My favorite movies

by Anonymous-733 | created - 10 Dec 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

In order. The year of my most recent viewing and the age at which I first saw each movie are both listed. This may help determine the role that my nostalgia plays in the rankings.

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1. Ratatouille (2007)

G | 111 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

96 Metascore

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava | Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

Votes: 595,679 | Gross: $206.45M

2019, 12: Powerful message which is told in a great way. Beautiful environments and a funny script. Was #2 on this list in the year after I saw "Synecdoche, New York", but I adore Ratatouille so much that it couldn't stay down forever. :)

2. Synecdoche, New York (2008)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.

Director: Charlie Kaufman | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener

Votes: 74,685 | Gross: $3.08M

2015, 19: Wonderful. It is about art, death, love, illness, and time. We see the main character's life at important stages, but to him and to the audience much of his life is unknown. The movie's triumph is its combination of literal facts with metaphorical events in order to describe certain feelings.

The reality of the film is not the reality we experience. It is much weirder, but real enough to be relatable. The differences between the film and the real world initially seem humorous, but as the film deviates further from reality, the implications of its world become clear.

If we were watching through the eyes of a neutral third-party, "Synecdoche, New York" could happen in real life. Although the main character cannot separate his delusions from his life, the film is far more than a series of hallucinations.

I recommend this movie to anyone who is able to enjoy ambiguity in movies. It is from one of the co-writers of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".

3. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 372,012 | Gross: $1.59M

2015, 17

4. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,482,446 | Gross: $134.97M

2013, 13

5. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 2,160,054 | Gross: $28.34M

2013, 13(???)

6. Finding Nemo (2003)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

90 Metascore

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 889,916 | Gross: $380.84M

2016, 8

7. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,662,865 | Gross: $330.25M

2013, 15

8. The Good Dinosaur (2015)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

Director: Peter Sohn | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Ryan Teeple

Votes: 93,826 | Gross: $123.09M

2016, 20: Be glad that you can't relate to The Good Dinosaur. I can. Went from 8/10, 9/10, to 10/10 over the course of three viewings.

9. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,120,455 | Gross: $96.90M

2014, 18

10. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 247,200 | Gross: $1.11M

2017, 13: *Never* watch the English dub (and I don't usually care one way or the other about dubs).

11. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998 Video)

TV-G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Mystery Gang reunite and visit Moonscar Island, a remote island with a dark secret. Daphne wants more than just a villain in a costume, and they get more than they ever expected.

Directors: Hiroshi Aoyama, Kazumi Fukushima, Jim Stenstrum | Stars: Scott Innes, Billy West, Mary Kay Bergman, Frank Welker

Votes: 10,083

2019, 23

12. The Navigator (1924)

Unrated | 59 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship.

Directors: Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Frederick Vroom, Clarence Burton

Votes: 8,373 | Gross: $1.48M

2016, 20: Holy smokes! This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Edge of my seat thrills, top of my register laughs. Never a dull moment. Does everything you could ever do with its story line, and does so with technical perfection. Wonderful, beautiful use of color tinting for different settings.

13. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,695,417 | Gross: $107.93M

2013, 13

14. Primer (2004)

PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.

Director: Shane Carruth | Stars: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya

Votes: 91,600 | Gross: $0.42M

2017, 18: Incredible. I watched it twice over the span of a few days because its story is told so well. View count: 8. A record for movies I first saw as an adult.

15. The Game (1997)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn

Votes: 321,987 | Gross: $48.32M

2014, 19: Thrilling. Reminds me of North By Northwest, with a hint of Vertigo (without the bad elements).

16. F for Fake (1973)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

A documentary about fraud and fakery.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach | Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory

Votes: 13,560

2014, 19

17. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

69 Metascore

Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick

Votes: 347,823 | Gross: $31.49M

2013, 18: Resonates deeply with me.

18. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

97 Metascore

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 226,600 | Gross: $25.00M

2014, 18

19. Speed Racer (2008)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

37 Metascore

A 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: 66,075 | Gross: $43.95M

2019, 20: What makes Speed Racer fantastic is its constant ambition. It's one of the most colorful movies I have seen. Speed Racer is encouraging because the high-budget, high-quality special effects are unimportant for its artistic statement. Speed Racer would still blow you away even if it were made in someone's garage. It takes money to have a 3D-rendered racecar leave a radioactive, red light trail. It takes art to decide the car should leave a trail in the first place.

20. Airplane! (1980)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 195,191 | Gross: $83.40M

2019, 10(???). Max rank: 11 (2014)

21. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 487,836 | Gross: $1.02M

2013, 18

22. The Incredibles (2004)

PG | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

90 Metascore

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Votes: 618,480 | Gross: $261.44M

2013, 9. (Saw the last 1/3 or 1/4 on TV in 2019)

23. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman 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: 2,134,924 | Gross: $534.86M

2014, 13

24. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

80 Metascore

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 1,053,039 | Gross: $25.54M

2011, 13(???)

25. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

98 Metascore

A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 278,787 | Gross: $13.28M

2013, 18

26. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Action, 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: 292,275 | Gross: $0.27M

2014, 18: Fast-paced, unlike so many longer movies.

27. 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: 815,534 | Gross: $44.02M

2014, 18

28. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

47 Metascore

When eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger

Votes: 47,161 | Gross: $40.90M

2017, 7(???)

29. 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: 931,488 | Gross: $223.81M

2014, 13

30. Ernest & Celestine (2012)

PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

86 Metascore

The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Lambert Wilson, Pauline Brunner, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 16,443 | Gross: $0.29M

2019, 19: Beautiful, childlike wonder. Two really cute characters and some legitimate humor.

31. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

R | 118 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

Anxious about his future after high school, a 19-year-old Italian-American from Brooklyn tries to escape the harsh reality of his bleak family life by dominating the dance floor at the local disco.

Director: John Badham | Stars: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali

Votes: 65,710 | Gross: $94.21M

2016, 20: I thought Saturday Night Fever might be something special after watching the first 46 seconds of it. The movie pretty much holds up this level of intrigue and style throughout. It's incredible. The soundtrack (which sold over 15 million copies) is joyous. Visually, a soft focus and tilted camera angles give Saturday Night Fever a dreamy look that reinforces its story themes. The story is amazing; it's about a bunch of sleazy people. The sleaze is a logical extension of the area and time these people live in.

Saturday Night Fever makes the audience feel sad for every jerk that walks into the picture, sad that people could grow up to be jerks and not realize they're jerks. Sad that there are jerks in real life who could have been doctors or engineers if they were raised in loving homes. Instead they go to the disco.

It's a glimpse into a time that may or may not have really existed. I'm always glad to step back in time with a great movie, and Saturday Night Fever does a great job at taking me back to the 70s. It doesn't matter if the film is stylized or not. What's important is that in 1977 people could go see this movie and find a bit of the real 70s in it. Saturday Night has me making plans for a light-up disco dancefloor in my next house.

32. Moana (I) (2016)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

81 Metascore

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams | Stars: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 236,242 | Gross: $248.76M

2017, 21

33. Porco Rosso (1992)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Shûichirô Moriyama, Tokiko Katô, Bunshi Katsura Vi, Tsunehiko Kamijô

Votes: 63,617

2016, 21

34. Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama

Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideki Gôko, Itsuo Watanabe, Makoto Miyagawa, Takeo Terashita

Votes: 2,032

2016, 21: Harkens back to childhood nostalgia in a way that reminds me of My Neighbor Totoro.

35. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 577,139 | Gross: $10.06M

2015, 7(?). Everything is great, but the "remembering" scene towards the end isn't quite as good as the rest of the movie.

36. All About Eve (1950)

Passed | 138 min | Drama

98 Metascore

An ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Votes: 112,213 | Gross: $0.01M

2014, 18

37. 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 C.E.O.

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

Votes: 1,893,210 | Gross: $292.58M

2010, 15

38. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,170,011 | Gross: $130.74M

2014, 18

39. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

R | 202 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,032,271 | Gross: $57.30M

2013, 18: Feels identical to the first one, and is less boring, but is missing Marlon Brando.

40. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,533,839 | Gross: $377.85M

2014, 8: Epic scope and some great battles.

41. Toy Story 3 (2010)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

92 Metascore

The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.

Director: Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty

Votes: 707,463 | Gross: $415.00M

2013, 15

42. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

In order to power the city, monsters have to scare children so that they scream. However, the children are toxic to the monsters, and after a child gets through, 2 monsters realize things may not be what they think.

Directors: Pete Docter, David Silverman, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 760,368 | Gross: $289.92M

2013, 6

43. 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: 965,658 | Gross: $210.61M

2016, 5(?) or 13(?): Incredible. I can't think of any major flaw in the whole film. It's only two hours long and every line feels like it serves the story. It's not afraid to take what are considered risks by today's standards. There's swearing and non-family-friendly events in what otherwise seems to be a family-friendly movie. When the DeLorean sports car disappears in a flash of light and huge cloud of smoke, leaving a sick trail of fire in its wake, I only thought one thing: "badass".

44. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

R | 155 min | Drama

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili, Isa Danieli

Votes: 208,590 | Gross: $11.99M

2014, 19: Only saw the edited international theatrical cut, not the original version. I think I would prefer the one I saw to any other version. I loved how vague the movie was. It seems like it would be a mistake to include the scenes that were in the original version and the director's cut.

45. Shoah (1985)

Not Rated | 566 min | Documentary, History, War

99 Metascore

Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.

Director: Claude Lanzmann | Stars: Simon Srebnik, Michael Podchlebnik, Motke Zaïdl, Hanna Zaïdl

Votes: 7,761 | Gross: $0.02M

2014, 19. Every movie on here, except Shoah, makes me feel something. Shoah takes something away. There is an emptiness. Schindler's List is fictional yet emotional; this is factual yet horrifyingly routine and unremarkable. I struggle more than with any other film on where this belongs relative to the others, or if it even belongs on this list at all.

The instinct before I watched it was that it could, it *should*, be abridged. After watching, and after reading the director's comments, I'm no longer sure. Everything serves a purpose.

Is Shoah a great movie? Maybe. Probably. How great? It's impossible to say.

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