Weary. Effects. Bloody. Predictable. Eruption. Revenge. Devastation. Fire. Action. No.
Moody. Intense. Dark. Eerie. Murder. Tortured. Tied. Cast. Lies. Yes
Cast. Dark. Story. Interwoven. Mood. Disappearance. Complex. Cigarettes. Car. Yes.
Pointless. Clunky. Ridiculous. Clique. Cast. Moody. Action. Vague. Sub(par)plots. No.
Superficial. Disappointing. Tacky. Clunky. Awkward. Subpar. Campy. Predictable. Uninteresting. No.
Predictable. Dog. Action. Dark. Gross. Inhuman. Expected. Series. Eyes. No.
Genius. Music. Transcendent. Piano. Virtuoso. Bent. Eccentric. Troubled. Magical. Yes.
Poignant. Tough. Powerful. Engrossing. Uncomfortable. True. Complex. Lasting. Evolution. Yes.
Thoughtful. Heavy. Journey. Rich. Subtle. Hue. Character. Taxi. Spirit. Yes.
Moving. Quiet. Sweet. Sad. Affection. Subtle. Cat. Caregiving. Relationships. Yes.
Powerful. Humanity. Anger. Loud. Violence. Tolerance. Race. Heat. Community. Yes.
Intense. Beautiful. Relationships. Selfishness. Careless. Complex. Quiet. Fierce. Considered. Yes.
Uncomfortable. Repellent. Immature. Acidic. Close. Portrait. Alcohol. Dolce. Empty. Yes.
Connection. Community. Youth. Hurt. Release. Emotional. Struggle. Bat. Rap. YES.
Thorough. Heartfelt. Reverent. Honest. Real. Story. Writing. Life. Beauty. Yes.
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.
The Princess Bride
Death and the Maiden
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Suddenly, Last Summer
The Children’s Hour
Beast’s of the Southern Wild
Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi
The Fisher King
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Silver Linings Playbook
V for Vendetta
A Beautiful Mind
The Usual Suspects
The Silence of the Lambs
12 Angry Men (1957)
Saving Private Ryan
A River Runs Through It
The Planet of the Apes (1968)
For Love of the Game
The Trouble With Harry
Rebel Without a Cause
Chariots of Fire
On Golden Pond
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
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Kill Bill Vol. 2
The Station Agent
The Way Way Back
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Days of Heaven
Playing By Heart
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Dark Knight
But I’m a Cheerleader
Some Kind of Wonderful
12 Years a Slave
Now And Then
A Scanner Darkly
Meet Joe Black
The Breakfast Club
Hue. Teeth. Compressor. Beautiful. Sweepstakes. Hawthorne. Plodding. Family. Squibb. Yes.
Life. Time. Living. Experiences. Sweet. Cast. Joy. Nighy. Lovely. Yes.
Heart. Courage. Art. True. Unlikely. Warm. Earnest. Cast. Committed.
Addiction. Ensemble. Struggle. Courage. Sweet. Gad. Drama. P!nk. Uncomfortable. Yes.
Adventure. Fear. Solo. Courage. Anger. Survival. Action. Effects. Jaden. Yes.
Ridiculous. Corny. Lame. Boring. Why? Advertising. Nonsense. Cartoonish. Crazy. No.
Heart. Grace. Class. Determination. True. Groundbreaking. Courage. Resilience. Wife. Yes.
Pacino. Walken. Arkin. Dialogue. Tough. Likable. Love. Friendship. Fellas. Yes.
Terrible. Ridiculous. Action. Corny. Slowmo. Painful. Cheesy. Clunky. Laughable. NO.