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1. There Will Be Blood (2007)
R | 158 min | Drama
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Votes: 477,012 | Gross: $40.22M
Watched January 22nd, 2017 Note, 4/2/17: I for some reason didn't have anything written for this, so here we go. This is much better in retrospect, because I still remember many of the plot points and I think the parallels between Plainview and Brother Eli were great. Updated the rating from 8 to 9. Note, 6/12/18: I don't think I've ever thought about a movie after watching it as much as this (aside from "The Handmaiden"), so I've bumped this to a 10 and will officially dub it in my Top 10. Spoilers: The ending scene was particularly satisfying, where Eli becomes everything he hated in Plainview (as well as becoming a parallel to the scene where Eli forces Plainview to admit to abandoning H.W.) The scene where H.W. returns was also great, because we don't know if he's coming back to help Plainview uphold his business on "family values" or if he really needs the comfort of his son.
2. First Reformed (2017)
R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.
Votes: 38,024 | Gross: $3.45M
The extended scenes of dialogue that fully explored their characters were particularly engaging, and the cinematography was phenomenal (long, zoomed-out shots with minimal action, artistic stills placed during narration). The ambiguous yet climactic ending was great as well. Great acting throughout (namely from Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried). The battles between ideologies allowed me to pose the same questions to myself and form surprisingly similar opinions to the protagonist, despite their extremism (contrasted nicely with the generation gap at one point during youth group, where Toller claims their extremism makes it hard to communicate, though he himself ends up submitting to extremism; another interesting contradiction is his continual pollution of his body while he laments the pollution of the Earth). All in all, thoroughly enjoyable and enrapturing, though the transcendental scene was a bit too much for me to take seriously. Watched in theaters with a friend on July 3rd, 2018
3. Whiplash (2014)
R | 106 min | Drama, Music
A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.
Votes: 645,334 | Gross: $13.09M
Arguably Musical J.K. Simmons plays a fantastic part in this, and Miles Teller was a good choice for the lead (this was the first film I saw him in). The soundtrack was also amazing
4. Gran Torino (2008)
R | 116 min | Drama
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, Thao Lor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.
Votes: 684,227 | Gross: $148.10M
Definitely needs a rewatch, but this was a fantastic film. Eastwood's character develops from a crotchety racist into a sort of hero by the end, and it's very touching to watch Rewatched August 12th, 2018: This certainly holds up and I love watching the parallels between Clint's actual family and the Hmong neighbors that grow to embrace him. Fantastic development for most characters in the film
5. Short Term 12 (2013)
R | 96 min | Drama
A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.
Votes: 75,589 | Gross: $1.01M
The entire cast was great, and I really felt for the characters by the end. A lot of good development without feeling too melodramatic. Brie Larson and Keith Stanfield were particularly great
6. The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
R | 114 min | Drama
Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.
Votes: 24,986 | Gross: $4.89M
This was one of the most depressing movies I've ever seen; I for some reason thought it was gonna be lighthearted, but it was anything but. Nonetheless, it had some thought-provoking scenes about religion, and seemed to be a bleak but accurate portrayal of the Magdalene Asylums. Very informative
7. 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: 789,054 | Gross: $74.28M
The suspense and cinemtaography were great, and while I was a big fan of the tightly-paced plot and dialogue, the seemingly omniscient characters irked me a bit. (Their impeccable tracking skills, predictions, etc.) Still a very entertaining movie, and fantastic acting Watched August 19th, 2018 with friends
8. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
R | 102 min | Drama
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.
Votes: 718,714 | Gross: $3.64M
This had a pretty visceral effect on me. I felt very odd (lightheaded maybe?) or downright uncomfortable for most of it (and especially the ending montage). I think it was a very artful film and depicted different stages of addiction pretty well (and moving from Summer to Winter to show the increasing dependence/worsening situation was a nice touch). I liked this more than Trainspotting, in that they're both movies about drug addiction; I think the cast in this did a great job. Watched December 1st, 2017 with friends
9. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
Very informative portrayal of racism in the South, and at this time in history (on the tail-end of the Civil Rights Movement), a bold step for cinema.
10. Boogie Nights (1997)
R | 155 min | Drama
The story of a young man's adventures in the California pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Votes: 224,697 | Gross: $26.40M
Also Mockumentary. I liked most of the characters and the soundtrack was fantastic, but it ultimately left me wanting a bit more somehow, despite its impressive runtime. Watched February 26th, 2017
11. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
GP | 127 min | Crime, Drama
A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.
Votes: 152,331 | Gross: $16.22M
Extremely quotable, and I appreciated the anti-authority themes and religious allegories. My only major qualm was a lack of development of the wardens and the progressive dumbing down of Dragline, but it was still an enjoyable film nonetheless. Watched January 19th, 2019
12. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
R | 127 min | Biography, Drama
Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the late 1960s.
