I loved as a wee boy. Somewhat laughable to watch now, but the sped-up footage and tongue-in-cheek action make this film for me.
62. 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: 688,872 | Gross: $74.28M
Javier Bardem = Awesome villain.
"You need to call it. I can't call it for you. It wouldn't be fair."
63. Commando (1985)
R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter.
Votes: 123,105 | Gross: $35.10M
Highest death count in a film (at the time). lol
64. The Incredibles (2004)
PG | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.
Votes: 527,840 | Gross: $261.44M
65. Last Action Hero (1993)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
With the help of a magic ticket, a young film fan is transported into the fictional world of his favorite action film character.
Votes: 115,638 | Gross: $50.02M
66. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 506,362 | Gross: $317.58M
67. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Votes: 312,249 | Gross: $7.27M
A fantastic Christmas Film, that I've only recently had the pleasure of seeing. My (second) favourite Christmas film of all time. Probably.
68. Gravity (2013)
PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space.
Votes: 646,286 | Gross: $274.09M
Film of the year for me in 2013, beautiful and intense. It maintains a curious claustrophobia throughout with Sandra Bullock fantastic as Ryan Stone.
This was my first experience at an IMAX cinema, and what film could be more suited.
69. The Lion King (1994)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
Votes: 734,578 | Gross: $312.90M
70. 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: 686,131 | Gross: $138.43M
72. 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: 745,090 | Gross: $2.83M
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.
Votes: 896,278 | Gross: $305.41M
74. Big Daddy (1999)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama
A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.
Votes: 173,623 | Gross: $163.48M
75. Bolt (2008)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real.
Votes: 160,347 | Gross: $114.05M
77. 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: 692,948 | Gross: $74.10M
78. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.
Votes: 461,100 | Gross: $260.00M
79. Ronin (1998)
R | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.
Votes: 153,866 | Gross: $41.62M
80. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy
Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.
Votes: 288,795 | Gross: $85.29M
83. Gladiator (2000)
R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Votes: 1,094,450 | Gross: $187.71M
84. Mission: Impossible III (2006)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fianceé in response .
Votes: 278,077 | Gross: $134.03M
A potentially controversial choice, but when I saw this I was blown away by how this series had been reborn. I haven't seen Ghost Protocol yet, but this easily beats M:I II and just edges the original M:I imo.
85. Tupac: Resurrection (2003)
R | 112 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop M.Cs. of all time.
Votes: 8,218 | Gross: $7.71M
I'm not sure that this even qualifies for a 'Favourite Films' list. But I had to include it as I believe that it deserves far more praise and exposure than it currently has.
As a fan of Tupac's music, I hold this documentary as the comprehensive account of his tragically short life.
Highly recommended to those with an open mind, even those who don't care for rap music or Tupac.
86. Kindergarten Cop (1990)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy
A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal's ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars.
Votes: 116,449 | Gross: $91.46M
87. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 1,004,675 | Gross: $130.74M
88. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
PG | 92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts.
Votes: 343,603 | Gross: $215.43M
89. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 974,368 | Gross: $132.38M
90. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Frank Abagnale Jr., before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and legal prosecutor as a seasoned and dedicated FBI agent pursues him.
Votes: 623,530 | Gross: $164.62M
91. 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: 418,227 | Gross: $40.22M
92. Super 8 (2011)
PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.
Votes: 305,767 | Gross: $127.00M
93. Spider-Man (2002)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.
Votes: 592,422 | Gross: $403.71M
94. 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: 745,631 | Gross: $34.40M
95. The Polar Express (2004)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
Votes: 137,138 | Gross: $183.37M
96. The Usual Suspects (1995)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
Votes: 824,665 | Gross: $23.34M
97. Shooter (I) (2007)
R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A marksman living in exile is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he goes on the run to find the real killer and the reason he was set up.
Votes: 275,404 | Gross: $47.00M
100. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.
Votes: 350,422 | Gross: $218.97M