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People who added this item 1546 Average listal rating (922 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Amores Perros (2000)
The intertwining plots that are Inarritu's style became more carefully polished and star studded with each film he made. That's why this raw, messy debut is easily the best one.
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People who added this item 1666 Average listal rating (1050 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
True Romance (1993)
This typical "on the run from the mob" road movie pays homage to Elvis, Tarantino and Bonnie and Clyde. The cast is unbelievable and there is enough stylized violence to satisfy both Guy Ritchie and John Woo's typical quotas!
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People who added this item 493 Average listal rating (314 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
This modern western revisits the themes of natives and outlaws and lawmen in the usual untamed frontier. The story is brutally violent, and in contrast, the Outback landscapes are incredibly beautiful.
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People who added this item 56 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
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People who added this item 285 Average listal rating (134 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
Z (1969)
The cast is great, and nobody makes political thrillers quite like Costa-Gavras. Although the political incident portrayed in this film may be unfamiliar to modern audiences, the same sort of thing has been repeated countless times in many other countries.
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People who added this item 640 Average listal rating (405 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
A Prophet (2009)
This is a simple story of a young man who goes to prison, and of his gradual rise inside the organized crime hierarchy. The supernatural elements and gripping directing make this intense prison saga an epic crime thriller.
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People who added this item 1980 Average listal rating (1323 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.9
Hero (2002)
A superior martial arts expert at the peak of his career in his best film. Jet Li kicks some ass before he goes off to Hollywood to fade away.
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People who added this item 5194 Average listal rating (3441 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Ghostbusters (1984)
This is one of the few BIG (as in special effects) comedies that actually works perfectly. The cast is truly funny and the effects don't overshadow the comedy. Many box office bombs have tried and failed to copy this formula.
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People who added this item 424 Average listal rating (246 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
I still can't believe this is from 1951. If you watched any of the news coverage of the Chilean minors in 2010, this film actually predicted that kind of media circus 60 years earlier! Kirk Douglas also plays one of the most memorable characters in film history, as the ruthless reporter, Chuck Tatum.
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People who added this item 205 Average listal rating (89 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8
I Am Cuba (1964)
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People who added this item 1280 Average listal rating (669 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Persona (1966)
Bergman's most challenging film. This examines the human psyche as well as the nature of cinema itself.
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People who added this item 4106 Average listal rating (2648 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Blade Runner (1982)
Sci-fi film noir at its best. I always wonder why people dislike Blade Runner. Is it because they want to see Han Solo? The film is a psychological thriller with amazing cinematography, not Star Wars.
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People who added this item 2253 Average listal rating (1500 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.3
This film honors the old fashioned film noir by maintaining the style and characters of the genre. Great performances make the film especially enjoyable.
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People who added this item 131 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.7
This early version of the "film noir" has all the elements that Hollywood would turn into cliche. The love triangles, the femme fatal, the sneaking around in the shadows... Ultimately, this film is also an excellent thriller on its own merits.
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People who added this item 239 Average listal rating (127 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Hoop Dreams (1994)
To me, this is a documentary about America. Everybody wants to have their American dream come true (in this case by becoming NBA superstars), but there is only room for a handful of those successes, while the road to the top is littered by the millions who couldn't make it. This film follows two of these young men, who can say they at least got closer to their dream than most of us do.
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People who added this item 256 Average listal rating (137 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
The story of a man who must convince a heavenly courtroom to spare his life. This is in my top 100 simply for being so damn English!
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People who added this item 5826 Average listal rating (3744 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
The classic dystopian sci fi flick. There are psychological themes about curing the criminal mind, but the moral of the story is, every generation thinks the one after it is crazy. Great soundtrack too.
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People who added this item 121 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
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People who added this item 3198 Average listal rating (2223 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.4
Aliens (1986)
Why have another alien pick off another crew one by one, when you can have a whole squad of marines fight a whole nest of bloodthirsty aliens? James Cameron thinks bigger - as he usually does - and it works once again!
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People who added this item 320 Average listal rating (162 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Banksy isn't the only master of (fake?) documentaries. Robert Flaherty gave us this "authentic" slice of Inuit life decades ago... but why does Nanook hunt with a spear instead of using his gun? Busted!
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People who added this item 264 Average listal rating (142 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Red Desert (1964)
Another Antonioni essay on alienation and loneliness. This one is especially interesting for visualizing the massive environmental damage that we, the western world, have come to accept as the cost of our decadent lifestyles.
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People who added this item 267 Average listal rating (139 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Close-Up (1990)
This film documents the story of a strange con artist being put on trial in Iran for impersonating a famous Iranian director. But to add to the confusion, all the characters in the story actually play themselves, even during flashback scenes showing the crime!
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People who added this item 981 Average listal rating (615 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
Network (1976)
A very accurate prediction of "news" becoming "info-tainment". The entertainment people run the news division, the raving lunatic becomes a media icon, how did they predict the future like this so accurately?
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People who added this item 2204 Average listal rating (1370 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Run Lola Run (1998)
The deconstruction of an action movie. If you ever watched a frantic caper and wondered, "What if they did this differently?" Well, this film does do it differently!
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People who added this item 1061 Average listal rating (524 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
This film is different every time you watch it. But really its not the film that's different, it's yourself. I need to watch this again.
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People who added this item 4978 Average listal rating (3380 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.5
James Cameron constantly redefines special effects, and this film was no exception in its day. As teenage boys, we would theorize endlessly about fighting invincible Terminators and navigate the complex time travel scenarios, as we watched this movie multiple times. That's why this film is superior to the overly simplistic - though visually impressive - Avatar.
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People who added this item 72 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.2
This film documents what may forever be considered Mankind's greatest achievement - getting up on that moon - especially if the Mayan calender is correct and our time is up.
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People who added this item 4402 Average listal rating (2879 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8
Jaws (1975)
This film was a defining moment in the film promotion business, in the style of horror films and in the hugely influential career of Steven Spielberg. But most of all it's a silly monster movie that had to improvise because the monster didn't look very scary.
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People who added this item 490 Average listal rating (267 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Even though some of the "insurgents" are played by themselves, the film nevertheless does a good job of showing both sides, as the oppressive French occupiers and the local Algerian "terrorists" inflict terrible damage on one another. Oddly enough, this film is as relevant as The Hurt Locker to modern warfare, as history has unfolded since these events.
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People who added this item 68 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Chop Shop (2007)
American realism at its finest. Much like the Bicycle Thief of 50+ years earlier, this film depicts a poor family scrounging around for their own survival. The shocking part is when the camera pans over from the third world poverty of these street kids, to Shea Stadium, and you realize this actually takes place in the richest country in the world.
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People who added this item 1128 Average listal rating (704 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Bogart is Sam Spade, the prototype detective character for all film noirs to follow. Don't worry, unlike The Big Sleep, this mystery will actually make sense in the end.
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People who added this item 380 Average listal rating (184 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.6
Night and Fog (1956)
This short documentary tells you all you could ever want to know about the holocaust... and all you could probably ever stand to watch about such a horrific event.
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People who added this item 682 Average listal rating (450 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
High Noon (1952)
The great western that uses real-time to enhance the suspense of the impending showdown. Perhaps the all-good sheriff and all-evil outlaws are a bit dated, but the selfishness of the town locals is a good metaphor for society, even in modern times.
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People who added this item 3613 Average listal rating (2138 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.5
I admire the boldness and insanity and arrogance that Coppola had in pursuing this impossible project. This should have been the greatest failure in film history, the way things were going, and yet it ended up being just plain great. That is why this surpasses even The Godfather in Coppola's own catalog.
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Park Row (1952)
Park Row is a low budget depiction of the early days of newspapers, when there were actually gang-wars between competing papers. The story is fascinating, but Fuller's fast paced directing is the highlight of the film.
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People who added this item 869 Average listal rating (518 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Touch of Evil (1958)
The "Orson Welles Cut" of Touch of Evil features the greatest opening scene in film history. The dirty cops, dirty women and dirty gangsters are all surprisingly modern characters for a 1950s film.
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People who added this item 1757 Average listal rating (1139 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.4
The Hitchcock spy thriller. Sadly, the James Bond series has yet to surpass this film, even with over 20 attempts.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Countryman (1982)
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People who added this item 347 Average listal rating (192 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
This coming of age story captures childhood imagination perfectly.
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People who added this item 2346 Average listal rating (1610 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Drive (2011)
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People who added this item 386 Average listal rating (157 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
The whale comes to town, resulting in unimaginable chaos and upheaval. This film is surreal and full of incredibly long takes that hypnotize the viewer.
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People who added this item 945 Average listal rating (610 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Widely considered the finest film noir. The story is constructed in masterful fashion and the characters quickly became endlessly recyclable archetypes of cinema.
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People who added this item 847 Average listal rating (515 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
La haine (1995)
The Boyz Dans Le Hood from Paris features a great cast - especially Vincent Cassel - and exciting directing by Matthieu Kassovitz. The multicultural ghettos of Paris are fully exposed in this film, but it could really be about any city in the world.
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People who added this item 1117 Average listal rating (661 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
The 400 Blows (1959)
The great Truffaut coming of age essay is unforgettable and features one of the better child acting performances of all times.
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People who added this item 1848 Average listal rating (1051 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
The story of WWII as seen from Japan through the eyes of a young brother and sister. This may be the most heartbreaking film ever made.
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People who added this item 543 Average listal rating (299 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
This Resnais experiment plays around with time and space. The love affair of the two main characters is a metaphor for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima! Wow.
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People who added this item 1826 Average listal rating (913 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Metropolis (1927)
The sci fi film that all others are measured by. Machines run the world, robot doppelgangers replace their human twins, absolute power corrupts absolutely... There may be some kind of story going on in this spectacle, but let's be honest, it's really all about the look of the film.
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People who added this item 353 Average listal rating (207 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
Pickpocket (1959)
This meditation on poverty, crime, survival and love is pieced together in a timeless, dreamy manner. Bresson ignores the rules of typical cinema, so the result is both confusing and rewarding.
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People who added this item 1118 Average listal rating (669 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
The ultimate Italian neo-realism film. Desperation and poverty are portrayed in the style that was invented just for such subject matter.
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People who added this item 783 Average listal rating (474 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8
Madness and power go hand in hand when a conquistador decides he should be King of the new world. But if you destroy everything in your kingdom, aren't you really just the King of a few monkeys?
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Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Mar 27 16:03
awesoome i have to check out some films from the list here

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