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My favorite movie of all time would be The Shawshank Redemption.
I can watch that thing over and over again.

Anything by the Coen brothers:

Hell, even the movies they co-write with others. The language, the attention to detail, the sets, the film color…man, the best in the business.

01. Raising Arizona (brilliant.)
02. Fargo
03. Hudsucker Proxy
04. Barton Fink
05. Big Lebowski
06. Miller’s Crossing
07. The Man Who Wasn’t There
08. O’ Brother Where Art Thou
09. Blood Simple
10. Intolerable Cruelty
12. The Ladykillers
11. No Country For Old Men (wow.)

All Christopher Guest movies:

01. Spinal Tap
02. Best in Show
03. Waiting for Guffman
04. A Mighty Wind
05. For Your Consideration

The John Hughes epics:

01. Uncle Buck
02. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
03. The Great Outdoors
04. The Breakfast Club
05. Sixteen Candles
06. Weird Science
07. Mr. Mom
08. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
09. Pretty In Pink
10. Some Kind of Wonderful

All things Todd Solondz:

01. Happiness
02. Storytelling

Everything Paul Thomas Anderson:

01. Hard Eight
02. Boogie Nights
03. Magnolia
04. There Will Be Blood
05. The Master

The Master List:

01. Cool Hand Luke
02. The Green Mile
03. Lots of Spaghetti Westerns
04. The Station Agent
05. The Straight Story
06. My Bodyguard
07. American Movie
08. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
09. Uncle Buck
10. Time Bandits
11. Papillon
12. Dances With Wolves
13. American Beauty
14. Saving Private Ryan
15. Reservoir Dogs
16. Blues Brothers
17. 1941
18. Pulp Fiction
19. Good Fellas
20. Casino
21. Raging Bull
22. Bridges of Madison County
23. Trip To Bountiful
24. Running On Empty
25. A Simple Plan
26. Bad Boys
27. Escape From Alcatraz
28. Stand By Me
29. Field of Dreams
30. Big
31. Sixteen Candles
32. Breakfast Club
33. A Christmas Story
34. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
35. E.T.
36. The Goonies
37. Stripes
38. Caddyshack
39. Pump Up The Volume
40. Heathers
41. Ice Station Zebra
42. Forrest Gump
43. Diner
44. Raiders of the Lost Ark Trilogy
45. Apocalypse Now
46. Easy Rider
47. The Elephant Man
48. Star Wars, all of ‘em.
49. The Jungle Book (…thanks mom)
50. Jurassic Park 1
51. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
52. Animal House
53. The Sixth Sense
54. Swiss Family Robinson
55. Ocean’s Eleven
56. The Incredibles
57. The Passion of the Christ
58. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
59. The Unforgiven
60. Taxi Driver
61. Boogie Nights
62. Rushmore
63. Royal Tenenbaums
64. Once Upon A Time in America
65. Birdy
66. The Wild Bunch
67. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
68. The Usual Suspects
69. The Deer Hunter
70. Drugstore Cowboy
71. Seven
72. Memento
73. In The Bedroom
74. Ghost World
75. Good Will Hunting
76. Chasing Amy
77. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
78. Amadeus
79. Red Dawn
80. Platoon
81. Gandhi
82. Gas, Food & Lodging
83. Do The Right Thing
84. Passion Fish
85. Dog Day Afternoon
86. JFK
87. 12 Monkleys
88. The Cooler
89. The Grapes of Wrath
90. 25th Hour
91. Rounders
92. Magnolia
93. Twelve Angry Men
94. Dog Day Afternoon
95. Taxi Driver
96. The Machinist
97. City of God
98. American Slendor
99. Sideways
100. Gummo
101. Deliverance
102. Boys Don’t Cry
103. Pollock
104. Garden State
105. Lost in Translation
106. Napoleon Dynamite
107. Kill Bill vol.1, vol.2
108. Office Space
109. A Clockwork Orange
110. 2001 - A Space Odyssey
111. Four Rooms
112. Clerks
113. Blow
114. Kalifornia
115. Donnie Brasco
116. The Shining
117. Kids
118. Lukas
119. Trainspotting
120. Shallow Grave
121. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
122. Throw Momma From the Train
123. The Life Acquatic
124. My Own Private Idaho
125. Singles
126. Sid & Nancy
127. The Untouchables
128. Gladiator
129. Casy Away
130. Road To Perdition
131. The Terminal
132. Collateral
133. The Right Stuff
134. Badlands
135. Tender Mercies (“I don’t trust happiness.”)
136. Southern Comfort
137. The Thing
138. The Swamp Thing
139. Legend
140. Risky Business
141. Weird Science
142. Glengarry Glenross
143. The Hobbit
144. The Black Hole
145. Arachnophobia
146. The Great Outdoors
147. Birdie
148. A Perfect World
149. The Proposition (So good.)
150. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
151. Young Guns
152. Lawrence of Arabia
153. Love Liza (Horribly depressing…)
154. Syriana
155. The World’s Fastest Indian
156. Lars and the Real Girl
157. The Edge
158. The Bounty
159.

