Jun 08 2010

My Top Ten All Time Favorite Movies (At this Moment)

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Shawshank

OK folks.  This was a very very hard list to make up.  In fact it’s been sitting as a draft for nearly a month now.   I always come back to it because trying to determine your favorite ten movies of all time is a virtual impossibility.  In fact I will argue that this list will be different in as little as a week from now.

But I decided to give it a try.  When I thought of this list I tried to come up with movies that in some way influenced me.  That in some way stuck with me.  That had the characteristics of something I could watch again and again.  Of something that “meant” something to me or affected my life (even if it were a dumb movie).

Anyway, this article was really just to get this list off my chest.  Again, these are my favorite ten movies at the moment.  Enjoy

10.  When Harry Met Sally

Sally

I have a soft spot for this one because I truly agree with the premise.  Guys and girls just can’t be friends.  At least they can’t be when one of them is attractive.  It’s simply impossible.  And I love how “real” this movie is.   Supporting cast is great and I just love the film every single time I see it.  You can’t mess with this movie.

9. The Breakfast Club

Club

I had to pick a John Hughes film here.  It was either Ferris Bueller, 16 Candles, or this one.  Eh, maybe Weird Science but come on guys.  Nothing hits home more than The Breakfast Club.  I can only hope that generations to come will watch this movie.  Every single time it’s on TV I leave it on.  It pains me to know that some people in college right now have never heard of this movie.

8.  Ace Ventura:  Pet Detective

Ace

Bet you didn’t think I’d put a “dumb” movie in here.  Well I think when you have a list of favorite movies it has to include something that’s influenced you or really stuck with you in some way.  I can’t remember a comedy that did this more than Ace Ventura.  It was the start of Jim Carrey’s owning of comedy in the mid 90s.   Sure he sucks now but nothing compared to those days and Ace Ventura exemplifies all that I loved about comedy as a teen.

7.  American Beauty

Beauty

This is a movie that might be higher on the list had I not seen it over 10 times.  I think the first time I saw this movie was so blown away at how good it was that I probably should have left it alone.  But I, like most of you had to see it again.   The more I saw it the more I kind of grew tired of it.  Not that it’s bad it’s just that it didn’t have the staying power I was hoping for.  Still though, I’ll never forget how much I enjoyed it the first time I saw it.

6.  Rocky

Rocky

I was really debating whether to go with this one, Rocky III or Rocky IV.  I think the other two are much “cooler” movies but come on.  This one won best picture and when you see it as an adult you can really appreciate the actual story here.  And Stallone really does a fantastic job in this one.  The later Rocky movies are more aesthetic and clearly less “meaningful” if you will.  Rocky was and will always be one of the best sports movies of all time.

5. Vision Quest

Vison Quest

I love absolutely everything about this movie.  Sure it’s “just” a wrestling movie but I’ll always have a soft spot for it because I saw it as an adolescent and I remember at that time in my life how I was thinking “what am I going to do with my life?  what am I going to prove to the world?”  The movies brings together all of these elements not to mention the immature mind of a young person in love but not really knowing what love is.  Plus the music is intense.  The movie is fantastic.

4.  The Natural

Natural

Talk about awesome.  Look, I can’t deny how handsome Robert Redford is in the movie and it helps a lot.  But come on.  This story is nearly perfect.   My only beef with this movie is Glenn Close.  I mean come on.  Redford is WAY too good looking for her.  At least Nicole Basinger is in the film to void it out a bit.  But the story of a middle aged rookie up against the owner of a crappy baseball team trying to get the pennant when all the odds are against him?  I think I love this movie just because of how low key and “secretive” the character of Roy Hobbs is.   It’s something I’d never seen before.

3.  Hoosiers

Hoosiers

Gene Hackman’s performance.  Enough said.  I don’t think it’s even close that this is the best portrayal of a coach ever.  Basketball happens to be my sport so perhaps I’m a little biased.   Still though, small town team makes big with help of estranged kid who allows himself to be coached even though he’s “uncoachable.”  Plus you have Dennis Hopper as a crazy alcoholic who loves the game.  You get to see how a small town loves the game of basketball and holds it higher than anything else.  The movie truly brings the game of basketball past the point of being a game.  It’s more than that and the movie demonstrates it to a tee.

2.  Goodfellas

Goodfellas

No, I’m not a huge fan of The Godfather though I did love the sequel.  As far as gangster movies go, Goodfellas is my choice.  Every single character in this movie was fantastic.  From the crazy Joe Pesci to the trying to be even keeled Ray Liotta to badass Robert De Niro you really can’t mess with Goodfellas.  Not one moment went by in the movie where I wasn’t interested.   I can’t say enough about this movie.  Hell it shows on channel 9 sometimes with bleeped curses and I still watch it.

1.  Shawshank Redemption

Shawshank

Honestly.  I can’t even explain.  I mean I can but it would take days.  All I know is that every single time someone asks me what my favorite movie is, I never hesitate in saying “Shawshank Redemption.”   Get busy living, or get busy dying.  That’s goddamn right.

*Also honorable mention to A River Runs Through It which I just saw recently.





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50 responses so far

  • Sam

    That’s a good list. Though to be honest I’ve never heard of Vision Quest. My top ten would go as follows:
    1. Fight Club
    2. The Dark Knight
    3. The Incredibles
    4. Ocean’s Eleven
    5. The Matrix
    6. The Departed
    7. Die Hard
    8. Pulp Fiction
    9. Back to the Future
    10. Tie between Anchorman and Role Models (depends on my mood and what kind of comedy I prefer that day)

  • Thoughtless

    That’s an awesome list. Kudos to Shawshank being number 1. I don’t I could list my favorite movies in order, just a tough thing to do. Here are my favorites (11)

    -The Shawshank Redemption
    -The Dark Knight
    -Pulp Fiction
    -Leon: The Professional
    -Raiders of the Lost Ark
    -Jurassic Park
    -LOTR (Can’t select a specific one from the trilogy. Depends on the mood)
    -Legend of the Druken Master
    -Toy Story 1/2 (Toss up between the two)
    -Die Hard
    -Seven

    Honorable mention goes to: Let the Right One In, Oldboy, Bourne trilogy, Back to the Future, Men in Black and Rocky.

    I couldn’t remember a full comedy film. That’s a problem when making these lists. When I don’t need to list them, I can name a top 15. When I do? I struggle to remember anything.

  • Mitch

    Good movies. Only criticism is that 4 sports movies in the top 10 seems a little biased, but you noted that so good on ya.

    The Green Mile lost best picture to American Beauty, which was another Frank Darabont picture and I would say was better, but American Beauty is pretty friggan awesome.

    Can’t complain about Ace Ventura, its a fantastic movie, just wondering why Ace Ventura and not Dumb and Dumber as the epitome of Jim Carrey hilarity.

    Glad you didn’t go for the ol’ “Citizen Kane” as best movie ever.

    Good stuff man. I could never make a favorite movie list so props for doing so!

  • Kyle Amato

    Some great films on here. My top ten (for now, I’ve still go a lot of films to watch):
    10.Ghost World
    9.Silence of the Lambs
    8.Wall-e
    7. Up
    6. Children of Men
    5. 28 Days Later
    4. Fight Club
    3. Ratatoullie
    2. Aliens
    1. Toy Story

    What can I say? I love Pixar!

  • Uncoolaidman

    I really can’t argue with much on this list. Personally, I would not include Ace Ventura, but then I realize I have an equally “silly” movie on my list.

