And the Skarl goes to....by Michael_Skarl | created - 30 Nov 2010 | updated - 30 Nov 2010 | Public
You have all heard of the Oscars, well here comes the Skarl. Just my favorite movie from each year. Born in 1982, so I guess we will just start there.
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1. TRON (1982)
PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.
Votes: 100,680 | Gross: $33.00M
A movie before its time, had me captivated as a kid, and still holds up today.
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Votes: 785,432 | Gross: $309.13M
Not my favorite Star Wars but still good enough to win this award.
3. The Natural (1984)
PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.
Votes: 37,006 | Gross: $47.95M
I will take absolutely nothing away from Amadeus, which I thought was tremendous, but this was the movie at which I set all other sports movies against.
4. Rocky IV (1985)
PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport
After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.
Votes: 151,877 | Gross: $127.87M
My favorite Rocky and to this day if I need to get pumped up, Eye of Tiger comes off first on the play list.
5. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.
Votes: 103,774 | Gross: $11.10M
Few "Heroes" better than Jack Burton.
6. Dirty Dancing (1987)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.
Votes: 159,126 | Gross: $63.95M
Ultimate chick flick and still can provide sparks for any couple that watch it to this day, whether you have seen it or not.
7. Die Hard (1988)
R | 132 min | Action, Thriller
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
Votes: 661,190 | Gross: $83.01M
The famous lines, the famous bad guys, and John McClane. Enough said.
8. Tango & Cash (1989)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Framed by their ruthless arch-nemesis, a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo has to put its differences aside to even the score with the evil kingpin who put them behind bars once and for all.
Votes: 82,610 | Gross: $63.41M
An over-the-top, action-packed, testosterone-filled action classic. This movie is certainly not "FUBAR"
9. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Votes: 365,469 | Gross: $285.76M
Still a must-watch movie in my house at Christmas every year.
10. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
When Robin and his Moorish companion come to England and the tyranny of the Sheriff of Nottingham, he decides to fight back as an outlaw.
Votes: 156,408 | Gross: $165.50M
A classic tale, beefed up, and done to perfection. Throw in the star-studded cast where everyone lived up to their billing and you have a great watch time and time again.
11. A Few Good Men (1992)
R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller
Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.
Votes: 199,317 | Gross: $141.34M
Great cast, great writing, and the great Jack Nicholson in one of his finest, chilling performances.
12. Tombstone (1993)
R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Votes: 105,394 | Gross: $56.51M
Val Kilmer's Doc Holliday may be one of the best character's in cinema since I was born but that shouldn't overshadow how great this entire movie is.
13. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 1,902,283 | Gross: $28.34M
Never met anyone that would disagree with this selection and IMDB user's agree, too, but none of that matters as it claims the prize for this year. Its just a great movie.
14. The American President (1995)
PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. President and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception", and sparks fly anyway.
Votes: 45,791 | Gross: $65.00M
One of my all-time personal favorites. A love story wrapped in politics - who knew that would be a combination that would work so well.
15. Twister (1996)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.
Votes: 154,092 | Gross: $241.72M
One of my favorites. Can't help but to pop this in anytime a storm hits. Then I fight the urge afterward to go and find me a Twister.
Note: Never let that urge win - that could be bad!
16. Good Will Hunting (1997)
R | 126 min | Drama
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
Votes: 692,910 | Gross: $138.43M
Just a great watch and a great movie. 'How do you like them apples?'
17. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
R | 169 min | Drama, War
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Votes: 1,001,500 | Gross: $216.54M
From the opening battle scene where I have seen grown men cry during to one of those last shots heard this movie will never disappoint.
18. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,367,910 | Gross: $171.48M
A marvel of cinema that was ready to usher in a new decade of technology and the ideas of where the human mind can go.
19. Battle Royale (2000)
Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
This is what survivor would be if you gave people weapons and took away any speck of morality.
20. Frailty (2001)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."
Votes: 66,641 | Gross: $13.10M
Suspenseful, thrilling and never really lets you off the edge of your seat.
21. We Were Soldiers (2002)
R | 138 min | Action, Drama, History
The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.
Votes: 113,587 | Gross: $78.12M
Terrifically done from start to finish and one of the few movies where despite the chaos you are always able to follow the action. Also does a great job showing how all sides are affected during war.
PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.
Votes: 1,359,126 | Gross: $377.85M
I know it also won the Oscar, but even they get it right sometimes.
23. National Treasure (2004)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Family
A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.
Votes: 271,696 | Gross: $173.01M
A great trip through history always worthy of a watch as the comedy certainly can keep it light and who knows - you might actually learn something.
24. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.
Votes: 191,411 | Gross: $4.24M
Shane Black writing with the wit and deliverance of Val Kilmer and RDJ, is there anything more that you could want. Oh yeah, you have Michelle Monaghan for that.
25. 300 (2006)
R | 117 min | Action, Fantasy
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
Votes: 657,129 | Gross: $210.61M
Just wow! If you need a shot of adrenaline - here you go. Zack Snyder's blue and green screen shooting also takes the movie along further.
26. Transformers (2007)
PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.
Votes: 545,971 | Gross: $319.07M
Taking one of the things I loved most as a kid and adding Megan Fox to it as an adult, I couldn't ask for much more.
27. Speed Racer (2008)
PG | 135 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi
A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile.
Votes: 61,711 | Gross: $43.95M
The Wachowski's continue to keep me entertained. And that is exactly what I was from start to finish in this movie.
28. The Hangover (2009)
R | 100 min | Comedy
Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.
Votes: 631,230 | Gross: $277.32M
Simply the funniest movie I have ever seen.
29. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Votes: 1,665,002 | Gross: $292.58M
What a trip, yet again showing that the human mind is nothing to ever stop exploring both in and off screen.