I decided to lighten things up a bit… because I can! lol It’s been years since I’ve written anything talking about my “favorite” whatever. I’m going to spare you the “honor” of seeing those old articles; one is from 2014, and it was videos with me in them. The other two were in 2010 where I touched upon the topic of favorite sports movies and sci-fi movies.
I’ve had an interesting epiphany concerning favorite whatever. It’s hard to have a list of any topic be permanent when things are always changing and we’re always getting older. I’m sure a list of my favorite movies before I turned 18 would have been a much different list than what I’m presenting in my early 60’s (ouch!).
As a matter of fact, even this list has changed over the last 3 or 4 years. One of the movies on this list only came out months ago, and it’s already in my top 5. Because of that, I’ve realized that things like movie and music lists can change over time as long as we live long enough… though my music list would probably be inundated with songs from th3 70’s. 😀
Some of the movies on my list go back a long time; some are relatively new. I came up with a criteria for how I was going to determine my top 15. The top 4 are locked in; have been since the Harry Potter series ended in 2012. The rest have one major criteria, except for one. these are movies that I continue watching over and over. That’s a better list than a movie I saw once, loved, but almost never watch it again… if ever.
I’d love to see what your top movies are based on your criteria. These are mine:
Honorable Mention – Rocky Horror Picture Show
This could be considered cheating but it’s my blog. lol It’s just on the outside of my top 15 list because I’ve probably seen this movie more times than almost all the movies on this list. I first saw this movie during my sophomore year of college in the student union. I didn’t get it, but I was more upset because people were throwing things that I also didn’t understand. I was combing rice out of my hair for 3 or 4 days; my afro was rocking at the time.
However, a few years later I started going to this theater that decided to show this movie every Friday night at midnight. Most of the time I went with friends and sat in the back of the theater. I went for almost 2 years straight because not only did I love this movie, but you never knew what some of the people who came were going to do during it. Even though I haven’t watched this movie in about 4 or 5 years, I felt it deserved a spot.
15. New Jack City
This is one of the coolest movies I’ve ever seen. It was different than anything else I’d seen at the time, and even now it stands alone as a movie that was “cartoon” violent, nothing like Scarface, with the soul and hip hop music that I was craving on a weekly basis. It stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T and Judd Nelson, along with a large contingent of black musical personalities of that generation. Adding to the irony is that Ice-T stars as a cop in this movie, released Cop Killer the year after with his group Body Count, and is now playing a detective on Law & Order SVU. lol
14. Blazing Saddles
This is one of the funniest movies of all time, even if it’s rated R. It was rated R for its subject matter; a lot of racist stereotypes, but all used to deride those who think that way even today. We can thank Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor for doing this movie, which couldn’t be done today, no matter who wrote, directed or produced it. It was a product of its time, as the 70’s led some of us to believe race relations might get better. Unfortunately, there will never be another movie like this in my lifetime.
13. How To Train Your Dragon
What’s funny about this movie is that it knocked a previous animated movie out of my top ten when it came out, that movie being Happy Feet. This movie doesn’t come close to having the same type of music that made Happy Feet fun to watch, but it was funnier, more touching and had a better touch of morality that makes you feel both sad and good at the time time. And there’s a dragon in it; ’nuff said!
As good as Dragon was, it couldn’t overtake Sing. Sing has a lot of music I loved from an earlier time than the movie came out, and it reminded me of both the movie Fame from the late 70’s and what I saw in college as a music major. Also, the singers in the movie are actors, not professional singers, although they obviously have great talent. I could watch the final act of this movie every day.
11. Die Hard 2
The first movie in this series was pretty good, but I didn’t take to it like many other people did. This movie “talked” to me, maybe because unlike the first, it didn’t have to introduce Bruce Willis to us as a movie actor like the first one did (he was a TV star who’d put out a top 40 song before making the original). This movie had style, and from what I remember it was the first movie where you’d have what’s known as pregnant pauses, allowing the camera to zoom to the person who was about to say something profound. It has a rhythm that speaks to me; that’s the best I can offer.
10. Captain America: Winter Soldier
Back in 2019 I did a video where I ranked the 23 MCU movies from the lowest to the top of the list. I had this movie at #3 on that list because Avengers Endgame hadn’t been out all that long and it was still fresh in my mind. However, I find myself watching this one way more often than Endgame, and I stated that’s my main criteria. From a lot of reviews I’ve seen of this movie, it’s one of both the critics and movie goers favorite, and one of two Marvel movies ranked in the 90% range (Endgame is ranked higher). For me, it’s nearly a perfect movie from start to finish, and every time I watch it I get the same thrills as the first time.
I was a big Bruce Willis fan, so I saw this movie the day it came out. It was the 2nd apocalypse movie that year, the other being Deep Impact, and though I liked Deep Impact I loved Armageddon. This movie had personality in the face of imminent danger, and it almost made me cry near the end when Willis’ character tells his daughter that he had to break his promise to make it back home. The only real gripe people had about this movie is that in their minds it wasn’t realistic, and scientifically it wasn’t close to Deep Impact. My reaction to that was “how close to reality is Alien, Star Wars or Wizard Of Oz”? It’s fun to watch over and over; what’s more important than that?
