My List of Films All Aspiring Filmmakers Must Seeby nscivoletto | created - 11 months ago | updated - 11 months ago | Public
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1. Rashômon (1950)
Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.
Votes: 127,432 | Gross: $0.10M
Toshiro Mifune Machiko Kyō Masayuki Mori Takashi Shimura Minoru Chiaki
2. Yojimbo (1961)
Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.
Toshiro Mifune Eijirō Tōno Kamatari Fujiwara
3. All the President's Men (1976)
PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 87,893 | Gross: $70.60M
Dustin Hoffman Robert Redford Jack Warden Hal Holbrook Jason Robards
4. Rear Window (1954)
PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
Votes: 380,975 | Gross: $36.76M
James Stewart Grace Kelly Wendell Corey Thelma Ritter Raymond Burr
5. Killing Them Softly (2012)
R | 97 min | Crime, Thriller
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Votes: 121,900 | Gross: $15.03M
Brad Pitt Scoot McNairy Ben Mendelsohn Richard Jenkins Ray Liotta
6. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime
Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and robbing banks.
Warren Beatty Faye Dunaway Michael J. Pollard Gene Hackman Estelle Parsons
7. Diner (1982)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.
Votes: 16,887 | Gross: $14.10M
Steve Guttenberg Daniel Stern Mickey Rourke Kevin Bacon Tim Daly
8. The Conformist (1970)
R | 113 min | Drama
A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.
Jean Louis Trintignant Stefania Sandrelli Gastone Moschin Dominique Sanda Pierre Clémenti
9. Pelle the Conqueror (1987)
PG-13 | 157 min | Drama
The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,907 | Gross: $2.05M
Max von Sydow Pelle Hvenegaard Erik Paaske Bjørn Granath Astrid Villaume
10. Sling Blade (1996)
R | 135 min | Drama
Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.
Votes: 79,808 | Gross: $24.48M
Billy Bob Thornton Dwight Yoakam J. T. Walsh John Ritter Lucas Black
11. Five Easy Pieces (1970)
R | 98 min | Drama
A dropout from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.
Jack Nicholson Karen Black Susan Anspach Lois Smith Ralph Waite
12. Black Robe (1991)
R | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History
A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter.
Votes: 5,834 | Gross: $8.21M
Lothaire Bluteau Aden Young Sandrine Holt Tantoo Cardinal August Schellenberg
13. The Usual Suspects (1995)
R | 106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
Votes: 870,741 | Gross: $23.34M
Gabriel Byrne Chazz Palminteri Pete Postlethwaite Kevin Spacey Benicio del Toro
14. Unforgiven (1992)
R | 130 min | Drama, Western
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
Votes: 327,774 | Gross: $101.16M
Clint Eastwood Gene Hackman Morgan Freeman Richard Harris Saul Rubinek
15. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.
Votes: 994,492 | Gross: $25.54M
Guy Pearce Carrie-Anne Moss Joe Pantoliano Mark Boone Junior Stephen Tobolowsky
16. Blood Simple. (1984)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.
Votes: 76,928 | Gross: $2.15M
John Getz Frances McDormand Dan Hedaya Samm-Art Williams M. Emmet Walsh
17. Fargo (1996)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Votes: 540,246 | Gross: $24.61M
Frances McDormand William H. Macy Steve Buscemi Peter Stormare Harve Presnell
18. Z (1969)
M/PG | 127 min | Crime, Drama, History
Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.
Votes: 20,558 | Gross: $0.08M
Jean-Louis Trintignant Yves Montand Irene Papas Pierre Dux Jacques Perrin
19. L.A. Confidential (1997)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
Votes: 477,750 | Gross: $64.62M
Kevin Spacey Russell Crowe Guy Pearce James Cromwell Danny DeVito
20. A History of Violence (2005)
R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller
A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.
Votes: 205,953 | Gross: $31.49M
Viggo Mortensen Mario Bello Ed Harris William Hurt
21. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW 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: 179,466 | Gross: $44.91M
William Holden Alec Guinness Jack Hawkins Sessue Hayakawa James Donald
22. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 231,995 | Gross: $44.82M
Peter O'Toole Alec Guinness Jack Hawkins Anthony Quinn Omar Sharif
23. Arrival (II) (2016)
PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A linguist is recruited by the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecrafts land around the world.
Votes: 473,701 | Gross: $100.55M
Amy Adams Jeremy Renner Forest Whitaker Michael Stuhlbarg
24. Easy Rider (1969)
R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama
Through the open country and desert lands, two bikers head from L.A to New Orleans, and along the way, meet a man who bridges a counter-culture gap they are unaware of.
