I figured since I made the top 10 tv shows of all time topic, I’d also ask what your top 10 favorite movies of all time were. You can count movie trilogies as one if you wish. Here is my list:
1 Star Wars: the Original Trilogy (Despecialized)
I feel the unaltered, original theatrical versions of the Star Wars Trilogy are the best. I dislike most of the cgi heavy insertions George Lucas put in…
2 The Matrix Trilogy
While the fist Matrix movie is the best I still view the other movies as a complete narrative. It was just so impressive for its time. You had bullet time with multiple camera angles, exciting fight sequences, and an existential story which took you for a wild ride!
3 The Princess Bride
This is a movie that makes you feel all warm inside. A charming fairy tale done right. I love the performances of Cary Elwes, André the Giant, and Billy Crystal! I also really admire the fencing sequence between Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin; one of the many highlights of the movie!
4 The Fifth Element
Some may think this movie was a bit cheesy, but I thought it was a highly imaginative piece of Sci-fi. Bruce Willis was an average guy pulled into an incredible journey to save the planet. It had great alien creature and set designs, all inspired by the art of Moebius.
5 Return to Oz
This is a childhood favorite of mine. There is just something about practical effects which just seem to capture your imagination more effectively. This movie made me feel like I was really in Oz with Dorothy and her companions, as she braved her way to face off against the Nome King. In a way, It was also a very creepy movie for kids which made it even more memorable for me. Those Wheelers freaked me out!
6 Dune 1984/Dune Sci-fi mini series/Children of Dune Sci-fi mini series
I’m a big fan of the 1984 Dune movie, as well as the 2 Sci-Fi Channel mini series. A desert planet called Arrakis, the only place in the galaxy you can find a substance called, the Spice. A powder produced from giant sandworms which can extend life, alter consciousness and bend space. Two great houses fight for control of the planet as prophecy unfolds. While the books are leaps and bounds better than the films, I’ll still take what I can get.
7 Blade Runner
A visual masterpiece. Ridley Scott made a cult classic here. The practical effects and matte paintings (hand painted backgrounds on film) alone, should draw you in to this dystopian world.
The only movie I can stand watching with Tom Cruise…Joking aside, if you are a fan of the fantasy genre, then this is one movie you have to watch. Legend is not your average fantasy film. This is another Ridley Scott film and I admire his attention to detail. The set designs are exquisite and practical. From a sound studio which was filled with massive trees and real birds, to a dark castle interior full of massive, towering pillars. You just have to respect all of the little set pieces which brought this move to life. Tim Curry’s performance as the Darkness is pretty hard to top and one that you won’t soon forget.
Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams acted their hearts out in this 90’s tale of Peter Pan. Seeing Peter all grown up gave us a new perspective on this age old story. Dustin Hoffman’s performance as Captain Hook was especially memorable and IMO, to this day, I haven’t seen anyone top it!
10 Princess Mononoke
I didn’t really want to have my list comprised of all Hayao Miyazaki movies, because well…it very well could have been! But, my list wouldn’t be complete without at least one of his masterpieces! Princess Mononoke is the fist Miyazaki film I ever saw and it’s what drew me into his world and the subsequent movies that followed. The relationship which formed between Ashitaka and San was unique; both living in different worlds, but unifying together to save the land from a crazed spirit god with no head! I also liked the themes of nature and the struggle we all have trying to live in harmony with it.
- The NeverEnding Story
- Nausicaa of the Valley of the WInd
- Spirited Away
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
- Harry Potter movies
- Laputa: Castle in the Sky
- Back to the Future Trilogy
- Rush Hour Trilogy
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- Dark Crystal