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281 Favorite Films

I started to make a list of my top 10 favorite films. But that was impossible.

Then I thought: I’ll do my top 100.

No, better make it 250.

I finally had to draw the line at 281.

I thought maybe I should break them down by genre classics or set apart the 80s high school movies or cop to the guilty pleasures, but the truth is, they are just all movies I either really enjoyed when they first came out or have come to appreciate them more with subsequent viewings or would’ve been honored to have written or directed myself – and all of them have elements I’d love to homage in future scripts.

So, here’s my Top 281 🙂(in alphabetical order)

(and I reserve the right to keep adding)

A Fish Called Wanda
About A Boy
About Last Night
Accused, The
Adaptation
African Queen, The
Air Up There, The
Airplane
All About Eve
All the President’s Men
Almost Famous
Amadeus
Amélie
American History X
Amistad
Animal House
As Good As It Gets
Austin Powers
Beautiful Girls
Beautiful Mind, A
Before Sunrise
Before Sunset
Being John Malkovich
Being There
Best in Show
Big
Big Fish
Billy Elliot
Blade Runner
Blue Brothers, The
Body Heat
Bourne Ultimatum, The
Brassed Off
Braveheart
Breakfast Club, The
Bridge on River Kwai, The
Bridget Jone’s Diary
Bring It On
Bringing Up Baby
Broadcast News
Bulworth
Burn After Reading
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
CaddyShack
CannonBall Run, The
Cars
Casablanca
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Chaplin
Chinatown
Chocolat
Citizen Kane
City Slickers
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Clueless
Collateral
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Contact
Crash
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crying Game, The
Dark Knight, The
DaVinci Code, The
Day After Tomorrow
Dead Poets Society
Death Becomes Her
Deathtrap
Defending Your Life
Departed, The
Detour
Devil Wears Prada, The
Diabolique
Dial M for Murder
Die Hard
Dirty Dancing
Don Juan DeMarco
Double Indemnity
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Election
Elephant Man, The
Enchanted
Erin Brockovich
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The
Fargo
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Few Good Men, A
Field of Dreams
Fight Club
Firm, The
First Wives Club
Fish Called Wanda, A
Flatliners
Footloose
For Your Consideration
Forrest Gump
Frailty
French Kiss
French Lieutenant’s Woman, The
Fried Green Tomatoes
Full Monty, The
Galaxy Quest
Garden State
Ghost
GhostBusters
Glengarry Glen Ross
Gods and Monsters
Good Son, The
Good Will Hunting
Grease
Grease II
Green Mile, The
Groundhog Day
High Fidelity
Hisitory of Violence, A
Hotel Rwanda
Howl’s Moving Castle
Hustler, The
In the Line of Fire
Inception
Indecent Proposal
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Inkheart
It’s a Wonderful Life
Jaws
Jerry Maguire
Julie & Julia
Juno
Jurassic Park
King’s Speech, The
Kiss, Kiss, Bang Bang
Knight’s Tale, A
Kramer vs. Kramer
Last of the Mohicans, The
Last Starfighter, The
Legally Blonde
Legends og the Fall
Less Than Zero
Letters to Juliet
Life Is Beautiful
Life of Brian, The
Like Water for Chocolate
Lion King, The
Little Children
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Shop of Horrors, The
Lives of Others, The
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Logan’s Run
Lord of Rings: Fellowship of Ring, The
Lost in Translation
Love Actually
Maltese Falcon, The
Manchurian Candidate, The
Mary Poppins
Matrix, The
Maverick
Mean Girls
Memento
Men in Black
Mighty Wind, A
Minority Report
Monsters, Inc.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Moonstruck
Motorcycle Diaries, The
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mummy Returns, The
Mummy, The
My Immportal Beloved
Nell
Net, The
Network
Night Shift
Notebook, The
Notting Hill
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Opposite of Sex, The
Out of Africa
Pan’s Labyrinth
Pay It Forward
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Player, The
Prestige, The
Pretty in Pink
Pretty Woman
Pride and Prejudice
Princess Bride, The
Princess Mononoke
Psycho
Pulp Fiction
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Rashomon
Rat Race
Reservoir Dogs
Risky Business
Rocky
Rocky Horror Picture Show, The
Romancing the Stone
Rudy
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler’s List
Se7en
Searching for Bobby Fischer
Secretariat
Sense and Sensibility
Seven Samurai
Shakespeare in Love
Shaun of the Dead
Shawshank Redemption, The
Shining, The
Shrek
Shutter Island
Silence of Lambs, The
Silence of the Lambs, The
Singin’ in the Rain
Sister Act
Sixth Sense, The
Sleepless in Seattle
Slumdog Millionaire
Smokin’ Aces
Snatch
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Social Network, The
Some Like It Hot
Sommersby
Sophie’s Choice
Sound of Music, The
Spanish Prisoner, The
Spirited Away
St. Elmo’s Fire
Stand by Me
Star Trek
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Starship Troopers
Sting, The
Stomp the Yard
Stripes
Sullivan’s Travels
Sunset Blvd.
Swimming with Sharks
Talk to Her
Taps
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Terminator, The
That Thing You Do!
Thelma and Lousie
There’s Something About Mary
Third Man, The
Three Days of the Condor
Time to Kill, A
Titanic
To Kill A Mockingbird
Tootsie
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Trainspotting
Tropic Thunder
Truman Show, The
Twelve Monkeys
U-Turn
Unforgiven
Up In The Air
Usual Suspects, The
Vertigo
Wag the Dog
Waiting for Guffman
Waking Ned Devine
WALL·E
Wedding Crashers
Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald
West Side Story
When Harry Met Sally
White Knights
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Winter’s Bone
Wizard of Oz, The
Working Girl
Wrestler, The


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