Friday, June 27, 2008

My 5-Star Rated Films

This is my list of films that I would call "elite." I wouldn't call any of them perfect or flawless. But this is just the elite. So when I think a movie is 5 stars (like the one I just rated this morning), this is the company I think the film belongs in.

In fact, you could call this my "Philip's Film Hall of Fame." Because not everyone in the Hall of Fame is equal: there's no way that Bruce Sutter was on the same level as Babe Ruth. There is obviously an elite among the elite. But, today, I just list the elite to give an idea of what I think an excellent movie is. It's one of those movies that when someone calls it by name, my eyes light up & I go, "YEAH..."

BTW, this list does not include documentaries, mini series, or TV shows. Films only.

3:10 to Yuma
Batman Begins
A Beautiful Mind
Blood Diamond
The Bourne Identity
Cinderella Man
Clear and Present Danger
Dead Poets Society
The Departed
Dumb and Dumber
Evan Almighty
Field of Dreams
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Forrest Gump
French Kiss
The Ghost and the Darkness
Good Morning, Vietnam
The Goonies
The Green Mile
Jeremiah Johnson
Legends of the Fall
Life is Beautiful
Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
Major League
The Matrix
Meet the Parents
The Negotiator
Ocean's Eleven
Office Space
Old School
Patriot Games
Pay It Forward
The Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Red Dragon
Remember the Titans
Saving Private Ryan
The Shawshank Redemption
The Siege
Spy Game
Star Wars IV, V, and VI
Stranger Than Fiction
Thirteen Days
Top Gun
Training Day
You've Got Mail


Sara Blouin Taylor said...

::releases breath:: This list would have been totally shot if you had not specified the GOOD episodes of Star Wars. Bravo, friend, bravo.

Jordan said...

I keep my ongoing top movie list going on facebook if you are interested in knowing. Needless to say, we have some similar movies.

III said...


I've just met you on-line, and I do not know you that well, but there should definitely be more women in this world like YOU. Reading a list like that waiting with baited breath to see the correct Star Wars films listed. And totally addicted to the Red Sox. I can only imagine that you must be a lily among dainty & effeminate thorns.

Mrs. Taylor, I salute you!

Sara Blouin Taylor said...

What can I say? My parents knew what they were doing... "Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it." (I'm pretty sure this is a direct reference to the Sox and the true Star Wars.) I must say that you're pretty fab yourself, 1) for loving those things as well, and 2) recognizing how rare and amazing others who share in the loyalty of all things true are.

Seriously, though, I could argue for days about Star Wars, and used to when people let me. (I think they've all caught on to that, though, as no one has afforded me a segway in years.)

David Johnson said...

I must say that I'm quite happy to see Stranger Than Fiction and You've Got Mail in particular on this list.