Elektros Top 100 moviesby Elektromann | created - 06 Dec 2010 | updated - 13 Mar 2015 | Public
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1. Playtime (1967)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy
Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction.
The way Tati deals with the different layers of the screen and the unconventional style of telling a story full of subtle irony and dark humor is unique and unmatched until this very day. This is pure cinema - not more, not less.
2. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 524,731 | Gross: $83.47M
Almost everything that has to do with this film is exciting - maybe even more than the film itself (there are whole books and documentaries about the circumstances surrounding the production of this monster). Its a cinematic masterpiece of mythical proportions that cannot ever be fully explored - and thats what makes it so irresistible and worthwhile to deal with it.
3. Army of Shadows (1969)
Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War
An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.
Votes: 17,159 | Gross: $0.74M
I was shocked by the incredible bleak and cold, pessimistic vision of the French Resistance, and the way Melville put it onto film with razor-sharp perfection. Many (disturbing) images that still remain in my head.
4. 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: 738,063 | Gross: $44.02M
The ultimate Horror film. Kubricks interpretation of Kings book is bigger than every horror film before and after ever was. Sound, Mise-en-scene, Framing, Cutting, Music, Set-Design, Acting = perfect. In fact its so great that even Stephen King didn't really get it and instead bashed it. Poor fool.
5. 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: 1,368,194 | Gross: $134.97M
Its the epitome of the new Hollywood era. Perfectly casted, perfectly shot, and perfectly sold. Narrative cinema at its best.
6. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.
Votes: 607,149 | Gross: $28.26M
Scorseses Masterpiece. A bleak, timeless vision of a disillusioned home coming war hero in a disturbing modern Film Noir setting.
7. Le Samouraï (1967)
GP | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses his efforts to provide himself an alibi drive him further into a corner.
Votes: 37,406 | Gross: $0.04M
The french interprentation of eastern-asia code and ethics. A grim portrait of a lonly man with a clear vision of his life, perfectly acted by Alain Delon.
8. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
The definite movie when it comes to violence on screen and the way its being dealt with. A disturbing, thought-provoking masterpiece that showed me what more movies can be - art that expands your own horizons.
9. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
PG-13 | 164 min | Western
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
Votes: 258,942 | Gross: $5.32M
The most beautiful western ever made. You won't ever forget the score by Morricone and the extreme close-up of the faces.
10. Brazil (1985)
R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.
Votes: 170,121 | Gross: $9.93M
I don't like fantasy elements in movies that much - Brazil is a rare exception. Beautifully shot and rich with weird ideas. A fascinating tale of mystery and imagination.
11. Dead Man (1995)
R | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Western
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Votes: 81,069 | Gross: $1.04M
The second western in this list that is pure art. Neil Youngs score is haunting, and so are the grim black&white pictures of the godforsaken western town and landscape.
12. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
A space-opera spanning the dawn of man to humanity reaching the stars, 2001: A Space Odyssey tells the story of the Black Monolith, humanity's evolution and the rise of A.I.'s ultimate supercomputer HAL 9000.
Votes: 515,583 | Gross: $56.95M
Another Kubrick masterpiece. I don't like Sci-Fi movies, but this is so much more than just that. Its film-making in perfection that was way ahead of its time and, over 40 years later, still is.
13. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Votes: 379,428 | Gross: $36.76M
Hitchcocks Masterpiece is a lesson in suspense and efficiency. The set-design is phenomenal.
14. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
R | 229 min | Crime, Drama
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Votes: 263,661 | Gross: $5.32M
Sergio Leone is telling a tragic story of a lifetime in four hours. It achieves a kind of vicinity with the unlikable characters that I haven't experienced before in any other film.
15. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
R | 202 min | Crime, Drama
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
Votes: 947,156 | Gross: $57.30M
The second part of a masterpiece is also a masterpiece in itself, that shines through the superb acting performances and the way the tragic story unfolds through various flashbacks. The best sequel in cinematic history.
16. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
Votes: 592,091 | Gross: $6.10M
The most amusing western of all time, with one of the best endings in movie history: Tuco (The Ugly) running around the graveyard to Morricones Ecstasy for Gold - mind-blowing.
17. Miller's Crossing (1990)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.
Votes: 114,718 | Gross: $5.08M
The overlooked masterpiece by the Coen-Brothers. The cinematography, the sharp dialogues, the music, the historical details - they create a mood and atmosphere that you cannot withdraw from.
18. 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: 1,559,790 | Gross: $107.93M
A film nerds pop cultural interpretation and homage to long forgotten movie decades - Film Noir, Nouvelle Vague, its all in there hidden between what others see as just as a funny and weird film on the surface.
19. Scarface (1983)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Votes: 634,642 | Gross: $45.60M
The most notable movie about the rise and the downfall of a gangster who was searching for the American dream, and Al Pacino's most impressive representation of a character by today.
20. Barton Fink (1991)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
Votes: 100,676 | Gross: $6.15M
The Coen Brothers take on the Hollywood system. The dark humor and the supreme acting skills of John Goodman and John Torturro makes this an unforgettable experience that literally burns the pictures inside your head for a long time.
21. 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.
Still the most astonishing intimate play in cinematic history, superbly directed by Sidney Lumet.
22. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.
A hauntingly beautiful journey into madness and the force of nature. Werner Herzogs masterpiece is carried by the stunning performance of Klaus Kinski and the spherical score.
23. Alien (1979)
R | 116 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 681,842 | Gross: $78.90M
One of the most efficient and pioneering horror films ever made. The set-design is unmatched in this genre until the very day.
24. Amer (2009)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller
As a young girl Ana was a rebellious child. She was also tormented by images of death and a shadowy, ominous figure in black. Now an adult, she is once again tormented by shadowy, other-worldly forms.
One of the most unique films I ever experienced on the big screen. Pure art with a fantastic, enthralling score, incredible visual design and a beguiling story told almost entirely through its audiovisual power.
25. Bad Lieutenant (1992)
NC-17 | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness and redemption.
Votes: 33,339 | Gross: $2.00M
A dirty, disturbing masterpiece by Abel Ferrara with an outstanding Harvey Keitel and his best career performance.
26. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 599,438 | Gross: $27.00M
A visionary Sci-Fi Noir with a superbly set-design, beautiful cinematography and a thought-provoking story that hasn't lost any of its appeal until today.
27. Blast of Silence (1961)
Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way.
A late masterpiece of Noir-photography and Noir-plot produced with an ridiculously low budet in the streets of New York. An overlooked gem.
28. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.
Votes: 53,913 | Gross: $0.05M
The definitive movie that describes what revenge is about and that everyone can be a part of its force, just depending on the tragic circumstances surrounding you.
29. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
R | 103 min | Drama, Romance
A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.
Votes: 69,465 | Gross: $2.38M
A stunningly beautiful meditation about life and death that is told almost without any words, set in a wonderful landscape and backed up by great performances.
30. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by cult author Joe R. Lansdale, Bubba Ho-tep tells the "true" story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis (Bruce ... See full summary »
Votes: 42,031 | Gross: $2.00M
One of the most heart-warming and funny films on this list. The weird story is brilliant, and so is the directing and the acting.
31. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.
A masterpiece of German expressionism. The set-design is stunning and the influence on later cinematically movements is almost unmeasurable.
32. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Votes: 100,245 | Gross: $5.10M
The definite zombie-movie that jumps right into the action and never lets you off the hook until the ending credits. Superb score by the Goblins.
33. Double Indemnity (1944)
Passed | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.
Votes: 120,742 | Gross: $5.72M
An archetype for the classical Film Noir of the 40ies, with stunning performances and elegant direction.
34. Ace in the Hole (1951)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.
Votes: 23,180 | Gross: $3.97M
Billy Wilder's grim statement about the power of the media and the exploitation of an emergency acts still fresh and unconsumed to the very day.
PG | 95 min | Comedy
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
Votes: 399,557 | Gross: $0.28M
Kubricks most humorous film is a dark, satirical observation about the negative spin offs of the cold war. Peter Sellers is priceless.
36. Ed Wood (1994)
R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.
Votes: 153,997 | Gross: $5.89M
38. 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: 1,598,965 | Gross: $37.03M
The definite movie of the 90ies. A deeply disturbing journey into the state of mind of a whole generation that grew up with consumer products and full blown marketing, and its inevitable decline shown by a stunning end sequence full of destructive beauty.
39. Fong juk (2006)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him.
Votes: 7,607 | Gross: $0.05M
Exiled has the most beautifully shot action sequences I ever experienced. Slow-motion violence as an art form and in pure perfection. Thaw-dropping.
41. Gomorrah (2008)
Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama
An inside look at Italy's modern crime families.
Votes: 42,328 | Gross: $1.58M
A gritty, realistic crime drama that is gruesomely shocking and disturbing at the same time.
42. Guizi lai le (2000)
139 min | Comedy, Drama, War
During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time... See full summary »
Votes: 5,799 | Gross: $0.02M
A war movie that masks its cruel story under a coat of dark humor and a sense of irony. But the nightmare-ish scenario unfolds piece by piece until the shocking ending, that makes unmistakably clear that it is still a movie about crimes against humanity.
43. Fireworks (1997)
103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.
Votes: 23,977 | Gross: $0.23M
The score is one of the most beautiful ever made, and the film one of the saddest I ever experienced.
44. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.
Votes: 185,616 | Gross: $47.00M
The minimalistic Carpenter score is an experience not to miss, and combined with the supremely efficient directing makes for a extraordinary low budget movie that's an exemplary exercise in cinematic suspense, that all other horror films that followed have to compete with.
45. Heat (1995)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.
Votes: 503,619 | Gross: $67.44M
Michael Manns most impressive work still shines with two of the best actors still alive, and an impressive handmade action scene that feels incredibly real is unmatched until today.
46. The Devil's Rejects (2005)
R | 107 min | Crime, Horror
The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target.
Votes: 83,758 | Gross: $17.04M
Never before did I care so much for the bad guys in a film (hint: there are no good guys in this film). The Ending, where the gang is riding into their doom in full consciousness, accompanied by Lynrd Skynrds "Free Bird", is just heartbreakingly sad and beautiful at the same time.
47. Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Not Rated | 128 min | Drama
The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.
Similar to Seppuku this film also deals with the conflict between tradition and emotion in the samurai era. A perfectly orchestrated tragedy about two lovers that struggle with a rigid feudal system.
48. Jackie Brown (1997)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.
Votes: 271,110 | Gross: $39.67M
Still Tarantinos most under-appreciated film. The Rashomon-like narrative structure, combined with the homage to the 70ies Blaxploitation-era with Pam Grier as its poster child, and some very weird but likable characters make for a incredible amusing film with lots of style AND substance.
49. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery