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movies, movies: my choices and i'm sticking by them

UPDATE: Pay attention, people. Apropos some of your comments, I point out the now bolded phrase in this post:

Here's the list of movies you've all been hanging on to the edge of your seat just waiting for (see Movies, Movies and Bloggers pick the best movies ever).

Now, keep in mind these are in no particular order with the exception of Empire Strikes Back which is, and will always be (although some days LOTR briefly takes over) the best movie of all time, according to me. Those of you who rank Star Wars: A New Hope above ESB are just plain old crazy.

1. Empire Strikes Back
2. Star Wars
3. The Big Lebowski
4. Amelie
5. Legends of the Fall
6. Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Ring
7. The Godfather
8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
9. Princess Bride
10. Leon (The Professional)
11. Jaws
12. A Christmas Story
13. Toy Story
14. Army of Darkness
15. 12 Monkeys
16. This is Spinal Tap
17. Night of the Living Dead
18. Spirited Away
19. Ghostbusters
20. West Side Story
21. Fantasia
22. Slapshot
23 Nightmare Before Christmas
24. Donnie Darko
25. Any movie with zombies

Sure, you will chastise me for some of those choices. Honestly, my list changes weekly, sometimes daily. It depends on my mood and what I've recently watched and sometimes I am influenced by the commentary on a DVD. Just looking at it now, I see that I forgot True Romance, and I'm sure there are many others I wish I could have included.

Go ahead, pick on my choices. I dare you. I triple dog dare you.


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Ahem. I got 2 of the 3 right for the ones included.

As for the big list - I agree with you on the ones that I've seen:)

Anyone else find themselves chewing on their shoes at the end of Donnie Darko?

Chewing in a good way or a bad way?

You could put your eye out like that!

Love that movie.

Any movie with zombies? Is putting a category like that allowed? If so, I'm putting "Any movie with Walken" on my list. :)

Where the heck is Office Space? Fight Club? Die Hard? The Matrix? Sneakers? Hot Slutty Co-eds in Heat Vol 37?

You're right - ESB rules supreme over ANH.

And you may think I'm being crazy here - go see "Oh brother, where are thou?" with George Clooney.. it's surprisingly good. Maybe not fav material, but I'd own it.

Zomes: Have you seen 'Dead Alive"?
Two words: Bru.Tal.

It's nice to see that I'm not the only fan of West Side Story - just wished it would have been further up the chart...


The Coen brothers rule. Raising Arizona, Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou, Big Lebowski, Dead Simple... need I say more?

[holds gun to own throat]Put Blazing Saddles in the list or the n***er gets it!

How can anyone pick on your choises, they are YOUR choises after all.
Some of my choises would actually be on your list especially the top two but not as 1 and 2.
I notice you are heavy on the newer movies whihc is not unusual for younger people. I would put Casablanca and Wizard of OZ in the top 5 and Raiders of the Lost Ark is another of my favorites that missed your list.
If you ever get a chance to see Casablanca on a big screen, do it, it is much more compelling than watching on a TV.

Younger people?? HAHAHAHHAHAHA. I'm retirment home old, honey.

I just have young taste?

Casablanca would be my #1 too, and I'm younger than Michelle (I think).

Chewing as in I think it's time I checked myself into that psych ward.

I agree with a lot of your choices but not really the order. I mean as much as I looooove Amelie, and I do love it I wouldn't place it before the Godfather.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is a great one.
Legends of the Fall was a B movie all the way, but it did have that Robert Redford lookin young'in in it, so it always makes the list of the female types.

The comedy equivelent of the Star Wars series must be on the list. Good vs. Bad etc. The movie is Animal House and it is always going to be a classic.

Uday....Dead Qusay.....Dead Neidermeyer......Dead

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

No list of greatest movies of all time is complete without....

The Kentucky Fried Movie.

Any flick that starts with the line "the popcorn you're eating has been pissed in; film at 11" and goes downhill from there is worth at least an honorable mention. Hey it even has a brief appearance by a young unknown uttering the famous line: 'well, can I do it till I just need glasses?' - ...Robin Williams.

Two words for you:



Hey, at least we have two movies in common (Monty Python and Godfather).

And at least you didn't include mind-numbing pretentious crap like Metropolis or Citizen Kane.

A hat tip to Wind Rider for conjuring Kentucky Fried Movie. The skit "A Fistful of Yen," remains comedy gold to this day. Nothing like the bad guy trying to kick the good guy, missing and breaking a wooden flag pole and whispering, under his breath, "Shit!"

Oh, and Catholic High School Girls in Trouble! Serioulsy, people, heed Wind Rider's advice and go see Kentucky Friend Movie. Right. NOW!

But, be sure to blame Wind Rider, not me.

I knew you'd have Army of Darkness in there. I could smell it.

The Empire Strikes Back will always be the best Star Wars movie. There's no way to change that, short of killing off Lucas and having someone with actual talent write and direct number three.

I love the first three Star Wars movies. (Yes, even Jedi.) But Lucas is a complete and utter hack.

legends of the fall got bashed by critics and mainstream feminists hate it because julia ormond killed herself over brad pitt. i personally love the part where anthony hopkins blows that dude away near the end.

i would have to include "one flew over the cuckoo's nest"

It would take more than writing and directing. You'd have to kill that non-acting bozo playing Anakin, too.

No Conan the Barbarian? What is wrong with you>

Army of Darkness made the list, but no Evil Dead 2?

The Dark Crystal...

Amelie was surprisingly excellent.

Dave, Walken?

The man's a good actor, but he's in Gigli, Kangraoo Jack, The country bears... I mean, maybe you are a big fan of The country bears. But that'd just be you.

Things that are missing that I'd have included....

Conan the Barbarian [Arguably one of Arnold's best performances]
The Two towers (well, more accurately, I'd list LotR as an unfinished 11-ish hour movie).
Princess Mononoke

Heh! I got 3 of the 5!!! And if I had to pick more than 5, Jaws would have been next on my list.

As I said in the original thread, it will be interesting to see if LOTR stands the test of time. It should since the story itself certainly has!

Can't say as I can disagree with your list. Haven't seen Spirited Away, but I'm sure I would like it.

Spinal Tarp ? I have all their albums!!!!

How about "American Movie" That one always cracks me up - including the out-takes on the DVD.

I expected more anime, but I agree that Spirited Away belongs at the top of any list of anime.

Where the hell is Raiders of the Lost Ark? The BEST action film of all time - hands down. ESB my lily white ass! Legends of the Fall and no ROTLA? Amelie? Are you joking? Who made up this list? Did someone put you up to it? Are you being coerced? Do you need help? Shoudl I call 911? Movies you apparently haven't seen (in no particular order):

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark
2. A River Runs Through It
3. Unforgiven
4. Dead Poets Society
5. Old School
6. Taxi Driver
7. The Outlaw Josey Wales
8. The Natural
9. Blade Runner
10. The Great Escape

This is just a start - at least you recognize the genius of The Big Lebowski - not many do. So just for that I forgive you.

Old School? And you have nerve to blast my taste. Wow.

Yes, Old School - an instant classic - uproarious social commentary on the plight of the modern married male.

"You're my boy Blue!"

Beautiful...sigh...absolutely beautiful.....(sniff)

What about Memento? Where are the John Woo movies. Oh well, I like most of the list.

My wife and I saw ESB the 2nd show (we were working, okay) the first day of release and sat front and center. We saw it a total of 4 times that first week. A great choice for #1.

But the first person to ever say "Luke, I'm your father" (or something like it) was Walter Brennan. Look it up.

Raider's of the Lost Ark is best action film of all time? It doesn't hold a candle to Tank Girl! And michele, I know you didn't mean to leave Paint Your Wagon off of your list. ;)

Old School? Puh-lease. I'm still looking for the critic who said it was the new Animal House, so I can throw him to the ground and kick him repeatedly about the head.

Craig- Walken is da man. When I rate movies on a 5-point scale, there's an automatic 3-point Walken Bonus before any other factors are even considered, even if he's only got a couple of lines. :)

I am really surprised no one has said anything about Dogma?

Dogma? Worst Kevin Smith movie.

Legends of the Fall is before Army of Darkness, The Godfather, Slapshot and The Professional? Nah.

Someone help me out on the Old School thing or I'm gonna... Michelle - earmuffs - ... or I'm gonna go fucking crazy!

Dogma? Wasn't Ben Affleck in that? Doesn't that automatically exclude it from any "Best Movie" list? I won't even justify Tank Girl with anything more than saying I won't justify it.

To each their own I always say, but really people.... c'mon..... at least stick with the ESB, which, being the best of the Star Wars saga, deserves a ranking in anyone's top ten.

So the question then is... who would win in a fight? Han Solo or Indiana Jones? My money's on the eminent archaeologist.

I worked electrics on "12 Monkeys." It was filmed not far from my former home.

"Spirited Away" rocked. I love zombie movies, with the exception of "28 Days Later." Maybe I need to see that one again.

Never heard of "Slapshot."

I'm not surprised to see "Army of Darkness." LOL

Excellent list! My thoughts-

Quinn, Oh Brother Where Art Thou? is definitely Top 25.

Just saw Donnie Darko last night and loved it, but hesitant to place it near the top just yet. Maybe a few more viewings before it's due back Sunday will help.

The Royal Tenenbaums anyone?

I'd also add Ferris Bueller's Day Off to my list and, while the list changes weekly and daily as well, The Great Escape is always top five.

have to disagree. Return of the Jedi was better.

Hmm, let's see...

You should replace 12 Monkeys with Brazil, then add an entry for "Any Terry Gilliam movie".

I like Life of Brian better than Holy Grail, but both should be on the list.

And you're missing some Kubrik movies ... At the very least, Dr. Strangelove should make the list, and probably A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, and 2001 as well.

At least I see you left that abortion known as "The Two Towers" off the list- well done.

I've read your list, Hawkins' list, his list of lists, and even Neppie's list, and I can only say one thing: Did you people only include movies you took your children to?
I had two standards for a movie:
1) People get killed, and
2) Shit blows up.
After seeing Independence Day, The Core, and Terminator 3, etc., I have to add:
3) Cities get destroyed.
Between the popcorn, the soda, and Surround Sound, if I don't leave a movie with gas, heartburn and a nosebleed, I didn't get my money's worth.
The Empire Strikes Back, indeed.

YES! For Ghostbusters and Slapshot

Good list...only movie I'd have to add is "History Of The World, Part One"

"The Inquisition, what a show!/The Inquisition, here we go..."

Or "Blazing Saddles"...either way, the list needs some Mel Brooks...

OK, I took that thing about Walken to heart and noticed I had not a single Walken movie in my list. I mean, I agree Walken is awsome. I found one that I think is worthy of being in my top 15 list. It is really good and Walken dances in it, which is something you rarely see him do. I need to either dump Paint Your Wagon or Tank Girl, so I need some help ... come on you people, which one should I boot in favor of Joe Dirt?

Michele - sometimes you scare me. Really. But in a good way.... ;-)

The thing that brings it to mind is how large the overlap is between your list and mine. With the exception of Donnie Darko and Amelie (haven't seen yet) - and not having developed a taste for zombie movies - our lists are virtually identical....

Oh - and I just fulfilled my MDA Blogathon pledge via their website. Nice and easy - and don't have to worry about forgetting to drop the payment in the mail!