Favorite Movies of All Time: 100-91


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

100

Title: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Director: Richard Fleischer
Cast: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, and Peter Lorre
Year: 1954
When did I first watch this movie?: early childhood
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: The Hollywood-ized treatment of Jules Verne’s novel is a sci-fi adventure with an underlying social message that somehow holds up brilliantly despite the cast all seeming to be acting in different movie genres.


99

TitleThe African Queen
Director: John Huston
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, and Robert Morley
Year: 1951
When did I first watch this movie?: as a kid in the early 80s
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Put two of Classic Hollywood’s greatest actors on a boat in Africa and magic happens in this romantic adventure.


98

Title: The Maltese Falcon 
Director: John Huston
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick,  and Sydney Greenstreet
Year: 1941
When did I first watch this movie?: late 90s/early 00s?
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: By happenstance I have movies by the same director and actor back to back in this list, but they’re entirely different movies.  This proto noir movie established the hardboiled detective genre and features some top notch acting and dialogue.


97

Title: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Director: Frank Capra
Cast: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Claude Rains and Edward Arnold
Year: 1939
When did I first watch this movie?: 1990s
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Despite Capra’s reputation for sentimentality, this movie is a scathing indictment of political corruption and the education of an idealist.


96

Title: You Can’t Take It with You 
Director: Frank Capra
Cast: Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, and Edward Arnold
Year: 1938
When did I first watch this movie?: mid-1980s
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Once again I’ve listed movies back-to-back that share the same director and this time multiple cast members.  “Mr Smith” took on corrupt politicians, but this movie takes on corrupt businessmen while also being a screwball comedy and a story about a goofy family.


95

Title: I Am Not Your Negro
Director: Raoul Peck
Cast: Documentary about James Baldwin, Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson
Year: 2017
When did I first watch this movie?: April 2018
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: This documentary pairs Baldwin’s reflections on the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr with archival footage of Baldwin’s public appearances over time and shows how Baldwin’s thoughts are still relevant to the Black Lives Matter era.


94

Title: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Director: J. J. Abrams
Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Max von Sydow
Year: 2015
When did I first watch this movie?: February 2016
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: After the disappointment of the prequels, this movies awakened my childhood joy in Star Wars, revisiting some old favorite characters while introducing a new generation and new possibilities for Star Wars storytelling.


93

Title: The Little Mermaid 
Director: John Musker and Ron Clements
Cast: Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, and Buddy Hackett
Year: 1989
When did I first watch this movie?: 1990
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Growing up, classic Disney movies were not easily available and the more recent releases were not that good. The Little Mermaid kicked off the Disney Renaissance with beautiful animation, great humor, and terrific calypso songs.


92

Title: One Hundred and One Dalmatians
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman, Clyde Geronimi, and Hamilton Luske
Cast: Rod Taylor, Cate Bauer, Betty Lou Gerson, Ben Wright, Lisa Davis, and Martha Wentworth
Year: 1961
When did I first watch this movie?: early childhood
Why is this one of my all time favorites?:  One of the rare Classic Disney movies I saw as a child and probably one of the funniest the studio ever made.


91

Title: Parasite
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin, Park Myung-hoon, and Lee Jung-eun
Year: 2019
When did I first watch this movie?: February 2021
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: The satire of economic inequality goes from comedy to heist movie to slasher film with deft alacrity.