Lucian's Top 10 Movies By Yearby aquascape | created - 16 Jun 2012 | updated - 6 months ago | Public
Hello, fellow movie fans!
This list contains my 10 favourite movies from each year and another 10 follow-ups that didn't quite make the top.
*List does not contain animated feature films
Check out my other lists:
- http://www.imdb.com/list/-FFioYMbvhU/The Movie Buff List
- http://www.imdb.com/list/_klZ1JFkXsM/Science-Fiction Films
- http://www.imdb.com/list/F9uJ4ifzrk8/Favourite Directors by Average Rating
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1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Political involvement in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.
Votes: 471,819 | Gross: $408.08M
2. Rogue One
4. The Jungle Book
6. Train to Busan
7. Doctor Strange
8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
9. X-Men: Apocalypse
10. The Wailing
Special mentions (unranked): Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice The Nice Guys The Accountant Sully Snowden Don't Breathe Arrival Lights Out Star Trek Beyond Money Monster
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn and the scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker.
Votes: 727,403 | Gross: $936.66M
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. The Martian
5. The Revenant
6. Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
7. Bridge of Spies
9. Avengers: Age of Ultron
10. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Special mentions (unranked): Straight Outta Compton Beasts of No Nation The Lobster The Big Short Bone Tomahawk Eye in the Sky Ex Machina The Gift He Never Died The Hateful Eight
3. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.
Votes: 817,878 | Gross: $333.18M
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
6. Gone Girl
7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
9. Kingsman: The Secret Service
Special mentions (unranked): Predestination Godzilla Whiplash Fury Foxcatcher The Maze Runner The Theory of Everything The Imitation Game The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Edge of Tomorrow
4. Gravity (2013)
PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them stranded in space.
Votes: 655,616 | Gross: $274.09M
2. Pacific Rim
4. Man of Steel
5. Now You See Me
6. Dallas Buyers Club
7. Captain Phillips
8. Star Trek Into Darkness
10. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Special mentions (unranked): Iron Man 3 Snowpiercer Saving Mr. Banks Her The Secret Life of Walter Mitty August: Osage County American Hustle 12 Years a Slave The Great Gatsby Oblivion
5. The Avengers (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.
Votes: 1,086,539 | Gross: $623.36M
3. Cloud Atlas
4. The Dark Knight Rises
5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
7. Life of Pi
8. Django Unchained
10. Les Miserables
Special mentions (unranked): The Expendables 2 The Master Flight Dredd Silver Linings Playbook Skyfall Zero Dark Thirty Kon-Tiki Lincoln The Impossible
6. Moneyball (2011)
PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.
Votes: 307,820 | Gross: $75.61M
Reason: A so-so year for movies, yet out of all those below I chose Moneyball as my top movie for 2011. It's not a usual sports movie, yes it starts as an underdog like many other and ends up champion, but using brain, statistics and math rather than the talent of a one-man-show. Time will tell if Moneyball were remain no.1.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 3. Rise of the Planet of the Apes 4. X-Men: First Class 5. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 6. A Separation 7. Midnight in Paris 8. Take Shelter 9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 10. Hugo
Special mentions (unranked): The Artist The Intouchables The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Drive We Need to Talk About Kevin Source Code The Help The Tree of Life Thor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
7. 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: 1,676,820 | Gross: $292.58M
Reason: No doubt the most original film of that year, Inception was Christopher Nolan's next project after the acclaimed The Dark Knight. Shutter Island would be a close second, but after seeing Inception the second time (a year before my first watch) it remained my number one choice.
2. Shutter Island 3. The King's Speech 4. True Grit 5. 127 Hours 6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 7. Black Swan 8. I Saw the Devil 9. The Man from Nowhere 10. The Fighter
Special mentions (unranked): Buried The Book of Eli TRON: Legacy In a Better World The Expendables The Town Kick-Ass Robin Hood Scott Pilgrim vs. the World The Social Network
8. Avatar (2009)
PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
Votes: 975,364 | Gross: $760.51M
Reason: Maybe the script was imperfect and not that original, but I have to give credit where credit is due and that's to James Cameron's groundbreaking technology, which was used heavily in the years to follow.
2. Inglourious Basterds 3. Star Trek 4. District 9 5. Sherlock Holmes 6. Zombieland 7. The Secret in Their Eyes 8. Moon 9. The Road 10. The Hangover
Special mentions (unranked): The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus A Prophet State of Play Mother The Damned United Invictus Watchmen Knowing Exam In the Loop
9. 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: 1,888,771 | Gross: $534.86M
Reason: Probably the best superhero movie, both critically and commercially successful, "The Dark Knight" ignited the superhero genre.
2. Iron Man 3. Slumdog Millionaire 4. Tropic Thunder 5. Cloverfield 6. The Chaser 7. Gran Torino 8. Hellboy II: The Golden Army 9. Ip Man 10. Red Cliff
Special mentions (unranked): The Good, the Bad, the Weird Doubt Departures Synecdoche, New York Defiance Milk Revolutionary Road Changeling Frost/Nixon The Hurt Locker
10. Zodiac (2007)
R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.
Votes: 355,790 | Gross: $33.08M
Reason: One of the most fascinating mystery films of the past decade is "Zodiac", based on a notorious serial killer. The production of the film is interesting, Fincher and his crew spending more than an year conducting their own investigations on the case, getting closer to solving the riddle, but ultimately creating more questions.
2. No Country for Old Men 3. Hot Fuzz 4. I Am Legend 5. 3:10 to Yuma 6. American Gangster 7. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 8. The Orphanage 9. Stardust 10. Into the Wild
Special mentions (unranked): Sunshine Eastern Promises The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Timecrimes The Counterfeiters There Will Be Blood Lars and the Real Girl The Mist La vie en rose
11. 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: 987,960 | Gross: $132.38M
Reason: A rare case when a remake tops the original, with Scorsese's excellent handling and outstanding cast. "Infernal Affairs" is great too, but "The Departed" is better in my opinion.
2. The Prestige 3. Pan's Labyrinth 4. Children of Men 5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 6. Blood Diamond 7. Letters from Iwo Jima 8. The Fountain 9. The Painted Veil 10. The Lives of Others
Special mentions (unranked): Stranger Than Fiction Rescue Dawn Inside Man The Host The Illusionist Apocalypto Tell No One This Is England The Queen Casino Royale
12. Cinderella Man (2005)
PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.
Votes: 159,407 | Gross: $61.65M
Reason: Another great outcome from the Howard-Crowe pair, "Cinderella Man" is a well-told underdog story that combines drama, romance and sport in a beautiful manner.
2. Batman Begins 3. King Kong 4. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 5. Walk the Line 6. V for Vendetta 7. Lady Vengeance 8. Capote 9. Munich 10. Kingdom of Heaven
Special mentions (unranked): War of the Worlds The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy A History of Violence The Brothers Grimm The Island Thank You for Smoking A Bittersweet Life Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Constantine The Proposition
13. 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: 292,810 | Gross: $23.47M
Reason: One of the best movies from the last ten years, in my opinion. I believe this film will move everybody, a perfect balance of drama and heart accompanied by a pleasant soundtrack.
2. Downfall 3. The Machinist 4. Crash 5. Spider-Man 2 6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 7. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 8. Dawn of the Dead 9. Kung Fu Hustle 10. Ray
Special mentions (unranked): Saw Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Million Dollar Baby The Merchant of Venice The Butterfly Effect A Very Long Engagement Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Shaun of the Dead Collateral The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.
Votes: 903,650 | Gross: $305.41M
Reason: A modern swashbuckler that makes the kid in you want to become a pirate and together with an insanely funny Johnny Depp molds itself into a unforgettable crowd-pleaser.
There were some really terrific movies in 2003, entertaiment-wise, and that makes it one of the best years of that decade in my book.
2. *The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 3. Big Fish 4. Memories of Murder 5. X2 6. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 7. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 8. The Last Samurai 9. Lost in Translation 10. House of Sand and Fog
Special mentions (unranked): Bruce Almighty Cold Mountain Monster A Tale of Two Sisters Identity The Matrix Reloaded Oldboy The Motorcycle Diaries Mystic River The Return
15. The Pianist (2002)
R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Votes: 577,232 | Gross: $32.57M
Reason: Polanski sure knew what he was doing when he made The Pianist. It's one of those movies that puts you in the main characters point of view and you're able to witness the struggles he has been through.
2. *The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 3. Gangs of New York 4. City of God 5. Spider-Man 6. Signs 7. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance 8. Infernal Affairs 9. 28 Days Later... 10. Minority Report
Special mentions (unranked): The Bourne Identity Adaptation. Hero Phone Booth Road to Perdition Blade II The Ring The Hours 25th Hour Insomnia
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: 1,388,148 | Gross: $315.54M
Reason: As a kid I used to play a lot of fantasy-type games and it's no surprise that Lord of the Rings captured me from the very beginning. If I were to choose one movie(/trilogy) to take with be on a deserted island I would the The Lord of the Rings hands down, even though I've been re-watching it every year since '05 and probably know it by heart.
*The next two movies would normally be on the number one spot for 2002, 2003, but I chose not to include the whole trilogy this time.
2. A Beautiful Mind 3. A.I. Artificial Intelligence 4. Black Hawk Down 5. The Others 6. Amelie 7. Mulholland Dr. 8. Shaolin Soccer 9. Donnie Darko 10. A Knight's Tale
Special mentions (unranked): Das Experiment No Man's Land Training Day The Devil's Backbone Lantana Ali Ocean's Eleven Rush Hour 2 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Gosford Park
17. Gladiator (2000)
R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
When a Roman General is betrayed, and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
Votes: 1,110,602 | Gross: $187.71M
Reason: Ridley Scott revived the historical epic genre with Gladiator featuring a Russell Crowe who means business and a very devious Joaquin Phoenix.
2. Cast Away 3. O Brother, Where Art Thou? 4. X-Men 5. Snatch. 6. Memento 7. Unbreakable 8. Amores Perros 9. Requiem for a Dream 10. In the Mood for Love
Special mentions (unranked): The Patriot Chocolat The Cell Traffic Battle Royale Shadow of the Vampire Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon High Fidelity American Psycho The Beach
18. 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: 1,377,022 | Gross: $171.48M
Reason: The Matrix was the perfect film to start a franchise, with an original script and technically superb action sequences, unfortunately the other two movies weren't at the same height as the first one.
2. Sleepy Hollow 3. The Green Mile 4. Fight Club 5. American Beauty 6. Magnolia 7. The Sixth Sense 8. Galaxy Quest 9. Being John Malkovich 10. eXistenZ
Special mentions (unranked): Man on the Moon The Hurricane The Talented Mr. Ripley Three Kings The Boondock Saints The Cider House Rules Dogma Office Space The 13th Warrior The Insider
19. 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: 1,008,884 | Gross: $216.54M
Reason: My all time favourite war film, it just took me by the hand and left me in the middle of the war.
2. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 3. The Big Lebowski 4. American History X 5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 6. The Truman Show 7. The Thin Red Line 8. Rush Hour 9. Pi 10. Dark City
Special mentions (unranked): Ring Blade Shakespeare in Love Run Lola Run Gods and Monsters Pleasantville A Simple Plan Armageddon Elizabeth There's Something About Mary
20. The Fifth Element (1997)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.
Votes: 378,670 | Gross: $63.54M
Reason: One of the best mixtures of science-fiction and comedy out there. Great and colorful characters, funny one-liners, good costumes and Gary Oldman!
2. L.A. Confidential 3. Men in Black 4. Open Your Eyes 5. The Game 6. Starship Troopers 7. Donnie Brasco 8. Gattaca 9. Cube 10. Amistad
Special mentions (unranked): Funny Games Grosse Pointe Blank Life Is Beautiful Good Will Hunting Con Air Jackie Brown Contact Titanic As Good as It Gets The Devil's Advocate
21. The Cable Guy (1996)
PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.
Votes: 133,344 | Gross: $60.24M
Reason: I don't really know how Ben Stiller did it, but it worked for me. Out of such great movies like Trainspotting, Fargo or Shine I still had no trouble putting The Cable Guy on the top of my list. This is Jim Carrey's best performance, in my opinion.
2. Trainspotting 3. Fargo 4. Sling Blade 5. Primal Fear 6. Independence Day 7. Shine 8. Tesis 9. The English Patient 10. Kingpin
Special mentions (unranked): Space Jam Hamlet From Dusk Till Dawn Mission: Impossible The Frighteners Jerry Maguire Scream Secrets & Lies Happy Gilmore Star Trek: First Contact A Time to Kill
22. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Votes: 828,786 | Gross: $75.60M
Reason: Maybe not by-the-book on historical facts, Braveheart delivers a remarkable impact with great action, and well-choreographed battle scenes. It's one of my favourite movies set during the middle ages.
2. The Usual Suspects 3. Twelve Monkeys 4. Se7en 5. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 6. La Haine 7. Apollo 13 8. Heat 9. Sense and Sensibility 10. Mortal Kombat
Special mentions (unranked): Casino The City of Lost Children Dead Man Crimson Tide La Ceremonie Copycat Leaving Las Vegas Die Hard: With a Vengeance Strange Days GoldenEye
23. 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: 1,497,479 | Gross: $107.93M
Reason: For a long time I've been debating between Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption, but ultimately I went with the first. Tarantino mastered the pop-culture dialog and made easily the most recognizable and the most quotable movie of the 90's.
2. The Shawshank Redemption 3. Ed Wood 4. Forrest Gump 5. Leon: The Professional 6. Dumb & Dumber 7. Chungking Express 8. Three Colors: Red 9. Shallow Grave 10. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Special mentions (unranked): Maverick Quiz Show The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert The Mask Swimming with Sharks Death and the Maiden The Hudsucker Proxy Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles True Lies Immortal Beloved
24. Groundhog Day (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
Votes: 499,340 | Gross: $70.91M
Reason: Bill Murray is the perfect one-man-show for Groundhog Day. This movie never ceases to make me laugh.
2. Schindler's List 3. Jurassic Park 4. Robin Hood: Men in Tights 5. Tombstone 6. In the Name of the Father 7. Falling Down 8. Les visiteurs 9. Philadelphia 10. The Remains of the Day
Special mentions (unranked): Stalingrad The Piano Carlito's Way Demolition Man Mrs. Doubtfire Gettysburg The Fugitive What's Eating Gilbert Grape True Romance Much Ado About Nothing
25. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Votes: 756,134 | Gross: $2.83M
Reason: Tarantino brought something else to the table, changing the status of independent films.
2. Unforgiven 3. Army of Darkness 4. The Last of the Mohicans 5. Hard Boiled 6. Glengarry Glen Ross 7. Scent of a Woman 8. Dracula 9. A Few Good Men 10. My Cousin Vinny
Special mentions (unranked): Dead Alive Alien 3 Malcolm X The Player Howards End A League of Their Own Wayne's World Chaplin White Men Can't Jump Batman Returns
26. 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: 834,890 | Gross: $204.84M
Reason: One of those movies that you've seen as a kid and knew everything revolving around it at that time, even going as far as finishing the NES videogame.
*Two Arnie movies on the number one spot? I guess I'm gonna have a few critics on my back...
2. The Silence of the Lambs 3. Delicatessen 4. JFK 5. Barton Fink 6. The Addams Family 7. The Double Life of Veronique 8. Raise the Red Lantern 9. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 10. Naked Lunch
Special mentions (unranked): What About Bob? The Fisher King Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Boyz n the Hood Thelma & Louise City Slickers Night on Earth Hot Shots! Cape Fear
27. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?
Votes: 262,591 | Gross: $119.39M
Reason: Along with Star Wars, Total Recall is my earliest memory of a science-fiction movie. I watch it every couple of years or so and I still enjoy every minute.
There are other solid films like Goodfellas or Miller's Crossing which are probably better, but Total Recall seems like an easier decision to me.
2. Dances with Wolves 3. Tremors 4. Jacob's Ladder 5. Misery 6. Goodfellas 7. Awakenings 8. The Hunt for Red October 9. Miller's Crossing 10. Home Alone
Special mentions (unranked): Back to the Future Part III State of Grace Lord of the Flies Memphis Belle Cyrano de Bergerac Edward Scissorhands La Femme Nikita Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead The Godfather: Part III Dreams
28. Dead Poets Society (1989)
PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.
Votes: 319,504 | Gross: $95.86M
Reason: A different college movie, one with heart and mind, featuring a talented young cast and a Robin Williams in top form.
2. Ghostbusters II 3. Batman 4. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 5. The Abyss 6. Glory 7. Do the Right Thing 8. Field of Dreams 9. Back to the Future Part II 10. Mystery Train
Special mentions (unranked): My Left Foot Driving Miss Daisy Born on the Fourth of July Christmas Vacation Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure The Killer When Harry Met Sally... Henry V Dead Calm Licence to Kill
29. 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: 665,200 | Gross: $83.01M
Reason: A classic action film that probably everybody has seen, young or old it's still great and unmatched.
2. Rain Man 3. Beetle Juice 4. Mississippi Burning 5. Big 6. Frantic 7. They Live 8. The Last Temptation of Christ 9. A Short Film About Love 10. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Special mentions (unranked): The Adventures of Baron Munchausen The Vanishing Stand and Deliver Bull Durham Dead Ringers A Short Film About Killing A Fish Called Wanda Who Framed Roger Rabbit Midnight Run Dangerous Liaisons
30. 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: 554,036 | Gross: $46.36M
Reason: A must-see complete war film from training to combat with an exceptional performance by R. Lee Ermey.
2. Predator 3. The Untouchables 4. Lethal Weapon 5. RoboCop 6. Empire of the Sun 7. Wings of Desire 8. Planes, Trains & Automobiles 9. Evil Dead II 10. The Last Emperor
Special mentions (unranked): Hellraiser Wall Street Raising Arizona Good Morning, Vietnam Spaceballs The Princess Bride Angel Heart No Way Out Withnail & I Near Dark
31. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 554,567 | Gross: $85.16M
Reason: James Cameron has the ability to make great sequels, Aliens, Terminator 2 (Avatar 2, maybe?), he turned the space horror original Alien into an action-packed follow-up with a stellar leading female hero.
*Loads of quotes used in Starcraft.
2. Stand by Me 3. Platoon 4. The Fly 5. The Name of the Rose 6. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 7. Kin-dza-dza! 8. Manhunter 9. The Mission 10. Salvador
Special mentions (unranked): Highlander Blue Velvet Crocodile' Dundee Down by Law Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home The Mosquito Coast Big Trouble in Little China A Better Tomorrow Top Gun Three Amigos!
32. 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: 843,282 | Gross: $210.61M
Reason: I think everybody grew up with Back to the Future, a movie that I enjoy every time I re-watch it.
Brazil is also a top-notch science-fiction film and Ran is another Kurosawa masterpiece, but together can't make the memories I have of Back to the Future.
