My Top 20 films

by Diego Avila | created - 01 Oct 2010 | updated - 24 Apr 2015 | Public

my favorite films (may change with time)

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1. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 719,478 | Gross: $402.45M

Easily the best film I`ve ever seen. Visual effects that hold up extremely well even 22 years later, great acting, beautiful music, spot-on directing, and a really good story that opens itself up to intelligent ideas. Jurassic Park is my favorite movie of all time.

2. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,473,966 | Gross: $330.25M

A great performance from oscar winner Tom Hanks, and a fun storyline at the hands of Robert Zemeckis, its no wonder this film won best picture.

3. Terminator 2 (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 847,161 | Gross: $204.84M

You can`t call yourself a die hard accion/science fiction fan if haven`t already seen this great work of cinema, courtesy of James Cameron.

4. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 729,721 | Gross: $191.80M

A film that brings nostalgia to those who grew up with it and fun for those who recently see it, Toy Story is an animation classic

5. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,330,103 | Gross: $134.97M

I dont know how could I have lived without seeing the Godfather. At first I was worried that it wouldn´t live up to the hype of being "the greatest film ever made". But in my opinion, the hype doesn´t come close to the film´s greatness.

6. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,914,480 | Gross: $534.86M

The best Batman film since Burton`s, visionary director Christopher Nolan has revived a hero we thought would never return to the big screen.

7. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,557,638 | Gross: $37.03M

Terrific performances, a story deep and puzzling and fantastic direction by David Fincher.

8. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 225,511 | Gross: $32.53M

A classic film that embodies an amazing journey of music, with semi-autobiographical take on director Cameron Crowe`s part

9. Inception (2010)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 1,701,351 | Gross: $292.58M

An amazingly intelligent story that doesnt try to be too smart, awesome fights sequences, great performances, amazing visual effects, Inception is definetly Christopher Nolan´s best work.

10. Sin City (2005)

R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller

74 Metascore

A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba

Votes: 698,691 | Gross: $74.10M

Visually impressive, great performances, great characters and a great adaption from Frank Miller´s acclaimed comic book series.

11. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,397,108 | Gross: $171.48M

With a very intelligent and original storyline, great acting, great characters and some special effects ahead of its time, The Wachowski brothers have created science fiction classic

12. Tarzan (1999)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

79 Metascore

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

Directors: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima | Stars: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed, Glenn Close

Votes: 167,482 | Gross: $171.09M

What can i say? The film is gorgeous and fun for the whole family, definitely one of Disney`s best films

13. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 430,009 | Gross: $107.51M

Don´t know what Alan Moore would think about this film adaption of his famous comic book, but I think this isn´t just one of the best adapted comic book film, but it might just just be the greatest.

14. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

81 Metascore

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 580,183 | Gross: $115.65M

A future sci-fi classic, this film is one of the best alien films that has come out in a long time

15. The Avengers (2012)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Votes: 1,096,658 | Gross: $623.36M

And the greatest publicity stunt in movie history culminates in one of the most awesome superhero films of all times.

16. (500) Days of Summer (2009)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.

Director: Marc Webb | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend, Chloë Grace Moretz

Votes: 420,344 | Gross: $32.39M

A smart, cute and lovable dramedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel

17. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Alison Pill

Votes: 314,545 | Gross: $31.49M

A comedic and original storyline, awesome fight scenes, and with Michael Cera leading the film, SPvsTW is an awesome spectacle. Also the film has a kick ass soundtrack

18. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

61 Metascore

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 926,185 | Gross: $136.80M

A heart breaking story, the green mile is a painful filled fantasy/drama that will be hard not to cry

19. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody

Votes: 583,869 | Gross: $59.10M

Beautiful art direction, amazing cinematography, hilarious dialogue, and stellar perfomances... This film is gorgeous! It should have won best picture.

20. The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney

Votes: 151,759 | Gross: $0.92M

Easily, one of the most haunting films I`ve seen in my life. Dark yet very poetic, this film is a terrifying representation of grief.