My 30 favorite movies

by ruhland-horselover-micha | created - 13 Apr 2011 | updated - 02 Oct 2011 | Public
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1. Return to Oz (1985)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

42 Metascore

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

Director: Walter Murch | Stars: Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie

Votes: 22,947

My All-time favorite movie. Warning though it may be too dark and scary for some kids but if they can handle that stuff (Slept after watching Pinocchio (maybe it was only me that was scared by that movie as a kid) or the last scence in Fantiasia) show them this they will love it. This movie though is just as enterianing to adults as it is too kids perhaps even more. The Charters are colorerful, and the scary stuff is actually pretty creepy. Don't expect the Wizard Of Oz though this is not that happy/ cheery movie. I would go onto a whole argument about how it's better than that movie, but I don't want all the crap for my opion and if you look at the page you'll see enough of that argument. Oh well also, wow i have to say about this movie, it's one of the few movies that's better than the book (and I love the book). This movie has been said to be one of Tim Burton's favorite movies (not sure how true that is) but you can see a lot of Tim Burton type stuff in this movie; dark fairytale telling, humor about things that shouldn't be funny, Creepyness, pure surrelism, and plain strangness. Any ways this is a very overlooked classic and my all time favorite movie.

2. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 89,940 | Gross: $43.66M

Great Music Great Charactes Great story great dancing great acting great movie. Almost Flawless. Only complaint is it should "hot and tired so what, don't matter if he's tired as long as he's hot" instead of "hot and tired, poor dear, don't matter if he's tired as long as he's here". I know they had to censor the play but still you can't just do that.

3. Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus (1973)

G | 93 min | Drama, Music

A black-clad Johnny Cash appears in and narrates this version of the story of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, which was shot on location in Israel. Cash performs a number of original ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Elfstrom | Stars: Johnny Cash, Robert Elfstrom, June Carter Cash, Larry Lee

Votes: 244

Johnny Cash telling the story of Jesus though word and sond must I say more. No, Well I'm gonna anyway. Great story telling great songs (Is to be expected of Johnny but still), great actors, great visuals(actuall shot on his and June's Vacation to Jersulm). Just all around over looked classic.

4. Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002)

102 min | Documentary, Music

64 Metascore

Documentary about the music group They Might Be Giants.

Director: AJ Schnack | Stars: John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Gina Arnold, Michael Azerrad

Votes: 684 | Gross: $0.16M

They Might Be Giants are my all time favorite band so this may be more than a little bit baised. I love how this movie captures the deep meaning and the root of all these songs, but doesn't miss the madness of thier weirder songs. Great Documentry ALL FANS OF THE BAND MUST SEE!!!

5. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

77 Metascore

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 342,810 | Gross: $20.05M

Frist off yes I am a christian and love this movie. Besides all the cussing and one nude scence(Both man and woman) most of it shouldn't be offensive at all. A lot of people have a hard time understanding the bible. It has been interpeted many ways and that's what this movie is making fun of PEOPLE MISUNDRESTANDING THE WORD OF GOD!!!! Anyway it's a classic film and my all time favorite comdey.

6. The Secret of NIMH (1982)

G | 82 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

76 Metascore

To save her ill son, a field mouse must seek the aid of a colony of rats, with whom she has a deeper link than she ever suspected.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Arthur Malet

Votes: 34,020 | Gross: $10.14M

A movie that knows kids aren't the only ones watching it. Never once talks down to the audience and takes them very seriously. Really gets you to love these characters. Every second you're worring about what will happen to them. Actually Has some great and shocking plot twist and gets pretty darn dark at moments, but is really just an all around amazing movie.

7. Ed Wood (1994)

R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 159,409 | Gross: $5.89M

Tim Burton's masterpiece. Also Great Bio. Not fully factual (The people didn't cuss that much), but great insight into the mind of the worst director ever

8. Toy Story 3 (2010)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

92 Metascore

The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.

Director: Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty

Votes: 707,832 | Gross: $415.00M

Wow This movie is a mordern classic. It is great to see a movie series we know and love to get such a great ending. Great writing great jokes great story (WITH AN AMAZING ENDING), and I don't need to mention how much I love these Characters.

9. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 366,985

An all around classic movie. We have all felt just like George. We all thought we screwed up too bad for anyone to ever recover. At times uplifting. At times depressing. Always easy (Sometimes too much) to relate too

10. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin.

Directors: Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm, Kevin Altieri, Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur, Dan Riba | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner, Stacy Keach

Votes: 39,650 | Gross: $5.62M

BEST SUPER HERO MOVIE EVER! A great story told well, great action, amazing acting. Everything you could ask for in a Batman Movie

11. Daffy Duck's Quackbusters (1988)

G | 72 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Daffy Duck opens a detective agency for the supernatural along side his Looney Toon buddies.

Directors: Greg Ford, Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Terry Lennon, Robert McKimson, Maurice Noble | Stars: Mel Blanc, Mel Tormé, Roy Firestone, B.J. Ward

Votes: 2,001

During the 80's they made a bunch of movies that mixed new animaition with the classic Looney Tunes. The New Animaition ussally wan't that great but is just really well done here, and of course the classics are amazing.

12. Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish (1999 Video)

Unrated | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister) go on a quest to find a fallen wishing star.

Directors: Liz Holzman, Rusty Mills, Tom Ruegger, Russell Calabrese, Nelson Recinos, Greg Reyna, Kirk Tingblad, Charles Visser | Stars: Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche

Votes: 1,315

Animaniacs is one of my favorite shows ever. so this had a lot to live up too. It did a great job and made me laugh a lot. while not as great as the show this movie came really close.

13. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 472,389 | Gross: $1.23M

What can I say about this movie that hasn't already been said great movie classic comedy

14. The Time of Their Lives (1946)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retrieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marjorie Reynolds, Binnie Barnes

Votes: 2,799

weird to list an Movie with both Abbott and Costello, where they didn't work as a team, but this movies just that good. Great Jokes That don't get in the way of a very good well thought out story

15. The Meaning of Life (1983)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Musical

The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

Directors: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam | Stars: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

Votes: 107,135 | Gross: $14.93M

really underated master piece. very funny.

16. Blazing Saddles (1974)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Western

73 Metascore

In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman

Votes: 118,369 | Gross: $119.50M

Coldn't stop laughing

17. Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG | 106 min | Comedy

80 Metascore

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle

Votes: 135,678 | Gross: $86.30M

some of the funniest jokes ever. Just couldn't stop laughing.

18. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 823,531 | Gross: $191.80M

Classic how can you not love. Great characters great laughs. Impossible not to love.

19. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

96 Metascore

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney

Votes: 83,298 | Gross: $76.41M

Music and Animation are synced amazingly. pulls you in from the frist to the last minute. The last part especially is amazing. Somehow it's scary and enchanting at the same time just all around classic.

20. Who Done It? (1942)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Film-Noir, Mystery

Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patric Knowles, William Gargan

Votes: 2,054

Laugh out loud for start to end. Just really funny

21. The Pink Panther (1963)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

55 Metascore

The bumbling Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet: a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther".

Directors: Blake Edwards, Hawley Pratt | Stars: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Robert Wagner, Capucine

Votes: 45,410 | Gross: $10.88M

slower than the other Pink Panther Movies but the laughs that you get are really worth waiting for. The characters are very well thought out funny and even sympathetic. Just great movie.

22. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

60 Metascore

Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Votes: 171,137 | Gross: $57.23M

Really funny great music everything works

23. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 219,462 | Gross: $119.52M

Great bio while not fully factual great insight into Johnny's life.

24. The Producers (1967)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Music

96 Metascore

Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Estelle Winwood, Renée Taylor

Votes: 47,183 | Gross: $0.11M

Classic comedy very funny and great characters

25. The Devil's Brother (1933)

Passed | 90 min | Comedy, Musical

Two wannabe bandits join the service of a dashing nobleman, who secretly masquerades as Fra Diavolo, a notorious outlaw.

Directors: Hal Roach, Charley Rogers | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dennis King, Thelma Todd

Votes: 1,647

The best Laural and Hardy movie. Great story, great characters and of course great laughs

26. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi

Votes: 13,607 | Gross: $4.80M

A classic horror comedy. get's everything right, story, charters and of course laughs.

27. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

67 Metascore

A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 165,494 | Gross: $4.53M

Surreal classic. A masterpiece of fantasy

28. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

88 Metascore

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 37,352 | Gross: $2.65M

A classic of stretch of your imagination. Just great.

29. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 641,316 | Gross: $6.10M

Very great movie. Great characters, great story, and espsially great music. Dubbing may be off a few times, but is still quite amazing

30. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

82 Metascore

After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 1,079,495 | Gross: $290.48M

great classic best of the star wars movies

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