(5-1) Top 10 Movies of All Time

Alrighty folks, we’re now down to the top 5 movies of all time in my opinion. I’m not gonna waste anytime here so let’s get right into it.

5. The Breakfast Club (1985)

I know what everyone’s thinking…what the fuck is this bullshit? I’m not expecting you to understand, I’m expecting you just to hear me out. This is the biggest stretch I’ll have in my list by a long shot. I’m not even sure if I saw this in Empire’s top 500 list, but it’s número cinco on my list and I’ll tell you why – relatability. Who hasn’t been in this situation?…high school years with your whole life ahead wondering how it’s going to end up. We all think we have it bad only to find out someone has it much, much worse. We all deal with our own problems and it’s always nice to have friends as safety valves to fall back on and talk to in your time of need…

Yah that was outrageously soft, but you can’t deny the truth. This movie gives Gump a run for its money in its simplicity. 5 kids have detention on a Saturday. End of story. Yet, it’s so much more than that. 5 drastically different characters combine for one outstanding cast. It’s honestly the peak for just about every actor and actress in the movie. Emilio Estevez obviously will be known for being Gordan Bombay, the coach of he Mighty Ducks, but other than that this is all he has. Molly Ringwald was huge in the 80s but has been M.I.A ever since. I don’t even think of Judd Nelson as an actual person. Like if I see Judd Nelson I’m screaming “Bender!” because if we’re being honest he’s more notable for being John Bender than actually being himself. As for Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall…well it could be better. You can tell the movie’s that good because it is able to hold our attention without explosions, guns, or any action for that matter. No lives are at stake. There’s no evil villain set to destroy our main characters. For two hours were glued to the screen solely on the witty dialogue and the compassion we feel towards the characters. Other than John Bender, no one really is a top tier character, but as far as an ensemble goes they match up with the best of them. Their conversations and remarks are spot on and quotes will live on. The movie is able to take us from heavy situations to lighthearted conditions effortlessly. Like Bender talking about the troubles in his household…

To Anthony Michael Hall’s famous line…

It’s just a feel good movie that hits home with me and that’s why it’s one of my favorites. 

4. The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Three Words:

Helms Fuckin Deep…

That’s basically why this movie is on the list. One battle. To rule them all. (Oh Ders…) 25 minutes or so of pure cinema gold. There isn’t and maybe never will be a fight in any other movie that even comes close to matching the sheer size and execution of the Helms Deep battle. Everything you can ask for – an amazing build up, crazy kills, massive body count, changing of momentums, and a great finish. Watch the opening and tell me you’re not ready to walk up to the next person you see and give em a nasty right haymaker to their weak ass chin…

The rest of the movie is no joke either. We’re finally introduced to Gollum who looks like he’s on the brink of losing his battle against a serious heroin addiction…
   
Gandalf the White (because gray’s apparently for pussies) comes back from what appears to be legitimate death, Merry and Pippin team up with walking and talking trees like it’s just another day in the forest, and the quest to destroy the ring carries on in a very impressive manner. Hands down my favorite trilogy. It beats out all of the great ones – The Godfather, Toy Story, and the original Star Wars trilogy. I honestly tell myself this was what Middle Earth was like. I don’t know what J. R. R. Tolkien was on when he wrote these masterpieces, but sign me up. No one in the right state of mind could have been this creative. I seriously can’t say one bad thing about this movie. Maybe because there is none – it’s perfect. 

3. Pulp Fiction (1994)

The top 3 movies on this list could seriously be put in any order depending on how I felt at the moment. Unfortunately, for Pulp Fiction at this current time it holds the three spot. Tarantino’s best and that saying something. Although, I hate his line about if you really like movies enough you can make a good one. Bullshit Quentin. All of the guys here at Crushing a Film obviously like our movies, but I doubt we’re making the next blockbuster hit anytime soon. No way I’m coming up with something remotely close to this film. Unlike Forrest Gump and The Breakfast Club, this film is very intricate with its story telling. Not a continuous stream, but rather bits and pieces of a whole put together out of order to make one compelling tale. Although it has way, way more action than the The Breakfast Club, this movie strives due to its dialogue. Tarantino knows exactly what to say to make a movie great. Jules Winnfield was specifically made for Samuel L. Jackson and of course he nailed the part with his overpowering delivery and witty remarks. John Travolta (pre-meeting men at the gym at 3 am for sexual endeavors) was a nice addition as Vicent Vega. Vin Rhames as Marsellus Wallace immediately instills fear into anyone. Tim Roth as Ringo the robber makes for a terrific scene and lastly Harvey Keitel as “The Wolf” is such a suave and respected character you have to like him. The plot like I said is unlike anything else, but it works. Like The Godfather, this movie has so many great scenes, but I’ll just show you some of my favorites…

Doesn’t get any better than this…

The watch…

Imma go medieval on yo ass…

Zed’s dead baby…

I’m on the motherfucker…

2. Fight Club (1999)

It only makes sense that the movie with the greatest character of all time is one of the best movies of all time. Tyler Durden is M. Night Shyamalan’s wet dream – such a twist that no ever expects. 

I can’t blame the narrator. Who hasn’t envisioned themselves being a better, cooler person in life. His only fault was, well you know, carrying out Durden’s actions thinking it was a entirely different person only to finally realize oh yah he doesn’t exist and I’m actually the psychotic one.

The movie is out there…like way, way out there, but it works. However, it apparently didn’t when it was first released though only raking in 11 million opening weekend for a flick with a budget of 63 million. Someone had to have been let go for poor sales and I’d probably opt out if I was that guy. Gets fired only for people to eventually open their eyes and realize this is one of the best movies ever made. It’s Edward Norton’s crowning achievement now that he has officially hit rock bottom and is on the back end of his career where he’s doing Verizon commercials just to scrunch up enough money to hold a roof over his head. This movie was just the beginning for Brad Pitt’s lustrous career, but still remains one of his high points. It’s the type of movie you have to see twice to fully appreciate. I remember the first time I watched it, I couldn’t grasp it enitrely. I thought it was just another movie until I saw it again and saw all the small things that made it great. Like how when addressing Tyler Durden in one scene, the valet actually looks at the narrator instead of Durden hinting they are the same person. Or like in the opening frames you can catch glimpses of Durden for a split second and that he’s a waiter in one of the commercials the narrator is watching – also hinting that he isn’t a real person. That’s another thing, the movie’s so good we don’t even need to know the narrator’s name. In the credits Norton is simply the narrator. Fight Club is a commentary on living with no remorse and it appeals to anybody that wants more out of life. I’d tell you to tell your friends about it, but you know the rules…

1. The Dark Knight (2008)

If I could I honestly put a link to the full film here, tell you to sit down and shut the fuck up, and watch it to fully understand why this is the best movie of all time. From the opening to the end this movie is the best cinematic experience I’ve ever had. Batman Vs. Joker, a timeless rivalry that couldn’t have been brought to the big screen in a better way. Like I said in my greatest character list, the first time we’re introduced to The Joker is one of the best introductions to a character ever. Bank robbery, henchmen picking off henchmen, scattered conversations about the mysterious man with paint and scars on his face, and then boom…

  
We’re hit with this mean mug that almost made me shit my pants. You know what? Enough talking about the opening, if you want just watch it for yourself. 

From there on the movie is balls to the wall relentless. The best film in the three part saga by the magic man Christopher Nolan. You’re on the edge of your seat the entire time. From the interrogation scene to the ferry vs. ferry showdown to Two Face’s threat against Commsioner Gordan’s family. The Joker is all the talk about this movie, but everyone forgets how fuckin good Two Face is as a character. It truly illustrates what it means for a character to fall from grace. Shit, it took Walter White fuckin five and a half seasons to go from good to bad, Harvey Dent’s transformation took all of two hours and it was amazing. Of course there are some biased factors to why this is my number one choice. I’m a Batman fanboy, I eat this shit right up, and the fact this was Heath Ledger’s last performance and I remember all the distinctly details and hype surrounding the release of this movie only for it to blow away any expectations it possibly could of had. But still the movie is number one because it’s number one. It had multiple plots where none are just filler. Every single event in the movie means something. It has an all star cast with Christian Bale, my boy Heath, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldham, and even Morgan Freeman. Yet, not one over powers the other in any given scene. The unit’s chemistry is unmatched. What makes this movie so special is that it’s not an all things end on a positive note that were so accustomed to with movies of the Superhero genre. Yes, The Joker was finally captured, but at what cost? Harvey Dent has perished, Batman has to take responsibility for the chaos, and the love of his life is dead. That scene alone with Rachel and Harvey is exactly what I’m talking about. Everyone thinks ok they’re going to make it then…well watch for yourself…

My God what a scene. Absolute pandemonium and I love it. These are the reasons why this is the best movie of all time. I could watch this a thousand times over and never get bored of it. 

That concludes my countdown ladies and gentlemen. I hoped you enjoyed and stay tuned for other top ten list in the future. 

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