Well, I’ve finally reached my 100th blog post! The reason I haven’t posted this month is because I wanted my 100th post to be special, and I decided to list my top 100 favorite movies of all time! It took me this long because I had to narrow my list down from over 300 choices. THEN, I decided to rank the films, which took even longer. No worries, I’m not going to overwhelm you guys by putting all 100 movies on here. This segment will be split into four parts, so part 2 will be posted soon. Enjoy, and let me know your favorite films in the comments!
100. American Mary (2012)
Directed By: Jen and Sylvia Soska
Stars: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, and David Lovgren.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle), a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so-called “freakish” clients.
Why I Love It: The Soska sisters brought a unique look into the world of body modification. American Mary was brutal, bloody, and merciless. It also brought my favorite performance by Katharine Isabelle.
Favorite Scene: The surgery of the twins (Jen and Sylvia Soska).
Lance (Twan Holliday): “Don’t you ever devalue what you do, Mary. You make sure they deserve it, and don’t waste a minute of your time thinking about them when you’re done.”
99. The Last House On The Left (2009)
Directed By: Dennis Iliadis
Stars: Sara Paxton, Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter, and Tony Goldwyn.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): After killing and assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: parents who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.
Why I love It: I’m a huge fan of revenge films. This particular revenge flick brought a lot of humanity, and it successfully made you care about the characters and what was happening. I love the film’s gritty tone, and the musical score is absolutely beautiful.
Favorite Scene: When John (Tony Goldwyn) and Emma (Monica Potter) save Mari (Sara Paxton).
John: “No. I want to hear you beg for your f***ing life.”
98. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Directed By: Jared Hess
Stars: Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, and Aaron Ruell.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.
Why I Love It: Napoleon Dynamite is such a quirky and odd film, and I can’t help but find it hilarious. I love its randomness and the chemistry between all of the characters. I also love the sub-plots and the epic soundtrack!
Favorite Scene: Napoleon’s (Jon Heder) dance number.
Kip (Aaron Ruell): “Your mom goes to college.”
97. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
Directed By: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Oded Fehr, and Iain Glen.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice (Milla Jovovich) joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp.
Why I Love It: I believe it’s the strongest installment in the Resident Evil franchise. The desert setting was perfect. This sequel also has my favorite character ensemble of the whole franchise.
Favorite Scene: The crow massacre.
Dr. Isaacs (Iain Glen): “For so long, I thought you were the future; I was wrong. I am the future.”
Alice (Milla Jovovich): *Laughs* “No. You’re just another a**hole. Now, we’re both gonna die down here.”
96. The Thing (1982)
Directed By: John Carpenter
Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, and Richard Mauser.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearances of its victims.
Why I Love It: The Thing has some of the most spectacular practical effects ever put on film. Plus, it gives off a perfect sense of dread, paranoia, and isolation. It’s one of the creepiest sci-fi horror films, and it’s one of Carpenter’s best!
Favorite Scene: The big mouth.
Garry (Donald Moffat): “I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I’d rather not spend the rest of this winter tied to this f***ing couch!”
95. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, and Warren Clarke.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn’t go as planned.
Why I Love It: One thing about this film that always stuck with me is the dialogue. The dialogue, the quirky sets, and the music all made for one entertaining film. Also, I love watching Malcolm McDowell’s performances in pretty much anything.
Favorite Scene: The slow motion walk/attack.
Alex (Malcolm McDowell): “What you got back home, little sister, to play your fuzzy warbles on? I bet you got little save pitiful, portable picnic players. Come with uncle and hear all proper! Hear angel trumpets and devil trombones. You are invited.”
94. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Directed By: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen, and Paul A. Partain.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather’s grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) and his family.
Why I Love It: This movie had the production from hell, and I admire everyone’s dedication to get it all done. They’ve truly created an epic classic in the horror genre. It’s definitely a film I can watch over and over and never get tired of.
Favorite Scene: Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
Old Man (Jim Siedow): “I just can’t take no pleasure in killing. There’s just some things in life you gotta do. Don’t mean you have to like it.”
93. Young Frankenstein (1974)
Directed By: Mel Brooks
Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, and Peter Boyle.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he’s nothing like his grandfather, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
Why I Love It: I’ve always loved Mel Brooks’ humor. This parody doesn’t just make fun of the horror genre. It’s random, it’s hilarious, and it has a hell of a cast!
Favorite Scene: Sed-A-Give?!
Fredrick (Gene Wilder): “Would you mind telling me whose brain I DID put in?”
Igor (Marty Feldman): “Then you won’t be angry?”
Frederick: “I will NOT be angry.”
Igor: “Abby Someone.”
Frederick: “Abby someone. Abby who?”
Igor: “Abby… normal.”
92. Natural Born Killers (1994)
Directed By: Oliver Stone
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, and Robert Downey Jr..
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Why I Love It: To start, the film’s soundtrack is awesome! Natural Born Killers perfectly displays how ridiculous and blood-hungry the media and society can be as they glorify murderers.
Favorite Scene: The riot.
Mickey (Woody Harrelson): “It’s just murder. All God’s creatures do it. You look in the forests and you see species killing other species, our species killing all species including the forests, and we just call it industry, not murder.”
91. Halloween 2 (2009)
Directed By: Rob Zombie
Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, and Sheri Moon Zombie.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael’s (Tyler Mane) deadly return to Haddonfield. Meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.
Why I Love It: A lot of horror fans will definitely disagree with me on this one, but I absolutely love this film. Zombie kept up the brutality, and added a realistic aspect when it comes to how someone deals with trauma, and how others let fame get to their heads.
Favorite Scene: Laurie’s nightmare about Annie (Danielle Harris).
Harley (Angela Trimbur): “Who died? *sees Laurie is crying* S**t, baby, did somebody really die?”
90. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Directed By: Jim Sharman
Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Richard O’Brien.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry).
Why I Love It: When I first saw this film, it was one of the weirdest that I’ve ever seen. Now, I know all of the songs by heart, I know the whole movie by heart, and I love the boundaries this cult classic pushed. This epic cast wasn’t afraid to go all-out and create something that people still celebrate to this day.
Favorite Scene: Frank’s final song.
Janet (Susan Sarandon): “What have you done with Brad?”
Frank: “Nothing. Why, do you think I should?”
89. I Spit On Your Grave (1978)
Directed By: Meir Zarchi
Stars: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, and Anthony Nichols.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): An aspiring writer is repeatedly assaulted, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.
Why I Love It: As I’ve stated before, I love a good revenge flick. One of the reasons this made it onto my top 100 list is Camille Keaton’s (Jennifer) performance! She used her powers of seduction to lure the weak scumbags and exact her revenge.
Favorite Scene: The Bath.
Jennifer: “Suck it, b***h.”
88. Day Of The Dead (1985)
Directed By: George A. Romero
Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, and Jariath Conroy.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.
Why I Love It: It’s my favorite film in the original Dead trilogy because I found it much more entertaining. The protagonists were very likable, Joseph Pilato (Rhodes) plays a fantastic villain, and who doesn’t love Bub (Sherman Howard)?
Favorite Scene: Any scene with Bub in it.
Sarah (Lori Cardille): “What I’m doing… is all there’s left to do.”
John (Terry Alexander): “Shame on you. There’s plenty to do. Plenty to do, so long as there’s you and me and maybe some other people. We could start over, start fresh, get some babies… and teach them, Sarah. Teach them never to come over here and dig these records out.”
87. I Spit On Your Grave (2010)
Directed By: Steven R. Monroe
Stars: Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard, and Daniel Franzese.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers who left her for dead.
Why I Love It: The reason I rank this film higher than the original is that I believe the acts of revenge in this one are much more clever. In a way, Jennifer (Sarah Butler) turns each sin against the sinner, which is the kind of vengeance I love.
Favorite Scene: All of the revenge scenes; particularly, the revenge against Johnny (Jeff Branson).
Andy (Rodney Eastman): “F**k you!”
Jennifer: “You already did that. I didn’t enjoy it much… now it’s my turn to f**k you.”
86. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Directed By: Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez
Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.
Why I Love It: I’ve always love found footage films, and The Blair Witch Project is one that never bored me. I’ve seen it many times and it still entertains me. I love how realistic it was, and how it left most of the scares to the viewers’ imaginations. The tension and dialogue between the characters definitely added to the realism.
Favorite Scene: When Heather, Mike, and Josh interview the locals about the legend.
Josh: “Ok, here’s your motivation. You’re lost, you’re angry in the woods, and no one is here to help you. There’s a f***ing witch and she keeps leaving s**t outside your door. There’s no one here to help you. She left little trinkets, you f***ing took one of them, she ran after us. There’s no one here to help you! We walked for 15 hours today, we ended up in the same place! There’s no one here to help you, that’s your motivation! THAT’S YOUR MOTIVATION!”
85. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
Directed By: Jonathan Liebesman
Stars: Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird, and R. Lee Ermey.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Before being sent to serve in Vietnam, two brothers and their girlfriends take one last road trip, but when they get into an accident, a terrifying experience will take them to a secluded house of horrors, with a chainsaw-wielding killer.
Why I Love It: I think this was a wonderful origin story for Leatherface (Andrew Bryniarski). The cinematography is beautiful, the brutality doesn’t let up, and it has R. Lee Ermey (Hoyt) at his most sadistic!
Favorite Scene: The dinner scene.
Chrissie (Jordana Brewster): “I have a question for you. It involves the family tree, the lineage, if you will… Do you guys f**k all your cousins or just the ones you find attractive?”
84. Hannibal (2001)
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, and Ray Liotta.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Living in exile, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) tries to reconnect with now disgraced FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore), and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim.
Why I Love It: Though Jodi Foster was replaced in this film, I think Julianne Moore still did a wonderful job with the role. She really made it her own. I also loved seeing Hannibal in his prime, free to be his brutal, psychotic self.
Favorite Scene: Dinner with Paul (Ray Liotta).
Allegra (Francesca Neri): “Dr. Fell, do you believe a man could become so obsessed with a woman, from a single encounter?”
Hannibal: “Could he daily feel a stab of hunger for her and find nourishment in the very sight of her? I think so. But would she see through the bars of his plight and ache for him?”
83. The Ring (2002)
Directed By: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, and David Dorfman.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.
Why I Love It: This was one of the first horror films that truly scared me. I love the dark blue tone throughout the whole film. It’s a good, creepy mystery that I have nightmares about to this day!
Favorite Scene: When Rachel (Naomi Watts) finds Samara (Daveigh Chase).
Richard (Brian Cox): “What is it with reporters? You take one person’s tragedy and force the world to experience it… spread it like sickness.”
82. Vacation (1983)
Directed By: Harold Ramis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Imogene Coca, and Randy Quaid.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): The Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Wally World theme park proves to be more arduous than they ever expected.
Why I Love It: I love how they really traveled across the country to film this movie. It’s hilarious and frustrating at the same time. It’s Chevy Chase (Clark) at his best and craziest!
Favorite Scene: Visiting cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and his family.
Vicki (Jane Krakowski): “I’m going steady, and I French kiss.”
Audrey (Dana Barron): “So? Everybody does that.”
Vicki: “Yeah, but Daddy says I’m the best at it.”
81. Monster (2003)
Directed By: Patty Jenkins
Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, and Lee Tergesen.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron), a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.
Why I Love It: This film undoubtedly brought Charlize Theron’s best performance! Though it’s not historically accurate, it was still a great film. It’s very tragic and heartbreaking.
Favorite Scene: When Aileen and Selby (Christina Ricci) first meet.
Aileen: “I’m good with the Lord. I’m fine with Him. And I know how you were raised, alright? And I know how people f***in’ think out there, and f**k, it’s gotta be that way. They’ve gotta tell you that ‘Thou shalt not kill’ s**t and all of that. But that’s not the way the world works, Selby. Who the f**k knows what God wants?”
80. Fun With Dick And Jane (2005)
Directed By: Dean Parisot
Stars: Jim Carrey, Téa Leoni, Alec Baldwin, and Richard Jenkins.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): When an affluent couple lose all their money following a series of blunders, they turn to a life of crime to make ends meet.
Why I Love It: I honestly have no idea why this film is completely under the radar. It’s comical, and Jim Carrey (Dick) and Téa Leoni (Jane) have wonderful chemistry together! It’s definitely a clever and amusing story that shouldn’t be ignored.
Favorite Scene: Dick and Jane’s robbing montage.
Karen (Maggie Rowe): “Oh my god, my car! What is wrong with you?”
Frank (Richard Jenkins): “What’s wrong with me? You’re the one parked in a handicapped space.”
Karen: “That’s not a handicapped space!”
Frank: “It is now!”
79. Saw (2004)
Directed By: James Wan
Stars: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover, and Tobin Bell.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they’re pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.
Why I Love It: This was the first installment of one of my favorite franchises of all time. It was an epic mystery that was perfectly executed to the very end. It brought a psychopath with such a unique motivation.
Favorite Scene: The big reveal.
John (Tobin Bell): “Congratulations. You are still alive. Most people are so ungrateful to be alive. But not you. Not anymore.”
78. Hairspray (2007)
Directed By: Adam Shankman
Stars: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Why I Love It: One of the obvious reasons I love it is the soundtrack. I also love how it shows the supposed glamorous life of the 1960s, while also pulling back the curtain to the ugly truth of racism, fat-shaming, hatefulness, and judgment.
Favorite Scene: I can hear the bells.
Edna (John Travolta): “You can’t stop my happiness, cause I like the way I am. And you just can’t stop my knife and fork when I see a Christmas ham! And if you don’t like the way I look, then I just don’t give a damn!”
77. Cigarette Burns (2005)
Directed By: John Carpenter
Stars: Norman Reedus, Colin Foo, Udo Kier, and Gary Hetherington.
Synopsis (provided by IMDb.com): With a torrid past that haunts him, a movie theater owner is hired to search for the only existing print of a film so notorious that its single screening caused the viewers to become homicidally insane.
Why I Love It: I absolutely love the film’s concept! The idea of a film that can cause its audiences to literally go insane is so intriguing to me.
Favorite Scene: When Annie (Zara Taylor) sings to Kirby (Norman Reedus).
Meyers (Chris Britton): “We trust filmmakers. We sit in the dark, daring them to affect us; secure in the knowledge that they won’t go too far.”
76. Pet Sematary (1989)
Directed By: Mary Lambert
Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, and Brad Greenquist.
Synopsis: After moving into a new home, a family man learns about an ancient burial ground behind his house that contains the power to raise the dead.
Why I Love It: This was one of the first stories that I’ve read by Stephen King. It’s a bold film that tackles death, loss, and how grief can destroy you and make you make the wrong decisions.
Favorite Scene: When Louis (Dale Midkiff) says goodbye to Gage (Miko Hughes) one last time.
Jud (Fred Gwynne): “The soil of a man’s heart is stonier, Louis. A man grows what he can, and he tends to it. Because what you buy is what you own, and what you own… always comes home to you.”