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My Top 20 Movies of All Time

May 22, 2012

My current top 20 movies of all time are the following:

  1. Star Wars (A New Hope)
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Indiana Jones)
  3. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  4. Big Trouble in Little China
  5. Ghostbusters
  6. Back to the Future
  7. E.T.
  8. Alien
  9. Terminator 2
  10. Seven Samurai
  11. The Princess Bride
  12. Evil Dead
  13. Unbreakable
  14. The Matrix
  15. Bat Man Begins
  16. V For Vendetta
  17. The Watchmen
  18. Enter the Dragon
  19. Fight Club
  20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

The honorable mentions are the following:

  1. Serenity
  2. Golden Child
  3. Rocky
  4. Die Hard

I made this list trying to come up with some variety. If a movie was in a trilogy, then I would only put one of the movies of the trilogy on the list. I also have what I consider to be a variety of different kinds of movies on the list that I enjoy for different reasons. I will explain how the top 5 movies made the list:

  1. Star Wars was incredibly unique and creative. It had some characters you can’t help but love. Han Solo in particular had a great personality. The story line was great, it was one of the most epic movies of all time, and the special effects are still quite good in comparison to all the CGI we’re used to seeing. I chose the first movie because it is self-contained and has none of the flaws that the later films had (that I actually care about).
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark was also very unique and creative. Indiana Jones is one of the all-time greatest personalities ever seen on film. The storyline is wonderful, it has some awe-inspiring scenes, and it had great special effects that still hold up around 30 years later. The first film made the list because it was even more flawless than the sequels. (The third one is a close second and I loved Sean Connery in that movie.)
  3. Lord of the Rings is perhaps the best adventure fantasy film ever made. The story is good and the characters are worth caring for. The personalities don’t shine like Han Solo or Indiana Jones, but they were still enjoyable. Gandolf in particular was a lot of fun. It had top-notch production values and I thought it was a lot of fun.
  4. Big Trouble in Little China was a great modern fantasy film where Chinese mythology comes to life. It was very creative and had a decent storyline. However, what really sealed the deal was how much fun the characters were. Kurt Russell stole the show, but Dennis Dun was also a lot of fun as the greatly superior warrior.
  5. Ghostbusters was one of the most creative movies ever made. It’s incredibly random yet it was made to “feel right” as if it could be real. It makes it feel like there really should be ghostbusters. The special effects hold up and the storyline was great. And most importantly, the characters are wonderful. Although Bill Murray stole the show, the other characters were also a lot of fun.

Perhaps it should be obvious from this list that I grew up around the 80’s and see it as a bit of a golden age for movies. The late 70’s and early 80’s brought up Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Rocky, Terminator, Alien, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and Big Trouble in Little China. I realize that Lawrence of Arabia, Casablanca, and Citizen Cane are classics, but I don’t think they are as fun and the personalities don’t appeal to me as well. This is a list of movies I like best rather than the ones that are “truly the best for all people and all time.”

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