25. Amélie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I love the wittiness of the protagonist and the way the story is told through multiple story lines which are essentially all connected to Amélie herself. I love the greenish cinematography which reverberates throughout the movie, and the memorable and beautiful soundtrack. This is an amazing movie.
24. Spotlight by Tom McCarthy
I actually just recently watched this movie for the fifth time, I believe. Although the story is outstanding – and is one that can is well supported throughout the entire film –, the directing of Spotlight is what attracts me the most. In specificity, the way the camera moves throughout the 2-hour long movie creates this constant sense of rush, which is interrupted by many realizations that the journalists have. All of this, of course, with great dialogue scenes and a very indelible piano soundtrack. I love this movie!
23. Nebraska by Alexander Payne
This one makes me emotional. The cinematography strikes you right away – a sad, black and white movie about a Nebraskan family struggling to see one of their members become addicted to a most likely false lottery ticket/promotion from a magazine. However, what appeals to me the most is the location that this movie has, which all adds to the realism of small town life in the U.S. Also, the soundtrack is truly unforgettable, especially on that last scene (*cries single tear*).
22. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by David Fincher
What a brutal, insane movie. The cold cinematography, the xylophone-like theme, the great chemistry between Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara… This movie is truly something to behold of. In my opinion, it is one of the greatest mysteries ever portrayed by film. Although the German version of this story has been more acclaimed by critics, I argue that the “magic” of David Fincher makes me love this movie more, thus making it better at the way the story is told. What a movie!
21. The Social Network by David Fincher too!
Out of all the items of this list, I can assure that this movie has been the one that I have watched the most. Needless to say, what struck me the most about The Social Network was the dialogue-scenes. In fact, the entire movie is just filled with people talking, excluding some minor moments of hacking and montages (such as the race scene). For that reason, this movie received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (from the book The Accidental Billionaires). I will never get tired of this movie.
10. Annie Hall by Woody Allen
I believe this movie might just be the one that i have most certainty about on being able to watch it every single day. If I were to be a director, the style of directing that I would steal would be Woody Allen’s – and this movie is the perfect representation of why that is. As it is the case in nearly all of his movies, Annie Hall is great due to its dialogues and monologues (the first scene is already one of the greatest). Despite that, everything else is spectacular about this movie – the jazzy soundtrack, the actors, the chemistry between Allen and Keaton, the constant breaking of the fourth wall, and many others which don’t fit into a Quora post. Also, I am so glad this movie won Best Picture in the 1978 Oscars Ceremony.
19. Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn
This movie is so good that I honestly don’t even know where to start. The director, Refn, enjoys creating movies where the audience needs to be part of the “vibe” he strives to provoke. In this case, the 80s feel is emphasized by the amazing soundtrack and the glossy cinematography (which are made clear in the night scenes and whenever cars appear). Also, I became interested in Ryan Gosling’s acting career solely due to this movie. I love it!
(By the way; isn’t this such an amazing poster?)
18. Carnage by Roman Polanski
This movie is great because it can tell a short story and expand it to an hour – all of that while four adults talk to each other. I admire films like these because Carnage never becomes tedious (as it is only set in an apartment) due to its careful ability to create effective and short dialogues which recurs throughout the entire movie.
9. Nightcrawler by Dan Gilroy
Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favorite actors nowadays. However, I believe that this is his greatest movie. His physicality and sociopathic skills both support this claim. All in all, the character study of this film is something that I could most likely watch every day. Despite that, however, other factors that make this movie unforgettable are the soundtracks, the cinematography (almost the entire movie is during the night), and the dark, “plot-twisty” story of sorts.
17. Memento by Christopher Nolan
I couldn’t, as millions of others throughout the globe, understand this movie completely the first time I watched it. With that, I decided to watch it again the next day. That way, I finally understood everything. From that moment, I have become addicted to this movie. Some people have role models, I have “role movies.” I would definitely, if I was to direct a movie, steal some techniques Nolan uses here to make this film exceptional.
Check this out as well:
(It’s an 18 minute analysis of Memento by Nolan himself).
16. Fargo by the Coen Brothers
The accent, the cinematography, the insane and unexpected story, the portrayal of small town life, the soundtrack, the dialogue scenes, and especially the dark humor. I had promised just to list 10 movies, but I would later regret at least not mentioning this one.
EDIT: I would probably have added Ex_Machina to the list as well.
Now that I can scrutinize this in a better way I think that these films differentiate themselves from others that I love. In other words, I have realized that all of the movies noted above has some amazing examples of cinematography (i.e. Nebraska being B&W), screenplay (i.e. The Social Network has some amazing dialogue scenes), and plot structure (i.e. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s parallel storyline works perfectly).
There are other certain movies I love, such as La La Land or Zodiac or The Wolf of Wall Street (which I have watched several times) but that I wouldn’t quite be able to watch it every day. These, however, do exactly that for me. Also, I feel this keen sense of “meticulousness” into these movies which for some reason appeal to me even more. All of them are top-notch.