30 Best Movies of all Time
What makes a movie great? Why do some stand the test of time while others slowly (or rather quickly) lose their value? For some films, it’s the emotion the story invokes. Sometimes an actor’s performance is so unforgettable, it captures our attention. Occasionally a film is so visually stunning, it can’t be forgotten.
I put together a collection of the 30 best movies of all time. To warn you in advance, this isn’t the usual film snob list of black and white classics and foreign films meant to show off my knowledge of classical cinema. These are the movies we watch because we want to, not because we’re told to.
30. Avatar (2009)
Avataris one of the most visually beautiful movies ever made. Even people who complain about special effects in movies dropped their jaws upon seeing it for the first time. This film pushed modern cinematic technology into a new age, ushering in the age of stereoscopic 3D. Beneath its beauty, the film features a cross-species love story and a social message.Avataris a must see for any movie fan.
Best Quote: Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) “I became a Marine for the hardship. Told myself that I can pass any test a man can pass. All I ever wanted was a single thing worth fighting for.”
29. Scarface (1983)
There are a lot of gangster movies out there, butScarfaceis easily the most quoted. The story of Cuban immigrant turned maniacal gangster Tony Montana is gritty from front to back. The chainsaw scene in the beginning still gives me quivers. As he gains more power, his greed starts to get the best of him. He makes a few bad decisions that lead to the one of the best death scenes in movie history.
Best Quote: Tony Montana “You need people like me so you can point your fuckin’ fingers and say, ‘That’s the bad guy.’ So… what does that make you? Good? You’re not good. You just know how to hide, how to lie. Me, I don’t have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie. So say good night to the bad guy!”
28. The Notebook (2004)
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit I’ve never seenThe Notebook. The reason I know it’s a great film is because every time I tell a woman I’ve never seen it, she tries to convince me to watch it. The basic premise is a boy falls in love with a girl. They have a budding romance, some conflict gets in the way, and they end up together when they’re older. This movie is the bar in which many women measure a man.
Best Quote:Noah (Ryan Gosling) says, “I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.”
27. Audition (1999)
I judge horror movies by how many full length cartoons I have to watch afterwards so I can go to sleep, andAuditionis easily a 10 toon film. A widower auditions women for his new wife. He picks a young beautiful woman named Asami Yamazaki (Eihi Shiina) …who turns out to be the most eerily psychotic film character of all time. Yamazaki has scenes of torture so brutal they’re almost unwatchable, and the pleasure she takes in her work is beyond disturbing.
Best Quote:Asami Yamazaki: “Kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri!” (Translation: Pain pain pain pain pain pain!)
26. Young Frankenstein (1974)
Mel Brooks is a king of screwball comedy, andYoung Frankesteinis the filmScary Moviewishes it was. The cast delivers brilliant lines with impeccable comedic timing. Igor’s (Marty Feldman) sarcastic responses to Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) crack me up every time. If you’re adverse to older movies, this may be the one to change your mind.
Best Quote:Igor: “Dr. Frankenstein…”
Igor: “You’re putting me on.”
Frankenstein: “No, it’s pronounced ‘Fronkensteen.’ … You must be Igor.”
Igor: “No, it’s pronounced ‘Eye-gor.'”
25. The One Percent (2006)
The One Percentis the second of Johnson & Johnson heir Jamie Johnson’s documentaries chronicling a lifestyle that 99% of us will never have. Born rich, Jamie gives the rest of us a look into the lives of some of America’s wealthiest families. Jamie’s father Jim spends the majority of the film opposing it. With the crash of the artificial housing market soon after and the Occupy movement popping up 5 years later, it’s easy to see what he’s afraid of.
Best Quote:Jamie Johnson: “The top 1% of Americans, like my family and me, own roughly 40% of the country’s wealth, and we share an aggregate net worth that is greater than the bottom 90% of individuals combined.”
24. Cinderella Man (2005)
James Braddock (Russell Crowe), a washed up boxer who fights impossible odds to compete for the heavyweight championship is one of cinema’s most memorable underdogs. Director Ron Howard expertly recreates the 1930s setting to draw you into this “based on a true story” sports drama filled with award winning actors.Cinderella Manis everything you want in a sports movie.
Best Quote:James Braddock “I have to believe that when things are bad I can change them.”
23. Bad Boys (1995)
Hate on Michael Bay all you want, the man knows how to make an entertaining movie.Bad Boysis a buddy cop movie that never gets old, thanks to the personalities of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Filled with flashy car chases and spectacular shoot outs, this is a movie that you can sit down and watch anytime it’s on television, no matter how far in it is.
