Last year, I listed my ten favorites. I really couldn't contain the list to 10 this year. This isn't about finding the "best" movie. It's about my favorite movies. Movies that inspire me. Movies that reveal something new every time I watch them. Movies I get lost in. This is not scientific.

  1. 12 Years a Slave
  2. The Wolf of Wall Street
  3. The Place Beyond the Pines
  4. Gravity
  5. All is Lost
  6. Upstream Color
  7. Man of Steel
  8. Ain't Them Bodies Saints
  9. Zero Dark Thirty*
  10. Captain Phillips
  11. Stories We Tell
  12. Prisoners
  13. Fruitvale Station
  14. This is the End
  15. Pacific Rim
  16. What Maisie Knew
  17. Mud
  18. Iron Man 3
  19. To the Wonder
  20. We Are What We Are
  21. Oxyana
  22. Side Effects
  23. Spring Breakers
  24. Fast & Furious 6
  25. The Great Gatsby

Films I didn't get to see, but can't wait to watch: Her, Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis, Short Term 12, Dallas Buyers Club, At Berkeley

*Limited release in 2012, wide release officially in 2013

Top 10 favorite movies of all-time

  1. The Social Network
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. There Will Be Blood
  4. Collateral
  5. Inception
  6. No Country for Old Men
  7. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  8. Django Unchained
  9. Rear Window
  10. Alien

See my 50 favorites of all-time on Letterboxed