Its been two years since I put my list together, and admittedly, I made some mistakes on the first list, I apologize. You try making a list of 100 movies, then talk to me if you nail it. More importantly, there have been some really quality movies released in the last 2 years, that are worthy of mentioning on this list. So, without any further ado, I present you, the 2012 version of my Top 100 Favorite Movies of All Time.
My criteria is simple. I’m not looking for the most critically acclaimed, or the most visually brilliant pieces of art. I’m looking for movies that made me laugh, cry, yell, scream, feel, reflect, etc. These are the movies that mean the most to me. These are the movies that, if they’re on, I’ll drop what I’m doing, and watch.
We all have our lists, this is mine. I do want to know what you think though.
100: Memento (2000)- Starring Guy Pearce
One of the most unique movies I’ve ever seen. I’ll just say that.
99: Raising Arizona (1987)- Starring: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter
When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family’s quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.
The first Coen Brothers movie to make the list. As expected, this movie is dark, but funny.
Favorite Line: “We figured there was too much happiness here for just the two of us, so we figured the next logical step was to have us a critter. ”
98: There Will Be Blood (2007) – Starring: Daniel Day Lewis
A story about family, greed, religion, and oil, centered around a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Just a solid movie, and a solid performance by the incomparable Daniel Day Lewis.
Favorite Line: “I drink your milkshake. I drink it up!”
97: Garden State (2004) – Starring: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman
A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother’s funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.
Written by Zach Braff. This movie falls in the category that I love. Small, independent, with a great soundtrack.
Favorite Line: I have three Dobermans, and if I didn’t kick them in the balls on a regular basis, I’d never get anything done.
96: Can’t Buy Me Love (1987) Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson
Ronald Miller is tired of being a nerd, and makes a deal with one of the most popular girls in school to help him break into the “cool” clic. He offers her a thousand dollars to pretend to be his girlfriend for a month. It succeeds, but he soon learns that the price of popularity may be higher than he expected.
Before he was McGrey’s Anatomy, he was Ronald McDonald Miller.. Ok, I admit, this is probably slightly high for this movie. But the fact that I saw it about 232 times at the age of 15, kinda means I have to rank it high.
QuinTON is in, let the FUN begin.
95: Scent of a Woman (1992) – Starring Al Pacino
A prep school student needing money agrees to “babysit” a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.
Favorite Line: Out of order, I show you out of order. You don’t know what out of order is, Mr. Trask. I’d show you, but I’m too old, I’m too tired, I’m too f—-‘ blind. If I were the man I was five years ago, I’d take a FLAMETHROWER to this place! Out of order? Who the hell do you think you’re talkin’ to? I’ve been around, you know? There was a time I could see. And I have seen. Boys like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there isn’t nothin’ like the sight of an amputated spirit. There is no prosthetic for that. You think you’re merely sending this splendid foot soldier back home to Oregon with his tail between his legs, but I say you are… executin’ his soul! And why? Because he’s not a Bairdman. Bairdmen. You hurt this boy, you’re gonna be Baird bums, the lot of ya. And Harry, Jimmy, Trent, wherever you are out there, F— YOU TOO!
94: Pulp Fiction (1994) Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Favorite Line: Oh man, I shot Marvin in the face!
93: Misery (1990) – Starring James Caan, Kathy Bates
A famous novelist is “rescued” from a car crash by an obsessed fan.
Who could forget the ankle breaking scene?
Favorite Line: And don’t even think about anybody coming for you. Not the doctors, not your agent, not your family. ‘Cause I never called them. Nobody knows you’re here. And you better hope nothing happens to me. Because if I die… you die.
92: Mr. Mom (1983)- Starring Michael Keaton, Terri Garr
Jack and Caroline are a couple making a decent living When Jack suddenly loses his job. They agree that he should stay at home and look after the house while Caroline works. It’s just that he’s never done it before, and really doesn’t have a clue.
The first John Hughes movie to make an appearance. How important is this movie to American culture? It coined the phrase, Mr. Mom.
Favorite Line: Yeah, 220, 221, whatever it takes.
91: Groundhog Day (1993) Starring Bill Murray, Andie Macdowell
A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.
Bill Murray at his best.
Favorite Line: Ned… Ryerson. “Needlenose Ned”? “Ned the Head”? C’mon, buddy. Case Western High. Ned Ryerson: I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing! Ned Ryerson: got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn’t graduate? Bing, again. Ned Ryerson: I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple times until you told me not to anymore? Well?
90: Alive (1993) Starring: Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano
Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.
More than anything, I’m a sucker for stories inspired by truth. This one was very well done.
89: Cape Fear (1991) Starring Robert Deniro, Jessica Lange
A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a 14 year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.
CREEPY! Robert Deniro is in-SANE.
Favorite Line: I find you guilty, counselor! Guilty of betrayin’ your fellow man! Guilty of betrayin’ your country and abrogatin’ your oath! Guilty of judgin’ me and sellin’ me out! With the power vested in me by the kingdom of God, I sentence you to the Ninth Circle of Hell! Now you will learn about loss! Loss of freedom! Loss of humanity! Now you and I will truly be the same…
88: Home Alone (1990) Starring: Macauley Culkin, Joe Pesci
An eight year-old, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars.
A Christmas tradition at our house, and it’s never NOT funny. It’s also the last movie I ever saw in a theater with my dad. He’s not dead, he just doesn’t go to movies.
Favorite Line: Guys, I’m eating junk and watching rubbish, you better come out and stop me!
87: Star Wars (1977) Starring: Harrison Ford, Darth Vader
Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.
Honestly, there are probably 150 movies I’d watch ahead of this one. But come on, it was released in my lifetime, I saw it in the theater, and it still resonates with my kids today. That’s worth something.
Favorite Line: Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.
86: Fight Club (1999) – Starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton
An office employee and a soap salesman build a global organization to help vent male aggression.
Two of my favorites, Ed Norton and Brad Pitt. Both pull off stellar performances.
Favorite Line: I am Jack’s Colon.
85: Swingers (1996)- Starring Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau
Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.
Brilliantly written by Jon Favreau. It parodies the kind of guy the ladies refer to as, douchebags. Come on…we all know 1, or 18.
Favorite Line: What the &%$# are you carrying a gun for? What, in case somebody steps to you, Snoop Dogg?
84: L.A. Confidential (1997) Starring: Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger
A shooting at an all night diner is investigated by three LA policemen in their own unique ways.
Two of my favorite actors, Russell Crowe and Kevin Spacey make this one a must see again.
83: Fargo (1996) Starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy
Jerry Lundegaard’s inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen’s bungling and the persistent police work of pregnant Marge Gunderson.
Coen brothers back on the charts. As usual with them, well written, and dark.
Favorite Line: Don’cha know….
82: Murder in the First (1995) Starring: Kevin Bacon, Christian Slater
An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.
This is really a miracle movie. It manages to be outstanding, despite being led by Kevin Bacon and Christian Slater.
81: Singles (1993) Starring: Matt Dillon, Bridget Fonda
A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle.
Welcome Cameron Crowe. We’ll probably see him again, but this was a solid movie. Eddie Vedder’s cameo makes this a must list.
Favorite Line: My dad left home when I was eight. You know what he said to me? Have fun, stay single…..I was eight.
80: Dead Calm (1989) Starring Billy Zane, Nicole Kidman
A mass-murderer kidnaps and seduces a young woman after leaving her husband to die on the vessel whose crew he’s just slaughtered.
Awesome, Awesome movie. This was Nicole Kidman, before she was Nicole Kidman.
79: JFK (1991) Starring: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman
A New Orleans DA discovers there’s more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
There had to be a 2nd gunman. Oliver Stone says so.
Favorite Line: Back…and to the left, Back….and to the left, Back….and to the left…
78: Good Morning Vietnam (1987) Starring: Robin Williams, Forrest Whittaker
An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam.
You know how Robin WIlliams goes on a talk show and talks about 4000 mph, and it just drives you insane and makes you change the channel? That’s what this entire movie is, except, it works.
Favorite Line: I just want to begin by saying to Roosevelt E. Roosevelt, what it is, what it shall be, what it was. The weather out there today is hot and s****y with continued hot and s****y in the afternoon. Tomorrow a chance of continued crappy with a pissy weather front coming down from the north. Basically, it’s hotter than a snake’s a$ in a wagon rut.
77: Dutch (1991) – Starring Ed O’Neill
To get to know his girlfriend’s son, a man volunteers to pick him up from a prep school….only to learn that her son’s not the nicest kid.
One of John Hughes’ hidden gems. He didn’t direct it, but he wrote it, which is actually more important. Very, VERY funny. I saw it two days in a row, at Movies 8 in Tulsa.
Favorite Line: That’s not gonna get us a ride! Come on, be pathetic! Pretend you’re not gonna get ten million dollars when you’re twenty-one!
76: Dead Poets Society (1989)- Starring Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke
English professor John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day.
This was when Robin Williams realized he could portray softer, kinder people that the audience could embrace. A big step for a wacky comedian.
Favorite Line: O Captain, my Captain. Who knows where that comes from? Anybody? Not a clue? It’s from a poem by Walt Whitman about Mr. Abraham Lincoln. Now in this class you can either call me Mr. Keating, or if you’re slightly more daring, O Captain my Captain.
75: Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) Starring: Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson
A young tomboy, Watts, finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith, run deeper than just friendship…
Another John Hughes classic. As a fellow high school dork, I appreciated this movie, except, I wouldn’t have gone with the tomboy.
Favorite Line: You break his heart, I break your face.
74: Bruce Almighty (2003) Starring Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston
A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.
Just plain funny.
Favorite Line: First off, let me just add another congratulations to Evan Backstabber – pardon me, Bastard. Baxter, rather. It is good to see what someone with real talent can do when great opportunities are given to them instead of me. Anyway, I’m here with Katherine Hepburn’s mom. Tell me, why did you toss the “blue heart of the ocean” jewel over the railing of Titanic? Did you feel bad at all letting Leo DiCaprio drown, while you were safe floating on the big door? Could you have taken turns, or were you just too afraid to freeze your big fat ass off?
73: Primal Fear (1996) Starring: Edward Norton, Richard Gere
An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.
World, meet Edward Norton. He splashes on to the scene with amazing results.
72: Avatar-3D iMax (2009) Starring: Sigourney Weaver
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.
This only makes the list if you’re watching it in 3D, preferably in iMax. If not, it’s just a movie about blue people. Hands down, this movie was a top 10 movie theater experience for me.
71: Kiss the Girls (1997) Starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd
Police hunting for a serial killer are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time.
Can’t beat a really good murder mystery. Morgan Freeman is a bonus as well.
70: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Starring Harrison Ford, Darth Vader
While Luke takes advanced Jedi training from Yoda, his friends are relentlessly pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.
The best of the 6 Star Wars movies, in my non-nerd opinion.
69: Tommy Boy (1995) Starring: Chris Farley, David Spade
An incompetent, immature, and dimwitted heir to an auto parts factory must save the business to keep it out of the hands of his new, con-artist relatives and big business.
As if you didn’t already doubt the integrity of this list. But I told you, it’s not about cinematic art, it’s about, will you watch it when it’s on. And being able to quote helps too.
Favorite Line: Fat guy in a little coat….
68: Pretty Woman (1990) Starring: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere
A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets… only to fall in love
Remember when Julia Roberts died in Steel Magnolias? She’s reincarnated here as a hooker. That’ll teach you to be in sappy movies.
Favorite Line: I appreciate this whole seduction thing you’ve got going on here, but let me give you a tip: I’m a sure thing.
67: A League of Their Own (1992) – Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
Hands down, best movie about female baseball players, ever made!
Favorite Line: Are you crying? There’s no crying. There’s no crying in baseball! There’s no crying in BASEBALL!
66: Inventing the Abbotts (1997)- Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly
A light-hearted story of two brothers courting three sisters.
Ok, so this one is kind of chicky. But I like Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly. But Liv Tyler actually steals the show in this one.
Favorite Line: You do realize you may be the only person at this party with artificial sideburns?
65: Rocky (1976) Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire
A small time boxer gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
It was all down here for Stallone after this.
Favorite Line: ADRIAAAANNN!!!
64: A Christmas Story (1983) Starring Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin
Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940’s.
Favorite Line: You’ll shoot your eye out
63: Office Space (1999) Starring: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston
Comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
This is one of those movies that nobody went to see, but has probably made more money in DVD sales and rentals than it did at box office. It’s always funny.
Favorite Line: I can’t believe what a bunch of nerds we are. We’re looking up “money laundering” in a dictionary.
62: Inglourious Basterds (2009) Starring: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis.
Typical Tarantino. Fantastic dialogue, with a dash of gore. This one even had an interesting story.
Favorite Line: And our battle plan will be that of an Apache resistance. We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are. And they will find the evidence of our cruelty in the disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured bodies of their brothers we leave behind us. And the German won’t not be able to help themselves but to imagine the cruelty their brothers endured at our hands, and our boot heels, and the edge of our knives. And the German will be sickened by us, and the German will talk about us, and the German will fear us. And when the German closes their eyes at night and they’re tortured by their subconscious for the evil they have done, it will be with thoughts of us they are tortured with. Soooooooooouuuuuund good?
61: Field of Dreams (1989) Starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.
Not even Kevin Costner’s acting could make this a bad movie.
Favorite Line: People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.
60: The Hurt Locker (2008) Starring: Jeremy Renner
Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
One of the better movies in the last few years, this film introduced us all to Jeremy Renner, who played the role of a bomb squad specialist beautifully. This film was very well done, and deserving of all the awards it received.
59: Ray (2004) Starring: Jamie Foxx
The life and career of the legendary popular music pianist, Ray Charles.
I loves me some biopics. My favorite movie about a blind singer.
58: Dark Knight (2008) Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger
Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent are forced to deal with the chaos unleashed by an anarchist mastermind known only as the Joker, as it drives each of them to their limits.
We all know that Heath Ledger is why this movie was so good.
Favorite Line: Watch me make this pencil disappear…..
57: Major League (1989) – Starring Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes
The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they’ll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.
I know what you’re thinking, Major League ranked just ahead of Ray and Dark Knight?
Favorite Line: Up your butt Jo-boo.
56: The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)- Starring Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce
A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous “friends,” escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge
Before he was Jesus, he was The Count of Monte Cristo. The story has been told a thousand times, but this one is the best.
Favorite Line: I swear on my dead relatives – and even on the ones who are not feeling too good – I am your man forever!
55: The Social Network (2010) Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake
The story behind Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg’s meteoric rise to the top.
At first, when I found out they were doing a movie about Facebook, I was kind of offended that I wasn’t at least consulted. Then, after calming down, I thought the idea was ridiculous. Only because I was picturing 90 minutes of people being on Facebook. But then, it became a somewhat true story of the genesis of the Social Media giant. Enter Aaron Sorkin, David Fincher and even Trent Reznor, and you have a brilliant film. If you haven’t seen it because you think Facebook is the devil, put that aside, and watch it as a story about American enterprise.
Favorite line: If these guys could have invented Facebook, THEY WOULD HAVE INVENTED FACEBOOK!
54: Goodfellas (1987) Starring: Robert Deniro, Joe Pesci
Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.
As Mobster movies go, this one is hard to top.
53: The Princess Bride (1987) Starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright
A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).
It took forever to get my sons to watch this movie, because it has the words “princess” and “bride” in it. They saw it, they loved it.
Favorite Line: Mawwwiage, is what bwings us togeva, today….
52: Apollo 13 (1995) Starring: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon
True story of the moon-bound mission that developed severe trouble and the men that rescued it with skill and dedication.
Tom Hanks and Ron Howard. A lethal combination.
