My Top 35 all-time favorites movies

by thibault-li | created - 09 Jul 2016 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

My all-time personal favourite movies ranked by order

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1. 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: 1,466,639 | Gross: $171.48M

+ Philosophical Concepts + Groundbreaking actions scenes + Stylish universe + Great soundtrack + Best ending scene of all time

Cons :

  • Lack of attaching characters
  • Lack of emotions

Awards : Won 4 Academy awards

2. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 276,367 | Gross: $0.27M

+ Great characters + Authenticity + Epic battles + Visceral

Awards : Nominated for 2 Academy awards

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: 575,080 | Gross: $4.36M

+ Educational + Very clever + Great performances

Awards : Nominated for 3 Academy Awards

4. 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: 2,010,014 | Gross: $534.86M

+ Ambitious and extremely intelligent plot + Perfect balance of action and drama + The greatest villain of all time + Awesome quotes + Soundtrack

Cons :

  • Maggie Gyllenhall as Rachel Dawes
  • Realistic Gotham
  • Lack of emotional power

Awards : Won 2 Academy awards + 6 nominations

5. Interstellar (2014)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 1,250,817 | Gross: $188.02M

+ Ambitious : Stakes and concepts + Scientifically accurate + End-of-the-world sadness + Epic directing and music + Emotional moments

Cons :

  • Mann’s planet part
  • Incoherences

Awards : Won 1 Academy award + 4 nominations

6. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 908,001 | Gross: $210.61M

+ Main protagonists + Time travels + Situation comedy + Music

Cons :

  • No futuristic worlds

Awards : Won 1 Academy award + 3 nominations

7. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 971,158 | Gross: $130.10M

+ Narration + Music + Cinematography + Characters' development + Great ending

Awards : Won 5 Academy awards (+3 Nominations) including :

  • Best Picture
  • Best director
  • Best actor in a leading role

8. The Man from Earth (2007)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

Director: Richard Schenkman | Stars: David Lee Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Ellen Crawford

Votes: 157,487

+ Stimulating and thought provoking + Ambitious + Storytelling at it's finest

Cons : Photography

9. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 535,975 | Gross: $57.60M

+ Feel-good and dramatic at the same time + Charlie Chaplin like

Cons : Weak ending scenes

Awards : Won 3 Academy awards (+4 nominations) including :

  • Best foreign language film
  • Best actor in a leading role

10. The Lion King (1994)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

83 Metascore

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father's death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 809,534 | Gross: $312.90M

+ Storytelling + Characters + Sad moments + Soundtrack + Dubbing

Cons : Too short

Awards : Won 2 Academy awards + 2 Nominations

11. Come and See (1985)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, War

After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Vladas Bagdonas

Votes: 41,693

+ Immersive + Realistic + Powerful

12. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,181,506 | Gross: $187.71M

+ Epic scenes + Great villain + Awesome quotes + Epic music

Awards : Won 5 Academy awards (+7 nominations) including :

  • Best picture
  • Best actor in a leading role

13. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

R | 164 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista

Votes: 357,598 | Gross: $92.05M

+ A real feast for the eyes/ears + Slow and contemplative pace + Concepts

Cons : Some unconvincing concepts

Awards : Won 2 Academy awards + 3 Nominations

14. Open Your Eyes (1997)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martínez

Votes: 58,970 | Gross: $0.37M

+ Puzzling + Great ending

Cons : Small budget

15. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 882,689 | Gross: $223.81M

+ Stunning design + Creative + Anticipation + Emotional moments

Awards : Won 1 Academy Award

16. Inception (2010)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

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 CEO.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 1,789,443 | Gross: $292.58M

+ Groundbreaking concepts + Complex but well-explained + Soundtrack

Cons : Lack of fantasy

Awards : Won 4 Academy awards + 4 Nominations

17. 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: 1,634,850 | Gross: $37.03M

+ Voice-over narration + Very rich : writing & Details + Anarchist vibe + Great twist + Ending scene

Awards : Nominated for 1 Academy award

18. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

44 Metascore

Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

Votes: 560,640 | Gross: $330.36M

+ Epic scenes + Epic music + Visual references + Badass Batman

Cons : Jesse Eisenberg's ham acting

19. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 596,991 | Gross: $183.64M

+ Visuals + Immersive + Visceral + Great performance

Awards : Won 3 Academy awards (+9 Nominations) including :

  • Best achievement in directing
  • Best performance by an actor in a leading role

20. Twelve Monkeys (1995)

R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

74 Metascore

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito

Votes: 532,732 | Gross: $57.14M

+ Plot + Sadness + Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt's performances + Time travels

Awards : Nominated for 2 Academy awards

21. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 157,168

+ "Gloriously sick and twisted story" + Powerful + Soundtrack

Cons : WTF moments Villain characters should learn how to shoot Some bad or non-acting

22. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 533,523 | Gross: $100.21M

+ Main characters' charisma and chemistry + Running joke + Suspense

Cons : Weak design choices

23. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 314,989 | Gross: $11.29M

+ Drama + Smart plot + Historical

Awards : Won 1 Academy award Best foreign language film

24. 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: 340,128 | Gross: $45.06M

+ Apocalyptic world + Scary + Suspense

Cons :

  • No stylish zombie killing
  • Small budget

25. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 330,607 | Gross: $189.42M

+ Great characters : Great Ralph, adorable Vanellope and badass/sexy Calhoun + Nice original creations + Intelligent Plot + Emotional moments

Cons :

  • Not enough Easter eggs at the middle of the story
  • Lack of real stakes

Awards : Nominated for 1 Academy Award

26. Boy A (2007)

R | 102 min | Drama

75 Metascore

The story of a young Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a violent crime he committed as a child.

Director: John Crowley | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Shaun Evans, Siobhan Finneran

Votes: 35,441 | Gross: $0.11M

+ Andrew Garfield’s performance + Simple but moving + Efficient directing + Sad Ending

27. Back to the Future Part II (1989)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985...without interfering with his first trip.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson

Votes: 413,975 | Gross: $118.50M

+ Great plot + Great cocktail of Comedy + Sci-fi

Awards : Nominated for 1 Academy award

28. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 601,902 | Gross: $91.13M

+ Epic story + Music + Benedict Cumberbatch

Awards : Won 1 Academy award + 7 Nominations

29. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

67 Metascore

The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel

Votes: 438,924 | Gross: $389.81M

+ Spectacular + Funny (Drax) + Visuals + Soundtrack

Awards : Nominated for 1 Academy award

30. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,166,268 | Gross: $206.85M

+ Great introduction to the new trilogy + Convincing shift to the Batman universe + Epic ending scene (2nd best behind The Matrix)

Cons : Lack of crazy Lack of fantasy

Awards : Nominated for 1 Academy award

31. Yip Man (2008)

R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 193,512

+ Historic context + Epic stakes : National honour and survival + Fights (Wing Shun)

32. Minority Report (2002)

PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

80 Metascore

In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow

Votes: 461,264 | Gross: $132.07M

+ Entertaining universe : Techs, Spielberg's sense for funny details + Entertaining thriller's plot

Cons :

  • Unconvincing concepts
  • Too much blue filters

Awards : Nominated for 1 Academy award

33. Mayhem (2017)

Unrated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

62 Metascore

A virus spreads through an office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses.

Director: Joe Lynch | Stars: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie

Votes: 11,122

+ Working world satire + Some nice ideas : storytelling, video-game like quest... + Atypical hero + Samara Weaving

Cons :

  • Lack of budget
  • Not enough craziness

34. Lost in Translation (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Votes: 367,681 | Gross: $44.59M

+ Tourism + Soundtrack + Humor

Cons : No testosterone

Awards : Won 1 Academy award + 3 Nominations

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