Saturday, November 15, 2008

My Top 100 Favorite Movies (in Order!)

01. The Warriors
02. High Fidelity
03. Do the Right Thing
04. Dangerous Minds
05. The Karate Kid Part II
06. Matinee
07. Back to the Future
08. Born in East L.A.
09. Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme
10. The Birdcage11. Tootsie
12. Jurassic Park
13. The Truman Show
13a. The Seven-Up Series
(I wasn't sure a series could count)
14. Style Wars
15. Halloween
16. Unfaithful
17. Scratch
18. Superbad
19. Assault on Precinct 13
20. Dogtown and Z-Boys 21. Strangers on a Train
22. Imitation of Life
23. The Hudsucker Proxy
24. Escape to Witch Mountain
25. The Palm Beach Story
26. Say Anything
27. Kill Bill Vol. 1
28. Notting Hill
29. Marathon Man
30. Home Alone II: Lost in New York31. Old Boy
32. Hackers
33. Dark Days
34. Airplane!
35. Escape from Alcatraz
36. Waiting for Guffman
37. Dog Day Afternoon
38. Rear Window
39. Best in Show
40. Reservoir Dogs41. The Freshman
42. The 400 Blows
43. Clueless
44. Duck Soup
45. Dazed and Confused
46. Life Stinks
47. The Boondock Saints
48. Coming to America
49. Take the Money and Run
50. The Godfather51. For Love or Money
52. Return to Oz
53. Dirty Harry
54. Demolition Man
55. Boyz n the Hood
56. The Bicycle Thief
57. Matilda
58. Empire Records
59. The Wood
60. 18761. The Descent
62. 3 Ninjas
63. Cinemania
64. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze
65. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
66. Night of the Living Dead
67. Battle Royale
68. Manhattan Murder Mystery
69. The Sandlot
70. The Gauntlet
71. With Honors
72. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
73. The Great Escape
74. Tortilla Soup
75. The Player
76. Hannah and Her Sisters
77. The Fugitive
78. The Orphanage
79. Rock the Bells
80. The Conversation81. Fargo
82. In America
83. Monster Camp
84. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
85. Kramer vs. Kramer
86. The Brave Little Toaster
87. Groundhog Day
88. Stand by Me
89. The People Under the Stairs
90. El Crimen Del Padre Amaro91. All About My Mother
92. That Thing You Do
93. Stroszek
94. Taxi Driver
95. Love Actually
96. Labyrinth
97. Brown Sugar
98. Streets of Fire
99. Daddy's Little Girls
100. Meet the FeeblesThere you have it. My Top 100 Favorite Films of All-Time.
It took over a week to put the list together.
Even if you don't like my choices or my rankings,
you've got to give me props for putting them in order!

What do you think?



I could never do this! I can't even name my favorite movie.

I remember a great Scorsese quote that I use now when people ask me my favorite movie....


I love it.

Congrats on doing this! Even though FARGO isn't in the top 50 and I don't even think I saw GOODFELLAS on here. For shame!

elgringo said...

Damnit, I forgot Goodfellas.
The Naked Gun Series and Shaun of the Dead accidentally got knocked off too. I'll have to do an edit in a couple days. That's the trouble with making a list this big.

And you know, Fargo was farther down the list than I thought it would be. Guess that means I'm going to have to watch it again. Same thing goes with The Godfather II. I did re-watch Annie Hall for the list and it ended up not making the list. A few other Allen movies scored pretty high though.

I feel lame because I didn't get the "They Are Legion" comment. Help!

TALKING MOVIEzzz said...

Congratulations on the list. I could never do that. I'd feel the need to rewatch them all, watch others I've never seen, and then I'd never finish it. I can barely get beyond my top ten.

I'd argue with it (you have one of my least favorite films in your top ten) but it is hard to argue with favorites. What you like, you like. Heck, GREASE 2 would make my top ten.

And I can't argue with THE WARRIORS.

Ed Howard said...

I could never do this, and certainly not in order. That's why my "Films I Love" series is just a semi-random assortment of favorites that could, if I'm around and blogging long enough, theoretically be infinite. So big props on putting this together, even if it is rather heavy on 80s/90s films that I remember as lovably lousy more than actually good. Quite a few others would be on my list, though: Duck Soup, Rear Window, Kill Bill, Taxi Driver. All that plus THREE Woody Allen films, and not even the obvious ones -- that's real nice to see.

Jonny said...

Scott, that was a very ballsy entry, and for that you should be applauded. I'm with everyone else: I don't know if I could compile a Top 100, and even if I could, it would take me a long time. Even when I give people my Top 10, I feel the need to amend it instantaneously.

