Below you will find Part 2 of my Top 50 Favorite Films of all time, which contains #40-31. Click Here for Part 1, consisting of #50-41 and be sure to check back in tomorrow for Part 3: #30-21!
40. Fight Club (1999)
As rule number one states, I can’t talk about Fight Club… Along with rule number 2… However what I can say is this movie is a great story of breaking out of one’s comfort zone and taking control of your life… even if you go a little nuts in the process.
39. American History X (1998)
My favorite Edward Norton movie, this film uses excellent use of cross cutting to really tell two stories in one and show audiences the harsh realities of racism and prejudice in America. Both stories, by the end, make you see a bigger picture; that family is important above all, everyone is equal… And being a neo-Nazi just won’t end well for you.
38. Goldfinger (1964)
Many adults will tell you that this is the greatest James Bond movie of all time, and a benchmark for the rest to come. This is certainly a valid statement. Goldfinger offers all of the key elements of a James Bond film: action, a damsel in distress, suspense, gadgets, classic Bond dialogue (“A martini, shaken, not stirred.”), racy subject matter (“My name is Pussy Galore.”) a diabolical villain, and the ever-so handsome Sean Connery in all his fame and glory. Not to mention Shirley Bassey’s stunning performance for the opening credits number.
37. 127 Hours (2010)
Not only does this have one of my favorite opening credits sequences of all time; but James Franco delivers in this movie unlike anything else he’s been in. For the longest time he had only been in supporting roles in dramas and a few comedies, but this was, in my opinion, the movie that showed his talents as an actor. This true story shows what perseverance and will can do to a man on the brink of death. Unbelievable editing and sound mixing (That vein scene!) thanks to the direction of Danny Boyle.
36. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spidey is my favorite superhero ever (Batman is a vigilante, not a superhero. He has no powers; there is nothing super about him). I remember seeing Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie when I was nine years old and seeing this one when I was eleven, and this one has remained in my memory as the greatest superhero movie of all time. It is a hero’s tale told unlike anything else and it carries itself like a real comic book comes to life. Yes, I do enjoy Andrew Garfield as the rebooted Spider-Man, without a doubt and I loved the new one; however this one us just something that hits home for me, and I can’t explain it.
35. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
This satire on the Cold War and Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) between the U.S. and the Russians is indeed Stanley Kubrick’s funniest film, and one of the greatest dark comedies of all time. Peter Sellers knocks it out of the park as three different characters along with the rest of the cast as they bicker and argue like children in regards to nuclear weaponry and the fate of the human race. The film serves as not only a parody, but a wake up for society that we are all aware we are going to die someday, it’s just something that we choose to ignore because ignorance is bliss. Also, this is my favorite movie title of all time.
34. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
This is literally just a heartwarming movie about family and the importance of not being ashamed of who you are, and where you come from. Paul Dano is one of favorite actors and he does an exceptional job, and I love Steve Carell when he does serious roles. It’s a very original story and sometimes keeping it simple can make it better. Keep It Simple, Stupid (K.I.S.S.)!
33. Django Unchained (2012)
Quentin Tarantino takes a lot of influence from spaghetti westerns from the 50s and 60s, so when it was announced that he would be doing one of his own and starring Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio in it – it’s safe to say people got excited. The dialogue is right up there, with any Tarantino classic, and it is arguably his most violent movie. There’s great camera work in this movie, and an incredible soundtrack. Certainly as Tarantino a western can get.
32. The Incredibles (2004)
It comes to no surprise that a longtime fan of superheroes such as myself fell in love with a Pixar movie about a family of them. Pixar always knows how to hit you in the feels, and they even manage to do so with this action/comedy. There are certainly a lot of satiracle elements to the superhero lifestyle to this – like Samuel L. Jackson’s character frantically asking his wife where his super suit is, or Dash using his powers and playing pranks on his teacher and getting away with it.
31. Taxi Driver (1976)
Martin Scorsese’s look at the bleak streets of New York City through the eyes of an average taxi driver is arguably his darkest movie. Robert De Niro gives one of his best performances as we see him slowly slip into insanity and try to fight violence with his own degree of it. He also gave us one of the greatest wisecracks in film history (“You talking to me?”)
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