Favorite movies: the 'apples', 'oranges', and 'bananas' ;-)by searching-girl | created - 13 Jun 2014 | updated - 05 Oct 2016 | Public
I see no sense in comparing so called art-house movies to 'event'-movies, I can say which sort of 'apple' I prefer, but do not compare them to 'oranges'.
Genre movies (often with such a high budget that they need a high BO result) or belonging to a genre not all ppl will even allow/admit them-self to watch... = 'oranges' So what call movies who are a mix of both ... 'bananas'?
I judge movies in this way: if the goal was to film a cop-buddy movie and someone did it in an excellent way, even when the plot is done a 10000 time, then it is for me still excellent (= the word's description here on IMDb for 10/10).
A well-crafted, thought through art-house movie might be story wise a lot more original and also more interesting and... and can still be only a 7 or worse
And sometimes even a heavily flawed movie ends on my lists for some unique details or...
Not a 'best' movies list, it's FAVORITE movies. It includes all the few comedies / movies with strong comedic aspects I can stand or love too. Two pages!
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1. Rashomon (1950)
Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.
Votes: 160,723 | Gross: $0.10M
2. Seven Samurai (1954)
Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Votes: 330,094 | Gross: $0.27M
4. M (1931)
Passed | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.
Votes: 151,173 | Gross: $0.03M
Considering the relativly early time it was made in, the influences and developed techniques later done movies could build up their quality on... High quality movie IMHO
5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
R | 133 min | Drama
A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.
Votes: 957,188 | Gross: $112.00M
Love a lot about that movie
6. 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: 2,476,263 | Gross: $28.34M
I am not one of the ones who claim it is THE best movie of all time, but I do think it is a very good movie
7. In the Name of the Father (1993)
R | 133 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man's coerced confession to an I.R.A. bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.
Votes: 166,552 | Gross: $25.01M
Bio-pic with 2 actors on my most favorite actors list.
Pete Postlethwaite was one of them RIP
8. Wait Until Dark (1967)
Not Rated | 108 min | Thriller
A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.
Votes: 29,364 | Gross: $17.55M
One of my most favorite movies of all time. Go girl!
9. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama
The jury in a New York City murder trial is frustrated by a single member whose skeptical caution forces them to more carefully consider the evidence before jumping to a hasty verdict.
Votes: 732,929 | Gross: $4.36M
Intensely played, interesting in its description of people's possible change in behavior/judgement...
10. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Approved | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.
Votes: 117,132 | Gross: $8.18M
Love it, love it, love it.
The late Charles Laughton is my most favorite actor ever
11. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid the $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
Votes: 85,829 | Gross: $0.65M
One of my most favorite movies of all time. I think it is undervalued by the GA
12. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. An unusual relationship forms as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
Votes: 1,086,559 | Gross: $19.50M
13. The Usual Suspects (1995)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
Votes: 1,032,296 | Gross: $23.34M
I do like this movie very much. Not as a 'cult-movie', not as a 'best' something movie....
I do love ~ signature movies of upcoming directors in general, but never think they are now the 'best directors ever'
14. Erskineville Kings (1999)
90 min | Drama
Barky, 25, lost soul, left home two years ago to escape his abusive father leaving behind everything in the world that was important to him; now that his father's dead, he thinks it's safe to come home.
Intense story, wow factor for some then not well known actors...
Read about it shortly after the release and did a lot to get to see it then in my country. Was not disappointed ;-)
The rest see The Ususal Suspects
15. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.
Votes: 1,173,199 | Gross: $25.54M
See Usual Suspects
16. My Left Foot (1989)
R | 103 min | Biography, Drama
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.
Votes: 71,488 | Gross: $14.74M
Interesting bio-pic, Daniel Day-Lewis in an unusual role
17. A Gathering of Old Men (1987 TV Movie)
PG | 91 min | Drama
A regular day in a Louisiana sugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer is shot in self defense. A group of old, black men takes a courageous step by coming forward en ... See full summary »
18. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
R | 102 min | Drama
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.
Votes: 798,256 | Gross: $3.64M
Only movie the many cuts... were IMHO done in an artistic way. Like it, but not as 'best-movie-ever-cult-blabla'
19. The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle, which helped him set the land speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
Votes: 53,502 | Gross: $5.13M
Love moto-cycles, love quirky characters, who go their own way... Funny bio-pic I really love for the man's story it's based on.
20. Gettin' Square (2003)
Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Barry's released after 8 years prison with good intentions. He looks for work - difficult with a record. Both his kid brother and friend won't stay out of crime.
Not the best movie ever, but love e.g. David Wenham's guts / acting, love a lot of little details. One of the best court scenes ever...
21. 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: 396,434 | Gross: $138.53M
Naivety, observing, change, learning....
Love that Berenger got a role as scarfaced badie, loved Willem Dafoe's character too, so many interesting actors and details...
22. The Deer Hunter (1978)
R | 183 min | Drama, War
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of several friends in a small steel mill town in Pennsylvania.
Votes: 325,574 | Gross: $48.98M
Interesting way to pick up people's aftermath of soldiers...
Some very intense scenes and actors
23. Throne of Blood (1957)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History
A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.
25. Macbeth (1948)
Passed | 107 min | Drama, History, War
Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.
26. Macbeth (I) (2006)
Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
A contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" set in the ganglands of Melbourne.
Votes: 2,188 | Gross: $1.11M
probably one of the worst Macbeth versions on film, as I 'collect' Macbeth versions, still on my favorite list
27. Macbeth (1979 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 145 min | Drama
Macbeth (Sir Ian McKellen) is a daring member of the Scottish military, who receives a revelation from three menacing sorceresses that he will someday become the King of Scotland. This ... See full summary »
28. Touch of Evil (1958)
PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.
Votes: 101,778 | Gross: $2.24M
Love the movie beside I can't stand Charleton Heston.
29. Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)
R | 120 min | Drama
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.
Votes: 15,116 | Gross: $17.04M
One of my most favorite movies, love Raul Julia's ... work
30. Das Boot (1981)
R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.
Votes: 241,337 | Gross: $11.49M
Great study, I usually watch the mine-series version.
31. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.
Votes: 276,243 | Gross: $47.40M
Only the long version / dir. cut! Still annoyed about the missing scenes even there
32. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
PG-13 | 165 min | Western
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.
Votes: 315,457 | Gross: $5.32M
33. Hombre (1967)
Approved | 111 min | Western
John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Native Americans, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.
I love the 'otherness', the anti-cliche of the lead, especially for the year it was filmed
34. The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
Passed | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.
Charles Laughton in a - for me - very interesting bio-pic
35. La Strada (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.
I think Giulietta Masina stood way too much in the shadow of Fellini.
36. The Bourne Identity (2002)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and attempting to regain his memory.
Votes: 525,175 | Gross: $121.66M
The first I liked very much beside the missed opportunity to include the female character of the books like it was so special / greatly done in the books. Part 2 and 3 are nice action movies, but way too generic especially in comparison to the original books. Where are his friends, the strong and high positioned in government wife?
37. The Bourne Legacy (2012)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.
Votes: 292,839 | Gross: $113.20M
I like this version very much as it is in the 'mood' with the Ludlum books and has a strong and more mature female character as too few movies have and is also typical for the Ludlum books. One of the reasons I can't stand the later writer's versions of the book series, he killed all away what made the original triology unique, made the series generic (lone wolf...)
38. The Third Man (1949)
Approved | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
Votes: 165,654 | Gross: $0.45M
Suspense, the melody,.... nail biting
39. Goldfinger (1964)
PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
While investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.
Votes: 181,779 | Gross: $51.08M
40. GoldenEye (1995)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Years after a friend and fellow 00 agent is killed on a joint mission, a secret space based weapons program known as "GoldenEye" is stolen. James Bond sets out to stop a Russian crime syndicate from using the weapon.
Votes: 247,842 | Gross: $106.60M
Love the long intro and some of the actors and so on
42. The Bride Wore Black (1968)
Unrated | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal? What is her purpose?
Votes: 9,052 | Gross: $0.55M
One of my favorite films of all time with one of my favorite actresses of all time
43. JFK (1991)
R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller
New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Votes: 148,916 | Gross: $70.41M
Interstingly developed story and play. Great work of a lot of actors....
44. Four Brothers (2005)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When their adoptive mother is gunned down in a store robbery the 'four brothers' investigate the murder for themselves & look for the killers, but not all is what it seems.
Votes: 140,201 | Gross: $74.49M
I like the music, the mood, the family aspect and so on
45. The Untouchables (1987)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller