My movie list

Yesterday I promised to post a list of my top 50 movies which I am about to do. These are merely movies that I like. I make no claims about the greatness of them (you will know what I am talking about when you see the list). So here they are:

1 North by Northwest
2 Blade Runner
3 Raising Arizona
4 The Big Lebowski
5 Donnie Darko
6 The French Connection
7 Taxi Driver
8 Silence of the Lambs
9 Star Trek: First Contact
10 The Manchurian Candidate
11 Rushmore
12 The Royal Tenenbaums
13 The Road Warrior
14 This is Spinal Tap
15 Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House
16 Conan the Barbarian
17 Evil Dead 1 & 2
18 Mrs. Miniver
19 The Quiet Man
20 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
21 The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
22 Rear WIndow
23 The Birds
24 Red Dawn
25 The Wild Bunch
26 Zelig
27 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
28 The Pianist
29 Unforgiven
30 Seven Samurai
31 Rashomon
32 2001: A Space Odyssey
33 The Star Wars trilogy (the originals–as if you have to ask)
34 Godfather I & II
35 The Magnificent Seven
36 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
37 Groundhog Day
38 Secretary
39 Lost in Translation
40 Gosford Park
41 Short Cuts
42 The Killer
43 Nashville
44 In the Mood for Love
45 Excalibur
46 Dune
47 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
48 Raise the Red Lantern
49 To Kill a Mockingbird
50 Blue Velvet

So there it is. I probably could think of more movies that I might like even more than some on this list. But I think this should suffice. As you can see, my taste goes all over the place. I left off some of the dumber movies I enjoy such as Red Sonja and the like.
Feel free to comment or suggest movies that you like that you think are better than the ones I’ve listed. And don’t hold back. Feel free to make fun. I know there are a few on there worth giggling about.

**Update: Someone pointed out that I had listed North by Northwest twice, so I added The Manchurian Candidate. I have already thought of a few movies I would add if I did this over: The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Spirited Away, The Andromeda Strain.

3 thoughts on “My movie list

  1. verbal

    You’ve got NxNw in there twice… but I think it’s a fine list of films. Not my list, but a good list.

    Rear Window is brilliant. Raise the Red Lantern is brilliant.Short Cuts blew my mind when I saw it. Unforgiven was great.

    I never really saw the appeal of Lynch, I think the Lord of the Rings movies are overrated although still good, and I didn’t like Taxi Driver as much as I expected to.

    Ummm, yeah.


  2. patricia

    Overall, you’ve got a pretty darn good list. Of course, there are so many movies to name, it’s hard to limit the list to just 50. I’m glad you mentioned Mrs. Miniver; I always cry when I see that one. There are some other great Hitchcock films worth watching, I think: Rope, Frenzy and Spellbound I think are interesting. Zelig is brilliant, but don’t forget the delicate sweetness of Broadway Danny Rose. You didn’t mention A Clockwork Orange, which is Kubrick’s best, I think. Others worth mentioning: Next Stop Wonderland, Strictly Ballroom, Memento, Big Night, The Daytrippers, Citizen Kane, Alistar Sim’s Christmas Carol, Inherit the Wind, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In The Heat of the Night, The Year of Living Dangerously, Death and the Maiden, The Third Man, Strangers on a Train and Equus to name a few.


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