    10. Thank You For Smoking
    9. Little Miss Sunshine
    8. LOTR: The Return of the King
    7. Gladiator
    6. Up!
    5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    4. The Dark Knight
    3. Michael Clayton
    2. Saving Private Ryan
    1. Fight Club

  • Henrik

    1. Collateral
    2. JCVD
    3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    4. Kick-Ass
    5. Serenity
    6. Million Dollar Baby
    7. Lost in Translation
    8. Moon
    9. The Prestige
    10. Crash (2004)

  • FrankenPC

    For me there is no such thing as a top 10 list. I can MAYBE boil down ten entries based upon how profound an effect they had based on what impressionable age I saw them. Also, my list is based on re-play ability. If I can’t watch the same movie over and over it isn’t included even if it’s awesome. (no particular order)

    So, for my early age (~10 to ~20 yrs old) I would say:
    -Star Wars
    -Alien
    -Blade Runner
    -Black Beauty
    -ET
    -Shining
    -Rocky
    -Airplane
    -Brazil
    -Caddyshack

    Then, ages ~20 to ~40:
    -Fight Club
    -Shawshank Redemption
    -Seven
    -LOTR
    -La Femme Nikita
    -Never Cry Wolf (didn’t see it until later in life)
    -The Big Lebowski
    -Schindler’s list
    -Terminator 2
    -Up

  • ComfortableMadness

    A lot of good movies on these lists but no Braveheart? Not one person?

  • Ben

    Nice list, kudos for Ace Ventura. I loved that movie growing up. Here’s my top ten, though I can’t possibly rank them in order.

    - Star Wars (the whole saga)
    - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    - Back to the Future
    - Avatar
    - Forgetting Sarah Marshall
    - The Prestige
    - The Dark Knight
    - Young Frankenstein
    - Pirates of the Caribbean
    - The Little Mermaid

  • http://www.tuarangi.com beas

    American Beauty, Shawshank Redemption, and Goodfellas are in my top ten too.

    My no. 1 and 2. in any order are Fight Club and The Big Lebowski. For me these two leave other movies far behind.

  • IcemanD

    My family just did the Top 10 Movie thing at Christmas. Here is the list I gave:

    1. Snatch
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Full Metal Jacket
    4. 12 Monkeys
    5. The Big Lebowski
    6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    7. Event Horizon
    8. Reservoir Dogs
    9. Goodfellas
    10. Baraka

    Also, I’ve never heard of Vision Quest either. I’ll have to check it out.

  • Bestcabbageeva

    interesting choices
    my top 5 would be
    #1 Crank
    #2 American Psycho
    #3 Six String Samurai (seriously, look it up, it’s awesome)
    #4 Adam’s Apples
    #5 Big Lebowski

    Movies are an awesome art form

  • http://www.unrealitymag.com Paul Tassi

    Wow, I would have predicted almost none of these for you. Where are all the 80s action movies?

  • ROSS

    1 Dark Knight
    2 Batman
    3 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    4 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    5 Saving Private Ryan
    6 Gladiator
    7 Terminator 2
    8 American History X
    9 Die Hard
    10 Groundhog Day
    Honorable Mention- Minority Report

  • msupt

    On the fly here are my favorites in no particular order; that would require too much thought right now

    -Heat
    -Braveheart; I named my dog after Sir William Wallace
    -Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original)
    -Shawshank Redemption
    -Pulp Fiction
    -Christmas vacation
    -Fight club
    -Goodfellas
    -Taxi driver
    -Seven

  • Steve

    Can’t really think of a top 10, but I’ve thankfully got the top 5 down.

    5. Top Gun. Loved it as a kid, still love it to this day. Very few movies get my adrenaline going like this one does. Realy planes, real locations, real jet noise. If they EVER remake this movie, it is going to suck so bad. One of the best soundtracks/scores ever. Great for driving!!

    4. The Terminator. One of the first movies I can remember seeing as a baby (I was born in 1984, the same year it was released). Yes, the sequel trumps it in every way, but the atmospheric tone of the film (as well as almost playing out like a slasher movie for the first 30 minutes), and the overall low-budget grittiness to it gives it much more charm. Also, I like how this film touches on the idea that humans will cause their own inevitable doom through technology without beating us over the head with it like the sequel does.

    3. Taxi Driver. I first saw this when I was 17 and it really struck a chord with me. I identified with the character so much. If I had seen this movie any sooner or later than when I did, it wouldn’t have affected me nearly as much. One of Deniro’s best performances. What really makes it work is how many people can identify with this character, yet he is a bad guy. Makes you wonder about yourself doesn’t it?

    2. Fight Club. Another movie I clicked with on a level of obsession. First saw it when I was 16 and didn’t care much for it. Watched it again a year later, and it was a whole new experience. This was the film that taught me more things about life than 12 years of schooling ever could.

    1. Rocky 4. Whoa whoa whoa. Taxi Driver, Fight Club, and then Rocky 4? Yeah. My favorite movie ever. Saw it before I even saw 3. Must’ve watched it twice a week my entire childhood. The best soundtrack/score ever made. No music gets me more pumped for a workout than this does. If Stallone invented the training montage with Rocky 1, he perfected it in Rocky 4. Sure it IS the weakest story out of all 6 (even 5 has more heart going for it), but this movie pretty much laid the groundwork/foundation for ALL 80′s movies that had a training montage, or any montage for that matter. Visually, it’s the most pleasing film to watch. The colors, the angles of the shots, Stallone at his physical peak. No film is more pleasing to the eyes. Drago is also one of the scariest rocky opponents ever. And he hardly says a word. Now THAT says a lot.

    However, as much as I love this film, if someone tells me it’s ridiculously cheesy and terribly dated I’ll be the first to agree with you. These are the things I love about the film though. It is a perfect culmination of all the things that the 80′s represented. The music, the cinematography, the storytelling, the music, everything.

  • like a boss

    great pick with “vision quest”! i thought only x-wrestlers loved that movie. you guys do a great job on this site…keep it up

  • http://www.myspace.com/readythecannonsmusic Hackett

    1. Indiana Jones trilogy
    2. Star Wars trilogy (4,5,6)
    3. Beauty and the Beast (animated)
    4. Casino Royale (2006)
    5. Shining
    6. Amelie
    7. Pink Panther : Strikes Again
    8. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    9. Goonies
    10. Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    I just spilled that out quickly so there are plenty that i missed, but this will do for now. Although the first two listed are engraved at that spot.

  • matt

    You pick a bunch of good movies but we don’t clearly have different tastes and don’t have so much as a single movie in common. Of course being like me your favorites change about once a week so that could change. I don’t bother trying to put them in order because it would be impossible but here goes.
    - Zombieland- I recognize that this movie isn’t great in a purist sense but I’ve watched it six or so times in 3-4 months and haven’t grown tired of it.
    - 300- pure dumb meathead awsome.
    - Boondock Saints
    - Friday Night Lights- The perfect football movie, I can’t stand the T.V. show though.
    - Fight Club
    - The Machinist- Fuck Christian Bale was amazing in this.
    - Saving Private Ryan- Such an intense movie I wouldn’t be surprised if I can’t watch this after I go to Afghanistan because it already makes me feel like I’m in a war.
    - King Arthur- It surprises me how badly people hate this movie, every time I watch it it sucks me in.
    - American History X- It’s weird how it always surprises me how much ass Edward Norton kicks when I watch his movies.
    - The 40 Year Old Virgin- I still laugh as hard 7-8 watches in as I did the first time.

  • IcemanD

    @ Matt: The Machinist is an awesome film. I watch it at least once a year.

  • chelsea

    i’ve never understood how anyone can make a top 10 list… my friends asked me for mine and i had to break it up by genre… i had a top 10 for comedy, drama, thriller, action, family, sci-fi, horror, etc…. it was over 100 movies and i still had trouble narrowing it down to just 10 per genre.

  • LawlessVictory

    Finding a lot in common with a lot of lists here. For me, in no particular order, I’d probably say…

    -Taxi Driver
    -Goodfellas
    -Blade Runner
    -The Dark Knight
    -The Big Lebowski
    -Yojimbo
    -Sin City
    -The Wrestler
    -Fight Club
    -Six-String Samurai

    With flicks like Black Dynamite, Fear & Loathing, Pan’s Labyrinth, and American Psycho all a close second to any of those.

  • http://www.myspace.com/readythecannonsmusic Hackett

    I think what most people are not realizing is that is says “favorite” movies, not necessarily the greatest movie. To me favorite movie just means some movie, no matter the quality or reviews, that you just feel happy watching time after time. For example when i was in elementary school I once stayed home from school sick and watched Batman Forever four times that day. At that moment that was one of my favorite movies, not true as of now, but it still brings back memories of green kool-aid and saltines.

  • Bort

    Hmmmm, no particular order

    - Saving Private Ryan
    - The Big Lebowski
    - The Untouchables
    - LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
    - The Shawshank Redemption
    - Raiders of the Lost Ark
    - Star Wars: A New Hope
    - Predator
    - The Jerk
    - Platoon

  • Brads

    10 L.A. Confidential
    9 Aliens
    8 The Dark Knight
    7 Monthy Python and the Holy Grail
    6 Goodfellas
    5 Shawshank Redemption
    4 Die Hard
    3 Anchorman
    2 Clerks
    1 Star Wars / Spunky Birthday (Too hard [Difficult...Heh] to decide!)

    But missing from the list are To Kill a Mockingbird, Ghostbusters, Lord Of The Rings, Shaun Of The Dead, Pulp Fiction, Carlitos Way, Withnail and I, This is Spinal Tap, High Fidelity, The Breakfast Club… Damn you Unreality this is too hard!!! Gonna start again, sorting by genre…

  • Roger(rabbit)Ebert

    1 Disaster(ly amazing)Movie
    2 Epic(ley cool) Movie
    3 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
    4 (made me) Dance (all day) Flick
    5 Gigli (sounds kinda like giglo … lol)
    6 Fat Slags
    7 Even Fatter Slags
    8 Daddy Troll Camp
    9 (Recent) Furry Vengence
    10 Meet the THIS IS SPARTAns
    Honourable Mention for the Future: Showgirls 2

    nah jokes i love all films…..

  • Brads

    Bollocks! Left off Fight Club and American History X….And Mean Streets. And The 40 Year Old Virgin. And Raiders….Fuck!

  • cameron

    Empire Strikes Back

    Fight Club

    Shawshank Redemption

    His Girl Friday

    Father Goose

    The Third Man

    Ben-Hur

    Serendipity

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    It’s a Wonderful Life

    this list is too hard. in different ways, there are so many.

  • Parker Jammstein

    I agree it’s far too difficult to come up with ten, considering once you’re done you can think of 25 others you forgot, but here goes:

    1) Shaun of the Dead
    2) Gladiator
    3) The Shawshank Redemption
    4) LOTR Trilogy (I can’t pick one)
    5) Night of the Living Dead
    6) Fail-Safe
    7) Dead Alive (Jackson’s earlier films are brilliant, in a batshit insane kind of way)
    8) Pulp Fiction
    9) Animal House
    10) The Beyond

  • Pepe Veraz

    1- Dumb and dumber
    2- 500 days of summer
    3-28 weeks later
    4-The Notebook
    5-The Pianist
    6-Snatch
    7-The Firm
    8-La vita è bella
    9-Misery
    10-Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

    Honorobale mention to:
    -Lost in Translation
    -Truman Show

  • Ant2206

    1) Ghostbusters
    2) Stand by Me
    3) The Big Lebowski

    Everything else is a rotating roster.

