And the Skarl goes to....

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)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (96 mins.)
“ A movie before its time, had me captivated as a kid, and still holds up today. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
2.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader return from the dark side of the Force. (131 mins.)
“ Not my favorite Star Wars but still good enough to win this award. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
3.
The Natural (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. (138 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ 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. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
4.
Rocky IV (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (91 mins.)
“ My favorite Rocky and to this day if I need to get pumped up, Eye of Tiger comes off first on the play list. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
5.
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Few "Heroes" better than Jack Burton. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
6.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle. (100 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
“ Ultimate chick flick and still can provide sparks for any couple that watch it to this day, whether you have seen it or not. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
7.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ The famous lines, the famous bad guys, and John McClane. Enough said. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
8.
Tango & Cash (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two cops are framed and must clear their names. (104 mins.)
“ An over-the-top, action-packed, testosterone-filled action classic. This movie is certainly not "FUBAR" ” - Michael_Skarl
 
9.
Home Alone (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An eight-year-old trouble-maker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ Still a must-watch movie in my house at Christmas every year. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
10.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (143 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
“ 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. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
11.
A Few Good Men (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders. (138 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Great cast, great writing, and the great Jack Nicholson in one of his finest, chilling performances. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
12.
Tombstone (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. (130 mins.)
“ 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. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
13.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ 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. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
14.
The American President (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (114 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ 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. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
15.
Twister (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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. (113 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
“ 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! ” - Michael_Skarl
 
16.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Just a great watch and a great movie. 'How do you like them apples?' ” - Michael_Skarl
 
17.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (169 mins.)
“ 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. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
18.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ 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. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
19.
Battle Royale (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ This is what survivor would be if you gave people weapons and took away any speck of morality. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
20.
Frailty (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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." (100 mins.)
Director: Bill Paxton
“ Suspenseful, thrilling and never really lets you off the edge of your seat. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
21.
We Were Soldiers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it. (138 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace
“ 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. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
22.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ I know it also won the Oscar, but even they get it right sometimes. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
23.
National Treasure (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. (131 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ 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. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
24.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor. (103 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
“ 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. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
25.
300 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ 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. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
26.
Transformers (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ 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. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
27.
Speed Racer (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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. (135 mins.)
“ The Wachowski's continue to keep me entertained. And that is exactly what I was from start to finish in this movie. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
28.
The Hangover (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ Simply the funniest movie I have ever seen. ” - Michael_Skarl
 
29.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ What a trip, yet again showing that the human mind is nothing to ever stop exploring both in and off screen. ” - Michael_Skarl