I’m a pretty big movie guy. I own around 800 movies on DVD/blu-ray and I enjoy going to the theater to check out the latest blockbuster movie. Over the years I’ve watched some incredible movies and also some really bad ones. This list is going to be centered on that first group. I’m going to give you my personal top 5 movies of all time. Let’s do this!
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Director: Peter Jackson
Notable Actors: Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood
The first movie on my list and I’m already cheating by picking a trilogy but for me it’s impossible to pick between these 3. Everything about these movies is just right; the casting is perfect, the scenery is absolutely stunning and the battles are incredible. I do a marathon of this trilogy every year (I highly recommend you watch the extended versions) and I look forward to it each year.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Notable Actors: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi
Quentin Tarantino is a great director and he has made some incredible films (Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill …) but my favorite Tarantino movie is still Reservoir Dogs. The dialogue in this movie is so good that it makes up for the lack of action. The suspense is really well done and the music is just perfect. I’m such a big fan that I have a big poster of the film hanging over my desk (see picture).
The Godfather Part 2
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Notable Actors: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall
I know, picking the sequel over the original. I like the original Godfather but I feel like the sequel takes all the good things of the first movie and makes them even better. Al Pacino is brilliant as Michael Corleone.
Dawn of the Dead (1978 version)
Director: George A. Romero
Notable Actors: David Emge, Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross, Scott H. Reiniger
For me Dawn of the Dead is THE definitive zombie movie. It has great characters, a great location (a shopping mall is the perfect location for a movie about a zombie outbreak) and the special effects are really well done. The 2004 remake is also pretty enjoyable but it’s not as good as the original.
Scarface (the 1983 version)
Director: Brian De Palma
Notable Actors: Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Shenar
Cliché choice maybe but I absolutely love this movie. Everything about is just perfect; the location, the music (I own a physical copy of the soundtrack), the characters; it’s a perfect blend which results in an absolute classic. GTA Vice City is my favorite GTA game because it captures the 80’s vibe so well and that game is partially based on Scarface; so it isn’t big surprise that this movie is my favorite film of all time. Al Pacino IS Tony Montana.
- The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- Friday The 13th (1980)
- Inglorious Basterds
- The Dark Knight
- Schindlers List
- Rear Window