Thursday, August 16, 2012


Recently, British film magazine Sight & Sound published the results of their Greatest Films Poll, their "once-a-decade critics' poll -- the largest and most historically embedded survey of such matters", which resulted in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo taking first place from long-standing #1, Citizen Kane.
Critics' Poll: 2012
1. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
3. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
4. La Règle du jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939)
5. Sunrise: A Song for Two Humans (F.W. Murnau, 1927)
6.  2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
7. The Searcher (John Ford, 1956)
8. Man With a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1927)
10. (Federico Fellini, 1963)
In response to this list, we reached out to FOG! contributors past and present and some very special guests to get their list of the greatest movies.  For many, this was a difficult decision.  Results varied, with some people indicating that their list was their favorites, rather than actually being "great films".  In my opinion, that decision is synonymous.  If it's a favorite, it would qualify as great (although perhaps not artistically or culturally significant).

Check out the results after the jump, and if you're so inclined, share your list in the comments.

Editor-in-Chief, Forces of Geek
  1. Jaws
  2. Diner
  3. Superman: The Movie
  4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  5. The Godfather
  6. Animal House
  7. Flash Gordon
  8. The Empire Strikes Back
  9. North by Northwest
  10. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

Managing Editor, Forces of Geek
  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. Jaws
  3. Star Wars
  4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
  5. Return of the Jedi
  6. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  7. The Last Starfighter
  8. Brazil
  9. Jackie Brown
  10. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Author, Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks /  / FOG! Contributor
  1. Modern Times
  2. Szegénylegények (The Round-Up)
  3. Jaws
  4. The Apu Trilogy
  5. Lawrence of Arabia
  6. Fanny and Alexander
  7. Fantasia
  8. Rear Window
  9. Citizen Kane
  10. Seven Samurai

FOG! Columnist
  1. Alien
  2. Aliens
  3. Near Dark
  4. Coffy
  5. Destry Rides Again
  6. Some Like it Hot
  7. Purple Rain
  8. Old School
  9. The Blues Brothers
  10. Do The Right Thing

Screenwriter: Jaws, The Jerk, Doctor Detroit / Actor / Comedian
  1. The General
  2. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
  3. The Man Who Would Be King
  4. The Godfather / and The Godfather: Part II
  5. Singin' in the Rain
  6. The Grapes of Wrath
  7. Casablanca
  8. The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
  9. Duck Soup
  10. Men in Black 3
Not included, by virtue of modesty: Jaws

Runners-Up: Magnificent Seven, The Wild Bunch, Modern Times, The African Queen, Sunset Boulevard

Producer, Batman: The Brave & The Bold, Legion of Super Heroes, Justice League

These are just off the top of my head movies that I got a kick out of. By no means definitive. If you asked me tomorrow, I'd think of a whole other list.

  1. All About Eve
  2. Caged!
  3. Baby Face
  4. The Raid: Redemption
  5. RoboCop
  6. White Heat
  7. Brute Force
  8. Network
  9. Mildred Pierce
  10. Female Trouble

FOG! Columnist / / bassist, Los Campesinos!
In no particular order:
Runners-Up: Chasing Amy, Labyrinth, Oldboy


Eisner & Harvey award-winning comic book writer and editor of Hell Yeah, Glory, Popgun and One Model Nation /

My number one movie has always been and I imagine will always be Harold & Maude. 2-10 change on a regular basis.

  1. Harold and Maude
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  3. Dune
  4. Alien
  5. Ninja Turf
  6. Inglourious Basterds
  7. Crumb
  8. Ed Wood
  9. Speed Racer
  10. Baby Geniuses

Author: The Magicians and The Magician King / Time Magazine book critic /
  1. Brazil
  2. Star Wars
  3. My Neighbor Totoro
  4. Spirited Away
  5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  6. The Godfather
  7. Blade Runner
  8. Alien
  9. The Bourne Identity
  10. Repo Man

FOG! columnist
  1. Star Wars
  2. Blade Runner
  3. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  4. Solaris
  5. Seven Samurai
  6. A Clockwork Orange
  7. Akira
  8. Alien
  9. Spirited Away
  10. The Shining

Writer / Artist / Creator, Hellboy /
Okay--In no particular order--

FOG! Columnist / Producer and co-host of Beware of the Babylon podcast
  1. Vertigo
  2. Lawrence of Arabia
  3. The 400 Blows
  4. Fantasia
  5. Easy Rider
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  7. Blue Velvet
  8. Roger & Me
  9. Singin' in the Rain
  10. Halloween

Co-writer, Ed Wood, The People Vs. Larry Flynt / co-writer & co-director Screwed, upcoming Big Eyes
  1. Casablanca
  2. Nashville
  3. La Dolce Vita
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  5. The Godfather
  6. Sunset Blvd.
  7. Annie Hall
  8. The Exorcist
  9. Citizen Kane
  10. West Side Story


FOG! columnist

  1. Vertigo
  2. Alien
  3. Psycho
  4. Yojimbo
  5. Rear Window
  6. Week End
  7. Manhattan
  8. Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  9. The Battle of Algiers
  10. Modern Times

Lead Designer, Adventure Time /


Lapsed Comics Journalist/
My 10 Favorite Films (Today)

Cinematographer, Mad Men
Sorry, but that's twelve and I can't figure out which two to eliminate! I put them in alphabetical order because I can't possibly rank them, but I will say that is my all-time #1, and has been for 20+ years.


FOG! contributor /
  1. When Harry Met Sally...
  2. My Own Private Idaho
  3. The Lost Boys
  4. Psycho
  5. The Shining
  6. Goodfellas
  7. Addams Family Values
  8. Sleeping Beauty
  9. Forrest Gump
  10. The Dark Crystal

Director, Fanboys; upcoming Chewie
  1. The Rules of the Game
  2. The Bicycle Thief Citizen Kane
  3. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  4. Grand Illusion
  5. Casablanca
  6. Star Wars
  7. Rear Window
  8. Seven Samurai

FOG! Columnist
  1. Blade Runner
  2. Inception
  3. Heat
  4. Batman Begins
  5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  6. Yojimbo
  7. The Empire Strikes Back
  8. Alien
  9. The Deer Hunter
  10. Unforgiven

Author: The Weird World of Eerie Publications
  1. Tombs of the Blind Dead
  2. Brides of Dracula
  3. Black Sunday (1960)
  4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

  5. The Werewolf Versus The Vampire Woman
  6. Tales from the Crypt (1972)
  7. City of the Living Dead
  8. Creature from the Black Lagoon
  9. Top Sensation (The Seducers)
  10. Frogs
My big problem with Sight and Sound's Top Ten list is that is has no Cushing, no Naschy, no Bava, no gore, no tits, no ass, no killer lizards... in fact not a monster at all! I could watch any of the ten movies on my list every day and never tire of them!

FOG! columnist / creator, OZ Squad (
Here's the only true top ten, in no particular order:
And like all lists, I'm sure it would be substantially different if I did it again tomorrow.

Comic book writer-editor / Co-creator Swamp Thing, Wolverine 
  1. Citizen Kane
  2. Casablanca
  3. The Producers
  4. The Magnificent Seven
  5. Die Hard
  6. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  7. The Thin Man
  8. Dirty Harry
  9. The Dark Knight
  10. Groundhog Day

FOG! Columnist /
My top 10 (in no particular order)



Mammal / Educator /

Here is what I came up with. Today. Like, next year, when asked to do this, hell, next week, in an hour, it will change.

  1. The Godfather
  2. Alien
  3. The Wizard of Oz
  4. Saturday Night Fever
  5. Gimme Shelter
  6. Blue Velvet
  7. The Producers
  8. Take the Money and Run
  9. Goodfellas
  10. I reserve this spot for films which may not be included in anyone’s “best of” list. None of these
 films are studied, will be on (cue angelic music) Criterion Collections editions, or ever considered
 masterpieces of the craft. However, they are good: no, not in a “so bad they are good, good.”
 They are good because I will ALWAYS watch these films, wherever they are, while flipping
 through the channels. They have a Siren-like power over me. I succumb to their wiles. My 
world will stop to watch. And, I own them all:

 Splice, Drumline, Paparazzi, 
Bride Wars, Booty Call and The Substitute Quadrilogy


Acclaimed and reviled writer Hannibal Tabu is the founder of

  1. Tie: The Empire Strikes Back / Malcolm X
  2. I Will Follow
  3. Blazing Saddles
  4. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
  5. Fight Club
  6. Lost in Translation
  7. The Best Man
  8. Enter The Dragon
  9. Grease
  10. The Avengers

FOG! Contributor / Author; Mad Skills, Xombies trilogy /


Screenwriter: Exhumed, Atomic Brain Invasion

  1. Monty Python & the Holy Grail
  2. Metropolis
  3. A Clockwork Orange
  4. Gimme Shelter
  5. Alien
  6. Monterey Pop
  7. Blue Velvet
  8. Buffalo '66
  9. The King Of Comedy
  10. Tin Men

Award-winning genre author for adults, teens, and young readers  /
This list started much longer. Once upon a time it would've included things like The Godfather, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Princess Bride, every Miyazaki movie, and every Abbott & Costello flick, even the worst ones. See, this is not a list of what I consider the best films of all time (although Blade Runner and Jaws would certainly be on that list as well). This is my "desert island" list--the movies I'd want to have with me if I were ever stranded on a desert island (with the tech to watch movies...yeah, I know, just go with it). Call it my personal cinematic comfort food. The Top 10 movies that are part of my soul. [By the way, I cheated. You'll see.]
(**Yes, I could only get it down to eleven. Wanna make something of it??)


Cosplayer /

  1. Young Frankenstein
  2. The Goonies
  3. Ghostbusters II
  4. Bottle Rocket
  5. L.A. Story
  6. Big Trouble in Little China
  7. Uncle Buck
  8. The NeverEnding Story
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird
  10. For Love of The Game

Writer /
  1. King Kong
  2. North by Northwest
  3. Casablanca
  4. Reservoir Dogs
  5. The Killer
  6. His Girl Friday
  7. The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
  8. Sunset Blvd.
  9. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
  10. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Of course, I'm already second-guessing this list, had to leave off about a dozen others....and it's also making me realize that I'm woefully ignorant of a 100+ years of foreign cinema..


Director of Programming, Boston Underground Film Festival;

  1. Hausu
  2. Blade Runner
  3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  4. Survive Style 5+
  5. Twelve Monkeys
  6. Run Lola Run
  7. Poltergeist
  8. Master of the Flying Guillotine
  9. Grosse Point Blank
  10. Never Die Alone


Film Composer / Editor: Superman Returns, X2:X-Men United, The Usual Suspects


Host and producer of The Sound of Young America and the proprietor of
  1. A Thousand Clowns
  2. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
  3. Monty Python & the Holy Grail
  4. Rushmore
  5. F For Fake
  6. Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
  7. Wet Hot American Summer
  8. Babe: Pig in the City
  9. The Limey
  10. Style Wars

FOG! Columnist /

Media theorist / Writer / Documentarian / Lecturer/ Graphic Novelist /


Editor, The Hollywood Reporter / screenwriter / comic writer
  1. Aliens
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  4. Pan's Labyrinth
  5. Lawrence of Arabia
  6. Some Like it Hot
  7. Die Hard
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  9. The Incredibles
  10. Yojimbo


Editor, LA Times Hero Complex

Top 10 (alphabetical order)

MARK A. ALTMAN Founding Publisher, Geek Magazine / Executive producer Cinemax Femme Fatales
  1. Citizen Kane
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  3. Double Indemnity
  4. North by Northwest
  5. Charade
  6. Chinatown
  7. High Noon
  8. Rosemary's Baby
  9. Singin' in the Rain
  10. Miller's Crossing

Screenwriter / Wordsmith / FOG! Contributor
  1. The Godfather
  2. The Godfather: Part II
  3. Se7en
  4. Cabaret
  5. Pulp Fiction
  6. Black Hawk Down
  7. Léon: The Professional
  8. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  10. Goodfellas

FOG! Columnist / Author: Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat and upcoming 100 Years of Vicissitude


  1. The Maltese Falcon
  2. The Third Man
  3. Ghost in the Shell
  4. Ran
  5. A Zed & Two Noughts
  6. Stalker
  7. Millennium Actress
  8. Brazil
  9. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  10. Seven Samurai


Director, Play Dead (starring Penn & Teller); author/editor Dark Stars Rising /

  1. Performance
  2. The Devils
  3. The Conformist
  4. All That Jazz
  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  6. Rosemary's Baby
  7. Blade Runner
  8. Excalibur
  9. Island of Lost Souls
  10. Alien

Television and film director including Heroes, Hollywood Boulevard, Deathsport, and Rock 'n' Roll High School.
My personal top 10, which is not the same as what are the 10 Greatest Movies of all time.If it was all time greatest there would be more overlap with what has already been voted on. OK PERSONAL TOP 10 Favorites:

Filmmaker / Producer / Noted Trekkie
These might not be THE BEST movies ever made...but they're my favorites...
  1. Tie: The Godfather / Tie: The Godfather: Part II
  2. A Clockwork Orange
  3. All About Eve
  4. Amélie
  5. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  6. Apocalypse Now
  7. The Exorcist
  8. The Empire Strikes Back
  9. Wings of Desire
  10. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Editor, publisher of Cashiers du Cinemart / Co-host and co-founder of The Projection Booth podcast

FOG Columnist /  DJ From The Black Lagoon /
  1. All 6 original Lone Wolf and Cub films (I cannot separate these films)
  2. Bedazzled (1967)
  3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  4. Blow-Up
  5. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  6. The Ladies Man (1961)
  7. Any Godzilla film  (I can't pick just one!)
  8. Animal House
  9. Regen (1929)
  10. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz


Director: The Disco Exorcist, Atomic Brain Invasion, Exhumed, Murder University

  1. A Patch of Blue
  2. Taxi Driver
  3. Touch of Evil
  4. Rear Window
  5. Day for Night
  6. The Conformist
  7. Casablanca
  8. The Conversation
  9. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

  10. Wizards


Writer/Artist: Spider-Man: Reign; Director: Altitude, ABCs Of Death (premiering at 2012 TIFF)

Writer, creator of Nightmare World, Tales of Mr. Rhee and Love Stories About Death for Image Comics/Shadowline. His new book Writer or Wrong: A Writer's Guide to Creating Comics is scheduled for an October release.
Top Ten Favorite Movies of All Time (as of August 2012)
  1. The Karate Kid (1984)
  2. The Incredibles
  3. The Crow
  4. Reservoir Dogs
  5. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
  6. Cabin in the Woods
  7. Let the Right One In
  8. They Live
  9. Back to the Future
  10. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Runners-Up: The Iron Giant, Forrest Gump, Dagon, The Karate Kid Part II, Rubber, Aliens, Friday the 13th: Part VII, The Mist, Black Dynamite, The Avengers, and most of the Pixar catalog (yes, including Cars)

FOG! Columnist /
  1. The Shawshank Redemption
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. The Boondock Saints
  4. The Usual Suspects
  5. Independence Day
  6. Training Day
  7. The Avengers
  8. Goodfellas
  9. Forrest Gump
  10. The Godfather

Former FOG! Editor / Award-Winning Musician,
  1. Days of Heaven
  2. Paths of Glory
  3. The Deer Hunter
  4. Taxi Driver
  5. Jaws
  6. Repo Man
  7. Night of the Hunter
  8. Rumble Fish
  9. The Killer
  10. The Getaway (1972)

Comic Book writer and letterer, The Brothers James, Tiger Lawyer, and Terminals /
  1. Jaws
  2. The Thing
  3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

  4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  5. Vanishing Point
  6. The Warriors
  7. The Empire Strikes Back
  8. Back to the Future
  9. Jurassic Park
  10. Inglourious Basterds

FOG! Columnist /
  1. Requiem For A Dream
  2. Metropolis
  3. Rope
  4. Blade Runner
  5. The Thing
  6. The Shining
  7. Princess Mononoke
  8. Amélie
  9. Pulp Fiction
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird

FOG! contributor/Hollywood Insider
This was kinda impossible. But here's my Top Ten as of today. Changes all the time. Not really in any order.
  1. The Blues Brothers
  2. The Road Warrior
  3. Once Upon a Time in the West
  4. The Thing
  5. Blow Out
  6. Jaws
  7. The Killer
  8. The Shining
  9. Psycho
  10. Aliens
Have to include a list of what I'd call Top Ten Second Favorite Movies -- films that aren't really even numbers 11-20, necessarily, but on a different level are among my favorites: Groundhog Day, Galaxy Quest, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, S.O.B., Synecdoche, New York, Alien, Mulholland Drive, Raiders of the Lost Ark, A Christmas Story, The Ninth Configuration.

2-time Harvey Award-winning writer of Mice Templar & Quixote from Image Comics, Magician, Thor & Valkyrie at Marvel Comics
These things always trouble me, as "best" does not always translate as "favorite," and vice-versa.

FOG! columnist / writer, My Best Friend is a Wookiee: One Boy's Journey to Find His Place in the Galaxy    
  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  3. The Big Lebowski
  4. Akira
  5. Tie: Yojimbo
  6. Tie: A Fistful of Dollars
  7. The Thing
  8. Jackie Brown
  9. Young Frankenstein
  10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

FOG! contributor / Screenwriter
  1. Jaws
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird
  3. Miller's Crossing
  4. Halloween
  5. Glory
  6. When Harry Met Sally...
  7. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  8. Goodfellas
  9. A Bridge Too Far
  10. Beauty and the Beast

Mad Pulp Bastard, Pulp 2.0 Press
  1. Star Wars
  2. The Quiet Man
  3. To Live and Die in L.A.
  4. The Dirty Dozen
  5. The Dam Busters
  6. The 39 Steps
  7. Rocketship X-M
  8. War of the Worlds (1953)
  9. Vampire Circus
  10. King Kong

Former FOG! Contributor / Author; upcoming Ecko Rising
  1. Aliens
  2. Dead Poet's Society
  3. Time Bandits
  4. Flash Gordon
  5. Some Like it Hot
  6. Rear Window
  7. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  8. Red Cliff
  9. Akira
  10. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Television Writer, Producer; Lost, Medium, Charmed / Creator, Producer; The Middleman
I don't believe that any one great film is inherently "greater" than - or necessarily comparable to - another in terms of "greatness", so I refuse to rank these numerically.

FOG! Columnist / Filmmaker /
  1. Back to the Future
  2. Superman: The Movie
  3. Star Wars
  4. RoboCop
  5. Lethal Weapon
  6. Ghostbusters
  7. Seven Samurai
  8. The Royal Tenenbaums
  9. The Incredibles
  10. Mary Poppins

Comic Book Writer / Television Screenwriter
  1. Breaking Away
  2. The Apartment
  3. Rear Window
  4. Network
  5. The Wild Bunch
  6. Being There
  7. Broadcast News
  8. The Bridge on the River Kwai
  9. Lawrence of Arabia
  10. Dog Day Afternoon

Television, Movie, Director, and Producer; The Rocketeer, The Flash, Viper, The Sentinel / Video Game Writer, 007: Agent Under Fire, The Sims
  1. The Grapes of Wrath
  2. Apocalypse Now
  3. The Godfather
  4. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
  5. The Searchers
  6. The Big Lebowski
  7. All The President's Men
  8. The Wild Bunch
  9. Some Like it Hot
  10. Goldfinger

FOG! Contributor /
Top 10 superhero movies:
  1. The Incredibles
  2. The Avengers
  3. The Dark Knight
  4. Superman II
  5. Batman (1966)
  6. The Amazing Spider-Man
  7. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  8. The Matrix
  9. Sky High
  10. Super Fuzz
Honorable mention: Chronicle

FOG! Columnist
  1. King Kong
  2. Gojira
  3. Wall-E
  4. The Incredibles
  5. Jaws
  6. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
  7. Blazing Saddles
  8. Ghostbusters
  9. Evil Dead II
  10. Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance

FOG! columnist

  1. The Third Man
  2. Lawrence of Arabia
  3. Citizen Kane
  4. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  5. Chinatown
  6. The Godfather
  7. Diabolique 
  8. Star Wars
  9. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  10. Goodfellas


FOG! Columnist /

My Top Ten Favorite Music-Related Films That Aren’t Musicals or Documentaries
 (In Chronological Order)

FOG! Contributor / Bat-Fan
I can't just do 10.  I need an extra 90.  I'll settle for an extra 3.
  1. Casablanca
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Aliens
  4. The Dark Knight
  5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  6. The Usual Suspects
  7. From Russia With Love
  8. The Great Escape
  9. Blade Runner
  10. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  11. Pulp Fiction
  12. Schindler's List
  13. Unforgiven

Pop Culture Blogger / http://booksteveslibrary.blogspot.com /
(Not necessarily my favorites but what I consider to be the best I’ve ever seen)
  1. Casablanca
  2. Night of the Hunter
  3. Citizen Kane
  4. The Philadelphia Story
  5. Wings of Desire
  6. The Outlaw Josey Wales
  7. The Wicker Man
  8. Yellow Submarine
  9. The Wizard of Oz
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird

Writer of Astronauts in Trouble and The Black Diamond /
  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. Blade Runner
  3. Planet of the Apes
  4. Die Hard
  5. Alien
  6. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  7. Fletch
  8. Escape From New York
  9. Zero Effect
  10. Tie: Bullitt / Vanishing Point

FOG! Contributor / Editor, Contextual Sociometry
By release date:
Runners-Up: Poltergeist and The Empire Strikes Back

FOG! Columnist /
Here are my Top These are not the "Best Films" (Citizen Kane would be top of THAT list), but my absolute favorites with maximum rewatchability.

FOG! Columnist
  1. Citizen Kane
  2. A Trip to the Moon
  3. King Kong
  4. The Birth of a Nation
  5. The Jazz Singer (1927)
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  7. Gone With The Wind
  8. Star Wars
  9. Modern Times
  10. Blade Runner

FOG! Contributer / Author, Heroes in the Night /
Top Ten Movies I Like Watching On A Friday Night:

Screenwriter / Co-creator, Executive Producer Cartoon Network's Level-Up
This is simply a list of my favorite 10 films of all time as of today at 5PM.
  1. Apocalypse Now
  2. Blade Runner
  3. Star Wars
  4. TIE:  Raiders of the Lost Ark / E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
  5. Cinema Paradiso
  6. The Shawshank Redemption
  7. City of God
  8. Ran
  9. Das Boot
  10. Time Bandits

Cartoonist / creator of Flaming Carrot and Mystery Men /

I was hesitant to come up with a list of favorite movies. Somehow, when anyone recommends a movie or book to me I tend to associate that person with that book or movie for years to come. However here, I wanted to come up with a list for you of movies that are obscure. but should be seen or movies that were popular, but need a second look because they are really quite interesting, despite their mass appeal.

Actually this is a list of movies I compiled a few years back. a list of movies that I'd buy the poster of, as an investment, because I think these movies will be still appreciated or more appreciated in 20 or 100 years, whichever comes first.

Also these are in no particular order. And this is surely not a complete list. Just some movies that I thing deserve a closer look. I would consider these 4 star movies: really perfect, flawless classics.

One bit of advice; when watching a classic I think one is best served looking at it as if it's the first time you've seen in, and also try and blot out of your mind, all the good or bad things you have heard the film or how popular it was. There are a lot of really popular films that are still quite good.

Also, while watching a movie with friends is a great and wonderful ritual, I think watching a great film alone, all by yourself will often reveal and open many films to the viewer in ways that are personal and wonderful. Learn to now and then, be selfish about such things.

MY TOP 20!

Screenwriter, Assassin's Bullet
My top ten films in order. These are ranked by how much of an influence they had on me as a writer, on "rewatchability" and on sheer awesomeness.

  1. Star Wars
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  4. Back to the Future
  5. The Usual Suspects
  6. The Big Lebowski
  7. A Clockwork Orange
  8. Pulp Fiction
  9. Miller's Crossing
  10. Blue Velvet



  1. Rosetta 
  2. Casablanca
  3. Vertigo
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  5. Black Narcissus
  6. Nights of Cabiria
  7. The Mirror
  8. City Lights
  9. L'Ecclise
  10. Tie: A Man Escaped, The Best Years of Our Lives, Late Spring, The Bicycle Thief, Three Colors: Blue


FOG! columnist /

  1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  2. RoboCop
  3. Chato's Land
  4. Super
  5. Audition
  6. Sideways
  7. The Most Dangerous Game
  8. Creepshow
  9. The Virgin Spring
  10. The Valley Of Gwangi 


Former FOG! editor
I took it
 from the dual perspective of the ones I've studied over and over and what
 I would want on a desert island.

  1. L.A. Confidential
  2. The Great Escape
  3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  4. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  5. The Princess Bride
  6. North by Northwest
  7. Pan's Labyrinth
  8. Sunset Boulevard
  9. The Shawshank Redemption
  10. Picnic at Hanging Rock

Writer, Yahoo! Digital  /
  1. Goodfellas
  2. Citizen Kane
  3. The Godfather: Part II
  4. Glengarry Glen Ross
  5. Casablanca
  6. Jaws
  7. The Usual Suspects
  8. Pulp Fiction
  9. Superman: The Movie
  10. Easy Money

FOG! Contributor / Podcaster,
  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. Superman: The Movie
  3. Jurassic Park
  4. Predator
  5. Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair
  6. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  7. Dazed and Confused
  8. The Magnificent Seven
  9. The Social Network
  10. Die Hard with a Vengeance

FOG! Columnist /


  1. It IS tough... Mainly went by what I know I will force guests to watch if they admit they haven't seen it. Seems as good a measure as any. So...

    Top 10 of all time...
    In my opinion...
    at the moment...
    In no particular order...
    (because order is an illusion anyway)...

    1. Holiday (1938)
    2. Philadelphia Story
    3. Serial Mom
    4. High Tension
    5. Children of Men
    6. Welcome to the Dollhouse
    7. Better Off Dead
    8. Let Me In
    9. Edward Scissorhands
    10. Election

    .... I'll probably change my mind after I hit "send", but it's as good a list as any. xoxo

  2. Its always so hard to lump all of your favorites into a top 10 order when they are so varied in their genre. My only unifying criteria to put them into one list is REWATCHABILITY. Can I watch this movie 100 times and still love it? how about 1000?

    For example, while I think The Usual Suspects and The Sixth Sense are great films, once you know the plot twist it kind of removes you from the film when watching it on repeat.

    So, here's my favorite (err...most watched) films!

    1) The Fifth Element
    2) The Bird Cage
    3) Snatch
    4) Casino
    5) Love Actually
    6) Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)
    7) Jurassic Park
    8) Raiders of the Lost Ark
    9) **TIE** Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Can't separate them) & Star Wars Original Trilogy (Can't separate them)
    10) ANY and ALL Pixar Movies (Seriously...these are all tied. I love them all, I have 3 kids who all have their favorites, but I love all of them.)

    Honorable Mentions: Fight Club, M*A*S*H, When Harry Met Sally, Hudson Hawk, Die Hard, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Grosse Pointe Blank, Fargo, Burn After Reading, Red, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, The Dark Knight, Inception, Aliens, You've Got Mail, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl....and so many more.

  3. 1. Alexander
    2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    3. The Truman Show
    4. Star Wars
    5. Munich
    6. Star Trek: First Contact
    7. Gladiator
    8. Man on the Moon
    9. The Dark Knight
    10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    I appreciate that my list has a lot of unconventional selections (my favorite movie is one a lot of people revile and/or dismiss out of hand). My tastes go toward iconic figures and moments depicted in film, the universal and the mythic, geared toward a strong sense of character and the forces that shape it.