Great Movies

by 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

76 Metascore

A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight

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

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo

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

84 Metascore

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora

Votes: 149,453 | Gross: $28.97M

A classic thriller right till the end.

4. Ali (2001)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles

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

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Li Gong, Naomie Harris

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

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke

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

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods

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

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

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

85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

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

63 Metascore

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

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

72 Metascore

In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

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

77 Metascore

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

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

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

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

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

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

80 Metascore

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

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

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

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

78 Metascore

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.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

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

65 Metascore

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker

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

70 Metascore

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond

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

65 Metascore

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.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam

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

65 Metascore

A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards

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

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow

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

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

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

73 Metascore

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto

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

81 Metascore

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

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

68 Metascore

The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

Votes: 697,770 | Gross: $3.64M

A truly depressing movie about junkies.

27. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

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

75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

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

80 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 686,620

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

79 Metascore

When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

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

94 Metascore

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.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

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

69 Metascore

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

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

83 Metascore

The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd, and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah

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

64 Metascore

A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda

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

84 Metascore

The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Emmy Rossum

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

85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

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

86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

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

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

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

92 Metascore

A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez

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

91 Metascore

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.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

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

66 Metascore

Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 118,041 | Gross: $5.08M

A gangster film with brains

42. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

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

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock

Votes: 249,882 | Gross: $47.40M

Beautiful movie and soundtrack, on par with Gladiator

44. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

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

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani

Votes: 199,017 | Gross: $39.39M

Monahan and Scott team up to produce another great thriller. Mark Strong gave a good performance.

46. Black Rain (1989)

R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw

Votes: 45,448 | Gross: $46.21M