Top 50 Favorite Moviesby korbinj2 | created - 30 Aug 2012 | updated - 8 months ago | Public
Little top heavy on newer movies, but I don't think if you sat down to watch any of these fine films that you'd have a bad time.
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1. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
PG-13 | 165 min | Western
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
Votes: 279,443 | Gross: $5.32M
The best western ever made in my opinion. The music, the landscape and the characters all converge into greatness. To think that Sergio Leone almost didn't make this movie...
2. 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: 786,807 | Gross: $74.28M
The Coen brothers are exemplary film makers, and they excel at adapting books to the screen. This is their best effort, combining their signature quirky humor, with a disconcerting tale of changing times in the American Southwest. Brolin, Jones, McDonald, Harrelson and Root are all great in their performances, but Bardem is evil incarnate in a memorable showing.
3. 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: 2,135,831 | Gross: $534.86M
That a filmaker as talented as Chris Nolan will most likely be remembered either for films about a dream infiltration or a man that dresses like a bat is no slight against him. These are great movies with interesting concepts and engaging stories. The Dark Knight brings together Nolan's knack for narrative and combines it with an enduring cultural icon. The intricate plots, double crosses, and narrative structure are all signature Nolan. But the movie is elevated to greatness by the strength of its actors, the main benefactor being of course Heath Ledger as the Joker, who propels the picture with his maniacal intensity and dark humor. Eckhart, Oldman, Bale and the others are also at their best however, though I don't have room to go into detail on all their great performances in the film here.
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
PG | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas.
Votes: 80,000 | Gross: $135.27M
The fact that I can watch this movie as an adult 20 + years after it came out and not only still tolerate it, but enjoy it and still be enthralled by the actors and Jim Henson's puppets and suits, is testament to how good this underrated little gem is.
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.
Votes: 1,387,944 | Gross: $342.55M
This is the stand in for the other two LOTR films, a great achievement in cinema and some of the best movies ever made. This one is my personal favorite, the battle at Helms Deep is as good as it gets in terms of scope, action and sheer epicness.
6. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.
Votes: 269,519 | Gross: $45.51M
Ahh, my other favorite Coen brothers movie. And another case where music is used to great effect, its interspersed into the movie naturally for the most part, from other characters singing on stage, at KKK rallies or around the campfire. And the Coens humor shines through too, with great performances by the likes of Clooney, Turturro, Nelson, Goodman et al.
7. The Grey (2011)
R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.
Votes: 231,735 | Gross: $51.58M
As the film makers put it best in their DVD commentary, this films is best watched with some friends and some scotch. A harrowing tale reflecting on death and man disguised as a survival action flick. Best movie of 2012.
8. Open Range (2003)
R | 139 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.
Votes: 63,272 | Gross: $58.33M
Costner's best film, there I said it. Good old western goodness, with a great, great shootout at the end as the payoff.
9. 28 Days Later... (2002)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Votes: 352,592 | Gross: $45.06M
Danny Boyle unleashes terror in the form of a plague that decimates Europe. Cillian Murphy, Naomi Harris and Brenden Gleeson star. Its the mood, the feeling of isolation and not knowing what lurks around the corner of an ordinary street. The ending where character empowerment overtakes the emasculation of the rest of the film is heroic and one of the best payoffs in the genre.
10. The Hurt Locker (2008)
R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller, War
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
Votes: 399,576 | Gross: $17.02M
One of the best films on modern warfare made so far, this is one tense couple hours. Renner and Mackie are great as soldiers at odds with each other but whom are intricately dependent on each other for survival. The actions of the characters only once degrade from the story, in a late third act solo mission that had many real life military viewers irate. But other than that, this is an exciting ride.
11. Warrior (2011)
PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Sport
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.
Votes: 411,335 | Gross: $13.66M
A true tale of family, a very troubled family, but a family none the less. The convergence of these two brother's stories as they compete in the MMA tournament is what elevates this movie from a decent transition of the boxers tale to a more modern medium, into a touching tale of reconciliation and forgiving your past.
12. The Mummy (1999)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreck havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.
Votes: 372,688 | Gross: $155.25M
The first pg-13 movie I got to see in theaters, an outdoor one no less! While this is no Indiana Jones it is great fun with charming performances by the actors and a bashing together of multiple genres from action, to horror, mystery and adventure.
R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 159,682 | Gross: $3.90M
14. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.
Votes: 1,225,675 | Gross: $206.85M
It was a three way tie between this, Iron Man and Raimi's original Spiderman. All three are great. I didn't actually take to this film when I first saw it, I walked in to class during a holliday party to find this playing and thought it was Rescue Dawn. Once I gave it a chance though, I saw how good it really was. As a plus it perfectly sets up The Dark Knight, and we all know how good that turned out to be.
15. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.
Votes: 274,300 | Gross: $53.61M
Good westerns are hard to come by these days. Bale and Crowe form an uneasy friendship as people on opposite ends of the moral spectrum. But Ben Foster knocks it out as Crowe's maniacal sidekick.
16. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless C.I.A. official and his Agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.
Votes: 585,286 | Gross: $227.47M
I've never seen another film series where each new entry was better than the last. This (former?) trilogy featuring Matt Damon as the titular Bourne, an amnesiac with a past tied to the CIA, strengthened with each installment. Sure the Lord of the Rings were all great, as were the Toy Story films and Nolans Batman films. But this was a series where each new movie opened up the scale of things and brought the weight down more and more on the protagonist with each new reveal and plot twist in one big complex story.
