My top 13 movies that i think are the best

by tyrexden | created - 19 Mar 2013 | updated - 26 Feb 2014 | Public

***chronological order. no duplicate Directors.***

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1. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

8.7
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98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 256,193 | Gross: $0.27M

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.3
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 485,812 | Gross: $56.95M

This is the definition of science fiction. Exploring the great unknown, and making that wonderment being the actual plot-point. I wish films were as ambitious as this, these days.

3. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 164 min | Western

8.5
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80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 244,733 | Gross: $5.32M

Sure Clint Eastwood in the Dollar trilogy is cool, but he's not cooler than Charles Bronson, Jason Robards, and Henry Fonda (playing a villain for the only time in his career, no less) put together.

The Morricone music is better here. The direction better. The script, storyline, and dialogue are best I've seen in a Leone movie.

4. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, War

8.5
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94 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 501,147 | Gross: $83.47M

I always respects when a Director is able to pull something together under impossible circumstances.... This film is one of the best ever, not even taking into account a typhoon destroying all the sets, Brando showing up overweight, unrehearsed, and uncooperative, and Martin Sheen having a heart attack during production.

5. Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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57 Metascore

When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman

Votes: 109,142 | Gross: $22.85M

The Coen's have done some good stuff over the years, but this one shows them at their hungriest, where they tried their hardest. I can watch the opening 15 minute sequence that precedes main title as an enjoyable standalone movie.

6. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

R | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.2
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75 Metascore

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Josh Evans

Votes: 84,045 | Gross: $70.00M

I saw this theatrically, as a young boy, was moved by it, but was probably expecting we'd get stuff on par with this from Oliver Stone and Tom Cruise for years to come. Decades later, though, this still stands as a high-water mark for me,regarding those two men's respective talent. This might be my favorite John Williams score too...haunting, yet uplifting.

7. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 819,966 | Gross: $46.84M

Nearly EVERY sequence in this film, no matter how long or short, is iconic and done to perfection. Enough said.

8. Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

8.2
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85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 310,608 | Gross: $101.16M

The attention to story seals the deal on this one for me. So many things to consider. Every seemingly innocuous plot point comes full circle later on in the film. Its an anti-western. The bad guy is the sheriff, and the good guy is a murderer of women and children.

9. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 70,150 | Gross: $48.17M

Making an epic and sympathetic movie about a guy who, when the film came out, was reviled in mainstream media, is an incredible achievement. Getting white people to see through the eyes of black people, even greater.

10. True Romance (1993)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.9
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57 Metascore

In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine - the Mob - track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer

Votes: 177,288 | Gross: $12.28M

11. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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93 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 979,571 | Gross: $96.07M

This is the most emotional movie i've ever experienced, and probably ever will... Spielberg's touch is bringing humanity to a story, which in turn makes the audience be part of what they are seeing, something they would not ordinarily be receptive to.

12. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime

8.2
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66 Metascore

A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham

Votes: 458,420 | Gross: $3.90M

I don't how to describe it in any high-brow film terms, but Guy Ritchie sort of creates a new genre, here, that only he knows how to do.

13. Magnolia (1999)

R | 188 min | Drama

8.0
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77 Metascore

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 256,977 | Gross: $22.46M