Top 154 Movies
Original List by ZankRank

it's a wonderful life
the incredibles
brad bird
a man for all seasons
The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage.
lawrence of arabia
maurice jarre
ratatouille
funny and poignent
scrooge
9. casablanca buy from Amazon.com 20
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11. up buy from Amazon.com 18
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up
a little stretch with the plot makes this otherwise moving and entertaining film fail in pixar perfection.
you serious clark?
jj abrams
die hard
toy story
The one that started it all, TS set the bar for all the subsequent films. Brilliant.
ridley scott
18. wall-e buy from Amazon.com 15
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wall-e
great animation- funny stuff. another great flick by pixar!
monsters inc.
Relentlessly entertaining.
ron clements, john musker
22. elf buy from Amazon.com 14
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elf
23. star wars buy from Amazon.com 13
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star wars
john williams
25. citizen kane buy from Amazon.com 13
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a bug's life
This from Pixar, is a spin on Aesop’s Fable – The Ant and the Grasshopper. A Bug’s Life stands as a cautionary tale against the evils of socialism. The productive ants work hard all year, storing for winter. The grasshoppers produce nothing, then come to forcibly confiscate the fruits of the ants’ labor. Many Americans have increasingly learned to do likewise through the voting booth. Our politicians have been doing it far longer. Watch the clip. See the grasshoppers as the parasitic politicians, and the ants as the American taxpayers. This is what your politicians on both sides of the aisle truly think of you: “Those puny little ants outnumber us 100 to 1, and if they ever figure that out, there goes our way of life!”
the book thief
Based on the novel by Markus Zusak, it is the powerful tale of a young girl thrust into the politics of 1939 Germany, in which her foster parents take in a Jew hiding from the Nazis.
phenomenal summary of our time
great story, comedy, romance, and just a little cheese
braveheart
William Wallace, a commoner, unites the 13th Century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule.
kinda makes those 80's batmans look really corny
on the waterfront
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
The film would be "Cap versus the world we all live in today. Counter-cultural For the win.
Small business takes on the Walter Pecks of the world to save the city.
the princess bride
anybody want a peanut?
richard linklater
skyfall
yesssss
41. top gun buy from Amazon.com 10
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top gun
full metal jackass
oblivion
Fantastic special effects and an intriguing plot.
44. contact buy from Amazon.com 10
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contact
A brilliant amalgamation of science and belief.
dead poets society
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day.
captain america: the winter soldier
"You hold a gun on everyone on Earth and call it protection."
good morning vietnam
Great socio-political commentary and some very funny scenes.
50. fletch buy from Amazon.com 9
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fletch
it's all ballberings nowadays.
monsters university
Not As great as its predecessor but very entertaining.
helloooooooo
tucker
The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.
quality sequels are unheard of in hollywood; pixar makes them so that you don't even think of them as a sequel.
joe versus the volcano
scarlett o'hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the tarleton twins were.
it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
i'm not a big fan of robert downey jr. but this was a great action flick!
graphic and sound effects out of this world and a nice script and good acting
the good guy (josh brolin) steals $2 million in drug money. the implacably, mesmerizingly, astonishingly bad guy (javier bardem) tries to get it back. and a west texas sheriff (tommy lee jones) tracks their discursive trails. adapting cormac mccarthy's novel, joel and ethan coen have fashioned a nea
62. legend buy from Amazon.com 9
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ferris bueller's day off
the breakfast club
The story centers around Sgt. John Riley and 16 men of his U.S. Army battalion who (against military law) are whipped for "desertion" only because they had traveled (permission denied) to the Mexican side of the border to fulfill their religious obligation to attend Mass, and because they are thought to be "Papists" whose loyalty is ipso facto suspect in the eyes of their Protestant commanders.
to kill a mockingbird
Harper Lee - Challenged in Eden Valley, MN (1977) and temporarily banned due to words "damn" and "whore lady" used in the novel. Challenged in the Vernon Verona Sherill, NY School District (1980) as a "filthy, trashy novel." Challenged at the Warren, IN Township schools (1981) because the book does "psychological damage to the positive integration process" and "represents institutionalized racism under the guise of good literature." After unsuccessfully trying to ban Lee's novel, three black parents resigned from the township human relations advisory council. Challenged in the Waukegan, IL School District (1984) because the novel uses the word "nigger." Challenged in the Kansas City, MO junior high schools (1985).
