250 Best Movies Made in the Last 30 Years

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a 500 Gig Hard Drive full of all the best movies ever made? Problem is, every time you look for a list, they always have these films on there from the 40s, 50s, 60s and early to mid 70s.

Who wants to see that crap?

So I’ve gone through the trouble of sorting through the best movies from only the last 30 years. I was going to put an Amazon link to them, but I’d rather you go download or Rent & Rip them just to piss off the RIAA MPAA (whoops).

So, from the land of off topic posts, I present to you the list of the 250 Best Movies Made in the Last 30 years.

48 Hrs. (1982)
A Christmas Story (1983)
Airplane! (1980)
Alien (1979)
Aliens (1986)
Almost Famous (2000)
Amadeus (1984)
American Beauty (1999)
American History X (1998)
Amores Perros (2000)
Animal House (1978)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Army of Darkness (1992)
Aviator, The (2004)
Back to the Future (1985)
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Bad Taste (1987)
Basketball Diaries, The (1995)
Batman Begins (2005)
Beetle Juice (1988)
Before Sunset (2004)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Big Fish (2003)
Big Lebowski, The (1998)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Blade Runner (1982)
Blair Witch Project, The (1999)
Blow (2001)
Blues Brothers, The (1980)
Boiler Room (2000)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Boondock Saints,The (1999)
Braveheart (1995)
Brazil (1985)
Breakfast Club, The (1985)
Breaking the Waves (1996)
Bronx Tale, A (1993)
Buffalo ‘66 (1998)
Butterfly Effect, The (2004)
Caddyshack (1980)
Casino (1995)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Chasing Amy (1997)
Cidade de Deus (2002)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
Clerks (1994)
Closer (2004)
Clue (1985)
Crash (2004)
Crimson Tide (1995)
Cube (1997)
Dark Crystal, The (1982)
Dead Man (1995)
Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Departed, The (2006)
Descent, The (2005)
Devil’s Advocate, The (1997)
Die Hard (1988)
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Dune (1984)
Ed Wood (1994)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
El Mariachi (1992)
Elephant Man, The (1980)
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Event Horizon (1997)
Evil Dead, The (1981)
Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Le (2001)
Fargo (1996)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Few Good Men, A (1992)
Fifth Element, The (1997)
Fight Club (1999)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Fish Called Wanda, A (1988)
Flash Gordon (1980)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Fugitive, The (1993)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Game, The (1997)
Gandhi (1982)
Ghost Busters (1984)
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Gladiator (2000)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Glory (1989)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Goodfellas (1990)
Goonies, The (1985)
Green Mile, The (1999)
Gremlins (1984)
Grosse Point Blank (1997)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Hable con ella (2002)
Hackers (1995)
Halloween (1978)
Hamlet (1996)
Happiness (1998)
Heat (1995)
Heathers (1989)
Hero (AKA Ying xiong) (2002)
History of the World: Part I (1981)
Hotaru no haka (1988)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Hunt for Red October, The (1990)
Idi i smotri (1985)
In The Company Of Men (1997)
Incredibles, The (2004)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Kids (1995)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Labyrinth (1986)
Lean on Me (1989)
Legend (1985)
Léon (1994)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Life of Brian (1979)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Lost Boys, The (1987)
Lost Highway (1997)
Mad Max (1979)
Magnolia (1999)
Major League (1989)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Matrix, The (1999)
Memento (2000)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Mononoke-hime (1997)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Mystic River (2003)
Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
NeverEnding Story, The (1984)
Nightmare on Elm Street, A (1984)
Office Space (1999)
Oldboy (2003)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Pianist, The (2002)
Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Platoon (1986)
Player, The (1992)
Point Break (1991)
Poltergeist (1982)
Predator (1987)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Primal Fear (1996)
Princess Bride, The (1987)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quiet Earth, The (1985)
Raging Bull (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Ran (1985)
Ray (2004)
Real Genius (1985)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
RoboCop (1987)
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Run Lola Run (1998)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Say Anything… (1989)
Scarface (1983)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Scream (1996)
Se7en (1995)
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
Serenity (2005)
Sex, Lies, And Videotape (1989)
Shallow Grave (1994)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
Shining, The (1980)
Shrek (2001)
Shrek 2 (2004)
Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
Sin City (2005)
Sixth Sense, The (1999)
SLC Punk! (1998)
Sliding Doors (1998)
Snatch. (2000)
Sneakers (1992)
South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)
Spaceballs (1987)
Sphere (1998)
Stand by Me (1986)
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Straight Story, The (1999)
Superman (1978)
Superman II (1980)
Swingers (1996)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Terminator, The (1984)
There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Thirteen (2003)
Titanic (1997)
Tombstone (1993)
Top Gun (1986)
Total Recall (1990)
Toy Story (1995)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Trainspotting (1996)
Transformers: The Movie (1986)
True Romance (1993)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Unforgiven (1992)
Untergang, Der (2004)
Usual Suspects, The (1995)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Vacation (1983)
Vita è bella, La (1997)
Walk the Line (2005)
Wall Street (1987)
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
WarGames (1983)
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Wild Things (1998)
Willow (1988)
Withnail And I (1987)
Wo hu cang long (2000)
X2 (2003)

Do you agree with the list? What movies are missing from the perfect 500 Gig hard Drive Collection?

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68 Responses to “250 Best Movies Made in the Last 30 Years”

  1. AndyBeard says:

    You need to qualify your source of data and intended audience.

    Just off of the top of my head (in no particular order other than train of thought)

    Pearl Harbour
    Oceans 11
    Oceans 12 (maybe not as good)
    Mission Imposible
    Twister
    Perfect Storm
    Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind (massive at the time)
    Where are all the Bond films?
    Highlander
    Brewsters Millions
    Trading Places
    The Secret of My Success
    Big
    Apollo 13

  2. QuadsZilla says:

    Source of the data is anywhere I could find. The audiance was really for me – because I’m building the 500 Gig hard drive . . . then i realized the list was pretty good and figured I’d share it and look for some additional input. The addition of brewsters Millions looks OK.

  3. Surely leaving “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” off the list was an oversight.

  4. shandyking says:

    I agree with Andy that the intended audience is important, but Andy, Pearl Harbor & Please tell me not the Ben Affleck piece of crap that came out a few years ago, and you have Oceans 12!! Sigh, Julia Roberts playing her character Tess Ocean, who then plays the role of her real self Julia Roberts should go down as one of the lamest ideas in movie history.

    What about the Godfather movies?

  5. BobArdKor says:

    As long as Brazil and Fight Club are in there, I don’t see no problem
    Some Monty Pythons (Quest for the Holy Grail, Meaning of Life, …) maybe ?

  6. BobArdKor says:

    oh and what about Escape from New York ?
    have not seen it for a while, but dude, Snake Plissken rules !
    :p

  7. Andrew Johnson says:

    All three Terminators, Pulp Fiction, the Goonies, Blade Runner, Alien & Aliens. The list gets my stamp of approval.

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  9. tpiddy says:

    if you havent seen Shogun Assassin, I highly recommend it.

    Also I don’t agree with this IMDB rating for Leonard Part 6. i mean the movie has Bill Cosby riding an ostrich!

  10. frank says:

    hows about these:
    dangerous minds
    pitch black
    chronicles of riddick
    40 yr old virgin
    old school
    lords of dogtown (awesome)
    lord of war
    weatherman
    the saint
    beautiful mind
    romper stomper
    whale rider
    chopper
    the castle

  11. QuadsZilla says:

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High was certainly an oversight! Thanks for that one.

    The first 2 Godfather movies and Holy grail are going on the Hard Drive, but the list was the last 30 years and those 3 are slightly eariler.

    Shoegun Assassin – I haven’t seen but will definately check out. Escape from New York I can’t remeber . . .

  12. QuadsZilla says:

    I have not seen:

    Lords of Dogtown (2005)
    Lord of War (2005)
    The Castle (1997/I)
    Whale Rider (2002)

    but I will in the near future. Thanks!

  13. diggidyd says:

    Oh man. I would definitely have my two favorite action movies:

    The Bourne Identity (2002)
    Ronin (1998)

    and maybe:

    Master and Commander (2003) (also has the best mixed movie soundtrack I’ve heard)

    Searching for Bobby Fischer (1994?)
    Zoolander (2001?)

  14. sammy867 says:

    The RIAA has nothing to do with movies. Know your enemy :)

  15. shayner says:

    I would check these out if you haven’t already, some of my favourites…

    The Ice Storm
    16 Candles
    Kalifornia
    State Of Grace
    Pump Up The Volume
    Less Than Zero
    Happy Gilmour
    Running On Empty
    Uncommon Valor
    Cable Guy
    A Simple Plan
    A River Runs Through It
    Point Of No Return
    The Last Temptation Of Christ
    Steel Magnolias (for the ladies)
    Field Of Dreams
    Great Expectations
    Stripes

    – I would have to go with “Dogtown and Z-Boys” vs. “Lords of Dogtown”
    – What about making it 35 years and adding “Jaws”.

    I had made a list of 100 about 4 years ago and I’m amazed at how many are on your list!

    Thanks for the list and some movies that I’ve never come across.

  16. bumodo says:

    I am sorry, you have some really horrible/mediocre movies on your list.

    48 Hrs. (1982) – Bleh
    Animal House (1978) – Come on now…
    Army of Darkness (1992) – Please say it ain’t so.
    Back to the Future (1985) – Are we 12?
    Beverly Hills Cop (1984) – Please tell me this was a mistake…
    Boondock Saints,The (1999) – The only people I know who liked this are Irish.
    Descent, The (2005) – You hurt me, you really hurt me.
    Donnie Darko (2001) – Just kill me now. Do it. DO IT.
    Dumb & Dumber (1994) – Really, Where is this going?
    Fifth Element, The (1997) – Did you even watch this film?
    Hackers (1995) – Giant fish lips do not a good film make.
    Major League (1989) – Wild Thing… No no no make it stop.
    Shrek (2001) – Oh I get it your joking.
    Shrek 2 (2004) – Um, Jokes over…
    South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999) – Ok, I just can’t do this any more.

    I think a better title for this post would be, 250 Movies I have seen in my Life Time. Not that they are all bad, you have many very good choices, but I am sure you have not put any thought into this list. What entertained you that one time does not qualify what is great. That said I have not seen 20-30% of these so you might have some more good films hidden away, but you may also have even worse atrocities …

    Please for the love of all that is hold, take down Caddyshack!

    Dan Hill
    Filmodo

  17. QuadsZilla says:

    Dan – 5th Element would make my top 50 – i love that movie. And I had a great time with the shrek films. I definately missed some goodies that I hadn’t seen and was very happy with stuma9000 comment on digg as there are a ton of films on there I haven’t seen:

    21 Grams
    24 Hour Party People [2002]
    A History of Violence
    A Ma Soeur! [2001]
    Adaptation
    Akira [1991]
    All About Lily Chou-Chou
    All Or Nothing (2002)
    Barton Fink
    Being John Malkovich
    Bottle Rocket [1995]
    Boys Don’t Cry
    Cha no aji (The Taste of Tea)
    Children of Men [2006]
    Chopper [2000]
    Chungking Express
    City of God
    Dancer in the Dark
    Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying…
    Election
    Fallen Angels [1996]
    Far From Heaven [2003]
    Gattaca
    Hana-bi
    Hedwig and the Angry Inch
    High Fidelity
    I Heart Huckabees
    In the Cut
    In the Mood For Love [2000]
    Irma Vep [1997]
    Irréversible
    Monster
    Morvern Callar
    Mulholland Drive
    My Name Is Joe [1998]
    Mysterious Skin
    Natural Born Killers
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos)
    Raising Victor Vargas
    Read My Lips
    Romper Stomper [1992]
    Rushmore
    Schizopolis
    Sexy Beast
    Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl
    Six Degrees of Separation
    Solaris
    Somersault [2004]
    Spirited Away
    SubUrbia
    Team America – World Police [2004]
    The Constant Gardener
    The Corporation
    The King of Comedy
    The New World
    The Royal Tenenbaums
    The Squid and the Whale
    The Station Agent
    The Thin Red Line
    The Truman Show
    Three Kings
    Traffic
    Videodrome

    even though i hated Royal Tenenbaums and traffic. (also City of god is Cidade de Deus).

    Zoolander! How could i forget!

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  20. VexXxeD says:

    Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
    Inside Man
    25th Hour
    City of God (as suggested)
    The Departed (not on DVD yet.. but stay tuned)
    Death to Smoochy
    Risky Business

  21. morberg says:

    A good start, but as always room for debate. Off the top of my head “In the Mood for Love” and “High Fidelity” are missing, but probably many more.

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  23. QuadsZilla says:

    I just Just ordered these Hong Kong Films based on a reccommendation in the digg thread:

    Good Men, Good Women
    Hard Boiled
    Flowers of Shanghai
    Election
    Better Luck Tomorrow
    Shaolin Soccer
    Goodbye South, Goodbye
    Chungking Express
    Days Of Being Wild

    from yesasia.com (160 bucks)

  24. Your list is pretty good, but you have to have, “Dazed and Confused”.

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  26. bumodo says:

    QuadsZilla – If you like the Asian films you shoudl also try these

    Jisatsu saakuru (2002) – Suicide Club
    Koroshiya 1 (2001) – Ichi the Killer
    Ôdishon (1999) – Audition

    Kung Fu Hustle is also a fun watch. If you like Sholin Soccer you will most likely dig it.

    Dan Hill
    http://filmodo.com

  27. flippityfloo says:

    Great list. Here’s a few…

    Better Off Dead
    Conan the Barbarian
    Delicatessen
    Empire of the Sun
    Meatballs
    Murderball
    Napoleon Dynamite
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    The Jerk
    The Limey
    The Thing
    Tron
    Until the End of the World

    Harold and Maude (1971) – add this if you get a 502GB drive

  28. spiritwalker says:

    I vote again for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A wild and crazy ride which captures a time that is no more. Also Tron, way ahead of its time, and still to be realised.

  29. DudeAsInCool says:

    Your list is a good start, but it’s mostly whitebread. As Quadzilla points out, you barely have any foreign films on your list. Your indie list, where most of the good films usually come from, is also weak. For example, where is Election? Lists are good – but you shouldn’t title it the Best 250 Films Made In The Last 30 Years…

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  31. bigmista says:

    Here are a few that I think should be on the list

    Training Day
    Running Scared (Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines)
    The Italian Job
    Independence Day
    Stargate
    Point of No Return
    Mr. and Mrs. Smith
    True Lies
    Rising Sun
    Malcolm X
    Mo Betta Blues
    The Professional
    Any Given Sunday
    The Waterboy

    Just a few to add on…

  32. Omorpheus says:

    Black Hawk Down

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  34. pcarlow says:

    Wow, great list. Was really glad to see Spirited Away and Donnie Darko, however I would change that to Donnie Darko (Director’s Cut).

    Missing is:
    Rain Man
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Beautiful Mind

  35. EdNorton says:

    A good attept at a great idea…given that what the average person likes is often at odds with the Critics. I think that catagories are necessary to avoid comparing apples with oranges. “Best,” like “Great” , is a pretty generic term and conjures up different things to different people. MY 1st reaction is Drama with terrific writing and acting. ( Kinda leaves Dumb & Dumber out in the cold )
    I agree with the sentiment about “old crap” . I think some old movies are touted more because of a nostalgic attatchment than the film’s merits. (Maybe someone treasures Old Yeller because their Grandfather took them to see it when they where 8 years old).
    No real issues with THE LIST but I would add the following:
    Drama: Jakob The Liar, Escape From Sobibor,Mississippi Burning,J.F.K.
    Horror: The Exorcist, The Amittywille Horror.
    Comedy: Stir Crazy, Throw Mama From The Train.

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    GO WOLVERINES

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  39. luceys says:

    This list hits a lot of good movies I must say.If you liked Spirited Away, then you should check out Princess Mononoke. Oh wait, I think you have that one on there. Good job. Was Jaws made in time for this list?

    Also, some of these movies don’t seem to be deserving of the list. I mean, Big Trouble in Little China? Seriously? It was entertaining and hilarious, but as a movie it really wasn’t great at all! I also must disagree with the Butterfly Effect, the fifth element, gremlins, hamlet, hero (how can you have that before crouching tiger hidden dragon?). Haha the neverending story? Point break? WILLOW? Little shop of horrors?

    Any list without Dumb and Dumber is not one I want to see. That movie is hilarious. And believe it or not acting comedy isn’t exactly easy! I mean, to stay in character when you’re character is so out of the ordinary is a feat. There are many older movies that are great (directed toward EdNorton!). All About Eve, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Some Like it Hot pop readily into mind. Those older movies paved the way for ones today, in terms of acting and filming techniques.

    Finally, please don’t add History of Violence.

  40. marieann says:

    I think this is a great list. I haven’t seen probably 25% but it’s a great list of films that you’d like to own. They aren’t all award-winners or ALI best, but they are things that you’d want to keep in a collection.

    I’d add:

    Amelie
    Annie Hall
    Benny and Joon
    But I am A Cheerleader
    Ghost World
    Harrold and Maud
    Jerry Maguire
    Life is Beautiful
    Love Actually
    Mr. and Mrs. Smith
    Rudy
    Six Degrees of Separation

  41. franklin says:

    What an excellent and almost completely exhaustive list, missing only these gems (I’d say):
    Repo Man
    Rabid Dogs
    Apocalypse Oz
    Small Faces
    Mod F*** Explosion
    Cure
    Scum

  42. Octo32UK says:

    Hi guys, I must tell you, I was looking for a list like this on the net to get new ideas of movies. I was a bit surprise to find so little foreign films.

    Hollywood has made great movies for sure, but sadly some of them were a pale remake of a foreign one. I have seen most of the films on your list and it should be called ‘The Best 250 Movies Made In The Last 30 Years From America’.
    If you start including Japanese, Spanish or any films from other countries, you cannot do without any of these following titles.Seeing your list, my guess is that you never heard about any of these, so listen:

    “If you want to see a movie that you’ll never forget, that you will watch again with pleasure, something that will make you laugh, dream, cry, melt on the sofa or just think, then check out the list on IMDB and run to the store to rent one. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. I’ve been colecting movies for about 5 years now, and I’ve made about 1600 copies of films worth keeping.”

    So let’s see,

    The Shadow Warrior (Kagemusha) – 1980
    Betty Blue (37°2 le matin) – 1986
    The Last Emperor – 1987
    Jean de Florette – 1986
    Manon des sources – 1986
    Goodbye, Children (Au revoir les Enfants) – 1987
    The Big Blue – 1988
    Cinema Paradiso – 1989
    Nikita – 1990
    My Father’s Glory (La Gloire De Mon Père) – 1990
    My Mother’s Castle (Le Château de ma mère) – 1990
    Raise The Red Lantern (Da hong deng long gao gao gua) – 1991
    Huozhe – 1994
    Hate (La Haine) – 1995
    Underground – 1995
    Whisper Of The Heart (Mimi wo sumaseba) – 1995
    Life is Beautifull (La Vita è bella) – 1997
    The Sweet Hereafter – 1997
    Dobermann – 1997
    Festen – 1998
    In the Mood for Love (Fa yeung nin wa) – 2000
    Battle Royal (Batoru rowaiaru) – 2000
    Failan – 2001
    Millennium Actress (Sennen joyu) – 2001
    The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) – 2002
    Infernal Affairs (Mou gaan dou) – 2002
    The Man Who Copied (O Homem Que Copiava)- 2003
    Good bye Lenin – 2003
    Nobody Knows (Nobody Knows) – 2003
    Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok) – 2003
    Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring (Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom) – 2003
    The Motorcycle Diary (Diarios de motocicleta) – 2004
    The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Perfecto) – 2004
    Vera Drake – 2004
    Brotherhood (Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo) – 2004
    Un long dimanche de fiançailles – 2004
    In My Father’s Den – 2004
    Head-on (Gegen die Wand) – 2004
    Go, See, and Become – 2005
    Black – 2005
    Sympathy For Lady Vengeance (Chinjeolhan geumjassi) – 2005

    That’s just some the foreign ones that I came across. The 250 movies coming from America should include the following:

    Chinatown – 1974
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – 1975
    The Deer Hunter – 1978
    Kramer vs Kramer – 1979
    The Killing Fields – 1984
    The Untouchables – 1987
    Miller’s Crossing – 1990
    Sling Blade – 1996
    Minority Report – 2002
    The 25th Hour – 2002
    The Last Samurai – 2003
    The Notebook – 2004
    Garden State – 2004
    Kiss kiss bang bang – 2005
    Match Point – 2005

    This is just my opinion. I hope I will make you discover new styles of cinema. Some are very weird, some are very funny and sad and some are just plain crazy. All in all, most are surprising, interesting, but above all memorable.

    I will enjoy all your comments on that opinion.

    Buenas Tardes,
    Ciao,
    Arigato Gozaimas,
    Xie Xie
    Bonsoir

    Octo.

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  45. Jimmy Crack Corn says:

    Hey…. I hate the MPAA as much as anybody else, but don’t do illegal downloads of these good (or not good) movies. if it wasn’t for the moviemakers, we wouldn’t have this websites for movie-nerds like me to complain! now, to get to the important part: the movies. I agree, let’s make it 35 years and add two little movies called “The Godfather” (1972) & “Jaws” (1975)

    here are a list of movies that i (and maybe only i) think deserve to be on this list:

    ‘Jaws” & “The Godfather” (only if it’s stretched to 35 years)….

    Mission: Impossible
    The Whole Nine Yards (not to be confused with “The Whole 10 Yards”)
    Dangerous Minds
    The Italian Job (remake)
    Mystery, Alaska (great sport movie… I’d put it right up there with “Rudy”, “Million Dollar Baby” & “Hoosiers”)

    Hoosiers
    Friday the 13th (I personally like parts 6 & 8 the best…. if you don’t think that these movies are a good idea, then I think you should take down “A Nightmare On Elm Street” & “Halloween”… they’re all the same… funny, not scary…. the only exceptions to this rule is “Evil-Dead”, ‘Carrie” & “The Shining”)

    Carrie
    The Shining
    Nine Months
    An Officer & A Gentleman (for the ladies especially….)
    Fast Times At Ridgemont High
    Dazed & Confused
    Beavis & Butt-Head Do America (even my mom liked that one)

    I like that you put “The Breakfast Club” on this list (I can recite it word-for-word), but where is “Sixteen Candles” & “Weird Science”?

    okay, you said in the past 30 years… (did you forget that Disney movies are movies too & that 1991 & 1992 & 1994 seemed oscar-wild for Walt Disney Studios or do you only like computer-animated movies?)…. From 1989 to 1994, there has been 4 movies that put the classics (i.e. Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs & Cinderella) to shame…. they are:

    The Little Mermaid (1989)
    Beauty & The Beast (1991)
    Aladdin (1992)…. (how do you forget about Aladdin?)
    The Lion King (1994)

    Okay, the final stage in me slamming you to the ground… the movies that sucked, why were they on here?

