Number 20
Star Wars (all of em!)
ImageWhile some people hate on Episode 2 and especially Episode 1, I thought they both interesting movies. Of course the original trilogy is the best. The ending to Empire, the beginning of New Hope… there are just so many scenes that are just so memorable. I absolutely can’t wait for these movies to come out on DVD. Part of me is happy, but part of me wonders what took so long.
Also Recommended Viewing: Cowboy Bebop, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Indiana Jones trilogy

Number 19
ImageAn experienced detective, William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), and a rookie detective, David Mills (Brad Pitt), team up in an attempt to find a serial killer who chooses victims who are examples of the seven deadly sins. I don’t want to give away anything, but this is simply one of the greatest endings to a movie that you’ll ever see! If you haven’t seen this movie, put this one near the top on the must watch list.
Also Recommended Viewing: The Life of David Gale, The Game, Silence of the Lambs

Number 18
Schindler’s List
ImageHow do you describe the indescribable… explain the unexplainable… speak about the unspeakable? These are all thoughts that pass through my mind as I’m watching this movie knowing that I want myself to write a review of the movie. My thoughts on the Holocaust and on Hitler and general are no different that pretty much anyone else in this world. I think what he did was despicable. While people may argue about what exactly was his contribution, the end result was six million dead with a majority of those being Jews. To put that number into perspective, six million is pretty much the population of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota combined.
Also Recommended Viewing: The Passion of the Christ, Gandhi, Shawshank Redemption

Number 17
Indiana Jones trilogy
ImageThese are the movies that define the term “action-adventure”… Indiana Jones is a trilogy only in the fact that there are three movies. The three are virtually unrelated and you don’t need to see them in any order to appreciate them. Harrison Ford stars, Steven Spielberg directs, and George Lucas helps with the writing of these great films.
Also Recommended Viewing: Star Wars, The Mummy, Lord of the Rings trilogy

Number 16
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
ImageJack Nicholson is one of the coolest actors you’ll ever watching and this is quite possibly his best role. Randle McMurphy (Nicholson) is a criminal who gets sent to a mental hospital instead of jail. Eventually, his attempts to try to make the hospital more exciting become annoying to Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) and she starts to watch his every move. One of only three movies to win top five Oscars… Best Picture, Actor (Nicholson), Actress (Fletcher), Director (Milos Forman) and Screenplay (Bo Goldman).
Also Recommended Viewing: Girl Interrupted, Awakenings, Man on the Moon

Number 15
ImageThe top ranked foreign film and also the top ranked romance film on this list – both for good reason! Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) is an innocent girl living on her own in Paris. She works as a waitress where she daydreams about romance. Eventually, Amelie learns that if she wants to be happy, she has to reach out to others rather than remain a shut in. A charming movie, Amelie works because almost anyone can relate to her. Audrey Tautou is perfectly cast in this nearly perfect movie.
Also Recommended Viewing: Cruel Intentions, Lost in Translation, Run Lola Run

Number 14
Die Hard With A Vengence
ImageI’m not the biggest fan of action movies, but this movie is at least a little bit more heady than just a “shoot-em-up-kill-everything-and-don’t-take-names” action movie like a lot of the new ones tend to be. Bruce Willis will forever be my favorite action star though. Samuel L. Jackson is awesome in this role which some could say is a bit of a “token black guy” roll. I don’t know why either, but I love this poster to the right. I don’t know whether or not I’m looking forward to the fourth Die Hard which is supposedly in production, but I guess I loved the third, so maybe it’ll be good. Not a whole lot of third movies in a series are good…
Also Recommended Viewing: Die Hard, Leon the Professional, Blade

Number 13
City of God
ImageThis movie absolutely took me by surprise because I thought it was going to be a good movie, but I had no idea it would be my favorite movie of 2003 (which I coincidently didn’t see until 2004). Anyways, this Brazillian film packs in all the best things about your favorite coming of age movies and your favorite crime movies and the end result is something just completely great.
Also Recommended Viewing: Goodfellas, Boyz N the Hood, Amores Perros

Number 12
Almost Famous
ImageI’m a sucker for Cameron Crowe movies, I’m all about good music, and I’m really into journalism, so it comes as no surprise that Almost Famous almost cracks the top ten. One of the movies I’ve watched the most, yet gotten sick of the least. I think almost everyone can see a little bit of themselves in the William Miller character. And I almost know every guy could see themselves with a girl as cute and intelligent as Penny Lane (minus the whole groupie bit). Still, it’s one of the best examples of great screenwriting in general you’ll see in modern day cinema. Characters in Cameron Crowe movies always just rock. Just a sidenote: the bootleg cut (available on DVD) is even better than the original.
Also Recommended Viewing: Jerry Maguire, Say Anything, High Fidelity

Number 11
ImageThere are more than a few theories as to who actually was responsible for the killing (besides Oswald, of course). Many people blame the Russians. Others blame the Cubans. Some people blame the mafia. There are even people who blame the CIA, FBI and our own federal government. But like “X” said in the movie, it’s not the who that’s important, it’s the why. While it could be argued that we will never know, it is very interesting trying to figure out and coming to your own conclusions.
Also Recommended Viewing: Thirteen Days, The Insider, Malcolm X