Totalfilm.com's 100 Favourite Movies
101 Dalmations (1961)
Suggested By: Sarah Tully, Total Film Picture Editor.
Why? "Love the backdrops of London, Pongo and Perdita’s determination, and the struggle to get all the puppies home. And Cruella de Vil is a great villain."
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Suggested By: Sam Boullier on Facebook.
Why? "How many films can claim to cover everything from the dawn of mankind to the birth of a new species? And most of that time within two frames!
"Kubrick’s epic stands up as not only the greatest science fiction film of all time, but the most ambitious film of all time, and to make things better, it pulls it off."
Suggested By: Joseph Whittle on Facebook.
Why? "Pitch black and pitch perfect. Has an atmosphere and depth of invention that has rarely been matched in either sci-fi or horror, and bar maybe two shots, hasn't aged at all."
Suggested By: Alex Cook on Facebook.
Why? "An amazing sequel that rivals the dark, brooding and nerve-shredding terror of Alien .
"With the action cranked up to 11, intense set-pieces that leave you on the edge of your seat, and a stellar performance from Sigourney Weaver during the final showdown with one of cinema's greatest sci-fi monsters, Aliens is a real rollercoaster ride of a film."
Almost Famous (2000)
Suggested By: Ben Cooper on Facebook.
Why? "Nostalgia without over sentimentality, passion without preaching: Cameron Crowe's autobiopic is without doubt one of the sweetest movies ever made and contains career best performances from most of its cast.
"The only film that ever made me feel the same thrill as actually being at a rock gig and with a sound track to die for. The bus sing-along to 'Tiny Dancer' alone is pure movie magic."
Suggested By: Kathryn Twyford, Total Film Production Editor.
Why? "Everything about this epic about Mozart's life is stunning: the music, the acting, the story, the costumes, the locations. I could watch it over and over and never tire of it.
"It may only be loosely based on fact, but it is exactly how I imagine the decadent 17th Century would have been. Awesome."
Suggested By: Anindya Tejo Martoyo on Facebook.
Why? "Imaginative, smart, simple yet brilliant story, stunning cinematography, fantastic performance by Audrey Tautou."
Anchorman: The Legend Of Run Burgundy (2004)
Suggested By: James Butlin on Facebook.
Why? "Will Ferrell and Adam McKay made their first collaboration on film and managed to pull out a hilarious and mostly improvised piece of gold.
"It's endlessly quotable and made future stars out of the likes of Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. Not to mention it kicked off the love for Apatow-produced comedy."
Suggested By: Leighton Jukes on Facebook.
Why? "The special effects are very good, the story (most of) takes you on what I would describe as one hell of a rollercoaster ride, and the scene between Bruce Willis & Liv Tyler toward the end where they say goodbye to each other is heartbreaking."
Back To The Future (1985)
Suggested By: Matthew James Barnes on Facebook.
Why? "It's the most perfect trilogy ever, but the first film is just amazing. Perfectly cast and just an amazingly feel good film. Attention to detail always impresses me, I could watch it all day everyday!"
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Suggested By: Richard Allen on Facebook.
Why? "Great dialogue, great soundtrack and the greatest Jeff Bridges piece of acting. Forget True Grit , Tron and Arlington Road . This is the film he will be remembered for.
"But the rest of the cast deserve their due. Proving that when you have a script that's pure gold everyone will stand up and be counted. I've never seen no damn queen in her undies but I've seen the best Coen brothers film and their best creation."
Black Swan (2010)
Suggested By: Kassie Smith on Facebook.
Why? "Aronofsky is a genius with the way he chose to use the camera. The symbolism and the way you're never really sure if you know what's happening is great. And then there's Natalie Portman. Need I say more?"
Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
Suggested By: Simon Kinnear , Total Film Online Features Writer.
Why? "When I'm stuck on a desert island, and I'm only allowed to take one movie, I'm gonna need something with everything. This has comedy, action, romance, violence, counter-cultural cool and a stew of big, meaty themes - sex, crime and the media.
