Lists

Who doesn’t love a good movie list? There’s just something amusing about categorizing films however unambiguously you want. Sure, they can be as generic as Best Films of the Year (which, for the record, I love), but the fun in drafting a list is compiling movies that have nothing in common, aside from the category you feel they fit into. Some of these are common, others I've tried to make quite rare. I hope you enjoy them all the same.


Of. All. Time.

Top Things I Love About ___ (that no one talks about)

Top 29 Things I Love About American Psycho
Top 37 Things I Love About As Good as It Gets
Top 31 Things I Love About The Departed
Top 34 Things I Love About The Game
Top 22 Things I Love About Goodfellas
Top 28 Things I Love About Heat
Top 24 Things I Love About Halloween
Top 39 Things I Love About Magic Mike
Top 44 Things I Love About Magnolia
Top 13 Things I Love About Mulholland Dr. 
Top 52 Things I Love About No Country For Old Men
Top 43 Things I Love About Punch-Drunk Love
Top 27 Things I Love About Scream
Top 30 Things I Love About Se7en
Top 42 Things I Love About Shame
Top 39 Things I Love About The Silence of the Lambs
Top 37 Things I Love About Somewhere
Top 46 Things I Love about Spring Breakers
Top 97 Things I Love About The Thin Red Line (Part 1)
Top 97 Things I Love About The Thin Red Line (Part 2)

101 Cinematic Reasons

Top 10s
Top 15 Songs that Should Be Retired From Movies
Top 10 Entourage Cameos
Top 10 First Date Movies
Top 5 Uses of Marvin Gaye’s Music in Film
Top 10 R-Rated Films Every Kid Should See
Top 10 Performances by James Bond Actors
James Bond: Complete Franchise Breakdown
Top 20 Films that Lost Sundance
Top 10 Films that Won Sundance
Top 10 "Rotten" Films of 2014
Top 20 Fourth Wall Breaks
Top 10 Dinner Party (Gone Wrong) Films
Top 10 Making-Of Documentaries
Top 10 Hitchcockian Films
Top 10 Shortest Long Movies
Top 15 Unreliable Narrators in Cinema
Top 10 Uses of Split-Screen
Top 10 Criterion Collection Films
Top 15 Director/Actor Collaborations
Top 10 Dual Roles
Top 10 Movie Clich├ęs (that I've never done)
Top 10 Film Passion Projects
Top 15 Wes Anderson Music Moments
Top 10 Most Necessary Sex Scenes
Top 10 Real Time Films
Top 10 Favorite Animated Movies as a Kid
Top 10 "Rotten" Films of 2013
Top 10 ESPN 30 for 30s
Top 10 Shots of the World Trade Center Post-9/11
Top 10 B&W Films Released Since 2000
Top 15 Music Moments in Cameron Crowe Films
Top 10 Stephen King Film Adaptations
Top 10 Baseball Movies
Top 10 Director Cameos in Their Own Films
Top 10 HBO Shows
Top 10 Movies that Make Me Cry
Top 10 M83 Songs (2013 update)
Top 10 Films Longer than 200 Minutes
Top 10 Films About the Wrongfully Convicted
Top 20 Road Movies
Top 10 Movies that Make L.A. Look Like Heaven
Top 10 Movies that Make L.A. Look Like Hell
Top 15 Movies with the Same Title
Top 10 HBO Films
Top 10 "American" Films
Top 10 Unconventional Trilogies
Top 10 Movies with a Main Character Title
Top 10 Scenes of People Getting Fired
Top 10 Courtroom Films
Top 10 Movies Set in Prison
Top 10 Home Invasion Movies
Top 10 English-speaking Movies that Require Subtitles 
Top 10 Found Footage Films
Top 10 Movies People are Surprised I Love
Top 10 Movies about Movies
Top 15 Baffling Things About the AFI Lists
Top 10 Film Endings (that everyone else hates)
Top 10 NC-17 Rated Films
Top 15 Movies that Demand Repeat Viewings
Top 10 Movie Pet Peeves
Top 12 M83 Songs
Top 10 Movies I Hate (that you probably love)
Top 10 Non-animated, G-rated Films (updated)
Top 10 Scenes that Make Me Hungry
Top 10 Scenes of People Receiving Great News
Top 10 Scenes of People Receiving Awful News
Top 10 Controversial Films that Aren't Controversial (updated)
My Top 10 Favorite Movies as a Kid
Top 10 Agenda Films That Provoke Discussion
Top 20 Movie Title Line Deliveries
Top 15 Opening Credit Sequences
Top 10 Las Vegas Films
Top 10 Non-Traditional Christmas Films
Top 10 Remakes
Top 10 Movie Character Introductions
Top 5 James Bond Films
Top 10 Cases of Wives Interrogating Husbands
Top 10 Cases of Husbands Interrogating Wives
Top 10 Great True Films You Know the Endings To
Top 11 Scenes from The Wire
Top 10 Movies About Addiction
8 Best Boxing Scenes from Boxing Movies
9 Fantastically Awful Movie Dads
11 Film Couples That Have Stayed With Me