Votes: 152,105 | Gross: $28.87M
Watched during the binge of Winter Break 2014 I liked Ryder and Jolie in this, but Brittany Murphy's character was by far my favorite (and it led to me finding Skeeter Davis, so that was nice). A solid watch
13. 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: 2,166,858 | Gross: $28.34M
I thought the actors did a great job, and it had a lot of poignant quotes. I really liked when the guard that he helps with his taxes finally puts a stop to the assaults. Can't remember many specifics, but it was good
14. 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: 1,668,843 | Gross: $330.25M
One of the first movies to make me sob, and then I had to go to a birthday party immediately after haha. Needs a rewatch for sure, but I only have fond memories
15. Trainspotting (1996)
R | 93 min | Drama
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Votes: 602,925 | Gross: $16.50M
The plot meandered a bit too much for my liking, but it was definitely an entertaining watch, and the cast did a great job
16. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.
Votes: 370,791 | Gross: $54.51M
The entire premise of this film captivated me (a frustrated mother taking her aggression out on an ineffective police department). The acting was solid and I really enjoyed the soundtrack; everything tied up a bit too neatly despite the rather lackluster conclusion. Dixon's character underwent the most rapid character change I have ever seen, which seemed to undermine his previous transgressions, but other than that, I enjoyed the film. Watched March 29th, 2019
17. Babel (I) (2006)
R | 143 min | Drama
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Votes: 277,372 | Gross: $34.30M
The characters throughout the film were all extremely human, and I appreciated how "realistic" the atmosphere felt as a result. The acting was great, and even though I enjoyed the plot, I couldn't help but feel like the endings were all a bit unsatisfactory and left me wanting more (despite its impressive runtime). Watched January 26th, 2019
18. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Not Rated | 131 min | Drama
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use their young houseguests to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other over the course of a distressing night.
While the actors were phenomenal and the dialogue was tight, the film definitely meandered at times and easily could have been shorter, given what the ultimate result ended up being. The last ten minutes were needlessly vague and confusing, and while that may have been the point (considering they were all drunk and couldn't distinguish truth from illusion, etc.), it made for an exhausting watch. Watched May 26th, 2019 with family
19. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance
The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.
The slow deterioration of the "magnificent" family and their idyllic lifestyle due to growing industrialization was fascinating to watch, but George was so unsympathetic a character that I really had trouble enjoying this. Watched May 2nd, 2019 with family
20. The Lobster (2015)
R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
Votes: 192,735 | Gross: $8.70M
A "black comedy" but certainly with dramatic/thriller elements. I liked it but the atmosphere was definitely bleak and emotionless, though I suppose that was the entire point. A few amusing bits and a few disturbing bits. Watched November 6th, 2019
21. Fracture (2007)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An attorney intent on climbing the career ladder toward success, finds an unlikely opponent in a manipulative criminal he is trying to prosecute.
Votes: 174,140 | Gross: $39.02M
A thoroughly entertaining legal drama, its plot felt tight and none of the twists felt contrived. That being said, much of the supporting cast felt a bit flat and their actions seemed only to serve the characters of Hopkins and Gosling. I'd still recommend it Watched April 1st, 2017
22. I, Daniel Blake (2016)
R | 100 min | Drama
After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.
Votes: 46,555 | Gross: $0.26M
An interesting tale set in modern-day, lamenting the complicated benefits system in the UK, though many parallels could be made to the US and I'm sure other nations as well. Heartbreaking but poignant Watched February 7th, 2019
23. Philadelphia (1993)
PG-13 | 125 min | Drama
When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.
Votes: 210,954 | Gross: $77.32M
I enjoyed the cinematography and the bold statement the film made, particularly given how contentious AIDS was during the time period. Solid performances from Hanks and Washington. Watched October 12th, 2019
24. Dead Poets Society (1989)
PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.
Votes: 385,006 | Gross: $95.86M
Though I had anticipated a bit more Robin Williams in this, it was still a good watch. I had hoped a few of the side characters had been developed a bit more, but everyone at least felt unique (even Spaz, who didn't do much). I think it'd be good to watch this while in high school to encourage students to broaden their horizons Watched November 19th, 2017
25. Hustle & Flow (2005)
R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Music
With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.
Votes: 37,263 | Gross: $22.20M
I liked the original compositions quite a bit, and I thought the performances from all actors were solid (particularly Nola and Djay). I think this arguably would have been served better as a series, as the "hard pimp" Djay randomly appeared at certain points and undermined the underdog story (though maybe that was the point). In any case, an enjoyable watch Watched December 6th, 2019
26. The Hustler (1961)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.
Great performance from Newman as expected but I felt like the film could have been shortened by at least half an hour without losing anything significant. The romance plotline was cliche and Sarah's character didn't seem entirely necessary Watched September 26th, 2019 with family
27. Good Will Hunting (1997)
R | 126 min | Drama, Romance
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
Votes: 793,155 | Gross: $138.43M
I really liked the ending; the rest of the movie was good but not particularly noteworthy (I don't remember much of it). Probably needs a rewatch
28. Before I Disappear (2014)
Unrated | 93 min | Drama
At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.
