The best movies are timeless, have deep meaning, produce a strong emotional responses, or radically change our perspective on something. In my mind, the following films fall into that category:
In space, no one can hear you scream.
Military action against Aliens, and Mother-Love.
My heart can’t hold it all.
The opening scene, unheard of in a Hollywood movie, tells you all you need to believe to be saved before you die.
AS GOOD AS IT GETS
Love conquers all.
Romance documented, part two.
What makes you human?
BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA
A vampire dream. Fact: there are more movies about vampires than about any other subject.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Kind of what it was like in high school in the ’80s.
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Romance or commitment?
THE CIDER HOUSE RULES
You princes of Maine. Father figure.
Camera angles and an old man’s childhood memory.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
“I can’t believe it’s real.”
What if old people regained their youth?
The greatest movie ever made, bar none: cinematic beauty, great music, love, empathy, compassion, friendship, great dialogue, and endless layers of story.
THE COLOR OF MONEY
People die every day, and this guy cares about this one person?
God. Science. Life and death. Romance. Faith. Aliens.
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
Revenge, or justice?
DEAD MAN WALKING
Justice and mercy.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY
“Never forget this.”
THE ELEPHANT MAN
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
“Luke, I am your…” // “I love you.” “I know.”
EAGLE VS. SHARK
“Welcome to Meaty Boy, may I help you?”
Youthful love obsession.
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
Would you do it all again?
42 UP (The UP Documentaries)
The greatest documentary of all time: life, every seven years. Real people.
What are people really like?
…and The Monster.
The spirit trumps biology.
GOOD WILL HUNTING
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
Word for word.
Sparkling comedy that never ages about learning some great lessons of life.
Awesome Zeffirelli version of Shakespeare’s best play. Flows like magic…
Witty, sadistic, pinheaded demons…
Great message about thinking for yourself.
HOUSE OF GAMES
What is really going on here?
Class and caring.
Struggle and heart.
The first 45 minutes are completely seamless. The rest are an historical event.
Life, viewed world-wide, and sped up.
Love and Honour.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
Vampire creepiness in the snowy cold.
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Only love matters.
LOST IN TRANSLATION
It’s not romance, it’s… (whisper)
Guy gets nailed for drugs in Turkey. One of the scariest movies I have ever seen.
MIND THE GAP
Life. Disappointment. Goals. Death. Love. Forgiveness. Beauty.
“Dad, do you love me?”
MY COUSIN VINNY
Joe Pesci as a clueless lawyer, with Marisa Tomei as his girl. The scene with him being repeatedly awakened at night is hysterical.
MY DINNER WITH ANDRE
The most unique movie ever made. How can you make a two-hour movie with nothing but two guys talking at a dinner table, and have it not be boring, but very interesting? That is why this movie is on this list.
OFF THE BLACK
Family members are not always related.
OFF THE MAP
Cinematic poetry that can change your outlook on life.
Prison, friendship and escape.
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
What He went through for you.
PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
Friendship and love.
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE
The greatest Christian allegory.
How far would they go to make a really great illusion?
“What?! Say “what” one more time! I dare you!”
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
Love and burning at the stake.
REMAINS OF THE DAY
Class and love.
You didn’t tell him your name, did you?
Selfishness or sacrifice?
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
“What’s in the box?” // 7 deadly sins.
C.S. Lewis, the greatest prose author and the greatest Christian apologist of all time, falls in love.
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
Prison. Friendship. Triumph. Loyalty.
A SIMPLE PLAN
What would you do if you found millions of dollars?
STAR WARS (1977)
My childhood, recorded forever. The Force will be with you… ~always~.
SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE
“Can you read my mind?”
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
“Let my people go.”
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
Saddest scene in any movie, ever.
THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE
Black and white brilliance.
Struggling against evil, and each other.
Father and son’s love for each other in a cannibalistic post-apocalyptic wasteland.
“Make it count.”
“~That’s~ gonna leave a mark.”
“I feel the need, the need for speed.”
TROUBLE IN MIND
THE WIZARD OF OZ