  • NLYosh

    Great list Natty, love seeing Ace Ventura getting some props, that movie still kills me. here’s my top ten in no specific order
    1.High Fidelity
    2.The Godfather part 1
    3.Pulp Fiction
    4.Do The Right Thing
    5.The Big Lebowski
    6.Barton Fink
    7.The Maltese Falcon
    8.Sexy Beast
    9.Apocalypse Now
    10.Memories of Murder (Korean. if you haven’t you should see this movie its amazing)

  • Ellie

    I don’t have a number one favorite movie. Hell! I don’t even have a definite top ten favorite movie list. It fluctuates depending how my mood and how many times I’ve watched it.
    But usually, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Head”, “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, “Duck Soup”, and a Pixar movie is usually somewhere in the mix.

  • Karin

    This is “My Top Ten All Time Favorite Movies (At this Moment)” chosen with Nattyb’s definitions: “… movies that in some way influenced me. That in some way stuck with me. That had the characteristics of something I could watch again and again. Of something that “meant” something to me or affected my life (even if it were a dumb movie).”

    2001 – A Space Odyssey
    Autumn Sonata (Bergman)
    Casablanca
    Dersu Uzala (Kurosawa)
    Ghostbusters
    Pulp Fiction
    Rosemary’s Baby
    Star Wars, eps IV-VI (Three movies, yes, but to me they are a package deal.)
    Terminator 2
    The Sting

  • zomgmouse

    10. The Conversation
    9. The Blues Brothers
    8. Some Like It Hot
    7. Brazil
    6. Network
    5. Singin’ in the Rain
    4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    2. Sleeper
    1. Once Upon a Time in the West

    But oh man I’d love to put in about sixty more. This was hard enough! After about the top four, there’s no real order – and some may creep in and out of the ten.

    On another note, I dislike how you’ve got the title as “My Favourite Movies of All Time” but the permalink is “Best Movies Ever”. I see a clear distinction between quality and appeal.

    My “best” list would go something like this:
    10. Manhattan
    9. Double Indemnity
    8. The Conversation
    7. Some Like It Hot
    6. Shadow of a Doubt
    5. The Passenger
    4. Network
    3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    2. Once Upon a Time in the West
    1. Citizen Kane

  • tissmekyle

    i would have great trouble making my own version of this but i could watch these movies over and over and over.

    1)lock stock and 2 smoking barrels.
    2)topsecret.
    3)robinhood men in tights.
    4)true lies.
    5)if any of LOTR it would be the 2 towers for helms deep scene alone.
    6)preadtor or other arnie movie.
    7)I dont but theres something about “love actually”i really like.
    8)history of the world.
    not sure from here.and not presisly in this order

  • Ben

    My top ten, lost and forgettable among the swirling sea of lists…

    10) Brick
    9) 500 Days of Summer
    8) Following
    7) Seven Samurai
    6) The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    5) Hot Fuzz
    4) The Prestige
    3) The Dark Knight
    2) Children of Men
    1) Memento

    Honorable mentions: Hard Boiled, The Big Lebowski, Leon, Rashomon

  • Ben

    Lol that 8) was supposed to be an “eight” with a parenthesis

  • Ivan

    Not in any particular order, just movies that are memorable to me.

    - Fight Club
    - Pulp Fiction
    - (500) Days of Summer
    - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    - Angel-A
    - Good Will Hunting
    - Taxicab
    - Crimen Ferpecto (Ferpect Crime)
    - Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
    - Ong Bak
    - Basically all Bruce Lee movies
    - Superbad
    - The Dark Knight
    - Thank You for Smoking
    - The Mask
    - V for Vendetta
    - Watchmen
    - Basically all Pixar movies, especially Ratatouille
    - A Clockwork Orange
    - Annie Hall

    …I don’t know. I’ll stop right there. I’m young, so I haven’t seen a lot of movies that people consider to be “classics”.

  • Ivan

    Haha Taxicab, I meant Taxi Driver. Don’t blame me, It’s late and I’m distracted!

  • Rob

    My top ten:

    1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2. The Fountain
    3. Annie Hall
    4. The Third Man
    5. The Fall
    6. Kontroll
    7. Once Upon a Time In America
    8. Up In the Air
    9. Lost In Translation
    10. Children of Men

    Honorable Mentions: (many, but these are some of the top ones) The Usual Suspects, Spirited Away, Brazil, 12 Angry Men, Man On Wire, The Lives of Others, Pulp Fiction

  • Gregs

    you know, I never made a top ten list of movies, all I know are my top 3, the ones I always said if someone ask me, they are:

    3- Memento
    2- Snatch
    1- Fight Club

    from there, there are so many movies I adore I cant even start to think of, pratically every big step on your life had a bunch of movies you take with you on your memories forever. some you may not even think about but then you see it on the tv and you go “maaan, I just loove that movie”

  • clint

    one things for sure everyone loves fight club. ok since everyones doing it here’s my ten in no order

    -Fight Club
    -Ravenous
    -Dragonball:Evolution (nah just kidding)
    -District 9
    -Conan The Barbarian
    -The Silent Flute ( Circle of Iron)
    -Goodfellas
    -Cannibal: The Musical
    -American Movie/ Anvil/ King of Kong: Fistfull of Quarters
    -The Man With No Name Trilogy/ Unforgiven (I can’t choose)
    -Dune (fuck you I liked Dune)

    One more thing Jim Carey was awesome all the way to Man on the Moon. Then he went down hill but Ryan Renolds made a career out of being a “good looking” ace ventura rip-off.

  • Tyler

    Great list. Hard to argue with any. I’d replace Ace Ventura with Dumb and Dumber or Anchorman, but if any are on tv, I’m putting the remote down.

  • http://philsbs.blogspot.com/ phil

    First off each of you writers should do a top ten, back to back…
    The Natural is good and Redford is one of the best, but for a baseball movie I like Field of Dreams better, come one as a boy and then on into manhood who doesn’t want to be accepted by their father and who doesn’t just wanna have a toss?
    Hoosiers?? What really? You must be a huge sports fan to put that at #3. It may be one of the best sports movies of all time but unfortunately for me it feels too much like a documentary than a movie, I guess your list is defined by what you determine to be the fundamental characteristics of a movie.
    The Shawshank Redemption is one of the greatest films ever made. Every time I watch American Beauty I wonder if one day I’ll be the creepy guy who works out just to impress girls his daughter’s age.

  • C Money

    I just like how the justification for each movie’s ranking is “I mean come on”. I mean, come on!

  • James

    1. Taxi Driver
    2. Apocalypse Now
    3. Pulp Fiction
    4. Paris Texas
    5. American Beauty
    6. Rosemary’s Baby
    7. Trainspotting
    8. Inglourious Basterds
    9. Fight Club
    10. Borat

  • Jade

    Some of my favorites (in no particular order)

    - Fight Club. I’m not quite sure if this is weird seeing as I am a 14 year-old girl but I absolutely LOVE this movie and the book is also one of my faves.

    - American Psycho, The Dark Knight or any ther movie with Christian Bale in it. I am obsessed with him.

    - The Breakfast Club. This could possibly be my favorite of all but it’s hard to say.

    -Napoleon Dynamite. Vote For Pedro!

    - The Prestige. The cameo from David Bowie just makes it sooooo much better.

    - Blades Of Glory. I love this movie so much. Fucking hilarious. He’s an ice devouring sex tornado.

    - School Of Rock just because it is awesome and has a very good soundtrack.

  • Jade

    Oh. and how could I forget: Star Wars

  • Dhiraj

    Dear Ben, Don’t worry your list wasn’t lost here. Any list that contains Hot Fuzz, The Prestige and Brick is timeless! Actually I was very surprised to see Brick in someone’s list. It’s surely up there with all the cult classics, if only people would hear of it and watch it.

    My top 10 for the day:
    1) Lord of the Rings trilogy
    2) The Prestige
    3) Star Wars Trilogy
    4) Hot Fuzz
    5) Big Trouble in Little China
    6) Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
    7) The Princess Bride
    8) Harry Potter series
    9) Pulp Fiction
    10) Indianna Jones and the Lost Ark

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