Posted on 07/20/11 02:59 PM | Last edited on 07/20/11 02:59 PM
These are my personal, top 20 favorite movies.
Keep in mind, this isn't a "best 20 movies" list, this is simply my own personal top 20 list of the movies I love.
A wacky and original script by Charlie Kaufman mixed with the wonderfully unique vision of Spike Jonze makes for a brilliant film. Also, the acting in this film is top notch. Nic Cage, Meryl Streep, and Chris Cooper were all fantastic. One of the most unique films i've ever seen.
19. Kill Bill
I consider this to be ONE film. QT's delirious throwback to the Sonny Chiba martial arts films and homage to the Sergio Leone spaghetti western style. This is a flat-out incredibly fun film that boasts a cheeky chapter style narrative and features some truly classic, memorable QT dialogue.
18. What's Eating Gilbert Grape
This film just feels so real. Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio create a bond that is just so moving and touching. It brings tears to my eyes everytime I watch it. One of the most moving and effective films about dysfunctional families ever made. A true underrated gem.
John Carpenter's masterpiece. This is my favorite horror film for it's incredibly precise suspense sequences and a fantastic performanc by the "scream queen" herself, Jaime Lee Curtis.
It's no secret that i'm a huge Nolan film and Inception might be his most ambitious film yet. It's complex, mysterious, and epic. One of the most intelligent blockbusters i've ever seen.
15. The Social Network
Another recent film, but an important one nonetheless. It brilliantly defines the Generation Y society and tells a truly riveting tale of young geniuses who unknowingly create what has become this decades most lucractive company, Facebook.It's an oddly funny, tense, and smart coming of age tale that is destined to go down as one of this decades finest films.
14. It Happened One Night
This is my favorite romantic comedy, a true classic screwball film. It's two stars, Clark Gable and Claudette Corbert are their best here and it's one of the best "oldies" out there. A classic that every film fan should definitely check out.
13. T2: Judgment Day
My favorite sequel of all-time, it's just a perfect action film. It's smart and packed with amazing action sequences. Also, who can forget the legendary T-1000character, probaly the best CGI character of all-time in my opinion.
The best gangster film ever made in my opinion. Great performances, a brisk and witty script, and of course, the legendary Scorsese behind the camera.
11. The Prestige
Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite filmmakers, and this is one of his best films simply because of it's clever narrative style that keeps the audience engaged and tense throughout the entire thing. A brilliant film made with precise intentions.
A film that defined the "slasher" genre, a film that revolutionized the "horror" genre. This is Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece and the film he'll always be remembered for simply because of the brillance in his direction. From the shower scene, to some truly inspired tracking shots. This is the "master" working at the absolute top of his game. Also, Anthony Perkins gives one of the most memorable villian performances of all-time.
A brilliant film noir that tells a complex tale in a reverse narrative. It's clever, intelligent, and confusing. A true masterpiece, one of the best movies i've ever seen.
8. Pulp Fiction
Quentin Tarantino's lurid, violent, and unique crime film never fails to entertain. It's clever, tounge-in-cheek brilliant.
7. No Country For Old Men
My favorite film from the Coen brothers. It's a brilliant, taut, and suspensful film in which the Coen brothers master their craft. Javier Bardem's Oscar winning performance is one of the best ever. He's completely consumed by his role and it's absolutely chilling.
6. Raging Bull
A raw, edgy biopic featuring a tour-de-force performance by Robert De Niro that is arguably the single greatest leading performance of all-time, it's mesmerizing.
A fantastic crime/film noir that is unforgettable and incredibly bleak. Kevin Spacey's brief performance as John Doe steals the film, and the ending to the film is one of the best twist endings of all-time.
4. A Clockwork Orange
A vicious film that deserves every bit of controversy that it got. Kubrick delivers a shocking, demented film featuring an iconic performance by Malcolm McDowell.
3. Good Will Hunting
A touching and brilliant film that left a profound effect on me. It blew me away, Matt Damon and Robin Williams generate impeccable chemistry together. It's just a flat-out incredible film. The acting is top notch, the script is clever, and the film is always engaging. A truly amazing film.
2. Fight Club
A generation defining masterpiece that is disturbing, bold, and subtly humorous. It laughs at what society has become and becomes a brilliant mockery of it. It's a brilliant film that I can watch over and over and never get sick of.
1. Taxi Driver
The single greatest character study in the history of cinema. Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro paint a bleak picture of a mentally unstable man who is driven to madness by the scum on the streets of New York. A precise, brilliant, and disturbing film that provokes an extreme feeling from it's audience. It's an effective film that every true cinema fan can't help but admire.