25 movies you need to watch

If you like one or two of these movies, make sure you at least try and watch all on the list, you may be surprised...
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1.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life. (229 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Just an amazing movie,Sergio Leone's masterpiece was supposedly 10 years in the making. This movie looks at the human soul and how people can change over their lives. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
2.
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
“ Scorsese's masterpiece and the benchmark for gangster movies. A timeless movie that can be watched over and over. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
3.
Akira (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
“ The movie that introduced the west to Japanese anime and the movie certainly peaked appetites for future releases such as Ghost in the Shell, Spirited Away, Appleseed and the Death Note series. Still holds its own today. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
4.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ A movie that tries to engage that part of your mind that knows that something wrong with today's consumer society. Thought provoking from start to finish. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
5.
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness. (96 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ The original crooked cop who finds redemption. This is a must see movie. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
6.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ An interesting interpretation on quantum physics and time perception through the mind of social outcast, Mr Darko. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
7.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker. (152 mins.)
“ The original and the best, great storyline that twists and turns until the very end. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
8.
Carlito's Way (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Brian De Palma, great movie starring Al Pacino based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. Pacino is at his best showing the weaknesses of a man freed from prison for heroin trafficking due to a legal technicality. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
9.
American Psycho (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
“ Interesting comment on some parts of today's corporate culture where image is more important than substance and any indiscretions can be covered up. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
10.
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 begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Who is Kaiser Soze. Always amazed when I meet people today that haven't seen this movie. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
11.
Limitless (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers. (105 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
“ maybe not one of the classics but I really enjoyed this movie. Great idea and Brad Cooper does a nice job to keep it on track. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
12.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. (118 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ You might say with Tarantino writing and Stone directing, how could you go wrong and you would be right. Possibly Stone's greatest masterpiece splicing together scenes with artwork and music video, creating a piece of cinema that can be watched over and over again. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
13.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a simple jewelry heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant. (99 mins.)
“ Tarantino's '92 movie with excellent dialogue and slick feel that surely generated a new generation of wannabe gangsta movies. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
14.
Constantine (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Supernatural detective John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more. (121 mins.)
“ The ultimate anti-hero, John Constantine, who stands between earth and Hell. The atmosphere alone of this movie is enough to keep you coming back for more ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
15.
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
“ Classic piece of film, especially after you watch the '91 doco, Hearts of Darkness about the making of the movie. Truly Coppola's most impressive work and that is really saying something! ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
16.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ The ultimate revenge film. You won't believe the sting in the tail of this movie. One of Korea's finest and once you watch this movie, check out the other 2 from the revenge trilogy. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
17.
JFK (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A New Orleans DA discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Oliver Stone's seminal biopic of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison who courageously takes it upon himself to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Watch and decide for yourself. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
18.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ The original and the best. The movie that questions human thought and how many people take the blue pill so that they can "wake up safe and sound in their bed and believe whatever you want to believe" ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
19.
Gallipoli (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ Peter Weir's story of Australian army forces outnumbered and outgunned on the shores of Gallipoli in Turkey. The beauty to the movie is the back-story to the main characters prior to the war. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
20.
Lost Highway (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. (134 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ Another Lynch masterpiece beautifully directed about how infidelity and lack of self esteem can tear apart a person's mind ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
21.
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ Certainly not for everyone's tastes but I love a horror movie with a reasoned premise. This movie is about people using other people to attempt to see the other side, worth watching if you can stomach a little brutality. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
22.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ No introduction needed to Brian DePalma's rags to riches story of Cuban drug lord Tony Montana. Pacino's over the top acting was enough ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
23.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Evan Treborn suffers blackouts during significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life by reading his journal. (113 mins.)
“ Loved this movie and the premise that just because you may be able to go back and change the past, it doesn't mean that the future will turn out better! ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
24.
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.)
“ Looking back on how Don Corleone came to power. DeNiro at his best. ” - Helmut Bergstrom
 
25.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ Great suspense, great sting in the tail. M. Night Shyamalan probably peaked too soon. ” - Helmut Bergstrom