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Nick's Top 100 Films

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People who added this item 420 Average listal rating (213 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
All That Jazz (1979)
"It’s impossible to create something as lasting as All That Jazz without doing a lot of personal and collateral damage." - Noel Murray
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People who added this item 2140 Average listal rating (1231 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Brazil (1985)
"It's like a stoned, slapstick 1984; a nightmare comedy in which the comedy is just an aspect of the nightmarishness." - Pauline Kael
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People who added this item 1212 Average listal rating (866 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
Inside Out (2015)
"Docter and del Carmen’s creation is fantastical but utterly convincing. For all its abstractions, it still reflects the real complexity and fragility of the human mind, which is so easy damaged by trauma or neglect." - Matt Singer
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People who added this item 3557 Average listal rating (2259 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
"Remains the weirdest, scariest, kookiest, most haunting and indelible kid-flick-that's- really-for-adults ever made in Hollywood." - Owen Gleiberman
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People who added this item 3899 Average listal rating (2522 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
"'No Country for Old Men,'... is bleak, scary and relentlessly violent. At its center is a figure of evil so calm, so extreme, so implacable that to hear his voice is to feel the temperature in the theater drop." - A.O. Scott
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People who added this item 1114 Average listal rating (551 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Solaris (1972)
"Solaris helped initiate a genre that has become an art-house staple: the drama of grief and partial recovery. Watching this 166-minute work is like catching a fever, with night sweats and eventual cooling brow." - Phillip Lopate
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People who added this item 1809 Average listal rating (1105 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Akira (1988)
"The most expensive animated feature ever made in Japan... and it's easily the most impressive, as well." - Richard Harrington
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People who added this item 320 Average listal rating (156 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
"One feels the presence of what we call life, all right, with its cyclical repetitions and its greater mysteries, but Yang also touches on something quite unusual here, an insight so refined and subtle that it should leave most modern filmmakers and fiction writers green with envy." - Kent Jones
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People who added this item 646 Average listal rating (367 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
"With his Muppets, Henson found a balance between fuzzy post-hippie positivism and self-deprecating wit, and he added in the same quality that made many of the era’s cultural phenomena so charming: simple problem-solving." - Noel Murray
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People who added this item 3383 Average listal rating (2158 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
"David Fincher's film has the rare quality of being not only as smart as its brilliant hero, but in the same way. It is cocksure, impatient, cold, exciting and instinctively perceptive." - Roger Ebert
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People who added this item 279 Average listal rating (147 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
"The film plays with the viewer’s perception of time and reality in ways that are unexpected, jarring and confusing. Several different interpretations have sprung up to explain the events of the film. All I know is that it’s a film that is well-acted, gorgeously shot, and demanding of your attention." - Dave Chen
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People who added this item 3378 Average listal rating (2201 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
"[Children of Men] immediately announced itself as the most best and bleakest sci-fi movie of the 21st Century. It has also proven to be the most prescient, anticipating a time when Britain has closed its borders, hateful isolationism has taken root, and xenophobia spores out of walled garden across the world." - David Ehrlich
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People who added this item 3068 Average listal rating (1798 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
"Perhaps the closest that a “mainstream” American film has come to the avant-garde moment. What makes Lynch so accessible compared to other artists working in the same sort of vein is that Lynch’s starting points—glamor of Hollywood, film noir—are so familiar and accessible to cinephiles." - Peter Labuza
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People who added this item 4452 Average listal rating (3017 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.5
Alien (1979)
"[S]cariest movie ever made. [E]very single detail, every button and lever, every bulkhead and airshaft, every monitor readout and analog ka-chunk of a door closing contrasts with the insatiable, perfectly predatory destructive force of the alien." - Matt Lynch
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People who added this item 239 Average listal rating (126 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
"The Thin Blue Line builds a sense of impending dread better than the clicking incline of a dilapidated roller coaster. It illustrates how comprehensively police can be blinded by the avenging desire of an enraged community. The contrast between personalities is pronounced. Even from prison (for a different crime), David Harris can’t stop smiling. And Randall Dale Adams is incapable of a smile—his eyes wide, still unable to believe this isn’t a dream." - Paul Schneider
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People who added this item 809 Average listal rating (486 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
"The cinema's first modernist... was the Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein. As his most famous work, Battleship Potemkin, from 1925, shows, his analytical, quasi-scientific methods bore the mark of both aesthetic and political upheavals." - Richard Brody
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People who added this item 1087 Average listal rating (607 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
Breathless (1960)
"One of the defining features of “Breathless” is the degree to which its characters self-identity through the lens of the cinema, seeing in its images idealized reflections of themselves and modeling their attitudes and mannerisms to better cohere with that vision." - Calum Marsh
