Explore
 Lists  Reviews  Images  Update feed
Categories
MoviesTV ShowsMusicBooksGamesDVDs/Blu-RayPeopleArt & DesignPlacesWeb TV & PodcastsToys & CollectiblesComic Book SeriesBeautyAnimals   View more categories »
Avatar
Added by JxSxPx on 19 Dec 2008 08:28
673 Views No comments
5
vote

Favorite movies

Add header image

Choose file... or enter url:
Sort by: Showing 1-50 of 250
Decade: Rating: List Type:
Add items to section

Top 25

250 films seems like a lot, in fact, it seems like I have a problem with whittling things down to the absolute bare essentials. To which I say, “Fuck your Sophie’s Choice-style games! My list, my rules!” But in all seriousness, I found 100 too limiting. So I tried to bump it up to 125 (half of IMDB’s Top 250, for those keeping count). And found that to be still too limiting. So then I thought, “Why not 250? If it is good enough for a bunch of random people voting on the internet, then it is good enough for me.” And thus, we arrive at the final mystical number of films in this list which have broken down into various categories. Some of these categories are incredibly broad, like “Drama,” and some are more focused, “Director-Actor Collaborations,” yet each offers up a number of films that I find personally rewarding and engaging. Now, on to the main event!

Ah, yes, the Top 25, the cream of the crop. In compiling this list I wanted to choose 25 films which I thought of as my absolute favorites, the films that most defined and shaped my love and appreciation of the medium. I also wanted to hit broadly and deeply, as it turned out I didn’t have to try that hard, once I had assembled a Top 30-35 and dropped (with much agony) the excess from the list, I noticed that it hit every category I have included. So, my endeavor was a resounding success. Enjoy your reading!
People who added this item 1449 Average listal rating (813 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
Directer: Arthur Penn
Main Cast: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard, Estelle Harris, Denver Pyle
Release Date: August 13, 1967
There was cinema before Bonnie and Clyde, and there was cinema after it as Bonnie and Clyde ushered in the New Hollywood era. A taboo buster, it made the blush of violence and sexuality in prior films like Gun Crazy look demure in comparison with the bloody, disturbing bullet dance of a finale and Bonnie practically having a screaming orgasm after her first bank robbery and shooting with Clyde. I first saw this film on basic cable (in heavily edited form) as an impressionable ten-year-old, and my connection to it has only deepened over time.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 1128 Average listal rating (703 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
King Kong (1933)
Directer(s): Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Main Cast: Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong
Release Date: March 2, 1933
The steady stream of remakes, sequels, and match-ups can’t dissolve the simplistic, primal power of this non-stop Pre-Code monster movie/adventure story. King Kong is as essential and influential to cinema in its own way as Citizen Kane, as its gigantic ape laid the groundwork for special effects titans like Star Wars, Alien, Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, and the primitive joys of Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion creatures. King Kong gives its monster a beating heart and a visible soul, and that is what makes it such a classic.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 4860 Average listal rating (3188 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Directer: Henry Selick
Voice Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Cahterine O'Hara, Glen Shadix, William Hickey, Ken Page, Paul Reubens
Release Date: October 29, 1993
I very distinctly remember being six-years-old and my mom taking me to the El Capitan Theater to see this, her being freaked out by the dancing/singing skeletons and vampires, and then looking over at me to see I was enraptured and she knew I was a weirdo. This takes a few of my favorite things, clear inspirations from Dr. Seuss and the Rankin-Bass holiday specials, and throws them in a blender with Danny Elfman’s Oingo Boingo-esque original songs and beautiful stop-motion animation. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a perennial in my house, and I’m one of those weirdly obsessive fans that you see praising this film.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 2027 Average listal rating (1196 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
Chinatown (1974)
Directer: Roman Polanski
Main Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
Release Date: June 20, 1974
