The Big Oneby kearneysmusic | created - 15 Aug 2012 | updated - 31 Mar 2015 | Public
Ok, so even though i've arranged this list by filmmaker, there are some noticeable exceptions to nearly all of their filmographies. This i because i've chosen to only feature the films that i personally like the best. Soooo... it's not a comprehensive list but it covers a wide range of what i consider the best movies ever made. Cheers.
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1. Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
A portrait of the effects of schizophrenia on family life is the central focus.
Votes: 5,792 | Gross: $0.08M
A pastiche portrait of a schizophrenic man by one of my all time favourite filmmakers Harmony Korine. Also noteworthy for having Warner Herzog dance around to 'sugar baby" wearing nothing but a gas mask and underwear
3. Brødre (2004)
R | 117 min | Drama, War
Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan.
Votes: 10,016 | Gross: $0.38M
Beats the remake hands down. One of the greatest danish films ever.
4. Open Hearts (2002)
R | 113 min | Drama, Romance
A Dogme film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident.
Votes: 8,561 | Gross: $0.12M
5. In a Better World (2010)
R | 119 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: 34,960 | Gross: $1.01M
6. Inherent Vice (2014)
R | 148 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Votes: 74,210 | Gross: $8.11M
7. There Will Be Blood (2007)
R | 158 min | Drama
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Votes: 422,126 | Gross: $40.22M
This film is absolutely epic, while staying centered in a really human story. I couldnt rate it any higher.
9. The Master (2012)
R | 138 min | Drama
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
Votes: 118,718 | Gross: $16.38M
11. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.
Votes: 121,478 | Gross: $17.84M
12. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
R | 104 min | Drama
Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.
Votes: 40,925 | Gross: $6.40M
A story about about a narcoleptic gay hustler who's in love with his best friend. Stylistically perfect and the best performance of River Pheonix's adult life in my opinion.
15. Night Moves (2013)
R | 112 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.
Votes: 11,546 | Gross: $0.25M
16. Meek's Cutoff (2010)
PG | 104 min | Drama, Western
Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.
Votes: 9,467 | Gross: $0.98M
A film about a small group of pioneering families crossing the desolate american landscape of the 1800's in search of water. Hard to find but worth watching if you can.
17. Wendy and Lucy (2008)
R | 80 min | Drama
Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart.
Votes: 13,621 | Gross: $0.86M
Using film as a medium for portraiture, director Kelly Reichardt made this beautiful adaptation of Jon Raymond's short story "the train choir". Michelle Williams is amazing as the tough yet vulnerable Wendy.
18. Tillsammans (2000)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
It is the 70s and a group of very different individuals live together as a community. One of the members sister, Elisabeth needs a new place to stay with her children after having had ... See full summary »
Votes: 18,644 | Gross: $1.07M
19. Show Me Love (1998)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.
Votes: 45,158 | Gross: $0.17M
An ode to small town frustration and unrequited teenage love.
20. Kids (1995)
Unrated | 91 min | Drama
A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins.
Votes: 63,962 | Gross: $7.42M
It's dated a bit in the last fifteen years but still one of the most honest representations of teenage life on film.
22. Funny Ha Ha (2002)
89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Marnie just graduated from college, drinks likes she's still in school, and is looking for a temporary job but a permanent boyfriend. She loves a guy who doesn't love her (?), ping-pongs ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,047 | Gross: $0.08M
23. Beeswax (2009)
100 min | Comedy, Drama
A pair of identical twin sisters -- one, who has been paraplegic since youth and gets around in a wheelchair, and the other -- 'same face, different bodies.'
Votes: 682 | Gross: $0.05M
A slice-of-life drama by one of america's best new filmmakers.
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.
A real horrorshow movie that will work it's way into your gulliver.
26. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 116 min | Drama, War
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Votes: 550,440 | Gross: $46.36M
PG | 95 min | Comedy, War
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
Votes: 381,634 | Gross: $0.28M
Stanley Kubrick and Peter Sellers have fun with the threat of nuclear apocolypse.
28. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 697,761 | Gross: $44.02M
29. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
R | 155 min | Drama, Romance
Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage.
A study in marriage and mental illness. For me, this is the best of all Cassavette's movies.
30. Husbands (1970)
PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Drama
A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be ... See full summary »
31. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
R | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.
33. Caché (2005)
R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.
