Kind of a lazy effort. Not worth waiting for. 6/10 [Lucy Glib]
I knew this would be a difficult decade to boil down to nine films but whoa-man! It’s been nearly impossible. So the way I came up with to fix that is to just cheat and do two different lists and a big old fifty-four way tie. First, just to get them out of the way, my top 9 most ridiculously quintessentially “90s” blow-the-roof-off-the-theater-for-being-so-90s movies! Meaning these movies are, I think, representative of the 90s either in scale, “datedness,” or amount of fun to watch versus actual quality. I’ll try to explain which is which in the actual list.
9. The Net- Made the list because I reference it all the time, ludicrous.
8. Con Air- Nicolas Cage is the 90s.
7. Waterworld- So bad and so expensive and SO awesome.
6. The Rock- A friend of a friend has the final scene with the flares as a full size back tattoo. Nicolas Cage is the 90s.
5. The Matrix- Bullet-time changed movies forever. For better or worse.
4. Fight Club- THE movie for adolescent males of the 90s.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Shaped so many lives.
2. Pulp Fiction- A truly excellent film.
1. Independence Day- “Welcome ta Erff!”
Ok, so those are those. The following are my favorite films of the 1990s, take it or leave it.
9. Dead Man
8. Toy Story
7. Die Hard with a Vengeance
6. Waiting for Guffman
4. The Limey
2. The Big Lebowski
1. Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park got the number one slot, not because it’s my absolute favorite movie of the 90s probably, but because it hit me like a ton of magical movie bricks and was one of the leading factors of my going into the film field.
Tied for number ten on this list are the following, in no particular order: Reservoir Dogs, Boogie Nights, Silence of the Lambs, The Hudsucker Proxy, Back to the future part III, Edward Scissorhands, Ernest Goes to Jail, Jacob’s Ladder, Miller’s Crossing, Tremors, Barton Fink, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, Delicatessen, Naked Lunch, Aladdin, Batman Returns, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Man Bites Dog, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Noises Off, Army of Darkness, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ninja Scroll, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Crow, Maverick, Radioland Murders, The Shawshank Redemption, Stargate, Braveheart, The City of Lost Children, Twelve Monkeys, The Usual Suspect, Crash (1995), From Dusk Til Dawn, Mission Impossible, Muppet Treasure Island, Trainspotting, Cube, The Fifth Element, L.A. Confidential, Lost Highway, Princess Mononoke, American History X, Dark City, Pi, Rushmore, The Truman Show, The X-Files, American Beauty, Being John Malkovich, eXistenZ, Galaxy Quest.
Obviously some of those are better than others but hey, I like all of them!
So there’s a whole big giant crazy post about my thoughts on the 90s! What do you think? Think I’m crazy? Let me know about it! Respond in the comments section.
Man, the 80s might have been the most fun decade, but good lord the 70s were chock full of awesomeness! A fair number of my favorite movies of all time came out of this wacky decade. And a good amount of the movies I feel the worst about not having yet seen are from the 70s, the original Solaris, F for Fake, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, House… to name a few. 1974, for example, Chinatown, The Conversation, Blazing Saddles, AND Young Frankenstein!? That’s out of control.
So here are my favorite 9 movies from the 1970s:
There you have it. 9 Awesome films! My other favorite 70s flicks include (but aren’t limited to): A Clockwork Orange, Klute, THX 1138, Walkabout, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Godfather, The Poseidon Adventure, The Sting, The Holy Mountain, Jesus Christ Super Star, Blazing Saddles, The Towering Inferno, A Boy and His Dog, Dog Day Afternoon, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Carrie, Eraserhead, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Taxi Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Suspiria, Wizards, The Deer Hunter, The Jerk, Mad Max, and Phantasm.
Thanks to Derek for suggesting a movie, I wasn’t super crazy about that one though, so it didn’t make the list. I’ll just let you all guess which movie it was.
I want to hear your comments on this! Give me your favorite movies from the 70s, or any decade!
My god this was hard! In going back to do this list I came to the realization that the 1980s were probably the most fun decade of all time for movies, and maybe even for music as well! That doesn’t necessarily mean the best, but the most fun. So I went through the 80s and boiled my list down to a nice even forty-nine, then I got that down to 18, then my final 9! I’ll plop the full list at the bottom of this post just for funsies.
I was born in the 80s, thus my point of view on the decade is very, let’s say, nostalgic, as is the case for many people my age. So take this list for what it is, my FAVORITE nine movies of the 80s, not particularly what I think are the BEST 9, but the ones I like the most. Party. Party all the time.
Over the next few days I’ll be posting my favorites for the other decades, most notably the 90s, 70s, and 60s! So keep your peepers glued for that!!
Without further stalling for time here are my top 9!
So there you have it. My favorite nine movies of the 1980s! Close runners up, in no particular order were: Brazil, The Empire Strikes Back, Aliens, Labyrinth, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Spaceballs, Akira, Beetlejuice, Dead Ringers.
Slightly less close runners up were: Dark Crystal, The Shinning, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Das Boot, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, The Thing, Trading Places, This is Spinal Tap, Stranger Than Paradise, Ran, Vampire Hunter D, Blue Velvet, Down by Law, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Flight of the Navigator, The Fly, Little Shop of Horrors, Ernest Goes to Camp, Hellraiser, Predator, The Running Man, Withnail and I, Coming to America, Scrooged, Vampire’s Kiss, The Abyss, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Back to the Future Part II, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Sex, lies and videotape.
Special thanks to Derek and Amanda for helping me remember some of my favorite movies of all time were from the 80s!
Phew. Now that I’ve listed pretty much every movie from the 80s, why don’t you tell me what your favorites are?