Favorite movies: the 'apples', 'oranges', and 'bananas' ;-)

by searching-girl | created - 13 Jun 2014 | updated - 05 Oct 2016 | Public

Favorite movies:

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

98 Metascore

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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 160,723 | Gross: $0.10M

2. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 330,094 | Gross: $0.27M

3. The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Not Rated | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

89 Metascore

Lured by gold, two greedy peasants unknowingly escort a princess and her general across enemy lines.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara

Votes: 37,419

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.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

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

84 Metascore

A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco

Votes: 957,188 | Gross: $112.00M

Love a lot about that movie

6. 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: 2,476,263 | 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

84 Metascore

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.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Crosbie, Philip King

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

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

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

96 Metascore

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.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

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

99 Metascore

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.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

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

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Votes: 1,086,559 | Gross: $19.50M

Great characters,...

13. The Usual Suspects (1995)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin

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.

Director: Alan White | Stars: Marty Denniss, Hugh Jackman, Andrew Wholley, Aaron Blabey

Votes: 589

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

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: 1,173,199 | Gross: $25.54M

See Usual Suspects

16. My Left Foot (1989)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

97 Metascore

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

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 »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Richard Widmark, Holly Hunter, Joe Seneca

Votes: 701

Interesting study

18. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R | 102 min | Drama

68 Metascore

The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans

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

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Iain Rea, Tessa Mitchell

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.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky | Stars: Sam Worthington, David Wenham, Timothy Spall, Freya Stafford

Votes: 2,984

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

92 Metascore

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.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

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

86 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 49,901

24. Macbeth (1971)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler

Votes: 13,250

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.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 6,832

26. Macbeth (I) (2006)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" set in the ganglands of Melbourne.

Director: Geoffrey Wright | Stars: Victoria Hill, Lachy Hulme, Gary Sweet, Sam Worthington

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 »

Directors: Philip Casson, Trevor Nunn | Stars: Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, John Bown, Susan Dury

Votes: 815

28. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

99 Metascore

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

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

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Hector Babenco | Stars: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sônia Braga, José Lewgoy

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

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

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

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock

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

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 315,457 | Gross: $5.32M

33. Hombre (1967)

Approved | 111 min | Western

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone, Diane Cilento

Votes: 12,023

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.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall, Miles Mander

Votes: 4,136

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.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 61,008

I think Giulietta Masina stood way too much in the shadow of Fellini.

Great actress

36. The Bourne Identity (2002)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen

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

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Tony Gilroy | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Scott Glenn

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

97 Metascore

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Votes: 165,654 | Gross: $0.45M

Suspense, the melody,.... nail biting

39. Goldfinger (1964)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

87 Metascore

While investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 181,779 | Gross: $51.08M

40. GoldenEye (1995)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen

Votes: 247,842 | Gross: $106.60M

Love the long intro and some of the actors and so on

41. We Own the Night (2007)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

A New York City nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian Mafia hitmen.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Danny Hoch

Votes: 87,084 | Gross: $28.56M

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?

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Bouquet, Charles Denner

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

72 Metascore

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

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

49 Metascore

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.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, André 3000, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 140,201 | Gross: $74.49M

I like the music, the mood, the family aspect and so on