OF ALL TIME! Ok you don’t want me to go Kanye on you, right? Anyway, this is my top ten favorite films of all time, films I consider to be absolutely perfect and legendary. Well enough chitter chatter here it is:
I ended up seeing this film way long before I had seen Shawshank Redemption (which unfortunately is not on this list). I remember when I was very young and I had a conversation with my mother and jail and innocence came up and I stated “Well if they are innocent, people will find out and they’ll be free.” But Mom said that wasn’t true and mentioned The Green Mile to me. I didn’t think about that film for years until I watched it one day on FX and later bought it on DVD. This movie blew me away. What made me appreciate this film so much and makes it much higher to me than Shawshank is the message of this film; The world is a cruel place but there is still hope in it. Tom Hanks does a fantastic job as always and I’m surprised Sam Rockwell didn’t at least get an Oscar nomination for his role as Wild Bill, the villain of the story. But of course, Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey steals the show. And my favorite scene is when he explains the point of the film. It also captures themes about life in death in the line “We are all walking our own green mile.” Truly brilliant and vastly underrated.
The one movie besides Up that I cried during, and to say that isn’t bad at all for I am one in many. Saving Private Ryan has definitely changed the way we see war in film from the start of the film’s major opening, Omaha Beach battle. There we see some of the most grotesque images from warfare. The first 25 minutes of this movie is outstanding, but that’s not to say that the rest of the film is bland. The greatest thing about this movie is its characters and their development, my favorite being the character of Corporal Upham who goes on a long journey through this film. Not to mention it has the best sniper shot in a film EVER. I’m surprised this is so low on my list because its truly remarkable.
Q: ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? A: Hell Yeah we are. Ridley Scott has had his ups and downs with many of his movies (*cough* The Good Year *cough*) but there is no denying that this is one of his best films and definitely my personal favorite. This was another movie I heard about when I was very young and watched when I got much older. And it was worth the wait I can tell you that. Maximus Decimus Meridius-man I wish I had a name like that-is definitely one of my favorite characters and a guy you can really route for and want to succeed throughout the film. The film delivers emotional strength without straining, the action sequences are some of the best films I’ve seen onscreen, and it’s brilliantly directed and written.
Before he was telling his wife she was gonna be raped by a pack of n****rs, before he said Jews started the war, before he crucified Jesus (and made a hell of a lot of money afterward), Mel Gibson directed Braveheart. Not many people know the actual story of William Wallace but what the film brings is a story about that shows him as a savage, a savior, and a leader. Braveheart is a film that teaches us that if we have to fight for something, fight for it, whether its love, people, freedom. And I hate it when people complain about how this film is bad because it is “historically inaccurate.” I didn’t go see this movie because I wanted a history lesson. What I wanted was a beautiful movie that delivered. And that’s what I got. Brilliantly written, brutally violent, but at the same time an incredible film with a powerful message.
The movie I think of when I think “epic.” I am a Christian and this movie does have a good religious message in it, but don’t let that turn you off. This film is much more about Ben-Hur than it is about The Tale of The Christ. The film was at its time the most expensive movie ever made and the outcome is nothing short of perfection. This film is the first movie to break the record of 11 Academy Award wins and brought MGM back into action for a couple of years to come (maybe they should do it again since…well let’s not give them any ideas). It has some of the best written dialogue, an incredible message, and of course on of the most incredible Chariot Races of all time, which took a year to shoot and three people died during the making of it (including the producer). And at four hours long, I could have gone another two and would have still enjoyed this film as much as I do now.
Of course who could not give this a place on their list…well anyone who’s not a complete troll? This is a true classic that many consider the greatest film of all time (I don’t but its still pretty amazing obviously). Not only is it directed well, the film is not just about the Mafia; it’s about the family. It’s about the son who didn’t want anything to do with his family’s business and ultimately becomes the monster by the end of the film. It’s a timeless tale and made me want to go back to my Italian roots after watching it. And at three hours it never bores, and of course who doesn’t know the famous line “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”? If you have not seen this movie, stop reading this and head over to the store now! And the sequels aren’t too bad either.
What I consider to be the best film of this past decade and the greatest achievement in film history. Without this we would not have Avatar. We would not have Pan’s Labyrinth or Narnia. We would have Eragon either…oh wait nevermind we can forget about that one. I’m one of those people who considers The Lord of the Rings as one film and not a trilogy simply because that was how the book was supposed to be. But unfortunately we ended up with three books so three movies. But even if it had been a full 11 hour long saga, I still would’ve sat through it from beginning to end. And this was a film that was considered “unfilmable,” something that couldn’t happen. But Peter Jackson brought us into this world and did a hell of a great job of taking an already great tale and making it better through cinema. And while Jackson certainly has made good movies afterward (yes, even Lovely Bones), they will never be as good as this film. And if he ends up directing The Hobbit, I hope he’ll still bring that tale to life in the same way he did with The Lord of the Rings.
First off: Shut up, screw you! Anyways, I told my story with this film on my Out of The Past Review for it, but I’m willing to say it again. I was about five or six years old when my Grandmother popped in Titanic one day. The moment I watched it I was mesmerized. I was wrapped up in the awe and wonder and the scope and beauty of this film. And everytime I watch it I get the same feeling I did when I first watched it and age 5. Rarely does a movie do that to me. I’m surprised that Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get an Oscar nomination for this film (I surprised he hasn’t gotten an Oscar at all) because he made Titanic. He is easily the best character in the whole film and delivers his lines perfectly. But everything about this movie is crafted well. The design, the visuals, the soundtrack, the score, everything about this movie is almost flawless…I know just like the last movie (LOL). And it was also the first time I ever saw a nude woman onscreen and Kate Winslet still remains one of my ultimate movie crushes.
I remember when I first heard about this movie and it was the first foreign film I ever watched. And it was great start. At first I thought the film was going to be a fantastical fantasy film, but its much more than that. It’s a haunting lullaby, an Alice in Wonderland for adults. And I’m surprised that this film won 3 Academy awards and then lost Best Foreign Film to a movie that didn’t get any other nomination. Ridiculous. The way the Guillermo Del Toro weaves this story together is remarkable, making you question what happened here, shocking you, and making you feeling so many emotions in a two hour running time. There are films longer than that that don’t show as much emotion as this film does. And of course it has an incredible ending that has spread a wide vision of interpretation.
I remember hearing about this film for a long time, and before I had watched it my favorite film was actually Pan’s Labyrinth. Then I put Schindler’s List into my DVD player. I watched the whole film from beginning to the end of the credits and stood there for a few moments, speechless at what I had seen. The only words that came to my mind were “This is the best movie I’ve ever seen.” And it truly deserves that title in way I can’t describe personally. You have to see this movie to know who sad, brutal, shocking, and wonderful this movie is. Spielberg has made his far share of less than great movies (the latest Indiana Jones being one of them), but there is no denying that this is his masterpiece and I film I am going to be thinking about until the day I die and maybe long afterwards.
Runner Ups for List: Pulp Fiction, Crash, Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, The Last Samurai, The Princess Bride, Toy Story, The Dark Knight, and many many more…
So there you have it. That’s my top ten list of favorite films of all time. And now it’s your turn. What are your favorites and why? Do you agree with this list? Why or why not? Answer below.