Some of my Favorite Movies of All Timesby dramses79 | created - 31 Dec 2010 | updated - 07 May 2015 | Public
These are some of my favorite movies of all times. I'm probably forgetting many, but...it's a good way to start! And, this list is not in order of importance/preference...just listed as I remembered the movies!
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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 2,041,283 | Gross: $28.34M
Indeed, a great movie...well worth it's 9.2 rating! Great story, excellent execution of the movie! A must-see, for sure!
2. Sin City (2005)
R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 709,107 | Gross: $74.10M
Very nice movie...superb visuals! Nice story!
3. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune.
Votes: 182,236 | Gross: $118.63M
I really enjoyed the story, the "dark/noir" atmosphere... I recommend it!
4. Before Sunrise (1995)
R | 101 min | Drama, Romance
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
Votes: 231,779 | Gross: $5.54M
One of my favorites, ever!!! Very simple, yet deep...really like it!!!
5. Before Sunset (2004)
R | 80 min | Drama, Romance
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.
Votes: 202,597 | Gross: $5.79M
Great sequel of a wonderful movie... Really worth watching...
6. Watchmen (2009)
R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 445,531 | Gross: $107.51M
Interesting story...nice photography!
7. Be Kind Rewind (2008)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy
Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars.
Votes: 85,236 | Gross: $11.17M
Cute story, interesting plot... Not a masterpiece, but nice entertainment...
8. Spy Game (2001)
R | 126 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors.
Votes: 133,492 | Gross: $0.03M
Great action, thriller... I like spy movies, and this one...just great!
9. Great Expectations (1998)
R | 111 min | Drama, Romance
Modernization of Charles Dickens classic story finds the hapless Finn as a painter in New York City pursuing his unrequited and haughty childhood love.
Votes: 47,617 | Gross: $26.33M
Great movie, based on a very nice classic book... Not the usual "drama", but really worth watching
10. The Story of Us (1999)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Ben and Katie Jordan are a married couple who go through hard times in fifteen years of marriage.
Votes: 20,042 | Gross: $27.07M
A nice way of telling a "love story"... I like some rom-coms...this one, definitely one of my favorites of all times
11. Somewhere in Time (1980)
PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.
Votes: 23,988 | Gross: $9.71M
Great classic! Not an ordinary "chick flick", in my opinion... Can't explain why, but I really like it!
12. Noises Off... (1992)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy
A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances.
Votes: 9,314 | Gross: $2.28M
Great comedy!!! Really like this one, and don't know why there ain't more people talking about it...maybe because it's simple... Anyway, really recommend this one!
13. Joyeux Noel (2005)
PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music
In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.
Votes: 25,279 | Gross: $1.05M
Superb movie about the "human spirit", and hope...hope that there's still some good in this world, even in our darkest times!!! Love this one!!!
14. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.
Votes: 433,277 | Gross: $32.39M
Great rom-com!!! Original, entertaining... Recommended!!!
15. My Last Five Girlfriends (2009)
TV-14 | 87 min | Comedy
Duncan navigates the unsteady world of romance and relationships, going through five girlfriends in four years. Unfortunately, none of them turn out well.
Very nice "rom-com"...though it doesn't feel much like one... Innovative, original...quite entertaining! Makes it to my list of all-times favorite!
16. If Only (2004)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
It takes a tragedy to teach the young businessman Ian to put love ahead of work and open up to his musician girlfriend Samantha.
OK, the regular "chick flick"...but, a very nice one! After all, what would you do if you knew you'd have just another 24h with the love of your life?!
17. Definitely, Maybe (2008)
PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter.
Votes: 143,717 | Gross: $31.97M
Great movie!!! Probably makes it to my Top 10! A rom-com, but a great one! Clever, soft, well-written, and acted... Recommend it, for sure!
18. Love Actually (2003)
R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Votes: 380,042 | Gross: $59.70M
Another great movie!!! The typical "feel-good" movie, but a very nice one! Makes it to my Top 10!
19. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.
Votes: 1,165,629 | Gross: $206.85M
Very nice idea to remake the Batman movies, making them darker, closer to the graphic novels...
20. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 2,008,865 | Gross: $534.86M
And the sequel practically outruns the first one... Great movie, probably becoming a classic in the future...
21. Brave New World (1998 TV Movie)
87 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic totalitarian utopian society, babies are created through genetic engineering, everyone has a predestined place in society and their minds are conditioned to follow the rules. A tragic outsider jeopardizes the status quo.
Nice movie, based on a great book!!! Absolutely thought-provoking, for those able to understand the ideas Aldous Huxley was trying to pass on in his book... Really love the story...
22. Equilibrium (2002)
R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.
Votes: 292,069 | Gross: $1.20M
Not sure whether it's a perfect movie, but the story is really thought-provoking, and goes really well with "Brave New World"... Nice to watch!
