Mike Matei / March 28th, 2010
April 8, 2010 at 5:07 am
Hey thanks for this list, it’s opened me up to movies I had never even thought or heard about.
April 8, 2010 at 7:54 am
Please, pleaseee change your video support site. Every second video doesn’t work on spike, so I end up watching commercials all the time!!!
April 8, 2010 at 8:00 am
Thanks for the list, I was pleased that I have seen some of the movies myself, and now I know some other interesting movies I should see and will surely enjoy.
April 8, 2010 at 9:48 am
I had not seen It’s a mad mad mad mad world before i saw this even tough
I’ve heard you talk about it much in your other videos, but I have seen it now and it’s amazing. 😀
April 9, 2010 at 12:18 am
I’ve senn a mad,mad,mad,mad world before, it’s awesome I think, and yes as you say, It’s an mad, mad, mad, mad world.
April 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm
Many of the movies that you selected I agree with you 100%.
April 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm
Some of these are mo favorites too. Awesome list 🙂
April 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm
wait, rat race is a rough remake of that….
August 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm
But like most remakes it’s not as good.
April 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm
The people who e-mailed you about the german release of charlie and the chocolate factory were wrong. I remember seeing it on TV as a kid.
So don’t feel sad for us.
April 12, 2010 at 5:30 am
Now that you have done a list with your top 30 favourite films it would be awsome if you did a list with your top 30 worst films 😀
April 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm
This is a great list, and really agree with alot of these. Thanks for sharing, because sharing is caring…
April 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm
Awesome way to finish it off James 🙂
April 16, 2010 at 8:52 pm
A great motivation to finally see some of those classics I have been missing out on.
April 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm
Some of those movies are so played out that they’ve become cliche. I don’t think anyone has missed these, except maybe your first & last pick. I think of Willy Wonka like I think of McDonald’s..as a kid, I enjoyed it. But as an adult, fuck that. I stay the fuck away from it at all costs. There isn’t anything of substance to see it again.
And there is always somebody using it. For instance, just last week I heard it playing while showing some scenes from Lost. And then there was another commercial that used a different Wiliy Wonka tune. It made you wonder if Gene Wilder was calling in favors because his bank account was running low.
April 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm
I could easily see #1 coming. Any chance of doing a commentary like you did for Dracula? That would get me to hunt down a copy.
April 30, 2010 at 5:02 pm
NICE NUMBER 1 PICK JAMES FOR ME MY TOP 10 WOULD BE
#10 star wars episode 2
#8 snow white even though i am a guy snow white got to me
#7 star wars episode 3
#6 silence of the lambs
#4 harry potter series
#3 star wars episode 4 5 and 6
#2 chronicles of narnia the lion the witch and the wardrobe
#1tie between toy story 1 and 2,finding nemo,the men who stare at goats,the love guru,,mary poppins and it’s a mad mad mad mad world
May 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm
very nice top! in fact my favorite movie is in it!
This Is My Top 10:
10-The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad
8- A Clockwork Orange
7-The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy)
6-Friday The 13th (1-10)
4-The Shadow of the Vampire
3-Clash Of The Titans
1-Jason & The Argonauts
May 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm
if i would choose one of the terminator movies i would probably pick the second movie but that might be because i watched it recently
May 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm
I’m surprised there was no James Bond films on there. But never the less great list I love the reference MST3K makes to 7 faces of Dr. Lao.
May 16, 2010 at 12:55 am
Now that Ive seen a closer look at the plot of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, I realize that they remade that movie under a different name; “Rat Race”, Its the exact same movie, right down to the senseless cameos, and the characters as well, though I think they were slightly altered to better suit todays culture.
May 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm
That Mad Mad…..Mad World almost sounds like Rat Race. 🙂
May 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm
what about godzilla
May 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm
Almost every film you mentioned is in my top 50! That being said, I can really tell that It’s a Mad,Mad,Mad,Mad world has a special place in your heart by the way you talk about it.
May 29, 2010 at 9:18 pm
Here’s a recap of Jame’s Top 30 :
30 – Jurassic Park
29 – 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
28 – Scarface (1983)
27 – Night of the Living Dead
26 – Jason and the Argonauts
25 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
24 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
23 – Batman
22 – The Great Escape
21 – North By Northwest
20 – Full Metal Jacket
19 – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
18 – The Sword in the Stone
17 – Rear Window
16 – First Blood
15 – Jaws
14 – This is Spinal Tap
13 – Ed Wood
12 – Gremlins
11 – Vertigo
10 – American Movie
09 – The Wizard of Oz
08 – Terminator 2
07 – Star Wars Episodes IV to VI
06 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
05 – Rocky
04 – Ghostbusters
03 – Back to the Future
02 – King Kong (1933)
01 – It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
And I have to say, you have a great taste in movies James, because before having seen your review, there was 14 movies out of the 30, that I already seen, and found them all great.
And now, I’ve seen 7 more movies of your top, and they were all amazing ! So I can’t wait to see the rest 🙂
June 1, 2010 at 9:37 am
My top 25 favorite movies
They’re not all great films, and you might roll your eyes at some, but there’s something about them–a great performance, a poignant message, immersive escape from reality–that makes them so appealing to me. Also, I haven’t seem as much really old cinema as James, obviously, so many of my picks are pretty recent. Anyway . . .
25. The Breakfast Club (1985)
It’s so much fun to watch these high school stereotypes squabble, then bond, then just run amok on a giddy misbehavior binge; still love those beesting lips
24. Sleuth (2007)
This is a bit of a black-sheep pick, but I just love it; I would pick the original, but Jude Law’s go as detective is just too entertaining to pass up; I also like that Caine switched roles for the remake, and he really gets his teeth into just being a vitriolic bastard in this one
23. Pitch Black (2000)
As they say, an efficient little sci-fi thriller that shows that you don’t need a huge budget to make an enduring film
22. Dark Star (1974)
An early John Carpenter flick; quirky and low budget but ahead of its time; still way better than the CGI junk that gets churned out nowadays; I’m sure Red Dwarf was influence by this film
21. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
If I were to pick just one from Star Wars, this has to be it (like duh!)
20. The Princess Bride (1987)
My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die . . .
19. Fletch (1985)
Chevy Chase’s best film IMHO; the film itself is uninspired, but Chase is just so entertaining and really hits all the right chords; never gets old
18. Secret Window (2004)
Johnny Depp and John Turturro show you dark places of the human mind; disturbingly satisfying conclusion
17. The Terminator (1984)
Needs no explanation on this site
16. Back to the Future (1985)
Needs no explanation on this site
15. Ladyhawke (1985)
Amazing cast and performances; simple but entertaining story; beautifully shot; pulls at the heartstrings just enough without being overly sentimental; makes the fantasy element seem natural and real, it’s not overdone
14. Empire of the Sun (1987)
Christian Bale is still a kid in this Spielberg film set during WWII in Japanese occupied China; John Malkovich is good as always; this is an adventure (although he doesn’t really go many places) and coming-of-age story; it makes me feel like I’m reading Kipling’s Kim
13. The Dark Knight (2008)
If this isn’t an awesome sequel, then neither is T2; Heath! come back!
12. Blazing Saddles (1974)
Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, and Slim Pickens: how can you go wrong?; amid bucket loads of giggles and naughtiness are messages about racism, life, and friendship, but Mel Brooks doesn’t force it on you; Madeline Kahn is probably the most brilliant entertainer ever to have lived–acting ability, comedic timing and delivery, amazing voice, beauty
11. There Will Be Blood (2007)
Epic; Day Lewis is unbelievable; I think he’s the best actor alive
10. Drunken Master II (1994)
Subtitled, of course; the only martial arts flick on my list; the reason I went crazy about Jackie Chan during the 90s (like many others); it’s just a continuous string of the best full-on-fun, furious fight scenes and slapstick
9. Spaceballs (1987)
The ultimate Star Wars parody; too much ridiculously funny stuff to mention; Mel Brooks’ finest, IMHO
8. American Psycho (2000)
Christian Bale is outrageously entertaining and funny as hell in this; the criticism of greed and selfishness is a bit obvious, but it works; Bale’s performance and his slide into insanity and inner anguish are what make this film
7. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Needs no explanation on this site
6. Dead Man (1995)
Johnny Depp again, this time in Jim Jarmusch’s dreamy, hypnotic journey of discovery; and, yes, I love the soundtrack, so there!
5. Casino Royale (2006)
Still a bit recent, but I love it too much to leave it off; both criticized and lauded when it came out, but I think it will stand up over time; some people hated that it was like three movies in one, but to me that just made it all the more epic, and, like it or not, it set a new standard for Bond films
4. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Just classic; my favorite of all the Kubricks; makes you wish Peter Sellers was still around; George C. Scott and Slim Pickens are a riot, too
3. Chopper (2000)
Australian film staring Eric Bana about notorious hitman, scallywag and ordinary bloke Mark “Chopper” Reid; see it if you can get your hands on it; it will not disappoint, and it’s funny as hell
Tie for first (just cannot decide)
1. Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
Subtitled, of course (dubbed movies are never the same); combines timeless manga/anime series Lupin III with some of director Hayao Miyazaki’s best work; so well written; the characters really have depth in this one; still the best feature length Lupin III
1. Life of Brian (1979)
Monty Python’s best; poignant criticism of religion and society with some of the funniest humor and dick jokes ever
So what are your favorites?
June 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm
30. The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
29. 1941 (1979)
28. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
27. Casablanca (1942)
26. Batman (1989)
25. Halloween (1978)
24. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989)
23. Dragons Forever (1988)
22. Jurassic Park (1993)
21. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
20. The Good, the Bad and The Ugly (1966)
19. The Jungle Book (1967)
18. Rope (1948)
17. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
16. Rear Window (1954)
15. Clash of the Titans (1981)
14. Spirited Away (2001)
13. The Kid (1921)
12. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
11. American Movie (1999)
10. Gremlins (1984)
9. The Star Wars Trilogy (IV V VI) (1977, 1980 & 1983)
8. It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
7. Rocky (1976)
6. Ghostbusters (1984)
5. Ed Wood (1994)
4. Back to the Future (1985)
3. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
2. King Kong (1933)
1. Sin City (2005)
June 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm
Here’s my top 25 movie list
25. The Wild Bunch (1969)
24. This is Spinal Tap (1984)
23. Toy Story (1995)
22. Distric 9 (2009)
21. Terminator 2 (1991)
20. The Producers (1968)
19. The Party (1968)
18. Manhattan (1979)
17. King Kong (1933)
16. Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
15. North by Northwest (1959)
14. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
13. Back to the Future Trilogy
12. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
11. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
10. Dracula (1931)
9. Monty Pithon and the Holy Grail (1975)
8. Rear Window (1954)
7. Wo Hu Cang Long (a.k.a. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) (2000)
6. Ultimo Tango a Parigi (a.k.a. Last Tango in Paris) (1972)
5. La Dolce Vita (a.k.a. The Sweet Life) (1960)
4. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (a.k.a. Cinema Paradiso) (1988)
3. Rashomon (1950)
2. Citizen Kane (1941)
1. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
June 9, 2010 at 1:15 am
Movies that should have been somewhere on this list (in my opinion) The waterboy, avatar, forrest gump, gone with the wind, Godzilla, The hurt locker (and yeah i know some of these are really new but still -.-)
June 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm
Ok, here’s the deal: Avatar, the crappy piece of scrotum, is a sucky movie about blue-smurfy-cats trying to secretly re-enact the Trail of Tears. Avatar:The Last Airbender, is a freaking awesome TV show that is the ORIGINAL “Avatar” that has a freaking awesome live-action movie coming out soon. When “The Last Airbender” comes out, well, let’s just say… it’s “open season” on the blue-smurfy-cats…
June 10, 2010 at 11:43 pm
I don’t believe Avatar was the best movie that told a strong story because it was more of James Camerons life and how he saw it in the past 30 years; with war, global warming, and many other events that were the retelling of a modern history book.
June 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm
June 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm
I cant do any order but i did wanna list movies i love but its to hard to put them in any kind of order, they made my list because of there own reasons. BUT i can name my number 1 the movie i can watch everyday and notice something new.
1: Aliens James Camerons BEST film and in many ways i feel it layed the foundation for a lot of characters in the AVATAR movie everyone loves so much … that isl ok “not good not bad just ok”. This movie has been quoted many time and still has a unique appeal. Ridley Scott created this dirty, steamy, claustrophobic, imperfect view contrasting movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Cameron was able to expand on this world, and created a futuristic vietnam bunch of Marines.
Movies i would have on my list also
The Goonies (1985)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988)
Movies i agree with james on
Ghost Busters (1984)
Back to the Future (1985)
The good the bad and the ugly (1966)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Star Wars (1977)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Remember “where we are going we dont need roads”
June 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm
15. Toy Story (BEST Animated Movie EVER)
12. Back to the Future / Back to the Future II (tie)
10. Die Hard
9. Jurassic Park
8. The Dark Knight / Batman (They’re both incredibly similar)
7.Back to the Future
6. Wayne’s World
5. Saving Private Ryan
4. The Empire Strikes Back
2. Terminator 2
1. The Last Crusade
June 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm
I’d say my favorite movie would be The Lion King.
This movie came out in 1994 during Disney’s “Renaissance Period”. This was the time from the early to late 90s when Disney still cared about making good animated features, and before the company sold its soul to propaganda and teen idols. Of all the classic Disney films of my childhood, The Lion King sticks out as the best.
This movie has almost every emotion: excitement, joy, fear, jealousy, and tear-jerking sadness, all rolled into one. The movie takes itself seriously, and really shows the effort that was put into it. There are so many times when I tear up in this movie, and not just because of the sad parts, but some parts that are just so beautifully well-done, I can’t help but cry at it. This is one of the very few movies I’ve seen that actually make me cry at the happy parts, as well as the sad parts.
The Lion King is the perfect family film: the animation, as well as the Disney name, appeals to kids; whereas the characterization and complexity of the plot is more adult-centered, filled with plots of murder, and revenge. It’s an epic retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which is considered one of the best plays of all time.
I loved the movie when I was a kid for its bright animation and characters, but now, 12 years later, I finally saw the darker, edgier side to the movie, which completed it for me, because now I focused on the plot and the characterization.
The Lion King has some of the best character development in any Disney movie, in my opinion: we really get to see Simba grow up, as well as the inner demons he struggles with. Not to mention, Scar is, in my opinion, the most sinister Disney villain: not only are his motives evil, but he actually completes those goals, which is something Disney villains very rarely do.
What really sells this movie is the music. Both Elton John and Hans Zimmer exceed expectations at using their music to let the emotions flood into the visuals. The Lion King is perfect harmony of the eye, the ear, and the mind. It doesn’t just flash pretty colors and catchy tunes at your face like most Disney movies. It pulls you into the story, and sorta forces your to take sides and draw your own conclusions at some points. It respects you as a viewer, and not simply as profit.
The Lion King serves as a symbol of what Disney used to be: a land of magic and art. Today, it’s all about profit and propaganda, treating the audience as nothing but big fat dollar signs.
The Lion King is one of the last great Disney movies because it touches upon the nostalgia of the old Disney, while incorporating some entirely new elements to achieve not just a film, but a modern epic.
June 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm
My top 10 favorite films:
10. Independence Day (1996)
9. Harry Potter and the Half-blood prince (2009)
8. Signs (2002)
7. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
5. Terminator 2 (1991)
4. Back to the Future Part 2 (1989)
3. Cloverfield (2008)
2. Jurassic Park (1993)
1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
June 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm
Sorry, put Empire Strikes Back at Number 2 and move everything else up one.
June 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm
a pretty awsome list but i was disapointed that the Evil Dead series wasnt on there.
June 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm
I’m surprised James didn’t have “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in his top 30… classic cartoon slapstick fused with real actors and done with great innovation.
July 2, 2010 at 7:36 pm
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World reminds me a little of rat race
July 2, 2010 at 11:20 pm
Here are my top 30 favorite movies of all time, and yes, most of them are animated films, because I love the animation genre:
30. Anastasia (animated)
29. Wayne’s World
28. Full Metal Jacket
27. After the Fox
26. The Dirty Dozen
25. The Road to El Dorado (animated)
24. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
23. Titan A.E. (animated)
22. Ghost in the Shell (animated)
21. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
20. The Great Mouse Detective (animated)
19. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
18. Reservoir Dogs
17. Clash of the Titans (1981 version)
16. The Great Escape
15. Heavy Metal (animated)
13. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
12. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (animated)
11. A Time to Kill
10. The Land Before Time (animated)
9. The Lion King (animated)
8. Kelly’s Heroes
7. Fantastic Mr. Fox (animated)
5. Robin Hood (animated)
4. Watership Down (animated)
3. The Dollars Trilogy (oh yeah, I went there)
2. South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut (animated)
1. The Secret of N.I.M.H. (animated)
I chose The Secret of N.I.M.H. as my #1 favorite because of how serious it takes its audience. While it maybe a film about mice, it has some frightening images that younger children can get scared at. Plus the story and how the rats became intelligent through medical experiments is just brilliant. It’s definitely Don Bluth’s best movie, and that’s why it’s my #1 favorite movie.
July 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm
I like all of your choices of your top 30 favorite favorite films,I like some of these films too(especially Rocky and First blood).(this is a comment for all 3 parts).
July 12, 2010 at 8:33 am
My personal top ten (Don’t ask for more, it was hard enough to come up with those 10 :P):
10. The Usual Suspects
Great characters, great acting, but I mainly love how the movie tricks the audience. One hell of a twist within the last two minutes – that’s awesome.
9. The Departed
Not much to say about this one, it’s just done pretty well. Jack Nicholson as Costello is awesome, the other actors are good too, and the music is awesome (hell, it has Shipping up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys as Main theme – you can’t go wrong with that).
8. The Boondock Saints
A cult classic – the characters are sympathetic, the premise is pretty cool and the Soundtrack kicks ass.
One of the best – and craziest – Action movies I ever saw. This movie goes straight to 100% and entertains the living fuck out of you.
6. Lord of the Rings
I consider the trilogy one big movie, as much as I think of the books as a three-parter. The effects are just amazing – a prime example of CGI done right. The only thing I didn’t like were some of the changes they made to the original story, but that doesn’t keep this movie from being awesome.
5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Now, what have I gotten myself into? I don’t know, why I love this movie so much, maybe because of Johnny Depps acting, maybe because of the crazy situations the protagonists get themselves into, maybe because the whole movie is just one hell of a freakout – whatever. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas kicks ass.
4. The Dark Knight
I’m a Batman-fan, I especially love the Joker, and in my opinion, Heath Ledgers Interpretaion comes closer to the character than any other actor before. Furthermore, the story is great, the action is great, the Joker is as hilarious as menacing and the finale is epic. My only criticism is that Scarecrow and even Two-face came a little short. But overall, the best Batman-movie.
3. Star Wars – The classical trilogy
Again, to me, it’s one big movie. Basically, I totally agree with everything James said in his Star Wars-Review. As for the prequel-trilogy, it wasn’t bad. The effects were pretty cool, but it suffered from being all CG. It was done very well, of course, but the original trilogy has a charme that no computer generated effects will ever match.
I’ve watched this movie about five times, and I’m still not able to find a single flaw. I love Al Pacino and Robert de Niro, and seeing them together in one movie is a fucking feast. The story is great, the acting is great, the action is great. This movie comes as close to being perfect as possible.
1. Fight Club
At first I thought – oh yeah, Ed Norton and Brad Pitt beating the shit out of each other, okay. But then I saw the film and – HOLY FUCKING SHIT – This is one hell of an intelligent movie. Unfortunately, I can’t talk that much about it because I don’t want to spoil anything and I wouldn’t do the movie much justice anyway, so just sit down and watch it.
