My Top Favorite Movies of All Time

by dramses79 | created - 20 Aug 2011 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

This is a list containing some of my favorite movies of all time. Those really powerful movies that have appealed to me on a higher level. They're not in order of preference, simply because it's impossible to say one is better than the other. And, this list will always be "under construction", since new movies may be added (either because I've watched them for the first time, or because my memory had failed me before)...

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1. Bicentennial Man (1999)

PG | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

An android endeavors to become human as he gradually acquires emotions.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Robin Williams, Embeth Davidtz, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt

Votes: 106,041 | Gross: $58.22M

Very powerful movie, if you really pay attention. Some people may only see the surface of it, and think it is a family sci-fi with some comedy in it. Actually, it's a drama with deep phylosophical questioning about life, humanity, determination, the essence of prejudice, the human soul, and so on. One of the few movies that can actually make me cry in the end.

2. Mr. Nobody (2009)

R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

63 Metascore

A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham

Votes: 205,997 | Gross: $0.00M

Deep, intense, and really thought-provoking! You are what your choices in life make you. It doesn't matter what choices you make, they will always lead you to the one you are, etc. These are some of the subjects discussed on this movie. And, what a superbly made one! Love it!

3. Gattaca (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

64 Metascore

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal

Votes: 270,051 | Gross: $12.34M

Another powerful movie! Not a sci-fi, as one might think. It's more of a very deep, moving drama about prejudice, about determination to be more than the society says you can be. It's about friendship, about working hard to achieve dreams, and much more. Love it!!!

4. Before Sunrise (1995)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

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: 251,752 | Gross: $5.54M

Just love this movie and its simplicity! A couple of young ones that meet on a train, and then have a day to get to know each other, fall in love, talk about things (from the afterlife to childhood memories)...all that while they walk through the streets of beautiful Vienna. Love this movie!!!

5. Finding Neverland (2004)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

The story of Sir J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 194,116 | Gross: $51.68M

Really touching, sweet...a great movie!!! It will make you laugh light-hearted laughs, it will make you cry, it will move you. Really love this one!!!

6. Threesome (1994)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A girl named Alex is by mistake housed with 2 guys, Stuart and Eddy, in a college dorm suite. After initial problems they become friends. Stuart has the hots for Alex, Alex for Eddy and Eddy for Stuart. Can it work?

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Lara Flynn Boyle, Josh Charles, Stephen Baldwin, Alexis Arquette

Votes: 12,277 | Gross: $14.82M

Not a masterpiece of a movie, but for some reason it makes me feel good! Reminds me of the old college times, the challenges we face when we are young and trying to find our places in the world...the time for adventures, for love, for great friends, and so much more. A simple movie, but a really nice one...

7. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Drama

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: 2,206,985 | Gross: $28.34M

I guess I don't need to say why this movie is in this list, right?! It's been at the top at IMDB's rating for quite some time...and, it deserves to be there. The Shawshank Redemption has all those good elements that make a movie/story great! No need to talk about's simply that, great!!!

8. Definitely, Maybe (2008)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter.

Director: Adam Brooks | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Abigail Breslin, An Nguyen

Votes: 150,339 | Gross: $31.97M

Really, really, really enjoyed this movie!!! Love Rachel Weisz (always), and the story is really cute, involving, etc. Great movie!!! Well, and I love Rachel Weisz!!! hehe.

9. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

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

Votes: 1,761,692 | Gross: $37.03M

Well, I can't explain exactly why I love this movie, but I simply do! I think it's a lot deeper than on it's on its's fun, it's got action, it's got thought-provoking scenes...great movie!!!

10. Notting Hill (1999)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe, Rhys Ifans

Votes: 257,901 | Gross: $116.09M

Not much to say about this one, either. I just really like it. Makes me feel real good! Lovely, fun, heart-warming...

11. What Dreams May Come (1998)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

44 Metascore

Chris Nielsen dies in an accident, and enters Heaven. But when he discovers that his beloved wife Annie has killed herself out of grief over the loss, he embarks on an afterlife adventure to reunite with her.

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow

Votes: 98,941 | Gross: $55.49M

Really love this one!!! Another powerful movie, that shows us how strong love can be, even in the most difficult and uncommon situations. Great movie, great message, great everything!!!

12. Love Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 409,079 | Gross: $59.70M

Love this one, too!!! So many forms of the same old feelling: love! Great stories, great actors, great directing, great MOVIE!!! Love it!

13. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 369,429 | Gross: $56.82M

Loved this one!!! Can't really explain why, but Owen Wilson is great in the movie, the story is really nice, the photography is interesting, and so on! Great movie!!!

14. Life as a House (2001)

R | 125 min | Drama

45 Metascore

When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.

Director: Irwin Winkler | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jena Malone

Votes: 42,147 | Gross: $15.65M

Really powerful movie, and not for the faint-hearted, in my opinion. But, a great drama, even with a bit of comedy in it, and a great performance by Kevin Kline!

15. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

Votes: 117,112 | Gross: $52.10M

Robin Williams and Robert De Niro are great in this one, and the story is really touching. A MUST watch!

16. Fathers' Day (1997)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

43 Metascore

A woman cons two old boyfriends into searching for her runaway son by convincing both that they are the boy's father.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nastassja Kinski

Votes: 14,125 | Gross: $28.66M

This is a simple movie, a light comedy...but, such a nice, sweet one! I like the simplicity in it. Light-hearted, a comedy with a bit of drama, and which discusses fatherhood, friendship, etc.

17. Numb (I) (2007)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A chronically depressed screenwriter desperately tries to cure his condition when he meets the girl of his dreams.

Director: Harris Goldberg | Stars: Matthew Perry, Lynn Collins, Kevin Pollak, Bob Gunton

Votes: 7,949

Felt related to it, for I, too, have some occasional depersonalization episodes. And, the movie is pretty well acted, directed, and written. Nice story, about a quite serious disorder, but with bits of nice humor. Really nice movie!

18. If Only (2004)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

It takes a tragedy to teach the young businessman Ian to put love ahead of work and open up to his musician girlfriend Samantha.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paul Nicholls, Tom Wilkinson, Diana Hardcastle

Votes: 30,701

Always love Jennifer Love Hewitt, though she was usually unfortunate on choosing the roles she played. But, she got it right on this one! Very nice story, very nice acting on her end. At some points in the movie, I felt just like the guy...trying to do his best to live the most with this incredibly beautiful and sweet girl!

19. Up in the Air (I) (2009)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, travelling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest, and a new hire.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman

Votes: 308,969 | Gross: $83.82M

A very interesting movie!!! Not much to say about it, but really enjoyed it!

20. The Proposal (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada.

Director: Anne Fletcher | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 283,216 | Gross: $163.96M

Another "feel-good" movie...light-hearted rom-com, just that! A movie to make you feel good when you need something to make you feel good. Some good laughs, some romance, a very charming and quite seductive Sandra Bullock...

21. The Painted Veil (2006)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A British medical doctor fights a cholera epidemic in a small Chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Catherine An

Votes: 87,029 | Gross: $8.06M

Very nice movie about a passion that develops over and admiration, in a very beautiful scenario, though a tough reality!

22. The Notebook (2004)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 494,797 | Gross: $81.00M

That's what love should be like! And Rachel McAdams is so pretty in this one, too! Anyway, the movie is beautiful...nice drama-romance!

23. The Green Mile (1999)

R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

61 Metascore

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 1,077,139 | Gross: $136.80M

Great movie, great story, great actors...but, everyone knows that!

24. The Fountain (2006)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

51 Metascore

As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 221,522 | Gross: $10.14M

Difficult to be understood at first (for most), but a great work of art! Beautiful picture, interesting story to make you think, to make you feel...very interesting!

25. The Crow (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 160,482 | Gross: $50.69M

Yes, The Crow! It's not just an action flick about supernatural also has quite some heart. Anyway, a great movie!

26. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

61 Metascore

A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend", escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain

Votes: 124,229 | Gross: $54.23M

Great story, played very nicely by great actors, and pretty well-directed as well. Really recommend it!

27. Somewhere in Time (1980)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

29 Metascore

A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright

Votes: 25,620 | Gross: $9.71M

And that is a love story taken to its ultimate levels! The guy travels back in time to meet the love of his life!!! Great movie, and Christopher Reeve is pretty good in it...

28. Noises Off... (1992)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy

A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Denholm Elliott, Julie Hagerty

Votes: 9,801 | Gross: $2.28M

Very nice comedy...laughed from beginning to end. But, a smart comedy!!! Makes you feel light when you finish watching it!

29. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

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

89 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 863,471 | Gross: $34.40M

Another classic, and pretty much of a cult movie, I guess. Jim Carrey is great in it (and I don't usually like him), and Kate Winslet is wonderful! The story is really great...a superb work!

30. Spy Game (2001)

R | 126 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

63 Metascore

Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 139,787 | Gross: $0.03M

Just really like this movie! A great spy story!!!

31. Purple Violets (2007)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Patti Petalson (Blair) struggles with the pressure of becoming the next important American writer.

Director: Edward Burns | Stars: Annette Arnold, Max Baker, Selma Blair, James Biberi

Votes: 3,025

A good movie! Not much to say about it, but it feels really nice watching it! Two love stories in one movie, and you end up rooting for both to end up well. Quite an involving piece!

32. P.S. I Love You (2007)

PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Jr., Lisa Kudrow

Votes: 195,633 | Gross: $53.70M

Great story about a love that goes beyond the barriers of death!

33. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome his or her own pride and prejudice?

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 240,139 | Gross: $38.41M

A very well made adaptation of a classic novel! And, it has Keira Knightley in it...just fell in love with this actress all over again! And the movie is also great!

34. Paper Man (2009)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

37 Metascore

A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island.

Directors: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Lisa Kudrow

Votes: 17,735 | Gross: $0.02M

An interesting movie, with interesting performances! A bit odd at times, though great! Really enjoyed it!

35. Outsourced (2006)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman (Hamilton) heads to India to train his replacement.

Director: John Jeffcoat | Stars: Josh Hamilton, Ayesha Dharker, Asif Basra, Matt Smith

Votes: 11,058 | Gross: $0.16M

Sweet rom-com that also discusses the issues of different cultures, lifestyles, etc. Great one!!!

36. My Last Five Girlfriends (2009)

TV-14 | 87 min | Comedy

Duncan navigates the unsteady world of romance and relationships, going through five girlfriends in four years. Unfortunately, none of them turn out well.

Director: Julian Kemp | Stars: Brendan Patricks, Naomie Harris, Kelly Adams, Cécile Cassel

Votes: 1,903

A rom-com that tells a story in a quite interesting and original way! A guy tells his story, and how his last 5 girlfriends might have shaped his present, and therefore decided his future...very interesting!!!

37. Mirrormask (2005)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Fantasy

55 Metascore

In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a fifteen-year-old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home.

Director: Dave McKean | Stars: Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry, Rob Brydon, Gina McKee

Votes: 22,007 | Gross: $0.86M

Been a long time since I've watched it...but, as far as I can remember, the story is pretty descent, and the photography is just wonderful!!!

38. Love & Other Drugs (2010)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

A young woman suffering from Parkinson's befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer in 1990s Pittsburgh.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Judy Greer, Oliver Platt

Votes: 173,295 | Gross: $32.37M

This one really surprised me!!! I didn't expect much from it, but when it ended, I was really moved! Great movie!

39. Grace Is Gone (2007)

PG-13 | 85 min | Drama, War

65 Metascore

Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.

Director: Jim Strouse | Stars: John Cusack, Emily Churchill, Rebecca Spence, Jennifer Tyler

Votes: 8,922 | Gross: $0.05M

Very powerful! How to tell your kids that their mom has died at war, and try to deal with your own feelings at the same time?! Tough! And John Cusack really surprised me in this movie!

40. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,273,592 | Gross: $187.71M

An awesome action movie, great epic, very nice story, beautiful visuals...a movie to be remembered!!!

41. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

G | 93 min | Drama, Family

A college professor bonds with an abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer

Votes: 237,037

Very touching!!! These movies with dogs really do the trick some times...this is one of them!

42. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.

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

Votes: 1,703,268 | Gross: $330.25M

A classic! No need to say anything about it.

43. Brave New World (1998 TV Movie)

87 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In a futuristic totalitarian utopian society, babies are created through genetic engineering, everyone has a predestined place in society and their minds are conditioned to follow the rules. A tragic outsider jeopardizes the status quo.

Directors: Leslie Libman, Larry Williams | Stars: Peter Gallagher, Leonard Nimoy, Tim Guinee, Rya Kihlstedt

Votes: 1,829

I really enjoy the phylosophical depths of Aldous Huxley's story! The movie is OK, but the story behind it!!!

44. Equilibrium (2002)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.

Director: Kurt Wimmer | Stars: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs

Votes: 303,340 | Gross: $1.20M

A movie to make you think!!! To my mind, it works as a supplement to Brave New World, and what it tried to say...anyway, a great action drama!!!

45. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

Votes: 395,282 | Gross: $95.86M

Another classic that needs no introduction!