OK, OK.  These are my favorite movies of all time.  You’re not going to see the same old movies that pepper everyone else’s All Time Best list, and this list leans very heavily toward movies from the last 20-30 years (sorry, Charlie Chaplin).

Without further ado, my top 9 list.  (Hey, who says the list has to be 10?)

The Last Supper I have a fondness for dark comedies, and this is one of the most bizarre ones you’re likely to encounter.  A group of politically active college students take their rhetoric a wee bit too far.  A young Cameron Diaz is in the cast.  Also, the movie is set in Iowa, which gives it a bit of a boost for me.
8 Airplane I picked a bad week to quit explaining the obvious.
7 Planet of the Apes I love the premise of this classic film.  But for a few quirks of evolution, this might be our reality. Bear in mind that when this movie hit theaters (1968), Neil Armstrong had not yet set foot on the moon.
6 Office Space I work in information technology, where this flick is a legend.  Of particular interest to me is that fact that the computer is the movie are running a hybrid operating system that never existed in the real world (yes, I notice these things in movies – constantly).  I’ll never buy any stapler other than a Swingline (although mine are black).
5 War Games I list Matthew Broderick as my favorite actor, and War Games is the major reason why.  I’ve also always been opposed to nuclear war (OK, I doubt too many people are actively FOR nuclear war) and enjoyed Joshua’s brilliant deduction – the only way to win is not to play. Obviously, the computer technology from a 1983 movie is going to be a bit dated – but note the nice bit of social engineering David uses to get the password to the school’s system.
4 Jurassic Park Living, breathing dinosaurs in a theme park!  If Jurassic Park really existed, I’d be first in line for tickets.  I’ve watched the entire trilogy, but the original is the best of the lot.
3 Field of Dreams It’s a baseball movie that was filmed ten miles from my house.  What’s not to like.  Seriously, how can you not choke up a bit when Ray asks John if he wants to have a catch.
2 Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker How did a Chinese movie with English subtitles pop up on the list?  I was going through a foreign film phase in the late 90s and found this movie incredibly enjoyable.  The plot does have some holes, but the fireworks will keep you on your feet. 

This movie is incredibly hard to find for a fair price (thus the reason why you’re probably seeing an insane price on the Amazon widget).  I finally tracked down a copy on DVD.  The only problem?  It doesn’t have the English subtitles. 

I was also amused at the amount of detail on the back cover.  Nearly every element on the plot is included in the summary – surprises and all.  By far the most text I’ve ever seen on the back of a DVD case – probably 500 – 1000 words.

1 The Thirteenth Floor The movie came out the same year at The Matrix.  The Matrix garnered a lot more attention and made a lot more money, but it was The Thirteenth Floor that blew me away.  A simulation company has created a virtual San Francisco, circa 1937.  One of the scientists is savagely murdered immediately after returning from a trip to 1937 – and his friend needs to go into the virtual world to look for clues.

 Which movies are on your top 9 list?  Any obscure films among them?


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Kosmo is the founder of The Soap Boxers and writes on a variety of topics. Many of his short stories have been collected into Kindle books.

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