15 Movies That Immediately Become Top 5 Favorites When You Watch Them

Have you ever watched a film so good it immediately became a top five? You’re not alone. After someone polled an online entertainment forum for which films they would include on the list, these are their top-rated movies. Do you agree?

1. Office Space (1999)

Office Space 1999 John C. McGinley, Paul Willson
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Now I’m going to admit that I have just recently watched Office Space for the first time ever, and it has definitely earned its place in my digital collection of films.

One film lover shared, “I know this seems a little dumb, but this movie changed my life. I quit my terrible office job, and my life completely changed for the better.” See, it doesn’t always require a hypnosis mishap for you to realize your current job isn’t right for you!

2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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“For some reason, this movie can be watched again and again, and the ending is uplifting. The scene when they hug on the beach. I don’t think Morgan Freeman has done a better performance than Red,” one fanatic exclaims.

Now I personally love Morgan Freeman, and I would say Principal Joe Clark in Lean on Me was one of his best performances, but I’m not going to deny that Red in the Stephen King book adaptation was another great one.

3. The Matrix (1999)

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The Matrix is labeled as one of the most influential movies of the 90s. Another fanatic shared, “I went in without knowing anything about the movie. I was blown away. This was before movie spoilers were everywhere. Even if someone tried to explain the plot — ‘Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.'”

4. The Green Mile (1999)

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This may be the first movie I can recall watching and bawling my eyes out uncontrollably. Like many others, I will unshakably acknowledge The Green Mile as an amazing movie, but I can’t allow myself to ugly cry like that again, so I avoid this movie like the plague.

Many others replied, “Man, completely the same here. Once the tears started, I couldn’t stop. Only two films have done that to me (Grave of the Fireflies is the other), but The Green Mile hits so hard.”

5. Aliens (1986)

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One Aliens buff reported, “I remember my dad arguing to my mum that I needed to be allowed to stay up and watch it on TV as it was both a great movie and educational and might one day save my life if I ever encountered a Xenomorph.” Now I don’t know about the life-saving aspect, but I can agree that the second installment in the Xenomorph series was definitely a great piece of cinema.

6. The Thing (1982)

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Another film buff declared, “I always try to get my friends to watch it, but they refuse and say it’s old with dated effects. It’s my all-time favorite horror movie, and I think the practical effects are way cooler and scarier than the awful CGI we get nowadays.”

7. Good Will Hunting

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“Everything about this movie is sincere. Made comparatively on a shoestring by two largely new and unknown actors,” An admirer annotates. “So much of the best dialogue was ad-libbed. There are shots where you can see the camera operators laughing because the camera shakes. Some of the best monologues and one-liners.”

8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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I have watched my fair share of films during class, and I can say for certain that at least ten percent of the viewings were to keep us occupied to free the teacher up, which I’m not downing. I will also so that about three percent of those films were completely unrelated to the class in which we were watching them. One former student corroborates this by stating, “Watched this for the first time in 7th grade music class (yeah, I don’t know why either) and laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe. I’ll never forget that.”

9. Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Many forum members speak about how this film made its entry into the list way lower than it should be. Coincidentally it was number nine on both the Internet communities list as well as this one. Many stated, “That movie gets better every time I watch it. I Have two tattoos dedicated to the movie.”

10. Terminator 2 (1991)

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As a kid, the T-1000 model Terminator was a thing of nightmares for childhood me, and morbidly I say, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one. One respondent tells the story, “I saw this when I was five, and 20+ years later, it’s still my favorite action movie.

The T-1000 scared me senseless as a kid. I remember I saw the actor who plays the T-1000 in another movie and couldn’t believe he was smiling like a normal guy.”

11. No Country for Old Men (2007)

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“I think it’s a perfect movie. There isn’t a wasted scene or line of dialogue. When watching it in the theater, it was just when Tommy Lee is giving his monologue about his dream that I was just starting to feel like maybe they should get on with it since he still has to catch the bad guy, and then it just ended.” Another respondent ended by confessing, “I hate when people clap in the theater, but I clapped.”

12. Arrival (2016)

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“Even as I now knew what was going on, watching it all fall together, watching the characters learn and grow, wondering about the parts we hadn’t yet seen and how it was going to resolve… the look of wonder on my face and the feeling of awe in my soul… I watch this film once a year at least.”A critic laments, “This film and Gattaca make me weep for our limitless potential. How strong and noble and good we CAN be. How we SHOULD be.”

13. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

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Several moviegoers joked if someone says they don’t like My Cousin Vinny, then they are not to be taken seriously. Another film viewer said, “Just watched that the other night and I have no idea what made me think about it after 30 years of not seeing it. Great movie for the youts.”

14. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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“Saw it in the theater when I was twelve. I had never even heard of the movie until Mom dropped me off to see it while she went shopping on a rainy weekend afternoon.” This Indie lover describes, “The opening sequence absolutely blew my mind, and it was the greatest cinematic experience of my life.”

15. The Dark Knight (2008)

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I have been a Batman fanatic since I can remember, so I couldn’t close out this list without adding the Caped Crusader. To be 100 percent honest, I love Batman so much that I often suspend disbelief just because I can. So I will admit when a Batman rendition isn’t fitting the bill, I’m looking at you, Batman and Robin!

Along with a litany of other contributors, I feel like The Dark Knight was an absolute masterpiece of a film. Heath Ledger’s Joker performance; Chef’s Kiss! I mean no disrespect Mr. Nicholson, but we have to give the young fella his credit for an outstanding performance.

26 Once Hilarious Comedy Films That You’re Not Allowed to Laugh at Today

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Although comedy movies have always been a source of amusement and laughter, society’s expectations and sensibilities have changed over time. What was previously seen as hilarious and acceptable may be viewed as improper or offensive today. Let’s look at some once brilliant comedy movies that are unlikely to be produced or laughed at in the current cultural climate (unless you grew up watching them).

25 Fan Voted Greatest Television Episodes of All Time, Do You Agree?

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With thousands upon thousands of television episodes over the decades, it is difficult to narrow down the best. However, one entertainment forum tried to do just that. Do you agree with their picks?

15 of the Worst Series Finales of Your Favorite Shows on Television

How I Met Your Mother
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Have you ever been disappointed with a TV series finale? You’re not alone. After someone asked a popular online entertainment forum what the worst series finales are, here is what they had to say. Do you agree?

15 Beloved Fictional Characters Who Are Terrible and Have No Business Being Glorified

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Are there any fictional characters people love and revere that you can’t stand? I think you can rip apart just about any cast on a sitcom. I’m looking at you How I Met Your MotherSeinfeld, and The Big Bang Theory. After someone asked an online forum for examples of terrible fictional characters that people love, here are their most interesting responses.

10 Magnificent Performances That Tricked Us Into Loving Terrible Movies

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Ready for some controversy? First, let me preface that I do NOT agree with several of the films listed on this list. Recently, an online film forum member asked about amazing performances in terrible films. Again, don’t hate the reporter. These are not my picks.

Source: Reddit.