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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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

23 Good Lesser Known Films

Peter’s Friends

The Station Agent

Suddenly, Last Summer

I Confess

Playing By Heart

Immortal Beloved

The Ice Storm

City of Joy

Electric Dreams

Sliding Doors

High Art


Jackie Brown

The Children’s Hour

Dead Again

Shadow of a Doubt

Usual Suspects


Death and the Maiden

The House of Spirits

A Love Song for Bobby Long

Traces of Red

Black Widow

23 Movies With Music and 3 Musicals

Music sometimes makes a scene, or a movie for that matter. Here’s a selection of tunes used in films that had an impact on me. By no means a comprehensive list, but a few who sprung to mind when I thought of doing this post. Enjoy and feel free to add your own in the comments section. Always looking for new music, new films to see, or reminders of films and music I’d forgotten about.

Let the River Run     – Carly Simon – Working Girl

A nice little fable of a film. The song, at the end, sort of sums it up and lends itself to that feel good feeling.

Band of Brothers Requim – Band of Brothers

Beautiful piece of music and a fantastic mini series. If you haven’t seen it… do so. You may cry a lot, I did, but it’s amazing.

Have a Little Faith in Me – John Hiatt – Benny and Joon

I fell in love with this song after hearing it in this movie. A little fable of a film. This film just works.

Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon – Urge Overkill – Pulp Fiction

Tarantino knows how to use music in his films. This scene is just plain riveting. And the music in it is perfect for it.

Come What May – Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman – Moulan Rouge

I had no idea these two could sing, and sing so well. Besides which, this is a lovely lovely song.

Cell Block Tango – Various – Chicago

Fun fun. Listen to this a couple of times and you’ll find yourself singing along.

She’s Like The Wind – Patrick Swayze from Dirty Dancing

Patrick Swayze singing. Who doesn’t love that? Or love this movie for that matter. No one puts baby in a corner.

I Am Changing – Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls

Jennifer Hudson’s defining movie moment.

Long Ride Home – Patty Griffin – Elizabethtown

One of my favorite songs which was used really well in this movie.

Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova – Once

A fantastic little film with some awesome music. If you have never seen this, or heard the soundtrack, or listened to the Frames, check some or all of that out. The two from this movie now have their own band called The Swell Season.

Vianne Sets Up Shop – Chocolat

This music just simply makes me happy.

Cruisin’ – Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis – Duets

Who knew Gwyneth could sing this well. Wow.

You’re The One That I Want – John Travolta and Olivia Newton John – Grease

No list is really complete without this. If you are a person of my age, give or take 10 years either way, you know and at least secretly, if not down right openly, love this song and this scene.

Back Where You Belong – Sinead O’Conner – The Water Horse

Just a really gorgeous song.

Hot Stuff – Donna Summer – The Full Monty

Who doesn’t love rough burly guys dancing… I ask you.

All I Want Is You – U2 – Reality Bites

This song sort of sums up this entire movie.

Stuck In The Middle With You – Steeler’s Wheel – Reservoir Dogs

Ear cutting off scene so beware…. Tarantino knows how to use music in his films.

Goodbye Horses – Q Lazzarus – The Silence of the Lambs

R Rated, for those who care. I’d advise not watching if you do.

In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel – Say Anything

Iconic image from film this one. I think this spawned thousands of incidents where guys stood outside girl’s homes and played music.

Lust for Life – Iggy Pop – Trainspotting

In The Deep – Bird York – Crash

A truly intense gritty movie. Loved it. And loved this song in it.

People Are Strange – Echo & The Bunnymen – Lost Boys

The song in the first part of this clip is Gerard McMann’s Cry Little Sister, also good… Love when People Are Strange is playing and scenes of regular people doing what they do.

Sweet Jane – Cowboy Junkies – Prelude To A Kiss

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a video clip from the movie with the song in it so I had to settle for the video. A lot of people haven’t even heard of this movie. I liked it. Also a little fable of a movie.

American Girl – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Silence of the Lambs

The girl, before being kidnapped, drives along singing this song at the top of her lungs, no care in the world… and then… the second tune from this film. What can I say?

Like To Get To Know You Well – Howard Jones – Better Off Dead

This is the music video, not the clip from the movie… unfortunately.

Across 110th Street – Bobby Womack – Jackie Brown

A fantastic intro/opening credits to a movie. Love this and again love Tarantino’s use of music in a film.

Top 10 Movie Music Moments

Man From Snowy River – Chase sequence – Fantastic music here and beautiful photography to go with

High Fidelity – Let’s Get It On – Jack Black doing his thing

Reality Bites – All I Want Is You – WARNING – There’s a brief speaking part that’s not in English (a person has to take what they can get with YouTube when movie rights, etc. are in effect).

Jackie Brown – Across 110th Street – Opening credits of the movie

Pulp Fiction – Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon – WARNING – drug overdose scene in this clip right near the end – I absolutely love Tarantino’s film making.

Once – Falling Slowly

Trainspotting – WARNING – Foul language alert

Kill Bill Vol. 2 – Goodnight Moon – Quentin Tarantino knows how to use music in his films

Moulin Rouge – Come What May – This is a great song, and I was totally surprised to learn these two could sing.

Chicago – Cell Block Tango

And, of course, a couple of additions because I never stop at 10…

Immortal Beloved – Ode To Joy (love the visualization of ode to joy… beautiful film making here)

Duets – Cruisin (cheesy, sort of, but who knew Gwyneth could sing… not I, until this)