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Mike’s Favorite Films

If you’re reading about someone’s opinions on movies, you should at least know what their tastes are. It helps in being able to trust their opinions, and gauge how their opinions will relate to your own.

Here I list my favorite films of all time. And a bunch of other lists broken down specifically by year. But even if you don’t get into those, I’m listing what (currently. Since they change constantly, as should be the case with any self-respecting person) are my absolute favorites.

Here’s how it works: the top ten is presented in chronological order. But, by sheer happenstance, the first five films happen to be what I would list as my top five favorite films of all time. #1 is #1, but the rest don’t have a particular order. Everything onward is broken into sections (11-20, 21-50 and 51-100) and presented alphabetically. The higher we get, the more interchangeable the list gets. 11-20 is pretty set. 21-50 has a few that are interchangeable with some from 51-100, and 51-100 has a bunch that, if I did this list again right this second, would be left off in favor of others. The idea is to give you a general idea of what I like.

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1. The Thin Man (1934)

2. Gone With the Wind (1939)

3. The Third Man (1949)

4. The Apartment (1960)

5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

6. The Godfather (1972)

7. The Godfather Part II (1974)

8. All That Jazz (1979)

9. Apocalypse Now (1979)

10. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

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11. Casablanca (1942)

12. Citizen Kane (1941)

13. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

14. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

15. The Red Shoes (1948)

16. Roman Holiday (1953)

17. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

18. The Sting (1973)

19. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

20. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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21. Almost Famous (2000)

22. Arthur (1981)

23. Black Dynamite (2009)

24. Blazing Saddles (1974)

25. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

26. Children of Men (2006)

27. Coming to America (1988)

28. The Deer Hunter (1978)

29. The Departed (2006)

30. Die Hard (1988)

31. The Fifth Element (1997)

32. Forrest Gump (1994)

33. Goodfellas (1990)

34. Grease (1978)

35. His Girl Friday (1941)

36. How the West Was Won (1962)

37. Jurassic Park (1993)

38. Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007)

39. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

40. Pulp Fiction (1994)

41. The Quiet Man (1952)

42. Raging Bull (1980)

43. Rocky (1976)

44. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

45. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

46. Snatch (2000)

47. The Sting (1973)

48. There Will Be Blood (2007)

49. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

50. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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51. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

52. Adaptation (2002)

53. All the President’s Men (1976)

54. Bad Santa (2003)

55. Back to School (1986)

56. The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

57. The Band Wagon (1953)

58. Barton Fink (1991)

59. The Big Lebowski (1998)

60. Black Narcissus (1947)

61. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

62. Cast Away (2000)

63. Chinatown (1974)

64. A Christmas Story (1983)

65. Do the Right Thing (1989)

66. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

67. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

68. A Few Good Men (1992)

69. The French Connection (1971)

70. The General (1927)

71. The Great Escape (1963)

72. High Noon (1952)

73. The Hustler (1961)

74. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

75. Jaws (1975)

76. Let It Ride (1989)

77. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

78. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

79. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

80. Love Story (1970)

81. Major League (1989)

82. The Matrix (1999)

83. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

84. Moonwalker (1989)

85. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

86. My Darling Clementine (1946)

87. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

88. On the Waterfront (1954)

89. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

90. The Producers (1968)

91. Rio Bravo (1959)

92. The Sandlot (1993)

93. The Searchers (1956)

94. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

95. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

96. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

97. The Untouchables (1987)

98. The Usual Suspects (1995)

99. Les Vampires (1915)

100. West Side Story (1961)

Also check out:

Mike’s Top Ten of 2016 / The Unforgivables: 2016

Mike’s Top Ten of 2015 / The Unforgivables: 2015 / REMIX

Mike’s Top Ten of 2014 / The Unforgivables: 2014 / REMIX

Mike’s Top Ten of 2013The Unforgivables: 2013 / REMIX

Mike’s Top Ten of 2012 / The Unforgivables: 2012 / REMIX

Mike’s Top Ten of 2011 / The Unforgivables: 2011 / REMIX

Mike’s Top Ten of 2010 / The Unforgivables: 2010 / REMIX

Mike’s Top Tens of the 2000s

Mike’s Top Tens of the 1990s

Mike’s Top Tens of the 1980s

Mike’s Top Tens of the 1970s

Mike’s Top Tens of the 1960s

Mike’s Top Tens of the 1950s

Mike’s Top Tens of the 1940s

Mike’s Top Tens of the 1930s

Coming soon eventually: More links to lists of my favorite films.

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6 responses

  1. So shocked and delighted to see The Thin Man anywhere on a favourite movies list, much less the first spot! I thought no one else knew about it! Anyways, that series is brilliant fun and it’s great to see it getting some recognition.

    December 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

  2. Excellent, diverse list– I love seeing His Girl Friday, Roman Holiday, Red Shoes, and The Thin Man on there. I don’t know where to begin with a Top 40 list.

    May 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm

  3. I need to watch There Will Be Blood. I has been on my list since July haha. But Pulp Fiction and Goodfellas are two of my favorites. http://moviesasllakdja.blogspot.com

    November 23, 2014 at 10:56 pm

  4. By the way Mike, how many movies have you seen in total altogether?

    February 28, 2016 at 10:23 am

  5. tellymurray

    Nice list! I’ve seen some of them.

    September 16, 2016 at 11:02 am

  6. Wow, love that you include this on your blog. And what a list it is!

    March 20, 2017 at 9:40 am

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