Top 300 Greatest Films of All Time IMOby bschultz_the_pally | created - 24 Aug 2012 | updated - 01 Sep 2012 | Public
This is my list of 300 films I consider to be the greatest based on my personal opinion. Some are there just because I enjoyed the hell out of them (ex: Terminator 2), and others are there because I even though I didn't enjoy them much, I truly appreciated the film's artistic ability (ex: The Seventh Seal). Film is an art, but above all, it is entertainment. All of the movies below I have either have given an 8 (#104-300),9 (#25-103), or 10 (#1-24). Enjoy the list!
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1. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 825,798 | Gross: $46.84M
Why I gave it a 10: Unlike "The Godfather", Goodfellas doesn't tell a story about a family; it glamorizes the lifestyle of a twisted family and almost makes us want to be part of it. And the film is so accurate to what happened in real life, that it's practically like watching the real thing. But the reality of the horrors they committed comes back to bite them, and at the end, you miss it as much as the characters do. There is no other film like Goodfellas.
Favorite moment: The scene with Billy Batts
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 489,330 | Gross: $56.95M
Why I gave it a 10: Never have I seen a film so mesmerizing in my life. The movie crawls at a snail's pace, but there is never a dull moment. It's filled with images of space and technology presented in such a way that you can't take your eyes off the screen. And of course, HAL is one of the greatest movie villains to ever grace the screen. When it was over, I couldn't believe how perfect the movie was.
Favorite Moment: Daisy
3. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Emotionally self-destructive boxer, Jake La Motta's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Votes: 263,488 | Gross: $23.38M
Why I gave it a 10: Martin Scorsese's most personal piece struck a chord in me and has stuck ever since. It's a cold and brutal portrayal of a cold and brutal man, but everything in the movie is captivating, every performance is top-notch, and the editing of the movie is still awesome. Very few films pack a punch as hard as Raging Bull.
Favorite moment: While I enjoy the preceding scene and the seconds that follow it, my favorite moment is the shot where Jake casually walks into his brother's home to beat the crap out of him. Just an amazing shot.
4. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,310,504 | Gross: $134.97M
Why I gave it a 10: From the memorable quotes to the memorable characters to the iconic scenes, it's no mystery why The Godfather is hailed as one of the best, if not the best. So many fine performances for each cast member, and Coppola never sacrifices anything for the sake of time. The Godfather is long, but it tells a full story about the Mafia, and how one young man gets swept into its jaws.
Favorite moment: The murder and baptism scene of course.
5. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
Votes: 595,383 | Gross: $7.56M
Why I gave it a 10: If you combine the vibe of Goodfellas and the set pieces of Slumdog Millionaire, you have something that closely resembles City of God. It's a modern day masterpiece and the best foreign movie I have ever seen. It's unique editing style and excellent cinematography only enhance the memorable scenes and witty dialogue, and you realize that it's a rarity to experience a film this good nowadays.
Favorite moment (SPOILERS): The shot where Lil Ze is murdered by the Runts and is lying in an alley, dead. Just goes to show that no matter how powerful he seemed, he could be defeated, even by a bunch of little kids.
6. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 986,868 | Gross: $96.07M
Why I gave it a 10: It's a flawless movie with flawless acting and a flawless screenplay. It's cinematography is excellent, and Spielberg never preaches to the audience why the Holocaust was horrible; he just simply and coldly shows us why, and perhaps that is why the movie is so disturbing and emotionally shattering.
Favorite moment: The most well-made scene is probably where Amon practices Schindler's philosophy to not kill; the end of that scene, with Izhtak Stern's expression and the shot of the body beside him, is truly horrifying.
7. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
R | 169 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 1,009,333 | Gross: $216.54M
Why I gave it a 10: I like war movies, but I usually do not enjoy them on this level. Saving Private Ryan is not an artistic movie, but it's a very dramatic war movie book ended by two of the best battle scenes in movie history. All of the characters have distinct personalities and it's easy to follow them and identify with them.
Favorite moment: The moment where the American throws his helmet at the German soldier. Cracks me up every time. But everything else in the movie is awesome as well.
8. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
R | 202 min | Crime, Drama
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
Votes: 904,720 | Gross: $57.30M
Why I gave it a 10: It's possible that this movie is just as good as it's predecessor, even if it is not as iconic. The same themes are maintained, the characters are once again incredible, and it's amazing how nearly the entire story is original whereas The Godfather was based on a book. The finest sequel ever made, easily.
Favorite moment: It's a toss-up between the meaningful final shot, and the New Year's scene. "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart."
9. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 988,351 | Gross: $132.38M
Why I gave it a 10: I know it's not perfect- there are plenty of editing mistakes or just odd editing choices, the pacing is kind of all over the place, and the profanity is excessive, even for Scorsese. But damn did I enjoy this movie. Every actor here is in top form, and it felt good to see a recent movie that you could tell was Scorsese. By the time the movie was over, I was blown away, and that doesn't happen too much when I watch a movie.
Favorite moment: The elevator scene. Enough said.
10. The Usual Suspects (1995)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
Votes: 836,180 | Gross: $23.34M
Why I gave it a 10: It's a complicated movie, sure, but it probably has the tightest script ever for a film, and this movie should be studied by anyone interested in pursuing film. It has good editing, excellent performances, and probably the best twist ending I've ever seen to a movie. It's a movie that demands multiple viewings.
Favorite moment: "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he never existed. And just like that...he's gone."
11. American Beauty (1999)
R | 122 min | Drama
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
Votes: 923,177 | Gross: $130.10M
Why I gave it a 10: It's the perfect melodrama about suburbia, with great comedic timing, characters rich in development, and amazing acting. The one who steals the show though is Kevin Spacey, who gives one of the finest performances ever. There are so many memorable scenes, including the amazing, dramatic final sequence, and it's awesome to see how everything comes together in the end.
Favorite moment: It has to be the most genuine moment in the film for me, and knowing what comes after only adds more weight to the film; the moment is when Kevin Spacey asks "How's Jane?"- I was floored by how you could see the longing to know how his daughter was since they drifted apart. "She's okay," her friend answers, "She thinks she's in love." Kevin Spacey tearfully smiles. "Good for her." Amazing.
12. Se7en (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Votes: 1,168,771 | Gross: $100.13M
Why I gave it a 10: In the beginning, the movie doesn't try to show off its true colors, or foreshadow the phenomenal twists and turns to come; in fact, during the first hour, it appears to just be an ordinary but solid cop/serial killer film. But by the end, you realize it is so much more than that. Solid performances from Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, and of course, from the one and only Kevin Spacey. Great, great movie.
Favorite moment: The entire car ride that precedes the final scene. Excellent acting and dialogue, and it truly builds up to the shocking end.
13. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Votes: 270,604 | Gross: $7.22M
Why I gave it a 10: It started off as an 8, then a 9, and 10. But with time, I realized how masterfully the film was made, and I hardly remember watching a movie as interesting as this one. It's a strange film, but a damn good one.
Favorite moment: It's hard to pick one outstanding scene, but maybe that scene in the diner where the man discusses his dream, and when they go to find out if the dream is real. A weird but creepy scene that perfectly describes the tone of Mulholland Dr.
14. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Votes: 1,889,586 | Gross: $534.86M
Why I gave it a 10: It was the first time I ever sat in the movie theater and realized I was watching something amazing. Give it some time folks, but The Dark Knight will be hailed as one of the classics of the time we're living in now. So many memorable scenes and well-written dialogue, and Two-Face's scenes feel like something straight out of a gangster movie to me, but of course the star of the show is the Joker. It is a Batman movie, yes, but there is a certain poetic justice to it, and in many moments it feels so epic. The best superhero film ever made.
Favorite moment: The interrogation scene. "You have nothing to threaten me with...nothing to do with all your strength!"
15. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,498,138 | Gross: $107.93M
Why I gave it a 10: It's a black comedy wrapped up in a crime drama displayed with one of the most unconventional narrative structures in film history; that's why Pulp Fiction is so fun. It has funny dialogue and scenes, startling scenes that could only from a gangster movie, and it's all presented in such a way that you want to see it again, and piecing it all together is a joy the viewer gets to experience every time while watching it. Pulp Fiction is Tarantino's magnum opus.