Best Quote:Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) “You made me think you were gonna shoot me for a minute.”
Mike Lowrey (Smith) “I was.”
22. Unforgiven (1992)
Before he went crazy and started talking to chairs, Clint Eastwood was responsible for some of the most classic Westerns in American cinema. In Unforgiven, he plays Will Munny, a retired gunslinger who lets his old friend Ned (Morgan Freeman) convince him to collect a bounty from some hookers. On the way, they encounter other bounty hunters and a hardnosed sheriff (Gene Hackman). It takes a lot for Munny to snap, but once he does, you’ll be glad you’re watching from a distance.
Best Quote:Will Munny “All right, I’m coming out. Any man I see out there, I’m gonna shoot him. Any sumbitch takes a shot at me, I’m not only gonna kill him, but I’m gonna kill his wife, all his friends, and burn his damn house down.”
21. Leon: The Professional (1994)
This tale of professional assassin Léon (Luc Besson) is dramatic and heartfelt. He takes in a young girl (Natalie Portman) whose drugged out parents are killed by their psychotic dealer (Gary Oldman) then proceeds to teach her the tricks of the trade while protecting her and seeking vengeance.Léon: The Professionalis one of those movies where you can’t help but side with the killer, who deep down has a heart of gold.
Best Quote:Léon “The rifle is the first weapon you learn how to use, because it lets you keep your distance from the client. The closer you get to being a pro, the closer you can get to the client. The knife, for example, is the last thing you learn.”
20. Love & Basketball (2000)
While many romance movies are difficult for men to watch,Love & Basketballgoes a long way into drawing men into this “chick flick” genre by incorporating an underlying sports theme. Quincy (Omar Epps) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan) meet on the basketball court as kids, and their love/hate relationship keeps their lives intersecting as they live their individual dreams of playing pro ball.
Best Quote:Monica “It’s a trip, you know? When you’re a kid, you see the life you want, and it never crosses your mind that it’s not gonna turn out that way.”
19. The Hurt Locker (2008)
War. What is it good for? Fantastic movies.Hurt Lockeris a thrilling look at the realities of the Iraq War, and modern warfare in general. It’s not a propaganda film. It doesn’t take sides. It focuses on the decisions faced by soldiers, specifically SFC William James (Jeremy Renner).Hurt Lockeris simultaneously a war movie and a technically sound thriller. I don’t believe in war, but I believe Hurt Locker is the second best war movie ever made, showing the good and bad in every soldier.
Best Quote:SFC James “You love playing with that. You love playing with all your stuffed animals. You love your Mommy…your Daddy. You love your pajamas. You love everything, don’t ya? Yea. But you know what, buddy? As you get older… some of the things you love might not seem so special anymore.”
18. Princess Bride (1987)
Fairy tale movies are a dime a dozen.The Princess Bridestands head and shoulders above them all. It’s a playful children’s movie with plenty for adults to love too. It has everything a fairy tale should: a mysterious protagonist (Cary Elwes), a giant (André the Giant), swordplay, a princess, and a happy ending.The Princess Brideis a reminder of everything that’s right about humanity.
Best Quote:Westley (Elwes): “If you’re in such a hurry, you could lower a rope or a tree branch or find something useful to do.”
Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin): “I could do that. I have some rope up here, but I do not think you would accept my help, since I am only waiting around to kill you.”
Westley: “That does put a damper on our relationship.”
17. Inside Man
A cop (Denzel Washington) tries talking down a criminal mastermind (Clive Owen) in the best bank heist movie ever put on film. What makesInside Manso great is the cat and mouse tension. As the story progresses, you find out this is much more than your average bank robbery. It’s not just money these guys are after, and even knowing they get away with it won’t take away the shock of seeing how… and why…
Best Quote:Dalton Russell (Owen): “This time next week, I’ll be sucking down piña coladas in a hot tub with six girls named Amber and Tiffany.”
Keith Frazier (Washington): “More like taking a shower with two guys named Jamal and Jesus, if you know what I mean. And here’s the bad news: that thing you’re sucking on? It’s not a piña colada!”
16. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Godfather 2is often cited in the argument of sequels outdoing the original movie, butBogus Journeydeserves a spot on that list. Bill S. Preston, Esq, (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) were the models of slacker youth way before Beavis and Butthead. The firstBill & Tedmovie most triumphantly explored time travel in a phone booth, but the second movie ups the ante, as the dimwitted pair battle death on a journey through heaven & hell. Beneath the schlock,Bogus Journeyis a lighthearted look at a scary subject.
