100 Movies to See Before You Die: The Modern Classics

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1. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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89 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 824,936 | Gross: $46.84M

Many movies of the past showed what it was like to be in the Mafia. Only “Goodfellas” is able to recreate how it feels. The kinetic camerawork, booming sound- track, and brutally honest performances put you inside the life of mobster-turned-informant Henry Hill. You feel his thrill of being included in the world of power and wealth, and also his paranoia when it all comes crashing down. It was another 16 years before Martin Scorsese won the Oscar he so thoroughly deserved, but with “Goodfellas” he secured his place in the ranks of the greatest directors in history.

by Matt McDaniel

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لماذا يجب أن تشاهده ؟

أفلام المافيا في الماضي كانت تصور كيف يبدو رجل المافيا ولكن في فيلمنا هذا يعطيك انطباع جديد عن كيف يشعر رجل المافيا عن طريق الولوج داخل الحياة الوحشية لرجل العصابات هنري هيل وتحوله نحو الثروة والقوة والسلطة ثم جنون العظمة لديه حتى مرحلة سقوطه و استحق المخرج سكورسيزي جائزة الأوسكار.

تعليق : مات مكدنيال (ناقد أجنبي )

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احب ان اضيف تعليقا للاسطورة السينمائية goodfellas لم يكن سكورسيزي وحده فقط من يستجق الجائزة بل القدير جو بيسكي والذي تحصل على جائزة اوسكار افضل ممثل مساعد استحقها اذكر اول مرة رأيت بها هذا الفيلم و خصوصا مشهدة الحانة عندما ذكر احد افراد العصابات جو بيسكي بماضيه عندما كان يلمع الاحذيه و ردت الفعل الناجمة عن جو بيسكي , قعدت فاغر الفاه و انا اراه يجيد التمثيل اكثر من الحقيقة ذاتها شكرا للاخ الفاضل ايهاب الشربيني على هذا الموضوع المهم الحقيقة يوجد افلام بالقائمة لم اشاهدها و يوجد افلام شاهدتها و نسيتها لذا جاري اعادة مشاهدتها و ابداء الراي تحيتي و تقديري

تعليق: LORCA من أعضاء منتدى الديفيدي

2. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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75 Metascore

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 151,628 | Gross: $61.28M

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3. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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95 Metascore

A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart

Votes: 356,730 | Gross: $218.97M

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4. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,021,193 | Gross: $130.74M

Only one movie in the past two decades captured Academy Awards in all five top categories. And it features mutilations, decapitations, and cannibalism -- not your usual Oscar fare. But “The Silence of the Lambs” secured a place in history with its two indelible lead characters: Jodie Foster's Clarice Starling and, of course, Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter. Plus, the suspenseful scenes are so well crafted the film never stops being scary, no matter how many times you watch it.

by Matt McDaniel

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لماذا يجب أن تشاهده ؟

فيلم واحد فقط في العقدين الآخيرين نال جائزة الأوسكار في الفئات الخمسة الرئيسية رغم أنه ليس فيلما أوسكاريا تقليديا حيث يتضمن مشاهد وحشية عن كالتشويه والتقطيع الجسدي وهو ما يخالف اعراف الاوسكار المعتادة ،وحصل الفيلم على مكانة تاريخية لا تمحى خاصة بالنسبة لجودي فوستر ، و دوما يشعر المشاهد معه بالخوف و لو شاهده عدة مرات تعليق : مات مكدنيال

5. Terminator 2 (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.5
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75 Metascore

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 834,514 | Gross: $204.84M

لماذا يجب أن تشاهده ؟ نقلة جديدة و مبتدعة في استخدام الكمبيوتر لتجهيز المؤثرات البصرية أصبحت الأساس بعد ذلك طوال العقد التالي للخدع البصرية والخيال العلمي ، مع اداء راقي للأبطال و إخراج محكم لجيمس كاميرون تعليق :ايهاب الشربينيhippo

6. Thelma & Louise (1991)

R | 130 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.4
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88 Metascore

Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen

Votes: 112,706 | Gross: $45.36M

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7. Hard Boiled (1992)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.9
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A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan

Votes: 41,350

8. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 70,496 | Gross: $48.17M

9. The Player (1992)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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86 Metascore

A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg

Votes: 46,183 | Gross: $21.71M

10. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

PG | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Jingwu Ma, Saifei He, Cuifen Cao

