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My Favorite Movies

Listings are alphabetical within each section. I stopped updating this list in 2016.


Favorite movie of the year: TBA

Hidden Figures

Hunt for the Wilderpeople


Sing Street




Favorite movie of the year: Brooklyn




Mistress America




Star Wars: The Force Awakens



Favorite movie of the year: Didn't really have one. Not a great movie year for me.


Gone Girl

Me and My Moulton



Favorite movie of the year: Philomena

12 Years a Slave

About Time


Frances Ha

I'm So Excited!




Favorite movie of the year: Monsieur Lazhar

The Amazing Spider-Man

The Avengers

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Friends With Kids

Life of Pi

Mondays at Racine

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Pitch Perfect

Your Sister's Sister


Favorite movie of the year: Pina

The Artist

Attack the Block


Cedar Rapids

The Descendants


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2


War Horse

Win Win

Young Adult


Favorite movie of the year: The Kids Are All Right


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1


The King's Speech

Letters to Juliet

Made in Dagenham

The Social Network

True Grit


Favorite movie of the year: An Education

(500) Days of Summer

District 9

Every Little Step

Goodbye Solo

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


The Invention of Lying

Julie & Julia



Up in the Air


Favorite movie of the year:
The Times of Harvey Milk

(OK, it's over 20 years old, but it was new to me in 2008.)


The Bank Job


Kung Fu Panda



The Reader


Slumdog Millionaire

Young at Heart


Favorite movie of the year: Lars and the Real Girl

Branded Upon the Brain! (live narration by Karen Black)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Letters from Iwo Jima

The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)

No Country for Old Men


Rocket Science

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


Favorite movie of the year: Children of Men

49 Up

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

The Danish Poet

Flushed Away

Little Children

Little Miss Sunshine

Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)

The Puffy Chair

The Queen 




Favorite movie of the year: Capote

Ballet Russes

Brokeback Mountain

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Kung Fu Hustle (Gong fu)

Pride and Prejudice


Walking on Water


Favorite movie of the year: Sideways


Fahrenheit 9/11

Finding Neverland

Good bye, Lenin!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hotel Rwanda

In My Father's Church


Napoleon Dynamite

Shaun of the Dead

Touching the Void


Favorite movie of the year: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Angels in America

Between Two Women

Fog of War

I Exist

Jim in Bold

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

My Life on Ice (Ma vraie vie à Rouen)

Pieces of April

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl


The Station Agent


Whale Rider


Favorite movie of the year: Straight

About Schmidt


Bowling for Columbine

Far from Heaven

The Good Girl

Horns and Halos

Kissing Jessica Stein

The Laramie Project

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika)

The Parlor

The Pianist

Rabbit-Proof Fence


Favorite movie of the year: Big Eden

Gosford Park

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

His Secret Life (Le Fate Ignoranti)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


Moulin Rouge!

Ocean's Eleven

The Others

The Royal Tenenbaums


Together (Tillsammans)


Favorite movie of the year: You Can Count on Me

Almost Famous

Beautiful People

Billy Elliot

Bring It On

Chuck and Buck

Erin Brockovich


High Fidelity

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Requiem for a Dream


Favorite Movies of the 1990s

Plans Go Awry

90 Goodfellas

92 Of Mice and Men

92 Unforgiven

96 Fargo

98 A Simple Plan


91 35 Up

92 The Player

92 Visions of Light

94 Pulp Fiction

94 Ed Wood

96 MST3K: The Movie

98 42: Forty Two Up

99 Being John Malkovich


93 What's Eating Gilbert Grape

93 Shadowlands

94 Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu)

94 The Lion King

94 Nobody's Fool

95 The Brady Bunch Movie

95 Les Miserables (Les Miserables du Vingtième Siècle)

95 Party Girl

96 Secrets and Lies

96 Lone Star

96 Children of the Revolution

97 Love! Valour! Compassion!

97 The Full Monty

98 Central Station (Central do Brasil)


92 Strictly Ballroom

92 Glengarry Glen Ross

93 Searching for Bobby Fischer

94 Hoop Dreams

94 Quiz Show

95 Babe

97 Hands on a Hardbody

99 Election

99 Genghis Blues


91 Terminator 2: Judgment Day

93 Schindler's List

97 Amistad

98 Saving Private Ryan

99 Galaxy Quest

99 The Matrix

99 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Happily Ever After (or not)

94 Muriel's Wedding

95 Persuasion

95 Clueless

96 The English Patient

97 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

99 American Beauty

99 Mansfield Park

Favorite Movies of the 1980s

Dark, Dark, Dark

81 Sophie's Choice

83 El Norte

84 The Killing Fields

87 The Dead

Light, Light, Light

83 A Christmas Story

84 This Is Spinal Tap

87 The Princess Bride

87 Raising Arizona

88 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Big Hollywood

80 The Empire Strikes Back

81 Raiders of the Lost Ark

83 The Right Stuff

86 Aliens

88 Die Hard

Being Someone Else

80 The Shining

82 Tootsie

87 No Way Out

87 Wings of Desire

88 Big

True, More or Less

80 Raging Bull

81 Brooklyn Bridge

84 The Times of Harvey Milk

85 28 Up

87 Empire of the Sun

89 Henry V

New Noir

81 Body Heat

84 Blood Simple

85 Prizzi's Honor

86 Blue Velvet

They're All out to Get You

84 Nineteen Eighty-Four

85 Brazil

85 Kiss of the Spider Woman

86 Jean de Florette

86 Manon of the Spring

Second Chances

81 The Grey Fox

83 Local Hero

83 Tender Mercies

84 Places in the Heart

86 A Room with a View

88 Bull Durham

88 Cinema Paradiso

89 Field of Dreams

Favorite Movies of the 1970s


71 Harold and Maude

72 The Thing with Two Heads

73 The Sting

77 Annie Hall

78 Heaven Can Wait

79 Manhattan

79 Being There


72 The Godfather

74 Chinatown

74 The Godfather, Part II

79 The Great Santini

79 Best Boy

Leaving Home

71 The Last Picture Show

72 What's Up, Doc?

73 American Graffiti

75 Barry Lyndon

75 Nashville

77 Close Encounters of the Third Kind

78 The Deer Hunter

78 Animal House


70 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

70 Little Big Man

71 A Clockwork Orange

73 O Lucky Man!


74 Hearts and Minds

75 Dog Day Afternoon

79 The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel)

Taking on the Bad Guys

70 Patton

74 Blazing Saddles

75 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

76 All the President's Men

77 Star Wars

78 Superman

79 Life of Brian

...And Then There Were None

71 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

72 Frenzy

72 The Poseidon Adventure

73 Badlands

75 Jaws

79 Alien

Favorite Movies of the 1960s

Strong Women

62 The Manchurian Candidate

62 Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

64 Mary Poppins

65 The Sound of Music

65 Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

68 Barbarella

Men with Relationship Issues

60 The Apartment

60 Psycho

61 The Hustler

63 Hud

67 Bedazzled

67 The Graduate

Messiahs and Martyrs

60 Elmer Gantry

62 To Kill a Mockingbird

64 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

66 A Man for All Seasons

69 The Wild Bunch


62 The Brain That Wouldn't Die

62 Lawrence of Arabia

62 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

66 Seconds

69 Midnight Cowboy


61 Judgment at Nuremberg

62 Eegah

63 Séance on a Wet Afternoon

66 Manos, the Hands of Fate

67 Cool Hand Luke

68 Oliver!

High Stakes

61 Rocket Attack, USA

63 The Birds

64 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

68 2001: A Space Odyssey

68 Planet of the Apes

Favorite Movies of the 1950s


50 All About Eve

53 Roman Holiday

57 The Bridge on the River Kwai

57 Paths of Glory

59 North by Northwest

59 Some Like It Hot

Male View of Women's Self-Identities

50 Sunset Blvd.

55 Picnic

56 The Bad Seed

57 The Three Faces of Eve


54 Rear Window

55 To Catch a Thief

56 The Searchers

59 Ben-Hur

59 The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups)

Queer Sensibility

53 Calamity Jane

53 Glen or Glenda

55 All That Heaven Allows

56 Tea and Sympathy

59 Pillow Talk

Amazing Abilities

53 Houdini

53 Robot Monster

55 Bride of the Monster

56 The Ten Commandments

59 Donald in Mathmagic Land

59 Plan 9 from Outer Space

Hard to Kill

51 The African Queen

52 High Noon

53 Shane

55 The Ladykillers

56 The Man Who Knew Too Much

57 The Brain from Planet Arous

Favorite Movies of the 1940s

Kept Women

41 Citizen Kane

46 Beauty and the Beast (La belle et la bête)

46 Notorious

48 The Snake Pit

49 Caught

49 The Heiress

Tough Mothers

40 The Grapes of Wrath

41 The Little Foxes

45 Mildred Pierce

46 To Each His Own

47 Miracle on 34th Street

War is Hell

42 Casablanca

42 Mrs. Miniver

49 The Third Man

49 Twelve O'Clock High

Life Among the Lowly

43 Shadow of a Doubt

44 Double Indemnity

46 The Big Sleep

48 Oliver Twist

Big Ambitions

41 The Lady Eve

41 Sullivan's Travels

42 The Palm Beach Story

44 National Velvet

45 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

46 The Best Years of Our Lives

Cary, Kate, and Jimmy

40 His Girl Friday

40 My Favorite Wife

40 The Philadelphia Story

40 The Shop Around the Corner

46 It's a Wonderful Life

49 Adam's Rib

Favorite Movies of the 1930s

It's Tough to Be a Kid

31 M

36 Sabotage

37 Captains Courageous

38 Tell Your Children (aka Reefer Madness)

39 Gone with the Wind

39 Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Sophisticated Relationships

33 Duck Soup

37 The Awful Truth

37 The Good Earth

38 Bringing Up Baby

38 Holiday

38 The Lady Vanishes

Playing a Role

31 City Lights

32 Freaks

33 42nd Street

34 It Happened One Night

36 My Man Godfrey

37 The Prisoner of Zenda

38 Pygmalion


35 The 39 Steps

35 Captain Blood

36 Modern Times

37 Stage Door

38 The Adventures of Robin Hood

39 Stagecoach

39 The Wizard of Oz