94. Trainspotting (1996)
I’ve already said most of what I had to say about this film elsewhere on this blog. Needless to say, you’d be hard pressed to find a more energetic and kinetic film. Quite possibly the best movie ever made about recreational (and self-destructive) drug use.
93. Shutter Island (2010)
Again, I’ve already talked about this movie elsewhere on this blog. But I will say this, “Shutter Island” is surprisingly the only Martin Scorsese movie that made this list. Believe me, that fact surprises me just as much as it does you. And “The Departed” was definitely very close to not only making this list, but taking “Shutter Island”‘s spot. (It’s one of those things that is dependant upon my mood.) But at the end of the day, I love horror films far more than I love gangster films, so “Shutter Island” it is. If you’re watching this movie for the first time, be prepared for some of the most beautiful horror you’ve ever seen.
92. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
“Jacob’s Ladder” is one of the most disturbing movies you will ever see. It gets inside your head like few other horror films and plants roots. Big, thick, roots. You’ll be thinking about it long after the final credits roll. Hell, the last time I saw this film was probably over three years ago, and I still find myself thinking about it quite often. It’s one of those films that after you see it, you will start measuring all other horror films you ever see against it. And most of the time you’re going to find that those other films come up lacking. Severely. Check this movie out, because it’s inspired nearly every horror movie and video game that’s come out since, in some way, shape, or form. Just try to get that image of the demon in the back of the car out of your mind once you’ve seen it. I dare you.
91. Swingers (1996)
“Swingers” is the movie that gave us Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. For that alone this movie deserves endless praise. It also gave us Heather Graham, which at the very least, makes our eyes happy. Favreau wrote this movie himself, and the screenplay screams of the personal turmoil and relationships that he must have had in his life while he was writing it. It’s clever, funny, and full of life. Not to mention Money. It’s totally Money. (Come on, you knew that was coming.)
90. The Seventh Seal (1957)
It’s hard for me to call “The Seventh Seal” a movie. Technically, it certainly is that. But with “The Seventh Seal” Bergman managed to do something that few other filmmakers have ever done, and that is transcend the screen and create an actual piece of living, breathing, art. Every frame of this film could hang on a wall at a gallery, and many of them probably have. Even if you have never heard of this film, odds are quite good that you have come across an image of it somewhere in your travels. It might not be the most entertaining film of all time, and most people will probably have a hard time sitting through it, but if you manage to do so you will find yourself well rewarded. And if nothing else, it’ll make you feel smarter because the next time you’re at a party you can brag to all of your friends about this artsy Swedish film you just saw… Wait, I’m the only one that does this? How is that possible? Now I feel lonely.