(10-6) Top 10 Movies of All Time 

Feels good to be back. After a long hiatus from Crushing Film I’m here for the long haul. Part of my time off is because I was too lazy to write blogs and part of it’s because I fell into a legitimate 3 day partial coma after the Fourth of July. I didn’t move from my bed for any reason other than to eat and go bathroom. It was a dark time for me, but I’m post noodle now and it’s time to get back on the horse. I’m starting with another top ten list since chief’s sources have confirmed that’s what the crowd wants. I did a top ten characters list so why not do top ten movies this time around? I have a few disclosures before I start:

– There are no comedies on this list. Yes, there are movies here with funny parts in them, but no pure comedies. The closest ones that came to making this top ten were Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and The Big Lebowski. I don’t care what you say those will forever be the top comedies in my eyes. They have the best comedic characters of all time in Ron and Walter and the other members of the cast push the movies ahead of the rest of the competition. However, I just don’t think a comedy can be compared on the same level as a quality drama.

– YOU WILL MOST DEFINITELY NOT AGREE WITH THIS LIST. Everyone’s lists are different. I get that, ok? And besides, I wasn’t making a list that I thought people would agree on. No. I made this list with my thoughts and my thoughts alone. If I wanted to appease the masses I woulda made a quick stop over to IMDb’s top 250, and copied and pasted their top 10 list. I’m not kidding when I said I took an actual decent amount of time on this fucking thing. I first went to flickchart, which is a website that pits two movies against each other and you pick the one you like more. Well what if I don’t know the movies? There’s options that you can pick if you haven’t seen one or both movies so calm down. From there, once you pick enough movies to get a substantial list, you can dive into it and sort it out to get your very own top ten list. That was taking a little longer than planned so I took the top 20 movies from there then went to Empire Magazine’s top 500 movies of all time and went through every single selection to see if I missed any that I would consider. Finally, I took all 40 or so movies I had in contention to IMDb to make my own list where, through gut wrenching decisions, I had top condense it to a top ten list. 

– Like I said in my other top ten list, I haven’t seen every movie out there so there maybe some that are my favorites of all time, but I just haven’t witnessed their glory yet.

With all that being said…

10. The Lion King (1994)

Most recognizable opening of all time?

I would have to say yes…

The epitome of my childhood. It’s, for most, our first taste of cinema in life and it lasts with us forever. I can’t tell you the first movie I was ever shown, but I can honestly tell you this film is the first I remember. Disney’s, and honestly animated films’, finest in my eyes, even better than the Toy Story franchise, even though I will say Toy Story and Toy Story 3 both almost made the cut. This movie has it all – plot, characters, laughs and cries. Although the plot is basically hamlet, the movie does a tremendous job at making it its own. The characters are forever rememorble. Mufasa is and will always be the O.G king of the jungle with that thick, girthy James Earl Jones voice. His bitch brother Scar is a grade “A” villain. I’m confident the hyenas aren’t mentally all there, but they still bring so much to the table in the comedic section. Simba is cool I guess. Rafiki was my 2nd father figure growing up. And Lastly, Timon and Pumbaa are one of the best comedic duos in cinema history. Without them this film falls major spots on the all time list. They made me laugh as a child and still make me giggle as an adult. Don’t even get me started about the cries. The first time I cried during a movie was Mufasa’s death. Seriously watch this without feeling sad:

Shot to the heart…

For a lighter look at this tragic scene get a load of this vine. So fuckin funny. If you haven’t already go watch the T-Swift music video for “Bad Blood” then watch this. Matches up perfectly aha.

9. Schindler’s List (1993)

Hartsy’s going to hate me for this one, but there’s no denying this movie’s greatness. I tell everybody a great movie moves you, whether that be through laughter or tears, a quality film plays with your emotions. Well…you can’t get more emotional than a biography directed by the mad hatter Spielberg about the Holocaust. To date, people claim this is the most accurate representation of the horrors of the Holocaust through mediums other than actual footage of the atrocity. You truly feel as if you’re thrown into the scenes as they become increasingly hard to watch as the movie presses on. It’s in black and white too, which I feel works perfectly as it gives the movie an even higher sense of gravity to each scene. Before Liam Neeson’s career took one big ass nose dive and became cash grab after cash grab, action movie after action movie (I’m looking at you Taken 2 & 3), he was starring in this Oscar winning movie all the while being nominated himself. Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) plays a bipolar nazi commander with moods swings comparable to females during shark week. He’s Neeson’s main adversary as Liam tries to save as many Jews as possible. Watching this movie you’re faced with the realization how far a movie can take you – how far it can make you believe it’s the real thing. I mentioned the Mufasa death scene being tough to bear. It ain’t nothing compared to the scene when Neeson breaks down when he realizes he could have saved more people…

8. Interstellar (2014)

Is this selection a tad audacious? I would say so, but I’ve never been so riled up and in awe of what I just witnessed for any other movie. Squirrel and I legitimately had a 30 minute convo on the phone just trying to contemplate what the fuck just happened. Christopher Nolan’s first appearance on the list (and certainly not last) is one hell of a ride. Matty Mc’s best performance to date makes you wonder how far will we go in our universe. I’m no scientist, but I’m going out on a limb and saying 100 years or so from now Earth is fuckin donzo. I’ve seen the commercials – stop polluting, gas omissions are destroying the ozone, etc. While I’ll most certainly continue to tell those people to kindly fuck off I know they’re completely right, but I also know we’re not stopping our ways and that’s a fact. So what do we do? Does the next generation die with our shit excuse for a planet or do they press onward into space? This movie gives us that dramatic hypothetical and it’s one for the ages. It’s got it all – time travel, wormholes, “ghosts”, robots, and even God damn Topher Grace from That 70s Show. So, being moved to tears has been a constant theme on the list and Interstellar is surprisingly no exception. Two times I got teary eyed…two fuckin times. Nolan you S.O.B. Once when Matty had to leave to go like save the planet…yah no big deal. But the worst was when he watched the video messages of his kids that spanded over 23 years…

Couldn’t even fathom that feeling of watching time literally fly by. The special effects also make this movie so memorable. Unbelievable visuals that matchup with the best of them.

…fuck you Matt Damon.

7.  Forrest Gump (1994)

Probably my favorite plot on the list. It’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” plots that’s so simple, yet so good. Let’s take a guy and basically put him through every major event in the late 20th century. Forrest Gump embodies what it means to live life to the fullest. It’s almost sad to think I’ll never amount to even half the man Gump was and he wasn’t the brightest bulb in the bunch, but that’s the beauty of it. It gives hope to anybody that whatever limitation you posses it can’t stop you from living a memorable life. Most people remember the movie for its iconic scenes like the “Run, Forrest, Run!” scene and the scene where Gump saves his platoon in the jungle, but I love this movie for the minor details. For example, when Forrest teaches Elvis his dance moves…

and when Forrest steps in dog shit creating an ever iconic saying…

These scenes are what make this flick so special. All the little things fill into the movie perfectly to make it one big masterpiece. Tom Hanks delivers a performance of a lifetime nabbing an Oscar award for best actor in a leading role and also helps the movie snag an Oscar for best picture. 

6. The Godfather (1972)

Ahhhhhhh shitttttt. Here comes the Don! Some people might be upset with this spot for the flick thinking it’s the best of all time and while I can’t argue with that I’m not going to act like it’s my favorite. Don’t get me wrong it’s the best crime movie ever and there’s been a fuck ton to compete with. Hell, it only slightly beats out its first sequel (the third is a fuckin zit on the ass of cinema. If it didn’t exist the world would be a better place). The Corleones are one of cinema’s best families – by far the most ruthless. O.G Don Vito runs shit, but then Micheal comes out of left field to steal the show. Italian mobster movies are everywhere, but nothing compares to the action, drama, and pure electricity this movie packs. So many perfect scenes it’s hard to cover them all, but here’s a few of my favorites:

The horse’s head…

Michael’s first kills…

The Baptism murders…

And of course…

The movie has everything you can ask for from one of that genre – heart pounding shootouts, badass lines, and so much more. 

Well…

10 to 6 is in the bag and be sure to stayed tune for the the second part and conclusion to my top 10 movies of all time during Crushing Film’s biggest week ever. 

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