Favourite Films (All-time)

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1. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

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

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: 1,667,944 | 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

76 Metascore

The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

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

71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

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

70 Metascore

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie

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

73 Metascore

A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive.

Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers

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

84 Metascore

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.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

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

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

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

76 Metascore

A man's uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

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

73 Metascore

When Cartman and his friends go see an R rated movie, they start cursing and their parents think that Canada is to blame.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes

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

64 Metascore

The dim-witted teen duo of Beavis and Butt-Head travel across America in search of their stolen television set.

Directors: Mike Judge, Mike de Seve, Brian Mulroney, Yvette Kaplan | Stars: Mike Judge, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Cloris Leachman

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

68 Metascore

Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu

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

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: 1,700,392 | 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

44 Metascore

Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, Terry Camilleri

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

81 Metascore

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs

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

52 Metascore

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Annette Bening

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

57 Metascore

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.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Chris Rock, David Hyde Pierce, Brandy Norwood

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

93 Metascore

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.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

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

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

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

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Griffiths

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

83 Metascore

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, James Franco

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

64 Metascore

A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert | Stars: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero

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

88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

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

67 Metascore

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox

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

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: 1,730,361 | 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

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves

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

84 Metascore

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.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener

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

54 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin

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

54 Metascore

Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Vicki Lewis, Maury Chaykin

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.

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