My Favourite Films (no particular order)by johken | created - 04 May 2016 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
Movies that have made me laugh, cry, possess intense rage (the righteous kind) or perhaps all 3 at the same time.
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1. Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
R | 109 min | Crime, Drama
Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.
Votes: 38,971 | Gross: $0.18M
Lukas Moodyson really lives up to his name by creating one of the saddest and most grim films I have seen. However, this does not stop me from enjoying the film- Moodyson brings to life the struggles faced by a young girl as she tries to break free of poverty with tact and grace, as well as with a documentary-esque style of filming that makes the material really hit close to home.
2. This Is England (2006)
Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama
A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.
Votes: 107,792 | Gross: $0.33M
A bleak look at racism and working-class life in the 1980's, this amazing film works on a variety of levels. The choice of the protagonist being a young boy adds an extra sadness to the events of the movie- showing how it's easy for children to become involved in crimes and violence from a simple need for friends and a way to spend time without money.
3. Filth (I) (2013)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A corrupt, junkie cop with bipolar disorder attempts to manipulate his way through a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter while also fighting his own inner demons.
Votes: 89,946 | Gross: $0.03M
I came into this expecting something that would make me mad at the reality of corruption and the misery it causes people all over the world. However, what I got was a look into the troubled existence of a man as he wastes away, using a facade of apathy and hedonism to cover up the lonely reality of his life. It's funny as well as sad, however, and the acting by everyone, especially James McAvoy, is tremendously good.
4. Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.
Votes: 126,368 | Gross: $4.06M
I found this film at a local second-hand DVD store and, after watching it, wished that I had spent more than a meagre 2 pounds. Strangely underrated in the midst of high-budget foreign-language melodramas, this film shows the effects of a country trying to come to terms with it's changed political landscape shown through the life of a young man who attempts to bring back a little taste of communism to his ailing mother. It's so heartfelt and interesting to watch that I wish it was more popular.
5. To Be or Not to Be (1983)
PG | 107 min | Comedy
At the onset of WW2, a Polish actor's family and the Polish Resistance help the troupe of a theatre escape Poland and the invading Nazis.
Votes: 9,177 | Gross: $13.00M
Not all of the movies on this list are sad! Mel Brooks is truly an amazing director. I love each and every one of his films for their humor and subtle social commentaries- but this is the one that stuck out the most. A loving parody of the 1943 classic, it touches on a somewhat dark subject matter (WW2) with lots of 80's camp and hammy acting- not to mention a geniunely thrilling plot.
6. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.
Votes: 1,068,487 | Gross: $120.54M
7. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young FBI cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,074,640 | Gross: $130.74M
8. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
9. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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: 604,009 | Gross: $59.10M
10. Yolki (2010)
90 min | Comedy
One of the biggest Russian hits in years, this epic comedy shows how the largest country on the planet can come together on New Year's. (Russian with English subtitles)
I usually hate romantic comedies with a fierce, burning passion, but for some reason I enjoyed this one so much that it's in this list! It's such a silly, over-the-top 'feel-good' setup but for once, this sort of thing works in the movie's favour. The characters, though too many to be very developed past a small few specific personality traits, are sympathetic and I found myself feeling empathy for their struggles in spades. All in all, it's a great movie for when you want to happy-cry in the holiday season.
11. Son of Rambow (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
During a long English summer in the early 1980s, two schoolboys from differing backgrounds set out to make a film inspired by First Blood (1982).
Votes: 29,093 | Gross: $1.78M
12. 12 (2007)
PG-13 | 159 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen adolescent charged with murdering his stepfather.
Votes: 12,822 | Gross: $0.13M
I hadn't seen any of the director's previous works and nor did I even really know who he was, aside from seeing him play a mob boss in Zhmurki. However, the enjoyment I gained from this movie is enough to make me speed through every film he's ever directed in the same night (with no breaks!). Any movie that can capture my attention and keep me this enthralled for more than 2 hours deserves an award- and so I'll give '12' a gold star and a pat on the back. Some elements are a little off-beat, or perhaps too overly 'trying to be deep'- (like the ongoing symbolism of the sparrow, for example), so this may not be everyone's cup of tea. I found this movie both parts hilarious (that puke scene had me clutching my sides, begging for mercy) and touching.
13. A Serious Man (2009)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.
Votes: 117,122 | Gross: $9.19M
14. Burn After Reading (2008)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it.
Votes: 277,937 | Gross: $60.36M
17. Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki (2012)
PG | 117 min | Animation, Drama, Family
After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman must find ways to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him while keeping their trait hidden from society.
18. Shimotsuma monogatari (2004)
102 min | Comedy
Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town.
19. V for Vendetta (2005)
R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 921,748 | Gross: $70.51M
20. The Intouchables (2011)
R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
Votes: 637,636 | Gross: $13.18M
22. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.
Votes: 452,748 | Gross: $13.54M
23. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
R | 155 min | Drama
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.
Votes: 190,671 | Gross: $11.99M
26. Zazie dans le Métro (1960)
Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy
This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Ten-year-old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris, so that her mother can spend some time with her lover. ... See full summary »
27. Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.
Votes: 27,004 | Gross: $1.26M
28. Alexandre le bienheureux (1968)
G | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and ... See full summary »
30. My Cousin Vinny (1992)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Crime
Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.
Votes: 93,326 | Gross: $52.93M
33. Persepolis (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.
Votes: 79,601 | Gross: $4.44M
35. La Cage aux Folles (1978)
R | 97 min | Comedy
Two gay men living in St. Tropez have their lives turned upside down when the son of one of the men announces he is getting married. They try to conceal their lifestyle and their ownership ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,568 | Gross: $20.42M
36. Les visiteurs (1993)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy
A medieval nobleman and his squire are accidentally transported to contemporary times by a senile sorcerer. He enlists the aid of his descendent to try to find a way to return home, all the... See full summary »
Votes: 28,372 | Gross: $0.70M
37. The Death of Stalin (2017)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, History
Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power.
Votes: 48,178 | Gross: $8.04M
38. La danza de la realidad (2013)
Unrated | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy
In a Chilean little town, the son of an uprooted couple, formed by a rigorous communist father and a loving but weak mother, tries to pave his own path in a society that does not understand their Jewish-Ukrainian origins.
Votes: 6,232 | Gross: $0.19M
39. The Lives of Others (2006)
R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Votes: 309,344 | Gross: $11.29M
40. Chalard games goeng (2017)
130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Lynn, a genius high school student who makes money by cheating tests, receives a new task that leads her to set foot on Sydney, Australia. In order to complete the millions-Baht task, Lynn and her classmates have to finish the international STIC(SAT) exam and deliver the answers back to her friends in Thailand before the exam takes place once again in her home country.
41. Koe no katachi (2016)
Not Rated | 130 min | Animation, Drama, Family
A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.
44. I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)
Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide, but can't go through with it, so he hires a contract killer in a seedy bar to ... See full summary »
45. Otesánek (2000)
132 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,363 | Gross: $0.12M