Votes: 23,257 | Gross: $2.60M

11. Supercop (1992)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.9
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A Hong Kong detective teams up with his female Red Chinese counterpart to stop a Chinese drug czar.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, Kenneth Tsang

Votes: 16,403 | Gross: $16.27M

Got action? Hollywood couldn't hold a candle to mid-'90s Hong Kong action flicks, and Jackie Chan is, hands down, one of the most prolific action stars of our time, churn- ing out an epic oeuvre of death-defying sequences and elaborate fight scenes -- no stunt double required. Here, he's nearly upstaged by co-star Michelle Yeoh, who delivers her own jaw-dropping, how-did-she-not-break-her-neck moments. Sure, CGI can make anybody an action star, but this is the real thing, and it's fantastic fun.

by Philip Yu

12. Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

8.2
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85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 312,295 | Gross: $101.16M

13. Dazed and Confused (1993)

R | 102 min | Comedy

7.7
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78 Metascore

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane

Votes: 137,022 | Gross: $7.99M

14. Groundhog Day (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

8.0
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72 Metascore

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 499,059 | Gross: $70.91M

15. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 985,872 | Gross: $96.07M

16. Chungking Express (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

8.1
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77 Metascore

Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Faye Wong

Votes: 47,001 | Gross: $0.60M

Faced with a two month hiatus on his martial arts epic “Ashes of Time,” Wong Kar-wai embarked on “Chungking Express” with no script and only an inkling of the movie he wanted to make. Under normal circum- stances, this is a recipe for disaster. But Wong is no normal director; his approach to filmmaking is more akin to Miles Davis than Stephen Spielberg. The film -- a pair of stories of unrequited love -- wanders off on improvised story lines before returning to its key visual and audio themes. (Note: you will hear the song “California Dreamin'” a lot.) The result, aided in no small part by Christopher Doyle's lush cinematography, is one of the most gorgeous, vital, swooningly romantic movies ever committed to celluloid.

by Jonathan Crow

17. Ed Wood (1994)

R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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70 Metascore

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of support.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 151,462 | Gross: $5.89M

18. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
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82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,448,237 | Gross: $330.25M

19. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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81 Metascore

Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet, Simon Callow

Votes: 118,060 | Gross: $52.70M

20. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's 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: 1,496,730 | Gross: $107.93M

21. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 1,915,660 | Gross: $28.34M

22. Three Colors: Red (1994)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.1
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100 Metascore

A model discovers her neighbor is keen on invading people's privacy.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit

Votes: 71,132 | Gross: $4.04M

23. Babe (1995)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.8
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83 Metascore

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

Director: Chris Noonan | Stars: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 102,465 | Gross: $66.60M

24. Before Sunrise (1995)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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77 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Pöschl

Votes: 214,158 | Gross: $5.54M

25. Clueless (1995)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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68 Metascore

A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Votes: 141,280 | Gross: $56.63M

With so many revolutionary, award-winning, and flawless films missing the cut, one might wonder how “Clueless” made our list of modern classics. As if! Just dust off your copy of the Amy Heckerling-helmed rom-com, and you'll quickly notice a number of reasons why -- to this day -- it's adored by critics and fans alike. From its instantly quotable and hilarious script to the costume department's outrageous creations to Alicia Silverstone's star-making performance as Beverly Hills brat-turned-matchmaker Cher Horowitz, the greatest Jane Austen adaptation is not just a slumber party staple; it's a legitimate, generation-defining flick.

by Matt Whitfield

26. Heat (1995)

R | 170 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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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, while both sides attempt to find balance between their personal and professional lives.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight

Votes: 482,340 | Gross: $67.44M

27. Living in Oblivion (1995)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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81 Metascore

Film about filmmaking. It takes place during one day on set of non-budget movie. Ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Danielle von Zerneck

Votes: 13,958 | Gross: $1.15M

28. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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84 Metascore

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 86,141 | Gross: $43.18M

29. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 715,703 | Gross: $191.80M

When I started to hear the hoopla around this movie at its release, I was actually quite turned off by the whole notion. How could some bogus “digitally animated” movie made by some unproven minds at a goofy, upstart company (with a silly hopping lamp as a logo!) have completely enthralled both kid and adult moviegoers alike? I mean, Cliff from “Cheers” was one of the voice talents; how good could it be? Boy, was I wrong. Really wrong. I went to see this film with tremendous skepticism, and it did take a few sequences to adjust to the astonishing color and definition (remember, no HD, no 3D in 1995), but I was very quickly won over, and flat out enchanted by the brilliance -- both visual and conceptual -- of what I was seeing. With every scene I marveled at the attention to detail, crafts- manship, and intelligence of the film. And I was grinning. Smiling and laughing even though I was a cynical grown up! With the introduction of Woody, Buzz and the rest of their toybox pals, Pixar forever changed the way everyone views this genre and established animation's prevalence well beyond Saturday mornings. Just check their Oscar mantle... and their bankroll.

