Your 15 favorite movies of all time...

I know that this has been done countless times before. But now that MEMENTO is moving into people’s all-time favorite lists, I figured that we should do it again. So here are mine:

  1. Memento
  2. Bottle Rocket
  3. True Romance
  4. A Clockwork Orange
  5. Goodfella
  6. Swimming With Sharks
  7. Life Is Beautiful
  8. Trainspotting
  9. Shallow Grave
  10. American Beauty
  11. Pulp Fiction
  12. The Game
  13. In the Name of the Father
  14. The Godfather
  15. Shawshank Redemption

BTW, I haven’t seen many movies made prior to 1980.

Needless to say, #5 should be Goodfellas.

  1. The General (Keaton)
  2. Vertigo (Hitchcock)
  3. The Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
  4. His Girl Friday (Hawks)
  5. Ordet (Dreyer)
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
  7. Casablanca (Curtiz)
  8. The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah)
  9. La Dolce Vita (Fellini)
  10. Chloe in the Afternoon (Rohmer)
  11. The Lady Eve (Sturges)
  12. The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Renoir)
  13. The Spirit of the Beehive (Erice)
  14. Salesman (Maysles/Maysles)
  15. Black Narcissus (Powell/Pressburger)

I figure these to be movies I can watch over and over…

In no particular order

  1. The Princess Bride
  2. The Fifth Element
  3. Saving Private Ryan
  4. The Green Beret
  5. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  6. Time Cop
  7. The Battle of Britain (1969)
  8. Big Jake
  9. Eldorado
  10. Rio Bravo
  11. Willow
  12. Blazing Saddles
  13. Men In Black
  14. The Fugitive
  15. Patriot Games

This is funny as I have just recently updated my list.

  1. 8MM: Creepy and elegant. Screwed me up for days.
  2. American Beauty: Great film, and the only one on the list I would not show my mom.
  3. Snatch: Fast, action packed film. Guy Ritchie is the bomb.
  4. Four Rooms: Slow at the start, but picks up to a great last hour.
  5. The Godfather: The classic man film.
  6. American Pop: Emotion in a cartoon? Ralph Bakshi’s best.
  7. Heavy Metal: The best fantasy movie ever made.
  8. 2001: A Space Odyssey: Kubric’s (and sci-fi’s) best film ever made.
  9. Star Trek: First Contact: A Star Trek comedy with the best writing on Star Trek.
  10. The Great Escape: The non-war War Movie.
  11. Casablanca: Not much you can say about this classic other than wow.
  12. Braveheart: An epic film, and my heritage.
  13. Star Wars: A New Hope: The start to The Holy Trilogy[sub]tm[/sub]
  14. Disney’s Aladdin: Finest piece of animation and voice talent ever put to celliod. I can recite the movie word for word.
  15. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samuri: Coolest movie I have ever seen. Forrest Whittikar is excellent.

In no order:

Shawshank Redemption
Rear Window
The Godfather
Terminator 2
Star Wars Trilogy
Good Will Hunting
Apollo 13
Usual Suspects
Stand By Me
Reservoir Dogs
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
A Few Good Men
Almost Famous

Damn, this is impossible. There’s like 50 movies that I could put on this list. I know I’ll think of a few more like ten seconds after I submit this.

Off to IMHO.

Like so many others, there is no particular order to these.

The Princess Bride
Shawshank Redemption
Cry Freedom
The Sound of Music
Fiddler on the Roof(I’m a sucker for musicals)
The American President
Star Wars
Return of the Jedi (I like The Empire Strikes Back, but it’s not one of my favorites
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python’s Meaning of Life
City of Angels(for the sappy romantic in me)
Much Ado About Nothing(the Kenneth Branagh(sp?) version)

As stated before…in no particular order

The Last Seduction
Chasing Amy
Dangerous Liasions
American Beauty
Do the Right Thing
Beyond the Mat
The Usual Suspects

… but I’ll try. No specific order:

Pulp Fiction
Life is Beautiful
The Great Escape
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Spinal Tap
A Few Good Men
12 O’Clock High
Annie Hall
Radio Days
Apollo 13
Toy Story I & II
Double Indemnity
Full Metal Jacket
Grand Canyon
Silence of the Lambs
A Fish Called Wanda


These aren’t in any particular order (except that the first on the list is in fact number one)…

Henry V (the Branagh version)
Hamlet (ditto)
The Princess Bride
Richard III (the one with Ian McKellen)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Empire Strikes Back
Shakespeare in Love
Much Ado About Nothing
The Producers
My Fair Lady
Dangerous Liaisons
Elizabeth (who needs historical accuracy, anyway? ;))
A Man for All Seasons

Also in no order:

  1. The Manchurian Candidate
  2. Airplane!
  3. Schizopolis
  4. American Beauty
  5. Out Of The Past
  6. Mean Streets
  7. This Is Spinal Tap
  8. Brazil
  9. A Clockwork Orange
  10. After Hours (Scorsese)
  11. Fargo
  12. Henry Fool
  13. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  14. Pulp Fiction
  15. Seven
    and for a bonus:
  16. Problem Child 2

In no particular order, merely numbered for your convenience:

  1. Brazil
  2. Head
  3. Yellow Submarine
  4. Pi
  5. Meeting People is Easy
  6. Entropy
  7. Moulin Rouge (though I just saw it and may feel different about it tomorrow)
  8. Life Less Ordinary
  9. Run Lola Run
  10. Raising Arizona
  11. The Jerk
  12. Cube
  13. 10 Things I Hate About You
  14. Woodstock
  15. LA Confidential
  1. Dirty Dancing
  2. Grease
  3. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  4. The Exorcist
  5. The Shining
  6. Psycho
  7. Clue
  8. La Femme Nikita
  9. Tous Les Matins Du Monde
  10. Indochine
  11. Beetlejuice
  12. Hannibal
  13. Reservoir Dogs
  14. Pulp Fiction
  15. The Lost Boys

Sort of out of order, but the last five or so are pretty much accurate. Well maybe last four.

Some movies I can watch again-
One Flew over the CooCoos’ Nest
The Jerk
The Princess Bride
Pump Up the Volume
The Black Stallion
The God’s Must Be Crazy
Pulp Fiction
Say Anything
Some Kind of Wonderful
Charlies Angels


I’ve lurked long enough, I figured it’s about time I made another post, and this seems like an innocent enough thread to do it in. In no particular order:

Princess Bride
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Shawshank Redemption
A Christmas Story
Back to the Future
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Groundhog Day
Pulp Fiction
The Godfather
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Sixth Sense
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The Godfather, Part II

Well, if I absolutely MUST limit it to 15 (in no order)…

[li] Lawrence of Arabia[/li][li] Henry V (Branagh)[/li][li] The Last of the Mohicans[/li][li] To Kill a Mockingbird[/li][li] Terminator[/li][li] Terminator 2[/li][li] The African Queen[/li][li] The Seven Samurai[/li][li] Rear Window (aw heck, most of Hitchcock’s works)[/li][li] Raiders of the Lost Ark[/li][li] Ben Hur[/li][li] The Matrix[/li][li] The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly[/li][li] Sunset Boulevard[/li][li] The Princess Bride[/li][li] The Abyss[/li]
(and only the widescreen editions, none of this pan&scan stuff)

  1. Beetlejuice
  2. Amadeus
  3. The Godfather
  4. The Godfather Part II
  5. A Clockwork Orange
  6. Toy Story
  7. Rain Man
  8. Toy Story II
  9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  10. The Wizard of Oz
  11. Citizen Kane
  12. Psycho
  13. The Exorcist
  14. The Omen
  15. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)

Wow. I thought I was the only one who loved this movie. I don’t have it on video but I have watched it when I caught it on the USA Network.

The Matrix

  • Carrie-Ann Moss in tight leather. Enough said.


  • I was a fan of HR Giger before I saw this. So I was keen to see how his works would translate onscreen. Pretty well, I must say. Up to now, I still have nightmares of them salivating toothy buggers.

The Empire Strikes Back

  • The darkest episode in the original trilogy. The other two had lulls in the plot and/or chirpy Ewoks. This one I watched with my heart in my mouth from beginning to end.

Jurassic Park

  • I didn’t like the way it ended. But I love it for the T-Rex and raptor sequences.


  • The end was a bit of a letdown for me. But I found the rest of the movie intelligent and breathtaking. Its opening sequence alone is worth the price of the DVD.

Sixth Sense

  • I’m partial to this movie for personal reasons. My dad passed away shortly before it came out and after I watched it I had very vivid ‘visions’ of him coming to visit me. The movie illustrated a lot of what he used to tell me of ‘ghosts’ when I was little - “They do return, but you have to gently lead them back.”

Silence of the Lambs

  • Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal may be a bit of a cliche nowadays, but this still stands as one of the best cast movies I’ve seen in a while.

Pulp Fiction

  • John Travolta gets down! Plus Christopher Walken’s great ‘watch up his ass’ monologue.

The English Patient

  • I know there are several Dopers who are rolling their eyes at this one. Long and tedious it may be, but I just love this. Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott-Thomas rock!

Oscar & Lucinda

  • If I could I would’ve listed all of Cate Blanchett’s work in this post but this is my absolute favourite. It’s sweet and uplifting.

Sense & Sensibility

  • Brilliant adaptation of the novel. Emma Thompson deserved her screenwriting Oscar. Plus, a pre-Titanic Kate Winslet.

Schindler’s List

  • I loved Ralph Fiennes in this. Chilling.

Double Life of Veronique

  • Longish, rather surreal (to me anyway) and I had to watch it three times before I figured out what was going on. Still, it scores with a very watchable Irene Jacob and a wonderful soundtrack.

Some Kind of Wonderful

  • If I had to pick one 80s teen flick, this would be it. I never got over Mary Stuart Masterson. Sigh.


  • My favourite Hitchcock. Though very dated, it’s got some great lines and is delightfully campy. John Dall is very watchable. Tis a pity he didn’t make many other movies.

Other honorable mentions - Heavenly Creatures, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding, Three Colours: Blue, Babette’s Feast, Chungking Express, Dead Poets’ Society, The Seventh Seal, Beetlejuice, The Longest Day…the list goes on. Argh!