My 50 Favorite Moviesby ROCHpikey | created - 23 Jul 2011 | updated - 28 Oct 2011 | Public
My favorite movies to watch. Not necessarily the best movies ever made but movies I could watch over and over without getting tired of them.
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1. Terminator 2 (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg.
Votes: 830,361 | Gross: $204.84M
Saw this movie for the first time when I was about five. To this day when I watch it every sound-effect brings back a memory from when I was a kid playing with the action figures for it. Something about the way the story moves along, all the action, and the characters in the story (especially in the extended edition that came out a few years back) just makes this a time-less classic in my eyes. Many are surprised that this is my all-time favorite with all the movies the I own and have seen, but as the description of this list says, I could watch this movie over and over and never get sick of it.
2. Jaws (1975)
PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.
Votes: 465,357 | Gross: $260.00M
Who doesn't remember the first time they saw this movie? I say that because after seeing it how could you not remember being hesitant to go in the ocean, lake, or even your neighbor's 5 feet deep above ground pool. The suspense of wondering what the shark looked like and what it was capable of doing next really fuels this film along with strong performances by the whole cast and most notably Robert Shaw. That monologue of his about the Indianapolis was one of the most chilling monologues that I remember hearing in a movie. And the final thing about this film is that even with all the advancements in technology nothing can touch the way the shark appeared in this film. Simply incredible film.
3. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
57 years later, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. The moon from the original movie has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 551,544 | Gross: $85.16M
Classic James Cameron right here. He managed to take Ridley Scott's original masterpiece and expanded it into something that I can only describe as "epic." In a time before CGI took over, the special affects in this movie are untouchable on top of all the intense action sequences. This movie reminds me a lot of Jaws seeing how it builds up suspense and anticipation for the beginning of the movie then once it picks up it never lets up. For me this movie also taught me a lot about imagination and that it has no bounds. This movie took a simple and already creative idea of Ridley Scott and took it to an incredible level that may never be reached again by anyone that tries to continue the franchise or embark on something similar.
4. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 661,718 | Gross: $83.01M
Without a doubt one of the stand out lone-hero classics ever made. Bruce Willis is irreplaceable in this movie and that's saying something for this genre where many actors could pull off different action roles. Willis does a great job of playing someone that is a wise-cracking jerk but at the same time has a good heart and overall likable character (has some of the best mid-fight lines I've ever heard). The same could be said the Alan Rickman's portrayal of the antagonist, even though you hate his guts and can't wait for him to get his you really kind of like him as a villain.
5. Predator (1987)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
Votes: 318,349 | Gross: $59.74M
This movie set the standard of everything necessary for a macho-sci-fi film. Big men with big guns hunting something bigger and badder that is really stalking and hunting them. Everything from the music to the cinematography to the special effects makes this movie what it is. This film's take on extraterrestrial life really makes you fear what could be out there more than any other film, a predator that learns from other predators and improves upon it.
6. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.
Votes: 177,758 | Gross: $47.00M
John Carpenter's landmark horror film that set the stage for many sequels and sub-genres. But no matter how many sequels and countless other masked slasher flicks nothing will ever match this one. The eerie back story and creepy shape lurking in the shadows makes Michael Myers the greatest horror movie legend of all time. Whether it is the pale, emotion-less William Shatner mask or that he was flat out unstoppable evil, Myers is one of the first characters to come to any horror film fan's mind when thinking about the genre. This movie also utilizes the creepiness of both nerve-tingling music as well as uncomfortable silences. Donald Pleasence is perfect in his role as the Dr. Loomis and Jamie Lee Curtis set the standard for many actresses in similar roles. True horror classic.
7. Ghostbusters (1984)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
Votes: 301,320 | Gross: $238.63M
Put simply: comedy gold. Bill Murray at his best along with Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis adding all sorts of classic lines. The idea of scientists catching ghosts is original as it is but add on top of that the fact that you could do it in a comedic way is great. There was nothing like this movie before it came out and with the exception of the sequel and animated series there's been nothing since.
8. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
Votes: 702,280 | Gross: $402.45M
Pretty damn cool movie. First class special effects that made you really get into the movie. Most of the scenes that the T-Rex are featured in left me in awe the first time I saw it. A very original story with relate-able characters (what I mean is characters that resemble those that you would find in everyday life) that enables you to follow them through out the whole film. Sam Niell is fantastic as Dr. Alan Grant and Jeff Goldblum does a good job of being annoying but fun and lovable at the same time.
9. Snatch (2000)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
Votes: 666,995 | Gross: $30.33M
Guy Richie's tale of inter-tangled characters that otherwise would never have crossed paths had it not been for some freak incidences is a movie not to be missed. There is so much to be said about how fun and truly interesting the film is. The obvious first thing that comes to mind is the scene stealing Brad Pitt as Mickey, a bare-knuckle boxing pikey. The laughs and "WTF" moments are never ending in this film. Whether I'm watching it on my own or with friends there are so many lines that will make you laugh uncontrollably for a movie that is not firstly a comedy but instead a crime thriller. Most of Guy Richie's film can fall in this category and formula but the characters in the story really left me thinking after every scene "Great! Now what could possibly happen?" the first time I saw it. Every watch since I fall more and more in love with this film.
10. The Prestige (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After a tragic accident two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion whilst sacrificing everything they have to outwit the other.
Votes: 967,143 | Gross: $53.09M
Christopher Nolan's truly artistic and "magical" film that left me feeling like a had just witnessed something amazing. The movie itself feels like a magic act that construct a feeling of bewilderment. Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman make the best of enemies as they perpetually seek to top the other in a true test of wits and magician-ship versus showmanship. The cinematography paints a very melancholy but mystical atmosphere that gave me the feeling I was sitting the theater among the audience of these competing magicians in a state of admiration of the adventure these characters have taken.
12. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive.
Votes: 385,010 | Gross: $176.24M
13. The Bourne Identity (2002)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory.
Votes: 448,790 | Gross: $121.66M
14. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.
Votes: 546,589 | Gross: $227.47M
16. Stir of Echoes (1999)
R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.
Votes: 66,385 | Gross: $21.13M
17. Collateral (2004)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles.
Votes: 316,428 | Gross: $101.01M
19. Heavy Weights (1995)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Plump kids are lured into joining a posh fat camp with the promise of quick weight loss and good times, only to find that the facility is a woodland hellhole run by a psycho ex-fitness instructor.
Votes: 21,472 | Gross: $17.69M
20. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,438,985 | Gross: $330.25M
21. Good Will Hunting (1997)
R | 126 min | Drama
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
Votes: 693,651 | Gross: $138.43M
22. First Blood (1982)
R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.
Votes: 188,532 | Gross: $47.21M
23. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 648,676 | Gross: $78.90M
24. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.
Votes: 435,655 | Gross: $13.54M
26. V for Vendetta (2005)
R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.
Votes: 884,027 | Gross: $70.51M
28. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
Votes: 458,487 | Gross: $3.90M
29. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Votes: 1,666,521 | Gross: $292.58M
33. The Transporter (2002)
PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Frank is hired to "transport" packages for unknown clients and has made a very good living doing so. But when asked to move a package that begins moving, complications arise.
Votes: 256,404 | Gross: $25.30M
34. Taken (I) (2008)
PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.
Votes: 515,448 | Gross: $145.00M
35. Sudden Death (1995)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A former fireman takes on a group of terrorists holding the Vice President and others hostage during the seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup finals.
Votes: 27,936 | Gross: $20.35M
36. Predator 2 (1990)
R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Amidst a territorial gang war in 1997, a sophisticated alien hunter stalks the citizens of Los Angeles and the only man between him and his prey is veteran L.A.P.D. officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan.
Votes: 119,408 | Gross: $30.67M
37. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller
Having revived from his wound, Jason Voorhees takes refuge at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds arrive for their vacation, Jason continues his killing spree.
Votes: 37,116 | Gross: $36.69M
38. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
R | 91 min | Horror
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.
Votes: 169,057 | Gross: $25.50M
39. Scream (1996)
R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.
Votes: 243,310 | Gross: $103.05M
40. Paranormal Activity (2007)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
Votes: 198,388 | Gross: $107.92M
41. Tommy Boy (1995)
PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy
An incompetent, immature, and dimwitted heir to an auto parts factory must save the business to keep it out of the hands of his new, con-artist relatives and big business.
Votes: 67,120 | Gross: $32.70M
42. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.
Votes: 205,290 | Gross: $140.54M
45. The Jackal (1997)
R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An imprisoned IRA fighter is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly "faceless" assassin from completing his next job.
Votes: 93,935 | Gross: $54.93M
46. Signs (2002)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Votes: 296,117 | Gross: $227.97M
49. Hostage (2005)
R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When a family is held hostage, former hostage negotiator Jeff Talley arrives at the scene. Talley's own family is kidnapped and Talley must decide which is more important: saving a family he doesn't even know or saving his own family.
Votes: 98,391 | Gross: $34.64M
50. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.
Votes: 191,536 | Gross: $4.24M