list of great movies

Favorites are not in order.

sci-fi / fantasy



action and horror


I entered my info into the FilmTrust? research project:

They showed me the top 50 films from AFI's Top 100 Films of All Time list and asked me to rate the ones I've seen from .5 to 4 stars.

here were my ratings of them:

explanation of how i rated:

explanation of how i rated: I rated the movies based on how strongly i would recommend other people to seek out and watch them. It is hard for a movie to get more than 2 stars on my scale. A 1.5 star in my scale doesn't mean "poorly done" it just means i don't want to recommend it.

(in other words, anything 3 stars or over is "recommended" in the sense that you should seek out the movie (and 2.5 stars is close); 3.5 stars and up are my favorite movies; and 4 stars are the best of the best)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)4 stars
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)3.5 stars
Casablanca (1942)3 stars
Star Wars (1977)3 stars
North by Northwest (1959)2.5 stars
A Clockwork Orange (1971)2.5 stars
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)2.5 stars
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)2.5 stars
Schindler's List (1993)2 stars
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)2 stars
Apocalypse Now (1979)2 stars
The Wizard of Oz (1939)1.5 stars
Citizen Kane (1941)1 stars
The Graduate (1967)1 stars
Singin' in the Rain (1952).5 stars

longer list from my filmtrust prefs, organized into sections according to strength of recommendation. This is NOT a list of only favorite movies, I just listed every movie I could think of until I got tired of listing them, and then rated them.

Strength of recommendation starts at "awesome" and goes down to "don't see this movie (anti-recommendation)".

this movie was so awesome!! you have to see it!!!

this is one of my favorite movies, you have to see it!

this movie was great, make sure to check it out sometime before you die

this movie almost made 3 stars but not quite; i'd recommend it if you're in the right mood

good movie, i really enjoyed it, but it didn't change my life or anything

there was something cool about this movie; above average (but not great)

average, run of the mill movie

unpleasant to watch (ANTI-recommended)