Top 10 Favourite Movies

In Stef’s latest ‘Tidbit Tuesday‘, blog post she put the question out to readers – what are your top 5 favourite movies? As I could not cut off my list at 5, I decided to make this post my top 10 favourite movies of all time. Without further ado and in no particular order, here they are:

01: The Blues Brothers – definitely one of my long standing favourite films. I love Jake & Elwood Blues, and Dan Ackroyd’s dancing in every single musical scene throughout the film never fails to make me laugh. So many quoteable lines too. 02: The Dreamers – If you don’t already love Eva Green, you will after watching this film. It’s beautiful, and the imagery is still fresh for me even after years of re-watching.

03: Atonement – Watching this film will result in a full scale crush on James McAvoy, be warned. This is one of the rare circumstances (at least for me personally) where the film supersedes the book. 04: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – I doubt I have to explain why this movie is so amazing. If you’ve not seen it, you’ve obviously not lived through the 80’s.

05: Constantine – I’m not really sure why I like this movie so much, but it’s one of the few I can re-watch a countless number of times without getting sick of it. Tilda Swinton as Gabriel is simply genius. 06: Romeo & Juliet – When this film first came out, I went and saw it at the cinema around 4 times. I became obsessed with it, and the story of Romeo & Juliet. It also sparked my unhealthy teenage obsession with Leonardo DiCaprio, but we won’t go into that now…

07: Alien Vs Predator – Guilty pleasure film, don’t ask. 08: Star Wars Trilogy – I call this a trilogy because the recent films 1-3 are dead to me. Nothing beats the original. I still have memories of being a child and doing everything I could to stay away to watch the entire films when they were shown on TV, but I remember always falling asleep when Luke gets attacked by the Sand People. Gosh I’m cool.

09: Indiana Jones Trilogy – If I have to explain to you why Indiana Jones is amazing, well then we can’t be friends I’m sorry. The original trilogy is still my favourite, but the 4th film wasn’t too bad. Shia LaBouf’s smart mouth usually makes a film pretty bearable for me. 10: The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy – Now my inner geek is really showing. I love these films, and can still get a lot of enjoyment out of them after countless re-screenings. You know you’ve matured when you no longer find Orlando Bloom as Legolas attractive, but think Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn is the cat’s pyjamas.

So now I pose the question to you – what are your top 5 or 10 favourite movies of all time?

15 Thoughts on “Top 10 Favourite Movies

  1. Totally with you there on the Blues Brothers and Lord of the Rings, I could never get sick of those movies <3

  2. I love the Indiana Jones films! Especially Raiders of the Lost Ark which is in my top 5.

    My all time favourite movie is Singin in the Rain. I know it almost off by heart but everytime I watch it I find something new to like about it.

    Also in my top 5 would be The Wizard of Oz, Funny Face and Clueless.

    • I love The Wizard of Oz and Clueless also! I hadn’t seen Clueless for years, but still knew most of the lines off by heart when I re-watched it recently!

      • I remember when Clueless first came out my friends and I would talk in American accents constantly. WHATEVER!

        After giving it some thought I have to add Casablance and Some Like It Hot to my list. I really think the oldies are the best.

  3. Oh god this is tough! I’m so fickle with my ‘favourites’ sometimes! Thinking hard here, and in no particular order:

    1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – def with you here Jess! Absolute 80’s classic.
    2. The Labrynth – Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie in their finest moments – I can quote pretty much word for word this entire movie – songs included.
    3. Knocked Up – words cannot express how much this movie makes me laugh, I love it so. The humour is just right up my alley!
    4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall – as above. Say no more.
    5. Empire Records – amazing 90’s hilarity! Again can quote every line…

    I’m certain I could think of more but for some reason only those 5 come to mind! Will report back if anymore come to me!

    • OMG I love the Labyrinth! I can’t believe anyone else actually knows that film, lol. Also love Forgetting Sarah Marshall & Empire Records – you have great taste!

  4. Top five in no particular order:

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Seriously, this movie is amazing and has it all. Probably more of a dude flick, but chicks can vibe on Michael Cera being super alt with mad fighting skills, and a few other cameos.

