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5/5 Solid Gold

While I am probably more generous with my top score than many, a 5/5 from me is still a strong endorsement. It’s give out to films I adore, films that really move me in some way, films that fascinate and wow me. Like all my ratings, my 5/5 is a very subjective thing; things like historical significance and such have little say in the matter. I also make no effort to counter personal biases or to employ positive discrimination. If I love a movie, I love a movie, no matter where or when it’s from.

Here is a list of all the films I currently have rated 5/5. As far as memory and note-taking allows, this is in biographical order, from my earliest first watch to my most recent. Not all of them were immediate 5s, and there are some films that once were 5s but now are not. These are the movies that I today fully stand behind and say “Yes, I love this film.” For more on my rating system, click here.

This list is also available on IMDB (with plot synopses) and Letterboxd (with my own personal comments). The various versions might have slight differences in ordering, due to second-guessing and laziness on my part.

blues-brothers-the-mission-from-godThe Blues Brothers (1980)

Ghostbusters (1984)

The Lion King (1994)

Groundhog Day (1993)

Forrest Gump (1994)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Dumb & Dumber (1994)

Seven (1995)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

lock_stock_and_two_smoking_barrelsLock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

The Boondock Saints (1999)

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

American Beauty (1999)

Fight Club (1999)

Man on the Moon (1999)

Payback (1999)

Sin City (2005)

The Rules of Attraction (2002)

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

evil-movie-poster-2003-1020678868Evil (Ondskan, 2006)

A History of Violence (2005)

Memento (2000)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Secretary (2002)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Donnie Darko (2001)

Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

1313308399-crank--2-Crank (2006)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Crash (2004)

Ghost World (2001)

Snatch (2000)

Superbad (2007)

Juno (2007)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Trainspotting (1996)

The Incredibles (2004)

une_fiancee_pas_comme_les_autres,1Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

Eagle vs Shark (2007)

High Fidelity (2000)

Amelie (Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, 2001)

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Adaptation (2002)

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Shining (1980)

Vanilla Sky (2001)

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

weather_manThe Weather Man (2005)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Chicago (2002)

The Wrestler (2008)

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

Frost/Nixon (2008)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Being John Malkovich (1999)

Hero (Ying xiong, 2002)

Sideways (2004)

Closer (2004)

murderballMurderball (2005)

Once (2006)

United 93 (2006)

Jackie Brown (1997)

Before Sunrise (1995)

Three Kings (1999)

March of the Penguins (2005)

The Ice Storm (1997)

Cashback (2006)

Before Sunset (2004)

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

lettherightonein-US-poster-fullLet the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in, 2008)

Doubt (2008)

The Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

The Host (Gwoemul, 2006)

Hustle & Flow (2005)

The Woodsman (2004)

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Up in the Air (2009)

25th Hour (2002)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon, 2007)

600full-repulsion-posterRepulsion (1965)

Towelhead (2007)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka, 1988)

In the Loop (2009)

Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)

Inception (2010)

Elling (2001)

Swingers (1996)

Unknown White Male (2005)

grizzly-manGrizzly Man (2005)

The Negotiator (1998)

In the Mood for Love (Fa yeung nin wa, 2000)

Fatal Attraction (1987)

Coraline (2009)

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Black Swan (2010)

The Kids are All Right (2010)

The Cove (2009)

Blue Valentine (2010)

The Others (2001)

lakeview-terrace-posterLakeview Terrace (2008)

The American (2010)

The Ghost Writer (2010)

Man on Wire (2008)

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

Breaking the Waves (1996)

Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

A Single Man (2009)

Best Worst Movie (2009)

In the Bedroom (2001)

Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos, 1997)

drive-poster1Drive (2011)

Senna (2010)

Another Year (2010)

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Persona (1966)

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

Jack Goes Boating (2010)

Pleasantville (1998)

Beginners (2010)

Out of Sight (1998)

Thirst (Bakjwi, 2009)

Clueless (1995)Clueless (1995)

The Remains of the Day (1993)

The Matador (2005)

The Grey (2011)

Take Shelter (2011)

Manhattan (1979)

The Queen of Versailles (2012)

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

Life of Pi (2012)

Fail-Safe (1964)

Les Misérables (2012)

PH6Zk1JXP4aA9e_2_mBridesmaids (2011)

The Raid: Redemption (Serbuan maut, 2011)

Shame (2011)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Gravity (2013)

The Hunt (Jagten, 2012)

12 Angry Men (1957)

 

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