yord's Top 100 Favorite Movies
3152 7.9 8.21. No Country for Old Men (2007)
"If the rule you followed brought you to this, what good is the rule?"
:: Ethan and Joel Coen  Review ::
If ever there was a perfect film, this would be it.
2815 7.5 7.92. Children of Men (2006)
"...you're a fascist pig."
:: Cuarón  Review ::
Long and masterfully executed scenes with no cuts or edits, building genuine suspense and surprise in real time. And Michael Caine as a pot-growing hippie.
5439 8 8.43. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
"Sand is overrated. It's just tiny little rocks."
:: Gondry  Review ::
Kaufman's take on love brilliantly starts with the breakup and gets better, more sad and more hopeful, simultaneously, in that order.
Yeah, I know.
2284 7.1 7.64. Collateral (2004)
"Guy gets on the subway and dies... think anybody'll notice?"
:: Mann  Review ::
Cruise is utterly convincing
as a cool contract killer
in Michael Mann's philosophizing
and very stylish thriller.
3457 8.5 8.85. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
"Medication time. Medication time."
:: Forman  Review ::
One of only 3 films that have won all five big Oscars, and it's the only one that deserved the honor.
Sorry, Silence of the Lambs, but it's true.
2936 7.3 7.66. 28 Days Later... (2002)
"I've got some bad news."
:: Boyle  Review ::
Truly heartbreaking at times and heart-pounding at others, this gritty indie-style horror really stuck with me.
144 7.9 7.77. Encounters at the End of the World (2007)
"We are the witness of the universe becoming conscious of its gloriousness."
:: Herzog  Review ::
Filled with quirky people and strange environments, right where Herzog does his best. I love the ideas in this film, but I love the images more because I will always remember them.
529 7.2 7.38. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
:: July  Review ::
What an odd and beautiful film this is. Not afraid to take risks, Miranda July does stunningly well in her directorial/acting/writing debut.
605 8.3 89. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
"The earth I pass will see me and tremble."
:: Herzog  Review ::
Hypnotic and alien, you're stuck right there with this doomed crew, floating down the Amazon with a quiet terror at the helm. Herzog's masterpiece of madness.
766 7.5 7.210. Synecdoche, New York (2008)
"I know how to do it now. There are nearly thirteen million people in the world. None of those people is an extra. They're all the leads of their own stories. They have to be given their due."
:: Kaufman  Review ::
So layered, complex, intertwined and bizarre, it demands a second viewing before passing judgement. I was awestruck after seeing it, not knowing how to explain how it affected me. Decades ahead of its time, I hope Kaufman is granted such freedom of vision again and again.
8204 8 8.811. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the... (2001)
"It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing."
Peter Jackson's epic masterpiece.
299 6.7 5.912. Valhalla Rising (2009)
A mesmerizing film and a powerhouse performance by Mikkelson, who utters not a word throughout and yet you can't take your eyes off him--like staring into an abyss.
3914 8 8.313. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
"But captain, to obey--just like that--for obedience's sake... without questioning... That's something only people like you do."
An inspiring but tragic tale of Ophelia, whose imagination could save more lives than anyone--if anyone was paying attention to her.
1462 7.6 814. In Bruges (2008)
"They're filmin' midgets!"
Darkly funny, expertly cast, sharply written, and once the movie's central scene passes, you will be able to relate to the sadness that tears away at Ray (Farrel) and the consequences of such violence.
4470 8.1 8.515. Amélie (2001)
"Life's funny. To a kid, time always drags. Suddenly you're fifty. All that's left of your childhood... fits in a rusty little box."
Starting with its unrivaled soundtrack, this colorful, cheerful and relatable film tells the story of the shy Amelie, who has genuine heart behind her actions--if only she could find the courage to do them.
2337 8.2 8.416. Oldboy (2003)
"Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone."
1683 7.2 7.717. Adaptation (2002)
"Done with fish!"
1526 7.5 7.918. Serenity (2005)
"I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."
651 7.4 7.519. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
"It is said that what is called the Spirit of an Age is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. In the same way, a single year does not have just spring or summer. A single day, too, is the same. For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation. - Hagakure, The Way of the Samurai"
138 7.3 7.420. My Dinner with Andre (1981)
"In other words there's something in me that makes me read it, and I instinctively interpret it as if it were an omen of the future, but in my conscious opinion, which is so fundamental to my whole view of life, I mean, I would just have to change totally to not have this opinion, in my conscious opinion, this is simply something that was written in the cookie factory, several years ago, and in no way refers to me! I mean, you know, the fact that I got--I mean, the man who wrote it did not know anything about me, I mean, he could not have known anything about me! There's no way that this cookie could actually have to do with me! And the fact that I've gotten it is just basically a joke! And I mean, if I were to go on a trip, on an airplane, and I got a fortune cookie that said "Don't go," I mean, of course, I admit I might feel a bit nervous for about one second, but in fact I would go, because, I mean, that trip is gonna be successful or unsuccessful based on the state of the airplane and the state of the pilot, and the cookie is in no position to know about that."
249 6.3 6.521. Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
"I can't help but wonder about my fate, my destiny."
947 6.5 6.722. I Heart Huckabees (2004)
"The universe is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and circumference is nowhere."
921 8.5 8.123. Stalker (1979)
"A man writes because he is tormented, because he doubts. He needs to constantly prove to himself and the others that he's worth something. And if I know for sure that I'm a genius? Why write then? What the hell for?"
5051 8.2 8.524. The Shining (1980)
"You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya--I'm just gonna bash your brains in. I'm gonna bash 'em right the fuck in! Hah!"
1181 8.4 8.325. The Seventh Seal (1957)
"We must make an idol of our fear, and call it god."
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