Votes: 8,670 | Gross: $0.01M
This tripped me out because I have a pretty distinct memory of watching this when I was like 10, but apparently it came out 8 years later. Maybe I was dreaming or it was a fabricated memory, but either way, the film itself was decent, though I feel like the girl's character wasn't developed much
29. The Social Network (2010)
PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama
As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.
Votes: 581,634 | Gross: $96.96M
Watched in theaters This was when I was on a Jessie Eisenberg kick (because of Zombieland) so I liked it a lot, but I remember very little of the film itself
30. Rain Man (1988)
R | 133 min | Drama
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Votes: 449,868 | Gross: $178.80M
I liked Cruise and Hoffman, but I don't remember much else about it. Led to me trying to learn how to count cards, but that didn't last too long
31. You're Not You (2014)
R | 102 min | Drama
A drama centered on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver.
Swank and Rossum do a great job in this, and even though it did tend to get a bit melodramatic, I thought the pacing of the plot was good and Josh Duhamel's plotline was heartbreakingly believable, given the circumstances. Not uplifting, but heartwarming
32. Lady Macbeth (2016)
R | 89 min | Drama, Romance
In 19th-century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate.
Votes: 16,205 | Gross: $1.13M
A mildly intriguing plotline and great acting from everyone involved (namely Pugh). There are some great still shots in this, but I was otherwise unenthused. Reminded me somewhat of the Black Mirror episode "Crocodile" Watched January 27th, 2019
33. Almost Famous (2000)
R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.
Votes: 239,058 | Gross: $32.53M
Another band film that snubbed most of its characters, this was an entertaining watch and had a decent soundtrack from what I remember, but I was left wanting more
34. Gangs of New York (2002)
R | 167 min | Crime, Drama
In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.
Votes: 381,325 | Gross: $77.81M
I think it did a good job at portrying the brutality and chaos of the gang scene of the time, but due to the nature of the film (over-the-top violence, a relatively weak romantic subplot, and a mostly predictable plot), I can't say I enjoyed it overly much. The cast did well and the soundtrack was good, but it didn't do much for me otherwise Watched September 25th, 2017; the first movie at the new apartment Also Period Drama
35. Wall Street (1987)
R | 126 min | Crime, Drama
A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the youth under his wing.
Votes: 136,770 | Gross: $43.85M
This may have been more entertaining when I had a bit more drive financially, but the cutthroat nature didn't appeal to me much. The romance was shoehorned in. Watched May 26th, 2019
36. Cast Away (2000)
PG-13 | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island.
Votes: 485,376 | Gross: $233.63M
I wanted to like this more than I actually did. Hanks did a great job at essentially carrying the movie by himself, but I wasn't particularly invested in the outcome either way
37. It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.
Votes: 128,464 | Gross: $6.35M
The movie in retrospect wasn't all that great, but I read the book afterwards and thoroughly enjoyed that, so I can't knock it too much. Entertaining and one of the first films I saw dealing with teenage depression
38. 8 Mile (2002)
R | 110 min | Drama, Music
A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.
Votes: 234,482 | Gross: $116.72M
I was pretty underwhelmed by this; the cast did a decent job, but I didn't find the script or the characters to be anything particularly groundbreaking. Not a bad film, but I wouldn't recommend it Watched January 27th, 2018
39. Labor Day (2013)
PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Romance
Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
Votes: 40,119 | Gross: $13.36M
Watched in theaters Really shouldn't be as touching as it is; the plot's a bit convoluted and the characters aren't really "believable", but it was a good watch nonetheless
40. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.
Votes: 210,437 | Gross: $40.14M
Was expecting a comedy, but this was definitely more dramatic. Showed Ferrell's more serious side, which was very cool to see. The ending was cool too I think I watched this in theaters
41. Crash (I) (2004)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Votes: 405,533 | Gross: $54.58M
Quite literally the most heavy-handed movie I have ever watched. There were some decent points but the conveniences of the plotline for tear-jerking moments and general predictability of the film were not my thing whatsoever. Watched November 4th, 2019 with family
42. Lolita (1962)
Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.
Votes: 85,743 | Gross: $9.25M
There were some decent shots in this but it was an utter slog for most of its two and a half hour runtime. The performances from the main three actors were decent but I can't help but be underwhelmed, considering the illustrious reputation Kubrick and this book have. Watched December 3rd, 2019
43. My Girl (1991)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A young girl, on the threshold of her teen years, finds her life turning upside down, when she is accompanied by an unlikely friend.
Votes: 67,536 | Gross: $59.85M
For how important Thomas J ends up becoming, I thought he was going to be more involved in the plot. I liked Jamie Lee Curtis a lot, and Anna Chlumsky did a nice job as well
44. She's Gotta Have It (1986)
R | 84 min | Comedy, Romance
Story of a woman and her three lovers.
Votes: 8,555 | Gross: $7.14M
This was revolutionary at the time for showcasing that women could have sexual freedom as well, and while I liked the interview-style narrative, I was mostly underwhelmed. The rape scene was unexpected and unnecessary (as acknowledged by Lee himself). Watched September 1st, 2018
45. Madea Goes to Jail (2009)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama