Now, I'm just some guy, some guy who has admitting seen a ridiculous amount of movies over the years. Film has a special place in my heart and probably always will. I love the classics, the latest and greatest, fantastic films, horrible films, and mostly everything else in between. That being said, I do not consider myself a film snob. I do love many of the artsy classic films, and find some others incredibly boring, just as I love some of today's biggest blockbusters and find others intolerable.
One lesson I relearn on almost a daily basis is: Film is subjective. Some people, who's opinions I highly respect, dislike some movies that I absolutely adore and vice-versa. Personally, I am under the belief that film is entertainment above all else. Not to say that film is not also art, because I do believe filmmakers and actors to be artists. On that same note, I find art entertaining and engaging, just as I find great films to be entertaining and engaging, but I digress.
My favorite films are movies that I find myself revisiting over and over again. I love these films so much that I shudder at the idea of not owning them in case I have the sudden, overwhelming urge to watch said movie for the twentieth time. So, without further adieu, I present to you The Top 10 Best Movies Ever Made (according to me anyways).
10. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
To me, these are three movies that never need to be remade. Return of the King being the most decorated of the three, is tied with Titanic with the most Academy Awards ever. I know it is kind of cheating to group a trilogy together as one spot on my list, but The Lord of the Rings is probably the most even, and overall best trilogy ever made, and it works well as one cohesive story.
9. Spirited Away
Miyazaki is one of the best, if not the best animated film director of all time, and Spirited Away is his most celebrated movie. Not to mention, now that the film has been remastered on Blu-ray, this movie looks better than ever.
I know most people argue that the second film in the franchise is better, but to me, the first entry is the most prolific, action, sci-fi, and horror combination since Alien, and that is a style that has not been recreated in the franchise since.
7. Annie Hall
Woody Allen is one of the great writer/directors of our time, and Annie Hall is his most celebrated film. The humor throughout the film holds up and works together to make this movie a timeless coming-of-age tale about love and modern relationships.
6. The Big Lebowski
Yet another great writer/director combo makes its way on my list with the Coen brother's The Big Lebowski. The story lends itself to multiple viewings and the jokes are endlessly quotable. "The Dude abides."
5. The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz is the truest definition of a classic film. There is not a person that I know of who has not seen this film. Not to mention, even after 50 plus years, this film still holds up. The music is fantastic and the story is universally known and has been copied countless times over the decades.
4. The Social Network
I know that most people consider Fight Club to be David Fincher's finest film, but to me, The Social Network is his crowning jewel. I honestly had no interest in seeing this film when it came out, but I admit that I was hooked after the first scene and have watched this film over a dozen times since.
3. The Shining
Not only is the film great, but its corresponding documentary, Room 237, is an interesting watch that gives the viewer an introspective look at potential sub plots. Even though the film is over 30 years old, and I despite the fact that I have seen it numerous times, I still feel uneasy for the rest of my day after watching this movie.
2. Pulp Fiction
Even at three hours, this is a movie that demands multiple viewings. Every piece of dialogue, even the tangents that seem unnecessary, work to advance the story. I learn something new about this film every time I revisit it. It is truly a masterpiece.
1. Catch Me if You Can
This may not be Steven Spielberg's best movie, but I will argue that it is his most entertaining movie. Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks hand in great performances, and John Williams provides yet another fantastic score. Every scene is as gripping and entertaining as anything in Hollywood today, and this film is among Spielberg's funniest. Catch Me if You Can is easily my favorite film from this generation's best filmmaker.