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by jasper-thompson | created - 21 Dec 2010 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

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1. Mulholland Drive (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 295,866 | Gross: $7.22M

This is the girl

2. Inland Empire (2006)

R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

72 Metascore

As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Karolina Gruszka, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Grace Zabriskie, Laura Dern

Votes: 50,226 | Gross: $0.75M

"This is the woman"

3. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin

Votes: 18,390 | Gross: $0.06M

The secret is all in the title... I guess. An immensely sad, hypnotic, haunting movie about the (male) human condition

4. The Exterminating Angel (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal, José Baviera

Votes: 26,268

Beyond surrealism; the inexpressible, most underrated Buñuel Tie with "Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie" (1972) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068361/)

5. Zazie dans le Métro (1960)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

With her mother away for the weekend, a brash and precocious ten-year-old country-girl sets out to explore Paris during a Métro strike, under her uncle's not-so-watchful eye. Can a little girl cause so much chaos in the heart of the city?

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps, Carla Marlier

Votes: 4,869

In my opinion, the good part of the "Nouvelle Vague" starts and ends here. This movie is so different from any other French new-wave movies, that it hardly fits in the category; hence I could say I don't really like "nouvelle vague" movies in general, but i just love this one. As the protagonist would say: "Nouvelle vague mon c...!"

6. Before Sunrise (1995)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Pöschl

Votes: 243,738 | Gross: $5.54M

This is a romance... between me and the movie. The right adjective here is: enchanting. And I've used that like 3 times in my life=)

7. The Birds (1963)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

87 Metascore

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette

Votes: 157,855 | Gross: $11.40M

I could almost swap my favorite movies list for his filmography... So The Birds is here to represent ALL of Hitchcock; this title in part. is much more than a "thriller" so as Hitch was much more than "The Master of Suspense"... Guess someone else noticed that?

8. L'Atalante (1934)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy.

Director: Jean Vigo | Stars: Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté, Gilles Margaritis, Louis Lefebvre

Votes: 13,258

The most rare case where I just don't know why... But i DO love it!

9. Paper Moon (1973)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman

Votes: 38,707 | Gross: $30.93M

Probably the movie I've seen more times in my life.

10. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 407,975 | Gross: $36.76M

Again, I'd like to put all the Hitchcock's here, but this one is way more than a motion picture.

11. Russian Ark (2002)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

86 Metascore

A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters historical figures from the last 200+ years.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Sergey Dreyden, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Mikhail Piotrovsky

Votes: 17,559 | Gross: $0.04M

One of the few great movies of the XXI century. The steadycam is the real dream machine.

12. Cremaster 3 (2002)

Unrated | 182 min | Drama, Fantasy

67 Metascore

The third film of a five-part art-installation epic -- it's part-zombie movie, part-gangster film.

Director: Matthew Barney | Stars: Richard Serra, Matthew Barney, Aimee Mullins, Paul Brady

Votes: 1,319 | Gross: $0.12M

The opposite of "easy" and IMO the best one of Barney's Cremaster Cycle; a masonic musical nightmare.

13. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy

Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla, Valentine Camax

Votes: 15,364

Weird nostalgic almost silent French B/W comedy with a comedy genius; sweet precious movie

14. Rumble Fish (1983)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 29,488 | Gross: $2.49M

Coppola's neo-expressionism is amazing, this movie isn't "arty", it is Art indeed!

15. Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

92 Metascore

A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, René Clément | Stars: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon

Votes: 22,659 | Gross: $0.30M

Cocteau tried to put some magic in it. And he fully succedeed.

16. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

99 Metascore

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 93,686 | Gross: $2.24M

The most electrifying ouverture and the most unpleasant finale; pure cinema in the middle.

17. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

Votes: 16,379

The only documentary in my list is Hell on Earth. The only documentary I will never, NEVER see again, and possibly the most important ever shot. Just watch it, if you dare... and think about it.

18. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 28,503 | Gross: $24.06M

This movie should be an "hommage" to the noir cinema; to me it is the finest piece of it. Dreamlike, elegant and... just Hot!

19. The Stranger (1967)

Approved | 104 min | Drama

In an atmosphere of political tension when the French still control Algiers, an Algerian is killed on the beach and a French man who has lived in Algiers all his life is arrested for the ... See full summary »

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Anna Karina, Bernard Blier, Alfred Adam

Votes: 1,996

A "minor" Visconti happens to be the title of one of my favourite books ever; from the novel by Albert Camus, a VERY underrated movie with Marcello Mastroianni as the perfect "stranger".

20. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 177,513 | Gross: $9.93M

I love what Gilliam has done before this one, and some of what he's done after... But this movie is something else.

21. You, the Living (2007)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

81 Metascore

You, the Living is a film about humankind, its greatness and its baseness, joy and sorrow, its self-confidence and anxiety, its desire to love and be loved.

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Elisabeth Helander, Jörgen Nohall, Jan Wikbladh, Björn Englund

Votes: 13,013 | Gross: $0.02M

All I could say about it was "My goodness!" -- You can guess why this is one floor up Sånger från andra våningen! (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120263/)

22. Fellini Satyricon (1969)

R | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone

Votes: 13,735

Extremely artistic, almost lysergic movie.

23. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent

Votes: 56,522 | Gross: $3.05M

Tremendously beautiful movie, with amazing actresses, and Peter Jackson at his very best.

24. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 339,294 | Gross: $13.78M

I know why I like this "horror flick" so much; I don't know if that's the same reason why so many people like it... But, who cares? I just like it!

25. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias

Votes: 69,784 | Gross: $19.20M

A great movie about the little people, and a new star in the universe of animation from Ghibli Studio

26. The Fox & the Child (2007)

G | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

It has been described as both a nature documentary and a "fairy tale" look at the story of young girl and her friendship with a fox.

Director: Luc Jacquet | Stars: Bertille Noël-Bruneau, Isabelle Carré, Thomas Laliberté, Camille Lambert

Votes: 3,586

It has been described as both a nature documentary and a "fairy tale"; this movie can make you think of how "nature" is close to the kingdom of "fairy tales"... and that we should live right there

27. Microcosmos (1996)

G | 80 min | Documentary

A documentary on insect life in meadows and ponds.

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Jacques Perrin

Votes: 10,309 | Gross: $1.57M

The same as above, but no mammals or fiction here

28. No Smoking (1993)

298 min | Comedy, Drama

In Yorkshire, Toby Teasdale is the alcoholic director of a school and married with two children with Celia Teasdale that is very unhappy. They have a maid, Sylvie Bell, and a guardian and ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Sabine Azéma, Pierre Arditi, Peter Hudson

Votes: 1,580 | Gross: $0.06M

I'd give 9 stars to the first and only 8 to the latter, but they come together, and I'm happy with it

29. The Deadly Invention (1958)

Unrated | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Lubor Tokos, Arnost Navrátil, Miroslav Holub, Frantisek Slégr

Votes: 1,592

"The Fabulous World of Jules Verne" in one of the best Zeman's "woodcut" movie

30. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Chogyam Trungpa, Jordan Maxwell, George Carlin, Bill Hicks

Votes: 46,837

This one could be the greatest movie ever; but it's just an audio-visual bunch of "inconvenient truths" that nobody would ever put in a "real movie", so... Zeitgeist is the greatest bunch of "inconvenient truths" ever, too bad it will never be a "real movie".



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