Votes: 85,522 | Gross: $41.73M
Dennis Hopper Peter Fonda Jack Nicholson
25. On the Waterfront (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
Votes: 123,661 | Gross: $9.60M
Marlon Brando Karl Malden Lee J. Cobb Rod Steiger Eva Marie Saint
26. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,374,046 | Gross: $134.97M
Marlon Brando Al Pacino James Caan Richard Castellano Robert Duvall
27. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, War
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
Votes: 526,301 | Gross: $83.47M
Marlon Brando Robert Duvall Martin Sheen Frederic Forrest Albert Hall
28. The 400 Blows (1959)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama
A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.
Jean-Pierre Léaud Albert Rémy Claire Maurier
29. Day for Night (1973)
PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.
Votes: 17,098 | Gross: $0.02M
Jacqueline Bisset Valentina Cortese Jean-Pierre Aumont Jean-Pierre Leaud Francois Truffaut
30. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 2,005,580 | Gross: $28.34M
Tim Robbins Morgan Freeman Bob Gunton William Sadler Clancy Brown
31. Patton (1970)
GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.
Votes: 85,786 | Gross: $61.70M
George C. Scott Karl Malden Michael Bates Edward Binns Siegfried Rauch
32. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarry.
Votes: 27,055 | Gross: $28.35M
Paul Scofield Leo McKern Orson Welles Robert Shaw John Hurt
33. Pleasantville (1998)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom, where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.
Votes: 112,159 | Gross: $40.57M
Tobey Maguire Jeff Daniels Joan Allen J. T. Walsh Reese Witherspoon
34. The Road Warrior (1981)
R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.
Votes: 150,766 | Gross: $12.47M
Mel Gibson Bruce Spence Vernon Wells Emil Minty Michael Preston
35. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama
A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law.
Votes: 28,629 | Gross: $4.73M
Matt Dillon Kelly Lynch James Remar Heather Graham William S. Burroughs
36. Elephant (2003)
R | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.
Votes: 78,436 | Gross: $1.23M
Alex Frost Eric Deulen John Robinson Timothy Bottoms Matt Malloy
37. Coming Home (1978)
R | 127 min | Drama, Romance, War
A woman whose husband is fighting in Viet Nam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.
Votes: 10,808 | Gross: $32.65M
Jane Fonda Jon Voight Bruce Dern Penelope Milford Robert Carradine
38. Rio Bravo (1959)
Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Drama, Western
A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy.
Votes: 49,184 | Gross: $12.54M
John Wayne Dean Martin Ricky Nelson Angie Dickinson Walter Brennan
39. The Seventh Seal (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
Gunnar Björnstrand Bengt Ekerot Nils Poppe Max von Sydow Bibi Andersson
40. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Not Rated | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist.
Votes: 18,411 | Gross: $0.37M
Alain Delon Bourvil Yves Montand Gian Maria Volontè
41. Hell in the Pacific (1968)
G | 103 min | Adventure, War
During World War II, an American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain are deserted on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must cease their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they?
Lee Marvin Toshiro Mifune
42. 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.
Jon Voight Burt Reynolds Ned Beatty Ronny Cox James Dickey
43. Faces (I) (1968)
R | 130 min | Drama
A middle-aged man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner. The film follows their struggles to find love amongst each other.
John Marley Gena Rowlands Lynn Carlin Seymour Cassel Fred Draper
44. The Searchers (1956)
Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.
John Wayne Jeffrey Hunter Vera Miles Ward Bond Natalie Wood
45. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Votes: 97,482 | Gross: $5.01M
Humphrey Bogart Walter Huston Tim Holt Bruce Bennett
46. 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.
Sean Connery Michael Caine Christopher Plummer Saeed Jaffrey
47. The Wind and the Lion (1975)
PG | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In early 20th century Morocco, a Sharif kidnaps an American woman and her children, forcing President Theodore Roosevelt to send in forces to conduct a rescue mission.
Sean Connery Candice Bergen Brian Keith John Huston Geoffrey Lewis
48. Lone Star (1996)
R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery
When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.
Votes: 25,502 | Gross: $13.27M
Ron Canada Clifton James Chris Cooper Joe Morton Elizabeth Pena
49. The Hurt Locker (2008)
R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller, War
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
Votes: 380,049 | Gross: $17.02M
Jeremy Renner Anthony Mackie Brian Geraghty Ralph Fiennes David Morse
50. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama