My Favorite Films

All the films thus far that I've rated a 10. In order of quality.
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1.
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
“ The film Darabont is known for, and for good reason. A powerful and uplifting movie with inspiring lead performances from Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. A film that explores the concept of hope and what we do to achieve it. I've never seen anything quite like it before. This, and The Green Mile, have beautiful scores from Thomas Newman. ” - TheGodFella
 
2.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ A film that introduced me to the brilliant vision of David Fincher and ideas that reflect our society in ways I never imagined, with thoroughly memorable performances, and a fantastic ending. ” - TheGodFella
 
3.
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.)
“ A film that improves upon each viewing experience, this is an unforgettable and unique film. Tarantino goes deep into three different characters and gives them insane situations that reveal something interesting about each of them through this brilliant character study. ” - TheGodFella
 
4.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ A short, yet thoroughly brilliant film. All one scene, yet so much goes on in terms of plot and character development. ” - TheGodFella
 
5.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVitto in the Italian-American crime syndicate. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ A gangster film that all are measured by, Martin Scorsese pulls you into the Mafia world in this unflinching and constantly fascinating biopic that is more than just a biopic. ” - TheGodFella
 
6.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ Tarantino's debut film that paved the way for non-chronological storytelling. Thrilling, disturbing, and flat out fun, with an outstanding cast, especially Tim Roth, this mystery thriller is a great introduction to the world of Tarantino. ” - TheGodFella
 
7.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ Another groundbreaking, original film that put Christopher Nolan on the map, and gives a rewarding experience that gets more and more fascinating with multiple viewings. ” - TheGodFella
 
8.
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.)
“ Paul Thomas Anderson plunges us into the darker side of humanity with a portrait of an ambitious, but cruel, evil man played brilliantly by Daniel-Day Lewis. With another brilliant performance from Paul Dano, and a heavy, powerful, unforgettable score from Radiohead's Jonny Greewood, this is a great example of subtle filmmaking. ” - TheGodFella
 
9.
Drive (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ Truly a film that relies on the experience rather than the plot, and offers absorbing direction from Nicolas Winding Refn, a subtle performance from Ryan Gosling, and a wonderful soundtrack. ” - TheGodFella
 
10.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Christopher Nolan's masterpiece, and certainly standard-setting of not only superhero films, but all blockbusters to come. Heath Ledger's greatness goes without me saying, along with brilliant direction and a fascinating look at the morality of Gotham City. ” - TheGodFella
 
11.
Network (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Writer Paddy Chayefsky looks at the television industry like never before, and like Fight Club, gives an idea I'd ever thought I'd see or hear be conveyed. With a powerful performance by Peter Finch, this is another masterwork from Sidney Lumet. ” - TheGodFella
 
12.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ A thrilling, albeit at times, sickening film that gives one of the most unforgiving villains I've ever seen. Impeccable cinematography from Chung-hoon Chung and direction from Chan-wook Park introduces a high point of Asian cinema. ” - TheGodFella
 
13.
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
“ Based on Anthony Burgess's novel, legendary director Stanley Kubrick brings us a disturbingly brilliant look into a harrowing future. Malcolm McDowell is absolutely absorbing and haunting as the main character who we follow in a thought-provoking and unforgettable study on society, and what we do to fight violence. ” - TheGodFella
 
14.
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Another character piece about the real-life boxer Jake LaMotta. Acted unforgettably by Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, who wisely chose to shoot the film in black-and-white, along with screenwriter Paul Schrader creates a haunting, expertly shot and absorbing movie experience. ” - TheGodFella
 
15.
The Green Mile (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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. (189 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ A film that provokes feelings of beauty and anguish. Tom Hanks' terrific performance is, to say the least, successfully supported by Michael Clarke Duncan. Frank Darabont's adaptation of Stephen King's novel is a powerful experience that I will not soon forget. ” - TheGodFella
 
16.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Mind-bending, thrilling, and atmospheric. Each turn of the film left me breathless, each twist kept me glued to the screen. Alfred Hitchcock has crafted a film that broke ground in basic storytelling. ” - TheGodFella
 
17.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ A great plot, fascinating romance, and a beautiful ending, this film is truly one of the great love stories captured on film. ” - TheGodFella
 
18.
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.)
“ Christopher Nolan continues his study of the human mind with this thrilling, brilliant, complex film that is infinitely inventive and has emotional resonance to spare. Plus, an epic score from Hans Zimmer. ” - TheGodFella
 
19.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ A great plot that unfolds in an atmospheric setting, along with witty humor from the Coen Brothers, this film is definitely a crime classic. ” - TheGodFella
 
20.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011. (157 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ One of the most engrossing cinematic experiences I've had in years. This movie reunites the extraordinary talent of Bigelow and Boal, who create yet another engaging, thought-provoking, and fascinating piece of filmmaking, with a tremendous turn from Jessica Chastain. ” - TheGodFella
 
21.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (169 mins.)
“ Simply a stunning and thought-provoking war film, Steven Spielberg brings to life the horror of WWII, while screenwriter Robert Rodat breathes life and humanity into the characters the film focuses on. ” - TheGodFella
 
22.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (180 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ I thought this movie would be good, but not THIS good. One of Scorsese's best films, with a brilliant script, and great performances all around. I never thought I would wish for more of Matthew McConaughey in a movie. ” - TheGodFella
 
23.
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
“ With an incredible opening sequence, this film is immediately gripping and gives a haunting experience into a world of true horror. ” - TheGodFella
 
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.)
“ A perfect example of a film that builds unbearable tension, and a plot that comes full circle in a thrilling (and insane) climax. With an intimidating turn by Christoph Waltz, this is the film that introduced me to the mind of Quentin Tarantino. ” - TheGodFella
 
