Top 20 Best Movies of All Time

by Preikki | created - 6 months ago | updated - 1 day ago | Public

All of these movies are rated 10/10. I recommend these movies to everyone! Honorable mentions don't have any ranking what so ever, they're just movies be that should mentioned as they are amazing. There a few short films in this list but all of those are in "honorable mentions" (and don't say that Garden of Words and To the Forest of Firefly Lights are short films, they are feature length films ye langer). And remember, these are my choices, don't get angry about the picks if you disagree. Make sure to comment if there's some movies that you would put into this list.

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1. Your Name. (2016)

PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yûki

Votes: 140,801 | Gross: $5.02M

This is the reason why Makoto Shinkai is my favorite director and writer. The soundtrack, story, animation are amazing. This movie is just perfect in every way! Makes me cry every time. Honestly this is the greatest movie of all time and this is the reason why you can't compare Comix Wave to Studio Ghibli (because it's 1000000 times better).

2. Her (2013)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara

Votes: 474,310 | Gross: $25.57M

Spike Jonze movie without Charlie Kaufman... and it's amazing! This movie is perfect, nothing to complain about it. Just watch the movie, please.

3. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 605,776 | Gross: $4.36M

My absolutely third favorite film of all time, no doubt about it. I was really tempted to have this on the top... but I couldn't, "your name." still has that place (let's see what I think about it in the future). Now, this is a perfect movie in every single possible way. I just love the intelligence in this film and how human emotions are presented. I'm shocked that this didn't win any oscars and this movie deserves the #5 spot in the Top Rated Movies-list.

4. The Garden of Words (2013)

TV-14 | 46 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa, Fumi Hirano, Gou Maeda

Votes: 26,719

Makoto Shinkai made a movie with short run time... but it's AMAZING! The story is really interesting and animation is amazing. Ending is both sad and great and I'm thanking Makoto Shinkai that this is the beginning to the greatest movie of all time!

5. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Votes: 654,725 | Gross: $106.95M

Darren Aronofsky is really interesting director to me. He always makes interesting movies with interesting stories. This one... continues the line of those movies. Cinematography by Matthew Libatique, music composed by Clint Mansell and acting from Natalie Portman make this movie one of it's kind.

6. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 526,092 | Gross: $42.34M

This movie is interesting. Alejandro Inarritu made a choice to make the movie as a one continuing shot. It feels like cinematography prequel for Victoria (but Victoria is actually one shot movie). The story is really interesting and Michael Keaton's performance should have won the Oscar (but you know what happened).

7. Oldboy (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

77 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: 465,089 | Gross: $0.71M

Chan-Wook Park made an amazing movie! The screenplay is great, it has great acting and you can see how much effort was put in. Only problem to me is the gore and action but everything else makes up for it.

8. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

Not Rated | 157 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan

Votes: 35,204 | Gross: $0.14M

My eight favorite film of all time and my favorite film from my second favorite director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. This movie is just perfect. This is the most real movie I've ever seen. All of the performances are realistic and flawless. It's slow paced like many of Nuri's other films but this one is just the best one. Trust me, this is amazing.

9. The Hunt (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 246,239 | Gross: $0.69M

Mads Mikkelsen's best performance I've ever seen. I just love the idea and the story. It's so realistic that you could say that it's based on true story and probably most people would believe it. And the thing that terrifies me, is that this stuff actually happen in real life.

10. To the Forest of Firefly Lights (2011)

45 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Hotaru is rescued by a spirit when she gets lost in a forest as a child. The two become friends, despite the spirit revealing that he will disappear if he is ever touched by a human.

Director: Takahiro Ômori | Stars: Koki Uchiyama, Ayane Sakura, Shinpachi Tsuji, Izumi Sawada

Votes: 10,595

This is one of those movies, that just make people like Hayao Miyazaki look like idiots. This movie has short run time, but it's just amazing. It has just an great heartwarming story and I loved every minute of it! Ending is really sad and this is one of those movies that actually make me cry.

11. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 1,089,066 | Gross: $132.38M

Now, I don't like Martin Scorsese as much as anyone else. In my opinion he is overrated on some parts but I see that he has quite a lot of talent, all of that talent shows in this movie. This movie is just great on so many levels, I really can't describe that.

12. Synecdoche, New York (2008)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.

Director: Charlie Kaufman | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener

Votes: 73,316 | Gross: $3.08M

Legendary youtuber Adam Johnston has many times ended his videos with this beautiful sentence: "We are all going to die, synecdoche goodbye". And that sentence is true, we are all going to die. "Synecdoche, New York" took movie industry to another level by making a movie that meant much much more. Synecdoche isn't just a normal story, it tells something about life. Of course we can talk about this movie for hours, for much longer time than the runtime of this film, so I'll try to keep this short. Synecdoche is one movie that really combines subjects that I've been thinking for a really long time, about death, how the time runs out without us knowing it etc. This movie is a film-making masterpiece on so many levels. Without of a doubt, Charlie Kaufman is really underrated and he should be more respected and he should be given more chances to make new movies.

Also Jon Brion's song "Little Person" from this film is one of my favorite songs of all time.

13. 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: 1,041,058 | Gross: $25.54M

Most interesting movie out of these all. When most movies go from start to finish, Nolan made an amazing choice and made this from finish to start. The story is really great but you can guess the ending if you really think about it. Story is great, it's just a perfect movie, watch it!

14. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

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.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 628,089 | Gross: $13.09M

I'm a musician myself and I love this movie. I love how it's made, how the music is played... this is a movie that really shows some talent. Damien Chazelle is in my opinion the most talented musical movie director right now and it really shows in this movie. J.K Simmons was amazing and so was Miles Teller.

