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My Favorite Films Of The Past 20 Years (1997-2016)

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People who added this item 5246 Average listal rating (3467 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Amélie (2001)
Stretch your senses and you'll find that, even in the tiniest corners, life's wondrous surprises are just waiting to be discovered.
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People who added this item 9653 Average listal rating (5681 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.7
The Matrix (1999)
"Whoa."

You read my mind, Keanu.
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People who added this item 5016 Average listal rating (3200 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.5
Memento (2000)
Unforgettable unique backward-timeline movie experience. Well, except to the main character that is.
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Same epic hobbit story enhanced by the appearances of terrific key characters Gollum, Saruman, Theodin, Eowyn, Wormtongue, and Treebeard, and a little altercation occurring at Helm's Deep.
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People who added this item 3909 Average listal rating (2540 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Fate's a bitch. On the other hand, a bitch would be preferable to a compressed-air-cannister-carrying Spaniard with a bad combover.
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People who added this item 2090 Average listal rating (1343 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Easy A (2010)
Meet the quick-witted & reourceful Olive Pendergast, my all-time favorite movie teenager. To borrow rival Marianne's means of expression, Easy A's rare combination of smarts and giggles is "Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome."
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People who added this item 1783 Average listal rating (1087 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Ghost World (2001)
A beacon of compassion for misfits of all distinctions. I've said it before and will say it again, I love this movie.
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People who added this item 1395 Average listal rating (941 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Pitch Black (2000)
Who would you trust to lead you to safety from a massive flock of flesh-munching space pterodactyls, the brutish convicted murderer, the junkie bounty hunter, or the flight officer who tried to eject the entire passenger cabin? Uh oh.
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People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 6.4
I don't know how, but they found the otherdimensional nexus where comedy and peculiarity collide. Pinnacle of pants-pooping weirdfunny.
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People who added this item 501 Average listal rating (278 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Bully (2001)
"The hitman needs a ride." Brutal, barefaced, and bare-assed true story is unflinching and un-turn-offable.
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People who added this item 3069 Average listal rating (2002 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.4
The original 'found footage' film is still the most effective, stranding you out in those isolated Maryland woods along with three young filmmakers - and one angry witch.
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"Sooner or later, the day comes when you can't hide from the things that you've done anymore."
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People who added this item 1795 Average listal rating (1215 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Your soulmate won't show up and see you wearing a sign, so why not try lying and manipulation to get their attention? Crazier things have happened.
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People who added this item 365 Average listal rating (248 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Who Am I? (1998)
Jackie Chan's last truly great action epic, at 44 years he flies across the screen as spryly as anyone half his age.
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The beginning of a remarkable journey, taken one hairy step at a time.
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People who added this item 1952 Average listal rating (1273 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Scariest zombies ever, and don't dare miss the opening 10 minutes!
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People who added this item 4097 Average listal rating (2742 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
Take your top-flight action/mystery/thriller movie and throw in a white-knuckle car chase, and this Bourne does them all better.
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People who added this item 3252 Average listal rating (2036 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.7
Zodiac (2007)
"This is the Zodiac speaking."

Incredibly engrossing and 95% true recounting of America's most confounding serial killer.
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People who added this item 2545 Average listal rating (1587 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Erin had the balls, the brains, and the breasts to stand up for David Nobody against Goliath Corporation.
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People who added this item 665 Average listal rating (431 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
High Tension (2003)
Includes the most intense 60 consecutive minutes of armrest-clenching fear I've ever experienced while watching a movie.
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People who added this item 7039 Average listal rating (4624 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
I still remember the "OH MY GOD" realization I had when I saw this in the theater, one of my most treasured movie-watching moments.
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People who added this item 808 Average listal rating (519 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Fully absorbing cold case mystery with a brilliant conclusion that you'll never see coming.
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People who added this item 4229 Average listal rating (2786 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Ring (2002)
A movie that really gets under your skin - no blood or gore, instead using disturbing images and foreboding atmosphere to gnaw away at the nerves, plus the creepiest kid and a fall-over-backwards 'boo' moment!
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People who added this item 1244 Average listal rating (806 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Hanna (2011)
Love the slick European style reminiscent of La Femme Nikita or Run Lola Run, the steely resolve of Saoirse Ronan and perfect pulsating Chemical Brothers score make this a killer ice cold thriller.
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People who added this item 2737 Average listal rating (1846 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
The ultimate brain-overloading action movie/rock music/16-bit videogame/comic book pop-culture mashup.
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 6
Marquise (1997)
Boisterous, bawdy, and beautiful - this Moliere acting troupe makes Shakespeare In Love look like community theater.
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People who added this item 2534 Average listal rating (1467 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
21 Grams (2003)
Naomi Watts turns in one of the most shattering performances ever in the aftermath of terrible tragedy.
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People who added this item 1584 Average listal rating (998 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Dark City (1998)
I love the breathless pace and sharing the same feeling of complete confusion that Rufus Sewell does as a wanted man on the run.
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People who added this item 1701 Average listal rating (1188 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
Haven't had this much pure sci-fi fun since the original Star Wars!
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People who added this item 7686 Average listal rating (4958 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Bride vs. the Crazy 88's in a Tokyo nightclub delivers a bloodbath only rivaled by Braindead's lawnmower zombie massacre.
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People who added this item 477 Average listal rating (292 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
A Simple Plan (1998)
A modern Treasure of the Sierra Madre that echoes one of my own philosophies about life: "It's never easy."
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Never lose sight of who you are, and who you were.
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People who added this item 6893 Average listal rating (4452 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Men in Black (1997)
This offbeat "the aliens are everywhere!" romp is the kind of movie I wish I had made.
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People who added this item 1070 Average listal rating (688 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
The Host (2006)
There's a giant seamonster on the loose! Better hope you don't have to count on this ragtag family to save you! What they have in determination, they lack in...everything else. Great Gamera-sized fun.
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According to Peter Jackson, when you conclude an adventure this epic, you can't have too many endings.
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People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
Stevie (2002)
Emotionally draining, highly personal doc from Steve James in reconnecting with his charge from the Big Brother program 12 years later, underlining the startling paths our lives can take.
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People who added this item 1901 Average listal rating (1059 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Dogville (2003)
Challenging, daring, fascinating, and rewarding cinema.
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People who added this item 4019 Average listal rating (2524 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
The title could refer to either Patrick Bateman's persona or Christian Bale's brilliantly nutty performance. It's hip to be square!
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People who added this item 4218 Average listal rating (2781 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Jack Black's reason for being fulfilled as a chord crunching phony substitute teacher, with a classroom full of some of the greatest movie kids ever collected.
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People who added this item 1989 Average listal rating (1194 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
Adaptation (2002)
Has more layers than a hypothermic Canadian's outdoor gear in January.
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People who added this item 3658 Average listal rating (2364 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
Toy Story 3 (2010)
The animation is incredible, but the real movie magic here is getting an audience to have such an emotional investment in pretend plastic characters that don't even exist outside a computer.
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People who added this item 351 Average listal rating (242 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
Priceless (2006)
Endearing romantic comedy between a gold digger and a waiter-turned-gigolo as only the French can do.
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People who added this item 2467 Average listal rating (1530 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Chicago (2002)
I hate musicals and Richard Gere, so what the hell happened here?? (That should be a lyric!)
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People who added this item 1328 Average listal rating (722 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Funny Games (1997)
"I will make you feel bad for being stupid enough to sympathize with this unfortunate family, it's just a MOVIE you fools!" sayeth sardonic Michael Haneke (paraphrasing his subtext).
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People who added this item 1953 Average listal rating (1189 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Thanks to David Fincher here's double proof that the movie can be better than the book, AND a remake even better than the original.
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People who added this item 2467 Average listal rating (1678 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7
Cloverfield (2008)
Remember that time Godzilla chased me through the streets of Manhattan? Wait, that didn't really happen?? Sure felt like it.
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People who added this item 4004 Average listal rating (2564 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.5
Three hot babes cracking wise and kicking ass, what's not to love?
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People who added this item 246 Average listal rating (134 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Home movies, sibling solidarity, wild allegations of sexual abuse, and the power of suggestion all wage battle over the truth, forever disfiguring the face of a seemingly normal Jewish family.
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People who added this item 5821 Average listal rating (3813 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.6
Indeed the Omaha Beach invasion is visceral, but I'm still picking dirt out of my teeth from dodging the rumbling tanks while defending a bridge in Ramelle. As close to the real thing as I ever want to get.
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People who added this item 421 Average listal rating (234 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.6
The Spinal Tap of smalltown beauty pageants.
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This list became quite an interesting challenge, knowing that my favorite classic films were ineligible for this particular list forced me to focus on my 'newer' favorites. You might notice a proportionately smaller number of films are represented from the past 5 years, and there are a couple reasons for that. I almost never go to the theater so I haven't had a chance to see any of the most recent releases. Furthermore on the flipside of that, I've had the chance to watch the older movies several times over the years and they have had a longer opportunity to become like well-known friends. But that won't stop me from adding names whenever a new one grabs me!

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