Top 30 Films of All Time

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1.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ The greatest cinematic vision there has ever been. Movies don't come more exciting than this. ” - NormanCroucher
 
2.
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
“ A profound and universally moving story about friendship over time. ” - NormanCroucher
 
3.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ The great stylistic genre masterpiece. ” - NormanCroucher
 
4.
12 Angry Men (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ An intense, claustrophobic socio-political drama that proved you didn't need anything more than a great script and cast to create great cinema. ” - NormanCroucher
 
5.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ The definitive rebellion movie about madness and freedom; and the poetry of those two ideas coexisting. ” - NormanCroucher
 
6.
The Insider (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ A powerful true story told with all the precision of a master filmmaker at the peek of his craft. One of the greatest thrillers of all time. ” - NormanCroucher
 
7.
The Warriors (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down. (92 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ Action exploitation cinema at its best. ” - NormanCroucher
 
8.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ The ultimate suspense horror. As far as I'm concerned it is the scariest movie of all time. ” - NormanCroucher
 
9.
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 began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ The film is much praised for its twist, but it is the lead-up to that twist that makes this delicious noir such a delight. Possibly one of the great screenplays of the 20th Century. ” - NormanCroucher
 
10.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ In my opinion; this was Hitchcock's finest hour. ” - NormanCroucher
 
11.
The Conversation (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
“ One of the most subtle and nuanced paranoid conspiracy thrillers you will ever see. It's made with love and staggering attention to detail. Plus, Hackman's best performance. ” - NormanCroucher
 
12.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ A film that is more rewarding with every new viewing. One of the first great movies of the 21st Century. ” - NormanCroucher
 
13.
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
“ The ultimate tribute to film noir and possibly one of the best period-set movies, period. ” - NormanCroucher
 
14.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ The definitive action thriller. This film wrote the book on how to make an action picture and people have been stealing from it ever since. ” - NormanCroucher
 
15.
Barton Fink (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ A diabolical and surreal journey into the mind of a writer and the hell that is Hollywood. The blackest comedy the Coen Brothers ever penned. ” - NormanCroucher
 
16.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
“ Genre filmmaking at its finest and Spielberg's definitive work. ” - NormanCroucher
 
17.
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
“ The most infuriating and fascinating motion picture of the 20th Century. Whether you believe the paranoid theories or not; this film provokes discussion like nothing else I have ever seen. ” - NormanCroucher
 
18.
Internal Affairs (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An Internal Affairs agent becomes obsessed with bringing down a cop who has managed to maintain a spotless reputation despite being involved in a web of corruption. (115 mins.)
Director: Mike Figgis
“ One of the forgotten gems of the 90's. A dark, brooding character study of two lawmen engaged in an Othello/Iago-like struggle in contemporary LA. ” - NormanCroucher
 
19.
Gattaca (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ A haunting, beautifully made science fiction film that engages the heart, the mind and the soul. It's a visionary work that has never been given its dues. ” - NormanCroucher
 
20.
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
“ Al Pacino's best role was not Scarface but the more human Carlito Brigante. Paired with De Palma's stylish, virtuoso direction and a blistering script, this one was a shoe-in for the top twenty. ” - NormanCroucher
 
21.
Before Sunset (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. (80 mins.)
“ Contrary to popular opinion I believe this is the greatest sequel of all time... and one of the most honest love stories ever told. ” - NormanCroucher
 
22.
Withnail & I (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
At the end of the 1960's, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous. (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
“ As far as I'm concerned; this film is the most honest portrayal of being British there is. And therefore, the greatest British film. ” - NormanCroucher
 
23.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
“ Docu-style slice of history that is probably more relevant today than ever before. One of the most influential works on filmmakers of the time. ” - NormanCroucher
 
24.
The 'Burbs (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult. (101 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
“ While most would see this as an odd choice it is the randomness and quirkiness of Joe Dante's highly undervalued lost classic that makes me love it so. Still never seen anything like it since. A pastiche, a black comedy, a horror, a spoof, a surreal fantasy, a nightmarish farce, a satire of suburbia and a witty study on modern paranoia. ” - NormanCroucher
 
25.
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
“ This is the undisputed movie of my generation made with the visceral style of Goodfellas, the philosophical mind of Kubrick and Malick combined, the anarchistic spirit of the Sex Pistols at their peek and an explosive collision of socio-political ideas with pop cultural references. It's a one of a kind movie. ” - NormanCroucher
 
26.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ A visionary masterpiece that starts at the dawn of man to the birth of a new species. Easily Kubrick's best. ” - NormanCroucher
 
27.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Hilarious and endlessly quotable - Lebowski never fails to amuse. ” - NormanCroucher
 
28.
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Family friendly entertainment that was as smart, witty and imaginative as they come. When I think of the 80's I think of Back to the Future. ” - NormanCroucher
 
29.
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.)
“ Not so much a gangster film. This is a story of family, loyalty and corruption on a grand scale. Wisely considered one of the best pictures ever made. ” - NormanCroucher
 
30.
Cop Land (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community populated by New York City police officers slowly discovers the town is a front for mob connections and corruption. (105 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ A film that has always divided opinion. To me it's one of the best melodramas I have ever seen with some blistering turns from Stallone, Liotta, Keitel and De Niro. Corruption and cops never fails to be a fascinating subject. ” - NormanCroucher