2. Brazil 3. Ran 4. The Color Purple 5. After Hours 6. The Purple Rose of Cairo 7. A Room with a View 8. The Breakfast Club 9. The Goonies 10. Come and See
Special mentions (unranked): Police Story Witness Runaway Train Ladyhawke Kiss of the Spider Woman To Live and Die in L.A. Fright Night Clue Enemy Mine Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
33. Ghostbusters (1984)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
Votes: 302,531 | Gross: $238.63M
Reason: To me Ghostbusters has the best cast that a comedy film should have: a cool slick womanizer in Murray, a wholehearted honest Aykroyd, a nerdish yet smooth Ramis and an everyday man in Hudson.
2. The Terminator 3. Amadeus 4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 5. The Killing Fields 6. This Is Spinal Tap 7. A Nightmare on Elm Street 8. Stranger Than Paradise 9. A Passage to India 10. Gremlins
Special mentions (unranked): Romancing the Stone Blood Simple. The Natural Paris, Texas Once Upon a Time in America 1984 Top Secret! Beverly Hills Cop The Karate Kid The Bounty
34. Scarface (1983)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Votes: 608,131 | Gross: $45.60M
Reason: Now there's a remake worth watching. Scarface sure has that 80's feel to it, especially with the montage sequence...and one of Pacino's greatest performances. Push it to the limit!
2. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 3. The King of Comedy 4. Vacation 5. Videodrome 6. The Dead Zone 7. A Christmas Story 8. Nostalghia 9. The Right Stuff 10. Trading Places
Special mentions (unranked): Terms of Endearment The Meaning of Life Twilight Zone: The Movie WarGames Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) Zelig Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Angst
35. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 567,522 | Gross: $27.00M
Reason: A great neo-noir science-fiction film, visually astonishing for it's time.
*Watch Ridley Scott's Final Cut (2007) of Blade Runner.
2. The Thing 3. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 4. First Blood 5. Gandhi 6. TRON 7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 8. Poltergeist 9. Fitzcarraldo 10. Tenebre
Special mentions (unranked): Conan the Barbarian The Verdict Fanny and Alexander Pruncul, petrolul si Ardelenii 48 Hrs. Rocky III Tootsie Creepshow Diner Missing
36. 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: 743,139 | Gross: $248.16M
Reason: Raiders made every kid want to be Indiana Jones back in the day, one of the greatest heroes of the cinema industry.
2. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior 3. Das Boot 4. Victory 5. Stripes 6. History of the World: Part I 7. The Evil Dead 8. An American Werewolf in London 9. On Golden Pond 10. Chariots of Fire
Special mentions (unranked): Quest for Fire Outland Blow Out Gallipoli Scanners Excalibur Time Bandits Escape from New York Reds Absence of Malice
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: 963,198 | Gross: $290.48M
Reason: Tons of fans, tons of critics, Empire Strikes Back managed to garner them all into one big pile. It's the film that marked my childhood and try as I may, I'll always go back to it.
2. The Elephant Man 3. The Shining 4. The Blues Brothers 5. Airplane! 6. Raging Bull 7. Caddyshack 8. The Changeling 9. Kagemusha 10. The Long Good Friday
Special mentions (unranked): Ordinary People Superman II Altered States The Gods Must Be Crazy The Fog Friday the 13th The Big Red One Brubaker Dressed to Kill Breaker Morant
38. 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: 503,838 | Gross: $83.47M
Reason: Coppola proved that there is life after "The Godfather" and with "Apocalypse Now" he showed very haunting side of the Vietnam War. It's well-written script and amazing cast, with an unforgettable Robert Duvall, makes "Apocalypse Now" one of the best films of the decade.
*If you liked this movie try Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse.
2. Alien 3. Stalker 4. Life of Brian 5. Mad Max 6. The Warriors 7. Kramer vs. Kramer 8. Escape from Alcatraz 9. ...And Justice for All. 10. Nosferatu the Vampyre
Special mentions (unranked): The Jerk The In-Laws The China Syndrome Moonraker Time After Time Rocky II Being There Breaking Away The Brood Camera Buff
39. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
Votes: 261,241 | Gross: $48.98M
Reason: An anti-war movie made on an epic scale, with magnificent performances from De Niro and Walken that kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time.
This is one of the few films that actually deserved to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
2. Dawn of the Dead 3. Superman 4. Halloween 5. Days of Heaven 6. Drunken Master 7. Midnight Express 8. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 9. The Boys from Brazil 10. Autumn Sonata
Special mentions (unranked): Animal House Up in Smoke Heaven Can Wait Death on the Nile
40. 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: 1,035,464 | Gross: $322.74M
Reason: George Lucas managed to create another universe with such skill and ambition that even for today standards it's still mind-blowing.
2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind 3. Eraserhead 4. Cross of Iron 5. Suspiria 6. The Duellists 7. That Obscure Object of Desire 8. Sorcerer 9. A Bridge Too Far 10. Annie Hall
Special mentions (unranked): Slap Shot Stroszek Demon Seed High Anxiety The Spy Who Loved Me House The American Friend
41. 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: 579,620 | Gross: $28.26M
42. 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: 763,727 | Gross: $112.00M
Reason: It's a drama, but it felt like a comedy to me lead by Oscar-winners Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher and backed-up by an immense supporting cast.
