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Feature films that scored In top 30 and scored 8.0 or higher in IMDB votes for decade (with more than 10,000 votes) and/or won significant awards. IMDB ratings as of January 2009 and may be subject to change.

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Aliens (1986)
   starred   
Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn and Michael Biehn
IMDB:8.5/10. Director: James Cameron. Won 2 Oscars and 1 Bafta.
Amadeus (1984)
   starred   
F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce and Elizabeth Berridge
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: Milos Forman. 8 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 4 Baftas and 4 Golden Globes
American Beauty (1999)
   starred   
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening and Mena Suvari
IMDB:8.5/10. Director: Sam Mendes. 5 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 6 Baftas and 3 Golden Globes
American History X (1998)
   starred   
Edward Norton, Edward Furlong and Beverly D'Angelo
IMDB:8.5/10. Director: Tony Kaye. Nominated for one Oscar.
Back to the Future (1985)
   starred   
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Robert Zemeckis. Won 1 Oscar and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Batman Begins (2005)
   starred   
Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Liam Neeson
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Christopher Nolan. Nominated for one Oscar.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
   starred   
Jeff Bridges, John Goodman and Julianne Moore
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Joel Coen.
Blade Runner (1982)
   starred   
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Ridley Scott. Won 3 Baftas and National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
   starred   
John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and James Brown
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: John Landis.
The Bourne Identity (2002)
   starred   
Matt Damon, Franka Potente and Chris Cooper
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Doug Liman. Won 3 Oscars and 2 Baftas.
Braveheart (1995)
   starred   
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau and James Robinson
IMDB:8.4/10. Directed by Mel Gibson. 5 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 3 Baftas and 1 Golden Globe.
Breaker' Morant (1980)
   starred   
Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson and John Waters
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Bruce Beresford. One Oscar nomination.
Children of Men (2006)
   starred   
Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Claire-Hope Ashitey
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Alfonso Cuarón. Won 2 Baftas. Also starred Michael Caine
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
   starred   
Antonella Attili, Enzo Cannavale and Isa Danieli
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: Giuseppe Tornatore. 1 Oscar wins, 5 Baftas and 1 Golden Globe. 'Nuovo cinema Paradiso'
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
   starred   
Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Julia Ormond
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: David Fincher. Won 3 minor Oscars and 3 minor Baftas
The Dark Knight (2008)
   starred   
Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart
Director: Christopher Nolan. IMDb:9.0/10. #6 in IMDb Top 250 movies. 8 Oscar nominations, 2 wins; 9 Bafta nominations, 1 win; 1 Golden Globe win.
Das Boot (1981)
   starred   
Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer and Klaus Wennemann
IMDB:8.5/10. Director: Wolfgang Petersen. Nominated for 6 Oscars.
The Departed (2006)
   starred   
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson
IMDB:8.6/10. Director: Martin Scorsese. 4 Oscars and 1 Golden Globe.
Die Hard (1988)
   starred   
Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia and Reginald Veljohnson
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: John McTierman. Nominated for 4 Oscars.
Doubt (2008)
   starred   
Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: John Patrick Shanley. 5 Oscar nominations (winners not yet announced) and 3 Bafta nominations (winners not yet announced)
The Elephant Man (1980)
   starred   
Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt and Anne Bancroft
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: David Lynch. Won 3 Baftas.
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
   starred   
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher
IMDB:8.7/10. Director: Irvin Kershner. Star Wars: Episode V. #9 in IMDb Top 250 movies. 2 Oscar wins. 1 Bafta
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
   starred   
Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet and Gerry Robert Byrne
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: Michel Gondry. 1 Oscar and 2 Baftas.
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
   starred   
Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve and Börje Ahlstedt
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Ingmar Bergman. 4 Oscar wins, 1 Baftas and 1 Golden Globe
Fargo (1996)
   starred   
Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Joel Coe. 2 Oscar wins, 1 Bafta and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
   starred   
Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck and Mia Sara
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: John Hughes.
Fight Club (1999)
   starred   
Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter
IMDB:8.7/10. Director: David Fincher. Also starring Meat Loaf. Nominated for one Oscar.
Forrest Gump (1994)
   starred   
Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn and Gary Sinise
IMDB:8.5/10. Director: Robert Zemeckis. 6 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 1 Bafta and 1 Golden Globe.
Frost/Nixon (2008)
   starred   
Frank Langella, Michael Sheen and Sam Rockwell
IMDB:8.2/10. Ron Howard. 5 Oscar nominations (winners not yet announced) and 6 Bafta nominations (winners not yet announced)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
   starred   
Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin and Vincent D'Onofrio
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Stanley Kubrick. One Oscar nomination.
Gandhi (1982)
   starred   
Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen and Edward Fox
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Richard Attenborogh. 8 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 5 Baftas and 5 Golden Globes.
Gladiator (2000)
   starred   
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Ridley Scott. Also starring Oliver Reed and Richard Harris.
Glory (1989)
   starred   
Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Cary Elwes
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Edward Zwick. 4 Oscar wins and 1 Golden Globe
Goodfellas (1990)
   starred   
Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci
IMDB:8.8/10. Director: Martin Scorsese. 1 Oscar win incl. 5 Baftas and National Film Preservation Board Award."
Good Will Hunting (1997)
   starred   
Matt Damon, Robin Williams and Ben Affleck
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Gus Van Sant. Won 2 Oscars and 1 Golden Globe.
The Green Mile (1999)
   starred   
Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan and James Cromwell
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Frank Darabont. Nominated for 4 Oscars.
Groundhog Day (1993)
   starred   
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliot
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Harold Ramis. Won 1 Bafta and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Gran Torino (2008)
   starred   
Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley and Bee Vang
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: Clint Eastwood.
Heat (1995)
   starred   
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Michael Mann.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
   starred   
Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo and Ahmed Panchbaya
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Terry George. Nominated for 3 Oscars.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
   starred   
Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and Denholm Elliott
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Steven Spielberg. Won 1 Oscar.
Into the Wild (2007)
   starred   
Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden and William Hurt
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Sean Penn. Won 1 Golden Globe.
"Kill Bill (2003)
   starred   
Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu and Daryl Hannah
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Quentin Tarantino. Also starred David Carradine,
The Killing Fields (1984)
   starred   
Sam Waterson, Haing S. Ngor and John Malkovich
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Roland Joffé. 3 Oscar wins, 8 Baftas and 1 Golden Globe
L.A. Confidential (1997)
   starred   
Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: Curtis Hanson. 2 Oscar wins, 2 Baftas and 1 Golden Globe.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
   starred   
Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya and Tsuyoshi Ihara
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Clint Eastwood. Won 1 Oscar and 1 Golden Globe.
Life is Beautiful (1997)
   starred   
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi and Giustino Durano
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: Roberto Benigni. 'La Vita è Bella'. 3 Oscar wins and 1 Bafta.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
   starred   
Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher and Nick Moran
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Guy Ritchie. Won 1 Bafta.
Léon (1994)
   starred   
Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman
IMDB:8.6/10. Director: Luc Besson. Also known as 'Leon: The Professional'
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
   starred   
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin and Viggo Mortensen
IMDB:8.7/10. Director: Peter Jackson. #20 in IMDb Top 250 movies. Won 4 Oscars and 4 Baftas. Also starring Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Billy Boyd, Andy Serkis, Dominic Monaghan, Christopher Lee etc. etc.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
   starred   
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin and Viggo Mortensen
IMDB:8.8/10. Director: Peter Jackson. #5 in IMDb Top 250 movies. 11 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 4 Baftas and 4 Golden Globes. Also starring Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Billy Boyd, Andy Serkis, Dominic Monaghan, Christopher Lee etc. etc.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
   starred   
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin and Viggo Mortensen
IMDB:8.6/10. Director: Peter Jackson. Won 2 Oscars and 3 Baftas. Also starring Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Billy Boyd, Andy Serkis, Dominic Monaghan, Christopher Lee etc. etc.
The Matrix (1999)
   starred   
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie Ann Moss
IMDB:8.7/10. Directors: Andy & Larry Wachowski. 4 Oscar wins and 2 Baftas
Memento (2000)
   starred   
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano
IMDB:8.6/10. Director: Christopher Nolan. Nominated for 2 Oscars.
Milk (2008)
   starred   
Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch and Josh Brolin
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Gus Van Sant. 8 Oscar nominations (winners not yet announced) and 4 Bafta nominations (winners not yet announced)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
   starred   
Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Clint Eastwood. Won 4 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
   starred   
Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara and Danny Elfman
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Henry Selick. Nominated for 1 Oscar.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
   starred   
Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin
IMDB:8.3/10. Directors: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. 4 Oscars, 3 Baftas and 1 Golden Globe.
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
   starred   
Robert De Niro, James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: Sergio Leone. Won 2 Baftas.
The Pianist (2002)
   starred   
Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann and Frank Finaly
IMDB:8.5/10. Director: Roman Polanski. 3 Oscars and 2 Baftas.
Platoon (1986)
   starred   
Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Oliver Stone. 4 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 2 Baftas and 3 Golden Globes.
The Prestige (2006)
   starred   
Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Christopher Nolan. Nominated for 2 Oscars.
The Princess Bride (1987)
   starred   
Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Chris Sarandon
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Rob Reiner. One Oscar nomination.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
   starred   
John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman
IMDB:8.9/10. Director: Quentin Tarantino. 1 Oscar win, 2 Baftas and 1 Golden Globe.
Ran (1985)
   starred   
Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao and Jinpachi Nezu
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Akira Kurosawa. Won 1 Oscar and 2 Baftas.
Raging Bull (1980)
   starred   
Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty and Joe Pesci
IMDB:8.5/10. Director: Martin Scorsese. 2 Oscar wins, 2 Baftas, 1 Golden Globe and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
   starred   
Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman
IMDB:8.7/10. Director: Steven Spielberg. #18 in IMDb Top 250 movies.
Rain Man (1988)
   starred   
Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise and Valeria Golino
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Barry Levinson. 4 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 2 Golden Globes.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
   starred   
Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto and Jennifer Connolly
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: Darren Aronofsky. Nominated for one Oscar.
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
   starred   
Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth and Chris Penn
IMDB:8.4/10. Director: Quentin Tarantino
Return of the Jedi (1983)
   starred   
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Richard Marquand. Star Wars: Episode VI. Won 1 Oscar and 1 Bafta.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
   starred   
Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns
IMDB:8.5/10. Director: Steven Spielberg. 5 Oscar wins, 2 Baftas and 2 Golden Globes.
Scarface (1983)
   starred   
Al Pacino, Steven Bauer and Michelle Pfeiffer
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Brian De Palma. Director nominated for a Razzie Award.
Schindler's List (1993)
   starred   
Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley
IMDB:8.9/10. Director: Steven Spielberg. 7 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 6 Baftas, 3 Golden Globes and National Film Preservation Board Award.
Se7en (1995)
   starred   
Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Gwyneth Paltrow
IMDB:8.6/10. Director: David Fincher. Nominated for one Oscar.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
   starred   
Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and Bob Gunton
IMDB:9.1/10. Director: Frank Darabont. #1 in IMDb Top 250 movies. Nominated for 7 Oscars.
The Shining (1980)
   starred   
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd
IMDB:8.5/10. Director: Stanley Kubrick. 5 Oscar wins, 1 Bafta and National Film Preservation Board Award.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
   starred   
Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster and Scott Glenn
IMDB:8.7/10. Directed by Jonathan Demme. 5 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 2 Baftas and 1 Golden Globe
Sin City (2005)
   starred   
Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki and Alexis Bledel
IMDB:8.3/10. Directors: Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
   starred   
Toni Collette, Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: M. Night Shyamalan. Nominated for 6 Oscars.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
   starred   
Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla
IMDB:8.7/10. Directors: Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan (co-director: India). 10 Oscar nominations (winners not yet announced), 11 Bafta nominations (winners not yet announced) and 4 Golden Globes wins.
Snatch (2000)
   starred   
Jason Statham, Stephen Graham and Alan Ford
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Guy Ritchie.
Stand By Me (1986)
   starred   
Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix and Corey Feldman
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Rob Reiner. One Oscar nomination.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
   starred   
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Edward Furlong
IMDB:8.5/10. Directed by James Cameron. 4 Oscar wins and 2 Baftas.
The Terminator (1984)
   starred   
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: James Cameron.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
   starred   
Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano and Ciarán Hinds
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Paul Thomas Anderson.
Trainspotting (1996)
   starred   
Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller
IMDB:8.2/10. Director: Danny Boyle. Won 1 Bafta.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
   starred   
Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: Terry Gilliam. 2 Oscar Nominations and 1 Golden Globe.
Unforgiven (1992)
   starred   
Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman
IMDB:8.3/10. Director: Clint Eastwood. 4 Oscar wins incl. Best Picture. 1 Bafta and 2 Golden Globes.
The Untouchables (1987)
   starred   
Kevin Costner, Sean Connery and Charles Martin Smith
IMDB:8.0/10. Director: Brian De Palma. 1 Oscar win, 1 Bafta and 1 Golden Globe
The Usual Suspects (1995)
   starred   
Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne and Stephen Baldwin
IMDB:8.8/10. Director: Brian Singer. 2 Oscar wins and 2 Baftas
V for Vendetta (2006)
   starred   
Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Rea
IMDB:8.1/10. Director: James McTeigue.
The Wrestler (2008)
   starred   
Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood
IMDB:8.6/10. Director: Darren Aronofsky. 2 Oscar nominations (winners not yet announced), 2 Bafta nominations (winners not yet announced) and 2 Golden Globes wins.


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