My Top 50 Favorite Movies of All Time

My Top 50 Favorite Movies of All Time


These are my favorite movies. I am not saying these are the best movies of all time, but they are movies I love most for one reason or another. They are not in order of how good they are. They are in the order of how much I like them and want to watch them. This will probably be a living document that is constantly being reviewed and revised depending on my mood. I would say the top three will probably never change. The rest are always up for debate in my own head or on the porch with my friends.

Yes, this is what I do with my spare time and spare brain cells. 



  1.  The Goonies

I watched this movie multiple times every day of the summer. You better believe I could recite the entire movie without watching it. I loved it in the theater as a 7 year old and love it even more now as a 38 year old.

  1. The Shawshank Redemption

I actually consider this the greatest movie of all time. I love how he has to crawl through all the shit (literally) to escape the prison. Then he comes out on the other side and is cleaned by the rain water. It kind of sums up his life.

  1. Pulp Fiction

Amazing dialog plus unlikely situations makes for an awesome film. The foot massage conversation cracks me up every time.

  1. The Princess Bride

Every line in this movie is quotable. Even my kids can watch this movie over and over again. It’s entertaining for all ages.

  1. Saving Private Ryan

I try to watch this movie on all the military holidays.The scene at the end when the older version of Private Ryan tells his wife to say he’s a good man and that he lived a good life moves me to tears every time.

  1. Forest Gump
  2. Beetlejuice
  3. Pan’s Labyrinth
  4. Walk The Line
  5. As Good As It Gets
  6. The 5th element
  7. 50/50
  8. Braveheart
  9. The 40 Year Old Virgin
  10. Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back
  11. Weird Science
  12. Tommy Boy
  13. Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers (extended edition)
  14. Goodfellas
  15. Serenity
  16. Apocalypto
  17. Interview With The Vampire
  18. Fight Club
  19. Monster’s, Inc.
  20. The Green Mile
  21. Se7en
  22. The 13thWarrior
  23. The Postman
  24. Groundhog Day
  25. 300
  26. Die Hard
  27. Ghostbusters
  28. Rocky 3
  29. Back To The Future
  30. Dumb And Dumber
  31. Finding Nemo
  32. Spanglish
  33. Big
  34. The Sword In The Stone
  35. The Three Amigos
  36. Alien
  37. Tombstone
  38. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  39. Starship Troopers
  40. 12 Monkeys
  41. Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom
  42. The Scent of A Woman
  43. Legend
  44. Edward Scisorhands
  45. Reign Over Me

“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.”

Roger Ebert


  1. I have enjoyed reading your blog! Sometimes, with the every day stresses and a 7yr old boy and a 3 month old little girl, it’s nice to read something light hearted! So thanks for sharing! My husband and I are huge movie buffs, we actually met working at blockbuster video, back in the day! So I loved this topic. Although, I thought Pan’s Labyrinth was a bit to weird for me. And I would have to add Gladiator to the list!
    What about top t.v. series?

    • Tv series will come in good time.
      I think that’s awesome you guys met working at blockbuster. I am sad for my kids that they will never get to experience walking around looking for something to rent. I miss movie rental stores. Gladiator was in the running. That movie was amazing.

  2. Anybody like Office Space as much as we do, was a funny spin on real situations. On a serious note, I loved Witness.

  3. I feel like Beetlejuice is a vastly underappreciated movie. One of my favorites also.

  4. Movies are like books: when your kids see you appreciate them, they’ll learn to appreciate them. My 21-year-old son and I are looking forward to sitting down to The Last Waltz soon, just to add variety to our Scorsese discussions. And I take goofy pride in the fact that my kids know all the dialogue from His Girl Friday.

  5. Larry and I love Groundhog Day! Great feel good movie. My 16 year old has just watched all the Rocky movies (in 2 days) she ranked them and the third one was her least favorite. I’d love to know why it made your list but the others didn’t.

    Thanks for sharing. I have managed to avoid Pulp Fiction up to this point, now I have to see it for the foot massage scene. Curiosity will probably kill me just like the cat.

    • I am a huge wrestling fan and Rocky 3 kinda helped launch Hulkamania. I also watched 3 more as a kid. I enjoy the comeback story and that he gets involved with Apollo. I was heart broken when Mick died. Over all it just holds a special place in my heart. I can admit that 1 and 2 are much better movies, I just like to watch 3 more. And congrats on having the kind of 16 year old that would marathon watch the Rocky movies. That’s just good parenting.
      As far as Pulp Fiction is concerned, if you don’t like R rated movies with tons of violence, cursing, and racial slurs, I would stay away. If you watch it and like it, I would Highly recommend Inglorious Bastards and Django Unchained.

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