Last week, I listed numbers 10-6 on my list of my ten favorite movies of all time. Numbers 5-1 were infinitely more difficult. I rearranged this part of the list several times before writing this post. Fortunately, I believe that I finally have the perfect top 5. Before we get into that, here are some honorable mentions.
- Django Unchained
- The Godfather Part II
- Schindler’s List
- The Silence of the Lambs
Without further ado, here are my top 5 movies of all time.
5. Inglorious Basterds
Quentin Tarantino is a genius. I consider him to be the greatest writer and director in the history of cinema. Tarantino himself has labeled his history-altering war film as his masterpiece. It isn’t hard to see why. Both Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz give arguably the best performance of their respective careers. Like all other Tarantino films, the dialogue in Inglorious Basterds is perfectly written and flawlessly executed. The action is brilliant and the opening scene is arguably Tarantino’s best. This movie literally could not have been any better and I highly recommend everyone see this movie. It is a truly underappreciated classic.
4. The Godfather
According to IMDB, The Godfather is the greatest film ever made. It is incredibly difficult to argue with that. Had I been around during the time of its release to experience the vast cultural impact it had, it would probably be my number 1 too. Despite the fact that I was born over 25 years after the film’s release, I can still appreciate its greatness. Francis Ford Coppola’s epic crime drama is filmmaking at its finest. The film focuses on the story of an aging mafia family patriarch and his sons. The cast includes Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and a young Al Pacino. Everything about this movie is perfect. It is an absolute must see for anyone who enjoys movies.
3. Fight Club
The first rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club. With that being said, I am going to break that rule because everyone needs to know how epic this film is. David Fincher struck gold with this one. Fight Club is probably the only film I know of that is literally better after 3+ viewings. It takes at least that many to catch the subtle innuendos, foreshadowing, and outright clues about the film’s phenomenal plot twist. The film’s anti-capitalism and anti-materialism undertones paired with the edgy dialogue make this film equally as controversial as it is spectacular. Probably the least commercially popular of my top 5 picks, Fight Club is a cult-classic that deserves to be seen by anyone who enjoys brilliant cinema.
2. The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption doesn’t have any epic fight scenes or any edgy dialogue or even any real action at all. It doesn’t need it. All it needed to become one of the best movies ever was its brilliant story and the flawless acting of its cast. If you are someone who needs mind-blowing special effects and intense action sequences to enjoy a movie, The Shawshank Redemption is not for you. I have a friend who once tried very hard to convince me that The Avengers is the best movie ever. Needless to say, The Shawshank Redemption is not for him. However, a more compelling story has never been put on the big screen. I love absolutely everything about this movie. It very well may be my most viewed movie of all time, with good reason. It is a feel-good story will brilliant cinematography and flawless acting. There was never any doubt it was going to be in my top 3, but it was just edged out to be my #1 film of all time.
1. Pulp Fiction
Remember earlier when I said that Quentin Tarantino is a genius? Well, I am going to say it again. QUENTIN TARANTINO IS A GENIUS. I can not say enough about how perfect this movie is. The pop-culture heavy dialogue is as good as has ever been written. The star-studded ensemble of characters is absolutely perfect. The non-linear plot is brilliant. Tarantino’s revolutionary directing style has never been more perfectly displayed than it is in Pulp fiction. I can’t even single out one high point in this movie to talk about because it’s all amazing. The diner scene with Samuel L. Jackson’s brilliant Ezekiel 25:17 monologue, Harvey Keitel’s scenes as “The Wolf”, the famous quarter pounder with cheese sequence, and countless other aspects of the movie deserve recognition. On the off chance that anyone reading this has not seen Pulp Fiction, I strongly urge you to watch it. Pulp Fiction is the best movie ever made.