My 25 Personal Favorites of All Timeby ryangrogers | created - 06 Oct 2016 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
These are not necessarily my highest rated films, but more so the films I enjoy watching the most. Some of these have perfect 10's while others go as low as 8.
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1. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 2,173,427 | Gross: $534.86M
The greatest Superhero movie ever made. No Marvel movie even comes remotely close.
2. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
Votes: 798,740 | Gross: $74.28M
Goes against every norm and it's essentially perfect because of that reason. One of the best movie villains ever, as well.
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.
Votes: 566,838 | Gross: $56.95M
A game changer and a perfect piece of art. Kubrick's best.
4. The Prestige (2006)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.
Votes: 1,111,350 | Gross: $53.09M
Nolan's most underrated movie and one of his best. So many secrets to pick up on.
5. Interstellar (2014)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
Votes: 1,375,620 | Gross: $188.02M
Soundtrack. Special effects. Enough said.
6. 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: 1,188,903 | Gross: $130.74M
Haunting. Chilling. One of the greatest individual performances in movie history.
7. Se7en (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Votes: 1,349,339 | Gross: $100.13M
Grittiest roller coaster I've ever been on...
8. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Votes: 833,734 | Gross: $44.02M
The greatest horror movie ever made.
9. 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: 678,590 | Gross: $192.73M
One of my most watched on this list. I love every moment of Fleck's spiral.
10. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 743,979 | Gross: $78.90M
One of the few movies that has had me holding my breath until the very end.
11. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,439,627 | Gross: $448.14M
A perfect conclusion to the greatest Superhero trilogy ever conceived.
12. The Witch (2015)
R | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.
Votes: 174,736 | Gross: $25.14M
One of the most underappreciated and under watched horror movies ever. The perfect slow burn sparks genuine terror. Not a single cliche.
13. There Will Be Blood (2007)
R | 158 min | Drama
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Votes: 482,605 | Gross: $40.22M
Other than Ledger's Joker...the best individual performance I've seen to date
14. Wind River (2017)
R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A veteran hunter helps an FBI agent investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.
Votes: 184,097 | Gross: $33.80M
A dark and gritty mystery with amazing acting and a desolate landscape that adds so much.
15. The Revenant (2015)
R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.
Votes: 657,365 | Gross: $183.64M
One of the prettiest films I've ever seen and DiCaprio's best...
16. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.
Votes: 272,078 | Gross: $45.51M
My favorite comedy. So so much fun
17. Prisoners (2013)
R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.
Votes: 553,880 | Gross: $61.00M
Had me asking questions up until the end. Elite storytelling.
18. 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: 2,190,885 | Gross: $28.34M
A classic and uplifting story. One of everyone's favorites.
19. Nightcrawler (2014)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
Votes: 427,818 | Gross: $32.38M
20. 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: 1,161,949 | Gross: $216.54M
21. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.
Votes: 493,908 | Gross: $1.02M
22. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Votes: 563,703 | Gross: $32.00M
23. Les Misérables (2012)
PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.
Votes: 294,973 | Gross: $148.81M
My favorite musical adaptation onto the big screen.
24. Vertigo (1958)
PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller
A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.
Votes: 336,529 | Gross: $3.20M
A classic Hitchcock mystery...
25. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
Votes: 800,965 | Gross: $170.74M