The California Water Wars is given the fictional hard-boiled treatment in Chinatown, a film that I can say with no hyperbole has one of the all-time greatest screenplays in Robert Towne’s cynical and twisted tome. Jack Nicholson’s laconic reading of a private detective adds an extra layer of intelligence and humor to the character mold, and Faye Dunaway’s psychologically tormented character is an expert rendition of watching a meltdown in slow motion. Roman Polanski’s decision to create a dark ending takes film noir’s nihilism to its logical endpoint, and Chinatown has settled into a top-shelf example of the genre despite being made thirty years after its heyday.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 5841 Average listal rating (3676 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 9.2
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Trilogy
Directer: Francis Ford Coppola
Main Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, John Cazale, Sterling Hayden, Robert De Niro, Lee Strasberg, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton, Sofia Coppola
Release Dates: March 15, 1972 - December 25, 1990
This story tells a true American epic, in which an immigrant comes to America, follows through on the promise of creating a new life, only to watch it go to rot and crumble around the family’s legacy and manipulations, oh, and they’re criminals. But they’re a hypnotic, fascinating, compulsively watchable group, and their stories, which cover much of the early 20th century, demand these epic running times. There are few works of art that seem impeccable, completely lacking in any points of criticism, that even the flawed, misunderstood final entry in this series plays better when viewed in total, culminating the prolonged tragic tapestry of the Corleone family in a moment of quiet heartbreak.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 2253 Average listal rating (1500 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.3
Directer: Curtis Hanson
Main Cast: Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell, David Strathairn
Release Date: September 19, 1997
This was my introduction to the world of hard-boiled crime fiction and film noir at the tender age of 10 (I have permissive parents who never censored anything from me, so I discovered plenty things I was probably too young for). The severely dense novel is trimmed here with 2/3 of it either being tossed or shrunk to manageable length, but it’s still a marvel of adaptation as it explores where Hollywood, police corruption, and politics. L.A. Confidential is a modern masterpiece with every part of it working at optimal level, and that cast is terrific with bruised and battered masculinity being outshined by Kim Basinger’s soulful call girl.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 1818 Average listal rating (1158 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Directer: Billy Wilder
Main Cast: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft, Ben E. Brown, Pat O'Brien
Release Date: March 29, 1959
The ultimate aphrodisiac according to Some Like It Hot is money, whether real or fake, and the characters will contort themselves into all sorts of odd shapes to secure it. For 1959, Some Like It Hot’s ever changing depictions of gender and sexuality was transgressive, and even by modern standards this is deliciously vulgar and permissive a film. Look no further than Marilyn Monroe’s “I Wanna Be Loved By You,” in which Monroe gives the illusion of nudity while being fully clothed in a daring, sheer outfit turning on the boys in drag and the audience with her innocent teasing.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 416 Average listal rating (224 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Directer: Jean Cocteau
Main Cast: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mile Parély, Nane Germon, Michel Auclair, Marcel André
Release Date: October 29, 1946
Screw Disney, this is not only the greatest adaptation of this particular fairy tale, but the greatest piece of fairy tale cinema ever made. Beauty and the Beast is one of the most beautiful, romantic, and magical of films, with a parade of memorable special effects and dreamy images. The opulent costumes and sets, the sensuous and soulful Jean Marais, the fragile Josette Day, the heavily symbolic nature of the romance, it all adds up to one of the seminal viewing experiences in any film nerd’s life.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 4703 Average listal rating (2996 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Trilogía de Guillermo del Toro
Cronos
Main Cast: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Tamara Shanath, Margarita Isabel, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Mario Iván Martínez, Farnesio de Bernal, Jorge Martínez de Hoyos (voice)
Release Date: December 3, 1993
Filled with Guillermo del Toro’s vivid imagination and fever-dream narrative logic, Cronos is, by his own admittance, a exploded glimpse into the auteur’s obsessions. Later films would dwarf the accomplishments of this strange vampire story, but it’s messiness is part of its charm. Guillermo del Toro’s gift for world-building and treating supernatural elements at sideways angles starts here, and so does his love for humanity’s ability to dream and do good to concur the darker impulses of our nature.

