That question is hard to answer. For example, can you compare a modern sci-fi to an old classic? Despite the challenges, I’ve tried making a list. The list is mainly based on what impact the movie made on me. Below, I summarise films that made me think, feel, and wonder on a deeper level than most films do. Some of these films I watched many years ago. If I were to re-watch all these films today, it is safe to assume several (most?) would not have made it to this list.
I have left out documentaries. This is a list of fictional movies only, ordered by the year I first watched the film.
Post 2019, I have almost not spent any time watching fictional movies. Instead, I have been occupied with going through all the lies we have been fed. If I ever get deeply engrossed in a feature film again, I might update this list.
|Star Wars (1977)||1984||Being a kid, I was blown away, to a galaxy far, far away. Never since has a movie made a stronger impression.|
|All Summer in a Day (1982)||1984 (?)||A strong childhood memory. A great short film based upon the Ray Bradbury novel with the same name.|
|The Matrix (1999)||1999||My film experience that has been closest to Star Wars. A very intriguing story, with insanely great VFX for the time.|
|Donnie Darko (2001)||2003||One of my absolute favourite watches. An almost magical movie experience.|
|Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)||2004||A joy for the mind and heart.|
|Chûgoku no chôjin (1998)||2005||A random find that I ended up loving.|
|Gattaca (1997)||2005||A “hidden” sci-fi gem.|
|Ima, ai ni yukimasu (2004)||2005||Another random find I ended up loving.|
|Survive Style 5+ (2004)||2005||Weird and colourful, from Japan.|
|Ruang rak noi nid mahasan (2003)||2005||Another movie that got to me back in 2005.|
|Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (1966)||2005||A brilliant movie from Czechoslovakia. The Czechs truly knew the art of movie making.|
|Bin-jip (2004)||2007||I liked it at the time.|
|L’eclisse (1962)||2007||A film to experience, a film to feel.|
|Inception (2010)||2010||One of the few films that I thought was better the second time than the first. Rewatched in 2020.|
|The Intouchables (2011)||2013||Rewatched in 2019. Equally good as the first time.|
|Il deserto rosso (1964)||2013||LOVED this one very much. It touched me.|
|Whiplash (2014)||2016||Amazing acting.|
|2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)||2018||A monolith of a masterpiece!|
|Solaris (1972)||2019||Loved it!|