My Top Favorite Movies of All Timeby 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
An android endeavors to become human as he gradually acquires emotions.
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
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.
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
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.
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
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
Votes: 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
The story of Sir J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.
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?
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
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
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 it...it's simply that, great!!!
8. Definitely, Maybe (2008)
PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter.
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
An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
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 surface...it'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
The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
A woman cons two old boyfriends into searching for her runaway son by convincing both that they are the boy's father.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Votes: 87,029 | Gross: $8.06M
Very nice movie about a passion that develops over time...love and admiration, in a very beautiful scenario, though a tough reality!
22. The Notebook (2004)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.
Votes: 160,482 | Gross: $50.69M
Yes, The Crow! It's not just an action flick about supernatural revenge...it also has quite some heart. Anyway, a great movie!
26. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend", escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.
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
A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.
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.
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
When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories.
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
Retiring CIA agent Nathan Muir recalls his training of Tom Bishop while working against agency politics to free him from his Chinese captors.
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.
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
A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life.
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
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?
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
A washed-up writer forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager from Long Island.
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
After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman (Hamilton) heads to India to train his replacement.
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.
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
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.
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
A young woman suffering from Parkinson's befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer in 1990s Pittsburgh.
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
Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.
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
A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.
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.
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
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.
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.
I really enjoy the phylosophical depths of Aldous Huxley's story! The movie is OK, but the story behind it...love it!!!
44. Equilibrium (2002)
R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
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
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.
Votes: 395,282 | Gross: $95.86M
Another classic that needs no introduction!