    Fantastic Mr. Fox – The best of the Wes Anderson films. Amazing what happens when he takes on a project that is riddled with happiness, as opposed to his usually more sullen titles. The wit is still there, strong as ever, and the animation (a complete throwback to the early 90’s/late 80’s), whilst presenting itself in an adult manner, is very aesthetically pleasing & is something that should be done more frequently.

    Caddyshack – Bill Murray + Chevy Chase. Throw in the free spirited approach to screnplays, only evident in 80’s films and we have a winner.

    Can’t Buy Me Love – I’ll upset a few people here but probably the greatest coming-of-age film EVER. The warm fuzzy feeling you get at the end when the cafeteria is embroiled in harmony… What can I say?

    Back to the Future Trilogy – Ferris may have been THAT guy, but probably seemed a bit far-fetched for my liking (don’t get me wrong, I still wanna be THAT guy and I loved the film). Marty McFly just seems a more accessible cool dude who just has got it all going on for him. Oh need I mention – HE TRAVELS THROUGH TIME??? Turns his family life upside down with a swift trip in the delorean, grabs some sweet futuristic threads, an ongoing rivalry (throughout the ages no less) with a goon and his gang of hacks (which features Billy Zane). In a trilogy, you could expect the movies to lag at moments, the sheer task of keeping a plotline as vivid & commanding over three films being no easy feat. But they never do, the enjoyment remains throughout the entirity of the three films. Plus there is also the creepy kid in the third film. Clip here:

    Cheesy favourite – Total Recall
    Favourite Bond Film – Live & Let Die


  5. I’m with you on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Atonement (HEART James McAvoy and I agree, it WAS better than the book), and Indiana Jones (I disregard the 4th one’s existance). My faves (In no particular order): Life is Beautiful, Memoirs of a Geisha, Ghostbusters, Love Actually, Christmas Vacation, Dogma, Waitress, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction

  6. I really liked Constantine as well! Although Star Wars tops my most ‘overrated’ movie of alltime – don’t hate πŸ™‚

  7. In no particular order:

    1) BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S: Definitely belongs in the number one spot. This is my absolute favourite film of all time – it is timeless, beautiful, romantic and (in my opinion) perfect.

    2) SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION: Brilliant! Based on Stephen King’s short story, this classic tale of retribution and revenge never gets old for me.

    3) SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE: I love the Meg Ryan / Tom Hanks combination, and there isn’t a sweeter story out there than this of love at first sight and the lengths people go to to keep the dream of true love alive.

    4) REAR WINDOW: Alfred Hitchcock is a genius, and Grace Kelly is absolutely timeless. The most amazing thing about Hitchcock films is their subtle suspense, and how they can keep you guessing right till the end without blood and sex-filled scenes.

    5) THE HANGOVER: My guilty pleasure – this movie never fails to make me laugh

  8. Romeo and Juliet is my all time favourite. I used to watch it over and over again when I was home sick from school. Leo was so gorgeous!

  9. lord of the rings, star wars and ferris beuller’s day off are my favourites!
    i will never get sick of lord of the rings, the return of the king still makes me cry everytime i watch it.
    My top 5 excluding these 3 would be:
    1. Green Street Hooligans (even though i cannot bring myself to watch the end)
    2. Mona Lisa’s Smile
    3. Harry Potter (all of them!)
    4. Bridget Jones’ Diary
    5. Devil Wears Prada

  10. Claire on March 1, 2011 at 5:03 am said:

    Sigh. This is bringing me back to my teen years.

    I think my favorites are pretty much everything mentioned here! but I will add That Darn Cat with Haley Mills and Jurassic Park trilogy.

  11. The Dreamers, I have not heard of that… but interestingly I went to add it to my Netflix queue, and there is already is!

    My Top 5, in no particular order, which looks kind of sad when I see it typed out… πŸ˜‰

    1. Overboard with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn… HILARIOUS. A forgotten 80s romantic comedy, I’d say. πŸ˜‰
    2. Pretty in Pink. I’ve loved it since I was a kid and that will never change.
    3. The Shawshank Redemption. Truly worth the 2+ hours.
    4. Knocked Up. Hilariouuuuuus. I am not one for raunchy comedies at all, but this one had so much heart. And it was just so funny.
    5. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Visually, a beautiful movie to me. It was shot in New Mexico in the mid-70s and features the lovely Ellen Burstyn. Directed by Martin Scorsese.

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