My favorite movies

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My wise old grandmother instilled in me a passion for movies. Her favorites were musicals, and my list of favorite films includes many musicals from my youth, as well as films with great musical scores by such people as John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith.

The Eiger SanctionAn alphabetical list of my favorite films:

  • Any Clint Eastwood movie, either as actor or director. I like his style. Don’t like his politics but as long as I separate his politics from his work, I’m okay.
  • Dystopian movies that cause me to think about the future and the past. Some of my favorites are “12 Monkeys,” “Colossus: The Forbin Project,” “Elysium,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Hunger Games” series, “Logan’s Run,” “The Matrix” series, “Planet of the Apes” Star Trek--The Motion Pictureseries, “The Purge” series, “The Terminator” series, “Total Recall,” and “WarGames.”
  • Any “Star Trek” movie but “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” is my favorite. The music by Jerry Goldsmith was awesome, and Vger made me wonder. While I was creating this list, I discovered the two “Star Trek” fan movies, “Star Trek: Renegades” and “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.” Both were excellent.
  • Any “Star Wars” movie. The original “Star Ben-HurWars” from 1977 still is my favorite. I was just out of college and in a strange town. All my friends had gone back to their hometowns for the Memorial Day weekend, so I went to the movie. By myself.
  • “Babes in Toyland” (1961 version)
  • “Ben-Hur”—Probably my all-time favorite.
  • “Braveheart”
  • “The Bridge on the River Kwai”
  • “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”
  • “Dances with Wolves”
  • “The Exorcist”
  • The Red Violin“Gladiator”
  • “Mary Poppins”
  • “Oklahoma”
  • “The Pianist”
  • “Psycho”
  • “Raiders of the Lost Ark” series
  • “Rain Man”
  • “The Red Violin”
  • “Schindler’s List”
  • “The Shawshank Redemption”
  • “The Silence of the Lambs”
  • “The Sound of Music”
  • “South Pacific”
  • “Titanic”

As an aside, not only am I back, but I’m visiting blogs again. It’s so wonderful! I look forward to visiting YOURS to see what you’ve been up to these past twelve months.

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29 thoughts on “My favorite movies

  1. Sreejith Nair

    Very interesting list indeed 🙂

    Great to see many of my favorites been part of your list as well 🙂

    Now, I have to check out the unseen ones here …

    Thank you so much for sharing and have a beautiful day ahead 🙂

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  2. Darlene Jones

    I could give you a list of 100 favorite books, but not so much for movies although The Gods Must Be Crazy would top whatever list I came up with and the others would likely all be foreign films like Close to Eden. I did like Our Brand is Crisis.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I have not seen “Avatar” yet. It is on my list to watch. “Ronin” I’m not familiar with. I think I was too young to understand “Gone with the Wind” and “The King and I” when I saw them and I have not ventured back to them, probably too many Star Wars & Star Trek movies……..LOL

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      1. TamrahJo

        I just finished up my yearly rewatch of the Matrix series – first blizzard of the year that means ‘snow day’ (that’s when I take a free day…LOL) that I still have electricity for, is Star Wars Marathon day! LOL

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          While I was creating my list I was watching movies instead of listening to music like I normally would do. I found two “Star Trek” fan movies that I never knew about and, thus, had never seen: “Star Trek: Renegaes” and “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.” I thoroughly enjoyed both of them, especially “Of Gods and Men” since I seem to be in a time travel/butterfly effect/river effect mode in my reading and movie watching right now.

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          1. TamrahJo

            OOPS! Left some of my faves off the list, (I have so very, very many! LOL – ) “Somewhere in Time”, “Cloud Atlas”, “The Lake House” – – for I, too, am a fan of the possibilities of the science of time, parallel universes, etc. Have to add Bicentennial Man, to list, as it explores the concept, “Is our mortality what truly brings us the joy of life?” – And, though I could never honestly believe I could carrie the label, honestly, of being a Trekkie, I do remember one scene from one movie – Captain Kirk was on a world with a beautiful brunette woman, and time slowed for the wings of either a butterfly or a hummingbird, to be seen in slow motion – so long ago, and only saw it once, but my mind can still see them, in their setting, and that scene, really gave me goosebumps. 🙂

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          2. TamrahJo

            Just watched “Age of Adeline”.. intriguing, as it looks at what “time travel” via immortality looks like given the accepted common perspectives of our culture… 🙂 thought u might like it during this phase. 😦

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                1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

                  Wow. Now that was a good movie, definitely right up my alley. And I got a bonus because Harrison Ford was in it. He’s been one of my favorite actors for a couple of decades—Star Wars movies, Blade Runner, Mosquito Coast, Presumed Innocent, The Patriot Games, The Fugitive, Clear and Present Danger, Air Force One, The Widowmaker, Enders Game……….just off the top of my head.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I have no problem with it, especially if it’s a good, thought-provoking movie and can get a new generation thinking and enjoying, and especially if it’s an old black-and-white movie since we all know that today’s generation won’t watch a B&W movie. I think the only one I’ve watched where I thought the remake was better than the original is “Cape Fear.” As with cover songs, though, I suspect I’ll always be partial to the original, but I guess I should say that I saw the remade “Cape Fear” before I saw the original. So perhaps to me, the remade “Cape Fear” is the original. A few others that come to mind where I thought the remake was at least equally as good as the original: “War of the Worlds,” “Ocean’s 11,” and “3:10 to Yuma.”

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  3. Ethan Brundeen

    A very admirable list my friend. A few months ago I was given the opportunity to watch The Shawshank Redemption for the first time, which coincidentally was my first post on WordPress, ever. If you’re interested in learning a newcomer’s point of view, it would be terrific if you’d check out my post. Thanks!

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  4. Sara McIntyre

    If you ever need any film suggestions, please check out my film review blog 🙂 The reviews which contain spoilers are advertised as such so no need to worry. I’m just starting out but I have many great movies planned to write about. Seeing as you clearly have tasteful appreciation for great films, I hope that you’ll be interested in what my blog has to offer. Thanks for sharing your movie list!
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