Lists always go over well on blogs. They lead to other lists or other lists by others. To kick it off, I will list my top 25 movies. I’ll limit it to movies made within my lifetime, even though I love some old movies…older than me, that is. And I’ll leave Rattle and Hum off of the list. On a sidenote, when Rattle and Hum came out in 1988, who knew that every band in the world would start releasing (at the time) video tapes of concerts, backstage, etc. It’s almost the asphalt to the modern DVD…almost. I left a lot of great movies out of this list. I also discovered that I could probably come up with a top 25 guilty pleasure movies too. I can also pretty quickly come up with 25 movies that were made before I was born. But I’ll leave all that for another day. Some of you might be surprised that Napoleon Dynamite and Shaun of the Dead don’t make the list. They’re so good, you don’t need me to mention them.

1. Stand By Me, 1986
2. Good Will Hunting, 1997
3. Dead Poets Society, 1989
4. The Shawshank Redemption, 1994
5. Garden State, 2004
6. Road to Perdition, 2002
7. Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou, 2004
8. Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981
9. Forrest Gump, 1994
10. Lost Boys, 1987
11. Raising Arizona, 1987
12. The Truman Show, 1998
13. Silence of the Lambs, 1991
14. Empire of the Sun, 1987
15. A River Runs Through It, 1992
16. Royal Tannenbaums, 2001
17. Star Wars Trilogy (ep 4-6), 1977-1983
18. Saving Private Ryan, 1998
19. Cast Away, 2000
20. Apocalypse Now, 1979
21. The ‘burbs, 1989
22. Can’t Buy Me Love, 1987
23. Big, 1988
24. The Matrix, 1999
25. Bottle Rocket, 1996
26. Lord of the Rings Trilogy, 2001-2003

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  1. Not sure if throwing originals and sequals on the same line is exceptable, but what the hell. Oh, and I made a point of leaving off any favs already listed by The Keortge.

    So here goes:
    1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    2. The Road Warrior
    3. The Thing
    4. 28 Days Later
    5. The Big Lebowski
    6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    7. Evil Dead II & Army of Darkness
    8. Alien & Aliens
    9. Jaws
    10. Harold & Maude
    11. The Professional
    12. Clockwork Orange
    13. Platoon
    14. Donnie Darko
    15. Sin City
    16. Desperado
    17. Pulp Fiction
    18. Braveheart
    19. Wizard of Oz & Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon
    20. Fight Club
    21. Requiem For a Dream
    22. National Lampoon’s Vacation
    23. Dawn of the Dead (old and new versions)
    24. Dazed and Confused
    25. Le Femme Nikita
    26. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (extended edition)

    How do ya like them apples?
    The Wood

  2. I was surprised to not see Hellboy or Van Helsing on your list. Some quality movies. Did you find yourself having a hard time whittling it down? I immediately thought of about a hundred movies that should be on my list. Maybe the next list.

  3. Sorry. Matt Van Hellsuck simply fell short of making it. So did Underworld. Go figure.

    Yeah, there are a LOT of classics that just didn’t make it. Some that probably should have, had I only thought of them in time. And I agree, the REASONS why we like movies seem to warrant different favorite lists. A “Guilty Pleasures” list is fitting. So is the “Respectable, Yet Not As Enjoyable” list (try and watch Citizen Kane from beginning to end). Or how about the “Wierd Foreign Film” list (Akira, anyone)?

    Oh, and you should send me your new email address. I seem to have misplaced it.

    The Wood

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