2. Jaws 3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail 4. Dog Day Afternoon 5. The Man Who Would Be King 6. Three Days of the Condor 7. Dersu Uzala 8. The Mirror 9. Deep Red 10. Barry Lyndon
Special mentions (unranked): The Rocky Horror Picture Show Rollerball Picnic at Hanging Rock Love and Death
43. Blazing Saddles (1974)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Western
In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
Votes: 107,641 | Gross: $119.50M
Reason: One of the better earlier spoofs with countless funny scenes, numerous gags and loads of laughs.
2. The Godfather: Part II
3. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
4. The Conversation
5. Young Frankenstein
6. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
8. Murder on the Orient Express
9. The Phantom of Liberty
10. A Woman Under the Influence
Special mentions (unranked): The Front Page The Man with the Golden Gun Black Christmas Dark Star Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia The Towering Inferno The Odessa File
44. 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: 310,476 | Gross: $232.91M
Reason: Considered one of the most scariest movies of all time, "The Exorcist" has brilliant special effects and chilling atmosphere, proving to be a benchmark for modern horror films.
2. Serpico 3. Enter the Dragon 4. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid 5. The Sting 6. Papillon 7. Mean Streets 8. The Day of the Jackal 9. Westworld 10. Soylent Green
Special mentions (unranked): American Graffiti High Plains Drifter Don't Look Now The Last Detail The Long Goodbye Badlands The Three Musketeers Scarecrow Amarcord The Spirit of the Beehive
45. 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: 1,309,898 | Gross: $134.97M
Reason: I prefer the first "Godfather" over the second one, mainly become the one true godfather to me is Marlon Brando. With Coppola's great directing and with the help of Mario Puzo on the screenplay, "The Godfather" became one of Hollywood's most critical and commercial successes.
2. Deliverance 4. Solaris 5. Aguirre: The Wrath of God 3. Sleuth 6. Jeremiah Johnson 7. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 8. Silent Running 9. Frenzy 10. Fat City
Special mentions (unranked): Cabaret Junior Bonner Slaughterhouse-Five The Getaway Tales from the Crypt
46. The French Connection (1971)
R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
Reason: A great fast-paced crime film with an ever greater car chase scene.
2. Dirty Harry 3. Michael the Brave 4. THX 1138 5. A Clockwork Orange 6. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 7. McCabe & Mrs. Miller 8. The Andromeda Strain 9. Duel 10. The Omega Man
Special mentions (unranked): Duck, You Sucker Straw Dogs Escape from the Planet of the Apes Get Carter Diamonds Are Forever Play Misty for Me Four Flies on Grey Velvet Fiddler on the Roof Red Sun
47. Patton (1970)
GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.
Votes: 83,402 | Gross: $61.70M
Reason: George C. Scott portrayed a perfect Patton and offered an amazing opening monologue behind a gigantic American flag.
The Patton theme is the perfect alarm for an early morning, haunting and powerful.
2. MASH 3. Le cercle rouge 4. Little Big Man 5. Kelly's Heroes 6. Dodes'ka-den 7. Five Easy Pieces 8. The AristoCats 9. Tristana 10. Catch-22
Special mentions (unranked): Beneath the Planet of the Apes The Bird with the Crystal Plumage Tora! Tora! Tora! The Conformist
48. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Two Western bank and train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.
Votes: 170,864 | Gross: $102.31M
49. 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: 489,082 | Gross: $56.95M
Reason: A landmark in the science-fiction genre, also in film industry. It's a must-see for all movie fanatics!
2. Planet of the Apes 3. Rosemary's Baby 4. Once Upon a Time in the West 5. The Odd Couple 6. Hell in the Pacific 7. The Producers 8. The Lion in Winter 9. Where Eagles Dare 10. Night of the Living Dead
Special mentions (unranked): Bullitt The Party Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Oliver! Hour of the Wolf The Boston Strangler
50. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
GP | 126 min | Crime, Drama
A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.
Reason: One of Paul Newman's best performance, Cool Hand Luke is not your tipical fight and struggle prison film, but that of a man who fights against an entire system.
2. The Graduate 3. The Dirty Dozen 4. In the Heat of the Night 5. Le Samourai 6. Belle de Jour 7. Wait Until Dark 8. Bonnie and Clyde 9. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 10. The Jungle Book
Special mentions (unranked): Who's That Knocking at My Door You Only Live Twice In Cold Blood The Fearless Vampire Killers Point Blank The Fall of the Roman Empire Five Million Years to Earth Playtime
51. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
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.
Votes: 566,881 | Gross: $6.10M
Reason: My favourite spaghetti western of all time, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly features remarkable performances together with a moving score by Ennio Morricone.
2. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 3. The Battle of Algiers 4. A Man for All Seasons 5. Blow-Up 6. The Sand Pebbles 7. The Fortune Cookie 8. How to Steal a Million 9. Andrei Rublev 10. Django
Special mentions (unranked): Fahrenheit 451 Fantastic Voyage Seconds Torn Curtain Cul-de-sac The Chase El Dorado
52. The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Not Rated | 142 min | Adventure, Drama
After a plane crash in the Sahara, one of the survivors says he's an airplane designer and they can make a flyable plane from the wreckage.
3. Doctor Zhivago
4. For a Few Dollars More
5. Red Beard
7. The Collector
8. The Cincinnati Kid
9. The Hill
10. The Sound of Music
Special mentions (unranked): Alphaville Cat Ballou Simon of the Desert Juliet of the Spirits Ship of Fools The Greatest Story Ever Told The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Major Dundee
53. Zulu (1964)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, History, War
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.
Reason: A hundred men up againts thousands of zulu warriors results in a great movie, with good soundtrack and a heartwarming ending. Also Michael Caine's first major role.
2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 3. A Fistful of Dollars 4. Fail-Safe 5. Zorba the Greek 6. Goldfinger 7. The Night of the Iguana 8. Becket 9. Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte 10. Diary of a Chambermaid
Special mentions (unranked): My Fair Lady Father Goose Mary Poppins A Shot in the Dark Onibaba Marnie Seven Days in May A Hard Day's Night Seance on a Wet Afternoon The Pawnbroker
54. The Great Escape (1963)
Approved | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
Reason: A great POW film featuring a superb cast from which Steve McQueen stands out and ignites his way to the top.
2. The Birds 3. High and Low 4. Charade 5. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World 6. From Russia with Love 7. Hud 8. Jason and the Argonauts 9. 8 1/2 10. The Haunting
Special mentions (unranked): The Pink Panther Shock Corridor Irma la Douce Cleopatra The Nutty Professor X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes This Sporting Life Lilies of the Field
55. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 218,845 | Gross: $44.82M
Reason: To me, Lawrence of Arabia fits the true definition of the epic genre.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird 3. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 4. The Exterminating Angel 5. Birdman of Alcatraz 6. The Trial 7. Dr. No 8. The Manchurian Candidate 9. Cape Fear 10. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Special mentions (unranked): Sanjuro Ivan's Childhood Carnival of Souls Harakiri Jules and Jim Lolita How the West Was Won Pierrot le Fou The Miracle Worker Days of Wine and Roses
56. Yojimbo (1961)
Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.
Reason: Although more satirical than the US remake, Yojimbo still packs a great punch with the help of Toshiro Mifune who fits perfectly in the shoes of a bodyguard, led by Kurosawa's impressive direction.
2. Judgment at Nuremberg 3. The Hustler 4. One Hundred and One Dalmatians 5. The Innocents 6. El Cid 7. One, Two, Three 8. Viridiana 9. Breakfast at Tiffany's 10. The Guns of Navarone
Special mentions (unranked): Through a Glass Darkly West Side Story Last Year at Marienbad The Children's Hour Mysterious Island
57. 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: 483,647 | Gross: $32.00M
Reason: "Psycho" is probably the first modern horror and also one of the best. Marvelous performances by the whole cast, memorables scenes, sheer brilliance, Hitchcock's "Psycho" is a instant classic.
Maybe newer horror film directors should come back to the chilliness and eerie atmosphere of the genre and not use excessive jump-scares.
2. The Apartment 3. Spartacus 4. Peeping Tom 5. Le Trou 6. The Magnificent Seven 7. Breathless 8. La Dolce Vita 9. The Bad Sleep Well 10. Elmer Gantry
Special mentions (unranked): Ocean's Eleven Village of the Damned Black Sunday The Time Machine The Virgin Spring Inherit the Wind Eyes Without a Face L'Avventura
58. Ben-Hur (1959)
G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Votes: 183,319 | Gross: $74.70M
Reason: A great epic that's both hated or loved and I'm all for the latter. They sure don't make epics like this anymore.
2. Some Like It Hot 3. North by Northwest 4. The 400 Blows 5. Rio Bravo 6. Anatomy of a Murder 7. Suddenly, Last Summer 8. The Diary of Anne Frank 9. Floating Weeds 10. On the Beach
Special mentions (unranked): The Tingler Plan 9 from Outer Space House on Haunted Hill Journey to the Center of the Earth Letter Never Sent
59. The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama
Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.
Reason: What an adventure! My second favourite Kurowasa-Mifune film besides Seven Samurai. Unforgettable characters, who would go on and inspire George Lucas into creating R2-D2 and C3PO, great scenery and a flawless story, The Hidden Fortress has it all.
2. Vertigo 3. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 4. The Defiant Ones 5. The Horse's Mouth 6. Auntie Mame 7. The Big Country 8. A Night to Remember 9. Touch of Evil 10. Horror of Dracula
Special mentions (unranked): The Fly Ivan the Terrible, Part II The Old Man and the Sea The Blob No Time for Sergeants Separate Tables The 7th Voyage of Sinbad The Vikings
60. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 168,867 | Gross: $44.91M
Reason: An outstanding war epic, spectacular overall.
2. Witness for the Prosecution 3. The Seventh Seal 4. 12 Angry Men 5. Paths of Glory 6. Throne of Blood 7. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison 8. Sweet Smell of Success 9. A Face in the Crowd 10. The Incredible Shrinking Man
Special mentions (unranked): Nights of Cabiria Tokyo Twilight The Enemy Below Wild Strawberries 20 Million Miles to Earth Love in the Afternoon Curse of the Demon
61. The Ten Commandments (1956)
G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama
The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.
Votes: 53,032 | Gross: $93.74M
Reason: A retelling of the Exodus, faulty at times but very entertaining and with great performances by Heston, Baxter and Brynner.
2. Forbidden Planet 3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 4. Moby Dick 5. The Killing 6. The Man Who Knew Too Much 7. Lust for Life 8. Bigger Than Life 9. Giant 10. The Searchers
Special mentions (unranked): A Man Escaped The Wrong Man Around the World in Eighty Days Bob le Flambeur The Bad Seed
62. Diabolique (1955)
Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.
Reason: Diabolique could be easily mistaken as a Hitchcock film for it's chilling suspense and plot twists. I highly recommend it for all mystery/thriller fans.
2. Rififi 3. The Night of the Hunter 4. The Ladykillers 5. Marty 6. East of Eden 7. Mister Roberts 8. Rebel Without a Cause 9. Summertime 10. Kiss Me Deadly
Special mentions (unranked): To Catch a Thief The Seven Year Itch The Trouble with Harry I Live in Fear Il bidone The Desperate Hours Killer's Kiss Bad Day at Black Rock Guys and Dolls We're No Angels
63. Seven Samurai (1954)
Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Votes: 257,616 | Gross: $0.27M
Reason: Kurosawa's breathtaking epic has become one of the most influential movies ever.
"Seven Samurai" captivated me from the beginning to the end with it's outstanding cast, glorious scenery and matchless action sequences.
2. Rear Window 3. Dial M for Murder 4. On the Waterfront 5. The Caine Mutiny 6. Godzilla 7. Sabrina 8. La Strada 9. Creature from the Black Lagoon 10. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea
Special mentions (unranked): Them! Hobson's Choice Johnny Guitar
64. The Wages of Fear (1953)
Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
In a decrepit South American village, four men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.
Reason: A thrilling ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat, "The Wages of Fear" has proven over the years to be one of the best suspense movies in the industry.
2. Stalag 17 3. Tokyo Story 4. Roman Holiday 5. The War of the Worlds 6. From Here to Eternity 7. House of Wax 8. Ugetsu 9. The Big Heat 10. Shane
Special mentions (unranked): Gentlemen Prefer Blondes It Came from Outer Space Pickup on South Street Invaders from Mars The Robe The Wild One I Confess
65. Ikiru (1952)
Not Rated | 143 min | Drama
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.
Votes: 49,367 | Gross: $0.06M
66. Strangers on a Train (1951)
PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement.
Votes: 107,624 | Gross: $7.63M
2. The African Queen
3. A Streetcar Named Desire
4. Ace in the Hole
5. The Day the Earth Stood Still
6. The Lavender Hill Mob
7. Early Summer
8. The Man in the White Suit
9. A Place in the Sun
10. Quo Vadis
Special mentions (unranked): An American in Paris The Steel Helmet Scrooge When Worlds Collide The Thing from Another World The Idiot
67. All About Eve (1950)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama
An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.
Votes: 95,228 | Gross: $0.01M
68. Late Spring (1949)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.
69. 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: 90,187 | Gross: $5.01M
70. Black Narcissus (1947)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama
After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.
71. 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: 320,446 | Gross: $7.27M
72. The Lost Weekend (1945)
Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Film-Noir
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.
Votes: 28,253 | Gross: $9.46M
73. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.
74. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
PG | 108 min | Thriller
A young woman discovers her visiting uncle may not be the man he seems to be.
75. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
Votes: 435,845 | Gross: $1.02M
76. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
77. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Passed | 129 min | Drama, History
A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.
78. 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: 241,947 | Gross: $198.68M
79. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.
Votes: 41,636 | Gross: $3.98M
80. La Grande Illusion (1937)
Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, War
During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.
Votes: 29,309 | Gross: $0.17M
81. Modern Times (1936)
G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
Votes: 168,080 | Gross: $0.16M
82. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Not Rated | 132 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A tyrannical ship captain decides to exact revenge on his abused crew after they form a mutiny against him, but the sailor he targets had no hand in it.
83. It Happened One Night (1934)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance
A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.
84. The Invisible Man (1933)
Not Rated | 71 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.
85. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.
86. M (1931)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.
Votes: 113,377 | Gross: $0.03M