Sunday, February 10, 2008

My "Top 50 Movies of all time" list

I imagine that everybody's top fifty movies list would be quite unique. While individual movies would likely be found on multiple lists, finding a list exactly matching all fifty would be rarer than sharing their finger prints (I'm guessing). The first ten movies on my list are actually my current top 10. The next forty are in no particular order. I realize I have left off some very good movies, so feel free to share with me which ones that I missed.

This list is living and breathing, which is to say that I reserve the right to add and subtract from it as I see new movies (or remember worthy ones). My top ten movies are distinguishable from the rest in that they are timeless to me. I'm sure I have watched each of them at least a dozen times, and I could sit down and watch them from start to finish again today.

My first ten of the Top Fifty movies of all time:
1) The Jerk,
2) The Outlaw Josey Wales,
3) Jaws,
4) Forrest Gump,
5) Rocky,
6) The Princess Bride,
7) Star Wars,
8) Poltergeist,
9) The Buddy Holly Story,
10)Full Metal Jacket,

My next forty of the Top Fifty Movies of all time:
Lord of the Rings, The Patriot, The Godfather, Scarface, The Terminator, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Smokey and the Bandit, Sling Blade, Psycho, Goodfellas, The Silence of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense, Dumb and Dumber, School of Rock, The Shawshank Redemption, Being There, Nightmare on Elms Street, Apollo 13, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Jeremiah Johnson, The Shootist, Tombstone, Alien, Back to the Future, The Time Machine (1960), War Games, Predator, Bourne Identity, Animal House, Caddyshack, The Night Shift, The Lord's of Flatbush, Walking Tall (1973), Backdraft, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Dirty Harry, Jurassik Park, Scent of a Woman, Deathtrap, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Only 15 comedies?


  1. I didn't see Pootie Tang on your list! why?

  2. I'm pretty shmaltzy Blade, my friend. I have never tried to rate my top 50 movies, always a top 5 or 10. You named a number of classic movies but did not mention a number of classics that I favor. They are, in no particular order:

    Pride of the Yankees
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Die Hard
    The Sound of Music
    A Christmas Story
    Mary Poppins
    The Music Man
    The Creature from the Black Lagoon
    Frankenstein (Karloff)
    Young Frankenstein

  3. Patty-Thanks for reminding me. March 26, 1997. Mike Vernon kicked your butt, McCarty got his revenge on Claude, and the Red Wings dominated Colorado. I have the VHS tape. Top Ten stuff!

    Shang- A Christmas Story! An obvious choice for any list.

  4. I CAN'T believe you forgot..... "Breeze Feels Good"

  5. I actually had "man with two brains," "All of me," and "Lonely Guy" on my original list of over 75 movies. I hated to cull those, but figured Steve Martin would forgive me since he still holds the one spot. I'm surprized I haven't heard nominations for "Blazing Saddles" or "This is Spinal Tap"...?

  6. You need to add TOP GUN to that list of 50. I've seen it more than 15 times. I think the music was great as well as the acting