Thursday, January 31, 2013


Nathan Bransford, over at his blog, recently posted his top 100 favorite films of all time, and challenged some of his readers to do the same.  So, being that I've been sick lately and don't have the energy to do much other than watch and/or think about films, I've decided to take him up on the challenge.

This was difficult, but not as hard as I thought it would be.  My favorite movies are all pretty present in my mind, to my surprise (and thanks to my Facebook page).  I did organize the list in a somewhat unconventional way, though.  I've divided my list into "tens,"--my first ten being my top 10 favorite movies in no particular order, my second ten being my next ten favorite movies in no particular order, and so forth, if that makes any sense.  It's always been very difficult for me to say one specific film is my "favorite of all time," so this felt like a good compromise.  I'm sure I've forgotten a few amazing films on here, and I'm sure my tastes will change sooner rather than later, but as of now, this is what I'm thinking.  So, here we go:

First Ten:
Black Swan
The Dark Knight
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Godfather
Garden State
Deep Water
No Country for Old Men

Second Ten:
Les Miserables (2012)
Pan's Labyrinth
Leon The Professional
Shaun of the Dead
Donnie Darko
Schindler's List
Up in the Air
The Hurt Locker

Third Ten:
Easy A
Gran Torino
The Shawshank Redemption
Moulin Rouge
Rachel Getting Married
Citizen Kane
Groundhog Day
The Empire Strikes Back

Fourth Ten:
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Jerry MacGuire
The Godfather Part II
Slumdog Millionaire
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Lives of Others
The Princess Bride
The Wrestler

Fifth Ten:
Om Shanti Om
V for Vendetta
District 9
Fight Club
The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
Ingloriouse Basterds
The Departed
Infernal Affairs

Sixth Ten:
(500) Days of Summer
Casino Royale
I Am Legend (Alternate Version)
Dan in Real Life
Pitch Perfect
Say Anything
Dead Poet's Society
Hotel Rwanda

Seventh Ten:
The Avengers
Singin' in the Rain
The Truman Show
Gone With the Wind
Back to the Future
Star Wars
The Breakfast Club
When Harry Met Sally
Love, Actually

Eighth Ten:
Disney's Hercules
Star Trek (2009)
Like Crazy
Requiem for a Dream
About a Boy
Gross Pointe Blank
Spirited Away
Interview With the Vampire
Pride and Prejudice

Ninth Ten:
Mean Girls
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Kill Bill (Vol. 1 & 2)
The Incredibles
The Goodfellas
The Dark Knight Rises
Raiders of the Lost Arc
Forget Paris
The Graduate
Little Women

Tenth Ten:
The Cove
She's All That
The Recruit
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Return of the Jedi
The Exorcist
Cast Away
A League of Their Own

Feel free to take the challenge yourself!  If you do, let me know in the comments below.

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