My 25 favorite movies of all time

(work in progress) This is a list of my all time favorites, not the best movies of all time. Some of the movies in here aren't necessarily cinematic masterpieces but in one point or another in my life have been hugely enjoyable. I will need to watch these again with also the ones who just missed out and maybe re-edit this list by the end of the year.
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1.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
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.)
“ Best movie ever ” - mfsteve1
 
2.
Carlito's Way (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Just an awesome movie, featuring my all time favorite actor. Can watch it over an over again. Love the whole redemption theme and probably my favorite ending to any movie ever made. ” - mfsteve1
 
3.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Love a good cop movie and this is the best of them all ” - mfsteve1
 
4.
Superbad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. (113 mins.)
Director: Greg Mottola
“ My all time favorite comedy. No other movie has made me laugh from start to finish like this. ” - mfsteve1
 
5.
The Wrestler (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
“ Amazing movie, extremely moving by one of the best filmmakers of this generation. ” - mfsteve1
 
6.
Sin City (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. (124 mins.)
“ One of the best true comic book to film transitions. Co-directed by Frank Miller himself it's still a movie I watch at least once a year. ” - mfsteve1
 
7.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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.)
“ Amazing ” - mfsteve1
 
8.
300 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Frank Miller adaption again. Amazing story combined with the greatest visual experience I ever had at that point. ” - mfsteve1
 
9.
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (130 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ This movie blew me away, My favorite Clint Eastwood movie (that he was in). Grizzled old man making a comeback is always awesome. ” - mfsteve1
 
10.
Mystic River (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Eastwood flicks could feature prominently in this list, this was my favorite of them all. ” - mfsteve1
 
11.
Batman (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ This blew my mind when I was a kid and I've been a Batman freak ever since. When I re-watched it in my 20's I couldn't help but think I had terrible parents for letting me watch this when I was 5. ” - mfsteve1
 
12.
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ It's Scarface, how could it not be here. ” - mfsteve1
 
13.
Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building. (128 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ The best of the Die hards ” - mfsteve1
 
14.
The Lion King (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Lion cub and future king Simba searches for his identity. His eagerness to please others and penchant for testing his boundaries sometimes gets him into trouble. (88 mins.)
“ My favorite Disney flick as a kid, even today it's still an amazing film. ” - mfsteve1
 
15.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Probably didn't fully appreciate this first time around. When I went back and watched it a little more mature, instantly became one of my favorites. ” - mfsteve1
 
16.
Goodfellas (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Still holds up today, one of my favorite gangster films of all time ” - mfsteve1
 
17.
Scent of a Woman (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated. (156 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ Pacino finally won an Oscar for this one and never has someone been more deserving. Great script, greater acting. ” - mfsteve1
 
18.
Finding Forrester (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author. (136 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Probably not in many top lists but it should be. Grizzled old man again here with Sean Connery. Deeply moving film. ” - mfsteve1
 
19.
Chasing Amy (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's a lesbian. (113 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ The best of Kevin Smith ” - mfsteve1
 
20.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Four teenage mutant ninja turtles emerge from the shadows to protect New York City from a gang of criminal ninjas. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Barron
“ I still remember that Christmas morning, TMNT VHS was all I wanted. Who doesn't have fond memories of that green tape? ” - mfsteve1
 
21.
Stand by Me (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Best coming of age film of all time. ” - mfsteve1
 
22.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. (114 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ A drama written and directed by Ben Affleck staring Casey Affleck? I didn't have high hopes for this one. A few hours later I was completely blown away. ” - mfsteve1
 
23.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ This movie completely blew me away. Probably the best display of acting I've seen in any film. When I go back and watch these again I suspect this one will move up a few places. ” - mfsteve1
 
24.
Primal Fear (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep. (129 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
“ Multi-personality flicks now just tend to piss me off as they are terribly predictable. This courtroom thriller was just done so well and came out before a lot of the *beep* versions that followed. ” - mfsteve1
 
25.
Mallrats (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Both dumped by their girlfriends, two best friends seek refuge in the local mall. (94 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ Must have watched this 30 times when I was 13-14. At the time I thought it was the greatest thing ever made. In reflection maybe not but I still love it. Got me into Kevin Smith which I became a huge fan of (except for Jersey Girl). And yeah that makes 4 Ben Affleck Appearances in my top 25, deal with it. ” - mfsteve1