10. Forrest Gump (1994) – Robert Zemeckis
Though Forrest Gump is #10 on my list it’s still a movie that I have seen countless times and care for so much. From its awesome storyline of Forrest Gump’s unique and engrossing life to Tom Hanks performance, which I think is his best. The movie just hits all the right emotional spots when watching a movie.
9. Finding Nemo (2003) – Andrew Stanton
Finding Nemo is the movie that just kept on swimming. On the surface Finding Nemo is a children’s animated movie but at its core it’s an engaging adventure with memorable characters and quotable lines, along with beautiful animation. It is Pixar’s best movie in my opinion.
8. Jaws (1975) – Steven Spielberg
Jaws is responsible for my childhood obsession and fear of sharks. Jaws in many ways made me think about its subject matter long after my first viewing, probably more than most movies on this list. The movie hooks you on Spielberg’s assured direction and its haunting score which will have you sounding it out whenever you’re in water.
7. Skyfall (2012) – Sam Mendes
Skyfall is everything you want and more from a Bond film. Skyfall perfectly used it’s own franchise qualities that come with a Bond film being its action, beautiful women, and evil villains. For a awhile I thought my favorite bond film (Live or Let Die) wouldn’t be beat until Skyfall came out. Skyfall’s unique storyline of a struggling and aging Bond which has never been explored in a Bond Film works wonders here.
6. Goodfellas (1990) – Martin Scorsese
Goodfellas is a near perfect film about the lavish criminal life of a mobster. I have always been fascinated by the crime world and a mobsters way of living. Martin Scorsese directs the hell out this film giving it so many likable and unique qualities. From Joe Pesci’s eye popping, ruthless performance of a hothead mobster to the unusual but pleasing narration and performance by Ray Liotta’s main character Henry Hill. The first person take to the mob life gave the movie genre something new and unexplored.
5. Night Crawler (2014) – Dan Gilroy
NightCrawler is on this list because it had me glued to the screen from beginning to end when I first saw it and every time after. The movie showed me a real life everyday job of a freelance cameraman who films news breaking stuff and sells the footage to news stations, a job I didn’t even knew existed. The film lies heavily on the shoulders of Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance of a sociopath who acts as functioning member of society. The movie really hooked me on its crazy and nail-biting third act.
4. La La Land (2016) – Damian Chazelle
La La Land is the musical for the dreamers and artists. I’ve never been a fan of musicals but I’d be lying if I said La La Land didn’t put the biggest smile on my face, had me taping my foot, and singing the whole way through. La La Land is this is high up on my list because it is so damn crowd pleasing. The sing-a-long and beautifully scored music with the lovable two main characters portrayed by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s are what makes this movie amazing. Even it’s sad or rather unfortunate ending also works well and toys with emotion. The artistic direction of La La Land is riveting and new to an old genre of movie and that is why I love this movie so much.
3. The Dark Knight (2008) – Christopher Nolan
The Dark Knight is hands down the best superhero movie ever made and one of the best drama, action-adventure movies in history. What director Christopher Nolan gives us is a gritty, dark, and engaging Batman story that is so well made that you feel a character like Christian Bale’s Batman can actually exist in real life. The Dark Knight is a string of relentless, energy packed action set pieces starting with the opening bank robbery scene to the Gotham mayor assassination attempt to the evacuation of a doomed hospital. The best part about The Dark Knight which I saved to mention for last was the sadistic, flat out terrifying, chills inducing Joker performance by Heath Ledger. Heath Ledger’s Joker is one the best cinematic villains in history. Even with the the action set pieces, Christian Bale’s Batman, and Christopher Nolan’s direction the movie would be nothing without Heath Ledger as Joker that is why The Dark Knight is my 3rd favorite movie of all time.
2. The Godfather Part 2 (1974) – Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather Part 2 is the perfect example of what a cinematic sequel should be. Part 2 not only expanded on everything that made Part 1 a classic but shifted the tone from lives of the criminal world in Part 1 to pursuing the American Dream in Part 2. Part 2 was able to be a classic in its own right. When Part 1 was about family and the way business is done in the mob world, Part 2 showed us how a man can rise in power in the criminal world by showing Vito Corleone in his youth. Part 2 also showed us how the criminal life can change a war hero with a good heart into a ruthless, cold-hearted, mob boss with Al Pacino’s character Micheal Corleone. The surrounding cast for the film is phenomenal, every actor puts on a tremendous performance. Direction from the great filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola who is the reason why Part 1 and 2 are brilliant crime epics and cinematic masterpieces.
1. The Godfather (1972) – Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather is my favorite movie of all time. When I first saw The Godfather I not only fell in love with it but it sparked my interest and passion that I have for film, It is also the reason I am writing this Top Ten to begin with. I found myself quoting the movie at every opportunity after watching this film. It has so many memorable lines, when the Godfather himself Vito says, “I gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” or what Clemenza says when they receive a fish in a bulletproof vest “It’s a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.” or the most memorable of all, when Micheal Corleone says” Its nothing personal its strictly business.” Marlon Brando’s Vito Corleone is one of the most memorable characters in cinematic history, he is my favorite movie character of all time. Over all I can watch The Godfather a million times and never get tired of watching it, that is why it is my favorite movie of all time.