Movies That Changed My Life

by IMDb-Editors | created - 24 Feb 2021 | updated - 11 May 2021 | Public

What movies had the biggest impact on your favorite celebrities? Check out the selections below from our exclusive interviews on the IMDb podcast "Movies That Changed My Life." Subscribe today for more great picks!

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1. Star Wars (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

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.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,323,117 | Gross: $322.74M

Selected by Ian de Borja - Listen to the episode.

2. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

66 Metascore

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 985,807 | Gross: $44.02M

Selected by Ian de Borja - Listen to the episode.

3. Wayne's World (1992)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Music

57 Metascore

Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere

Votes: 154,886 | Gross: $121.70M

Selected by Ian de Borja - Listen to the episode.

4. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 964,163 | Gross: $191.80M

Selected by Griffin Newman - Listen to the episode.

5. The Wiz (1978)

G | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross

Votes: 15,084 | Gross: $21.05M

Selected by Griffin Newman - Listen to the episode.

6. Margaret (I) (2011)

R | 150 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron

Votes: 17,313 | Gross: $0.05M

Selected by Griffin Newman - Listen to the episode.

7. Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus Christ, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 393,063 | Gross: $20.05M

Selected by Ed Helms - Listen to the episode.

8. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

Director: Martin Brest | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Lisa Eilbacher

Votes: 180,264 | Gross: $234.76M

Selected by Ed Helms - Listen to the episode.

9. Raising Arizona (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they anticipated.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson, John Goodman

Votes: 137,184 | Gross: $22.85M

Selected by Ed Helms - Listen to the episode.

10. Network (1976)

R | 121 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit, but finds that his message may be difficult to control.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Votes: 157,181

Selected by Jon Lovett - Listen to the episode.

11. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

A bureaucrat in a dystopic society becomes an enemy of the state as he pursues the woman of his dreams.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 198,658 | Gross: $9.93M

Selected by Jon Lovett - Listen to the episode.

12. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

R | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst

Votes: 314,905 | Gross: $105.26M

Selected by Jon Lovett - Listen to the episode.

13. The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

PG | 84 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

43 Metascore

The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons.

Director: Nelson Shin | Stars: Orson Welles, Robert Stack, Leonard Nimoy, Norman Alden

Votes: 39,504 | Gross: $5.85M

Selected by Robert Kirkman - Listen to the episode.

14. Army of Darkness (1992)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

59 Metascore

A sardonic hardware store clerk is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must retrieve the Necronomicon and battle an army of the dead so he can return home.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie

Votes: 174,534 | Gross: $11.50M

Selected by Robert Kirkman - Listen to the episode.

15. Speed Racer (2008)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

37 Metascore

Young driver Speed Racer aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, Nicholas Elia

Votes: 73,208 | Gross: $43.95M

Selected by Robert Kirkman - Listen to the episode.

16. Best in Show (2000)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look into the highly competitive and cut-throat world of dog shows through the eyes of a group of ruthless dog owners.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Jennifer Coolidge

Votes: 61,465 | Gross: $18.72M

Selected by Sarah Chalke - Listen to the episode.

17. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 981,608 | Gross: $34.40M

Selected by Sarah Chalke - Listen to the episode.

18. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

80 Metascore

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 470,539 | Gross: $59.89M

Selected by Sarah Chalke - Listen to the episode.

19. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

91 Metascore

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 531,742 | Gross: $1.23M

Selected by Reggie Watts - Listen to the episode.

20. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

R | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

47 Metascore

A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, Eleanor David

Votes: 80,226 | Gross: $22.24M

Selected by Reggie Watts - Listen to the episode.

21. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,859,774 | Gross: $171.48M

Selected by Reggie Watts - Listen to the episode.

22. This Sporting Life (1963)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport

Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell

Votes: 6,525

Selected by Ian McShane - Listen to the episode.

