Great Moviesby mnc365 | created - 01 Sep 2012 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public
Truly great movies where you feel your time isn't wasted. Don't be put off by some of the IMDB rating. (Films are ordered by directors and not ranking.)
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1. Heat (1995)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.
Votes: 522,565 | Gross: $67.44M
The best Action/Crime Thriller of all time. Pacino V De Niro, say no more
2. Collateral (2004)
R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles.
Votes: 334,717 | Gross: $101.01M
Tom Cruise deserved more recognition for his role. Michael Mann's second best work
3. The Insider (1999)
R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.
Votes: 149,453 | Gross: $28.97M
A classic thriller right till the end.
4. Ali (2001)
R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.
Votes: 87,711 | Gross: $58.20M
A biographical epic. The scene where Ali is jogging and training for the Frazier fight is amazing and the end is almost inspirational.
5. Miami Vice (2006)
R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Based on the 1980s TV action/drama, this update focuses on vice detectives Crockett and Tubbs as their respective personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined.
Votes: 103,165 | Gross: $63.45M
A darker tone compared to the show but another well made Mann thriller with great style that doesn't disappoint
6. Public Enemies (2009)
R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.
Votes: 261,201 | Gross: $97.10M
Michael Mann's more recent efforts may not be as good as Heat but his style is present from beginning right till the end.
7. 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: 412,870 | Gross: $42.44M
Personally the best gangster film made by Scorsese. Pesci should have been nominated for an oscar for his chilling performance.
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: 902,526 | Gross: $46.84M
"As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster." A classic gangster movie.
9. 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: 1,071,809 | Gross: $132.38M
Nobody who watches this film ever sees the ending coming. A stellar cast and an epic cat and mouse game in this movie.
10. Shutter Island (2010)
R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
Votes: 1,001,832 | Gross: $128.01M
A fantastic thriller leaving viewers as confused as the main character. The film didn't receive much hype due to the eager anticipation of Inception.
11. Gangs of New York (2002)
R | 167 min | Crime, Drama
In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.
Votes: 370,676 | Gross: $77.81M
Daniel Day Lewis plays a brilliant villain but the underrated performance was that of Di Caprio's. An epic.
12. The Aviator (2004)
PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama
A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.
Votes: 307,056 | Gross: $102.61M
The highs and lows of Aviator/director Howard Hughes, his relationships, ambitions and illness. Alec Baldwin also gives a great performance as does Cate Blanchett
13. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside of it.
Votes: 287,104 | Gross: $23.38M
A well deserved Oscar for De Niro. It highlights the relationship between two brothers through all sorts of events which they go through in life. A biographic epic like Ali but with the focus of the main characters personal life.
14. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.
Votes: 1,832,402 | Gross: $292.58M
Revolutionary film. The idea of the film was mind boggling and Nolan's best work. The soundtrack was brilliant and so far 2010 was Di Caprio's best year. A masterpiece no doubt.
15. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.
Votes: 1,027,768 | Gross: $25.54M
A constantly dark and ominous tone but the highlight is the plot and the narrative style which makes this movie 'memorable'
16. The Prestige (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.
Votes: 1,061,200 | Gross: $53.09M
Hugh Jackman was totally obsessed in this movie but the highlight of the film is the ending which leaves you dazzled
17. Zodiac (2007)
R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.
Votes: 390,195 | Gross: $33.08M
A chilling mystery which is hard to find these days. Personally for me, Fincher's best thriller.
18. Se7en (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Votes: 1,282,349 | Gross: $100.13M
Brad Pitt may have been bad but it was the constant ominous tone of this film and Kevin Spacey's small role which allowed people to overlook Pitt's performance.
19. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Votes: 537,880 | Gross: $127.51M
The overwhelming emotions of life and the curious case of Benjamin Button whose is born old ages backwards. Brad Pitt put on a brilliant performance as did his counterpart Cate Blanchett
20. Panic Room (2002)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A divorced woman and her diabetic daughter take refuge in their newly-purchased house's safe room, when three men break-in, searching for a missing fortune.
Votes: 236,761 | Gross: $96.40M
A constantly gripping thriller based mostly in a single room and section of a house.
21. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
Votes: 273,813 | Gross: $78.62M
Haley Joel Osment, perhaps the best child actor ever. The empathy that he could gain from the audience was incredible. A touching story and Jude Law played a great role.
22. Minority Report (2002)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.
Votes: 468,475 | Gross: $132.07M
The storyline is brilliant and the special effects etc. probably could stand the test of time. The plot is unique and the viewers are constantly left guessing.
23. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.
Votes: 716,010 | Gross: $164.62M
Clever scriptwriting and the two leads give a brilliant performance.
24. War of the Worlds (2005)
PG-13 | 116 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.
Votes: 386,710 | Gross: $234.28M
Perhaps Spielberg's most epic work. A terrifying alien invasion blockbuster. And with Tom Cruise as the lead, a movie can never fail.
25. The Wrestler (2008)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sport
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.
Votes: 276,809 | Gross: $26.24M
I can't beleive Rourke still couldn't win an Oscar after this performance. He was born for this role of being old, down and out after a bright start.
26. 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: 697,770 | Gross: $3.64M
A truly depressing movie about junkies.
27. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".
Votes: 647,163 | Gross: $106.95M
Perhaps slightly overrated movie if it wasn't for Natalie Portman's intense acting.
28. Titanic (1997)
PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Votes: 953,300 | Gross: $659.33M
A romantic epic with some iconic scenes and a very dramatic end.
29. 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.
Great dialogue, chilling soundtrack and an even frightening lead actor playing a raping criminal whose interests are beethoven and drinking milk mixed with LSD. The film also carries a tale of morality.
30. 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: 820,429 | Gross: $2.83M
It put Tatantino on the map. The storyline is unpredictable and the highlight is Michael Madsen's psychopathic Mr Blonde. Steve Buscemi also plays a great character, the loudmouthed Mr Pink.
31. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster & his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,634,796 | Gross: $107.93M
The multiple stories are brilliant and not a single line of dialogue was not thought out. "Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead"
32. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.
Votes: 902,784 | Gross: $70.10M
A surprise hit and it shows Tarantino's artistic genius.
33. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd, and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.
Votes: 613,158 | Gross: $66.21M
The opening scene with Ennio Morriconne in the background simply stole the whole movie.
34. Jackie Brown (1997)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.
Votes: 280,052 | Gross: $39.67M
Great storyline and dialogue. A sister movie to Pulp Fiction
35. Mystic River (2003)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.
Votes: 387,831 | Gross: $90.14M
One of the most beautiful films ever made. The main theme, the characters and the dialogue was breathtaking. Oscars won deservedly both by Sean Penn as a grieving father and Tim Robbins as a lonely man with a troubled childhood.
36. Unforgiven (1992)
R | 130 min | Drama, Western
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
Votes: 340,027 | Gross: $101.16M
The change of Eastwoods character from protagonist to antagonist is incredible. An epic storyline and Gene Hackman gives a terrific performance as well as an entertaining cameo from Richard Harris as 'English Bob'
37. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
Votes: 584,951 | Gross: $100.49M
An emotional masterpiece filled with blood, sweat and tears usually in that order.
38. Gran Torino (2008)
R | 116 min | Drama
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.
Votes: 668,152 | Gross: $148.10M
Eastwood is hilarious in this movie as an old racist Polack. A great movie which was supposed to mark the end of his acting career.
39. Chinatown (1974)
R | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.
Votes: 265,245 | Gross: $29.20M
Perhaps the best mystery movie of all time and also the greatest film noir. The script is watertight and the build up of the atmosphere in this movie is masterful
40. 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: 764,586 | Gross: $74.28M
Javier Bardem gave a haunting performance and the you could cut the tension with a knife in this movie. Simply brilliant
41. Miller's Crossing (1990)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.
Votes: 118,041 | Gross: $5.08M
A gangster film with brains
42. Gladiator (2000)
R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.
Votes: 1,207,706 | Gross: $187.71M
An epic, widely considered as Ridley's best. Historically accurate and Joaquin Pheonix and Russell Crowe in the leads were fantastic.
43. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.
Votes: 249,882 | Gross: $47.40M
Beautiful movie and soundtrack, on par with Gladiator
44. American Gangster (2007)
R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.
Votes: 366,181 | Gross: $130.16M
Denzel as a drug dealing kingpin, Brolin as a dirty cop, this film sells itself. Denzel showing some of his best work.
45. Body of Lies (2008)
R | 128 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.
Votes: 199,017 | Gross: $39.39M
Monahan and Scott team up to produce another great thriller. Mark Strong gave a good performance.