great moviesby rainbowflat | created - 16 Dec 2016 | updated - 03 Oct 2017 | Public
outstanding movies that I've seen since 2012.
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1. Carrington (1995)
R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The platonic relationship between artist Dora Carrington and writer Lytton Strachey in the early 20th century.
Votes: 4,823 | Gross: $3.24M
Based on.. well, 'a true story' doesn't sound right. Based on what happened. A beautiful story of a profound friendship (and a lot of Dora's relationships too.) I love this movie so much! Have seen it many times. About the life of art, the demands of the heart, Englishness, friendship, and...life and living. And Dora and Lytton are I suppose unique, eccentric people, very good at what they do, and unstoppably determined to be themselves.
3. Secrets & Lies (1996)
R | 136 min | Drama
A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is an underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed.
Votes: 33,678 | Gross: $13.42M
Extremely gruelling and intense; hang in there for the (somehow) happy ending. Timothy Spall is maybe the best in a perfect cast, everything works. Somehow it seems better than the amazing Topsy-Turvy, maybe because this isn't theatre life, it's real life. (Per Fly's Performances has both.)
4. Topsy-Turvy (1999)
R | 154 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.
Votes: 11,030 | Gross: $6.20M
Even non-Gilbert & Sullivan fans will love this. Astonishingly well-constructed. So full and rich. Perfection.
5. 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: 673,809 | Gross: $13.18M
Kevin Costner is.. ah sorry wrong movie. This is funny, touching, uplifting. Can't go wrong.
6. My Dinner with Andre (1981)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews.
Votes: 15,448 | Gross: $5.25M
7. Vagabond (1985)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance
A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death.
Actual title: Sans toit ni loi
8. My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010)
Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy, Drama
A semi-literate and lonely odd-job man bonds with a much older and well-read woman.
Actual title: La Tête en Friche
9. It All Starts Today (1999)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama
Daniel is schoolmaster of a kindergarten in a small French town. The local economy, which depended entirely on coal production, has been mired in a depression ever since the mines were ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,210 | Gross: $0.01M
Ça commence aujourd’hui
10. La belle verte (1996)
99 min | Comedy
The "Green Planet" belongs to another solar system. Through the simplicity of their lifestyle those who live there are a real step ahead of us: they spend their time concentrating their ... See full summary »
The Beautiful Green
12. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
NC-17 | 180 min | Drama, Romance
Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
Votes: 123,989 | Gross: $2.20M
La vie d'Adele
13. Tell No One (2006)
Not Rated | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An accidental discovery near a doctor's estate stirs up some painful memories eight years after his wife's hideous murder, and now, things are bound to take a turn for the unexpected. Does the good doctor know more than he's letting on?
Votes: 46,435 | Gross: $6.18M
A great thriller - exciting, touching, intelligent, full of twists.
14. Little White Lies (2010)
Not Rated | 154 min | Comedy, Drama
A near-fatal accident leaves one friend in the hospital while the rest go on their annual vacation. But their secrets and personal grief threaten to drive them apart.
Votes: 21,720 | Gross: $0.21M
15. The Artist (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.
Votes: 216,933 | Gross: $44.67M
A masterpiece. Wonderfully entertaining, makes you wish more movies are silent and in black and white.
17. Rust and Bone (2012)
R | 120 min | Drama, Romance
Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Votes: 58,792 | Gross: $2.06M
18. Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)
116 min | Drama
The European equivalent of "The Return of the Secaucus 7," this Swiss film looks at the lives of several men and women in their 30s as they confront the slim gains of the "revolutionary" ... See full summary »
Jonah who will be 25 in the year 2000
Script by John Berger of "Ways of Seeing" fame. Intelligent, profound, subtle, at-times-funny human drama of a group of friends of the French 'generation of 1968' finding lives for themselves. A great movie.
19. The Son (2002)
99 min | Drama, Mystery
A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.
Votes: 8,326 | Gross: $0.07M
Le fils. Uyy this is claustrophobic and intense. Uniquely filmed and told; it feels like a brutally honest documentary; 'nothing happens' but everyday life, for long stretches. The main character is the sort of character that is never the main character in movies! Hard to describe - I remember Roger Ebert got it, and did a very good review of this. I have to see more Dardenne brothers films! So far only "Two days, one night" which was also very intense and moving.
20. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy
In 1940, after watching and being traumatized by the movie Frankenstein (1931), a sensitive seven year-old girl living in a small Spanish village drifts into her own fantasy world.
Silence, countryside, beauty, Frankenstein... Erice's unfinished El Sur is also amazing.
21. Open Your Eyes (1997)
R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 59,602 | Gross: $0.37M
Vanilla Sky (2001) is a remake of this. (Both starring Penélope Cruz)
It seems every one of Amenábar's movies are excellent. And usually he does the music too as well as the writing and directing.
22. The Sea Inside (I) (2004)
PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama
The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.
Votes: 72,802 | Gross: $2.09M
23. The Dark Side of the Heart (1992)
R | 127 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama
Oliveiro is a young poet living in Buenos Aires where sometimes he has to sell his ideas to an advertising agency to make a living or exchange his poems for a steak. In Montevideo, he meets... See full summary »
Subiela is one of my very favourite directors. His movies have a lot of heart, and soul, and warmth. They exist somehow on a spiritual plane, even when 'about' love or art.
From Oliverio Girondo's 'Scarecrow': I couldn't care less if women have breasts like fresh magnolias or withered figs, skin smooth as a peach or rough as sandpaper. I accord it an importance equal to zero whether they wake up with the breath of an aphrodisiac or the breath of an insecticide. I am perfectly capable of enduring a nose on them that could take first prize in a carrot exposition. But here's the thing!—and in this I am inflexible—I do not pardon them, under any pretext, if they don't know how to fly.
24. Man Facing Southeast (1986)
R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A patient in a mental hospital claims to be an extraterrestial. Could he be right?
Votes: 3,312 | Gross: $0.73M
The guy who wrote K-PAX claimed not to have seen this beforehand. Could he be right? Subiela sued him. Then the guy wrote a book about that. Well, the first time I saw Total Recall, in the cinema when it came out, I'd had a dream the night before that was almost exactly the same as that movie. (On Mars, the atmosphere popping the eyes out etc etc everything.) It was unbelievable. Yet I had no memory of hearing anything about it at all beforehand. But I must have..right?
PG | 120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
It is the fantastic story of a couple that has the chance to live for centuries loving one another because of various reincarnations.
26. Last Images of the Shipwreck (1989)
R | 131 min | Drama
Roberto is an insurance salesman who dreams of writing his own novel. When he meets Estela, a young woman about to commit suicide, it serves him as material to make this work.
Last images of the shipwreck.
The same two main actors as Man Facing Southeast, so it could be seen as some kind of bizarro-sequel I guess. Apparently Subiela was very happy with this movie and thought it would be very commercially successful, but it wasn't, and he was advised to make happier movies in future. Argentinians were already depressed enough then, I guess. Anyway, it's very good, much better than I'd expected from reviews.
27. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Votes: 172,598 | Gross: $6.39M
Perfection. If you liked this, there's a kind of prequel, well, with the same 2 leads, El mismo amor, la misma lluvia (The same love, the same rain, 1999). Luna de Avellaneda and La hijo de la novia (these all star Darin) also are very good, but none work so well as "Secret". And what a lovely ending :-)
28. Nine Queens (2000)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").
Votes: 45,724 | Gross: $1.22M
Bielinsky only had time to make this and the also excellent (but not at all funny) El Aura, about an epileptic taxidermist caught up in a heist, before he died.
30. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)
Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Drama
The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.
Votes: 17,295 | Gross: $1.33M
31. 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: 321,781 | Gross: $11.29M
32. Barefoot (2005)
118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Nick, a hedonistic bachelor, falls for an escaped mental patient.
Very romantic and unusual story, with strong social comment. Also very funny. Love it.
33. The Wall (2012)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A woman inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,476 | Gross: $0.04M
Amazingly good. One of the greatest movies I've ever seen. The most profound and philosophically interesting screenplay of any movie I've seen. The main character (virtually the only human in the movie) is brought, by long isolation and seeing life through the eyes of her dog, cat, cow, a visiting bird etc, to see for the first time the way humans (or, say, Indo-europeans) have chosen to face nature, and other animal species. In a similar way that through LSD or spiritual practises, one can see these basic things, these ancestral paths - that were too close to see before, because they are us. I find the negative reviews of this fascinating. I have to quote from bluesshred's classic contribution: "Movies are art, some good & some bad. This abstract movie is bad art in my opinion & it's more like a Yoko Ono, Jackson Pollock, or poop on a canvas as opposed to a John Lennon, Salvador Dalí, or art done with some skill." Bad art, like poop on a canvas. hehe. I just find that astounding, that someone can see this movie and think such a thing. Well, I don't feel the story/movie is trying to be art (although it's visually very beautiful) - but is an exploration, a journey, en experiment, stripping everything away - customs, social facades, society, traditions - to be able to see (and judge) the essential, the less ephemeral, the raw/original human nature..
34. The Sea That Thinks (2000)
100 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy
Incredible optical illusions in a story in a story in a story helps the surprised viewer finally to find out that he has been watching himself all along.
Amazingly good. Nothing like any movie I've seen. Uses multiple layers of paradox, optical illusion, self-reference, story within story etc to explore mind, consciousness, 'reality'. Not religious but explores the same ground as many mystics and spiritual writers - e.g. Ramana Maharshi went into a cave and asked "Who Am I?" over and over. This is the movie version. Funny, profound, very well- and painstakingly-constructed.
35. Truly Human (2001)
95 min | Drama
A modern fable about an invisible man who gets the chance to become a real human being. He has to learn to be brave, honest and conscientious. 'P' is a fantasy figure, living behind the ... See full summary »
A beautiful and unique movie. A very funny and touching look at modern life from a naïve outsider's perspective. Maybe Nikolaj's best.
36. Clash of Egos (2006)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
Tony (Ulrich Thomsen) is angry and wants his money back after watching world-famous director, Claus Volter's (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) new film. Tony just got out of prison for violent behavior.
Thought-provoking, bitingly satirical (mainly of Lars von Trier, self-important pseudo-profound art movies and their fawning critics), great cast - and extremely funny.
37. Mifune (1999)
R | 98 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama
Kresten's dad dies and he returns to the farm on Lolland to take care of things incl. his retarded brother. He employs a hooker as maid. He loses wife and job due to lies. The maid's kid brother moves in and they're a family of 4.
Votes: 7,184 | Gross: $0.59M
Mifune's Last Song
38. The Idiots (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama
The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves.
Votes: 27,781 | Gross: $0.01M
NEI! This has a strange reputation as shocking, controversial, excessive bad taste etc. I found it had much less of these qualities than any of von Trier's other movies that I'd seen, and may be his only movie with a gentle, good-natured, warm, realistic vibe. No women tortured, killed, abused, as far as I remember - unique also in that way? It's about a group of people living together, trying (not too successfully) to find meaningful lives. There's even a positive and hopeful ending. The shocking thing about it is how it was censored - with black rectangles onscreen! - for delicate U.S. and international audiences, who can handle movies of non-stop gun murder but apparently must be spared the horrors of.. a human body on screen. OMG. Grow up. (well, "violent death=good, common life=bad" is also very reminiscent of U.S. foreign policy the last 120 years, maybe that's no coincidence.)
39. In a Better World (2010)
R | 118 min | Drama, Romance
The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.
Votes: 36,512 | Gross: $1.01M
Most of Susanne Bier's films are pretty great, e.g. After The Wedding, Things We Lost in the Fire, A Second Chance etc
40. Worlds Apart (2008)
116 min | Drama
The daughter of a Jehovah's Witness is forced to choose between religion and love when she falls for someone outside her faith.
What happens when your girlfriend is a Danish Jehovah's witness.
41. Adam's Apples (2005)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.
Votes: 41,776 | Gross: $0.00M
Ulrich (neo-Nazi) and Mads (priest) especially are great in this farcical, violent, over-the-top yet ultimately touching and profound story of redemption from the prolific pen of Anders Thomas Jensen.
42. The Green Butchers (2003)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
2 Danish friends are tired of their employer and open their own butcher shop. An electrician accidentally dies in the freezer and he's sold as marinated chicken and business picks up. What happens when they run out of "chicken"?
Votes: 17,664 | Gross: $0.00M
43. Men & Chicken (2015)
Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Two outcast brothers, through getting to know their unknown family, discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.
Votes: 9,146 | Gross: $0.03M
Mænd & høns (Men & Hens) The english title makes no sense. Having written, and directed, a lot of weird, funny movies, Jensen here amps up the weirdness to remarkable levels. An all-star Danish cast.
45. Headhunters (2011)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.
Votes: 91,147 | Gross: $1.20M
46. Umberto D. (1952)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama
An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.
Votes: 20,172 | Gross: $0.07M
I liked this even more than de Sica's better known 'Bicycle Thieves'. I couldn't take my eyes off it. Almost unbearably touching, in its quiet way.
47. The Battle of Algiers (1966)
Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.
Votes: 46,970 | Gross: $0.06M
48. Teorema (1968)
Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Mystery