Directors

Top 10 Directors Who Edit Their Own Movies
Top 10 Directors Who Never Wrote a Film
Top 14 Werner Herzog Films
Top 10 Directors Who Released Two Great Films in One Year
Top 5 Brian De Palma Films
Top 10 Actors-Turned-Directors
Top 15 Directors Whose First Films Were Their Best
Top 10 Steven Soderbergh Films
Top 15 Song Moments from Quentin Tarantino Films
Top 10 Song Moments in Martin Scorsese Films
15 Surprises from Directors' Sight & Sound Top 10s

Performances

Top 10 "Background" Performances of 2014
Top 15 Male Performances of 2014
Top 15 Female Performances of 2014
Top 10 Unsung Performances in Christopher Nolan Films
Top 10 Unsung Performances in David Fincher Films
Top 10 Performances in Roman Polanski Films
Top 10 Unsung Performances in Clint Eastwood Films
Top 10 Unsung Female Roles in Steven Soderbergh Films
Top 10 Male Performances in Wes Anderson Films
Top 10 Female Performances in Wes Anderson Films
Top 5 Jake Gyllenhaal Performances
Top 5 Matthew McConaughey Performances (pre 2011)
Top 10 "Background" Performances of 2013
Top 10 Male Performances of 2013
Top 10 Female Performances of 2013
Top 5 Leonardo DiCaprio Performances
Top 5 Samuel L. Jackson Performances
Top 5 Tom Hanks Performances
Top 5 Joseph Gordon-Levitt Performances
Top 5 Mickey Rourke Cameos
Top 10 Female Performances in Woody Allen Movies
Top 10 Male Performances in Woody Allen Movies
Top 10 First R-Rated Performances by Child Actors
Top 10 Atypical Performances from Frat Pack Members
Top 10 Parent/Child Acting Combos
Top 10 Supporting Performances by A-List Stars
Top 10 Scenes of Ed Norton Battling the Legal System
Top 10 Performances by People Known for Another Profession
Top 10 Dramatic Performances by Comedians
Top 10 Al Pacino Rants
Top 10 Scenes of Ed Harris' Carrer
Top 10 Scenes That Earn Brad Pitt a Career Pass
Top 15 Female Performances of 2012
Top 15 Male Performances of 2012

Cinematography

My 11 Favorite Cinematographers
Top 15 Underpraised Long Takes
Top 10 Films Shot by Their Directors
Top 10 Movies Directed by Cinematographers

The Oscars/Awards

Best Pictures: Reviews for Every Winner
Top 10 Best/Top 10 Worst Best Picture Winners
Top 20 Oscar Speeches
Top 10 Best Actress Winners
Top 10 Best Actor Winners
Top 10 Best Foreign Film Winners
Top 10 Best Song Winners
Top 10 Best Documentary Winners
Top 10 Films Nominated For Razzies
Top 15 Films Wrongly Nominated for Comedy Golden Globes
Top 10 Movies Booed at the Cannes Film Festival
Top 10 Actors Never Nominated for an Oscar
Top 10 Actresses Never Nominated for an Oscar
Top 10 Supporting Actresses Not Nominated
Top 10 Supporting Actors Not Nominated
Top 10 Films that Won Best Director but Not Best Picture
Best Pictures: If I Chose the Winners
10 Most Game Changing Best Picture Winners
10 Least Deserving Best Picture Winners
10 Best Oscar-winning Performances You've Never Seen
8 Oscar Winners Who Went On to Do Nothing
The Movies I Watch on Oscar Weekend

43 comments:

  1. Make a top 10 films that won Oscars for Best Picture but not Best Director.

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    1. Great idea. Look out for it soon.

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    2. Argo, 12 Years a Slave, In the Heat of the Night, Gladiator, Chicago, THE GODFATHER, In the Heat of the Night, All the King's Men, Rebecca, The Life of Emile Zola, Cimarron, The Broadway Melody, The Wings are films that won Oscars for Best Picture but not Best Director.

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  2. A Star Wars Franchise Breakdown could be great.

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    1. Oh boy, not for fans of the franchise...

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    2. Why? I don't think no fan is gonna be mad if you say something bad about Star Wars. I think it copy 2001 and Hidden Forest.

      A New Hope A;
      The Empire Strikes Back +A;
      Return of the Jedi +B;
      The Phantom Menace -C;
      Attack of the Clones +C;
      Revenge of the Sith -B;
      The Clone Wars F

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    3. Well, in short, I have nothing to add to the Star Wars conversation. I'm either completely indifferent toward the films, or I just flat out don't like them. Either way, the world can do without one more apathetic Star Wars review, you know?

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  3. As to bad is good movie list?
    Personal my to bad is good movie is The Room. "Johnny wake up" :)

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    1. Oh you mean like a "So Bad It's Good" list of movies? Guilty pleasure ones? I've done a few like that.

      Here's my Top 10 Perfectly Trashy Action Flicks list, and my Top 10 Films People Are Surprised I Love list . I LOVE movies like this!

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  4. Which IS the best film of 1999? (top 10 list)

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    1. What a great, great year for film. That's a post worth writing.

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    2. Oh shit, sorry, I forgot about this. I agree that's a post worth writing, but I never wanted to get bogged down my a bunch of specific year lists, you know? But here's a go at it:

      15. South Park
      14. The Straight Story
      13. The Sixth Sense
      12. Fight Club
      11. Audition
      10. All About My Mother
      9. The Blair Witch Project
      8. The Limey
      7. American Beauty
      6. The Hurricane
      5. The Insider
      4. Three Kings
      3. Being John Malkovich
      2. Magnolia
      1. Eyes Wide Shut

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    3. I <3 South Park. The film made me love the tv serie.

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    4. But Any Given Sunday? You gave it an A.
      Bringing out the Dead, Sweet and Lowdown, Sleepy Hollow are pretty good but are more like B or B+.

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    5. All really solid flicks, LOVE Any Given Sunday.

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    6. Cant understand any of the love for being John Malcovich. Love the actor, the film was pure garbage- at least to me. (Bar that one scene. You know. Hopefully anyways)

      Then again Im normally one to hate movies EVERYONE else adores eh? ;P

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    7. I mean, Jonze doesn't make easy movies, right? I can understand why people don't dig them.

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    8. I wasn't so sure if I'd like Eyes Wide Shut but now I know that definitely it is the best film of 1999.

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    9. Gets better every time I watch it. Love that film.

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  5. Looking forward to a best of 90s list!

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    1. I've always been tempted to do all the decades. Maybe I finally will next year! Though spoiler alert, Pulp Fiction will definitely by #1 for the '90s.

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    2. I bet that Goodfellas will be in it?

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  6. I'd have Pulpfiction, Goodfellas,Shawshank, Fargo,Seven, Heat, Saving Private Ryan, Dazed and Confused, Reservoir Dogs and Boogie Nights. I have a thing for nice,ensemble casts

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    1. Great list there. Pulp, The Thin Red Line and Goodfellas are my top 3, for sure.

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    2. Pulp Fiction, The Thin Red Line, GoodFellas, Leaving Las Vegas, Boyz N’ The Hood, Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia, Sling Blade, Se7en, Three Colors: Blue.

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    3. Uhh, I think I posted that exact list somewhere a little bit ago (maybe Movie Mezzanine...?). Like, same films and same order and everything. Weird.

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    4. what would your top 10 of the 70s be? Mine are:
      Godfather
      Deliverance
      Chinatown
      Godfather 2
      One flew over the cuckoos nest
      The French Connection
      Taxi Driver
      Exorcist
      A Clockwork Orange
      Appocalypse Now

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    5. Taxi Driver is definitely number one. Cries and Whispers would be two. Three Deliverance. I promise I will do all my Best Of decade lists soon!

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  7. Can you do 10 best slashers if interested?

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    1. Ohh that's a good idea. Just rewatched Scream 1-2. Love those films!

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    2. Hey guy why don't you make a list of your favorite movies of each year being then nominated or not for Best Picture?

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    3. You lost me. Do a list of a my favorite movies of every year?

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    4. Yes, just like this, an expansion of the yearly lists

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    5. I really do need to do that. But I think I'll start with Best Of decade posts. Year by year would be a HUGE undertaking.

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  8. Yes, an epic and titanic project indeed. Who knows, one day you have your own personal version of the Academy Awards?! I'm halfway through mine! Maybe I could send ya if you're interested! I guarantee you it's a hell lot of fun to do it!

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  9. You do Top 10, you make profiles for MANY directors, you list performances, you talk about cinematography, you do awards lists, you make top ten of the year. Seriously you are priceless. Now I have a request. Talk more about music. Write about your favorite composers (John Williams, Danny Elfman), more about movie scores and your feelings about them, about your favorite songs from films. The score maybe one of my favorite things about films. Hope that I don't ask for too much.

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    1. No no, not asking too much at all. That's actually a really good idea. I'll start thinking about some score-related lists I can get working on. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  10. Special request: Make a Top 5 Michael Fassbender Performances and a Top 5 Marion Cotillard Performances before Macbeth gets release.

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    1. Now THAT is a fucking great idea. I love it. Will definitely be doing this.

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