Top 10 Favourite Movies

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Climb in to your hammock/comfy chair and press play on the remote. The resulting flicker of images serves to empty your brain in much the same way work doesn’t.

The following is a list of movies, all placed in categorical ratings of 1-10, 1 being the lowest, 10 being the highest. The concept of this is directly inspired and influenced by Michaels list, which in turn was started by a comment elsewhere. I suppose that makes this a meme of sorts. Here’s hoping the gents linked above will forgive me for it.

Bringing on the movies, a rating of 1 means it’s a terrible, terrible movie. Some aren’t even worth watching, and are there only to illustrate the low end of the scale. On the other hand, 10 is the highest rating. If a movie is placed in the 10 category, it’s the absolute cream of the crop. Finally, there’s the emotional factor—some movies get higher grades for reasons beyond film quality itself.

  1. House of the Dead, Batman & Robin, Battlefield Earth
  2. Star Wars 1 – The Phantom Menace, Batman Forever, Alien Resurrection
  3. The Matrix Revolutions, Rambo: First Blood, Immortel, Plan 9 from Outer Space
  4. The Matrix Reloaded, Wonderful Days, Alien 3, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Casshern
  5. Star Wars 2 – Attack of the Clones, Batman Returns, Monsters Inc., Gladiator
  6. Zoolander, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Wars 4 – A New Hope, Star Wars 6 – Return of the Jedi, Batman, Aliens, Groundhog Day, Mulholland Drive
  7. The Matrix, This Is Spinal Tap, Indiana Jones and the The Last Crusade, Star Wars 3 – Revenge of the Sith, LOTR 123, Kill Bill v1, Leon, The Shining, The Big Lebowski, The Incredibles, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction
  8. Star Wars 5 – The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Kill Bill v2, Spirited Away, 2001
  9. Dancer In The Dark, Lost In Translation, Psycho, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
  10. North By Northwest, Alien, Blade Runner

If there’s a movie you’d want me to categorize from 1-10, leave a comment. Or, go ahead and make your own list.

21 thoughts on “Top 10 Favourite Movies”

  1. “Here?s hoping the gents linked above will forgive me for it.”

    NEVER!

    Rambo: First Blood rates the same as Plan 9? Holy CRAP!

    The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 4?!… Do you take any kind of medication?

    I’m afraid I’ll have to move all of 6 up to 7 and 8, some even higher. I hate to override you like this, but it’s for your own good 🙂

    Sky Captain is better than Indy, Star Wars, Aliens and Groundhog Day?… MY GOD MAN!

    Alien, Blade Runner, I can deal with that 🙂

    Where would you rate 2001 and Solaris?

  2. Anders Kusk says:

    And what about such movies as: Fight Club, Amelie and Pulp Fiction?

  3. Joen says:

    Michael,

    I would expect a movie afficionado such as yourself to ask me those questions, but I’m afraid my stance is untouched. This does not mean the places cannot be changed or swapped upon re-viewing any of the films, but some of the films just fit in these place for me due to all personal reasons.

    Example: Sky Captain is as good as (IMHO) Raiders, because on one hand long parts of Raiders are sorta boring at times. Also, because of the sheer beauty, style and concept of Sky Captain. Both films are lacking, both films are great. Raiders is great in the “good movie” way, while Sky Captain is great in visuals — so great that it gets an 8. Then there’s the emotional value: Sky Captain showed me everything I wanted to see in a film. Okay so the script was riddled with holes, but this alone is still a +2.

    2001 is an 8, and it’s unfair of me to rate Solaris as I fell asleep during the while. Unfortunately this was because I plainly thought it boring. So I would guess 3 for the movie, 2 for the visuals – 5. So kick me.

    Anders Kusk,

    Fight Club is .. hmm.. 7. Which is good! On my scale atleast. I’m afraid I’ve yet to see Amelie, but my girlfriend loves it. Pulp Fiction a 6 or 7. Hmm. 7.

  4. David says:

    Seriously man, Pulp Ficition deserves an 8. At least.

    And you forgot “The Usual Suspects”… 9 or 10 for that one.

  5. Joen says:

    I remember really liking The Usual Suspects, but it’s actually been so long since I saw it that it would be unfair to rate it without rewatching it. Suffice to say it would be in the high end.

    As for Pulp Fiction, yes, it’s a good movie, but I’ve just seen it so many times it’s just starting to bore me. I didn’t say I’d have good reasons for these ratings, I just said I would have them 🙂

  6. Chris says:

    I’ll let you have whatever ratings you’d like for certain films. Some things can just never be agreed on. However, I have to share in Michael’s shock regarding Day the Earth Stood Still and Groundhog Day. I’m just baffled by your choices there.

    As for your rating for the 10 spot. I agree that North by Northwest is a 10. It may even be an 11 for all the great things about it (story, music, acting, suspense etc.). Alien is, of course, a classic genre definer.

    Blade Runner, however, I take some issue with. Don’t get me wrong. I love Blade Runner. It has some of phenomenally memorable and great scenes. But, as you criticize Solaris for putting you to sleep I must also criticise Blade Runner for the same thing. To my mind they are both great films, yes, but you have to be awake and ready to use your noggin to enjoy them. Same goes for 2001. These just aren’t films you can start watching at 2am without copious amounts of Mt. Dew and expect to enjoy.

    All that said, a movie doesn’t have to wake me up to be great. Also, I applaud you ability to rate films at all. I’m not entirely sure I could do that as, for me, every film is different and appreciated differently.

    For instance, Dude, Where’s My Car and Harold and Kumar go to White Castle are two of the best comedies I’ve seen in ages. Trust, if you knew me very well that statement would have you questioning your view of reality.

  7. Joen says:

    Ooh it’s always a pleasure to read your well written comments. I have to go over them in detail.

    However, I have to share in Michael?s shock regarding Day the Earth Stood Still and Groundhog Day. I’m just baffled by your choices there.

    Both are good movies that can’t really be compared. As for Groundhog Day, I a) love Bill Murray, and b) have laughed my arse off so many times that alone gives it a +2.

    On the case of The Day the Earth Stood Still, it is a good movie, but quite simply because it lulled me with it’s slow pacing and gray scale, I just didn’t have as good a time. Hence the grading. As for slow pacing and gray scale yes, that’s a trait of old-tyme movies, and in this hectic society something to dig out. But look again at North By Northwest, it also has slow pacing (maybe not as slow), lots of intelligent talk, and yet it’s a 10.

    But, as you criticize Solaris for putting you to sleep I must also criticise Blade Runner for the same thing.

    Indeed, no argument there. Not at all, I agree completely. I too have been lulled to sleep a couple of times watching it, the Directors Cut, and longing for the upcoming “Directors Final Re-Cut”.

    The big difference, to me, is that Blade Runner has that… special thing… that undefinable sense of movie joy that both Indy and Star Wars both share. It’s hard to put your finger on just what it is, but it makes you think “this is why they make movies”. Add to that fantastic designs (I say again fantastic), music that is spot on, camera angles and ideas galore. It’s ugly future, it’s dystopic but not dark. This, not to mention the quotes, oh the quotes! “All those moments will be lost in time like tears in the rain… Time to die.” It doesn’t roll off the tongue nicely, especially considering it’s spoken by Rutger Hauer… but it just works. All those things mixed together massively outweighs the sleepy-factor and still manages to make it a clear 10. But I’m not disagreeing with you, I’m just pointing out that Blade Runner stirs more things in me, than Solaris did upon watching it just once (and snoozing).

    As for appreciating a good comedy, that’s entirely fine by me. Heck, I find Groundhog Day to be such. Maybe even North By Northwest.

    In the end, would this article even be worth commenting on if we agreed on everything?

  8. Chris says:

    Ooh it?s always a pleasure to read your well written comments. I have to go over them in detail.

    You must be insane. I just re-read my comment (made at 3 in the morning) and am embarrased by my typos. 🙂

    Just to clarify, I do hold Blade Runner in a higher regard than Solaris. Just to clear that up. No need to take a away my cinema-geek card.

    In the end, would this article even be worth commenting on if we agreed on everything?

    My friend, I am of the considered opinion that you only write something on your blog (and by you I mean us, we) in the hope that someone will disagree.

    Oh, and I can actually submit one film for rating. World’s best comedy is a French film called Le D?ner de Cons. I’ve only seen it once, subtitled and with commercials but I was laughing so hysterically my parent’s thought something had gone wrong with my regimen of mood stabilizing medications.

  9. Joen says:

    I wasn’t worried about you being a Blade Runner heretic, I was just explaining why it was a 10 and not an 8 or 9.

    As for opinion, as usual you are right. But make no mistake, every word spoken here is true, so I’m not just trolling for the sake of controversy.

    I haven’t seen D?ner de Cons, but should I stumble upon it on te-ve-cinque, I’ll give it a viewing!

    In other news, I’ll be away for the weekend. I’ll be back monday for responses.

  10. Jonas Rabbe says:

    Joen,

    I haven?t seen D?ner de Cons, but should I stumble upon it on te-ve-cinque, I?ll give it a viewing!

    Aah, a real aficionado. Me, I’ll wait for it on one of the channels subtitleling in a language I can understand. Not that that is ever going to happen.

    It’s always interesting to see what people think of different movies, in a way it helps give a picture of the person, although your choices seem somewhat warped 😛 For example, what’s The Incredibles and L?on doing with no more than a 7?

    Also interesting to read the responses, although he doesn’t think so some of us actually read all the way through Chris’ comments and find them interesting.

    If I were to call out some movies, it’d only be fair to include Reservoir Dogs, Moulin Rouge, and of course the mother of them all, Spaceballs.

  11. Chris says:

    Spaceballs.

    That is an excellent example of a great movie that most people wouldn’t stoop to categorize as great. In the pantheon of spoof films Spaceballs is, to my mind, one of the most bang-on spoofs ever made, even prescient in its humour.

    “I was your father’s brother’s uncles…” is a perfect smack to Lucas’ latest script contortions to make the events of eps 1-3 jibe with the events of eps 4-6.

    …read all the way through Chris? comments and find them interesting.

    And clearly this is why there should be a way to license people that use the internet. It’s plainly obvious that you too are off your rocker. 🙂

  12. Jonas Rabbe says:

    It?s plainly obvious that you too are off your rocker. 🙂

    Hey, I have to do my best to fit into this crowd 😛

  13. chrisalom says:

    Good Will Hunting is the best movie for boys and girls, aged 16-29.

    After that, it’s all Batman Begins.

  14. Joen says:

    Please excuse my absence. I’ve been in crunch mode at work.

    Jonas,

    It’s always interesting to see what people think of different movies, in a way it helps give a picture of the person, although your choices seem somewhat warped 😛 For example, what?s The Incredibles and L?on doing with no more than a 7?

    On my scale, 7 is good. In fact it’s fantastic. It’s just not as fantastic as 8, 9 or 10. You’ll notice that there aren’t many 10 movies, that’s because that spot is reserved for the absolute cream of the crop. So in a way, my scale goes from 1-9, with the rare exception of a 10. So trust me, the 7’s are my favourites, while 8-10 are gems among favourites. Even 6 is great, 5 is good, etc.

    Reservoir Dogs is a 6 (which is great). Moulin Rouge is a 5, mainly for the great effects. The singing annoyed the crap out of me. It’s been a while since I saw Spaceballs, so that’s a 5 — I remember it as hilarious, but I can’t honestly rate it until I give it a re-watch.

    chrisalom,

    Good Will Hunting is also a plain 5. No matter how that film is, it’ll always have Ben Affleck in it.

    As for Batman Begins, I’m afraid I can’t rate it just yet, but my magic 8-ball says that a 7 is “sure thing”.

  15. chrisalom says:

    but don’t you see how perfect Good Will Hunting is for having Ben Affleck in that role? He “plays” a cocky, beligerant dumb@$$. It’s like you can love him in the movie and still hate him.

    You should dole out one of your precious 7’s just for that!

    Also, it’s really great watching the movie, and knowing two guys worked together to write a great script that turned into an even better film.

    And Minnie Driver is hot!!!!!

  16. Jonas Rabbe says:

    I actually watched Fight Club for the first time a few days ago. Pretty good movie, but very weird. I don’t know if I’d rate it a 7, probably a 6. It would probably have been a tiny bit better if I hadn’t known the truth of the two main characters.

    I also just noticed you had Sprited Away quite high on the list, I bought it for next to nothing a few weeks ago and had completely forgotten all about it. Have you seen Nausica? Of The Valley Of The Wind? It’s also by Hayao Miyazaki. Quite good.

  17. Sujay says:

    I just came upon this site, it’s brilliant. I have to ask: What’s that picture of the eye and the stars from?

  18. Sujay says:

    Ah, never mind, I just looked at the image name. Blade Runner. I should watch that, I’ve always wanted to but never got the chance.

  19. ma5h says:

    While we are on the subject of Ghibli films like Spirited Away and Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, i would highly reccomend watching my favourite Ghibli film Princess Mononoko.

    This film is fantastic and if you liked Spirited Away then this film should be right up your alley.

    Also how often is it that you get to see Gillian Anderson do the voice of a giant wolf.

  20. Joen says:

    Sujay,

    Indeed that’s from Blade Runner. Best Picture Ever 🙂

    ma5h,

    I am planning on buying a Ghibli box set at one point, and I’m looking very much forward to Mononoke in specific. I’m sure I’ll love it.

    Gillian Anderson? That’s gotta be the english dub no?

  21. ma5h says:

    yeah thats the english dub,

    contrary to 95% of anime though, i thought this was a case where the dub was as good as the sub. The english actors really put a lot of effort into the characters, and it shows in spades.

    I have not been as impressed with a dub since Cowboy Bebop the series (not the film) or the FLCL mini-series (OVA).

    I do however always watch these in subs as well as dubs, it gives me an excuse to watch them twice 😉

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