The Devil's Backbone
Main Cast: Marisa Paredes, Eduardo Noriega, Federico Luppi, Fernando Tielve, Íñigo Garcés
Release Date: November 21, 2001
The final days of the Spanish Civil War are an already loaded subject matter, and del Toro excavates it for all of the emotional wealth he can. As it turns out, marrying it to a symbolic ghost story was a brilliant stroke of creativity, as the various conflicts of the entire country feel isolated to this rural orphanage. The potency of del Toro’s atmospherics work in tandem with his political allegory to form one hell of classic ghost story in The Devil’s Backbone.

Pan's Labyrinth
Main Cast: Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Doug Jones, Ariadna Gil, Álex Angulo, Pablo Adán (voice)
Release Date: October 11, 2006
The feminine reflection to The Devil’s Backbone masculine, Pan’s Labyrinth works as a spiritual cousin and tone poem to that film while pushing his phantasmagoric images into new territory. Set four years after the Spanish Civil War during the Francoist period, Pan’s Labyrinth explores a young girl’s discovery of a magical world on the fringes of our own, forcing her to choose between obedience or rebellion in the process. It’s glorious stuff, equal parts lullaby and nightmare, with a variety of unique creatures and haunting images.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 1211 Average listal rating (727 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.6
City Lights (1931)
The Chaplin Collection, Vols One & Two
Directer: Charles Chaplin
Main Cast: Charles Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Edna Purviance, Georgia Hale, Al Ernest Garcia, Virginia Cherrill, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Martha Raye, Claire Bloom, Maxine Audley
Release Date: January 21, 1921 - September 1, 1959
Cinema’s first great genius, a man who created the immortal Little Tramp character, an iconography that is still recognizable around the world. Volume One is a safe collection of four heralded greats (including The Gold Rush and Modern Times), but Volume Two is arguably more ambitious in scope showcasing more acknowledged greats (City Lights), under-appreciated masterpieces (Monsieur Verdoux), a few oddities (A King in New York), a short film collection (The Chaplin Revue), and an exhaustive documentary by Richard Schickel. If this doesn’t cover every single facet and nuance of Chaplin’s art, I don’t know what else could or would.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 869 Average listal rating (518 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Films of Orson Welles
Release Dates: September 5, 1941 – September 25, 1975
It seems somehow preordained that cinema’s greatest auteur would be doomed to begging for scraps to make his films. Despite the known problems in the various productions of all of his films, Welles still managed to work miracles in each and every single one of them. Sure, there’s the canonized titans of Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, and Touch of Evil (one of two films tied for my favorite Welles), but I would argue that his three Shakespearean films (Macbeth, Othello, Chimes at Midnight (this is the other)) and more commercial thrillers (The Stranger, The Lady from Shanghai) deserve a reevaluation and placement within the hallowed halls.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 675 Average listal rating (377 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Cabaret (1972)
Directer: Bob Fosse
Main Cast: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper, Marisa Berenson
Release Date: February 13, 1972
Cabaret is an ominous, diegetic musical, and my idea of what the greatest movie musical of all-time would be. Bob Fosse’s electric direction and editing have left an obvious mark on the genre, but it’s Liza Minnelli’s self-destructive, exuberant work as Sally Bowles in addition to those great Kander-Ebb songs that keeps me coming back over and over again. I saw this at a formative time in my life, and the gender ambiguity, sexual liberation, decadence, and corruptive influence has left an incredible mark upon me.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 4378 Average listal rating (2998 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.5
Alien (1979)
Alien Quadrilogy
Directers: Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Main Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Charles S. Dutton, Pete Postlethwaite, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman
Release Dates: May 25, 1979 - November 26, 1997
I know what you’re probably thinking, “I can understand the first two films, but you’re really including all four of them?” Yes, I am, and let me make a counter-argument to you with this: everyone has their favorite action hero, the one franchise they love watching each new entry no matter its merits, and Ellen Ripley is the greatest action hero of all-time for me. Each film finds Ripley coming into violent conflict with the patriarchy ignoring her rational, reasoned ideas, and her eventual emergence as the smartest, toughest character in the room is a durable concept in these four distinct flavors of films, some of which are much better than others.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
Directors: George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand
Main Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davis, James Earl Jones (voice)
Release Dates: May 25, 1977 - May 25, 1983
Confession time: I don’t remember ever watching anything Star Wars related prior to 1997’s re-releases, but once I watched the films I was hooked for the rest of my life. Here is an epic space opera that practically follows Joseph Campbell’s heroic journey to the letter, combining in various elements from Flash Gordon serials, Arthurian legend, Akira Kurosawa samurai films, and John Ford westerns to make something new. It’s nearly impossible to talk about Star Wars any longer as we live eternally in its legacy, which is constantly expanding and mutating, and I always welcome a return to it.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 4106 Average listal rating (2648 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Blade Runner (1982)
Directer: Ridley Scott
Main Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutget Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah
Release Date: June 25, 1982
Possibly Ridley Scott’s most human work, Blade Runner is a science-fiction masterpiece made up equal parts film noir, synthetic biology, and mysterious futurism. The film is an ever evolving story of what it means to be human, and its visual look is one of those iconic experiences that it has trickled down into numerous productions since. There are seven different versions of this film floating around, but for me The Final Cut is the definitive experience.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 1406 Average listal rating (880 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.5
Directer: Billy Wilder
Main Cast: Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olsen
Release Date: August 4, 1950
Sunset Boulevard is the greatest, sickest movie Hollywood ever made about itself. Former silent film star Gloria Swanson gives not only the performance of her career, but one of cinema’s greatest as the mercurial, broken Norma Desmond, a former star unable to cope with the good life gone by. Billy Wilder’s script is all black humor, acute character observations, and true-life weirdness rolled into one.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 1128 Average listal rating (704 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Directer: John Huston
Main Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Gladys George
