Favorite Movies of All Time: 110-101


Over the past few years I’ve made a concerted effort to watch lots of movies considered to be among the best of all time.  Now, for the first time, I’ve made my own list of favorite movies of all time.  Every other Wednesday throughout 2022, I will be revealing ten movies in my list of 250 Favorite Movies of All Time.

250-241 200-190 150-141
240-231 190-181 140-131
230-221 180-171 130-121
220-211 170-161 120-111
210-201 160-151

110

Title: The Mission  
Director: Roland Joffé
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Cherie Lunghi, and Liam Neeson.
Year: 1986
When did I first watch this movie?: June 2007
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A deeply spiritual movie with stunning locations and an Ennio Morricone score that unflinchingly exposes imperialists brutality and religious hypocrisy.


109

Title: Moonlight
Director: Barry Jenkins
Cast:  Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali.
Year: 2016
When did I first watch this movie?: August 2019
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A beautiful examination of masculinity from the perspective of a Black, gay man at three different stages in his life.


108

Title: Tokyo Godfathers 
Director: Satoshi Kon
Cast: Toru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, and Aya Okamoto
Year: 2003
When did I first watch this movie?: July 2021
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A heartwarming Christmas-themed story about a trio of unhoused people who find and care for an abandoned baby.


107

Title: Trainspotting 
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald.
Year: 1996
When did I first watch this movie?: 1997
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A stylized film set in Edinburgh with a fantastic soundtrack that makes one never, ever, EVER want to try heroin.


106

Title: Harakiri 
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Shima Iwashita, Akira Ishihama, Tetsurō Tamba, and Rentarō Mikuni
Year: 1962
When did I first watch this movie?: March 2021
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A samurai revenge story serves as a parable for the elite exploitation of the working class.


105

Title: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, and Jonathan Pryce
Year: 2003
When did I first watch this movie?: July 2003
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: I’m still surprised that a movie based on a theme park ride could be so good.  They combined the best of an old-fashioned adventure with the best of a contemporary blockbuster and made it so very funny.


104

Title: My Cousin Vinny
Director: Jonathan Lynn
Cast: Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei, Mitchell Whitfield, Lane Smith, Bruce McGill, and Fred Gwynne.
Year: 1992
When did I first watch this movie?: Early 90s?
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A goofy but warm fish-out-of-water comedy that plays with stereotypes and upends them.


103

Title: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Director: Joel Coen
Cast: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Chris Thomas King, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Charles Durning
Year: 2000
When did I first watch this movie?: Early 2001
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Set in the mythological version of the South, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is part absurdist comedy, part social satire, and part anthology of American folk music.


102

Title: The Lighthouse
Director: Robert Eggers
Cast: Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson
Year: 2019
When did I first watch this movie?: May 2020
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: This movie is weird and disturbing yet so beautiful.  I probably shouldn’t have watched this during the period of peak pandemic isolation because it made it too relatable.


101

Title: The Sound of Music
Director: Robert Wise
Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer,  Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, and Eleanor Parker.
Year:  1965
When did I first watch this movie?: mid-1990s
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Maybe the ultimate movie musical of Classic Hollywood?  Who doesn’t love The Sound of Music?