My Favourites

by layzee_imdb | created - 29 Dec 2015 | updated - 15 Jan 2017 | Public

This is a list of my favourite movies/films and anime. Anything that appears on my list is an 8/10, 9/10 or 10/10 (or 4/5, 5/5 stars). And I do not give away 9s and 10s easily or 8s for that matter. Anything that's not on this list means I gave it a lower score or I haven't watched it.

My main genres are thrillers, horrors, science fiction, action or a combination of those. The most important things to me are good stories, plot twists, originality (or unpredictability) in general, and interesting characters with interesting intelligent dialogue/conversations.

In the case of action movies, I mainly go for Hong Kong martial arts movies so I mainly look for well-choreographed and reasonably realistic martial arts fighting (good stories are a bonus so that at least there is some meaning to the fights or the people fighting). I prefer martial arts movies set in the modern day as opposed to say, Ancient China (which obviously many are set in).

Unfortunately, I have extremely high standards when it comes to comedy and very few things make me laugh or even chuckle. Things that actually make me laugh include Mitch Hedburg, British-style comedy, Stephen Chow, and the comedy movies you see in this list (most of which are from that Chow guy). George Carlin also deserves a mention for being both funny and educational/intellectual.

In general/overall, I have reasonably high standards in movies so naturally, the more movies I watch, the more it takes to impress me unfortunately. This could be reflected in the release date on the movies on the list (more older movies than newer). These days I look for originality so I'll give a movie credit if it tries something new, even if it doesn't do too good a job of it. Also, I tend to avoid movies older than the 1990s because it's too old for me (sorry).

They say that "every story has been done before". So my main fear is that I'll slowly stop watching movies due to boredom from seeing the same story retold. Fortunately I do have some other hobbies but still.

Which is my favourite movie out of every movie on this list? There is one movie in the list that I like above all others. To make things interesting, it's a secret for now so feel free to take a guess.

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1. It Follows (2014)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

83 Metascore

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe

Votes: 176,366 | Gross: $14.67M

+ Finally, a horror movie that impresses (and scares) me. First good horror movie in a long while (I have high standards in horror movies). + The ghosts/demons in this movie is a perfect representation of the kind of horror movies I like: slow burning dread that inches its way towards your general direction and you're too scared to look away. + No lame jump scares. + Protagonist has caring and supportive friends (instead of being treated as crazy).

2. Predestination (I) (2014)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

69 Metascore

For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Madeleine West

Votes: 219,775 | Gross: $0.07M

+ Nice, long, detailed backstory. + Plot twist after plot twist.

3. La piel que habito (2011)

R | 120 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, Marisa Paredes

Votes: 120,921 | Gross: $3.19M

+ Slow burn thriller leading to shocking revelations.

4. Insidious (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye

Votes: 247,912 | Gross: $54.01M

+ Reasonably intelligent non-suicidal (i.e. not making stupid choices) characters. + Reasonably scary.

5. Kokuhaku (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 31,529

+ Japan's answer to Korea's "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "Old Boy". Pretend "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" didn't exist. + During the long intro, the absorbing continuous song as she (the teacher) slowly reveals her confession. + Nice imagery.

6. Triangle (2009)

R | 99 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman

Votes: 87,318

+ Plot twists.

7. 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: 446,242 | Gross: $107.51M

+ A comic book/super hero movie unlike any other. + The uncompromising Rorschach. + "None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with *ME*!" + The ambiguous Ozymandias.

8. Zeitgeist: Addendum (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 123 min | Documentary, History, War

Zeitgeist: Addendum attempts to locate the root causes of the pervasive social corruption, while also offering a solution.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Jacque Fresco, Roxanne Meadows, John Perkins, George Carlin

Votes: 16,948

+ It's a bit of a cliche phrase but it "opened my eyes" and now I "blame" this movie for making me see the world in a different way. + If I was to recommend a "conspiracy theory" movie to someone who doesn't care about conspiracy theories, I would probably recommend this one. + The first third of the movie: foreboding music plays as Peter Joseph's calm voice explains the situation, culminating to a... plot twist! + More accessible and positive (in terms of persuading minds) than the prequel. + A possible solution (last third of the movie), a solution that was beyond my comprehension and imagination (at the time). If not a solution, then at least a step in the right direction.

9. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 2,010,893 | Gross: $534.86M

+ Entertaining from start to finish.

10. Kôdo giasu: Hangyaku no rurûshu (2006–2012)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After being given a mysterious power to control others, an outcast prince becomes the masked leader of the rebellion against an all powerful empire

Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Jun Fukuyama, Yuri Lowenthal, Takahiro Sakurai

Votes: 38,509

+ Cliff hanger episode ends.

+ Cliff hanger episode ends. + An ending that almost brought me to tears.

  • A few/some filler episodes.

11. Los cronocrímenes (2007)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo

Votes: 51,250 | Gross: $0.04M

+ Plot twists.