And I love CollegeHumor's version with Weird Al :)

15. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | 137 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 218,240 | Gross: $47.70M

Even though I hate the name Manchester, I love this movie with the bottom of my heart. Casey Affleck gives one of my favorite performances of all time, out of all movies. He deserved the Oscar and I'm happy that he was chosen to play the depressed, boring character who rarely shows emotions. This movie also makes me cry.

16. Adaptation. (2002)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton

Votes: 166,236 | Gross: $22.25M

A partial "character study" about Charlie Kaufman? I don't really know. Kaufman always has these weird and crazy ideas but they always work out. I don't know if Kaufman is this kind of person but I think his character was really interesting. In my opinion his character is more interesting than anybody else's character on this list. Anyway this movie is great, it's intelligent, it's really well written, all the performances are great, Nic Cage's best performance I've seen in a long time. Great movie on all.

17. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones

Votes: 355,173 | Gross: $54.51M

Absolutely an amazing movie. There are many crime movies that I love, but this is in my opinion one of the best. Francis McDormand, Sam Rockwell and also Woody Harrelson make this one of the best performed movies of all time.

18. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 631,592 | Gross: $6.10M

Amazing western from Sergio Leone. It has interesting story, great actors and great overall feeling. Clint and Eli are amazing and the soundtrack is iconic. Thank you Sergio, rest in piece.

19. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

TV-PG | 63 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura, Ayaka Onoue

Votes: 44,707

Makoto is amazing guy. Sometimes I even question myself: "Am I overpraising this guy just because he makes anime-movies?" I always answer to that question: "Because... his movies are amazing..." This film is also great film on all levels, like the ones before. It has good story, well written dialogues and everything.

20. Paths of Glory (1957)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War

After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready

Votes: 159,466

Paths of Glory is my favorite Kubrick film of all time. This is really great movie as all. Stanley Kubrick made really great effort in this movie and it shows. Kirk Douglas's performance was great and this is just a fantastic movie.

21. Cross Road (2014)

2 min | Animation, Short

Two different college students cross paths with each other while trying to pass college entrance examinations.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kenshô Ono, Ayane Sakura, Masahiko Tanaka

Votes: 354

A "Honorable mention". It's amazing and has a great story. In only 2 minutes it tells a lot. It has similarities to "Your Name." but the final work is original. See it!

22. Someone's Gaze (2013)

7 min | Animation, Short

A futuristic story about a newly independent female and her maturation into independence. The narrator details the effect her development is having on her relationship with her father.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Fumi Hirano, Satomi Hanamura, Shinji Ogawa, Rina Endô

Votes: 1,159

Another "Honorable mention". Makoto Shinkai made an amazing short film. It has great feel and story. It remembered me bit of "The Garden of Words". There are similarities but story is original. It's great.

23. She and Her Cat: Their Standing Points (2000 Video)

5 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A lonely young woman adopts a cat on a rainy day.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Makoto Shinkai, Mika Shinohara

Votes: 2,231

Another "Makoto Shinkai short film honorable mention". Makoto was already great "in our early days". This is really well made and this has tons of great moments. Makoto Shinkai is the man!

24. The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)

TV-PG | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South.

Directors: Makoto Shinkai, Yoshio Suzuki | Stars: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Masato Hagiwara, Yuka Nanri, Unshô Ishizuka

Votes: 11,625

"Makoto Shinkai feature film honorable mention". My man Makoto Shinkai's debut in feature films. It's really a great movie. I like the animation style. Writing is really great (as always) and I love this movie! Nothing else to say about this film because it's kinda like "5 Centimeters Per Second"

25. Welcome to Hell (2013)

10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

An unfortunately friendly demon discovers that his new job, haunting and attempting to drive an apathetic highschooler to suicide, isn't as easy as he'd hoped it would be.

Director: Erica Wester | Stars: Ann Mendenhall, Neil Morrissey, Doug Hudson, Kait Robrock

Votes: 74

"Honorable mention that should have been in the actual list". I have to say this out loud, I LOVE THIS!!! Erica Wester made an amazing animation that really shows talent. The animation style isn't everybody's favorite but I personally love this style. Sadly this is a short film, so it can't go to the actual list... if it weren't then it would go definitely to the spots!

26. Anima (2019)

15 min | Short, Drama, Music

In a short musical film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Thom Yorke of Radiohead scores and stars in a mind-bending visual piece. Best played loud.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Dajana Roncione, Thom Yorke

Votes: 5,234

"Another one". Anima is one of those weird trips that you at least once in your life time experience. This short movie is kinda weird. It's not a music video, but it kinda feels like one (it feels the same like those weird Aphex Twin music videos). But it's on Netflix so nah, it's going to go on this list. On music videos I'm really strict on how they look, are they original, are they surrealistic or experimental, how much work has put in and overall the music. In my opinion A$AP Forever by A$AP Rocky, 愛にできることはまだあるかい by radwimps, Chance by D.A.N and Dear Future Person by Cornelius are the best music videos of all time. When comparing this to those, this is kinda on the same level. It's great short movie to watch and it is worth those 15 minutes!

27. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

Director: Juho Kuosmanen | Stars: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joanna Haartti

Votes: 3,560

"Finnish one". Hymyilevä mies is the best Finnish movie I've ever seen. I love Joonas Berghäll's documentaries but this one is definitely the best Finnish movie ever. It's so well made and cinematography is amazing, worth to watch!

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