Originally, I didn’t think I could ever make this list. I mean, I love so many movies and how could I ever rank them against each other? But to be honest, movies that we hold dear to our hearts are dear for a reason. They resonate with us every time we watch them, no matter how many lines your video tape gets from overuse or how many lines you can quote word for word, thereby annoying everyone else in the room.
So finally, after some deep consideration, here are the movies I consider to my all-time favorites to date.
10. Wings of Desire
Why? Because it has beautiful German poetry, Peter Falk, and a heartwarming use of color in Act III.
9. Hot Fuzz
Why? Because Simon Pegg is brilliant, the back-and-forth banter is impeccable, and the action scenes really are that awesome.
8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Why? It’s a trip through the madness of the American Dream, fueled by drugs, alcohol, a disregard for the rules, and the strange language of Hunter S. Thompson.
7. Guardians of the Galaxy
Why? This is what space opera and big-budget science fiction is supposed to look like. Giant sets, colorful alien lifeforms, huge battles, and brilliant acting.
6. Batman Begins
Why? It’s a fresh take on the origins of Batman and a real look at the corruption of Gotham City.
5. The Dark Knight
Why? The late, great Heath Ledger is one of the most memorable Jokers in history and this was the “escalation” we were promised at the end of Batman Begins.
4. The Godfather
Why? This is half the reason we watch shows like Game of Thrones and House of Cards: to watch people go down dark roads for the sake of protecting their families and securing their power.
3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Why? Nothing’s more timeless than watching a small group of hobbits become heroes in a big-budget and beautiful fantasy setting.
2. Star Wars trilogy
Why? Lightsaber battles, heroes saving princesses, blowing up planets, epic showdowns between father and son. Take your pick!
1. The Bourne Identity
Why? This movie is already an excellent thriller and action film, but it gets better as a drama of a man in search of his identity, carried out by the talent of Matt Damon.
If you want to list your own favorite films and explain why you love them so, please do so in the comments section below!