JD’s Favorite Movies – May, 2016

Last year, on Geek Pride Day of 2015, I posted a list of my favorite movies.  Then, this past Thanksgiving, I posted an updated list.  Why?  Because my list is always changing, with films moving up and down drastically all the time.  Since my feelings about certain movies have evolved so much, and since I watch a lot of movies, I think that this is a good list to re-publish in approximately six-month intervals.  So, with six months’ worth of changes, here’s the updated list of my top 100 favorite films of all time:

  1. The Muppet movie series (’79, Caper or MTI, MMW, 2011, MTM or Carol, then Space)
  2. Labyrinth
  3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  4. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  5. Duck Soup (1933)
  6. The Gremlins series
  7. Mary Poppins
  8. The Back to the Future series (1, then 2 and 3)
  9. High Anxiety
  10. The Naked Gun series (1, then 2, then 3)
  11. The Wizard of Oz
  12. Play It Again, Sam
  13. The Ghostbusters series (1, then 2)
  14. The Truman Show
  15. Some Like It Hot
  16. The Breakfast Club
  17. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
  18. Young Frankenstein
  19. Casablanca
  20. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  21. The Dark Crystal
  22. Annie Hall
  23. The Princess Bride
  24. Beetlejuice
  25. Airplane
  26. Phantom of the Paradise
  27. CLUE
  28. Hot Fuzz
  29. The Twelve Chairs
  30. Carrie (2013)
  31. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  32. Follow That Bird
  33. The Lego Movie
  34. Silver Linings Playbook
  35. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
  36. The Harry Potter series (5, 2, 1, 7 or 8, 4 or 6, then 3)
  37. The Pink Panther
  38. Wayne’s World
  39. Spaceballs: The Movie
  40. Citizen Kane
  41. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  42. Ever After
  43. Silent Movie
  44. Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
  45. The Hunger Games series (3 or 2, closely followed by 4, then 1)
  46. Batman (1989)
  47. The Graduate
  48. Sleeper
  49. The Lion King 1½
  50. Blazing Saddles
  51. Magic in the Moonlight
  52. Batman: The Movie (1966)
  53. Hook
  54. Crazy People
  55. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  56. Inside Out
  57. Singin’ in the Rain
  58. Monty Python’s Life of Brian
  59. Robin Hood: Men in Tights
  60. Shaun of the Dead
  61. The Sound of Music
  62. The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
  63. Cinderella (1950)
  64. Metropolis (Giorgio Moroder version)
  65. Scoop
  66. The Road to El Dorado
  67. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  68. Doctor Who: The Movie
  69. Back to the Beach
  70. The Parent Trap (1961)
  71. Twelve Angry Men
  72. Charlotte’s Web (1973)
  73. The Little Mermaid
  74. A Night at Casablanca
  75. Matinee
  76. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
  77. Amelie
  78. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  79. Babes in Arms
  80. Strike Up the Band
  81. Alice (1990)
  82. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  83. Her (2013)
  84. Ed Wood (1994)
  85. Guardians of the Galaxy
  86. Aladdin
  87. Beauty and the Beast
  88. Delirious (1991)
  89. Persepolis
  90. The Outrage
  91. Rashomon
  92. This Is Spinal Tap
  93. Annie (1982)
  94. The Spy Kids series (probably 2, 1 or 4, then 3)
  95. Forbidden Planet
  96. Blade Runner
  97. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
  98. The Lion King
  99. A Night at the Opera
  100. Flushed Away

Just a reminder, this list is a very loose one, so give or take about 20 spaces with most of them.

Unlike what I did with the two previous publications of this list, I’ve cut out episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, because it’s the context of the show that makes those movies enjoyable, so I’d better save those for a list of my favorite TV show episodes.

Also, I cut out documentaries.  To make up for this, here’s a list of some of my favorites, not necessarily in order:

  1. I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
  2. Being Elmo
  3. The People vs. George Lucas
  4. The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story
  5. With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story
  6. The Unbelievers
  7. I Know That Voice
  8. Comic Book Confidential
  9. Sound City
  10. This Is Not a Film

Lastly, I’d like to list a few of my least-favorite films – the ones I hate the most – if only because I can only justify having Perks high up on the positive list by having it higher up on the negative list.  It’s a complicated film.

  1. God’s Not Dead
  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  3. Daisies
  4. Wavelength
  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  6. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
  7. Up
  8. Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
  9. The Smurfs
  10. Elf

Now you know more about my cinematic tastes than you needed to, and I think we all know you’re better off for it.  Happy Geek Pride Day!

UPDATE May 26th, 2016: it occurred to me too late that I meant to put Mel Brooks’ The Twelve Chairs up high on my list a few months ago, and I somehow forgot.  To fix this, I have just placed Twelve Chairs between Hot Fuzz and Carrie, which bumped the film that had been in my 100th spot – Austin Powers – off of the list.  Consider Powers to be an honorable mention.  (Also, I just moved Citizen Kane down a few spaces, because I can’t let this movie get too proud – it may be great, but it deserves to be brought down a peg.)


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