51: The Jerk (1979) Starring: Steve Martin
A complete imbecile struggles to make it through life on his own, until a strange invention makes him unbelievably wealthy.
I first saw this when I was WAY too young. It was funny then. It’s funnier now.
Favorite Line: I was born, a poor, black child.
50: Cold Mountain (2003) Starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law
In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier (Law) embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart (Kidman). Based on the novel by Charles Frazier.
Excellent, excellent film.
49: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Very well put together. I know this movie is slow, and a lot of people didn’t like this movie, because it was slow. Me, slow doesn’t bother me.
48: True Grit(2010) Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon
A tough U.S. Marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father’s murderer.
I never saw the original, with John Wayne, but the Coen Brothers knocked this one out of the park. By far my favorite movie of theirs.
47: Trading Places(1983) Starring: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Eddie Murphy at his finest, it truly is ashame he peaked in 1983.
Favorite Line: When I was growing up, if we wanted a Jacuzzi, we had to fart in the tub.
46: Dumb & Dumber (1990) Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels
The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends.
This movie was an instant classic. TNT is running it into the ground though.
Favorite Line: Big Gulps huh?…….Welp…..See ya later!
45: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) – Starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore
A group of Earth children help a stranded alien botanist return home.
Still the only time I’ve seen my friend Shane Miscko cry. Of course, I haven’t seen Shane Miscko since 1985.
44: The Usual Suspects (1995)- Starring Kevin Spacey
A boat has been destroyed, criminals are dead, and the key to this mystery lies with the only survivor and his twisted, convoluted story beginning with five career crooks in a seemingly random police lineup.
Kevin Spacey was never better, not even in that great movie, K-PAX.
Favorite Line: Who is Keyser Soze? He is supposed to be Turkish. Some say his father was German. Nobody believed he was real. Nobody ever saw him or knew anybody that ever worked directly for him, but to hear Kobayashi tell it, anybody could have worked for Soze. You never knew. That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. And like that, poof. He’s gone.
43: The Breakfast Club (1985) Starring: Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez
Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
This is one of those movies that gets better every time you see it. It’s what high school was all about. If you were a druggie, a geek or 25 years old.
Allison Reynolds: I’ll do anything sexual. I don’t need a million dollars to do it either.
Claire Standish: You’re lying.
Allison Reynolds: I already have. I’ve done just about everything there is except a few things that are illegal. I’m a nymphomaniac.
Claire Standish: Lie.
Brian Johnson: Are your parents aware of this?
Allison Reynolds: The only person I told was my shrink.
Andrew Clark: And what did he do when you told him?
Allison Reynolds: He nailed me.
Claire Standish: Very nice.
Allison Reynolds: I don’t think that from a legal standpoint what he did can be construed as rape, since I paid him.
Claire Standish: He’s an adult.
Allison Reynolds: Yeah, he’s married too.
Claire Standish: Do you have any idea how completely gross that is?
Allison Reynolds: Well, the first few times…
Claire Standish: The first few times? You mean you did it more than once?
Allison Reynolds: Sure.
Claire Standish: Are you crazy?
Brian Johnson: Obviously she’s crazy if she’s screwing a shrink.
Allison Reynolds: Have you ever done it?
Claire Standish: I don’t even have a psychiatrist.
42: Hoosiers (1985) Starring Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper
A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.
In our lives, there are movies we watch which make us believe we can do or be whatever we achieve to do or be. For most, this was that movie. For me, it was Real Genius starring Val Kilmer. But Hoosiers is acceptable.
I’ll make it.
41: The Town (2010) Starring: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner
The Charlestown neighborhood of Boston is renowned for churning out a high number of armed robbers, generation after generation. These robbers never leave their Charlestown life on their own volition, the neighborhood where there is an unwritten code to protect that lifestyle. Such robbers include friends Doug MacRay, James Coughlin, Albert ‘Gloansy’ Magloan and Desmond Elden. Doug and James in particular treat each other like family, as the Coughlins have realistically been as such to Doug since Doug’s mother ran off and Doug’s father, Stephen MacRay, was sent to prison. The foursome carry out a mostly successful bank robbery, but due to circumstances take the bank manager, Claire Keesey, hostage for a short period before releasing her physically unharmed. They find out that Claire lives in Charlestown.
Don’t look now, we already knew that he could write, but Ben Affleck can direct too.
Doug: I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we’re gonna hurt some people.
James: Whose car are we gonna’ take?
40: The Green Mile (1999) Starring: Tom Hanks, Michael Clark Duncan
The story about the lives of guards on death row leading up to the execution of black man accused of child murder & rape, who has the power of faith healing.
Tom Hanks branches out and tries a movie without Ron Howard. And it works. Again, this movie is on the slow side. But let’s be honest. Aren’t we all?
Harry Terwilliger: Can you believe this? The son of a bitch pissed on me!
William ‘Wild Bill’ Wharton: Y’all like that? I’m currently cooking up some turds, to go with it. Nice soft ‘uns. Uhhh! Have’em out to y’all tomorrow.
39: Back to the Future (1985) Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
In 1985, Doc Brown invents time travel; in 1955, Marty McFly accidentally prevents his parents from meeting, putting his own existence at stake.
How awesome was this movie? #39 awesome, that’s how awesome. I mean come on, how many of us wish we had access to a flux capacitor at least once?
