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No particular order. Top 13 are the most important to me.
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1.
Alien (1979)
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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 lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
2.
Her (2013)
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In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need. (126 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
3.
Whiplash (2014)
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A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. (107 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
 
4.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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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
 
5.
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
6.
It Comes at Night (2017)
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Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge. (91 mins.)
 
7.
Baby Driver (2017)
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After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
8.
Fences (2016)
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A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. (139 mins.)
 
9.
Operation Avalanche (2016)
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In 1967, four undercover CIA agents were sent to NASA posing as a documentary film crew. What they discovered led to one of the biggest conspiracies in American history. (94 mins.)
Director: Matt Johnson
 
10.
La La Land (2016)
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While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future. (128 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
 
11.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
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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.)
 
12.
The Dirties (2013)
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Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking. (83 mins.)
Director: Matt Johnson
 
13.
Mommy (2014)
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A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household. (139 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
 
14.
The Dark Knight (2008)
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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.)
 
15.
Interstellar (2014)
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A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. (169 mins.)
 
16.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
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"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
 
17.
Tickled (2016 Documentary)
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Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction. (92 mins.)
 
18.
Watchmen (2009)
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In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it. (162 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
19.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Master Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
 
20.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
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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
 
21.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
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After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap. (131 mins.)
 
22.
Indie Game: The Movie (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. (94 mins.)
 
23.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
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Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
24.
Superbad (2007)
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Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. (113 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
 
25.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
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Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn and spare parts scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker. (136 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
 
26.
Aliens (1986)
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57 years later, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. The moon from the original movie has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
27.
An Honest Liar (2014 Documentary)
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The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi. (90 mins.)
 
28.
Dogtooth (2009)
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Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out. (94 mins.)
 
29.
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
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The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. (147 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
30.
Friday (1995)
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Two homies, Smokey and Craig, smoke a dope dealer's weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night. (91 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
 
31.
The Goonies (1985)
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In order to save their home from foreclosure, a group of misfits set out to find a pirate's ancient valuable treasure. (114 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner