Films I've Seen

by luke-living | created - 27 Sep 2013 | updated - 9 hours ago | Public

Every film I can ever remember seeing

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1. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 294,225 | Gross: $45.51M

One of my favourite of Anderson's. I was sceptical about children in leading roles, but they all seemed to get the 'Wes Anderson thing'. Looked immaculate as usual, and very funny. Still don't quite know what to make about the scene with the 13 year old girl dancing in her underwear, but it does strangely fit

2. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan

Votes: 166,746 | Gross: $11.90M

Not one of my favourite of Anderson's, but still very enjoyable. I think of all of his films, it's the one I remember the least about

3. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

R | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, Oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 167,300 | Gross: $24.01M

Possibly the quintessential Wes Anderson film. The sets look amazing, and it's probably his funniest, certainly in terms of one-liners. I love how all of the characters take themselves so seriously, even in the most ridiculous of circumstances. They truly believe in wht they are doing which makes you care about them, despite their obvious downfalls. Soundtrack by Seu Jorge is excellent also

4. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

The eccentric members of a dysfunctional family reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller

Votes: 247,723 | Gross: $52.36M

The first Wes Anderson film I saw, and full of great characters, great performances and hilarious dialogue. Really did start me on a journey that I am still on today, eagerly awaiting every new release, and for that it will always hold a special place for me

5. Rushmore (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

The extracurricular king of Rushmore Preparatory School is put on academic probation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 158,371 | Gross: $17.11M

This is my favourite Anderson film, and one of my favourites of all time. Perfect performances from Schwartzman and Murray, with some excellent supporting roles. You truly believe that for Max Fischer, every single thing he does is the most important thing in the world to him and you can't help but be on his side and root for him. Just an all-round perfectly delivered film

6. Bottle Rocket (1996)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ned Dowd, Shea Fowler

Votes: 64,815 | Gross: $0.56M

Wes Anderson's first feature and a decent sign of things to come. Obviously not his most polished work but still has good characters who you can't help but care about

7. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

53 Metascore

A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu

Votes: 289,432 | Gross: $22.49M

Can't remember too much about this one other than that I enjoyed it a reasonable amount

8. Sin City (2005)

R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller

74 Metascore

A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.

Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba

Votes: 718,148 | Gross: $74.10M

Great looking film. Not what I'd usually look for in a film, and probably won't watch it again, but entertaining and keeps your attention

9. Ocean's Eleven (2001)

PG-13 | 116 min | Crime, Thriller

74 Metascore

Danny Ocean and his eleven accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon

Votes: 478,143 | Gross: $183.42M

Slick and cool, with great dialogue and performances. I must confess that I haven't seen the original, but a great film in its own right. My only real disappointment is Don Cheadle's terrible accent, it's nowhere near the mark

10. Ocean's Twelve (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 334,092 | Gross: $125.54M

A decent sequel as far as sequels go. Most of the same characters with a few quality additions, the 'Julia Roberts as herself' thing seems like a storytelling cop out (the equivalent of "and then they woke up and realised that it was all a dream"), but I'm willing to forego that because there was enough about it to keep my enjoyment levels up

11. Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Thriller

62 Metascore

Danny Ocean rounds up the boys for a third heist, after casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses one of the original eleven, Reuben Tishkoff.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Michael Mantell

Votes: 299,688 | Gross: $117.15M

Probably another slight step down in quality to the second film, but I still enjoyed the end of this star-studded trilogy. Got to feel for David Paymer's V.U.P.!

12. Charlie's Angels (2000)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

52 Metascore

Three women, detectives with a mysterious boss, retrieve stolen voice-ID software, using martial arts, tech skills, and sex appeal.

