My favorite moviesby 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
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.
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
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.
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
Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.
Votes: 372,012 | Gross: $1.59M
4. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,482,446 | Gross: $134.97M
5. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 2,160,054 | Gross: $28.34M
6. Finding Nemo (2003)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 889,916 | Gross: $380.84M
7. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 1,662,865 | Gross: $330.25M
8. The Good Dinosaur (2015)
PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
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
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.
Votes: 1,120,455 | Gross: $96.90M
10. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.
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.
12. The Navigator (1924)
Unrated | 59 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship.
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
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.
Votes: 1,695,417 | Gross: $107.93M
14. Primer (2004)
PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
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
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.
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.
17. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
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
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.
Votes: 226,600 | Gross: $25.00M
19. Speed Racer (2008)
PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
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.
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
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.
Votes: 195,191 | Gross: $83.40M
2019, 10(???). Max rank: 11 (2014)
21. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.
Votes: 487,836 | Gross: $1.02M
22. The Incredibles (2004)
PG | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.
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
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.
Votes: 2,134,924 | Gross: $534.86M
24. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.
Votes: 1,053,039 | Gross: $25.54M
25. North by Northwest (1959)
Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.
Votes: 278,787 | Gross: $13.28M
26. Seven Samurai (1954)
Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Votes: 292,275 | Gross: $0.27M
2014, 18: Fast-paced, unlike so many longer movies.
27. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
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.
Votes: 815,534 | Gross: $44.02M
28. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 47,161 | Gross: $40.90M
29. WALL·E (2008)
G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Votes: 931,488 | Gross: $223.81M
30. Ernest & Celestine (2012)
PG | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.
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
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.
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
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.
Votes: 236,242 | Gross: $248.76M
33. Porco Rosso (1992)
PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.
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.
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
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.
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
An ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.
Votes: 112,213 | Gross: $0.01M
37. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 1,893,210 | Gross: $292.58M
38. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 1,170,011 | Gross: $130.74M
39. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
R | 202 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 1,032,271 | Gross: $57.30M
2013, 18: Feels identical to the first one, and is less boring, but is missing Marlon Brando.
PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
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
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.
Votes: 707,463 | Gross: $415.00M
42. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 760,368 | Gross: $289.92M
43. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
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.
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
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.
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
Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.
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.