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My Top Ten Favorite Movies of All Time

Updated on May 2, 2013

Here's my list!


The Greatest Movies of All Time (in my humble opinion)

I have seen any number of Best Of movies here on HubPages, so I figured I would put my two cents worth in. As I am over 50 years of age, I feel I am uniquely qualified to make such a decision. Too many of these Best of lists are from younger, less experienced persons who haven’t lived to see many of these movies. So, without further ado, I pronounce the List open for discussion! (Note: it is not my intention to offend here; just to have some fun with you. As I am older, I may have seen movies you have not, and anyway: I’m a crotchety old man :) and it’s my hub dangit!)

I will list the movies in inverse order, for a total of ten movies (thereabout). Enjoy!

10) The Goonies (1985) - I mean really, how can you not love this movie? It’s got it all: action, good guys versus bad guys, treasure, romance, a lovable monster, pirates, and a great sound track! The Truffle Shuffle is one of the great moments in movie history. And Chunk when he smells ice cream. I mean really: who else can smell ice cream? When he is jumping up and down in front of the cooler window, with just his eyes appearing above the window is great. Starring Joe Pantoliano, Robert Davi, Anne Ramsey, Corey Feldman, and Sean Astin long before he was Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings. Pick up the 25th anniversary issue for some great added features.

9) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – An absolute classic. John Hugh’s day in the life of the everyday all American kid movie has some of the best scenes in movie history. When Ben Stiller takes roll, and repeatedly says “Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?” and Kristy Swanson (long before Buffy the Vampire Slayer) tells him what she’s heard about Ferris, well, just try to make heads or tails of her monologue. I feel like Lou Costello listening to Bud Abbott go through “Who’s On First”. And the Ferrari, I mean ooooohhhhh! Ferris calls it like it is: “It is so choice!” It is a fun ride in what feels like a cat and mouse chase, with the cat always coming up just a little bit short.

8) The Cowboys (1972) – Just gotta have a John Wayne movie in here. It’s hard to pick my favorite: El Dorado, McClintock, Hatari, The Shootist, and True Grit (my apologies here: the remake just don’t cut the mustard. Sorry.). But The Cowboys is my sentimental favorite. I’ve heard it’s one of only two westerns he actually died in with the other being The Shootist. Keep an eye out for a couple young actors here: A Martinez and Robert Carradine. The Duke’s finest performance in my opinion.

7) What Dreams May Come (1998) – Richard Matheson’s novel is brought to life in a big way in this movie, starring Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra (love that name! Right there with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Isabella Rossellini.) The scenery is absolutely beautiful and I love the thought that heaven is what we make of it. Matheson has had some other great books made into movies, including I Am Legend, A Stir of Echoes, and Somewhere in Time, but this one is my choice.

6) Porky’s (1982) – Ok, I know you’re wondering “how can you call this a great movie?” and, you’d be right: it ain’t. But it is what it is, and what it is is a movie I never get tired of seeing, makes me laugh until I almost pee my pants, and has a cast of nobody’s creating a timeless performance. If you don’t laugh out loud, and back it up to watch it again during the scene when Lassie is howling, and that poor little red headed coach laughs so hard he can’t breathe, then you don’t have a sense of humor to speak of. And if you don’t cheer when Porky’s car gets blown away, well, I don’t know what I can do for you. The only real star to be here is Kim Cattrell, later to be a star in the series “Sex and the City”, unless you want to count Alex Karras, who had a memorable part in…

5) Blazing Saddles (1974) – If there has ever been a more politically incorrect movie made, which could never be made today, I don’t know what it is. Featuring Karras as Mongo, with the great line “Mongo just pawn in game of life”. Deep, man; deep. Also starring Gene Wilder, collaborating with Richard Pryor, who co-wrote the script along with that master of the comedy, Mel Brooks. Brooks’ other classics include Young Frankenstein, Space Balls, Men in Tights, and an understated comedy, Silent Movie. No words are spoken with one exception: Marcelle Marceau says the single word “No”. What irony! If you don’t understand the irony, look it up. I will never tire of this movie, and there are just too many moments to mention, like Harvey Korman’s interview with the bad men, Brooks running around with his secretary and having no clue what is going on, the hangman hanging a horse, I mean really, too many. Watch it and see for yourself. Recently voted one of the top ten comedies of all time, you can’t go wrong.

4) Goldfinger (1964) – This is where Bond became “Bond, James Bond”. Cool, under control, having gadgets we all wanted to have, and the best Bond Girl of all time: Pussy Galore. He speaks the best line from a movie ever, with the possible exceptions of “Say hello to my little friend!” and “Frankly Scarlett, I don’t give a damn.” when he and Goldfinger exchange “Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?” “No Mr. Bond; I expect you to die!” How cool it that!?!? Sean Connery is hands down the best Bond of all time, and he is at his best in this timeless classic.

UPDATE: I recently purchased Skyfall the newest Bond picture. I have to say it is the next best Bond film to Goldfinger in my opinion. Daniel Craig is perfect as Bond, and the fact that you learn about his past, including a bit about his childhood, and they bring back that beautiful Aston Martin just makles this film hit a home run (at least until they... you'll have to watch it!).

3) Last of the Dogmen (1995) – My wife and I have sat down together probably at least a hundred times and watched this movie. No exaggeration. We love Tom Berenger here, and he is another of those undervalued actors. Sniper, A Murder of Crows, Eddie and the Cruisers, and the recent History Channel’s Hatfield’s and McCoy’s are some other works where he is good, but here he shines as a hard bitten loner of a cowboy searching for some escaped prisoners in the wilds of Montana. While looking for them, he discovers a group of Cheyenne Dog Soldiers living the old ways in a remote wilderness. The movie is moving, the scenery is captivating, and the story always seems to be so fast as to pull you along and before you know it, it’s almost two hours later. Not many movies have the ability to capture me so completely.

2) Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) – I know, I know, this is a chick flick, but my wife has had me watch it so many times it has grown on me to a point where I often pull it out as our movie to watch as we are going to sleep. We almost always stay up far too late watching, even though we know it by heart. Dianne Ladd is a wonderful actress, and plays such a great role in this movie. The vistas are stunning, and her story is so moving you can’t help but root for her to find love after all she’s been through.

Before I announce the number one movie, I’ll let you know: I cannot choose between the next two movies, so it’s a tie. Sorry; my list. My rules.

1B) is Jeremiah Johnson (1972) – Without out a doubt, my most watched movie of all time. Well over 200 viewings and counting, there was a time I watched it almost once a week. It captured me and captivated me even before I knew he was a real person. Yes, I said a real person. The movie was based on two books: Mountain Man by Vardis Fisher, which is a work of fiction; and Crow Killer by Robert W. Thorpe. Thorpe tells the tale of John Johnston, who was quite a character in the old west. When I discovered he actually existed, and even spent some time in the area where I lived, it brought it off the screen and into my life in a way I never thought it could. He did face off against twenty Crow warriors in one on one hand to hand combat, according to the book Crow Killer, and defeated every one. In his later years, he became a sheriff in Red Lodge, Montana, and was known to be kind to the kids at shows. There is some controversy about just how much of the book is true, but no one has relegated it to fiction in my estimation yet. Robert Redford’s portrayal of Johnson is mesmerizing, to say the least.

1A) is A River Runs Through It. (1992) As I said, I cannot choose between these two movies, but River is my sentimental favorite. Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer combine to bring to life Norman Maclean’s novella about life in Montana in the early part of the 1900’s. Life, love, family, fishing: it has it all. Pitt is memorable as Norman’s younger brother Paul, who is a fatally flawed person while remaining a captivating one. His flaw catches up with him eventually, and you weep along with the family for their loss. Their Father cannot understand why his son is lost, but loves him still. The scenes involving fly fishing are beautiful, to use the elder Maclean’s favorite word. Perhaps it is no wonder I enjoy this movie so much: Redford starred in Jeremiah Johnson, and directs A River Runs Through It in much the same manner he acted in Johnson. Not flashy, but with a quiet understatement that speaks volumes on the screen. Watching the movie brought me to the book, then to the few other works by Maclean, then his son’s works, then to other people’s works discovered all due to my love of the movie. It is somewhat reminiscent of the way Maclean ties everything together in that wonderful final paragraph:

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a River runs through it. The River was cut by the world’s great flood, and runs over rocks in the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops; under the rocks are the words; some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”

Beautiful.

Well, there it is, my list. I realize some monster movies are not on here. Movies like Gone With The Wind, Casablanca, no Tom Hanks movies at all, Legends of the Fall, Last of the Mohicans to name but a few. I love these movies as well, and they make the top twenty; but these ten (eleven, really) are my personal favorites. Debate if you chose, or give me ideas on movies you think I might enjoy based on this list.


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      Anna Marie Bowman 4 years ago from Florida

      I have to say, I love your list of movies, though I have not seen Jeremiah Johnson. I will have to now. As for the other movies on your list, The Goonies and Ferris Bueller are two all time favorites of mine, as well. Maybe it's the fact I was a kid in the 80's. I made a list similar to this, but only covering horror movies. Maybe I will have to do another for "normal" movies, as my husband calls them.

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      I was actually watching Goonies when I thought "I can do a hub on my favorite movies"! My wife doesn't understand why I love a "kids" movie as she calls it. Maybe I'm just a kid at heart. A very, very old kid. Thanks for the comment, and do just what you said: make a list of your all time favorites. We can always use these lists to find movies we have never seen ourselves. Thanks again!

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      Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      My gave movie is Car Pool. Watched it so many times and it just gets funnier.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I love all James Bond Movies but deliberately left them out as I felt I would be doing 'him' and injustice by listing him there. I think because James bond is so sacred to me and is more like a series I didn't want to place 'him' in the same class.

      I liked Ferris Beuller but it's not in my top list. Any John Wayne movie is a great movie.

      I can't remember the Goonies even though I know I have heard of it.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      I think The Goonies is a great movie to watch with your kids. Our kids love to watch movies over and over, and The Goonies is one that you can do that with, and you don't tire of it. Goldfinger is for sure the one where Bond really arrived, and I agree, is the best of the Bond movies. A great hub, thanks for sharing:-))

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      Gypsy, I have not seen Car Pool; I will have to do so now, for sure.

      Cardisa, Bond, James Bond is an icon, is he not? And perhaps you are right to say this is almost a series in and of itself; twenty something films is impressive. But I have to put Goldfinger there, if for no other reason than to bring him up to everyone's attention. And John Wayne; I knew I would catch it from somebody on this one. The Cowboys (my personal favorite), Green Berets, The Shootist. Maybe we should do a list of just his movies! Not a bad one in the bunch.

      Valleypoet, Goonies is watched almost once a week in our house. Either someone pulls it out to watch or sees it on TV. It's one of those movies that, even though you have it, you still watch in when it's on TV! You can't help yourself! And it is such fun to watch with the kids. Our version has a modern day commentary with the stars grown up. Chunk doesn't look like I thought he would at all!

      Everyone, thanks for the stop and comments. Sorry I was so late in responding to them. Somehow I got lost in the shuffle.

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