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This is a list of my favorite movies represented by 3 Categories:  
Category 1 are  movies that I consider life changing, essential works,
without which the universe would stop making sense. Category 2
are amazing films, but not quite life changing; these are divided up by
particular genres. Here are the Genre Abbreviation Codes: D=drama,
C=comedy, SF=science/fiction, H=Horror, A=Animated, F = Fantasy,
FN=Film Noir, W=Western/war, SU=Suspense.  
List subject to change.

Category I - Essential Films 

Garden State (2004) - D/C (IMDb page)

Magnolia (1999)- D (IMDb page)

Punch Drunk Love (2002) - D (IMDb page)

I [heart] Huckabees (2004) - C (IMDb page)

Donnie Darko (2001) - D/C/SF (IMDb page)

Lost in Translation (2003) - D (IMDb page)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - D (IMDb page)

The Royal Tenenbaums - C (2001) (IMDb page)

Rushmore (1998)- C (IMDb page)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) - C (IMDb page)

Stranger Than Fiction (2006) - C/D (IMDb)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) -C (IMDb page)

Bottle Rocket (1996) - C (IMDb page)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - D (IMDb page)

Life as a House (2001) D/C (IMDb page)

Being John Malkovich (1999) - D/C (IMDb page)

Adaptation (2002) D/C (IMDb page)

Princess Mononoke (1997) A/F (IMDb page)

The Prestige (2006) (IMDb)

Television series:

Six Feet Under  (2001 - 2005) - D (IMDb page)

Band of Brothers (2001) - W (IMDb page)

The Office (British version) (2001) - C (IMDb page)

II - Honorable Mentions:  Other great genre


Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (IMDb page)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) (IMDb page)

Three Kings (1999) (IMDb page)

The Italian Job (2003) (IMDb page)

Die Hard (1988) (IMDb page)

Die Hard With a Vengence (1995) (IMDb)

Dr. No (1962) (IMDb page)

GoldenEye (1995) (IMDb page)

Casino Royale (2006) (IMDb page)

From Russia With Love (1963) (IMDb page)

On Her Majesties Secret Service (1969) (IMDb page)

The Borne Identity (2002) (IMDb page)

The Borne Supremacy (2004) (IMDb page)

Leon (a.k.a. The Professional) () (IMDb page)

Lola Rennt (a.k.a. Run Lola Run) (1998) (IMDb page)

The Hunt for Red October (1990) (IMDb page)

Clear and Present Danger (1994) (IMDb page)

The Fugitive (1993) (IMDb page)

Animation/Japanese Animation (Anime)

Akira (1988) (IMDb page)

Castle in the Sky (1986) (IMDb page)

Nausica of the valley of the wind (1984) (IMDb page)

Spirited Away (2001) (IMDb page)

Titan AE (2000) (IMDb page)


Office Space (1999) (IMDb page)

Shuan of the Dead (2004) (IMDb page)

Orange County (2002) (IMDb page)

Kingpin (1996) (IMDb page)

the Hudsacker Proxy (194) (IMDb page)

Multiplicity (1996) (IMDb page)

Groundhog Day (1993) (IMDb page)

Someone like you (2001) (IMDb page)

IQ (1994) (IMDb page)

What about Bob? (1991) (IMDb page)

The Terminal (2004) (IMDb page)

Danny Deckchair (2003) (IMDb page)

Me Myself I (1999) (IMDb page)

The Big Lebowski (1998) - (IMDb page


Love Actually (2003) (IMDb page)

About A Boy (2002) (IMDb page)

The Road to Perdition (2002) (IMDb page)

American Beauty (1999) (IMDb page)

Kikujiro no natsu (1999) (IMDb page)

Love Liza (2002) (IMDb page)

Dead Poets Society (1989) (IMDb page)

The Virgin Suicides (1999) (IMDb page)

Fearless (1993) (IMDb page)

The Razor's Edge D (1984) (IMDb page)

What Dreams May Come (1998) (IMDb page)

The Truman Show (1998) (IMDb page)

The Graduate (1967) (IMDb page)

Rain Man (1988) (IMDb page)

Tape (2001) (IMDb page)

Waking Life (2001) (IMDb page)

A Perfect World (1993) (IMDb page)

Papillion (1973) (IMDb page)

Pulp Fiction (1994) (IMDb page)

V for Vendetta (2005) (IMDb page)

Unbreakable (2000) - D/SF(IMDb page)


Princess Bride (1987) (IMDb page)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) (IMDb page)

Willow (1988) (IMDb page)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001 - 2003) (IMDb page)

The Swiss Family Robinson (1960) (IMDb page)

Edward Scissor Hands (1990) (IMDb page)

Sin City (2005) (IMDb page)

Batman (1989) (IMDb page)

Batman Begins (2005) (IMDb page)

The Prestige (2006) (IMDb page)


Kiss me Deadly (1955) (IMDb page)

Gilda (1946) (IMDb page)

The Big Sleep (1946) (IMDb page)

The Third Man () (IMDb page)

The Killers () (IMDb page)

Taxi Driver () (IMDb page)

Chinatown () (IMDb page)

Touch of Evil () (IMDb page)


Dawn of the Dead (remake) (2004) (IMDb page)

28 Days Later (2002) (IMDb page)

Stir of Echos** (1999) (IMDb page)

The Shinning (1980) (IMDb page)

Science Fiction

Blade Runner (1982) - (
IMDb page)

Primer – SF (2004) (IMDb page)

2001: A Space Odyssey SF (1968) (IMDb page)

Serenity (2005) (IMDb page)

The 13th floor (1999) (IMDb page)

12 monkeys (1995) (IMDb page)

the 5th element (1997) (IMDb page)

Impostor (2002) (IMDb page)

Equilibrium (2002) (IMDb page)

The Matrix (1999) (IMDb page)

Gattaca (1997) (IMDb page)

Pay Check (2003) (IMDb page)

Mars Attacks (1996) (IMDb page)

Independence Day (1996) (IMDb page)

Minority Report (2002) (IMDb page)

Dune (1984) (IMDb page)


The Mechanist (2004) (IMDb page)

Memento (2000) (IMDb page)

Vertigo (1958) (IMDb page)

Rear Window (1954) (IMDb page)

The Sixth Sense (1999) (IMDb page)

Lost Highway (1997) (IMDb page)

Requiem for a Dream (2000) (IMDb page)

The Usual Suspects (1995) - (IMDb page)

TV series

Firefly  (2002-2004) (IMDb page)

Twin Peeks  (1990-1991) (IMDb page)


Doctor Strangelove (1964) (IMDb page)

Enemy at the Gates (2001) (IMDb page)

Ran (1985) (IMDb page)

Unforgiven (1992) (IMDb page)

Dances with wolves (1990) (IMDb page)

Tombstone (1993) (IMDb page)

Apocalypse Now (1979) (IMDb page)

Bridge Over River Kwai (1957) (IMDb page)

Good Morning Vietnam (1987) (IMDb page)

Saving Private Ryan (1998) (IMDb page)

Empire of the Sun (1987) (IMDb page)

Glory (1989) (IMDb page)

Schlinder's List (1993) (IMDb page)

The Pianist (2002) (IMDb page)

Jarhead (2005) (IMDb page)