My All-Time Top-50 Movies

Okay, in light of recent posts like, “The Movies that Save Us” and “A Cathartic Post about Good Will Hunting”, I was recently challenged to list my all-time favorite movies.

I took that challenge and over 20 excruciating minutes was able to formulate this comprehensive list of 50 films.  Certain super-classics like the Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins’ 1982 treasure, “The Pirate Movie” did not quite make the list.  Neither did “Tommy Boy”, Richard Pryor’s “The Toy” or, shockingly, “Top Gun.”CasablancaPoster-Gold

Despite these tragic oversights, here is my list.


  • Good Will Hunting
  • Casablanca
  • 25th Hour
  • Gladiator
  • Breakfast Club
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Dan in Real Life
  • Rent
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Things we lost in the Fire
  • Conviction25poster
  • High Fidelity
  • Last of the Mohicans
  • Princess Bride
  • Seven Pounds
  • Book of Eli
  • Glory
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Usual Suspects
  • Schindler’s List
  • Mission
  • Dead Poets’ Society
  • Walk the Line
  • Life is Beautiful220px-Things_lost_fire
  • Knight’s Tale
  • Tombstone
  • Footloose
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Wrath of Khan
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Romeo + Juliet (1996)
  • Legends of the Fall
  • 12 Angry Men (black and white version)
  • Amistad
  • Ladyhawk
  • Die Hard
  • When a Man Loves a Woman
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Neverending StoryConviction-Poster
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Philadelphia
  • Incredibles
  • Crimson Tide
  • Star Wars IV, V, VI
  • Godfather I & II
  • Braveheart
  • A Time to Kill
  • Enemy Mine
  • Love Actually
  • Fight Club

5 Responses to “My All-Time Top-50 Movies”

  1. Great list. Many of those would be on mine as well; particularly, High Fidelity, Dan in Real Life and 12 Angry Men. Those would potentially even make my top 10.

  2. Solid list, Tony! I dig.

  3. I like seeing Life is Beautiful, The Incredibles, and Princess Bride. I’m assuming this isn’t the order, because no way Braveheart is that low!

  4. Captain Tony…my Captain!!1…It appears you cheated by listing several movies (I.E. Godfather I and II…Lord of the Rings….Star Wars….as one movie……how naughty of you

  5. David,
    Yes, you are right… It was cheating. With exception to Lord of the Rings. I don’t care how many times one has to by cinema tickets to see it… It IS one movie.
    The others are pragmatic and, if I am honest, self protective. For Star Wars, for instance, if I had listed only one, it would have been “Return of the Jedi” (for many reasons, including extreme nostalgia), but as soon as I selected one, the masses would complain that I didn’t choose the original (Episode IV) and the space-nerds would revile me for not choosing their preferred, “Empire Strikes Back.” You understand.
    Godfather… well I just couldn’t choose.

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