Here I discuss my top 10 movies of all time. Keep in mind I am not in any way saying these are necessarily the best movies of all time however they are my favorite movies of all time I could watch any of these movies over and over and not get sick of them, and for some of them I knew nearly every line to the movie.
10. The Lion King (1994)
I was only a kid when Lion King was released and I can’t remember ever not loving this movie. As I have gotten older I can only appreciate the movie more. As a kid the movie was so much fun with fighting Lions and colorful scenes, with catchy songs. Not to mention Timon and Pumba who definitely appeal to children. Now that it has been over 20 years since first seeing the Lion King in theaters I can appreciate the clever song writing incredible voice casting and the small quips you don’t catch when your 5 years old. I don’t know if I have ever met someone who dislikes the Lion King and for me it definitely had to have a place on my top ten.
9. The Matrix (1999)
When I first saw the Matrix it instantly became my favorite movie of all time, though that was 16 years ago now and there are many movies I have begun to appreciate a lot more since 1999 however I still really love the Matrix. The world they built was incredibly immersive, and dark. This was a dystopian picture before that became the cool thing in more recent years. There are countless movies that have taken inspiration and nearly replicated the slow motion shots. Even though the sequels severely lacked the creativity that the first one had they didn’t ruin the first one in the slightest and I feel it still holds up well 16 years later.
8. The Dark Knight (2008)
I don’t often like newer movies to the same level I do the ones I grew up watching, however I do make a few exceptions. The Dark Knight definitely qualifies as an exception. When this movies came out I was in college and working at a movie theater. I saw it four times in the first weekend of release. This movie will enthrall you from the very start giving you only just enough time to breathe between each scene. The cast is beyond amazing beyond Heath Ledger’s adored performance Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman were phenomenal as well. Christian Bale did a great job however as a long time Batman fan I didn’t feel like he was Batman. I would love to see some more of his detective side and high intellect in Batman v. Superman because I didn’t get that much from the Dark Knight trilogy. The only really weak link in this movie is Maggie Gyllenhaal who I don’t believe it is necessarily her fault, but I feel Rachel in general is a weak character placed there for the sole purpose of having to have a love interest.
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
By far the newest movie on my list and the second of two made since the year 2000 is the sequel to the surprising Rise of the Planet of the Apes. When I first heard that Rise was coming out I never thought it would be good. Though the original Planet of the Apes movies are classic specifically the first one which has one of the most iconic twist endings ever, they are also quite campy. Then Tim Burton tried his hand with the franchise which was just terrible. Going into Rise I thought there is no way this is good. However I was blown away by how much I liked it. I thought there was no way they could keep up this quality in movies about apes and again doubted their ability to pull of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. However once again I was blown away and this time I even liked it better than the first. Dawn is filled with life and amazing shots. The CGI is stunning and I often forget that these Apes aren’t real. Andy Serkis is by far the best thing in the movie, but everyone of the apes is great. The only bad part of the whole movie is the human characters could use a little more fleshing out, however the movie isn’t suppose to be about them. It is about the Apes and I cared more about them then I did the humans.
6. Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Future is a movie I love to put in on a rainy day. It is a wonderful adventure movie with plenty of comedy delivered in a very clever way. This is a movie I could watch over and over and never get sick of it. Michael J Fox is amazing as Marty and Christopher Loyd’s Doc Brown is nothing but iconic. Back to the Future is a wonderfully funny movie with enough tension to keep you engaged and phenomenal soundtrack that fits every scene perfectly. I even really like the two sequels though they can’t hold a candle to the original I am looking forward to 2015 and will root for the Cubs to win the World Series just because.
5. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
If there is one thing my friends know about me it is that I love Star Wars. I love everything Star Wars, the movies, the books, the games, and the comics. Star Wars holds a special place in my heart. Even though I don’t think the prequels are in any way good movies and are nothing compared to the originals I still enjoy them and embrace them. The original Star Wars released in 1977 was what started it all. It was one of the earliest summer blockbusters and really changed cinema with what was then ground breaking special effects. The things George Lucas wanted to do didn’t exist so he created a company to makes those special effects happen. Everything about Star Wars is iconic and there is a reason that when adjusted for inflation the original Star Wars is the second biggest money maker in film history. The sounds in this movie are truly spectacular, Ben Burtt captured the sounds in the most unexpected places. The score is beyond amazing with John Williams outdoing himself on every movie. Regardless of how bad the prequels are the music was still a home run.
4. Twelve Angry Men (1957)
Twelve Angry Men is about jury discussing what seems to be a cut and dry murder case where the defendant is a troubled youth, and son of the victim. The entirety of the movie takes place in a single room with only the twelve jurors. Though this sounds like it would be really boring the interactions between the jurors is what drives the movie. It relies entirely on the actors ability to keep you interested and they don’t disappoint. What originally seemed cut and dry becomes far more complicated when one of the jurors played by Henry Fonda refuses to vote guilty before spending some time discussing the case. This movie comments on some serious social issues and does a remarkable job at it. It’s simple premise and expert execution give the movie an elegance that was incredibly rare.
3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
It’s rare that a sequel let alone the third in a series is my favorite of the bunch. However the Last Crusade is by far my favorite of the Indiana Jones. A really interesting thing about Indiana Jones is each of the movies feels completely different and the Last Crusade is by far the most fun of all the movies. However what really excels Last Crusade above its predecessors is chemistry between Sean Connery and Harrison Ford. I know almost every line of this movie yet I can’t help but laugh at every scene they are in together. Between the castle escape into the flying from the blimp I don’t stop laughing.
2. Blazing Saddles (1974)
Blazing Saddles is a movie I am very careful who I show it to. I find a lot of people especially people who were not alive in that time do not understand the movie at all, and have offended people just by showing it to them. But this is Mel Brooks at his finest. From the opening scene I can’t help but laugh as the entire movie unfolds into Mel Brooks signature ridiculousness and finally ending in one of the weirdest ways possible this movie is a blast. If you are sensitive to colorful humor definitely stay away. However if not this movie excellently makes fun of racists by being ridiculously racist in itself.
1. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
As I mentioned earlier I love everything about Star Wars and though normally I go with the original Empire took everything amazing about the original and made it bigger, better, and darker. Where the original clearly shows its low budget Empire had much more to work with and a lot more support. Also it has by far the greatest twist ending of all time.
Thank you for reading through my own top ten list. Again I don’t necessarily feel these are the best movies of all time but rather my favorite movies all time