100+ Favorite Films – In No Particular Order

I was chatting with a friend a couple of months ago about film and giving recommendations about movies I liked and didn’t.  In the course of that conversation my friend looked at me and said I should do a 50 best list on the blog, and then she could just reference it and try to see some of the films.

These things are easier said than done.  It’s strange how during a conversation it’s easy to have something pop into your head and you say, oh, that’s a good one, you should see it.  It’s another to stare at a blank screen and tell yourself to start listing them off.  Oh the pressure of it all.

My approach to this list was pretty simple.  When I thought of a film I’d open up the draft of this post and write it down.  Not rocket science.  Not even close to being a well thought out and considered list.  In the end, however, I decided that was OK.  I decided that an off the top of my head list was kind of fun.  It’s not researched and I certainly didn’t scour best of lists in trying to remember films.  I just took them as they came to me.  Which means, again, this list is definitely not complete, or refined.  I’m sure there are films I left off the list and others I probably shouldn’t have included in a best of list.  But, I have.  One thing is certain, I really love all the films on this list.  They might not all be artistically amazing or worthy of an Oscar, but they are all movies I’d recommend to a friend, which started this whole thing in the first place.

So without further ado…. Here’s the list.  It’s not alphabetized, and if you count, there are actually over 100 films here.  Apparently once I got rolling, stopping was tougher than I thought it would be.
Shawshank Redemption


The Princess Bride




Cloud Atlas


Before Sunrise


Death and the Maiden


The Long Kiss Goodnight


L.A. Confidential


The Matrix




Blade Runner


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner


Schindler’s List




Suddenly, Last Summer


The Children’s Hour


Rooster Cogburn


Beast’s of the Southern Wild


Jackie Brown


Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi


The Fisher King


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close


The Impossible


Silver Linings Playbook


Winter’s Bone


V for Vendetta


A Beautiful Mind


A Separation




The Usual Suspects


The Silence of the Lambs


Enemy Mine


Das Boot


12 Angry Men (1957)


Saving Private Ryan


The Aviator




The Abyss


Dead Again




A River Runs Through It


The Artist


The Planet of the Apes (1968)


Blade Runner


Brokeback Mountain


Peter’s Friends


For Love of the Game




High Fidelity




The Trouble With Harry


I Confess


Rebel Without a Cause


Chariots of Fire


On Golden Pond










The Way


Pan’s Labyrinth


The Departed


Little Miss Sunshine


Safety Not Guaranteed


Lost in Translation


Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang


The Bridge on the River Kwai


Lawrence of Arabia


2001: A Space Odyssey


The Godfather


To Kill a Mockingbird




Roman Holiday


The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)


Kill Bill Vol. 1


Kill Bill Vol. 2


Dark City


The Station Agent


High Art


The Way Way Back


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


Minority Report


Days of Heaven


Immortal Beloved


The Hours


Playing By Heart


Mystic River 




Apollo 13


Jacob’s Ladder


High Noon


The Fugitive


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy




The Dark Knight


But I’m a Cheerleader






Some Kind of Wonderful


The Fall


12 Years a Slave


Now And Then




A Scanner Darkly


Meet Joe Black




The Breakfast Club


Steel Magnolias


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And The Oscar Goes To

Whose that guy?  He’s the guy Mary really likes.  No, he isn’t.  That’s someone else.  Oh.

Did you fill out your ballot?  Yes.

He just needs a tad bit of dental work done.

When did he get this old?  He went from looking young to having age spots, like me.  When did that happen?  I don’t know.

She looks frumpy.  Must be his daughter.  Isn’t she a filmmaker too?  No, that’s Coppola.  Oh yeah.

He should win best hat.  Even the smiley face has the hat on.  See that?  It’s making me happy.  His shoes make me happy.

Samuel L.

I don’t think their hairstyles were that great, but they did make them look good.  Yeah.  A lot of them were sickly.

Wow, she’s had some plastic surgery failures.  Look at her lips.  Who is she?  Kim Novak.  She was in Vertigo.

I got it!  Me too!  Good guess.

We should keep this list and try to see some of these.

I think Tam researched.  I didn’t.  I guessed.

Why are they standing?  That wasn’t that good.  They are looking around at each other and saying I guess we should stand too.

Kevin Spacey… he’s so cool.

U2… wow.

Angela Landsbury.  She looks the same.  She looks great.

Awesome selfie.  @TheEllenShow


Ellen is the only one who could pass out pizzas and everyone will say, wow, she did a fantastic job hosting.

P!nk rocks.  That was my favorite part of the show so far.

Ha ha ha!!  I love Ellen.

Jennifer Garner.  That’s a great dress.

John Travolta.  He’s an old guy.

She was a little rough when she started.  She’s a little nasally.  She sounds like she lost her way with the orchestra.

Hey, no makin’ out under the blankets. Ha ha ha!

That was my least favorite performance.

Think they are going to do writing next?  I don’t know what gave it away.

That was a strange acceptance speech.  Yeah, “they are all up here.”

Which movie is that?  Gravity.  Wow, what a shocker.

We only have three left.  The big three.

Cate Blanchett.  Awesome.  She was so good.

The heads honey.  The heads.

Matthew McConaughey is just plain cool.

12 Years a Slave.  I want to see that movie, but I just know that it will be so intense.

And, that’s a wrap.  I got 10.  I got 14.  Anyone?  I’m not counting.  I’m not even close to that.  I lost track.  I’m hot.  It’s hot in here.

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