Monday, June 05, 2006

Moving Pictures

Ok gang, since I know how much fun you all had after I posted the definitive list of the 100 Greatest Rock & Pop songs of all time, it's time to do it again. This time with movies. And I've sat on this one for about a week, making sure I didn't forget as much this time around as I did with the song list. Again, I'm sure that once I hit the 'enter' button to post this, I'll immediately think of something else that should've been added.

I had two main criteria for choosing these particular films--quotability and re-watchability. I can summon dozens of quotes from just about all of these movies whenever the situation dictates the need for one. But also, these are the type of movies I'd actually pay for the DVD because I could watch them over and over again and not get tired of them.

A few things I noticed after I compiled the list. Grease didn't make the cut. Neither did Citizen Kane or several other 'critically acclaimed' motion pictures. But then again, I'm a low-class Cretin with unrefined tastes. (I sometimes watch Nascar and prefer American beer...)

Also, I tried to avoid listing two movies from the same franchise--the only real casualties of this rule was The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather Part II. Besides, the originals have enough credibility on their own.

So, now that you know where I'm coming from, again, in no particular order, I give you the Top 100 Films of All Time:

1. Jaws (Still scary after all these years)
2. The Sting (Set the standard for caper movies)
3. Casablanca
4. The Longest Day
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
6. Shawshank Redemption
7. Pulp Fiction (Probably the best dialogue ever written for a film)
8. Forrest Gump
9. Star Wars
10. Snatch
11. Pirates of the Caribbean
12. Dazed & Confused
13. Road Trip
14. Heat
15. Sneakers
16. Smokey & the Bandit
17. Rounders
18. Ocean's Eleven (The Clooney/Pitt version) (The original sucked ass completely)
19. The Patriot
20. Saving Private Ryan
21. School of Rock
22. Almost Famous
23. That Thing You Do
24. Rock Star (I eat a lot of...)
25. Heartbreak Ridge
26. In Harm's Way (Favorite John Wayne movie)
27. A Few Good Men
28. The Unforgiven
29. National Treasure
30. The Outlaw Josey Wales
31. O Brother Where Art Thou? (Well, ain't this a geographical oddity...)
32. Silverado (A great western satire, and also a great western)
33. Patton
34. The Commitments
35. We Were Soldiers
36. The Usual Suspects
37. As Good As It Gets
38. Trading Places
39. Die Hard
40. Twelve O'Clock High
41. Master & Commander
42. Midway (I saw the original in 'Sensurround' back in 1977)
43. Lethal Weapon
44. Seven (Actually, I only saw this movie once because it creeped me out so bad)
45. American History X
46. The Wedding Singer
47. Confidence
48. All About the Benjamins (Where I first discovered my affinity for Eva Mendez)
49. Apollo 13
50. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
51. Clueless
52. The Godfather
53. L.A. Confidential
54. African Queen
55. It's a Wonderful Life
56. One Night At McCool's
57. Goodfellas
58. Casino
59. Silence of the Lambs
60. Scarface
61. Bull Durham
62. Groundhog Day
63. Wind
64. When Harry Met Sally
65. Caddyshack
66. Titanic
67. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Every time I see it, it reminds me of Steph, Jen, and the summer of 1985)
68. Animal House
69. The Blues Brothers
70. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
71. The Right Stuff
72. The Notebook
73. Back to the Future
74. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
75. Moonstruck
76. Jerry Maguire
77. American Pie
78. The Great Escape
79. The Breakfast Club
80. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
81. The Hitcher
82. Terminator II-Judgement Day
83. My Cousin Vinny
84. Payback
85. Dirty Harry
86. Major League
87. The Princess Bride
88. Stand By Me
89. Office Space
90. Sasquatch, Legend of Bigfoot (I slept with the light on for weeks after seeing this one, but I was only ten at the time, so that's ok...)
91. Jurassic Park
92. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
93. Independence Day
94. Armaggedon
95. True Lies
96. Good Will Hunting
97. Dogma (very clever movie)
98. Ghost
99. Austin Powers-The Spy Who Shagged Me
100.The Fugitive

Feel free to discuss and/or question my (lack of) good judgement.


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