Favorite Line: Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
38: Grease (1978) Starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
Hey kids, wanna know why adults don’t understand High School Musical? Because we had Grease. John Travolta would destroy Zack Efron and his bushy eyebrows. Plus we don’t understand musicals about high school students, unless they’re in their 30’s.
Favorite Line: Sandy….don’t make me laugh…….ha…….ha……ha……
37: Jerry Maguire (1996) Starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr.
When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him.
Cameron Crowe had me at hello.
Favorite Line: Help me…..Help You.
36: My Cousin Vinny (1992) Starring: Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei
Bill and Stan are mistaken for murderers while on vacation, and Bill’s family sends his cousin to defend them for his first case as a lawyer.
Because of this movie, we all know that positraction was not available on the ’64 Skylark.
I bought a suit. You seen it. Now it’s covered in mud. This town doesn’t have a one hour cleaner so I had to buy a new suit, except the only store you could buy a new suit in has got the flu. Got that? The whole store got the flu so I had to get this in a second hand store. So it’s either wear the leather jacket which I know you hate, or this. So I wore this ridiculous thing for you.
35: National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo
The Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.
John Hughes again. The Griswolds embody everything we all want to be as a family. Ok, well maybe they embody everything I want to be as a family.
Cousin Vicki: I’m going steady, and I French kiss.
Audrey Griswold: So? Everybody does that.
Cousin Vicki: Yeah, but Daddy says I’m the best at it.
34: The Karate Kid (1984) – Starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting.
This is one of those movies that was so AWESOME when you saw it as a 12 year old. It showed you that even the wimps can beat up the tough guys. Now when you watch it, aside from quoting every other line, you’re wondering where you can pick up that bitchin’ soundtrack.
Favorite Line: Get ’em a body bag…..YEEEAAAH!
33: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)- Starring Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster
A young FBI cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
This movie was so good, even those Academy Award people couldn’t deny it. I think it won every possible award, including best Cannibal designer.
Favorite Line: You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition’s given you some length of bone, but you’re not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Agent Starling? And that accent you’ve tried so desperately to shed: pure West Virginia. What is your father, dear? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp? You know how quickly the boys found you… all those tedious sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars… while you could only dream of getting out… getting anywhere… getting all the way to the FBI.
32: Elf (2003) Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.
Just when you thought the list was getting serious….This one is pure comic gold. And it’s a much watch every Christmas season. To me, that constitutes top 50 consideration.
Bye Buddy…..Hope you find your dad.
31: Anchorman (2004) Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate
Ron Burgundy is San Diego’s top rated newsman in the male dominated broadcasting of the 1970’s, but that’s all about to change when a new female employee with ambition to burn arrives in his office.
Back to back Will Ferrell, I think Roger Ebert just turned over in his grave.
Brian Fantana: [about Veronica] I’ll give this little cookie an hour before we’re doing the no-pants dance. Time to musk up.
[opens cologne cabinet]
Ron Burgundy: Wow. Never ceases to amaze me. What cologne you gonna go with? London Gentleman, or wait. No, no, no. Hold on. Blackbeard’s Delight.
Brian Fantana: No, she gets a special cologne… It’s called Sex Panther by Odeon. It’s illegal in nine countries… Yep, it’s made with bits of real panther, so you know it’s good.
Ron Burgundy: It’s quite pungent.
Brian Fantana: Oh yeah.
Ron Burgundy: It’s a formidable scent… It stings the nostrils. In a good way.
Brian Fantana: Yep.
Ron Burgundy: Brian, I’m gonna be honest with you, that smells like pure gasoline.
Brian Fantana: They’ve done studies, you know. 60% of the time it works, every time.
Ron Burgundy: That doesn’t make sense.
30: Braveheart (1995) Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau
William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace’s father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce.
This was a notable omission from my original list. This is the kind of movie you want to watch, right before you go to war, except, for the whole going to war part.
Favorite Line: (is there any doubt)
William Wallace: Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace.
Young Soldier: William Wallace is seven feet tall!
William Wallace: Yes, I’ve heard. Kills men by the hundreds. And if HE were here, he’d consume the English with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse.
[Scottish army laughs]
William Wallace: I *am* William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to fight as free men… and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?
Veteran: Fight? Against that? No! We will run. And we will live.
William Wallace: Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!
29: Walk the Line (2005) Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash’s life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Again, another biopic. I can’t get enough of them. How good was this one? It took Reese Witherspoon from heading down the path of Tina Fey, to now heading down the path of Meryl Streep.
Favorite Line: I keep my eyes wide open all the time….
28: Heat (1995) Starring Robert Deniro, Al Pacino
A Los Angeles crime saga, “Heat” focuses on the lives of two men on opposite sides of the law – one a detective; the other a thief.
It doesn’t get much better than Pacino and Deniro in that diner scene. It was the first scene they ever did in any movie together. And it is classic.
27: Gladiator (2000) Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix
When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by a corrupt prince, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.
My favorite actor hits a home run with this one. If this movie doesn’t fire you up, then you suck.
26: Ace Ventura (1994) Starring: Jim Carrey, Courtney Cox
A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team.
When this movie came out, it was like, Hey, it’s that white guy from In Living Color and that one girl from that Bruce Springsteen video.
Now, they’re known simply as Jim Carrey and Courtney Cox.
That tells you how huge this movie was.
Favorite Line: I’m looking for Ray Finkle. (shotgun pointed at his face) And a clean pair of shorts.
25: Super 8 (2011) Starring: Kyle Channing, Elle Fanning
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
I call this movie a cross between E.T. and The Goonies. A movie for the 80’s generation. A fantastic throwback to a genre I grew up felling like I was a part of. In other words, it’s the movie I either wish I made, or wish it was made about me. Minus all the cursing children of course.
I can’t believe we’re breaking into the school. Who does that? Nobody does that. Idiots do that.
24: Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) Starring: Steve Martin, John Candy
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.
Have you gotten the clue that John Hughes was a pretty awesome dude? This is one of the funniest movies ever made. And there are actual adults in this one.
Favorite Line: You know everything is not an anecdote. You have to discriminate. You choose things that are funny or mildly amusing or interesting. You’re a miracle! Your stories have NONE of that. They’re not even amusing ACCIDENTALLY! “Honey, I’d like you to meet Del Griffith, he’s got some amusing anecodotes for you. Oh and here’s a gun so you can blow your brains out. You’ll thank me for it.” I could tolerate any insurance seminar. For days I could sit there and listen to them go on and on with a big smile on my face. They’d say, “How can you stand it?” I’d say, “‘Cause I’ve been with Del Griffith. I can take ANYTHING.” You know what they’d say? They’d say, “I know what you mean. The shower curtain ring guy. Woah.” It’s like going on a date with a Chatty Cathy doll. I expect you have a little string on your chest, you know, that I pull out and have to snap back. Except I wouldn’t pull it out and snap it back – you would. Agh! Agh! Agh! Agh! And by the way, you know, when you’re telling these little stories? Here’s a good idea – have a POINT. It makes it SO much more interesting for the listener!
23: Tombstone (1993) – Starring Kurt Russell, Bill Paxton
A successful lawman’s plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
I’m not going to lie. In college, when my friends and I saw this movie three nights in a row at the Movies 8 Theater in Tulsa, we all went out and bought dusters, and began walking 4 abreast to and from class.
You ORU ladies remember that era as, confirmation to not date Bo.
Favorite Line: You’re a daisy if you do…
22: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)- Starring Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
This is a movie that makes you appreciate old friends, and old people, and not being in prison.
Favorite Line: Hey there fussy britches, feel like TALKIN!
21: Fletch (1985) Starring: Chevy Chase, Geena Davis
Fletch is an ace reporter. While working on a story on Drug sales, he is approached by Alan Stanwyck who wants Fletch to murder him to save him from a lingering cancer death.
Simply one of the funniest movies ever made. And I don’t know about you, but whenever I try to hum the theme song to Unsolved Mysteries, it always ends up turning into the theme song from Fletch.
Maybe that’s just me.
Favorite Line (As if you could narrow it down to one, but I’ll try) :
Dr. Joseph Dolan: So where do you know Alan from?
Fletch: We play tennis at the club.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: Really? California Racquet Club?
Dr. Joseph Dolan: That’s my club too. I don’t remember seeing you there.
Fletch: Well, I haven’t been playing in a while because of these kidney pains.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: Right. Now, how long have you had these pains, Mr. Barber?
Fletch: No, that’s “Babar”.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: Two B’s?
Fletch: One B. B-A-B-A-R.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: That’s two.
Fletch: Yeah, but not right next to each other. I thought that’s what you meant.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: Arnold Babar. Isn’t there a children’s book about an elephant named Babar?
Fletch: I don’t know. I don’t have any.
Dr. Joseph Dolan: No children?
Fletch: No elephant books.
20: Remember the Titans (2000) Starring Denzel Washington
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
Ok, here’s the deal. This movie is really good. No denying that. But, researching the story behind this story made me realize one thing. Hollywood created this “underdog” story. Yes, it’s based on a true story. But here’s the deal. 3 high schools were combined to form one, super high school at the existing T.C. Williams. And we wonder why the football team was so good?
But anyway, great movie.
Favorite Line: You’re killing me Petey! You’re Killing me!
19: Stand by Me (1986) Starring: River Phoenix, Will Wheaton
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find a body of a missing boy.
If this movie is not near the top of your list. Then we may need to reconsider our friendship.
Teddy: Okay, you guys can go around if you want. I’m crossing here. And while you guys are dragging your candy asses half way across the state and back, I’ll be waiting on the other side, relaxing with my thoughts.
Gordie: You use your left hand or right hand to do that?
Teddy: You wish.
18: Sixteen Candles (1984) Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwold
A young girl’s “sweet sixteenth” birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.
True story: My wife and I got married a week after my wife’s sister’s 16th birthday. Her name is Rebecca, but I spent all week calling her Sammy Baker Davis Junior. I tried to get the whole family to pretend to forget her birthday, but nobody listened.
I’d never felt so alone.
What were we talking about?
Favorite Line: Whassa happenin hot stuff?!?
17: The Sixth Sense (1999) Starring Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Ozment
A boy who communicates with spirits that don’t know they’re dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Remember back when M. Night Shymalayan made good movies? I see dead career.
Cole Sear: I see dead people.
Malcolm Crowe: In your dreams?
[Cole shakes his head no]
Malcolm Crowe: While you’re awake?
Malcolm Crowe: Dead people like, in graves? In coffins?
Cole Sear: Walking around like regular people. They don’t see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re dead.
Malcolm Crowe: How often do you see them?
Cole Sear: All the time. They’re everywhere.
16: The Goonies (1996) Starring Sean Astin, Corey Feldman
A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map.
This is the adventure story you dream of living when you’re a kid. Now that I’m an adult, I use this story as a description of my childhood. I’m the kid with the inhaler.
Don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up there! Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here. That’s all over the second we ride up Troy’s bucket.
15: The Fighter (2010) Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale
The Fighter, is a drama about boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO’d by drugs and crime.
Are you like me? Was just good enough to fight Sugar Ray? Never had to win, did I? You gotta do more in there. You gotta win a title. For you, for me, for Lowell. This is your time, all right? You take it. I had my time and I blew it. You don’t have to. All right? You ****** get out there, and use all the **** that you’ve been through, all the **** we’ve gone through over the ****** years, and you put it in that ring right now. This is yours. This is ****** yours.
14: Say Anything (1989) Starring: John Cusack, Ione Skye
A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.
I’m starting to think that I was a lonely, worthless teenager. I love all the movies about lonely worthless teenagers.
Nobody ever gave me a pen though.
I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.
13: The Outsiders (1983) Starring: Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio
When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.
This movie was shot in the city I grew up in, but that’s not what makes it so great.
One of my facebook friends had some screentime in this movie, but that’s not what makes it great.
Another facebook friend, may or may not have participated in a torrid affair with a cast member, but that’s not what makes it great.
I don’t have time to list all the things that make it great. Pick up the special edition DVD, it will be worth your trouble.
Stay Gold Ponyboy. Stay Gold.
12: The Shining (1980) – Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
The first time I saw this movie, I was about 10 years old. Which makes me think, “WHAT THE FRiG??” I have an almost 10 year old, I don’t let him watch commercials for LOST, and my mom is showing me The Shining?!??!?
To this day, I still get scared whenever somebody chases me through a maze with an ax.
Favorite Line: Heeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!
11: Rain Man (1988)- Starring Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise
Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt’s father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.
Dustin Hoffman is amazing in this, and on top of all that, he’s an excellent driver. This wouldn’t be the last time that Tom Cruise takes the lead, as his co-star takes home Best Supporting Actor.
Favorite Line: Queen. Queen! QUEEN!
10: A Beautiful Mind (2001) Starring: Russell Crowe, My good buddy Ed Harris
After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.
Ron Howard dumps Tom Hanks for Russell Crowe. Smart move. A Beautiful Movie.
Favorite Line :
Nash: Alicia, does our relationship warrant long-term commitment? I need some kind of proof, some kind of verifiable, empirical data.
Alicia: I’m sorry, just give me a moment to redefine my girlish notions of romance.
9: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) Starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that.
My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who recommended I watch this movie. So I did. And I have never been the same since.
Favorite Line (How to pick just one?) :
I do have a test today, that wasn’t bulls***. It’s on European socialism. I mean, really, what’s the point? I’m not European. I don’t plan on being European. So who gives a crap if they’re socialists? They could be fascist anarchists, it still doesn’t change the fact that I don’t own a car.
8: Forrest Gump (1994) Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright-Penn
Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny, eludes him.
Tom Hanks makes his final appearance in the Top 100, and he’s never been better. This movie revolutionized the way CGI is used. This movie and me are like peas and carrots.
You died on a Saturday morning. And I had you placed here under our tree. And I had that house of your father’s bulldozed to the ground. Momma always said dyin’ was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t. Little Forrest, he’s doing just fine. About to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day. Teaching him how to play ping-pong. He’s really good. We fish a lot. And every night, we read a book. He’s so smart, Jenny. You’d be so proud of him. I am. He, uh, wrote a letter, and he says I can’t read it. I’m not supposed to, so I’ll just leave it here for you. Jenny, I don’t know if Momma was right or if, if it’s Lieutenant Dan. I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there’s anything you need, I won’t be far away.
7: (500) Days of Summer (2009) Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.
First of all, this is probably one of the most clever movies I’ve ever seen. Very well written, edited and produced. Very creative in how it tells the same ol’ love story we’ve seen 1000 times. Throw an unmatchable soundtrack on top of that, and you have an instant classic. Granted I’m (500) times more romantic than the average guy, so it may mean more to me than most of you dooshrockets.
Summer: You always wanted to write greeting cards?
Tom: No, I don’t even want to do it now.
Summer: Well you should do something else then.
Tom: Yeah. I studied to be an architect, actually.
Summer: You did that’s cool. What happened there?
Tom: Didn’t work out. I needed a job and here we are.
Summer: You any good?
Tom: Well, um, I wrote this one. [hands Summer a card]
Summer: “Today, you’re a man. Mozeltoff on your bar mitzvah.”
Tom: It’s a big seller.
Summer: I meant as an architect.
Tom: Yeah… I doubt it.
Summer: Well, you’re a, perfect adequate greeting card writer.
Tom: Thank you. That was actually my nickname in college. They called me perfectly adequate Hansen. [taking a sip of champagne]
Summer: They used to call me anal girl.
[Tom spits out the champagne]
Summer: I was very neat and organized.
6: A Few Good Men (1992) Starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore
Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders.
There are some movies you watch every Christmas. There are some movies that you watch because you like them. And then, there’s A Few Good Men. That’s a movie, that no matter what time of day, if it’s on, you watch it. I missed the birth of my first child because AMC had the audacity to roll this one out. <not really>
Again, Tom Cruise is the lead in a film where one of his co-stars takes home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. This movie is the crowning achievement of nearly everyone involved.
Friends, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
5: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo
The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
As I mentioned, there are some movies you watch, EVERY Christmas. This was Chevy Chase’s going out party, although his role on NBC’s Community, surprisingly has been very watchable. There’s not a red-blooded, Christmas celebratin, American, who can’t quote at least 1 or 2 lines from this movie.
It is the last of a long line of John Hughes movies to make the Top 100, actually, 10% of the Top 100 were written by John Hughes. So if you haven’t any concerns about my sanity, blame him.
Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f***** Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of a**holes this side of the nuthouse.
4: Inception (2010) Starring: Leonado Dicaprio, Joseph Gordon Levitt
In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception.
From the opening frame of this film, I was hooked. A very complex crime drama that is magical the first time you see it, and amazing every time you see it after that, which for me, so far, is quite often. Christopher Nolan, who enters this list for the third time, really knocked it out of the park with this one.
Cobb: You create the world of the dream, you bring the subject into that dream, and they fill it with their subconscious.
Ariadne: How could I ever acquire enough detail to make them think that its reality?
Cobb: Well dreams, they feel real while we’re in them, right? It’s only when we wake up that we realize how things are actually strange. Let me ask you a question, you, you never really remember the beginning of a dream do you? You always wind up right in the middle of what’s going on.
Ariadne: I guess, yeah.
Cobb: So how did we end up here?
Ariadne: Well we just came from the a…
Cobb: Think about it Ariadne, how did you get here? Where are you right now?
Ariadne: We’re dreaming?
Cobb: You’re actually in the middle of the workshop right now, sleeping. This is your first lesson in shared dreaming. Stay calm.
3: Good Will Hunting (1997) Starring: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
The first time I ever saw a movie make my wife cry, it was at this movie. This movie was made more special because of my friendship with actual guys from Boston. It was like I was watching guys I knew. Except the guys I knew weren’t so liberal with the F-bombs.
It’s amazing how well written this movie is, when you consider it was written by a couple of marginally good actors. Robin Williams was brilliant, and well deserving of the Oscar he hauled in for this role.
The “How do you like them apples?” line will go down in cinematic history as one of the greatest one liners. However, the following monologue is my favorite in the film. And when you consider this was written in the mid 90’s, this speech was almost prophetic.
Why shouldn’t I work for the N.S.A.? That’s a tough one, but I’ll take a shot. Say I’m working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk, something nobody else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I’m real happy with myself, ’cause I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa or the Middle East. Once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels were hiding and fifteen hundred people I never met, never had no problem with, get killed. Now the politicians are sayin’, “Oh, send in the Marines to secure the area” ’cause they don’t give a sh**. It won’t be their kid over there, gettin’ shot. Just like it wasn’t them when their number got called, ’cause they were pullin’ a tour in the National Guard. It’ll be some kid from Southie takin’ shrapnel in the ass. And he comes back to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from. And the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, ’cause he’ll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks. Meanwhile, he realizes the only reason he was over there in the first place was so we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price. And, of course, the oil companies used the skirmish over there to scare up domestic oil prices. A cute little ancillary benefit for them, but it ain’t helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon. And they’re takin’ their sweet time bringin’ the oil back, of course, and maybe even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink martinis and f***in’ play slalom with the icebergs, and it ain’t too long ’til he hits one, spills the oil and kills all the sea life in the North Atlantic. So now my buddy’s out of work and he can’t afford to drive, so he’s got to walk to the f***in’ job interviews, which sucks ’cause the shrapnel in his ass is givin’ him chronic hemorrhoids. And meanwhile he’s starvin’, ’cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat, the only blue plate special they’re servin’ is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State. So what did I think? I’m holdin’ out for somethin’ better. I figure f*** it, while I’m at it why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected president.
2: When Harry Met Sally (1989) Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
Ok, ok. I realize that I will get a LOT of flack for this selection. I don’t have to be reminded it’s a chick flick. It’s just sometimes, a movie sticks to you. This one did. I’ve watched it every December since 1989, and this is my list. I think it really tells the story of men/women relationships remarkably well.
Sue me for loving a chick flick.
Harry Burns: Repeat after me. Pepper.
Sally Albright: Pepper.
Harry Burns: Pepper.
Sally Albright: Pepper.
Harry Burns: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
Sally Albright: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
Harry Burns: But I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie.
1: Cinderella Man (2005) – Starring Russell Crowe, Renee Zelweger
The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.
This movie was the first and last time I had ever been in a theater, and applauded at the end. I wasn’t the only one. In fact, both times I saw it in the theater, in two different states, it received a rousing ovation.
Ron Howard and Russell Crowe combine again for their 2nd top 10 hit. The movie tugged at my heart strings like no movie I had ever seen. Maybe it was the father in me, but no movie has ever touched me emotionally like this one did.
I don’t claim that everyone who sees this will walk away with the thought it’s the best movie ever made, but if you haven’t seen it, just know that you won’t be disappointed.
Favorite Line: I have to believe that when things are bad I can change them.
Well there you go. There’s My Top 100 Favorite movies of all time. I know most of you have much cooler movies in yours, and I look forward to hearing about it. But for now, you’ll have to live in my little corner of the world.