Category: My Top Picks


MY TOP SPORTS FILMS

Here are my top Sports films:

1. Raging Bull.

2. Chariots of Fire.

3. Rocky.

4. Field of Dreams.

5. Major League.

6. Hoosiers.

7. Bad News Bears.

8. Friday Night Lights.

9. Cool Runnings.

10. Bull Durham.

11. A League of their Own.

12. Rudy.

13. Caddyshack.

14. Seabiscuit.

15. Remember the Titans.

MY TOP MAFIA MOVIES

This list was pretty easy for me to put together, but feel free to kick me if I left out some major classic. This is top pick for Mobster and Mafia films:

1. The Godfather.

2. Goodfellas.

3. Scarface.

4. Road to Perdition.

5. Heat.

6. Boyz N Hood.

7. Lock, Stock & two smoking barrells.

8. Snatch.

9. Reservoir Dogs.

10. Pulp Fiction.

11. Chinatown.

12. The Usual Suspects.

13. Carlito’s Way.

14. The Departed.

15. Donnie Brasco.

16. Once Upon a Time in America.

You will see that Al Pacino rules supreme in this genre, starring in 5 of these films. Robert De Niro comes in 2nd starring in 3.

MY TOP HORROR FILMS

As a disclaimer: I’m not into the average blood and gore horror flick, so this list won’t satisfy the hardcore horror junkie. However, there are movies that definitely fit under the category of “horror” as they are some of the most chilling and disturbing films out there.

Here is my top pick:

1. 28 Days Later (2002)

2. Se7en (1995)

3. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

4. Let The Right One In (2009)

5. Event Horizon (1997)

6. The Fly (1986)

7. Scream (1996)

8. Misery (1990)

9. The Hitcher (1986)

10. Sixth Sense (1999)

11, An American Werewolf in London (1981)

12. Alien (1979)

13. the Shining (1980)

14. Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

15. The Exorcist (1973)

16. Psycho (1960)

17. The Wickerman (1973)

18. Arachnophobia (1990)

19. The Frighteners (1996)

20. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

MY TOP ROMANTIC FILMS

Yeah i know, i’m a dude. So what? Maybe i’m missing a bunch of mushy “chick flicks” that I never saw but there are still plenty of romantic movies out there that had real depth and heart to them. I aint ashamed in the slightest to say that I thoroughly enjoyed them.  Here are the ones that made my top list:

1. Jerry Maguire (1996)

2. The Graduate (1967)

3. Romeo + Juliet (1996)

4. Grease (1978)

5. Love Actually (2003)

6. Pretty Women (1990)

7. The Princess Bride (1987)

8. The Wedding Singer (1998)

9. Four Weddings & a Funeral (1994)

10. Ghost (1990)

11. Dirty Dancing (1987)

12. Say Anything (1988)

13. Crocodile Dundee (1986)

14. As Good as it Gets (1997)

15. My Best Friends Wedding (1997)

16. The Notebook (2006)

1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (1975)

2. Tropic Thunder (2008)

3. Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgendy (2004)

4. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

5. Austin Powers: International man of mystery (1997)

6. Shrek/Shrek 2 (2001, 2004)

7. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

8. Observe & Report (2009)

9. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

10. Spaceballs (1987)

11.  Superbad (2007)

12. Wedding Crashers (2005)

13. A fish called Wanda (1988)

14. The Jerk (1979)

15. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

16. The Hangover (2009)

17. Waynes World (1992)

18. Bill & Ted’s excellent adventure (1989)

19. Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back  (2001)

20. Southpark: the movie (1999)

21. Zoolander (2001)

22. The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

23. Walk Hard (2007)

24. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

25. Ferris Bueller’s Day off (1986)

26. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

27. Borat (2006)

28. Dumb & Dumber (1994)

29. American Pie (1999)

30. Office Space (1999)

1. The Matrix (1999)

2. The Lord of The Rings Trilogy (2001-2004) *

3. Bladerunner (1982)

4. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

5. Inception (2010)

6. Back To the Future (1985)

7. Star Wars: The original trilogy (1977-1983) *

8. The Abyss (1989)

9. Independence Day (1996)

10. Donnie Darko (2001)

11. 12 Monkeys (1995)

12. Aliens (1986)

13. Iron Man (2008)

14. Star Trek (2009)

15. Spiderman 2 (2004)

16. Watchmen (2009)

17. Avatar (2009)

18. War of the Worlds (2005)

19. The Incredibles (2003)

20. Strange Days (1996)

21. Gattaca (1997)

22. Cocoon (1985)

23. Close Encounters of a third kind (1977)

24. ET (1982)

25. X-men 2 (2002)

26. Sunshine (2008)

27. Wall-E (2008)

28. Jurassic Park (1993)

29. Stardust (2008)

30.  Contact (1997)

* Okay, so if I really have to pick only ONE Star Wars film and Lord of The Rings film then it would be “Empire Strikes Back” and “The Return of the King”–but they are all classics to me.

