What are your favorite movies? I don’t mean the “best” movies as ranked by “experts.” Nor do I mean the highest grossers (if that is even a word). I mean, which movies did you enjoy the most. Everyone has his or her own list. Some people favor critically acclaimed movies; others favor ones that tell a story or are well acted. I prefer ones that entertain me. I also gravitate toward ones with big stars. I’m the reason why certain actors get paid $20 million or more for a picture. In any event, below, in alphabetical order, is my list of favorite movies. I listed them in alphabetical order because it was too difficult to rank them. You may not agree, but to paraphrase Lesley Gore “Its my blog, and I can do what I want to.”

“A League of Their Own” (1992) – “There’s no crying in baseball.”

“Casablanca” (1942) – Many oft-quoted lines, but Bogie never said “Play it again Sam.”

“Crash” (2004) – Debunked stereotypes. No one is what they seem to be.

“Godfather” (1972) – I had to include this one. Someone made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

“Godfather 2” (1974) – One of the best sequels.

“Gone with the Wind” (1939) – The first “spectacular.”

“High Noon” (1952) – In the gunfight, Coop is actually shown reloading.

“Hoosiers” (1986) – A “feel-good” story; well done.

“Jaws” 1975 – Made many kids scared of the water. Put Spielberg on the map.

“Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) – An all-star cast.

“Psycho” (1960) – Who can forget the shower scene?

“Raiders of the Lost Arc” (1981) – Wouldn’t let my son see it because of the gruesome ending.

“Rocky” (1976) – The ultimate “feel-good” story. Stunning fight scenes.

“Schindler’s List” (1993) – Powerful story. Superb acting.

“School Ties” (1992) – Anti-Semitism in the early 1950s. An early view of Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Brendan Frazier and Chris O’Donnell.

“Shawshank Redemption” (1994) – Redemption and revenge.

“Star Wars” (1977) – Perhaps, not the best of the series but the one with the most impact.

“Terminator 2 Judgment Day” (1991) – “Hasta la vista, baby.”

“The Birds” (1963) – Hitchcock at his best. Stunning ending; no one left the theatre as the credits rolled.

“The 10 Commandments” (1956) – Who can forget the parting of the Red Sea.


That’s my list. I’m sure I omitted some excellent movies, but I thought 20 was enough. I’m sure there will debate over some of my choices, but that’s the fun of it.

What’s your list. I’d like to know.


8 thoughts on “FAVORITE MOVIES

  1. Great blog uncle Larry. Some of my favs are from the 80s

    Back to future: favorite of all time

    Goonies: watched so many times

    Ghostbusters: anyone see a ghost

    Karate kid: classic

    True lies: Tom Arnold hilarious

    Tin cup: gotta have a sports movie

  2. I remember High Noon well,especially the theme song Do Not Forsake Me sung by Frankie Laine!

  3. Omar – go see it if you haven’t yet;
    When Harry Met Sally
    Bull Durham – “Candlesticks are always nice”

  4. Dave and I jotted down some movies while traveling to CT the other Saturday. Dave said the following would be leading his list:
    Dirty Dancing, Road House, Bullet, Shawshank Redemption, Dirty Harry series, American Graffiti, Grease, Footloose, Jason Borne series, James Bond Gold Finger and others, Buddy Holly Story, Rain Man, E.T., and Top Gun.

    Sandy adds these winners~ Gone With the Wind, Mrs Doubtfire, E.T., Saving Private Ryan, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Rear WIndow, Ben Hur, Driving Miss Daisy, and so many more that I enjoyed while taking the boys to the movies!!!

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