Opinion: My 100 Favourite Films of All Time

11:45 am EDT, March 10, 2012

Last week, I decided it was time to make a list of all my favourite films. I started with my top 10, which I have always had in my head, in no particular order. I then thought of all the films I watch on an annual basis, and these are the top 40.

The next 60 are films that I really love and enjoy watching every time, but that I choose to watch on a less regular basis for one reason or another.

Two of the films in my top 10 are directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the ‘master of suspense’, so as you can probably guess, he is my favourite director of all time. Overall, four of his films appear on my list. Eight films starring Adam Sandler, six starring James Stewart and three starring Cary Grant appear. These are my favourite actors, along with Robert Downey Jr and Joseph Gordon Levitt, who unfortunately have not made as many good films as they should have, and so only appear twice and once on this list respectively.

There are 4 films from 2011 on this list, which means that as 2012 progresses, this list could dramatically change, with the likes of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3’ at the top of my ‘Most Anticipated List’.

I hope you enjoy reading, and feel free to comment underneath with your opinions!

1. North by Northwest (1959)

Cary Grant, Eve Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau. A cast list that makes any fan of 50s/60s cinema cry with excitement and joy… and this film deserves that kind of reaction. It is the inspiration for almost every fast-paced action movie made today, including ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘National Treasure’ franchises. Grant stars as a business-man, enjoying a fairly average day of meetings, who raises his hand at the wrong time and is pulled into a world of suspense and danger, which involves him being chased by a plane in the legendary ‘crop-duster’ sequence, chased over Mount Rushmore and chased across the United Nations. A must-see for any fans of the ‘action-mystery’ genre.

2. The Incredibles (2004)

Considered by many to be Pixar’s greatest non-Toy Story film, if this were live-action it would most certainly be directed by Christopher Nolan. It has all the makings of a great superhero film, a villian turned evil because of rejection, a mad fashionista based on Edith Head, a midget boss who gets all his bones broken, a giant robot gone rogue, and a demented super-baby. Hollywood were so impressed with director Brad Bird’s skill at making an animated film seem so real that they hired him to direct ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’, which has gone on to be a huge hit with critics and audiences alike. In my opinion, one of the greatest animated, and overall, films of all time.

3. National Treasure (2004)

Nicholas Cage has had a lot of ups-and-downs in his career, but in my opinion, this is one of his high-points. It’s basically a cross between The Bourne Identity, The Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones, but with a PG certificate and just enough violence to be suitable for all the family..and the whole family will love it! I have never met a person under the age of 45 who saw this film and din’t enjoy it! Although some of the plot may be slightly historically inaccurate, the twists and turns of the mystery are exciting, and the acting by Cage, Jon Voight (Mission: Impossible), Justin Bartha (The Hangover) and Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) is superb. Also, this is the first major film for Diane Kruger who has gone on to star in ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and is set to be Tarantino’s new female lead.

4. Bednobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Made 7 years after the more beloved Mary Poppins, this seriously underrated Disney family musical stars Angela Landsbury (Murder, She Wrote) as an apprentice witch who is forced to take 3 orphans under her wing during WWII. One of several links to ‘Poppins’ is David Tomlinson (Mr Banks in MP) who plays a failed street magician living in a run down abandoned London townhouse, with an unexploded bomb in the front garden. The fantastic songs were written by Richard Sherman and his brother Robert, who passed away last week at the age of 86. Perhaps the film’s best known sequence is when, Poppins style, the live-action characters are transported to a world of hand-drawn animated creatures, under the sea and on the island of Nabooboo (no, that isn’t a location from the ‘Star Wars’ prequels). The technology used is quite impressive, and shows how passionate Disney was about making these films perfect, so children and adults alike could enjoy them for decades to come.

5. Finian’s Rainbow (1968)

This is Fred Astaire’s last major musical, where he travels to my home country of Ireland in search of leprechauns and gold. It is directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and has been almost forgotten due to the release in 1972 of a little film called ‘The Godfather’. Petula Clark and Tommy Steele co-star as Astaire’s daughter and favourite leprechaun, respectively, and there are great plot-lines about a racist millionaire (Keenan Wynn) turning black by magic, and a deaf-and-dumb girl getting her lost senses back, after falling in love with the leprechaun. It also features wonderful songs about homesickness and the nostalgia associated with visiting Ireland, a trip I would recommend you all to make!

6. Funny People (2009)

As you can probably tell from reading this list, I am a big fan of Adam Sandler’s films. To be honest, I even found ‘Jack and Jill’ slightly funny, although I do admit his earliest work was his best. This is not one of his ‘Happy Madison’ films, and it was directed by raunchy comedy supremo Judd Apatow. It is over 2 and a half hours long, and when it finishes, you feel much closer to the characters played by the brilliant ensemble cast (including Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Jason Schwartzman, Jonah Hill, Aziz Ansari, Eric Bana…need I go on?) than you do in most shorter comedies. Sandler plays a succesful stand-up and film star comedian, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, and believes he has only a few months to live. About halfway through the film, he is cured, but then he must get back into the flow of his life, and reconnect with his friends and family. At points it is hilarious and at points it will make you cry, but it is a must-see for fans of any sort of comedy or stand-up comedians.

7. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Although it is absolutely nothing like ‘North by Northwest’, this is the second Hitchcock film on this list. Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day star as the parents of Ben, who is abducted in Morocco and taken to London, where they must track him to a rural church and uncover a plot to murder an important political figure. Bernard Herrmann, in my opinion the greatest film composer of all time, appears on screen as himself, performing in the Royal Albert Hall, and conducting the orchestra when the cymbals clash and the gun is shot. Fast-paced, well scripted and featuring some of Doris Day’s most beautiful songs, this is a truly magnificent piece of filmmaking.

8. The April Fools (1969)

One of many great Jack Lemmon comedies that could have filled this spot, this co-stars Catherine Deneuve and Peter Lawford, and features songs by Burt Bacharach. Lemmon and Deneuve meet at a party and go on a mad all-nighter, visiting a jungle-themed club, a privately-owned castle occupied by a fencing champion, and more! Over the next few days, Deneuve starts to pull apart from her husband (Lawford) and eventually, her and Lemmon are reunited in the film’s climactic scene at JFK Airport. An example of how a good rom-com should be made.

9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Any of the Potter films apart from ‘Order of the Phoenix’, which I dislike very much, could have filled this slot, but I chose this one because, at the helm of director Mike Newell, it really feels like a separate film which can be watched outside of the series. ‘Prisoner’ is the most artfully directed, but this is the real ‘blockbuster’ of the sires, pulling out all the stops with dragons, sea creatures, dancing, romance, mild swearing and of course, THE MAZE! Robert Pattinson also contributes largely to the film, in his first major role as Cedric Diggory.

10. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2005)

The adaptation of the Daniel Handler novels was overlooked by many when it was released, but in my opinion, Jim Carrey’s performance as Count Olaf, the demented actor who tries and fails several times to kill the Baudelaire children and steal their inheritance, by dressing up as numerous wacky characters, was deserving of an Academy Award. Another wonderful thing about this film is the fact that almost every character shares a name with a great writer, such as Mr Poe, Esmé Squalor, Uncle Monty, Edgar Guest, Ish, the Baudelaire children and many more. It does have a PG, but young children may find it scary. Other actors that appear include Meryl Streep, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Jude Law and Craig Ferguson.

11. Brigadoon         

12. The Sound of Music

13. Mary Poppins

14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

15. The Polar Express (2004)

16. The Wizard of Oz

17. Inception (2010)

18. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

19. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 

20. Doctor Doolittle (1967)

21. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

22. Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

23. Bell, Book and Candle

24. The Cat in the Hat (2004)

25. Batman Begins (2005)

26. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

27. Click (2006)

28. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2005)

29. Mr Deeds (2002)

30. Twilight (2008)

31. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

32. Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones

33. The Maltese Falcon

34. Rear Window

35. Pinnochio

36. State Fair (1945)

37. Toy Story 3

38. Vertigo

39. Enchanted (2007)

40. Wall.E

41. The Third Man

42. To Kill A Mockingbird

43. Lili (1953)

44. Gigi

45. The Help (2011)

46. Singin’ in the Rain

47. The Apartment

48. Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope

49. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

50. Sunrise (1927)

51. Grown Ups (2010)

52. Groundhog Day (1993)

53. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

54. Ratatouille (2007)

55. Big Daddy (1999)

56. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)

57. Shrek the Third (2007)

58. Barefoot in the Park

59. The Birds

60. Hugo (2011)

61. The Shop Around the Corner

62. It’s A Wonderful Life

63. Goodbye Mr. Chips (1969)

64. The Nightmare Before Christmas

65. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

66. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

67. Paul (2011)

68. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

69. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

70. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

71. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

72. The Dark Knight (2008)

73. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

74. Odd Man Out

75. Easy A (2010)

76. Billy Madison

77. The Devil & Miss Jones (1941)

78. 2001: A Space Odyssey

79. The Thin Red Line

80. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

81. The Quiet Man

82. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

83. The Santa Clause

84. Breakfast at Tiffanys

85. The Royal Tennenbuams

86. Batman Forever

87. Spider-Man (2002)

88. 23 Steps to Baker Street

89. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

90. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1

91. Laurel and Hardy’s Way Out West (1937)

92. Batman: The Movie

93. The Railway Children (1970)

94. Forrest Gump

95. Happy Gilmore

96. Anger Management

97. The Ghost and Mrs Muir

98. Laurel and Hardy’s Swiss Miss (1938)

99. Iron Man (2008)

100. The African Queen

The film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.

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There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.

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Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

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Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.