Favourite 150 Films

by 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

7.3
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73 Metascore

After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard

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

7.2
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen

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

9.0
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82 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

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

8.5
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

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

8.4
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95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

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

7.5
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

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

7.9
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88 Metascore

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.

Directors: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer

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

8.6
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64 Metascore

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.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

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

8.3
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88 Metascore

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

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

8.5
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75 Metascore

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.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

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

8.1
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68 Metascore

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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

8.7
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73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

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

7.8
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60 Metascore

In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

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!

*Truffle Shuffle*

14. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

7.8
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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.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

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

6.7
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52 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins

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

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

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

7.5
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57 Metascore

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?

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin

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

8.5
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

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.

"Great Scott!"

19. 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: 1,288,083 | 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

8.1
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90 Metascore

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.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe

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

7.8
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42 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

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

8.2
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham

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

8.1
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

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

8.1
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90 Metascore

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

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

8.6
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90 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

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

8.7
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92 Metascore

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.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

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

7.9
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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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 87,189

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

8.2
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight

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

8.5
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85 Metascore

Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

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

8.2
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

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

8.5
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94 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

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

8.1
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

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

8.3
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65 Metascore

In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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

8.7
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

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

7.9
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91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

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.

"Eeelllliiiooottttt"

36. The Iron Giant (1999)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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85 Metascore

A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

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

8.9
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94 Metascore

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.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

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

7.9
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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.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu

Votes: 41,010

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

8.9
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90 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

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

7.3
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71 Metascore

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio

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

8.5
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A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

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

7.6
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80 Metascore

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.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias

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

8.2
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 203,897

Studio Ghibli

44. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.7
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Votes: 95,939 | Gross: $15.09M

Studio Ghibli

45. Ratatouille (2007)

G | 111 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.0
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96 Metascore

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava | Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

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

8.5
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83 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 642,486 | Gross: $78.90M

In space no one can hear you scream.

47. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
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82 Metascore

JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,423,826 | Gross: $330.25M

Tom Hanks

48. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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78 Metascore

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.

Directors: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 661,108 | Gross: $289.92M

Pixar

49. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

PG | 96 min | Action, Comedy

6.9
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51 Metascore

The Bandit is hired on to run a tractor trailer full of beer over state lines, in hot pursuit by a pesky sheriff.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry

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

6.3
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman, Kristine Sutherland

Votes: 118,310 | Gross: $130.72M

51. First Blood (1982)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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62 Metascore

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.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, Bill McKinney

Votes: 187,429 | Gross: $47.21M

52. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.8
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92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,368,229 | Gross: $315.54M

53. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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69 Metascore

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl

Votes: 291,917 | Gross: $251.19M

A tough choice for me between Batman and Batman Returns (I love Danny Devito as the penguin).

54. Ocean's Eleven (2001)

PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Thriller

7.8
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74 Metascore

Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

Votes: 438,701 | Gross: $183.41M

55. RoboCop (1987)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.5
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67 Metascore

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox

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

6.8
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Amanda Donohoe, Jennifer Tilly

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!"

57. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 299,245 | Gross: $238.63M

58. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.2
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59 Metascore

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

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

7.9
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79 Metascore

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 764,846 | Gross: $318.41M

60. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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64 Metascore

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher

Votes: 138,005 | Gross: $234.76M

61. Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)

G | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.6
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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.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Dean Jones, Don Knotts, Julie Sommars, Jacques Marin

Votes: 5,598

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

8.1
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91 Metascore

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.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

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

6.7
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A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells

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

8.0
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90 Metascore

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Votes: 527,840 | Gross: $261.44M

65. Last Action Hero (1993)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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44 Metascore

With the help of a magic ticket, a young film fan is transported into the fictional world of his favorite action film character.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance

Votes: 115,638 | Gross: $50.02M

66. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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64 Metascore

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.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Votes: 506,362 | Gross: $317.58M

67. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.6
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

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

7.8
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96 Metascore

Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Orto Ignatiussen

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

8.5
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83 Metascore

Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 734,578 | Gross: $312.90M

70. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama

8.3
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 686,131 | Gross: $138.43M

71. The Italian Job (1969)

G | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.4
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Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone

Votes: 33,925

72. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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79 Metascore

After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

Votes: 745,090 | Gross: $2.83M

73. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.0
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley

Votes: 896,278 | Gross: $305.41M

74. Big Daddy (1999)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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41 Metascore

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.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart, Cole Sprouse

Votes: 173,623 | Gross: $163.48M

75. Bolt (2008)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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67 Metascore

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.

Directors: Byron Howard, Chris Williams | Stars: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton

Votes: 160,347 | Gross: $114.05M

76. Happy Gilmore (1996)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport

7.0
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31 Metascore

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay

Votes: 168,335 | Gross: $38.62M

77. Sin City (2005)

R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller

8.0
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74 Metascore

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.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba

Votes: 692,948 | Gross: $74.10M

78. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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87 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 461,100 | Gross: $260.00M

79. Ronin (1998)

R | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.3
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67 Metascore

A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 153,866 | Gross: $41.62M

80. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy

7.2
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd

Votes: 288,795 | Gross: $85.29M

81. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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65 Metascore

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker

Votes: 1,150,509 | Gross: $100.13M

82. Hard Boiled (1992)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.9
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A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan

Votes: 41,025

83. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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67 Metascore

When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,094,450 | Gross: $187.71M

84. Mission: Impossible III (2006)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.9
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66 Metascore

Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fianceé in response .

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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

8.0
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: Lauren Lazin | Stars: Tupac Shakur, Rappin' 4-Tay, Conrad Bain, Bill Bellamy

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

6.1
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed, Linda Hunt

Votes: 116,449 | Gross: $91.46M

87. 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: 1,004,675 | Gross: $130.74M

88. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.6
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73 Metascore

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.

Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson | Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 343,603 | Gross: $215.43M

89. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 974,368 | Gross: $132.38M

90. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Votes: 623,530 | Gross: $164.62M

91. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama, History

8.1
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93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 418,227 | Gross: $40.22M

92. Super 8 (2011)

PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.0
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72 Metascore

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney

Votes: 305,767 | Gross: $127.00M

93. Spider-Man (2002)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.3
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco

Votes: 592,422 | Gross: $403.71M

94. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

8.3
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 745,631 | Gross: $34.40M

95. The Polar Express (2004)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.6
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61 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Chris Coppola, Michael Jeter, Leslie Zemeckis

Votes: 137,138 | Gross: $183.37M

96. The Usual Suspects (1995)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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77 Metascore

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.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin

Votes: 824,665 | Gross: $23.34M

97. Shooter (I) (2007)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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53 Metascore

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.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Rhona Mitra, Danny Glover

Votes: 275,404 | Gross: $47.00M

98. Stand by Me (1986)

R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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75 Metascore

After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell

Votes: 303,234 | Gross: $52.29M

99. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

7.6
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78 Metascore

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas

Votes: 150,293 | Gross: $36.40M

100. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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95 Metascore

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.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart

Votes: 350,422 | Gross: $218.97M