"Not in IMDb TOP 250" : The Best Movie of Each Year from now to 19xx !by JustDimmy | created - 16 Jul 2011 | updated - 18 Mar 2012 | Public
Inspired by this interesting list, here is my version, here are my tastes! :)
I wanted to make a selection of movies by year, outside the IMDB's TOP 250.
No movies for years : 1966, 1964, 1963, 1958, 1957, 1955. (I've not seen yet a movie deserving the title ;) )
Feel free to comment and suggest me some titles I missed.
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1. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime
The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »
Votes: 55,646 | Gross: $3.29M
2. A Prophet (2009)
R | 155 min | Crime, Drama
A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.
Votes: 83,801 | Gross: $2.08M
"Funny people" would be my second choice.
3. The Wackness (2008)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter.
Votes: 28,194 | Gross: $2.08M
4. Gone Baby Gone (2007)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.
Votes: 215,767 | Gross: $20.30M
Even if it's only a good adaptation of Lehane's book, I found this movie quite great. Special second place prize to "Bridge to Terabithia".
5. The Fountain (2006)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.
Votes: 205,228 | Gross: $10.14M
Great director at the top of his career and great casting and great story and great cinematography and so on...
Such an art movie before being an entertainment.
Special mention this year to "Casino Royale", the first James Bond Movie I liked.
6. Le petit lieutenant (2005)
Unrated | 110 min | Crime, Drama
A rookie policeman from provincial Le Havre volunteers for the high pressure Parisian homicide bureau and is assigned to a middle-aged woman detective.
I saw it in 2006 and found it really great, underrated on IMDb. I wrote the director's name in a corner of my head. And then in 2010, Xavier Beauvois gets international exposure with his "Des hommes et des dieux" (aka "Of Men and Gods"). Nice reward.
As a lovecraft's fan, I could have selected "The Call of Cthulhu" which is great but is such a faithful adaptation it's almost not a movie in itself ^^.
The only Terence Malick I like is from this year too : "The New World". I had to say it.
Special mention for "Dalkomhan Insaeng" (aka "A Bittersweet Life").
7. Mind Game (I) (2004)
103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After a deadly encounter with two yakuza, a loser with a crush on his childhood girlfriend goes to heaven and back, embarking on a psychedelic self-discovery experience with her and his friends.
A good year for french movies, but "Mind Game" blew up my mind. Great story with multiple types of graphic execution. An animated movie never seen before.
Special mention for one of my favorite comedy "50 first dates".
R | 103 min | Drama, Romance
A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.
Votes: 67,303 | Gross: $2.38M
With all due respect to the great minds of cinema, "The Matrix Reloaded" has the best and longest action scene in the history of action movies afaik. And that is enjoyable at a high level for me. Emotions can be great with excellent action. So it might win the 2003 best movie of the year...
And give me a break with the most loly movie in the history of seventh art, the well-named "Lost in translation". At least she didn't lost her father's name.
9. 25th Hour (2002)
R | 135 min | Drama
Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.
Votes: 156,989 | Gross: $13.06M
Spike Lee's master piece, I have to put 2 movies for this year but for me, those two are master pieces.
10. Irreversible (2002)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.
Votes: 96,300 | Gross: $0.75M
Due to its psychological violent nature, you can replace it with "Cidade de Deus" which is better for a large audience.
11. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.
Votes: 238,667 | Gross: $57.39M
I really don't like musical movies in general but what a success here !
Second pick is "Blow".
12. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.
Votes: 86,213 | Gross: $4.18M
Special mention to "The Beach" which is so particular for me.
13. 8MM (1999)
R | 123 min | Mystery, Thriller
A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.
Votes: 110,103 | Gross: $36.66M
With "The ninth gate" & "Boys don't cry" for supporting.
14. He Got Game (1998)
R | 136 min | Drama, Sport
A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.
Votes: 38,740 | Gross: $21.55M
Well, 2nd Spike Lee's masterpiece, I think HGG is deeper than morons think : NOT a movie a basketball at all. I don't especially like basketball and I find this movie very rich.
This is the year for "Rounders" and "Ronin".
15. The Game (1997)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.
Votes: 288,750 | Gross: $48.32M
"The Devil's Advocate" was quite good too and "Donnie Brasco" is my special choice this year. Forget about it.
16. Michael Collins (1996)
R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.
Votes: 25,936 | Gross: $11.09M
"Fargo" and "Sleepers" are the others nominees !
17. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
R | 111 min | Drama, Romance
Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
Votes: 100,016 | Gross: $31.97M
Special "high five" with "Bad Boys", watched multiple times in theater for various reasons... :)
18. Legends of the Fall (1994)
R | 133 min | Drama, Romance, War
In the early 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war.
Votes: 122,809 | Gross: $66.64M
"Once were warriors" was quite good too. I didn't see much movies from this year...
19. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
PG-13 | 118 min | Drama
After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life.
Votes: 185,045 | Gross: $9.17M
20. Porco Rosso (1992)
PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.
Pigeon : Oiseau à la grise robe, Dans l'enfer des villes, À mon regard, tu te dérobes, Tu es vraiment le plus agile. "C'est arrivé près de chez vous".
21. My Girl (1991)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend.
Votes: 61,015 | Gross: $59.85M
Special solo for "The Commitments " ! Tadaaaa !
22. The Godfather: Part III (1990)
R | 162 min | Crime, Drama
In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.
Votes: 299,290 | Gross: $66.67M
Come on people, it deserves its own place in TOP movies !
"Total Recall" was that good, we still talk about the dream/reality debate.
Hey to "Cyrano de Bergerac" well made adaptation of the play.
23. The Abyss (1989)
PG-13 | 145 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.
Votes: 141,863 | Gross: $54.46M
Never forget my first viewing of this movie. Nor the "Dead Poets Society" one.
24. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
R | 164 min | Drama
The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.
Votes: 43,132 | Gross: $7.63M
A wink for "Big" and a tear for "Hotaru no haka" !
25. Angel Heart (1987)
R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.
Votes: 68,149 | Gross: $17.19M
And of course "The Untouchables".
26. Crossroads (1986)
R | 99 min | Drama, Music, Mystery
Ralph Macchio is Lightning Boy. A kid who can make a slide guitar sing. Blind Dog is an old pro who knows it. Together, they're headed to a place where deals are made. And legends are born.
Votes: 11,535 | Gross: $5.84M
Can't say "Der Name der Rose" didn't hit me at that time.
27. Out of Africa (1985)
PG | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.
Votes: 58,104 | Gross: $87.10M
And "The Goonies" of course !
28. Gremlins (1984)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Votes: 160,128 | Gross: $148.17M
As I didn't see many movies form this year outside the 3 from IMDb list, I can't really choose THE movie. I pick "Gremlins" tho. I'll watch more movies from this year in the next couple of months.
30. Sophie's Choice (1982)
R | 150 min | Drama, Romance
After spending time with his new neighbors, an aspiring writer realizes they are harboring deep secrets that will forever change him.
Votes: 32,770 | Gross: $30.04M
Amazing novel and great movie ! "Pink Floyd The Wall" was great too, even if the band eventually didn't like it !
31. The Road Warrior (1981)
R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.
Votes: 145,019 | Gross: $12.47M
32. Airplane! (1980)
PG | 88 min | Comedy
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.
Votes: 175,922 | Gross: $83.40M
No other possibility. I've not watched much movies from this year. I kinda don't like the late seventies/early eighties I guess... Airplane was quite funny tho, in those years...
33. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
PG | 105 min | Drama
Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
Votes: 107,640 | Gross: $106.26M
See my comment 1980... I like to think that "Kramer vs Kramer" is representative of his social era.
35. Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
R | 136 min | Drama, Romance
A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.
Votes: 5,699 | Gross: $16.90M
36. Marathon Man (1976)
R | 125 min | Crime, Thriller
A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.
Votes: 48,705 | Gross: $21.71M
37. French Connection II (1975)
R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama
"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York.
Votes: 13,974 | Gross: $12.48M
38. Zardoz (1974)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi
In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.
39. Papillon (1973)
R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Votes: 103,760 | Gross: $53.27M
40. Sleuth (1972)
PG | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.
43. Army of Shadows (1969)
Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War
An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.
Votes: 16,271 | Gross: $0.74M
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" was a great movie too !
44. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
R | 137 min | Drama, Horror
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
45. Le Samouraï (1967)
GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After Professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.
Votes: 35,358 | Gross: $0.04M
Special mention for "In the Heat of the Night".
47. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Approved | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.
One the best Melville : "Le doulos"
48. The Misfits (1961)
Approved | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western
A divorcee falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle.
"Judgment at Nuremberg" should be showed in classroom.
49. Breathless (1960)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama
A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.
Votes: 58,288 | Gross: $0.34M
51. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A novelist aided by his future father-in-law conspires to frame himself in the murder of a stripper as part of an effort to ban capital punishment.
Great underrated Lang's movie !
52. Sabrina (1954)
Unrated | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.