23. Children of Men (2006)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Votes: 421,098 | Gross: $35.55M
A very nice movie...action, thriller, thought-provoking! Not that we're going the same way the world is at the movie...but, what if?! Interesting plot, nice production...
24. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
PG | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.
Votes: 591,109 | Gross: $217.58M
Great animation...cute cartoon! Good for those moments when you're feeling down!
25. The Crow (1994)
R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.
Votes: 152,728 | Gross: $50.69M
Great movie! Possibly makes it to my Top 10! I love the "dark" atmosphere...and, it's not simply a thriller/action...it's also a sensitive story! Great one...recommend it!
26. The Crow: City of Angels (1996)
R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy
The spirit of the Crow resurrects another man seeking revenge for the murder of his son.
Votes: 17,685 | Gross: $17.88M
Not the best sequel ever, but a very nice movie, indeed... It's entertaining, and I like the ending...
27. Daybreakers (2009)
R | 98 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.
Votes: 115,371 | Gross: $30.10M
Quite a nice movie...not a masterpiece, but somehow it appeals to me! I enjoyed it, pretty much!
28. Dead Poets Society (1989)
PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.
Votes: 356,163 | Gross: $95.86M
An absolute classic!
R | 123 min | Drama, Horror
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.
Votes: 269,909 | Gross: $105.26M
Great vampire movie! Photography, production, directing, cast...it's all great!
30. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
Votes: 805,030 | Gross: $34.40M
A recent "cult" classic! Great plot, nice acting... Really recommend it!
31. Awakenings (1990)
PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama
The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.
Votes: 109,604 | Gross: $52.10M
A great movie...very touching! Robin Williams and DeNiro are great in it!
32. Life as a House (2001)
R | 125 min | Drama
When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
Votes: 41,459 | Gross: $15.65M
Another great drama, with a bit of comedy! Very touching...great acting... Really recommend it!!!
33. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,560,125 | Gross: $330.25M
A modern classic! Don't really need to talk about it, right?! Recommend it!
34. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 116 min | Drama, War
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Votes: 593,523 | Gross: $46.36M
Another nice modern classic...in the war movie category, at least... But, a great Kubrick's...
35. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama
An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Votes: 1,633,862 | Gross: $37.03M
This one definitely makes it to my Top 10!!! Possibly as #1... Thought-provoking, with an interesting "philosophy" underneath... Nice action, nice thrills, some comedy... Really recommend it!!!
36. Gladiator (2000)
R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.
Votes: 1,180,818 | Gross: $187.71M
Great epic movie...my favorite in this category! Really recommend it!
37. Going the Distance (2010)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Romance
A romantic comedy centered on a guy and a gal who try to keep their love alive as they shuttle back and forth between New York and San Francisco to see one another.
Votes: 53,991 | Gross: $17.80M
Cute movie...not a masterpiece, but it appeals to me! Nice to watch when you need a nice rom-com...
38. He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
PG-13 | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
This Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior.
Votes: 147,549 | Gross: $93.95M
Great rom-com! Very nice acting, very nice plot, very nice movie development... Really recommend it!
39. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.
Votes: 554,960 | Gross: $317.58M
Great movie, and a new modern classic, for sure! I like the other movies in the series, too, but the first one...that's the one everyone will remember...I guess...
40. Idiocracy (2006)
R | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.
Votes: 129,204 | Gross: $0.44M
Not the best plot and acting, but a nice movie to watch...and touches some subjects to be thought about... Nice to watch...worth it, if you look at it with "unbiased" eyes...
41. Thank You for Smoking (2005)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama
Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.
Votes: 204,344 | Gross: $24.79M
Nice movie...makes us think, teaches us a bit of the "art of talking"... Worth watching!
42. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.
Votes: 137,177 | Gross: $7.69M
Very nice movie...nice photography, indeed! Nice subjects to think about...like a "modern Faust"... Recommended!
43. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 1,788,279 | Gross: $292.58M
Nice piece of work...and I don't like DiCapprio that much! But, this movie is pretty nice...reminds me of the first Matrix movie...
44. Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002)
R | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Neal Oliver, a very confused young man and an artist (played by James Marsden) takes a journey of a lifetime on a highway I60 that doesn't exist on any of the maps, going to the places he never even heard of, searching for an answer and his dreamgirl.
This one really appealed to me at some level... Really liked it!!!
45. In the Name of the Father (1993)
R | 133 min | Biography, Drama
A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.
Votes: 138,256 | Gross: $25.01M
Great classic!!! Moving...
46. Kick-Ass (2010)
R | 117 min | Action, Comedy
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.
Votes: 489,465 | Gross: $48.07M
A nice surprise! Better than Spiderman, and some other Comics-based movies! Fun, nice art direction, great plot development... Recommended!
47. Let the Right One In (2008)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
Votes: 192,614 | Gross: $2.12M
A nice piece of art... Quite interesting, despite it's slow-paced nature... Recommended!
48. Marley & Me (2008)
PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Family