Favorite Movies from Each Year of My Life

by Broncoman27 | created - 14 Nov 2013 | updated - 6 days ago | Public

This is a list of my favorite movie that came out in each year that I've been alive. I'll be updating this periodically as new movies come out and as I catch older ones that I haven't seen yet. Honorable mentions listed in alphabetical order.

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1. 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: 1,084,517 | Gross: $96.07M

Honorable mention: Rudy

2. 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: 1,635,590 | Gross: $107.93M

Honorable mentions: Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption

3. 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: 522,735 | Gross: $67.44M

Braveheart, Toy Story, The Usual Suspects

4. Trainspotting (1996)

R | 93 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd

Votes: 588,526 | Gross: $16.50M

5. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 550,764 | Gross: $57.60M

Honorable mentions: Gattaca, Good Will Hunting, L.A. Confidential

6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,106,279 | Gross: $216.54M

Honorable mentions: American History X, The Big Lebowski, The Truman Show

7. 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: 1,672,815 | Gross: $37.03M

Honorable mentions: The Boondock Saints, The Green Mile, The Iron Giant, The Matrix

8. 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: 1,208,255 | Gross: $187.71M

Honorable mentions: Memento, Remember the Titans, Requiem for a Dream, Unbreakable, X-Men

9. 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: 1,505,319 | Gross: $315.54M

Honorable mentions: Black Hawk Down, Donnie Darko

10. 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: 1,346,660 | Gross: $342.55M

Honorable mentions: City of God, Minority Report, Road to Perdition, Treasure Planet

11. 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: 1,489,319 | Gross: $377.85M

Honorable mentions: Kill Bill: Vol. 1, The Last Samurai, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, X2

12. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne

Votes: 822,640 | Gross: $34.40M

Honorable mentions: The Incredibles, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Miracle, The Passion of the Christ

13. 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: 1,189,936 | Gross: $206.85M

Honorable mentions: Kingdom of Heaven, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

14. 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: 1,061,670 | Gross: $53.09M

Honorable mentions: Casino Royale, Children of Men, The Departed, Stranger Than Fiction, V for Vendetta

15. Hot Rod (2007)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Sport

43 Metascore

Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Kimble is preparing for the jump of his life - to clear fifteen buses to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation.

Director: Akiva Schaffer | Stars: Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane, Jorma Taccone

Votes: 69,498 | Gross: $13.92M

Honorable mentions: Atonement, I Am Legend

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: 2,058,689 | Gross: $534.86M

Honorable mentions: The Hurt Locker, Iron Man

17. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Directors: Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,115,338 | Gross: $120.54M

Honorable mentions: Moon, Mr. Nobody, Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, Watchmen, Zombieland

18. 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: 1,833,257 | Gross: $292.58M

Honorable mentions: The Book of Eli, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Shutter Island, The Town, Toy Story 3

19. 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: 1,382,713 | Gross: $448.14M

Honorable mentions: The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, Les Misérables, Looper, Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall

20. Warrior (2011)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Sport

71 Metascore

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison

Votes: 402,795 | Gross: $13.66M

Honorable mention: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

21. About Time (I) (2013)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

55 Metascore

At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson

Votes: 261,810 | Gross: $15.32M

Honorable mentions: Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Lone Survivor, Man of Steel, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Short Term 12, Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Wolverine

22. Interstellar (2014)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 1,292,090 | Gross: $188.02M

Honorable mentions: American Sniper, Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Edge of Tomorrow, Fury, Guardians of the Galaxy, Kingsman: the Secret Service, The Lego Movie, Whiplash, X-Men: Days of Future Past

23. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

81 Metascore

Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Defected stormtrooper Finn and the scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 782,864 | Gross: $936.66M

Honorable mentions: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Creed, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room

24. La La Land (I) (2016)

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

93 Metascore

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 433,392 | Gross: $151.10M

Honorable mentions: Arrival, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Hacksaw Ridge, Kubo and the Two Strings, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

25. Logan (2017)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Votes: 555,304 | Gross: $226.28M

Honorable mentions: Baby Driver, The Big Sick, Blade Runner 2049, Coco, Dunkirk, Get Out, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, John Wick: Chapter 2, Justice League, Mudbound, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, War for the Planet of the Apes, Wind River, Wonder Woman

26. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

PG-13 | 149 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

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.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans

Votes: 661,312 | Gross: $678.82M

Honorable mentions: A Star is Born, Aquaman, BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Deadpool 2, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Green Book, Incredibles 2, A Quiet Place, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Won't You Be My Neighbor?

27. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

Votes: 411,930 | Gross: $781.33M

Honorable mentions: Captain Marvel, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Shazam!



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