Top 10 Favorite Films of All Time

Top 10 Favorite Films of All-Time

A top list is one that is always hard to put together.  With so many films that I have watched, there are a lot of films that I cherish and enjoy a lot.  With so many films out there that I like, it is a difficult task to put together a Top 10 list.  With that being said, a favorite list is (for me) based off two things:

Characterization and story

Those two things always will keep me loving a film more and more.  It gives it replay value and also sparks that raw emotional cord, which even if I have seen it 100 times, I still feel like I’ve witness it the first time in theaters again.  So with that little insight into my how I choose my favorites, here is my top 10 favorite films of all time:

Django10. Django Unchained – Quentin has many memorable films, which without a doubt are enjoyable.  Even with his huge collection of films, his most recent one jumped up and became a staple in my top 10 list.  From the story, characters and overall tone, it gives a real encapsulated feeling, that even after multiple viewings; you will find yourself enjoying the film time after time.  It is (in my opinion) QT’s best film written and directed.

 

 

 

lotr9. The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) – You can call this cheating, but this is my list.  The reason I put it as one is if you watch these films, it is just one big film.  I am a huge fan of fantasy, and this Peter Jackson creation on the big screen provides a world that is beyond imagination.  From the journey of the ring bearer (Frodo) to all the other people and creatures of Middle Earth, you get lost in struggle, feel the pain and enjoy the emotional ride you’ve become hooked on.  This is my favorite fantasy film/trilogy to date.

 

 

 

room8. Room – Moving, tantalizing; invigorating.  There are many terms I can describe this film but I will leave it to you to decide.   A movie about two individuals living in captivity, this is a endearing tale of a mother and her son who have to live against all odds.  When freedom finally comes; new experiences become some of the hardest challenges; but they still have each other.  Some of the best acting in the most simplest of tales; the relationship of a mother and her son makes this indie flick a definite charming and worth on my favorite list; you can read the review here.

 

 

 

the big lebowski7. The Big Lebowski – You can never go wrong with ‘The Dude’ (Jeff Bridges).  This film is the definition of how you take great characters, and infuse them into dark comedy.  This film is one that shows raw individualism, but a funny (sometimes crazy ride) at its finest.  From all the one liners, to the interaction between The Dude and others, you’ll be laughing from beginning till the end.  This is a definite cult classic.

 

 

 

 

Almost Famous6. Almost Famous – Set in the 1970s, it follows a boy (who wants to become a writer) who tags along with a rock band on the road.  I am a sucker for ‘coming of age’ stories, and this is (in my opinion) the definite coming of age film.  The coming of age themes is so intricate, that it not only affects the main character, but also everyone around him.  From the lead singer, to the Roadies, to even the boy’s mother and sister, you watch as all involved grow to better themselves in the end.  This gives it its witty charm, as well as provides quality to the story, character and overall aura of the film.

 

 

 

Snatch5. Snatch – Multiple story lines; distinctive and outrageous characters; comedy, drama and action all rolled into one amazing picture by Guy Ritchie.  This is a film that is the best one that combines intricate storylines with a singular purpose, but also providing depth to every single character.  There isn’t much else to say about this film but, if you haven’t watched it, WATCH IT (you won’t be disappointed).

 

 

 

 

The 40 Year Old Virgin4. The 40 Year Old Virgin – There is one thing that seems to be a trend with a lot of comedy films. The one single downfall with comedies is they just aren’t the same in multiple viewings.  The reality is, most comedies don’t have stories or characters worth caring for, and the film is defined by jokes.  This film right here goes beyond just the jokes and provides film that has a wealth of themes that are littered with hilarious jokes. I can laugh till it hurts regardless of knowing which jokes are coming up. This goes to the quality of the characters, story and wonderful direction from Judd Apatow.  This is my favorite comedy of all time.

 

 

 

3. La La Land – This is a film that took my heart from the first scene.  Originality is something hard to come by, but when a film combines genres and characterization, it drives home what makes the experience at the theaters so rewarding.  As I mentioned in my review, this is a film that generated that one of a kind of filming that goes beyond just being a person in the theater.  This is a story that thrives on excitement, joy, passion and raw detail.  It brings about a true escape that is pure at heart.  This is my favorite musical of all time, an original masterpiece.

 

 

 

Inception2. Inception – To me; Chris Nolan is simply one of the best director/writers out there today.  None of his movies have disappointed.  With that being said, out of all the films I have watched that he has directed/written, Inception is my favorite.  The ways this movie develops, and how the characters get lost within the ‘dream world’ of both themselves and their mission helps create tension, moments and an overall great experience.  This movie has it all, but cannot beat my number one film.

 

 

 

 

Drive1. Drive – This is my favorite film of all time.  From the writing, to the characters, to the methodical direction and engrossing scope of the score, you get a deeply layered entertaining film.  You feel touched by the brevity of the situation of Gosling and Carey Mulligan’s situation, but also become aware of the vicious cycle of violence that makes things go haywire.  There is complete emotional depth from beginning to end, even when the credits role.  With bringing great characters, story, it creates that spark, that makes me want to watch this film over and over.  That is why it is my favorite film of all time.

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