For those of you who know me, you know there are certain things that I quite enjoy. Some of those things include but are not limited to: Lists, Ohio State, and Cleveland. Chipotle, Arguing Semantics, Music, and Movies. One of the most important things to remember when talking about Movies is that calling movies “films” just is not that cool of a thing and calling them movies makes you less pretentious probably. Its not that I won’t like you if call them films, but I definitely won’t not like you if you call them films either.
My grandpa Kacere is very consistent with telling me ,“you can not love things boy. You can love people, but you better not love things.” I want you to know before this list starts that my favorite movies is not a list of “the best movies ever”, but it is a list of my favorite movies. Usually what makes a movie great to an individual is simply put as “entertaining.” Entertaining has plenty of subjective meanings, but sometimes entertaining is something that makes me cry and other times its something that makes me pump my fist in manlihood. Some of the things that will go into choosing favorite movies are rewatchability, Acting, and wanting-to-show-someone-this-movie-ability. So without further adieu here are my top ten favorite movies that I really like a lot with description:
Random Numbered Movies:
62: Warrior (2011): Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte
89: The Muppets (2011): Jason Segal, Amy Adams
28: Lawless (2012): Tom Hardy, Shia LeBeouf
42: The Iron Giant (1999): Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr.
90: Extremedays (2001): Dante Basco, Ryan Browning, AJ Buckley, Derek Hamilton
16: Dumb and Dumber (1994): Jim Carey, Jeff Daniels
12: The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005): Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane
11: Catch Me If You Can (2002) Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Disney Princess: Belle by a long shot.
83726: Twilight: New Moon (2009) Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart
10: Wild America (1997): Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Devon Sawa, Scott Bairstow
Wild America is probably a move that you haven’t even heard of and I do not blame you. This is one of those movies that shows up on VHS in your house when you are 10 years old and you aren’t even sure where it came from. You are positive that pops didn’t pick it up, and you are even surer that moms didn’t go to the movie store for this thriller. One thing is for sure is that after you watch this movie; you don’t care where it came from.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas and company truly captures the essence of a movie about the wild in the late 1990’s. Three brothers work for their dad’s trucking company but want more for their life. The two older brothers decide to go on a cross-country expedition to film wild animals before they all go extinct and they want the end of the trip to be in Alaska where there is myth about a thousand bears sleeping together in a cave. Their fart-loving father spots them the money for the trip and they are on the way. Little did they know that Jonathan Taylor Thomas is chillin’ in the backseat under a blanket. They decide to let him stay and the three brothers end up on a journey that lets them interact with wolves, deer, moose, gators, broken legs, and bears.
This movies is rollercoaster of emotion and action for a ten year old boy who wants to find the adventure of his own heart. I will be the first to admit that this movie is not in the top ten best movies ever. Heck, this movie is probably not even in the top 432 movies ever, but it shaped my love for watching movies, and it has a very high rewatchability ranking. Basically, if you haven’t seen this movie, watch it. And if you don’t watch it, then shame on you forever and ever.
I really don’t want to spoil too much away in each movie in this list. Wild America is an exception because there are only 5,000 rates on IMDB and that’s a low number.
- Marshall Stouffer: (talking about his older brothers) “They were most dangerous when they had a camera in their hands. They had their camera in their hand a lot.”
- Marty Stouffer Sr: “You telling me what to do, son?”
Marty Stoufer Jr. “No, dad. I’m asking.”
- Stango: “He came here to get himself a pair of gator skin boots. He got himself a whole GATOR SKIN SUIT!! AHHHHHHH”
- Hot Rod (2007): Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher
BRUH! When it comes to comedy movies that have rewatchability, acting, and wanting to show it to people who haven’t seen it before, Hot Rod might score highest on that list by a far shot. Andy Samberg and his team of The Lonely Island team up with hilarious actors such as Danny McBride, Will Arnett, and Bill Hader. I mean Andy Samberg plays a dude named Rod who wants to be stunt man but rides around on a motorized pedal bike. If that was all the information you gave me about this movie then I would probably make some popcorn, grab a diet coke, and watch with intent.
For sake of spoilers, just know that this movie is so funny that you WILL spit up your diet coke, this movie is so funny that you WILL tell someone who hasn’t seen it to watch it, this movie is so funny that you WILL find yourself quoting this movie for a long time, and this movie is so funny that you WILL start your own crew.
*these are not guarantees and I am not held liable to anyone who does not achieve these open promises
I am sorry but there are too many quotes, but know that if you watch this movie, you will be quoting hardcore.
8: Lion King (1994): Micheal Broderick, Jeremy Irons
AHHHHHHH SAVENNNNYA LA MA WEASTY A MOY….. SAVENNA A MOY
“AHHHHHHH SAVENNNNYA LA MA WEASTY A MOY….. SAVENNA A MOY”
7: Major League (1989) Tom Berenger, Chalie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Wesley Snipes.
