My All Time Favorite Movies

by youcantunwatchit | created - 12 Feb 2018 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

I think I have finally put together my favorite movies list. I kept the descriptions for each one short since I tend to be very long winded. I numbered them from #20-#1. I listed it that way in the descriptions of each film. Yeah #20 and #10 are a bit of a cheat since there are 3 films in #20 and 6 movies in #10 but this is my list and I will do what I want with it.

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1. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)

Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, War

A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima

Votes: 5,140

#20A. The Human Condition I. No Greater Love

2. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (II) (1959)

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, History, War

As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Kokinji Katsura, Jun Tatara

Votes: 4,039

#20B. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

3. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)

Not Rated | 190 min | Drama, History, War

His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Tamao Nakamura, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 3,945

# 20C. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

The Human Condition Trilogy is one of the most engrossing series of films I have ever seen and the series of films that introduced to the underappreciated (in my eyes anyway) Masaki Kobayashi. This film features possibly the best performance from Tatsuya Nakadai as Kaji, a humanist world view constantly gets him in trouble in WWII era Japan as he goes from prison camp supervisor to Japanese army soldier and finally Soviet POW. It is over nine hours and will take a couple of sits to take it all in but it is never boring and is one of the most raw and uncompromising films of its era.

4. 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: 638,349 | Gross: $28.26M

#19. Taxi Driver:

Martin Scorsese's best film and probably the best Robert De Niro performance on film. A dark, gritty and completely engrossing character study of a lonely man about to explode. Simply fantastic.

5. Angel's Egg (1985)

71 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Mako Hyôdô, Jinpachi Nezu, Kei'ichi Noda

Votes: 5,462

#18. Angel's Egg:

I don't know what this movie is really about. Maybe I will come up my own interpretation eventually. I love the atmosphere created through sound, music and of course Yoshitaka Amano's art style and just find myself kind of hypnotized every time I watch it. I heard someone say that Mamoru Oshii created the anime equivalent of Eraserhead. I can see that. This one is underrated and often overlooked. Check this one out and experience it yourself.

6. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan

Votes: 165,590 | Gross: $11.90M

#17. The Darjeeling Limited:

Perhaps this one is Wes Anderson least comedic films but for me it is his best. A story about three brothers on a journey in India and having to deal with a parent that disappoints them is one that strangely resonated with me. It is also about how they bond and reconnect after a long time apart. It's odd to see Wes Anderson so dramatic but it works and is immensely satisfying.

7. The Double Life of Véronique (1991)

R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

86 Metascore

Two parallel stories about two identical women; one living in Poland, the other in France. They don't know each other, but their lives are nevertheless profoundly connected.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Halina Gryglaszewska, Kalina Jedrusik

Votes: 36,442 | Gross: $2.00M

#16. The Double Life of Véronique

This one is hard for me to describe and if I did it wouldn't do the film, about the interconnected spiritual lives of two women (both played by the gorgeous Irene Jacob) any justice and my writing on it would be woefully inadequate. I will make an attempt later but for right now this was my introduction to Krzysztof Kieslowski and this director succeeded in helping me accept and even adore films about people and conveying feelings rather than just a plot. I love all his work but this one is closest to my heart.

8. Fanny and Alexander (1982)

R | 188 min | Drama

100 Metascore

Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Kristina Adolphson, Börje Ahlstedt

Votes: 52,367 | Gross: $4.97M

#15. Fanny and Alexander:

A fairy tale the kind that only Bergman could tell but it is also him at perhaps his most autobiographic. I love his entire body of work but this and Autumn Sonata rank as the my favorites with this one being the winner after seeing the 5 hour television version which is the Bergman preferred version. I prefer that one too.

9. King Kong (2005)

PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

81 Metascore

In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 367,661 | Gross: $218.08M

#14. King Kong (2005)

My favorite take on the King Kong tale. Deeply involving, extremely entertaining and emotionally devastating, Jackson's King Kong ranks as among the best blockbusters I've ever seen. However, I prefer the theatrical cut to the extended cut. Also, I prefer King Kong as a poignant tale but I'm willing to check out him fighting Godzilla...

10. Crimson Peak (2015)

R | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

66 Metascore

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds - and remembers.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam

Votes: 119,411 | Gross: $31.06M

#13. Crimson Peak

I never expected this one to be my favorite of Guillermo del Toro's works but yeah this one is great. Criminally underrated and monumentally misunderstood at release, Crimson Peak is a beautiful gothic romance that only del Toro could create. Everyone is fantastic in the film and help sell this cautionary tale with perfect clarity.

11. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 331,347 | Gross: $13.78M

#12. The Thing:

John Carpenter's best film and my favorite horror film. It comes very close to perfect in just about every department. Effects, acting, cinematography, music etc. Kurt Russell and the rest of the cast is amazing...it's great. I don't know what else to say right now.

12. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 140,130 | Gross: $0.55M

#11. Akira:

This and Ghost in the Shell introduced me to how good animation for adults could be. But I latched onto Akira more than Ghost in the Shell after reading the graphic novel. While there is a story being told, the film is more of a visual experience. If you want the full story, read the manga. But don't worry, the film stands on its own just fine and like 2001 it’s an experience you just need to take in.

13. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Votes: 720,050 | Gross: $303.00M

10A. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

14. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

PG-13 | 161 min | Adventure, Fantasy

66 Metascore

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott

Votes: 566,032 | Gross: $258.37M

10B. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

15. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Fantasy

59 Metascore

Bilbo and company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 439,080 | Gross: $255.12M

10C. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit Trilogy is the adaptation of the book I didn't know I wanted. I read the book 4 times and enjoyed it each time but it is my least favorite of all of Tolkien's writings. That may sound unfair but I just adore the Middle Earth Lore and really only appreciate the Hobbit book in the context of the rest of the mythology. I understand when and why the Hobbit was written but that doesn't change my feelings about it. I for the most part welcomed what was added and changed from the book to the movies to make this trilogy. Apart from some creative missteps and other common criticisms I agree with, I love watching these films and Love how they lead into the Lord of the Rings films.

16. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,513,386 | Gross: $315.54M

10D. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

17. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PG | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,354,189 | Gross: $342.55M

10E. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

18. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,497,583 | Gross: $377.85M

10F. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

I don't know what else to say about the Lord of the Rings that hasn't been said already by countless others. These movies rock! This and the Hobbit trilogy combine to make my all time favorite film franchise.

19. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Votes: 283,343 | Gross: $4.71M

#9. Howl's Moving Castle:

I know Spirited Away is considered Studio Ghibli's best film, but I will always love Howl's Moving Castle the best. I love how romantic this film is and I genuinely found the story of a woman learning to be confident in herself and a man learning to not run away to be a great one and it was told in a way that only Hayao Miyazaki could have done. Oh, Did I mention that the film is gorgeous visually and the music score rocks?

20. Super Space Fortress Macross (1984)

Not Rated | 114 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the next century, a reconfiguring ship (think "Transformer" with a pilot) called Macross carries fifty thousand refugees within its hold as it returns to Earth pursued by giant humanoid ... See full summary »

Directors: Noboru Ishiguro, Shôji Kawamori | Stars: Arihiro Hase, Mari Iijima, Mika Doi, Michio Hazama

Votes: 2,525

#8. Macross: Do You Remember Love?:

My introduction to the fantastic Macross franchise and probably the best way to experience the original series. I saw this before I watched the original TV show, but I still managed to fall in love with the universe that was established and care for the characters. The animation is great and the action between the UN Spacy Valkyries and the Zentradi rocks. Kentaro Haneda's score and Mari Ijima's song and the hand drawn cel animation add to the films nostalgic feel. I adore this movie.

21. Andrei Rublev (1966)

R | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolay Sergeev

Votes: 38,959 | Gross: $0.10M

#7 Andrei Rublev

Andrei Rublev is one of a kind. An epic film about spiritual subjects relating to art and the place of the artist within the circumstances of his time. And this is a work that only Andrei Tarkovsky could have brought us. There is simply too much in the film to discuss here but seriously check this film out. If you are serious about the art of cinema, this one is a must see.

22. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Concurrent theatrical ending of the TV series Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995).

