9. On the Waterfront
7. West Side Story
6. The Godfather: Part 2
5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
4. Lawrence of Arabia
2. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
And the final entry, which I can't help but talk about;
1.The Silence of the Lambs
Silence of The Lambs is about a young and inexperienced but determined FBI cadet who must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer, (Hannibal Lecter), to receive his help on catching another serial killer on the loose in Northern Virginia.
This movie is when the academy finally got something extremely right. It's terrifying, extremely intellectual, subtle, and deliciously crafted. Unlike most "horror films," Silence of the Lambs doesn't play out like one. Instead, it unfolds like an actual event taking place in real life, no gimmicks, no overindulgance, a very grounded and fascinating look into the psyche of the criminally insane, and the mind of cinema's greatest "monster," Hannibal Lecter.
The dynamic between the young FBI Cadet, Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), and manipulative Hannibal (Anthony Hopkins), is beyond anything you'll see involving onscreen chemistry, as the two give incredibly nuanced performances that cement the crux of Silence's journey into the mind.
Even the cinematography takes a unique and unconventional turn with up close and steady shots of the characters when speaking, peering directly into the camera with clear eyes as if studying and analyzing the viewer, intimidating or reassuring, and in the case of Hannibal Lecter, offering us the chance to gaze into the abyss long enough for it to gaze back into us.
In a nutshell, this film is exploring fear, how and why we fear, and the pyschological explanations of how it effects us. A powerful reflection of our dreads and twisted dreams. Not for the faint of heart, so if you're not into overly suspenseful stuff, I suggest observing SOTL from a distance, or sticking to lighter movies :P
It's an art house film disguised as a realistic thriller disguised as horror, something you'd think the oscars almost always overlook, but they didn't, and Silence of the Lambs went home with five well earned academy awards including Best Picture (1992), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Director (Jonathan Demme), and Best Screenplay (Ted Tally), making it by far the most unique and masterful choices in Best Picture history.
"Well, Clarice - Have the lambs stopped screaming?" - Hannibal