All Time Favorite Films

I have always had a love for really great films that I can relate to, or that put me in a sort of trance. Here are all of my favorite films that I feel everyone should see. I tend to lean toward the more awkward films, and indie films. Enjoy ~
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1.
Unmade Beds (2009)
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The quirky story of Vera and Axl who both live in the same London warehouse but whose paths never cross until fate steps in. (97 mins.)
“ My all time favorite movie. Can't even verbalize how much this film changed me. ” - takenbytrees3
 
2.
The Dreamers (2003)
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A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots. (115 mins.)
“ Just, perfection. ” - takenbytrees3
 
3.
Garden State (2004)
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A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
“ This is by far my favorite Natalie Portman film. I adore this film, it's very real. Loved it. ” - takenbytrees3
 
4.
Take This Waltz (2011)
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A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street. (116 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
 
5.
Blue Valentine (2010)
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The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. (112 mins.)
 
6.
Submarine (2010)
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15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life. (97 mins.)
Director: Richard Ayoade
“ I absolutely fell in love with this the first time I saw it. The characters are very original. I found this truly delightful and also quite heartbreaking. The music in this film is to die for, Alex Turner is a genius. ” - takenbytrees3
 
7.
Kids (1995)
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A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins. (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
“ Classic. 100% true and captivating. Absolutely adore this film. ” - takenbytrees3
 
8.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ This film really struck me. I felt I could relate to both Clementine, and Joel on a certain level. It's such a beautiful and mesmerizing film and the music is in my dreams fairly often. ” - takenbytrees3
 
9.
Daydream Nation (2010)
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A city girl who moves to a small town and becomes entangled in a love triangle between her high school teacher and a stoner classmate. (98 mins.)
“ I really felt myself getting lost in this film and enveloping myself into it. This is a film I could watch over and over. ” - takenbytrees3
 
10.
Donnie Darko (2001)
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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
“ no way to even describe my love for this film. ” - takenbytrees3
 
11.
Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
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A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people. (92 mins.)
 
12.
Like Crazy (2011)
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A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. (86 mins.)
Director: Drake Doremus
 
13.
Gummo (1997)
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Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives. (89 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
“ This is so spectacular. Harmony Korine is hands down my most favorite writer/director. ” - takenbytrees3
 
14.
The Rules of Attraction (2002)
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The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate. (110 mins.)
Director: Roger Avary
“ This film was a bit confusing at times, but all in all, it was very real and bold. I liked it a lot. ” - takenbytrees3
 
15.
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
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A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s. (97 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ This is such a beautiful and dreamy like film. It's really intimate and and lovely, truly heartbreaking. Just entirely mesmerizing. ” - takenbytrees3
 
16.
Fight Club (1999)
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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
“ There are literally no words to describe how much I love this film. ” - takenbytrees3
 
17.
The Art of Getting By (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit. (83 mins.)
Director: Gavin Wiesen
“ This film is so much a work of art in itself. I loved the characters, loved the theme, loved everything really. The cast of this is really brilliant as well. ” - takenbytrees3
 
18.
American Beauty (1999)
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A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
19.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
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Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. (93 mins.)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
“ So dreamy-like and beautiful. It reminded me a lot of Where the Wild things are. It was also so heartbreakingly truthful. This film brought me to tears. ” - takenbytrees3
 
20.
Thirteen (2003)
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A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend. (100 mins.)
 
21.
Lolita (1997)
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A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter. (137 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
“ absolute perfection. I really like this one better than the the older version. ” - takenbytrees3
 
22.
Paranoid Park (2007)
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A teenage skateboarder's life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard. (85 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
23.
Shutter Island (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
24.
Chloe (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the marriage in danger. (96 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
“ So dreamy and amazing. Amanda Seyfried is spectacular in this. ” - takenbytrees3
 
25.
Youth in Revolt (2009)
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While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity. (90 mins.)
Director: Miguel Arteta
“ Very funny and adorable. Michael Cera is one of my favorite actors, but Vijay was definitely my favorite character. ” - takenbytrees3
 
26.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ This film kept so true to a comic book and was really just delightful. I could watch it over and over. ” - takenbytrees3
 
27.
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. (81 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ Basically just a really good film, simply put. ” - takenbytrees3
 
28.
Tiny Furniture (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
About a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life. (98 mins.)
Director: Lena Dunham
“ I just loved this, I don't know why. ” - takenbytrees3
 
29.
Under the Cherry Moon (1986)
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Two brothers from Miami are in the Mediterranean, enjoying life by scamming money off of rich women... (98 mins.)
Director: Prince
 
30.
Terri (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of a large fifteen-year-old boy in a small town as he struggles to adjust to his difficult life. (105 mins.)
Director: Azazel Jacobs
“ This movie is really just heart wrenching. It's so innocent and really perfectly illustrates the struggle of being overweight and adolescent. I loved this. ” - takenbytrees3
 
31.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
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A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Just Magical. A delight to watch ” - takenbytrees3
 
32.
Restless (2011)
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The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII. (91 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
33.
The Namesake (2006)
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American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways. (122 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
“ The book is so much better, but I love this. ” - takenbytrees3
 
34.
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
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Yearning for escape and adventure, a young boy runs away from home and sails to an island filled with creatures that take him in as their king. (101 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ I had always loved this book as a child, and when I discovered it was being made into a film, I was a little worried it wouldn't capture how magical the story is. But I was completely wrong, I just adored this. It is so filled with love, innocence, and magic. ” - takenbytrees3
 
35.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way. (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
36.
The Strangers (2008)
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A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants. (86 mins.)
Director: Bryan Bertino
 
37.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
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The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
 
38.
Dandelion (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a small town of rolling fields and endless skies, isolated 16 year old Mason lives in a world where... (93 mins.)
Director: Mark Milgard
 
39.
Now Is Good (2012)
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A girl dying of leukemia compiles a list of things she'd like to do before passing away. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity. (103 mins.)
Director: Ol Parker
 
40.
The Go-Getter (2007)
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When his mother dies, a teenager takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well. (93 mins.)
Director: Martin Hynes
 
41.
All Over Me (1997)
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Claude and Ellen are best friends who live in a not-so-nice area of New York. They're involved in the subculture of 90s youth... (86 mins.)
Director: Alex Sichel
 
42.
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss. (180 mins.)
 
43.
Palo Alto (2013)
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The life and struggles of a group of adolescents living in Palo Alto. (100 mins.)
Director: Gia Coppola