by Sean Phillips

30. The Usual Suspects (1995)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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77 Metascore

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin

Votes: 835,461 | Gross: $23.34M

In a decade chocked full of flicks with mind-blowing plot twists, this movie stands out as the best. Throughout the film, director Bryan Singer artfully builds and builds the tension until its final moments when that criminal mastermind, Keyser Soze, is finally revealed. The twist comes as a punch to the gut, and in the aftermath, you sense that you just may have seen the devil himself.

by Jonathan Crow

31. Big Night (1996)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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80 Metascore

A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.

Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci | Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony, Larry Block

Votes: 14,288 | Gross: $11.88M

32. Dead Man (1995)

R | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Western

7.7
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62 Metascore

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 79,007 | Gross: $1.04M

33. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 515,332 | Gross: $24.61M

Joel and Ethan Coen have three films on this list that are somehow entirely dissimilar from each other, yet instantly recognizable as the brothers' work. Their first true masterpiece, “Fargo,” tells a story as bleak as the frozen expanses of its setting. A craven car dealer hires two goons to kidnap his own wife, hoping to scam both the crooks and his well-off father-in-law. Of course, it all goes wrong. But at the center is Marge Gunderson, played with aplomb by Frances McDormand. The pregnant, good-natured small-town sheriff might look to be a pushover, but she sees through deceit and uncovers the harsh truths lying below.

by Matt McDaniel

34. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Action, Crime

8.0
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76 Metascore

A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 105,617 | Gross: $0.52M

35. Lone Star (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery

7.5
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78 Metascore

When the skeleton of his murdered predecessor is found, Sheriff Sam Deeds unearths many other long-buried secrets in his Texas border town.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña, Stephen Mendillo, Stephen J. Lang

Votes: 24,898 | Gross: $13.27M

36. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 244,194 | Gross: $103.05M

37. Secrets & Lies (1996)

R | 136 min | Drama

8.0
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91 Metascore

A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan, Claire Rushbrook

Votes: 31,542 | Gross: $13.42M

38. Sling Blade (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama

8.0
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84 Metascore

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter

Votes: 77,900 | Gross: $24.48M

39. Swingers (1996)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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71 Metascore

Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Jon Favreau, Ron Livingston

Votes: 68,117 | Gross: $4.51M

40. Trainspotting (1996)

R | 94 min | Drama

8.2
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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: 545,587 | Gross: $16.50M

41. Boogie Nights (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama

7.9
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85 Metascore

The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 206,610 | Gross: $26.40M

Set in the sunny and somewhat seedy San Fernando Valley in the late '70s and early '80s, this criminally underrated opus chronicles the libidinous life of adult film director Jack Horner (played to perfection by Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Burt Reynolds) and his motley crew of misfits. Written and directed by 1997's wunderkind and Robert Altman's heir apparent, Paul Thomas Anderson, the complex ensemble piece perfectly encapsulates the era thanks to its seductive cinematography, delectable production design, irresistible soundtrack, and the painfully realistic and award-worthy performances of its players, including Julianne Moore, who transitioned from indie movie queen to leading lady, and former underwear model Mark Wahlberg, who dropped trou and immediately became a major movie star.

by Matt Whitfield

42. Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | 109 min | Drama

7.3
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78 Metascore

After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 7,441 | Gross: $14.82M

43. L.A. Confidential (1997)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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90 Metascore

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Votes: 458,611 | Gross: $64.62M

44. The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

7.6
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90 Metascore

A bus crash in a small town brings a lawyer to the town to defend the families, but he discovers that everything is not what it seems.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Caerthan Banks, Tom McCamus

Votes: 28,729 | Gross: $3.25M

45. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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75 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 882,426 | Gross: $659.33M

46. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime

8.2
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69 Metascore

"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 608,755 | Gross: $17.50M

47. Fireworks (1997)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 23,236 | Gross: $0.23M

48. Out of Sight (1998)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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85 Metascore

