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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Words Written

Coffey looks and he sees hate and fear, you have to look with better eyes than that. – Lindsey Brigman,  The Abyss

67 Films For A Rainy Day

It’s a blustery day in East Central Illinois and I was just thinking about watching a movie. There’s nothing better than snuggling up under a blanket on a stormy day to watch something that transports you to a different place. All sorts of movies do this, action to drama, it just depends on a persons mood. I’m not sure what I’m in the mood for just yet, but here are a few excellent rainy day movies to consider.

Big Trouble in Little China

The 6th Day

Jackie Brown

Original Planet of the Apes


The Station Agent

Fried Green Tomatoes

The Shawshank Redemption

The Bourne Identity

V For Vendetta


Raiders of the Lost Ark

Playing By Heart

The Matrix

While You Were Sleeping

Star Wars


Baby Boom


Dark Knight

Memphis Belle

State and Main

The Fifth Element

Lost in Translation

Pan’s Labyrinth


Galaxy Quest

Meet Joe Black

Groundhog Day


A Beautiful Mind

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Fall

The Matador

Minority Report

Fool’s Rush In

Total Recall

Blade Runner

The Italian Job


For Love of the Game



The Abyss

Little Man Tate

Star Trek

The Help

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang


The King’s Speech

Pulp Fiction

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Notting Hill

Some Kind of Wonderful

Dark City

The Usual Suspects


Ocean’s Eleven

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

North by Northwest

Kill Bill Volume 1

Kill Bill Volume 2

Casino Royale