THE BEST OF THE "BEST"- CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MOVIES YOU SHOULD ACTUALLY WATCH!


These are the best movies of all time. Or, at least, they are my all-time favorite films---as of now--from the list of critically acclaimed films. This list is constantly growing and changing with new films and my introductions to old ones. I love classics, comedies, dramas, everything. I love movies. I appreciate critically acclaimed films, though I wouldn't consider them my personal favorites. These are the films I can watch 10,000 times and not want to completely kill myself.

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Won 1 Oscar

My favorite movie by my favorite director. 2001 is simply a masterpiece; a story line so brilliant, you may have to actually look up what the fuck it means when you're done watching. A futuristic voyage at a time when we depend on computers so heavily, that if they turn evil, humans are pretty much fucked.

2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Director: Frank Darabont

Nominated for 7 Oscars

A magical film about friendship and rehabilitation. Listen to Morgan Freeman's silky, velvety voice while watching a truly phenomenal story unfold. Greatest. Prison. Break. Movie. EVER!

3. The Departed (2006)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Won 4 Oscars

A disgustingly star-studded cast; Leo, Matt Damon, Wahlberg, Nicholson, Marty Sheen, Alec Balwin, Vera Farmiga, and more! Truly stellar! Scorsese delivers on this crime-ridden tale of greed, corruption, infidelity, murder, betrayal, and undercover agents.

4. Apocalypse Now (1979)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Won 2 Oscars

The horror, the horror. The uncontested greatest war movie of all time. The acting by Duvall and Brando is truly like no other. Some of the most famous movie quotes come from this movie. "Smelled like...VICTORY." You'll never think of napalm in any other context.

5. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Director: Sidney Lumet

Nominated for 3 Oscars

Follows jurors make a life-or-death decision. These 12 men have a legendary conversation for an hour and 36 minutes about morals, justice, and acceptance.

6. Good Will Hunting (1997)

Director: Gus Van Sant

Won 2 Oscars

A thuggish math whiz who explores his own identity, finds love, and reaches self-actualization. Robin Williams won his first and only Oscar for his role as Sean McGuire, Will Hunting's therapist. Minnie Driver's character is also super likable and a great storyteller.

7. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Nominated for 4 Oscars

A terrifying insight into humanity, madness, and evil. Another Kubrick masterpiece with another genius message behind it. It's definitely dark, but it's smart,artful, and interesting.

8. Fight Club (1999)

Director: David Fincher

Nominated for 1 Oscar

A Psychological thriller with a Brad Pitt that is so hot, your eyes actually burn when you look at him. Edward Norton starts a fight club in this movie. Do NOT talk about it. It's a rule.

9. Psycho (1960)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Nominated for 4 Oscars

That classic black and white shower scene with the girl screaming--that's this movie. One of Hitchcock's best works with the most infuriating title of all time. Anyone who took basic psychology knows this should actually be called "Multi-Personality Disorder." Watch it to find out why.

10. American History X (1998)

Director: Tony Kaye

Nominated for 1 Oscar

A tragic, yet poignant commentary on humanity. Edward Norton bulked up to play a violent Neo-Nazi in the black and white film. This film is downright disturbing in the best fucking way possible.

11. Dead Poets Society (1989)

Director: Peter Weir

Won 1 Oscar

Friendship, brotherhood, adolescence, and a damn good teacher. Robin Williams plays the teacher you always wanted to have, but never quite did. Carpe Diem! Seize the day, bitches.

12. The Usual Suspects (1995)

Director: Bryan Singer

Won 2 Oscars

KEVIN SPACEY. A rather confusing story of a bunch of criminals committing a crime, but don't worry, it all makes sense in the end. :)

13. Se7en (1995)

Director: David Fincher

Nominated for 1 Oscar

WHAT'S IN THE BOX! An awesome crime solving team is assembled to catch a serial killer who isn't the biggest fan of sinners. Brad Pitt is still drop-dead-gorgeous, Morgan Freeman's voice is still soft velvet, and KEVIN FUCKING SPACEY.

14. Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Director: Jonathan Demme

Won 5 Oscars

Watch Clarice, a newbie cop, try to catch a rather disgusting killer. The dramatic irony will make you sweat like a pig and cause you to yell at your screen in frustration. "No, Clarice!!!"

15. Forrest Gump (1994)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Won 6 Oscars

I think this is the most feel-good, of all feel-good movies. You'll accept an award from JFK, fight in a war, open a shrimp restaurant, and eat a box of chocolate with Forrest. After this movie, anytime you see someone running, you'll be aching to call out, "Run, Forrest! Run!"

16. The Godfather I/II (1972-1974)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Won 9 Oscars (All together)

Let me make you an offer you cannot refuse, watch these movies, or--In Corleone fashion--I will kill you. Anyone of an age to understand English needs to watch this film. It is a right of passage.

17. Taxi Driver (1976)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Nominated for 4 Oscars

You talking' to me? That De Niro impression you know and love originates from this Scorsese original. Also starring a young Clarice (Jodie Foster) as a prostitute. Weird shit happens.

18. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Nominated for 1 Oscar

A dismal movie about the effects of war on man. Like Apocalypse Now, it's destination is 'Nam. This one's a lil different. Kubrick explores deeper aspects of pacifism, identity, and madness.

19. Rocky Series (1976-2015)

Director: Sylvester Stallone, John G. Avildson, Ryan Coogler

Won 3 Oscars (Rocky)

Ba da baa ba da ba ba dadum dadada. Go Rocky Go! I love boxing movies and I love a good Rocky marathon even more. Creed was awesome so I included it in the Rocky series. "Throwing shots at the body like he's Rocky Balboa! Going upstairs like he's Apollo Creed!" Ugh the feeelz.

20. On the Waterfront (1954)

Director: Elia Kazan

Won 8 Oscars

Brando is the best. Ugh I love to watch this movie and him in it. A classic by all accounts. This movie should "be a contender" for the next thing you watch. You don't have to tell me, I know I'm punny.

21. The Big Lebowsky (1998)

Director: The Coen Brothers

Make "dude" cool again and watch Jeff Bridges be the fucking man. There's bowling, Julianne Moore, and a dude who is mistaken for another, very different dude.

22. The Shining (1980)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Heeeeere's Johnny! Honestly a very scary, creepy, strange-ass movie. If you watch Room 237 (A documentary based on this film), you'll see how well thought out it is. Typical Kubrick.

23. Léon: The Professional (1994)

Director: Luc Besson

A pre-pubescent girl forms a close relationship with a grown man who is also a professional assasin. It's not as creepy as it sounds. Lil Natalie Portman KILLZ it being a bad-ass 12 year old.

24. Vertigo (1958)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Nominated for 2 Oscars

Watch Jimmy Stewart obsess over a married woman in proper Hitchcock fashion. He is also scared of things, like climbing stairs. Hence the vertigo. It's hard to appreciate, but the direction in this film was revolutionary for its time. Keep that in mind.

25. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Director: Frank Capra

Nominated for 5 Oscars

It is a wonderful life, ain't it!? Watch Jimmy Stewart again, but this time, he'll see that he really matters, and that life without him is pretty bleak, to say the least.

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