I Love You, Movies

With Valentine’s Day coming up very soon, I thought I’d give a special gift to movies- a love note, as it were, to some of my favorites. Here are 100 movies that I love- the kinds of movies that I can watch again and again. These are the films that blow me away with their genius. Or they’re the films that make me laugh every time. They’re the movies that have turned me into a movie nerd. These are 100 movies that I love, presented only in alphabetical order. In fairness, I love countless movies- hundreds and hundreds more than 100. So consider this my attempt at (for the most part) keeping it a little light-hearted and staying mostly away from the heavier drama. Beyond that, there’s not a lot of rhyme or reason here.

1. After Hours

2. American Psycho

The convergence of Dexter Morgan and Gordon Gecko. Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?

3. Animal House

4. Back to the Future

5. Bananas

6. Being There
This is the ending, so… spoiler alert and all that. At any rate, Hal Ashby’s nod to Voltaire’s Candide was a tiny bit of brilliant.

7. Blazing Saddles

8. Borat

9. Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

10. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

11. Caddyshack

12. Clerks

13. Cloistered Nun: Runa’s Confession (Yes. Seriously)

14. Cool Hand Luke

15. Daisies

16. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

17. Dead Alive
If you don’t like this, then you don’t like puppies or ice cream or the laughter of children.

18. Die Hard

19. Dogma

20. Eight Men Out

21. Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex* (But Were Afraid to Ask)
This scene slays me.

22. Fargo

23. Field of Dreams

24. Firemen’s Ball

25. Flesh and the Fiends

26. Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein

27. Freaks (1932)

28. Ghostbusters

29. Glen or Glenda

30. Goodfellas

"The paw?"... "The foot, the..."... "The hoof"



31. Hard Rock Zombies

32. High Noon

33. High Plains Drifter

34. Hot Fuzz
This is one of my favorite sequences in any movie, ever- from this point until the end of the film. When I saw it in the theater, I laughed until I cried and then I laughed some more. Here’s the 20 second segment that kicks it all off, in grand spaghetti western style.

35. I’m Gonna Git You, Sucka

36. Idiocracy

37. Inglorious Basterds

38. Key Largo

39. Le Corbeau

40. Little Caesar (1931)

41. Louie Bluie

42. M

43. M. Hulot’s Holiday

44. Major League

45. Modern Times

46. Mon Oncle

47. National Lampoon’s Vacation
I could recite this film line for line. I think this type of irreverent chicanery is how I want people to “honor” me when I go out like Aunt Edna:

48. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

49. Pépé le Moko

50. Poltergeist

51. Psycho

52. Pulp Fiction

53. Raiders of the Lost Ark
I’m quite sure that this scene (and a handful of others from the same film) is why I’m terrified of snakes as an adult.

54. Rear Window

55. Rushmore

56. Seven Chances

57. Shaun of the Dead

58. Silent Movie
Mel Brooks is a comedic genius. He’s one of a very small handful of people that could pull something like this off- silent humor four and a half decades after silent films went out of style.

59. Simon of the Desert

60. Star Wars: A New Hope

61. Strangers on a Train

62. Sunset Boulevard

63. Super Troopers

64. The Big Lebowski

65. The Changeling (1980)
This is how you build suspense in a ghost story.

66. The Dark Knight

67. The Dirty Dozen

68. The Empire Strikes Back

69. The Exterminating Angel

70. The Fire Within

71. The Godfather (Part I & II)

72. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
It took me precisely 15 seconds to fall in love with this movie. Here are those 15 seconds (and then some).

73. The Groove Tube
One of the best comedies you’ve probably never heard of.

74. The Host

75. The Magician

76. The Night of the Iguana

77. The Phantom of Liberty

78. The Public Enemy (1931)

79. The Royal Tenenbaums

80. The Seventh Seal

81. The Silence of the Lambs

82. The Sixth Sense

83. The Straight Story
This is the kind of film that’s impossible to dislike. If someone told me that they hated this movie, I’d feel sad for that person.

84. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

85. The Thing

86. The Third Man

87. The Wicker Man (1973)
Between Christopher Lee, the gorgeous Britt Ekland, and a classic plot,The Wicker Man stands (pun intended) as a horror classic and a film with far-reaching influence.

88. The Wild Bunch

89. The Wolf Man

90. There Will be Blood

91. Trees Lounge
A highly underrated bit of 90’s indie cinema, Tree’s Lounge starred several future Sopranos cast members and had quite an influence on the show.

92. Un Chien Andalou

93. Unforgiven
I get goosebumps just thinking about the finale.

94. Up

95. Vertigo

96. Wall-E

97. Winter Light

98. Yojimbo

99. Zebraman

100. Zombie Lake
I love this movie the way little kids fall in love with the puppy with a missing leg.

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Filed under Foreign Film, French Film, Louis Malle, Movies, Silent Movies, Spanish Movies, Swedish Film

13 responses to “I Love You, Movies

  1. Jonah

    will you be doing another of your ‘100 things I like about … movies’ soon?

  2. Kelly

    Great list, as I agree with at least 70% of it. I hope the Psycho you are referring to is the 1960 original. But you are probably like me and deny the existance of the remake.

    And I finally got my boyfriend to see Borat for the first time last month, after much persuasion. We ended up watching it three times in a row because he was laughing so hard, he missed a lot during the first two times.

    • The re-make?!?! *shivers down my spine* That could almost be a “Don’t Watch It, John!” selection.

      I wanted to include a Borat clip soooo much but I couldn’t find a good resolution version on Youtube. Ideally, it would’ve been the ice cream bear or the disgustingly hilarious hairy naked fight scene at the convention.

  3. Sorry about that, people- I inadvertently “liked” my own blog entry. I’m not so full of myself as to do that on purpose.

  4. Great list! Looks like I’ve seen exactly 50 of them. Sadly, I’ve been falling behind rapidly with the current crop of releases.

    • The toughest part of the list? Seeing each movie after I was done and thinking “I really ought to re-watch that one. And that one. And that one. And…”

  5. 21 of these movies are also on my Top 100 picks, which I plan to post to my blog soon. I admire your tastes, as usual, though the presence of “Up” surprised me.

    • Sometimes I like including stuff like ‘Up’ just to show diversity- that as much as I love Criterion films and heavy foreign stuff and horror and arthouse… there’s still room for dessert like ‘Up’ and ‘Wall-E’.

      Though I should probably clarify that this isn’t really my 100 favorite. There’s a lot of overlap, without a doubt. I haven’t been gutsy enough to do a Top 100 yet just because there are sooooo many films that I’d feel bad for excluding. I’ve been wrestling with the idea of a Top 20 as a starting place because my top 20 are pretty firm for now.

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