8. Wonder Woman
Here’s a shocking truth; I’d never seen the Wonder Woman TV show, even though I knew who Linda Carter was (who didn’t! lol). However, when I saw her character in the Batman v Superman movie I had a feeling I was going to like her. I knew nothing about her back story either, as I’d never seen any Wonder Woman comics. Still, I was compelled to see this movie the day it opened, and I bought the blu ray the day it came out. I just finished watching this movie again two weeks ago; one of the best scenes I’ve ever seen is when she’s running across the battlefield blocking bullets and projectiles, and stands behind her shield while a gatling gun is trying to take her down. It’s a fantastic movie, she’s a fantastic character, and it was about time we got to see a female super hero like her.
7. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
I’m a major Star Trek fan, even if I haven’t seen any of the latest Star Trek TV productions since I don’t have the Paramount streaming service. I loved the first movie because it was Star Trek, and brought back my favorite characters, but the second movie was the best of all Star Trek movies before and after. It was pure genius bringing back a major villain from the TV show, and the story was well written.
The death of Spock was a major blow (if you think this is a spoiler that’s your fault; you’ve had 40 years to watch it!), and because we didn’t have internet back then, we had no idea Spock was coming back until we saw the title of the 3rd movie. This is another movie that tried making me cry… curse you guys!
6. Avengers: Infinity War
When I ranked the 23 MCU movies, this was at the top of my list… and still is. I loved Endgame, but the truth is that anyone interested in the MCU movies knew what was going to happen in the follow up movie, whereas we had no clue how this one was going to end. We’d also had a fallout and separation of the major characters after the events of Captain America: Civil War, so we had no idea how that was going to flesh out.
Thanos… shiver! lol We were teased about his coming for many years, and I have to admit that I didn’t understand the infinity stones part of the movies, so I had all those questions answered in this one. The other major reason it makes my list and Endgame doesn’t is because I’ll watch this entire movie over and over, whereas I only watch the last hour of Endgame when the big fight begins.
This movie came out about six months ago, but I didn’t know it existed until some time in February, where a lot of my Facebook friends said I had to see it. I watched it on Disney Plus, fell in love with it immediately, and I watched it over and over until I could buy the blu ray, and I still watch it over and over. A true test of the love I have for it is also watching reaction videos about it on YouTube. The music’s great and it touches my heart… it had to be a good movie to knock Infinity War out of my top five.
Although there’s a more popular song from this movie, this one’s my favorite; pay attention to the donkeys lol:
Still, it couldn’t move up any higher. My top 4 seems to be solid…
4. Muppet Movie
The thing this movie had over all the others is that I was a major fan of the TV show when the movie came out. I’d been watching Kermit the Frog since I discovered Sesame Street when I was 13 years old (yeah, I was older, but I was living in Maine and we didn’t see most PBS shows until later while we were there), as he was my favorite character on the show.
You might find this corny, but it still makes me laugh after more than 40 years:
So many gags and lines that still make me laugh today, so much original music that not only do I still love but still know all the lyrics to, and a true G-rated movie that stands the test of time. It’s too bad that lines like “gone with the Schwinn” will go over the heads of most people means that this movie probably won’t translate well with young audiences now, but it makes me glad to be a boomer. 🙂
3. Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows 2
I’ve written 4 articles about Harry Potter on this blog over the years, twice on my business blog and 4 videos on the books and movies. I read all the books and watch all the movies at least 3 times a year. When I need a quick go to piece of Harry Potter content, this is the movie I pull up. It’s possible that it’s my favorite movie because it brought the end to the Harry Potter franchise (yeah, Fantastic Beasts is still around and I like the movies, but it’s not the same) and all the characters we’d gotten to see and know better over the course of 10 years. True, the books are superior, but you can’t fit a 500 page book into a 2 1/2 hour movie. 🙂 One final thing; how many movies have you enjoyed where it took only one word to seal the deal on how much you loved the series (Always… that’s the word…)
By the way, Snape’s still a bad guy, though loyal. This is a great scene in the movie, but it didn’t totally go this way in the books. We can have that argument at another time. 🙂
2. The Natural
Baseball isn’t as big as it was in 1984, but this movie was and still is a classic. There are techniques used in this movie that I’m not sure were in many other movies, but it was otherworldly at the time and they’re still impressive. It’s not just a sports movie; it’s a mystery, it’s magical, it’s stylish and it’s got a lot of heart. It’s the best movie Robert Redford’s ever made, it was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, was filmed in Buffalo NY (about 2 1/2 hours from where I live) and I know someone who was in the movie. lol Even if you’re not crazy about baseball, I recommend you see this one.
This is the coolest shot in the movie; it’s how the movie ends:
1. Independence Day
This is my favorite movie, but it’s possibly there because of September 11, 2001. When that happened I spent 3 days glued to the TV, switching channels constantly trying to find out more updated news. On the third day I knew I needed something to help ground me again, and all I could think about was this movie and the speech the president made before the battle against the aliens:
That alone is enough to make it my favorite movie, but there’s so much more to enjoy. Will Smith was great in this movie, along with Jeff Goldblum. It’s the last good movie Randy Quaid was in before he went goofy. And it had aliens… and we beat them… as I said about dragons, ’nuff said!
There we are; 15 movies. I should have known this would turn out long, and it’s not even written well. This could have been 5,000 words; let’s be glad it’s less than 2,500. 😉 Your turn; share your favorites!