My 9.5 out of 10's

I have watched and rated thousands of films on IMDb. I'm a film fan of every era and these are all the films I feel that to me, are worthy of 9 and a half stars out of 10. I have left out documentaries as they really qualify as a different kind of film altogether in my view. I have listed the films in the order of their original release.

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1.
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.)
“ It's a family thing. ” - TheAnimalMother
 
2.
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. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ "Everyone gets what they want, and I wanted a mission; And for my sins, I got one." - Captain Willard

A brilliant and surreal war epic that has no competition whatsoever. This film is truly one of a kind. ” - TheAnimalMother
 
3.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll. (90 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
“ To me, the greatest teen comedy of them all. ” - TheAnimalMother
 
4.
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
“ Scorsese has made a lot of great films in my view, but none quite as good as this one in my mind. ” - TheAnimalMother
 
5.
Point Break (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An FBI agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers. (122 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ The best bank robbing film ever in my view and also one of the very best action films ever made as well. ” - TheAnimalMother
 
6.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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.)
“ To me this is by far Tarantino's masterpiece. His other films, while many of them good, do not really even come close to this one in my view. ” - TheAnimalMother
 
7.
Sling Blade (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town. (135 mins.)
“ Simply a very beautiful and very powerful film. This along with The Godfather and A Clockwork Orange in my view go down as one of the best anti-hero centered films ever. ” - TheAnimalMother
 
8.
Fargo (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ One of the most unique, fun and quirky crime capers ever made. ” - TheAnimalMother
 
9.
The Ninth Gate (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones. (133 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ A layer upon layer mystery film that is still far too mysterious for many to really enjoy. However to me the brilliance and depth of this film is undeniable. ” - TheAnimalMother
 
10.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ Wake Up! It's up to you. ” - TheAnimalMother
 
11.
Almost Famous (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour. (122 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ Cameron Crowe's laugh out loud mixture of fact and fantasy take us on a rock n' roll trip into the 70's. In those days rock n' roll was hitting its peak. Crowe gives us a real life-ish glimpse inside the real magic, the fake hype, and here he captures this part of music history better than any other film out there. ” - TheAnimalMother
 
12.
Into the Wild (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
“ Happiness, only real when shared. ” - TheAnimalMother
 
13.
Arrival (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors. (116 mins.)
“ Confined and defined by our own perception. ” - TheAnimalMother