Top 40 Favorite Movies

These are CERTAINLY not the best, simply my favorites.
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1.
Fargo (1996)
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Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ To clarify, the first 3 films on the list are all tied. As one of these films, Fargo is Dark, violent, stylish, and funny. It is a unique crime thriller featuring fantastic performances and the typical Coen Brothers touch. Fargo is the acclaimed directing duo's masterpiece. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
2.
The Truman Show (1998)
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ Brilliant satire and an eerily accurate vision of the future's reliance on reality television, plus a surprisingly sharp performance from Jim Carrey, make this one of my favorite movies of all time. And the last 10 minutes left me in absolute awe. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
3.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ The most brilliant war movie in history, Apocalypse now conveys the horrors of war while gradually descending into surreal madness and savagery. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
4.
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Incredibly dark, relentlessly un-PC, and terrifically funny, in Bruges is a truly unique and wonderful film. It's offensive and violent, but moreover it's hysterical and dark. Few films are more enjoyable to watch. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
5.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
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On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Miyazaki's most mature film, Princess Mononoke features an epic story, incredible animation, and a dark, violent tone. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
6.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ Pulp Fiction is one of the most influential movies of all time, and, in a lot of the ways, one of the best. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
7.
Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ Moon is a criminally under appreciated sci-fi drama, and is the very pinnacle of Indie Film making. It has a fantastic performance in one of an incredibly small cast, and I'm deeply saddened that Sam Rockwell, and this movie in general, didn't get the attention they deserved. It's subtle and incredibly smart. It questions how much the world will do for an extra dollar, and it sounds like something right out of a classic novel. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
8.
Blood Simple. (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Visually stunning and endlessly creative, Blood Simple is a violent, visceral, and stylish entry into the neo-noir genre, and offers evidence of the Coen Brothers' knack for originality. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
9.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ A true masterpiece in every area. An incredible tale that retells the horrors of the holocaust better than any movie thus far. Fantasic performances from its two lead roles (Both Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes nominated for their roles), incredible direction, and a brutal unwillingness to censor or tone down make this a masterpiece. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
10.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ No film has ever challenged me as much as 2001. The open interpretation is something to be deeply admired. The surreal imagery, musical accompaniment, and vague (in a good way) storytelling are unlike anything I've ever experienced. Kubrick's masterpiece. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
11.
Casino Royale (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem. (144 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
“ A darker reboot of the long-running franchise, Casino Royale breathes new life into the tired bond formula. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
12.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Beautifully filmed, touching, and masterfully acted, "Mockingbird" has earned its status as an American masterpiece. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
13.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Both a Sci-Fi and horror masterpiece, Alien is a suspenseful exhibit of the unfortunate fate of a doomed ship crew and a strong-willed (and well-acted) protagonist. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
14.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
“ Many movie-buffs are turned off by "crowd pleasers". And that's what "Slumdog" is. It pleases crowds. But that doesn't stop it from being intelligent, touching, and beautifully shot. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
15.
Hugo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Martin Scorsese's love letter to early cinema is a visual and storytelling masterpiece, featuring great performances and a clear affection for film. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
16.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ Daniel Day-Lewis showcases the maddening mind of an increasingly corrupt oil profiteer in this truly stellar drama. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
17.
Amadeus (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Amadeus is fantastic film that both tells an interesting and compelling tale, and studies the mind of a jealous musical composer, who is exhibited by one of film's greatest performances. Many movies play with the insanity of its protagonists, but none do it as well as Amadeus. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
18.
28 Days Later... (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Best zombie movie ever. It's an intense zombie flick, but also a sharp political allegory. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
19.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (107 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ An incredibly funny and witty film that is full of the Coen Brothers typical charm, and has a fantastic folk soundtrack. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
20.
Frost/Nixon (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. (122 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ The pen (or in this case, the tongue) is mightier than the sword in this fantastic movie about a verbal battle between a complex politician and an unlikely interviewer. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
21.
Sunshine (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057. (107 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Unlike Alien, Sunshine is not constant in its Sci-Fi/thriller genre. It has a fantastic transition from the former to the latter that makes it one of the most interesting films I've ever seen. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
22.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ A movie that is both gut-wrenching and heart-warming, the Shawshank Redemption is an utter masterpiece that exemplifies appropriately-toned drama, and showcases the corruption of a man meant to reform the corrupt, and the redemption (Duh) of a man once a criminal. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
23.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Spirited Away is Miyazaki's other masterpiece. It's a magical, smart film for people of all ages, and is almost unmatched in its imagination. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
24.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ Christoph Waltz is the greatest Nazi ever. Period. This is also Tarantino's most creative and clever film yet. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
25.
WALL·E (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ Incredible animation is used to display a film that is adorable, allegorical, and emotional. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
26.
True Grit (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer. (110 mins.)
“ The Coen Brothers add their distinctive touch to the classic story, with incredible acting from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
27.
Star Trek (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ I am not at all a Trekian, but this film is a fantastic blend of drama, action, and Sci-Fi elements. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
28.
The Prestige (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. (130 mins.)
“ Nolan's smartest and least appreciated film (though I have not seen Momento), the prestige is intelligent, bleak, and dramatic. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
29.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Stanley Kubrick's dark and affecting Sci-Fi vision of society is bleak and endearing. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
30.
Munich (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day. (164 mins.)
“ A politically even-handed work that exhibits the moral conflicts within a man wanting justice....or vengence? ” - TheRealCogburn
 
31.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ Mind-bending, intelligent, and unpredictable, Nolan once again delivers an incredible film. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
32.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (122 mins.)
“ Grim, yet darkly funny, No Country for Old Men lacks the Coen Brothers' touch, but makes up for it with fantastic everything else. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
33.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ An interesting and incredible take on the Alien movie formula. It's not exactly an upper, and not always easy to watch, but that was what it was going for, and it is truly memorable. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
34.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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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. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ Its smart, funny, and one of the best roles of Jim Carrey's career. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
35.
Knocked Up (2007)
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For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant with his child. (129 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
“ Knocked Up is an absolutely hilarious movie, but with a heart. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
36.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. (87 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Great voice actors, incredible animation, and a faithful translation of the classic Roald Dahl story make this a great and thoroughly enjoyable film for people of all ages. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
37.
The Social Network (2010)
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Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Masterfully directed and well-acted, The Social Network is smart, funny, and powerful. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
38.
Let Me In (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. (116 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
“ Credit goes to the original, certainly. But Let Me In means something more than a reboot of the tired vampire genre: it is a good American horror remake, and in some ways, exceeds the original. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
39.
Die Hard (1988)
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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. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Most action movie cliches derive from this movie, but it is still rarely surpassed in the genre. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
40.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker. (152 mins.)
“ It's a violent, original mystery thriller that's practically unmatched. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
41.
Brazil (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Its allegorical, bitingly satirical, and darkly funny, Brazil includes interesting surreal imagery as well as an Orwellian fiction comedy. ” - TheRealCogburn
 
42.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Jeff Bridges is the Dude, man. ” - TheRealCogburn