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People who added this item 637 Average listal rating (379 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
"[A] hell of a lot of truth in this. [A] hell of a lot of truth. [B]road cuts at the divide between living & simply being alive, but perhaps more than anything else a gently devastating look at how people change (or how they don't)." - David Ehlrich
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People who added this item 5201 Average listal rating (3408 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
"[I]t contains individual set pieces—that opening encounter in the French farmhouse and a later scene in which the Basterds go undercover as German officers in the basement of a tavern—that are near-perfect examples of taut, suspenseful moviemaking." - Dana Stevens
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People who added this item 590 Average listal rating (322 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
Sunrise (1927)
"Don't get me wrong—I'm glad people have continued to make movies for the past 90 years. Not really sure that they needed to, though. Formally speaking, Sunrise is a mic drop for the medium if there ever was one." - Mike D'Angelo
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People who added this item 912 Average listal rating (591 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
"Nothing in the climax of 'Zero Dark Thirty' settles for easy triumphalism. Everything about the film is potentially controversial, yet hardly any of it can be pigeonholed by way of ideology or politics." - Michael Phillips
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People who added this item 3248 Average listal rating (2028 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.7
Zodiac (2007)
"David Fincher's magnificently obsessive new film Zodiac is part police procedural, part monster movie, a funereal entertainment that is a testament to this cinematic savant's gifts." - Manohla Dargis
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People who added this item 315 Average listal rating (163 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Walkabout (1971)
"Walkabout is cinema as poetry. Images rhyme with one another in a truly hypnotic fashion. Scenes are as vivid and intense as they are unreal and lyrical. There’s a phantasmagorical array of images, but also a rigorous, genius sense of structure." - Edgar Wright
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People who added this item 647 Average listal rating (392 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
"[W]hat distinguishes "Memories of Murder," setting it apart from rank-and-file thrillers, is its singular mix of gallows humor and unnerving solemnity." - Manohla Dargis
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People who added this item 7734 Average listal rating (5002 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Jurassic Park (1993)
"In their ruthlessness and monstrous grandeur, the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park are viewed as our symbolic ancestors: pure embodiments of the primal life force. They're of this earth but out of this world." - Owen Gleiberman
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People who added this item 1427 Average listal rating (701 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
(1963)
"8½ has always been a touchstone for me, in so many ways—the freedom, the sense of invention, the underlying rigor and the deep core of longing, the bewitching, physical pull of the camera movements and the compositions... But it also offers an uncanny portrait of being the artist of the moment, trying to tune out all the pressure and the criticism and the adulation and the requests and the advice, and find the space and the calm to simply listen to oneself." - Martin Scorsese
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"Yes, it's as entertaining as you have heard. Maybe more so. Raiders of the Lost Ark is, in fact, about as entertaining as a commercial movie can be." - Gene Siskel
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People who added this item 450 Average listal rating (296 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Stagecoach (1939)
"The perfect movie. Perfect structure, perfect characters. Every character in every movie made since Stagecoach is a version of a Stagecoach character." - Robert Ben Garant
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People who added this item 1293 Average listal rating (672 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Persona (1966)
"On one level, then, Persona could be seen as an allegory of acting...but on a deeper level, it more broadly suggests the possibilities and limitations of art in dealing with personal and worldly horrors." - Kenji Fujishima
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People who added this item 84 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.4
"One of the most staggeringly comprehensive cinematic histories ever told." - Charlie Lyne
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People who added this item 5725 Average listal rating (3757 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 9.3
"Without a single riot scene or horrific effect, it tells a slow, gentle story of camaraderie and growth, with an ending that abruptly finds poetic justice in what has come before." - Janet Maslin
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People who added this item 1059 Average listal rating (707 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
"Blazing Saddles is funny, yet in another way it’s quite serious – especially if you place the movie in context with the blaxploitation genre... These were outside-of-the-system films that, among other things, depicted African-American men as independent, powerful figures capable of undermining white authority. Why was Blazing Saddles – a major studio release – allowed to do the same thing? Perhaps because it was disguised as a comedy and a period piece.." - Josh Larsen
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People who added this item 736 Average listal rating (496 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
The Searchers (1956)
"The films central character, Ethan Edwards... is so detached from society that he is more associated with the Western landscape or what the film calls 'the turning of the earth'. He has been alone too long and has almost become inhuman. His search for a niece, kidnapped by Indians, is fired by rage and racism." - Mark Cousins
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People who added this item 158 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Beau Travail (1999)
"Beau Travail is the most extreme example of [Denis'] talent, baffling and exhilarating. I don't know when I've seen a movie that is in so many ways foreign to what draws me to movies and still felt under a spell." - Charles Taylor
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People who added this item 228 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
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"One of the great legacies of The Decalogue is that its vision of humanity is infinite: Behind every door, there are desires, secrets, and feelings worth exploring on film." - Scott Tobias
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People who added this item 424 Average listal rating (197 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
Weekend (1967)
"[A] key film of the late sixties, a premonition of the political explosion of May ’68 and its chaotic aftermath, a comedy of brilliant set pieces that cumulatively stage the collapse of Western civilization." - Gary Indiana
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People who added this item 6144 Average listal rating (4038 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
The Shining (1980)
"It’s all so bewildering and unsettling, it suggests these characters are pawns in some cosmic game whose details are incomprehensible to us mere mortals. We truly feel lost and trapped within the film." - Matt Singer
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People who added this item 6320 Average listal rating (4264 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
"The brutality in Silence leaves you shaken because it's meant to seem painful instead of playful, terrifying instead of titillating. Foster's Clarice Starling and Smith's Catherine Martin represent something unique in slasher movies: women who won't play victim." - Peter Travers
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"The resulting scenes are among the most morally ambiguous ever filmed, because we the audience, the actors playing the siblings and Okuzaki himself are all aware that these old men are being lied to and guilt-tripped in order to lever the truth out of them. Yet Hara and Okazaki push further. Eventually the veteran attacks one of the old commanders who painfully reveals that the missing soldiers were in fact eaten in New Guinea." - Mark Cousins
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People who added this item 4735 Average listal rating (3003 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
"[I]t immediately drew me in and left me breathless. Guillermo del Toro has the ability to create magical worlds that are emotionally grounded, and he never shies away from the darkness that exists in both fantasy and reality." - Clea DuVall
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People who added this item 5804 Average listal rating (3788 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.6
"[Saving Private Ryan] accomplishes something I had been taught was most difficult -- making an action-filled anti-war film or, at least, one that doesn't in some way glorify or lie about combat." - Gene Siskel
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People who added this item 451 Average listal rating (312 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
Moonlight (2016)
"Moonlight is a movie about how someone comes to armor himself against vulnerabilities to the point in which he turns his chosen identity into a prison. But it’s a love story too, tender and dark, unfolding across decades, and offering hope that there’s also time for its hero to figure out how to be open again." - Alison Willmore
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People who added this item 1881 Average listal rating (1064 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
"An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation." - Roger Ebert
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People who added this item 1227 Average listal rating (732 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.6
City Lights (1931)
"Here’s a movie about a man who never speaks, courting a woman who can’t see, so their love is expressed in gestures of kindness, and restricted by sensory barriers. There’s a purity to it that’s unlike any screen romance, and its poignance suffuses the entire film, even when it breaks off into tangentially related comic vignettes." - Scott Tobias
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People who added this item 4449 Average listal rating (2893 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8
Jaws (1975)
"It may be the most cheerfully perverse scare movie ever made. Even while you're convulsed with laughter you're still apprehensive, because the editing rhythms are very tricky, and the shock images loom up huge, right on top of you. The film belongs to the pulpiest sci-fi monster-movie tradition, yet it stands some of the old conventions on their head." - Pauline Kael
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People who added this item 792 Average listal rating (475 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8
"What Herzog sees in the story, I think, is what he finds in many of his films: Men haunted by a vision of great achievement, who commit the sin of pride by daring to reach for it, and are crushed by an implacable universe." - Roger Ebert
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People who added this item 926 Average listal rating (603 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
"Spike Lee spends a good amount of time, early in the film, dousing a Brooklyn neighborhood with gasoline, as we hold our breath to see who will strike a match." - Alec Baldwin
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People who added this item 1003 Average listal rating (544 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
"Cinema is most often analogized with dreaming (see Hollywood as “dream factory”), but it is also a kind of remembering: it manufactures an immediate past, and thus makes us retrospectively and prospectively older. Bergman’s Wild Strawberries starts with a dream and ends with a memory, aligning its beauty with the beauty of its seventy-seven-year-old star, the great Swedish actor and director Victor Sjöström." - James Schamus
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People who added this item 426 Average listal rating (226 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
"When it comes to “fairy-tale movies”—if such a genre exists as something other than a profit center for the Disney corporation—there is Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast and then there is everything else." - Geoffrey O'Brien
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People who added this item 574 Average listal rating (338 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
Le Samourai (1967)
"Alain Delon
 gives his most memorable performance as an ice-cold assassin above such mundane
 concerns as moral conscience. Though violent in its subject matter, Jean-Pierre
 Melville’s film is also cool, meticulously lit, and classically framed. It
 operates in a kind of dream state. It’s the opposite of the fevered emotional style of
 most gangster films." - William Friedkin
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