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Top 25 Favorite Movies of All Time

Here is a list of my all-time favorite movies.

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Every scene from this film looked as if it were taken from a painting. Although somewhat violent, it is the most visually stunning film I have ever seen. The acting and the story were well done too.

The Way Back

One of the best drama and adventure films I have ever seen. Shows the resilience of the human will.

Pacific Rim

Full of energy, adrenaline, and stunning special effects, this is perhaps my favorite action film.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The best classic adventure film. I remember seeing it as a teen in California and remembering that I could not take my eyes off the screen. I still enjoy watching it even today.

The Ten Commandments

I can't count how many times I have watched this movie. It was way ahead of its time when it was made. Had the privilege of watching this with my kids too. They also enjoy it.

Schindler's List

There is no better movie that has captured the darkness of the Jewish Holocaust than this one. Very well done. The story is magnificent and dramatic.

Life Is Beautiful

A movie that was able to show the darkness of the Holocaust without actually showing the darkness. A story of how a father protected his son from the horrors of this time. And, who somehow was able to remain optimistic throughout this period.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

This is Peter Jackson's best work in my estimation. Aside from one slow moving segment of the film, this was full of adventure and stunning effects.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

I remember seeing this as a kid and every scene has stuck with me ever since. The best sci-fi, space, movie ever made.

A Beautiful Mind

This film had me the whole time all the way up until the very end when it was revealed Nash had schizophrenia. Very well done. The music score was excellent too.

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 American drama film directed by Terry George. Based on real life events in Rwanda during the spring of 1994, the film stars Don Cheadle as hotelier Paul Rusesabagina, who attempts to rescue his fellow citizens from the ravages of the Rwandan Genocide.

Papillon

I first saw this movie as a kid watching it with my Dad on TV. For some reason I was drawn to this movie and was intrigued by the resiliency of Papillon and his crafty way of making an escape from Devil's Island.

Prometheus

Another great sci-fi movie with some of the most stunning effects I've ever seen. I liked how Ridley Scot tied faith with science (reason) in this film.

Crimson Tide

Some of the best acting I've ever seen. Crimson Tide is a 1995 submarine film directed by Tony Scott, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. It takes place during a period of political turmoil in the Russian Federation, in which ultranationalists threaten to launch nuclear missiles at the United States and Japan.

The Sound of Music

I typically don't like musicals, but this one stuck with me forever. Particularly due to the time period for which it is set in. Outstanding film.

Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye is a 2008 American thriller film directed by D. J. Caruso and starring Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan. The two portray a young man and a single mother who are brought together and coerced by an anonymous caller ( Julianne Moore) into carrying out a plan by a possible terrorist organization.

End of the Spear

End of the Spear is a 2005 docudrama film that recounts the story of Operation Auca, in which five American Christian missionaries attempted to evangelize the Huaorani (Waodani) people of the jungle of Ecuador.

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom.

The Passion of the Christ

Bravo. Finally somebody made a great film about Christ without all the cheesiness of typical Christian films. Thoroughly enjoyed this film and look forward to a sequel someday.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic[3][4] fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the concluding film in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, following The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002).

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club really encapsulates the social aspect of the time I grew up in as a teenager.

Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure- comedy film based on the 1993 children's book The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc. It follows a divorced father trying to settle down, impress his son, and find his destiny.

The Mission

The Mission is a 1986 British drama film about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in 18th century South America. The movie stars Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Cherie Lunghi and Liam Neeson.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

At the end of the day, Ferris and friends retrieve the Ferrari, but discover on the way home that over a hundred miles have been added to the odometer. Cameron, fearing his father's reaction, freaks out and appears to go catatonic, but eventually responds, confessing that he'd been faking it, while contemplating how he has allowed his fear of his father to dominate his life.

Escape from Alcatraz

Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 American prison film, directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood. It is based on true events. It dramatizes possibly the only successful escape attempt from the maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island.