My Favorite Films Ever

I'm theflyace and these are what I know are my favorite films of all time. This is my opinion. I do not try to offend any viewer with different tastes from my own. Enjoy what I feel best encaptures cinema and its possibilities. Except for "The Dark Knight" at no. 1, these films are in no particular order.
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1.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
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. (152 mins.)
“ This is one of those great films that changed cinema and a little-respected genre forever. It's dark, it's gritty, it's heartbreaking, this film has it all, and cemented Director Christopher Nolan as one of the best and brightest directors of all time. ” - Theflyace
 
2.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ Now here is a film that is truly original, right down to the last frame. Christopher Nolan takes us into the complex layers of the mind with the utmost care, but also challenges us to pay attention to whats going on. Truly amazing. ” - Theflyace
 
3.
Mary Poppins (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father. (139 mins.)
“ Here is a sweet but also dramatic film from Disney. With a outstanding performance from Julie Andrews and the cast, wonderful music, and truly great special effects (so subtle you won't notice them much), this film is a timeless classic. ” - Theflyace
 
4.
Dirty Harry (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. (102 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ Here too is a gritty film, but one with a purpose, to create a debate about what we see. But that's for debates if we need it. This is a bad-ass movie with great performances from hero Clint Eastwood, and villain Andy Robinson. Don Siegel also scores as one of the more underrated directors in Hollywood. ” - Theflyace
 
5.
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.)
“ What can I say? Marlon Brando. Al Pacino. Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. This is a classic combo which changed the gangster films forever. An offer you can't refuse. ” - Theflyace
 
6.
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.)
“ A dark and real masterpiece from director Steven Spielberg, Everything fires on all cylinders. ” - Theflyace
 
7.
Toy Story (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. (81 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
“ The film that broke ground and gave me the first great pair of charcters ever created. Also put John Lasseter, and Pixar Animation Studios on the map. ” - Theflyace
 
8.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A washed-up Hollywood actor, who once played a famous superhero, attempts to revive his career by writing and starring in a Broadway play. (119 mins.)
 
9.
Das Boot (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
“ A truly tense and nail-biting thriller from director Wolfgang Petersen. A film that offers us a different point of view, a heartbreaking look from the Nazi (sort of, not much in belief) u-Boat sailors. ” - Theflyace
 
10.
Titanic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ James Cameron's minute-detail recreations of the Titanic is awesome and an epic to witness. But not only does he recreate the sinking, he invents characters we can invest and root for, and gives life to the historical figues, which is all the more tragic when some don't make it. One of the finest. ” - Theflyace
 
11.
Superman (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero. (143 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ The first superhero movie to take itself seriously, and with much success. Christopher Reeve is flawless as the man of steel, and with great supporting characters, writing, directing from Richard Donner, and innovative special effects, Superman soars. ” - Theflyace
 
12.
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
“ A fun, eye-opening, spine tingling experience. George Lucas' Star Wars uses special effects, spunky acting, and thematic elements to give us a thrill beyond thrills. We also have great score from legendary John Williams. ” - Theflyace
 
13.
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. (115 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ A lost, but treasure of a film. It is my opinion that this is the real version of Superman II, even though it is incomplete. Donner is actually at the same level, maybe even better than Superman I, and the cast and the writing is also at that level. Wish it could have been finished with him on board. ” - Theflyace
 
14.
The Social Network (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ With David Fincher's superb direction, and Aaron Sorkin's trademark dialogue and storytelling, The Social Network tells a timeless, if timmely, story of greed, betrayal and facebook. The acting is also top notch. This is a character movie, as it should be. ” - Theflyace
 
15.
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 tries to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Dark. Outrageously Funny. Peter Sellers. A gem from Stanley Kubrick. ” - Theflyace
 
16.
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. (108 mins.)
“ Absolutely hilarious from beginning to end, thanks to the performances and a great script that doesn't go for cheap jokes like other movies did (and still are doing) ” - Theflyace
 
17.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (91 mins.)
“ Again, a wonderful comedy with great skecthes that only the genius of the Monty Python troupe could concoct. Watch out for the rabbit! ” - Theflyace
 
18.
American Graffiti (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. (110 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ George Lucas' reverential comedy about teenage crusing/mating rituals in 1962 Modesto, CA uses many great thematic and comic elements, but truly shines and is unique because of its outstanding collection of rock music from the pre-JFK asassination radio stations. ” - Theflyace
 
19.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell. (84 mins.)
“ When Disney pools together all their great talents for one project, you get this movie. The characters are perect, the story is perfect, the score is unbelievable, the aniamation is gorgeous. Beauty and the Beast is a classic. ” - Theflyace
 
20.
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
“ This is one of the gratest. No more to say about that. ” - Theflyace
 
21.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Even though I love Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino has done his finest work here. He gives us a very human story, it features an outstanding cast, and a great (even if sometimes unrealistic) look at the antebellum south of America. ” - Theflyace
 
22.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ A very grim story about the rise of voilence and our struggle to understand it. A change of tone for the Coen Brothers which i must applaud. ” - Theflyace
 
23.
Lincoln (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
“ Daniel Day Lewis is Abraham Lincoln is flawless, and the story is unique for a biopic, focusing on one section of Lincoln's life, which was the biggest. Steven Speilberg scores again. ” - Theflyace
 
24.
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. (147 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ A dark riverboat journey into the heart of the Vietnam War, but also our own psyche as we traverse deeper and deeper into the insanity that resides in us all. ” - Theflyace
 
25.
JFK (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story. (189 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ I don't believe half of the theories presented, but Oliver Stone has perfected a masterpiece in how it was recreated and filmed. Its very entertaining and sometimes mind-blowing how some theories and discrepancies actually make sense. ” - Theflyace
 
26.
Gettysburg (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War. (271 mins.)
“ This re-creation of one of the most famous battles in history is beautifully acted and masterfully executed. ” - Theflyace
 
27.
We Are Marshall (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive. (131 mins.)
Director: McG
“ A surprisingly sad and affecting drama that is not built for the formula, but modifies it to fit history almost to the last blade of grass on the Marshall football field. ” - Theflyace
 
28.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ An outstanding film that delves into the souls of two men who become life-friends in the walls of Shawshank prison. Expert acting and expert writing-directing from Frank Darabont make this one of the best. ” - Theflyace
 
29.
Air Force One (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them. (124 mins.)
 
30.
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman. (104 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
31.
Miracle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad. (135 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
32.
Braveheart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
33.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
 
34.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
35.
Rush (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. (123 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard