Favorite Movies of All Time Part 7 40-31

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

We are getting up there now. Here come some beloved classics and hidden gems.

40: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Jack Nicholson delivers a performance for the ages as Randle P Murphy, who is living in a mental institution with other colorful characters. The abuse some of the patients take at the hands of nurse Nurse Ratched is painful to watch. One of the best movies ever made.
Rating: 4 Stars, this is a magical experience.

39: A Touch of Evil, Orson Welles was a master filmmaker, and this movie was a perfect example of that. Top-notch performances and great plot twists elevate this movie to another level. Wells’s ability to craft a twisting story with innovation is legendary. Watch this movie, you’ll love it.
Rating: 4 Stars, a must-see cinematic experience.

38: A Nightmare on Elm Street, not the best horror movie I’ve seen, but it’s one of my favorites. Robert Englund steals every scene as the maniacal Freddy Kruger. Wes Craven gives us kids to root for, not kids who we don’t care about. Imaginative special effects and perfect direction make this a classic.
Rating: 4 Stars, one of the best horror movies ever.

37: The Fugitive, the legendary Harrison Ford. He is so underrated. This movie shows why. Ford’s ability to play every person is perfect. We root for him to clear his name and fear for him when he’s in danger. The script is tight, the action scenes are thrilling, and the performances are perfect. A classic that still holds up.
Rating: 4 Stars, a thrill-ride that never gets hold.

36: Roma, Netflix made the best picture of 2018 with this stunner. You know you have a winner when the characters live a boring life, but you’re still fascinated. Each character is fully developed, the story is intriguing, and the directing is stunning. The gorgeous cinematography and glorious music are icing on the cake.
Rating: 4 Stars, you have to see this movie! It’s that good.

35: Wait Until Dark, one of the most influential thrillers of all time. Alan Arkin laid the groundwork for action villains with his performance as Harry Roat Jr. Audrey Hepburn in her last Oscar-nominated performance is priceless. Some may complain about the slow pace but have patience. The last 15 minutes are a rocket.
Rating: 4 Stars, a nail-biting thriller with great acting.

34: A Fantastic Woman, the best movie made about someone being trans. Daniela Vega is electrifying as Marina, who faces prejudice from her lover’s family. The subject is handled with subtle care. Beautiful directing and cinematography give it an otherworldly feel. This is how you do a movie about trans people.
Rating: 4 Stars, a touching masterpiece that will make you think.

33: What About Bob, Bill Murray is a gem. He has comedic gold for timing. What About Bob could’ve been a disaster in the wrong hands, but Murray saves the day. The ending divided people, but I loved it. This is how you do a good comedy.
Rating: 4 Stars, one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.

32: Wall-E, my favorite Disney movie ever made. Nothing comes close. What a magical movie with an adorable robot as the lead, and his adorable love interest Eva. Gorgeous animation, adorable characters, great storytelling, and a timely message make Wall-E a classic.
Rating: 4 Stars, the best movie Disney has ever done.

31: X-Men Days of Future Past, the second-best X-Men movie. The story is engaging, the performances are great, and the action scenes are mind-blowing. Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine to perfection. This is one of the best comic book movies I’ve ever seen.
Grade: 4 Stars, this is a must-see for comic book fans and non-comic book fans alike.

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100 Favorite Movies of All Time Part 6 50-41

I took time off so I could really try to pick the right picks on my list. This is where the movies that I treasure are and it is so hard to pick one over the other. I will try my best, so let’s get started.

50: The Secret World of Arrietty, a problem I have with so many big movies now is how cynical they are. Here is a wonderful anime that is the antithesis of that. What a wonderful, charming, sweet and heartfelt movie without any cynicism whatsoever. This is a wonderful children’s fable with adorable characters. The animation takes it to another level.

Rating: 4 Stars. This puts big Hollywood blockbusters to shame when it comes to sweetness and real emotion.

49: While You Were Sleeping, I know, this movie isn’t original and it is very glossy, but I love the charm and lack of cynicism. Sandra Bullock is positively adorable and shines like a star. She really makes you want to see Lucy succeed. Goofy? Yes, but charming and good natured as well. I have seen this movie over twenty times. Any time I need a lift, I put this movie on and I feel a lot better.

Rating: 4 Stars. I miss old fashioned charmers like this. Nothing original, but made with such loving detail and acted to perfection. This is a classic charmer.

