Edit: Just saw your edit. I'm having a trouble picking up on any consistent theme or stylistic approach across the films, other than that you seem to mostly favor films that have strong dramatic arcs and reversals (basically all but The Kids Are Alright and possibly Blade Runner, where the narrative force takes a back seat to the way every moment looks and sounds and feels) as well as films that ask questions about the nature of justice.
Indeed. Thank you, Dreww. Sometimes it's hard to know exactly why certain movies move me so much, so I wanted to get an outside perspective on my top ten. I'm noticing that most of them feature male lead characters who refuse to be swayed, no matter what the obstacle: Roy Neary, Benjamin Braddock, Roy Batty, Will Kane, Shane, Joe Starrett, Blondie, Bud White, Edmund Exley, etc. And I don't think it's a coincidence that three of my movies feature trios of male lead characters who are frequently at odds with each other, but are forced to work together in some way in order to accomplish their goals: Jaws (Martin Brody, Quint, Matt Hooper), The Good the Bad and the Ugly (Blondie, Tuco, Angel Eyes), and L.A. Confidential (Edmund Exley, Jack Vincennes, Bud White). Most of these movies also have striking musical scores, which I know is a huge factor for me.
Have you seen Memories of Murder, Children of Men, City of God, or Straw Dogs? You might like these.
I've seen Straw Dogs
and Children of Men
and enjoyed them both. I'll definitely check out the other two.