Favourite Filmsby tommyg_99 | created - 15 Nov 2010 | updated - 15 Nov 2010 | Public
Films that receive a 10/10 rating from myself are placed on the Favourite Films list.
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1. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 844,324 | Gross: $46.84M
Best mob film ever made. Scorsese is a legend beyond the description of words. De Niro, Liotta and Pesci are a force to be reckoned with; sly, charmed and batshit fucking insane respectively.
2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 1,955,904 | Gross: $28.34M
A perfect movie. Tim Robbins is brilliant and memorable. Plays the character of a shy and introverted intellectual as if he's done so all his life. King must be very proud.
3. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,529,817 | Gross: $107.93M
Tarantino's best ever work? Most likely, although to be honest it is getting increasingly harder to see what he will come up with next. Star performances from Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Tarantino favourite Uma Thurman, and Ving Rhames.
4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.
Votes: 434,924 | Gross: $1.23M
Possibly the funniest movie ever made. If not, it sure as hell comes close. Easily the best effort from the Python. Chapman's Arthur is self-consciously heroic, and jokes fly from every corner of the screen. Every time I watch it, something new pops out.
5. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
Votes: 716,270 | Gross: $74.28M
Javier Bardem's Anton Chigurh is the most intense sociopath I have ever seen on screen. He is played with such precision and conviction that he will never be forgotten. Definitely deserving of his Academy Award win.
6. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,338,985 | Gross: $134.97M
Everything that can be said about this film has already been said. In other words, perfect.
7. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.
Votes: 1,043,250 | Gross: $120.54M
Never have I enjoyed Brad Pitt this much. Tarantino's direction is clean and clear throughout; a surprising turn for the regularly non-linear composer. Christoph Waltz is a face to remember.
8. In Bruges (2008)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.
Votes: 343,729 | Gross: $7.76M
Fooking Bruges. Having been reasonably bored in Bruges myself, I can understand the viewpoint entirely. Chocolate, lace and a belltower. Colin Farrell is Colin Farrell in this film.
9. 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: 1,928,186 | Gross: $534.86M
One can't describe the film without mentioning Heath Ledgers sterling performance. What a bang to go out on. Nolan's direction and action-sequences are chair-gripping.
10. Garden State (2004)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.
Votes: 197,365 | Gross: $26.78M
Charming contrast between over-loved and under-loved; careless and carefree. Zach Braff's directorial debut has a cult following for a reason, and Natalie Portman escapes into her character. Makes you forget that they're acting.
11. Toy Story (1995)
G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.
Votes: 734,892 | Gross: $191.80M
Pixar jumped into the spotlight with this masterpiece. Voice talents haven't been this good for a very long time. Fantastic film and a treat to witness on Blu-Ray.
12. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.
Votes: 656,929 | Gross: $164.62M
Makes everyone want to become a con artist. DiCaprio's gift of the gab is surprisingly charming, while Tom Hanks' father figure's Boston drawl gets on the wrong nerves. But I think it's meant to.
13. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 1,007,525 | Gross: $132.38M
DiCaprio is suicidal. Damon is a jerk. Nicholson is fucking nuts. Wahlberg is an asshole. Sheen is typically Sheen. Baldwin is sharp. Scorsese is a genius.
14. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.
Votes: 367,310 | Gross: $218.97M
My favourite Disney film ever made. Gracefully animated and musically pleasing. The title tune will resonate with every listener forever.
15. Up (2009)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.
Votes: 785,727 | Gross: $293.00M
Absolutely incredibly animated. The amount of effort that would have gone into those balloons is staggering. Doug is a treat whenever he comes onto th- SQUIRREL.
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,413,983 | Gross: $315.54M
17. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.
Votes: 1,262,949 | Gross: $342.55M
PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.
Votes: 1,396,388 | Gross: $377.85M
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.
Votes: 984,538 | Gross: $290.48M
The series continues and evolves perfectly. Character interactions are stronger as they have built with time and effects are stronger with a larger budget and advanced techniques. Han Solo is immortalised.
20. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 720,885 | Gross: $44.02M
Kubrick and Nicholson provide all the evidence required to judge their respective genius. The best psychological thriller ever made.
21. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,055,799 | Gross: $322.74M
This is what started it all. The widespread exploration of CGI and special effects. A fantastic mix of drama, action and sci-fi to create a series of film parallel to no other.
22. The Lion King (1994)
G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.
Votes: 767,512 | Gross: $312.90M
Everyone else's favourite Disney film. It truly is spectacular though. Beautiful animation and characters. Music instantly memorable. Just a great film.
23. 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: 1,712,752 | Gross: $292.58M
Stunningly effect laden. Very intricate plot, though not always entirely airtight. Performances quite good, although the film is driven by the CGI and Hans Zimmer's fantastic score. DiCaprio utilises a squint and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is cool and composed throughout.
24. There Will Be Blood (2007)
R | 158 min | Drama
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Votes: 436,067 | Gross: $40.22M
Startlingly chilling performance from Daniel Day-Lewis and recognition of the upcoming talent that is Paul Dano. Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead provided the dissonant and haunting score that sets the atmosphere for the incredible cinematography perfectly.
25. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,046,478 | Gross: $130.74M
An incredible film with excellent performances from Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. One of the most intense and suspenseful films ever made.
26. The Truman Show (1998)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.
Votes: 781,276 | Gross: $125.62M
This film had such an impact that it created 'The Truman Disorder', a condition where people 'realised' they were in their own version of the Truman Show and went mad. One of Carrey's and Weir's best efforts.
27. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
An intellectual feast. Gives a new meaning to the words 'courthouse drama'. Also explores the fact that sets, effects and props are unnecessary to provoke emotion and create a classic film.
28. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical
A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.
Votes: 34,985 | Gross: $13.78M
The Beatles being The Beatles. Need I say more?
29. Spellbound (2002)
G | 97 min | Documentary, Comedy, Thriller
Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.
Votes: 11,411 | Gross: $5.73M
An instantly classic documentary that captures the psychological torment and simultaneous pleasure from studying how to spell 'cephalalgia' and other gems for 6 hours a day. The kid that can't spell 'banns' is an absolute hoot.