High on my List

by writingarises | created - 21 Jan 2013 | updated - 01 Sep 2014 | Public

These are films that are high on my list to see.

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1. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city, but receive little attention.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 46,550

2. The General (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the I.R.A., the U.V.F., and members of his own team.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 7,734 | Gross: $1.21M

3. Chosen (2001)

Not Rated | 6 min | Action, Short

The Driver is carrying an East Asian child who has been chosen for a strange rite. He must drive him through a dark night in the city to get to a monk's house, while eluding several U.S. ... See full summary »

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Clive Owen, Mason Lee, Sonom Gualson, Brian Smyj

Votes: 4,487

4. Lust, Caution (2007)

NC-17 | 157 min | Drama, History, Romance

61 Metascore

During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Leehom Wang

Votes: 35,462 | Gross: $4.60M

5. Closed Curtain (2013)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

81 Metascore

In a secluded house by the sea with the curtains shut, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his dog as company. The tranquility is abruptly broken one night by the arrival of a ... See full summary »

Directors: Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi | Stars: Kambuzia Partovi, Maryam Moqadam, Jafar Panahi, Hadi Saeedi

Votes: 1,018 | Gross: $0.03M

6. Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys (2013)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Western

75 Metascore

One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. A study of hard work, hard earned leisure, and an intricate bond between man and nature.

Director: Jessica Oreck | Stars: Aarne Aatsinki, Lasse Aatsinki, Lauri Aatsinki, Raisa Korpela

Votes: 46 | Gross: $0.00M

7. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 542,714 | Gross: $42.34M

8. The Being Experience: The Prologue (2013– )

100 min | Documentary, Mystery

The Prologue. Nobody knows. The multi-part series continues to be filmed.

Stars: Terrence Howard, Dave Matthews, Famke Janssen, Moby

Votes: 124

9. Salaam Bombay! (1988)

Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he ... See full summary »

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma, Raghuvir Yadav

Votes: 7,966 | Gross: $2.08M

10. Calvary (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama, Western

77 Metascore

After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Director: John Michael McDonagh | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 53,592 | Gross: $3.59M

11. Generation Um... (2012)

R | 97 min | Drama

25 Metascore

Three adults during a single day in New York City, one filled with sex, drugs, and indecision.

Director: Mark Mann | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Bojana Novakovic, Adelaide Clemens, Daniel Sunjata

Votes: 3,704

12. Women Behind the Camera (2007)

89 min | Documentary

This made-by-women-for-women global documentary explores the lives of camerawomen in Canada, China, France, Germany, India, India, Iran, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, and more. From the secret ... See full summary »

Director: Alexis Krasilovsky | Stars: Akiko Ashizawa, Caroline Champetier, Michelle Crenshaw, Zoe Dirse

Votes: 27

13. The Spirit of '45 (2013)

94 min | Documentary, History

A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Winston Churchill, Tony Benn, Clement Attlee, Aneurin Bevan

Votes: 1,042

14. Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)

108 min | Drama, Romance

Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: David Redden, Michael Wager, Robert Powell, Gael Hammer

Votes: 220

16. Dreams for Sale (2012)

134 min | Crime, Drama

After losing their restaurant in a fire, a husband and wife come up with a strange plan to rebuild their shattered finances: marrying the husband off to a series of lonely women and defrauding them.

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Yûsuke Iseya, Takako Matsu, Teruyuki Kagawa, Tamae Andô

Votes: 351

17. Predestination (I) (2014)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

69 Metascore

For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Madeleine West

Votes: 234,412 | Gross: $0.07M

18. Camera/Woman (2012)

59 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Khadija, an extraordinary wedding videographer and young divorced mother in Morocco, moves back and forth from her conflictual home life to the hopeful, fantasy world of the parties she ... See full summary »

Director: Karima Zoubir

19. Music-Thanatology (2012)

3 min | Documentary, Short, Music

Music-thanatology provides musical comfort, using harp and voice at the bedside of those nearing the end of life. Highly trained music-thanatologists serve the needs of the dying, and their... See full summary »

Directors: Wendy Russell, Cathy Zheutlin

21. Fragments (VIII) (2012)

5 min | Short, Drama | Completed

A journey into a young woman's subconscious, expressed through the sounds, images, and fragments of her past. Haunted by her childhood amidst the Iran-Iraq war, she leads a purging exploration through her psyche.

Director: Golbon Eghtedari | Star: Golbon Eghtedari

22. Night Moves (2013)

R | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat

Votes: 13,469 | Gross: $0.25M

23. Under the Skin (I) (2013)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Dougie McConnell

Votes: 119,268 | Gross: $2.61M

24. Lloyd Alexander (2012)

TV-Y | 69 min | Documentary

A documentary about the life and work of acclaimed children's author Lloyd Alexander.

Director: Jared Crossley | Stars: Rick Macy, Shannon Hale, James Jacobs, Alexander Limont

25. Music of the Brain (2009)

55 min | Documentary

Music affects our development from the womb to the grave. This documentary examines the role music plays in developing our brains as humans.

Director: Fiona Cochrane

Votes: 11

26. Nuit #1 (2011)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama

61 Metascore

It starts as a one night stand that evolves in a long discussion with infinite subjects between a québécoise and an immigrant.

Director: Anne Émond | Stars: Catherine de Léan, Dimitri Storoge, Véronique Rebizov, Raphaël Boulanger

Votes: 773

27. 20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, Drama, Music

83 Metascore

Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.

Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard | Stars: Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis, Darian Leader

Votes: 10,407 | Gross: $0.28M

28. Stray Dog (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, War

79 Metascore

A contemplative portrait of Ron 'Stray Dog' Hall: biker, Vietnam Vet, and lover of small dogs.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Ronnie Hall, Felipe Angel Padilla, Felipe de Jesus Padilla

Votes: 178

29. Clutter (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

A family must de-clutter or lose their home.

Director: Diane Crespo | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Carol Kane, Maria Dizzia, Kathy Najimy

Votes: 120

30. Manakamana (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

A documentary about a group of pilgrims who travel to Nepal to worship at the legendary Manakamana temple.

Directors: Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez | Stars: Chabbi Lal Gandharba, Anish Gandharba, Bindu Gayek, Narayan Gayek

Votes: 657

31. Reel Herstory: The Real Story of Reel Women (2014)

145 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Using rare footage and exclusive interviews with filmmakers from all over the globe, "Reel Herstory" corrects the historic notion that women behind the scenes in motion pictures held ... See full summary »

Director: Ally Acker | Stars: Jodie Foster, Dede Allen, Gillian Armstrong, Margaret Booth

Votes: 8



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