69. excalibur buy from Amazon.com 8
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in a communist dictatorship, the government spies on its own citizens. an east german official (the late, great ulrich mü) is assigned to bug the home of some theater people and in the process gets a dose of conscience. in february, florian henckel von donnersmarck's poignant, unsettling thrill
completed in 1977 and virtually unseen since, charles burnett's poetic document of family life in a los angeles ghetto finally got a decent release, and is now out on dvd. in sympathetic, unsentimental vignettes, we meet a slaughterhouse worker (henry gayle sanders), his wife (kaycee jones) and two
72. the bounty buy from Amazon.com 8
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didn't live up to my expectations, but it was a pretty good one
single faceted, but unique and brilliant
one of the best movies of the decade
the patriot
Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.
caddyshack
Great film, excellent dramatic role for Williams.
for greater glory
a chronicle of the cristeros war (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the mexican government's attempt to secularize the country.
the hunger games
set in a future where the capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, katniss everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.
the giver
A dystopian future which limits freedom in order to gain safety. The result is subtlely terrifying.
v for vendetta
This film, released in the midst of W’s military adventures and assaults on civil liberties, offers a blistering critique of The State. Under Obama, it’s urgency has grown. V is speaking directly to you, right here, right now: “…there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? …if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason.
aladdin
Provided some excellent comic relief to one of Disney's best.
peter jackson
90. amedeus buy from Amazon.com 7
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amedeus
poaching in merchant-ivory territory, director joe wright did right by jane austen's pride and prejudice two years ago. he reunites with leading lady keira knightley in this ian mcewan story about the naive perniciousness of youth. saoirse ronan is terrific as the confused 12-year-old, and as the ta
Story of the ultimate libertarian Catholic: Christ
les miserables
epic story of liberty, love, and justice
98. brave buy from Amazon.com 6
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brave
It's Pixar
adapting the 1979 musical about a barber driven mad by lost love and revenge, tim burton finds a pulsing, mournful heart inside stephen sondheim's cold-steel lyrics — and then he rips it out. he applies the desaturated color scheme of sleepy hollow to the streets of 18th century london, where virtua
101. et buy from Amazon.com 6
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et
world war z
Compelling and not-too-gruesome Zombie flick with modern technology.
night at the museum
Appropriate role for a big kid.
Added gravitas to a formulaic Hollywood picture.
107. jfk buy from Amazon.com 5
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Solid portrayal of the assassination and the plot of fascists to overthrow the US government
atlas shrugged: part i
A powerful railroad executive, Dagny Taggart, struggles to keep her business alive while society is crumbling around her. Based on the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand.
robert zemeckis
pretty dang funny. some parts were unwatchable (and you know who you are) but overall pretty good
marjane satrapi grew up in iran, first under the shah, then in the more repressive shadow of the ayatollah. she moved to paris and sketched her early life into a graphic-novel memoir. now, with co-director vincent paronnaud (known in comics circles as winshluss), satrapi has created something unusua
115. dragonheart buy from Amazon.com 5
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valkyrie
Col. Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) serves Germany with loyalty and pride but fears that Hitler will destroy his country if allowed to run unchecked. With time running out for Germany and the rest of Europe, von Stauffenberg joins a group of like-minded, high-ranking men who want to overthrow the Nazi regime from within. With everything he holds dear in the balance, von Stauffenberg becomes the trigger man in a plot to assassinate the evil dictator.
118. eragon buy from Amazon.com 4
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in a strong year for political docs, charles ferguson's study of the iraq morass stands out for its comprehensive take on how we got there, why we can't get out. stubbornness is one reason, lack of intellectual curiosity another. as one ex-bush official notes, when the president was presented with a
can't remember if this came out in 2008 or not- crazy good
dark and violent, but expertly made
scrooged
mrs. doubtfire
After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.
When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.
the great gatsby
Brilliant cinematography, sub-par story/acting
silver circle
At the center of corruption is the Federal Reserve who has gained enormous amounts of control over America's economy
ang lee
back to the future
131. ben-hur buy from Amazon.com 3
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a soldier back from iraq is found dead, his body hacked to pieces. his father (tommy lee jones) wants to know what happens, and enlists the help of a smart police detective (charlize theron). paul haggis' drama, based on a true case, is a big improvement on his oscar-winning crash: strong in the sle
133. last samurai buy from Amazon.com 3
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Another film pushing the envelope.
free state of jones
140. cars buy from Amazon.com 2
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finding nemo
Smart and groundbreaking.
142. the big sleep buy from Amazon.com 2
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nothing makes a critic feel worse than the emotional badgering of self-styled "feel-good" comedies. but this one i found pretty darned lovable. keri russell is the pregnant piemaker who is abused by her husband and attracted to her mcdreamy ob-gyn. writer-director adrienne shelly (who was
robert zemeckis' version of the old saga announces the instant maturity of motion-capture animation (where actors perform their scenes and computer whizzes basically paint over them). writers roger avary and neil gaiman have given the story a weird twist about halfbreed offspring and the need to kil
raiders of the lost arc
martin scorsese
maria full of grace
A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.
what dreams may come
After dying in a car crash a man searches the afterlife for his wife.
151. a.i. artificial intelligence buy from Amazon.com 1 A down vote will remove this item!
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A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
152. team america buy from Amazon.com 1 A down vote will remove this item!
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team america
Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.
153. austin powers buy from Amazon.com 1 A down vote will remove this item!
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154. the thorn birds buy from Amazon.com 1 A down vote will remove this item!
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This mini series covers 60 years in the lives of the Cleary family, brought from New Zealand to Australia to run their aunt Mary Carson's ranch. The story centers on their daughter, Meggie, and her love for the family's priest, Father Ralph de Bricassart. Meggie tries to forget Ralph by marrying dashing stockman Luke O'Neill, but she and Ralph are soon reunited, with tragic consequences for them both.
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