***Blogger’s Note: I originally wrote this piece on Facebook notes in June 2012, a few months before my blog’s inception. The list hasn’t changed since then, so I’m republishing for your viewing pleasure.
Two reasons I write this today:
1) I love making lists
2) I get asked a lot “What’s your favorite movie of all time?” since people know I’m a big movie buff.
So, after a lot of thought, here are my top ten movies of all time. But before that, here’s an extensive list of other movies in no particular order that are probably in my top 50 or so:
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Star Wars (1977), National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), Vacation (1983), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Halloween (1978), Seven (1995), Groundhog Day (1993), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Boogie Nights (1997), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), E.T. (1982), Jaws (1975), Goldfinger (1964), Casablanca (1943), Midnight Run (1988), Scarface (1983), Alien (1979), Kill Bill – Vol. I and II (2003/2004), The Game (1997), Rear Window (1954), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Departed (2006), Heat (1995), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Dr. Strangelove (1964), The Jerk (1979), Dumb and Dumber (1994).
And… now… my Top Ten of All Time (for today at least)
10. The Exorcist (1973) – quite simply the most scary thing ever put to film. I tried to watch it when I was 13 and had to turn it off, but was later able to appreciate this is the most effective and by far the greatest horror film ever made.
9. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – the best Star Wars film. Period.
8. Taxi Driver (1976) – one of many Martin Scorsese masterpieces with Robert De Niro’s best performace ever.
7. Airplane! (1980) – my favorite comedy of all time. I laugh hard every single time I watch it, which has been many times.
6. Die Hard (1988) – the best action movie of all time and it’s influenced pretty much every action movie that’s followed it. Hans Gruber rivals Darth Vader and Hannibal Lecter as the best movie villain ever.
5. Vertigo (1958) – you’ll notice above I have several other Hitchcock movies listed. Vertigo gets in the Top Ten because it was Hitchcock at the top of his game, with an amazing performace by Jimmy Stewart and the incredible twists and turns you expect in a movie from the greatest director ever.
4. GoodFellas (1990) – every time I watch it, I can’t believe how brilliant it is. Scorsese’s best with unforgettable performaces, camera work, soundtrack, etc… It’s got everything.
3. Pulp Fiction (1994) – Quentin Tarantino has literally yet to make a movie I don’t love, but Pulp Fiction is his masterpiece so far. I saw this movie more times in the theater than any other movie. I’ve seen it countless times, but still find myself watching it every time it’s on.
1/2. The Godfather and The Godfather – Part II (1972/1974) – … and it’s not even close. There’s these two movies and then everything else. The only thing I can’t decide is which to rank #1 and #2, which could change on a day to day basis. So I’ll just list them as the top two. They’re both perfect movies. I’ve often said Pacino’s performance and transformation from a kid out of military school in #1 and a cold-blooded Mafia don in #2 is the best film acting ever.
So, there you have it. My favorite movies.