I’ve seen a lot of movies, but these are easily the best. Check them out!
10. Pan’s Labyrinth
This movie is easily one of the most enthralling fantasy epics ever made. Not only is it beautifully produced, but it weaves a war story in with a fantasy story with such incredible pacing that it’s nothing short of a cinematic marvel. Filled with imagination, Pan’s Labyrinth easily gains the 10th spot on my list of favorite movies.
9. Requiem for a Dream
Though this movie is devastating, it’s also one of the most beautifully made films ever created. With unparalleled cinematography, incredible music and thoroughly flawed and fascinating characters portrayed by highly skilled actors, this is a movie that many will think about for years to come, and it’s very powerful.
8. Children of Men
I actually didn’t think that highly of this movie at first (I thought it was good but not great), and the more I watched it the more I realized how brilliant it was. This was an incredibly real, raw and realistic take on something that was terrifyingly believable – that one day, women would stop being able to have kids. I think I didn’t like it a lot at first because it leaves a lot to the imagination (it refuses to give many specific details about why such violence is going on or even what happens at the end). But in that way that just makes the film even more raw and kind of minimalist too. It requires a lot of thinking, but the more thought the movie gets the more you realize that it’s an absolutely incredible take on something incredibly scary, often making parallels to the Holocaust and a biblical apocalypse by exposing just how crazy people can get when they realize their world is in danger.
Easily the most light tone of any movie on this list, Matilda was just one of the greatest fairy tale type of stories that I’ve ever seen. It was such a good children’s movie on so many levels. There were scary, villainous characters, really nice characters, and events that were both memorable, funny and exciting. This is just the best kids movie I’ve ever seen and I still consider it to be one of my favorites.
6. Inside Man
There’s no denying it – this is easily one of the coolest movies ever made. With a brisk pace, expert plotting and an ending so unpredictable I dare anybody to merely guess it, this is one of the most perfect thrillers ever to be released. It’s about a man who decides to rob a bank, and the back and forth communications he has between the lead detective trying to get everyone out safely, though the robber is always three steps ahead of the game and, for some reason, doesn’t seem to be taking any money. Every part of the movie is set up with intricate care, and as far as heists go this is a masterpiece.
I know this just came out, but there was just so much awesome in this movie. Not only was this one of those movies that got so caught up in its own fake science that I was helplessly dragged into its world, but there was so many moments of awe-inspiring wonder I couldn’t help but be blown away on how amazingly constructed it was. It achieved what any truly complex movie strives for – take a mature audience and reward them for paying careful attention to what they’re seeing. One of the best movies currently in existence. If you haven’t seen it yet, do it.
4. Minority Report
Minority Report is the only sci-fi movie I place above Inception because it simply has one of the most well thought out plots of any movie I’ve ever seen. It’s confusing (though the movie is two and a half hours, there’s so many layers that it that it’s difficult to catch it all in one viewing), but the beautiful part is that at the end it all makes perfect sense, without any plot holes or dumb inconsistencies that ruin its credibility. The sci-fi world is so beautifully constructed too that it feels breathtakingly real, and the pacing, though sometimes confusing, is excellent. One of the best sci-fi plots ever, and a highly recommended cerebral thriller.
3. Hard Candy
This is probably the most suspenseful movie ever. Period. I have never been so gripped and taken for a ride by any movie as I have with this one, and the fact that it does it all almost exclusively with great dialogue, cinematography, and acting is astounding. It’s probably the most disturbing movie I’ve ever seen, yet rarely includes violence, blood, or anything graphic. It just gets under your skin and doesn’t let go, and it’s still Ellen Page’s best role to date even though most people don’t know about it. It has such an incredible pace and most people I show it to consider it to be the best movie that they had never heard of before. See it.
2. Kill Bill (Volume 1 and 2)
Kill Bill, however, is much more widely known and though the plot is nothing incredible, the movie runs purely off its own style, sweat and blood, and honestly, that manages to be enough. Every single shot, line of dialogue, action sequence and character is so fascinating and stylish that it didn’t need a complicated story when there was so much more substance. This is proof that movies can run purely off of style, and easily gains the spot of the second best movie I’ve ever seen.
1. Donnie Darko
My choice for number one is almost universally one of the most confusing, complicated and at the same time breathtakingly incredible movies ever. Donnie Darko is a comedy, thriller, drama, horror movie, high school movie, romance, anything you can really imagine. It requires incredible attention, because it packs so much substance into the hour and fifty minutes that it runs that if you so much as blink you could miss something important. There is not a single wasted scene in this film, and the entire thing is so original, so gorgeous, so cerebral, so well-acted, so interesting and so completely well constructed that it’s a shame to anybody who hasn’t seen it at least three times already. I’ve probably watched this film between fifteen and twenty times and have yet to get tired of it.
So there it is, the ten best films I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t seen any one of them, you’d be doing yourself a favor to check it out. Enjoy!