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Sunday, June 17, 2012

My 15 Favorite Flicks

I've been asked before what my favorite films are. The list changes from year to year because I'm always watching new movies. It's almost a cardinal sin to me to watch the same movie again and again and again and I try not to watch the same movie more than four or five times in a year.

But, as of right now, this is my list. The order may not be completely exact, but it's good enough for me.

  1. The Godfather (1972)
  2. The Godfather Part II (1974)
  3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
  4. The Departed (2006)
  5. Ben-Hur (1959)
  6. Scent of a Woman (1992)
  7. Schindler's List (1993)
  8. The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly (1966)
  9. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  10. In Harm's Way (1965)
  11. On The Waterfront (1954)
  12. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
  13. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  14. Goodfellas (1990)
  15. Dirty Harry (1971)


  1. Here's my list

    1. Chinatown (1974)
    2. The Godfather (1972)
    3. The Godfather 2 (1974)
    4. The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)
    5. Taxi Driver (1976)
    6. Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
    7. The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
    8. The Departed (2006)
    9. Network (1976)
    10 The Good the Bad and The Ugly (1966)
    11. Fargo (1996)
    12. Pulp Fiction (1994)
    13. The Player (1992)
    14. Nashville (1975)
    15. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

    I might have a completely different list in a couple of days after I think about it some more. Can't believe I couldn't fit High Noon, Casablanca, The African Queen, The Apartment, Goodfellas or True Romance on my list.

    1. Yeah, there are a few films I'm kind of kicking myself for not including, but I honestly wouldn't know which films to chop off. If only there were more numbers between 1 and 15. Unforgiven, Taxi Driver, and The Hill should have found a way on my list. I haven't seen Fargo, The Player, Nashville, Chinatown, or Network yet.

      And I forgot about Once Upon a Time in the West. Very good movie. Got it on DVD.

  2. Another great 60s violent western is The Wild Bunch.

    Not sure if you will like The Player or Nashville as much as I do. Robert Altman has some great movies. He was a very courageous director that pissed people (and movie execs) off because they didn't get what they were expecting. He always had a knack of taking a story and turning it inside out. A couple examples: an excellent movie he did called The Long Goodbye which is a Phillip Marlow story. He completely changed the Marlow character from the Bogart one everyone loved and people hated it. Also he pissed everyone off with Popeye. He based it off the comic (long before it was popular to do so) instead of the cartoon. The Player is a Hollywood satire about "the happy ending." It has a huge cast and is very funny (in a satirical way) and the ending is hilarious.

    Two on your list I haven't seen are "In Harm's Way" and (beleive it or not) "Mr. Smith..."

    You must see Chinatown!