July 13, 2010 at 5:58 pm
i’ll just throw out a couple of movies i like and not do it in any particular order:
The Trueman Show,
The Sixth Sense,
The Matrix trilogy,
Lord of the Rings trilogy,
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly(couldn’t resist),
Coffee and Cigarettes,
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,
Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz(kinda go together i think),
Lords of Dogtown,
Ray, The Doors, Walk the Line,
Into the wild
Kung Fu Hustle
Dude Wheres my care
James and the Giant Peach
Wallace and Gromit
who framed roger rabbit
Hayao Miyazaki ( yes all of them )
Metropolis (The anime)
From Dusk Till Dawn
Black Books ( the series)
The Mariachi Trilogy
Stranger Than Fiction
July 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm
btw. The Green Mile
July 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm
and The Straight Story
July 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm
My top 15 favourite films:
2. The Fly
4. The Shawshank Redemption
5. Dead Alive
6. Day of the Dead
7. The Blues Brothers
8. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
9. Back to the Future
10. Terminator 2
11. Pulp Fiction
12. Waynes World
15. The Wolf Man
July 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm
Updated favourite films
The Blues Brothers
Back to the Future
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
The Day the Earth Stood Still
July 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm
Blade runner is my favorite movie of all time. I hope you can do a review of it some time, and if you havent seen it, you have missed someting special
July 24, 2010 at 8:59 am
I’ve just posted my top 10 films on my blog, check it out
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August 8, 2010 at 8:05 pm
I feel about movies much the same as a lot of the people posting comments here and James as well, so I’m not going to bore anyone with recounting my own top list since it’s too difficult and most have been mentioned already. But I do want to point out one that I haven’t seen addressed here yet (If it has, I couldn’t find it scanning the comments).
“What’s Up Doc?”. Aside from my mother I don’t really know anyone who has seen this movie, and it’s a damn shame. It’s my favorite comedy of all time, even over Blazing Saddles. It does have Barbara Streissand in it, which I can see would be off-putting to some people. But really, you should give it a chance. Every kind of funny is represented from situational, slapstick, and pure dialog driven humor. Easily in my top 5 of any genre without a doubt. Find it, watch it, and have a good laugh.
August 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm
top favorite movies:
August 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm
here is my top 30
30 scooby doo
29 son of godzilla
28 war of the worlds (2005 remake starring tom cruise)
26 monster house
25 transformers (2007)
24 I ROBOT
23 the haunted mansion
22 the scorpion king
20 broly second coming
19 broly the legendary super sayain
18 bionicle 2 legends of metru nui
17 bionicle the mask of light
15 godzilla vs mothra (americain version name godzilla vs the thing)
14 spy kids 3d game over
13 madagasgar 2 escape to africa
12 corpse bride
11 ALIEN 4
10 small soldiers
09 the vampires assistant cirque du freak
06 godzilla vs mechagodzilla
05 AVP ALIEN VS PREDATOR
04 AVPR ALIEN VS PREDATOR REQUIEM
03 shark attack 3 megaladon
01 DR.SUESS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT (2004 starring MIKE MYERS
August 22, 2010 at 6:28 am
i may have missed it but no godzilla
August 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm
venom your top 30 sucks c’mon man
August 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm
does it look like i care what u think no i don’t care cause those were my fav films as a kid and i still like them no matter how old i am, well maybe till i’m 30 but why do u care at all about my top 30 films.
September 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm
I just watched the 7 Faces of Dr. Lao thanks James for introducing me to another great movie
September 9, 2010 at 9:24 am
For a long time I didn’t realize the Wizard of Oz was filmed partly in color since I only had a black and white TV at times as a kid.
Too bad T3 tried to pretty much make the ending of T2 pointless.
Yeah, Star Wars. It is actually closer to traditional Fantasy (albeit futuristic) than Sci-Fi. The only bad thing I’ve ever had to say about it is that the whole Death Star subplot in RotJ is pretty much just recycled from the first movie.
Hah, as a kid, I always wanted to go to Willy Wonka’s Factory, thinking it was a real place. The Oompa Loompas and the turbo tunnel scared me though.
How did I know Ghostbusters would be near the top? I thought of it as soon as I saw “Top 30”.
And BttF and the original Kong, of course.
September 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm
Its a mad mad mad mad world definitely deserved it. The airplane scene is by far the greatest.
September 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm
Wizard of oz must of watched that a thousand times, American Movie saw it once never forgets. Terminator 2 Classic.
Puppetry and imagination a dying art? Bah! Thank god for the Furry Fandom.
September 10, 2010 at 6:09 am
here’s my top 15
15.Big Top Pee Wee
13.Boondock Saints 2 All Saints Day
11.Last House on the Left (original)
8.Return of the Living Dead
7.American Pie Band Camp
6.Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
5.Puppet Master 3 Toulon’s Revenge
3.American Pie 2
1.Count Yorga, Vampire
September 10, 2010 at 6:32 am
Awww no Godzilla 🙁
September 10, 2010 at 11:46 am
With the trend of “re-imagining” old films, I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll be seeing a Tim Burton remake of “The Wizard of Oz” . . . probably with Johnny Depp playing Scarecrow, Lion AND Tin-Man — wait — that would actually be kind of interesting. Haha.
