Movies

I watch a fair number of movies. Most I watch at home and once in a while I’ll see one in the theatre.

If you read my post from yesterday you won’t be surprised that I have a particular interest in science fiction and fantasy movies. And yes, there are lists for those on the Sci-Fi Lists web site as well: check out the science fiction list and the fantasy list. I’ll let you know what I think of the movies on these lists one of these days.

When I review a movie the only thing I can do is rate it according to how I feel about it on that occasion. I sometimes rewatch movies, and it’s certainly possible that I’ll give a movie a different rating upon subsequent viewing.

For now, here are my picks for the best of the best movies. These aren’t etched in stone — I might change my mind tomorrow. But they give you a good idea of what kind of movies I like.

Top 20 science fiction movies

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • Batman Begins
  • Blade Runner
  • Brazil
  • Dark City
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Gattaca
  • Inception
  • Last Night
  • The Matrix
  • Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • Serenity
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Star Trek
  • The Truman Show
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • WALL-E

Top 20 fantasy movies

  • Babe
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Big Fish
  • Chicken Run
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Field of Dreams
  • The Green Mile
  • Hero
  • The Incredibles
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • The Princess Bride
  • Shrek
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Spider-man 2
  • Toy Story
  • Toy Story 2
  • Unbreakable

Top 20 comedy movies

  • Amelie
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Bowfinger
  • Broken Flowers
  • Bulworth
  • Clerks
  • Crocodile Dundee
  • Dave
  • Dogma
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Drowning Mona
  • Fargo
  • Grumpy Old Men
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Maverick
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • The Triplets of Belleville
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Zoolander

Top 20 dramatic movies

  • American Beauty
  • Backdraft
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Color Purple
  • Dances With Wolves
  • Dead Again
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Forrest Gump
  • The Fugitive
  • Good Will Hunting
  • A Love Song for Bobby Long
  • The Mission
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Rain Man
  • The Reader
  • The Secret Life of Words
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Sweet Hereafter
  • Water
  • Witness

Top 14 action/adventure movies

  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Hero
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • The Italian Job
  • Leon
  • Mission Impossible 3
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • Ocean’s Twelve
  • The Rock
  • Seraphim Falls
  • Speed
  • The Sting

Top 13 romance movies

  • 50 First Dates
  • As Good As It Gets
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • Definitely, Maybe
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • It Could Happen to You
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Notting Hill
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Sommersby
  • The Wedding Singer
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • You’ve Got Mail

Top 20 movies based on a true story

  • Apollo 13
  • The Aviator
  • Awakenings
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Capote
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Changeling
  • Chaplin
  • Ed Wood
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Finding Neverland
  • Freedom Writers
  • Gandhi
  • Gorillas in the Mist
  • Infamous
  • Kundun
  • October Sky
  • Ray
  • Walk the Line

Top 10 musicals

  • Enchanted
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Grease
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Mary Poppins
  • My Fair Lady
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Sound of Music
  • West Side Story
  • The Wizard of Oz

Top 9 documentaries

  • Bowling For Columbine
  • The Corporation
  • Fahrenheit 9/11
  • The Fog of War
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • Lost in La Mancha
  • Walking With Cavemen
  • Walking With Dinosaurs
  • Walking With Prehistoric Beasts

Top 3 seeing-the-world-in-a-new-way movies

  • Baraka
  • Koyaanisqatsi
  • Powaqqatsi

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