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yûko Miyamura, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 27,244

#6. The End of Evangelion:

Evangelion is the anime franchise I love the most. It was one of those things that happen to come at just the right time in my life and proved to be very cathartic for me. The End of Evangelion replaces episodes 25 and 26 of the TV show and is quite possibly the best representation of the apocalypse put on film, but it used to show a young man struggling to find his reason to be. I have never seen any other animated film really do anything like this and I likely never will.

23. Interstellar (2014)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 1,301,931 | Gross: $188.02M

#5. Interstellar:

My favorite Christopher Nolan film and probably my favorite film involving space travel and the effects it has on people especially when they leave loved ones behind to travel across the stars. This film features my favorite Hans Zimmer score and has some of the best special effects I seen this past decade. Between this, Gravity and the Martian, Interstellar is the winner by a wide margin for me.

24. Song of the Sea (2014)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

85 Metascore

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.

Director: Tomm Moore | Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan, Fionnula Flanagan

Votes: 44,077 | Gross: $0.86M

#4. Song of the Sea

My official introduction to the works of Cartoon Saloon and what a beautiful film this is. I rented this film on a whim and was just blown away by the wonderful and heartfelt story. I was eager to follow Ben and Saoirse's journey from it's beginning to it's absolutely heartrending conclusion. Featuring truly beautiful visuals, great vocal performances from everyone involved and an unforgettable score from Bruno Coulais, Song of the Sea is simultaneously the one of the most underrated films of 2014 and one of the very best of the 2010's. Easily the best animated film of the decade.

25. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 285,075 | Gross: $0.27M

#3. Seven Samurai:

If there is a flaw in this movie, I personally can't find it. The story of this film is familiar to probably everyone as it has been reused in films ranging from the Magnificent Seven, Battle Beyond the Stars and even Pixar's A Bug's Life. But as entertaining as those re-imaginings are, they can never surpass the original Kurosawa masterpiece. From the memorable characters played by great actors such as Takeshi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune, realistic and thrilling battle sequences and a narrative that doesn't feel wasted at any moment and makes its 3 hour and 27 minutes seem like no time had passed at all, it's no wonder why this is one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. This film is the one that made me look at cinema as an art form and not just for entertainment.

26. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 98,176 | Gross: $0.23M

#2 Stalker

My absolute favorite of all of Andrei Tarkovsky's films. I love it's tone, atmosphere and the journey in the Zone itself. To this day, I still don't quite know what this film is really about and the film makes no effort at all to spell anything out for you but every time I watch it I get more from it and it gets better and better. Admittedly this film, like Tarkovsky's other films, is not for everyone. The pacing is glacial, it is very dialogue heavy and will likely strain the attention spans of most viewers. Tarkovsky's is an aquired taste but very rewarding for those willing to take the trip. Having read the source material "Roadside Picnic" twice (or rather listening to the audio book twice) I can safely say that Stalker is pretty much an awful adaptation of the book but a great film on it's own terms.

27. The Sky Crawlers (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A group of eternally young fighter pilots known as Kildren experience the sudden loss of innocence as they battle the enemy in astonishing dogfights above the clouds.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Ryo Kase, Shôsuke Tanihara, Megumi Yamaguchi

Votes: 5,072

#1. The Sky Crawlers:

This one came out of nowhere for me. I became a fan of Mamoru Oshii work (aside from just the first Ghost in the Shell) around the time Sky Crawlers came out in Japan. I saw a trailer but had to wait for the Blu-ray almost a year later. It's hard for me to describe in this list why I love this movie so much. From the slow and stoic pace in which the narrative unfolds, lack of tons of action and scenes of dialogue that forces the audience to pay attention, it is a film that makes itself hard to like. Without spoiling anything, this film helped me realize even when things always feel the same and no change seem to come there are always new things to discover and if you want things to change in your life you have to keep on living and keep trying. That may be a simplistic way of summarizing what I discovered in the story but it was one that came to me at the right time in my life and when I re-watch it I am not only reminded of what I learned from it, but I discover new things too. This is my all-time favorite film and I will have to do a full-fledged review of it later on to properly convey why I love it.



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