Doug's Top 1000 Movies of all Timeby iamucfman | created - 16 Jul 2015 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
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1. The Pianist (2002)
R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Votes: 661,863 | Gross: $32.57M
Regardless if you love or hate Polanski it is hard to not respect his ability to make film. I love stories about WWII but this is the most compelling. Brody gives a performance of a lifetime. As I watched this I kept expecting him to die at any minute. Life is measured in inches and seconds when you are running for your life.
2. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Votes: 805,379 | Gross: $44.02M
Simply stated, this is Stanley Kurick at his finest. I loved the novel by Stephen King and there was, and still is, a lot of backlash because of the differences. Over time it has become loved because of those same differences. This movie has caused more conspiracy theories than the Zapruder film.
3. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 1,099,818 | Gross: $132.38M
Simply full of great acting, excellent direction and just the right amount of tension. DiCaprio should have won the best actor Oscar but I am sure he will have other chances. This role is, by far, the best performance by Wahlberg. Watching Alec Baldwin lose it during the surveillance was a stand out scene for him. Why did it take so long for Scorsese and Nicholson to work together?
4. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 1,157,203 | Gross: $120.54M
Tarantino delivers a story that is hilarious, dark and unsettling. The opening scene seemed so real. His use of simple gestures to show the dominance of Christoph Waltz over others is spectacular. I loved the ending and couldn't help but laugh as the swastika was carved into his forehead.
5. 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: 1,718,313 | Gross: $37.03M
The pairing of Brad Pitt and Edward Norton was perfect for this movie. This movie has so many single lines that make you think. Jeri's favorite line is "people really listen to you when they think you are dying, rather than just waiting for their turn to speak". Chuck Palahniuk is one of the best writers of our era. Beyond this he wrote Choke which is a story that will always stay with me.
6. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
R | 202 min | Crime, Drama
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
Votes: 1,027,359 | Gross: $57.30M
Can a sequel be better than the original? Yes, it can. Character development has always been, to me, the most important part of any story. To learn how this family started was so intriguing. Of course having DeNiro and Pacino in the same movie is too good to be true.
7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
R | 133 min | Drama
A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
Votes: 849,513 | Gross: $112.00M
I remember seeing this movie in 1975 or 1976 at the theater wit my father. At that age I had no understanding of the story but my father found it an awful story at the time. Now, this movie is one I will watch again and again. Nicholson has become my favorite actor ever in huge part because of this role. In college I read the novel and felt that the movie added more layers to the story.
8. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 929,299 | Gross: $46.84M
This is the one movie that Ray Liotta really shined in. The story of Henry Hill is so very interesting. Haven't we all wanted to be a gangster at some point in our lives?
9. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,476,075 | Gross: $134.97M
Marlon Brando is superb in this movie. Knowing that he added weight to the stretcher to make it more difficult for them to carry him up those narrow stairs is hilarious. No other movie I have ever seen has had so many actors performing at their peak than The Godfather.
10. 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: 783,456 | Gross: $74.28M
Javier Bardem became one of my most favorite villains because of this story. "How much have you ever lost on a coin toss?" The ability of the Cohen Brothers to show art on the big screen is amazing. I love the scuff marks of the boots on the floor. Simple things make a movie outstanding. The Cohen brothers have the ability over most to make this happen.
11. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
Another Kubrick in the my top 10. The experiment of conditioning a human being to be a productive citizen brings up all kinds of questions. The smile on McDowell's face at the end is priceless.
12. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War
A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.
Votes: 561,205 | Gross: $83.47M
If I could have been on any one movie set during its making I would choose Apocalypse Now. From Martin Sheen's on screen breakdown to Brando's refusing to learn his lines, this movie has it all. Robert Duvall gives a stand out performance. He expects his men to surf among a hailstorm of bombs and searches them out when he takes his surfboard. The best way to describe this story is WOW. The only issue with this movie is the fake sacrificing of the bull at the end. I think Coppola just had no idea of how to end this movie that is beyond classic.
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: 1,687,772 | Gross: $107.93M
Tarantino really hit his stride with this one. His ability to tell a story in new ways was groundbreaking. All that time sitting in a movie rental store made him take his time and think plots and character development through has made him one of the most innovative writers and directors of all time.
14. 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: 714,218 | Gross: $3.64M
This movie ends well for nobody. Don't watch this and expect to walk away feeling inspired. The acting of Jared Leto and Ellen Burnstyn is outstanding. Darren Aronofsky is one of the best director's of all time.
15. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. An unusual relationship forms as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
Votes: 950,913 | Gross: $19.50M
EVERYONE! Thank you to Mr. Oldman for an excellent performance. Natalie Portman's first movie cemented her hold on Hollywood and her ability to act.
16. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Votes: 552,630 | Gross: $32.00M
17. The Elephant Man (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication.
18. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Votes: 849,987 | Gross: $2.83M
19. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.
Votes: 555,807 | Gross: $56.95M
23. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
R | 169 min | Drama, War
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Votes: 1,138,956 | Gross: $216.54M
24. Jarhead (2005)
R | 125 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home.
Votes: 163,798 | Gross: $62.66M
Vomiting sand got my attention. Jake Gyllenhaal had been acting for years and this one showcased his depth. One of the most underrated actors in Hollywood, Peter Sarsgaard, works amazingly well with Gyllenhaal.
25. 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: 2,121,652 | Gross: $534.86M
26. Mulholland Drive (2001)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 296,231 | Gross: $7.22M
27. Casino (1995)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.
Votes: 423,463 | Gross: $42.44M
28. 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: 599,314 | Gross: $16.50M
30. Black Hawk Down (2001)
R | 144 min | Drama, History, War
160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.
Votes: 344,925 | Gross: $108.64M
31. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.
Votes: 657,264 | Gross: $28.26M
33. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
Votes: 289,653 | Gross: $48.98M
34. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,164,519 | Gross: $130.74M
35. Monster's Ball (2001)
R | 111 min | Drama, Romance
After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.
Votes: 79,420 | Gross: $31.25M
36. Stand by Me (1986)
R | 89 min | Adventure, Drama
After the death of one of his friends, a writer recounts a boyhood journey with his friends to find the body of a missing boy.
Votes: 340,103 | Gross: $52.29M
37. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
Votes: 1,115,595 | Gross: $96.90M
40. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 116 min | Drama, War
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Votes: 624,302 | Gross: $46.36M
41. Irréversible (2002)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.
Votes: 109,614 | Gross: $0.75M
42. 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: 473,474 | Gross: $40.22M
43. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama