Essential Films

Here are my essential films. It's somewhere between my favourite films and a list of films that must been seen. It's in alphabetical order and I was originally aiming for the 50 mark however there are too many good films so the current count is 82. The main table is generated from EssentialFilmsRaw with http://www.stewarts.org.uk/stuff/getimdb.py. I've also cross referenced this list with the Bechdel Test Movie List on a EssentialFilmsBechdelTest.

Title

Year

IMDB Rating

Runtime

Genres

Director

Cast

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

8.3

160

Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Stanley Kubrick

Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood

A Fistful of Dollars

1964

8.0

99

Western

Sergio Leone

Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch

A Good Year

2006

6.8

117

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Ridley Scott

Freddie Highmore, Albert Finney

Airplane!

1980

7.8

88

Comedy

Jim Abrahams

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lloyd Bridges

Aliens

1986

8.5

137

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

James Cameron

Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn

Amélie

2001

8.4

122

Comedy, Romance

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz

Apollo 13

1995

7.5

140

Adventure, Drama, History

Ron Howard

Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton

Back to the Future

1985

8.5

116

Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Robert Zemeckis

Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

Blade

1998

7.0

120

Action, Fantasy, Horror

Stephen Norrington

Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson

Blade Runner

1982

8.2

117

Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Ridley Scott

Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer

Blazing Saddles

1974

7.7

93

Comedy, Western

Mel Brooks

Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder

Catch Me If You Can

2002

7.9

141

Biography, Crime, Drama

Steven Spielberg

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks

Clear and Present Danger

1994

6.8

141

Action, Drama, Thriller

Phillip Noyce

Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe

Clerks.

