Thursday, January 31, 2013

100 Favourite Movies Challenge

The 100 Favourite (or Favorite, if you're American) Movies Challenge! Nathan Bransford has laid down the challenge. Who am I to refuse?

Thus, the list (which would probably be completely different tomorrow):
1. The Usual Suspects
2. Good Will Hunting
3. 12 Angry Men
4. Band of Brothers (can I count a miniseries?)
5. The Princess Bride
6. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
7. Willow
8. Inside Man
9. Bella
10. Beauty and the Beast
11. Robin Hood (animated)
12. Apollo 13
13. You've Got Mail
14. The Nightmare Before Christmas
15. Braveheart
16. Pride and Prejudice
17. L.A. Confidential
18. Blackhawk Down
19. Elizabethtown
20. The Passion of the Christ
21. Finding Forrester
22. The Lost Boys
23. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
24. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
25. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
26. Ghostbusters
27. The Dark Knight
28. No Country for Old Men
29. Empire Strikes Back
30. Star Wars
31. Return of the Jedi
32. Unstoppable
33. The House of Flying Daggers
34. Hero
35. Gladiator
36. A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott)
37. Arsenic and Old Lace
38. Charade
39. Sense and Sensibility
40. Conspiracy
41. Blood Diamond
42. The Fellowship of the Ring
43. The Two Towers
44. The Return of the King
45. The Bourne Identity
46. The Bourne Supremacy
47. The Bourne Ultimatum
48. V for Vendetta
49. The Shawshank Redemption
50. Seven
51. The Silence of the Lambs
52. Good Morning, Vietnam
53. Casino Royale (remake)
54. Office Space
55. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
56. The Birds
57. The Fall
58. Gallipoli
59. Tigerland
60. Walk Don't Run
61. Snatch
62. Reservoir Dogs
63. The Big Lebowski
64. Ocean's Eleven
65. Minority Report
66. Tombstone
67. Gosford Park
68. Sliding Doors
69. Love, Actually
70. The Book of Eli
71. True Grit
72. Kill Bill
73. Run, Lola, Run
74. Pulp Fiction
75. Wonderboys
76. Phone Booth
77. Enemy of the State
78. Howl's Moving Castle
79. Saving Private Ryan
80. Apocalypse Now (NOT the Redux version)
81. Sherlock Holmes
82. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
83. Seems Like Old Times
84. Shaun of the Dead
85. Coming to America
86. Fletch
87. Once Upon a Time in the West
88. 9
89. The Ghost and the Darkness
90. The Great Escape
91. Foul Play
92. Harlem Nights
93. Contact
94. Slumdog Millionaire
95. The Untouchables
96. Thirteen Days
97. The Children of Men
98. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
99. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
100. tie The Taking of Pelham 123 (original), The Children of Men, The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Departed, Groundhog Day


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The Usual Suspects has the best movie line ever, with The Princess Bride a close second.

Matthew MacNish said...

Nice to see some love for Hong Kong. You've got to check out Blade of Fury.

D.G. Hudson said...

Wow, I'd have a hard time trying to remember 100 movies. But I have seen some of those you mentioned.

Ted Cross said...

I can't believe I keep seeing these lists without Blade Runner on them. The horror...

Paul Joseph said...

I could never get into the Bourne series. LOVED Minority Report. I remember being fascinated by the concept.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I agree with Ted! :)

Matthew MacNish said...

Holy shit. The whole thing is on Youtube until someone demands they take it down:

Bryan Russell said...

I think I like the idea of liking Blade Runner more than I actually like Blade Runner. I find it interesting and evocative in some ways, and yet I have a hard time engaging with it, too. Something has always put me off about the movie, and I've never been entirely sure what it is. I want to like it more than I do, but I never quite seem to be able to.

Though I haven't seen it in a long time, so maybe a new viewing is in order.

Bryan Russell said...

@ Matt

That sword is bigger than him.

Bryan Russell said...

Also, this is hard. I left off the Aliens series. Why? I have no idea. And the Lethal Weapon Series. And the first Die Hard movie. And a bunch of fantastic films that are actually much better than some of these films, but which I don't think of as "favorite" films. Like Kids. I mean, that movie... I haven't seen it in two decades, and I still remember scenes from it so vividly. But I can't think of it as a "favorite."

Ted Cross said...

The music alone in Blade Runner puts it in the top 10 all time! Got to be better than Temple of Doom, surely! ;)

Rick Daley said...

I dind't formally count, but I'm estimating a 65% overlap with my list, if I were to find the time to complete one.

One I would add: Memento.

Bryan Russell said...

Doom has its charms. :)

Bryan Russell said...


Yeah, I considered Memento. It's probably just outside my top 100 (though it's a better movie than many that are higher up).

maine character said...

Great list. One thing Nathan's list seemed to lack was movies about writing, and here you got favorites like You've Got Mail, Finding Forrester, and Wonder Boys.

Mira said...

Howl's Moving Castle! I forgot that one.

Great list, Bryan. I like that you included some animated ones. They're my favorites, too, but I think it takes a parent to be brave enough to say it. :D

Matthew MacNish said...

Yeah, big sword. That's even the name of his crew.