17. High Noon (1952)
PG | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, Western
A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.
Votes: 92,060 | Gross: $9.45M
The classic that slowly morphs from a typical western into something much more. With each failed attempt at an alliance and the clock ticking down in near real time the mood changes. You can feel the desperation, despair yet stern resolve to face his enemies, all play out on Gary Coopers face.
18. Signs (2002)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Votes: 322,679 | Gross: $227.97M
This was one of Shyamalan's last decent efforts to date. His penchant for the twist ending was last well served here, where its not so much as a twist as a coalescence of the characters lives and choices up to that point. Its a tense film, as I still stand that M Knight is one of the best at creating mood and tension in a film. Gibson, Phoenix and the child actors are great. And despite the conceit that, yes the alien's weakness is beyond stupid, I honestly didn't think about that until years after I had seen it. Which stands as to how good and engrossing the rest of the film and performances are.
20. The Proposition (2005)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Western
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.
Votes: 48,060 | Gross: $1.90M
A bleak bleak Western set in Australia. Maybe too dark for most. Its not a fun film, but its still great.
21. The Town (2010)
R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I. Agent looking to bring him and his crew down.
Votes: 329,091 | Gross: $92.19M
DUDE! Ben Affleck made one sweet flick with this one. Haven't seen Gone Baby Gone yet but until then I'll rank this as Affleck's best directorial effort just above the even more tense Argo.
22. 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: 931,857 | Gross: $223.81M
23. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A pragmatic Paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.
Votes: 803,128 | Gross: $402.45M
If this doesn't get the little kid in you excited well then... nevermind. One of Spielberg's most thrilling pictures, with fine effects that aren't dated even after being release almost 20 years ago.
24. Trollhunter (2010)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.
Votes: 64,990 | Gross: $0.25M
Best found footage film... EVER.
25. Maverick (1994)
PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.
Votes: 96,606 | Gross: $101.63M
26. The Thing (1982)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.
Votes: 342,072 | Gross: $13.78M
Just three years after Alien, Carpenter makes what could be considered the psuedo sequel. This time the paranoia is escalated to near unbearable levels because the Thing could be anybody.
27. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 734,014 | Gross: $78.90M
I can't think of anything to say about this scary bastard that hasn't been said elsewhere. But it is so thoroughly engrossing and it hints at some larger evil at the beginning bring a grandness to the horror.
28. The Lookout (2007)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.
Votes: 55,177 | Gross: $4.60M
29. Pontypool (2008)
Not Rated | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.
Votes: 27,420 | Gross: $0.00M
The power of imagination can't be underrated... Pontypool uses this to its advantage to create a mood of impending fear of the unknown and hysteria. Its a great re-imagining of the zombie genre.
30. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A family of Emigre mice decide to move out to the west, unaware that they are falling into a trap perpetrated by a smooth talking cat.
Votes: 21,991 | Gross: $22.17M
Just a good good little animated western with top notch animation, voice acting and an affecting score.
31. Up (2009)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
78-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his house equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.
Votes: 870,087 | Gross: $293.00M
32. The Hunter (IV) (2011)
R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.
Votes: 35,175 | Gross: $0.18M
Tasmanian wilderness + Willem Defoe x a lil mystery = good stuff.
33. The Village (2004)
PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.
Votes: 231,883 | Gross: $114.20M
Shyamalan's last good movie so far. Bolstered by some excellent acting, a beautifull score by James Newton Howard and haunting cinematography by the great Roger Deakins. Actually may be my favorite Shyamalan film were it not for the twist ending, which while fitting with all the clues we'd been given up to that point, kind of undermines the rest of the movie.
34. Friday Night Lights (2004)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sport
Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.
Votes: 55,287 | Gross: $61.19M
Favorite sports movie ever... Captures that feeling of the small town being too dependent on its high school heros for its own self worth and those HS kids being forever affected by it.
35. Smoke Signals (1998)
PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Drama
Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by... See full summary »
Votes: 9,224 | Gross: $6.72M
36. The Little Fox (1981)
79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Famous, great hunters, better stay away, here comes Vuk! (They say he is cunning as a fox!)
Very good little gem of animation from out of Europe.
37. Dark City (1998)
R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A man struggles with memories of his past, which includes a wife he cannot remember, and a nightmarish world without a sun.
Votes: 179,813 | Gross: $14.38M
38. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.
Votes: 981,362 | Gross: $333.18M
Even if it could use a little trimming, some parts drag and some dialogue seems superfluously trying to over explain things, its all small complaints in what is a very fun, cracker jack piece of film making with a great cast that inhabit their compelling characters and a groovy soundtrack.
39. Mystery Men (1999)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillain threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.
Votes: 59,601 | Gross: $29.66M
We must have watched this movie over a dozen times one weekend.
40. The Fall (2006)
R | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.
Votes: 102,993 | Gross: $2.28M
41. The Crazies (2010)
R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller
After a strange and insecure plane crash, an unusual toxic virus enters a quaint farming town. A young couple are quarantined, but they fight for survival along with help from a couple of people.
Votes: 106,078 | Gross: $39.12M
43. Crazy Heart (2009)
R | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.
Votes: 80,674 | Gross: $39.46M
44. Zootopia (2016)
PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.
Votes: 396,404 | Gross: $341.27M
45. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
Votes: 76,772 | Gross: $0.65M
48. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller