Top movies of all time

John Hawkins took a blogger poll of our top movies of all time. I participated. Here were my choices (not necessarily in order):

The Goonies
The Princess Bride
Rudy
It’s a Wonderful Life
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Say Anything
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The Usual Suspects
The Little Mermaid
When Harry Met Sally

I had to delete several potentials, since Hawkins only allowed us to submit 10 movies. Honorable mentions:

Shakespeare in Love (if I’d thought of it sooner, I would have put this in my top 10 instead of When Harry Met Sally)
Serenity
Bring It On
(yeah, that’s right)
Legally Blonde
A Walk to Remember
Mermaids
Benny & Joon
The Philadelphia Story
Fried Green Tomatoes
Zoolander
Galaxy Quest

My list varies day to day, but my top 5 are pretty static. Not necessarily in order, but 1 and 2 are always The Goonies and The Princess Bride.

What are your favorites?

15 Responses to Top movies of all time

  1. You kids and your Hollywood movies…

    Six of my list of ten made Hawkins’ top 20:
    * Casablanca (1942)
    * The Godfather (1972)
    * The Godfather Part II (1974)
    * Patton (1969)
    * The Princess Bride(1987)
    * Star Wars (1977)

    My other four:
    * The General (1927)
    * The Magnificent Seven (1960)
    * Stagecoach (1939)
    * The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    The newest movie in my list is 23 years old.

  2. Sorry, Basil, I was trying to be not pretentious and not old with my selections. Wizard of Oz, though. That’s a good one.

  3. These are the ten movies that will pretty much get watched if I see them on TV anywhere, and which I will occasionally re-watch on DVD. And which I will occasionally quote.

    1. Shawshank Redemption
    2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    3. Shane
    4. Princess Mononoke
    5. The Incredibles
    6. Young Frankenstein
    7. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    8. A Fish Called Wanda
    9. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
    10. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    I know, I’m weird. I can take it.

  4. I’m not going to make a list but I would say at least 3/4 of the movies mentioned above (including comments) are great movies.

  5. I knew it! If FrankJ has a list, SarahK (pronounced as if Romulan) will outdo him. I heartily approve.

    1) Shawshank Redemption
    2) Goodfellas
    3) The Godfather
    4) Scarface (see a theme here?)
    5) Gran Torino
    6) The Producers
    7) It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
    8) The Searchers
    9) The Odd Couple
    10) Once Upon A Time In America

    oddball favorites:

    1) Pi
    2) Raise The Red Lantern
    3) Pans’ Labyrinth
    4) The Stalker (Tarkovsky)
    5) Fitzcarraldo (Herzog)
    6) Dark Passage (Bogart)
    7) It’s A Gift (W.C. Fields)
    8) Rebecca (Hitchcock)
    9) Jacobs’ Ladder (can only watch once in a lifetime)
    10) High Plains Drifter

  6. A toughie…

    1)The Lord of the Rings – FotR (If I have to choose one of the three)
    2)The Dark Knight (Since Adam West put on the Bat-suit, I’ve loved Batman. And this is the definitive Batman.)
    3)Bringing Up Baby (Laughed harder at this than anything with the possible exception of “Young Frankenstein.”)
    4)Star Trek 2 – The Wrath of Khan (Best of ST:TOS movies. Love “First Contact” for TNG.)
    5)The Lion King (Not my son’s first movie, but the first one he actually watched from start to finish.)
    6)Harvey (If anyone tries to remake this, they should be cut up as Pookah appetizers.)
    7)Raiders of the Lost Ark (Still the best.)
    8)The Empire Strikes Back (First trip through the asteroid field was the most amazing thing I had ever seen, at the time.)
    9)The Thin Man (William Powell and Myrna Loy still define chemistry to me.)
    10)Serenity (Would be higher up if Joss could have resisted his need to kill characters I love.)

  7. 1) The Princess Bride
    2) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    3) A Time to Kill
    4) Roman Holiday
    5) Arsenic and Old Lace
    6) Pride and Prejudice
    7) Crybaby
    8) Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
    9) Star War Return of the Jedi
    10) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    And because I can’t just pick ten, my honorable mentions:
    Mulan
    The Patriot
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (I know it’s the cheesy one, but I love it!)
    White Christmas
    Yours, Mine and Ours (the original)
    Centerstage
    Father of the Bride 2
    King Arthur
    Juno
    Shooter

  8. movies I will always watch on tv even though I own the blu ray +/or dvd:

    National Treasure I & II
    The Transporter (come on, Jason Statham!)
    Serenity
    The Italian Job
    The Incredibles
    Up!

    And my all time favorite movie is White Christmas. shut up

  9. THE WIZARD OF OZ
    Fried Green Tomatoes
    When Harry Met Sally
    Mermaids
    Pirates of the Carribean (all)
    Harry Potter (all)
    Lord of the Rings (all)
    E.T.
    Finding Nemo
    Goonies
    Star Wars
    Sixth Sense
    Spiderman (all)
    Mothman Prophecies
    Whole Nine Yards
    Jaws (1)
    Schindlers List
    Patton
    Batman (all)
    Spiderman (all)

    sorry…can’t count to 10.

  10. I forgot – A Christmas Story and Men in Black.

  11. I kept it to 10 though it was real hard (no special order).

    Casablanca
    Pulp Fiction
    Die Hard
    Matrix (pity they never finished the trilogy)
    Star Wars
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    North by Northwest
    Toy Story 1 or 2, Up, Cars, heck, anything by Pixar
    Sons of Katie Elder
    Saving Private Ryan

  12. The Man Who Knew Too Little
    Empire Strikes Back
    Batman Begins
    Sin City
    Braveheart
    Matrix
    Rudy
    Hoosiers
    Whole Nine Yards
    Gladiator

  13. I forgot the best of all of the movies – SECONDHAND LIONS! What was I thinking???

  14. I love that movie, Bikey!!!

  15. Wow, tough. Only ten?

    A Man for All Seasons
    Airplane (RIP Peter Graves… “Timmy, do you like movies about gladiators?”)
    Ben-Hur
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Star Wars
    Raising Arizona
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    Dumbo
    The Incredibles/The Iron Giant (sorry about the split vote… just call it Brad Bird’s Double Feature)
    Kung Fu Hustle

    I was mini-stumped on the last one… but KFH is such a fun movie, and it has one of the most genuinely touching endings I’ve ever seen. (For that matter, Iron Giant, too… I’m such a sucker for that sort of thing.)

    If you asked me in a month I’d probably have some different answers.