Votes: 60,090 | Gross: $3.63M
So creepy it hurts. A pschological thriller from the main man in fear and paranoia Michael Haneke.
34. Amour (2012)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Votes: 78,770 | Gross: $6.74M
36. Funny Games (1997)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.
Who needs horror movies when there are thrillers this good.
37. Time of the Wolf (2003)
R | 114 min | Drama
When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find it occupied by strangers. This confrontation is just the beginning of a painful learning process.
Votes: 8,211 | Gross: $0.06M
38. Crumb (1994)
R | 119 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy
An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family.
Votes: 15,517 | Gross: $3.17M
At times disturbing and others inspiring, this documentary about the great underground comic artist and his family is a real one of a kind.
39. Ghost World (2001)
R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama
With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.
Votes: 102,726 | Gross: $6.22M
40. Louie Bluie (1985)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Music
About the obscure country-blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America.
41. Bad Santa (2003)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.
Votes: 121,453 | Gross: $60.06M
The only xmas movie with a main character as cynical about the holiday as i am
42. The Celebration (1998)
R | 105 min | Drama
At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.
Votes: 70,203 | Gross: $1.65M
Documentary-like in feel, this film about a family reunion that brings about the exposition of their family's darkest secrets is my favourite thing to come out of the dogme 95 movement.
43. Dear Wendy (2005)
Unrated | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A young boy in a nameless, timeless American town establishes a gang of youthful misfits united in their love of guns and their code of honor.
Votes: 9,355 | Gross: $0.02M
44. Jagten (2012)
R | 115 min | Drama
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Votes: 208,457 | Gross: $0.69M
46. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
A clan's estranged patriarch loses his home and learns that his ex-wife plans to remarry.
Votes: 229,371 | Gross: $52.36M
The most color co-ordinated and symetrical film ive ever seen. Thats enough to merit a watch on its own but it also happens to be a hilarious, dry witted piece of work.
48. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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: 567,052 | Gross: $59.10M
49. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
R | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.
Votes: 152,432 | Gross: $11.90M
50. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
R | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.
Votes: 154,225 | Gross: $24.01M
51. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation.
Votes: 158,234 | Gross: $21.00M
52. Slacker (1991)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs.
Votes: 16,701 | Gross: $1.23M
This movie blows my mind every time. Richard Linklaters first major film, slacker, was made on a budget of about 20,000 dollars and shed regular filmic conventions by alternating veiwpoints between a cast of characters continuously throughout the film.
53. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
R | 100 min | Animation, Crime, Drama
An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Votes: 95,664 | Gross: $5.50M
The best Philip K Dick adaptation without a doubt and a very faithful representation of the book.
56. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.
Votes: 43,188 | Gross: $0.85M
Director Takeshi Kitano took the best parts of the oiginal films about the famous blind samurai and created a whole new beast. Also noteworthy for the best blood spurts of any movie ever.
57. Fireworks (1997)
103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.
Votes: 23,139 | Gross: $0.23M
59. 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.
Mia Farrow plays a pregnant woman who starts to suspect that her husband has promised their baby to satanists. The first great psychological thriller. Directed by Polanski and also starring John Cassavettes.
61. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Emotionally self-destructive boxer, Jake La Motta's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Votes: 261,906 | Gross: $23.38M
The best thing to ever come out of the partnership between Scorcese and De Niro which is a big call considering what its up against.
62. Casino (1995)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.
Votes: 375,635 | Gross: $42.44M
63. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 820,038 | Gross: $46.84M
64. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
R | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
Votes: 921,012 | Gross: $116.90M
65. Taxi Driver (1976)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action, while attempting to liberate a twelve-year-old prostitute.
Votes: 575,938 | Gross: $28.26M
66. Idioterne (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama
The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves.
Votes: 26,104 | Gross: $0.01M
Ok, so it's fairly politically incorrect but it's also a great piece of guerrilla filmmaking.
67. Breaking the Waves (1996)
R | 159 min | Drama
Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.
Votes: 53,253 | Gross: $4.04M
68. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.
Votes: 86,784 | Gross: $4.18M
This one's kinda hard to describe. Yes, it is a musical which stars Bjork, but it's also a tragedy on par with anything Shakespeare ever wrote.
69. This Is England (2006)
Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama
A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.
Votes: 105,064 | Gross: $0.33M
One of the greatest films about friendship ever made.