Anyway, awesome countdown James–your final 10 are almost the same as mine . . . but I’d probably squeeze “American Psycho” in there somewhere too.
September 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm
Most of the list is children’s films and b-movies, which I guess shows how little James has changed since he was 12yo…
September 20, 2010 at 9:25 pm
I really enjoyed watching this top 30 of your James. You have great taste in movies. I absoulutely love watching movies, but after this, I realized I have so much catching up to do.
Here’s my current Top 30:
30. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1995)
29. The Breakfast Club (1985)
28. Predator (1987)
27. Princess Mononoke (1997)
26. Vertigo (1958)
25. Gladiator (2000)
24. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989)
23. Rocky (1976)
22. King Kong (1933)
21. The Dark Crystal (1982)
20. Ghostbusters (1984)
19. The Princes Bride (1987)
18. West Side Story (1961)
17. Ed Wood (1994)
16. Star Wars Trilogy (IV, V, VI) (1977, 1980, 1983)
15. Titanic (1997)
14. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
13. Jason And The Argonauts (1963)
12. Gojira/Godzilla, Mot.hra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack (1954 and 2001)
11. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
10. Jurassic Park (1993)
9. Aliens (1986)
8. Labyrinth (1986)
7. King Arthur (2004)
6. The Crow (1994)
5. The Last Unicorn (1982)
4. The Godfather: Part 1 (1972)
3. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
2. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
1. The Lord Of The RIngs Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
Other Big Favorites:
The Secret Of NIMH
The Castle Of Cagliostro
Back To The Future
Beauty And The Beast
The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad
The Valley Gwangi
All Robin Hood films
The Fistful Of Dollars Trilogy
The Land Before Time
Chariots Of Fire
and too many more to list.
September 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm
i followed this list and watched every movie , well at least the ones i could find . and vertigo led me to the whole alfred hitchcock collection . And now i found out that my 01 movie rear window is..
September 23, 2010 at 4:58 am
Good list James, however there are two movies missing:
1 – Who framed Roger Rabbit
2 – Children of Men
I’m sure you’ve watched Roger and you are probably thinking “wow, how could i forget about him” right now… I don’t know if you watched Children of Men so if you didn’t do it now. The best movie of the decade.
September 27, 2010 at 12:56 am
No godzilla Really!
September 30, 2010 at 1:49 am
Gosh, Finally! I haven’t seen Sword in the Stone since I had a VCR. No one ever talks about, stations never play it, and I have yet to see it sitting anywhere outside of Best Buy on DVD. Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of Disney movies. But finally, Some acknowlegement, or at least agreement that Sword in the Stone was one of the greats.
I agree with most of your selections. There’s alot I haven’t seen, but will definately be looking up in my free time. Excellent list.
October 7, 2010 at 5:59 am
Finally got the chance to see It’s a Mad World yesterday, and I gotta say.. Wow. Just, wow.
I’ve seen a lot of comedies in my life, but this one is by far the greatest. The whole movie is a big epic adventure with great characters, fucking hilarious scenes, good soundtrack and an extremely original idea.
On a side note, I cannot believe they remade the movie and called it “Rat Race”. It’s one of the most disgracing movies I have ever seen. They took one of the greatest comedies of all time and just took a massive shit all over it. Fuck you, Hollywood.
December 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm
I’m much into classic movies (especially horror and comedy), I have not seen Mad, Mad World (yet), but Rat Race is actually one of the few movies of the 2000’s that I’d even dare to call a modern classic. While it’s already somewhat outdated, it has its charm and great jokes. Oh well, I guess I can’t judge it properly without seeing Mad, Mad World first.
October 9, 2010 at 1:24 am
FantasyFanatic- great list! Magic Spoon, you’re right, Holywood sucks. James, great work as always. As a kid of the 80’s, gotta say that Wierd Science was one of my favs, as well as Revenge of the Nerds- lol.
October 9, 2010 at 1:27 am
Weird- I fail at spelling 🙁
October 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad world is my favorite movie of all time too!
My grandfather showed this to me when I was a kid and that memory of watching it with him and laughing is one of the most powerful memories of my childhood.
I was so surprised that it was also your number one. I tell everyone about this movie. I’ve got the VHS. I was really disappointed that the DVD is cut so short. This is the entire reason I still have a VHS player. I bought a new VHS player one time because my old one ate my tape just one time. I was scared it would happen again, so I bought a new player just to protect my one VHS copy of IAMMMMW.
I’m so happy that other people get to hear about this movie. Thank you!
October 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm
I don’t agree with #1 but that’s his oponion keep them coming james
October 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm
Wow, except for just one or two of the films i haven’t seen before, i tend to agree with your entire top 30. I have seen most all of them, and they’re all great pictures. You’ve inspired me to add some that i love to my collection, that I haven’t seen or thought of in years. 🙂
October 19, 2010 at 11:23 pm
I’m actually surprised there are not more horror movies in this list. Like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or even perhaps Silence of the Lambs. Still, a very good list
November 20, 2010 at 1:21 am
I’m really surprised Godzilla didn’t make the list…you love Godzilla!