"Plus it stars Gene Hackman and Gene Wilder. What do you call a film with two Genes? Genius!"
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Suggested By: Mike Daglis on Facebook.
Why? "The casting is great, the effects are great, the horror, the love, the music, the costumes, the gothic feeling, everything! Even Keanu Reeves' acting is decent! (almost)."
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Suggested By: Andrew Lamb on Twitter.
Why? "Original, weird little film with brilliant turn from Bruce Campbell & an epic soundtrack."
Suggested By: Craig Robinson on Facebook.
Why? "A heart-wrenching film that is as diffcult to watch as it is engaging. Carrie(d) by strong performances, a great script and a shocker of an ending that to this day still gives me goosebumps.
"Anybody bullied at school can relate to this film and secretly we all wished we could have done away with the bullies in some fashion. As long as there are schools, there will be bullies, as long as there are bullies there will always be the relevancy of this film. TIMELESS."
Casino Royale (2006)
Suggested By: Bond And Beyond on Facebook.
Why? "What were the chances after 20 films and 42 years that a new Bond film could be regarded by so many as the best Bond ever?
"After a few internet nerds received a disproportionate amount of media coverage with their online hate campaigns, how satisfying was it to see Daniel Craig universally acclaimed? Casino Royale was the highest grossing Bond ever and went on to receive 9 BAFTA nominations."
Children Of Men (2006)
Suggested By: Jethro Colmer on Facebook.
Why? "One of the best films I have ever seen, especially on Blu-Ray. The gritty camerawork and realistic future both shocks and adds to the spectacle.
"The long camera shots, following Clive Owen through the wreckage of Bexhill as the violence erupts around him is breathtaking. One of the greatest films of the 21st Century."
Citizen Kane (1941)
Suggested By: Finn Nahon on Facebook.
Why? "It's utterly amazing. One of the greatest scripts of all time along with amazing acting, innovative camera techniques, unique narrative structure and one of the best directors of all time, Orson Welles, sitting behind the camera, is just amazing.
"Without a doubt an incredible movie. I've seen it twice in a row!"
Suggested By: Grant Anderson on Facebook.
Why? "Watched it by chance one night on BBC2 as a teenager and ultimately led to a love of indie film and to me going on to study film and scriptwriting.
"It opened my eyes to the possibilities of what could be done with little money and a lot of talent."
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Suggested By: Delly Hamilton on Facebook.
Why? "It is such a beautiful masterpiece showcasing brilliantly crafted martial arts along side a simple yet heartfelt storyline.
"The landscape and soundtrack are used effectively to capture the audience's imagination from those who are young to those of the older generation. It's pure, it's simple, it's one of the top 100 movies."
The Dark Knight (2008)
Suggested By: Robin Grahm on Facebook.
Why? "A spellbinding tale of corruption, terrorism, clashing ideologies and hope makes Christopher Nolan's suite about a triumvirate's struggle to save the soul of their city into a modern and future classic of 21st century cinema.
"The Dark Knight , headed by Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, is the film that changed an entire genre forever."
Days Of Heaven (1978)
Suggested By: Soren Eliot on Facebook.
Why? "Terrence Malick's masterpiece Days of Heaven , its stunning images, its beautiful sound. A film that captivates, and inspires.
"Need I say more of it? Malick the master filmmaker escapes any description I can give, it is what I feel as I am lead into his atmosphere, into his poetic journey, into the trance of his stories. There is no other filmmaker like Malick, I could learn from his films forever."
Dead Man (1995)
Suggested By: Marushka Odabackian on Facebook.
Why? "I've never seen such a beautiful movie, the picture is perfect, the black and white colours are just so poetic, the music has something quite mystic.
"The idea of revisiting the standards of traditional western by making a movie about a personal quest and initiatic trip is amazing. Poetry all the way down."
Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
Suggested By: Andy Lowe, Total Film Digital Editor.
Why? "It's funny, tragic, terrifying, humane and English to the core. As an angry-loner revenge fantasy, it deserves to be up there with Taxi Driver - because Paddy Considine is as good as De Niro, and because it shows the futility of using violence to redeem violence.
"Also, that home-video montage of the brothers growing up together always makes me blub."
The Departed (2006)
Suggested By: Gavin Skevington on Facebook.
Why? "A true masterpiece, unafraid to delve into the darker side of crime and undercover work. Gritty in its entirety showing vices of the corrupt and the clean.
"Sporting an immense class of talent from a range of generations. A return to Scorsese's work as an artist in modern cinema."
Ed Wood (1994)
Suggested By: Barry Francis on Facebook.
Why? "Forget Pirates of the Caribbean , this is Johnny Depp's best performance. And it's Tim Burton's masterpiece. Funny, tragic and a great story about friendship."
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Suggested By: Matthew Leyland, Total Film Reviews Editor.
Why? "My number one because it's even better than the best thing ever made ( Star Wars ); it leaves you tingling with the possibilty that the next chapter could be greater still (it nearly happened) and it's the least dicked-around with of the original SW trilogy.
"Although I'd probably still love it even if Lucas added a "Nooooooo!" to bit where the guy tells Vader, 'We've come out of lightspeed too close to the system...'"
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
Suggested By: Dan Johnson on Facebook.
Why? "Every time you watch it, you gain something new: a quote, a subtle look the characters share. It’s a stunning commentary on the importance of memories and Jim Carrey is better than ever.
"It’s funny, poignant - without being sentimental - beautiful, at times chilling, and never dull, not to mention its stunning soundtrack. Perfect in every sense."
The Exorcist (1973)
Suggested By: Vincent I. Davalos Jr. on Facebook.
Why? "With Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn & great cast. The special effects before CGI, acting and a good old fashion battle between good and evil."
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Suggested By: Steven Whitchurch, Total Film Art Director.
Why? "Because he always gets away with it and I never did."
Field Of Dreams (1989)
Suggested By: Kathleen Fiddler on Twitter.
Why? "It makes me cry every time and I can almost recite the script!"
Fight Club (1999)
Suggested By: Alexander Chrysafis on Facebook.
Why? "The eight rules. That every line in the film is its own brilliant standalone quote. The infinite variations of the "I am Jack's..." line. The best twist in cinema history. Its ability to make any "decent" person sick. The fact it still looks and feels like it was made yesterday, and it's as relevant as ever."
Finding Nemo (2003)
Suggested By: Mark Hammond on Facebook.
Why? "I've never seen such a more visually arresting sight since the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey . A wonderful, simple tale with true heart."
The Fly (1986)
Suggested By: Daniel Mcilwraith on Facebook.
Why? "Quite simply one of the few films that pulls on the strings of every emotion, every bit as heartwarming as it is grotesque.
"Seamlessly directed with great performances and a memorable score it's the benchmark of Cronenberg's work, taking in all the elements from his previous work and laying the ground work for what came next."
Garden State (2004)
Suggested By: Rhys Williamson on Facebook.
Why? "Shot beautifully, tells a simple and honest tale, great acting, and a superb soundtrack."
Suggested By: Miles I. Hamer on Twitter.
Why? "In all sincerity, Genevieve is my favourite ever film. No one ever believes me, but it has a wicked sense of humour & beautiful too."
Suggested By: Louise Brock, Total Film Designer.
Why? "Because I was a bit of a creepy child that liked ghosty things. I liked the idea of there being ghosts around causing havoc and these 4 guys were about to sort them out and lock them in proton packs.
"My brother and I used to recreate the library scene in the front room rather a lot (taking it in turn to be the ghost!)."
The Good Earth (1937)
Suggested By: Phill Chandler on Facebook.
Why? "Although it's ancient now, it's a real tear-jerking tale of how life was in China just before and then during the revolutionary period. Luise Rayner won the Best Actress Oscar for her part as the put-upon wife no.1.
"It's just different!...and I'd love to see it restored for blu-ray."
The Goonies (1985)
Suggested By: Samuel Thomas on Facebook.
Why? "One of the most outstanding and beloved childrens action/adventure movies of all time. Today it still holds its own as the cast capture your heart, want your inner child to impress with a 'truffle shuffle' and take a chance on a little adventure.
"There is still love for the film and you can see its influence as recently as Super 8 . It's simply and superbly Raiders in size 5's."
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Suggested By: Rosie Fletcher, Total Film News Editor.
Why? "Maybe not the best film ever made, but my favourite, without a doubt. This 50s set New York fable is the Coen's warmest. Sam Raimi's script (co-written with the Coens) is pure poetry, Roger Deakin's cinematography pure fairytale, Carter Burwell's soaring score pure romance...
"And the performances - Tim Robbins as underestimated innocent Norville Barnes, Paul Newman as scheming business brain Sidney J Mussberger and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Amy Archer, the fast talking career gal who thought she was one of the boys, are so gorgeously elevated without loosing any of the beating heart. Wonderful. I never ever get tired of watching this."
Suggested By: Simon Costello on Facebook.
Why? "Came from nowhere to be one of the most fiercely intelligent and awe-inspiring films ever made. With a top notch cast and a director who can't seem to put a foot wrong it took what could have been a laughable idea into one full of cerebral drama and amazing concepts. One that will stick in your head for years."
Independence Day (1996)
Suggested By: Ali Bianchi on Twitter.
Why? "Overblown & stupidly patriotic, but ridiculously entertaining. The cast have a blast, and Emmerich destroys EVERYTHING with wilful abandon."
Iron Man (2008)
Suggested By: Alex Hunt on Facebook.
Why? "Tony Stark plays a great Robert Downey Jr. Or is that the other round? It exceeded all expectations and started the road to what could be the ultimate super hero movie, The Avengers .
"Well done to Jon Favreau who brought a comic legend to life with respect and dignity. One of the best super hero films to date."
Suggested By: Ian McShane on Facebook.
Why? "Despite popular belief, it didn't invent the blockbuster. (Setting is too compact - it's basically Night Of The Living Dead at sea.) What it did do was remind TV-savvy audiences of the pleasure of laughing, gasping and caring in a dark room with 400 strangers.
"And what other film almost dares you to forgive the dated effects? Perfect entertainment."
Jurassic Park (1993)
Suggested By: Dylan Giovanetto on Twitter.
Why? "The movie to inspire a new generation of film lovers. From an epic author and timeless director."
The Karate Kid (1984)
Suggested By: Gregory Pryor on Facebook.
Why? "A film that explores so many themes, such as isolation, friendship, guidance, self realisation and growing up. It has action, romance and is funny in parts also.
"It has an excellent soundtrack and quite possibly the most thrilling ending to a movie of all time."
Kill List (2011)
Suggested By: Samuel Oliver on Twitter.
Why? "Eff me, KL is a taut, ace acted, glorious slice of gritty, gory, intense, wonderful perfection."
Suggested By: Josh Winning, Total Film Online Features Writer.
Why? "Muppets. David Bowie. And a fucking awesome soundtrack. I was enthralled by – nay obsessed with – Jim Henson's magical mystery tour as a kid, and remain irredeemably under its spell today.
"It's got everything – cackling villains, gentle giants and one of the creepiest wigs ever unleashed onscreen. I'm still waiting to be invited in for a cup of tea by a talking worm."
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Suggested By: Ariel Nanagas on Facebook.
Why? "Probably my favourite crime film. Classy, stylish and cynical. A neo-noir that gets better and better after every viewing. Plus it is exceptionally well-written, directed well plus it has a great ensemble cast."
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Suggested By: Delly Hamilton on Facebook.
Why? "Pure beauty. The movie has all the great elements of a top film such as battles, heroes, love and an excellent soundtrack. Each character is superbly developed through out the film allowing the audience to become emotionally invested in their lives.
"I love the imagery of this film from the mountains and waterfalls to the army forts. Most importantly this film relies on storyline and acting not special effects and it delivers."
Let The Right One In (2008)
Suggested By: Richard J Moir on Twitter.
Why? "Reason? It doesn't need one!"
Lone Wolf & Cub: Sword Of Vengeance (1972)
Suggested By: Sam Ashurst, Total Film Deputy Digital Editor.
Why? "Framed for the murder of a lord and with his beloved wife slain, Ogami Itto - the shogun's official executioner - becomes a wandering assassin with a twist; he has his young son, Daigoro, in tow.
"The first instalment of my favourite franchise is also my favourite flick. The Lone Wolf & Cub series has many intense highs, but nothing can compare to that first hit for me. Pure awesome from start to finish."
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)
Suggested By: Luke Lee on Facebook.
Why? "To take a book that was considered unfilmable and 'nerdy' (not least by me) and turn it into one of the best films of the past decade is a staggering achievement.
"Finally, I knew how everyone felt back in '77 watching Star Wars . The only film to blow me away."
Suggested By: Andrew Peirce on Facebook.
Why? "Whilst its derided by many, its also loved by even more. Featuring a cast who are all at the top of their game - many have never been better (Mr Cruise of course) since.
"It's downright hilarious at times, but heartbreaking a moment later. Visually its astounding, and it has one of the best endings around. Screw Kevin Smith, PTA is where its at."
The New World (2005)
Suggested By: Nathanael Smith on Twitter.
Why? Cinematic poetry at its finest. Boring to some, mesmerising, beautiful and unforgettable to others. Better than Pocahontas ."
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Suggested By: Charlie Lewis on Facebook.
Why? "So beautiful and the music is sensational! The creatures are perfect for stop motion, which is fantastic, and it's got some dark humour.
"It's now tradition to watch it every Christmas Eve in my household. Tim Burton is my god."
No Country For Old Men (2007)
Suggested By: Steven Horn on Facebook.
Why? "After a number of large, high budget films, it reinforced the long forgotten fact that a film doesn’t have to be loud to be great.
"With its minimalist style, exceptional dialogue, and Javier Bardem’s not easily forgotten and terrifying performance as Chigurh, the Coen Brothers made a truly superb film."
Suggested By: Finn Christian Edvardsen on Facebook.
Why? "I love this film, because the visuals are fantastic, the story is great (even though it's an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula ), the make-up effects on Count Orlok are really frightening, and Max Schreck plays the role like a real vampire. Fantastic film that deserves every bit of praise it gets."
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Suggested By: Graeme Redmond on Facebook.
Why? "It is possibly one of the greatest and most quotable films to never be in a list of critics' movies, and I always wonder why, from both the story to the characters all the way to the music.
"We all lose ourselves in joining Ulysses, Pete and Delmar in Mississippi, encountering many strange and interesting people, getting into trouble and performing as the Soggy Bottom Boys, this is pure Coen Bros work."
Suggested By: Craig Furniss on Facebook.
Why? "Min-sik Choi’s performance in the lead role gives both frailty and power to a simple, taut story and emotional heft to a subtle, measured script. Staged and shot beautifully, Old Boy’s cinematography, editing, and sound design all enhance the confusion and frustration of the story until the crescendo of the final revelatory twist.
"This is perfectly executed tragedy. It’s opera."
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Suggested By: Neil Evans on Facebook.
Why? "Grandiose and epic, yet at the same time intensely personal, this film is one of the big reasons why I fell in love with cinema in the first place. Everything about this film, such as story, script, production design, cinematography, acting, score and of course direction, simply gel and fit together so perfectly it's frightening.
"What this film has to say about memory and time will haunt me for the rest of my life. I would honestly say it is one of the films for which I feel a sense of complete and unconditional love."
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
Suggested By: Paul Renfree on Twitter.
Why? "Pure cinema. Poetic visuals and a soundtrack that works in perfect symmetry."
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Suggested By: Jimi Morgan on Facebook.
Why? "Never before has a film done so little to deliver so much. Every second of the film, from Nicholson's perfectly judged performance to the beautifully acerbic screenplay deliver a masterclass in effortless charm and wit.
"A rare example of a movie being better than its literary source and its all down to intelligent casting, directing and screenwriting. With all this to offer plus one of the most strikingly devastating endings in cinema history it may just be the best example of a perfect film."
Pineapple Express (2008)
Suggested By: Al Simmons on Facebook.
Why? "Brilliant casting and the on screen bromance feels so real, the monologues between the guys after having a smoke are just brilliant. It's an ace that you can watch with the lads or with the Mrs. Love it."
Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987)
Suggested By: John Paul Samuel on Facebook.
Why? "Too many to mention so I've gone for my favourite comedy. Starring two of the very best acting comedians in their prime, Steve Martin and John Candy (RIP). Hilarious, touching and let's not forget '............they're not pillows!!!!'"
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
Suggested By: Jack Massey on Facebook.
Why? "Not long ago the sort of film I loved were ones like Avatar (crap plot, crap acting). The film that turned me was the1968 Planet of The Apes .
"It was clear how much effort had gone into this film, from the clarity of the plot to the half burned torso of The Statue of Liberty. I thank this film for showing me how a film is supposed to be."
Suggested By: James Williams on Facebook.
Why? "Not a film that's on many people's favourite lists, but a film that always manages to warm my heart.
"It has hidden depths and is incredibly smart, which obviously goes over the heads of those people who think it's just about 'two kids who get sucked into a TV show'. Also, Tobey Maguire gives a career best performance."
The Princess Bride (1987)
Suggested By: Candice Haridimou on Facebook.
Why? "Brilliant cast incl. the late Peter Falk and Andre The Giant. Brilliant story that suits all ages - sword fights, romance, comedy and of course the rodents of unusual size!! It always puts a smile on my face and makes for a perfect sick day movie.
"I even have an "as you wish" tattoo on my forearm it means that much. Beautiful movie."
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Suggested By: George Wales , Total Film Online Features Writer.
Why? "It's Tarantino at the absolute peak of his powers, back when the in-jokes and cult cinema references were the icing on the cake, rather than the cake itself.
"The script's brilliant, as is the cast, while the fragmented narrative is more than just a gimmick, allowing QT to fashion a "happy ending" whilst still bumping off one of his two leads. Plus, Walken's watch story has to be one of the greatest cameo scenes of all time..."
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
Suggested By: The Incredible Suit on Facebook.
Why? "I don’t have children, but if I did I still wouldn’t love them as much as I love Raiders Of The Lost Ark . Nothing else Spielberg has made matches Raiders for effortless genius, flawless structure and pure, undiluted fun.
The witty, inventive script is packed with believable characters - including cinema’s greatest hero - brought to life in note-perfect performances, and the impeccably choreographed set-pieces, astonishing stunts, groundbreaking sound design and the greatest score ever written only serve to remind me how much I prefer the film to my non-existent offspring. Even my first born, Indiana."
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Suggested By: Film Watcher on Twitter.
Why? "Ultra cool, and beautifully violent. Perfection on film, it really impacts the viewer."
Return Of The Jedi (1983)
Suggested By: James Beard on Facebook.
Why? "A fitting climax to the greatest trilogy of all time. An empire toppled, an epic final battle & the baddest villain in the galaxy redeemed. And finally a musical score that only John Williams could provide, with such power, elegance and hair raising.
"Empire is the hallmark sequel, but Return provides a fitting end."
Suggested By: Orrie Appell on Facebook.
Why? "It's a drama that everyone can relate to. Stallone isn't acting either. Everything about that film feels genuine and real because Stallone IS Rocky, starting with nothing and pushing forwards despite everyone else trying to put him down.
"It doesn't have to be boxing either; substitute any sport or profession and it still makes perfect sense. Truly inspiring."
Suggested By: Alex Wise on Facebook.
Why? "It takes a nonsensical subject matter and turns it into a thing of beauty. Not only is the cinematography stunning beyond belief, but it is backed up with a hilariously unusual B-movie plot and some damn fine acting. The perfect 'No reason' monologue in the intro is enough to draw every breath out of me.
"Also despite the protagonist being, well, a tyre. They somehow manage to bring life to the character, you feel sorry for it, you care. This movie is a visually stunning masterpiece and without a doubt one of the MOST underrated movies of all time."
The Rules Of Attraction (2002)
Suggested By: Bill Murphy on Facebook.
Why? "A brutal, vicious satire on the American teen movie, and a thrilling, exhilarating blast of emotions. Fun, cynical, sad, exciting, mean, black hearted yet with a hidden beating heart, visualy astonishing adventure through a season in the most hedonistic, fucked up college captured on film.
"It also somehow captures the thrill, the confusion, the self absorbed, self importance and rawness of youth, is full of great characters (IT'S DICK!!) and a wealth of classic scenes. It's shocking and not for everyone, but it is the ultimate party movie, highs and lows and eventual comedown included."
Suggested By: Ross Davidson on Facebook.
Why? "Joss Whedon's 'big damn movie' of the prematurely cancelled Firefly was sublime. With fan support getting it greenlit it was all we could have hoped for and more. Heartbreaking, action packed, beautiful. A fitting send off to the crew we wanted to fly with forever."
Suggested By: Holly Bowie Pie Jackson on Facebook.
Why? "Absolutely superb film, one of many David Fincher masterpieces! Fantastic acting from all involved, suspenseful, and one of the best, bleakest endings to a film I've ever seen! Proof you don't always need a happy ending!"
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Suggested By: Emily Pugh on Facebook.
Why? "The themes in it are universal and beloved by all- hope, courage, friendship... Pair that with a sublime musical score, endearing characters, and one remarkable story, and you get, in my opinion, the best film of all time."
The Shining (1980)
Suggested By: Matt Maytum, Total Film Online Features Writer.
Why? "Like all of Kubrick's movies, The Shining is an almost overwhelmingly rich experience. It's so beautifully crafted that you could just sit there and gawp at it, it's densely packed with philosophical themes, striking symbolism flows through the Overlook's corridors, and it rewards multiple interpretations and countless chewings-over.
"But, vitally, none of this detracts from the film's surface value as a bloody terrifying horror, which grips, thrills and disturbs with the very best of 'em, aided in no small part by ace performances all round (those hundreds of takes were evidently worthwhile). An all-round masterpiece."
Sin City (2005)
Suggested By: Ben Ostell on Facebook.
Why? "A film that I could watch over and over. All the cast are amazing, the storylines are sublime and original, and it is the one comic book movie that is perfectly transitioned from the panel to screen. The dialogue, the effects and most of all the style make this an amazing piece of celluloid.
"Now my God, Rodriguez, get started on 'A Dame to Kill For'."
The Social Network (2010)
Suggested By: Matt Stasoff on Facebook.
Why? "Who would of thought that the world’s greatest social media phenomenon could be turned into an instant classic?
"The haunting music created by Trent Reznor totally sets the tone for a film that chronicles the rise of Facebook. And while the film may push fact, Fincher and Sorkin have crafted a story that defines a digital generation."
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)
Suggested By: Jack Horatio Gregson on Facebook.
Why? "It's just a gem. It’s more than just swear words and construction paper. It’s pop art style, satirical nature, pitch perfect script, songs and score (by the underrated Marc Shaiman) all come together so wonderfully to create what is easily the greatest modern movie musical comedy. Matt & Trey struck gold with this."
Star Trek (2009)
Suggested By: Caitlin Rix on Facebook.
Why? "As well as managing to rescue a dying franchise post- Nemesis and give it a little TLC in its successful rebooting, it has everything - action, romance, comedy, drama, death and revenge...and good-looking men.
"Sci-fi that appeals to women - nay, the public in general? Sold!"
Star Wars (1977)
Suggested By: James Newman on Facebook.
Why? "This is the movie that has affected me throughout my life. No film has ever given me that incredible sense of wonder, magic and excitement. Countless viewings have never diminished this movie for me.
"I hear the 20th Century Fox fanfare, and I tingle, then I get disappointed if it isn't followed by that gorgeous caption 'A long time ago....'"