My Top Ten

The list of my top 10 movies of all time, 1-10, with 5 or 6 honorable mentions
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1.
The Boondock Saints (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent. (108 mins.)
Director: Troy Duffy
“ My favorite movie of all time! Has all the things a good growing mind needs: Humor, action, and Willem Dafore in a purple/pink boa. One of the best independant films of all time, and a fantastic study of hubris in the form of it's director, Troy Duffy. ” - spartapd
 
2.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ The moment I first saw True Romance, I knew that Quentin Tarantino was a name I needed to get very familiar with. This classic definitely brought the bar up a notch. One of the most quotable movies of all time, I was particularly impressed with the dialogue scenes between John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. ” - spartapd
 
3.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ One of only two movies out of a career of more than 2000 to which I did not see the ending coming. A mystery that crackles with drama, action and a good amount of tough guy humor, this easily ranks as one of the best movies of the 1990's. And Kevin Spacey is absolutely brilliant in this movie! ” - spartapd
 
4.
Dogma (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven. (130 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ If there's such a thing as heaven, my version of it would be a bar, a never-ending bottle of Middleton's, and Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes! A true classic from a man who easily ties with Aaron Sorkin as the best dialogue writer in the last 20 years. This movie should be required watching before completing Confirmation as an adult in any Catholic church! ” - spartapd
 
5.
Army of Darkness (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. (81 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Hail to the King, baby! Before Sam Raimi was a household name for one of the most commercially successful superhero franchises of all time, he awed a generation of high school and college kids with a trio of movies called the Evil Dead Trilogy. The third of these movies, Army of Darkness adds amazing special effects to a re-telling of the story of King Arthur...If King Arthur had casual sex, sported a 12 gauge shotgun, and drove a 76 Oldsmobile! Teenagers nowdays want to know why Bruce Campbell is viewed as a God by the generation before them. This movie is why, kids... ” - spartapd
 
6.
Fallen (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style. (124 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
“ Another in a long list of amazing performances by Denzel Washington. Gregory Hoblit weaves a fantastic, scary, supernatural thriller in a unique and exciting way. The honorable mention has to go to John Goodman as Washington's partner, who absolutely steals every scene he's in. ” - spartapd
 
7.
Serenity (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their numbers who is telepathic. (119 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ All hail the master, Joss Whedon!
Without a doubt one of the best written and most beutifully acted movies in our time. Whedon's knack for brilliant dialogue is right us with Sorkin and Kevin Smith in my book. I have yet to meet a person who has seen this movie who hasn't liked it. Of particular note is Nathan Fillion, playing Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds. One of the funniest, most complex and likeable characters I've ever seen in a movie ” - spartapd
 
8.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. (117 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Joel and Ethan Coen are very hit and miss with me. On one hand, I thought Fargo was one of the worst movies I'd ever seen. On the other, you have The Big Lebowski. Another one of the most easily (and often) quoted movies of my generation, it is an absolute must for a night of hanging around with a group of friends and passing a bottle (in the parlance of our times) around. ” - spartapd
 
9.
Miracle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad. (135 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
“ A rare sports movie favorite of mine, and the story of a hometown hero of the world I know. Miracle's (for the most part) true accounting of what is considered the seminal moment of American Olympic history is gripping, shot with amazing clarity and fantastically acted by a group of rather unknown individuals. ” - spartapd
 
10.
Man on Fire (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect. (146 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ A personal favorite for personal reasons.

Denzel Washington is absolutely fantastic as former black ops/CIA veteran John Creasy, a man haunted by a lifetime of terrible things done in the service of his country. When Mexican kidnappers target the young girl he is guarding, Creasy makes them, in the words of his former partner Rayburn (played by an equally fantastic Christopher Walken) , "Wish they'd never touched a hair on her head" ” - spartapd
 
11.
Better Off Dead... (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier. (97 mins.)
“ This may very well be John Cusack's least favorite movie, but it sure ain't one of mine. It's an incredibly funny, charming, and not over-the-top 80's teen comedy that shines out as a beacon of intelligence in a decade so stupid that it brought us all Mannequin. ” - spartapd
 
12.
Ronin (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A freelancing former U.S. intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians. (122 mins.)
“ For a generation of moviegoers sick of the clean, genial version of spy movies brought forth in the Roger Moore era of the James Bond series, this movie is exactly what the Dr. No ordered. DeNiro is haunting as Sam, a (supposedly) retired CIA operative recruited by a shadowy group of individuals to help recover a missing item. A title that refers to a Japanese warrior without a master, the movie owes its due to a superbly made cast and two of the most amazing car chase scenes since Bullitt. ” - spartapd
 
13.
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects. (102 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Three cheers to Aaron Sorkin, who managed to adapt George Crile's book about a 7 term Texas Congressman who helped win the war against the Soviet Union in an obscure battlefield called Afghanistan with assistance from a somewhat rogue CIA agent, brilliantly portrayed by Phillip Seymor Hoffman. An incredibly timely, relevant take on one of the most unknown successes of U.S. foriegn policy, the last few minutes come with one of the most clever statements ever made by Wilson himself. ” - spartapd
 
14.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Scorsese's best work in a career full of shining stars! This intelligent, loud take on an indy film from Japan showcases the acting talents of a literal who's-who of stars, many of whom grew up right in Boston or the surrounding area. Many many kudos to Mark Wahlberg, who plays one of the most honest, realistic cops I've ever seen on film! ” - spartapd
 
15.
That Thing You Do! (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager. (108 mins.)
Director: Tom Hanks
“ Tom Hanks' directorial debut, and in my mind, one of the best movies he's ever acted in as well. The story of a Erie, PA garage band and it's amazing, improbable rise to fame and equally impressive fall from grace is stuffed to the gills with an amazing soundtrack and a breakout performance by Tom Everett Scott as the band's heart, drummer Guy Patterson. ” - spartapd
 
16.
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy. (126 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ I've been a golf nut since I saw this movie for the first time! This movie actually got me outside and onto a course! Robert Redford crafts an amazing tale of love, loss, and redemption with fantastic performances by Will Smith and Charlize Theron. ” - spartapd
 
17.
Running Scared (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer who nearly killed them in the past. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
“ A buddy cop movie that never takes itself, or anything else for that matter, seriously. Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal star as two wisecracking Chicago Police detectives who try and finish one big case before retiring to Florida and living the good life. A very underrated 80's offering for people who found Leathal Weapon to be a bit pretentious... ” - spartapd