Whiplash which you've obviously seen based on that username but I Tonya is a great female perspective on a classic tortured artist story that often gets ignored

Lady Bird was an incredibly frustrating watch but so beautifully captured being a teenage girl in suburbia wanting to move to a big city and grappling with a difficult relationship with her mother

 

Not my favorite but arguably a cinematic masterpiece. Commodus to me was by far the best performance (Joaquin is insanely talented).

 

Taylor Sheridan's "New American West' trilogy - Sicario, Hell or High Water, Wind River - have become some of my favorites. Their gritty realism is hard to find nowadays. I grew up on the Harry Potter series and they will always have a place in my heart. Also a huge fan of Ronin and The French Connection.

 

Wind River has one of the most infuriating scenes in cinematic history

 

Wall Street 1987, The Big Short, The Social Network, The Pursuit of Happyness, Rudy, The Founder. All bangers

 

Not necessarily in order:

1. Inception
2. Wind River
3. Ex Machina
4. The Departed
5. Beautiful Boy
6. Inglorious Bastards
7. OUATIH
8. Arrival
9. Good Will Hunting
10. Good Fellas

Honorable mentions:
1. The Town
2. Drive
3. Prisoners
4. Blade runner 2049
5. Se7en
6. Incendies

 

Interesting note, after reading the screenplay for prisoners several years before it was made (the ending to original screenplay is even more awesome than the movie), I spent a summer writing my own screenplay since I was so inspired and it placed top 10% in the Nichols fellowship. Top 5% actually get an agent, so I was so close lol.

But so many people have never seen or heard of prisoners.

To me, it’s of the best dark thrillers out there.

 

If you like prisoners you’ll like Incendies, one of Denis Villeneuve’s lesser known films.

 

I love movies more than anything else. My greatest-of-all-time list:

Drama

Gone with the Wind

The Godfather 1 and 2

It's a Wonderful Life

Hara Kiri

Apocalypse Now

Once Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Schindler's List

Shawshank Redemption

Goodfellas

Cinema Paradiso

Once Upon a Time in America

The Leopard

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Character Studies/Rise and Fall

Lawrence of Arabia

Amadeus

Barry Lyndon

Fitzcarraldo

Citizen Kane

There Will Be Blood

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"Westerns"

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Seven Samurai

No Country for Old Men

Fistful of Dollars

For a Few Dollars More

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Though-provoking/Philosophical

2001: A Space Odyssey

Clockwork Orange

Ex Machina

Rashomon

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Horror/Psychological Thriller/Unsettling Atmosphere

Gone Girl

Psycho

Chinatown

Rosemary's Baby

Taxi Driver

Prisoners

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Comedy

Borat

Tropic Thunder

Rush Hour

Airplane!

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Fantasy/Whimsical
Pan's Labyrinth

The Lion King

Spirited Away

The Princess Bride

Ratatouille

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Romance

Gone with the Wind (again)

It Happened One Night

Beauty and the Beast

Sense and Sensibility

Pride and Prejudice

Past Lives

Annie Hall