Top 10 Favorite Movies – September 27, 2006

You’ve seen the characters now meet the movies that sit atop my favorites list. You may revisit some of the characters that I previously mentioned but I’ve changed my memorable quotes to spice it up a bit. Like the character list this one was hard to narrow down. I could go on and on with my favorite movies but hey, you gotta stop somewhere.

With this list I am again counting down and I’ve added some information about the flicks. The director, who starred in it, a memorable quote and the tagline taken from

To compile a list of your favorite movies you have to think about the films that you never forget. The ones that you can watch over and over again and still feel as though you’re watching it for the first time. A movie that can make you laugh even though you’ve laughed at it 800-times before. You also want a movie that touches you and makes you think or one you can relate to. A film that when you listen to a song from that movie you are instantly taken to that part in the film. These movies all do that to me.

And if you’re looking for a film to watch, pick one off the list and tell me what you think.

Once again, without further ado here is my:

Top 10 Movies of All-Time

10. “Fletch” (1985)

Directed by Michael Ritchie

StarringChevy Chase, Tim Matheson, Geena Davis.

Memorable Line:

Dr. Joseph Dolan – “Arnold Babar. Isn’t there a children’s book about an elephant named Babar?” Fletch – “I don’t know. I don’t have any.” Dr. Joseph Dolan – “No children?” Fletch – “No elephant books.”

Tagline: Meet the only guy who changes his identity more often than his underwear.

The No. 10 is always the hardest pick because you’re leaving a movie off. I love “Shawshank Redemption” for its storytelling, or the “Usual Suspects” for its suspense and surprise. I love “Big” for making me realize that I am still a kid at heart, and I love “Finding Nemo” for the father-and-son story. But since I was young I’ve loved “Fletch” and every so often I can pull out the video, pop it in the VCR and still chuckle and Fletch’s wit and sarcasm. I can watch this movie more often than the other ones listed above or in my honorable mention. The story isn’t brilliant but it makes me laugh and sometimes that’s all a No. 10 movie has to do. Which brings me to No. 9…

9. “Three Amigos” (1986)
Directed by John Landis
Starring Steve Martin,Chevy Chase and Martin Short

Memorable Line:

Lucky Day – “Oh, great. You killed the invisible swordsman!” Ned Nederlander – [runs over to check] “He’s dead, all right.” Dusty Bottoms – “How was I supposed to know where he was?” Lucky Day – “You were supposed to fire up. *We* both fired *up*. It’s like living with a six-year old.”

Tagline: They’re Down On Their Luck And Up To Their Necks In Senoritas, Margaritas, Banditos And Bullets!

Okay, so No. 9 makes me laugh and makes me laugh a lot. My brothers and I have watched this silly movie since we were kids. There are three of us and three of them and we were the Three Amigos. I was Dusty Bottoms, Erik was Lucky Day and Randy Ned Nederlander. Years later (like four years ago) my parents bought us giant sombreros like the Amigos and a couple years ago while I was living inBrazilwith Lis, we showed “Three Amigos” to her students. The movie is stupid, because the Amigos are stupid, “Do you have anything besides Mexican food?” Dusty asks while sitting at the dinner table in Mexico, but the movie makes me laugh everytime I watch it and makes me think of my brothers and I wanting to be the Amigos (doing the Amigo salute).

8. “That Thing You Do!” (1996)

Directed by Tom Hanks

Starring Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Johnathon Schaech, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry and Tom Hanks.

Memorable Line: Lenny – “Skitch. How did we get here?” Guy – “I led you here, sir, for I am Spartacus.”

Tagline: In every life there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do.

If you haven’t seen this movie, watch it! It’s great! It’s cute, it’s hilarious (Steve Zahn is friggin’ hilarious), it’s entertaining, it’s directed by Tom Hanks and it has a great cast. About a band in Eerie, PA that scores a hit, makes it big and then that’s it. They become one-hit wonders. Everytime I watch this movie I laugh out loud, mostly at Steve Zahn. I also end up tapping my feet to the music and by the end of the flick I’m wanting to start my own band. It’s great! And to think I almost forgot about it.

7. “Forrest Gump” (1994)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Gary Sinise and Robin Wright

Memorable Line: Forrest – “I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is.”

Tagline: The world will never be the same once you’ve seen it through the eyes of Forrest Gump

When my family and I first saw the previews for this movie we thought it looked hilarious. We went and saw it in the theaters and left telling people that they needed to bring tissue to the movie. “Forrest Gump” is a complete movie with humor, action and romance, and you learn a lot aboutUShistory, too!

6. “Beautiful Girls” (1996)
Directed by Ted Demme.

Starring Timothy Hutton, Natalie Portman, Uma Thurman, Matt Dillon, Michael Rapaport, Rosie O’Donnell, Mira Sorvino, Lauren Holly.

Memorable Line: Paul – “Supermodels are beautiful girls, Will. A beautiful girl can make you dizzy, like you’ve been drinking Jack and Coke all morning. She can make you feel high full of the single greatest commodity known to man – promise. Promise of a better day. Promise of a greater hope. Promise of a new tomorrow. This particular aura can be found in the gait of a beautiful girl. In her smile, in her soul, the way she makes every rotten little thing about life seem like it’s going to be okay. The supermodels, Willy? That’s all they are. Bottled promise. Scenes from a brand new day. Hope dancing in stiletto heels.”

Tagline: Good times never seemed so good.

A beautifully written script about a piano player that comes home for his high school reunion and reunites with his old buddies. The cast is great, especially Natalie Portman in one of her earliest roles, and the soundtrack is good. Another movie I could relate to with my friends. It’s a romantic comedy for guys, though Rosie O’Donnell gives a great monologue about the fakeness of models and the fools that cherish them (aka guys).

5. “Field of Dreams” (1989)

Directed by Phil Alden Robinson
Starring Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones.

Memorable Line: Terence Mann – “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game. It’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good…and it could be again. People will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.”

Tagline: All his life, Ray Kinsella was searching for his dreams. Then one day, his dreams came looking for him.

Baseball and a father-and-son relationship. Can’t ask for more in a movie – for me. This movie makes me cry every time I watch it, not only for the “Dad. Wanna have a catch?” part but because of James Earl Jones speech about baseball. That’s all I need to say. When a movie can make you cry everytime you watch it then it needs to be on your list.

4. “Swingers” (1996)

Directed by Doug Liman
Starring Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn.

Memorable Line:

Trent – “I don’t want you to be the guy in the PG-13 movie everyone’s *really* hoping makes it happen. I want you to be like the guy in the rated R movie, you know, the guy you’re not sure whether or not you like yet. You’re not sure where he’s coming from. Okay? You’re a bad man. You’re a bad man, Mikey. You’re a bad man, bad man.”

Tagline: Cocktails first. Questions later.

Don’t let the title fool you, this is some sick and twisted flick. It’s actually a relationship movie for guys. The script is great and if you’ve just been dumped by a girl and looking for a fresh start and a way to move on this is the movie for you. Jon Favreau wrote and starred in this low-budget movie that also stars Vince Vaughn in his best comedic role. This movie will teach you the rules of dating, but also teach you about the pain that comes after a heartbreak. My Dad had heard about it after it was released on video, we rented it, laughed like crazy, related to the stories and it quickly became one of my favorite movies. It’s now become a cult-classic.

3. “Grosse Pointe Blank” (1996)

Directed by George Armitage

Starring John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Akroyd and Alan Arkin

Memorable Line: [Practicing in a mirror before his high school reunion]

Marty – “Hi.I’m, uh, I’m a pet psychiatrist. I sell couch insurance. Mm-hmm, and I – and I test-market positive thinking. I lead a weekend men’s group, we specialize in ritual killings. Yeah, you look great! God, yeah! Hi, how are you? Hi, how are you? Hi, I’m Martin Blank, you remember me? I’m not married, I don’t have any kids, and I’d blow your head off if someone paid me enough.”

Tagline: Even A Hit Man Deserves A Second Shot!

The script, John Cusack and Minnie Driver, the soundtrack, its all great. A movie about a professional killer who returns to the town he grew up in, and reunites with the prom date he ditched out on 10-years ago. “Grosse Pointe Blank” has everything you need in a movie. Action (he’s a professional killer), comedy (his childhood home is now an Ultimart), and romance (Cusack and Driver try to rekindle their long-lost flame). Oddly enough this movie comes close to being my comfort movie (more about that later), as I can watch the film when I’m bored, lonely or need a laugh.

2. “When Harry, Met Sally…” (1989)

Directed by Rob Reiner

Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan

Memorable Line: “Well how about this way. I love that you get cold when it’s seventy one degrees out, I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich, I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts, I love that after I spend a day with you I can still smell your perfume on my clothes and I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Years Eve. I came here tonight because when you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of the life to start as soon as possible.”

Tagline: Can two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning?

My favorite lines could actually go on and on, but I chose that one because when you find someone you love and you’re ready to settle down you think about all the little reasons why you love that person, reasons that nobody else but you know about and love. I love this line. I remember the first time I watched this movie. I was lonely and bored and decided to search for romantic comedies that I hadn’t seen and watch them all. The first on my list was “When Harry, Met Sally…” and 10 mintues into the movie I had a new favorite. This movie has since become my “comfort” movie. My friend Cory and I have discussed our comfort movies, the kind of movie that you can watch over and over again. The kind where if you’re alone or down you put it on it can make you feel better. Yes, Cory, whose comfort movie is “You’ve Got Mail”, and I are both males and are both married – to females. “Crystal delivers his lines with quickness and wittiness and Meg is funny (everyone knows that orgasm scene) and cute as Sally. Nora Ephron, who also wrote “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle”, wrote a masterpiece and a movie that everyone that has been in a relationship can relate to.

1. “Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back” (1980)
Directed by George Lucas

Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher

Memorable Line: Princess Leia – “I love you.” Han Solo – “I know.”

Tagline: The Adventure Continues…

I’m using Empire as my lone representative of the entire Star Wars saga. If I were to put the individual movies on here then half of them would be on this list and half of you would be tired of me using the word Force. So I went with my favorite of the six, the “Empire Strikes Back”. Perhaps the biggest cliffhanger in movie history was at the end of this film. I’m sure I’m not spoiling it for anyone by saying that it’s when Darth Vader tells Luke Skywalker that he is Luke’s father. Heck, even Lukas (my son) knows that. Vader telling young Skywalker that he is his father outweighs any “I see dead people” or Kaizer Soshea moment in movie history. It leaves you hanging and makes you say “I totally didn’t see that coming!” My favorite part of any movie also appears in Empire. From the part when Lando introduces Han Solo to the Darth Vader to Luke telling Vader that he’ll never join the dark side, these are my favorite minutes in movie history. Adding to the thrill of Empire are the introductions of Yoda, Boba Fett, the Emperor and Lando. This movie is a classic and since 1980 has been my favorite movie (okay maybe not 1980, but as long as I can remember).

Honorable Mention: “Shawshank Redemption”; “Usual Suspects”; “Jerry Maguire”; “Better Off Dead”; “61*”; “Coupe de Ville”, “Finding Nemo”; “Big”; “National Lampoon’s Vacation”; “Good Will Hunting”, “Office Space”; “LA Confidential”, “Big Trouble”, “Ghostbusters”, “Godfather”, “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”.

One thought on “Top 10 Favorite Movies – September 27, 2006

  1. I am soooo glad to see you have a Jon Favreau movie in here. I absolutly LOVE his movies!!! There is a movie called Love & Sex that he directed…it is on HBO every once in awhile and I cannot get enough of the movie! I watch it everytime it is on. As for the rest of your list…not bad…Shawshank is one of my top 10 as is Office Space…but I would not have Star Wars. Anyhow…pretty good! I think I am going to start doing lists too. I am not thrilled about doing them but I do like reading other peoples….we shall see.


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