Last week I ran an "unofficial" contest on my Facebook account asking my FB friends to guess my favorite movies to win a copy of my book. The premise was simple enough; the first three people to guess a movie that's on my top 10 list would win a book. However, when I set about creating the list, that task was anything but easy.
Straight away I decided to exclude comedies from the list. I don't think it's possible to judge comedies along with other movie genres. It's hard enough to weigh dramas against action movies, but how can I compare Old School to Fight Club? I'll probably end up ranking my top 10 comedies and then using that list as a contest for a giveaway here... so stay tuned.
But, back to the list. After much agonizing, sorting, shuffling, and re-sorting I finally arrived at a top 10. At the moment I saved it, I knew it was probably not 100% accurate. I'm sure there were movies that I had simply forgotten about that belonged on the list... or did they if I forgot about them?
Without further ado... the list:
- Blade Runner
- Apocalypse Now
- Rear Window
- Fight Club
- One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
- North By Northwest
- Pulp Fiction
- American Beauty
- A Clockwork Orange
To me, these are all movies that stand the test of time. I wouldn't hesitate to rewatch any one of them on a moment's notice.
I've gotten some grief about my #1, but I don't care. It's my list. There is so much more going on beneath the surface in that movie that it's completely deserving of the number 1 spot. Also, Philip K. Dick is one of my favorite authors. Blade Runner is adapted from his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? . I can't recommend it enough. Now, if someone would make Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said ...
Apocalypse Now is an easy #2 for me. I can't recall how many times I've watched that movie. Hell, I've bought the DVD three times; The original, Redux, and the Complete Dossier. If and when I buy a blu-ray player it will be one of the first titles I purchase.
I think the two Hitchcock movies need no defending (#3 Rear Window & #7 North by Northwest). I'm a trememdous fan of all his work, but these are two of my favorites along with The Lady Vanishes and The Thirty-Nine Steps .
Fight Club . Another great movie based on another great book. Check out the book if you haven't already.
Unforgiven. Not just a great Western, but a great all-around movie. Tombstone is not too far out of my top 10 as well.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest . Continuing the great book, great movie theme.
Pulp Fiction. Tarantino's masterpiece.
American Beauty. Kevin Spacey at his best.
A Clockwork Orange. Uh, what to say about this one? Well, after watching it 4 or 5 times it starts to make more sense... nah, it's just crazy-fun-as-hell to watch.