1. The Star Wars Saga – I first discovered (and subsequently became obsessed with) Star Wars when the original trilogy was re-released in 1997/98. I bought my first Star Wars figure (Boba Fett) and it all spawned from there. Over the years my favourite film has changed – originally it was Return of the Jedi, then A New Hope, then The Empire Strikes Back, then Revenge of the Sith. Finally I have come to the opinion that The Empire Back is the best of the six (also, it is my favourite film by itself). However, it is a single story, and should be viewed like that, and thus, the Star Wars Saga ranks number one.
2. The Godfather Trilogy – These three films rank so because of my love for The Godfather Part I. The third film leaves much to be desired, and, alone, doesn’t appear anywhere on the list. But with the strength of the first two installments, the trilogy (because, as with Star Wars, it is a single story) make number two.
3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Special Editions) (2001 – 2003) – Individually, each of these films would rank higher than all of the above bar The Godfather Part I and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. But, as with the two previous sets, it is a single story, and it is forced into position three. With that said, I have known Lord of the Rings twice as long as I have Star Wars and enjoy it more on its given day. It’s just the few weaknesses that put it in number three.
4. Amelie – Such a wonderful and beautiful film. It has everything that a critiquer and connoisseur of film could want. I’ve written about this film extensively (see: My favourite posts), and could hardly do it justice in such a small blurb. It does, however, rank below the three that are above because the each of the others beat it in one category or another.
5. Donnie Darko (Director’s Cut) – I saw this film, as the cinema release, and it blew my mind. Absolutely blew my mind. It’s so unique, and I doubt there will be anything like it ever again. The characters are so deep, and the plot holds its own as interesting and thought provoking among this fine list. But then I saw the director’s cut and was blown away more! They are two different films, but so good. The director’s cut leaves the cinema release for dead, but definitely see them in the order I saw them, otherwise you’ll have a hard time understanding what’s going on, and what all the stuff left out truly means. And give the director’s commentary a listen to.
6. Garden State
7. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
8. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
10. Little Miss Sunshine
11. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
13. On The Waterfront
14. Paris, Je T’aime
15. Bubba Ho-tep
16. Almost Famous
17. Good Will Hunting
19. Blade Runner
20. Forrest Gump
21. Napoleon Dynamite
22. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
23. Ocean’s Eleven
24. Road to Perdition
25. Cool Hand Luke
- P.S. I Love You
- Back to movies – Paris Je T’aime – A post all about the film Paris Je T’aime, with some moderate depth in analysis
- Amelie vs. Garden State
- Little Miss Sunshine
- The Last Kiss
- A list of movies I watched in the holidays with small (very small) reviews
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back