Director: McG | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Bill Murray

Votes: 164,740 | Gross: $125.31M

Not all that enjoyable. I'll watch anything with Bill Murray once, but even he can't really save this. I have a soft spot for Tom Green but they should never have been talked into casting him by Barrymore. All-in-all a bit too camp for my tastes

13. Bandits (2001)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

Two bank robbers fall in love with the girl they've kidnapped.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity

Votes: 62,712 | Gross: $41.58M

Can't remember this title very well, but I'll watch anything with BBT in it and Blanchett is always worth a watch

14. Unbreakable (2000)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark

Votes: 357,627 | Gross: $95.01M

A good film from Shyamalan's golden period, which seems to have now ended. Bruce Willis is his usual self - he is what he is - but good performances elsewhere. Comic book hero-style films are not my favourite things, but this one was good

15. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 852,515 | Gross: $293.51M

Has to be right up there as far as shocking twists go. I think everyone knows the ending by now but upon first viewing, this film stands long in the memory. It's the kind of twist that isn't really conducive to repeat viewing (other than once to see how they achieve to fool the audience). I would tend to think that anyone who says they knew what was happening all along are full of it. Great performance by Haley Joel Osment who completely steals the show, as he tended to do in his early days. It's a shame he's basically turned into a comedy actor as an adult, but I guess his looks don't help that. Sorry Haley

16. The Fifth Element (1997)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm

Votes: 406,770 | Gross: $63.54M

Good for what it was. I'm not the biggest Willis fan, but this was one of those that had enough about it to keep my interest

17. Armageddon (1998)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler

Votes: 373,828 | Gross: $201.57M

I think this is one of those guilty pleasure films for me. I'm not sure why, but it feels like it's wrong to like it! As far as blockbusters go, it's one of my favourites, and you can't argue with the casting. Everyone does exactly what you'd expect of them and it works. The ending was done well, and was even very sad, if a bit predictable. I still think their teeth were too white though

18. Twelve Monkeys (1995)

R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

74 Metascore

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito

Votes: 543,097 | Gross: $57.14M

Annoyingly I can't remember much about this film. I've definitely seen it and definitely enjoyed it, but I was a bit young, it was a long time ago, and I only saw it once. For some reason it just hasn't stuck

19. Color of Night (1994)

R | 121 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

A color-blind psychiatrist Bill Capa is stalked by an unknown killer after taking over his murdered friend's therapy group, all of whom have a connection to a mysterious young woman that Capa begins having intense sexual encounters with.

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Bruce Willis, Jane March, Rubén Blades, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 21,453 | Gross: $19.72M

Quite a decent thriller. Bruce Willis is Bruce Willis, nothing new there, but an enjoyable film. Probably could have toned down the sex scene, that seemed a bit much and a little out of place. A good twist though, even if my wife did call it very early on. Glad I watched it

20. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and 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: 1,665,497 | Gross: $107.93M

Top notch film, surely Tarantino's best. Killer dialogue all the way through, top performances, and just an eminently quotable film, which is a quality that I hold in high regard. Any film that you can quote for decades to come has obviously left an indelible mark on you, and I will continue to quote it for years to come. Samuel L Jackson has never come lose to matching this performance in my opinion

21. Death Becomes Her (1992)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

56 Metascore

When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 94,992 | Gross: $58.42M

Haven't seen this since the mid nineties, so it's really hard to write about. My fleeting memories about it as a ten (ish) year old kid are that it was reasonably funny/dark, and that I didn't dislike it

22. Look Who's Talking (1989)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy

51 Metascore

After a single, career-minded woman is left on her own to give birth to the child of a married man, she finds a new romantic chance in a cab driver. Meanwhile, the point-of-view of the newborn boy is narrated through voice-over.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis, George Segal

Votes: 73,083 | Gross: $140.09M

I can't really remember a lot about this one at all, not enough to write about

23. The Invention of Lying (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

58 Metascore

A comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain.

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K.

Votes: 108,071 | Gross: $18.44M

The thing I enjoyed most about this film is the premise. It' a great idea for a film, it really highlights how unnatural it is to be dishonest, and how the civilisation of the human race has so far removed us from the rest of the animal kingdom that we are almost not animals any more, we've lost our humanity in a way. It aso brings religion into question by pretty much calling it 'made up', another human invention. I think with a better script, cast and director, and even a little less comedy, this could have been a massive success. I love Gervais, but I can't help but think that this had Jim Carrey written all over it - he should have done this instead of Yes Man. It needed the depth that he brought to Liar Liar and The Truman Show

24. The Illusionist (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

68 Metascore

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 338,417 | Gross: $39.87M

Anything with Norton and Giamatti in it is going to grab my attention, so I went to the cinema to see this one. Well acted and looked good, but hasn't really lasted long in the memory

25. The Italian Job (2003)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron

Votes: 324,589 | Gross: $106.13M

I didn't really think all that much of this one, it hasn't really made me want to revisit it at all. Not a memorable one

26. 25th Hour (2002)

R | 135 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 163,327 | Gross: $13.06M

Probably my second favourite Norton performance, and altogether one of my favourite films. His monologue in the mirror is possibly my favourite monologue in any film. A very good script all around to be fair, and with support from Barry Pepper - who I think is criminally underrated - and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, amongst others, the casting is spot on. Top, top film

27. Frida (2002)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro

Votes: 75,192 | Gross: $25.89M

Not going to lie, I only watched this film to see Salma Hayek nude. Those two scenes are literally the only things I remember from this one

28. Keeping the Faith (2000)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Two friends, a priest and a rabbi, fall in love with the same woman they knew in their youth, but the religious position of both men denies them romance.

Director: Edward Norton | Stars: Ben Stiller, Edward Norton, Jenna Elfman, Anne Bancroft

Votes: 48,069 | Gross: $37.05M

Enjoyable, especially for what is basically a romcom, but not was I was really expecting from a film chaired by Norton

29. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,698,929 | Gross: $37.03M

Great film; so dark, dirty and gritty, with great lead performances from Norton and Pitt. Looks so dank and dingy throughout, but that adds to the slow unravelling and degradisation of the narrator. I did enjoy the first half more than the second half for sure, when it was just a small operation, but nonetheless a superb film

30. American History X (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama

62 Metascore

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Director: Tony Kaye | Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo, Jennifer Lien

Votes: 960,958 | Gross: $6.72M

What a film. To take characters who start off despicable, have the audience understand how they became who they are today, and then completely and believably turn them around in the end is quite an achievement. Of course, it doesn't justify their past actions but you believe that they are going to go on to become fine, upstanding people and hopefully right some of their wrongs. It also highlights the small-mindedness and sheer hatefulness that exists out there and does a good job of showing how pathetic and cruel they are. Norton's best performance for sure and a great script. "Now say good night"

31. Rounders (1998)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

54 Metascore

A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich

Votes: 134,978 | Gross: $22.91M

There are a few card game based films out there, and this is one of the better ones that I've seen. That said it's another that doesn't live too long in the memory

32. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

79 Metascore

The story of a controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson

Votes: 82,989 | Gross: $20.19M

I didn't know anything about the real life Larry Flynt before watching this, but that didn't stop me from really enjoying it. Certainly one of Harrelson's finer performances, and as much as I think that Courtney Love seems like a piece of s#!t in real life, she has added a lot to the films that I've seen her in. A good watch

33. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 166,199 | Gross: $56.12M

I've seen this one twice, enjoying it as much the second time as I did the first, despite being very aware of the twist. The twist is a very good one, one of the better ones I've seen in film. Gere is pretty good, but a young Norton steals the show and comes of age at the end. Very good thriller

34. Meatballs (1979)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

60 Metascore

Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Russ Banham

Votes: 17,550 | Gross: $43.05M

Not Murray's best, it's a bit stupid. Stupid sometimes works, but I didn't feel there was a good enough plot or script to justify the stupidity

35. Caddyshack (1980)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Sport

48 Metascore

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight

Votes: 97,881 | Gross: $39.85M

A strange one. It had its positives, but I feel like the incessant and unfunny one liners fron Rodney Dangerfield ruined it a bit, not sure if he wrote his material himself but he seemed to be using it as a vehicle to promote his stand up career

36. Stripes (1981)

R | 106 min | Comedy, War