My Ten Favorite Films

(1) Trainspotting, 1996, Danny Boyle

(2) Amélie, 2001, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

(3) Pride & Prejudice, 2005, Joe Wright

(4) Rushmore, 1998, Wes Anderson

(5) Moulin Rouge!, 2001, Baz Luhrmann

(6) Heima, 2007, Dean DeBlois

(7) The Big Lebowski, 1998, Joel and Ethan Coen

(8) Y Tu Mamá También, 2001, Alfonso Cuarón

(9) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004, Michel Gondry

(10) Stranger Than Fiction, 2006, Marc Forster

Trainspotting was my first. That is, it was the first film that opened my eyes to the idea of cinema as ART, so I doubt my number one will ever change. (I can't believe that was fifteen years ago!) Despite the grim grim grim subject matter, it's hilarious and beautiful and surreal. I still watch it several times a year.

My top five picks are stable, but the bottom five shift around depending on my mood.

What are your all-time favorites?


  1. Eternal Sunshine is on my list too. Along with Joy Luck Club, because it's pretty much my life. Lol.

    Have you seen Pan's Labyrinth? Given your selections, I think you might like it.

  2. Anonymous2:13 PM GMT-5

    I think the only one of those I've seen is P&P, but it's one of my favorites too. In fact, every time it's mentioned, i want to watch it again... and today is no exception

  3. God, you've got good taste. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those films. Hope I get to meet you for reals one day. Laini sings your praises.

  4. Kristan — I *love* Pan's Labyrinth.

    Thanks, Amy! :D

  5. OMG You totally look like Kate Winslet.

  6. Anonymous2:16 PM GMT-5

    Beginners is my most recent favorite- loved it. Also love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Amelie, Bread and Tulips, Shakespeare in Love, Harold and Maude, Goodwill Hunting, I'm forgetting the others at the moment!
    (Alexandra in Portland!)

  7. YOU HAVE MY RESPECT, you listed Heima. The band of my hard, the country of my dreams. Stranger Than Fiction is my ALL TIME FAVORITE, which is another plus in the list. I would probably exchange Trainspotting to Requiem for a Dream, because I think that movie has the best cutting EVER. Still gives me chills where there's a shot and then FALL.
    Amelie is an of course, same to spotless mind. I love love LOVE, Pride and Prejudice, more than the BBC series, and sometimes even more than the book. So sue me. But I think that Joe Wright did the most wonderful reading of the story, which is very rare in adaptations, in my opinion.
    I love the other movies, but they are not really my all time favorites. I would add some John Hughes love, then The Truman Show, and two brazilian movies that are the most AMAZING thing: O Auto da Compadecida and Lisbela e o Prisioneiro.
    when brazilians do it right, they DO IT RIGHT.
    OH, AND ALSO! MUCH MUCH MORE PIXAR LOVE (Monsters INC.; Wall-E; UP) AND DISNEY (Mulan! The Emperor's New Groove! The Lion King!)

    but anyway. once more you've proven to us that you are an amazing human being.

  8. I'm going to have to really think about my top ten so I'll post that a little later. There's just so many movies that I love! I'm a big movie nerd but I regret that I don't get to go see as many movies as I use to. I went through a phase in my life where all I did was watch movies, I wasn't very happy then so it was my way of escapeing reality. But now I have a nice balance and I'm much much happier.:)
    I've seen all your top 10 except Stranger than fiction and I've been told I really need to see it. I'll work on making that happen. :) Okay to be contiuned...

  9. Wow, FABULOUS list!

    I love, love, love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I think it's one of the most beautiful love stories out there.

  10. "These are OR scrubs."

    "OR they?"

    Love Rushmore!

    And 1,2,3,7,9,10... ;)

  11. Love anything with Ewan Macgregor in it, and I adore the newer version of Pride and Prejudice...omg, when he stutters "I love you" at the end after striding across the moor...

  12. Love your list Steph! A couple I haven't seen, so will def put them on my watch-next list. Amelie and Stranger Than Fiction would be on my top 10 too. I don't know if they make the all-time faves, but some recently enjoyed films are: Cairo Time, I Do (Prête-moi ta main), and Heartbreaker (L'arnacoeur).

  13. 1. Almost Famous
    2. Funny Girl
    3. Moulin Rouge
    4. The Way We Were
    5. My Cousin Vinny
    6. House of D
    7. Animal House
    8. A Star Is Born
    9. Terms of Endearment
    10. City Island

  14. My favorite movie is Howl's Moving Castle. Most of the Studio Ghibli movies are in my top 20 picks, but they are animated, so a lot of people dismiss them as childish. You've listed a lot of my favorites, but I've never watched Trainspotting, so I will have to add that to the list of "to-watch"!

  15. Some of the films that would make it high on my list are:

    Stand by me
    The Breakfast Club
    Persuasion (1995, I really like the newer version with Penry-Jones and Hawkins, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root in the 1995 version)
    To kill a mocking bird
    There will be blood
    Ever After
    The weight of water

  16. Love those movies! I always find those "What's your favorite?" questions so hard. It usually depends on my mood. Right now I can't get North & South out of my head. It's not even a movie but a mini-series but it is 4 hours of pure British beauty.

  17. There must be a spot for "Pulp Fiction" somewhere on this list. My personal all time fave. :)

  18. It looks like you're a Ewan McGregor fan too. I love him! Can't get enough of him on screen or in my ears (lol).

  19. My favorite movies EVER are Pulp Fiction and Toy Story.
    Pulp Fiction is MY Trainspotting. Toy Story is just perfection. And they came out within a year of each other which is kinda weird. I also LOVE(!!) the Kill Bill movies.

  20. I tend to watch more TV shows/mini series, but if I had to pick, I'd go with: Romeo & Juliet, Amelie, Marie Antoinette, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I've also been watching (500) Days of Summer a lot lately. Perhaps that's a future favourite?

  21. Great list! I <3 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And I've never watched Rushmore, but every time someone talks about it I can't help but think of one of my art professors, who was once Wes Anderson's art teacher at a stuffy private school, where he got in lots of trouble. I kid you not.

  22. you should try Naked http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107653/
    it's also grim but beautiful, philosophical, funny.

    I love:
    The Graduate
    Die Hard
    Silence of the Lambs
    Lost in Translation

  23. I'm with you on 2,3,5, and 10. Great movies!

  24. I love Panic Room, Fight Club, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Emperor's New Groove.
    About 8, I like that foreigners like mexican stuff, when I read about Como Agua Para Chocolate in Anna I got really excited (mostly because I had just read it).

  25. *Sigh* Oh how I love Amelie. Gorgeous gorgeous film.

    My other two favorites are My Cousin Vinny (which I can quote the whole movie) and French Kiss.

  26. I've seen a few of these, and have meant to see the rest, so I figure this fall I will go through your list and watch all ten! (I needed to rewatch Pride and Prejudice anyway, because I'm rereading it now.) I'm looking forward to it, so thanks for the list! I love reading about books/movies that people love, and getting excited about watching them. As for my favourites, I honestly can't say. I like movies, but I haven't seen or loved enough to come up with a good list. Also, I've been watching a lot more TV lately, which is great, but I think I shall try to find more of a balance between that and movies. So, thanks for reminding me!

  27. Amelie, Moulin Rouge, Eternal Sunshine, and Stranger than Fiction are on my list as well :)

  28. Trainspotting! It's been so long since I watched that movie. I also love P&P and Y Tu Mama Tambien (i've swum in that pool!)

    Favourite films include The Philadelphia Story, The Sound of Music. The Bourne Supremacy and Four Wedding and a Funeral - which I never get tired off.

  29. The Princess and the Warrior - I swoon everytime.

    Darkness Falls
    Anne of Green Gables series
    Princess Bride
    I Hate Luv Stories

  30. Oh, SO difficult. You've got a few of mine on there - P&P, Stranger Than Fiction and Eternal Sunshine.

    You've probably seen some of my other faves, like Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Lost in Translation, and Chungking Express.

    Here are a couple of my favourites you may not have seen:
    1. The Republic of Love
    2. The Station Agent
    3. Dear Frankie
    4. Babette's Feast

    Enjoy! =)

  31. wednesday6:29 PM GMT-5

    i'm with you on 2 + 9 + 10

    a few faves:
    1. empire records
    2. fight club
    3. american beauty
    4. breakfast club
    5. bug's life
    6. labyrinth
    7. ace ventura
    8. benny + joon
    9. sixteen candles
    10. death to smoochy

    i heart pretty much any john hughes / edward norton / kevin spacey / goofy johnny depp / pixar films

  32. Okay I've decided...
    In no certain order

    Pulp Fiction
    Austin Powers
    Star Wars
    Back to the Future
    Lord of the Rings
    The Rocky Horror Picture show
    Ferris Bullers day off
    Say Anything

    That was hard! :) But I've seen these the most and can watch them a million more times easy so I figure they must be my faves.

  33. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Oh my goodness, that movie. I think it's about Number 2 on my list too (right behind Lord of the Rings - because I count the trilogy as one, followed closely by (500) Days of Summer). And Moulin Rouge. <3 There was one summer in high school where I literally watched it every day for about a month.

    I've only seen Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind once, but it was such a beautiful film, and it was so very very heart wrenching, and thought provoking at the same time. Kate Winslet was AMAZING (as always)

    As for mine....

    Lord of the Rings
    Pride and Prejudice
    (500) Days of Summer
    Sherlock Holmes
    Love Actually
    Moulin Rouge
    Scott Pilgrim vs The World
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    Fight Club

    ...but the order (Except the first 3) changes a lot.

  34. Cool list! So I'm a little late chiming in on this one. But I'd say my favorite films are ones I will watch forever and always. You might also notice that I am a fan of the 90s.

    In no particular order:

    Can't Hardly Wait
    He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    She's the One
    Pan's Labyrinth
    Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
    Empire Records
    Lars and the Real Girl

  35. redheadedali8:14 PM GMT-5

    Yes! I love the 2005 Pride and Prejudice! Everyone else I know prefers the BBC miniseries! It's good to know I'm not alone.

    Some of my favorites:
    Dead Poets Society
    Almost Famous
    Lost in Translation
    The Princess Bride
    Last of the Mohicans
    Dirty Dancing
    The Cutting Edge
    Strictly Ballroom
    Shaun of the Dead
    10 Things I Hate About You

    And Lisa Aldon, I, too, love Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken. I must have watched it 100 times when I was in high school.

  36. The only one I've seen is Stranger than Fiction and I LOVE it! I'm a classic musical dork so my favorites are The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man (The original, don't get me started on the remake!), Oklahoma!, and Meet Me in St. Louis.

  37. I totally agree with Trainspotting. My mother let me rent it and watch it when I was about 15 and it changed my movie viewing habits. Luckily the awesome clerk at the video store told my mother that if anything it would make me not want to do drugs :). In college I took a film analysis class and we had to pick one movie to review in five different review styles (that is five papers and five times watching it) and I still love it. Now if I have to pick nine more movies it may take me a while and I might have to re-watch them all before committing to it; hey taste changes haha. But you did pick a few more that would probably be on my list!

  38. Anonymous9:06 PM GMT-5

    Oh yes, Matthew McFayden from P&P--yum yum yum yum yum. :)p

  39. My favorites -
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Shakespeare in love
    The English Patient
    Love Actually

  40. Anonymous2:00 PM GMT-5

    Stranger Than Fiction!! So pleased to see that on the list :) I'm also a huge fan of Amélie, but you know, Stranger Than Fiction just doesn't get as much love. It's why I bake cookies. True story.

    My top three are (500) Days of Summer, 127 Hours (Danny Boyle!), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tim Burton).