You put Cleveland Indians, winning, and a movie together and what do you get? You get Alex’s 7th favorite movie of all time. Major League literally is everything that I want for the Cleveland Indians. Give me a hilarious announcer and NOT Rick manning. Give me a young pitcher that gasses heaters. Give me a center fielder who leads the league in “amazing catchers” by exponential numbers. Give me a power hitter who finds out his false God does not help him hit baseballs but that it is himself who crashes dingers. Give me a catcher who willingly rides a bullpen car on the road to follow his previous love. Give me a 40 year old starting pitcher who uses grease to throw curveballs. And Give me a manager that previously worked at a tire company and that can inspire even the worst baseballsters to hit for average. You give me all that and I will give you my 5 dollars at the Walmart 5 dollar movie bin for a movie made about this non-fiction team. It’s fictitious unfortunately, but I love every second of this movie. Also, Wesley Snipes is credited with like 100 stolen bases on the season and they show the same steal for at least 32 of them. So that’s a cool cinematography thing, right?
Important factor: Charlie Sheen plays a pitcher who somehow gets out of jail to try out for the Sons of Geronimo and you could tell by his fastball, that even then, he indeed had Tiger Blood.
Harry Doyle: “Just a reminder, fans, comin’ up is our “Die-hard Night” here at the stadium. Free admission to anyone who was actually alive the last time the Indians won a pennant.”
- About Time (2013): Domhall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams
You had to know that there would be a chick flick in my list of favorite movies. I am a semi hopeless romantic that is not opposed to taking a girl out and dance under the stars to some Nat King Cole on a cold winter night. About Time is just about everything you want in a Romantic Drama. There is a not so great looking dude so all the real dudes watching can relate. He is paired up with a great looking girl who happens to be played by the eloquent Rachel McAdams. Basically Tim, played by Domhall Gleeson, discovers that he has the ability to travel in time by just standing in a closet and thinking of a place that he wants to go. So he uses this awesome tool to try to find the woman of his dreams. He starts with Margot Robbie, and I can tell you that when I saw Robbie in this movie, I instantly decided that About Time would be in my favorite movie list for probably the rest of my life.
Robbie just keeps giving Tim the stiff arm and so he somehow found Mary, played by Rachel McAdams, and the whole movie is about how he tries to balance love, family, and time travel in the right manner. I will not give any more away. I will tell you that after watching About Time, if you are a man, you will have the utmost confidence in yourself when it comes to approaching girls. Domhall Gleeson got to fall in love with Rachel McAdams and she actually fell in love back. Isnt that what any romantic movie is about in the end, to have men and women believe that they have a shot with that man or woman that capture their heart? Well About Time has succeeded people.
Tim: “Lesson Number One: All the time travel in the world can not make someone fall in love with you”
- Shawshank Redemption (1994): Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
Dude…… Andy Dufresne is literally one of the coolest names I have ever heard and I am tempted to ask my hopefully future wife to name my son Dufresne. If you have not seen Shawshank Redemption, then I highly recoomend you ask your parents if it is ok to see this movie… Then go ahead and grab some Swedish Fish, a Green Tea, and a person to watch with and then turn your phone off and let the movie do the rest. I am from Ohio and this movie was filmed in Ohio so that gives this movie extra cool points.
I really can not describe this movie more because if you have seen it, you understand how great it is, and if you haven’t then I do not want to give anything away. All you need to know is that on IMDB this movie is the top rated movie by the fans with an extraordinary 9.3. ITS MORGAN FREEMAN PLAYING AN INMATE AND TIM ROBBINS ACTING TO HIS FULEST YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS MOVIE IF IT’S THE LAST MOVIE YOU PUT IN YOUR DVD PLAYER YOU WILL LAUGH CRY AND BE JOYFUL PUNCUATION IS STUPID.
Andy: “That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you… Haven’t you ever felt that way about music?”
Red: “I played a mean harmonica as a younger man. Lost interest in it though. Didn’t make much sense in here.”
Andy: “Here’s where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don’t forget.”
Andy: “Forget that… there are places in the world that aren’t made of out stone. That there’s something inside… that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch. That’s yours.”
Red: “What’re you talking about?”
4: Goodwill Hunting (1997): Matt Damon, Robin Wiliams, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck
“ Sky rockets in flight…. AFTERNOON DELIGHT.” This is the end of one of the best trolls on a psychiatrist that I have ever heard. It came right from Will Hunting played by Matt Damon. Will Hunting is a janitor at MIT in Boston, Massachusetts, but is secretly a genius. He solves this hilariously hard math problem and he is found out. It is also found out that he is a skilled fighter and the opposite of a law-abiding citizen. Will goes to jail and is bailed out by the head professor in the math department and he gives him an opportunity to work at the school for the time being instead of serve a jail sentence. The only stipulation is that he has to meet with a psychiatrist about his mental issues. After many failures and Will playing jokes on the psychiatrists, he finally finds one that understands him. It ends up being Robin Williams who happens to be from the same neighborhood that Will Hunting is from.
Bruh, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote and directed this flick and they grew up together and both became good actors. I like the story outside of the story. Also, my dad loves to say, “how do like them apples” to me all the time and that is an essential moment in Will Hunting’s character development.
This movie is the bomb and you should watch it. Obvi I am suggesting all these movies, but this one…. This one is greatness.
Will to college student who tried to pick up a girl by embarrassing Will’s friend: “ You like apples? Well I got her number…. How do you like them apples.”
3: Dark Knight (2008) Christian Bale, Heath Ledger
Guys…. I have never liked a villain as much as I like The Joker played by Heath Ledger. I find myself rooting for this dude during the movie and I love impersonating his character. Christian Bale also does a phenomenal job of yelling. “where is Harvey Dent” in a super deep voice. Probably the coolest thing about this movie is that The Office does a Joker Halloween joke with Dwight, Creed, and Kevin and I die every time I see that part. There isn’t much to write in this description as to why I like this movie so much. It is simple really. Batman and The Joker played by awesome actors and a little bit of anarchy mixed in. I. AM. IN.
- Joker: “Why SO Serious”
- Joker: “All you care about is money. This city deserves a better criminal. And I’m gonna give it to them”
- All of Batman’s quotes basically.
2: Saving Private Ryan (1998); Tom Hanks, Matt Damon
You never really feel like a man growing up in the late 90’s and 2000’s until your dad sits you down and says, “Al, it is time for you to watch Saving Private Ryan with me and learn what a great war movie is all about.” That time came in probably 2004 for me when I was 12 and I have not looked back ever since. What I really like most about this movie is that the director saw how bad of an actor Vin Diesel was and killed him off pretty soon into the movie. I am always pretty psyched about that part because Barry Pepper also shows us his sharp shooting skills.
So confession, Tom Hanks is my favorite actor and I have a portrait of Tom Hanks in my office. Saving Private Ryan is a big reason that I love Tom so much. There is shooting, strategy, gore, funny banter, and Nazi destroying in Saving Private Ryan and it is secure in the number two spot for a long time coming.
Basically all Tom Hanks movies could make my list at any moment. Catch Me If You Can is my number 11 movie if you recall and it could easily be 4.
Captain Miller: “you want to leave? You want to go off and fight the war? All right All right. I won’t stop you. I’ll even put in the paperwork. I just know that every man I kill the father away from home I feel.”
1: Remember The Titans
Did you guess it? I believe you probably did. No other movie was close when it comes to my favorite movie. Remember The Titans has every thing that is quintessential for a boy’s favorite movie. It has Racial tension, integration, football, Denzel Washington, injuries, and perfection. I was 8 years old when this movie came out and I got to see it with the whole family. My dad and I still to this day will have conversations that only consist of Remember The Titans quotes. When he is disappointed in me he still says, “Alex, you are overcookin’ my grits.” At one point I owned 8 different copies.
Denzel Washington absolutely kills his part of Coach Herman Boone and he is definitely a Hall Of Famer in my book. Also, Hayden Panettiere became a really attractive person so that is pretty cool.
There is so much to say about this movie and why it is my favorite movie, but to put it simply, Remember The Titans is as entertaining the first time that I watch it to last week when I turned on the TV and stopped what I was doing to catch the last 45 minutes. It can make me cry, laugh, be joyful., and have hope. I LOVE THIS MOVIE! The number one spot will probably NEVER be taken away from Remember The Titans.
Every quote of this movie is amazing, but the one that I love above the rest is the first interaction the players have with Coach Boone.
Boone: PUT YOUR HAND DOWN… You are smiling
Petey Jones: Yes
B: Yes, sir. Why are you smiling?
PJ: Cause I love football. Football is fun.
B: Fun, Sir? It’s fun?
B: You sure?
PJ: I think
B: Now you’re thinkin. First you smile, then you thinkin. You think football is still fun?
PJ: uh, yes.
PJ: yes, no sir.
PJ: um, it was fun.
B: Not anymore though, is it? IS it?
Pj: Not right now, no
B: No it’s not fun anymore. Not even a little bit
PJ: uh… no
B: Make up your mind. Think since you’re thinking. Go on, think. Is It fun?
PJ: No, sir.
B: No? Absolutely not?
PJ: Zero fun, sir.
B: All right, listen up! I am Coach Boone. I’m gonna tell you about how much… “Fun” you are going to have this year.