48: Prisoners, probably the best thriller I’ve ever seen. Prisoners stars the one of a kind Hugh Jackmanas a father (Keller Dover), whose child is kidnapped. The story sounds cliche on the surface, but it’s the execution that makes this a masterwork. This is a deep, dark journey, it is not for the faint of heart. One of the many times Jackman should’ve won an Oscar, but for some reason, he didn’t. The ending will send chills up your spine and the tension is palpable. A real must see.

Rating: 4 Stars, you owe it to yourself to see this masterwork of film making.

47: Halloween, the Carpenter masterpiece that never ages. Much better than the 2018 version. Jamie Lee Curtis is at the top of her game in this movie. The directing is taunt, the writing is not the best, but the scares are phenomenal! Take notes Hollywood, this is how you do a horror movie. The movie that put independent movies on the map.

Rating: 4 Stars, still a classic that holds up well.

46: Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first Indiana Jones movie is still the best. I love Harrison Ford in this movie. It is such a classic when it comes to action scenes, comedy and special effects. One of the better Spielberg movies.

Rating: 4 Stars, an all-time classic that you need to watch.

45: Spirited Away, simply one of the best animated movies ever. Miyazaki is at his best creating a wondrous world filled with imaginative creatures and gorgeous images. The story of a strong willed girl trying to find her parents will touch your heart. Once again, a movie lack of cynicism that chooses to have warmth and sincerity to give us characters we can care about. A once in a lifetime movie experience.

Rating: 4 Stars, just see it. You’ll thank me later.

44: The Last Detail, one of the best Jack Nicholson performances and movies. He takes a young man to prison, but befriends him along the way. What a raw, emotional and funny movie with an honest look at what life is like for people in the military.

Rating: 4 Stars, what a masterwork of film making and heart.

43: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, what a charming slice of life story that centers around a young woman who can travel back in time. The time travel idea is used brilliantly and the characters are likeable and flawed. The animation is gorgeous with bright colors and stunning visuals. Movies like this show why I love anime so much. The gentle stories you can tell with stunning visuals and great facial expressions.

Rating: 4 Stars, a wonderful, quiet and gentle movie that you don’t see much in Hollywood anymore. See this movie, it’s a must watch.

42: Breakfast At Tiffany’s, I know, Micky Rooney, but that aside. This is one of the best romantic comedies of all time. Pure charm, elegant film making and great characters make this an unforgettable movie experience.

Rating: 4 Stars, sweet and funny to a tee.

41: Heat, I will make this short and sweet. Al Pachino and Robert DeNiro have a scene together. Is there anything else I need to say about this movie? It is a sparkling crime thriller, with lots of great action and incredible family drama.

Rating: 4 stars, a must see.

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Will Hugh Jackman Ever Win the Oscar?

Look at the great performances that Hugh Jackman has put on, from Wolverine, to PT Barnum, Jackman is a diverse actor who can sing, dance and act to perfection. The really sad fact is, he has never won the Oscar. Not for Prisoners, the Fountain, Prestige, or Logan. This is criminal! He is so diverse and good at playing each part. He should have won for Logan. That is one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. He didn’t even get a nomination!

Some of the best actors have never won an Oscar. Cary Grant, Harrison Ford and Johnny Depp. It is so weird how the academy picks their winners. I hope they give Jackman the Oscar one day. He is easily the best actor working in Hollywood today. Let’s hope Hollywood doesn’t make a mistake and not give Jackman the Oscar he rightfully deserves.

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Part 5 of My Top 100 Favorite Movies of All Time

60: The Little Mermaid, I know this is a glossed over version of the horrific fairy tale, but I don’t care. I still love the Little Mermaid. Catchy songs, wonderful characters and glowing animation light the screen up like the 4th of July. I’ve seen this movie over 30 times and I don’t get tired of it no matter how many times I’ve seen it. A family classic for all.

Rating: 4 Stars

59: The Cell is an underrated cult classic that deserves more respect. Some people are put off by the dark subject matter. I love this movie for being daring. It is chock-full of wild images, and it was one of the first movies to dig into the mind of a killer. It asks the audience to care about a killer. Jennifer Lopez is sparking as the protagonist giving a human touch against the darkness. I admit this movie is not for everyone, but if you give it a chance you may like it. The directing is on point and the actors are game. An original and terrifying movie. This is one of the most original and horrifying movies I’ve seen.

Rating: 4 Stars

58: Working Girl, Harrison Ford, you were my schoolgirl crush. His charm and sarcasm make him appealing for comedies. He adds greatly to this classic comedy. Weaver knocks it out as the ice boss, and Griffin is charming as the title character. An adult comedy that is a grown-up look at relationships how the workplace treats women and how sexism still rears its ugly head. A winner.

Rating: 4 Stars

57: X2: X-Men United is one of the best comic book sequels of all time. X2 stars the incredible Hugh Jackman who runs through every scene like 20 bulls in a china shop. The X-Men contend with 2 villains this time, Striker and Magneto. The incredible scene of Nightcrawler at the white house and the police standoff are just a taste of the greatness this movie has to offer. X-Men was great, but X2 took the series to another level.

Rating: 4 Stars

56: LA LA Land, Yes I love movie musicals. Wonderful charm, sweetness, and bright colors make me want to dance in the street. Emma Stone is perfect and Ryan Gosling is charming their chemistry comes off the screen. The cinematography is gorgeous and the songs are toe-tapping perfect. La La Land will put you in a good mood it does me. A glorious return to old school musicals.

Rating: 4 Stars

55: My Neighbor Totoro, my goodness, this is one of the best-animated movies I’ve ever seen. This isn’t the only Japanese Anime movie you will see on my list. What a thrill ride of joy, innocence and how children deal with a sick parent. The gorgeous images and adorable characters will make you fall in love with this movie.

Rating: 4 Stars

54: The Shinning, Kubrick’s gorgeous horror movie is one of a kind classic. It easily makes my top 5 favorite horror movies of all time with great scares and great directing. The stellar performances and the innovative directing make this an instant classic. Some people gripe (cough Stephen King), this isn’t like the book. WHO CARES! Shelly Duvall carries the heart of the movie, Jack Nicholson is terrifying and the cinematography is simply stunning. Kubrick’s use of wide-angle lenses changed horror movies.

Rating: 4 Stars

53: Dr. Strangelove, Another Kubrick masterpiece. The quintessential cold war comedy that still has a bite. Peter Sellers is the best comedy actor of all time. I dare anyone to find an actor with a better resume of movies and performances. Kubrick’s stark black and white colors pop, the pacing is incredible, and the music soars. I know a lot of people who haven’t seen this movie, what are you waiting for? Check out this perennial classic now.

Rating: 4 Stars

52: The Abyss, James Cameron, you really know how to direct great movies. This is one of his best movies. Abyss was overlooked at the box office when it came out. Thankfully, it became a hit on home video. Ed Harris and Michael Bein put on great performances. The Abyss is like an 80s version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind the last 20 minutes are simply stunning. Cameron is a master of visual and emotional storytelling.

Rating: 4 Stars

51: Night of the Living Dead, this still the best of Romero’s zombie opus. This classic dealt with subjects like racism and classism. Romero’s directing gives you a claustrophobic feel the characters are real and relatable which helps the scares matter. A bulls-eye for horror movies. Still the best zombie movie I’ve ever seen. This is based on the original version, not the disaster of a remake.

Rating 4 Stars

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Part 4 of My Top 100 Movies of All Time

Picks by Michelle Lynn Tackett

Let’s pick up where I left off why don’t we?

70: Wizard of Oz, Some people may think this is low, but it’s not. I just have 69 movies I like better. What else is there to say about this classic? Gorgeous cinematography, lovable characters, charming story, and wonderful music will make you feel like a kid again. If you haven’t watched this movie with your kids, do it now. This is a must-see movie that no cinephile should miss.

Rating: 4 Stars

69: Batman Begins/The Dark Knight, Nolan’s Batman movies are great, (let’s forget about The Dark Knight Rises), and The Dark Knight isn’t this top 10 be all masterpiece, but it is a great example of what comic book movies can be. Batman Begins is one of my favorite Nolan movies period. The dark tone, crisp look, and great acting keep both movies humming along nicely.

Rating: 4 Stars for both.

68: Serenity, from the legend, Joss Whedon is one of my favorite Sci-Fi movies of all time. Firefly was a great show, and this movie was a great follow-up that answered a lot of questions for fans of the series who were left hanging. Nathan Fillion is priceless as the Han Soloish Captain Malcolm Reynolds, who leads his ragtag group of members across the galaxy trying to get by. The special effects are glorious for a 30 million dollar movie, and the dialogue is spot on. Not a false moment for the characters. Whedon is a master of dialogue and storytelling. A must see for any fan of sci-fi.

