The best movies ever.

Art is subjective! I get that someone might like any of the LOTR over some of these. It is just my opinion.
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1.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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. (195 mins.)
“ #1 is hard for me...I felt this movie was more socially important than these other masterpieces. ” - Dolemite78
 
2.
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
“ Scorsese's finest moment...and that's saying something! ” - Dolemite78
 
3.
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
“ Best war movie ever! They just don't make them like this anymore. FFC was never the same after this one! ” - Dolemite78
 
4.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Best gangster movie ever. Forget the Godfathers (1 and 2 are amazing...no doubt, 3... snooze), Scarface (Hip-Hop culture made this one overrated, not even De Palma's best film) or anything else. Why this one tops the Godfathers is that it was a TRUE story, with Scorsese at the top of his game. ” - Dolemite78
 
5.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ As pretentious as it may be, always remind yourself that this came out in 1968! Long before Star Wars or CGI or anything like it. Kubrick really made a piece of art instead of a "film". ” - Dolemite78
 
6.
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.)
“ Yep, I thought it was better than the first! Could be argued either way, I just enjoyed this one more. ” - Dolemite78
 
7.
Chinatown (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Best script ever...You actually feel disgusting after watching this one. ” - Dolemite78
 
8.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ Say what you want...for better for worse it changed the way movies were made. ” - Dolemite78
 
9.
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.)
“ Would not be "right" to not put it in my top 10. ” - Dolemite78
 
10.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ The epic of all epic's....May be forgotten about by the next gen of film watchers, which will be sad! ” - Dolemite78
 
11.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ No western, before or since, has reached enough style and charisma as this one. Ended the "John Wayne" type western movie, which everyone should be thankful for and helped usher in a new approach to filmaking in Hollywood. ” - Dolemite78
 
12.
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ You cannot have the chicken before the egg right? I did find this movie to be a bore, but if it was not made all the other "great" movies would of been a lot different. ” - Dolemite78
 
13.
Rashomon (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Best foreign film ever. Disgusting the way movies rip off foreign classics. Battle Royale > Hunger Games.....I could go on and yes, I'm well aware of Yojimbo > For a Few Dollars More. ” - Dolemite78
 
14.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Ever question the intelligence of your government before this one? High water mark for dark comedies...if you can find humor in nuclear warfare! ” - Dolemite78
 
15.
Taxi Driver (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Wow...this movie was so disturbingly realistic in a man decent into madness that it actually inspired a crazy man to try to do the same in real life. DeNiro is amazing and a drugged out Scorsese pushing the limits with this one. ” - Dolemite78
 
16.
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.)
“ The academy lost ALL credibility with me over best picture nod on this one. Finally someone did justice to this war on film and what that generation sacrificed for the world. ” - Dolemite78
 
17.
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.)
“ This movie might get dated over time...but if it was never made we would have nothing but Bay, explosion = FART movies right now (some say we are already at that moment). Made studios invest in talented directors in the 90's (Fincher, PTA, etc...). 8 out of ten times I would take Dogs or Basterds to watch in my free time, but it changed the landscape of filmaking in the 90's. ” - Dolemite78
 
18.
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.)
“ Hitch made many fantastic films...but this one was the most groundbreaking. Film nerds would say Vertigo or Notorious, but I will take this one over those. ” - Dolemite78
 
19.
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
“ Only a filmaker as skilled as Kubrick could turn this violent story into a work of film art. Stunning that he was even allowed to make this story into a film in the first place. Even more stunning is the reaction you have after watching it! ” - Dolemite78
 
20.
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
“ Quick, turn on VH1, MTV, or E! and tell me this movie isn't spot on (30 years before the fact) about the television industry. The romance subplot is the only flaw in this otherwise, to smart for it's own good movie. ” - Dolemite78
 
21.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Countless watered down reruns on cable (no point in watching this extreme R rated thiller on tv anyway) may hurt this movie. Standing on it's own merits though, its one of the finest movies, top to bottom. ” - Dolemite78
 
22.
Seven Samurai (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Kurosawa's masterpiece in many's opinion. It just might be, I like Rashomon a little more but this 3 hour plus film is fantastic and influentual. ” - Dolemite78
 
23.
City Lights (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ The high water mark for the silent era! One of the most moving endings on film ever. ” - Dolemite78
 
24.
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
“ Coen's Bro's masterpiece (Old Country was good...). Fantastic story and well done all-around! ” - Dolemite78
 
25.
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.)
“ One of the best crime movies ever...It looks like QT made this movie for 5 bucks and the actors just volunteered...in a good way! Roth and Keitel both deserved Oscar noms for this. ” - Dolemite78
 
26.
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.)
“ Day-Lewis performance is right up there with anything Brando, Pacino, or DeNiro have ever done. This tale of greed has never been told in such a creepy way (the score of this film echo's that)! ” - Dolemite78
 
27.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Ridley Scott may have done better work with Blade Runner, but this movie stands higher with me and is one of the best Sci-Fi thillers ever! ” - Dolemite78
 
28.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Fantastic film...asks a great moral question of service to your country over oneself. ” - Dolemite78
 
29.
On the Waterfront (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Brando's finest moment on screen...almost cliched but served as an inspiration to many great directors today! ” - Dolemite78
 
30.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Best WTF ending ever maybe! A real treat the first time you watch it. Only flaw is the lackluster talent (you know the ones!) of a few actors in an otherwise perfect script! ” - Dolemite78
 
31.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ The funny thing about this one is that it has aged light years better than Platoon! You may not like everything about it but you will never forget it. ” - Dolemite78
 
32.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ Classic Hitchcock here...Cary Grant mistaken as an agent has so many classic psychological themes to it! ” - Dolemite78
 
33.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. (115 mins.)
“ Amazing adventure film...the last sequel may have tarnished this otherwise fantastic movie. ” - Dolemite78
 
34.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ It's really better than Star Wars as far as a movie goes...just not as groundbreaking. Other directors should of done the prequels too! ” - Dolemite78
 
35.
Heat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist. (170 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ One of the best cops and robbers stories in cinema history! The last "great" movie either Pacino or DeNiro have done in my opinion. ” - Dolemite78