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1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
 

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Director- Peter Jackson
Cast- Elijah Wood, Ian Mckellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Bernard Hill, Karl Urban, Miranda Otto, Sean Bean, David Wenham, Ian Holm, Liv Tyler, John Noble, Hugo Weaving, John Rhys Davies
Release years- 2001, 2002, 2003
 
The greatest three movies of all time. The story, acting, direction, emotion, drama, power, intesnity, and battles are all masterpieces of film. These three films should remain my #1 of all-time for a long while. If I had to rank them it would be like this: 1. The Fellowship of the Ring 2. The Return of the King 3. The Two Towers. But they are all the greatest films ever, and I prefer not to rank them, hence why they are all my #1.
 
The Fellowship of the Ring- 10/10
The Two Towers- 10/10
The Return of the King- 10/10 

2. Braveheart

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Director- Mel Gibson
Cast- Mel Gibson, Brendan Gleeson, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCromack, Sophie Marceau
Release year- 1995
 
A beautiful and breathtaking epic. The battles are spectacular and Mel Gibson's performance is one of the best I have ever seen. The emotional power is amazing. It is definatley on of the finest films ever made. I have never felt so moved during a film. I felt for each of the characters. Truly the best war epic ever and a definite masterpiece!
 
Rating- 10/10

3. The Last Samurai

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Director- Edward Zwick
Cast- Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn
Release year- 2003
 
Remarkabke achievment. The music is outstanding and the story is spectaculr and even more so by the strong perormances of Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe. The balltes are very intense, and the emotional aspect is superb. The final scene with Cruise and watanbe is powerful and a tearjerker. Brilliant film, a masterpiece!!!
 
Rating- 10/10

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Director- Gore Verbinski
Cast- Johnny Depp, Geoffery Rush, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightley, Jonathan Priceman
Release year- 2003
 
A spectacular Action/Adventure. Johnny Depp's performance is probably the greatest ever, and he should have won the freaking oscar. The story and the freaking action, wow! The film is startlingly near perfection. Captian Jack Sparrow may the coolest character to ever grace the silver screen.
 
Rating- 10/10

5. Collateral

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Director- Michael Mann
Cast- Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Mark Ruffalo, Jada Pinkett Smith
Release year- 2004
 
A brilliant Crime/Thriller that captures the L.A. night life perfectly. The Cinematography is masterful. The acting is supreme, with Tom Cruise as hitman Vincent delivering a spectacular performance. The entire movie is fantastically well done. The Club scene is one of the greatest scenes in cinema history. Well desrved of my #5 spot, nearly my #4.
 
Rating- 10/10

6. Saving Private Ryan

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Director- Steven Speilberg
Cast- Tom Hanks, Tom Siezemore, Edward Bruns, Matt Damon, Berry Pepper, Giovanni Ribbsi
Release year- 1998
 
The best depiction of war ever made. Steven Spielberg made a fabulously emotional and adventerous story. It is masterful in basically all qualities, especially the acting. Tom Hanks and the rest of his squadron give brilliant performances. The beach scene will be etched forever as possibly the greatest scene in cenima history, it should be at least.
 
Raitng- 10/10

7. Gladiator

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Director- Ridley Scott
Cast- Russell Crowe, Joaquin Pheonix, Connie Neilson, Richard Harris
Release year- 2000
 
A Brillliant swords and sandals epic. Ridley Scott is the mster of this genre. The film has everything: battles, graphic violence, brilliant acting, phenomenal visuals, etc. Russell Crowe as Maximus is outstanding and Joaquin Pheonix delivers a fascinating perfromance as Commudus. An epic masterpiece!
 
Rating- 10/10

8. Signs

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Director- M.Night Shaymalan
Cast- Mel Gibson, Joaquin Pheonix, Keran Culkin
Release year- 2002
 
A Horror/Thriller/Scifi that is really what it says it is, but so much more. The story is BRILLIANT!!!!! And the acting is perfection, especially Gibson and Pheonix. I was really terrified when I saw this, something that doesnt happen often. I love everything about it. So fantastic!
 
Rating- 10/10

9. Seven

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Director- David Fincher
Cast- Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Gwyneth Paltrow
Release year- 1995
 
An superb story accompanied by a spectacular cast. Only a film this grotesque could be so brilliant with the directorial vision of David Fincher, the god of the thriller. The villan is fantastically insane, and the actor gives the greatest short performance ever, in Kevin Spacey. A masterpiece in mystrey. Down right superb!  
 
Rating- 10/10 

10. House of Flying Daggers

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Director- Zhang Yimou
Cast-  Takishi Kaneshiro, Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau
Release year- 2004
 
The absolute best foreign film ever made. An Epic romomantic love story that makes one weep and stare in awe of the perfection of filmmaking. The final scene is one of the best ever created, no probably the best, my jaw permenantly dropped off my body when I watched that last scene. The emotion, power and the spectacular sowrdplay solidfy this film on my all time list.
 
Rating- 10/10

11. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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Director- Irvin Kershiner
Cast- Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, James Earl Jones, Alec Guiness, Frank Oz
Release year- 1980
 
The best of the Star Wars films. The final lightsaber duel is fabulous between Luke and Vader. The story is what makes this better than the rest. The acting is top notch, and the visuals are beautiful. The action is fantastic, the battle of hoth is feverishly great. But what makes this so freaking awesome is the story.
 
Rating- 10/10

12. Black Hawk Down

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Director- Ridley Scott
Cast- Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Seizemore, Eric Bana, Jason Isaccs
Release year- 2001
 
An incredible film experience with one of the greatest ensemble acting perfromances in cenima history. Ridley Scott creates an absolute amazing spectacle of choas, violence, war,  and drama. He captures the story in awesome form. But the most amazing thing is that its all true.
 
Rating- 10/10

13. Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Director- Steven Spielberg
Cast- Harrison Ford, Karen Allen Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies
Release year- 1981
 
An adeventure masterpiece from the greatest director to have ever lived. The intensity of the action sequences are flawless, the scenes in themselves are perfect. The truck chase is one of the best sequences ever made. Harrison Ford is masterful as Indiana Jones, a role of which could be played by no other. Speilberg and Lucas created a timeless classic that will be remembered as ong as the earth exists.
 
Rating- 10/10

14. The Thing

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Director- John Carpenter
Cast- Kurt Russel, Keith David, Wilferd Brimley, Richard Dysart
Release year- 1982
 
The best horror film of all time. John Carpenters one and only masterpiece. The scenes of mistrust and conspiracy of who is really infected are fantastic and truly brilliant. The setting is absolutely perfect...Antartica, what could be better. Kurt Russel is amazing. The ending is a switch from mainstream horror films, a vast improvement. Just down-right superb!
 
Rating- 10/10

15. Jurassic Park

16. Good Will Hunting

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Director- Gus Van Sant
Cast- Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver
Release year- 1997
 
A tremendous and powerful film with a remarkable story. the performances by everyone are spectacular but Matt Damon and Robin Williams are simply brilliant. The human emotion and character study are fascinating. The screenplay is brilliantly crafted. A most desrving #16 on my all time list.
 
Rating- 10/10

17. The Passion of the Christ

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Director- Mel Gibson
Cast- James Caviezal, Maia Morgenstern, Monica Belluci, Hristo Shopov
Release year- 2004
 
Powerful, emotional profound, captivating, stunning, and masterful. Mel Gibson is a cenimatic pioneer. His portrayal of Jesus Christ's last twelve hours is a masterpiece. Its so emotional, I am not afriad to admit I cried during this film Jim Caviezal gave on of the greatest performances ever as Christ. Another supreme touch is that it is filmed entirely in the Aramic language. Remarkable and absolutely superb.
 
Rating- 10/10

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