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Since lists seem to be all the rage, especially in the last couple days I decided I would jump on the bandwagon with a list. So here is my Top 30 Movies list.
An unusual choice I realize, however when I saw this movie I had no idea what it was or where it came from. So I assumed it was just another Sci-Fi flop. I very pleasantly surprised and this is a very well done movie and for that reason, I included it.
29. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
When I first made this list, I thought this would would be higher on my list. It is for sure an incredible movie and a rarity where the third in a Trilogy is the best (though they were all magnificent) the Return of the King is worthy in any best movies list.
28. The Dark Knight
I wouldn't be shocked if people argue that this should be higher on the list. It is a tremendous movie no doubt, and the performance by Heath Ledger is legendary.
27. Million Dollar Baby
This is a tough movie to watch with an ending that is memorable, uplifting and incredibly sad. Clint Eastwood I would argue has only gotten better with age. He is a master in front of and behind the camera.
26. Das Boot
A great Submarine movie that I hope a lot of people reading this post have seen yet wouldn't be surprised if they have not. So if you have not seen this flick, you need to do so as soon as you can.
25. The Bourne Ultimatum
An example of pure excellence in action movies. The entire Bourne trilogy is incredible but this one hit heights the other two didn't come close to. I would admit that it is probably best you see the other two (or read the books!) before seeing this one, but this one gives you tremendous action scenes while blending in the rest of the story and wrapping it up nicely.
With a cast like this (Halle Berry, John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Don Cheadle) what could possibly go wrong?
23. Blood Diamond
Leondardo DiCaprio has become an incredible actor in my book. This can be a very brutal movie as it focuses on the diamond trade in Africa, but if you can stomach such a thing, this is a movie that is so worth your time. Not to mention that Djimon Hounsou plays yet another incredible supporting actor role.
22. Pearl Harbor
The event that sent America in World War II, this movie retells that horrific day in brutal detail. It is a movie of great loss and sadness, yet at the same time, tremendous courage. It is a wonderful movie that should always be remembered.
21. To Kill a Mockingbird
Though I would say the book is probably even better, this movie is something that no one should miss. Ever. Its important in so many ways.
20. Pursuit of Happiness
Will Smith has gone from rapper, to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, to action movie star and now to incredible performances in outstanding movies of struggle and perserverance. This movie is moving, and I think it is very worthy of a spot on a "Top Movie" list.
Braveheart is a movie that is telling. It is brutal but it is something that everyone needs to see. A story that can't go unseen, this is just a wonderful movie.
I am not usually into musicals, but Chicago just caught be off-guard. This is a great film that may be one of those that you think you wont like yet you will walk away in awe and in realization that you love it.
Comedy at its finest. Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray round out this fun, amazing film. In my opinion, most comedy movies today are just plain stupid. Caddyshack however was made before the time of the ridiculous comedy we see today and is an absolute masterpiece. It never stops till the credits roll, and by then you are probably in pain from laughter.
16. L.A. Confidential
A "who done it" that is plot-twisting and very, very engaging. Yet another movie with an incredible cast; Kevin Spacey, Russel Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Danny DeVito are just a few.
15. Lawrence of Arabia
The story of T.E. Lawrence is a very long movie, but worth every minute. I would hope that at some point in your life, that everyone reading this post would see this movie.
Pixar is an incredible production company, and I would have to say that not one of their films really dissapoints. Though I would argue that Wall-E may just be their pinnacle of success. This movie was charming, beautiful looking and carried a much deeper message than anything they have done before. It is meaningful to today and will be forever to come. Though Pixar will gone on for much time to come, I don't know if they will ever hit the magnitude that they did with this incredible animated film.
13. It's a Wonderful Life
A story of love, loss, and perseverance. This film delights every time one watches it and should be in everyone's library. It carries with it a message that will always be relevant and meaningful.
12. 2001: A Space Odyssey
If you do not know what I mean by "Monolith" then you are missing one of the greatest movies ever made.
11. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The best western ever made. Clint Eastwood at his best in western films, this is one that should not be overlooked. Its fun, its gritty and most of all, it includes the good, the bad and the ugly!
As the tagline on IMDb says"They had a date with fate in Casablanca!" This is a great movie that can't be missed and is very enjoyable.
9. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back built on the greatness that the first film created. It was the height of the Star Wars films. George Lucas had more money to work with and hadn't lost the greatness that was in his mind at the time yet. He created a Star Wars film with loss, darkness, frightening revelations and hope all the while keeping it lighthearted.
8. Schindler's List
Hard to watch, hard to talk about, in the end this is one that should not be missed by any single person. The horrors that Jews faced during the World War II and Nazi Germany were all too real and this film is one about that time period that really, must not be missed.
7. Apocalypse Now
The best movie about Vietnam is much different than one would expect. This movie can be disturbing, graphic and is very telling on how man could truly lose his mind in more than one way. A movie that needs to be seen no matter whether or not you can stomach it.
6. Citizen Kane
A movie made for its relevancy, which is still relevant today. Orson Welles made a masterpiece that was revolutionary for its time. Yet it still holds up today as one of the greatest movies. I know some tend to shy away from old movies, but this is an example of how grave of mistake that can be.
5. The Last King of Scotland
This movie can get incredibly brutal, yet tells the story of the Ugandan dictator in a way that makes this such an incredible movie. I would suggest it to everyone, but it does get really graphic at times and realize not everyone can stomach such things. If you can though, this film is just plain outstanding.
4. Blade Runner
Blade Runner in my opinion is the best example of Science Fiction portrayed on film. Its different, its gritty, its magnificent. Harrison Ford is a great actor, yet I think this is his best performance. This really is Sci-Fi at its best and is so worth every second of your time.
3. The Godfather
Up there on most every "Top Movies List" The Godfather really is that good. If you haven't seen this incredible film with Marlon Brando I don't know what you are smoking. This is leaps and bounds above every other single crime syndicate movie ever created. Hell, this movie created the genre in many ways.
2. The Usual Suspects
Perhaps an unusual choice, the Usual Suspects is a movie of amazing twists, turns and realizations. Kevin Spacey makes this movie a masterpiece. This is not your typical movie and although it may be one of those movies that is truly its greatest only the first time you see it, it is an absolutely amazing first time viewing and you sure to notice things you didn't on the many multiple watches afterward.
First of all I realize that this film is not as revolutionary or moving as many of the ones I have put leading up to it. Gladiator however, is a truly epic film. In both the scope of the movie itself and the story that it presents. Russel Crowe puts on one of his best performances that cemented him in my mind as one of the best actors of our modern times. This film is an marvelous example of rising and falling, courage, hope, love, pain, and most of all loss. Though I know many will disagree with me that this is the best movie, and perhaps it is not, but there is no doubt that it is an incredible example of superb film making. I enjoyed this film so much on so many levels, it is the only one that throughout the entire making of this list I knew precisely where I was putting it.