Favorite moment: The entire final scene. It's the most dramatic of the movie, punctuated by some of the film's best comedic moments,
16. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 527,557 | Gross: $37.63M
Why I gave it a 10: It's a wonder this movie wasn't made a long time ago, but I can easily say that it easily feels like a modern day Wizard of Oz. It has a wondrous fantasy story with lush cinematography set against the backdrop of war that provides for both awesome fantasy scenes as well as war scenes. It's movie magic at it's best.
Favorite moment: "Tell my son, what time his father-" "No. He won't even know your name."
17. Eraserhead (1977)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Votes: 81,955 | Gross: $7.00M
Why I gave it a 10: This grew on me faster than Mulholland Dr. did, but it did take me a little bit to realize how awesome this movie is. There isn't a whole lot of dialogue, and the black and white makes it all the more chilling, but it has some very memorable scenes, and you would think that hearing a baby cry most of the movie would annoy you, but it's so significant to the plot. The end raises more questions than it answers, but I guess I like the fact that so many deep interpretations can be taken away from the entire film.
Favorite moment (SPOILERS): The scene where he kills the baby- absolutely disgusted me, but such an iconic moment in the film.
18. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 652,103 | Gross: $0.19M
Why I gave it a 10: Donnie Darko is probably the most re-watchable movie I have ever seen. It's a weird, sci-fi/fantasy/horror/comedy/high school drama film, but it's so much fun to watch, and is surprisingly complex, even if it doesn't present itself that way. All the actors here do a great job, but there is none more memorable than the terrifying character that is Frank the Bunny.
Favorite moment: Donnie's final narrated speech, and all of the shots that are shown during it.
19. There Will Be Blood (2007)
R | 158 min | Drama
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Votes: 425,394 | Gross: $40.22M
Why I gave it a 10: Incredibly slow-moving, but like 2001, gives the viewer a lot to look at and appreciate, and it's unforgiving main character acted flawlessly by Daniel Day Lewis adds so much to the film. There are many outstanding scenes as well, but the last 2, each about 15 minutes long, bring the movie to a whole other level.
Favorite moment: "I am the third Revelation! I am the one the Lord has chosen!" A terrifying climax to a great movie.
20. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
Votes: 607,076 | Gross: $106.95M
Why I gave it a 10: Darren Aronofsky shows his most artistic side in Black Swan, a twisted fairy tale that could also be viewed as a nightmare of sorts. Natalie Portman gives the best performance in her career, starting off so shy and ending up so crazy. So entertaining, and so well made.
Favorite moment: "It's my turn! IT'S MY TURN!"
21. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.
Votes: 955,132 | Gross: $25.54M
Why I gave it a 10: Anytime you watch Memento is like watching it for the first time, and that's what makes it so great. It's one of the most fulfilling movie experiences, told in backwards chronological order, a daring and bold move. You get to experience things how Lenny experiences them, which it makes it so much easier to sympathize with him- and make the twist ending so much more surprising. It's a film everyone should see- twice.
Favorite moment: The final scene. It's got that poetic justice that Christopher Nolan loves to use to close out a movie.
22. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Votes: 1,535,603 | Gross: $37.03M
Why I gave it a 10: There is probably no greater film experience than watching Fight Club for the first time when your 15 years old. It's a masculine film that is hard to place categorically, but I remember I was floored by the movie, and so many of it's philosophies are true. Tyler Durden is perhaps the coolest movie character ever, and I wish I could be in a fight club. Rewatching it a few times has caused it to fall significantly over time on my list, but I know I'll never have as much fun watching a movie for the first time as I did when watching Fight Club.
Favorite moment: Anytime Brad Pitt is on screen. Can't just pick one moment.
23. American History X (1998)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama
A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.
Votes: 880,532 | Gross: $6.72M
Why I gave it a 10: It's one of the most compelling dramas I've ever seen, and it is made very well. Edward Norton delivers possibly the best performance of his career, and Edward Furlong is equally good as the younger brother. The entire cast brings a life to the film, even if that life is a twisted one. An excellent, excellent movie everyone should see.
