Best Movies (in my opinion)

I have sat through them almost without breathing
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1.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ The movie of all movies!!!!!!!! ” - ydelenika
 
2.
American History X (1998)
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A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. (119 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
“ This is history and not just fort America.... A lesson to all!! ” - ydelenika
 
3.
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
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A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal. (109 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
“ This movie should have the opposite ending; it would have been more appropriate. Is there any justice really?? as it should be!! and not the way the system wants it to be!!
We keep getting f.....d over and over and over again and cannot do anything about. And this does not apply just to justice but to the whole freaking system no matter which way you look at it!! ” - ydelenika
 
4.
Frost/Nixon (2008)
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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
“ Amazing performances!! Another history lesson that should make us think, think, think... ” - ydelenika
 
5.
Blood Diamond (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond. (143 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ Great movie, well done, beautiful performances and Leonardo di Caprio... pure South African accent!! Well done.
Diamonds are forever!! And, of course, the movie was made in South Africa. No other place in the world like it.
Loved it, have watched it over and over again. ” - ydelenika
 
6.
Patch Adams (1998)
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The true story of a heroic man, Hunter Patch Adams, determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. He ventured where no doctor had ventured before, using humour and pathos. (115 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
“ One of Robin Williams' best performances. ” - ydelenika
 
7.
Dear Frankie (2004)
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After having responded to her son's numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him. (105 mins.)
Director: Shona Auerbach
“ Rare gem of a movie. Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone and Gerard Butler all gave their best to it. A very NICE movie. ” - ydelenika
 
8.
Shutter Island (2010)
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In 1954, a U.S. marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Breathless ” - ydelenika
 
9.
Philadelphia (1993)
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When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ None other than Tom Hanks could have done it better. ” - ydelenika
 
10.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
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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. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Who to chose from.. Robin Williams or Matt Damon? Both brilliant! ” - ydelenika