Top 50 Favorite Movies List

I have been compiling my ‘Best of’ lists for some time. My ‘Best Fiction’ (50) list was slow in compiling but felt definitive to me. My ‘Best Nonfiction’ (50) is still in the works (turns out finding good nonfiction is a chore). My ‘Best TV Shows’ (10) felt arguable, but the list was pretty easy for me to put together- the order maybe not so much. And now I am on my ‘Best Movies (50) list. And I am completely and entirely insecure about this list. 

I wish I could eloquently explain my insecurities to you, but I can’t. Maybe I need therapy. But every time I looked at the following list, and I looked at it a lot, I was like, this list sucks. But it doesn’t suck, these are damn good movies. 

My best posit as to where my insecurities lie is that maybe my taste in movies is still unrefined. Not unrefined as in I don’t like good movies, but unrefined as in I like movies for a lot of different reasons and, depending on the day, the list may seem like an inadequate representation of one way I like movies. 

So I leaned into this list based on how much the movie entertained me- in all the ways a movie can entertain- and how much I want to watch it again… and again… and again…

They are broad criteria, but I have broad values in movies, and these two feel like the mirrors that reflect the majority of my values all at once. That being said, I think it underrepresents some of my love for beautiful cinema and replaces it with my love for story. But hey, maybe that’s another list for another time.

Regardless, all these movies are awesome. And my insecurity does not reflect their quality, only my fear that this small view sways too far in one direction. Anyway… here they are, my Top 50 Favorite Movies Of All Time (I included any of my posts on that film as well).

50. Space Jam
Deleted Bugs Bunny Interview [The Last Dance, Space Jam]

49. Mean Girls

48. Raiders of the Lost Ark

47. Schindler’s List

46. Rain Man

45.  Creed II
Workout Montages

44. The Usual Suspects

43. Up

42. The Descendants

41. Fight Club
Can We Talk About [Fight Club]?

40. The Departed

39. The Big Short

38. Good Will Hunting

37. Inception
Dream Levels and Spaces
Dream Heist Team

36. Minority Report

35. The Wrestler

34. Vice
Can We Talk About [Vice]?

33.  The Shawshank Redemption

32. Apollo 13

31. Arrival

30. Alien 

29. The Dark Knight

28. Jojo Rabbit
I Got Hitler On My Mind

27. Toy Story

26. The Social Network
On Trial [The King’s Speech] vs [The Social Network] (Best Picture)

25. A Few Good Men

24. My Week With Marilyn
Is [My Week With Marilyn] True?: Based on a true story

23. Moneyball
The Scout Scene
How can you not be romantic about baseball?

22. The Silence of the Lambs 

21. True Grit (2010)

20. King’s Speech
On Trial [The King’s Speech] vs [The Social Network] (Best Picture)

19. Die Hard
Is [Die Hard] A Christmas Movie?

18. Back to the Future
Can We Talk About [Back To The Future]?

17. Inglourious Basterds 

16. Million Dollar Baby

15. Midnight in Paris

14. Rocky
Workout Montages
Is Ivan Drago Overhyped?

13. The Town

12. Rear Window
A Race of Peeping Toms

11. Kill Bill: Volume 1

10. Prisoners
The Setting Of [Prisoners]

9. Her

8. No Country For Old Men-

7.  Star Wars: A New Hope* 

6. Jurassic Park
Advertising For [Jurassic World] and [Jurassic Park]

5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers*

4. The Godfather

3. Gladiator

2. Jaws
Can We Talk About [Jaws]?

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
Slang Dictionary

*I forced myself to commit to one… In the case of ‘A New Hope’ it felt more right to pick the movie that started it all rather than the best film in the trilogy. No clue why… because that logic did not hold for LOTR.

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9 thoughts on “Top 50 Favorite Movies List

  1. As a fan of movies, you have my seal of approval. These are all common picks, but that also means they’re fantastic! My favorites (obviously I will spare you from 50) include Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Gremlins, The Empire Strikes Back, True Romance, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

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