Favorite Movies of All Time: 10-1


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 50-41
240-231 190-181 140-131 90-81 40-31
230-221 180-171 130-121 80-71 30-21
220-211 170-161 120-111 70-61 20-11
210-201 160-151 110-101 60-51

10

Title: The City of Lost Children
Director:Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cast: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfus
Year
: 1995
When did I first watch this movie?: Around 2002?
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A wonderfully imaginative visual feast about the power of kindness in times of darkness.


9

Title: Toy Story
Director: John Lasseter
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, and Erik von Detten
Year: 1995
When did I first watch this movie?: 1995
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A movie that revolutionized animation, but more importantly is funny and full of warmth.


8

Title: Do the Right Thing
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson
Year: 1989
When did I first watch this movie?: 1990
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A stark and still relevant depiction of inter-racial conflict on one hot day in Brooklyn.


7

Title: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Director: Irvin Kershner
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, and Frank Oz
Year: 1980
When did I first watch this movie?: 1980
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Still the best Star Wars film ever made.


6

Title: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Director:Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, and Slim Pickens
Year: 1964
When did I first watch this movie?:  1990
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: Funny and terrifying in equal measure.


5

Title: Citizen Kane
Director: Orson Welles
Cast:Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, George Coulouris, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Stewart, Ruth Warrick, Erskine Sanford, and William Alland
Year: 1941
When did I first watch this movie?: 1993 or so?
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: It lives up to the hype.


4

Title: The Muppet Movie
Director: James Frawley
Cast: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt,  Dave Goelz, Charles Durning and Austin Pendleton
Year: 1979
When did I first watch this movie?: 1979
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: A meta-fictional homage to Hollywood movies starring puppets with great humanity.


3

Title: Casablanca
Director: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson
Year: 1942
When did I first watch this movie?: 1991-1992?
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: The immediacy of this World War II thriller and romance plus a remarkably memorable script make it as great as everyone says it is.


2

Title: The Up Series (Seven Up!, 7 Plus Seven, 21 Up, 28 Up, 35 Up, 42 Up, 49 Up, 56 Up, and 63 Up)
Director: Paul Almond (Seven Up), Michael Apted (the rest of the series)
Cast: Bruce Balden, Jackie Bassett, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Peter Davies, Susan Davis, Charles Furneaux, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Suzanne Lusk and Tony Walker
Year: 1963-2019
When did I first watch this movie?: 2005
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: The human condition in seven year increments.


1

Title: Jaws
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary,  and Murray Hamilton
Year: 1975
When did I first watch this movie?: 1985?
Why is this one of my all time favorites?: My love for this movie is partially due to family vacations on Martha’s Vineyard as a child, but it serves well as a parable of elite responses to crisis as well as a great character of three very different men on a boat (that needs to be bigger).