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People who added this item 1857  Average listal rating (1164 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
1. 12 Angry Men
Arguably one of the greatest directional debuts ever made, Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men is a true masterpiece of American cinema. The film takes place practically only in one room and it captures the sweatiness of that hot afternoon brilliantly with a screenplay that could really be one of the best ones I've ever bumped into. Fully entertaining through it's length and really impressive one.

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People who added this item 3489  Average listal rating (2122 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.3 
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
An example of Kubrick's perfectionism at it's greatest, 2001 is visually, audiovisually and philosophically one of the most stunning films I've ever seen. Acting and dialogue are both very minimal without any idiotic boasting yet the special effects couldn't actually be any better than this, and they all lead to the beautiful ending.

"If anyone understands it on the first viewing, we've failed in our intention", like Arthur C. Clarke himself once said.

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People who added this item 978  Average listal rating (581 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.2 
3. The 400 Blows (1959)
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People who added this item 1241  Average listal rating (606 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.2 
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People who added this item 674  Average listal rating (408 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
5. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
Hypnotic disquisition of madness, greed and the blackest holes of human mind, the first of collaboration of Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski remains as a very, very impressive film. Simple yet powerful score by Popol Vuh, Kinski's incredible performance and Herzog's stunning direction with the amazing pictures of green jungle accomplish each other perfectly making this a film that really stucks into it's viewers mind.

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People who added this item 5952  Average listal rating (3923 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
6. American Beauty (1999)
Definitive top of the 90's, Sam Mendes' debut is one of the most touching films I've seen so far. The movie shows us the beauty of life in very unique way with its incredible script and characters (written by Alan Ball, the creator of Six Feet Under) and meanwhile manages to be a really funny one, mainly because of Kevin Spacey's superb performance as Lester Burnham, a frustrated father suffering from a bad middle-age crisis. From start to finish a truly compelling film, I really can't think up even one bad thing about this.

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People who added this item 941  Average listal rating (574 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
7. The Apartment (1960)
Maybe even more touching than funny, perhaps the greatest movie of Billy Wilder remains as a timeless masterpiece. The screenplay and its dialogue is once again superb with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine doing their career-best performances. This is one of the films that everyone should see at least for once in their lives.

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People who added this item 3281  Average listal rating (1939 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.5 
8. Apocalypse Now (1979)
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People who added this item 250  Average listal rating (139 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.1 
9. Army of Shadows (1969)
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People who added this item 681  Average listal rating (416 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.9 
10. Badlands (1973)
I absolutely adore Terrence Malick. Visuality of his films approaches pure perfection and the way he tells his compelling stories is unique. I've truly enjoyed all of his four films and Badlands could very well be the best of them. A story of a serial killer and his girl alienated from society, a couple who just don't have anything to do but run and meanwhile have some fun is stunning in every possible way. Even though the main characters Holly (superb Sissy Spacek) and Kit (if possible, even better Martin Sheen) commit brutal murders they aren't exactly evil (unlike the real-life asshole Starkweather, whom the story is based upon), and that kinda makes you watch their endless runaway in a good mood. In a way, the whole movie can be sealed into Kit's line "I can't deny we've had fun... and that's more than some can say".

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People who added this item 3706  Average listal rating (2412 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.2 
11. The Big Lebowski (1998)
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People who added this item 1933  Average listal rating (1092 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
12. Brazil (1985)
Gilliam depicts desperate dystopian future filled with forms, laws and different kind of weird machines by black comedy arguably in his greatest work. Story of Sam Lowry getting stuck into the System with Michael Kamen's brilliant title tune on the background is a poignant satire about future and also a deeply funny film in many ways. One of the most memorable films of the 80's.

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People who added this item 2317  Average listal rating (1365 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.8 
13. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Audrey Hepburn, one of the most beautiful women ever lived doing perhaps her most memorable performance as Holly Golightly, a fantastic person with admirable attitude of life is just one of many brilliant details of this amazing film. Atmosphere, which differs from happy to extremely moving backed up with Henry Mancini's absolutely superb Moon River lasts from the very start to finish, making this a magnificent and unique experience.

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People who added this item 288  Average listal rating (182 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
14. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
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People who added this item 345  Average listal rating (187 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.1 
15. Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
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People who added this item 388  Average listal rating (246 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
16. The Circus (1928)
Contains same kind of trampbumbling you've seen in other Chaplin's films, although this one has a few of the funniest gags the man ever made, for example messing around in the house of mirrors at the beginning and the tightrope walking at the end. Charlie himself is in his excellent 20's condition down by the amazing score, acting and everything, and once again, there's some really touching drama along.

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People who added this item 1029  Average listal rating (619 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.6 
17. City Lights (1931)
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People who added this item 5281  Average listal rating (3389 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
18. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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People who added this item 499  Average listal rating (221 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.2 
19. Come and See (1985)
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People who added this item 836  Average listal rating (478 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
20. The Conversation (1974)
Made and released between Coppola's first and second Godfather, the Conversation is just as good as you should expect, perhaps even more. Hackman is in incredible shape and the depiction of his character is superb with dialogue, that manages to sound very natural. There are also horror-like elements, i.a. blood is used unbelievable well, especially the you-know-what scene near the ending lifted my heart to the throat and at the very end the movie increases as totally paranoia leaving truly dumbfounding feeling.

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People who added this item 794  Average listal rating (497 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.2 
21. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
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People who added this item 1916  Average listal rating (1197 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
22. Dances with Wolves (1990)
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People who added this item 542  Average listal rating (318 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
23. Days of Heaven (1978)
Especially visually, Terrence Malick's second feature is very close to the Ultimate Perfection of beauty in cinema. Particularly the field scenes at the beginning with their magnificent general views and small details cause me a huge perverse enjoying just after a quick glance, not to mention Ennio Morricone's score and the soundscape at overall. Performances, photography and, well, everything works brilliantly and it's a pity that the film lasts only one and a half hour.

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People who added this item 192  Average listal rating (121 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.5 
24. Detour (1945)
One of the greatest noirs ever made, Detour really beams this magnificent B film spirit down to the script and amateur actors. Perhaps the best thing in the whole film is that it isn't trying to hide the cheapness of it and maybe because of that the movie manages to entertain fully through the short length of it.

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People who added this item 1433  Average listal rating (916 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
25. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
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People who added this item 1746  Average listal rating (978 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
26. Dogville (2003)
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People who added this item 928  Average listal rating (442 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.1 
27. La Dolce Vita (1960)
One of the films that manage to capture the time and place perfectly, La dolce vita is Federico Fellini at his greatest (along with 8 1/2). The movie shows the man's affection to Rome by filming magnificently it's day- and nightlife and several others rarer incidents, like taking a bath at Fontana di Trevi for example. A compelling experience through its length with very cool Mastroianni.

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People who added this item 818  Average listal rating (532 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.5 
28. Double Indemnity (1944)
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People who added this item 530  Average listal rating (297 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.9 
29. Down by Law (1986)
Jim Jarmusch is the definition of "cool" in cinema and this Down by Law here kinda confirms that claim. B&W-outlook, breathtaking camera work, acting, music and the dialogue all make this one a masterpiece of American independent film.

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People who added this item 2545  Average listal rating (1502 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.5 
30. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Wo... (1964)
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People who added this item 2099  Average listal rating (1163 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.3 
31. The Elephant Man (1980)
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People who added this item 5839  Average listal rating (3851 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.4 
32. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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People who added this item 245  Average listal rating (110 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
33. Faces (1968)
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People who added this item 671  Average listal rating (319 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.2 
34. Fanny and Alexander (1982)
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People who added this item 2899  Average listal rating (1904 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
35. Fargo (1996)
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People who added this item 2881  Average listal rating (1697 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.7 
36. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
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People who added this item 8088  Average listal rating (5185 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.9 
37. Fight Club (1999)
Fight Club, one of the most striking films of the 90's is brilliant for many, many things, with one of them being the fact that it works as a teenage-oriented mainstream flick (partly because of its music video-like production) but it also goes for a deeper thing with real thoughts and criticism of today's materialism, society and stuff. It's also honorable, that on the second viewing when you know the twist (which is, by the way, most likely the wittiest one I've ever seen), the movie still remains as fucking entertaining one and you can actually find a whole lot of new dimensions you didn't spot at the first time, and this really doesn't go for most of the films with a bigger twist in them. With every viewing this just keeps getting better.

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People who added this item 535  Average listal rating (267 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 7.9 
38. Hana-Bi (1997)
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People who added this item 456  Average listal rating (252 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
39. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
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People who added this item 814  Average listal rating (500 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.8 
40. The French Connection (1971)
Surely one of the best cop films produced in the 70's, William Friedkin's French Connection remains intensive as hell with its brilliant editing and the superb car chase -scene. The movie includes the most convincing cityscape of the seventies and it doesn't have To Live and Die in L.A.'s occasional problems with storytelling, the thing just goes on as fast as it oughta go. Doyle's character is brilliantly written and Genie acts the lead admirably, and I've also got to give credit to writers for the fact that the main character didn't have any cliched problems with his family, unlike in almost every other cop movie, and consequently all the potential there is could be focused on the thriller section.

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People who added this item 5266  Average listal rating (3326 ratings) 8.7  IMDB Rating 9.2 
41. The Godfather (1972)
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People who added this item 3700  Average listal rating (2274 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 9.1 
42. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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People who added this item 2587  Average listal rating (1637 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
43. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
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People who added this item 1941  Average listal rating (1169 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
44. The Graduate (1967)
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People who added this item 281  Average listal rating (135 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
45. Great Expectations (1946)
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People who added this item 267  Average listal rating (94 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
46. Greed (1924)
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People who added this item 3075  Average listal rating (2083 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.1 
47. Groundhog Day (1993)
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People who added this item 560  Average listal rating (310 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
48. Hard Boiled (1992)
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People who added this item 2226  Average listal rating (1454 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.3 
49. Heat (1995)
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People who added this item 550  Average listal rating (287 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.1 
50. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
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My favorite ones in some sort of order. I thought I might try add some kind of notes and pictures to the films, but I'm not promising anything, we'll see what happens. Most likely you can spot a lot of typos and misspellings there, namely my english isn't the greatest on world.

Work is in progress and any kind of comments are welcome. I'll also try to keep the count of the films around hundred.

EDIT: I got pissed off by all that constant rearranging, so now they're alphabetically arranged. Besides, they're all so great that it's almost impossible trying to put them in any "from best to a little lesser best" kind of order.

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