Sunday, February 24, 2019

My top 100 favorite films

Top 100 Favorite Films

What makes a movie worthy of a spot on your top ten list?

If you've read my top 100 best movies list you know my definition of "best" differs from "favorite". But how do you define "favorite"?

I am sure your list is different than mine, and my list is different than his, and his list is different from hers. The fact of the matter is...

No one agrees on the best movies of all time. No one's favorite movies are the same. No one's genre preferences are the same. And no one's favorite actors are the same. So no one's list is the same.

"List-worthy" films are combination of best-films and favorite-films specific to each person, personality and personal experiences. The best movies of all time are difficult to separate from your favorite movies of all time. You favorite movies are the ones you can't turn the channel from when you catch it halfway through on TBS. While your best movies list is simply compiled of the most critically acclaimed films you've actually seen.

But honestly, most people don't agree with critics. Most people haven't even seen this year's Academy Award nominees. Most people just go see what their cineholic friend suggested, or what their co-workers were talking about around the water cooler. Most people fall for the hype. But often times, box office numbers even lie.

A movie isn't "list-worthy" just because there's a trailer on TV every hour, it's starring 5 Oscar winners, plus Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, itís directed by Martin Scorsese and was produced by Steven Spielberg. And just because a critic gives it "two thumbs up" and calls it "the best movie this decade" doesn't guarantee it a spot on your list either.

"List-worthy" movies are a mix of everything. You can't make your own list without including opinions and rebuttals to someone else's list. I don't know if you consider me a legit critic, but Richard Roeper is, and I'm sure your list is different than his, his list is different from hers, and her list is different from mine:
  1. Star Wars: Episode V - Empire Strikes Back 
  2. Inception 
  3. The Godfather 
  4. Fight Club 
  5. The Dark Knight 
  6. Dumb and Dumber 
  7. Pulp Fiction 
  8. South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut 
  9. Braveheart 
  10. Silence of the Lambs 
  11. The Notebook 
  12. The Incredibles
  13. Great Expectations 
  14. Saving Private Ryan 
  15. Last of the Mohicans 
  16. Monty Python and the Holy Grail 
  17. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope 
  18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  19. A Quiet Place
  20. Arrival
  21. The Wolf of Wall Street
  22. Finding Nemo 
  23. Fool's Gold 
  24. Inglorious Basterds 
  25. Shawshank Redemption 
  26. Heat 
  27. The Social Network 
  28. The Lego Movie
  29. Usual Suspects 
  30. Gladiator 
  31. Predator 
  32. Garden State 
  33. Pacific Rim
  34. Toy Story 3 
  35. Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade 
  36. Memento 
  37. Interstellar
  38. Guardians of the Galaxy
  39. The Avengers 
  40. Shrek 
  41. Goodfellas 
  42. Apocalypse Now Redux 
  43. Se7en 
  44. Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 
  45. The Ring 
  46. Good Will Hunting 
  47. Serendipity 
  48. Lord of the Rings 3 - The Return of the King 
  49. The Matrix 
  50. Drive
  51. Schindler's List 
  52. The Beach 
  53. American History X 
  54. The Bourne Ultimatum 
  55. Watchmen 
  56. Monsters Inc. 
  57. A Perfect Getaway 
  58. Batman Begins 
  59. Pretty Woman 
  60. Forrest Gump 
  61. Paranormal Activity 
  62. Back to the Future 1 
  63. The Exorcist 
  64. Kill Bill: Volume 1 
  65. Black Swan 
  66. Into the Blue 
  67. Groundhog Day 
  68. Get Out
  69. Creed
  70. Snatch 
  71. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark 
  72. The Big Lebowski 
  73. Scarface 
  74. The Sixth Sense 
  75. Big Fish 
  76. Reservoir Dogs 
  77. Mothman Prophecies 
  78. Pirates of the Caribbean 1: The Curse of the Black Pearl 
  79. 300 
  80. X-Men: First Class 
  81. Rocky 
  82. Avatar 
  83. Die Hard 
  84. American Beauty 
  85. Star Trek (2009) 
  86. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 
  87. Aliens 
  88. Lord of the Rings 1 - The Fellowship of the Ring 
  89. Jaws 
  90. Up 
  91. Kill Bill: Volume 2 
  92. Troy 
  93. The Hangover 
  94. Stand By Me 
  95. Titanic 
  96. The Departed 
  97. Bourne Identity 
  98. I Am Legend 
  99. Back to the Future 2 
  100. Requiem for a Dream 

Honorable mentions:
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Sin City
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Amadeus
  • Donnie Darko 
  • Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers 
  • Into the Wild 
  • Ratatouille 
  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall 
  • Wall-E 
  • The Lion King 
  • Fargo
  • Wizard of Oz 
  • Casino 
  • Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom 
  • Twelve Monkeys 
  • The Shining 
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest 
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 
  • Mystic River 
  • E.T. 
  • Toy Story 
  • There Will Be Blood 
  • Bladerunner 
  • V for Vendetta 

Last updated: 2/24/2019