Sunday, February 27, 2011

And the Oscar goes to...

Lately, we have been watching a lot of movies. Well, I always watch a lot of movies, but lately Stephen and I have been watching a lot of movies together. The past few nights we've been looking through various 'top movie' lists (i.e. AFI's Top 100 Films, IMDb's Top Films, Netflix top rated films). We decided that none of these lists compare to our own. So, here are our lists of "Best Movies of All Time."

These movies are chosen for their overall merit (was it a groundbreaking film? was the story line fantastic? were the effects impressive?), influence (did it influence either the way movies were made after it was released, or the way the watcher perceives movies (or life) after seeing it?) and entertainment quality (was it a great movie to watch? is it one of your favorites?).

Vanessa's Top 25 Best Films of All Time

1. The Man Who Laughs (1928)
2. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
3. V for Vendetta (2005)
4. The Departed (2006)
5. Metropolis (1927)
6. Inception (2010)
7. Nosferatu (1922)
8. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
9. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
10. A Fool There Was (1915)
11. Back to the Future Part 1 (1985)
12. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
13. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
14. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
15. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001)
16. The Sound of Music (1965)
17. The Aviator (2004)
18. Charade (1963)
19. The Godfather (1972)
20. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
21. Finding Neverland (2004)
22. Hook (1991)
23. Moulin Rouge (2001)
24. Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
25. Ghostbusters (1984)

Stephen's Top 25 Best Films of All Time

1. V for Vendetta (2005)
2. Twister (1996)
3. Inception (2010)
4. October Sky (1999)
5. Apollo 13 (1995)
6. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
7. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
8. The Godfather (1972)
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010)
10. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
11. Back to the Future Part 1 (1985)
12. Dr. No (1962)
13. The Dark Knight (2008)
14. Ghostbusters (1984)
15. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
16. North by Northwest (1959)
17. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
18. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
19. Patton (1970)
20. Animal House (1978)
22. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
22. X2: X-Men United (2003)
23. GoldenEye (1995)
24. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
25. Toy Story (1995)

The unanimous vote for Best Worst Film of all time (the movie that is so terrible that it's great) goes to the sci-fi channel original movie, Aztec Rex. What a gem.

And the Razzie unanimously, and definitely, goes to 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is undoubtedly the worst film in the history of film making. Seriously.

Vanessa's #1 Movie: The Man Who Laughs

Stephen's #1 Movie: V for Vendetta

Vanessa and Stephen


  1. Great lists! I saw a lot of my fav's on your list, Vanessa... I'll have to check out your recommendations that I haven't seen yet :)

  2. Initial reaction: Stephen's list is much better. Some thoughts: V for Vendetta? #3 and #1? Really? Good movie, yes, top 3, no. Empire and Inception should have been higher. Flip-flopping #s (replace Back to the Future 1 with BTTF2, X-Men 2 with X1, and Harry Potter 7pt1 with HP6, due to your rating scale (overall/influence/entertainment)). Sweeney Todd and Aviator are overrated. Props to Vanessa for The Departed and Hook. Props to Stephen for Apollo 13, Dark Knight, Saving Private Ryan, and the Bonds. Overall appreciation for inclusion of Lord of the Rings, Godfather, Ghostbusters, and Back to the Future in general. My Best Worst Movie ever: Snakes on a Plane (though SyFy movies are always classic). And I kind of like 2001 buttheads. My Razzie might have to go to Star Wars Episode 2 (when compared to its counterpart in the originals (Empire) it has to be one of the worst movies ever made, though I will still gladly watch it seeing as it is still Star Wars).