Sunday, September 19, 2010

My Favorite Movies

Operating on the theory that one can really get to know another individual by the kind of movies he/she likes, I have compiled a list of my favorites over the years. I actually shocked myself by coming up with 33 movies that I really love. This was a shocker because when I started this project I thought I would end up with a list of ten or so.
My all time favorite film is "The Wizard of Oz". That one is a "ten" in every regard---theme, characters, acting, humor, good vs evil, happy ending. But most of all it is timeless. I believe it is the greatest motion picture ever made.

I make no attempt to list these favorites in any particular order. Look these over---they make up an eclectic blend. What are your favorites?

1 The Wizard of Oz---Pure genius in every way
2 When Harry Met Sally
3 The Beguiled---A Clint Eastwood sleeper that is somehow overlooked
4 Platoon---Best Vietnam movie ever made---pretty much the way it was
5 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance---Along with "Shane",best western ever made
6 Gone With the Wind
7 Saving Private Ryan---Most realistic battle scenes ever filmed
8 Shane
9 Pulp Fiction---All men love it and all women hate it. "Too violent", they say. IT's FICTION!
10 Ray (Charles)---One of the greatest acting jobs ever by Jamie Foxx
11 The Cincinnati Kid
12 High Plains Drifter---This one grows on you. Yes, there is a deeper meaning
13 O Brother, Where Art Thou?
14 American Beauty
15 Black Snake Moan---You probably haven't seen this, but the acting is incredible and the music and storyline are over the top. Don't see it if you're a prude
16 Forrest Gump---"Wun, Fawwest, WUN!"
17 A Christmas Story---"You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"
18 Chicago---a song and dance movie that real men can love
19 Bridge on the River Kwai
20 The Godfather---The one movie that can claim to live up to the quality of the book
21 Cool Hand Luke
22 Scent of a Woman---Al Pacino's speech at the end is a classic
23 Star Wars
24 The Apostle---Has there ever been a better actor than Robert Duval?
25 Deliverance
26 The French Connection
27 The Graduate---Here's to you, Mrs Robinson
28 Midnight Cowboy
29 To Kill a Mockingbird---The world will always need more Atticus Finchs & Boos
30 An Officer and a Gentleman
31 The Goodbye Girl
32 My Fair Lady
33 Sling Blade----"Some call it a Kaiser Blade; I call it a sling-blade"


  1. You and I share a love of the same movies! I love your selections and your notes beside them.

    Makes me wanna see a movie!

  2. Yes, I agree with your movie-list!! And even
    Pulp Fiction... But where is "Thelma and Louise"? (I love Ridley Scott)!

  3. "Wizard of Oz: A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."
    "Scarecrow: I haven't got a brain... only straw.
    Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
    Scarecrow: I don't know... But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking... don't they?
    Dorothy: Yes, I guess you're right."

    Yes, I like most of your favorite movies...

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  5. Cowardly Lion: Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the "ape" in apricot? What have they got that I ain't got?
    Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman: COURAGE!