Minnesota Movies:

01. Fargo
02. Beautiful Girls
03. A Simple Plan
04. Feeling Minnesota
05. Purple Rain
06. Grumpy Old Men

Documentaries:

01. Stevie
02. Hoop Dreams
03. Fog of War
04. Brother’s Keeper
05. Murder on a Sunday Morning
06. Tarnation
07. The Agronomist
08. Control Room
09. Spellbound
10. Super Size Me
11. Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism
12. Winged Migration
13. The Weather Underground
14. Devil’s Playground
15. Bush’s Brain (…fuck Carl Rove and his sweaty brow.)
16. Unconstitutional - The War On Our Civil Liberties
17. Capturing the Friedmans
18. Dark Days
19. Crumb
20. Hands on Hard Body
21. Born Into This - Charles Bukowski
22. A League of Ordinary Gentleman
23. Paperclips
24. Rock School
25. Murderball
26. Grizzly Man
27. The Aristocrats
28. Born Into Brothels
29. Gunner Palace
30. Why We Fight
31. Boys of Baraka
32. King of Kong - A Fistful of Quarters
33. Man From Plains
34. Monster Road
35. Vernon, Florida
36. Big Rig
37. Bigger, Faster, Stronger
38. Confessions of a Superhero
39. Darkon
40. Man on Wire
41. Jesus Camp
42. Buck
43. The Elephant In The Room
44. Garrison Keillor - The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes
45. Herb & Dorothy
46. Lost In La Mancha
47. Helvetica
48. Objectified
49. Urbanized
50. Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
51. The Thin Blue Line
52. An Unreasonable Man - Ralph Nader
53. Up For Grabs
54. Radio Bikini
55. Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop
56. Armadillo
57. Who Is Harry Nilsson?
58. October Country
59. Zoo
60. Cave of Forgotten Dreams
61. Exit Through The Gift Shop (suckers!)
62. The Cove
63. The Wild and Wonderful Whites
64. Man On Wire
65. Babies
66. The Bridge (proceed with caution…yeesh.)

Anything by Michael Moore:

01. Fahrenheit 9/11
02. Roger & Me
03. Bowling for Columbine
04. The Awful Truth
05. The Big One
06. Sicko

Rock-n-Roll Documentaries:

01. Fearless Freaks - The Story of the Flaming Lips (Get it!)
02. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart - A Film About Wilco (Get it!)
03. Metallica - Some Kind of Monster (…sheer absurdity, but, entertaining.)
04. Dig! (Get it!)
05. The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle - Sex Pistols
06. Hype! (Get it!)
07. The Filth and the Fury - A Sex Pistols Film
08. Another State of Mind (Get it!)
09. Driver 23
10. Atlas Moth (Sean, you are in our thoughts.)
11. We Jam Econo - The Story of the Minutemen (Get it!)
12. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Get it!)
13. You’re Gonna Miss Me - The Roky Erickson Story (Get it!)
14. Dead Moon - Unknown Passage: Dead Moon Story (Get it!)
15. The Flaming Lips 1992-2005: 19 Music Videos (Get it!)
16. Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (Get it!)
17. Tad - Busted Circuits And Ringing Ears

(Updated 10.20.12)

There Are 23 Comments

You must really like Magnolia. It made the list about seven times.

Twelve Angry Men?

Posted by: Editor Ryno on 06/14/05 at 11:05 PM

Pulp Fiction is #109? That is obscene. Also, Crumb at the bottom of the documentary section?? Eeek. Don’t know about you, boy.

Posted by: Shari on 07/26/05 at 2:36 PM

Cinema Paradiso. Check it out if you haven’t. Best damn ending.

Posted by: Becky on 07/29/05 at 1:57 PM

Damn.
There’s like six movies here that I haven’t seen, or don’t care for. The rest are spot on, brother.
That’s crazy. I think you’re a huskier, more successful version of me.
Damn.

Posted by: jim on 05/12/06 at 12:46 AM

I’m sure he means the original “Twelve Angry Men” from 1957 which was black and white, proved a film utilizing only great dialog as a plot device could be riveting and is still used in psychology classes to study emotions, bias and how they affect behavior. Worth viewing.

I don’t see “The Sting” here, another oldie but goodie.

Posted by: nope on 07/19/06 at 1:12 AM

Maybe it just didn’t “make the cut” or you haven’t seen “What the !@#$ Do We Know?”. Blew my pea brain. Real sciency.
Also, your list must not be ranked, cuz Red Dawn would be higher, right?

Posted by: ty on 08/02/06 at 4:09 PM

So many ghey flix, where’s “Bareback Mountin’” and other such manly movies?

Posted by: Bohresh Kharlophe on 11/29/06 at 4:41 PM

Nice! Someone else on the planet knows about and loves The Hudsucker Proxy! Excellent movie. Brilliant, brilliant.

Posted by: lu on 03/13/07 at 12:56 PM

Dead Man? Ghost Dog?

Posted by: Hottois on 09/03/07 at 5:54 PM

no Jeremiah Johnson?!

Posted by: Drew on 01/15/08 at 1:23 PM

Nice, Storytelling is the best movie ever made!!!! Great list by the way.

Posted by: TheCooler on 07/30/08 at 1:21 PM

Just came across your site and this list while thumbing through here. Gotta say Raising Arizona, Cool Hand Luke and Stevie being at the tops leads me to believe that I like your style, dude.

Posted by: whiskeynat on 08/01/08 at 7:46 AM

urm…I think number 7 under “Anything by the Coen brothers” oughta be “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” The Coens rule!

Posted by: supercereal on 08/03/08 at 9:27 AM

Raising Arizona is a gem that only few understand. im kind of obsessed with it.

from: just another lame designer in canada.

ps.your site is as ‘fucking’ smooth as inspiration itself.

Posted by: Riggs on 08/08/08 at 10:44 PM

when switched from black to white it looks really awsome.. I got my eyes shot badly.. LOL

Posted by: Abhilash on 04/22/09 at 1:14 AM

Gross!

Posted by: DaddyYo on 06/10/09 at 2:12 PM

Check out the trailer for the next Coen Bros. Opus…True Grit. Instantly Coenesque just with the music(Peasall Sisters)…this looks like one amazing film. Can’t wait!!!!!

As for your documentary list. You left out my two all-time favorites…The Kid Stays in the Picture. You must watch this if you love the “masters” of the late 60’s-70’s film making. And Dogtown & Z-Boys. Don’t need to like skateboarding to appreciate this history lesson.

Posted by: Bounds on 09/30/10 at 8:56 AM

Rock-n-Roll Documentaries: “It Might Get Loud”, seen it? if not I think you’d like it. maybe not.

Posted by: chase on 07/20/11 at 2:44 PM

Rock n Roll Documentaries - End of the Century
Master List - King of Comedy

Posted by: gcpdx on 10/10/11 at 6:57 PM

All I have to say is… Wayne Coyne, man. Wayne Coyne. I’m blown away at your ability to design what is so fucking aesthetically pleasing. Thank you. Listen to Embryonicfor me…

Posted by: Just Steve on 03/23/12 at 9:22 AM

Okay, so I did NOT see Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox on this list. So now YOU have to go out, rent/borrow/steal/whatever it, and watch it. I’ve got a bunch of kids at the house, and it’s one of the few movies we can watch together; funny for the bigs, and funny for the little littles.

Posted by: Dom on 05/17/12 at 9:43 AM

Anyone who gives a shout-out to TAD is a good person, and rightly cultured. Bonus points for Magnolia €“ a most excellent way to spend 3 hours.

Posted by: Nowak on 11/13/15 at 11:57 AM

seems like we like some of the same types of movies - you might like The Wages of Fear (1953) and The Battle of Algiers (1966) - also, sorry about Gary

Posted by: RF on 05/23/17 at 1:43 PM
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