Top 108 Movies – Part 1 (108- 97)

This is another 9 part series featuring my favorites films of all time.  Again, these are not films that I think are the greatest movies ever made, they are just movies that I have enjoyed.

So lets begin our countdown……………….

#108.  Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

Set around a campy 50’s movie Amazon Women on the Moon and the television programming that is on at 3:00 in the morning.  It has a bunch of sketches that are silly and stupid, but so much fun.  The cast is full of many stars including Michelle Pfieffer, Griffin Dunne, Arsenio Hall, Rosanna Arquette, Steve Guttenberg and Kelly Preston. 

Directed by : Joe Dante

Notable Performance:  David Alan Grier as Don “No Soul” Simmons

 

#107.  Delirious  (1991)

John Candy is Jack Gable, a soap opera writer who gets hit on the head and wakes up in the world of the show he writes for.  He then continues to write to try to change what all the characters are doing.  He is trying to make the star of the show, Rachael, fall in love with him.  He then realizes that all he is writing isn’t turning out the way he wants it to.  A fun, underrated movie with a great supporting cast, Emma Samms, Mariel Hemmingway, Jerry Orbach, Dylan Baker and in one of his last performances, Raymond Burr.

Directed by:  Tom Mankiewicz

Notable Performance : John Candy as Jack Gable

#106.  Eddie & The Cruisers (1983)

A film about a fictional band and a reporter that is investigating the mysterious death of its lead singer Eddie Wilson.  It is 20 years since his death and they are re-releasing the bands first album and doing a documentary on them.  There are a lot of flashbacks to the bands hey day up to when Eddie was killed.  Michael Pare does a great job playing Eddie, and the music, provided by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, is remarkable.  The ending gave me goosebumps the first time I saw it, unfortunately it was followed by a less than average sequel.

 

 

Directed by:  Martin Davidson

Notable Performance:  Tom Berenger as Frank Ridgeway

#105.  Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Based on the 1960 movie and broadway show of the same name. Seymore is a nerdy guy who works at a plant shop and he discovers a venus fly trap.  He tries to keep it alive, but it needs blood to live.  Seymore must then resort to drastic measures to keep his plant growing.  Little Shop has some really great catchy tunes and some amazing cameos, including Bill Murray, Christopher Guest,  John Candy and James Belushi.

 

Directed by:  Frank Oz

Notable Performance:  Steve Martin as Orin Scrivello DDS

#104.  Vertigo  (1958)

Detective Scottie Ferguson has a terrifying fear of heights.  He retires from the police force because of an incident and his friend asks him if he would like to be a private investigator and keep an eye on his wife.   He thinks his wife is possessed by a dead woman.  Scotty follows her all over and she ends up trying to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.  He saves her and he starts to fall in love with her.  From there the story twists and turns like any great Hitchcock film.  The story is really a character study of this man and his fears. 

Directed by:  Alfred Hitchcock

Notable Performance:  Jimmy Stewart as John “Scottie” Ferguson

#103.  Casino Royale (2006)

James Bond’s first mission, he is instructed to prevent Le Chiffre from winning a poker game which would result in bankrolling terrorists.  The origin of James Bond, we get to see a lot of his flaws including falling in love.  Daniel Craig’s first shot at Bond and he did wonderfully well, despite many skeptics.  This movie has everything, action, romance, beautiful scenery and a very sexy 007. 

 

Directed by:  Martin Campbell

Notable Performance:  Daniel Craig as James Bond 007

Awards:  Best Sound – BAFTA Awards 2007

#102.  Speed (1994)

Speed is a very fun, action packed thriller of a film.  A terrorist, played by Dennis Hopper, has rigged a bomb to go off on a city bus if the speed of the bus goes under 50 mph.  On the bus is a police officer, Keanu Reeves in one of his best  and civilian Annie, who is now driving the bus.  Just a really fun popcorn movie, doesn’t seem like they make that many of these kind anymore. 

 

 

Directed by: Jan de Bont

Notable Performance : Sandra Bullock as Annie Porter

 

#101.  Casablanca (1942) (Best Picture 1944)

Set at the beginning of WWII, Casablanca is a movie about love, hope, courage and pain.  Rick Blaine runs a night club and is in the middle of an intriguing plot where he ends up with 2 letters of transit, which are basically free passes to leave Casablanca and return to America.  He ex, Elsa, shows up in his club and they rekindle what they once had.  Rick now has to make decisions based on what is right and his love for Elsa.  The ending is one of, if not the most famous, endings of all cinema.  Heart-wrenching and very real.  

Directed by:  Michael Curtiz (Best Director 1944)

Notable Performance : Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine

 

#100.  Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky Balboa is retired, living the high life and through with boxing.  His buddy Apollo Creed is making a big spectacle over his fight with Russian boxer Ivan Drago.  Drago is built like a machine and he is unstoppable.  Apollo is killed by the Russian, and Rocky needs to get revenge for his friend and for America.  It is a great uplifting movie with a great soundtrack.  It just makes you feel good after watching it.

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

Notable Performance : Talia Shire as Adrian Balboa

 

 

 

#99.  Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989)

Indiana Jones is on a quest to find the holy grail and he has brought his father along for the ride.  Henry Jones is played to a tee by Sean Connery.  The chemistry that Harrison Ford and Connery have with each other is brilliant.  Really great action sequences and we get more of a feeling about who Indiana really is.  Great cameo by River Phoenix as a young Indiana Jones. 

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Notable Performance:  Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones
 

#98.  High Anxiety (1977)

This is one of many Mel Brooks movies on this list.  Probably the most underrated of all his films.   Brooks stars as Dr. Richard  Thorndyke and a psychiatrist who must confront his own problem of “high anxiety”.  He gets framed for murder and must try to clear his name.  A superb homage to Alfred Hitchcock movies.  It also stars the quintessential supporting cast for Mel Brooks, including Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn and Cloris Leachman.

Directed by:  Mel Brooks

Notable Performance:  Cloris Leachman as Nurse Diesel

#97.  The Karate Kid (1984)

The Karate Kid was a staple for any kid that grew up in the 80’s.  I remember going to see this movie a dozen times at the theater.  It was such a great theater movie because the crowd got into it and cheered at the end.  Ralph Macchio stars as Daniel Larusso who has moved to a new town and is getting bullied by these karate school kids.  He then meets Mr. Miyagi, the handyman of his building, and he teaches Daniel the true spirit of karate. 

Directed by:  John G. Avildsen

Notable Performance:  Pat Morita as Mr. Kesuke Miyagi

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