My Personal Favouritesby dsensNWN00 | created - 28 Aug 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
"General fiction is pretty much about ways that people get into problems and screw their lives up. Science fiction is about everything else." - Marvin Minsky
"Stupidity... has a habit of getting its way." - The Day After
"Isn't there anybody who can deal with a housewife?" - The Right Stuff
"You know when you're born in Pittsburgh the thing you want to be when you grow up is a zombie" - Tom Savini
"James... earn this. Earn it." - Saving Private Ryan
"However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light." - Stanley Kubrick
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1. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
R | 229 min | Crime, Drama
A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Votes: 289,926 | Gross: $5.32M
- Extended Director's Cut.
3. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 741,883 | Gross: $78.90M
4. Testament (1983)
PG | 90 min | Drama
The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.
Votes: 5,458 | Gross: $2.04M
- nothing in the world could possibly prepare you for Lynne Littman's Testament.
To be watched with "The Day After".
5. WarGames (1983)
PG | 114 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.
Votes: 85,868 | Gross: $79.57M
- To be watched with "The Day After".
6. 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.
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.
Votes: 565,052 | Gross: $56.95M
9. White Dog (1982)
PG | 90 min | Drama, Horror
A trainer attempts to retrain a vicious dog that's been raised to attack black people.
- great acting performances (i): Burl Ives, Paul Winfield and just about everybody.
10. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 620,465 | Gross: $85.16M
* nothing has ever kicked -ss as thorough, deep and hard as Aliens did. Nothing will ever come CLOSE. They should have stopped making movies altogether.
* music by James Horner.
11. Europa Report (2013)
PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.
Votes: 64,524 | Gross: $0.13M
"Compared to the breadth of knowledge yet to be known... what does your life actually matter?" (Europa Report)
12. Vertigo (1958)
PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.
Votes: 335,334 | Gross: $3.20M
13. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
R | 178 min | Western
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.
Votes: 648,148 | Gross: $6.10M
14. The Claim (2000)
R | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Western
A prospector who sold his wife and infant daughter in exchange for a mining claim, tries desperately to win them back as he helps to build the Pacific Railroad with a group of pioneer friends.
Votes: 5,816 | Gross: $0.67M
* music by Michael Nyman.
15. The Remains of the Day (1993)
PG | 134 min | Drama, Romance
A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.
Votes: 60,542 | Gross: $22.95M
- and the whole James Ivory.
16. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
Votes: 795,946 | Gross: $74.28M
- endlessly fascinating. Hint: everything happens at least twice (often the same time to the same persons and/or locations). Everything is related to everything else. Every dialog line and every WORD resembles another (though they're continously contradicting themselves). Note, that they don't encounter ONCE over the course of the movie, but still adapt each others methods. The space-time continuum, causality/logic is f-cked up beyond belief, quantum mechanics, chaos theory, relativity as well as the old AND new testament and Zoroastrianism are featured heavily. Endlessly quotable. Also warrants its own psychosis.
17. Inland Empire (2006)
R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
As an actress begins to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world becomes nightmarish and surreal.
Votes: 50,835 | Gross: $0.75M
- and most other Lynch movies.
18. La Femme Nikita (1990)
R | 117 min | Action, Thriller
Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.
Votes: 64,542 | Gross: $5.02M
- if that's not the best movie ever made, it's darn close.
19. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
Votes: 78,572 | Gross: $12.80M
20. Once Were Warriors (1994)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.
Votes: 30,100 | Gross: $2.20M
- great acting performances (ii): Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison.
21. Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
R | 111 min | Drama, War
In this tragic, dark, anti-war satire, a patriotic young American in WW1 is rendered blind, deaf, limbless, and mute by a horrific artillery shell attack. Trapped in what's left of his body, he desperately looks for a way to end his life.
- perfect first date movie. Donald Sutherland plays Jesus Christ. What's there not to like.
22. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
Votes: 293,737 | Gross: $48.98M
23. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
R | 111 min | Drama, Romance
Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera..
Votes: 109,423 | Gross: $31.97M
24. The Parallax View (1974)
R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller
An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the world's headlines.
- the 70s conspiracy thriller to end all 70s conspiracy thrillers (brainwash included).
25. American Me (1992)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.
Votes: 7,489 | Gross: $13.09M
26. Mâdadayo (1993)
134 min | Drama
Following World War II, a retired professor approaching his autumn years finds his quality of life drastically reduced in war-torn Tokyo. Denying despair, he pursues writing and celebrates his birthday with his adoring students.
Votes: 4,604 | Gross: $0.05M
27. Dead Ringers (1988)
R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.
Votes: 37,901 | Gross: $9.13M
- and most other Cronenberg movies.
30. Lost Highway (1997)
R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.
Votes: 122,690 | Gross: $3.80M
31. Convoy (1978)
PG | 110 min | Action, Drama
Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall.
Votes: 14,159 | Gross: $45.00M
32. Runaway Train (1985)
R | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.
Votes: 25,131 | Gross: $7.94M
33. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
R | 112 min | Drama
A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems.
Votes: 30,650 | Gross: $3.25M
- great acting performances (iii): Ian Holm.
34. Love (I) (2011)
Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Music, Sci-Fi
A man spends years alone on a space station orbiting Earth after losing communication with Houston/Earth. Time is spent on maintenance, exercise, watching old messages and reading a journal by a soldier in the American civil war 1864.
35. Lust, Caution (2007)
NC-17 | 157 min | Drama, History, Romance
During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.
Votes: 35,461 | Gross: $4.60M
- the whole Ang Lee comes recommended.
36. Heaven & Earth (1993)
R | 140 min | Action, Biography, Drama
During the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese woman struggles hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.
Votes: 12,672 | Gross: $5.86M
* You will feel emotionally exhausted.
37. Paris, Texas (1984)
R | 145 min | Drama
Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.
Votes: 79,567 | Gross: $2.18M
38. The Great Dictator (1940)
Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.
39. Barry Lyndon (1975)
PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History
An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.
- and most other Kubrick movies.
40. Map of the Human Heart (1992)
R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
Fantastic improbabilities, happenstance and the undying bridge of love are part of this romantic fantasy about an Inuit who crosses years, oceans and the ravages of WWII to find his ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,969 | Gross: $2.81M
41. Starting Out in the Evening (2007)
PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Romance
An ambitious graduate student convinces a writer that her thesis can resurrect his career.
Votes: 3,062 | Gross: $0.90M
- great acting performances (ii): Frank Langella. See also: Robot & Frank (2012) and for... uh everything since the 80s. If not 70s.
* first masterpieces of the 21th century (i).
42. Westworld (1973)
PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller