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Following Jimmy’s awesome list of Top 10 films from yesterday, I’ve compiled a list my very own favorite films with a few honorable mentions!

Just to be clear, I love all the films stated below dearly, just some a smidge more than others.

Honorable Mentions: Fight ClubOn the WaterfrontDrive, Toy Story (Trilogy)The Social Network, The Shawshank Redemption, Memento, Se7enForrest Gump, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Check out my top 10 films below!

#10 The Big Lebowski

After a crazy amount of consideration, I decided that I would start off my list with a good ol’ fashion cult classic.

One of the funniest films of all time, The Big Lebowski is a story of mistaken identity, but unlike you have ever seen it before. From the deranged minds of Joel and Ethan Coen, the film follows a man called “The Dude” (Jeff Bridges) and his two bowling buddies Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Buscemi) as they try to solve a case of apparent kidnapping.

If you’ve ever seen a dark comedy by the Coen brothers before, you know what kind of humor to expect, but you’ve never seen a film quite like this. With an outstanding script and exceptional performances, The Big Lebowski will leave your sides hurting long after the film has ended, and if you weren’t a Jeff Bridges fan before, you will be after.

#9 Star Wars (The Original Trilogy)

These next two picks are tricky. I found them extremely hard to write about because they hold such dear places in my heart.

Though this may seem like an obvious pick, it’s surprising to see how many people may leave Star Wars out of their favorite films of all time. Though I know it’s not for everyone, Star Wars is one of those trilogies that I can watch over and over and never get bored of. Before we continue, however, I just want to make one thing clear, this is the original trilogy, and not the prequel trilogy that George Lucas felt the need to release about a decade ago. Got it?


Star Wars is a hero’s journey through and through, and though it doesn’t stray from the path at all from the normal conventions of a hero’s narrative, it’s uniqueness comes from its world as well as its characters.

Following a young man named Luke Skywalker (Mark Hammill), upon finding a message from a damsel in distress named Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), sets out on a rescue mission to save her with his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness).

Though the performances are, at times, hit or miss, there is no denying the impact that Star Wars had on the world with its advanced special effects, making the films visual spectacles. The trilogy also put Harrison Ford’s career on the map with his portrayal of Han Solo, the most badass character in the trilogy, and possibly of all time.

#8 The Lord of the Rings (The Trilogy)

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a masterpiece, period. If you have anything to say otherwise, you don’t like good films, and I suggest leaving your computer and turning on Step Up because you probably won’t like any of the other films on my list.

Few fantasy movies have been able to capture the emotion that Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy has. The films follow young hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) as he makes his journey through Middle Earth to destroy a powerful ring that, in the wrong hands, would doom the entire world. This film is all about the journey, and not just the literal one.  The hobbits leave the safety of The Shire in The Fellowship of the Ring, and by The Return of the King, they have all learned the horrors of war, and the sadness of losing companions.

The performances are all masterful, with notables being Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey and Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, the rightful king of Gondor. From the outstanding special effects, to Howard Shore’s incredible musical score, just thinking about Peter Jackson’s trilogy makes me emotional. There are few films that display the amount of heart that The Lord of the Rings does, and if you can watch the last half hour of The Return of the King with dry eyes, you deserve a medal or at least a cuddle from somebody, not to mention a hot fire to melt that chunk of ice you call a heart.

#7 Jaws

By far my favorite film by Steven Spielberg, Jaws is the story of a small island community who’s summer is viciously interrupted by a giant man-eating great white shark. A film that I can re-watch over and over and never get bored, Jaws is iconic for its horror, comedy and great characters.

Notables include Roy Scheider as Chief Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as Hooper, and an outstanding performance by Robert Shaw as Quint, the badass revenge-seeking shark hunter. With a great score by John Williams, Jaws will forever be a classic. With so many great films, we’re gonna need a bigger list (ba dum psh).

#6 The Dark Knight

The film that could. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is something that no Batman fan had ever thought possible, which was make an extremely effective crime drama that any casual film goer could enjoy, as well as make the most badass Batman film of all time. Yes, the film’s predecessor Batman Begins was all kinds of awesome, but The Dark Knight is special in many different ways.

Taking place in Gotham City, the film follows the caped crusader as he continues to clean up the streets, but when a psychotic makeup clad anarchist solely named The Joker hits the scene, all hell breaks loose. The highlight of the film is without a doubt Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker. The actor depicted the character brilliantly, giving him the crazy, scary and funny justice that The Joker deserves, earning Ledger an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

With tremendous action sequences and incredible performances all around, The Dark Knight is a spectacle of a film that was wholly deserved of a Best Picture nomination, if not the win (I believe the correct word for this situation is “snubbed”).

#5 The Departed

Martin Scorsese is a master of crime drama, and 2006’s The Departed is a prime example why. Set in Boston, Massachusetts, The Departed surrounds the Boston Police Department as they try to take down infamous Irish mob boss, Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson).

A complex plot featuring undercover cops, informants and rats, the film is a masterfully written and powerfully acted, with notables including Leonardo DiCaprio, Vera Farmiga, Mark Wahlberg and Alec Baldwin. The film also sees the return of Matt Damon to all his Bean Town glory. Action and drama mixed with great dialogue and the dropped Rs of the Boston accent make The Departed a wicked awesome film (not to mention the F-word is said over 230 times throughout!).

#4 Inception

There are very few films released today that display the kind of emotion, action, originality and intelligence that is clearly encompassed within Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Based on an original script by Nolan himself, Inception follows a team of skilled “extractors” as they invade the dreams of a young heir to a business empire.

This film works on so many different levels (no pun intended), from its heart stopping action sequences (notables include an amazing anti-gravity fight in a hotel hallway) and the dramatic elements such as the story of a man just trying to get back to his children.

With an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page and Tom Hardy, and an amazing musical score by Hans Zimmer, Inception left me speechless and my mind racing for days after the credits rolled.

#3 The Aviator

The film that should have won Leonardo DiCaprio an Academy Award, (that’s strange, the best actor currently in Hollywood doesn’t have a little golden statue), The Aviator is a biopic of film director, producer and (you guessed it) aviator Howard Hughes as he slowly deteriorates into extreme obsessive compulsive behavior.

From Martin Scorsese’s expert directing to his astounding eye for recreating time periods, The Aviator is a spectacle that everyone can enjoy.  A scene to look out for is an astounding plane crash that will leave you breathless as you watch through your fingers. Everything about the film is superb, and come on, who doesn’t get the chills when Leo can’t stop himself from saying “the way of the future” over and over in the final scene.

#2 Pulp Fiction

Few filmmakers are as well versed in writing cool, funny and effective dialogue as Quentin Tarantino, in fact some may even say he’s the best in the Biz. Pulp Fiction is 3 non-linear stories expertly woven into one involving gangsters, drugs, Los Angeles, and a gimp (if you’ve seen the film, you know what I’m talking about).

The acting and dialogue are both top notch, with notables such as Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and Uma Thurman giving outstanding performances. The film also reinvented John Travolta’s career, it’s just too bad he ruined it again soon after (you only get one, John).

#1 Inglourious Basterds

Yes, him again, but what can I say, his films are just too damn good. Tarantino’s masterpiece (seriously, it’s even stated in the final shot of the film), Inglourious Basterds is the story of a band of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” who move through Nazi-occupied France brutalizing every German soldier unfortunate enough to cross their path.

Led by Tarantino’s jaw dropping dialogue, and stellar performances all around (notables include Brad Pitt in his best role yet and Christoph Waltz in a breakthrough, intense performance), Inglourious Basterds is breathtaking down to every last detail, which in this case is the intentionally misspelled title.

There you have it, folks, my top 10 favorite films of all time!  Make sure to check back tomorrow to see Jeremy’s picks, and to learn more about our big announcement!

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  • Anonymous

    Why so much love for Inglorious Basterds? It wasn’t even close to The Dark Knight or Inception, and doesn’t even compare with Star Wars, not even with LotR. But then again, that’s just my opinion. Cool list, otherwise.

  • DreamNox58

    I have seen The Dark Knight.  Other than that, I’ve never seen any of the other movies on this list.  However, thank you for giving me the idea to create my own top ten favorite movie list to blog or facebook.

    • http://twitter.com/SlySound Brett H

      How have you only seen The Dark Knight? Do you even watch movies, lol.

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    I love most of this list – but I have to say, I was very underwhelmed by Inglorious Basterds. I feel like Brad Pitt has been phoning it in for his last few dozen movies, and the film just tried too hard in general. Sorry Jimmy! *hides*

    • Akacj18

      actually, i think Melanie Laurent’s performance in this movie is sadly underrated, or at least under-recognized. her story is the real heart of the film, and her story line with christoph waltz’s character… it’s staggering.

      • Patrick McCoy

        She is spectacular in it! My bad for not mentioning her!

  • Emmalou

    Love Inglorious Bastards! My top 10 list contains almost all Tarentino movies, the man can do no wrong in my eyes ;)

  • Jason

    People roll their eyes at people with Inception on their top 10′s because they say it’s new and that the hype will die down- but that’s not it. It totally revolutionized sci-fi in a way unrivaled since 1999′s The Matrix and brilliantly balanced its complex plotting and managed to infused an emotional human story the entire length. That’s what makes it great for me. 

    • Clive

      I do think it’s a fantastic film, but for me personally it’s too soon to declare it one of my favourite films.  In a few years it probably will be amongst my favourite films but some films fade over time and until it’s clear Inception won’t it’ll be on my waiting list with films like District 9, Black Swan and Attack the Block.

    • Clive

      I do think it’s a fantastic film, but for me personally it’s too soon to declare it one of my favourite films.  In a few years it probably will be amongst my favourite films but some films fade over time and until it’s clear Inception won’t it’ll be on my waiting list with films like District 9, Black Swan and Attack the Block.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a lot of DiCaprio, Patrick. :)

  • http://twitter.com/smaloy Sarah Maloy

    Someone loves Leo!

  • http://twitter.com/xhpfanatic Grace Chen

    What, no Harry Potter?
    I totally agree with Star Wars & Lord of the Rings, fantastic trilogies

  • http://about.me/kyle Kyle

    Inglourious Basterds? Really? I hated it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/louieschuth Louie Schuth

    It really isn’t hard to know what the announcement is.

  • http://twitter.com/titans1fan93 Jake Sephton

    I like this list much better than the other one. Only three of my favs that are not on this one. Harry Potter DH part 2. Kings Speech. Forest Gump

  • http://twitter.com/SlySound Brett H

    Here’s mine:

    10. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    9. 2001: A Space Odyssey 
    8. Blade Runner
    7. Taxi Driver
    6. Rear Window
    5. 8 1/2
    4. Fargo
    3. A Clockwork Orange
    2. There Will Be Blood
    1. Pulp Fiction

    • Jazz

      Looove your list.

    • http://spoonspace.yolasite.com Lucien

      i love 8 1/2!!!

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  • Ashleym

    Here’s mine in no order:

    1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (1 & 2)
    2) Pride & Prejudice (2005)
    3) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    4) The Dark Knight
    5) The Social Network
    6) Man on Fire
    7) Zombieland
    8) The Fall
    9) District 9
    10) Inception

    Honorable Mentions- Chicago, The Pianist, Star Trek (2009), Gladiator, A Knight’s Tale, Pirate Radio, Beauty and the Beast, Wall-E, Finding Nemo

    • Akacj18

      I’m really glad you included A Knight’s Tale and B&tB!

    • http://twitter.com/mariaggonzalez Maria Gonzalez

      Pride & Prejudice is my favorite movie!!!!! :)

  • Mavsgirl41

    This is soooo close to my top 10! Love it!

  • Hatty300

    a LOT of Brad Pitt and DiCaprio :P

  • Akacj18

    in no particular order:

    Inception - 
    this generation’s Matrix (that makes me feel old and i’m 24)

    50 First Dates - 
    in my opinion, the perfect Rom Com

    Beauty and the Beast - 
    it was nominated for an Oscar before there was an animated films category. need i say more?

    Temple Grandin - 

    The Princess Bride - 
    i don’t think i really need to explain this one. “Anybody want a peanut?”

    Whale Rider - 
    a movie NOT about white people. and it makes me BAWL every time when she is singing out to sea.

    The Prestige - 
    very nearly a perfect movie in my opinion.

    Some Like It Hot - 
    made in 1959 and its still funny today. this should be required viewing in high school. “Nobody’s perfect!”

    Kill Bill vols 1 & 2 - 
    i felt kinda grown-up watching it, and it was like the Matrix on karate-crack. 

    Super 8 - 
    i can’t impress on people enough how much this movie made me feel like a kid again. 

    honorable mentions to:
    Toy Story trilogy
    Shawshank Redemption
    Prince of Egypt and all other disney-esque animated movies, including Pixar.

    • Princess’sTale

      INCONCEIVABLE! haha. Princess Bride’s my favorite. Temple Grandin is good, too.

  • HarryGleeHungerFan

    Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the finest actors in Hollywood right now, & I feel equally irritated that he has not been rewarded for producing some truly spectacular characters… I would also like to see Ryan Gosling recieve his first statue. His roles have been a little more out of the box than DiCaprio’s, but no less remarkable. I am hoping that this is the year for one of them (Gosling for Drive, & DiCaprio for J.Edgar) to walk away with the golden man. 

  • Weirdnerd1

    So I know 2 orcs, one so actually has several lines, and some of LOTR was filmed down the road from my old house when i still lived there. My dad was caught sneaking onto the set :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=519763125 Nathalie Wardell

    Must say Dicaprio is one of my favourite ctors and the departed is one of my favourite films!!
    Great choices!

  • Clive

    Star Wars isn’t in my top 10 for the same reason that Harry Potter and some other film series aren’t, I can’t seperate them.  The original trilogy I love, but have a love/hate relationship with the prequels, I consider them all one package though so can’t rank one without the others.

  • Anonymous

    I must say I love your choices (and Jimmy’s) for their honesty and pure nerd factor!

    One can feel at home here among hypable’s people. Most “movie lovers” would pick the “intellectual”/”alternative” choices just to show their vast intellect… Here we pay homage to the movies we love to see over and over again. The movies that truly bring us joy.

    The movies you picked are certainly some of my favorites “pick me ups” as well. =)

    • Patrick McCoy

      That’s exactly right!

  • Guest

    Love that you included The Departed. 

  • Holly

    Nolan is an awesome director!
    I have to disagree with Jaws, that movie was so tedious and boring. Maybe it was scary when it came out, but after watching modern movies it seemed to lag to me.

  • http://spoonspace.yolasite.com Lucien

    My top 10 favourite movies:1. North by Northwest2. National Treasure3. Brigadoon4. Finian’s Rainbow5. Bedknobs and Broomsticks6. Just Go With It7. The Man Who Knew Too Much8. The April Fools9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire10. A Series of Unfortunate EventsEdit

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000064671775 Benjamin Swall-yarrington

    10. Man on Wire
    9. Stardust
    8. Up
    7. The Dark Knight
    6. The Two Towers
    5. The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    4. Braveheart
    3. Little Miss Sunshine
    2. Broakback Mountain
    1. The Return of the King

    • http://spoonspace.yolasite.com Lucien

      Stardust is fantastic!!!

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  • LuigiBarraza

    DiCaprio-Tarantino-Nolan fest! Hell yeah

  • http://www.facebook.com/katie.bjordahl Katie Bjordahl

    These are my top ten movies.
    10. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
    09. Toy Story (all 3)
    08. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    07. Citizen Kane
    06. Gangs of New York
    05. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2
    04. Titanic
    03. Beauty and the Beast
    02. Twilight Saga movies
    01. The Wizard of Oz

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