Best Quote:Bill “And over here, our bass player, the Duke of Spook, the Doc of Shock, The Man with No Tan, please say hello to Death himself, the Grim Reaper.”
15. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
This is the movie where Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie met. Watching their onscreen chemistry, it’s easy to see how they’ve lasted so long. No matter how many times this movie is on TV, it’s hard not to watch. Filled with shootouts, explosions, comedy, romance, and flat out sex appeal,Mr. & Mrs. Smithis a spy film with something for everyone. It doesn’t make you think; it just invites you to sit, stare, and smile.
Best Quote:John Smith (Pitt) “Your aim’s as bad as your cooking sweetheart… and that’s saying something!”
14 Love Actually (2003)
Love Actuallyfollows the intertwining stories of eight British couples dealing with love in very different ways. It’s a romantic comedy and a Christmas film, but it is in no way sappy. It’s a touching comedy filled with amazing moments. It’s impossible to watch this movie without laughing, crying, and falling in love with at least one character.Love Actuallyis the best romantic comedy ever written.
Best Quote:Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) “Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!”
13. Good Will Hunting (1997)
A janitor with an attitude problem (Matt Damon) solves a complicated math problem at MIT, gets sent to a psychiatrist (Robin Williams), and has to choose between his street life and becoming a respected mathematician.Good Will Hunting’s is a charming drama with great writing, brilliant acting, and an intelligent story. The movie explores a lot of philosophical angles on the human experience in a way that draws you in.
Best Quote:Sean (Williams) “So if I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that.”
12. Where The Buffalo Roam (1980)
While Johnny Depp is often praised for his portrayal of cultural icon Hunter S. Thompson, Bill Murray nailed it on the head first.Where The Buffalo Roammashes together several of Thompson’s writings about his adventures with his attorney, Oscar Zeta Acosta. Murray gives a great performance, perfectly capturing everything we love about Thompson, and proving he’s much more than just a comedian.
Best Quote:Hunter “In my case, you know, I hate to advocate drugs or liquor, violence, insanity to anyone. But in my case it’s worked.”
11. Back to the Future (1985)
Back to the Futureis a time travel movie packed with memorable characters. Biff (Thomas Wilson) is a quintessential bully with some of the best quotable lines in cinematic history. Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) inspired a generation of kids to become scientists. What makes the movie so great, though, is that protagonist Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) is just a normal kid in a crazy situation, and he overcomes. If he can overcome, anyone can.
Best Quote:Doc “Don’t worry. As long as you hit that wire with the connecting hook at precisely 88 miles per hour, the instant the lightning strikes the tower… everything will be fine.”
10. Grandma’s Boy (2006)
Grandma’s Boyis an ensemble comedy that hits all the right notes. The story of a 35-year-old video game tester forced to live with his grandma and herGolden Girlroommates, it’s literally LOL funny the entire way through. Filled with zany characters played by actors normally confined to bit roles, this movie is a hilarious gem in a pile of modern comedies. Everything aboutGrandma’s Boyis best when viewed high, but works just as well sober.
Best Quotes:Jeff (Nick Swardsen) “What does ‘high score’ mean? New high score… is that bad? What does that mean? Did I break it?”
9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The story of two men who form a friendship during long term prison sentences,Shawshankis the best prison movie ever made. Morgan Freeman’s narration is so good, it launched him a second career. Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is the kind of protagonist every movie should have. The dialogue and plot as superb. The soundtrack is beautiful. Dufresne dancing in the rain after crawling through miles of sewage is an epic movie moment. You’ll be tempted to run outside and dance along with him.
Best Quote:Red (Freeman) “When they put you in that cell… and those bars slam home… that’s when you know it’s for real…A whole life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it…”
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
When the teaser for this movie first appeared in theaters, we all had doubts. How in the world could Disney turn a subpar ride into a two hour epic? Three words: Captain. Jack. Sparrow. Johnny Depp’s role as a drunken, smart-mouthed, and shockingly resourceful captain without a ship madePiratesan instant classic. With a well-rounded cast, beautiful sets, and a brilliant mix of comedy, action, and drama,Curse of The Black Pearlis everything we love about Disney rolled into a rare live action gem.
Best Quote:Captain Jack Sparrow “Me, I’m dishonest. And a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It’s the honest ones you want to watch out for. Because you can never predict when they’re going to do something incredibly… stupid.”
7. Network (1976)
What makesNetworkso great is that it’s a universally realistic depiction of media in society. TV anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch) gets tired of dealing with ailments of society so he goes live on the air and gives the most epic speech in cinematic history. His brutal honesty makes him an instant icon, reviving his career. The TV network exploits his anti-establishment following for profit. Beale’s star power grows until it eventually pops, and he must be disposed of. The message inNetworkgets more and more important as our digital society progresses.
