1: 2001: A Space Odyssey: This film is beyond perfect for me. There’re essentially no flaws for me since the slow pace was meant by Kubrick to establish the world/universe in which the characters exist as well as show the evolution of life in chronological motion. The special effects are mind-blowing, the character of HAL remains the best villain of all time, and the ending speaks volumes about what the content of the film was all about.
2: Terminator 2: Judgment Day: This film is one of my favorite sequels and action films of all time. The special effects are mind-blowing, the performances are outstanding, the villain being T-1000 is my favorite villain on screen, the film is emotional at part especially the ending, and the film has so many quotable lines which make the audiences cheer at the top of their seat and, for me, the Terminator saga ends here.
3: The Lion King: My favorite childhood movie and one that my dad and I use to watch countless times, recite all the dialogues and songs from start to finish. The villain is amazing with a standout performance by Jeremy Irons, the protagonist, Simba, is as interesting as the villain. Timon and Pumbaa are equally funny and hilarious to watch with their song being the best song of all time next to Scar’s song “Be Prepared”. Nala is also a very good love interest for Simba, and the content of the film centers around responsibility. The character of Mufasa is a role model for any fathers out there who are loving and caring towards their children.
4: The Dark Knight: The best comic-book sequel of all time. Heath Ledger’s performance as Joker is a revelation, the film gives a substantial amount of importance and time to Gordon, Harvey Dent, Rachel, and Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film has so many quotable lines that if anyone just plays a clip on YouTube, they would be able to recite it in their heads. The truck chase sequence is especially amazing, the film is emotional, deep, and vibrant at numerous parts, and has one of the best endings of all time. All of the actings is amazing and I would love the film till the day I die and No one would be able to stop me from loving it.
5: Back to the Future: Calling this film classical is an understatement at best. This film is so amazing that every time I watch it, I feel relaxed and at ease with myself and with the world. Michael J. Fox is perfect as Marty Mcfly so is Christopher Lloyd as Emmett Brown, Crispin Glover as George Mcfly, Lea Thompson as Lorraine Mcfly, and Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen. The film is funny, witty, smart, original, and has so many amazing scenes that if a person just watches them on YouTube, they would immediately want to watch the entire film.
6: Home Alone: Another childhood favorite of mine which my parents and I watched every year since I was five years, the film aged tremendously though. Macaulay Culkin is born to play Kevin McAlister, Joe Pesci is hilarious as Harry as is Daniel Stern as Marv, the film celebrates the importance of Christmas and family profoundly and expressively that you want to watch it every Christmas as a form of hypnosis, and whenever Harry and Marv fall to Kevin’s bobby traps, I die laughing every time I see it and the character of Kevin is portrayed realistically and is not a brat.
7: Shawshank Redemption: This film is perfect at best. The characters are brilliantly fleshed out, the acting is amazing from Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, the ending is one of those perfect endings that when you watch it, the entire film feels like a sense of satisfaction that was well-deserved and perfectly handled by the director. The authenticity of prison life in the film scared the heck out of me and it’s so accurately shown that I can’t praise it more than that.
8: The Tree of Life: This film is my favorite by far from Terrence Malick. It speaks in volume about the evolution of film in chronological order like Space Odyssey did way back in 1968. It shows the connection of film in the past, present, and the future as well as how it works in conjunction with the content of the film. The movie also explores childhood trauma as well as the authoritarian parenting style from the father in the nuclear/traditional era of families in the United States. The acting is amazing from Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt, the cinematography is mind-blowing, and the special effects reminded me of the stargate sequence from 2001 by Kubrick.
9: Zero Dark Thirty: Kathryn Bigelow is one f my favorite directors and she nails the tense/thrilling moments in the film as well as getting into the deep layers of Maya, played amazingly by Jessica Chastain. She tried to get everyone’s approval to kill one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist of all time, as well as how her relentlessness and resilience caused her to bury herself deep into her work to the point where it almost consumed her for life. She is sitting in the airplane and she starts tearing up, that’s a sense of relief for her and also for the audience.
10: The Blair Witch Project: This film is one of my favorite horrors films and the reason why I love it is because of how realistic it is, how it doesn’t rely on jump-scares, and how it keeps the witch hidden and leaves it to the audiences’ ‘imagination’ even towards the end of the film. The acting is amazing as the cast acts like real people and not by your typical horror caricature that is just there to get eaten alive by the witch and their behavior is completely natural and authentic at best.
11: Saving Private Ryan: The textbook of how a war film should be. The film contains one of the best openings of any film which I have ever seen and from there, it’s an emotional ride for how soldiers deal with war and the trauma surrounding it. The acting is amazing from Tom Hanks, the production design takes you back to World War ll, the ending is one of the most emotional endings of all time next to the Green Mile, and Matt Damon, who appears as Ryan, is also phenomenal in the film.
12: The Shining: My second favorite horror movie in the world. Kubrick is one of my favorite directors of all time and he directs this movie in such an extraordinary way that I can’t seem to find any flaws with the movie. The acting is amazing from Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall. The scares are extremely effective, tense, and frightening. The movie leaves something up the viewer’s imagination instead of spoon-feeding them with information and the film also doesn’t rely on jump-scares as much of the horror movies nowadays do.
13:The Wolf of Wall Street: I am not usually that into comedies but this one is my absolute favorite because Scorsese is one of my favorite directors of all time and Dicaprio is amazing as an actor. The comedy essence is beyond perfect, the film has an insightful social commentary about greed. The movie is extremely lengthy but the run time just flows by and when the film is over, you felt like it was five minutes of a movie. It is also quite emotional at parts, and Jonah Hill has some laugh-out-loud moments, though it doesn’t rely on slapstick comedy.