Somewhat Random Top 20 Films. Of, Like, Ever.

I'm posting for 60 days straight, leading up to my early December birthday, and I'm making the time to write on behalf of slain UCC Professor and aspiring novelist, Larry Levine.

This morning a friend asked me for my top 10 films. Casually via text, as if this wasn't a significant, how to achieve global peace kind've question. The answer requires careful study, thought, and contemplation before delivery. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm asked this from time to time, and I typically feint, dodge, and deflect giving an answer. Why? Well, because:

  • Clearly I can't limit the list to just 10 movies. Duh.
  • My list will invariably be different depending on the day, season, my mood, earth's orbit, time elapsed since latest bowel movement, amount of coffee consumed, etc, etc. 
  • I'm next to mortified of leaving out an absolute classic. An omission I will SMH soon after hitting publish. 

Setting these powerful thoughts aside, here's my (still) rather random list of MUST SEE films that have made a large impact on ME. Yes, your list will probably be quite different. I also limited myself to one film per director ... though this proved to be quite difficult. And I kept to the (somewhat) modern era ... basically my lifetime plus a year.  

Drum Rollllllll .... and note, presented in alpha order so as not to show favoritism: 

  1. A Few Good Men (1992, dir. by Rob Reiner)
  2. Aliens (1986, dir. by James Cameron)
  3. Apollo 13 (1995, dir. by Ron Howard)
  4. Boogie Nights (1997, dir. by Paul Thomas Anderson)
  5. The Breakfast Club (1995, dir. by John Hughes)
  6. Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid (1969, dir. by George Roy Hill)
  7. Cape Fear (1991, dir. by Martin Scorsese)
  8. Chariots of Fire (1981, dir. by Hugh Hudson)
  9. The Dark Knight (2008. dir. by Christopher Nolan)
  10. E.T. (1982, dir. by Stephen Spielberg)
  11. Fandango (1985, dir. by Kevin Reynolds)
  12. Gladiator (2000, dir. by Ridley Scott)
  13. Gone Girl (2014, dir. by David Fincher)
  14. Good Will Hunting (1985, dir. by Gus van Zant)
  15. Kramer vs Kramer (1979, dir. by Robert Benton)
  16. Life is Beautiful (1997, dir. by Roberto Benigni)
  17. Pulp Fiction (1994, dir. by Quentin Tarantino)
  18. Selma (2014, dir. by Ava DuVernay)
  19. Singles (1992, dir. by Cameron Crowe)
  20. Star Wars (1977, dir. by George Lucas)

As with all lists, this will create vast controversy and debate so bring it on! What do you think I've missed or included in stupendous error?

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