‘‘Top 100 Favorite Feature Films #40-31′ (Post #39)
40 Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
One of most visually stunning and captivating tales I have ever beheld on film. Pan’s Labyrinth became an instant favorite and I needed to own it as soon as possible after I finally acquired a BluRay player. This a fantastic, chilling and altogether enormously satisfying fantasy tale. This film is truly tragic at times but this tragic tale is made up by its redeeming story. This film nearly killed the director Guillermo del Toro, he lost 40 pounds making this film. He put his heart and soul into this film. His masterpiece!
39 The Adventure of Robin Hood (1938)
I loved the story of Robin Hood while growing up. It was first introduced to me by Dinsey’s Robin Hood and I fell in love with the most famous archer of all time. The Adventures of Robin Hood is the best Robin Hood film ever made. In my opinion it has no competition. Errol Flynn provides us with the best depiction of the outlaw ever put on film. I love this movie and always will.
Here is a trailer I put together for a film class of this film:
38 Metropolis (1927)
Metropolis is the best Sci-Fi film I have ever seen. Though I have on viewed it once it left a lasting impression. I was utterly stunned by how huge this production was. This movie was definitely ahead of its time and in my opinion it has never been surpassed by any other science fiction film. This iconic film is an absolute masterpiece.
37 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
All I remember about this movie from when I first saw it was a guy tunneling out of a jail. And I thought it super cool. This is one of my dads favorite movies and he used to watch it on TV all the time. But it wasn’t until about 3 years ago I finally saw this film all the way through. The Shawshank Redemption has been ranked in the top 10 favorite films of all time been many user voted sites. It has been the highest rated film on IMDBs for years. The acting and story are superb throughout. I can see why it has been loved by so many.
36 Rear Window (1954)
I was absolutely blown away after watching this for the first time in three years. Man has my knowledge and understanding of film grown. The first time I watched this I love it but was not blown away like I was with other Hitchcock films. Rear Window was one of the most visually entertaining and unique films I have ever seen. This film is a masterpiece and there is nothing I don’t love about it. Especially Grace Kelly, I think I was going to die every time she came on screen. The performances, script and cinematography were spellbinding. This may be most fans favorite Hitchcock film, but I still have 3 more ranked above this.
35 Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
So some may put there noses up to my 34th favorite film. Sure many may think this movie is good, but for me it is an absolute favorite. In my opinion, this movie is the best live action Disney film ever made (accept maybe Mary Poppins). Pirates brought me to a magical and fantastic world of swashbuckling pirates. They don’t make films like this anymore but Disney stepped up to the challenge and came out with a beautiful product. A staple of my late childhood.
34 Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
I am pretty sure James Stewart is my favorite actor of all time. I have loved every film I’ve ever seen him in and in each one he does fabulous work. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington became an instant favorite when I saw it. I was drawn to the story, the acting, the comedy and the lesson. This is one I definitely need to see again. One of the best films ever made.
33 The Kid (1921)
The Kid is my favorite silent film. Not only was this movie one of the funniest I have ever seen but also one of the most precious. Though Chaplin wanted to be known for The Gold Rush (Another of my favorites) I believe this is his best (Of what I have seen that is). This story is beautiful, heartwarming and simply a masterpiece. Please Criterion release this on BluRay.
32 The Prestige (2006)
Every time I watch this film I am left speechless. Nolan put together a film that is baffling and beautiful from start to finish. I can’t believe this film was so underrated. One of the bets I have ever seen and I never heard of it when it came out. The Prestige tells the story of to dueling magicians who used to be friends until one day when Hugh Jackman’s wife in the film drowns during a performance on stage. Jackman’s character blames his partner played by Christain Bale and they soon become adversaries on and off the stage. This is a masterful film that concludes with one of the best surprise endings ever shown on film.
31 Memento (2000)
Christopher Nolan has become one of the world’s favorite directors in recent years. In my opinion he is becoming the new Hitchcock with his original ideas and storytelling. Before there was The Batman Trilogy or Inception there was Memento. This film is every low budget directors dream. The screenplay is one of the best I have ever seen. A story that is told backwards and forwards at the same time. You just have to see it to understand. Many may say this is his masterpiece but I still have three films by the same director that rank higher on my list. This thriller is one of a kind.