Favourite Films (All-time)by patrickduffy-126-351951 | created - 5 months ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
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1. Toy Story (1995)
G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.
Votes: 825,553 | Gross: $191.80M
To me, the epitome of a perfect film. In its purest form, this is lightning-in-a-bottle filmmaking; one that comes about once in a lifetime through a talented network of like-minded visionaries focused on the same goal.
It speaks volumes that the only films that come close to matching it, are its own sequels.
2. 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: 1,667,944 | Gross: $330.25M
An epic spanning four decades, six presidencies and the events that changed the world; viewed through the eyes of a man with low-level IQ
What this film excels at more than any other in my mind is encapsulating the hardships as much as the joys of the human condition.
For as much as the movie is sometimes criticised for having a percieved sacarine nature, it too dabbles in the cruel harsh realities of the world in equal measure.
It's as Forrests momma always said; "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
3. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
R | 91 min | Horror
The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.
Votes: 191,952 | Gross: $25.50M
A terrifying horror masterpiece that blurs the line between the tranquil terrors of reality and the nightmarish dreamscape that lurks deep within us all.
4. Ghostbusters (1984)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.
Votes: 332,859 | Gross: $238.63M
A tenpole comedy classic that mines sardonic laughter from the Lovecraftian abyss and delivers that premise in biblical proportions.
5. Gremlins (1984)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Votes: 183,406 | Gross: $148.17M
Equal parts a horrifying creature-feature mixed together with darkly-comedic social satire that holds a mirror to festive holiday consumerism.
A pleasent alternative to traditional Christmas fare.
6. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive.
Votes: 155,341 | Gross: $145.79M
A touching tale of two sisters trying to mend their failing relationship in spite of events that transpire to tear their family apart and the little alien that managed to stitch it back together.
7. Shrek (2001)
PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.
Votes: 577,726 | Gross: $267.67M
A scathing sendup of fairytales that's at once cynical yet also sentimental. One that dares rebuke the notion of happily-ever-after being destined only to those whom society deems worthy.
As it's lead suggests; it's a film of many layers.
8. 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: 735,499 | Gross: $78.90M
A masterwork of sci-fi terror and suspense that preys upon our most primal fears and leaves us all dreading what may be lurking in the dark.
9. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror
A man's uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.
Votes: 482,295 | Gross: $13.54M
A love-letter to George A. Romero that not only functions as a poignent charcter study, but also stands tall amidst what I would consider an otherwise stagnent horror sub-genre.
10. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
R | 81 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
When Cartman and his friends go see an R rated movie, they start cursing and their parents think that Canada is to blame.
Votes: 185,364 | Gross: $52.01M
For all its vulgarity, the movie is a cautionary tale regarding the dangers of censorship whilst also delivering an scathing satire of humanities desire to look for easy scapegoats when faced with moral failure.
11. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)
PG-13 | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The dim-witted teen duo of Beavis and Butt-Head travel across America in search of their stolen television set.
Votes: 49,308 | Gross: $63.07M
Juvenile in the most profound sense, the movie follows the delinquent duo as they embark on a cross-country odyssey in pursuit of a stolen television.
The rawness of the animation combined with the punk-nineties soundtrack makes for one truly funny movie.
12. Office Space (1999)
R | 89 min | Comedy
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
Votes: 231,142 | Gross: $10.82M
Endlessly quotable cult-classic satirizing white-collar office workers at the turn of the millenium and featuring the greatest revenge scene in the history of cinema.
"If you could just go ahead and see it there, that'd be greaat..."
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: 1,700,392 | Gross: $107.93M
Seminal staple of early nineties filmmaking, boasting a labarynian screenplay worthy of scholarly discussion for decades yet to come.
14. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
PG | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music
Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.
Votes: 103,223 | Gross: $40.49M
A most excellent road-trip through time with two surf-speaking metal-heads in dire need of a miracle to help them pass their history report and prevent a most bogus future.
15. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical
A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.
Votes: 60,519 | Gross: $38.75M
Show-stopping musical numbers, gallows humour and standout special effects.
Steve Martin all but steals the movie and his entire musical number is enough to set back the dental profession by several decades
16. Mars Attacks! (1996)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.
Votes: 200,567 | Gross: $37.77M
A zany send-up of 1950s alien-invasion B-movies with an astounding A-list cast game for the morbidly wacky antics.
17. Osmosis Jones (2001)
PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A policeman white blood cell, with the help of a cold pill, must stop a deadly virus from destroying the human they live in, Frank.
Votes: 30,436 | Gross: $13.60M
Whilst the live-action segments often flounder under a lithony of crude bodily-function humour, the animated portions more than carry the weight in terms of creativity and visual flair.
18. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.
Votes: 473,262 | Gross: $1.23M
Beyond quotable from start to finish, the second cinematic outing for the Monty Python troupe provides a questful of laughter, killer rabbits and knights who say "Ni".
19. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure
In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its deadly powers.
Votes: 832,554 | Gross: $248.16M
A cinematic tour-de-force of action, suspense, humour and heart-stopping stuntwork.
Evoking the style and sensibility of 1930s adventure serials with a knowing smile and a wink to contempory audiences, it's easy to see just how much this film has inflenced pop-culture even to this day.
20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
PG | 142 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
It's Harry's (Daniel Radcliffe's) third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, Professor Lupin (David Thewlis), but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.
Votes: 504,583 | Gross: $249.36M
Fantasical third-installment casts a darker tone over the series whilst still leveriging out with spell-binding creature effects and terrific humour.
21. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.
Votes: 513,527 | Gross: $373.59M
Balancing the hardship of maintaining a strenuous lifestyle with those who love you whilst combating a personal obligation made because of a failure to save someone close to you.
The perfect super-hero film.
22. Swiss Army Man (2016)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.
Votes: 95,884 | Gross: $4.21M
An existentialist masterwork that pushes the taboo, questions the very nature of humanity and uppends the values we all hold so very dear.
Destined to polarise, I love the movie for daring to push its premise beyond the outer-most limits and the sincerity to which it does so.
23. Brazil (1985)
R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.
Votes: 178,499 | Gross: $9.93M
Masterful surrealist vision of a dystopian burocracy wherein the greatest threat to humanity is humanitys own apathetic ignorance.
At once farcical and disturbing, the film provides a worrying glimpse into a probable real-world dystopia.
24. RoboCop (1987)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
Votes: 219,388 | Gross: $53.42M
A dark dystopian satire that's just as relevent today, if not moreso. Full to bursting with hyper-gory action sequences, quotable lines and biting social commentary.
"I'd buy that for a dollar."
25. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama
An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Votes: 1,730,361 | Gross: $37.03M
A seemless adaptation of Chuck Palahniuks seminal novel, that harpoons toxic-masculinity, consumerist culture and offers the ultimate rebuttal to a life of pure unbridled nihilism.
26. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
R | 128 min | Horror
The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
Votes: 178,663 | Gross: $82.52M
A faithful adaptation of a horror classic, drenched in rich gothic atmosphere; only brought down on occasion by brief moments of tonial incongruity and a less-than-stellar supporting performance.
27. Get Out (I) (2017)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
Votes: 431,793 | Gross: $176.04M
An instant horror classic, plummeting headlong into the darkest recesses of the human subconscious. One that draws fear with such surgical detail from the most depraved yet banal evil at the root of societies core and exposes it at the most primal level.
28. Dead Alive (1992)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
Votes: 87,956 | Gross: $0.24M
Unrelenting, gratuitous, all-around hilarious. Filled to overflow with an abundance of slapstick gore and gross-out excess.
A film of pure excess, no two ways about it, but one that wears the commitment on its severed sleeves. It keeps your eyes glued to the screen, even when your stomach tells you to look away.
29. Mousehunt (1997)
PG | 98 min | Comedy
Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.
Votes: 48,593 | Gross: $61.92M
On the surface, what seems little more than a wacky Laurel & Hardy inspired caper involving sibling rivalry, millionaire estates and a pesky mouse, soon unravels to reveal a poignant message about the bonds that help tie us together in an absurd world.