Favourite Movies

By category

Favourites

  • 3 Idiots
  • Almost Famous
  • Bladerunner (with the voice-over, damnit!)
  • Brazil
  • Casablanca
  • Chinatown
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • EdTV
  • Field of Dreams
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Henry V (Branagh)
  • The Incredibles
  • Jean de Florette
  • The Lives of Others
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Manon of the Spring
  • Manufactured Landscapes
  • October Sky
  • The Princess Bride
  • Pride and Prejudice (2005, Wright/Knightley)
  • Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee)
  • Seven Samurai
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Spirited Away
  • Stardust
  • Unforgiven
  • The Visitor

Honourable Mentions

  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • Alladin
  • Chasing Amy
  • Cinema Paradiso (absolutely not the director's cut)
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Don Juan de Marco
  • Definitely Maybe
  • Dodsworth
  • Emma (Beckinsale)
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Fight Club
  • 49 Up
  • The Full Monty
  • Garden State
  • Grosse Pointe Blank
  • High Fidelity
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance
  • The Lion in Winter
  • Memento
  • Microcosmos
  • Northanger Abbey (2007)
  • Ondine
  • Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead
  • Shrek
  • The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  • Three Kings
  • Time Bandits
  • Toy Story 1 and 2
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • 28 Up
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

By Category

Action

  • Avatar
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Last Action Hero
  • The Matrix
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Rush Hour
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Under Seige
  • [See also "Martial Arts" and "Superheroes"]

Animated

  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Incredibles
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Alladin
  • Finding Nemo
  • Toy Story 1 and 2
  • Lilo and Stitch

Anime

  • Spirited Away
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Paprika

Comedy

  • 3 Idiots
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • The Full Monty
  • Office Space
  • Outsourced
  • The Princess Bride
  • Garden State
  • Grosse Pointe Blank
  • EdTV
  • Major League

Black Comedy

  • Fight Club
  • The Matador
  • Three Kings

Coming of Age / Teen Comedy

  • Almost Famous
  • Say Anything
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Ten Things I Hate About You

Documentary

  • 28 Up
  • 49 Up
  • Microcosmos
  • Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
  • Manufactured Landscapes

Drama

  • The Lives of Others
  • L.A. Confidential
  • The Secret in Their Eyes
  • The Visitor
  • Jean de Florette
  • Manon of the Spring
  • Dodsworth

Martial Arts

  • First Strike
  • Ong Bak
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Snake in Eagle's Shadow
  • Supercop ("Police Story 4" if you're in Asia)
  • Hero

Romantic Comedy

  • Roman Holiday
  • Definitely, Maybe
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love.
  • Love Actually
  • Northanger Abbey (2007)
  • Notting Hill
  • Don Juan de Marco
  • Chasing Amy
  • How to Steal a Million

TV

  • Slings and Arrows, Seasons 1, 2, and 3
  • Sherlock, Season 1 episode 1, Season 2
  • Sandbaggers, Seasons 1, 2, and 3
  • Firefly
  • The Game of Thrones, Season 1
  • Buffy, Seasons 1 and 2

Science Fiction

  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Avatar
  • Brazil
  • V for Vendetta
  • The Matrix
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Serenity
  • Next
  • Alien
  • Pleasantville

Superheroes

  • The Incredibles
  • X-Men
  • X2: X-Men United
  • Iron Man
  • Hancock
  • Blade

Cinematography

Note that some of these movies - particularly "Sky Captain" - have NOTHING else to recommend them except the utterly stunning visuals.

  • Samsara
  • Koyaanasqatsi
  • Manufactured Landscapes
  • The Fall
  • Microcosmos
  • The Secret of Kells
  • Sin City
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Western

  • Silverado
  • Unforgiven

Underrated

Underrated movies you should see:

  • Fido
  • Garden State
  • The Girl in the Cafe
  • The Matador
  • Ondine
  • Outsourced
  • Page Eight
  • The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  • The Visitor
  • Wristcutters: A Love Story


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