Making a list of my 100 favorite films was quite a task. I found it easiest to start from one and work my way up. The first 20 were easy but soon it became increasingly difficult. I used website such as Flickchart and IMDB to help me along the way since Flickchart already makes this list (though mine is very inaccurate and I have rated every movie I have seen in the last 3 years or so on IMDB. Anyways I feel pretty good about this list though at times it can be a bit inaccurate.
First I’d like to start off and list some films that didn’t quite make it on my top 100. These films include (500) Days of Summer, Across the Universe, Alien, Aliens, Anatomy of a Murder, Back to the Future, Big Fish, Bonnie and Clyde, Breakfast at Tiffani’s, Bridesmaids, Catch Me If You Can, Crash, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Dances With Wolves, Die Hard, Donnie Darko, Dr. Stranglelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Duck Soup, Easy A, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Finding Nemo, Gladiator, Goodfellas, Gran Torino, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Howl’s Moving Castle, I Am Legend, Juno, Life is Beautiful, Midnight In Paris, Misery, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, My Week With Marylin, National Treasure, North By Northwest, O’ Brother, Where Art Though?, On the Waterfront, Planet of the Apes, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, Rebel Without A Cause, Road to Perdition, Shakespeare In Love, Shaun of the Dead, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Stalag 17, Taxi Driver, The Breakfast Club, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Deer Hunter, The Departed, The Dirty Dozen, The Fugitive, The Gold Rush, The Hurt Locker, The Hustler, The Last Samurai, The Man With the Golden Arm, The Night of the Hunter, The Notebook, The Outsiders, The Passion of the Christ, The Public Enemy, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Shining, The Terminal, The Warriors, There Will Be Blood, To Catch a Thief, Toy Story 2, True Grit, White Christmas.
I know many of you may be appalled that I didn’t include some of these. but every film in my top 100 has an extra special place in my heart. Again, remember that these aren’t the best films of all time, because many of them would not make many top 100 best film lists. Also these are all Feature films so it will not including shorts. I will be making ten installments of ten over the next 10 days or less. Enjoy! Feedback is welcome.
100 The Notebook (2004)
Though I like quite a few films not on this list better then this movie I thought I would add it because it is my favorite modern Romantic Drama. Though Nicholas Sparks novels are sometimes related to MadLibs as in they are fill in the blank with very similar stories in some way, I really love this story. I love both Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in this film. They make a beautiful couple and tell a great love story. By no means is this one of the best movies of all time but it is a favorite. Who says men can’t love romances? I’m a film lover and I love all genres! Though it can’t compete with 500 Days of Summer as the best modern Romantic comedy, it still has a special place in my heart.
99 Man On Wire (2008)
Though I have not seen many documentaries, I thought important to include at least one. I decided to choose Man on Wire which is not only a superb film, but the best documentary I’ve ever seen. I have only seen this film once but it has left a lasting impression. This film is compiled with actual footage, interviews and reenactments. This movie documentary follows the story of tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City’s World Trade Center’s twin towers in 1974. It is a fascinating film that I was utterly awed and inspired me. See it!
98 BPagesattleship Potemkin (1925)
I feel honored that the first time I watch this movie was on Super 8mm. This film was outstanding. Having recently read on Sergei Eisenstein I appreciated this film even more. His theory of montage is used superbly in this film. I found myself absolutely engrossed by this revolutionary film. This is a must see for all filmmakers and film lovers.
97 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
I can remember Sunday afternoons, sitting with my dad in our living room watching movies on TV such as Terminator, Die Hard and my favorite Terminator 2. I always loved this movie and after a recent revisit over Christmas I was once again immersed into this fabulous James Cameron film. Everything about this film has always been absolutely enjoyable to me, great story, great CGI and visuals!T2is one of the best sequels of all time and in my opinion far out does its predecessor. A film and sci-fi treasure.
96 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
This film has some of the strongest acting and one of the most memorable screenplays I have ever seen. This movie is just full of passion, love and hate. Three things that make a wonderful film! Even though I find myself thinking about this movie often and I find the need to revisit this glorious film after 2 years of absence. A gripping film from my favorite era of film making!
95 Newsies (1992)
So it isn’t the best movie musical ever made, but I fell in love with it ago years ago.Newsieshas remained a cult classic for both children of the 90s and those musical lovers out there. It really isn’t the most spectacular film and was a box-office flop, but it’s music and choreography has always been a favorite. And finally after long last it has finally come to stage! Carry the Banner!
94 Bicycle Thieves (1948)
The saddest and most unfortunate movie I’ve ever seen. I was struck by this glorious Italian film. This is one of those films that you you ache throughout the entire story until its famous ending. All I can really say is that this film is BEAUTIFUL! Just BEAUTIFUL!
93 The Bourne Identity (2oo2)
The Bourne Identity was our first step into the world of Jason Bourne and I found it absolutely captivating. There was a toss up for me between Identity and Ultimatum but I decided on the first as it was the first to capture my interest. What makes this film for me is Bournes intelligence. Full of fascinating ideas and a crazy conspiracy this is one of my favorite action films.
92 King Kong (2005)
Oh Peter Jackson worked wonders in this film. His influence from King Kong (1933) was great but nothing stops Jackson’s creative license. In many ways I feel that he improved on the story. I loved what he did with the relationship between Kong and Anne. It was absolutely beautiful and I never saw Kong as a monster. A beautiful epic that I need to revisit soon.
91 Beginners (2010)
Soundtrack.Christopher Plummer.Story.Ewan McGregor.Mélanie Laurent.
This films was so moving and absolutely touching. I loved every minute of this film. Its independent films like this that make me so excited and inspired to be a film maker.