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Saturday, August 4, 2012

He Said, She Said: Our 50 Favorite Movies

It’s difficult to pick my 50 favorite films, but here’s an honest try anyway. My fellow blogger and friend Melissa, at Melissa’s Imaginarium suggested a He Said, She Said list comparison. It sounded like a good chance to examine the difference between guy movies/girl movies.  Unsurprisingly, mine is a bit crime film heavy, but I enjoyed mentioning some of the films that I may never cover at Criminal Movies. For that reason, I tried to cover all the genres I typically like, and I'm sure I could make a top 50 in each of these categories without a problem.

I wasn’t worried about picking the “best films of all time” as there are plenty of organizations to do that. These are simply those films that hold up no matter how many times I’ve seen them which makes them the best films to me. “The Avengers,” for example, may not be a landmark of cinema to some, but it certainly made me feel like kid who got what he’d always wanted, not many films have done that. These are not ranked in any particular order, as doing that would take years and besides, with many of these, I just couldn’t pick one over the other.

Go check out the “She Said” portion over at Mel’s place, and compare away. 

Feel free to express outrage at what was or wasn’t included here. There are hundreds more I would have liked to include, but I think this is a good representation at the moment.


On the Waterfront
Get Carter
Double Indemnity
Out of the Past
Rear Window
Touch of Evil
The Maltese Falcon
Le Samourai
The Conversation
Cool Hand Luke
A History of Violence
The Asphalt Jungle
Taxi Driver
Point Blank
The Godfather
The Long Goodbye
Leon: The Professional
Pulp Fiction
Bad Lieutenant
The Grifters
The French Connection
The Last Life in the Universe
American History X
Strangers on a Train
Man on the Train
North By Northwest
Die Hard

My Life As a Dog
The 400 Blows
Henry Fool
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Barton Fink
Synechdoche, NY
Boys Don't Cry
Dancer In The Dark
Lost Highway
Down By Law
Being There
Paris, Texas
In A Lonely Place
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring…
Glengarry Glen Ross
Lost In Translation
The Fall
The Natural
Cinema Paradiso
The Swimmer
Life Is Beautiful
The Razor’s Edge
There Will Be Blood
Fight Club
It’s a Wonderful Life
Citizen Kane
Lawrence of Arabia
The Bicycle Thieves
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Blade Runner
The Fifth Element
Star Wars (original trilogy)
The Matrix
Back to the Future (trilogy)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
Spider Man (1 and 2)
The Avengers
2001: A Space Odyssey

The Evil Dead (trilogy)
The Wicker Man
The Exorcist
The Vanishing
The Night of the Hunter
The Shining

This Is Spinal Tap
Annie Hall
Groundhog Day
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
The Big Lebowski
Life of Brian
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Royal Tenenbaums

Once Upon A Time In the West
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Dollars Trilogy)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance


Unknown said...

Kick ass list and it features man. many that I left off of my list. we have great taste, my friend. :)

Love Life of Brian, but have not seen it in a while. Same with Clerks and On the Waterfront. I think a movie marathon is in order and I'm using our lists as a guide. :)

Thank you so much for doing this with me. I love talking film with you on Twitter and have always wanted to do something like this.

Cary Watson said...

Ever see The Big Bus? It predates Airplane by a few years, is also a comic riff on disaster movies, and I guarantee it'll replace Airplane on your list. I've got a review here.

INDBrent said...

It was a great idea, Mel and I had a great time putting it together! I got a kick out of comparing it to your list!

INDBrent said...

Thanks, Cary. I have not seen that but I'm putting it on my watch list now!

Craig Edwards said...

What a terrific dual/duel post - and this is a solid list of movies for sure! Well done all!

INDBrent said...

Thanks Craig! Appreciate you checking it out!

Unknown said...

That's a great list. I would agree with like 95% of your selections man. Very very well chosen.

Anonymous said...

Hi Brent, this is a nice collaboration and I'm not surprised that we have a lot of favourite movies in common.

Funnily enough I watched The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance for the first time last night, I also love Jaws, Heat, On the Waterfront and The Maltese Falcon.

I'll head over and check out Melissa's list.

INDBrent said...

Thanks Dan! 95% I can live with!

INDBrent said...

Hi Paul! Thank you. I just love "Liberty Valance." I'm not the biggest John Wayne fan but he had his moments, and worked very well with Jimmy Stewart. Melissa has some great picks too. Thanks for checking this out!

M. Hufstader said...

Great fucking list, my man. I love all these movies. And now I have a bunch I need to see on your "Crime" list. Love how expansive that section is.

Also, congrats! I've given you an award on my blog. Go here to check it out! http://the-smoking-pen.blogspot.com/2012/08/11-badass-questions.html

INDBrent said...

Thanks, M.! What can I say? Nothing makes me happy like a good crime movie! I meant to spread out the categories, but it just wouldn't have been right. An award? Thanks much, I will pop right over!

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