My favourite filmsby inz55 | created - 15 Dec 2012 | updated - 15 Dec 2012 | Public
Mainly dramas from Europe, some from US. Romance, psychology, human relationships. Quite a few really low-key films. Some thrillers and comedies thrown in.
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1. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".
Votes: 651,658 | Gross: $106.95M
I think it's in my top3. Wonderful acting by Natalie Portman and perfect soundtrack by Clint Mansell.
2. In a Better World (2010)
R | 118 min | Drama, Romance
The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.
Votes: 36,652 | Gross: $1.01M
3. The Man Without a Past (2002)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »
Votes: 20,482 | Gross: $0.92M
Really fun deadpan-comedy. My favourite from Aki Kaurismäki's work.
4. Italian for Beginners (2000)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives.
Votes: 12,312 | Gross: $4.45M
By seeing this film I begun to get interested in Danish films. Denmark's film industry is a goldmine!
6. I've Loved You So Long (2008)
PG-13 | 117 min | Drama
A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.
Votes: 19,083 | Gross: $3.17M
7. Certified Copy (2010)
Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance
In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper.
Votes: 18,333 | Gross: $1.34M
10. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
Votes: 77,581 | Gross: $12.80M
11. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.
Votes: 292,996 | Gross: $45.51M
There's only a handful of American comedies that I like. This is one of them. So fun and different. Didn't much like the ending though.
13. Malèna (2000)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.
Votes: 80,558 | Gross: $3.43M
15. The Experiment (2001)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.
Votes: 87,268 | Gross: $0.14M
Engaging German thriller dealing with group psychology.
16. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 557,585 | Gross: $57.60M
17. The Intouchables (2011)
R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
Votes: 682,145 | Gross: $13.18M
18. Before Sunrise (1995)
R | 101 min | Drama, Romance
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
Votes: 239,841 | Gross: $5.54M
19. Before Sunset (2004)
R | 80 min | Drama, Romance
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.
Votes: 209,629 | Gross: $5.82M
20. Above the Street, Below the Water (2009)
100 min | Drama
3 ex/potentially ex couples in Copenhagen, interconnected by extramarital affairs or work at the theater, are having problems as are their kids.
21. La Belle Noiseuse (1991)
Unrated | 238 min | Drama
The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored.
Votes: 5,978 | Gross: $0.41M
23. Little Children (2006)
R | 136 min | Drama, Romance
The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.
Votes: 100,669 | Gross: $5.46M
24. Dogtooth (2009)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller
Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.
Votes: 69,505 | Gross: $0.11M
25. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
26. Kontroll (2003)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likable characters, a rival ticket inspection team and racing along the tracks - and a tale about love.
Votes: 22,990 | Gross: $0.24M
Really fun Hungarian film.
27. A Short Film About Love (1988)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance
An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting.
Krzysztof Kieślowski has numerous great films. I think this is my favourite.
28. Delicatessen (1991)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.
Votes: 75,329 | Gross: $1.79M
29. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw), born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.
Votes: 220,474 | Gross: $2.22M
30. The King's Speech (2010)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.
Votes: 595,959 | Gross: $138.80M
31. The Kid with a Bike (2011)
PG-13 | 87 min | Drama
Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends.
Votes: 24,708 | Gross: $1.38M
32. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
R | 120 min | Drama, Romance
A Mumbai teenager reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on the Indian version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
Votes: 749,792 | Gross: $141.32M
33. Sidewalls (2011)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
Martín and Mariana are slightly damaged people who live in buildings just opposite one another. While they often don't notice each other, separation might be the very thing that brings them together.
Votes: 12,903 | Gross: $0.00M
Cute film. See it with your gf/bf.
34. The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.
Votes: 27,044 | Gross: $3.43M