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1. Atonement (2007)
R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Votes: 230,999 | Gross: $50.93M
The chemistry between the main characters is fantastic. But most of all I just really liked the story, even though it is so sad. I have red the book first and let’s say it is a pretty good translation of how I imagined it to be. The film is minimal, funny and tragic at the same time. If I have to name some of my favorite actors these two would definitely be on the list. When selecting movies they are my go to actors.
2. Elephant (2003)
R | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.
Votes: 81,297 | Gross: $1.23M
I have seen a couple of movies directed by Gus van Sant and they are sometimes a little strange. (A movie about a cowboy girl with huges thumbs just to name something) That is off course the power behind it. Elephant is, however, on the contrary a really realistic filmed movie. I think this documentairy style really works for the tough subject.
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
Votes: 427,345 | Gross: $17.74M
The soundtrack of this movie is great and, so it be, that I am a total sucker for soundtracks. The number heroes just fits perfectly in combination with the tunnel scene. The tunnel scene is just fantastic, it is a beautiful artistic picture. The story is surprising and fulfilling at the same time.
4. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 705,079 | Gross: $1.48M
Fraaaaank!!! This is, again, a soundtrack that I really like, maybe even more than the perks of being a wallflower movie. A fun fact is that jake en maggie Gyllenhaal in real live are brother and sister. It's a very bizar film but so fantastic. I probably have seen this movie a thousand times.
5. American Psycho (2000)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 439,054 | Gross: $15.07M
Cristian Bale is perfect for the role. A slightly boring but super smooth buisness man that kills, a recipe that one cannot not love, right? Also have seen the second one, all for the girlpower and stuff but enjoyed it significantly less.
6. 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: 971,951 | Gross: $659.33M
What to say about the Titanic, maybe a bit of an guilty pleasure, gigantic youth sentiment, but nevertheless 100% an all time favorite. Love, love and love Kate Winslet and off course Leo, together even better. It is a beautifully made set. It interested me that the director James Cameron put so much effort in investigating everything about the Titanic.
7. The Piano (1993)
R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.
Votes: 73,772 | Gross: $40.16M
Once again it is all about the soundtrack beautifully together with images of piano on the beaches of New Zealand. The love story is a bit crunching but nevertheless, it grasps you somehow. Definitely, one which belongs on the top of this list. I think this has changed over the years, must one wonder about the lower review score.
9. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,156,067 | Gross: $130.74M
10. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Votes: 797,904 | Gross: $44.02M
That hotel, that image of that hotel ... love it. Jack Nicholson is great at being this creepy melancholic guy. Here comes Johnny!! Are you scared yet? I have read the book as well. What stroke me the most is that the movies sort of could be explained realistically, the book definitely not.
11. Control (2007)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.
Votes: 58,403 | Gross: $0.87M
Soundtrack again and also a bit my farther. He was a fan, now I am a fan. This is not always the case though. In dutch you have a great word for Ian Curtis; eigenzinnig. It is sad to see that those people, who bring something different in a world of sames, have it so difficult with life, although sort of logical.
12. Prison on Fire II (1991)
TV-MA | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Ching escapes from prison to see his young son, who he has been put in an orphanage. And that puts him in great danger.
I watched this movie in bus full of laughing Cambodians, maybe one of my favorite memories, in a bus, yes in a bus.
14. The Great Gatsby (2013)
PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance
A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.
Votes: 440,128 | Gross: $144.84M
15. The Aristocats (1970)
G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
Votes: 84,497 | Gross: $37.68M
16. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 643,767 | Gross: $59.10M
17. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Votes: 224,377 | Gross: $25.00M
18. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
R | 137 min | Drama, Horror
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
20. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.
Votes: 483,675 | Gross: $1.02M
21. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure
In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them from obtaining its powers.
Votes: 643,614 | Gross: $197.17M
22. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.
Votes: 682,223 | Gross: $176.65M
23. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.
Votes: 970,173 | Gross: $333.18M
24. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
PG-13 | 149 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Votes: 706,943 | Gross: $678.82M
25. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Votes: 628,942 | Gross: $233.92M
26. 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: 1,024,529 | Gross: $128.01M
27. Blood Diamond (2006)
R | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.
Votes: 467,982 | Gross: $57.37M
28. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror
Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
Votes: 130,569 | Gross: $3.33M
29. Mulholland Drive (2001)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 294,794 | Gross: $7.22M