Note: This is not my personal list of the "best" movies, per se. Rather they are my personal favorites. I recognize that I may enjoy a movie that is not necessarily the "best" movie.
10. Dead Poet's Society
When I was in high school I got really into the idea of romantic ideals and poetry and all that. This movie meant a lot to me and kind of was a catalyst for some of my ideals.
9. In America
I love this movie because, not only is it a well told story, but at it's core are the elements of childlike optimism and love for everyone despite differences
8. Back to the Future
Two years ago, maybe even one, I wouldn't have even had this movie in my top 20, but after a recent viewing I realised how much I liked it and could watch it over and over again. The Trilogy that this movie spawned was so inventive and magical that as far as action movies go, I can't imagine it can get better than this.
Such a cool movie. I saw it in high school but didn't really get it until college.
This movie has everything: Great story, "Willy Lomanesque" central tragic hero, the most complete and fully developed characters in any movie I've ever seen, plus the movie is completely honest in it's complete ridiculousness.
Once again my love for this movie demonstrates my adoration for stories about extraordinary but tragic characters. This movie is made even better because it is a buddy movie at the core of it. Bill Murray is superb and thus begins his reign as the king of meloncholy comedy. My crush on Wes Anderson begins. (For those wondering, I liked Bottle Rocket but didn't really catch the WA bug until this one
4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Is Charlie Kaufman not a genious? This is one of my favorite Kaufman flicks because it appealed to my own particular sense of asthetic. All of his movies revolve around an unsatisfied male, confused in love and wanting to change things in his life. Kaufman does a really good job of telling stories that explore the questions in his own mind without providing solid answers. In other words, the basis for all great drama. I don't however feel that it was the best made or most original. That spot is reserved for Adaptation which would easily be in the top 11.
3. Being John Malcovich
It's the one that started it all. How much cahones does it take to write a fictitious movie with an actor's name in the title, muchless an actor as idiosyncratic as John Malcovich, and then make it so that the movie must have that actor to play the part? Could he have gone with any other actor? Maybe, but not really.
2. The Godfather: Part II
What can I say? Technically, creatively, emotionally, probably the best movie ever made.
1. The Royal Tanenbaums
If you want to know what kind of movies I like go watch The Royal Tanenbaums. I do. Quite often, in fact.
Looking back at this list I seem to have a very particular style of movie that I like to watch. Quirky, off-center, funny, and with a lot of subtexual morality. Remember, this isn't my "Greatest Movies List." It's my favorite movies. Those are two very different lists. You may recognize the superiority of a Mercedes, but nothing will drag you from your '83 Ford Pickup.