A career bank robber breaks out of jail, and shares a moment of mutual attraction with a U.S. Marshal he has kidnapped.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn

Votes: 76,191 | Gross: $37.56M

Director Steven Soderbergh's ultra-cool caper flick, slickly adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard, is a sexy tale of two people -- totally wrong for each other -- who share a brief moment of something right. As the thief with a million dollar grin, George Clooney is as charming as ever. Jennifer Lopez is stunning as the tough U.S. marshal hot on his tail... and perhaps a bit smitten with him. It's the hottest screen romance that ever got started in the trunk of a car.

by Philip Yu

49. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

8.6
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90 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: 1,008,358 | Gross: $216.54M

Director Steven Soderbergh's ultra-cool caper flick, slickly adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard, is a sexy tale of two people -- totally wrong for each other -- who share a brief moment of something right. As the thief with a million dollar grin, George Clooney is as charming as ever. Jennifer Lopez is stunning as the tough U.S. marshal hot on his tail... and perhaps a bit smitten with him. It's the hottest screen romance that ever got started in the trunk of a car.

by Philip Yu

50. There's Something About Mary (1998)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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69 Metascore

A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans

Votes: 263,511 | Gross: $176.48M

51. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

7.9
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87 Metascore

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

Votes: 76,222 | Gross: $8.26M

52. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.4
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86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 922,390 | Gross: $130.10M

53. Being John Malkovich (1999)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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90 Metascore

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich

Votes: 274,834 | Gross: $22.86M

54. Election (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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83 Metascore

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell

Votes: 79,173 | Gross: $14.88M

55. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

8.8
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66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

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

Votes: 1,534,142 | Gross: $37.03M

Few movies based on novels come to life better on the big screen than in one's own vivid imagination, and this is one of those few, brilliant exceptions. It's Brad Pitt at his best. (All right, that might go to Floyd from “True Romance”). And let's face it: the rest of the talented cast -- including Edward Norton in his follow-up to a powerful performance in “American History X, ” and Helena Bonham Carter who was never so sexy -- play their memorable roles with nuance, hurt and darkness. Heck, even Meatloaf is a creepy standout! As a plus, the essence of the story is easy to relish (especially as a younger, more emboldened man) as a great statement about our supercilious selves and our soft, distracted, modern lives. As humans have we lost touch with our passion, our primal purity? This movie gets you fired up and gets you thinking. And we all know the first -- and second -- rule of Fight Club: “Don't talk about Fight Club.” Here's hoping Tyler Durden doesn't turn my lovehandles into soap.

by Sean Phillips

56. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.7
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73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,376,344 | Gross: $171.48M

When it comes to action flicks, there are really only two kinds: movies made before or after 1999. “The Matrix” is the film that changed it all. The Wachowski Brothers' landmark sci-fi action fantasy revolutionized and re-thunk everything we thought was possible with the genre -- throwing in a kitchen sink of cyberpunk plots, kung fu choreography, and bullet-time -- all neatly synthesized into a surprisingly smart, literate story punctuated by Keanu Reeves' trademark “Whoa.”

by Philip Yu

57. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 261,663 | Gross: $2.38M

58. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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77 Metascore

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri

Votes: 171,811 | Gross: $7.27M

59. The Sixth Sense (1999)

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

8.1
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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: 784,793 | Gross: $293.51M

60. Three Kings (1999)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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82 Metascore

In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze

Votes: 147,100 | Gross: $60.65M

61. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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90 Metascore

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 223,878 | Gross: $32.53M

62. Best in Show (2000)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy

7.5
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78 Metascore

A colorful array of characters compete at a national dog show.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Jennifer Coolidge

Votes: 49,104 | Gross: $18.62M

Christopher Guest's laugh-out-loud mock- umentary, which reunited the writer/director with his go-to team of comedians and improv pros, follows deranged dog show competitors -- amateur ventriloquist and bloodhound owner Harlan Pepper (Guest), terrier-obsessed twosome Gerry and Cookie Fleck (Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara), Shih Tzu-doting daddies Stefan Vanderhoof and Scott Donlan (Michael McKean and John Michael Higgins), neurotic Weimaraner-owning yuppies Meg and Hamilton Swan (Parker Posey and Michael Hitchcock), and curvaceous trophy wife (Jennifer Coolidge) and her lady-loving poodle handler (Jane Lynch) -- as they vie for the Mayflower Kennel Club's top prize. Not only is the mockumentary Best in Class, it also happens to be Guest's best work to date.