    The Blair Which Project (seriously, the WORST movie ever made…. I don’t care if the fa**** mother****in’ creators are here, I want them to read this!)

    Braveheart & Titanic were seriously, the most boring and EXTREMELY overrated movies of all time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I personally want to thank you for not putting crap like “Pearl Harbor” (it was a chick-flick, not a war movie), “The Day After Tommorrow”, “Spider-Man”, “Spider-Man 2″, “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence”, “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial”, “The War of the Worlds” (good movie, but just becuase its from Steven Spielberg, along with Mel Gibson one of the two most overrated people to walk this planet, doesn’t mean it has to go on here) & finally, “The Patriot” (with Mel Gibson; it was totally inaccurate and nausiating to watch!)

  46. spider-man says:

    There are a lot of movies I missed when I watched the list. There are also enough movies I disagreed – but it´s up to which movies belong to be on the list.

    What is with following movies:

    Spider-Man 1 +2 (best comic-movies ever!)
    A Scanner Darkly (and all the other Richard Linklater movies?!)
    Dogma (Clerks isn´t enough)
    The Machinist
    Collateral (What a masterpiece!!!)
    Lucky Number Slevin
    Jarhead
    Identity
    Lord of War
    25th Hour
    Garden State
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (really one of the 50 best pictures EVER)

    And as you already posted such silly Comedies in your list like Caddyshack and Revenge of the Nerds you should really need Happy Gilmore (Sandler at his best)

  47. AlDavies says:

    The only movie on this entire list that I’m not familiar with is Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi. IMDB gives it 8.5/10 stars!?! Netflix to the rescue…

  48. sneakybird says:

    Awesome List.

    If you like boondock saints or lucky number sleven, add Green Street Hooligans. Such a good/awesome movie. Also, you’ve gotta have The Warriors on there somewhere too. If you haven’t seen it, watch it.

    Both of these movies make you want to be in a gang… its intense.

    If anyone could recommend me some movies that are along these lines, let me know

  49. STEAMBOY says:

    I’m new & here are some of my main & not so mainstream choices…

    DREAMSCAPE -1984
    THE SWORD & THE SORCERER – 1982
    PAYBACK – 1999
    ENEMY AT THE GATES – 2001
    DARK CITY – 1998
    INTERNAL AFFAIRS – 1990
    THE THING – 1982 ( JOHN CAPENTER’S BEST FILM)
    DRAGONSLAYER – 1981 (THE BEST DRAGON MOVIE EVER MADE)
    DRESSED TO KILL – 1980
    TRON – 1982
    THE ARRIVAL – 1996
    THE GLASS SHIELD – 1994
    THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO – 1980
    WAR OF THE ROSES – 1989
    DIE HARD 2 (FLAWED,BUT ONE OF THE MOST ENTERTAINING & BEST SEQUELS MADE) 1990
    ESCAPE FRON N.Y. – 1981
    PREDATOR – 1997
    ROBOCOP – 1987
    CONTACT – 1997
    CLOSE ENCOUNTERS…- 1977
    SUPERMAN – 1978 / SUPERMAN II – 1980
    LETHAL WEAPON – 1987 / LETHAL WEAPON II – 1989
    THE FOG – 1980
    TITAN A.E. – 2000
    THE NEGOTIATOR – 1998
    GHOSTBUSTERS – 1984
    ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING – 1987 (CHRIS COLUMBUS’ BEST COMEDY)
    THE LAST STARFIGHTER – 1984 (ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED FILMS OF IT’S KIND)
    CASTLE IN THE SKY – 1986
    WHEN HARRY MET SALLY – 1989
    A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN – 1992
    ROMANCING THE STONE – 1984
    THE FRIGHTNERS – 1996
    THE RING – 2002
    PATRIOT GAMES – 1992
    THE ROCK – 1996
    VICTORY – 1981 (ONE OF STALLONE’S BEST & UNDERRATED MOVIES HE’S EVER MADE)
    BATMAN – 1989
    AIR FORCE ONE – 1997 (OUR AMERICAN LEADER KICKING ASS)
    PITCH BLACK – 2000
    NO WAY OUT – 1987
    MARRIED TO THE MOB – 1988
    TRADING PLACES – 1983
    WARGAMES – 1983
    CITY SLICKERS – 1991
    BLADE RUNNER – 1982 – VERSION ( NOT THE DIRECTORS CUT IN 1992)

  50. Maja says:

    I have my suggestions. What do you think of:
    UNFAITHFUL
    THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
    THE PAINTED VEIL
    MAN ON FIRE
    MALENA

  51. Fabriceuh says:

    I just finish a website displaying the best movies ever computed from different source of information.
    As you said, some people don’t like old movies, then I propose a “by decade” classification and also “by genre”, “by country”, …

    For the people voting for a movie, I try to estimate the other movies that should match them, so that should enjoy everybody because we all have different feelings about movies !

    The website : http://www.bestmoviesdvd.com

    Bye !

  52. Spooky_Mulder84 says:

    Great list! Heres a few I really like that I didn’t see anyone list on here.
    No particular order.

    1. Rules of Attraction
    2. Abandon
    3. Swordfish
    4. Ghost Ship
    5. Deep Blue Sea
    6. xXx
    7. The Life of David Gale
    8. Antitrust
    9. Josie and The Pussycats
    10. Pi
    11. Candyman
    12. The Abyss
    13. The Relic
    14. Brainscan – I love this movie !
    15. The Childs Play movies

  53. meeegan says:

    bumodo your a prick tease. donnie darko is a fucking classic.

  54. meeegan says:

    “dazed and confused”, “fast times at ridgemont high”, “fear and loathing in las vegas”.

  55. Bilhas says:

    Hello everyone
    I read all the opinions and the list has great movies, but i didnt see any of you talk about a great film, where one of the best actor of all times (Al Pacino) won the Oscar the film its Scent of a Woman (1992), just watch the movie and then tell if im not right,

    Best regards

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  57. scienc30 says:

    Hi everyone,

    looks like the solution is a 1TB drive and change the list to 500 movies!

  58. jcolson says:

    Only a couple of comments.
    I use to love big trouble in little china when I was little, but is it really worthy of the list? You might want to put the Bill and Ted movies. I think this is mainly a guy list! Good list overall.

  59. EdwardCullen_luver says:

    Where is Underworld(2003)???
    By far one of the best action and violence moves. You can come really close but you can not beat the amount of blood shed and gore in that movie

  60. maveric87 says:

    Dude gotta agree with Ed, where is underworld, or even Jerasic park but how could you not even include Jay and Silent Bob, not a great movie but funny as hell

  61. Shaft300 says:

    Where is Training Day??? Please someone agree with me? How about Easy Rider?? Also I think it is a joke that One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is not here!!!

  62. Shaft300 says:

    Apologies thought list said “last 40 years” dismiss my comment on Easy Rider.

  63. mario1965 says:

    Always good to keep updating every year as there have been some great movies the last couple of years. Here are some you might want to watch that were released before October 2006.
    The Natural
    The Warriors
    Pay It Forward
    Dinner Rush
    Assualt on Precinct 13 (original)
    Diggstown (AKA Midnight Sting)…not many people know of this one released in the 80’s…didn’t make the movies but is on DVD…i used to recommend it when i had video libraries and most people enjoyed it.

  64. mario1965 says:

    Forgot Swimming with Sharks…great drama/play

  65. bob says:

    u missed o brother where art thou