Okay, so I kinda cheated on this one, but it was the only way I could actually complete this list!  Below is just raw unadulterated action and adventure–all within the realms of reality. I have done another category titled “Science Fiction/Fantasy” and that list  includes other  films that will definitely be considered as “action” also.

Phew! Okay, here goes nothing:

1. Die Hard (1988)

2. Bad Boys (1995)

3. Kick-Ass (2010)

4. The Dark Knight (2008)

5. Point Break (1991)

6. Top Gun (1986)

7. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

8. Face/Off (1997)

9. Braveheart  (1995)

10. Gladiator (2000)

11. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

12. The Karate Kid (1984)

13. The Goonies (1984)

14. Speed (1994)

15. 300 (2007)

16. Lethal Weapon (1987)

17. Tombstone (1993)

18. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

19. Leon (1994)

20. Desperado (1995)

21. Enter the Dragon (1973)

22. Wanted (2008)

23. Heat (1995)

24. Mission Impossible: 2 (2001)

25. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Seriously, when you actually sit down to make a list like this, you start to realize how many amazing movies there are out there. You feel guilty that you’re gonna miss something out! Well, I think i’ve done my best on this one. Feel free to shout out any obvious misses on my part.  Here is my list of best dramas:

1. Shawshank Redemption (1994)

2. Dead Poets Society (1989)

3. The Truman Show (1998)

4. Good Will Hunting (1997)

5. Into The Wild (2008)

6. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (1975)

7. Magnolia (1999)

8. Rain Man (1988)

9. The Breakfast Club (1984)

10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind (2004)

11. Dead Man Walking (1995)

12. American History X (1998)

13. Trainspotting (1996)

14. Mystic River (2003)

15. Philadelphia (1993)

16. Forrest Gump (1994)

17. Chasing Amy (1997)

18. Scent of a Women (1992)

19. Half Nelson (2007)

20. Big Fish (2003)

MY TOP WAR FILMS

Putting together a “best of” list is always a tough job because there are just so many damn movies out there. The best way I have figured out how to present my top picks is by putting it into categories for you. Feel free to add and comment on any horrific omissions on my part.

Below is my top pick for war films:

1. PLATOON. (1986)

The most realistic and haunting take on the Vietnam war you will ever see. This is Oliver Stones masterpiece shown through the eyes of a new recruit (Charlie Sheen). Also features brilliant performances by William Dafoe and Tom Berenger. To me this remains the classic for all war movies.

War time: Vietnam

2. BLACK HAWK DOWN. (2001)


Ridley Scotts film about the USAs involvement with the war in Somalia not only features great performances from Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan Mcgregor and Tom Hardy, it is also one of the most viscerally shot films about war that you will see.  This film will keep you on the edge of your seat for its entire running time.

War Time: Somalia

3. SCHINDLER’S LIST. (1993)


Hands down the most disturbing and powerful war movie I have ever seen. Steven Spielberg’s oscar winning masterpiece about the holocaust is a long and tough film to watch, yet remains an electrifying experience. It also features stellar performances from Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley.

War time: World War II

4. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. (1999)


Another classic from the genius that is Steven Spielberg. A great war movie with the unforgettable opening sequence of the storming of the beach of Normandy and a great ensemble cast including Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, Vin Diesal, Barry Pepper and Giovanni Ribisi.

War time: World War II

5. FULL METAL JACKET. (1987)


An instant classic from Stanley Kubrick. The film gives a gut wrenching image of boot camp training and a horrifying portrayal or war in Vietnam. A great performance from Matthew Modine, but it is Vincent D ‘Onofrio as a very disturbed private that will haunt your dreams.

War time: Vietnam

6. THE THIN RED LINE. (1998)


Directed by Terrence Malick, this is a war film unlike any other you have seen before. A brilliant performance by Jim Caviezal and a beautifully shot picture. It also features an impressive ensemble including Sean Penn, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, George Clooney, Nick Nolte, John Travolta, Ben Chaplin and Elias Kotias.

War time: World War II

7. PATTON (1970)


George C Scotts oscar winning performance for his portrayal of General Patton remains a classic to this day. This is a film about world war II and one of americas most famous generals, who LIVED for the war and died the moment that it ended.

War time: World War II

8. THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)


A brilliant war movie which mainly revolves around POWs attempting to escape from their captives and includes the classic Steve Mcqueen bike escape attempt. Pure cinema entertainment.

War time: World War II

9. THE DEER HUNTER (1979)


This film builds slowly, yet still remains one of the most haunting films about the horrors of the vietnam war and how it effects the lives of those involved in it.  The roulette sequence is a chilling and classic piece of cinema. Terrific performances from Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.

War time: Vietnam

10. BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY (1988)


Another classic war movie from director Oliver Stone. Featuring an oscar nominated performance from Tom Cruise, this film focuses on the aftermath of the vietnam war and how it effects the veterans of war. A very powerful movie.

War time: Vietnam