This isn't a top 11 list, but more so movies that left me speechless when the credits started to roll. In no particular order, here they are:
Some Like It Hot
This is what comedy should be: hilarious but not overdone, screwball yet simple. Honestly, I don't think I've ever laughed that hard from a movie.
Most black-and-white movies have a glamorized feel to them because they're shot in black-and-white. Not Raging Bull; Scorsese gives it a down-to-earth, gritty feel to the world of boxing.
This was my introduction to the films of Clint Eastwood. And of all the other movies I've seen directed by him, I don't think any will match Mystic River.
It's sad that this is known as "the gay cowboy movie" to those who refuse to watch it. It's a beautiful, almost Shakespearean romance that I wish more people would appreciate.
Sweet Smell of Success
I've seen a number of film noirs in the last few years, but none have stood out as much as Sweet Smell of Success did. Biting dialogue, excellent cinematography and the bleakest view of New York City celluloid has ever captured.
As if you weren't crying when this was over. It definitely put Spielberg on a new path in his career.
The Deer Hunter
Much like Schindler's List, The Deer Hunter will put you through an emotional wringer. It honestly left me drained.
On the Waterfront
The subject matter may be dated, but it still has one hell of an impact. Excellent performances from the cast and the famous taxi cab scene is the one that makes On the Waterfront still known by many today.
The Thin Red Line
Unlike Saving Private Ryan (which was released within the same year), The Thin Red Line focuses on the soldiers at war rather than the war itself. The slow pace may turn people away; I, for one, embraced it.
The Talented Mr. Ripley
It's hard to find a good thriller these days since they're so predictable. The Talented Mr. Ripley, however, will keep you guessing (that is, unless you've read the book). Solid performances from the five leads and an ending that'll have you shivering.
Requiem for a Dream
This is, by far, the rawest look at drug addiction. I have to admit, there were some scenes where I was uncomfortable being in my own skin, but nonetheless I was grateful that I saw it.
What are some the left an impact on you?