MY 20 MOST FAVORITE MOVIESby t-filipkova | created - 23 Nov 2012 | updated - 07 Dec 2012 | Public
I'm a real movie fan, and this are mine most favorite movies ever. I have chosen those, which really impressed me by it's originality, or beauty.
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1. 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: 523,530 | Gross: $37.63M
Emotional, mysterious and dark fairytale for growns up. Or? Behind the metaphors and symbols of this movie, you can find a beautiful message for your life: In the darkness, there can be life. In the misery, there can be beauty. And even in the death, there can be life. I cried at the end.
2. 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: 604,396 | Gross: $106.95M
Dark, wicked, emotional and unconditionally realistic look to the mind of psychotic ballerina, yearning for reaching perfection, no matter what is the price. Natalie Portamn's best performance. The ending blew me away, I've got shivers all over my body. Turning innocent White Swan, into the sensuous, dark Black Swan was shown perfectly in this movie.
3. Amadeus (1984)
R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 305,652 | Gross: $51.97M
Beautiful and mysterious look into the life one of the biggest genius, who ever lived on this Earth. Creating Requiem with Salieri at the end, with clever cut was mind-blowing. The actors was amazing, especially Tom Hulce - I will always remember his hysterical laugh. If you love Mozart's music, you should watch this movie.
4. The Green Mile (1999)
R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Votes: 903,077 | Gross: $136.80M
One of the best movies, and I think that Green mile is the best adaptation of Stephen King's books. The actors are perfect and the story is very emotional. Even in the dark place of the prison, where the prisoners waiting for the death, you can find a miracle, the light. John Coffee is one of my favorite movie characters.
5. 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: 979,695 | Gross: $96.07M
What to write? This movie has to impress everyone. I cried so much through whole movie and at the end I thanked the Shindler from my whole heart, for that he've done. If this will not catch your heart, nothing will.
6. La piel que habito (2011)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
Votes: 114,555 | Gross: $3.19M
I like Spanish movies. This is, at least for me, a big surprise of the 2011. I was never fan of Antionio Banderas, but... I changed my mind. Also, Elena Anaya made such performance, that I literally saw the pain in her eyes. This movie is wicked and really weird, so maybe lot of people will dislike it, but for me it is original, perfect and somewhat beautiful. You can change a body, but you will never recreate someone's soul.
7. The Help (2011)
PG-13 | 146 min | Drama
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Votes: 358,605 | Gross: $169.71M
I've never seen more beautiful, positive and emotional movie than The Help is. Overall, it is even funny, fast, actors are amazing and the beautiful nature of Mississippi... This is the kind of movie built on characters. And every significant character in this movie is woman... which is very flattering :D Seriously, nice Miss Skeeter (Emma Stone), lovely Aibeleen (Viola Davis), funny Minnie (Octavia Spencer), badass Miss Hilly (Bryce Dallas Howard), crazy Jesicca Chastian... I cried at the end, when Aibee walked through the street towards new beginnings... Such powerful movie.
8. The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music
Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected.
Votes: 32,655 | Gross: $2.00M
To be honest, I don't like these kind of over - artistic movies, but this one I loved from the first minute. That visuals, the green/orange filter, heartbreaking music, the mystery,and the feeling, which you gonna have long after watching this. The question remains, have everyone of us the "Poland Weronika"? Someone physically so far away from us, but psychically so close, that sometimes we feel his/hers emotions, his/hers sorrow? You have the answer, in the core of your soul.
9. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.
Votes: 206,344 | Gross: $2.22M
My teacher once said, that the real art is only that thing, that invokes the feeling of beauty. I asked him, what if some artwork is such repulsive, that made you feel really bad, but on the other hand, it is so beautiful, that you think, you are in the heaven? He told me, that the beauty and ugliness exist together, cannot be separated, but we have to differentiate between them. This is the case of Perfume. In some passages, (the lavender fields, beautiful ladies, magnificent buildings, the representation of scents, etc) you really kind of "smell" the beauty, and have feeling that you want to touch it. In the other scenes (fish market and birth, orphanage, murders etc.) you would like to bend down your sight. But Perfume as a unit is a breathtaking, overwhelming movie, that will make you feel it's real, and that's YOU who walks through the lavender fields and smell a paradise.
10. 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: 648,361 | Gross: $0.19M
Weirdness in this movie reaches new, higher level. But I really like it. Btw, Jake Gylenhall is the best!
11. The Fountain (2006)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.
Votes: 206,497 | Gross: $10.14M
The concept of audiovisual art (which movies were made to be) is in this movie literal. I've never seen more impressive visuals before. And the music was so emotional, totally set into the story of "together we will live forever." Overall, message of this movie is really important, and the way it is said, is more than beautiful. Someone would say, this movie is boring. I would not argue about that. But I don't care. Impressions are on the first place in here. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weizs are most likeable "in love couple" ever. No one will live forever. At least not in the physical form.
12. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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: 1,877,996 | Gross: $534.86M
I'm not in love with action movies. But this one just blew me away! Heath Ledger was the best villain as I've ver seen in the action movie. Mind - blowing action, great story, many surprises and literal madness. "Do you wanna know, why I use a knife? Guns are too fast."
13. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
R | 152 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.
Votes: 187,572 | Gross: $10.10M
I hate American remake, I literally love the original Swedish version. The is the most dark and realistic movie as I've seen in the last time. The story, screenplay, actors, music, everything is perfect. The negativity of this movie will be balanced by beautiful nature.
14. The Mist (2007)
R | 126 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Votes: 244,080 | Gross: $25.59M
The religious fanatic women in The Mist is one of the most repulsive and bad characters in the film history (at least for me).
15. Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
Votes: 246,332 | Gross: $155.33M
Charlize Theron is the reason why I love this movie so much. Sure, K. Stewart, Thor (I forgot his name) and the other actors are pretty good, but Charlize put them down and shine as the evil queen, as one of the most crazy, wicked, bad and villain woman characters in the last decade films. Overall, visuals, fights, fantasy - it's really great. Btw, this is my favorite fantasy film, ever.
16. Musíme si pomáhat (2000)
PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, War
In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution.
Votes: 4,425 | Gross: $1.32M
Powerful, emotional, well directed and well played movie, one of the best Czech films ever.
17. Agora (2009)
R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the famous philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.
Votes: 57,805 | Gross: $0.62M
Faith without love and tolerance is not faith, it's selfish fanaticism. I'm a Christian, who believe in God, but I sincerely cursed all of these "devoted" and "good" believers, and as a human, I was on the Hypatia' site. The real faith denies the violence.
This is the true, touching story, about one of the most talented, intelligent and brave woman of all times.
18. I, Robot (2004)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.
Votes: 431,798 | Gross: $144.80M
Unless we create something what is able to think on it's own, it's just the question of a time, when it will not only think, but also feel. Love Will Smith performance.
19. Les visiteurs (1993)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy
A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. He enlists the aid of his descendent to try to find a way to return home, all the... See full summary »
Votes: 27,373 | Gross: $0.70M
I've never seen something more funny, than this is. Jean Reno is my king! :)
20. The Devil's Advocate (1997)
R | 144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job to work in New York City for a high-end law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date.
Votes: 283,642 | Gross: $60.98M
Perfect. No more to say.