Here is a list of my top 15 favorite films:
I love complex films and Christopher Nolan is a master. To this day I still think about the end of the film.
Still my favorite hockey film ever. D2 is close, but this one takes the cake. Goldberg.
My favorite film growing up. Every toy had a unique and hilarious perspective. I'm also a nostalgic person, so this film (and series) is right up my alley.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
I'm a sucker for Wes Anderson films. Witty, funny, and very emotional when it has to be. Also, Willem Dafoe's character is hilarious.
Zach Braff's directorial debut. I've always admired the film and its ability to make you laugh and feel heartbroken at the same time. I watched this film right after I graduated high school and it has stuck with me ever since.
Lost in Translation
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson play relatable characters. There's something wonderful about watching their relationship bloom as they find themselves at a similar point in life, despite their age.
There Will Be Blood
All-star cast with tons of twists and turns in the plot. I saw this film in theaters and was glued to the screen the entire time.
The Maltese Falcon
Classic Marlon Brando. I love old-school detective films, with this one finding its way to the apex. This was one of the first films I sat and watched with my dad, too, so I've always had a special place for it.
Bill Murray relives the same day over and over again. A film that makes you laugh, but also makes you think about the type of person you are and how you spend your time.
Christopher Nolan knows how to bend the human mind. The film tells a tale of two magicians trying to outduel each other. There are so many layers to the film that I've noticed a new detail each time I've watched it. It's almost as if the entire film is a commentary on itself. "You don't really want to work it out. You want to be fooled."
The Shawshank Redemption
I love this film from start to finish. Andy and Ellis show us that there is something to be said about being decent to others, especially in an environment that condones violence. I hated the warden, but the existence of a villain was necessary and made Andy and Elli's eventual freedom more sweet.
The film based on Mario Puzo's novel of the same name. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino turn in breathtaking performances. When Vito collapses at the end of the film while playing with Michael's son, I realized how attached to the film I had gotten.
On the Waterfront
I watched this film with my dad when I was a kid. The scene in which Marlon Brando's character explains that he, "could have been a contender," remains my favorite scene from any film.
The Royal Tenenbaums
With complex characters and a unique story, this film is a must-see. I love the cast and the range of emotions that the film makes you feel. I wrote a more detailed post about this film that you can find here.
Clarification: The Rock is actually my favorite film of all time. However, due to how incredible it is, I didn't think it would fair to put it on this list. There is also no way I could explain its greatness in a little blurb.