Best Quote:Beale “I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’”
6. Braveheart (1995)
Braveheartis the best war movie ever made… period. Mel Gibson both directed and starred in this epic film depicting William Wallace’s (Gibson) war for Scotland’s freedom from English rule. The battles are brutal and graphic. The speeches are inspiring. The cinematography and soundtrack inBraveheartis so moving, you’ll find yourself actually enjoying bagpipe music. By the closing credits, you’ll find yourself wanting to paint your face blue and scream out “FREEDOOOOMMM!!!” until your last breath.
Best Quote:Wallace “Aye, fight and you may die. Run and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance—just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”
5. Gandhi (1982)
Richard Attenborough’s three hour biography of Mahatma Gandhi (Ben Kingsley) is the best biopic ever made. Gandhi was a lawyer who freed India from British rule. Where William Wallace fought with his sword, Gandhi fought violence with nonviolence and compassion, becoming one of the most prolific revolutionaries in human history. The film covers as many highlights as possible from his life, showcasing his wisdom how anyone can follow his footsteps.
Best Quote:Gandhi “When I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it: always.”
4. Caddyshack (1980)
Golf is arguably the most boring sport to watch.Caddyshack, a comedy centered on golf, is hands down the funniest movie ever made. Starring an array of comedy legends at the top of their game, it’s not only a laugh-a-minute ride, it’s a visually beautiful film. With multiple concurrent storylines, a variety of comedic styles, a great soundtrack, and the best pool scene ever put on film, watchingCaddyshackfeels like a party everyone is invited to.
Best Quote:Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) “You’re rather attractive for a beautiful girl with a great body.”
3. Dark Knight (2008)
When it was announced Heath Ledger would play The Joker in a new Batman movie,The Dark Knight, the internet erupted with fury. “He’ll never be as good as Jack Nicholson,” we cried. I wish Heath Ledger could have lived to see the collective jaw of the world drop. Ledger’s Joker is the best character performance in movie history.The Dark Knightisn’t just the best Batman movie. It’s not just the best superhero movie. It’s one of the undisputed best films ever made.
Best Quote:Joker (Ledger) “Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can’t savor all the… little emotions. You see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are. So in a way, I know your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which of them were cowards?”
2. The Iron Giant (1999)
Don’t let the fact thatThe Iron Giantis an animated film fool you. It is pure cinematic brilliance. It’s a sci-fi film featuring a giant alien robot weapon of mass destruction. After crashing into the earth, he’s rescued by a young boy named Hogarth (Eli Marienthal), and they develop a friendship. The film approaches war and world destruction from the eyes of a child. It makes you fall in love with a robot… and then it breaks your heart. If you’re not crying by the end of this movie, you’re the robot.
Best Quote:Hogarth (Marienthal) “Oh, here. This is Superman. He’s a lot like you. Crash-landed on Earth, didn’t know what he was doing… but he only uses his powers for good, never for evil. Remember that.”
1. Forrest Gump (1994)
Forrest Gumpis the best movie ever made. It spans generations to tell the fictional story of the most likeable, honest, caring, and genuinely good person this world will ever see. If everyone in this world had even a fraction of Gump’s heart, we’d solve all the world’s problems. The soundtrack is a classic. Tom Hanks is amazing. Forrest continuously overcomes adversity throughout the movie. His life is comprised of every heroic act in the news on any given day. From the first second to the last credit, everything about this movie is flawless. You can watch it 100 times and never tire of it.Forrest Gumpis the reason movies exist.
Best Quote:Forrest “Stupid is as stupid does.”
Last Updated on November 20, 2019
10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail
A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).
Note:Since , I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).
1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.
Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the“I want it ALL and I want it NOW!”mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).
If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.
2. You put the cart before the horse.
“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.
3. You don’t believe in yourself.
A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).
4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.
The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.
5. You’re in too much of a hurry.
If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.
6. You don’t enjoy the process.
Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.
The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.
7. You’re trying too hard.
Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.
8. You don’t track your progress.
Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this”attitude.All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.
9. You have no social support.
It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone:far from it.Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.
10. You know your what but not your why.
The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail:you knowwhatyou want but you notwhy you want it.
Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:
Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?
Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?
Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?
Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey,I’m not here to judge)is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.
- The more specific you can make your goal,
- The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
- The more encouraged you’ll be,
- The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CANdo this!).
I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you.
Video: 5 Reasons New Years Resolutions FAIL
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