70. TwentyFourSeven (1997)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In a typical English working-class town, the juveniles have nothing more to do than hang around in gangs. One day, Alan Darcy, a highly motivated man with the same kind of youth experience,... See full summary »
71. A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
Two twelve-year-old boys, Romeo and Gavin, undergo an extraordinary test of character and friendship when Morell, a naive but eccentric and dangerous stranger, comes between them. Morell ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,821 | Gross: $0.02M
72. Head-On (2004)
R | 121 min | Drama, Romance
With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love.
This movie's bolder than capital letters written in magic marker.
75. The Science of Sleep (2006)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
Votes: 64,131 | Gross: $4.66M
Director Michel Gondry creates an entire fantastical, imaginary world without the use of any CGI in this quirky and romantic film.
76. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
When their relationship turns sour, a young couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
Votes: 752,141 | Gross: $34.40M
Romantic without being sappy. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Michel Gondry really hit the nail on the head with this one.
77. Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2005)
R | 103 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music
A mix of Dave Chappelle's sketch comedy and musical interludes, inspired in part by the 1973 documentary Wattstax.
Votes: 8,178 | Gross: $11.69M
My favourite concert doco. Apart from the brilliance of the live performances this film is full of great footage of real interactions between dave and the people in the small town he lives and the people who live on the block where the concert is held.
78. Le fils (2002)
99 min | Drama, Mystery
A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.
Votes: 7,730 | Gross: $0.07M
79. L'enfant (2005)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.
Votes: 15,646 | Gross: $0.65M
80. Buffalo '66 (1998)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, whom he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.
Votes: 40,034 | Gross: $2.38M
This is an odd one. A lot of people won't like this for the fact that the main character is basically a c##t. All the same, its an incredible movie which deserves to be remembered.
81. The Brown Bunny (2003)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
Professional motorcycle racer Bud Clay heads from New Hampshire to California to race again. Along the way he meets various needy women who provide him with the cure to his own loneliness, but only a certain woman from his past will truly satisfy him.
Votes: 12,291 | Gross: $0.37M
82. Children of Men (2006)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 398,187 | Gross: $35.55M
My favourite big budget movie of all time. Some of the single camera/single take shots in this movie are so amazing that they have the power to restore faith in humanity. By the way, the book this was based on is utter s##t. Cuaron took a great idea with very little plot and made it something else altogether; something incredible.
84. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
R | 106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 99,015 | Gross: $13.62M
This movie is damn sexy. My dad snuck me into the cinema to see this when i was about 11 (it has an R18 rating)... what a legend.
85. The Savages (2007)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama
A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Votes: 33,342 | Gross: $6.61M
Understated and under rated. An incredibly well written character study.
86. Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama
In 1976, a lower-middle-class teenager struggles to cope living with her neurotic family of nomads on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.
Votes: 10,249 | Gross: $5.48M
87. Dead Man (1995)
R | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Western
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.
Votes: 78,702 | Gross: $1.04M
Dead man not only has Neil Young doing the greatest soundtrack ever put to film but is also just an incredible movie that showcases the best of Jim Jarmusch and Johnny Depp.
88. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.
Votes: 75,774 | Gross: $3.31M
Forrest Whitaker plays a modern day samurai living in New York city in this film by Jim Jarmusch. Also has a killer soundtrack from the Wu Tang clans main man RZA.
89. Broken Flowers (2005)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers.
Votes: 87,689 | Gross: $13.74M
90. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.
Votes: 73,008 | Gross: $1.88M
91. Down by Law (1986)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.
Votes: 40,193 | Gross: $1.44M
92. Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama
A New Yorker's life is thrown into a tailspin when his younger cousin surprise visits him, starting a strange, unpredictable adventure.
Votes: 28,302 | Gross: $2.44M
93. Amores Perros (2000)
R | 154 min | Drama, Thriller
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love.
Votes: 191,277 | Gross: $5.38M
Stories of love and hate from the heart of Mexico.
R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama
A washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, attempts to revive his career by writing and starring in his very own Broadway play.
Votes: 467,978 | Gross: $42.34M
96. Babel (I) (2006)
R | 143 min | Drama
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Votes: 260,754 | Gross: $34.30M
98. Manhattan (1979)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.
Votes: 114,948 | Gross: $45.70M
Along with Annie Hall, this is the movie that really showed the world what Woody Allen is capable of. A very personal love story.
99. Match Point (2005)
R | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.
Votes: 181,677 | Gross: $23.09M