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20          Toy Story 3 (2010)

I was wowed when I saw this film two winters ago. This included all the best of the previous Toy Stories and rolled them into one. This film was so moving and full of some of Pixar’s best story telling. Toy Story 3 was the ending of the best children’s trilogy of all time.

19          The Dark Knight (2008)

I hate to be stereotypical and have The Dark Knight so high on my list but…..dang it!….it is such a good film! This movie is the best of the trilogy and the best comic book movie of all time. Yes even better then The Avengers. Christopher Nolan put together a masterful story that is rich in every aspect, from the screen play to to the cinematography. Plus Heath Ledger did wonders making his joker one of the most iconic rolls of all time. Her owns the joker.

18          Dial M For Murder (1954)

Hitchcock can do no wrong. This is my second favorite of all his films. I love how he uses one set throughout the entire film. This is one of his most well put together films that twists your brain from start to finish. Plus it has Grace Kelly. MMMMMM….Grace Kelly.

17          Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club is probably David Fincher’s most famous and most Favorited film of his career. Even though this film is masterfully crafted from start to finish, of course it was the ending that made me fall most in love. After my first viewing I have been able to appreciate other aspects of the film including the incredible acting, camera work and screen play. This movie is one of the best ever made.

16          The Great Escape (1963)

Every time I watch The Great Escape I am sitting on the edge of my seat, even though I know what happens each step along the way. The Great Escape was probably my first favorite WWII film when I first started watch WWII movies. There is nothing I dislike about this movie and I love everything about it. It is one of those perfect films.

15           Spirited Away (2001)

I was in awe the first time I saw Spirited Away! It was the first Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli film I had ever seem and I was blown away. This is fantasy, story telling, art direction and animation at its best. I recommend watching this one in the original Japanese dub. I promise you will soon forge you are watching a Japanese film. Miyazaki will sweep you away with this coming of age tale. I can’t wait until this film will be released on BluRay. I have been waiting in great anticipation for not only my favorite animated film but also a film that I believe to be the best animated film ever!

14          Pulp Fiction (1994)

What can I say about you Pulpy? Lets say the first time I saw this movie I watched it two days in a row. That is a rare thing for me that does not happen often and probably hasn’t happened since and that was two years ago. This is Tarantino’s best film and one of the best written films I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. All I can say about Pulp Fiction is that you have to see it to understand it. Go in very open minded. But mind you it isn’t for the faint of heart and has some tough situations.

13          Gone With the Wind (1939)

When I first started getting into films I didn’t know what the best was. All I knew was that Gone With the Wind has been ranked near the top for years. The first time I saw this was in elementary, though I didn’t remember much I did remember the scene were Scarlet goes to fin a doctor and the camera cranes out to reveal the mass of wounded and dead soldiers. That shot is one that has stayed in my mind since then.

12          Casablanca (1942)

I didn’t like Casablanca the first time I saw it. Well at least wasn’t too impressed. But the second viewing totally changed my opinion, which is why I rank it at No. 12. This film is probably the most nostalgic film I have ever seen. What for its music, script, story, acting and all those quotes. Casablanca is a true classic and one of the top 10 films ever made.

11          Sunset Blvd. (1950)

I don’t think one film can make one young film lover wish he lived in 1950s or late 40s as much as this man. It just makes me ache thinking about how good this movie is. This film is one of the best ever made about Hollywood. I loved this film after my first viewing. I was blown away! I recently revisited it for the 2nd time at the beginning of the summer when I started this list and while watching was blown away again. The tale is truly fascinating of a washed-up silent film actress who has no life if it weren’t for film. She becomes entranced with the dream of having a come black on the silver-screen once more. What I find truly fascinating is the actress playing Norma Desmond, Gloria Swanson once was a silent film actress whose career survived the switch to sound. It’s such a great story that shouldn’t be missed by any film lover.

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