Picks by Michelle Lynn Tackett
This is gonna be a 10 part series so I will do one blog per week. My brother will do his own list, but this is mine. I am here to give you the list of my top 100 favorite movies of all time. Why not the best? Movies are objective and subjective, but can we say that 2001 Space Odyssey is better than Lord of the Rings? Both are great movies, so why not pick movies I like the most? That is better if you ask me and if you don’t agree with any picks, too bad. This is my list if you don’t like it, go make your own list. Lol, I will say that a lot of these movies are objectively great. I hope you find some movies that you haven’t seen before. You may check em out and love em.
100: Five Easy Pieces, Rating: 4 Stars
You can’t go wrong with Jack Nicholson, especially his work from the 1970s. One of my favorite movies from the 1970s is Five Easy Pieces. Jack tears up the screen as Robert Dupea, a construction worker who is fed up with his life and wants to get away. One of my all-time favorite scenes is Robert trying to get through traffic and a car is honking at him. Robert is having none of this! He yells at the driver, “Why don’t you flash us your lights and show us what else you got for Christmas.” What makes this movie great is Robert embodies a generation who felt lost. Not everyone was happy with the grind of 9 to 5 work, and Jack hits all the right notes when it comes to drama and comedy. There is a reason he is a legend.
99: The Doctor, Rating: 4 Stars
I despise dark comedies and movies about doctors, so why did I like the Doctor? It might have to do with the human heart the film exhibits. William Hurt puts on the performance of his career as Jack MacKee. A doctor who is cocky and doesn’t have the best bedside manner when he interacts with his patients. He learns there is something wrong with him and he meets a cancer patient who turns his world upside down. The wonderful human touches and comedy make this movie soar above your typical black comedy. A grand slam for sure.
98: Spiderman, Rating: 4 Stars
I still love the original Spiderman from 2002. Sam Raimi’s comic book blockbuster had so much heart and thrilling action that it was the no1 box office hit of 2002. Toby McGuire and Kirsten Dunst stole scenes and hearts as Mary Jane and Peter Parker who are one of cinema’s best onscreen couples ever. The action scenes are good and the CGI is good, but its the adorable romance between Peter and Mary that make this movie. Their chemistry is lighting, and few movies have been able to capture this kind of magic. The screenplay does a great job showing how hard it is to adjust to new powers and high school, That helped elevate the movie.
97: 500 Days of Summer, Rating: 4 Stars
One of my favorite romantic comedies of the 21st century. Romantic comedies had become a punchline by 2009 with a lot of fans thinking the genre had seen it’s best days. Until Marc Webb bought his innovative and funny as heck comedy to the screen. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt play Summer and Tom who have a 500-day romance. Does it work out? Do they end up together? Watch and see. The movie is serious, earnest and sweet. There is not a cynical bone in this adorable movie. It shows the ups and downs of a relationship without making it predictable and boring. You really care if they make it or not.
96: X-Men, Rating: 4 Stars
Hugh Jackman became a star for his knock out performance as Wolverine in this movie that helped kick start the comic book movie revolution. Focusing more on characters instead of action made this feel like a serious attempt to take the material seriously. That is what sets this apart from other comic book movies back then. This movie made me cry and the comedy was funny. This is still a great movie, but its Hugh Jackman’s tour-de-force performance that makes this movie. He is magnetic and gives Wolverine a complex, but clear moral code. He makes Wolverine seem like a real person, not a cartoon character. When he feels something, we feel it too. This will not be the only X-Men film on my list.
95: A Few Good Men, Rating: 4 Stars
I don’t like many Tom Cruise movies, but this is one of them. AFGM is one of the best courtroom dramas I’ve ever seen. What drives this movie are the 3 principle leads. Cruise, Nicholson, and Moore are all dynamic, but it’s Nicholson and Cruise who tear the screen apart like 30 bulls in a china shop. The moral complexity and different viewpoints make the movie seem more real. This helps it rise above the typical courtroom drama. The last 30 minutes are legendary, so strap yourself in for a wild ride.
94: My Fair Lady, Rating: 4 Stars
I love musicals. You will see some in here and one of my favorites is the classic My Fair Lady. Audrey Hepburn was magical as Eliza Doolittle. Every word that comes out of her mouth is a wonder to behold. Rex Harrison is the perfect match for Audrey. The music is classic, the directing is wonderful and Audrey Hepburn puts on the performance of a generation. She showed why she is a legend in this movie. Easily one of the best musicals ever.
93: Goodfellas, Rating: 4 Stars
Normally, I hate mafia movies. They are the same crap and make the mafia look good. Until Martin Scorsese came along with this legendary film that changed that. The film is so graphic with its violence that some people left the theater. This movie did its job of making the Mafia look like the monsters they are. It made the Godfather look like child’s play. Ray Liotta was magnetic as Henry Hill who joins the mob, thinking it would be cool. Then he finds out what mafia life is like and things change. Tons of wonderful performances, especially from Joe Pesci, who was the highlight. He was terrifying, and hilarious in one movie. You don’t see many performances or films like this one. A must watch and my 2nd favorite Scorsese movie.
92: Memento, Rating: 4 Stars
The second I saw this film, I knew Christopher Nolan was going to be a star. What a knock out thriller! This movie has such an original concept and delivers it in perfect fashion. Guy Pearce perfectly played Leonard, then everyone who is trying to solve a mystery. What is this mystery? Watch and find out. As good as the performances are, it’s Nolan’s innovative structure and directing that steal the show. A movie that plays from the end to the beginning or vice versa is still innovative. Still one of my favorite Nolan movies and one of the best thrillers I’ve ever seen.
91: Silver Linings Playbook, Rating: 4 Stars
I love this movie so much. It is sweet, touching, honest and emotional. This was one of the movies to really tackle mental health that a lot of people face. Bradly Cooper was so sweet as Pat, but it’s Jennifer Lawrence who really brings magic to the screen as Tiffany. She is a real revelation, showing emotional depths, darkness and complexity in a very challenging role. This is one of my favorite comedy/dramas with a perfect cast and lots of heart to get through the darkness of feeling alone. What an honest portrayal of mental illness and how people who have mental illness are treated. This is a must watch.
There are 10 of my picks. I will be back with 10 more this weekend. I hope you enjoy reading this and if you haven’t seen one of them, check em out. You may end up liking them.
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