My Top 100 Favourite Movies of All Time (As of 2021)by Cinemaniac1984 | created - 10 Aug 2011 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
To each their own this is my personal favourite list of movies as of 2021. There are many reasons why these are my favourites. Some made a good impression on me, some had me engaged for days on end, some had me glued to the screen during my first viewing, some are just timeless classics, some actually got better after a second viewing, and some I have the pleasure of watching countless times on DVD and video. There are a few which haven't really stood the test of time and are not right up there on the list but are still enjoyable and are definitely worth a mention.
The list spans across 73 years from Modern Times which was released in 1936, to Joker which was released in 2019.
Trivia: Movies in the IMDB Top 250: 47 Movies in the IMDB Top 100: 30 Have won Oscars: 40 Won Best Picture: 14 Best Director: 14 Best Actor: 7 Best Actress: 2 Best Supporting Actor: 7 Best Supporting Actress: 1
Most Prolific Actors in list (including minor roles): Robert De Niro: 10
Al Pacino, Bill Paxton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis: 6
Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman and Mel Gibson: 5
John Cazale, Willem Dafoe, Cillian Murphy, Scott Glenn, Jack Nicholson, Joe Pesci, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Sylvester Stallone, and Sigourney Weaver: 4
Most Prolific Directors in List: Christopher Nolan: 6 Martin Scorsese: 5 James Cameron: 5 John McTiernan: 3 Stanley Kubrick: 3 Francis Ford Coppola: 3 Steven Spielberg: 3
Most Popular Years: 1995: 6 1987: 6 1999: 5 1997: 4 1994: 4 1991: 4 1990: 4 1985: 4
Random Stats: Based on a Comic Book: 5 That are Rated R18+ (or originally R18+): 24 That are sequels: 14 That were followed by sequels: 20 That are remakes or have been remade: 5 That are from Australia: 3 That are from the UK: 3 That are from the Batman series: 5 Longest Movie: The Godfather Part II (202 mins) Shortest Movie: Modern Times (87 mins) Highest Rated Movie: The Shawshank Redemption (9.3 #1) Lowest Rated Movie: Rambo: First Blood Part II (6.5) Highest Grossing Film: Avatar ($2,782,275,172 which was the highest grossing film of all time as of 2019 before Avengers: Endgame broke that record) Movies that have been previously banned: 1 (A Clockwork Orange was banned in the UK for almost 30 years and was not released on home video until 2000 in Australia)
Movies that frequently contain fuck and its variants: The Wolf of Wall Street: 569 Casino: 422 End of Watch: 326 Goodfellas: 300 Pulp Fiction: 265 The Departed: 237 Training Day: 211 Scarface: 207 Lone Survivor: 161 Platoon: 159
Anyway on with list...
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1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi
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 and powerful cyborg.
Votes: 1,020,743 | Gross: $204.84M
3. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 810,933 | Gross: $83.01M
4. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
R | 169 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 1,274,934 | Gross: $216.54M
5. 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 by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.
Votes: 749,758 | Gross: $28.26M
6. The Terminator (1984)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A human soldier is sent from 2029 to 1984 to stop an almost indestructible cyborg killing machine, sent from the same year, which has been programmed to execute a young woman whose unborn son is the key to humanity's future salvation.
Votes: 812,891 | Gross: $38.40M
7. RoboCop (1987)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
Votes: 240,038 | Gross: $53.42M
8. 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: 480,902 | Gross: $42.44M
9. 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: 1,053,381 | Gross: $46.84M
10. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 1,224,419 | Gross: $132.38M
12. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes in to have virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars implanted in his mind, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or is he?
Votes: 310,611 | Gross: $119.39M
13. Back to the Future (1985)
PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.
Votes: 1,094,877 | Gross: $210.61M
14. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and other historical events unfold from the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart.
Votes: 1,873,435 | Gross: $330.25M
15. Trainspotting (1996)
R | 93 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 648,463 | Gross: $16.50M
16. L.A. Confidential (1997)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As corruption grows in 1950s Los Angeles, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
Votes: 545,108 | Gross: $64.62M
17. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War
A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.
Votes: 622,207 | Gross: $83.47M
18. Black Hawk Down (2001)
R | 144 min | Drama, History, War
160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.
Votes: 372,768 | Gross: $108.64M
19. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
Scottish warrior William Wallace leads his countrymen in a rebellion to free his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England.
Votes: 979,274 | Gross: $75.60M
21. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 1,311,974 | Gross: $130.74M
22. Falling Down (1993)
R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An ordinary man frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.
Votes: 177,556 | Gross: $40.90M
23. 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: 692,188 | Gross: $46.36M
24. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
R | 202 min | Crime, Drama
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.
Votes: 1,164,593 | Gross: $57.30M
25. Traffic (2000)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A conservative judge is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a crack addict. Two DEA agents protect an informant. A jailed drug baron's wife attempts to carry on the family business.
Votes: 199,702 | Gross: $124.12M
26. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Eddy persuades his three pals to pool money for a vital poker game against a powerful local mobster, Hatchet Harry. Eddy loses, after which Harry gives him a week to pay back 500,000 pounds.
Votes: 548,458 | Gross: $3.90M
27. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
Votes: 319,682 | Gross: $48.98M
28. Lethal Weapon (1987)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.
Votes: 242,968 | Gross: $65.21M
29. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
R | 180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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: 1,240,491 | Gross: $116.90M
30. Batman (1989)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes the clownishly homicidal Joker.
Votes: 346,876 | Gross: $251.19M
32. The Rock (1996)
R | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.
Votes: 319,752 | Gross: $134.07M
33. Joker (2019)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.
Votes: 1,029,775 | Gross: $335.45M
34. 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.
Votes: 776,079 | Gross: $6.21M
36. Training Day (2001)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A rookie cop spends his first day as a Los Angeles narcotics officer with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
Votes: 403,908 | Gross: $76.63M
37. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.
Votes: 2,137,261 | Gross: $292.58M
39. Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.
Votes: 370,186 | Gross: $100.01M
40. True Lies (1994)
R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used-car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.
Votes: 244,291 | Gross: $146.28M
41. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Fifty-seven years after surviving an apocalyptic attack aboard her space vessel by merciless space creatures, Officer Ripley awakens from hyper-sleep and tries to warn anyone who will listen about the predators.
Votes: 669,097 | Gross: $85.16M
42. Platoon (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, War
Chris Taylor, a neophyte recruit in Vietnam, finds himself caught in a battle of wills between two sergeants, one good and the other evil. A shrewd examination of the brutality of war and the duality of man in conflict.
Votes: 390,359 | Gross: $138.53M
43. Ronin (1998)
R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.
Votes: 175,760 | Gross: $41.62M
45. American Sniper (2014)
R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama