Favorite Movies of All Time: 90-81


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.

250-241 200-190 150-141 100-91
240-231 190-181 140-131
230-221 180-171 130-121
220-211 170-161 120-111
210-201 160-151 110-101

90

Title: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey,  & Rodney Rothman
Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Vélez, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Liev Schreiber
Year: 2018
When did I first watch this movie?: July 2019
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A brilliant animation style brings comic book pages to life in this funny, sweet, and action-filled coming-of-age story of Miles Morales and fellow Spider-beings.


89

Title: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 
Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson
Year:2004
When did I first watch this movie?: Around 2005
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A clever and heartfelt story about love and relationships, memories, and how are experiences make us who we are.


88

Title: Alien 
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto
Year:1979
When did I first watch this movie?: mid-80s (after I saw Aliens)
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A minimalist horror film that allows the tension to build until it’s almost unbearable, and a metaphor for everything from misogyny to pandemic preparedness.


87

Title: Aliens
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, and Carrie Henn
Year: 1986
When did I first watch this movie?: 1986, at the theaters
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Kind of feels like a cheat listing these movies back to back, but it’s a rare instance of a sequel being an equally great movie while somehow also being a completely different genre.


86

Title: On the Waterfront 
Director: Elia Kazan
Cast: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning Eva Marie Saint
Year:1954
When did I first watch this movie?: 1996
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A naturalistic movie with top-notch acting dramatizes the need to stand up to corrupt organizations that rely on people looking the other way.


85

Title: Lilo & Stitch
Director: Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
Cast: Chris Sanders, Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Jason Scott Lee, Zoe Caldwell, Kevin Michael Richardson
Year: 2002
When did I first watch this movie?: February 2017
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Made at a low point in Disney animation, Lilo & Stitch was a low-budget experiment that managed to be a heartwarming story of sisterly love while also being outrageously funny.


84

Title: The Big Lebowski
Director: Joel Coen
Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, John Turturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Year: 1998
When did I first watch this movie?: January 2005
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: An absurdist comedy that takes the structure of Los Angeles noir to tell the ultimate shaggy dog story.


83

Title: Amélie
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cast: Audrey Tatou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Serge Merlin, Jamel Debbouze, Claire Maurier, Clotilde Mollet, Isabelle Nanty, Dominique Pinon, Artus de Penguern, Yolande Moreau, Urbain Cancelier, and Maurice Bénichou.
Year: 2001
When did I first watch this movie?: 2001, at the theaters
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Modern Paris becomes a playground of magical realism with Tatou portraying the best example of introvert as protagonist in a film.


82

Title: The Grapes of Wrath
Director
: John Ford
Cast: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Shirley Mills, John Qualen, Eddie Quillan
Year: 1940
When did I first watch this movie?: 1989
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Adapted from John Steinbeck’s classic novel, this film exposes the prejudice and capitalistic exploitation of Okies escaping The Dust Bowl but also their perseverance.


81

Title: The Seventh Seal
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Inga Landgré, Åke Fridell
Year: 1957
When did I first watch this movie?: Late 90s
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A beautifully filmed reflection on mortality and the meaning(lessness) of life that is also surprisingly funny.