Hey Movie Pilot reader! Have you ever gone to see a movie and left the theater so riveted that you were talking about that movie, and kept talking about it, and are still talking about it till this day? I am going to go over my opinions of the best movies ever genre by genre, with one movie per genre, and an honorable mention or two if its a close call. I may throw in some series too so don't be surprised! Remember these movies are real game changers, and get extra points if they spawned a heap of sequels, reboots, and/or copy cats.
Lets start off with action.
When it comes to action it wouldn't be fair to put up regular action heroes vs the likes of space aliens from krypton, billionaire playboys in super suits, and a group of mutants. First lets do superhero movies.
Top Superhero movie: The Dark Knight
Oh boy, where do I begin? Christopher Nolan's The Dark Night captivated movie audiences everywhere with its release in 2008. I still get chills from Heath Ledger's Oscar winning performance, and Christian Bale's gravely voiced Batman. Nolan showed that you can make a great movie, not just a great superhero movie. The scene that stands out to me most is when Batman is rushing to save Harvey Dent, when he thinks he's saving Rachael, at the same time the Joker is escaping from the Gotham cell with his head out of a window of a police cruiser with rain pouring down. It is that type of pulse pounding, head-spinning action that gets The Dark Knight the top spot.
Honorable Mention: Spider-man
Would we even have the Dark Knight trilogy without Sam Rami's Spider-man? Since this movie destroyed the box office in 2002, studios have been lining up to make super hero flicks. So much so that since it was released, no less than four super hero movies have been released per year!
Other Honorable Mentions: Iron Man, X-Men, The Avengers
Okay now that we got the Caped Crusader out of the way, what is the top action movie that lays within the realms of reality... Or at least doesn't have gamma rays, radioactive spiders, and demi-gods.
Top Action Movie: Django Unchained
This movie is Quentin Tarantino at his finest. Great story, great acting, great action. I was tempted to go with Pulp Fiction, which I think is a better overall movie, but Django's action sequences eventually tipped the hat in its favor. What more can you ask for than a gun-slinging ex-slave turned bounty hunter, played by Jamie Foxx, with his partner Dr. King Shultz, played by Christopher Waltz, out to get his wife back from the menacing Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. If you're still curious as to why I picked this (and I'm curious why you're so curious) the beautiful Kerry Washington, and always bad ass Samuel L. Jackson also play roles in it.
Honorable Mention: Bourne Ultimatum
Jason Bourne is the biggest reason I love action movies to this day. The third installment of the trilogy (shh Bourne Legacy was a bad dream, go back to sleep!) is the best in my opinion. This secret agent who doesn't even realize he's a secret agent after getting amnesia, played by Matt Damon, goes head to head with even more secret agents in a trained killer vs trained killer fight to the death! If that's not bad ass I don't know what is.
Other Honorable Mentions: Die Hard, Terminator 2, 300
Okay, now that we got action out of the way what's next? Sci-fi/Fantasy of course!
This is a tough one. I have to go with ...
Top Fantasy Movie: Harry Potter
Forgive me Lord of the Rings and Star Wars fans! I still love you! But Harry Potter defines a generation and it just so happens to be my generation. I grew up with Star Wars episodes I, II, and III and they were pretty awesome! And I've seen all the Lord of the Rings at least ten times. But nothing has captivated me like Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling's novels about the boy who lived took ten years and eight movies to complete and, boy, was it worth it!
Honorable Mention: Star Wars
The original trilogy is amazing! If it were the original trilogy vs. Harry Potter I would go with Star Wars. Who did't get chills when they heard Darth Vader breathing for the first time? And the "Luke, I am your father" line is one of the most epic in history. But along came Jar Jar Binks, Hayden Christiansen, and more CGI than plot and, because of that, I have to go with Harry Potter. Maybe after episodes VII, VIII, and IX I'll reconsider.
Other Honorable Mentions: Lord of the Rings, Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit
Okay, lets lighten things up a bit. Let's get to the movies that had us laughing until we cried! Not to be confused with Romantic comedies in which you laugh, and then you cry. I'll do that next.
Top Comedy: 40 Year Old Virgin
I don't think this is the funniest movie ever made, but like I said at the beginning, movies get points for being a game changer, and this movie changed the game. Before Judd Apatow came along we thought movies like Austin Powers were funny. No really, we did! But if you love the raunchy, hilarious, and somehow relatable comedies that we know and love today, you can thank Steve Carrel and his believable performance as a 40 year old... well you know.
Honorable Mention: 21 Jump Street
I went into this movie with low expectations. I mean really low. And it blew me away! From start to finish I was laughing my butt off. It wasn't just a pleasant surprise though, it is actually a hilarious movie, and now one of my favorites.
Other Honorable Mentions: Pineapple Express, Borat, The Hangover
Oh, who doesn't love a romantic comedy? Well me. So don't kill me for what I put here. I know 40 Year Old Virgin could sort of be a romantic comedy but I think it has to be more relatable. I mean, how many 40 Year Old Virgins do you know?
Top Rom-Com: Forgetting Sarah Marshall
I'm a huge fan of both Jason Segel and Russel Brand and they are hilarious in this movie. The reason I love this movie is because it shows a guy struggling to bounce back after a long time relationship ends badly, instead of showing it from a female point of view, which we've all seen a billion times. I think we all have that Sarah Marshall we have to forget, at one point or another and this movie helps us cope with it in a way that will have you laughing out loud the whole time.
Honorable Mention: 50 First Dates
It has some funny lines, and a guy who has to make the girl of his dreams fall in love every day? Doesn't get much sweeter than that.
Other Honorable Mentions: Uh, The movie with Rick Grimes holding note cards
Lets switch gears here and go to the best animated movies. Kids love them, I love them, you love them. Everybody loves them! Even if you say you don't, you secretly do.
Top Animated Movie: The Incredibles
Pixar strikes again! Being a superhero isn't as easy as it seems. That's why I love this movie. It shows a normal family that just so happens to have incredible powers. Not to mention the most bad ass villain in animated history. I mean committing genocide on a bunch of superheroes? C'mon! You gotta admit that is cool! Not even the Joker is that bold.
Honorable Mention: Frozen
I almost put Frozen first, but it just seems too soon. But with songs that will be stuck in your head forever, cool powers, two major princesses, and... trolls? Anyway, this movie is definitely the best thing Disney (not including pixar movies) has put out in a while.
Other Honorable Mentions: UP, Finding Nemo, Shrek, Toy Story trilogy
I couldn't leave horror off the list could I? I mean, who doesn't like to scare themselves silly and find themselves peaking behind the shower curtain while they pee for a week.
Top Horror Movie: The Exorcist
This movie wasn't just a game changer, it was a game ender. It is actually an excellent movie that just so happens to terrify anyone who has been brave enough to go near it since 1973. There was never anything as scary before, and there will probably never be anything as scary after. With a rich story, great character development, and Captain Howdy, The Exorcist sticks with you forever after you see it. Heck, I'm still trying to unsee Linda Blair's demon face.
Honorable Mention: The Conjuring
This movie has a scary doll, a scary lady, a scary house, a scary possession, and a scary exorcism. Yeah, it's pretty damn scary.
Other Honorable Mentions: Insidious, The Ring, Evil Dead, Sinister
Okay, lets calm things down with some singing! Musicals are uplifting and fun as they tell their stories. But which one is the best? No, it's not High School Musical.
Top Musical: Singing in the Rain
This movie has stood the test of time. When silent films are becoming a thing of the past and your co-worker has an obnoxious voice there's only one thing to do. Use the girl you're in love with to lip sink for her! Make em laugh! Make em laugh! I can't watch this movie without a big smile on my face.
Honorable Mention: Moulin Rouge
This movie was visually stunning, songs were amazing, and it was overall awesome. But it was really sad and I can't have that!
Other Honorable Mentions: Mama Mia, Sound of Music
Lets wrap things up with the genre that wins best picture every year. Yeah, that's right! It's drama time!
Top Drama: The Godfather
I was sixteen when I saw the Godfather for the first time and it changed my life. Okay, maybe that's a little over the top, but it is definitely one of the greatest, if not the greatest movie of all time. To this day, it still sets the standard for all other movies of its kind.
Honorable Mention: Pulp Fiction
I was eighteen when I saw Pulp Fiction for the first time and it changed my life. Wait, this sounds familiar? I judge people on if they're cool or not by asking them if they've seen/liked Pulp Fiction. I know it got beat out by the Godfather on this list, but to even be in the same breath says a lot.
Other Honorable Mentions: American Hustle, Fight Club, Silver Linings Playbook
Well, there's my list. What do you think? Did I miss something? Is there something you would change? What's on your list? Let me know!