Top 5 Movie Picks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. A Few Good Men
2. Good Fellas
3. Star Wars
4. What About Bob?
5. Donnie Brasco

Honorable Mentions:
Glengarry Glen Ross, The Shining, Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Scent of a Woman, Outside Providence, Godfather, Fletch, Coming to America, Ghostbusters, Meet the Parents, Primal Fear, Back to the Future, Stripes, In the Line of Fire, Full metal Jacket, One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest, Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark, Shawshank, The Natural, Braveheart, Scarface, Rocky


1. Repo Man
2. The Natural
3. Animal House
4. (This Is) Spinal Tap
5. Rock’n’Roll High School

Honorable Mentions:

A Clockwork Orange
Angel Heart
Better Off Dead
Bull Durham
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Field of Dreams
Full Metal Jacket
Glengarry Glen Ross
Heavy Metal
L.A. Confidential
Lethal Weapon
Lords of Dogtown
The Road Warrior
Rollerball (the original, not the ****** remake with Chris Klein and LL Cool J)
Silence of the Lambs
Sin City
The Terminator
To Live and Die in L.A.
Wall Street
Wild at Heart


#5 Glenn Gary Glenn Ross: tremendous cast, filthy language and one of the best 5 minutes in movie history.

#4 Breakfast Club: I’m sorry but there has to be a John Hughes movie. I still want to be John Bender when I grow up.

#3 Goodfellas: its almost unfair to have mob movies count since we are obsessed with them. I’m a good shot waddya want from me?

#2 Royal Tennenbaums: great black comedy with insane cast. Gene Hackman at his finest and a movie Ben Stiller was actually good in.

#1 Braveheart: has it all. violence, love, history, kilts and the sound of a thistle.

Honorable Mentions:

Field of Dreams
Silence of the Lambs
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Easy Money
Pulp Fiction
Forrest Gump
A Christmas Carol: circa 1951 this movie scares the hell out of me every year.
Godfather 1 and 2
Die Hard
Rocky 2
True believer: James Woods at his finest                                                                    
Natural born Killers                                                                                          
Heavy Metal



1. steel magnolias- laugh it up but, im not even kidding. even had a armadillo grooms cake at my wedding.
2. boogie nights- john c reilly/p.seymor hoffman/mark wahleberg- perfect tri for some of the funniest scenes in any movie. artistically the movie is unreal too.
3.field of dreams- no need for explanation
4. sandlot- without fail takes me back to childhood each watch
5.misery- best suspense movie of all time.

honarable mentions.
1. cast away- simplistic and great
2. meet joe black- most people hated it. i didnt.
3. pet sematary- to this day the character of zelda still freaks the life out of me.
4. karate kid- cmon now. pure 80’s goodness
5. forrest gump- classic

Oh man, so many good flicks on the lists and honorable mentions, especially some that may be a bit off the radar for people. Casey: excellent picks on Donnie Brasco, Primal Fear and What About Bob? (baby steps…). Cory: big props on Repo Man, Spinal Tap, and To Live and Die in LA (a must see for fans of car chases). Mike: great picks on True Believer, Tennanbaums, and of course Glengarry Glenn Ross. __________________ Eric Wedge to Joe Borowski: “Put that coffee down! Coffee is for closers.”
-Dan in LA

Love to see Better Off Dead up there…but Royal Tenenbaums was only the 3rd best of the Wes Anderson/Owen Wilson projects….Bottle Rocket and Rushmore both trump the Tenenbaums.

I’ll bite.

1. Wings of Desire
2. The Blues Brothers
3. The Godfather
4. Glengarry Glen Ross
5. Star Wars
It’s nice to see all 3 mention Glengarry. An astonishing good movie. I had the good fortune of having a stupid job of counting heads in the movie theater the weekend that movie opened and I watched it 10 times in two days. I was mesmerized every single showing. David Mamet’s words being spoken by the best actors in this generation- amazing.
Wild at Heart on Cory’s honorable mention! You’re a twisted dude. LOL!

“the sound of a thistle”??????

1) High Noon – Gary Cooper & Grace Kelly with an amazing sound score “Tex Ritter” (filmed in actual time minute of film=minute of time).
2) Robin Hood – Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone – incredible every time.
3) CaddyShack – Funniest Sports Movie ever
4) Rocky – Sets the table for any underdog story and soundtrack for workouts beats any other.
5) Braveheart – A movie that makes you stop and think for weeks of what that time in world history was like – following the original viewing.

6) Dances with Wolves – Loved everything about it. And the book blows the movie away!


Todd- Sheboygan, WI
Im going with my Fav 5 comedy flicks, in no particular order.

1. Great Outdoors- “wow, it’s like a 4-5 pounder”

2. Trading Places- “No more irish whiskey, no more swedish meatballs, and no more jerky beef”

3. History of the World, pt.1- “Do I have any openings that this man might fit. We do need a wine servant. I got a great corkscrew.”

4. Beverly Hills Ninja – “Haru you are such a genius. Did I say genius, I meant ninny”.

5. Planes, trains & Automobiles- ” You can start by wiping the f’n smile off your f’n face.” OR “Those aren’t pillows!”

Blake -Ely, MN
1. American History X
2. Gladiator
3. Dumb and Dumber
4. Dazed and Confused
5. Rounders
6. Snatch

Some that nobody mentioned in their top 5 (no particular order)
1. Crash
2. Sleepers
3. Reign Over Me
4. Gangs of New York
5. American Beauty – Acting and filming was excellent
6. Raging Bull
7. Taxi Driver
8. Pirates of the Carribean I
9. Independence Day
10. Remember the Titans

Mike in CT

Here’s a link to that SNL “I Drink Your Milkshake” sketch that Mike mentioned on today’s 411:

Wow, I guess I would enjoy that spoof more if I’d seen the movie! Anyway, to only name a few honorable mentions wouldn’t do justice to any of them, and I have a lot! Here are the next 50 on my favorites list, but in alphabetical order so I don’t sleight any of them, and apologies to the many more great films I enjoy that I forgot anyway. Thanks for everyone’s lists too! –CS

*** A Clockwork Orange *** Airplane *** American Beauty *** American History X *** Angel Heart *** Barfly *** Better Off Dead *** The Blues Brothers *** Boiler Room *** Bull Durham *** Caddyshack *** Casino *** Reservoir Dogs *** Clerks *** Edward Scissorhands *** Escape From New York *** Fast Times at Ridgemont High *** Ferris Bueller’s Day Off *** Field of Dreams *** Fight Club *** Fletch *** Full Metal Jacket *** Glengarry Glen Ross *** Goodfellas *** Heavy Metal *** The Jerk *** L.A. Confidential *** Lethal Weapon *** Long Gone *** Lords of Dogtown *** Major League *** Munich *** Pulp Fiction *** Rear Window *** Reservoir Dogs *** The Road Warrior *** Rollerball (the original version with James Caan, not the cheesy LL Cool J remake!) *** Rounders *** The Silence of the Lambs *** Sin City *** Strange Brew *** Stripes *** Swingers *** Tenacious D In: The Pick of Destiny *** The Terminator *** To Live and Die in L.A. *** The Usual Suspects *** Wall Street *** The Warriors *** Wild at Heart ***

Oh crap, I forgot Boogie Nights, better make it 51!!

Oh double crap, I forgot Taxi Driver too!! Can I have a do-over??

Cory, you HAVE to see There Will Be Blood. It’s on DVD now, so no excuses, haha. And props for mentioning Strange Brew, ya hoser!
-Dan in LA

You stole my thunder with putting Wall Street in your honorable mention. That movie was made in the 80s and the message is still enduring today as it was back then. Maybe even more so. (Boiler Room try to copy Wall Street but failed)

Glengarry Glenross – Best cameo ever by Baldwin (who is totally underrated). Also, another movie Boiler Room try to copy with Ben Afflack coming way short of a Baldwin performance.

The Usual Suspects. The ending of that movie was so spectacular and caught me off guard in a bad *** way. I have yet to experience that feeling in subsequent movies since.

Snatch – Great movie. Great Comedy. Brad Pitt was actually really good in it. (He has only been good in Snatch, Seven, and Fight Club).

Shawshank Redemption – Morgan Freeman is the best narrator actor ever.

Tampa Pete

Oh crap, I forget the 50’s sci-fi classic “Them”, too! This is eventually going to turn into a top 100.🙂

1. Groundhog Day
2. Groundhog Day
3. Groundhog Day
4. Groundhog Day
5. Groundhog Day

1. Annie Hall – The comedy that taught me all the fun a moviemaker could have. “Oh yeah? Well, I happen to have Marshall McLuhan right here…”
2. Citizen Kane – The default Greatest Movie of All Times(TM), but it’s hugely entertaining.
3. GoodFellas – The best movie of the last 20 years.
4. Dr. Strangelove – I love black comedy, and this is the pinnacle.
5. The Right Stuff – Immensely talented cast in a sweeping epic. The one movie I’d use to explain to a visitor what America is all about.
Great picks by the three Mr. S’s, but Repo Man was the one I was most heartened to see. Terrific movie.
25 honorable mentions, in order: The Third Man, Chinatown, Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton), Notorious, Three Colors: Red, The Conversation, The Godfather, Duck Soup, One False Move (greatest ending ever), Raising Arizona, Out of Sight, Out of the Past, Groundhog Day, Touch of Evil, Adaptation, The Wrong Trousers (Wallace & Gromit), This is Spinal Tap, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Brazil, The Exterminating Angel (Bunuel surrealism), The Gold Rush, Sunset Blvd., Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Stranger Than Paradise, Mean Streets.

Mike, Mexico

1. The Godfather 1
2. The Godfather II
3. Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors Trilogy
4. Casablanca
5. Goodfellas
6. Rebel Without a Cause
7. Slap Shot
8. High Fidelity
9. The Boondock Saints
10. t. Pump Up the Volume (fave movie as a teen) & Better Off Dead

Five Best Movies (Not Mentioned) In Each Decade

Best in 2000s
2007 3:10 to Yuma
2006 Children of Men
2006 Casino Royal
2005 Batman Begins
2001 Ocean’s 11

Best in 1990s
1999 The Matrix
1998 Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
1998 Waking Ned Devine
1995 Toy Story
1992 Last of the Mohicans

Best in 1980s
1989 The Abyss
1988 Coming to America
1987 Princess Bride
1981 Excalibur
1980 Airplane!

Casey, Donnie Brasco? Seriously? Thats not even one of the Top 5 BAD mob movies ever much less in the top 5 best films of all time. That film ranks like somewhere between Cop Land and Stop or My Mom Will Shoot as mob movies that never should’ve been made… yeesh

Hey guys, the movie lists are entertaining & fun. How about leaving it on the Blog? I tune in to the podcasts for baseball information. I can get movie reviews elsewhere.

My $ .02. Your mileage may vary.

Can anyone tell me where I can see any of today’s posts and Corey’s comments? Thanks
Rich (from Mass)

No mention of The Great Escape or The Sting or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? If Rebel Without a Cause can make it, those three certainly should not be ignored.
Rich (from Mass)

Oh crap, I also forgot “Blade Runner”… thanks to Christina Kahrl of Baseball Prospectus for reminding me. I seriously have to do a top 100 of my own at some point.

A week later and I’m still remembering great movies that must be added to my HM list:

Dirty Harry * * * Drugstore Cowboy * * * The Good, The Bad and The Ugly * * * The Manchurian Candidate (the original, not the remake) * * * Singles * * *

One of these days I really am going to do my own top 100 list because just posting all of these movies piecemeal doesn’t do them justice.


Yes, more HM’s, I keep forgetting so many great movies… Grosse Pointe Blank, Die Hard, Saving Private Ryan…


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