These are quite simply some of the best I have ever seen and some of my favorites thrown in. Favorites are not necessarily the best but they touched me and I continue to watch them. These are not in any order.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
This was my favorite flick of all, from the time it came out until about 1992! Action and adventure plus a great story line.
I wanted to reach into the screen and hit Kathy Bates. It is a classic suspense thriller.
The most action I have seen in a movie to date. This will stand at the top of its Genre for many years to come.
This movie is perfect. Nothing I can add. If you haven’t seen this shame on you.
If you are in my age bracket you know this one. “Chicks cannot hold they smoke…dat’s what it is” .
A childhood fav. I prefer this one to the first. Having villains with powers equal to Superman appealed more than Lex Luther. “Kneel before Zod”.
T2 – Terminator 2
This was the first flick to take it to the next level with special effects the way we know it today! Special effects wise there was nothing before it that came close. Kinda like “Rakim”. Great movie for the time and still holds up.
I saw this one at the theater. Great flick. It is close to 3hrs. I have recently seen some negative reviews from younger viewers on various media sites. I know some folks don’t dig Spike Lee’s style of film making. This however is one of my favorite Spike Lee Joints. The story of Malcolm X is a very well known story within the African American community. It is American History and should be known by all.
Look…there was so much buzz around this one that my parents went together to see it. My parents never went to the movies together! This one changed a lot of peoples opinions about stepping out on their spouse.
National Lampoon’s Vacation
“This is crazy, This is crazy, This is crazy”. Comedy classic. Chevy Chase is great in this one. The cast is perfect. I use to put this in before I went to sleep. No matter what mood I was in, when I fell asleep it was good!
This one came out around the same time “The Matrix” came out. I thought it was a hit but was over shawdowed. They crash land on an unknown planet and realize they have stumbled upon a rare occurrence for the planet.
If you don’t know about this flick you’ve been living under a rock. So many flicks have bitten from this one. Slow motion gun battles anyone? The movie seems so original until you realize in a roundabout way it’s about God and man.
When it comes to scary flicks its “The Exorcist” and everything else. For me coming up this was the most scary flick hands down. I own the DVD and have only watched it once. This deals with the very real issue of demon possession. I know some folks don’t believe there is a God or a Devil. I say keep on living! If you can, research “the making of the exorcist” and all of the crazy stuff that happened during the making.
This movie along with “Fatal Attraction” pushed the boundaries of what was allowed in a “R” rated flick. It is a great whodunnit? But we all know who?
Pacino absolutely nailed this performance. He had great roles afterwards but how do you out do Face? It would be like Michael Jackson topping “Thriller” ? Greatest drug dealer movie ever put on film. It’s about more than that but you know what I am saying!
I have a small collection of movies my kids will have to watch while living in my house. This is one of them. I truly believe we have to know something about the struggles of all people. I know there is controversy surrounding “Schindler’s List” and the validity of it? Regardless… the Holocaust was a tragedy in world history and the movie gives us a glimpse of true evil.
The Godfather part II
This list has got almost every exception to the “part II not being better than the first” on it. I love the back and forth of the stories on this one. Timeless! When you hear people rave about this one…it’s true!
My dad use to rave about Alfred Hitchcock and how creative he was. My mother in law bought this one for me Christmas of 99? I had never seen it prior. I remember it coming on TV when I was a shorty and my mom saying “you like scary movies you should watch it”. Being a kid from the 70s/80s I couldn’t get over the fact it was in black and white! Wow…should have listened to mom! This flick is an example of great film making.
If you didn’t know this a remake…I never saw the original. De Niro’s character spent about 14 yrs in jail for rape. When he gets out he’s looking for payback from the attorney that defended him and withheld evidence because of his past. I think this was the first major role for Juliette Lewis?
Cool how the stories connect. This is a modern day classic. You can get this one for steal on blu-ray.
American History X
Ed Norton’s character starts off as a pretty level headed guy and then becomes a skin head. Goes to prison, skin heads turn on him and his only friend in prison is a “Brother”. Story ends with a twist.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
In pop culture I think everybody knows who “Freddie Krueger” is? This is the flick that launched the character. It has aged some…it was made in the 80s and it shows. However to its credit it is an original story. If you are into the “Horror Genre” you should check it out.
Quirky. I laughed out loud so many times on this one. It is a comedy but feels kinda dark? The Reese Witherspoon character is an over achiever that is running for student office. Broderick is annoyed with Witherspoon and doesn’t want her to win the election. There is more but you have to watch it. Check it for your self and see what you think?
This is the best in my opinion of all the current Vampire / Lycan flicks. Great cinematography and cool story. This looks great in 1080p!
Return of The Jedi
My favorite of the 6 from the Stars Wars series. You know this one, no explanations needed.
This one is so classic you should know this scene? I have this same picture on a large movie poster. When I am in a position to build me a home theater I will get this one professionally framed for that room. The dialogue is kinda corny but aged well. The score is killer.
A Simple Plan
They find a ton of money and everything that could go wrong goes wrong! Get this one on blu-ray as the DVD transfer lacks.
This came out around the time flicks like “Creepshow” and “Twilight Zone the Movie” hit. They had like 3-4 stories that make up the one flick. This one is like that, except the cat “General” is in every story. This is a personal favorite of mine. It’s not one of the greatest of all time but reminds me of my youth. It came out in 1985, the music is dated but is still solid. Drew Berrymore is in this one. I believe this came out just before or after “Firestarter” ?
Passion of The Christ
Personal favorite because it most accurately depicts the sacrifice of my Lord and Savior!
“Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.”One of the best heist flicks of all times.
This is the height of Charlie Sheen as an actor in motion pictures. Covers the nature of man in war conditions and internal conflicts that arise. Holds up well and is considered by many to be one of the best Vietnam war flicks of all time.
The ex-presidents! I always liked this one.
Once Upon a Time in America
I remember this was one of those 2 VHS tape sets! This is a long flick! Great story about life in a Jewish Ghetto and eventually organized crime. A great cast, good story. There are a few slow parts but overall great flick.
The curious case…Brad Pitt is born with the characteristics of an old person. Yet as he gets older he looks younger? When he is old he looks like a preschooler and needs someone to take care of him. The movie however is really about his life in between. This is on blu-ray and you can get it for a steal. Video quality is Five star!
I saw this instead of seeing “Avatar”. This takes place during the Mayan Kingdom. The rulers of that kingdom thought they could prosper by offering human sacrifices? They conquer villages and run up on Jaguar Paws village. He is taken captive and must escape to save everything he loves. Edge of your seat thriller. A must see!
Killer flick. This was one of the first flicks I got on DVD. Just check it out. Don’t let anyone spoil this one for you.
No County For Old Men
Javier Bardem plays one of the illest bad guys ever. Stone cold killer. The movie is simple. Prime example of when less is more. Deserved all the accolades it received.
Glengarry Glen Ross
Dark Comedy. The company sends a motivator to the office to tell the employees everyone will be fired except the two top sales reps. The quotes from this one are endless. This was not big at the box office… I actually never heard of it until I flipped to it on cable. Its one of those heavy dialogue flicks.
Not a comic book cat. I don’t know the history of the story or the characters. I saw this as a new flick with no expectation. I loved this movie, it however had mixed reviews. A lot of the negative reviews were from hard core comic purist? Great to see it in hi def! If you have a nice set up this is a great way to show it off!
“Warriors come out and play”. Great cinematography. Some of the fight scenes seem tame by today’s standards. Remember this hit in 1978. It is still classic and holds up well. Get it on blu-ray.
The original not the remake. This is Rutger Hauer and C. Thomas Howell. This move grabs you from the first five minutes. It takes you on a ride that never stops. This is in my top 20 of all time. This may seem high but the movie made a big impression on me. When you see it remember it came out in 1986! It deserves to be remastered and put on blu-ray. It is on DVD but is one of the sucky early transfers.
Not really a horror flick…more of a suspense thriller? Original story line. At least I had not seen anything like it. Bill Paxton and Matthew McConaughey. I actually rolled the dice and picked this up from the discount bin. Never heard anything about it prior. Really good flick.
“I’ve seen it a hundred times”…Not that many but a lot. I know this movie backwards and forwards and still laugh. Modern day comedy classic with the late Chris Farley.
I remember while watching this movie I felt disappointed. It was moving way too slow and seemed like a dud. Then it happened? The last few minutes made up for everything and now it made sense. The sequels lack and simply try to cash in on what has become the Saw brand.
A cult classic. I actually saw this at the movies in “78”. The flying silver sphere was crazzzzzy for the time. No CGI…pure creativity. The dialogue is corny in spots and sound effects are dated but holds a special place with me. It is worth checking.
With Tom Cruise either you like him or hate him. I actually like him and love him in this flick! It’s so different from any role prior for him. He makes a great bad guy and that’s what makes this movie. This also came out around the time Jamie Foxx was blowing up. He is also good in this flick. I didn’t expect it to be that good but it is.
Stand By Me
Perfect. Nothing else to say.
For me this is Pacino’s third best flick behind Godfather and Scarface. Sean Penn is his lawyer that is trying to live like a gangster while Pacino is trying to get out of that life. Pacino knows the code of the street and failed to follow that code. Doing so comes back to bite him in the end.
Based on a true story. All-star cast. Classssic!
So many Scorsese flicks are in this list. From the first scene you know this is going to be a wild ride. All the mob stereotypes are in this one. It is what it is and it’s great.
Tom Hanks nailed this role. This is in my top ten.
The Seven Deadly Sins, Kevin Spacey and a special delivery.
The Dark Knight
Heath Ledger. His last role before passing. He killed the role as the Joker. It made the movie. It will forever be known because of him.
“You got to be stupid to get fired on yo day off”. The hood comedy classic. There have been multiple sequels but none of have matched the chemistry of Cube and Tucker together.
“What this boy talking bout on the telephone”. Sci-fi comedy from 1985. Corny story line like many teeny bopper flicks. This was directed by the late John Hughes. Classic of my youth. We use to quote this one big time in high school. I have it on DVD.
Boston Irish mob flick. Familiar story done very well. Nice twist at the end.
Saving Private Ryan
The first 20 minutes of this flick are the most powerful of any flick bar none! Cinematography is killer.
Full Metal Jacket
Many consider this to be the best Vietnam based war flick of all time.
Boys Don’t Cry
Based on the murder of Brandon Teena. I didn’t know anything about the real life story until after the movie. This a really sad flick. I only saw it once but it stuck with me. Certain flicks you have to be in the mood to see…this is one of them.
The Silence of the Lambs
You know this one. Anthony Hopkins helps Jodie Foster track down serial killer Buffalo Bill. Great cat and mouse style flick.
Denzel Washington played a great bad guy. Just like Cruise, he is not known for that type of role but killed it! Denzel is a dirty cop and tries to knock off his naive partner and get money to pay off the Russian Mob.
To be continued….