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Added by DrStrangeblog on 6 Jun 2015 09:49
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My Favorite Films Of The Past 20 Years (1997-2016)

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People who added this item 5344 Average listal rating (3677 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
Amélie (2001)
Awaken your senses and you'll find that, even in the tiniest corners, life's little wonders are just waiting to be discovered.
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People who added this item 9945 Average listal rating (7335 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.7
The Matrix (1999)
"Whoa."

You read my mind, Keanu.
People who added this item 5186 Average listal rating (3448 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4
Memento (2000)
Unforgettable unique backward-timeline movie experience. Well, except to the main character that is.
Same epic hobbit story enhanced by the appearances of terrific key characters Gollum, Saruman, Theodin, Eowyn, Wormtongue, and Treebeard, and a little altercation occurring at Helm's Deep.
People who added this item 4084 Average listal rating (2723 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Fate's a bitch. On the other hand, a bitch would be preferable to a compressed-air-cannister-carrying Spaniard with a bad combover.
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People who added this item 2144 Average listal rating (1418 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
Easy A (2010)
Meet the quick-witted & reourceful Olive Pendergast, my all-time favorite movie teenager. To borrow rival Marianne's means of expression, Easy A's rare combination of smarts and giggles is "Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome."
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People who added this item 1812 Average listal rating (1129 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Ghost World (2002)
A beacon of compassion for misfits of all distinctions. I've said it before and will say it again, I love this movie.
People who added this item 1433 Average listal rating (980 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
Pitch Black (2000)
Who would you trust to lead you to safety from a massive flock of flesh-munching space pterodactyls, the brutish convicted murderer, the junkie bounty hunter, or the flight officer who tried to eject the entire passenger cabin? Uh oh.
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I don't know how, but they found the otherdimensional nexus where comedy and peculiarity collide. Pinnacle of pants-pooping weirdfunny.
People who added this item 524 Average listal rating (296 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Bully (2001)
"The hitman needs a ride." Brutal, barefaced, and bare-assed true story is unflinching and un-turn-offable.
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People who added this item 3152 Average listal rating (2109 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.5
The original 'found footage' film is still the most effective, stranding you out in those isolated Maryland woods along with three young filmmakers - and one angry witch.
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"Sooner or later, the day comes when you can't hide from the things that you've done anymore."
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People who added this item 1871 Average listal rating (1283 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
Your soulmate won't show up and see you wearing a sign, so why not try lying and manipulation to get their attention? Crazier things have happened.
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People who added this item 383 Average listal rating (264 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
Who Am I? (1998)
Jackie Chan's last truly great action epic, at 44 years he flies across the screen as spryly as anyone half his age.
The beginning of a remarkable journey, taken one hairy step at a time.
People who added this item 2027 Average listal rating (1343 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Scariest zombies ever, and don't dare miss the opening 10 minutes!
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People who added this item 4151 Average listal rating (2849 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
Take your top-flight action/mystery/thriller movie and throw in a white-knuckle car chase, and this Bourne does them all better.
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People who added this item 2574 Average listal rating (1630 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Erin had the balls, the brains, and the breasts to stand up for David Nobody against Goliath Corporation.
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People who added this item 3360 Average listal rating (2147 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.7
Zodiac (2007)
"This is the Zodiac speaking."

Incredibly engrossing and 95% true recounting of America's most confounding serial killer.
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People who added this item 689 Average listal rating (460 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
High Tension (2003)
Includes the most intense 60 consecutive minutes of armrest-clenching fear I've ever experienced while watching a movie.
Fully absorbing cold case mystery with a brilliant conclusion that you'll never see coming.
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People who added this item 4281 Average listal rating (2906 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Ring (2002)
A movie that really gets under your skin - no blood or gore, instead using disturbing images and foreboding atmosphere to gnaw away at the nerves, plus the creepiest kid and a fall-over-backwards 'boo' moment!
People who added this item 1288 Average listal rating (854 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
Hanna (2011)
Love the slick European style reminiscent of La Femme Nikita or Run Lola Run, the steely resolve of Saoirse Ronan and perfect pulsating Chemical Brothers score make this a killer ice cold thriller.
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People who added this item 7198 Average listal rating (5131 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
I still remember the "OH MY GOD" realization I had when I saw this in the theater, one of my most treasured movie-watching moments.
People who added this item 2874 Average listal rating (2025 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
The ultimate brain-overloading action movie/rock music/16-bit videogame/comic book pop-culture mashup.
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 6
Marquise (1997)
Boisterous, bawdy, and beautiful - this Moliere acting troupe makes Shakespeare In Love look like community theater.
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People who added this item 2544 Average listal rating (1510 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
Naomi Watts turns in one of the most shattering performances ever in the aftermath of terrible tragedy.
People who added this item 1636 Average listal rating (1042 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Dark City (1998)
I love the breathless pace and sharing the same feeling of complete confusion that Rufus Sewell does as a wanted man on the run.
People who added this item 2014 Average listal rating (1455 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Haven't had this much pure sci-fi fun since the original Star Wars!
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People who added this item 580 Average listal rating (424 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
The Nice Guys (2016)
A hilarious comedy/mystery of the type you just don't see anymore, so naturally it takes place in the '70s.
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People who added this item 497 Average listal rating (312 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
A Simple Plan (1998)
A modern Treasure of the Sierra Madre that echoes one of my own philosophies about life: "It's never easy."
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People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.8
Never lose sight of who you are, and who you were.
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People who added this item 7882 Average listal rating (5714 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Bride vs. the Crazy 88's in a Tokyo nightclub delivers a bloodbath only rivaled by Braindead's lawnmower zombie massacre.
People who added this item 7064 Average listal rating (5049 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Men in Black (1997)
This offbeat "the aliens are everywhere!" romp is the kind of movie I wish I had made.
People who added this item 1156 Average listal rating (762 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Host (2006)
There's a giant seamonster on the loose! Better hope you don't have to count on this ragtag family to save you! What they have in determination, they lack in...everything else. Great Gamera-sized fun.
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According to Peter Jackson, when you conclude an adventure this epic, you can't have too many endings.
People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Stevie (2002)
Emotionally draining, highly personal doc from Steve James in reconnecting with his charge from the Big Brother program 12 years later, underlining the startling paths our lives can take.
People who added this item 1952 Average listal rating (1117 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
Dogville (2003)
Challenging, daring, fascinating, and rewarding cinema.
People who added this item 4220 Average listal rating (2762 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
The title could refer to either Patrick Bateman's persona or Christian Bale's brilliantly nutty performance. It's hip to be square!
People who added this item 4302 Average listal rating (2929 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Jack Black's reason for being fulfilled as a chord crunching phony substitute teacher, with a classroom full of some of the greatest movie kids ever collected.
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People who added this item 2042 Average listal rating (1241 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
Has more layers than a hypothermic Canadian's outdoor gear in January.
People who added this item 3937 Average listal rating (2674 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.2
Toy Story 3 (2010)
The animation is incredible, but the real movie magic here is getting an audience to have such an emotional investment in pretend plastic characters that don't even exist outside a computer.
People who added this item 356 Average listal rating (244 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
Priceless (2006)
Endearing romantic comedy between a gold digger and a waiter-turned-gigolo as only the French can do.
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People who added this item 2504 Average listal rating (1585 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Chicago (2002)
I hate musicals and Richard Gere, so what the hell happened here?? (That should be a lyric!)
People who added this item 1398 Average listal rating (803 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
"I will make you feel bad for being stupid enough to sympathize with this unfortunate family, it's just a MOVIE you fools!" sayeth sardonic Michael Haneke (paraphrasing his subtext).
People who added this item 2535 Average listal rating (1763 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7
Cloverfield (2008)
Remember that time Godzilla chased us through the streets of Manhattan? Wait, that didn't really happen?? Sure felt like it.
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People who added this item 4041 Average listal rating (2659 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.5
Three hot babes cracking wise and kicking ass, what's not to love?
People who added this item 1883 Average listal rating (1297 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Gravity (2013)
The benchmark for weightlessness until they actually start shooting movies in space.
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People who added this item 2023 Average listal rating (1273 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Thanks to David Fincher here's double proof that the movie can be better than the book, AND a remake even better than the original.
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People who added this item 254 Average listal rating (140 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Home movies, sibling solidarity, wild allegations of sexual abuse, and the power of suggestion all wage battle over the truth, forever disfiguring the face of a seemingly normal Jewish family.
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This list became quite an interesting challenge, knowing that my favorite classic films were ineligible for this particular list forced me to focus on my 'newer' favorites. You might notice a proportionately smaller number of films are represented from the past 5 years, and there are a couple reasons for that. I almost never go to the theater so I haven't had a chance to see any of the most recent releases. Furthermore on the flipside of that, I've had the chance to watch the older movies several times over the years and they have had a longer opportunity to become like well-known friends. But that won't stop me from adding names whenever a new one grabs me!

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