Release Date: October 3, 1941
The third time was the charm for Dashiell Hammett’s iconoclastic novel, The Maltese Falcon. Director/writer John Huston and star Humphrey Bogart began their dynamic cinematic partnership with this film, and it’s easily one of their best. The plot is labyrinthine, the visuals are expressionistic and claustrophobic, and it’s hard-boiled cinema at its most sublime and soul crushing, truly the stuff that dreams are made of.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 701 Average listal rating (402 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection
Directers: Tod Browning, James Whale, Karl Freund, George Waggner, Arthur Lubin, Jack Arnold
Main Cast: Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Claude Rains, Elsa Lanchester, Lon Chaney Jr., Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, Colin Clive, Zita Johann, Gloria Stuart, Una O'Connor, Evelyn Ankers, Julie Adams
Release Dates: November 12, 1931 - March 5, 1954
These films may not provide much in the way of scares to modern eyes, but they’re overactive with a fairy tale-like sense of wonder and danger, and a deep empathetic streak towards their central monsters. The real magic of these films is the assembly of artists brought onto the various projects – Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi gave souls to horrific creatures, Jack Pierce provided the iconic makeup work, James Whale directed the three best films, and Karl Freund used light and shadow to illuminate them. If nothing else, then these films are classics simply for the ways in which they depict the angels and demons of our natures in eternal struggle with each other.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 3521 Average listal rating (2249 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
Directer(s): Victor Fleming, et al
Main Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton
Release Date: August 25, 1939
One of the great eternals of cinema, a film for which words like “classic” or “masterpiece” are not big enough to explain their rarefied space. The Wizard of Oz is a seminal film of our collective consciousness, a film that sits high upon the shelf of what artistic greatness looks like. It’s not just Judy Garland’s achingly vulnerable performance, or her trio of loveable cohorts, or Margaret Hamilton’s cackling sadist, or the great songs, or the vibrant colors, or the warmth of the film, it’s everything working in synchronicity that makes this such a great work.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 2348 Average listal rating (1355 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Directer(s): Victor Fleming, et al
Main Cast: Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel
Release Date: December 15, 1939
As history it’s questionable, the second half gets distorted and weird, but it doesn’t matter, as this towering piece of ambitious film-making has lead performances of volcanic power and unbelievable glamour, and a propulsive engine that keeps things forging ahead. This epic of one Georgian woman’s fall and rise in the Civil War and its bloody aftermath of Reconstruction is pure soap opera, and it rests upon Vivien Leigh’s delicate shoulders. Clark Gable was born to play Rhett Butler, but Leigh’s work as Scarlet O’Hara set the golden standard for southern belles and hers is easily one of the most well deserved Oscar wins in history.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 3874 Average listal rating (2474 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Psycho (1960)
Directer: Alfred Hitchcock
Main Cast: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan (voice)
Release Date: June 16, 1960
The granddaddy of all slasher films, Psycho is an examination of one man’s tortured psyche, and one of the master’s greatest films. Made as a way to reprove his might in the face of numerous competitors, and with a modicum of the budgets he was accustomed as Hitchcock agreed to self-finance much of it, Psycho also marks one of the first major instances of an independent film production. But it’s hard to pinpoint just one or two aspects of Psycho to celebrate, as the entirety of the film is a distillation of Hitchcock’s greatest strengths as a film-maker, one of his purest, most frightening works.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 669 Average listal rating (350 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 8.3
Directer: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Main Cast: Renée Jeanne Falconetti
Release Date: April 21, 1928
There are great film performances, and then there’s whatever black magic Falconetti is doing in The Passion of Joan of Arc, the greatest film performance of all-time in my mind. The film is an intimate, close-up heavy look at the final hours of Joan of Arc’s life, with Falconetti’s tortured, haunted eyes travel through the entire spectrum of human emotion. She begins as a worldly and frightened warrior, becomes a defeated and doubtful martyr, and ends as the film as a self-possessed saint, transcending what we think of as screen acting into something more.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 2280 Average listal rating (1401 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
Amadeus (1984)
Directer: Miloš Forman
Main Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
Release Date: September 19, 1984
A highly fictional account of the life and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his rivalry with Antonio Salieri, and an epic scope to tell this lavish story. Amadeus presents a rowdy, bawdy, self-destructive prodigy and an obsessive second-stringer battling over glory and favor, with the coiled Salieri slowly going mad with his inability to capture any of Mozart’s easy greatness. Creativity and the artistic process are hard to capture on film, but somehow Amadeus does a splendid job of figuring out a way to do it.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 538 Average listal rating (339 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Directer: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Main Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Eugene Pallette, Patric Knowles, Alan Hale, Melville Cooper, Una O'Connor, Ian Hunter
Release Date: May 14, 1938
A Technicolor pageantry of romance, adventure, and Errol Flynn’s swashbuckling swagger, The Adventures of Robin Hood is fantastic bit of all-ages entertainment. You’ll have to look elsewhere for grit or cynicism, as this film is pure escapist thrill ride, delivering repeatedly on its promises of daring feats. This Sherwood Forest is populated by some of the stellar ensemble players of Warner Brothers’ heyday, including the lovely Olivia de Havilland, a hissing Basil Rathbone, a droll Claude Rains, and gravel-voiced Eugene Pallette making for a highly enjoyable assembly of character actors tearing into beloved folklore.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 302 Average listal rating (178 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Films of Preston Sturges
Release Dates: August 23, 1940 – May 27, 1949
Throughout the 1940s, no other writer/director could touch Preston Sturges when it came to churning out intelligent, sophisticated, hilarious comedies. He took the screwball formula and elevated it with sharp, precise dialog merging effortlessly with pratfalls and physical comedy. In more daring films, like Unfaithfully Yours, Sturges experimented heavily with narrative structures and conventions, turning them inside out and upside down while still maintaining a sense of sophistication and wit.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
Add items to section

Animated

There may be some debate about this category: is animation a format or a genre? I maintain that if the Academy Awards can have a separate “Best Picture” category for animated films, then the choice is truly up to you. Hand-drawn, computer generated, stop-motion – I’m open to all forms and variations, because there’s a certain magic, other-worldliness, artistry and indefinable quality that only great animation can give you.
People who added this item 212 Average listal rating (162 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Vols. 1 - 6
Directers: Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Robert Clampett, Robert McKimson, Frank Tashlin, Tex Avery, Arthur Davis, Jack King, Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising, Cal Dalton, Ben Hardaway, Cal Howard
Voice Cast: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan, Bill Roberts, Tom Holland, Stan Freberg
Release Dates: September 1930 - February 3, 1968
My god, where do you even begin to describe these absolutely genius animated short films? Within these six volumes there’s well over 300 cartoons, not including the bonus cartoons hidden away in the documentaries or special features, covering the earliest Pre-Code days (is it just me, or does it sounds like a character drops the f-bomb in one of them?) to the final, completely bizarre release in the late 60s. If that amount of material sounds exhaustive, well it is, but these cartoons are monuments and icons, and the creators and creations of Termite Terrace deserve this superb treatment.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 2878 Average listal rating (1714 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
Pinocchio (1940)
Directer(s): Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Norman Ferguson, Jack Kinney, Wilfred Jackson, T. Hee
Voice Cast: Dickie Jones, Cliff Edwards, Christian Rub, Walter Catlett, Charles Judels, Evelyn Venable, Frankie Darro, Thurl Ravenscroft, Mel Blanc
Release Date: February 7, 1940
After inventing the full-color feature-length animated musical with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Walt Disney and his gifted team of artists pushed against the limitations of the form with Pinocchio, their second film. It’s only competitors for greatest Disney movie are Fantasia and Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio’s frightening morality play reaches deep into our psyches and emotions to express something true and real. This is the clear standard-bearer for what great feature length animation can be.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 2053 Average listal rating (1226 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Fantasia (1940)
Directer(s): Samuel Armstrong, James Algar, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen, David D. Hand, Hamilton Luske, Jim Handley, Ford Beebe, T. Hee, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson
Main Cast: Deems Taylor (narration), Leopold Stokowski & the Philadelphia Orchestra
Release Date: November 13, 1940
After two films writing the standards and practices for fairy tale animations, Fantasia threw out the rulebook entirely. I mean this as high praise and not a criticism, but Fantasia is the vision of artistic hubris let loose. Yes, it’s only as good as any particular segment, but the batting average is very high, and each new segment reveals a new color, technique or tone, crafting the embryonic form of the music video.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 87 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
Superman (1941)
Max Fleischer's Superman: 1941-1943
Directers: Dave Fleischer, Dan Gordon, Seymour Kneitel, Izzy Sparber
Voice Cast: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander
Release Dates: September 26, 1941 – July 30, 1943
These seventeen animated shorts introduced entirely new concepts to the Superman character, most famously transitioning his leaping ability into flying, and crafted a look that’s influence is still being felt both in comics and animation. The robotic enemies were a clear influence on Castle in the Sky and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, while the overall look of the Bruce Timm cartoons, including Batman: The Animated Series, borrow liberally from the aesthetics of these shorts. This two-disc collection performs a minor miracle in cleaning up these public domain cartoons, presenting them in their best possible light, restoring their vitality and vibrancy.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 2730 Average listal rating (1650 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Dumbo (1941)
Directer: Ben Sharpsteen, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Bill Roberts, Jack Kinney, Samuel Armstrong
Voice Cast: Edward Brophy, Verna Felton, Cliff Edwards, Herman Bing, Margaret Wright, Sterling Holloway, John McLeish, The Hall Johnson Choir, The King’s Men
Release Date: October 23, 1941
After the commercial failures of Pinocchio and Fantasia, Disney needed a hit, and never intended to make a classic, yet Dumbo’s titanic heart and simple artistry made for another masterpiece. It’s barely over an hour, but in that brief time Dumbo packs enough heart and tenderness for several films, and its charms are only rivaled by its warmth and emotional honesty. Here is a film that works as a soothing tonic, which tells us that there’s strength in that which makes us different, and how families come in all shapes and sizes.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 2413 Average listal rating (1446 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Peter Pan (1953)
Directer(s): Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackon, Hamilton Luske
Voice Cast: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske, Bill Thompson, June Foray, Heather Angel
Release Date: February 5, 1953
It took Walt Disney roughly twenty-years to get J.M. Barrie’s flight of imaginative children’s literature, Peter Pan. Thank the cinematic gods it took so long as we get Mary Blair’s colorful and brilliant background designs and the vocal work of Bobby Driscoll and Hans Conried, both of which go a long way towards making this movie a classic. Even better is the quality of the animation, which manages to make Peter’s flight appear weightless and a constant whirl of motion buzzing about the frame.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 2432 Average listal rating (1444 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Directer(s): Clyde Geronimi, Les Clark, Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman
Voice Cast: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Jo Allen, Barbara Luddy, Taylor Holmes, Bill Thompson, Marvin Miller
Release Date: January 29, 1959
A piece of truly gorgeous spectacle, as not many films in the Disney canon before or since has matched its sheer visual audacity, invention, beauty and scope. The backgrounds are intricate and detailed, the supporting players are lovable, and the satanic villainess is the greatest one the studio ever produced. If Disney has a film that is both widely beloved and considered great while still being underrated and undervalued, Sleeping Beauty is obviously it.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 2825 Average listal rating (1686 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
The Films of Hayao Miyazaki
Release Dates: December 5, 1979 - July 20, 2013
In a 2002 interview with the animation titan, Roger Ebert argued that Hayao Miyazaki might be the greatest talent in animated film-making history, which is lofty praise, but an argument that is hard to dismantle. Miyazaki’s film create complete worlds and mythologies, populated with heroes and villains who frequently blur between the fine line that separates them, and centers his stories around complicated, smart, independent female heroines. To watch even the weakest of his eleven animated features you can still be awed by his imagination and the creativity with which he tells these stories, a renewed passion for the art or the inspiration to create your own.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 787 Average listal rating (485 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Directer(s): Ron Clements, Burny Mattison, Dave Michener, John Musker
Voice Cast: Vincent Price, Bernie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susanne Pollatschek, Candy Candido, Diane Chesney, Eve Brenner, Alan Young, Melissa Manchester
Release Date: July 2, 1986
The clashing of two monumental egos battling for the very soul of Britain, well the mouse-populated section of it, energizes The Great Mouse Detective, a mouse-centric spin on Sherlock Holmes. Vincent Price’s vocal work is the campy, over-the-top stuff that makes for a delightful Disney villain, and his Ratigan is a serious contender for most underrated villain in the canon. I admit, this one is an odder pick for a favorite film, but there’s just something deeply pleasing to me watching these two rivals outsmart each other in their grimy adventure story.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 3612 Average listal rating (2382 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
Directer: Robert Zemeckis
Main Cast: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Stubby Kaye, Charles Fleischer (voice), Kathleen Turner (voice)
Release Date: June 22, 1988
The most shocking thing about Who Framed Roger Rabbit isn’t the (still) impressive stream of special-effects, or the large amount of assorted cameos from rival studio characters, but how solid a film noir foundation the entire film is built upon. Takeaway the cartoons and special effects, and what you have is a framework not unlike Chinatown or James Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet novels. But you add back in those cartoons, and it’s riotous satire, an anachronistic and anarchic film that is equally endearing as it is enduring.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 3924 Average listal rating (2434 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Directer(s): Ron Clements, John Musker
Voice Cast: Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hackett, Ben Wright, Paddi Edwards, Edie McClurg, René Auberjonois
Release Date: November 14, 1989
This film ushered in the Renaissance, and it successfully married a fairy tale to a Broadway-ready musical score providing the template for seemingly every Disney film since. The Little Mermaid finally gave us a Disney princess with some spunk, but these films live or die by their villains, and the corpulent sea witch Ursula is a grand diva bitch to rule them all. Of course, the nostalgia is strong with me on this one, as it was the first movie I ever saw in a theater, at the tender age of two.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 3575 Average listal rating (2301 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Toy Story Trilogy
Directors: John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon
Main Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jodi Benson, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, Jim Varney, Annie Potts, Kelsey Grammer, Wayne Knight, Estelle Harris, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Jeff Garlin, Bonnie Hunt
Release Dates: November 22, 1995 - June 18, 2010
Pixar came roaring out of the gate with the instant-classic first entry in this beloved franchise, establishing themselves as the new kings of American animation for the next decade-plus. Box office dominance and critical accolades followed with each successive film, and, for my money, this is obviously one of the greatest film trilogies of all-time. Highly imaginative and deeply emotional, the Toy Story films are rooted in impermanence and selfless love, filled with warmth, humor, and wit.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 6235 Average listal rating (4257 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
Directer: Pete Docter
Voice Cast: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly, Frank Oz
Release Date: November 2, 2001
Pixar delivers another all-ages jewel of entertainment, littered with clever and inspired gags, ideas, and memorable characters. Monsters, Inc. also knows how to pull at your emotions, with an ending that is pliable in its context (is it happy, sad, or both?). The parade of unique monstrosities is enough to warrant a viewing recommendation, but its message of laughter being stronger than fear elevates it towards being a modern classic.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 6635 Average listal rating (4379 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8
Directer: Brad Bird
Voice Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Peña, Brad Bird
Release Date: November 5, 2004
The best film version of the Fantastic Four was Pixar’s superhero adventure/family comedy/martial drama, The Incredibles. The references to Jack Kirby, Max Fleishcer, James Bond, and Watchmen come fast-and-loose, with numerous and smart gags about super-powered people in the world and the faintly ridiculous nature of their identities and costumes. This valentine/parody of comic book lore is easily my favorite film to come out of Pixar’s enviable stable.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
Directer: Nick Park, Steve Box
Voice Cast: Nick Park, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay
Release Date: October 7, 2005
The dry British wit, word play and abundance of puns and the endearing eccentricities of Wallace and Gromit make the leap to feature-length in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, another delightful romp from this duo. The plot concerns monster movie clichés and a heavy dose of slapstick, visual puns, and high-quality inventiveness. There’s a constant bombardment of jokes, and the ratio is high to what sticks and doesn’t, not to mention the vocal inflections of a supremely posh Helena Bonham Carter and hammy Ralph Fiennes only add to the overall merriment on display.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 2496 Average listal rating (1563 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Coraline (2009)
Directer: Henry Selick
Voice Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, John Hodgman, Ian MacShane
Release Date: February 6, 2009
Laika came swinging out the gate with this Neil Gaiman adaptation, an incredibly creepy psychological tale of a young girl’s coming-of-age. The stop-motion animated is a never-ending display of technical achievement, artistic inventiveness, and flat-out gorgeous experimental explosions of colors and shapes, textures and surreal flourishes. Coraline is an expressive nightmare that wisely never explains the supernatural elements, just allows them to play out on the periphery of the real world.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 243 Average listal rating (148 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
Tomm Moore's Animated Features
The Secret of Kells
Directer: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
Voice Cast: Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Christen Mooney, Mick Lally
Release Date: March 3, 2009
What a great year for animation 2009 was, as it not only brought about Laika’s first feature (Coraline), the return to hand-drawn animation by Disney (The Princess and the Frog), but it also brought Tomm Moore’s illuminated manuscript in motion to American shores. The Secret of Kells lacks perspective, features extended sequences of geometric patterns in movement, and big, bold lines, and it’s one of the most beautiful and original films I’ve ever seen. This film made me not only a fan of Moore’s work, but a devotee.

Song of the Sea
Directer: Tomm Moore
Voice Cast: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Lisa Hannigan, Lucy O'Connell
Release Date: September 6, 2014
A recognizably real-world exists comfortably alongside various deities, creatures, and denizens of Irish mythology in Song of the Sea, a deeply moving but uplifting story of a family’s healing. The animation is deceptive in its simplicity, as there’s a never-ending stream of beautifully rendered patterns in the background, amorphous spaces of lights and colors, and it only enhances the folkloric nature of its dense narrative. To put it plainly, Song of the Sea is sublime, full of tender moments and emotional uplift.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 1673 Average listal rating (1056 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Directer: Wes Anderson
Voice Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wallace Wolodarsky, Eric Chase Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Helen McCrory
Release Date: November 25, 2009
Wes Anderson takes his knack for making emotional ennui something imminently watchable and fascinating in this Roald Dahl’s adaptation. Fantastic Mr. Fox is fanciful and aimed more at adults than children, with Anderson’s meticulously symmetrical framing and penchant for deadpan humor. This doesn’t look anything like any other stop-motion feature, with its sophisticated doll house charms providing a warm, autumnal vibrancy to get wrapped up in.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 820 Average listal rating (520 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7
ParaNorman (2012)
Directer: Sam Fell, Chris Butler
Voice Cast: Kodi Smitt-McPhee, Jodelle Ferland, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Bernard Hill, John Goodman, Elaine Stritch
Release Date: August 17, 2012
Laika’s second feature film is another morbid, thoughtful, funny trip through childhood, providing an experience that’s both scary and emotionally complex. ParaNorman is like an animated riff on the genre-bending kid-centric adventure films of the 80s, something like The Goonies pops to mind. This a film that plays like a gateway to my kooky, slightly-Halloween obsessed brain, and ParaNorman gives us a hero that recognizably represents all of those quirky, lonely kids.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 222 Average listal rating (132 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Directer: Isao Takahata
Voice Cast: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto, Atsuko Takahata
Release Date: November 23, 2013
The penultimate film from Studio Ghibli, and the final film from the studio’s other resident genius director, Isao Takahata, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a beautiful sustained poem in motion. The look of the film is so exquisite and original, looking as it does alternately like colored pencil sketches in movement or Japanese woodblock artwork twirling about. Then the emotional sadness and power of the narrative hits you square in the gut, and it becomes clear just how haunting, poignant and perfect a movie this is. 
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
Add items to section

