What Are Your 10 Favourite Movies?

One of the nicer trends flying around my social feeds right now is about films, and the memories and connections people have to them.

Put simply, it's a thing where one person nominates another to talk about their 10 favourite films. Some people have done it one film at a time, others have just lumped them all into a single post.

You're not required to share your history with each of the movies, but it's a good chance nonetheless to talk about what they meant to you, and generally just go down a bit of a nostalgia trip.

For instance, I've seen former editor Mark Serrels talk about his preference in Ghibli films. Another close friend wrote about their love of The Thin Red Line. John Wick's been a particular favourite, unsurprisingly.

You pick the films in no particular order. So with my current headspace, and I'll provide a bunch of reasons below, here's my favourite 10:

  • V for Vendetta
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Aladdin
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • Requiem For A Dream
  • Star Wars: A New Hope
  • WALL.E
  • How To Train Your Dragon
  • Labyrinth

I don't pretend that most of the above are the best films of their time, or even the best works of their particular production houses. But I have a strong memory with each of them, which is why they've stuck out.

I was way too young to be seeing Saving Private Ryan in the cinemas, for instance, but some smooth talking from Mum got me through the doors. That was a confronting movie to watch at the time - but worth it, especially since I was also playing a lot of military shooters at that age.

On the flipside, The Matrix Reloaded was an utterly shithouse film. No bones about it. But it was the first midnight movie launch my family had gone to - we lapped up the original so much - and the fun of doing that at the cheapo movie theatre in Campbelltown (Dumaresq St for life) was a great time.

I don't love all of WALL.E, but the first 45 minutes I think are as good as anything Pixar has produced. It was essentially a movie without words at that point. It spoke to kids and adults without having to pander or over-explain. It was as an intelligent bit of cinema as anything else that year.

Howl and How to Train Your Dragon speak to the kid in me; Star Wars because my brother and I named one of our dogs after Yoda, when we were so young I couldn't even remember seeing the film for the first time. I still loved the experience of seeing Labyrinth on the school bus and hearing the science teacher rave about his crush on Jennifer Connelly. And seeing Bowie do Bowie is still special today.

What are your 10 favourite movies - and what are your memories of them?


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    In no order:

    Office Space
    Lost Highway
    The shining
    Dead man
    Willy wonka and the chocolate factory
    Freddy got fingered
    Event Horizon
    Lake Mungo
    REC
    Happiness

    1. Alien
    2. Hot Fuzz
    3. John Wick
    4. John Wick 2
    5. Shaun of the Dead
    6. Thor Ragnarok
    7. The Raid
    8. Die Hard
    9. Edge of Tomorrow
    10. Dredd

      Excellent list. You just need to find a spot for Predator...

    Aliens
    Blade Runner
    The Princess Bride
    Withnail & I
    Jaws
    Star Trek II - The Wrath Of Khan
    Stand by Me
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Das Boot
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Um um oh god

    The Princess Bride
    Little Shop of Horrors (80s edition)
    Speed Racer (no judgement pls)
    Jurassic Park
    Psycho Beach Party
    Nightmare Before Christmas
    Moulin Rouge
    Wall-E
    Rent (YES THE MOVIE VERSION SHUT UP)
    Crossroads

    Yes much of my list seem to be full of either empty spectacle or nostalgia, I see that now. But it was done off the top of my head without referencing my very small collection of "keep" movies.

      Crossroads is one of the funniest movies ever

      Crossroads - the Ralph Macchio Crossroads or the Britney Spears Crossroads?

    Spirited Away
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    The 5th Element
    The Princess Bride
    Project A part 2
    The Life of Brian
    Star Wars : A New Hope
    Aliens
    Seven Samurai
    The Godfather part 2

    No particular order

    Lawrence of Arabia
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy
    Pulp Fiction
    The Martian
    The Pianist
    Children of Men
    Festen
    The Day of the Jackal
    The Social Network
    The Great Escape

    Labyrinth
    Dark Crystal
    Princess Bride
    Stargate
    Fifth Element
    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
    The Last Unicorn
    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
    Pacific Rim
    Tank Girl

    Difficult, but I'll give it a go.

    1. Child's Play 2
    2. Child's Play
    3. Nightmare on Elm Street
    4. Wes Craven's New Nightmare
    5. Army of Darkness
    6. Curse of Chucky
    7. NOES: The Dream Warriors
    8. Shaun of the Dead
    9. Trick r Treat
    10. Spaceballs

    In no order:
    Spirited Away
    Blade Runner
    Battle Royale
    Starship Troopers
    Train to Busan
    Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
    The Shape of Water
    Jurassic Park
    Aliens

    Hmm:
    1. Blazing Saddles
    2. Star Wars: a new hope
    3. Blues Brothers
    4. Singing in the rain
    5. Aliens
    6. Aladdin
    7. Die Hard
    8. A night at the Opera (Marx Brothers)
    9. South Park: Bigger Longer Uncut
    10. Trading Places

    Schindler’s list
    Spirited away
    Bloom diamond
    Shawshank redemption
    Rainman
    Your name
    Return of the Jedi
    Wall-E
    The incredibles
    Hannah Montana movie (my gugilty pleasure)

    Today,the top ten is:
    Aliens
    LOTR-Fellowship
    Predator
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Empire Strikes Back
    Labyrinth
    The Terminator
    Kill Bill-either
    Gladiator
    Grand Budapest Hotel

