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1.
Life of Brian (1979)
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Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. (94 mins.)
Director: Terry Jones
“ One of the most quotable movies in history, Big Nose!
Now what have Monty Python ever done for us? ” - davelynch16
 
2.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
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A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients. (133 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ Simply brilliant ” - davelynch16
 
3.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
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In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. (93 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ Warning "Do not eat beans while watching this" ” - davelynch16
 
4.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
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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
“ Compelling storytelling at its best. ” - davelynch16
 
5.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ A wonderful movie. Arguably the best ever. ” - davelynch16
 
6.
Crash (2004)
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Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ This caught me by surprise. Brilliant ” - davelynch16
 
7.
Blue Ruin (2013)
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A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
“ Can you make a truly good movie for a million dollars. Yes, puts mega budget movies to shame. ” - davelynch16
 
8.
Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)
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A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ A worthy 11/10 ” - davelynch16
 
9.
Giù la testa (1971)
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An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution. (157 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Overlooked classic ” - davelynch16
 
10.
The Machinist (2004)
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An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. (101 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
“ Fantastic Dark Psychological thriller. Wonderful central performance. ” - davelynch16
 
11.
Django Unchained (2012)
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With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Wow ” - davelynch16
 
12.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
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The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ On everyone's list? ” - davelynch16
 
13.
Schindler's List (1993)
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In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ Disturbing and heartwarming at the same time. ” - davelynch16
 
14.
Jaws (1975)
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A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ The grandfather of the blockbuster. ” - davelynch16
 
15.
Bad Santa (2003)
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A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot. (91 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
“ A favorite Christmas foul mouthed frolic ” - davelynch16
 
16.
A Simple Plan (1998)
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When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan. (121 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ The title says a simple plan but greed gets in the way. Terrific ” - davelynch16
 
17.
12 Angry Men (1957)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Classic ” - davelynch16
 
18.
Fargo (1996)
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Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Classic thriller with "funny looking characters" ” - davelynch16
 
19.
Blood Simple. (1984)
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A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Tight thriller ” - davelynch16
 
20.
The Thing (1982)
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A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Not on your list? "You got to be *beep* kidding me. ” - davelynch16
 
21.
Philomena (2013)
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A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ I laughed, I cried, I laughed again. Superb ” - davelynch16
 
22.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
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While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Best in the series, The first was a little too talkie, This one was action packed and left you wanting more. ” - davelynch16
 
23.
Goodfellas (1990)
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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
“ Probably the best gangster movie ever. ” - davelynch16
 
24.
Psycho (1960)
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A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 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. (109 mins.)
“ Hitchcock's finest hour. How he got this past the censors in 1960 is amazing. Still has the power to shock. ” - davelynch16
 
25.
Whiplash (2014)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Damien Chazelle
“ A real surprise. and I hate jazz ” - davelynch16
 
26.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep. (102 mins.)
“ Dark Disturbing birlliant ” - davelynch16
 
27.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
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A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ An introduction to the geezers ” - davelynch16
 
28.
Snatch (2000)
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Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ Wonderful, both funny and brutal ” - davelynch16
 
29.
Trainspotting (1996)
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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. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Lust for life? wouldn't think it form these character's lives. ” - davelynch16
 
30.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
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Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (179 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Twisted yuppie ” - davelynch16
 
31.
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
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A college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home. (93 mins.)
“ If you don't cry. You are the Antichrist ” - davelynch16
 
32.
Red Rock West (1993)
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Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue. (98 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
 
33.
King Kong (1933)
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ The classic of monster movies ” - davelynch16
 
34.
The Fountain (2006)
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As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. (96 mins.)
“ unforgettable although I am still not sure if it's a 10 or a 1. ” - davelynch16
 
35.
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
“ If you recommend this to a friend, They will either punch you or think you have introduced them to an amazing movie. ” - davelynch16
 
36.
Død snø 2 (2014)
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Still on the run from a group of Nazi zombies, a man seeks the aid of a group of American zombie enthusiasts, and discovers new techniques for fighting the zombies. (100 mins.)
Director: Tommy Wirkola
“ The best Norwegian, Nazi Zombie movie ever. ” - davelynch16
 
37.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
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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. (153 mins.)
“ Simply brilliant when the movie is not in English. The opening scenes are thrilling even though its all dialog. ” - davelynch16
 
38.
Rush (2013)
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The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. (123 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ I thought this was going to be a movie about James Hunt but Daniel Brühl makes this movie his. Brilliant Oscar worthy performance. I'm not a motor racing fan but this captivated me. ” - davelynch16
 
39.
When We Were Kings (1996 Documentary)
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A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali. (88 mins.)
Director: Leon Gast
“ Fantastic Documentary. There was no denying Ali's ability to talk and fight a good fight. This is when boxers were kings. Now I couldn't even tell you who the world champion is. ” - davelynch16
 
40.
Remember (2015)
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With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family. (94 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
“ A genuine sleeper that caught me napping. Arguably a tad far fetched but I was genuinely gripped. A movie that is best viewed cold, so don't read the reviews first. ” - davelynch16
 
41.
Saw (2004)
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Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ Board to death by the sequels. The original is still the best. ” - davelynch16
 
42.
Flesh Gordon (1974)
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Emperor Wang (the Perverted) is leader of the planet Porno and sends his mighty "Sex Ray" towards Earth... (78 mins.)
“ A guilty pleasure. Cheep. Camp, Crude, I can't think of anymore adjectives that begin with C, but certainly not Crap. ” - davelynch16