Here’s a random list of movies and tv-series that I’ve enjoyed – some more than others, but they’re all good. I would love to get recommendations for new movies (new as in ‘not on this list’), or to hear your opinion if you strongly agree/disagree with any of the movies on my list. Feel free to share your opinion!
- Mongol http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416044/
- Fight Club http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137523/
- Les Triplettes de Belleville http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286244/
- Baise-moi http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0249380/
- Water for Elephants http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1067583/
- Pan’s Labyrinth http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457430/
- Boondock Saints http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144117/
- Requiem for a Dream http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180093/
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120669/
- Life is Beautiful – La vita è bella http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118799/
- Lilja 4-ever http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0300140/
- Amelie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211915/
- The Departed http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407887/
- City of God – Cidade de Deus http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317248/
- Trainspotting http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117951/
- Catch Me If You Can http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0264464/
- Kill Bill http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266697/
- The Aviator http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338751/
- Gladiator http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0172495/
- Team America: World Police http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372588/
- The Italian Job http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317740/
- Gran Torino http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1205489/
- The Nightmare Before Christmas http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107688/
- Blow http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0221027/
- The Matrix http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/
- The Green Mile (also a great book) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120689/
- Pulp Fiction http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/
- Natural Born Killers http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110632/
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120735/
- Avatar http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499549/
- Snatch http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0208092/
- Va, vis et deviens http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388505/
- No Country For Old Men http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477348/
- The Hangover http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1119646/
- Alice in Wonderland http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1014759/
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367594/
- In Bruges http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780536/
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120737/
- Inception http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1375666/
- As Good as It Gets http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119822/
- The Shawshank Redemption http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111161/
- Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0329388/
- A Clockwork Orange http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066921/
- True Romance http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108399/
- גבעת חלפון אינה עונה http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073052/
- Waltz with Bashir – Vals Im Bashir http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185616/
- Slumdog Millionaire http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1010048/
- Pride and Glory http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0482572/
- Romper Stomper http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105275/
- Pusher 1-3 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117407/
- Precious http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0929632/
- Gake no ue no Ponyo http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0876563/
- Night on Earth http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102536/
- Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0213090/
- Love in the Time of Cholera http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0484740/
- The Transporter http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0293662/
- Mean Machine http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0291341/
- I Kina spiser de hunde http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180748/
- Gamle Mænd i Nye Biler http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246692/
- Fried Green Tomatoes http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101921/
- Brokeback Mountain http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388795/
- The Kite Runner http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419887/
- Dobermann http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118996/
- Coraline http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0327597/
- Cidade dos Homens http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0870090/
- Changeling http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0824747/
- Captain Corelli’s Mandolin http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238112/
- Black Swan http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0947798/
- The Painted Veil http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446755/
- The Illusionist http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443543/
- American History X http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120586/
- The People vs. Larry Flynt http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117318/
- Borat http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443453/
- Shindler’s List http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108052/
- The Pianist http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253474/
- Léon http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110413/
- Lady Snowblood 修羅雪姫 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0158714/
- Wo hu cang long – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0190332/
- The Truman Show http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120382/
- Vaastav http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0220832/
- Hathiyar http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0214751/
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087544/
- Amores perros http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245712/
- Volver http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0441909/
- Into the Wild http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758758/
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497465/
- Wild at Heart http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100935/
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073486/
- Biutiful http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1164999/
- Apocalypse Now http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078788/
- Tropa de Elite http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0861739/
- Tropa de Elite 2 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1555149/
- Ajami (Israeli/Arab gangster movie) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1077262/
- Hatuna Meuheret – Late Marriage http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0287471/
- Armadillo http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1640680/
- Jerusalem http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443448/
- Groundhog Day http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107048/
- Paradise Now http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0445620/
- Mononoke-hime – Princess Mononoke http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119698/
- Kurenai no buta- Porco Rosso http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104652/
- Hauru no ugoku shiro – Howl’s Moving Castle http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0347149/
- Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta – Castle in the Sky http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092067/
- Tonari no Totoro – My Neighbor Totoro http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096283/
- Where the Buffalo Roam http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081748/