25.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (111 mins.)
“ With some of the most exhilarating action I've ever seen, an outstanding performance by Uma Thurman, and amazing writing and directing by Tarantino, this is the start of an unforgettable epic. ” - TheGodFella
 
26.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ James Cameron continues the vision he started and brings it to a fitting conclusion (until it was somehow brought back and continued again by newcomers). Filled with mind-blowing action, it also gives us a very human story, with a great performance from Linda Hamilton. ” - TheGodFella
 
27.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ Another incredible experience created by Francis Ford Coppola. Engaging cinematography and lighting, brilliant performances all around, and of course a masterful script. Plus, the amazing soundtrack brings even more life to this masterpiece. ” - TheGodFella
 
28.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ An exciting, hilarious, and infinitely imaginative science fiction blockbuster that never gets old. The climax to this film is one of the best I've ever seen. ” - TheGodFella
 
29.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter , a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Another amazing film from Quentin Tarantino. With unbearable tension, great acting, especially from DiCaprio and Jackson, and a brilliant script, this is one of 2012's absolute best. ” - TheGodFella
 
30.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. (125 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ A film with outstanding direction from Sidney Lumet and an intense portrayal of its lead by Al Pacino, this film puts you in one of the most fascinating events in NYC history. ” - TheGodFella
 
31.
127 Hours (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ A powerful, exhilarating, and emotional experience from Danny Boyle, with a brilliant turn by James Franco. ” - TheGodFella
 
32.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
“ A satisfactory conclusion to the story of The Bride's revenge. A much more dialogue-driven film, which is another specialty of Tarantino. ” - TheGodFella
 
33.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ The Wachowskis bring science fiction to a whole new level, while adding elements of kung-fu, shoot-em-up action, and philosophical concepts. With taut direction, and a final half-hour that will blow you away, The Matrix is an unforgettable blockbuster. ” - TheGodFella
 
34.
M (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ A film with no music at all, this groundbreaking film is an example of storytelling that is unique, original, and with an incredible monologue from Peter Lorre. ” - TheGodFella
 
35.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Engagingly paced, cleverly written and inventively stylish, Guy Ritchie bursts back onto the scene after "Lock, Stock", bringing an even more hilarious and brilliant thrill ride, along with great performances, especially a hilarious turn from Brad Pitt. ” - TheGodFella
 
36.
The Tree of Life (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings. (139 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ A film that is much more about experience that story per se, it nevertheless explores the characters in a unique and fascinating way. With a compelling performance from Brad Pitt, and unbelievable cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki, Terrence Malick has crafted a masterful and beautiful film. ” - TheGodFella
 
37.
The Social Network (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
“ David Fincher masterfully directs Aaron Sorkin's look into the fictional version of real-life Mark Zuckerberg and the story of how he founded Facebook, and the moral toll it ends up taking on him. Featuring a compelling score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. ” - TheGodFella
 
38.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Terrifying and enthralling from beginning to end, Stanley Kubrick has crafted what horror films are all about. With chilling music and an intense performance from Jack Nicholson. ” - TheGodFella
 
39.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ One of the most intense war films I have ever seen, and also one of the best. A fascinating character study on the people who fight our wars. We see how the actions of the main character affects the other soldiers in the film. Amazingly directed by Kathryn Bigelow, this is a tense and thought-provoking film ” - TheGodFella
 
40.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
“ Never before have I seen such effective use of comedy and drama in one single movie. Original, deep, moving, this is a film that I find impossible to watch without tearing up just a little bit. ” - TheGodFella
 
41.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ A more than worthy sequel to Francis Ford Coppola's epic, with the typical great performances, cinematography, and compelling dialogue, Part II earns its reputation as one of the all-time great second installments. ” - TheGodFella
 
42.
Up (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
“ The most beautiful animated film I've seen thus far, Pixar takes us on a journey that is hilarious, fun, exciting, sad, happy, and in the end, so emotionally satisfying, that it leaves an impression that few animated film have achieved with me. ” - TheGodFella
 
43.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ A film that's very strange, yet becomes more and more intriguing as it progresses. A powerful lead character and performance that leads up to an ending you wouldn't expect. ” - TheGodFella
 
44.
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ Witty, dazzling, creative, and engaging, Michel Hazanavicius brings to life a compelling story using minimal dialogue, (which is seen, but not heard) a fantastic score, and great performances. One of the most original and engaging films I've seen in years. ” - TheGodFella
 
45.
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ One of the most underrated movies of all time and definitely one of the scariest I've ever seen, The Mist is another master work from Frank Darabont that also offers a great ensemble of characters, which is outstandingly acted at that. ” - TheGodFella
 
46.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ David Fincher's breakthrough hit has a brilliant mystery that constantly shakes the audience, and provokes thought in terms of human nature and morality. Heavily supported by fantastic performances. ” - TheGodFella
 
47.
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.)
“ Clever, uplifting, and stylized by Danny Boyle's unique vision, this film is a new kind of fairy tale that is exciting, entertaining, and emotionally resonant. ” - TheGodFella
 
48.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Blazingly original sci-fi, James Cameron creates an experience that is exciting, haunting, and powerful. Launching an even bigger story with Terminator 2, this is the film that got the franchise the thrilling kick-start that it needed. ” - TheGodFella
 
49.
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ One of the best horror films I've ever seen, not because of its fright factor (though it is very frightening, indeed) but its heart, characters, and sense of mystery and dread. This is more than just a scary movie, its an amazing work of art. ” - TheGodFella
 
50.
Gravity (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ Stunningly intense, with a great character arc, and gorgeous visuals, Alfonso Cuaron creates a more-than-worthy 3D experience. ” - TheGodFella