by Matt Whitfield

63. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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93 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 230,984 | Gross: $128.08M

64. Yi Yi (2000)

Not Rated | 173 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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93 Metascore

Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata, Kelly Lee

Votes: 15,141 | Gross: $1.14M

“Yi Yi” opens with a wedding, ends with a funeral, and manages to protray much of human experience in between, with all of its joys, surprises, and regrets. The story is simple, detailing the tribulations of a quietly dysfunctional Taiwanese family, but Edward Yang uses his camera like a novelist uses a pen, creating brilliantly observed scenes and remarkably complex characters. The result is one of the richest, most emotionally satisfying movies I've ever seen.

by Jonathan Crow

65. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 602,757 | Gross: $33.23M

66. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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88 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 651,550 | Gross: $0.19M

67. In the Mood for Love (2000)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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85 Metascore

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung

Votes: 90,900 | Gross: $2.73M

68. The Lord of the Rings (1978)

PG | 132 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt

Votes: 26,127 | Gross: $0.92M

69. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 954,283 | Gross: $25.54M

70. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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83 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 270,397 | Gross: $7.22M

71. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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76 Metascore

A clan's estranged patriarch loses his home and learns that his ex-wife plans to remarry.

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

Votes: 230,333 | Gross: $52.36M

72. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.5
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85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 576,905 | Gross: $32.57M

73. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

R | 106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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88 Metascore

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Gael García Bernal, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ana López Mercado

Votes: 99,417 | Gross: $13.62M

74. City of God (2002)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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79 Metascore

Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Directors: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund | Stars: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Votes: 594,886 | Gross: $7.56M

75. Elephant (2003)

R | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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70 Metascore

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson

Votes: 76,364 | Gross: $1.23M

Gus Van Sant's sometimes dreamy, sometimes nightmarish, but always suspenseful meditation on a Columbine-like school massacre offers no glib moralizing on the subject. Instead, Van Sant's meandering camera captures his characters and their interactions in such an offhand, improvised manner that they feel real. And when the violence does hit -- it's shocking, gut-wrenching, and horribly raw. “Elephant” might just be the most terrifying movie on this list.

by Jonathan Crow

76. Finding Nemo (2003)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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90 Metascore

After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 793,504 | Gross: $380.84M

77. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy

7.2
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63 Metascore

Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd

Votes: 291,450 | Gross: $85.29M

Easily one of the most quotable comedies of the last couple decades. The story takes place in the swinging '70s, and Will Ferrell couldn't be more pitch perfect as Ron Burgundy, San Diego's top newsman. Sure, there is a subtle craftmanship to the storytelling, and the characters are brave and nuanced, but the real beauty of this film is the free-flowing tidbits of knowledge. American history, anyone? Would I have ever guessed what the name “San Diego” actually means in the native language of the Germans who discovered it? Want some lessons in love? Before a big night out hunting for ladies, splash on some Sex Panther (“60% of the time it works, every time”) -- but, really, we all know that “the only way to bag a classy lady, is to give her two tickets to the gun show.” Ferrell and friends (including Steve “I love lamp” Carell before he was Michael on “The Office”) are simply divine in this one. Divine like a rockin' jazz flute solo or a three-cheese fondue.

by Sean Phillips

78. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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

8.3
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89 Metascore

When their relationship turns sour, a young 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: 756,478 | Gross: $34.40M

A clever blend of romantic comedy and science fiction, this mind-twisting, reality-bending relationship tale could only be concocted from the mad genius of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Michel Gondry. When a couple undergoes a procedure to have the painful memories of their tumultuous relationship erased, the memories won't go without a fight. With absurd, inventive visuals and a smart script, it's a refreshingly original take on modern romance that is altogether bizarre, brilliant, and not easily forgotten.

by Philip Yu

79. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

8.0
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76 Metascore

A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis

Votes: 437,828 | Gross: $13.54M

80. Sideways (2004)

R | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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94 Metascore

Two men reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

Votes: 161,514 | Gross: $71.50M

81. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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73 Metascore

Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco

Votes: 340,622 | Gross: $109.45M

82. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | 134 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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87 Metascore

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid

Votes: 282,294 | Gross: $83.04M

And the winner for Best Picture is... “Crash.” Really?! “Brokeback Mountain” -- an epic love story between a conflicted ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy who meet and fall for one another in the summer of '63 -- was undoubtedly robbed of film's highest honor at the 78th Academy Awards. However, the critically-acclaimed film, written by renowned western novelist Larry McMurtry and Dianna Ossana (and based on Annie Proulx's short story of the same name), will forever be lauded for its realistic and groundbreaking portrayal of a gay romance starring two of Hollywood's top draws. Speaking of those courageous actors, who can forget the scene in which Jake Gyllenhaal's Jack begs Heath Ledger's Ennis to create a life together at the conclusion of their final camping trip? What about the gut-wrenching final scene in which Ennis finds Jack's old shirt and begins to cry? Forget about labeling this movie as a modern classic; it's a classic for the ages.

by Matt Whitfield

83. A History of Violence (2005)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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81 Metascore

A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt

Votes: 201,756 | Gross: $31.49M

84. Oldeuboi (2003)

R | 120 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.4
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74 Metascore

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji

Votes: 413,912 | Gross: $0.71M

This is not your average revenge flick. The second film in auteur Park Chan-wook's “Vengeance Trilogy” is a dark, stylish masterpiece that signaled a very different kind of filmmaking from South Korea. An ordinary man -- kidnapped and held captive for 15 years without explanation -- is suddenly released, and sets out to find out who did this to him... and why. The mystery plunges him into a stark, nightmarish vertigo of hammer fights and live seafood. It's violent, twisted, and irresistibly engrossing, right down to the shocking gut-punch twist ending.

by Philip Yu

85. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

R | 84 min | Comedy

7.3
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89 Metascore

Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell, Chester

Votes: 317,440 | Gross: $128.51M

86. Children of Men (2006)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.9
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84 Metascore

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

Votes: 399,718 | Gross: $35.55M

The apocalypse never looked as distressingly plausible as in “Children of Men.” Director Alfonso Cuaron wraps the anxieties of a very nervous decade and presents them with the unflinching realism of a documentary. In one bravura sequence after another, Cuaron follows his characters in seemingly impossible single takes through car crashes and fights that appear to be pulled from yesterday's news. Yet instead of an unrelenting downer, “Children of Men,” buoyed by Clive Owens' effortless performance, becomes an astonishing tale of hard won hope.

by Jonathan Crow

87. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 294,073 | Gross: $11.29M

88. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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98 Metascore

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 526,934 | Gross: $37.63M

89. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

7.9
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97 Metascore

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Votes: 49,342 | Gross: $1.19M

90. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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85 Metascore

Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Matt Damon, Edgar Ramírez, Joan Allen, Julia Stiles

Votes: 548,888 | Gross: $227.47M

With the end of the Cold War, the spy genre looked to be over, but the “Bourne” movies reinvented it for a new age. The enemies weren't from a foreign power, but from inside the very governmental agencies that are supposed to keep us safe. And while movie trilogies are all the rage in Hollywood, the “Bourne” series set itself apart by making each film better than the last. The final chapter, “The Bourne Ultimatum,” delivered the best action scenes of the three, and most importantly, wrapped up the story in a thematically relevant and emotionally satisfying way.

by Matt McDaniel

91. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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92 Metascore

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

Votes: 95,266 | Gross: $5.99M

92. Michael Clayton (2007)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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82 Metascore

A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit.

Director: Tony Gilroy | Stars: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 143,303 | Gross: $49.03M

93. No Country for Old Men (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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91 Metascore

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 699,603 | Gross: $74.28M

94. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 424,901 | Gross: $40.22M

95. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

9.0
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82 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: 1,887,847 | Gross: $534.86M

96. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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86 Metascore

A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor

Votes: 703,835 | Gross: $141.32M

97. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.4
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95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 824,198 | Gross: $223.81M

98. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.8
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83 Metascore

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 974,982 | Gross: $760.51M

99. The Hurt Locker (2008)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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94 Metascore

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Votes: 367,849 | Gross: $17.02M

The war in Iraq has been so divisive and so opaque that it seems inevitable that so many movies on the subject failed to resonate with audiences or critics. “The Hurt Locker” succeeds because it's not about that one conflict, but uses the setting to comment on the realities of all wars. Written by Mark Boal, who was an embedded journalist with bomb squads in Iraq, the movie doesn't use a traditional Hollywood structure to tell its tale. And Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow gives each scene a hard-bitten intensity while still allowing her actors to fully embody the soldiers who are both repulsed and entranced by the horrors of warfare.

by Matt McDaniel

100. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.3
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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: 1,019,518 | Gross: $120.54M