23. Tom Jones (1963)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

77 Metascore

The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th-century England.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Albert Finney, Susannah York, George Devine, Rachel Kempson

Votes: 12,967 | Gross: $37.60M

Selected by Ian McShane - Listen to the episode.

24. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Romance

A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker

Votes: 8,463

Selected by Ian McShane - Listen to the episode.

25. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 279,860 | Gross: $120.62M

Selected by Kelly Marie Tran - Listen to the episode.

26. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

65 Metascore

An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Votes: 752,957 | Gross: $317.58M

Selected by Kelly Marie Tran - Listen to the episode.

27. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

98 Metascore

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 656,544 | Gross: $37.63M

Selected by Kelly Marie Tran - Listen to the episode.

28. Pusher (1996)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Thriller

72 Metascore

A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Buric, Laura Drasbæk, Slavko Labovic

Votes: 39,419 | Gross: $0.00M

Selected by Joel Kinnaman - Listen to the episode.

29. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 168,406 | Gross: $0.31M

Selected by Joel Kinnaman - Listen to the episode.

30. Taxi Driver (1976)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Votes: 797,477 | Gross: $28.26M

Selected by Joel Kinnaman - Listen to the episode.

31. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Music

92 Metascore

Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Rob Reiner, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Kimberly Stringer

Votes: 138,150 | Gross: $4.74M

Selected by Edgar Wright - Listen to the episode.

32. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

67 Metascore

A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham

Votes: 19,075 | Gross: $0.16M

Selected by Edgar Wright - Listen to the episode.

33. Dames (1934)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

A multimillionaire decides to boycott "filthy" forms of entertainment such as Broadway shows.

Directors: Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Zasu Pitts

Votes: 2,100

Selected by Edgar Wright - Listen to the episode.

34. Dating Amber (2020)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

Two school friends decide to start a pretend straight relationship in an effort to fit in.

Director: David Freyne | Stars: Fionn O'Shea, Lola Petticrew, Sharon Horgan, Barry Ward

Votes: 5,937

Selected by Col Needham for the best of 2020 - Listen to the episode.

35. Shirley (2020)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next book after she and her husband take in a young couple.

Director: Josephine Decker | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Odessa Young, Michael Stuhlbarg, Logan Lerman

Votes: 11,243

Selected by Col Needham for the best of 2020 - Listen to the episode.

36. Misbehaviour (2020)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, History

62 Metascore

A group of women hatch a plan to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.

Director: Philippa Lowthorpe | Stars: Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Greg Kinnear

Votes: 8,417

Selected by Col Needham for the best of 2020 - Listen to the episode.

37. One Night in Miami... (2020)

R | 114 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.

Director: Regina King | Stars: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr.

Votes: 31,347

Selected by Col Needham for the best of 2020 - Listen to the episode.

38. Another Round (2020)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

Four high-school teachers consume alcohol on a daily basis to see how it affects their social and professional lives.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, Lars Ranthe

Votes: 143,545

Selected by Col Needham for the best of 2020 - Listen to the episode.

39. Ammonite (2020)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.

Director: Francis Lee | Stars: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle

Votes: 16,989

Selected by Col Needham for the best of 2020 - Listen to the episode.

40. Sylvie's Love (2020)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Music, Romance

74 Metascore

When a young woman meets an aspiring saxophonist in her father's record shop in 1950s Harlem, their love ignites a sweeping romance that transcends changing times, geography, and professional success.

Director: Eugene Ashe | Stars: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Eva Longoria, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 5,724

Selected by Col Needham for the best of 2020 - Listen to the episode.

41. Promising Young Woman (2020)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.

Director: Emerald Fennell | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown

Votes: 160,823

Selected by Col Needham for the best of 2020 - Listen to the episode.

42. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

R | 129 min | Drama, History, Thriller

76 Metascore

The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Director: Aaron Sorkin | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong

Votes: 171,334

Selected by Col Needham for the best of 2020 - Listen to the episode.

43. Tenet (2020)

PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi