MY 100 BEST MOVIES

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I was excited to watch the Super Bowl this year. I received a new flat-screen TV for Christmas that replaced my crappy old-fashioned, weighs-more-than-a-small-truck TV. One of my favorite teams was playing—the 49ers, and Beyoncé was singing at half-time. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Come kick-off time, I kicked the boys off the X-Box, sat down with my dieting snacks (string cheese, sugar snap peas, and a cup of coffee) and switched to TV mode, only to find out I didn’t get CBS. I get NBC, ABC, and FOX, but NO CBS! Since I don’t watch TV, I didn’t know this beforehand, and obviously I don’t subscribe to cable, so…yeah. I felt like crying.

Of course, my son and his friends did a loud cheer and immediately resumed their X-Box play. So there I sat, in front of my laptop, munching on low-fat string cheese, which I noted, has the exact consistency of a rubber bike tire. After a while, keeping track of the score online seemed even too pathetic and sad for me, so I decided to while away my time coming up with a list of 100 best movies of all time.

Now granted, this is a list of MY favorites, which is why Citizen Kane is NOT listed. It’s also comprised of only movies I’ve seen, which is why it’s severely lacking in any films from the last 10 years. Literally, the last ADULT film I’ve seen in a theater was Monster’s Ball, and I was pregnant at the time. Every other foray to the cinema since has been to see G-rated movies. Yes, I’m aware my growth has been stunted, as well as my social skills due to lack of dating, but I’m going to have one hellava catch-up list when I’m a senior citizen. I chose these films either because of the impression they made on me, the fact that I can see them over and over, or the powerful, moving, and/or funny performances given by the actor (s). So without further ado…

Here are my 100 BEST FILMS in alphabetical order

1. A Christmas Story

2. A Fish Called Wanda

3. A Room with a View

4. A Streetcar Named Desire

5. Adaptation

6. After Hours

7. As Good As It Gets

8. Back to the Future

9. Before Sunrise

10. Big

11. Body Heat

12. Braveheart

13. Casablanca

14. Casino

15. Castaway

16. Chocolat

17. Christmas Vacation

18. Cinema Paradiso

19. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

20. Crash

21. Dangerous Liaisons

22. Despicable Me

23. Die Hard

24. Dirty Dancing

25. Dog Day Afternoon

26. Elf

27. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

28. Flashdance

29. Forrest Gump

30. Four Weddings and a Funeral

31. Glengarry Glen Ross

32. Gone with the Wind

33. GoodFellas

34. Grease

35. Groundhog Day

36. Halloween

37. Harold and Maude

38. Hitch

39. Home Alone

40. Impromptu

41. It’s Complicated

42. Jaws

43. Jean de Florette

44. Kramer vs. Kramer

45. La Dolce Vita

46. La Femme Nikita

47. Like Water for Chocolate

48. Living Out Loud

49. Love Actually

50. Moonstruck

51. Murder by Death

52. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

53. Office Space

54. Pretty Woman

55. Pulp Fiction

56. Raging Bull

57. Raiders of the Lost Ark

58. Rebecca

59. Risky Business

60. Romeo and Juliet

61. Saving Private Ryan

62. Schindler’s List

63. Shrek

64. Sleepless in Seattle

65. Some Like it Hot

66. Something’s Gotta Give

67. Stand By Me

68. Terminator 2

69. Terms of Endearment

70. The African Queen

71. The Age of Innocence

72. The Blind Side

73. The Bridges of Madison County

74. The Exorcist

75. The Game

76. The Godfather

77. The Godfather 2

78. The Kids Are All Right

79. The Lover

80. The Misfits

81. The Player

82. The Remains of the Day

83. The Shawshank Redemption

84. The Shining

85. The Silence of the Lambs

86. The Terminator

87. The Usual Suspects

88. The Warriors

89. The Wizard of Oz

90. Titanic

91. Tootsie

92. Toy Story

93. Toy Story 2

94. Trading Places

95. Vertigo

96. Waiting

97. What Lies Beneath

98. When Harry Met Sally

99. Young Frankenstein

100. 9½ Weeks

 

WHEW! Does anyone have any to add of their own?

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Crazy. Kinda.
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 06:04:35

    Wow. Total disappointment on not being able to watch the Superbowl! Who doesn’t get CBS? That’s soooo weird! I thought that was one of the basic channels everyone got!

    I would be hard pressed to come up with 50 favorite movies, let alone 100! Good job! Here’s some of my favs, in no particular order:

    1. Beaches
    2. Serendipity
    3. All the Underworld movies
    4. Most of the Resident Evil movies, minus the 2nd one
    5. Hocus Pocus
    6. The Fox and the Hound
    7. Beauty and the Beast
    8. Pretty Woman
    9. Van Helsing
    10. Memento
    11. 15 minutes

    And that’s all I can come up with so early in the morning. I’m not a huge fan of sitting in front of the boob tube, whether it be in my living room, or in a giant room full of people with a large screen. I don’t watch too many movies and there aren’t many TV shows I have any interest in. Now books, I could probably list off books like it was my job.

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    • Tiffany N. York
      Feb 05, 2013 @ 08:46:04

      I assumed I’d get CBS, too, which is why I didn’t check beforehand. With my old TV I got only PBS, sometimes Fox, and a few Spanish channels, so when I hooked up my new TV and all these channels showed up, I thought I had all the basic ones. (sob)

      A few of yours I haven’t seen–like 15 minutes, Van Helsing, the Underworld movies…Loved Beauty and the Beast. Made me cry. Loved Beaches, too. That one really made me cry.

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  2. Menopausalmother
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 07:20:28

    I don’t watch football but we still had the man cave thing going on here while hosting a party. My adult daughter came over and we sipped on Skinny Girl cocktails and gossiped. I DID watch the commercials and of course got to see Beyonce’s FANTASTIC halftime show! Loved your movie list–I’ve seen most of these but I would add 2 more–Edward Scissorhands and The Secret Garden. I still cry when I watch that one!

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    • Tiffany N. York
      Feb 05, 2013 @ 08:51:26

      I had to watch the good and bad commercials, as well as Beyonce’s show the next day. How anticlimactic is that? Beyonce rocked it! I went to download some of her songs onto my Ipod and all the ones she sang during half-time are listed in the top 200. So obviously lots of people thought she rocked, too.

      Edward Scissorhands was a great movie, but believe it or not, I’m not sure whether I’ve seen The Secret Garden. I know it’s a classic though.

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      • Menopausalmother
        Feb 08, 2013 @ 08:10:22

        If you rent Secret Garden, make sure it’s the one that came out in the mid 1990’s. Also–just wanted to let you know I tagged you and several other bloggers today in my new blog post. I hope you are up for the challenge, but if not, no worries. Hop over when you get a chance, check it out and let me know if you are interested!

      • Tiffany N. York
        Feb 08, 2013 @ 10:35:22

        Challenge is my middle name, Menomama! Along with procrastination. So it’s perfect…I can procrastinate by doing the challenge. Hurray!

  3. 02fan
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 07:59:55

    Happy Birthday, have a great day!

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  4. Sam
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 15:05:04

    We have got to get you back in the land of the living, how can you write with movies like these in your head. It would be like having sex with only Barry Manilow on your playlist.

    Some films to inspire you to greater heights, The Devil in Miss Jones, Deep Throat, Debbie Does Dallas, Bound, The Dreamers, or Unfaithful.

    A new list for a new year, if those don’t get the blood flowing or trigger than clammy butterflies in the stomach feeling that requires several shots of tequila to start the night you have a problem. Hope the treatment goes well.

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    • Tiffany N. York
      Feb 12, 2013 @ 08:58:10

      First of all, I happen to like Barry Manilow–“Mandy” is one of my favorite songs, and second, can I get some porn suggestions in the new milennium? No offense, but I don’t need to see Girls Gone Wild down there, if you catch my drift. Unfaithful I’ve seen of course, but after the Frenchman punched Halle Berry’s ex in the nose recently, he turns me on less.

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  5. Ross Ramsey
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 19:33:31

    I really like your movie picks, although I’m having issues with Titanic being placed before Young Frankenstein and Vertigo. Other than that, its Great!! 🙂

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    • Tiffany N. York
      Feb 13, 2013 @ 20:02:22

      That’s why I put them all in alphabetical order! I would never, ever try to choose my favorite movie of all time and then have to work my way down. My head would explode from even attempting it.

      Reply

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