Tuesday, August 21, 2007

My Top 20 Movies of All Time

Ok, I kind of want to get this on paper - so here it goes. These are my Top 20 movies of all time (I'm not into any one kind of movie - but I do stray away from old classics):

1. Shawshank Redemption (1994 - Robbins & Freeman)
2. 50 First Dates (2004 - Barrymore & Sandler)
3. Sweet Home Alabama (2002 - Witherspoon)
4. Tommy Boy (1995 - Spade & Farley)
5. Running Scared (1986 - Crystal & Hines)
6. Princess Bride (1987 - Elwes & Penn)
7. Gladiator (2000 - Crowe)
8. Nothing to Lose (1997 - Lawrence & Robbins)
9. Can't Buy Me Love (1987 - Dempsey & Petersen)
10. Old School (2003 - Ferrell & Wilson)
11. Indiana Jones (1981-1989 - Ford & Connery)
12. Fugitive (1993 - Ford & Jones)
13. National Lampoons Van Wilder (2002 - Reynolds & Reid)
14. Wedding Singer (1998 - Barrymore & Sandler)
15. Beverly Hills Cop (1984 - Murphy & Reinhold & Ashton)
16. Sixteen Candles/Pretty in Pink/Breakfast Club (1984-1986 - Ringwold)
17. Goonies (1985 - Astin & Feldman)
18. Back to the Future (1985 - Fox & Lloyd & Thompson)
19. Forrest Gump (1994 - Hanks & Sinise)
20. The Rock (1996 - Connery & Cage)

Man, 1984-1987 was some good years - classic movies for the making. Ringwold obviously carried the load, working with superstars in the making (Estevez, Nelson), sub-superstars in the making (Anthony Michael Hall) and geek followings (Duckie - Jon Cryer). Pretty impressive list of followings. Almost everyone who was pubescent during the late 70's and 80's has one or all of these movies on their list. Beverly Hills Cop revolutionized the comedy/cop connection and shot Murphy to the top with his stand up and multi million dollar movies. The movie that gets my ultimate vote is a little known movie called Running Scared - Gregory Hines & Billy Crystal are meant to be together - their acting is flawless and they play off each other very well. My favorite movie of the era. Princess Bride is another comedy that you need to watch several times to undertsnad - not an easy moving to "get" the first time - but lots of undertones and just plain classic.

Sandler and Barrymore work classically together - they are such naturals and are very believable - both movies are by far winners. Tommy Boy makes my list that high because it could be the classic Farley movie ever - nonstop humor and a loveable dumb character that makes you feel bad for him. Plus, if you can't quote 10 lines from the movie you shouldn't be reading this.

Action in the Fugitive and the Rock is nonstop, Gump and Gladiator own more awards than any other movies. Van Wilder is purely hilarious - so many lines in this movie, just not enough peple to use them on.

Heart tuggers in Sweet Home Alabama and Shawshank are rightfully at the top of my list - if you want to get dragged into a story, these are the movies for you. Shawshank is at the top of almost everyone's list. Red & Andy meeting in Zihuatenejo, Mexico has to be the greatest ending of all time - 20 years in the making and ultimately worth it.

These are my picks - what do you think?

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