106 Movies Bucket Listby nyul2 | created - 7 months ago | updated - 1 week ago | Public
The 106 movies bucket list that I received as a gift, my mission to watch/re-watch them all!
NOTE: This list is regularly updated as-and-when I view the films so might take a while to get all 106 on here! The order of the list is based on when I see them as am using various sources to watch the films legally (e.g. Netflix, DVDs etc.)
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1. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama
Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.
Votes: 114,248 | Gross: $57.50M
Decent story but I found it hard to relate to. Picked up in the last 20 minutes and had a real satisfying end.
PG | 95 min | Comedy
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
Votes: 420,713 | Gross: $0.28M
Quite a kooky film, struggled to follow to begin with but found it quite charming and definitely interesting!
3. The Goonies (1985)
PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A group of young misfits who call themselves The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.
Votes: 222,100 | Gross: $61.50M
I can see the cultural significance of the film but probably would have enjoyed it more if I'd seen it as a kid .
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Votes: 644,285 | Gross: $59.10M
Really quirky and funny film. I loved the visual presentation of this films and an excellent performance from Ralph Fiennes.
5. Whiplash (2014)
R | 106 min | Drama, Music
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.
Votes: 632,232 | Gross: $13.09M
Well shot film, couldn't help but feel sorry for the main lad. Not entirely satisfied how it ended.
6. Good Will Hunting (1997)
R | 126 min | Drama, Romance
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
Votes: 781,704 | Gross: $138.43M
Slow start but really picked up and I ended up really enjoying it! Excellent performances from both Matt Damon and Robin Williams!
7. Scarface (1983)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Votes: 676,047 | Gross: $45.60M
Once again another slow starter. The pace struggled a bit in places but I did enjoy the journey of Tony Montana as he's never portrayed as a nice character throughout, yet your still rooting for him.
8. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
R | 94 min | Comedy
Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.
Votes: 339,745 | Gross: $20.05M
A British classic! The Monty Python lads are on top form and all the jokes land spot on (still didn't understand why aliens cameo-ed in one sequence). A film that might be controversial if made now but gets away with it because of the time is was made. "He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!"
9. 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: 439,544 | Gross: $15.07M
Excellent film, one of the first to make me think after watching it as it was unclear whether most of what we've seen was actually what happened or if it was all in the mind of Patrick Bateman.
10. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.
Votes: 825,120 | Gross: $248.16M
A cult classic! About the third time I've seen it and it's still a very enjoyable watch. Still the best Indiana Jones film.
11. The Notebook (2004)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance
A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.
Votes: 482,765 | Gross: $81.00M
Another slow starter but eventually really got to know the main characters. A truly heartbreaking ending which took me a little off guard.
12. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Votes: 1,108,686 | Gross: $96.90M
Well...a very well produced film. Didn't hold back with the subject matter and it was presented wonderfully. Difficult to watch at times but a true representation of the horrors of WWII.
13. 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: 1,312,724 | Gross: $100.13M
I enjoyed this one, it went quite dark near the end which I didn't expect! Excellent performances from Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt. A few pacing issues here and there but nothing that distracted from the story. Ending felt a bit rushed.
14. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.
Votes: 654,000 | Gross: $7.56M
The first non-English speaking film on this list. Another slum/gang story and shared quite a few subject matters to Boyz n' the Hood. Enjoyed it more than Boyz n the Hood, no characters were particularly likeable but entirely believable as if they were real people.
15. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.
Votes: 1,212,482 | Gross: $206.85M
A decent start to the best Batman film trilogy ever released! This film is not given enough credit and is regularly overshadowed by it's sequel. Strong performances all round and I found myself catching elements of the story that I missed in earlier watches.
16. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 2,100,598 | Gross: $534.86M
A very solid sequel and is generally considered the best in the trilogy. Nolan really stepped up the mark when making this and once again great casting all round. Especially with Heath Ledger as the Joker. Like most, it's my favourite of the trilogy and stands as the best Batman film ever made.
17. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.
Votes: 1,407,461 | Gross: $448.14M
A very good end to a fantastic trilogy, unfortunately plagued by the lack of resolution to the Joker storyline (which can't be helped due to the death of Heath Ledger). This film has a real sense of finality but still delivered some new characters into the mythos with the addition of Selena Kyle and Bane. Visually wonderful but is unfortunately overshadowed by 'The Dark Knight'.
18. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,137,934 | Gross: $322.74M
The first Star Wars movie is a real gem. A franchise I've only got into recently, I really can see why this became so popular. Likeable characters, decent plot and solid visual representation. Despite only having seen it properly recently I was all too familiar with the story going in but it didn't disappoint!
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,069,036 | Gross: $290.48M
A very solid sequel and carries on the original Star Wars trilogy well. Despite knowing the story it was interesting to re-watch as it surprised me how much I had missed when watching the first time! I enjoyed this more than the first film and found it a very charming production!
20. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Votes: 875,175 | Gross: $309.13M
A great conclusion to the trilogy and ties things up neatly after what was setup in the previous 2 films. Not a massive fan of the stuff with the Ewoks as I never really got the appeal but that didn't distract me from the story overall. Say what you like about the other films in the franchise I think overall the Star Wars saga was enriched by all 9 entries so far.
21. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.
Votes: 1,873,430 | Gross: $292.58M
A wonderful film by Christopher Nolan, released in the interim between the second and third Dark Knight films. On initial watch I found this film hard to follow but having re-watched it after all these years I followed it better and appreciated it a lot more this time round. Wonderful performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page and the rest of the cast (forgot how star studded this film is!). Excellent watch but definitely not one to watch casually as you will get lost!
22. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 955,397 | Gross: $210.61M
A time-travelling classic! When it comes to time travelling movies they can normally be quite complicated but not this film. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd have a lovely chemistry on screen which is partly the reason this franchise is so popular as you believe the friendship on screen. It's a must-see which would later be followed by 2 just-as-successful sequels.
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,534,738 | Gross: $315.54M
The first LOTR film was a good introduction to the revolutionary trilogy. Despite being shot nearly 20 years ago it would not feel out of place in a 2019 film schedule which just shows how far ahead of its time it is. A stellar cast of likeable characters although my opinions have changed regarding Merry and Pippin as before I found them hilarious but my recent viewing made me realise how much of a pain they were to the 'Fellowship of the Ring'
24. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
PG | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,374,058 | Gross: $342.55M
A solid sequel and definitely my favourite of the trilogy! It's good the film splits up the "Fellowship of the Ring" to allow each smaller group of characters to work in their own smaller storylines, especially when it comes to pairing up Frodo and Sam with Gollum. Solid performances all round and once again the cinematography is spot on!
PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,519,102 | Gross: $377.85M
A brilliant end to quite a ground-breaking trilogy of films. Unlike the previous two films in this series, this is one I'm most unfamiliar with (so much so in that when I watched it recently it was the first time seeing the original theatrical version). I think it wraps up everything quite neatly for each character despite the long ending! Having watched the Directors cut before the theatrical release I realised how Saruman's story-line was not wrapped up as those scenes were cut for time which does leave a couple minor plotholes. Regardless a solid finale!
26. 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: 2,136,081 | Gross: $28.34M
Well...what can I say about this film. Considered by many to be one of the greatest films of all time and I think it is well deserved. A tragic story of Andy Dufresne as we follow his imprisonment in Shawshank prison and how he got the better of the corrupted system. Excellent performances from lead actors Tim Robbins (DuFresne) and Morgan Freeman (Red) as both characters come across incredibly likeable and your rooting for them throughout. I highly recommend this to anybody who is looking for a masterpiece to watch.
27. Django Unchained (2012)
R | 165 min | Drama, Western
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Votes: 1,236,475 | Gross: $162.81M
This movie surprised me, it opened like the classic western movies you used to watch but being a Quentin Tarantino movie it quickly turned to what we expect from him. The lead characters were likeable and you were rooting for them the whole time and yet the film showed that they weren't invincible. The cast was impressive with quite a few names I reckonised (Tarantino even played a small role which surprised me!). A real good mix of classic westerns with the modern style of a Tarantino movie.
28. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
Votes: 209,129 | Gross: $47.00M
The first time experiencing this cult-horror movie. I can clearly see how it defined the horror genre and has probably the most memorable soundtrack of the genre. My own opinion was that beyond it's cultural significance I thought the film was okay. I was only jumped once and barring a few moments of unease I felt I was never really scared by it. The pacing was very slow for a 90 minute film and it felt like a bit too much build up until we saw the first murder (over half way through!)
29. The Pianist (2002)
R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Votes: 657,291 | Gross: $32.57M
A wonderfully put together film, showing the struggles of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a professional pianist living in Poland during Nazi occupation. Like a lot of films set around this time period it shows an honest depiction of the struggles the Jewish people went through and how they were treated by the Nazi's. Despite Szpilman's survival it depicts how lucky he was in such a situation as many Jews we meet throughout don't get so lucky. Excellent performances throughout and wonderfully directed.
30. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,643,992 | Gross: $330.25M
Well...what can I say about this astonishing masterpiece in film-making. Having first seen this many years ago it quickly became my favourite film of all time! Beautifully shot and directed with a compelling story and an array of brilliant performances. Tom Hanks is perfectly cast as the titular Forrest and you really enjoy every moment he is on screen. This film made me laugh, cry and inspired me to try to be a better person like Forrest does throughout this. Even though I have another 76 films to watch after this I'm already confident in saying that I don't think this will be beaten as my favourite movie on the entire list. I honestly can't sing any higher praises for this film!
31. Casino Royale (2006)
PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.
Votes: 544,953 | Gross: $167.45M
A brilliant re-invention of the James Bond franchise and really brought it bang up to date without compromising what made James Bond so unique compared to the other action films released these days. Daniel Craig was great casting and clearly a role he is struggling to give up as he's still the current Bond 13 years later with a fifth movie coming out soon! Very memorable opening but I always struggled to remember how this one ended so perhaps a less impactful finish. Enjoyed it though!
32. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror
A man's uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.
Votes: 476,421 | Gross: $13.54M
The first film in the "Cornetto Trilogy" and a personal favourite of mine and probably the film that eased me into watching movies with more horror elements which was done by filtering it through comedy. I think this film started the popularity of the zom-com (Zombie Comedy) which became more of a staple nowadays. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are both incredibly likeable leads and this film is visually quite unique with it's editing and filming styles.
33. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
Votes: 634,423 | Gross: $6.10M
This film defined the spaghetti western genre and paved the way for the rise in popularity of cowboy movies. Having finally seen this for the first time I can definitely say that Clint Eastwood is so perfectly cast for these sorts of roles as he rally brings the gravitas needed for the part of Blondie. All of this clubbed together with one of the most memorable movies themes of all time and you'd have a lot of fun watching this film!
34. The Terminator (1984)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A seemingly indestructible robot is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a young waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against sentient machines, while a human soldier from the same war is sent to protect her at all costs.
Votes: 741,416 | Gross: $38.40M
The film that really put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map and showed the world that the film industry can suit all sort of actors (even those who aren't the easiest to understand and have long complicated surnames!). The story became iconic and is considered one of the mostly remembered sci-fi stories of the 20th century.
35. Up (2009)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.
Votes: 861,404 | Gross: $293.00M
The first animated movie on this list and boy was it a thrill to re-watch this one! With a tear-jerking opening followed by a fun adventure story this was a real roller coaster of a film. Dealing with the idea of loss would be a difficult one for a children's animated movie to deal with but it set up the story nicely and really pushed along the storyline regarding the promise that Carl made to his late wife Ellie. Wonderful stuff.
36. WALL·E (2008)
G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Votes: 922,493 | Gross: $223.81M
A quirky animated film about the last surviving rubbish disposal robot left to clean up Earth after it got clogged with rubbish. I have to give it to the animators as it has really aged well and I can't believe this film is 11 years old! Another great factor about this film is it's able to sustain a story for the first 20 minutes without any dialogue! With the main 2 characters (Wall-E & EVE) only able to say their names/each others it's a fantastic achievement for both the animators and voice actors for making them so likeable! Great stuff all round!
37. Gladiator (2000)
R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.
Votes: 1,233,091 | Gross: $187.71M
A solid movie with a truly tragic story. Russell Crowe as Maximus was perfectly cast and you spend the entire film on his side. To see the tragedy that befalls Maximus throughout is heartbreaking but to see him get revenge on the emperor who killed his family was deeply satisfying. This film has probably 2 of the greatest movie quotes ever with the "Are you not entertained" and "Father of a murdered son" lines being quotes I've heard multiple times all over the place, though the latter feels a bit tainted by all the parody versions out there. Overall a very enjoyable film!
38. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A pragmatic Paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.
Votes: 795,760 | Gross: $402.45M
I remember the first time I saw this film, the scene when the T-Rex breaks loose and attacks the cars was always one that scared me as a child. Now watching it again after all these years I can really see why this film is so loved and how it spawned a highly successful franchise and peaked child's interests in dinosaurs. The CGI stands up well for it's time and the performances are solid all the way through (even from the child actors). I never realised how much of the film I forgot and so many scenes felt completely new to me. Overall though, an enjoyable watch.
39. Snatch (2000)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
Votes: 728,873 | Gross: $30.33M
I'll admit that I found this film a bit difficult to follow in places regarding the overall plotline with the diamond and the boxing match but it didn't stop me from enjoying individual scenes and the overall tone of the movie. With a impressive cast list that includes the likes of Jason Statham, Brad Pitt and Vinnie Jones, helped with the likeability of each character despite most of them being scumbags.