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The 10/10-rated movies you have to see before you die

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Reddit users have spoken, and who are we but to listen?

It’s a pretty difficult task, assessing the most flawless films ever created, but one Reddit user known only as VarrickCarter23 has bravely sought to do just that.

The silver screen enthusiast threw out the question to the web, asking fellow forum users what they consider a ‘10/10’ piece of film, and the responses were both varied and thought provoking.

From cinema classics to poignant indie projects, there’s some acclaimed names on the list including Pulp Fiction and Donnie Darko.

Whether you’re a movie buff, an occasional cinema-goer, or the sort of person who prefers to catch films when they’re on TV, these are the titles that are worthy of your attention. After all, with praises such as “flawless” and “best performance ever” being sung, it would be hard for anyone with eyeballs not to feel at least a little tempted to add these creations to their bucket list...

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  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)

    Ah Beauty and the Beast, a tale as old as time...or at least 25 years old. We’re glad this one made the list for two main reasons. First, we love Disney – who doesn’t? Second, Belle is an absolute badass. The classic animation details the story of Belle, an intelligent and independent young woman who lives in a small town in France with her inventor father.

    Despite being an outsider, she’s happy spending hours in the library and striving for a better life – favoring isolation over the affections of the arrogant and sexist Gaston. When her father is taken captive at a spooky castle, Belle wastes no time in setting off to find him and offering herself as prisoner in his place. With an open mind she begins to learn the secrets of the castle and befriends those that live there, carving out her own unexpected future. 

  • The Princess Bride (1987)

    When it comes to cinema soft spots, nostalgia reigns supreme. So it isn’t shocking anybody that The Princess Bride received quite a few mentions in the 10/10 list. 

    A true swashbuckling tale, we watch as Buttercup (Robin Wright) encounters pirates, is abducted by the awful Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) and rescued by the charming Westley (Cary Elwes). So, yes, it’s a romance. But the film harnesses both an adult sense of humour and a childlike sense of fantasy, which makes this story very special indeed. 

  • Room (2015)

    The film adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel of the same name details the harrowing survival of a young woman, known as Ma (Brie Larson), who is abducted, imprisoned and raped repeatedly over seven years. She now lives her days inside a locked room, with only her beloved son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay), and her abductor for company.

    We watch as Ma fights to give Jack a normal life as possible, making a friend out of every object in their tiny home. But, one day, she decides it’s time that she and her little boy break free, so that she can show him the enormous world beyond the Room.

    Unsurprisingly, this film received several Oscar nominations, rave reviews from critics, and a flawless rating from Reddit user Skyzfire, who says, “There is nothing. NOTHING I would change or improve in this masterpiece."

  • Winter's Bone (2010)

    It’s weird to think of a time when Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t the global name and public feminist we know her to be. But, hark back to seven years ago and Winter’s Bone shows a young J-Law at the beginning of her career, delivering a harrowing performance as teenager Ree Dolly. 

    During a harsh winter in rural, Central America, Ree has a pretty rough deal when her criminal father gambles away the family home and disappears without a trace. Our heroine is left to look after her unresponsive mother and two younger siblings, but refuses to give up and heads into the wild to find her abandoner. Lawrence’s character shows almost painful to watch strength and determination against man, nature and her own mentality.

  • Her (2013)

    In Her, Joaquin Phoenix stars as lonely writer Theodore Twombly, who is living in a technologically advanced version of Los Angeles. Theodore writes loves letters for a living, but, away from his romantic penmanship, things are very different: he’s struggling with a nasty divorce. So, when his operating system resets with a new Siri-type voice called Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), his spirits are well and truly lifted – and he starts to develop an emotional attachment to her.

    The film examines the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence, following the couple’s intriguing cyber romance. It has been praised for its dream-like cinematography and pastel colour palette, something appreciated by Reddit user VarrickCarter23 who called it, “a near flawless piece of film”.

  • Pulp Fiction (1994)

    Directed by the esteemed Quentin Tarantino and widely regarded as a classic, it’s no surprise that Pulp Fiction made it onto this list. Stylish, shocking and often completely bonkers, the film’s soundtrack, imagery and many stand-out quotes have since achieved iconic status. And, 20 years on, John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L Jackson’s performances are still regarded as some of the most powerful and interesting characters to ever grace our screens. 

  • No Country for Old Men (2007)

    Set in Texas, USA, this dark drama sees mayhem unfolds after a hunter named Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) unwittingly finds himself witnessing a drug deal gone wrong. Moss becomes part of the aftermath when he pockets the cash left behind and ruffles some feathers that should be left unruffled.

    Reddit user Mbags88 praises the high-class acting from the cast, writing, “from the seamless storytelling to the chilling performance from Javier Bardem, this is one of the few movies I believe to truly be flawless. 10/10.”

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

    Break-ups suck. Which means that, once you’ve exited your teens, there’s a very high chance that any potential partner you meet is carrying around some emotional baggage from their previous relationship, leaving you both to deal with whatever those issues may be.

    But imagine if you could press delete on those painful memories – would you? That’s exactly what Joel (Jim Carrey) decides to do after his relationship with the quirky and creative Clementine (Kate Winslet) turns sour, but was it the right decision? We’ll let you decide…  

  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)

    Known for being dark and violent, Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of Anthony Burgesses novel follows the deadly deeds of charismatic psycopath Alex DeLarge and his band of delinquents. The gang take joy in wreaking havoc and terror on whoever they chose, including crimes such as a murder and rape.

    Once jailed, Alex is put forward for experimental aversion therapy developed by the government as an attempt to rid society of wrongdoing, but this slippery slope doesn’t quite go to plan…

    Reddit user Ethan3lp has given the flick a glowing 10/10, insisting it is the “best performance ever, best screenplay ever, fantastic cinematography, flawlessly paced, the best film from the best director ever”.

  • Donnie Darko (2001)

    Cult classic Donnie Darko explores the blurred lines between reality and fantasy in the mind of a troubled teenage boy (Jake Gyllenhaal) who appears to be struggling with mental health issues after seeing visions of a giant, quite scary looking, bunny named Frank.

    It isn’t long before Donnie begins to experiment with the idea of time travel. But, in between sparring with his sister, Elizabeth (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and forming a powerful friendship with the new girl at his school, Gretchen Ross (Jena Malone), his rabbit hole grows deeper and deeper – and things soon spiral towards an incredibly dramatic climax. 

    Reddit user Xiaxs says, “It has a sense of mystery and dread that lingers over the entire film. One of my all-time favourites and the only real gripe I have with it is how confusing it is on the first watch. Also, watching Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal yell at each other is just perfect. It's exactly how my sister and I argue.”

  • The Incredibles (2004)

    This high-action and hilarious family animation may be aimed at children, but we challenge any adult not to feel warmed by the Incredible family’s adventures, or to stifle a giggle when Edna Mole comes on screen.

    Once much-loved superheroes, Mr Incredible (Craig T Nelson) and Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) are demoted to being normal citizens after several attempts to save civilians go wrong.

    Over a decade later, the husband and wife team find themselves living a typical 2.0 lifestyle – complete with three kids and mortgage. But, when a mysterious benefactor gets in touch, they’s soon compelled to pull on their costumes and capes once again…

  • Whiplash (2014)

    19-year-old Andrew (Miles Teller) is an aspiring jazz-legend who is earning his stripes as a drummer at a prestigious music school. Despite his intense passion for his craft and grueling practice schedule, he fails to impress his cold and abusive tutor.

    The audience watches our protagonist struggle to prove himself as he’s pushed further and further to his limits, asking the question, what must someone sacrifice to attain their dreams?

    Reddit user Noah2461 said, “It's got everything I like in a movie. A great story, strong dialogue, well developed characters (including one of the most memorable antagonists in recent films) brought to life by great acting, and even boasts some really excellent cinematography and music. The intensity never really fades even though I've seen it three or four times. I think it will be considered a classic in time.”

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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