- Forrest Gump http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109830/
- Inglourious Basterds http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0361748/
- The Godfather http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068646/
- Coffee and Cigarettes http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379217/
- Being John Malkovich http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120601/
- Memento http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209144/
- Scarface http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086250/
- Mean Streets http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070379/
- The Deer Hunter http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077416/
- Reservoir Dogs http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105236/
- Ha-Buah – The Bubble http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0476643/
- Beaufort http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758732/
- Yossi & Jagger http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0334754/
- Y tu Mama Tambien http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245574/
- The Football Factory http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0385705/
- 127 Hours http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1542344/
- Conviction (2010) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1244754/
- The Next Three Days http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1458175/
- The Messenger (2009) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790712/
- Das Leben der Anderen – The Lives of others http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094/
- Eastern Promises http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0765443/
- The Adjustment Bureau http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1385826/
- The Intouchables http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1675434/
- Fifty Dead Men Walking http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1097643/
- Monster (2003) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0340855/
- Kongen av Bastøy http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1332134/
- La meglio gioventù – The best of Youth http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346336/
- The Shining http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081505/
- The Bank Job http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0200465/
- What’s Eating Gilbert Grape http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108550/
- Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060196/
- Chocolat http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0241303/
- Rabbit-Proof Fence http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0252444/
- De rouille et d’os http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2053425/
- Flammen og Citronen (Flame & Citron) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0920458/
- La vie d’une autre http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1817191/
- People Like Us http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1716777/
- The Jason Bourne series (supremacy, identity, ultimatum, legacy)
- The Lord of The Rings 1-3 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120737/
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903624/
- Django Unchained http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1853728/
- Un prophète http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235166/
- Carandiru http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0293007/
- Broken http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1441940/
- The Wolf of Wall Street http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/
- Little Miss Sunshine http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449059/
- Captain Phillips http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535109/
- Crna macka, beli macor http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118843/
- The Book Thief http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816442/
- Dallas Byers Club http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790636/
- Gomorra (the film) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0929425/
- The Drop http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1600196/‘
- The Water Diviner http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3007512/
- Lost http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411008/
- Band of Brothers http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0185906/
- Boardwalk Empire http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0979432/
- Breaking Bad http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903747/
- House of Cards http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1856010
- Game of Thrones http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/
- Rome http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384766/
- The Wire http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0306414/
- Vikings http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2306299/
- True Detective http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2356777/
- Homeland http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1796960/
- Fargo http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802850/
- OZ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118421/
- Gomorra (the series) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2049116/
- Romanzo Criminale http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0418110/
- Romanzo Criminale http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1242773/
- The Knick http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2937900
- Sense8 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2431438/
- Narcos http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2707408/
- Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2187850/
You give me some good ideas 🙂 for movie time…
And the list will keep on growing 🙂
Great list already. So many brilliants flicks. OK so how about “The Cook, the Thief, His wife and her Lover”, “The Ghosts of the Civil Dead”, “Four Rooms”, “Boogie Nights” , “Shine” and a personal hilarious favourite Volere Volare (To want to fly) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Want_to_Fly
I’ll keep checking in to see what you add
Thanks for your tips, I will surely check them out. The first snow came during the night, so the movie season has officially started 🙂
“Shine” reminds me that I’ll have to add The Shining with Jack Nicolson on the list.
We watched Boogie Nights yesterday after your recommendation. It was a good movie, but the soundtrack was fantastic! It also had a l lot of well-known actors and it was funny to see them so young.
glad you liked it 🙂 so good!
Great list and there are a few I haven’t seen! Now I’ll have to do some serious searching for them… It’s a hard task for those of us whose movie tastes run all over the place but for gratuitous violence plus laughs rolled into one – anything with Jason Stratham (Crank, Transporter series); heart-warming, silly and sweet with lovely sets – The Hogfather (Terry Pratchett); all of the Thin Man movies; Chocolate with Johnny Depp; Like water for Chocolate; Deepa Mehta’s movies… I’ll have to go and have a look on my shelves and let you know more…
Oh yes, the transporter series is very good. In Norwegian we have an expression called ‘glad vold’ which, directly translated means happy-violence 🙂
Chocolat is a good movie – forgot to write it in the list!
I’ll definitely check out the other movies that you mention here.
Stay tuned for more!
My favorite movie is Gladiator. I also love the movie Hannah and watch it frequently (?) Last night I saw Cloud Atlas and it was 3 hours I cannot get back although the quote ” From the womb to the tomb, we are all related” was the best part. Thanks for sharing your list, I have only seen maybe 1/3 but I always like a good movie.
Hanna, is it this one? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993842/
3 Hours? That’s a long movie. If you’re into long movies with a good story I recommend the Italian movie La meglio gioventù (The best of Youth). In my opinion it’s a masterpiece.
YES! Thats the one- I feel like her a lot of the time- I plan on watching everyone on your list! Thanks- I love a great movie as I do not watch television much.
We don’t watch tv programs either. Sometimes we watch a documentary, but mostly we watch movies and these series. As you can see from this list, we love movies 🙂
Great list. We go to the movies often, but there are some, mostly foreign, that I haven’t yet seen and will add to my Netflix.
Hopefully you can find most of these on Netflix. They just started Netflix here in Norway, but rumors say that they mostly have old, mediocre movies.