Rating: 4 Stars

67: Patriot Games, Harrison Ford is STILL Jack Ryan to me. Other actors have tried, but Ford pulls off the role with ease. What a smart political thriller, with great action, intense moments and great characters. This is the best of the Jack Ryan series, with the screenplay focusing on family drama instead of some convoluted plot. This makes the stakes personal, that helps us identify with the characters and their plight.

Rating: 4 Stars

66: Pulse, there are a lot of Asian horror movies on my list. There is a good reason for that. Instead of focusing on cheap jump scares, Asian horror focuses on the atmosphere and the character’s facial expressions to tell a compelling story. It works in this gem of a movie. I don’t want to give too much away, but you will be in for a wild ride. A cheap, American remake tried to capture the greatness of this movie, but it failed. Watch this gem instead. Great build up to some unforgettable moments. Bravo.

Rating: 4 Stars

65: The Fountain, I don’t care what anyone says, this is a classic darn it. The incomparable Hugh Jackman plays 3 parts to perfection in Darrin Aronofsky’s brilliant bravura ode to life, death and the search for immortality. The striking visuals and emotional depth raise this masterwork to another level. I have seen this movie a lot, and it gets better with each viewing. I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a deep movie with an ambitious vision.

Rating: 4 Stars

64: The Muppet Movie (2011), I grew up on the Muppets, so it was good to see them come back to the big screen with this adorable, and funny movie. How can it go wrong with Jason Segel and Amy Adams in a movie? Throw in Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzy, and Miss Piggy, what else do you need? This movie was a return to form for the Muppets after a few disappointments. Lots of cute puns, heartfelt moments, and Amy Adams is heavenly in this movie! She is so cute you want to reach through the screen and hug her.

Rating: 4 Stars

63: Pride and Prejudice (2005 version), I usually don’t like remakes or retellings, but I love this movie. Keira Knightley sparkles as Elizabeth Bennett in this classic story. A very gentle, sweet movie with a perfect cast and a delightful tone. Not a cynical or mean bone in this movie. Lush cinematography, wonderful directing and a tight script make this a classic. It is Knightly who shines. She runs through the screen with elegance and charm as few others can.

Rating: 4 Stars

62: North By Northwest, I don’t like Hitchcock as a person, but he was an incredible director. Gary Grant is perfect as the every-man on the run. The tension is palpable, and the scenes are legendary. This is one movie I recommend for anyone who wants to know the difference between a good movie, and a bad movie. Well, this is a great movie, definitely one you should not miss out on.

Rating: 4 Stars

61: Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn is magical in this charming 1954 Billy Wilder comedy. William Holden and Humphrey Bogart are also good, but it is Hepburn who outshines them all. Her smile, stunning outfits, and charm will have you rooting for her. The delightful jokes, charming tone, and gorgeous scenery make this an instant classic, what a wonderful movie experience. I like this movie more, every time I watch it.

Rating: 4 Stars

Next week will be part 5 of my series. Stay tuned.

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Top 100 Favorite Movies Of All Time List: Part 2

Here is part 2 of my list for 100 favorite movies of all time. Here we go!

90: Rain Man

I told you I don’t like a lot of Tom Cruise movies, but there are a few. Rain Man is one of my favorite movies starring Mr. Cruise. He wonderfully portrays Charlie Babbitt, who finds out after his father dies that he has a brother named Raymond. Ray and Charlie embark on a road trip that ends up with the pair bonding along the way. This movie could’ve easily have been a soapy mess, but thanks to great acting, honest dialogue and a brilliant script. Rain Man is a timeless movie that still holds up.

Rating: 4 Stars

89: Toy Story

One of my favorite animated movies ever. The first movie to be all CGI and it’s a gem. It’s a simple story about Andy who gets a new toy called Buzz Lightyear. Woody, (played to deadpan perfection), by Tom Hanks, feels threatened by Buzz and they battle it out for Andy’s heart. Revolutionary animation that dazzle, amazing characters, and hilarious humor make this one of the best animated movies ever made.
Rating: 4 Stars

88: Witness

Harrison Ford is an underrated actor. He’s put on so many iconic performances but doesn’t have an Oscar to show for it. Witness, did get him a nomination as John Book. A hard-boiled cop who goes on the run, hiding out in an Amish community. Peter Weir directed this masterpiece with grace and simplicity. He uses subtle clues and facial expressions to tell the story. It isn’t a loud action movie, it’s more about a man who lives with the Amish community and learns about their culture. Ford gives one of his best performances to date. Quiet, reserved and caring, John Book is a character you won’t forget. Witness is a movie you won’t forget.

Rating: 4 Stars

87: A Nightmare On Elm Street

Freddy Kruger is one of the best screen villains of all-time. Robert Englund created one of the best screen monsters cinema has ever seen. Freddy invades the dreams of teenagers who live on Elm Street and kills them. Why is this happening? Heather Langenkamp plays Nancy, who is the horror version of Sarah Connor. Tough, resourceful and caring. Nancy is one of the best horror movie heroines to ever be in a horror movie. The scares are top notch and the story makes sense. It doesn’t use jump scares, the scares are built up and they pay off. Wes Craven, you were a master.

Rating: 4 Stars

86: Happy Go Lucky

Oh my gosh I adore Sally Hawkins in this wonderful movie! Sally plays Poppy Cross. She is a cheerful teacher who has a positive outlook on life. She loves being in a good mood, even if it drives others crazy. Sally plays her with no hint of cynicism or winking at the audience. The crisp locations and colorful characters make this movie pop. There are some sad scenes in the movie, but Poppy keeps her positive attitude, to the dismay of some. Her relationship with her driving instructor is comedy gold. The screenplay is sharp and avoids cliches for authentic moments.

Rating: 4 Stars

85: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

A one of a kind space opus from Steven Spielberg. Spielberg was at his best when he concentrated on ordinary people who went through extraordinary circumstances, (not like his newer movies). Richard Dreyfuss is great as Roy Neary. An ordinary family man who sees spaceships one night then becomes obsessed with finding them. He goes to any length to find out the truth about the space ships he saw. A harrowing experience from start to finish, with a cliche-free script and human characters whom we identify with. The legendary musical score hits all the right notes with each scene painting a beautiful picture. A bullseye!

Rating: 4 Stars

84: Susperia

Jessica Harper stars as Suzi, a young ballet dancer who goes to an all-girl school to learn ballet. Suzi meets other girls, but they start disappearing. Dario Argento is a master of horror movies. My favorite movie of his is this masterpiece. Scorching scares that’ll leave you rattled, great performances that keep you rooting for the characters, gorgeous cinematography and spot-on directing will keep this movie with you. It is a haunting experience. Some scenes will give you nightmares for days.

4 Stars

83: Blade Runner 2049

I admit, I cringed when I found out there was a sequel to Blade Runner. How on earth could they do one! Well, they did, and it’s brilliant. Dennis Villeneuve directed this wonderful masterpiece with care and gorgeous details. Amazingly, this movie captures the same magic as the first one. Dark atmosphere, with gorgeous colors, startling images, and eye-popping sets. Ryan Gosling holds his own against Harrison Ford. His officer K is our link to this world, and Gosling’s brilliant acting pulls us in. The screenplay is fantastic, with great twists that don’t seem forced. There are some mega shocks and the story doesn’t go for easy answers. One of the best movies of the 2010s.

Grade: 4 Stars

82: Ghostbusters 1984

You won’t see the crappy remake here. The original is still the best. Bill Murray was perfection as DR. Peter Venkman. The whole cast is perfect and this movie is close to perfection. 4 friends start a paranormal investigation business to hunt down ghosts. More ghosts pop up for unknown reasons, so it is up to the 4 Ghostbusters to find the ghosts and bring peace to NYC. The soundtrack is classic, the special effects are good, but it’s the 4 leads with the help of a brilliant script that make this movie soar. This is an instant classic.

Rating: 4 Stars

81: The Prestige

Christopher Nolan, plus 3 of Hollywood’s best modern talents, (Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, and Scarlet Johansson), in a dark, twisting fantasy about magic. How could it go wrong? The movie is sheer perfection with three of the best performances I’ve ever seen. Especially Jackman who is building quite the resume. I don’t know how to talk about this movie without giving anything away. The story is chalked to the brim with exciting turns and complex characters who keep you engaged. David Bowie has a scene-stealing performance and Nolan adds so much detail, it demands your attention, or you will miss something. An absolute masterpiece.

Rating: 4 Stars

There is part 2 and I’ll be back with part 3 next week. I hope you like my picks. I think you need to check em out. They are all great movies.

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