I have done lists where I rank my favorite albums or songs. For movies is a bit harder for me because of the wide selection of films to choose from, I could cheat and go by genre, but I won’t, I will list my favorite movies. I like all kinds of movies so I think the list will have a variety of films.
- About a boy – 2002 – Starring Hugh Grant and Toni Collette, this is a wonderful film both funny and moving. The story is about how a boy who is struggling with his mother somehow enters Will’s life, a shallow man who considers himself an island. The friendship changes both of their lives in this beautiful human story.
- Backdraft – 1991. This for me is a classic film that I remember so vividly when I first saw it. The story mainly is about the McCaffrey brothers, they lost their father when they were kids. Stephen followed his father’s steps and became a firefighter and now Brian, his younger brother, wants to become a fireman. The brother’s rivalry goes into full effect as both men try to prove themselves. With an amazing cast including Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, and Rebecca DeMorney.
- The Sting 1973. This is one of the best con films I have ever seen. The film is fun and funny and full of surprises. Hooker is a small-time con-man who works with friend Luther who gets killed by Lonnegan’s men. He goes to Chicago looking for Gondorff who is a major player seeking to pull the big con and get revenge. With Paul Newman and Robert Redford teaming up again the film is just perfect.
- The Godfather 1972. This is a masterpiece of a film and the first one has always been my favorite. The story of the Corleone family is told in the words of the director, is a family that occasionally commits murder. The film has amazing performances by Brando, Cann, Pacino, Keaton and Duvall.
- Shawshank Redemption – 1994. This is one of those films that just hits you to the core. It is a great story about friendship. Andy Dufrense is wrongfully convicted for murder and he is sent to prison. He there meets Red and they become friends as both men try to serve the time. Starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, this film always gets to me at the end of the film. I think is a movie with such a great story.
- The Royal Tenenbaums – 2001. This is one of those films you see accidentally and end up loving it. I can’t even say why I rented it, but I did and once I saw it, it became one of my favorites. The story is unique and the characters are compelling and great. Royal fakes his disease to move back to the house where he used to live before he got divorced. But his children don’t like him and he tries to win them back. Royal is a great character played brilliantly by Gene Hackman. The film has a great cast including Ben Stiller, Angelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke, and Owen Wilson, and Danny Glover.
- Robin Hood: Prince of thieves – 1991. The summer this film was released had two big blockbusters and both are on my list. Kevin Costner plays the famed Robin Hood and Morgan Freeman plays Azeem, the meet as they both escaped from being prisoners in the crusades. The tale is knowns as he goes against the Sheriff of Nottingham. The movie is action-packed and fun and has a great story and a great cast.
- Prince of Tides – 1991. This film is one that impacted me a lot as I saw it a bit young considering its subject matter. But I have seen it many others since and I still believe it’s a beautiful film. The film tells the story of this troubled family through the eyes of Tom. Susana, the youngest of three brothers, tries to kill herself. Tom is sent to New York to help her psychiatrist find about her client’s past to help her. Tom a man who has been good at keeping secrets and has to reveal everything while going through problems in his marriage. This is Nick Nolte giving an amazing performance in a powerful story about forgiveness, love, and family.
- The Dark Night – 2008. When it comes to the superhero genre, Nolan’s Batman changed the game, they showed that a comic based film could be taken seriously. The second film in the trilogy is the best one for me. The joker steals the show and the story is clever in how it allowed the character to play with the city. Heath Ledger’s performance was incredible and how sad that he was not able to see the acceptance his performance got.
- The Crow – 1994. This is one of my favorite action films. The story is dark and tragic but I loved it. Visually is amazing the sets and the feel of the movie. Eric Draven comes back from the dead to avenge the murder of his girlfriend and he goes one by one reminding them of what they did. This washing to be a big film for Brandon Lee. He was so good in this role, that would sadly become his last.
- Dan in Real life – 2007. This is not a masterpiece by any means, but I loved it. I found the story to be warm and funny. I think Steve Carrell was good in it the whole cast was good.
09. Scent of a Woman 1992. This film is a pure character-driven film and I like that kind of film if the characters are interesting, and in this film Lt. Col. Slade is a unique character and I loved the bond these two characters formed. Charlie Simms needs a job to get home from the holidays and he gets one taking care of blind Lt. Col Slade who plans to take a trip to New York City to the surprise Charlie, the road trip changes both men’s lives. Al Pacino is amazing in this film finally winning the Oscar, ( I think it should have been a tie with Denzel on Malcolm X). He is moving as he plays this character who at times is hard to like until the end where he is changed by the care he felt for Charlie.
08. Eternal Sunshine of the spotless minds – 2004. This Jim Carrey film is his best in my opinion. A unique film, the story was amazing and the performances. Jim Carrey to me gives the best performance of his career and Kate Winslet once again shows why she one of the best actresses of these tomes.
07. Avengers End Game – 2019. I am a comic book fan and to see all these characters on screen has Benn amazing. Although I wished they would have treated Thor a but different. This movie has so many amazing moments that it is ranked among my favorites of the genre and of all times.
06. Spider-Man 2 2004. This to me was a dream come true, I have always loved Spider-Man and finally, he was brought o the big screen. They took a few liberties but they worked. The second film, in my opinion, was the best one, the story was better and the action amazing. Alfred Molina was great as Doc Ock.
05. As good as it gets – 1997. This is a masterpiece of a film. The story and the characters are great. Melvin Udall is one of the best characters I have seen on screen. He is cruel but as an audience, you understand him although he might shock us with the things he does. Played masterfully by Jack Nicholson in an Oscar-winning performance.
04. Braveheart 1995. This epic film remains among my favorite films. The direction by Mel Gibson has a great story and some of the best war scenes I have seen in a film. The score by James Horner works perfectly in the film.
03. Forrest Gump – 1994. This was a huge film at that time and it is such a simple story. I just love how the film relived so many historic moments through the eyes of Forrest Gump, a simple man with a low IQ. His journey is funny and sad a times, but it’s a beautiful film to see. Tom Hanks is amazing as Forrest and so was Gary Sinise as Lt. Dan.
02. Terminator 2 Judgment day 1991. This is the first film I saw multiple times in a movie theater. The effects were amazing and the story was so big, it was the perfect summer blockbuster. Forget what it has become with the other sequels, just see the first one and this one.
01. Titanic – 1997. Also, by James Cameron (Terminator 2). This film has everything. It is a drama based on true events and is a romantic movie and the last part is an action movie. This movie was something else, I remember seeing this one quite a lot in the movie theater. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are great together and Cameron is a brilliant writer and by adding the fictional romance between Jack and Rose it made us the audience feel more devastated at the end. The score by James Horner is brilliant.