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Mike’s Favorite Films

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

Here I list my favorite films of all time. And link to 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, #1 just happens to be my favorite film of all time. 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.

 

1. The Thin Man (1934)

2. Gone With the Wind (1939)

3. The Third Man (1949)

4. The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

5. The Apartment (1960)

6. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

7. The Godfather (1972)

8. The Godfather Part II (1974)

9. All That Jazz (1979)

10. Apocalypse Now (1979)

 

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

12. Casablanca (1942)

13. Citizen Kane (1941)

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

15. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

16. The Red Shoes (1948)

17. Roman Holiday (1953)

18. The Sting (1973)

19. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

20. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

 

21. Arthur (1981)

22. Back to School (1986)

23. Black Dynamite (2009)

24. Blazing Saddles (1974)

25. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

26. Coming to America (1988)

27. The Deer Hunter (1978)

28. The Departed (2006)

29. Die Hard (1988)

30. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

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. A League of Their Own (1992)

38. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

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

40. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

41. Pulp Fiction (1994)

42. The Quiet Man (1952)

43. Raging Bull (1980)

44. Rocky (1976)

45. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

46. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

47. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

48. Suspiria (1977)

49. There Will Be Blood (2007)

50. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

 

51. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

52. Adaptation (2002)

53. All the President’s Men (1976)

54. Almost Famous (2000)

55. Bad Santa (2003)

56. Barton Fink (1991)

57. Black Narcissus (1947)

58. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

59. Caddyshack (1980)

60. Children of Men (2006)

61. Chinatown (1974)

62. A Christmas Story (1983)

63. Do the Right Thing (1989)

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

65. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

66. The French Connection (1971)

67. The General (1927)

68. Giant (1956)

69. The Great Escape (1963)

70. The Hustler (1961)

71. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

72. Jurassic Park (1993)

73. Let It Ride (1989)

74. The Lion King (1994)

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

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

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

78. Major League (1989)

79. The Matrix (1999)

80. Moonwalker (1989)

81. My Darling Clementine (1946)

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

83. National Velvet (1945)

84. On the Waterfront (1954)

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

86. Paper Moon (1973)

87. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

88. Phantom Thread (2017)

89. The Producers (1968)

90. Rio Bravo (1959)

91. The Sandlot (1993)

92. The Searchers (1956)

93. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

94. Snatch (2000)

95. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

96. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

97. The Untouchables (1987)

98. Les Vampires (1915)

99. West Side Story (1961)

100. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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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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