The best I could come up with was 25. (Actually, it's 26, because I lumped 2 similar flicks together.) Then, to add to the complication, Lyn and I saw IRON MAN over the weekend. I'm thinking it might make its way into one of my all-time favs...time will tell. (It was a great movie, if you haven't seen it yet! I've always liked Robert Downey, Jr., in spite of his issues. Which reminds me--his HEART AND SOUL was another of my favs that didn't make my list. hmmmmm . . Then there's STAR WARS and STAR TREK: THE VOYAGE HOME....oh my!!!)
I'm sure next week, the list would be different if I were to post it.
Anyway, here's my top 25 broken down into some very generic categories. (I DID award a "blue ribbon" to my all-time favorite, and 10 "red ribbons" to the next level of favorites.
DISCLAIMER: I probably should have included LOVE STORY because of the role it played in the "courtship" of Lyn and me. It would be on the list for sentimental reasons, but not for any real enjoyment or long-term appreciation of the film on its own merit. Even at the time, the line "Love means you never have to say you're sorry," seemed like one of the stupidest sentences ever uttered. So LOVE STORY is nixed from the favs list.
BEST OF ALL
PACE-SETTING AND QUIRKY
2001: A Space Odyssey (This was the "you either love it or hate it" movie of all time! I loved it!)
Sleepless in Seattle (when Rosie was her most lovable self! ..."like a little clue!")
While You Were Sleeping
P.S. I Love You
Dances With Wolves
Dead Poets Society
The Lake House (hmmm....perhaps more chick flick???)
Kramer vs. Kramer
There Will Be Blood
FUN, FANTASY, & FEEL-GOOD
Back To The Future I
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Field of Dreams
The Sound of Music - best musical of all time
add-on 1: Big Business (great farce! Sorry I went to 26/27 on this one!)
add-on 2: The Princess Bride (how could I have forgotten this one?!)