Top 25 Favorite Movies
Everyone has a favorite movies list, so I thought I’d share mine. I went with Top 25. I don’t know why, but I think 25 is a good number. Now remember, eveyone has their own opinions and preferences. This is mine, so chill out. The factor I went with most when deciding this list was replay value. How many times can I watch the movie over and over again. Also, I don’t get to cute. You are going to see a lot of generic and cliche answers. They are generic and cliche for a reason. Because they are really good movies.
As always, this list is subject to change. I talk about these films briefly, but I don’t think there is to much to worry about in terms of spoilers, but if I mention something that is worthy of the warning, I’ll let you know. Before we get to the list, lets take a look at some honorable mentions that just didn’t quite make the cut…
Honorable Mentions: Batman, Batman Begins, Chinatown, The Aviator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Friday Night Lights, and Enter the Dragon.
Top 25 Movies:
25) Spaceballs (1987)
-The greatest parody of all time. Everything about this movie is hilarious. Mel Brooks as President of Planet Spaceball, Pizza the Hutt, and of course John Candy as Barf the Mog (half man, half dog). But the man who steals the show is Rick Moranis as Dark Helmet. It’s one of the funniest performances I’ve ever seen. I heard rumors there was a sequel planned entitled Spaceballs 3: The Search for Spaceballs 2, but it never happened…oh well.
24) Ghostbusters (1984)
-One of the toughest questions for me to answer is “Who is your favorite Ghostbuster?” I guess if someone put a gun to my head I would have to say Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz. But it’s really close between the 3 of them (sorry Winston). All I know is Ghostbusters 3 better be about the original Ghostbusters or I’m walking out of the theatre.
23) Rushmore (1998)
-We can talk all day about how good Bill Murray is (and he is) but Jason Schwartzman’s Max Fischer is one of my favorite characters in movies. He’s an overachiever, yet his grades suck. The guy is getting D’s in Botany for crying out loud. Every line delivered by Schwarzman is priceless. How can you not love a character whose president of his high school’s Bee Keepers Club.
22) Saving Private Ryan (1998)
-This is a pretty good movie. What makes it a classic though is the opening half hour. Wow. The only problem I have with this movie is that the rest of it just doesn’t hold up to that eye dropping opening. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s still a fantastic flick. It also has a pretty kick ass tagline – “The Mission is a Man.”
21) Inception (2010)
-This is one of those movies that I just wanted to talk about with people for days and days and days. The ambition of this project is one thing, but to pull it off with very minimal holes is truly outstanding. Leonardo DiCaprio is stellar. The rotating hallway fight could be the best fight in movie history. Hans Zimmer’s score is fantastic. But the real star of this movie is director Christopher Nolan.
20) Bloodsport (1988)
-A Jean Claude Van Damme movie on a Top 25 list? Yup. I promise this is the only one. But this movie flat out kicks ass. If you love martial arts, you will drool over this one. The plot is simple. The world’s greatest fighters compete in one 3 day tournament where there are no rules. That’s all you need to know. Is this movie cheesy? Yes. Is it over the top? Yes. Is it stupid? Yes. Does it have several scenes that make you say “That was awesome!” Oh yea.
19) Forrest Gump (1994)
-Tom Hanks owns this role…period.
18) The Karate Kid (1984)
-If you don’t like this movie, I feel sorry for you. If I could spend one day with Mr. Miyagi, I would have the knowledge and inspiration to climb Mt. Everest, beat Tiger Woods in golf, and then run a marathon to warm down. Mr. Miyagi is one of the best characters of all time. Also, who could forget the Kobra Kai.
17) Back to the Future II (1989)
-I love how it’s a movie within a movie. I love Christopher Lloyd. Michael J. Fox is great in multiple roles. But come on, this one’s all about Biff. I also love the plot of a sports almanac creating a fucked up alternate time line. And who doesn’t like it when they go to 2015. When the hell are we getting flying cars! One of the best sequels ever made that ends on quite a cliffhanger. (Spoilers Next). My favorite scene is the very end were Doc Brown sends Marty a letter in 1955 he wrote in 1885 telling him how to get back to 1985. Wow. Doc Brown is the man!
16) Coming to America (1988)
–Trading Places. Beverly Hills Cop. Believe it or not, Eddie Murphy used to be in good movies. I couldn’t believe it myself. But his best work for me was Coming to America. Every line of dialogue, every facial expression, and every interaction is gut busting. Let’s not forget about McDonal…I mean McDowells. Also, James Earl Jones is fantastic as King Jaffe Joffer.
15) Rounders (1998)
-I’ve seen a lot of depressing scenes in a lot of movies. (Spoilers Next) But every time I see Teddy KGB (John Malkovich) flip his pocket aces to reveal aces full over nines in Rounders, I want to jump into the TV and give Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) a hug. I know he wins in the end, but it still hurts to watch. Mike also has to deal with a jackass of a best friend named Worm (Edward Norton). Rounders draws you in from the first second. I love this movie. My only problem is that it spawned a generation of non-stop Poker on ESPN 2. I love Poker, but enough is enough with the TV coverage.
14) The Big Lebowski (1998)
-Not only is this the best Coen Brothers movie…it’s the best one by far. Yea, that’s right. Screw No Country for Old Men and that BS ending. Forget boring O Brother, Where Art Thou. Fargo can’t even touch this one. If I had to rate John Goodman’s comedic performance out of 10, I would give it an 85.7.
13) American History X (1998)
-One of the greatest crimes at the Academy Awards was when Edward Norton did not win Best Actor for his portrayal of Derek Vinyard. Every scene in this movie has a holy shit moment. It goes back and forth between flashbacks, but they are all perfectly placed. Watching the story develop towards its ending is pretty mind boggling. If you haven’t seen this one, please do.
12) Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
-The first thing people point out are how good the special effects and visuals were back then. Don’t get me wrong, they are quite impressive, but the story and characters are what it’s all about for me. My favorite character growing up was Baby Herman. I always wished he was in more scenes. And of course Jessica Rabbit drove everyone wild…and she was a damn cartoon. One of the best lines in movie history, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant truly drives the film though.
11) Dick Tracy (1990)
-When someone asks me what Dick Tracy is all about, I always say it’s a mix between The Godfather and Batman. First of all, just looking at this movie is gorgeous. The art direction is the best I’ve ever seen in a movie. Yea, that’s right. Al Pacino’s Big Boy Caprice is one of the best villains ever. In fact, Al Pacino was even nominated for an Oscar in this role. The cast is pretty ridiculous all around. I always hoped for a sequel, but it never happened. Dick Tracy: One of the most underrated pictures of all time.
10) The Truman Show (1998)
-Here’s another underrated one. The Oscars have pissed me off so much, and one of those times was when Jim Carrey was denied an Oscar nomination for his role of Truman Burbank. At least they recognized Ed Harris’ brilliant portrayal of Cristof, the creator of The Truman Show. (Spoilers Next) But the reason this all works is because Jim Carrey is so likable that the audience simply wont accept it if he fails to get out of his TV prison. This is one of the first films I saw where I started to recognize what separates good movies from bad ones. Jim Carrey grew up in this role; I kind of grew up with him while watching it.
9) Wayne’s World (1992)
-I’ve had a lot of comedies on the list, but this is the one that makes me laugh the hardest. Mike Myers is hilarious, but Dana Carvey gives the funniest performance of all time as Garth Algar. You would think that voice would get tiresome after 90 minutes, but it doesn’t. Every time he opens his mouth I get at least a chuckle. Oh yea, and Ed O’Neill has the greatest monologue of all time. It’s such a cliché storyline, but that doesn’t matter. This is all about Wayne and Garth making commentary about everything they see and experience. They think the Universe revolves around them, and for those 90 minutes it does. It truly is Wayne’s World.
8 – The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
–Wayne’s World is the funniest comedy ever, but this is the best comedy period. The cast of characters is outstanding. Every character is so successful and brilliant, yet they all have mega meltdowns at some point. Gene Hackman as Royal Tenenbaum is such a fricking asshole, yet you root for him no matter how many times he lies and cheats in everything he does. With the exception of The Godfather movies, this has the best acting I’ve ever seen. Everyone brings their A game, including Owen Wilson for crying out loud. It’s the best thing Ben Stiller will ever do. It’s also got a cool narration by the one and only Alec Baldwin. This is director Wes Anderson’s 2nd appearance on this list, Rushmore being the other one. His last two films (Life Aquatic, Darjeeling Limited) were huge disappointments. I hope he returns to prominence soon. Also as a little side note, I bought a red addidas track suit solely because of this movie.
7) Braveheart (1995)
6) Back to the Future (1985)
-It’s comedy. It’s adventure. It’s science fiction. It’s fucking Back the Future. This is how good this movie is – TBS would practically show it everyday, and I would watch it…everyday. I think the best part is the relationship between Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Let’s not forget this is all about time travel and paradoxes, yet it’s explained so well that even the average idiot such as myself can understand everything in one viewing.
5) The Dark Knight (2008)
-Not many people have heard of this one, so I’ll have to explain the plot a bit…I’m kidding. Let’s face it. In the age of the internet, movies get hyped every year and never live up to it. You can say that about the Dark Knight as well. It did not live up to its hype…It blew it out of the fucking bat water. Everything about this movie works. The story, characters, acting – it’s all top notch. Heath Ledger cannot be praised enough. Aaron Echhart was a frightening Two-Face. And Christian Bale is the best Batman of all time. Stop bitching about the voice, get over it. There is nothing else to say. The movie kicks ass. If you haven’t seen it…oh wait, everyone’s seen it.
4) Rocky (1976)
-“Rocky!” “Rocky!” “Rocky!” “Rocky!” I think Rocky Balboa is the most likable character ever. How could anyone not root for Rocky? Aside from being the ultimate boxing/underdog story, it’s also one of the best love stories. And that score…oh man! RIP Burgess Meredith, you were awesome as Mickey. As good as everyone is here though, this is Sly’s show. It also has my favorite ending to a movie.
3) The Godfather (1972)
-This is the best acting you will ever see. Al Pacino. James Caan. Robert Duvall. Diane Keaton. Marlon Brando as Vitto Corleone is the finest acting performance of all time. I love Al Pacino in that restaurant scene too. The stuff he does with his eyes is pretty bad ass.
2) The Godfather Part II (1974)
-Although I think the first one had slightly better acting, I think this is the most well directed film of all time. I mean come on! It’s a prequel and a sequel going on at the same time! Robert De Niro is stellar as young Vitto. (Spoiler next) I’ll never forget the very last shot in which Michael Corleone sits alone, contemplating to himself at the end of this near 3 hour epic masterpiece.
1) The Original Star Wars Trilogy (Episdoes IV-VI)
-Yea, that’s right. This is a cop out. I’m putting all 3 as my number 1. Don’t worry; I’ll still rank them individually. But first, what makes these the greatest of all time? Generally, the three most important elements for me in a movie are characters, story, and replay value, and Star Wars blows everything else out of the water in these three categories. Oh yea, and the music is legendary.
1C) Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
-The reason why this is my least favorite is because I just thought Han Solo and Princess Leia were kind of tossed to the side, especially in the second half. I’m fine with the Ewoks, but Han and Leia just didn’t get a chance to do a whole lot. (Spoilers Next) Now what does work in this entry is everything with Luke, Darth Vader, and the Emperor at the end. The three way interplay between these characters was AWESOME. I love how Luke and Vader struggle with their own demons and eventually battle it out while the Emperor just laughs it up, pulling the strings. What an asshole. Also, Return of the Jedi has the best opening 30 minutes ever to a movie.
1B) Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
-My all time favorite character in motion pictures is Obi-Wan Kenobi. The poor guy’s had a rough life. I think the best part about this one though is that it really gets the three main characters of Luke, Han, and Leia together for a long period of time, which you don’t really see in the sequels. The Death Star Battle – Classic. Oh yea, and I love the Cantina scene where Han Solo shoots Greedo first. That was really cool. I can’t imagine anyone going back to fuck around with that scene, it was done just right.
1A) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
-I just can’t do this one justice. This is my favorite movie of all time.