1994

7.8

92

Comedy

Kevin Smith

Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson

Dirty Harry

1971

7.8

102

Action, Crime, Thriller

Don Siegel

Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino

District 9

2009

8.0

112

Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Neill Blomkamp

Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope

Dr. No

1962

7.3

110

Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Terence Young

Sean Connery, Ursula Andress

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

1964

8.5

95

Comedy, Sci-Fi, War

Stanley Kubrick

Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

Erin Brockovich

2000

7.2

131

Biography, Drama

Steven Soderbergh

Julia Roberts, David Brisbin

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

1986

7.8

103

Comedy, Drama

John Hughes

Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck

For a Few Dollars More

1965

8.3

132

Western

Sergio Leone

Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef

Forrest Gump

1994

8.7

142

Drama, Romance

Robert Zemeckis

Tom Hanks, Rebecca Williams

From Russia with Love

1963

7.5

115

Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Terence Young

Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi

Full Metal Jacket

1987

8.3

116

Drama, War

Stanley Kubrick

Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin

Garden State

2004

7.6

102

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Zach Braff

Zach Braff, Kenneth Graymez

Goldfinger

1964

7.8

110

Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Guy Hamilton

Sean Connery, Honor Blackman

Gone with the Wind

1939

8.2

238

Drama, Romance, War

Victor Fleming

Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Good Will Hunting

1997

8.2

126

Drama

Gus Van Sant

Matt Damon, Robin Williams

Ice Cold in Alex

1958

7.8

129

Drama, War

J. Lee Thompson

John Mills, Sylvia Syms

Inception

2010

8.8

148

Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Christopher Nolan

Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

1989

8.3

127

Action, Adventure

Steven Spielberg

Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

1984

7.6

118

Action, Adventure

Steven Spielberg

Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw

Jaws

1975

8.1

124

Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Steven Spielberg

Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw

Jurassic Park

1993

8.0

127

Adventure, Sci-Fi

Steven Spielberg

Sam Neill, Laura Dern

Just Like Heaven

2005

6.6

95

Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Mark Waters

Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo

Lawrence of Arabia

1962

8.4

216

Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

David Lean

Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

Legally Blonde

2001

6.1

96

Comedy, Romance

Robert Luketic

Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson

Little Miss Sunshine

2006

7.9

101

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Jonathan Dayton

Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear

North by Northwest

1959

8.5

136

Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Alfred Hitchcock

Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint

Notting Hill

1999

6.9

124

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Roger Michell

Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant

Once Upon a Time in the West

1968

8.7

Italy:175

Adventure, Western

Sergio Leone

Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda

Paint Your Wagon

1969

6.5

158

Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance, Western

Joshua Logan

Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood

Pan's Labyrinth

2006

8.3

118

Drama, Fantasy, War

Guillermo del Toro

Ivana Baquero, Sergi López

Papillon

1973

8.0

151

Biography, Crime, Drama

Franklin J. Schaffner

Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

1987

7.5

93

Comedy, Drama

John Hughes

Steve Martin, John Candy

Play Misty for Me

1971

7.0

102

Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter

Pulp Fiction

1994

9.0

154

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Quentin Tarantino

Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer

Raiders of the Lost Ark

1981

8.6

115

Action, Adventure

Steven Spielberg

Harrison Ford, Karen Allen

Requiem for a Dream

2000

8.4

102

Drama

Darren Aronofsky

Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto

Ringu

1998

7.3

96

Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Hideo Nakata

Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani

Roman Holiday

1953

8.1

118

Comedy, Drama, Romance

William Wyler

Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn

Romeo + Juliet

1996

6.8

120

Drama, Romance

Baz Luhrmann

Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes

Saving Private Ryan

1998

8.6

169

Action, Drama, War

Steven Spielberg

Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore

Scarface

1983

8.3

170

Crime, Drama

Brian De Palma

Al Pacino, Steven Bauer

Schindler's List

1993

8.9

195

Biography, Drama, History, War

Steven Spielberg

Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley

Snatch.

2000

8.3

104

Crime, Thriller

Guy Ritchie

Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina

Spirited Away

2001

8.6

125

Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Hayao Miyazaki

Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette

Taken

2008

7.8

93

Action, Crime, Thriller

Pierre Morel

Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

1991

8.5

137

Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

James Cameron

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton

The Big Lebowski

1998

8.2

117

Comedy, Crime

Joel Coen

Jeff Bridges, John Goodman

The Blues Brothers

1980

7.9

133

Action, Comedy, Crime, Music

John Landis

John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd

The Breakfast Club

1985

7.9

97

Comedy, Drama

John Hughes

Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason

The Conversation

1974

7.9

113

Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Francis Ford Coppola

Gene Hackman, John Cazale

The Departed

2006

8.5

151

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Martin Scorsese

Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon

The Fugitive

1993

7.8

130

Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Andrew Davis

Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

The Godfather

1972

9.2

175

Crime, Drama

Francis Ford Coppola

Marlon Brando, Al Pacino

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

1966

9.0

161

Adventure, Western

Sergio Leone

Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood

The Graduate

1967

8.1

106

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Mike Nichols

Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman

The Great Escape

1963

8.3

172

Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War

John Sturges

Steve McQueen, James Garner

The Hangover

2009

7.8

100

Comedy

Todd Phillips

Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms

The Little Mermaid

1989

7.5

83

Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Ron Clements

Rene Auberjonois, Christopher Daniel Barnes

The Matrix

1999

8.7

136

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Andy Wachowski

Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne

The Pianist

2002

8.5

150

Biography, Drama, History, War

Roman Polanski

Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox

The Shawshank Redemption

1994

9.3

142

Crime, Drama

Frank Darabont

Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

The Shining

1980

8.5

142::(cut)

Horror, Mystery

Stanley Kubrick

Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

The Silence of the Lambs

1991

8.7

118

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Jonathan Demme

Jodie Foster, Lawrence A. Bonney

The Wicker Man

1973

7.6

88

Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Robin Hardy

Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee

Three Colors: Blue

1993

7.9

98

Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance

Krzysztof Kieslowski

Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent

Trainspotting

1996

8.2

94

Crime, Drama

Danny Boyle

Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner

Uncle Buck

1989

6.8

100

Comedy, Drama, Family

John Hughes

John Candy, Jean Louisa Kelly

Walk the Line

2005

7.8

136

Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

James Mangold

Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon

Where Eagles Dare

1968

7.6

158

Action, Adventure, War

Brian G. Hutton

Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood

Decade

Count

1990

21

2000

18

1980

16

1960

14

1970

8

1950

3

2010

1

1930

1

Genre

Count

Drama

41

Thriller

23

Adventure

23

Comedy

22

Crime

20

Action

20

Romance

16

War

11

Sci-Fi

10

Mystery

9

Biography

7

Western

6

Horror

5

History

5

Fantasy

5

Music

3

Family

3

Musical

2

Animation

2

Director

Count

Steven Spielberg

8

Sergio Leone

4

Stanley Kubrick

4

John Hughes

4

Robert Zemeckis

2

Terence Young

2

Ridley Scott

2

Francis Ford Coppola

2

James Cameron

2

Actor

Count

Harrison Ford

7

Clint Eastwood

7

Benito Stefanelli

4

Aldo Sambrell

4

Antonio Molino Rojo

4

Lorenzo Robledo

4

Tom Hanks

4

Richard Farnsworth

4

Leonardo DiCaprio

4

Sean Connery

4

Frank Braña

4

Nikki Van der Zyl

3

Reese Witherspoon

3

Philip Stone

3

Steven Spielberg

3

Bob Simmons

3

Enrique Santiago

3

Mark Rolston

3

Pat Roach

3

Ricardo Palacios

3

Nazzareno Natale

3

Edie McClurg

3

Lois Maxwell

3

Bernard Lee

3

Vivian Kubrick

3

Ted Grossman

3

George Fargo

3

Matt Damon

3

Anthony Chinn

3

John Candy

3

Mario Brega

3

Xander Berkeley

3

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