Comedy

If Singin’ in the Rain and Sullivan’s Travels have taught me anything it’s this: the world loves to laugh, and sometimes in life the only respite that we get from our humdrum and challenging existence is laughter. Sure, Chaplin and screwball comedies like Bringing Up Baby and My Man Godfrey dominate, but I love just about anything that can make me laugh. Comedy, the great warhorse that it is, is hard, but these films make it all look so very easy.
People who added this item 508 Average listal rating (305 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
Director: Buster Keaton
Main Cast: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly, Ward Crane, Ford West
Release Date: April 21, 1924
Buster Keaton has created wonderful visual poetry in Sherlock, Jr. with his too numerous to mention memorable gags in this film. The lockstep behind his rival, the moment he enters the screen, a pool game that doesn’t go as planned, a window escape that involves a costume change, or a moment in which he appears to jump into the body of his friend. They’re each astounding and I could write paragraphs upon paragraphs about how brilliant they are.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 718 Average listal rating (465 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Duck Soup (1933)
The Marx Brothers: Silver Screen Collection
Directors: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley, Victor Heerman, Norman Z. McLeod, Leo McCarey
Main Cast: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Thelma Todd
Release Date: August 3, 1929 - November 17, 1933
Sure, their first film is hampered by primitive early sound technology, but there’s still plenty of comedic genius on display. The following four films range from near-perfect classics (Animal Crackers, Monkey Business) to flat-out masterpieces (Horse Feathers, Duck Soup).For me, the anything-goes insanity of the Paramount years cannot be beat, but the following set has plenty of barrel laughs in store.

The Marx Brothers Collection
Directors: Sam Wood, William A. Seiter, Edward Buzzell, Charles Reisner, Archie Mayo
Main Cast: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Allan Jones, Kitty Carlisle, Maureen O'Sullivan, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, John Carroll, Tony Martin, Charles Drake
Release Date: November 15, 1935 - October 12, 1946
After the Paramount years ended, the Marx Brothers thought their movie careers over until wunderkind producer Irving Thalberg came along. He created a solid formula for them to follow in a series of films which varied in quality, but all of them offer their fair share of laughs. A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races are masterpieces, but At the Circus, Go West, and A Night in Casablanca are pretty underrated smart-ass comedies.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 90 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
Directer: George Cukor
Main Cast: Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, Billie Burke, Madge Evans, Karen Morely, Jean Hersholt, Phillips Holmes
Release Date: August 29, 1933
MGM’s talent pool was deep, and director George Cukor assembled a tony cast to give life to this quip-happy script about the idle rich. Dinner at Eight weaves together several different subplots before converging in the final dinner party, with John Barrymore’s tragic wash-up, Jean Harlow’s brassy wife of leisure, Marie Dressler’s bawdy faded actress, and Billie Burke’s frantic hostess getting top marks. It’s not all glamour and bourgeoisie propriety, as the Depression lurks around the peripheral of their lives, and this dinner party feels like a piece of social performance art.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 805 Average listal rating (489 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
Directer: Frank Capra
Main Cast: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly
Release Date: February 22, 1934
It’s fascinating to watch It Happened One Night knowing how much Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert didn’t want to make it, because you would never know it while watching them give their Oscar winning performances. Gable’s virility and cynicism are a nice contrast to Colbert’s intercontinental chic and spunk, teasing and humoring each other throughout, and developing a playful sensuality in this Pre-Code proto-screwball comedy. It Happened One Night was the first of three films to sweep the Big Five Oscars and from its magnetic presence came an entire army of pretenders.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
People who added this item 274 Average listal rating (172 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Directer: Gregory La Cava
Main Cast: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Eugene Pallette, Gail Patrick, Mischa Auer
Release Date: September 6, 1936
William Powell’s debonair and martini-dry wit mixed well with Carole Lombard’s physicality and madcap enthusiasm in My Man Godfrey, a biting social satire about class. These wealthy eccentrics commit all sorts of odd antics, with Powell’s “forgotten man” butler delivering cool putdowns throughout. And has dishwashing ever been as romantic as it is here, in a scene where Powell and Lombard find a delicate balance between laughs and heart.
JxSxPx's rating:
Rate:
Watched Wanted Custom
Load more items (200 more in this list)

Added to






Post comment


Insert image

drop image here
(or click)
or enter URL:
 link image?  square?

Insert video

Format block