And we’re back!  Ready for round two.  Inspired again by my friend-in-movies at Rupert Pupkin Speaks, I’m re-presenting and reshuffling my top fifty movies of all time.  “Reshuffling” sounds a little more extreme than what I’ve done here — most of the titles remain the same, and the order isn’t much different.  But there’s a fair amount of new blood, and I’ve updated the links to any movies I’ve written about at length (those are bolded in red.) 

This list is absolutely subject to change, so keep watching this space, but while you’re at it, don’t forget to keep watching the skies.

1. THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY (1966).

2. GHOSTBUSTERS (1984).

3. DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978).

4.  ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968).

5.  UNFORGIVEN (1992).

6.  KING KONG (1933).

7.  PREDATOR (1987).

8.  MANHUNTER (1986).

9.  BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986).

10.  MOTHER, JUGS & SPEED (1976).

11.  John Carpenter’s THE THING (1982).

12.  HEAT (1995).

13.  FREAKS (1932).

14. JAWS (1975).

15.  Berry Gordy’s THE LAST DRAGON (1985).

16.  THE WILD BUNCH (1969).

17.  SHAFT (1971).

18.  BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984).

19.  THE BIG GUNDOWN (1966).

20.  SEA OF LOVE (1989).

21. RAISING ARIZONA (1987).

22.  EVIL DEAD 2 (1987).

23.  OUT OF SIGHT (1998).

24.  THE INSIDER (1999).

25.  ALLIGATOR (1980).

26.  COLLATERAL (2004).

27.  THE GREAT SILENCE (1968).

28.  AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981).

29.  MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946).

30.  CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954).

31. PRIME CUT (1972).

32. WATERMELON MAN (1970).

33.  GROSSE POINTE BLANK (1997).

34.  25th HOUR (2002).

35.  COFFY (1973).

36. QUICK CHANGE (1990).

37.  MAGNOLIA (1999).

38.  HANNIE CAULDER (1971).

39. ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981).

40.  48 HRS. (1982).

41.  GOODFELLAS (1990).

42.  SHOGUN ASSASSIN (1980).

43.  PURPLE RAIN (1984).

44.  THE UNHOLY THREE (1925).

45.  TRUE GRIT (2010).

46.  THE PROFESSIONALS (1966).

47.  VIOLENT CITY aka THE FAMILY (1973).

48.  THE HIT (1984).

49.  EMPEROR OF THE NORTH POLE (1973).

50.  ATTACK THE BLOCK (2011).

50 1/2.  The five-minute skeleton swordfight in JASON & THE ARGONAUTS (1963).

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And that’s that…. for now.

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Comments
  1. So awesome to see Big Trouble in Little China and Manhunter in your top ten (Once Upon a Time in the West is my favorite Leone). Beside the obvious kick-ass bona-fide masterpieces, I’m always glad to find someone who also appreciates Freaks, The Last Dragon, The Big Gundown, Prime Cut (cool!), and Emperor of the North Pole.

    There are very few on here I haven’t seen. Gonna have to check out Melvin Van Peebles’ Watermelon Man (listed twice at 32 & 47?).

    • Jon Abrams says:

      Yeah, as much as I do love WATERMELON MAN, I hadn’t meant to list it twice. Chalk that up to a formatting issue. (I’m not remotely as tech-savvy as I’d like to be.) I had plenty of alternate choices lying in wait, and decided to sub VIOLENT CITY (THE FAMILY) in that slot. A lot of this came down to the mood I was in at the time.

      Thanks for the kind words on the rest — you’re clearly a man of great taste in films! I appreciate the comments, and man, I could talk about movies in general and my list in particular all day…

      BIG TROUBLE honestly was hard to place. It could easily be in my top three — I’ve probably seen it more times than any movie outside of GHOSTBUSTERS.

      It still surprises me that I keep ranking MANHUNTER so close to the top, but that movie has a weird hold on me.

      ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST is another one that fluctuates. Though THE GOOD, etc. is the first Leone I ever loved, ONCE UPON A TIME… is a close contender due to it being the only one with a strong female protagonist. And Jason Robards is just plain the coolest dude ever in that movie.

  2. TheBruce says:

    GBU would probably sit at #2 on my top films list… If I had to make one.

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