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Top 10 List: Movies

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Whether inspired or angered by the Oscars, I've been thinking about movies quite a bit lately. My friend, Pierre, and I used to constantly hone and compare our lists of our personal Top 10 films, so I thought I'd post my most recent Top 10 list. Feel free to weigh in and add your own favorite films in the comments section. What did I miss? What do I need to see? Where do you think I was wrong? 


The films are listed in no particular order; #1 is no greater than #10. Also included is a particularly great quote from the film and a link to some video on You Tube. (Note: Resorted on 4/17/11 to be in alphabetical order...)


#1 The Abyss: Special Edition - Released 1989 Theatrically, Abyss was cut down and ended so abruptly you just felt cheated. Re-released on Laser Disc with like 45 minutes restored, this film is brilliant. The underwater photography is amazing, as is the making of doc that accompanies the DVD. If you haven't watched this movie or saw it in the theater only, get the DVD and check the SE cut.


Lindsey: Your gauge could be wrong, you drop your weights and start back now!


Virgil: [typing] Going to stay awhile


Lindsey: No, you won't stay there, do you hear me, you drop your weights! You can breathe *shallow*, do you hear me? Bud, please listen to me, *please*, goddammit, you dragged me back from the bottomless pit, you can't leave me here *alone* now, please... Oh god,Virgil, *please*... please...


Virgil: [typing] Dont cry baby. Knew this was one way ticket, but you know I had to come. Love you wife.

 


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#2 The Dead Poet's Society - Released 1989 You wanted to be a student at this school, and you wanted Mr. Keeting to be your teacher. And, oh God, you wanted to hope that you'd be one of the kids to stand on the desk at the end.


“’Oh, Captain, my Captain.’ Who knows what that comes from? Anybody? Not a clue. It’s from a poem by Walt Whitman. In this class you can either call me ‘Mr. Keeting’ or if you’re slightly more daring, ‘Oh,captain, my captain.’” 

 

 


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#3 Die Hard - Released 1988. This totally reinvented the action film genre. Non. Stop. Action. And Hans Gruber: Best Villian Ever!


"When they touch down, we'll blow the roof, they'll spend amonth sifting through rubble, and by the time they figure out what went wrong, we'll be sitting on a beach, earning twenty percent."



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#4 Ferris Bueller's Day Off - Released 1986 I was a sophomore in high school when this came out, and everyone wished they could be Ferris. So many great quotes and just John Hughes at the top of his game. And one of the first films that I saw where the fourth wall is broken.


Sloane: What are we going to do?


Ferris: The question isn't "what are we going to do," the question is "what aren't we going to do?"


Cameron: Please don't say we’re not going to take the car home. Please don't say we’re not going totake the car home. Please don't say we’re not going to take the car home.


Ferris: [to thecamera] If you had access to a car like this, would you take it back right away? Neither would I.

 


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#5 Field of Dreams - Released 1989 The end gets me every time. It makes you want to call your dad and tell him that you love him. And have a catch.


John Kinsella: Well, good night Ray.


Ray Kinsella: Good night, John.


[They shake hands and John begins to walk away]


Ray Kinsella: Hey...Dad? [choked up] You wanna have a catch?


John Kinsella: I'd like that.

 


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#6 Jaws - Released 1975 The acting and dialog in this film is just perfect, spot on. Every character is so believable and every scene offers something to the film. Who could see this and not be forever changed when going in the water?


“You know the thing about a shark? He’s got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes. And when he comes at ya, he doesn’t seem to be livin’. Until he bites ya… So 1100 men went into the water, 316 men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945.”  



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#7 The Matrix - Released 1999 Between the marketing campaign and the special effects, this was another film that was just an overload for the senses. Bullet-time has been totally played out since, but Matrix invented it and wrapped it into a story that sucked you in from the get go.


"Unfortunately, no one can be told what The Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself….”



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#8 The Sting - Released 1973 Just such terrific chemistry between Redford and Newman and a with more twists and turns than The Usual Suspects.


Doyle Lonnegan: Your boss is quite a card player, Mr. Kelly; how does he do it?


Johnny Hooker: He cheats.



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 #9 Star Wars Trilogy Episodes 4 - 6  - Released 1977, 1980, 1983 It's my list, so I can lump all three of these films -- New Hope, Empire and Jedi -- into one film. If you don't like it, make you're own list.  Also, no quotes or clips for this. If you don't know what Star Wars is all about, then, I just don't know what else to say...


#10 Terminator 2: Judgement Day  - Released 1991 This movie redefined what special effects could do. You didn't dare blink for 2 hours for fear you'd miss something awesome, plus a sequel that was every bit as great as the original.


John Connor: "Jesus, you were gonna kill that guy!"


Terminator: "Of course; I'm a terminator."


We used this scene as a demo clip for years at Custom Theater...


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Honorable mentions....


The original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Released 1971 Gene Wilder's performance was brilliant, unlike that abortion that Tim Burton remade with the scary/homo Johnny Depp character.


Forrest Gump - Released 1994. Such a great story, and I think one of the very first films I saw in the theater with Dana.


The Shawshank Redemption - Released 1994 This is how you make a Stephen King book into a movie. Terrific performances all around.


Lord of the Rings Trilogy - Released 2001, 2002, 2003 This was 9 hours of just terrific storytelling, and, really, probably should be the Top 10. I just don't know what to bump out....


And, of course, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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18 Comments

Reply Pamela
5:05 PM on March 10, 2010 
#1 What about Bob # 2 Notting Hi ll#3 Julie and Julia #4 My Best Friends Wedding #5 Anne of Green Gables
#5 With Honors #6 Momma Mia #7 Sabrina (Harrison Ford0 #8Planes, Trains and Automobiles, #9 As Good As it Gets, #10 Scent of a Woman, Bonus #11 Dead Poets Society
I saw only The Dead Poets Society on your list of favorites. I also Liked Ferris Buellers Day off too.
How do you like my choices?
Reply yapr
5:27 PM on March 10, 2010 
dan and I will have to disown you for putting SW at #8. At least you didn't put Legolas on there. What is your obsession with DPS? Good, yes. #2 all-time, no.
Reply John Sciacca
5:35 PM on March 10, 2010 
yapr says...
dan and I will have to disown you for putting SW at #8. At least you didn't put Legolas on there. What is your obsession with DPS? Good, yes. #2 all-time, no.

Oh, Pierre! You above all know that this is in no particular order! And I say so in the opening (#1 is no better than #10). It just happened to be the way I wrote them up. So let's see your list, buddy. Titanic and Top Gun still on it?
Reply Byron
10:15 PM on March 10, 2010 
This is a very brave top ten list that you have posted. I love many of the selections, but Ferris Bueller? Why not Pretty in Pink or Breakfast Club. Just because it reminds you of good days long past, doesn't make it an all time great. I didn't know you were so sentimental. I noticed you did not include classic movies. I am Ok with this for the most part because, while many of these movies are still great to watch, they don't always hold up over time with a few exceptions. I didn't know you were such a big Robert Shaw fan (Jaws and The Sting - both great movies). I thought about adding From Russia with Love to my list, but went with another Bond film instead. I think you have left off some really important films that must be mentioned.Here is my list which probably could change daily. 1.Godfather Trilogy (in keeping with your Stars Wars lumping) 2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (I don't feel I can lump this with its sequels. Holy Grail deserves Honorable mention because of Sean Connery) 3. Original Star Wars Trilogy (I love that you grouped them together) 4. Matrix (Again, can't group with sequels) 5 Enter the Dragon (only truly great martial arts film - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Sleepiness, I don't think so) 6. Goldfinger (Aston Martin need I say more) 7. Ben Hur (Chuck Heston at his finest, but I almost went Planet of the Apes. It's a toss up) 8. The Quiet Man (He may have won his Oscar for True Grit, but this is John Waynes greatest acting performance. 9. Lord of the Rings Trilogy (I know you gave it Honorable mention, but I think it deseves more) 10. Shawshank Redemption (I love me some Morgan Freeman), Terminator II (T1000 / Robert Patrick), and Field of Dreams (I guess I'm the sentimental one with this entry. I haven't cried since I was 8 until "want to have a catch" was uttered by the Postman. How can I be so fragile.). Ok I know I cheated on 10, but I couldn't help myself. My last film of Honorable mention - Open Range. I'm a sucker for this western. You had me at Bobby D. One last thing. I would love to see the extended version of the Abyss.
Reply John Sciacca
9:59 AM on March 11, 2010 
Byron says...
This is a very brave top ten list that you have posted. I love many of the selections, but Ferris Bueller? Why not Pretty in Pink or Breakfast Club.

Solid post, Byron. Why Ferris? Because I didn?t want to be anyone else; Ferris made me want to be him (or at least friends with him----just keep him away from my dad?s Mercedes!). It?s tough to narrow it to just 10. I remembered The Game this morning which I also *love*. Great memories of watching Ben Hur with my friend Dan. (?RAMMING SPEED!!!?) The Shootist is my Wayne of choice. Have to have you over to see SE of Abyss on 115 inch screen.
Reply Dan
5:07 PM on March 11, 2010 
First off, my hat is off to you for publicly listing your Top Ten Movies. However, like Pierre, I was disappointed that Star Wars wasn't listed first. Yeah, I read your blah, blah, no particular blah. You could have listed them in alphabetical order to show more impartiality. My son's name is Luke! I didn't name him 'Great White'!
I also agree with Byron concerning Raiders. It would be in my Top Ten, requiring me to remove Matrix. Am I the only one that still doesn't really know what the Matrix is?
As far as classics, I would NEVER reveal that I am partial to Wizard of OZ (oh shoot, I just did) I never grow tired of the scene where the Wizard yells to the cowardly lion to,'GO!' and he bolts down the hallway and dives out the window head first. Classic.
By the way, didn't we see Shawshank together? You were late. Glad you didn't miss it.
Dan
Reply Malia76
11:49 AM on March 12, 2010 
The Shawshank Redemption is on my top 10 list, not just a mere shout out. And where's the love for The Usual Suspects? So glad I finally got to read your great writing. It puts a smile on my face, you know how I love the sarcasm.
Reply John Sciacca
11:52 AM on March 12, 2010 
Malia76 says...
The Shawshank Redemption is on my top 10 list, not just a mere shout out. And where's the love for The Usual Suspects? So glad I finally got to read your great writing. It puts a smile on my face, you know how I love the sarcasm.

Welcome (finally!). And thanks for not dogging my list order like two other someone's. Shawshank is terrific, and on another day, it might have made it. Though, it is probably a step behind LOTR trilogy, so....
Reply Keely
1:35 PM on March 12, 2010 
Just like Scattergories, baby - we share the same answers. Down to every word, until the Johnny Depp dis. I can't be havin' that. I'm no good at condensing my favs to 10 - so I'm not going to even attempt it.
Reply John Sciacca
1:39 PM on March 12, 2010 
Keely says...
Just like Scattergories, baby - we share the same answers. Down to every word, until the Johnny Depp dis. I can't be havin' that. I'm no good at condensing my favs to 10 - so I'm not going to even attempt it.

You know what he did in Chocolate Factory was just plain wrong! The fundamental flaw: He *hated* kids! You don't see me defending all of Winona Ryder's work (even though every performance is BEST PERFORMANCE EVER!)
Reply Dan
2:06 PM on March 12, 2010 
I really didn't like the Wonka remake either. I saw it with my son in the movie theatre. After it was over I apologized to him. I couldn't look around as the audience was leaving. I'm sure they weren't either. We were all too embarrassed to have spent money seeing it. I felt the same with, Lost in Space'.
John- still wondering why Die Hard is ahead of Terminator on your list. Pierre, are you reading this?
Reply Keely
2:09 PM on March 12, 2010 
John Sciacca says...
You know what he did in Chocolate Factory was just plain wrong! The fundamental flaw: He *hated* kids! You don't see me defending all of Winona Ryder's work (even though every performance is BEST PERFORMANCE EVER!)

Tru dat. But I understand Johnny's Willy Wonka- *I* hate children; yet I must entertain/feed/clothe/love/train them. We share this tortured feeling. It's a kindred-hatred continuum. And it makes him deliciously entertaining, as usual. BTW the fact that Top Gun was EVER on Pierre's Top 10 list makes me sad.
Reply John Sciacca
2:11 PM on March 12, 2010 
Keely says...
Tru dat. But I understand Johnny's Willy Wonka- *I* hate children; yet I must entertain/feed/clothe/love/train them. We share this tortured feeling. It's a kindred-hatred continuum.

"Geeta! Your kids are acting up again! Get in here and do something!"
Reply Rob Medich
5:39 PM on March 18, 2010 
Pierre?!?
Reply yapr
3:18 PM on April 26, 2010 
my global top 10, don't argue you know these are all deserving - 1) Star Wars - 'cept ep1. 2) Indiana Jones - xcept the one with shia lebeouf 3) Back To the Future Trilogy 4) Terminator I/II 5) Matrix Trilogy 6) Shawshank Redemption 7) Die Hard 8) Forrest Gump 9) Top Gun 10) Bladerunner
Reply John Sciacca
5:05 PM on April 26, 2010 
yapr says...
my global top 10, don't argue you know these are all deserving - 1) Star Wars - 'cept ep1. 2) Indiana Jones - xcept the one with shia lebeouf 3) Back To the Future Trilogy 4) Terminator I/II 5) Matrix Trilogy 6) Shawshank Redemption 7) Die Hard 8) Forrest Gump 9) Top Gun 10) Bladerunner

If we're lucky, Pierre may one day grace us with a brilliant movie review. He is a man of few words, but each one cuts deeper than my chainsaw. I knew Top Gun would be on your list...especially since you wore out TWO cassette tapes of the soundtrack! "Highway to the Pi-anger zone....."
Reply BarefootDrunk
7:50 PM on April 19, 2012 
Alrighty, then. Because I was told I have to share my top ten after reading, here we go. I'm afraid my favorite movies are mostly comedies. *shrugs* I love stuff that makes me laugh. If I'm looking for a movie to watch, 9 times out of ten, I'll pick something funny. Anyhoo, here goes. In no particular order, without much thought beforehand:

Arthur
Stand By Me
Airplane!
Blazing Saddles
Young Frankenstein
Goodfellas
Braveheart
It's a Wonderful Life
Shaun of the Dead
A Hard Day's Night


Honorable Mention: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Uncle Buck
The Invention of Lying
Anything with Bill Murray

No, I'm not kidding. If I could only watch 10 movies for the rest of my life, these would be the ones. There you go. :)
Reply BarefootDrunk
7:56 PM on April 19, 2012 
Oh, and by the way, forgot to mention that I liked *most* of your choices. The
Terminator, I never really got into, or The Matrix, and I didn't see The Sting. But the rest are definitely up there in the top hundred or so. ;)