Must see movies

Simply a list of my favorite movies.
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1.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
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An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. (172 mins.)
“ An epic tale that stretches and unifies through generations. ” - rskangel
 
2.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
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A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ An aesthetic masterpiece though very structured still provides a strong emotional punch. ” - rskangel
 
3.
Drive (2011)
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A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ Graphically impressive movie that showcases a number of good actors. Plus a great soundstrack: Nightcall - Kavinsky ” - rskangel
 
4.
28 Days Later... (2002)
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Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ In my opinion the best zombie movie ever made. ” - rskangel
 
5.
2046 (2004)
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The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love. (129 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Contemporary, futuristic and epic. it explores love as a constant through the ever-changing times. ” - rskangel
 
6.
Black Swan (2010)
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A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ A classic tale made beautiful and dark with a twist. ” - rskangel
 
7.
Wo hu cang long (2000)
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A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Ang lee's take on the new era chinese martial arts movies and the crowning of the genre. ” - rskangel
 
8.
The Dark Knight (2008)
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When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ One of the best villiain portraits of all time period. ” - rskangel
 
9.
District 9 (2009)
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An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ Take a system that plagued South Africa remapp it to be both contemporary and fictional and you get a movie like no other. ” - rskangel
 
10.
Donnie Darko (2001)
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A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ A descent into madness. Donnie Darko is a psychological masterpiece. ” - rskangel
 
11.
Four Lions (2010)
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Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror. (97 mins.)
Director: Chris Morris
“ A film that shows both the absurdity and humanity of a radical group. ” - rskangel
 
12.
Planet Terror (2007)
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After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release. (105 mins.)
“ Robert Rodriguez homage to the grindhouse genre showcases the directors understanding of controlling the tempo and flow of the movie. ” - rskangel
 
13.
Inception (2010)
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A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ Mind bobbling and complex, Inception truly is a wonderfully made movie with great ambition. ” - rskangel
 
14.
Playtime (1967)
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Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
“ Perhaps not an obvious choice for this list, but if you are interested in tempo, flow and structure this movie is a must. ” - rskangel
 
15.
Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984)
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Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. (117 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Thematically as important today as any time, the film follows the life of a girl in post-apocaplyptic world. ” - rskangel
 
16.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
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The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
“ Friendship and love through the lives of a predetermined fate. ” - rskangel
 
17.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
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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. (122 mins.)
“ The Cohen brothers have the ability to truly elevate a script and this movie is no exception. Javier Bardem makes a haunting performance. ” - rskangel
 
18.
Paul (2011)
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Two English comic book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51. (104 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
“ Simon Pegg and Nick Frost takes a trip through America, on their journey they pick up an alien voiced by Seth Rogen. No more information needed. ” - rskangel
 
19.
RocknRolla (2008)
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In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged-out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million-dollar prize fall into his hands. (114 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Fast paced, lots of players, lots of violence, a movie that you feel can go in any direction without you losing interest. ” - rskangel
 
20.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
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Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ Scott Pilgrim is among my favorite concept-movies, add a bunch of funky characters and you have very entertaining movie. ” - rskangel
 
21.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
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A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
“ Creative in its form and narrative medium, Slumdog incorporates that with a love story that keeps you wondering almost to the end. ” - rskangel
 
22.
Smokin' Aces (2006)
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When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing. (109 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
“ Smokin Aces is a caramel of action, almost Hong Kong styled in its approach with a bit of twist in the end. ” - rskangel
 
23.
Star Trek (2009)
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The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time. (127 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ I would say this and accept grief if it so comes. This is the best Star Trek movie made. ” - rskangel
 
24.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
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With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son. (119 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Visually stunning, Wes Anderson creates a world which appears to be ours but feels completely unique. ” - rskangel
 
25.
The Wicker Man (1973)
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A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
“ Horror does not have to have shock-value. Sometimes a great script and a great atmosphere is well enough. ” - rskangel
 
26.
Triangle (2009)
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A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht (99 mins.)
“ A paranormal movie that plays around with the paradox concept. ” - rskangel
 
27.
Up (2009)
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Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. (96 mins.)
“ A great movie about personal fullfillment and that age is only a number. ” - rskangel