Oh, and it's cool, I don't get the "They are legion" comment either.

Joel Bocko said...

Chutzpah, my friend. One of these days I hope I'll summon the same.

Really tremendous picture from Strangers on a Train - I look at it and it feels like it's moving (that could be somebody's blog banner).

Good on The Brave Little Toaster.

Anonymous said...

Great post ! I agree, many would argue my favs, and now I want to compile my own list !
God I love Goodfella's, I love Sean, I love a lot - guys....
I LOVE LASERBLAST. Laserblast. Let's be honest, would it make a top 100 ? Maybe now, but I friggen love it, now I gotta do it. Damn prps my man. And feel free to edit, its our world ! Btw, while I continue to promote my own blog - I posted links to my bad movie art today. See what you think of it. ~Fotog

elgringo said...

Moviezzz, I've got to know which one's your least favorite. My guess would be wither Do the Right Thing or The Birdcage. It's The Birdcage, huh? Get back to me.

Ed - Thanks for the compliments. While making my list, I noticed that there weren't as many classics as I would have liked, but if I was being honest, I'd rather watch Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors than 8 1/2.

Jonny - Thanks for backing me up on my ignorance. It's been driving me nuts.

Movieman - The Brave Little Toaster is the standard for late-80s/early-90s fucked up kids movies. Characters die in this movie. They die and don't come back. What? Paved the way for Land Before Time, another fucked up classic.

Fotog - I will see Laserblast, I swear to you. I have no idea what it's about, but I will see this.

Joel Bocko said...


I didn't see Brave Little Toaster till I was a little bit older but I saw Land Before Time when I was about 4. I think it helped shape me into a somewhat morbid child - gleefully morbid, but morbid nonetheless.

I did a write-up of Brave Little Toaster a few months ago after the passing Thomas Disch (writer of the book, whom I knew nothing about until reading his obit):

TALKING MOVIEzzz said...

"Moviezzz, I've got to know which one's your least favorite. My guess would be wither Do the Right Thing or The Birdcage. It's The Birdcage, huh? Get back to me."

Yes, it is THE BIRDCAGE.

DO THE RIGHT THING would probably make my top twenty.

Reel Whore said...

I'm impressed you put them in order. An near impossible task for me.

elgringo said...

Reel Whore - It was a near impossible task for me too.

Reel Whore said...

The toughest thing I've managed this year is trying to continually rank each 2008 release as I see it. I don't know if I'll be doing that next year.

MinceyFresh said...

Oh man, I have so much trouble compiling lists such as this... I could love a movie (or album, comic, TV show, cartoon, etc) or just think that it's meh depenending on my mood.

Having said that, I really need to watch Freestyle. I saw it at Borders bundled in a two pack (shakur, lol) with Scratch. I think I'll pick it up after I get my next paycheck. :D

Fletch said...

It absolutely kills me that you have Dangerous Minds, The Karate Kid Part II, and Born in East L.A. in your top 10. KK Part II? What's wrong with the original?!? ;)

If I didn't know better, I'd swear that was Paul Giamatti to Teri Garr's right in that Tootsimage. Of course, he would have been about 20 when that came about, but I can dream, can't I?

Daniel said...

Wow, I have no idea how you were able to rank these. I have to stop at my #1: The Power of One. I think I would go crazy after that trying to rank - and you always leave things off, as you found out.

J.J. said...

I love this list.

elgringo said...

Oh, I just remembered about Sunshine. That would definitely be on my list. That's the problem with a Top 100.

elgringo said...

Just realized that State and Main isn't on the list. Sorry Meet the Feebles, but you're gonna get knocked off.

Joel Bocko said...

Though it's months later, I think I can explain the "They Are Legion" quote - it seems to me he's just saying that his favorite movies are legion, too numerous to count, rather than making any pun on a movie title.

Then again, perhaps I'm missing the reference too.

By the way, I'm hoping to start a "150" series in a month or two...150 favorite great movies. I can't quite call it a "favorites" list (for example, Jurassic Park and Batman probably won't be on it) nor could I call it strictly a best-ever list, because I'll only be dealing with Canonical Classics which I have a deep personal connection to, rather than ones which I admire but would not count among my "favorites." And no, I didn't want to narrow it down to 100. (As Scorsese said...)

There will be at least one film on the list which, if memory serves, you despise - as did most of your commentators.

elgringo said...

He Got Game should be on here too!

elgringo said...

No Barton Fink? Come on...

elgringo said...

Ghost World will be on my next update.

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