This list will consist of my top 10 favorite movies and let me tell you something-This was very difficult to come up with and as I write this article I still have to contemplate whether or not to keep certain movies on this list.
How do you come up with a top 10 list for your favorite movies? In my opinion, this question is easier said than done. You can either break your list down with the very cliché option used all across various film/media blogs by choosing movies with tons of Oscar wins and nominations. Some people pick movies that everyone and their momma praises. Do it the right way! Just choose movies that you can watch countless times without growing tired of them, they're enjoyable for YOU to watch and you would recommend these movies to a friend (or family member/stranger).
Anyway, don't stress yourself out over this list. I believe this would be a fun idea for contributors, a way to help get to know one another, share some of our tastes in film, learn something new. More importantly, it's an awesome conversation starter. So, here's my challenge Moviepilot...
In the comments section below tell me what's your top 10 favorite movies?
This challenge doesn't exclude MP readers (everyone is more than welcome to join in) and it would be even better if you wrote an article for your top 10 favorite movies titled - "Contributor Favorites: [Insert Your Name] Top 10 Favorite Movies
Just like my list, your list doesn't have to be in any particular order - Exception... Your number 1 pick must be noted accordingly.
Come on now if you haven't followed my work you should know my boy Batman was going to be on this list, especially Tim Burton's Batman. I absolutely love this movie! I've probably watched this movie over 30 times and that number will rise over 100 by the time I'm 22 years old. Loved it so much that I asked for this movie for my 19th birthday along with Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth, 15th Anniversary Edition (Graphic Novel).
What made this my favorite movie? Having two acting powerhouses (Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton) on the big screen was simply amazing to watch. What really made the movie for me was how much Tim Burton made Gotham City into well, GOTHAM CITY! It feels like you're actually watching a Batman movie instead of looking at Chicago. I enjoyed letting my imagination take this wild journey into this new world... You just don't see a lot of comic book based films put a lot of dedication and passion into building these fictional, elaborate worlds. Also, it helps a lot that this movie pushed the creation of Batman: The Animated Series and proved you can have a successful box office film about a dark hero (or vigilante). Overall it's a great movie and something I'm going to cherish for the rest of my life as a nerd!
What's my favorite quotes (or quotes)? That's tough! Almost everything that Joker said was down right, classic! If I had to narrow it down to two quotes they would be the scene when Jack Napier (now Joker) is sitting in his former boss's chair (Carl Grissom) reading the Gotham Globe and Joker says "Wait till' they get a load of me. Whoop, whoop haaa!" Classic scene.
Then my second would be without a doubt the scene when Joker tells his righthand man, Bob that he's his number one guy. I'm going to sound extremely repetitive throughout this article, but it's a classic too! I've probably recited this quote so many times towards friends in public areas such as the mall where strangers would look at me sideways thinking-"What the hell is wrong with this kid?"
Quick shout out to my mom and dad, thank you! I have to thank them for showing me this movie back in the VHS days and I seriously have the coolest parents because they really influenced my taste on older films. Haha, I believe I was only in 3rd grade (roughly 9 years old) when I watched this fantasy masterpiece. Excalibur is such a timeless film that can be enjoyed by all ages, fans of fantasy, drama, action, romance and adventure all wrapped up in one. Lined up with a star-studded/talented cast from Nigel Terry, Nicol Williamson, Helen Mirren, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, Clive Swift and Patrick Stewart! It never dawned on me until writing this article, but Excalibur really has played a big part in my life.
My interest in everything fantasy, especially medieval fantasy was peaked as a result of this movie and similar films. I started reading more books within that genre and I couldn't wait to purchase my own sword (in reality beg my parents to buy me one) and call it my own Excalibur. My love for classical music grew considerably after Excalibur. I was already a fan of the genre as a child probably before kindergarten because my god parents would play it a lot on car rides or in the house. Like I said in the beginning I HAVE TO thank my parents for this movie because if I hadn't watched Excalibur then I wouldn't have known about the beautiful score called "O Fortuna" by German composer Carl Orff... Every time I hear that score, I get chills and I always imagine King Arthur and his knights riding on their horses through a gorgeous forest on their way to battle.
I kinda already explained why it's my favorite movie and I don't necessarily have a favorite quote. I can make it all up with this question!
What's my favorite scene? Easy. This is my favorite scene and probably my favorite in all of cinema history, enjoy.
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)
Beavis and Butt-head are my two favorite idiots... There was no way I was going to leave these fartknockers off my list. This movie will always have a special place in my heart because who doesn't like watching a movie about two idiot teenagers on a cross country road trip creating havoc wherever they go? Ahh, good times-good times. I think only Beavis and Butt-head fans could truly appreciate this movie, lets face it, it's pretty difficult to convince people to love their "adorable" faces alone. Still I would recommend this movie to a friend if they enjoy comedy, absurd story lines and cartoons. Also, what really helps this movie is the memorable soundtrack.
What made this my favorite movie? Prior to already being a Beavis and Butt-head fan the movie sold me on how well written it actually was. If you look up the movie it really has a solid rating and it still holds up to this day.
What's my favorite quote (or quotes)? "I'm hoping to do some sluts too"-Beavis. This entire scene is pretty funny and one of favorites in the movie.
Russell Crowe is a beast! One of my favorite actors in one of my favorite movies. I'm one lucky dude right now. I'm not sure if I was into gladiators before or after watching this movie, but I know this movie peaked my interest about ancient Rome. Correction! It just dawned on me right now, I had already flown to Rome and owned a few history books on ancient Rome before watching the movie as a child. That still doesn't take away on how much I love this movie from Hans Zimmerman's beautiful scores, the great fighting choreography, solid acting and nigh-perfect battle scenes. If you're really into historical-dramas then you'll enjoy Gladiator.
What made this my favorite movie? I'm an avid reader of history, and a movie like Gladiator really caught my attention. It's not the most historically correct movie, but that's what books are made for. It truly is a highly entertaining movie filled with suspense, drama and action! As a kid what really sold me on the movie was the beginning... One of cinemas greatest battle scenes and respect to Ridley Scott for capturing such a great shot during that massive battle sequence. You could really feel the tension in the air during the Battle of Vindobona as the barbarians of Germania were approaching the Roman legion. That scene will give anyone goosebumps. Pretty much the entire movie kept me entertained and had me at the edge of my seat.
One more thing! The saddest and perhaps my favorite part was the ending. As Maximus Decimus Meridius walks through the doors of the afterlife to be at peace with his deceased family was such a tear jerker moment for me.
What was my favorite quote (or quotes)? "Are you not entertained?!" Really cool fighting choreography and you could the intensity that Russell Crowe brought on set.
Friday is nothing, but a good time! As my mom says, "bubble gum for the mind..." This really could be a movie for everyone.... Its not really a pothead flick or a "black" movie. I use to think Friday had a small fan base - Surprisingly, it's the exact opposite. This movies has everything you need in order to make a comedy cult classic. Dynamite soundtrack, memorable characters, great cast, hilarious and memorable quotes. When I was younger this was the movie to watch when you had friends and family over. If you haven't watched Friday then check it out asap! If you're a fan of Chris Tucker from the Rush Hour franchise, but you haven't watched Friday then watch it now! I think Chris Tucker's greatest performance was becoming the character Smokey. Plus, the dude was comedic gold back in the day.
What made this my favorite movie and what was my favorite quote (or quotes)? This video is self explanatory.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
We can all agree this is one of Steven Spielberg's greatest movies ever made. I remember the very first time ever watching this movie, my parents had the DVD for ages, but they never opened it for some strange reason. There would be days that I would casually walk pass our DVD shelf and try to think of clever ways to watch the movie. I don't think I ever told my parents this, but there was one time when my mom was cooking dinner and I went to our family room (where the DVD shelf was located) and I pretended that I "accidentally" knocked over Saving Private Ryan. After that, I picked up the movie tucked it down my sweatpants and as I walked out of the room I realized how stupid I looked.
I pretty much had a giant square bulge where my ding-dong should be and let me remind you that I'm only 10 years old so I'm obviously not packing anything too big and definitely NOT square! To make a long story short, I shamefully dragged my feet back into the family room to place the DVD back on the shelf. I believe 4 or 5 days later I watched the movie because my parents honestly didn't care the whole time!
The look on my face when I found out I could've easily watched the movie anytime:
Sorry for the childhood rant, guys. That's how I watched the movie and I love it so much! I was actually watching it the other day.
What made this movie my favorite? It's a combination of the story I just told you because the movie felt so forbidden when I was younger (nostalgia factor) and I'm such a history buff that this movie is right up my alley.
What was my favorite quote (or quotes)? When Pvt. Ryan refuses to leave when Cpt. Miller and his men arrive to take him home. This quote shows the pride and dedication within the armed forces... A sense of family that is sometimes unmatched by blood. - "Tell her that when you found me, I was here, and I was with the only brothers that I have left. And that there's no way I was gonna desert them."
Another scene that holds a lot of memorable dialogue:
Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
"YOUR MOM GOES TO COLLEGE"
There's not much I can say about this film besides it's flippin' sweet! You either hate it or love it... Napoleon Dynamite is a film that I can recite 24/7. There's no other film like it, and it doesn't try so hard to be "different" its just naturally different. I love the awkward comedy, weird/funny characters and the simplicity of the entire film.
What made this my favorite movie? The writing and directing got me hooked. Right away you can tell this movie is going to become something special and it might take you a second try to get use to everything, but it's totally worth watching. Did I mention that I love the soundtrack and I use to be able to do the entire talent show choreography.
What was my favorite quote (or quotes)? Every. Damn. Scene. I love it all, no joke. Here are some of them below-
"Whatever I feel like I wanna do, gosh!”
"Try and hit me Napoleon"
"A frickin' 12 gauge what do you think?!"
“Make yourself a dang quesadilla!”
“You think anybody wants a roundhouse kick to the face while I’m wearing these bad boys? Forget about it.”
"Napoleon give me some of your tots!"
This is a classic gangster movie that everybody needs to watch! The reason this classic gangster movie is on my top 10 favorites list instead of Godfather, Goodfellas, The Untouchables, Casino, Donnie Brasco and etc... Because I love the whole 80's Miami theme of Scarface and there are times when the movie doesn't take itself too seriously, while still giving the audience an incredible amount of entertainment. Also, the way I'm basing my top 10 favorites movies is the fact that I can actually watch them numerous times and never grow tired of them. With movies like the Godfather trilogy I can't watch them back and forth times within weeks. Great story, but I can only watch Godfather every once in awhile.
What made this my favorite movie? The overall theme of the 80's sold me. It's fun and light-hearted at times. The movie has the classic rise and fall of power storyline. Over-the-top climax, awesome soundtrack, catchy dialogue, good acting and fun storyline. I'm a sucker for a gangster movie that takes place in the 80's, so if someone from Hollywood is reading this article make another good 1980's gangster movie! It also really helps that Al Pacino is Scarface.
What was my favorite quote (or quotes)?
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson and John Goodman in one movie... You're looking at a possibly great movie.This was a very tough decision whether or not to have this as my number 1 pick. I mean I have a freakin' tattoo based on a hair product in the movie!
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