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1. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 157,675 | Gross: $81.30M

The actors at their best. A plot line from cliff to cliff hanging. Solid on location photo. A remarkable movie.

2. Hot Fuzz (2007)

R | 121 min | Action, Comedy

81 Metascore

A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town that's harbouring a dark secret.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy

Votes: 413,276 | Gross: $23.64M

British still surprises all with action and fuzzy humor pack in a precise and efficient direction

3. Body Double (1984)

R | 114 min | Mystery, Thriller

69 Metascore

A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton

Votes: 24,483 | Gross: $8.80M

Appearances are super-deceiving in this one bizarre movie of the 80's

4. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 400,549 | Gross: $59.89M

The title says it all: young, refreshing, inspiring

5. After Hours (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho who he met that evening at a coffee shop.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Tommy Chong

Votes: 47,998 | Gross: $10.60M

As the world turns...until it stops and falls on your head

6. 99 francs (2007)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.

Director: Jan Kounen | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Jocelyn Quivrin, Patrick Mille, Vahina Giocante

Votes: 17,380

The story of an unfathomably psychotic guy

7. Burn After Reading (2008)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, George Clooney, John Malkovich

Votes: 280,450 | Gross: $60.36M

A small movie with small ambitions that goes dramatically beyond its limits, lol

8. Sweet Charity (1969)

G | 149 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis Jr.

Votes: 4,141

Memorable music, dance and characters in a Bob Fosse direction with an inspired Shirley McLaine. A milestone.

9. Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)

R | 91 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

28 Metascore

A vampire named Saya, who is part of covert government agency that hunts and destroys demons in a post-WWII Japan, is inserted in a military school to discover which one of her classmates is a demon in disguise.

Director: Chris Nahon | Stars: Ji-hyun Jun, Allison Miller, Liam Cunningham, JJ Feild

Votes: 13,853 | Gross: $0.26M

Simple, cartoony and cliche... but an efficient entertainment Made In Japan"

10. The Stunt Man (1980)

R | 131 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out and falls for the leading lady.

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Allen Garfield

Votes: 7,834 | Gross: $7.06M

The actors set the tone of crispy characters in a near-cult A-movie of the not so old times

11. The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

77 Metascore

While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.

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

Votes: 347,761 | Gross: $30.86M

Fairy tale in the Real World for a change

12. Shallow Grave (1994)

R | 89 min | Crime, Thriller

67 Metascore

Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Kerry Fox, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor, Ken Stott

Votes: 51,624 | Gross: $2.88M

You know what they say...no pain, no gain

13. The Defiant Ones (1958)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw

Votes: 11,373

In a time where b&w was standard, this courageous movie marked another milestone

14. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

Votes: 88,844

A horrific story and Boorman know-how set the stage for the super-relevant casting good performance: a classic

15. Unbreakable (2000)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark

Votes: 309,807 | Gross: $95.01M

The strange tone of the movie and the intimate play of both Willis and Jackson alone makes Unbreakable a must in the genre

16. Rollerball (1975)

R | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck

Votes: 19,950 | Gross: $30.00M

For the greatest James Caan and the severe light shed on society

17. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

53 Metascore

A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Durning

Votes: 71,459 | Gross: $2.87M

Paul Newman is great, Tim Robbins is great, direction is spotless and the production is sparkling...

18. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 633,950 | Gross: $33.23M

Movies like that rarely come along: soul raising through the simplicity of this charming, etheral girl and her strange life. A must in french.

19. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

PG | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

63 Metascore

In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery

Votes: 48,194

The best adaptation of any Dame Agatha Christie's novel on the big screen, dot

20. American Psycho (2000)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 417,956 | Gross: $15.07M

If you were frightened watching Hitchcock's Psycho, you should change the batteries of your pacemaker before you watch this one.

21. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker

Votes: 1,238,348 | Gross: $100.13M

All is good with people of good will, but there is often a but as clearly demonstrated here.

22. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

PG | 129 min | Adventure

Two British former soldiers decide to set themselves up as kings in Kafiristan, a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander the Great.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey

Votes: 39,986

A magnificient epic with inspired actors in a story about friendship and hope

23. The Man from Acapulco (1973)

95 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Francois Merlin is an espionnage-book writer. He likes to mix every-day character he can met in his book. In his book, he is Bob Saint Clar, his neighbour Christine appears as Tatiana and ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe de Broca | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jacqueline Bisset, Vittorio Caprioli, Hans Meyer

Votes: 3,815

A feel-good movie made in France: this one is specially dear to me

24. The Merchant of Venice (2004)

R | 131 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Al Pacino, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins, Jeremy Irons

Votes: 32,535 | Gross: $3.77M

William's stuff again in a brilliant production with a dream cast...who could ask for anything more?

25. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime

80 Metascore

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Directors: Charles Crichton, John Cleese | Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

Votes: 119,929 | Gross: $63.49M

A Fun and Witty Movie archetype. There's no telling the story here: it's all in the play and you have to see it

26. Firefox (1982)

PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

44 Metascore

A pilot is sent into the Soviet Union on a mission to steal a prototype jet fighter that can be partially controlled by a neuralink.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Freddie Jones, David Huffman, Warren Clarke

Votes: 22,670 | Gross: $46.71M

Modern planes dogfights aficionados may contest but this is a great movie of aerial combat, maybe a model for later ones

27. Sleuth (1972)

PG | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews

Votes: 41,128

Most probably one of the best one-on-one actor movie of all time

28. Casino Royale (1967)

Not Rated | 131 min | Comedy

48 Metascore

In an early spy spoof, aging Sir James Bond comes out of retirement to take on SMERSH.

Directors: Val Guest, Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, Richard Talmadge | Stars: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles

Votes: 24,535

Only the sixties could see the birth of such an extravaganza. The first and best James Bond pastiche with an all star cast

29. The Trouble with Harry (1955)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Mystery

74 Metascore

The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what should be done with his body.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 29,410

An eerie murder case with an adorable Shirley MacLaine. A smile stamper

30. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

G | 144 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill

Votes: 36,182

This to help retrieve the child in all of us...

31. *batteries not included (1987)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Peña

Votes: 27,446 | Gross: $32.95M

Another movie for for all of us, kids

32. After the Sunset (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

38 Metascore

The story of what happens after a master thief achieves his last big score, when the F.B.I. Agent who promised he'd capture him, is about to do just that.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, Don Cheadle

Votes: 41,663 | Gross: $28.33M

The wits of all the characters and the rhythm of the play makes this smooth and warm

33. Mr. Destiny (1990)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Unhappy Larry Burrows sees what his life could've been like, had he made that winning home run as a teenager.

Director: James Orr | Stars: Jim Belushi, Linda Hamilton, Michael Caine, Jon Lovitz

Votes: 10,627 | Gross: $15.38M

If you ever feel down and out and wish things were different, put this one on.

34. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 172,470 | Gross: $92.82M

Not syrupy, not sobby: the actors are great in an excellent movie

35. Four Brothers (2005)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

When their adopted mother is gunned down in a store robbery the 'four brothers' investigated the murder for themselves & look for the killers but not all is what it seems.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 122,713 | Gross: $74.49M

Family ties are often the strongest

36. The Fisher King (1991)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant, Paul Lombardi

Votes: 71,831 | Gross: $41.90M

Where are the limits of responsability for the ones holding mass medias bandwidth?

37. Murder by Death (1976)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery.

Director: Robert Moore | Stars: Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Eileen Brennan

Votes: 28,991

A super-funny set of actors in an intelligent murder night plot: as good as the original ;)

38. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 442,165 | Gross: $107.51M

Vigilantes get old too...A good adaptation of this violent and dark classic comic

39. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

A crime boss assembles a team of six experienced criminals to pull off a large jewellery heist.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

Votes: 796,010 | Gross: $2.83M

Gangster movie in the core of violence and deceit: pick a color...

40. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Votes: 89,200

Chronicles of a rebel kid in the post-war Paris of the 50's. A masterpiece in french

41. The Odd Couple (1968)

G | 105 min | Comedy

86 Metascore

Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.

Director: Gene Saks | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman

Votes: 28,482 | Gross: $44.53M

Another example of a major's studio movie of the 60's. Still, the play suffers but is also lightened by the the great actors funny deliveries

42. The Jerk (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King

Votes: 48,082 | Gross: $73.69M

Yeah...well, ahem: there is a message and it is funny, isn't it?

43. Falling Down (1993)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 152,396 | Gross: $40.90M

Michael Douglas invests everything into this one-man show (Duvall is great too) not so awkward 20 years later it seems

44. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,544,238 | Gross: $330.25M

Tom Hanks in a major role strikes to the heart. A brilliant direction makes it fluid and comfortable

45. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

87 Metascore

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 197,192 | Gross: $100.32M

Intelligent humor in a great romantic comedy; the actors take advantage of the good script, let loose et voila!

46. 50 First Dates (2004)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next day.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin

Votes: 297,415 | Gross: $120.91M

There definitely is some chemistry at work here

47. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

87 Metascore

After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British Colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 181,159 | Gross: $44.91M

How war tears apart honor from patriotism. Certainly in the top ten war movies of all time

48. Galaxy Quest (1999)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.

Director: Dean Parisot | Stars: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 135,678 | Gross: $71.58M

A very sarcastic spoof of fandom. Sacred movie for all con-bound trekkies anyway