Elektros Top 100 movies

by Elektromann | created - 06 Dec 2010 | updated - 13 Mar 2015 | Public
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1. Playtime (1967)

Not Rated | 155 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.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden, France Rumilly

Votes: 19,649

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, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 613,616 | 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

99 Metascore

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Votes: 21,381 | 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

66 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

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

Votes: 910,536 | 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

100 Metascore

An organized crime dynasty's aging patriarch transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

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

Votes: 1,644,250 | 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

94 Metascore

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 by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Votes: 735,579 | 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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Alain Delon, François Périer, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier

Votes: 46,228 | 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

77 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 765,703 | Gross: $6.21M

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 | 165 min | Western

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 306,092 | 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

84 Metascore

A bureaucrat in a dystopic society becomes an enemy of the state as he pursues the woman of his dreams.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 189,007 | 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 | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

62 Metascore

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange aboriginal American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 91,267 | 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

84 Metascore

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 610,662 | 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

100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 449,117 | 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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams

Votes: 315,959 | 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

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,145,124 | 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

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 696,256 | 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

66 Metascore

Tom Reagan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 126,936 | 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

94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his 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: 1,849,862 | 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

65 Metascore

In 1980 Miami, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 751,977 | 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

69 Metascore

A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner

Votes: 114,245 | 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

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: 700,817 | Gross: $4.36M

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 | Action, Adventure, Biography

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Votes: 52,987

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 | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 797,427 | 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

72 Metascore

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.

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Cassandra Forêt, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Marie Bos, Biancamaria D'Amato

Votes: 5,777

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

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Brian McElroy, Frank Acciarito, Peggy Gormley

Votes: 39,480 | 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 | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

84 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 701,146 | Gross: $32.87M

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.

Director: Allen Baron | Stars: Allen Baron, Molly McCarthy, Larry Tucker, Peter Clune

Votes: 3,766

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 | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Shin Ha-kyun, Bae Doona, Ji-Eun Lim

Votes: 63,512 | 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

85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk in an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Kim Ki-duk | Stars: Kim Ki-duk, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Kim Young-Min

Votes: 78,190 | 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

57 Metascore

Elvis Presley and a black "JFK" stay in a nursing home where nothing happens - until a wayward Egyptian mummy comes and sucks out the old people's souls thru their a-holes. The two decide to fight back.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Bob Ivy, Ella Joyce

Votes: 46,017 | 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.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Votes: 58,135

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

71 Metascore

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.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 112,314 | 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

95 Metascore

An insurance representative lets himself be talked by a seductive housewife into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses the suspicion of an insurance investigator.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Byron Barr

Votes: 145,304 | 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)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Film-Noir

72 Metascore

A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to rekindle his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall

Votes: 32,061 | 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.

35. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

97 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 455,084 | 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

70 Metascore

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 166,065 | Gross: $5.89M

37. Faust (1926)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Votes: 14,087

38. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

66 Metascore

A nameless first person narrator (Edward Norton) attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla (Helena Bonham Carter),... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,878,966 | 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. Exiled (2006)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Nick Cheung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng, Simon Yam

Votes: 8,470 | 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.

40. Get Carter (1971)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

80 Metascore

When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne

Votes: 29,240 | Gross: $0.39M

41. Gomorrah (2008)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Scampia Vele is the corbusian architecture which has become a stronghold for Mafia of Naples, Italy.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abbruzzese, Toni Servillo, Simone Sacchettino

Votes: 46,734 | Gross: $1.58M

A gritty, realistic crime drama that is gruesomely shocking and disturbing at the same time.

42. Devils on the Doorstep (2000)

139 min | Comedy, Drama, War

70 Metascore

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 »

Director: Wen Jiang | Stars: Wen Jiang, Kenya Sawada, Hongbo Jiang, Teruyuki Kagawa

Votes: 6,952 | 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.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 28,116 | 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

87 Metascore

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, Illinois to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 235,207 | 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