Favorite Films

by virginia-w | created - 09 Apr 2011 | updated - 08 Aug 2015 | Public

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1. About Last Night... (1986)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair, despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins

Votes: 12,625 | Gross: $38.70M

About Last Night... - dir Edward Zwick - Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, James Belushi, Elizabeth Perkins

2. American Graffiti (1973)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

97 Metascore

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 70,531 | Gross: $115.00M

American Graffiti - dir George Lucas - Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith

3. The Big Chill (1983)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt

Votes: 28,348 | Gross: $56.20M

The Big Chill - dir Lawrence Kasdan - Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt

4. Brideshead Revisited (1981)

659 min | Drama, Romance

Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner, Phoebe Nicholls

Votes: 5,374

Brideshead Revisited (1981) - Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner, Phoebe Nicholls

5. Bull Durham (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

73 Metascore

A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson

Votes: 40,456 | Gross: $50.89M

Bull Durham - dir Ron Shelton - Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson

6. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 46,114 | Gross: $58.97M

Chariots of Fire - dir Hugh Hudson - Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

7. Cookie's Fortune (1999)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell

Votes: 11,668 | Gross: $10.92M

Cookie's Fortune - dir Robert Altman - Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell

8. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey

Votes: 58,795 | Gross: $40.08M

Hannah and Her Sisters - dir Woody Allen - Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey

9. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 573,184 | Gross: $91.13M

The Imitation Game - 2014 - dir Morten Tyldum - 2015-08-07 - Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech - Alan Turing and the Enigma code - 8.2 - 10 -

DATE: 2015-08-07

10. The Joy Luck Club (1993)

R | 139 min | Drama

84 Metascore

The life histories of four Asian women and their daughters reflect and guide each other.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin

Votes: 13,347 | Gross: $32.86M

The Joy Luck Club - dir Wayne Wang - Tamlyn Tomita, Rosalind Chao, Kieu Chinh, Tsai Chin

11. The Last Picture Show (1971)

R | 118 min | Drama

In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson

Votes: 35,329 | Gross: $29.13M

The Last Picture Show - dir Peter Bogdanovich - Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson

12. The Lion in Winter (1968)

PG | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.

Director: Anthony Harvey | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle

Votes: 25,472 | Gross: $0.02M

The Lion in Winter - dir Anthony Harvey - 2004-07-24 - Peter O'Toole, Katherine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle

13. The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Approved | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Western

An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach

Votes: 76,473 | Gross: $4.91M

The Magnificent Seven - dir John Sturges - Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach

14. Moonstruck (1987)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello

Votes: 40,243 | Gross: $80.64M

Moonstruck - dir Norman Jewison - Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello

15. My Dinner with Andre (1981)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Jean Lenauer, Roy Butler

Votes: 14,133 | Gross: $5.25M

My Dinner with Andre - dir Louis Malle - Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Jean Lenauer, Roy Butler

16. Nashville (1975)

R | 160 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated people prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Shelley Duvall

Votes: 19,813 | Gross: $9.98M

Nashville - dir Robert Altman - Keith Carradine, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Shelley Duvall

17. Out of Africa (1985)

PG | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen

Votes: 60,053 | Gross: $87.10M

Out of Africa - dir Sydney Pollack - Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen

18. The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

77 Metascore

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon

Votes: 335,872 | Gross: $30.86M

The Princess Bride - dir Rob Reiner - Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon

19. 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: 1,518,803 | Gross: $107.93M

Pulp Fiction - dir Quentin Tarantino - John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

20. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 92,335 | Gross: $3.52M

Ran - dir Akira Kurosawa - Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

21. Hong gao liang (1988)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, History, Romance

When a leprous winery owner in 1930s China dies a few days after his arranged marriage, his young widow is forced to run the winery to make a living while contending with bandits, her drunkard lover, and the invading Japanese army.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Wen Jiang, Rujun Ten, Ji Liu

Votes: 6,506

Hong gao liang - Red Sorghum - dir Yimou Zhang - Li Gong, Wen Jiang, Rujun Ten, Zhigang Chen

22. A River Runs Through It (1992)

PG | 123 min | Drama

68 Metascore

The story about two sons of a stern minister -- one reserved, one rebellious -- growing up in rural Montana while devoted to fly fishing.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn

Votes: 46,330 | Gross: $43.44M

A River Runs Through It - dir Robert Redford - Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn

23. Tampopo (1985)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy

A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kôji Yakusho

Votes: 11,642 | Gross: $0.22M

Tampopo - Dandelion - dir Juzo Itami - Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kôji Yakusho

24. Terms of Endearment (1983)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love, and her daughter's family problems.

Director: James L. Brooks | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

Votes: 46,090 | Gross: $108.42M

Terms of Endearment - dir James L. Brooks - Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

25. A Thousand Clowns (1965)

Unrated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A middle-aged iconoclast, doggedly avoiding the tedium of employment and conventional life, faces the prospect of losing custody of his young ward.

Director: Fred Coe | Stars: Jason Robards, Barbara Harris, Martin Balsam, Gene Saks

Votes: 2,828

A Thousand Clowns - dir Fred Coe - Jason Robards, Barbara Harris, Martin Balsam, Gene Saks

26. Tootsie (1982)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman

Votes: 85,110 | Gross: $177.20M

Tootsie - dir Sydney Pollack - Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman

27. A Town Like Alice (1981)

301 min | Drama, Romance, War

Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy... See full summary »

Stars: Helen Morse, Bryan Brown, Gordon Jackson, Dorothy Alison

Votes: 774

A Town Like Alice (1981) - dir David Stevens - Helen Morse, Bryan Brown, Gordon Jackson, Dorothy Aliso

28. Underground (1995)

Not Rated | 167 min | Comedy, Drama, War

A group of serbian socialists prepares for the war in a surreal underground filled by parties, tragedies, love and hate.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic, Slavko Stimac

Votes: 48,801

Underground - 1995 - dir Emir Kusturica - 2013-12-08 - Miki Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic, Slavko Stimac - - mpl has - 8.1 - 10 -

DATE: 2013-12-08

29. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

Votes: 61,333

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - dir Mike Nichols - Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis