My top 30 movies, plus a bonus pickby terry_n_reilly | created - 01 Sep 2012 | updated - 01 Sep 2012 | Public
All-time faves. Movies with staying power. Never get tired of them. Every movie fan has these. Here are mine.
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1. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.
Votes: 245,971 | Gross: $45.51M
Has everything, just like Homer's Odyssey.
2. Blazing Saddles (1974)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Western
In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
Votes: 107,152 | Gross: $119.50M
S'cuse me while I whip this out.
3. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
R | 116 min | Drama, War
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Votes: 550,369 | Gross: $46.36M
Kubrick's genius is making the audience laugh when they should be horrified.
4. The In-Laws (1979)
PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
On the eve of their children's marriage, NYC in-laws Sheldon Kornpett and Vince Ricardo embark on a series of misadventures involving the CIA, the Treasury Department and Central American dictators.
Votes: 6,306 | Gross: $38.20M
My kind of screwball comedy. First Peter Falk steals a scene, then Alan Arkin steals the next.
5. Man on Fire (2004)
R | 146 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.
Votes: 288,950 | Gross: $77.91M
Walken: Death is medium, and he's about to paint his masterpiece.
6. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 819,956 | Gross: $46.84M
What did I tell you?
7. Grand Prix (1966)
Approved | 176 min | Drama, Sport
American Grand Prix driver Pete Aron is fired by his Jordan-BRM racing team after a crash at Monaco that injures his British teammate, Scott Stoddard. While Stoddard struggles to recover, ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,590 | Gross: $20.85M
I saw it at the Cinerama with my Dad & brother back in '66 and was immediately hooked on auto racing. Race scenes still hold up today.
8. Casino (1995)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.
Votes: 375,600 | Gross: $42.44M
Rickles and Tommy Smothers together in a movie and it's not a comedy. Another great gangster drama woven by Scorsese.
9. The Big Lebowski (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 605,369 | Gross: $17.45M
So that's what you call me...
10. On Any Sunday (1971)
G | 96 min | Documentary, Sport
Documentary on motorcycle racing featuring stars of the sport, including film star Steve McQueen, a racer in his own right.
Hooked me on motorcycles. McQueen, Malcolm Smith and Mert Lawill riding on the beach.
11. Young Frankenstein (1974)
PG | 106 min | Comedy
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
Votes: 125,641 | Gross: $86.30M
Mel Brooks strikes again. Great cast like Blazing Saddles!
12. Caddyshack (1980)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Sport
An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.
Votes: 89,417 | Gross: $39.85M
How 'bout a little something, ya know, for the effort.
13. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, War
During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
Votes: 501,138 | Gross: $83.47M
14. The Great Santini (1979)
PG | 115 min | Drama
As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated Marine pilot.
A warrior without a war.
15. Easy Rider (1969)
R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama
Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.
Votes: 82,194 | Gross: $41.73M
Can you blame two hippies for going on a bike trip to Mardi Gras financed by a drug deal after Nixon got elected in 1968?
16. Remember the Titans (2000)
PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
Votes: 174,314 | Gross: $115.65M
17. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 648,522 | Gross: $78.90M
Best monster/horror flick.
18. Jerry Maguire (1996)
R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.
Votes: 207,494 | Gross: $153.95M
He can never be alone.
19. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
Votes: 433,241 | Gross: $1.02M
Truly classic. Has it all. See it in black & white.
20. The Notebook (2004)
PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance
A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.
Votes: 438,660 | Gross: $81.00M
A great love story told in flashback.
21. Training Day (2001)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the LAPD with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
Votes: 334,067 | Gross: $76.63M
Denzel plays the anti-hero all the way to an Oscar.
22. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,438,617 | Gross: $330.25M
How a mentally challenged ping pong champion can survive Viet Nam, become a millionaire and find love.
23. The Departed (2006)
R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.
Votes: 982,332 | Gross: $132.38M
More Scorsese gold. Blockbuster cast.
24. 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: 1,666,146 | Gross: $292.58M
Wild fantasy drama with a great cast and music score.
25. There's Something About Mary (1998)
R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance
A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.
Votes: 262,761 | Gross: $176.48M
How did you get the beans above the frank!!??
26. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the aptly named villain Goldmember, who is working with Dr. Evil.
Votes: 174,237 | Gross: $213.31M
27. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.
Votes: 83,621 | Gross: $10.73M
Always Be Closing.
28. Bullitt (1968)
M/PG | 114 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.
Votes: 51,058 | Gross: $42.30M
Great cop/detective flick set in San Francisco before Dirty Harry.
29. Signs (2002)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Votes: 296,083 | Gross: $227.97M
Sci-fi M. Night Shyamalan's way.
30. Magnolia (1999)
R | 188 min | Drama
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Votes: 256,975 | Gross: $22.46M
PT Anderson's flix are an aquired taste. His characters are like a train wreck. You just can't seem to look away.
31. Michael Clayton (2007)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit.
Votes: 142,868 | Gross: $49.03M
Bonus pick. One of the best movies you may have never heard of or seen. There's a connection between this movie, Caddyshack and The Great Santini. Watch them all. Can you tell what it is?