12. Dou foh sin (2007)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

38 Metascore

A hot-headed inspector takes on a small but powerful Vietnamese-Chinese gang, after a series of crimes and murder attempts committed and putting an undercover cop and his girlfriend in great danger.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Ray Lui, Collin Chou

Votes: 11,636 | Gross: $0.00M

+ Best hand-to-hand fight scene of all time (Donnie Yen vs Colin Chou).

  • There really is only one proper fight scene (see above).

13. Higurashi no naku koro ni: Kai (2007– )

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

In this continuation of the hit horror anime, secrets are revealed as Rika Furude desperately attempts to save Hinamizawa and her friends from their tragic fate

Stars: Yukari Tamura, Mai Nakahara, Mika Kanai, Satsuki Yukino

Votes: 1,554

AKA "When the Cicadas Cry". + Horror/thriller anime done right. + Plot twist after plot twist.

  • Somewhat unpleasing to the eye/ugly character face designs.

14. Higurashi no naku koro ni (2006– )

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

The story of a group of young friends and the mysterious events that occur in the rural village of Hinamizawa.

Stars: John Snyder, Sôichirô Hoshi, Mai Nakahara, Satsuki Yukino

Votes: 3,831

AKA "When the Cicadas Cry". + Horror/thriller anime done right. + Plot twist after plot twist.

  • Somewhat unpleasing to the eye/ugly character face designs.

15. Hot Fuzz (2007)

R | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Mystery

81 Metascore

A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town with a dark secret.

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

Votes: 416,550 | Gross: $23.64M

+ Funniest (English language) comedy of all time. + Despite being a comedy, actually has a story and to top it off, plot twists and conspiracies.

16. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,039,009 | Gross: $53.09M

+ Plot twists.

17. Death Note (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong, Ryô Naitô

Votes: 173,351

+ L. + The constant battle of wits between L and Light.

  • To be fair, as smart as L is, Light having the power of the Death Note is way too much of an advantage.

18. Fearless (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

70 Metascore

A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Jet Li, Li Sun, Yong Dong, Yun Qu

Votes: 68,450 | Gross: $24.63M

+ High quality fight scenes. + Jet Li can act. + Not overly nationalistic.

19. V for Vendetta (2005)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea

Votes: 935,461 | Gross: $70.51M

+ Plot twists. + Entire imprisonment scene/prisoner backstory scene. + "Ideas are bulletproof". + Ends on a positive note (e.g. positive change can happen if everyone works together).

20. Kimyô na sâkasu (2005)

108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Masumi Miyazaki, Issei Ishida, Rie Kuwana, Seiko Iwaidô

Votes: 4,495

+ Plot twists.

21. SPL: Sha po lang (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A near retired inspector and his unit are willing to put down a crime boss at all costs while dealing with his replacement, who is getting in their way. Meanwhile, the crime boss sends his top henchmen to put an end to their dirty schemes.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Jing Wu

Votes: 10,345

+ Best weapon vs weapon fight scene of all time (Donnie Yen and baton vs Jacky Wu Jing and knife). + Decent story (for an action movie). + Ending.

  • A little bit too much illogical happenings/bad character decisions.

22. Fainaru fantajî sebun adobento chirudoren (2005)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An ex-mercenary is forced out of isolation when three mysterious men kidnap and brainwash the city's children afflicted with the Geostigma disease.

Directors: Tetsuya Nomura, Takeshi Nozue | Stars: Takahiro Sakurai, Ayumi Itô, Shotaro Morikubo, Maaya Sakamoto

Votes: 52,870

+ Thoroughly impressed by the animation, even today. + Inventive fight scenes. + Music.

  • The fight scenes are slightly too fast so rewinds/slowdowns are necessary to appreciate the individual fight moves.
~ Neither a positive/negative: story wise, not accessible to anyone who hasn't played the game.

23. Noroi (2005)

Not Rated | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."

Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno, Tomono Kuga, Marika Matsumoto

Votes: 7,963

+ Slow burn horror movie building up to shocking conclusion. + One of the few good "found footage" movies.

24. Qi jian (2005)

Not Rated | 153 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Seven warriors come together to protect a village from a diabolical General.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung, Honglei Sun

Votes: 8,652

+ The Seven Swords themselves. + In particular, the "moving blade" sword wielded by the female character. + Good fight scenes.

25. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

78 Metascore

In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Siu-Lung Leung

Votes: 113,733 | Gross: $17.11M

+ Stephen Chow's magnus opus. + Hilarious. + Impressive special effects (for a non-Hollywood/Hong Kong movie).

26. R-Point (2004)

R | 107 min | Action, Horror, War

During the Vietnam War, a South Korean base receives a radio transmission from a missing squad, presumed dead, and sends a platoon to rescue the lost squad from the R-Point.

Director: Su-chang Kong | Stars: Woo-seong Kam, Byung-ho Son, Sun-kyun Lee, Won-Sang Park

Votes: 4,738

+ Above average horror movie set in the World War era.

27. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

R | 101 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

59 Metascore

A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber

Votes: 217,400 | Gross: $59.02M

+ As a person who doesn't care much about zombie movies, inclusion of this one is high praise.

28. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Akio Ôtsuka, Atsuko Tanaka, Tamio Ohki, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 33,104 | Gross: $1.04M

+ Very impressive mix of 2D and 3D animation. + Some mind bending parts (e.g. the trip inside the mansion). + The dog is basically perfectly animated. Batou spreading the dog's ears while the dog is eating so his ears don't get dirty, the dog staring thoughtfully at the camera. Just... perfect.

29. Saw (2004)

R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery

46 Metascore

Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover, Ken Leung

Votes: 346,143 | Gross: $56.00M

+ Plot twist movie. + Spawned 6 sequels... and they're actually worth watching... AND their respective plot twists are just as good/unpredictable. The original is still the best though.

  • Some stupid character decisions (mainly: good guy has his/her eyes on bad guy, noise happens, good guy looks away, bad guy takes advantage of situation).

30. Oldeuboi (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 446,477 | Gross: $0.71M

+ Plot twists. Rollercoaster ride the entire way.

31. Kôshônin (2003 TV Movie)

107 min | Crime

After a convenience store robbery, three unidentified men hold a group of people hostage in a hospital. Inspector Ishida and Captain Tohno handle the negotiations while one of their ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Mayu Tsuruta, Shirô Sano, Ken'ichi Endô

Votes: 330

+ Nice little whodunnit mystery movie.

32. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

65 Metascore

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Soo-jung Lim, Geun-young Moon

Votes: 49,707

+ Plot twists.

33. Infernal Affairs (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.

Directors: Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang

Votes: 109,951 | Gross: $0.17M

+ One of Hong Kong's best movies. + Reasonably deep (the psychology/mentality of the antagonist/mole in the police force). + The first time the undercover cop and undercover gangster exchanges words with each other (via phone). + Way superior to American remake "The Departed".

  • Re-using of guitar-based song.

34. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 340,235 | Gross: $45.06M

+ The other good "zombie" movie.

35. Ying xiong (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, History

85 Metascore

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 163,943 | Gross: $53.71M

+ An action movie with a story, a good one even. + Nice cinematography/usage of colours to represent each character's true/false interpretation of events.

  • Apparently a rip-off of an old Japanese movie (Rashomon?).
  • Opinions of movie slightly lowered due to increasing awareness of state of the world/politics (i.e. "Oh, the emperor was the good guy after all! He cares about the Chinese people and always has the best of intentions! Everyone be obedient and unquestioning and submit yourselves to him!"). Blurgh.

36. Irreversible (2002)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

51 Metascore

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Jo Prestia

Votes: 103,896 | Gross: $0.75M

+ Plot twists. + France's answer to "Memento".

37. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae, Ji-Eun Lim

Votes: 55,038 | Gross: $0.05M

+ Slow burn movie leading to shocking conclusion. + Interesting to have a mute protagonist.

38. 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: 1,471,997 | Gross: $315.54M

+ Seeing the characters of the book come to life (I read the book first). + Seeing the locations of the book come to life (particularly, Morlia Mines).

39. Jisatsu sâkuru (2001)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, Mai Hosho, Tamao Satô

Votes: 17,063

AKA "Suicide Circle". + All three songs by in-movie pop group "Dessert" are quite catchy.

40. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

68 Metascore

A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yat-Fei Wong, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 67,099 | Gross: $0.49M

+ Hilarious. + Good special effects for a Hong Kong movie.

41. Kairo (2001)

R | 119 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Haruhiko Katô, Kumiko Asô, Koyuki, Kurume Arisaka

Votes: 14,215 | Gross: $0.05M

AKA "Kairo". + My favourite horror movie. + Like "The Sixth Sense", a horror movie that takes place during day time. That makes it superior to the majority of horror movies. + Very little/no blood, gore or violence. Just pure dread and terror. + Possibly the scariest ghosts ever. And they're not even trying to be scary!

42. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

80 Metascore

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 1,010,440 | Gross: $25.54M

+ Plot twists. + Will still be discussed and analysed 50 years from when the movie is made.

43. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 63,982

+ Slow burn movie leading to shocking conclusion. The first half is pretty boring and uneventful. And that's what makes it great.

44. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,635,636 | Gross: $37.03M

+ Plot twists. + Decent sense of humour. + Decent commentary on society, even now (e.g. We can't all be rock stars etc).

45. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 828,155 | Gross: $293.51M

+ A horror movie that takes place during day time.

46. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,467,293 | Gross: $171.48M

+ Plot twists. + Top quality special effects. Hasn't aged much, if at all.

47. Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal (1999– )

Not Rated | 118 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.

Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Junko Iwao, Nozomu Sasaki, Masami Suzuki

Votes: 11,282

AKA "Rurouni Kenshin: Trust/Betrayal". + Excellent animation. + Great music. + Decent action scenes.

48. Kite (1998– )

50 min | Animation, Action, Crime