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1. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
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
A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town that's harbouring a dark secret.
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
A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.
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
A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Votes: 400,549 | Gross: $59.89M
The title says it all: young, refreshing, inspiring
5. After Hours (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
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.
The story of an unfathomably psychotic guy
7. Burn After Reading (2008)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
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 »
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Votes: 347,761 | Gross: $30.86M
Fairy tale in the Real World for a change
12. Shallow Grave (1994)
R | 89 min | Crime, Thriller
Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.
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.
In a time where b&w was standard, this courageous movie marked another milestone
14. Deliverance (1972)
R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
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.
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
A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.
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.
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
A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.
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
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.
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
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.
The best adaptation of any Dame Agatha Christie's novel on the big screen, dot
20. American Psycho (2000)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama
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.
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
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
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.
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 »
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
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.
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
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.
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
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.
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.
Most probably one of the best one-on-one actor movie of all time
28. Casino Royale (1967)
Not Rated | 131 min | Comedy
In an early spy spoof, aging Sir James Bond comes out of retirement to take on SMERSH.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
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
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.
Votes: 122,713 | Gross: $74.49M
Family ties are often the strongest
36. The Fisher King (1991)
R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
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.
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.
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
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.
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
A crime boss assembles a team of six experienced criminals to pull off a large jewellery heist.
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.
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
Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.
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
An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis.
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
An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.
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
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Votes: 135,678 | Gross: $71.58M
A very sarcastic spoof of fandom. Sacred movie for all con-bound trekkies anyway