Totally Biased Ranked Personal Favorites List

This is *MY* list of favorites. To qualify for this list, the movie will be one that would be instantly left on and watched again if discovered on one of the channels of my satellite provider. My criterias are based on movie quotability, connections to characters, great soundtracks, and plot originality/enjoyability. Note that I am purposely leaving off many classics that I would agree are great movies, but that just do not resonate with me as much as the following movies.
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1.
Unforgiven (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (131 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ My all-time favorite movie. The perfection of the characters and the superior acting that Eastwood's attention to detail ensured has secured the top spot in my mind and heart. A powerful movie that displays the ugliness of violence and the inner-struggles with concepts of justice. With quotable dialogue, a simple, but powerful theme song, and a dramatic ending, this movie is a must see and worthy of watching dozens of times. ” - Moe Green
 
2.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. (133 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ My favorite movie to quote. The antics and adventures of Jake and Elwood as they strive to fulfill their mission from God is an all-time classic. The music is performed by legends. The car chase scenes are the greatest ever for a comedy movie. The comedy and some of the random events and quotes make this movie #2 all-time on my list of favorites. ” - Moe Green
 
3.
Excalibur (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart (140 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ An epic tale of swords, sorcery, love, and betrayal. Director John Boorman elicits top performances out of all of the actors while focusing on the importance of landscape and surroundings to set mood. The soundtrack is an impressive collection of classical music. The movie imparts wisdom through the truisms of the numerous quotable quotes. ” - Moe Green
 
4.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob. (116 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ The multiple layers of this movie provide much to ponder. The interactions between the characters weaves a complex web that illustrates loyalty concepts that are out-of-time for today's society. The soundtrack is personal to the main character. The breaks in the movie with quotations of wisdom are thought provoking. ” - Moe Green
 
5.
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Used-car liquidator Don Ready is hired by a flailing auto dealership to turn their Fourth of July sale into a majorly profitable event. (89 mins.)
Director: Neal Brennan
“ A comedy with laughs and absurdity from the beginning to the end. Best seen with no expectations and no knowledge of the storyline. The seriousness with which the characters play their roles combined with off-the-wall comedy that keeps coming scene after scene make this movie an all-time favorite gut buster! ” - Moe Green
 
6.
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
7.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ The director's use of an iconic soundtrack combines with strong performances by the actors to produce a masterpiece. The detailed work put into the characters is evidenced by something as simple as the observance that the way they smoke and hold their cigarillos mirror their personality. A strong storyline that keeps my attention despite multiple viewings. ” - Moe Green
 
8.
The Hustler (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
“ The strength of this movie is in the perfection of the acting. Newman and Gleason are at the top of their profession. The ultimate, obsessive competitive drive in Fast Eddie is shown as both his greatest asset and greatest flaw in a compelling story of human complexity. ” - Moe Green
 
9.
Dr. No (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. (110 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ Sean Connery plays the role of James Bond to which all other performances in all other Bond movies should be compared. The impact of this movie sent ripples through the industry and launched the cinematic portrayal of Britain's top secret agent. Mixed with the beauty of Ursula Andress, the coolness of Sean Connery, and a plot with dire consequences, this movie set the tone for the genre and has always been a favorite. ” - Moe Green
 
10.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ Coppola's masterpiece provides deep character introspect with the uneven edges of sanity highlighted by the personal sense of duty instilled by the military. An adventure that turns into a bloody nightmare with poignant looks at different aspects of humanity. ” - Moe Green
 
11.
Caddyshack (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ The ability of this movie to bring smiles and laughs over many viewings makes it one of my all-time favorites. The contrasting styles of the characters portrayed by Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, and Rodney Dangerfield is masterful. Bill Murray's private gopher war is an example of comedic genius. ” - Moe Green
 
12.
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his parents and his tribe whom were slain by an evil sorcerer and his henchmen when he was a boy. (129 mins.)
Director: John Milius
“ My favorite fictional character portrayed to near-perfection by Schwarznegger in his prime. An incredible soundtrack helps to push this excellent movie high in my list of all-time favorites. With the exception of Conan having blue eyes in the books, Arnold was born to play this role. The single-minded goal of personal vengeance is instilled and reinforced to bring the emotions of the viewer in line with that of Conan. ” - Moe Green
 
13.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubrick is simply amazing as he brings us this tale of the slow spiral of the infection of insanity into the mind of the caretaker. A chilling movie of psychological horror genius. The wide-eyed Shelly Duvall pulls upon the heartstrings of the viewer as Jack descends into a madness inflicted by evil forces beyond his control. ” - Moe Green
 
14.
Fletch (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Irwin M. "Fletch" Fletcher is a newspaper reporter being offered a large sum to off a cancerous millionaire, but is on the run, risking his job, and finding clues when it's clear the man is healthy. (98 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
“ The dry wit of Chevy Chase gives this movie a life of its own. A personal favorite due to the many quotable quotes. The plot is an intertwined story line of multifaceted crime, corruption, and intrigue. Chevy is at his best showing his range as he undertakes multiple disguises and character persona in search of information. ” - Moe Green
 
15.
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game. (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ The Cincinnati Kid is to poker what The Hustler is to pool. Steve McQueen has an indomitable will to beat the best in a game that is all about steel nerve and reading your opponent. He displays a personal pride and respects the integrity of the game as the attributes of a true high stakes gambler are portrayed. ” - Moe Green
 
16.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ This movie is highly acclaimed for good reason. Bogart is a master and the way that he uses the love and pain in his character's past to define his role is only equaled by Bergman's portrayal of the dame that got away, only to return...drawn back by fate and the cruel coincidences that rule this world. ” - Moe Green
 
17.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ A landmark film that has captured the imagination of generations. The intergalactic conflict is mirrored by the personal conflict of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. The sets, cool robots, and variety of non-human lifeforms expands the minds of the viewers. The soundtrack is dramatic and helps to establish the emotional connection to the character's plights. ” - Moe Green
 
18.
Weird Science (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two high school nerds attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that. (94 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ One of my favorite movies to quote; this movie has had a lasting impact. "Anybody with a haircut like that...", "...served in a dirty ashtray...", "..On the TELEPHONE??!!" are just a few of the great quotes. Kelly LeBrock plays her role to perfection. A fun comedy that I have watched and enjoyed many times over. ” - Moe Green
 
19.
Evil Dead II (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ From horror, to comedy, to insanity, this movie has it all. With great cinemotography and an incredible performance by Bruce Campbell, this movie has left an imprint on my psyche like few others. The laughing scene remains one of my favorite scenes of all-time. ” - Moe Green
 
20.
They Live (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (93 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ The originality of this movie pushes it high in my favorites list. The overall concept, conspiratorial atmosphere, and plot twists are compelling. The epic fight scene between Piper and Zeus has rarely been rivaled. ” - Moe Green
 
21.
Dirty Harry (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. (102 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ The way that Eastwood plays the uncompromising Harry Callahan epitomizes the tough cop role. The personal sense of justice plays an important role in making this an essential movie to see. ” - Moe Green