Favorite Moment: The full curb stomp scene. It's brutal, but very well made and proves that you don't need to see the violence up close to feel it.
24. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 494,186 | Gross: $57.60M
Why I gave it a 10: Maybe it's not really a 10, but it's so flawless, I can't see myself giving it another rating. What starts off as a quirky romantic comedy (acted to perfection by Roberto Benigni) turns into a Holocaust drama, but the movie never forgets it's sense of humor, which Guido uses to protect his son from the horrors of the Holocaust. I heard Spielberg almost walked out on this one, but I think he missed the point. It's not a movie about the Holocaust and it's atrocities; it's about a man who protects his son from those atrocities with his sense of humor, and it's a love story, most of all. I think that's what makes it so great.
Favorite moment: Anytime I hear "Buongiorno, Principesa!", and the music that underscores it.
25. Titanic (1997)
PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Votes: 883,057 | Gross: $659.33M
Favorite Moment: Most of the time the ship is sinking is some of the finest filmmaking I've ever seen, but a personal favorite is the violin montage. It's such an emotionally shattering moment.
26. Fargo (1996)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 515,920 | Gross: $24.61M
Favorite moment: Too many to count, but my favorite is where the meaning of the movie comes into play: "There's more to life than a little bit of money, you know. Dont'cha know that?"
27. 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: 468,330 | Gross: $260.00M
Favorite moment: The shot of Brody when he sees the little boy being eaten. The camera work there is great, and the music underscores the horrifying realization that is written on Brody's face.
28. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 700,322 | Gross: $74.28M
Favorite moment: The scene in the gas station. Incredibly intense, and surprisingly a bit comedic.
29. Magnolia (1999)
R | 188 min | Drama
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Votes: 258,171 | Gross: $22.46M
Favorite moment: Probably the final shot of the movie; I was rooting for them the whole time.
30. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 483,912 | Gross: $32.00M
Favorite moment: When the shocking twist is revealed in the basement; I was totally caught off-guard.
31. Terminator 2 (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi
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: 835,234 | Gross: $204.84M
Favorite moment: That shot during the showdown between the Terminator and the T-1000, where the Terminator throws him up against the wall and he literally inverts his body to face the Terminator. Mind blown.
32. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
R | 133 min | Drama
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
Votes: 764,045 | Gross: $112.00M
Favorite moment: It's been awhile since I've seen this one, but the thing that stands out the most to me is the end of the movie.
PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.
Votes: 1,368,900 | Gross: $377.85M
Favorite moment: Similar to Titanic, it's got to be that montage shown during the singing. So epic.
34. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 1,020,584 | Gross: $120.54M
Favorite moment: "Say 'auf wiedersehen' to your Nazi balls!" That whole scene is amazing though.
35. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.
Votes: 1,285,050 | Gross: $448.14M
Favorite moment: So many good parts, but my singular favorite shot is during the Stock Exchange where Bane is forced to remove his helmet. The camera stays up close as Bane brutally but almost effortlessly takes down the guards, and the look in his eyes screams with intensity.
36. The Lion King (1994)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.
Votes: 748,314 | Gross: $312.90M
Favorite moment (SPOILERS): Though it's really depressing, the scene where Mufasa dies is so heart-wrenching. It is undoubtedly the best-made scene in the movie.
37. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 1,917,599 | Gross: $28.34M
Favorite moment (SPOILERS): The discovery of the tunnel.
38. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
Votes: 834,449 | Gross: $19.50M
Favorite moment: It's also been awhile since I've seen this one, but anytime Gary Oldman was on screen was scary.
39. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 504,038 | Gross: $83.47M
Favorite moment: When Martin Sheen emerges at the end; perfectly fits the surreal, almost feverish tone of the end of the film.
40. Trainspotting (1996)
R | 94 min | Drama
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Votes: 546,111 | Gross: $16.50M
Favorite moment: The toilet sequence.
41. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
R | 102 min | Drama
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.
