Saturday, June 12, 2010

My Top 50 Movies of All Time

I’m sure I’ve forgotten some, and I imagine that rankings like these probably change all the time, but my siblings recently attempted/are attempting to list their top 50 movies of all time. Here’s what I put together:

50. Garden State - Quirky Natalie Portman introduces the world to The Shins. "They'll change your life".

49. On the Waterfront - Leaves little doubt that Marlon Brando is one of the best actors of all time.

48. Into the Wild - Turns any pretentious hippie who thinks they know what the movie is about on their head.

47. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Nurse Ratched = most normal villain ever

46. Mean Girls - "You're gonna wanna touch each other. And if you do, you will catch Chlamydia. And die."

45. Dodgeball - "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball". Also, best cameo ever (Lance Armstrong).

44. Star Wars (Original trilogy) - Han Solo might be the best character created.

43. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - "Four eyes four eyes, you need glasses to see!"

42. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Such a beautiful, trippy movie. Art film at its best.

41. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Perfectly acted. And I had no idea it would be that funny.

40. Finding Nemo - Would have been higher, but it didn't have staying power. Mostly because Dori is only funny the first time.

39. North by Northwest - Hitchcock's best work. And Cary Grant is awesome.

38. Babe - Pure, innocent joy.

37. Minority Report - Superbly acted and thought out. I love movies like this that make you think.

36. Napoleon Dynamite - I'm not arguing that this is a "good" movie, but I can't leave off the most quoted movie of all time.

35. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - Ridiculously good time. Perfect PG-13 Disney action.

34. Star Trek: First Contact - James Cromwell makes this one.

33. X2: X-Men United - Best sequel ever? It is according to my list.

32. Beauty and the Beast - Belle is the best Disney chick ever.

31. A Few Good Men - Of all the overrated scenes in movie, the "you can't handle the truth" scene is not one of them.

30. Little Miss Sunshine - "So you stopped talking because of Friedrich Nietzsche?"

29. Crazy Heart - Newest addition. A must see. So sincere and touching. Jeff Bridges blew me away.

28. Back to the Future - Between the mom-and-son and dance hall scenes, this movie had some classic parts.

27. Apollo 13 - I still get chills during the heat shield scene. The movie use silence so effectively.

26. Love Actually - So awesome on so many levels.

25. Forrest Gump - The movie has given us so many classic lines that it's entrenched itself in daily dialogue.

24. Collateral - Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx show that two great actors can sit in a taxi a whole movie and be amazing.

23. Coraline - Who would have thought it? And no one saw it.

22. Shawshank Redemption - Morgan Freeman and the guy who ran the library are so perfect in this one.

21. Shrek - Had that perfect combo of heart and hilarity. Second only to Toy Story in this department.

20. Juno - You know a movie is funny when you watch it alone and die laughing.

19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - There have been a few good HP's, but this one was so good it made the Top 20.

18. Moulin Rouge - Between the cinematography and the music this is one of the most entrancing movies ever.

17. Batman Begins - The best super hero movie of all time. Christian Bale was perfect, and Michael Caine was born for Alfred.

16. Galaxy Quest - Crewman #6 on an away mission the best comedy scene ever?

15. Rudy - Still get chills when he runs on the field for the first time.

14. Casablanca - There's nothing overrated here. Brilliantly acted suspenseful drama. The dueling anthems is classic film.

13. Oceans 11 - Some stellar ensemble casting, hilarious writing, and still a great story.

12. Big Fish - This film just takes me to another world. My favorite Tim Burton movie, and I pretty much like every Tim Burton movie.

11. The Prestige - I'm pretty good at predictions, but this one got me. Superbly acted in every way.

10. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - Losing faith in politicians is not new. Jimmy Stewart restores some hope.

9. About a Boy - My go-to movie recommendation, because apparently no one ever saw this one.

8. Princess Bride - Absolute comic gold. One of the most quotable movies the world has seen.

7. It's a Wonderful Life - The acting, the heart, the's the perfect holiday movie.

6. Saving Private Ryan -  Full Metal Jacket has the best boot camp scene, but this is the best war movie ever made.

5. 12 Angry Men - What fascinates me about this movie is that it takes place in one room and creates such intense drama.

4. Field of Dreams - " you wanna have a catch?" *sniff*

3. Say Anything - So sincere and well-written. Just when you think the movie is comedy it reminds you that life is not all laughs.

2. Toy Story - Pixar has managed to never make a bad movie, yet still can't top the original.

1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy - So epic that it is hard to even compare it to other movies

Honorable mentions: Crash, Se7en, Up, Rat Race, Goodfellas, Walk the Line, Hunt for Red October, Iron Man, Slumdog Millionaire, Pride and Prejudice, The Patriot, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, The Sandlot, The Sting, Bourne Identity, Tin Cup, What About Bob?, Canadian Bacon, A Beautiful Mind, The Matrix, The Departed, Kill Bill, Finding Neverland, Ray, Gattaca, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, Emporer's New Groove, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Sneakers, Memento, Donnie Darko, Passion of the Christ, Mission Impossible, and School of Rock.

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