10/10 movies list

by joehyttner | created - 17 Jun 2017 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

I have compiled a list based on my ratings on imdb. The list contains my ratings of 10 only. I have rated 1300+ and these were the stand out films for me. There is a large variety in terms of the release date and the genre so something for everyone. Please feel free to comment on whether you agree or not. Any recommendations you have for me according to this list would also be appreciated. Enjoy! NO SPOILERS!

Will add more when I come across another 10/10.

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1. The Gift (VI) (2015)

R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A young married couple's lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband's past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.

Director: Joel Edgerton | Stars: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman

Votes: 127,022 | Gross: $43.77M

The gift is by far one of the strongest movies of this decade. It unfolds in layers and every scene keeps you guessing. Strong performances from the 3 leads with suspenseful directing and cinematography.

2. The Dark Knight (2008)

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

84 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman 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: 2,140,755 | Gross: $534.86M

Need I say anything? Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and Christopher nolan at their best.

3. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

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: 983,179 | Gross: $659.33M

A classic.

4. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,425,074 | Gross: $448.14M

Following its predecessor was always going to be a big ask but it delivered once again. Tom Hardy as bane was as good as Heath ledger as the joker in my opinion.

5. Disconnect (I) (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world.

Director: Henry Alex Rubin | Stars: Jason Bateman, Jonah Bobo, Haley Ramm, Hope Davis

Votes: 70,839 | Gross: $7.44M

This movie is the definition of hidden gem. I cant imagine many have heard of Disconnect outside of the U.S. Another movie with Jason Bateman as a lead. He is a guilty pleasure of mine. If you enjoy movies that intertwine then disconnect is for you. Very powerful.

6. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 88,524 | Gross: $11.53M

An extremely intense true story. Hilary swank plays the part very well.

7. Insidious (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye

Votes: 261,630 | Gross: $54.01M

Another horror to be added to this list. I enjoyed the storyline and acting which is hard to find in horrors. It will scare the *beep* out of you!

8. Chronicle (2012)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

69 Metascore

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Director: Josh Trank | Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly

Votes: 232,324 | Gross: $64.58M

The use of found footage made this movie easy to relate with and the characters felt very real. Most found footage movies don't use the technique well but Chronicle did it effortlessly. Loved it.

9. Toy Story 3 (2010)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

92 Metascore

The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.

Director: Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty

Votes: 709,385 | Gross: $415.00M

Got to love the toy story franchise. Toy story 3 stood out for me because of the lump in my throat it left. How can an animation pull that off?

10. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,253,112 | Gross: $162.81M

Some parts of this movie were so gripping. Leonardo dicaprio as Calvin Candie stood out for me. Tarantino's best.

11. It Follows (2014)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe

Votes: 191,256 | Gross: $14.67M

Horrors are one of my favorite genres but nowadays I find myself watching the same predictable garbage that throws in a cheap jump scare to keep it fresh. It follows took the genre to a different level and didn't rely on jump scares as such. Very eerie and original. If you love horrors give this a go.

12. 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: 1,053,773 | Gross: $136.80M

Its controversial (especially on IMDB) but the green mile is far superior to shawshank redemption when it comes to prison movies. I cared for some characters and despised some others. One of the best of the 90's.

13. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 169,349 | Gross: $56.12M

A movie that arguably kick started Edward Nortons career. This courtroom drama/thriller had me failing to second guess correctly the inevitable twists.

14. Snowpiercer (2013)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris

Votes: 253,353 | Gross: $4.56M

Political and social commentary. Action. Sci fi. As much twists and turns as the train makes. Set in the future but not with a difficult concept to comprehend. Just watch Snowpiercer as soon as you can

15. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

80 Metascore

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.

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

Votes: 1,055,227 | Gross: $25.54M

A movie that starts at the end and ends at the beginning. Leaves your jaw hanging on the floor. Only Nolan could pull that off.

16. Inception (2010)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 1,898,444 | Gross: $292.58M

A huge cast and a strong director with an original storyline. This mind boggling movie will keep you entertained throughout with its special effects alone.

17. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones

Votes: 370,357 | Gross: $54.51M

Deals with grief magnificently well that it will make you laugh while crying. The best supporting cast in any film i've seen.

18. Gone Girl (2014)

R | 149 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

79 Metascore

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Votes: 786,987 | Gross: $167.77M

So hard to work out how this movie was going to end. Had me second guessing everything. Ben Afflecks better movies for sure.

19. Shutter Island (2010)

R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 1,039,636 | Gross: $128.01M

The originality of the storyline and in particular, the ending just stood out for me.

20. The Machinist (2004)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian

Votes: 337,048 | Gross: $1.08M

For body transformation alone, this movie deserves a 10. Christian Bale is so dedicated to his role its scary. The movie itself is amazing.

21. The Skin I Live In (2011)

R | 120 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, Marisa Paredes

Votes: 127,297 | Gross: $3.19M

This movie has a twist that is impossible to predict which is why I loved this film.

22. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Horror, Western

72 Metascore

In the dying days of the old west, an elderly sheriff and his posse set out to rescue their town's doctor from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

Director: S. Craig Zahler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins

Votes: 75,572

Left me speechless with one scene in particular. Quite slow to begin with but once it gets going it is quite intense.

23. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 1,107,335 | Gross: $132.38M

I had to pause this movie to take in what just happened in one particular scene. Any movie that shocks me as much as this did deserves to be rated a 10.

24. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 489,623 | Gross: $188.37M

A mixture of brilliance. Acting, directing, musical score, story. Nolan is a genius. You wont be able to relax for 1 second during this movie.

25. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

PG-13 | 149 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans

Votes: 729,739 | Gross: $678.82M

I never thought I would add a MCU movie to this list....but when you are able to balance such a huge cast who play such huge characters in 2 hours and 40 minutes then I have to give credit where its due. Arguably Avengers: Infinity war will only be enjoyed as much as me if you have seen all movies from the MCU like myself. Im not a huge fan of superhero movies due to predictability, unoriginal plots and cheesy dialogue but this took the superhero genre to a new level!

26. The Hunt (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 251,961 | Gross: $0.69M

A pure drama with a wonderful performance by the lead. As real as a fictional movie can be. Innocent until proven guilty

27. First Reformed (2017)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Victoria Hill

Votes: 37,936 | Gross: $3.45M

Ethan Hawke deserves an oscar for his performance of a troubled pastor. The psychology of the character is so interesting to watch. Thought provoking.

28. Don't Breathe (2016)

R | 88 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

Hoping to walk away with a massive fortune, a trio of thieves break into the house of a blind man who isn't as helpless as he seems.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto

Votes: 196,735 | Gross: $89.22M

A clever play on the cat and mouse/home invasion genre. Will certainly keep you on the edge of your seat.

29. Dog Pound (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

57 Metascore

Three juvenile delinquents are sentenced to a correctional facility where they encounter gang violence, death, and harassment from staff and other inmates.

Director: Kim Chapiron | Stars: Adam Butcher, Shane Kippel, Matthew Morales, Slim Twig

Votes: 10,204

Intense from start to finish. Make no mistake, the characters are repulsive, some more than others. Its a hard watch however if you love prison movies then this is one for your checklist. Tim Robbins wouldn't last a second in this realistic prison drama

30. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama

73 Metascore

After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally-disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother. This situation is suddenly challenged though, when love unexpectedly walks into his life.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 201,829 | Gross: $9.17M

The title asks you a question that isnt too hard to answer. There is plenty more questions you will ask yourself once youve finished this well acted drama. Dicaprio's performance makes him unrecognizable and academy award worthy.

31. Deadpool (2016)

R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein

Votes: 848,182 | Gross: $363.07M

Now my opinion on most marvel movies is very average, the good guy wins and the bad guy ends up failing to destroy the world but Deadpool is a whole new ball game when it comes to the superhero genre but the superhero genre isn't the only genre it gives you. Romance, action, comedy and drama elements are all present. Ryan Reynolds plays the part flawlessly

32. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who's awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman

Votes: 274,719 | Gross: $53.61M

Both lead actors were immense in this western remake. Trying to understand both characters emotions was an interesting challenge.

33. Sling Blade (1996)

R | 135 min | Drama

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: 83,269 | Gross: $24.48M

An outstanding performance by Billy Bob Thornton. The slow pacing of the movie makes it perfect to build character and at the same time introduce new characters to the story. A sleeper hit which I believe deserves more attention.

34. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

When a simple jewelry heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn

Votes: 856,282 | Gross: $2.83M

"Why do I have to be Mr Pink?"

35. The Jungle Book (2016)

PG | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

77 Metascore

After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and free-spirited bear Baloo.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba

Votes: 246,526 | Gross: $364.00M

I kind of knew I was going to love this film before I went to see it. The CGI was unreal and if you love the original jungle book then this wont let you down. Stays true to the original.

36. Inside Out (I) (2015)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

94 Metascore

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 558,316 | Gross: $356.46M

Inside out was thought provoking and had a strong message for ADULTS as well as children. Don't let the colorful animation fool you into thinking this is a simple minded kids only movie.

37. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

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

67 Metascore

An I.R.S. auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah

Votes: 210,387 | Gross: $40.14M

Will Ferrell plays a role we aren't familiar with him playing. He is more than just a comedian.

38. Triangle (2009)

R | 99 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman

Votes: 93,230

Maybe this isn't the strongest in the list but I really enjoyed it. The ending came together nicely and was very satisfying. If you are slightly new to the psychological thriller genre then give this a go.

39. Game Night (I) (2018)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when the shady brother of one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters.

Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein | Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan

Votes: 176,135 | Gross: $69.18M

The most fun you will have with a movie. Game night had me laughing right the way through but it didnt distract me from the twisty comedy. Retro gaming styled score mixed with Jason Bateman might not be everyones cup of tea but it sure is fun

40. Death Note (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 101 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

43 Metascore

A high school student named Light Turner discovers a mysterious notebook that has the power to kill anyone whose name is written within its pages, and launches a secret crusade to rid the world of criminals.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Nat Wolff, LaKeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham

Votes: 69,484

Contrary to critics reviews I really enjoyed this netflix movie. It asks the viewer many moral questions and has a great soundtrack. The story is really interesting however the writing needs some polishing. Not the strongest 10/10 I have seen but it is certainly a hidden gem. (Also dafoe is awesome)

41. Project Almanac (2015)

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

47 Metascore

A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.

Director: Dean Israelite | Stars: Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Virginia Gardner, Jonny Weston

Votes: 72,751 | Gross: $22.33M

This movie is fun. It exceeded my expectations. Alternative spin on the time-travel sci fi movies.

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