    Starship Troopers
    Robocop
    Terminator 2
    Van Helsing
    The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
    Fearless
    Signs
    The Thing
    Once Upon A Time In China
    Red Cliff

    Fight Club
    Sicario
    The Thing
    The Proposition
    Akira
    The Raid
    Cabin in the Woods
    Pans Labyrinth
    Arrival
    The Big Lebowski

    Lost in Translation
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    The Darjeeling Limited
    Kiki's Delivery Service
    My Neighbour Totoro
    Casino Royale
    Rat Race
    Mamma Mia
    Tomb Raider (either), i mean Angelina Jolie's accent is hilarious
    Blade Runner 2049 (add the original too)

    I know there are some clangers on there (e.g. Rat Race & Mamma Mia) but there are some movies that are absolutely terrible but actually put a smile on your face and pick you out of whatever mood you're in.

    I don't think I have a specific top ten, but some of my favourites are the Back to the Future trilogy, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, the Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Your Name, and... idk what else, honestly. There's a lot of good movies in the comments here - I'd add the Princess Bride and Wall-e to my list as well.

    Way too hard to narrow any movie list down to ten but here goes.

    The Fifth Element
    Terminator 2
    My Neighbour Totoro
    Howl's Moving Castle
    The Professional
    The Prestige
    Interstellar
    Blade Runner 2049
    Shawshank Redemption
    Edge of Tomorrow

    Dark Skies
    Edge of Tomorrow
    Equilibrium
    The Fifth Element
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Independence Day
    How to Train Your Dragon
    The Longest Yard
    The Lord of the Rings
    Paul

    1. Transformers: The Movie (1989)
    2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1991)
    3. Aladdin
    4. Jurassic Park
    5. Chef
    6. Army of Darkness
    7. Bloodsport
    8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
    9. The Fifth Element
    10. Head of State

    Hackers
    Tank Girl
    Labyrinth
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    The Fifth Element
    Terminator 2
    Thor Ragnarok
    Platoon
    Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
    Evolution

    Not sure I could name a specific 10, but I have a clear Top 5.

    1. The Great Escape
    2. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    3. The Sting
    4. Shawshank Redemption
    5. Blade Runner

    After that there are too many others to narrow it down to just another 5, but those above stand out for me. Can watch them any time, any place. Beyond that theres going to be a lot of sci fi, and a good bunch of comedies. Dark Knight, Wrath of Khan, Casino Royale, LOTR:RotK, Avengers, Fifth Element, MP&tHG, Life of Brian, Edge of Tomorrow, Princess Bride... I could go on, I have 1500 movies on disc for a reason :)

      Good short list. I'd have them in my collection too. I don't think I've hit 1500 discs yet, but I'm over the 1000. I do still have a couple hundred VHS gathering dust too.

      I feel like top 10 lists are really dependant on mood and therefore genre. I can easily name a top ten comedies, or horror, or action but it's really difficult to compile movies from across the genres into a single top 10 list. Is Evil Dead better than Diehard? Are either of them better than Avengers, or Life of Brian, or All Quiet on the Eastern Front, or Pale Rider, or Drunken Master?

        I gave all my VHS to my dad when I bought my place in 2007, then tossed em when he passed away and we were clearing his place out. Just wasn't worth it, and theres really only Demolition Man that I miss.

        I just find it tough to narrow them down most of the time, so don't bother. It would be a list that depended on my mood at the time, matching what you say.

        Those 5 though are the only movies I've consciously decided to rebuy in a better format, and getting on blu ray when I already had them on DVD. So that's as good a measure as I can think of.

        Otherwise, I could list 20 more that I love to watch, just not quite as much. I didn't list Matrix (nobody has actually), or Empire Strikes Back, or Baseketball, or Dambusters, or... you get the point.

          That's very much how I decided my list. I've bought a few movies on VHS, then DVD, Blu and a couple I'd buy again on UHD when(if) they're available.

          I really should do a clean out and get rid of the VHS and duplicates on DVD.

    The Maltese Falcon
    The Godfather (part I)
    Schindler's List
    Singin' in the Rain
    Sunset Boulevard
    All About Eve
    The General
    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Manchester by the Sea
    The Departed

    If I could give one recommendation from this list, see Manchester by the Sea. It is a modern classic; it will be singled out in 50yrs time as an example of the deepest character development ever produced on film. Great films live or die on their writing; screenplays are 90-percent a film's quality, the rest is realization.

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    Interstellar
    Gladiator
    Redline (anime- Madhouse)
    Paprika
    Blade Runner
    Treasure Planet
    Tokyo Godfathers
    Shield of Straw
    Warrior
    Millennium Actress

    Honorable mention-
    A bittersweet life
    Snowpiercer
    A new Hope

    Last edited 20/08/18 9:14 pm

    LOTR (pick one)
    Star Wars OT (same)
    The Dark Knight
    Captain America: Winter Soldier
    Memento
    No Man's Land
    Godfather: Part 2
    The Apartment
    Full Metal Jacket
    Scarface

    The Goonies
    Krull
    Idiocracy
    Waiting
    Friday
    Clerks
    Deadpool 2
    Austin Powers
    Star Wars (any one of them/ all of them)
    Battle Angel Alita

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