“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” *****
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”
“Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo”
The Godfather, Inception, Schindler’s List & One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is already on the list.
«What’s Eating Gilbert Grape» and «Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo» should have been there already, but I forgot to write them down (I’ll add them now).
I’ll have to put Citizen Kane & Vertigo on my watch-list. Thanks for the tips!
I liked cuckoo’s nest too 😀
new movie: measuring the world – read at
Currently the movie has 5.1 rating at IMDB.com (but only from 90 users). Is it even worth watching? What is your verdict on this film?
This is quite a list… It will take me hours to go through it… I have seen many titles I have missed… I like the idea CG 🙂
This list contains many hours of great entertainment. Perfect now that the winter has arrived. I’ll keep on adding movies to the list as I see something worth mentioning. People have already left me some clues of which movies I should check out, so I hope that some of those will be added.
Have you seen “The invention of lying”? I loved it 🙂
I’ve seen it, but it doesn’t make it to the list.
How about an old one de Jaques Tati: Mon Oncle?
I am glad to see Kite Runner on the list :). I would have recommended it, if you hadn’t included it yet. Have you read the book? If you want, I can email you an electronic copy of it 🙂
Thanks, but I don’t have time to read books. When I do read a book, my policy is to stick to paper versions only. My wife read the book and loved it (she also loved the movie).
🙂 Ok CG 🙂
Hey, have you seen “Betty Blue” alias 37.2 le matin? My all time favourite.
Haven’t seen it, but it’s on my watch-list! Thanks for the tip!
Just watched “Betty Blue 37.2 le matin” last night. Very nice movie. Love story with a twist. I’m glad my wife is less of a drama queen!
😀 I am glad too 😀 Betty was sick, but it is a touching movie with an ultimate act of love in the last scene. Did you see the abridged version or the original one with all the scenes?
Must have been the original, because it lasted for 3 hours.
I have never realised it is that long 🙂
Bad Boy Bubby – Gettin’ Square – The Castle – Rabbit Proof Fence – Romulus My Father – , Mad Max (1,2,3)
Thanks! Just added Rabbit-Proof Fence to the list. Excellent movie. The fact that it’s a true story makes it even better. I’m pretty sure that I saw it many years ago, but my wife hadn’t seen it before and I enjoyed watching it again.
I’ve only seen 27 of them on your list if I’m counting correctly:) Thanks – good to have a reference.
What if I’ll make the list numbered? Maybe it’ll be easier for you readers to mark which one’s you’ve seen?
I’m always a fan of numbering. But then again, it’s tough to nail down an order.
It would be a numbered list, but the movies wouldn’t be placed by rating: just random like it is now.
Hi CG 🙂 I’ve just finished watching “Das Leben Der Anderen” :). Gabriel Yared composed the music the same composer of Betty Blue soundtrack. I liked the movie. You are not the first one to have recommended it to me 😉
Yes, Da Leben Der Anderen is very good – loved it!
We watched a French movie tonight: “De rouille et d’os”. I’ve added it to the list here. Great storytelling.
OUTSTANDING SELECTIONS!!!!!! You have the right taste for movies. Movies I love from the list…
Fight Club, Life is Beautiful, Amelie, Pan’s Labyrinth, Water for Elephant (A visual feast), The Departed, Gladiator, City of God, MEMENTO, Y Tu Mama Tam Bien, you know what I stop from here … so many Aviator, Black Swan (for acting), The Kite Runner …. let’s say we agree on a lot, A LOT of these movies. GREAT LIST.
Thanks Rommel. Black Swan is absolutely fantastic. I want to go to the opera to see Swan lake just because of that movie 🙂
I’ve been sick the last couple of days, so I’ve spent my time wisely (?) and watched the Jason Bourne movies. I’d seen them all before, but my wife hadn’t, so we watched them all. Nice action movies with cool effects, but in films like ‘Black Swan’, ‘Life is Beautiful’ and ‘La meglio gioventù’, you have these wonderful stories and the great art of story telling.
Last night we saw “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises”. It was horrible and a waste of time.
I think that you should put “The Big Bang Theory” on the TV series list. I took some movie titles now 😀 Thank you 🙂
Thanks for the tip Paula!
The Wall St. Journal just yesterday wrote a huge piece on The Shawshank Redemption and how it has become an iconic movie in American culture through the power of television. It didn’t do well when it first came out in the movies but grew and grew in popularity over the years. Interesting list, Cardinal. Some I’ve seen and liked and others….not so much. Vive la difference! I LOVED Rabbit-Proof Fence.
Rabbit proof fence was an interesting and different movie. Brilliant!
Shawshank Redemption was great too!
Great list xx
Do watch some more Almodovar: they are all wonderful.
I’ll do that. Perfect season for it now.