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

 

Philadelphia

 

Cloud Atlas

 

Before Sunrise

 

Death and the Maiden

 

The Long Kiss Goodnight

 

L.A. Confidential

 

The Matrix

 

Rebecca

 

Blade Runner

 

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

 

Schindler’s List

 

Holiday

 

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

 

Inception

 

The Usual Suspects

 

The Silence of the Lambs

 

Enemy Mine

 

Das Boot

 

12 Angry Men (1957)

 

Saving Private Ryan

 

The Aviator

 

Big

 

The Abyss

 

Dead Again

 

Sneakers

 

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

 

Traffic

 

High Fidelity

 

Suspicion

 

The Trouble With Harry

 

I Confess

 

Rebel Without a Cause

 

Chariots of Fire

 

On Golden Pond

 

Amadeus

 

Crash

 

Gravity

 

Mud

 

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

 

Sideways

 

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 

 

Willow

 

Apollo 13

 

Jacob’s Ladder

 

High Noon

 

The Fugitive

 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Looper

 

The Dark Knight

 

But I’m a Cheerleader

 

Julia

 

Gattaca

 

Some Kind of Wonderful

 

The Fall

 

12 Years a Slave

 

Now And Then

 

Darkman

 

A Scanner Darkly

 

Meet Joe Black

 

Silverado

 

The Breakfast Club

 

Steel Magnolias

 

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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

Wolf

The Station Agent

Fried Green Tomatoes

The Shawshank Redemption

The Bourne Identity

V For Vendetta

Dune

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Playing By Heart

The Matrix

While You Were Sleeping

Star Wars

Inception

Baby Boom

Casablanca

Dark Knight

Memphis Belle

State and Main

The Fifth Element

Lost in Translation

Pan’s Labyrinth

Dave

Galaxy Quest

Meet Joe Black

Groundhog Day

Wind

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

Up

For Love of the Game

Buck

Avatar

The Abyss

Little Man Tate

Star Trek

The Help

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Sideways

The King’s Speech

Pulp Fiction

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Notting Hill

Some Kind of Wonderful

Dark City

The Usual Suspects

Traffic

Ocean’s Eleven

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

North by Northwest

Kill Bill Volume 1

Kill Bill Volume 2

Casino Royale