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"And if you listen very hard the tune will come to you at last" - Led Zeppelin (from the song "Stairway To Heaven")

Movies are my second passion after movies. I am open to all kinds of movies, but the ones I prefer are the ones which leave a lasting impression. I am highly selective when it comes to movies, many of the critically acclaimed movies are not to my liking. On the contrary, sometimes I prefer movies which are not that highly rated. I judge movies based on their pure entertainment value... much like I do with music.

01 The Usual Suspects (1995)
I remember watching this movie and debating with my roommates for days. One of the few thought proviking suspense movies ever. How much of Kevin Spacey's story was true? Was there a Keyser Soze? All the five suspects - Keaten, Kint, McManus, Hockney and Fenster are the sort of criminals who cannot stop loving. This is one of the few movies in which you are compelled to support the bad guys. The casting is superb. Every character in the movie is believable.
02 Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Top acting performances in this crime movie by everyone. The dialogues are hilarious. Insane climax. Everyone is scum in this movie. You root for no one and yet you root for everyone.
03 Casablanca (1942)
This movie is legendary for a reason. This is not just a love story as many think. Acting is fabulous. Ingrid Bergman is exceptionally beautiful. And you feel for the male leads who must overcome personal and ethical turmoil to win her respect while sacrificing their love.
04 Gloomy Sunday (1999)
This is a German/Hungarian romantic love quadrangle movie set in the late 30s during World War II. Although there have movies done based on similar things before, this one is done its own special way. The atmosphere of the movie is just brilliant. It is a gloomy movie true to its name but doesn't depress you. There are three men fighting for one woman in their ways. And there is the woman - an exquisite beauty both in soul and body. If not for the story, you should watch with the breathtaking display of radiance, tenderness and subtle emotion displayed the high talented and Goddess-like Erika Marozsan. Her acting had the same amount of impact as Ingrid Bergman had in Casablanca.
05 Alien (1979)
In space, no one can hear you scream. The claustrophobic mood of the movie is just amazing in my opinion. Best sci-fi movie I have ever seen! Sigourney Weaver is young here and I think she is charming as a hapless victim fighting for her life and her crew's life against an invincible creature.
06 The Exorcist (1973)
This the only movie which genuinely freaked me out to date. And I watch a lot of horror movies. This is one of the few horror movies which feels real. So far none of the serious horror movies, I have watched have achieved this.
07 Taxi Driver (1976)
Great soundtrack and excellent acting in this eccentric film-noir. Robert de Niro's best performance, really. Its a tragedy he didn't win Oscar for this. I like Jodie Foster's performance. A mature performance by her (for her age).  
08 Notorious (1946)
Hitchcock's best movie. The sexual and emotional tension between Bergman and Grant's characters is well captured. And this is one of the few spy thrillers which is also an excellent love story.  
09 Alien (1986)
This movie has probably the best climactic action sequences of all time. This sequel works because the theme and style of the story is completely different to the original. Alien was a sci-fi horror, this is a sci-fi action movie. The best sequels have a different feel to the original movies. And this one is able to achieve that.
10 The Terminator (1984)
The bleakness of the man vs evil machine concept is well captured here. This is one of the few movies with a sad ending, that I like. The whole idea of a person sending a soldier back in time to protect his own procreation is genius.
11 Rebecca (1940)
Another fabulous movie by Hitchcock. Mrs Danvers is positively creepy. Was this one of the earliest goth movies? Laurence Olivier had a great presence on screen. George Sanders is perfect as a shady character.
12 Terminator 2 (1991)
Great action movie! The fight scenes between the two Terminators are excellent. Worthy sequel which has a different feel to the original. The original was a sci-fi romance tragedy. This one is more optimistic and is more action oriented.
13 The Prestige (2006)
This is one the new movies I like. I thought the story was unique. The idea of two dangerous trying to one-up each other is something, really. I found the drama and the twists and turns of this movie quite entertaining.
14 Groundhog Day (1993)
I think this movie is really funny because I really like Murray's character. He represents the frustrated men out there who hate their jobs, have no love in their lives and have nothing to look forward. His transformation from a lovable pessimistc jerk to a lovable optimistic sweetheart is amazing.  The sci-fi concept of someone's day repeating over and over is unique.
15 Laura (1944)
The ending was kinda predictable, but I liked the set up very much. Lydecker is one of the greatest sourpuss character of all time. And this has Vincent Price's creepy voice. And the drop-dead gorgeousness of Gene Tierney as Laura. What more can you ask?
16 Re-Animator (1985)
This is a classic B movie, no one should ever miss. So bad, that it is great! Herbert West is a hilariously demented doctor trying to do good for the world but inadvertently does the exact opposite. His rival evil doctor was the biggest creep ever. I like this comedy horror more than Evil Dead.
17 Dial M For Murder (1954)
Another Hitchcock classic. The tension is really good, especially towards the end. I love how cool the villain is in this one. Calm and collected and always maintaining his self respect, in spite of being a total jackass. Great detective story set mostly in the confines of a house.
18 Gaslight (1944)
The acting was superb. The atmospheric setting was perfect as well. Bergman looked beautiful in corset. Joseph Cotten was quite a brilliant detective. And Charles Boyer was probably the most cunning character of all time.
19 Braveheart (1995)
I think this is the best period movie I have seen. The movie apparently did not depict the events accurately. But who cares! Its a movie! Its entertainment. And it has one of the best war speeches of all time.
20 Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)
This is Hitchcock's favorite movie of his own.  Another movie in which the villain's character is very well explored. And one of the few movies in which I so badly wanted the villain to be not a villain. Especially considering how naive and loving his niece was.
21 Mulholland Drive (2001)
One of the weirdest movies I have seen. This movie cannot be descibed. The plot is too convoluted. It is a love-it or hate-it kind of movie. I like the movie primarily for Naomi Watts' acting. She was superb in it.
22 Goodfellas (1990)
A great gangster film. Joe Pesci's character is disturbing to say the least. Ray Liotta was excellent as a somewhat cowardly gangster. Robert De Niro character was quite deceptive. This album potrays the gangster lifestyle of 30s America very well.
23 A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A dark satirical movie. This is one of the few artsy slow moving movies I like. This movie is really werid but it does succeed immensely in its indulgence. The most pretentious movie on this list?
24 Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)
Absurd and hilarious. British comedy at its best. Only John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin can act as so many characters and make each one of them funny. Terry Gilliam's absurd animations are quite fun too.
25 The Godfather (1972)
Marlon Brando and Al Pacino make great crime lords. This is the Godfather of Godfather movies. The acting is quite sensational. I was pissed when so many of Al Pacinos close relatives get bumped, even the innocent ones. The ending was satisfying.
26 Schindler's List (1993)
The only Spielberg movie I really like. Ralph Fiennes' and Liam Neeson's acting the movie is very good. One of them should have won the Oscar. The story does depict Nazis as complete devils, but wasn't that true to a large extent?  
27 The Naked Gun (1988)
Quite possibly the most hilarious spoof movies of all time. Leslie Nielson as an inept detective cop is the second coming of Peter Sellers Pink Panther. And he is funny as hell. The double-entendre dialogues had me in splits throughout the whole one and half hours.
28 JFK (1991)
There was apparently quite a lot of controversial fabrication in this movie. This movie is about the investigation into JFK's assasination. It has a large cast with some of the best actors of all time giving fabulous performances. Though it is a drama that is loosely based on true events, it is still very entertaining and keeps you at the edge of your seat, like a thriller. Kevin Costner was perfect here.
29 Duck Soup (1933)
LOL... this should be the end of the review. This is nonstop nonsense of the highest order. It has some of the wittiest lines ever uttered by Groucho Marx. The other brothers are fine too. Zeppo as usual has zeppo contribution to comedy but acts as a perfect foil to his insane big brothers. Harpo doesn't utter a word, but is hilarious like hell. And Chico with his Spanish accent is quite funny. The scene in which Harpo and Chico dress up like Groucho's character is quite possibly the funniest scene in cinema.
30 Pulp Fiction (1994)
Somewhat of a sequel to Reservoir Dogs (though it has nothing to do with that movie). Tarantino once again does a black comedy about thugs. There is no suspense here like in Reservoir Dogs, but it is directed brilliantly. The non-chronological sequence of events work perfectly here. The acting is suberb to say the least.
31 Dumb And Dumber (1994)
Jim Carrey's best movie. Jeff Daniels is equally funny as the dumber guy. The story is about two imbecile who go on a cross country tour to return a briefcase to Jim Carrey's love interest. At every stage of the movie, the two demonstrate immense ability to showcase their stupidity. I found several scenes in the movie to be outrageously funny.
32 Psycho (1960)
A very good thriller. This is usually listed as horror, but in this day and age, it is not that scary at all. I don't think that was the primarly goal of the movie anyway. This was shot in a low budget and has some B movie acting. But the direction and editing of this movie is superb. It is quite a good edge of the seat whats going to happen next, kind of thriller.
33 Bachelor Party (1984)
Who knew Tom Hanks was funny back then? This is a typical 80's party movie with a lot of outrageously carefree characters. This movie has no restraint. I won't spoil the movie for you but I can say there are wild guys, hookers, a donkey, pop bands, a suicidal loon, a villian, an evil father in law, strippers and wives dressed as hookers in this party.
34 Splash (1984)
This is another Tom Hanks movie from 1984. This is probably the only romantic love story I will ever like. Probably because it involves only one human! Daryl Hannah is quite beautiful here. Tom Hanks is quite a lovable guy here. Story is simple and the movie is shot in a quite simple manner. Probably it is the simplicity of this movie which is charming. Tom Hanks, Eugene Levy and John Candy are quite hilarious, though they play very normal characters.