Favourite Films

by 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

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

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

80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

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

94 Metascore

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.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

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

93 Metascore

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.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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

91 Metascore

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.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

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

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: 1,338,985 | 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

69 Metascore

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.

Directors: Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

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

67 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Berrington

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

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: 1,928,186 | 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

67 Metascore

A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.

Director: Zach Braff | Stars: Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm

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

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: 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

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

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

85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

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

95 Metascore

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.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart

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

88 Metascore

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

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.

16. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

92 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,413,983 | Gross: $315.54M


17. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,262,949 | Gross: $342.55M


18. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

94 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,396,388 | Gross: $377.85M


19. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

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

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

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

90 Metascore

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.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

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

83 Metascore

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.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

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

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: 1,712,752 | 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

93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

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

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

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

90 Metascore

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

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

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 544,126

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

96 Metascore

A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 34,985 | Gross: $13.78M

The Beatles being The Beatles. Need I say more?

29. Spellbound (2002)

G | 97 min | Documentary, Comedy, Thriller

80 Metascore

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Angela Arenivar, Ubaldo Arenivar, Jorge Arenivar, Scott McGarraugh

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.