My Top Ten

After delivering ‘a sampler of my tastes in movies’ in 25 Movie Facts About Me, I’ve been compelled to further share about the films that I love most.  There are many movies I love, but these are the ones that I go back to and always end up be swept away again.  There are two movies by Francis Coppola, but oddly enough, I’ve never considered him one of my top directors.  In fact, some of my favorite directors don’t even have films on this list.  Hitchcock’s Psycho was nearly included.  Nolan’s The Dark Knight and his Inception almost made it as well.  Stanley Kubrick did make it on board though, twice.  So whether or not this list can accurately be read as a favorite directors list is pretty questionable.  But that’s for another post, here are my ten favorite films in an estimated order:

10) The Godfather

9) The Conversation

8) Star Wars

7) The Shining

6) Hoop Dreams

5) Into the Wild

4) The Red Shoes

3) 2001: A Space Odyssey

2) The 400 Blows

1) No Country for Old Men

37 responses to “My Top Ten

  1. Nice list! I must confess, after watching the whole trilogy twice I really struggle with The Godfather. I see its appeal and I don’t not like it, I just don’t personally understand the acclaim heaped upon it.

    Into the Wild is an amazing film though – definitely one of my favourites!

    • You know, that’s exactly what I thought the first time I saw The Godfather. So I completely understand where you’re coming from. I think I’d heard so many great things about it before I saw it that I was really disappointed because I didn’t find exactly what I’d expected. My second viewing, I was familiar with the movie already and knew what to expect. I think that allowed me to fall in love with it. I know you’ve already seen it twice, but I just thought I’d share that I used to be confused with all of the acclaim too. And yes, Into the Wild is a great film!

  2. Love your #s 10, 8, 7, 3, and 2. All instant A+es (on my scale). The others I have yet to see, which means we must be in a good amount of agreement. Also glad that I’m not alone on having such a recent #1. 🙂

  3. I’m a huge fan of The Godfather and 2001, and am glad to see them there. I’m also happy to see The Conversation, which I think is a pretty underrated Coppola gem.

    • Yeah, The Conversation really doesn’t get the attention it deserves considering it’s one of Coppola’s best. Thanks for the comment!

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  5. What an eclectic mix! I love The Red Shoes, it’s nice to see that on here, it doesn’t get nearly the amount of attention it deserves. 400 Blows and the Shining both personal faves too. I have a confession though: i’ve never seen Star Wars!!

    You have a great blog here, really enjoying reading it – good work : )

    • Glad to know that you love The Red Shoes as well. It’s one of the greatest movies of all-time in my opinion. I hope you enjoy Star Wars when you get around to seeing it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Thanks for the kind words! 🙂

    • Such a great movie! Definitely agree, Hirsch is outstanding in it. I watched it recently in order to write a review and was blown away by how good all the performances are, especially his.

    • Yes! See No Country for Old Men ASAP! I swear the movie is about perfect. The Shining is wonderful too, it’s probably my favorite horror film.

      • Alright sweet! I just finished my semester so i’ll get on it asap! and Mine as well!

          • That movie took me by surprise! I was expecting it to be some kind of western film. The main guy’s gun was terrifying! I liked it though, def need to watch it again. Think you can clear up the ending for me? I was sort of confused on why it ended on his dream with his father

            • Great! So glad that you enjoyed it! As far as the ending goes, the dream is one of the many instances in which that character has to come to grips with the changing world and his changing role in it. I’m not sure what the exact meaning of the dream is, but the fact that it’s about his father contributes to the movie’s theme of a sort of generational shift.

              • haha yeah! It was intense when he was running from the mexican drug dealers and jumped into the river.. ahh that makes a lot more sense now. I was thinking it had something to do with the title of the film, Thanks man!

                • Sure thing, don’t mention it. That chase scene is great. I’ve haven’t read it yet, but the film is an adaptation of a book, so if that appeals to you, you may find more insight there.

                  • Mmm that sounds interesting I may think about buying that and a few other books that have been adapted into films. Maybe one day i’ll like reading again aha

                    • Yeah, I’ve been reading almost exclusively about film lately, but I’m gonna make an attempt at a few books in the next few months and that might just have to be one of them.

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