106 Movies Bucket List

by nyul2 | created - 4 months ago | updated - 2 days ago | Public

The 106 movies bucket list that I received as a gift, my mission to watch/re-watch them all!

NOTE: This list is regularly updated as-and-when I view the films so might take a while to get all 106 on here! The order of the list is based on when I see them as am using various sources to watch the films legally (e.g. Netflix, DVDs etc.)

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1. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-Amir, Lloyd Avery II

Votes: 112,619 | Gross: $57.50M

Decent story but I found it hard to relate to. Picked up in the last 20 minutes and had a real satisfying end.

2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

97 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 416,031 | Gross: $0.28M

Quite a kooky film, struggled to follow to begin with but found it quite charming and definitely interesting!

3. The Goonies (1985)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

62 Metascore

A group of young misfits who call themselves The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Votes: 217,578 | Gross: $61.50M

I can see the cultural significance of the film but probably would have enjoyed it more if I'd seen it as a kid .

4. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

88 Metascore

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody

Votes: 634,487 | Gross: $59.10M

Really quirky and funny film. I loved the visual presentation of this films and an excellent performance from Ralph Fiennes.

5. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

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.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 618,235 | Gross: $13.09M

Well shot film, couldn't help but feel sorry for the main lad. Not entirely satisfied how it ended.

6. Good Will Hunting (1997)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 768,835 | Gross: $138.43M

Slow start but really picked up and I ended up really enjoying it! Excellent performances from both Matt Damon and Robin Williams!

7. Scarface (1983)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Votes: 666,360 | Gross: $45.60M

Once again another slow starter. The pace struggled a bit in places but I did enjoy the journey of Tony Montana as he's never portrayed as a nice character throughout, yet your still rooting for him.

8. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 335,264 | Gross: $20.05M

A British classic! The Monty Python lads are on top form and all the jokes land spot on (still didn't understand why aliens cameo-ed in one sequence). A film that might be controversial if made now but gets away with it because of the time is was made. "He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!"

9. American Psycho (2000)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 431,808 | Gross: $15.07M

Excellent film, one of the first to make me think after watching it as it was unclear whether most of what we've seen was actually what happened or if it was all in the mind of Patrick Bateman.

10. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure

85 Metascore

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies

Votes: 814,063 | Gross: $248.16M

A cult classic! About the third time I've seen it and it's still a very enjoyable watch. Still the best Indiana Jones film.

11. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 475,558 | Gross: $81.00M

Another slow starter but eventually really got to know the main characters. A truly heartbreaking ending which took me a little off guard.

12. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,091,094 | Gross: $96.07M

Well...a very well produced film. Didn't hold back with the subject matter and it was presented wonderfully. Difficult to watch at times but a true representation of the horrors of WWII.

13. 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: 1,290,647 | Gross: $100.13M

I enjoyed this one, it went quite dark near the end which I didn't expect! Excellent performances from Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt. A few pacing issues here and there but nothing that distracted from the story. Ending felt a bit rushed.

14. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 646,226 | Gross: $7.56M

The first non-English speaking film on this list. Another slum/gang story and shared quite a few subject matters to Boyz n' the Hood. Enjoyed it more than Boyz n the Hood, no characters were particularly likeable but entirely believable as if they were real people.

15. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure

70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,195,929 | Gross: $206.85M

A decent start to the best Batman film trilogy ever released! This film is not given enough credit and is regularly overshadowed by it's sequel. Strong performances all round and I found myself catching elements of the story that I missed in earlier watches.

16. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 2,069,882 | Gross: $534.86M

A very solid sequel and is generally considered the best in the trilogy. Nolan really stepped up the mark when making this and once again great casting all round. Especially with Heath Ledger as the Joker. Like most, it's my favourite of the trilogy and stands as the best Batman film ever made.

17. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,389,363 | Gross: $448.14M

A very good end to a fantastic trilogy, unfortunately plagued by the lack of resolution to the Joker storyline (which can't be helped due to the death of Heath Ledger). This film has a real sense of finality but still delivered some new characters into the mythos with the addition of Selena Kyle and Bane. Visually wonderful but is unfortunately overshadowed by 'The Dark Knight'.

18. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,123,607 | Gross: $322.74M

The first Star Wars movie is a real gem. A franchise I've only got into recently, I really can see why this became so popular. Likeable characters, decent plot and solid visual representation. Despite only having seen it properly recently I was all too familiar with the story going in but it didn't disappoint!

19. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

82 Metascore

After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 1,054,501 | Gross: $290.48M

A very solid sequel and carries on the original Star Wars trilogy well. Despite knowing the story it was interesting to re-watch as it surprised me how much I had missed when watching the first time! I enjoyed this more than the first film and found it a very charming production!

20. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

58 Metascore

After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 863,520 | Gross: $309.13M

A great conclusion to the trilogy and ties things up neatly after what was setup in the previous 2 films. Not a massive fan of the stuff with the Ewoks as I never really got the appeal but that didn't distract me from the story overall. Say what you like about the other films in the franchise I think overall the Star Wars saga was enriched by all 9 entries so far.

21. 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: 1,843,794 | Gross: $292.58M

A wonderful film by Christopher Nolan, released in the interim between the second and third Dark Knight films. On initial watch I found this film hard to follow but having re-watched it after all these years I followed it better and appreciated it a lot more this time round. Wonderful performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page and the rest of the cast (forgot how star studded this film is!). Excellent watch but definitely not one to watch casually as you will get lost!

22. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 938,341 | Gross: $210.61M

A time-travelling classic! When it comes to time travelling movies they can normally be quite complicated but not this film. Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd have a lovely chemistry on screen which is partly the reason this franchise is so popular as you believe the friendship on screen. It's a must-see which would later be followed by 2 just-as-successful sequels.

23. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,513,351 | Gross: $315.54M

The first LOTR film was a good introduction to the revolutionary trilogy. Despite being shot nearly 20 years ago it would not feel out of place in a 2019 film schedule which just shows how far ahead of its time it is. A stellar cast of likeable characters although my opinions have changed regarding Merry and Pippin as before I found them hilarious but my recent viewing made me realise how much of a pain they were to the 'Fellowship of the Ring'

24. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PG | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,354,156 | Gross: $342.55M

A solid sequel and definitely my favourite of the trilogy! It's good the film splits up the "Fellowship of the Ring" to allow each smaller group of characters to work in their own smaller storylines, especially when it comes to pairing up Frodo and Sam with Gollum. Solid performances all round and once again the cinematography is spot on!

25. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,497,550 | Gross: $377.85M

A brilliant end to quite a ground-breaking trilogy of films. Unlike the previous two films in this series, this is one I'm most unfamiliar with (so much so in that when I watched it recently it was the first time seeing the original theatrical version). I think it wraps up everything quite neatly for each character despite the long ending! Having watched the Directors cut before the theatrical release I realised how Saruman's story-line was not wrapped up as those scenes were cut for time which does leave a couple minor plotholes. Regardless a solid finale!

26. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 2,103,815 | Gross: $28.34M

Well...what can I say about this film. Considered by many to be one of the greatest films of all time and I think it is well deserved. A tragic story of Andy Dufresne as we follow his imprisonment in Shawshank prison and how he got the better of the corrupted system. Excellent performances from lead actors Tim Robbins (DuFresne) and Morgan Freeman (Red) as both characters come across incredibly likeable and your rooting for them throughout. I highly recommend this to anybody who is looking for a masterpiece to watch.

27. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,213,095 | Gross: $162.81M

This movie surprised me, it opened like the classic western movies you used to watch but being a Quentin Tarantino movie it quickly turned to what we expect from him. The lead characters were likeable and you were rooting for them the whole time and yet the film showed that they weren't invincible. The cast was impressive with quite a few names I reckonised (Tarantino even played a small role which surprised me!). A real good mix of classic westerns with the modern style of a Tarantino movie.

28. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

81 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 205,752 | Gross: $47.00M

The first time experiencing this cult-horror movie. I can clearly see how it defined the horror genre and has probably the most memorable soundtrack of the genre. My own opinion was that beyond it's cultural significance I thought the film was okay. I was only jumped once and barring a few moments of unease I felt I was never really scared by it. The pacing was very slow for a 90 minute film and it felt like a bit too much build up until we saw the first murder (over half way through!)

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