November 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm
#6 is the best. I want to watch most of these movies that I haven’t seen before but Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is the movie that most people watch to feel like a kid again. And really everyone just wants to feel like a kid.
November 26, 2010 at 8:03 am
Willy wonka and the chocolate factory was a good movie, but I prefer the remake of it, Charly and the chocolate factory. Same with king kong.
January 12, 2011 at 7:36 am
i really love Willy Wonka because thats one of the first movies that i watched and really loved as a kid. Same as wizard of oz and back to the future
January 14, 2011 at 11:57 pm
I haven’t seen all of these movies, but I agree with the movies I’ve seen. Sword of the Stone was one of my favorites as a kid too. I woud’ve added the Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, but there’re so many good movies out there, so it’s hard for me to choose my favorite. Great Top 30!!
January 16, 2011 at 3:20 am
I just kept sitting here, watching the 3 parts, and especially for for the top 10 list I just kept nodding at each new introduced movie even if I’d probably make it a little diffrent myself.
January 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm
The first time I watched this I thought One of the Evil Dead movies would be on there. Im sortov dissapointed but its your opinion on movies. You should do your Top 10 Favorite Horror Movies!
March 3, 2011 at 1:27 am
I enjoyed watching this list however I find it strange that out of 30 movies, only 1 that I can remember (Terminator 2) was actually made after the year 1990. Do you hate movies that release now days or what James? It is without a doubt your own personal opinion and thats okay. I know you do the AVGN thing even though you don’t actually like to play new video games anymore. I was wondering if you felt the same way about movies? Either way I can’t argue that nearly every movie you posted was a great film, but there are several made in the last 20 years that dwarf some of them.
March 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm
Jurassic Park 1993
Ed Wood 1994
American Movie 1999
I can’t remember if there were others from the 90’s (except for T2 of course).
March 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm
in no particular order: Jurassic Park, The Iron Giant, Wizard Of Oz, The Blues Brothers, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Batman, Ghostbusters, 12 Angry Men, Jaws, M*A*S*H, School of Rock, Braveheart, Fantasia, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Planes Trains and Automobiles, The Graduate, Bringing Up Baby, American Graffiti, Anchors Aweigh…if i named the rest, we’d be here all night
March 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm
With such a large mixture of different content in all thirty films, I totally understand how you gained an interest in film making. Everyone of the movies you mentioned has somethiing so special in them, something you can remember for life. After seeing just about everything you have ever created on this site, I hope someday to see a major movie in theatres, directed by James Rolfe. I really think you have what it takes to make a great movie, since you know what goes into one.
March 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm
i enjoy pretty much all your videos James, and seeing your top 30 was interesting and also surprising, i was just wondering if you enjoy films that arent as “mainstream” as Jaws or The Wizard of Oz but films like Donnie Darko, Memento, or maybe some Guy Ritchie flicks
March 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm
I am watching every single movie on your list which I haven’t already watched, much respect to you
April 3, 2011 at 11:14 am
what about shawshank
April 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm
When I got into the AVGN series. I wasn’t much of a moviewatcher. However after I had watched all the AVGN episodes, I started watching the movie reviews. I enjoyed them a lot. Now I watch movies more often. I saw It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad world yesterday and Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory today. You remind of some classic movies that are out there which so many people have watched, but me. I really enjoy watching the movies now. So Thank you for being so inspiring.
April 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm
I just finished watching Back to the Future for the first time. Man that was really a great movie. i really missed out on a lot of good movies. I am really interested in the next two movies now as well.
May 7, 2011 at 10:44 am
Mad Mad Mad Mad world isn’t that good But everything else I LOVE
June 5, 2011 at 12:11 am
Great list. I agree with a lot of films mentioned here. Yet, every list is there own. I really feel like i have to mention a film called Ben-Hur. Seriously, I feel like it is a slap in the face to not mention this movie based on it’s influence on modern day films and the fact that it stars Charleston Heston. It is one of his best, if not the best role of his career..
I also feel that It could easily replace Gremlins which Honestly is a stretch as a top 30. I think a lot of people would agree with me on this.
Watch both movies,..respond, and prove me wrong. That challenge even includes you James.
Hope to see some responses. See you all around. Peace out.
June 21, 2011 at 3:29 am
James, Mike and co.,
Between your efforts and those of Doug Walker, i have not only reaffirmed my love for old school games and movies, but has educated me to many titles I had next to no exposure to. Thank you all for being so entertaining, expressive, and the hysterical fuckfaces we have come to know and love. Knowing your material and conveying it intelligently (particularly in your movie reviews) makes the content that much more dynamic. Besides, who else can put buffalo diarrhea dumps directed at your ears, unholy fuckheaps of commercial prostitution (games in your AVGN episodes), Rolling Rock then Yuengling, and Super MECHA Death Christ into a blender and then somehow fit it all together in coherent comedy? Anyway, as this is my first comment on your site I figured id just get that out of the way. Now on to my real comment…
June 21, 2011 at 4:16 am
Titles are important. Many people see a title or headline and that is ALL they see in an article. Apparently, this top 30 is not an example of that. Most of the comments about which movies were left out of this top 30 list weren’t too bad and arguments could be made, if the title had been “Top 30 Movies of All Time”, Most Influential Movies etc etc. Ok…. read the title again. It says “Favorite” movies. As in, James’ top 30 favorites. So…… yeah….