Votes: 648,535 | Gross: $3.64M
Favorite moment: I love the entire end sequence; the editing is tremendous and it plays out like a horror film.
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke.
Votes: 963,630 | Gross: $290.48M
Favorite moment: In Bespin City, when the doors open and Darth Vader is seen standing there. I'll never forget that.
43. Airplane! (1980)
PG | 88 min | Comedy
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.
Votes: 178,301 | Gross: $83.40M
Favorite moment: While the entire landing sequence is easily the funniest part of the movie, I love the look on Stryker's face when the steering wheel starts flying all over the place.
44. District 9 (2009)
R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 576,462 | Gross: $115.65M
Favorite moment: The final shot; cannot wait for District 10.
45. Gran Torino (2008)
R | 116 min | Drama
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.
Votes: 625,101 | Gross: $148.10M
Favorite moment: The most badass Clint Eastwood moment in the movie (and that's saying something), has to be the shot where the Hmong gang teenager walks out his front door, and the camera pans to Walt sitting in his car, and he cocks the gun, with the sound of war drums playing in the background. You know right there, it's about to go down.
46. Persona (1966)
Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller
A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together.
Favorite moment: That moment when the two faces mold together into one; it's scary how well it works.
47. 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: 1,677,565 | Gross: $292.58M
Favorite moment: The final shot, which is probably my favorite closing shot in any film ever. It leaves the entire movie open for debate by teasing us, the music is so perfect here and displays Hans Zimmer's best work, and yet to Cobb, it means nothing. It doesn't even matter, and that's why the shot cuts off cliffhanger style. The perfect Chris Nolan ending.
48. Celda 211 (2009)
113 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.
Favorite moment (SPOILERS): When the main character stabs the guard out of vengeance. At that moment, you know there's no going back.
49. Casino (1995)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.
Votes: 378,225 | Gross: $42.44M
Favorite moment: When Joe Pesci gets his ass handed to him. In so many Scorsese movies, we see Frank Vincent get destroyed by Pesci, but this time it's the other way around, and in it's context it's very disturbing and kind of emotional to watch.
50. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,022,281 | Gross: $130.74M
Favorite moment: The editing sequence that reveals Clarice is not at the home we thought she was. So clever.
51. Shame (2011)
NC-17 | 101 min | Drama
A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.
Votes: 162,179 | Gross: $4.00M
Favorite moment: When Michael Fassbender cries; the scene is so mesmerizing, and you can see how this song reaches into his soul and you feel for him, despite the fact that he is not a good man.
52. The Machinist (2004)
R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller
An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.
Votes: 311,498 | Gross: $1.08M
Favorite moment: "I'd like to report a hit and run", after he deliberately steps onto the street to get hit. Just goes to show how nuts he really is.
53. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
Votes: 333,598 | Gross: $1.59M
Favorite moment: The scene with the mirrors, definitely.
54. Gangs of New York (2002)
R | 167 min | Crime, Drama
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.
Votes: 348,696 | Gross: $77.81M
Favorite moment: It's been awhile since I've seen this one, so I'm going to go with anytime Bill the Butcher was on screen. One of the greatest movie villains ever.
55. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.
Votes: 743,429 | Gross: $248.16M
Favorite moment: When that guy's face literally melts; this is why practical effects work so much better than CGI.
56. 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: 974,061 | Gross: $53.09M
Favorite moment: When the magic trick goes horribly wrong; what an intense scene, and it sets the stage for how much more horrifying things will become.
57. The Tree of Life (2011)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 148,983 | Gross: $13.30M
Favorite moment: The scene where the boy defies his father at the table, and the look on his father's face. Excellent acting from Brad Pitt.
58. Melancholia (2011)
R | 135 min | Drama
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
Votes: 143,351 | Gross: $3.03M
Favorite moment: Any shots that show Melancholia in the sky; you feel like you're there watching the planet coming exactly the way it would. The best cinematography in any Lars Von Trier film.
59. 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: 670,553 | Gross: $30.33M
Favorite moment: I love the entire opening scene, but that first shot with the surveillance cameras must have been a tricky one, and it's so awesome to watch.
