My favorite films from each year from 1990 till now

by bazman666 | created - 16 Nov 2011 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

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1. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

89 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 923,034 | Gross: $46.84M

THE GODFATHER PART 3, KING OF NEW YORK, AWAKENINGS, MILLERS CROSSING, WILD AT HEART, JACOBS LADDER, TOTAL RECALL, EDWARD SISSORHANDS, FLATLINERS, misery, state of grace, die hard 2, back to the future 3, mo better blues, arachnophobia, predator 2, tremors, Stanley and iris, the two jakes.

2. JFK (1991)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller

72 Metascore

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

Votes: 132,309 | Gross: $70.41M

CAPE FEAR, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, BARTON FINK, BOYZ N THE HOOD, NEW JACK CITY, BACKDRAFT, PROOF, POINT BREAK, Thelma And Louise, Jungle Fever, Guilty By Suspicion, The Last Boy Scout, Once Upon A Time In China, Mortal Thoughts, The Fisher King, My Own Private Idaho, The Indian Runner, Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.

3. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

Votes: 844,557 | Gross: $2.83M

UNFORGIVEN, BASIC INSTINCT, TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME, GLENGARY GLEN ROSS, ROMPER STOMPER, A FEW GOOD MEN, ONE FALSE MOVE, BAD LIEUTENANT, BATMAN RETURNS, Benny's Video, White Men Can't Jump, Once Upon A Time In China 2, Alien3, Juice, Malcolm X, The Last Of The Mohicans, The Crying Game, Passenger 57, Night In The City.

4. Falling Down (1993)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 157,614 | Gross: $40.90M

SCHINDLERS LIST, TRUE ROMANCE, WHATS EATING GILBERT GRAPE?, THE PIANO, BAD BOY BUBBY, A BRONX TALE, JURASSIC PARK, CARLITOS WAY, THE FUGITIVE, In The Name Of The Father, Kalifornia, Menace 2 Society, This Boys Life, Philadelphia, Mad Dog And Glory, Six Degrees Of Separation, Demolition Man, Red Rock West, The Age Of Innocence.

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: 2,135,888 | Gross: $28.34M

PULP FICTION, FOREST GUMP, FRESH, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL, SPEED, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, ED WOOD, CLERKS, Quiz Show, Shallow Grave, Nobody's Fool, True Lies, The River Wild, Little Women, Swimming With Sharks, Wes Cravens New Nightmare, Mary Shelleys Frankenstein, Airheads.

6. Heat (1995)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight

Votes: 531,441 | Gross: $67.44M

DEAD MAN, CASINO, SEVEN, LEAVING LAS VEGAS, BRAVEHEART, DIE HARD WITH A VENGENCE, 12 MONKEYS, THE BASKETBALL DIARIES, DEAD PRESIDENTS, The Usual Suspects, Toy Story, Higher Learning, Apollo 13, Strange Days, To Die For, Clockers, Outbreak, Species, Murder In The First.

7. Sling Blade (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter

Votes: 82,474 | Gross: $24.48M

TRAINSPOTTING, CRASH, FARGO, JERRY MAGUIRE, SLEEPERS, SCREAM, RANSOM, THE PEOPLE VS LARRY FLYNT, A TIME TO KILL, Last Man Standing, Mother Night, Mission impossible, Primal Fear, Fear, Bottle Rocket, The Fan, From Dusk Till Dawn, Happy Gilmore, The English Patient.

8. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 120,344 | Gross: $3.80M

BOOGIE NIGHTS, JACKIE BROWN, FUNNY GAMES, COP LAND, DONNIE BRASCO, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, U-TURN, GOOD WILL HUNTING, THE GAME, Affliction, Amistad, Wag The Dog, 187, Face/Off, The Sweet Hereafter, Perdita Durango, The Devils Advocate, The Fifth Element, Gridlock'd.

9. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

41 Metascore

An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Michael Lee Gogin

Votes: 245,106 | Gross: $10.68M

THE BIG LEBOWSKI, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, THE THIN RED LINE, RONIN, HE GOT GAME, THE TRUMAN SHOW, RUSHMORE, ROUNDERS, AMERICAN HISTORY X, A Simple Plan, Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Fallen, The Negotiator, Wild Things, Out Of Sight, Very Bad Things, HurlyBurly, Blade, Happiness.

10. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,707,541 | Gross: $37.03M

AMERICAN BEAUTY, THE GREEN MILE, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, MAGNOLIA, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, SLEEPY HOLLOW, BRINGING OUT THE DEAD, THE INSIDER, EYES WIDE SHUT, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Sixth Sense, Boys Don't Cry, Girl Interrupted, The Virgin Suicides, Three Kings, Drop Dead Gorgeous, 8mm, The Corruptor, Man On The Moon.

11. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R | 102 min | Drama

68 Metascore

The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Votes: 710,649 | Gross: $3.64M

O'BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?, UNBREAKABLE, MEET THE PARENTS, CHOPPER, TIGERLAND, GLADIATOR, MEMENTO, ALMOST FAMOUS, AMERICAN PSYCHO, Snatch, The Yards, Nurse Betty, Cast Away, Remember The Titans, The Gift, Wonder Boys, Boiler Room, Men Of Honor, The Cell.

12. Mulholland Drive (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 294,959 | Gross: $7.22M


13. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Andrews

Votes: 134,914 | Gross: $17.84M

IRREVERSIBLE, 25TH HOUR, SIGNS, SPIDERMAN, ADAPTATION, GANGS OF NEW YORK, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, INSOMNIA, Red Dragon, Narc, The Ring, One Hour Photo, The Pianist, 8 Mile, Road To Perdition, The Good Girl, The Hours, Moonlight Mile.

14. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 923,878 | Gross: $70.10M

OLDBOY, THE LAST SAMURAI, COLD MOUNTAIN, IN THE CUT, MASTER AND COMMANDER, ELEPHANT, 21 GRAMS, MATCHSTICK MEN, MYSTIC RIVER, Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, Dogville, Owning Mahoney, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Lost In Translation, The Cooler, Young Adam, Levity, Mona Lisa Smile, The Life Of David Gale.

15. The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

R | 95 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

Based on real life events, Assassination is set in 1974 and centers on a businessman who decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream.

Director: Niels Mueller | Stars: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson

Votes: 24,711 | Gross: $0.70M


16. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 303,376 | Gross: $83.04M

MUNICH, HIDDEN, SIN CITY, BATMAN BEGINS, HARSH TIMES, THE WEATHER MAN, KING KONG, WAR OF THE WORLDS, JARHEAD, Hard Candy, A History Of Violence, The Proposition, The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada, The Squid And The Whale, Down In The Valley, In Her Shoes, Where The Truth Lies, V For Vendetta, Good Night And Good Luck.

17. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,084,318 | Gross: $53.09M

THE DEPARTED, A SCANNER DARKLY, BLOOD DIAMOND, 2:37, MARIE ANTOINETTE, PANS LABYRINTH, APOCALYPTO, UNITED 93, BLACK SNAKE MOAN, Children Of Men, Little Children, Candy, The Dead Girl, Babel, Bug, 300, Stranger Than Fiction, Lonely Hearts, The Painted Veil.

18. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 158,629 | Gross: $3.90M

THERE WILL BE BLOOD, ZODIAC, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, 3:10 TO YUMA, BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOURE DEAD, FUNNY GAMES, GONE BABY GONE, SWEENEY TODD, AMERICAN GANGSTER, The Bourne Ultimatum, 30 Days Of Night, Transformers, Michael Clayton, In The Valley Of Elah, Breach, Margot At The Wedding, We Own The Night, Chapter 27, Eastern Promises.

19. Martyrs (2008)

R | 99 min | Horror

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin

Votes: 75,838

THE DARK KNIGHT, CHANGELING, SURVEILLANCE, IN BRUGES, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, THE HURT LOCKER, THE WRESTLER, THE STRANGERS, THE BURNING PLAIN, Doubt, Gran Torino, Frost/Nixon, Pride And Glory, Stop-Loss, Street Kings, Cloverfield, Hunger, Revolutionary Road, Downloading Nancy.

20. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,149,365 | Gross: $120.54M

BAD LIEUTENANT - PORT OF CALL: NEW ORLEANS, ANTICHRIST, WATCHMEN, AVATAR, UP IN THE AIR, STATE OF PLAY, THE ROAD, MOON, SPLICE, The White Ribbon, The Messenger, Mother And Child, My Sisters Keeper, I Love You Philip Morris, District 9, Brothers, Get Low, Observe And Report, The Men Who Stare At Goats.

21. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Votes: 657,155 | Gross: $106.95M

THE FIGHTER, THE TOWN, INCEPTION, SHUTTER ISLAND, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, LET ME IN, THE KILLER INSIDE ME, HESHER, ANIMAL KINGDOM, The Runaways, The Kings Speech, All Good Things, Rabbit Hole, Winters Bone, The Way Back, Stone, True Grit, 127 Hours, The Company Men.

22. Melancholia (2011)

R | 135 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 155,438 | Gross: $3.03M

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, WARRIOR, SNOWTOWN, THE RAID, THE DESCENDANTS, SHAME, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, DRIVE, MONEYBALL, The Ides Of March, Take Shelter, Contagion, Killer Joe, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, The Beaver, X:Men First Class, Crazy Stupid Love, Hanna.

23. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 506,128 | Gross: $66.49M

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, END OF WATCH, THE MASTER, THE AVENGERS, PROMETHEUS, PERFORMANCE, DJANGO UNCHAINED, RED LIGHTS, THE HOBBIT, Killing Them Softly, Wish You Were Here, Bachelorette, The Place Beyond The Pines, Magic Mike, The Hunger Games, Lawless, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Lincoln.

24. The Impossible (2012)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, History, Thriller

73 Metascore

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Oaklee Pendergast

Votes: 181,195 | Gross: $19.02M

Gravity, Prisoners, Silver Linings Playbook, Stoker, Django Unchained, American Hustle, The Conjuring, Flight, Captain Phillips.

25. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 1,057,365 | Gross: $116.90M

Nightcrawler, Gone Girl, The Raid 2, 12 Years A Slave, Whiplash, The Homesman, Noah, Nymphomaniac, Fury, Don Jon, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Edge Of Tomorrow, The Drop, Frank, Bad Neighbours, Intersteller, The Rover, Black Sea.

26. Southpaw (2015)

R | 124 min | Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

A champion boxer fights to get his daughter back from child protective services as well as revive his professional career, after a fatal incident sends him on a rampant path of destruction.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 203,015 | Gross: $52.42M

Foxcatcher, Legend, Sicario, Mad Max: Fury Road, It Follows, The Martian, Star Wars:The Force Awakens, Birdman, Black Mass, Straight Outta Compton, The Lobster, The Big Short, Carol, The Hateful Eight, Secret In Their Eyes, Creed, Maggie, Bridge Of Spies, The Walk.

27. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 635,274 | Gross: $183.64M

Spotlight, Steve Jobs, Nocturnal Animals, We Are The Flesh, Green Room, The Witch, The Handmaiden, Hacksaw Ridge, Dont Breathe, Brimstone, Demolition, Midnight Special, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars: Rogue One, Deepwater Horrizon, Bleed For This, The Conjuring 2, Sully.

28. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

R | 164 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

81 Metascore

A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista

Votes: 391,711 | Gross: $92.05M

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, LION, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, PATRIOTS DAY, WIND RIVER, MOTHER!, THE BEGUILED, ALIEN: COVENANT, RAW, Detroit, Una, Fences, Jackie, Logan, Dunkirk, The Wizard Of Lies, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, T2 Trainspotting, Personal Shopper.

29. Hostiles (2017)

R | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

65 Metascore

In 1892, a legendary Army Captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike, Ava Cooper, Stella Cooper

Votes: 56,512 | Gross: $29.82M


30. Midsommar (I) (2019)

R | 147 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

72 Metascore

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper

Votes: 37,553 | Gross: $27.33M

HOTEL MUMBAI, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, INSTANT FAMILY, US, THE NIGHTINGALE, VELVET BUZZSAW, VOX LUX, LORDS OF CHAOS, THE SISTERS BROTHERS, The House That Jack Built, Mid 90’s, Destroyer, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, IT Chapter Two, Long Shot, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Greta, Glass.

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