60. The Graduate (1967)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.
Votes: 226,699 | Gross: $104.95M
Favorite moment: "Ben, this whole idea sounds pretty half-baked." "Oh it's not, it's completely baked." Hilarious. Damn good movie.
61. Gone with the Wind (1939)
G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 242,052 | Gross: $198.68M
Favorite moment: "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." About time Rhett.
62. Hard Candy (2005)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a pedophile.
Votes: 141,161 | Gross: $1.01M
Favorite moment: The scene when Jeff wakes up. This is when you realize that the movie is not going to play out as expected.
63. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.
Votes: 579,910 | Gross: $28.26M
Favorite moment: It's hard to pick just one, but I guess I would go with the scene with the candidate (mayor?) in the taxi cab. Perfectly showcases the twisted man that is Travis Bickle.
64. Sin City (2005)
R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
Votes: 696,128 | Gross: $74.10M
Favorite moment: The second time you hear, "An old man dies. A young girl lives. Fair trade."
65. Let the Right One In (2008)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
Votes: 186,589 | Gross: $2.12M
Favorite moment (SPOILERS): When despite everything, Oskar still chooses to be with Eli. One of the purest love stories ever.
66. Boys Don't Cry (1999)
R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.
Votes: 83,311 | Gross: $11.53M
Favorite moment (SPOILERS): The moment Brandon comes home, and they know his secret. You know what's coming can't be good.
67. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.
Votes: 122,428 | Gross: $17.84M
Favorite moment: Pretty much any scene between Emily Watson and Adam Sandler; usually funny, very odd, and strangely intense.
68. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.
Votes: 1,104,017 | Gross: $206.85M
Favorite moment: "I won't kill you...but I don't have to save you."
69. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,035,882 | Gross: $322.74M
Favorite moment: When Darth Vader force chokes the Imperial captain; you don't mess with Darth Vader.
70. The Lives of Others (2006)
R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Votes: 294,333 | Gross: $11.29M
Favorite moment: Been awhile since I've seen it, but probably the scene where he meets with the girl he's been wire-tapping.
71. The Exorcist (1973)
R | 122 min | Horror
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Votes: 310,557 | Gross: $232.91M
Favorite moment: Probably when the mother goes to the exorcist to get help. There is true despair shown here, and it's so subtle. Ellen Burstyn is a phenomenal actress.
72. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,377,617 | Gross: $171.48M
Favorite moment: Surprisingly, the moments following the bullet-dodging scene. "Dodge this" was quite badass.
73. Alien (1979)
R | 116 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: 653,074 | Gross: $78.90M
Favorite moment: The famous chest-bursting scene; it really is the best scene in the movie.
74. Changeling (2008)
R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.
Votes: 213,279 | Gross: $35.74M
Favorite moment: It's a tie on two of them for me; the first is when Angelina Jolie is overwhelmed with joy; you feel so happy for her. The second would be the line "I miss my mom." That one tore my heart right out. Damn you child.
75. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Votes: 313,791 | Gross: $435.11M
Favorite moment: The final scene; one of Spielberg's finest moments.
76. 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: 87,227 | Gross: $4.18M
Favorite moment: The Last Song.
77. Toy Story 3 (2010)
G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.
Votes: 621,368 | Gross: $415.00M
Favorite moment (SPOILERS): Considering I grew up with Toy Story, watching the scene where he is giving them away to Bonnie brought back so many good memories from childhood about the film. This is how you make a kids movie.
78. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Votes: 320,596 | Gross: $7.27M
Favorite moment(SPOILERS): Pretty much the entire sequence where has never been born; despite all the depressing things he's been through, it is joyous when he wants to live. It's Jimmy Stewart at his best.
79. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 843,676 | Gross: $210.61M
Favorite moment: "Why don't you make like a tree and get out of here?"
80. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.
Votes: 204,269 | Gross: $50.00M
Favorite moment: Al Pacino's spastic struggle to draw the gun in the beginning; perfectly sets the tone for how this bank robbery is going to go.
81. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Votes: 90,219 | Gross: $5.01M
Favorite moment: There's a certain scene, where everything is falling apart, and you can see the craziness in Humphrey Bogart's eyes. So well done.
82. Finding Nemo (2003)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.
Votes: 794,340 | Gross: $380.84M
Favorite moment: There are so many awesome moments in the movie, but I really like Marlin's last line; it sounds so genuine, the music underscores it perfectly, and it really just makes the movie for me.
83. 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: 889,018 | Gross: $70.51M
Favorite moment: The speech where almost every word begins with V. If you've seen it, you know why.
84. Misery (1990)
R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.
Votes: 151,744 | Gross: $61.28M
Favorite moment: "EAT IT TIL YA CHOKE, YOU SICK, TWISTED F-CK!"
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,388,692 | Gross: $315.54M
Favorite moment: The scene with the Dark Rider looking for the Hobbits, and they are hiding right beneath him. It was shot so well.
86. The Truman Show (1998)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.
Votes: 764,460 | Gross: $125.62M
Favorite moment: Cristof's speech to Truman; everything we've felt about the movie is put on the table right here, and it's such a defining moment in the film, as it leads up to Truman's monumental decision.
87. Being John Malkovich (1999)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
Votes: 274,991 | Gross: $22.86M
Favorite moment: "Malkovich? Malkovich! Malkovich. Malkovich..."
88. Breaking the Waves (1996)
R | 159 min | Drama
Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.
Votes: 53,492 | Gross: $4.04M
Favorite moment: Anytime Bess was praying; Emily Watson shows off just how awesome of an actress she can be.
89. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 414,396 | Gross: $0.71M
Favorite moment: The twist near the end; sure, it's all over some silly melodrama, but this movie is definitely to be taken seriously.
90. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History
Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
Votes: 292,916 | Gross: $23.47M
Favorite moment: When Don Cheadle grabs the shower head. "What are you going to do with this?" I was caught off guard by the awesome comedic timing here, since it's such a serious film. Good stuff.
91. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 785,417 | Gross: $293.51M
Favorite moment: It's a tie between seeing the videotape (what a shocking and disturbing scene), and the scene with Cole and his mother in the car toward the end. Fantastic dramatic acting from Haley Joel Osment and Toni Collette.
92. The Town (2010)
R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I. Agent looking to bring him and his crew down.
Votes: 305,113 | Gross: $92.19M
Favorite moment: When Doug storms Fergie's flower shop; the two most badass moments in the movie are back to back in the span of a minute.
93. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 116 min | Drama, War
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Votes: 554,327 | Gross: $46.36M
Favorite moment: Probably the scene in the bathroom; like 2001, Kubrick manages to mesmerize the viewer with the extremely lengthy shots, the lighting, the music, the dialogue, and the acting. It's an extremely dark scene, but the best one in the movie.
94. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.
Votes: 1,239,173 | Gross: $342.55M
Favorite moment: Definitely a toss-up between the Gollum/Smiggles conversation as they sleep, and the trees just kicking butt in battle.
95. Shutter Island (2010)
R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
Votes: 913,397 | Gross: $128.01M
Favorite moment: Probably when Teddy makes his way to the bottom of the asylum; amazingly suspenseful scene.
96. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.
Votes: 424,518 | Gross: $1.23M
Favorite moment: The replaying cutscene with the man running toward the castle. Cracks me up every time.
97. Platoon (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, War
A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Votes: 325,364 | Gross: $138.53M
Favorite moment (SPOILERS): The defining moment when Charlie Sheen decides to shoot Tom Berenger. That jackass had it coming.
98. WALL·E (2008)
G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Votes: 825,055 | Gross: $223.81M
Favorite moment: The 'dancing' scene in space. Very artistic, and also pretty funny.
99. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.
Votes: 436,039 | Gross: $1.02M
Favorite moment: "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world...she walks into mine." Classic.
100. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
R | 140 min | Action, Drama, War
When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.
Votes: 34,236 | Gross: $1.11M
Favorite moment: Pretty much any battle scene; as a matter of fact, this is the only war movie I've ever seen with battle scenes that come close to the ones in Saving Private Ryan.