June 21, 2011 at 4:26 am
Comparing the entertainment value and influence on cinema as a whole, of Gremlins and Ben-Hur, blows my fucking mind. No need to go into details, as it pretty much speaks for itself. Completely different era’s of moviemaking, styles of entertainment, influences on their respective genres…..the list could go on.
Prove you wrong? Prove what wrong? Wait… what the fuck are you even talking about?? Is James wrong for having a personal opinion that Gremlins belongs on his top 30 favorite movies list? Did he set the two movies together to figure out which one is better? ::sigh:: And what are you challenging people in general, and James in particular, to do exactly? Watch both movies and probably enjoy/ respect their contributions to film for completely different reasons? Ok….. i challenge you to come up with a salient point about this entirely subjective list if you end up reading this and comment here again.
Besides, challenging James is a bad idea. His power pad makes him immune to the unholy deathbolts of Satan himself! Oh shit, he’s putting on the konami laserscope!!! Time to start cheesin’ it and run for our lives. “FUCK FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
June 23, 2011 at 5:51 pm
Old Kong definitely tops Peter Jacksons version. Nice list i’ll have to check out the ones i don’t know. I would have real trouble narrowing a list of favourites to 30.
July 14, 2011 at 2:23 am
I loved your pics….I was surprised that Gone with the Wind, Ferris, Amadeus, and some others weren’t one there. I’ve never seen Mad Mad World, Rambo, or First Blood. I need to Netflix them ASAP.
August 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm
where is Godzilla???
August 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm
what is mike’s Favorite movies
August 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm
….Damit hätte ich nun wirklich nicht gerechnet. Grüße aus Deutschland!
…You now this country as ass sucking fylfot – lamd!
August 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm
I hope not!
September 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm
Can you do top 30 faviroute video games please?
October 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm
1. I’d be also interested in top 30 video/nintendo games. Maybe make it top 50. 🙂
2. Though I mostly agree with those top 30 movies I am wondering two things: A) Where is “2001” and/or “Alien”? Those movies changed the whole fricking movie-world! OK, I understand you just don’t like them that much. B) Why is there no zombie/monster movie in there (except 4 KK)? You’re obviously such a fan but there’s no such films in your list? I demand an explanation, good Sir!
And better don’t talk back to me! I am the German Videospiel-Wüterich (from Cologne 🙂 and we don’t react too well on talking back! 😉
October 15, 2011 at 12:08 am
I was just thinking of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World earlier. How interesting it’s your #1. I was making a Top 30 list thanks to your inspriation and thought about putting it on there, but I haven’t seen it more than once, so I can’t count it as a favorite 30. Definitely in my top 50 list, however. And Rat Race.
October 15, 2011 at 12:09 am
Top 30 Favorite Films
#1 Terminator 2: Judgement Day
#2 I Am Legend
#3 Tron: Legacy
#5 The Dark Knight
#6 Iron Man
#7 Rush Hour 2
#8 Rush Hour
#9 Shanghai Knights
#10 Spider-Man 2
#12 Matrix Revolutions
#13 Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
#14 The Patriot (2000)
#15 Best of the Best
#16 The Sound of Music
#17 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
#18 Robin Hood: Men In Tights
#20 Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
#21 Bedknobs and Broomsticks
#22 The Breakfast Club
#23 Marry Poppins
#24 Gone in 60 Seconds (Remake)
#25 Encino Man
#26 Speed Zone
#27 Footloose (Original)
#28 West Side Story
#29 High School Musical 3
Top Favorite Film Series
#1 Back To The Future
#4 Lord of the Rings
#5 Rush Hour
#6 Star Wars
#7 Star Trek
#9 Naked Gun
Favorite Worst Films of All-Time:
#1 Killer Klowns From Outer Space
#5 Ricky 1
Film I’ve Watched So Much I’m Bored By It:
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Film I’ve Watched Countless Times, But Still Doesn’t Bore Me:
Back To The Future
January 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm
r u like 7 years old
January 27, 2012 at 12:12 am
Aye.. Quite a few on mine but I just wanna say a “Like” for you having Best of the Best as your #15.. I always liked it as a kid but I watched it recently and actually find it even better now. I think its a very underrated “sports” movie.
October 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm
My favorite 5 movies (i can’t think of 30)
1. John Carpenters Halloween
2. The rocky horror picture show
3. Logans run
4. The burning
5. Godzilla, mothra and king ghidra giant monsters all out battle.
December 7, 2011 at 6:11 am
this list has got to be a fckin joke… i dont even know where to start, of course i know that this is very subjective and also depends on nostalgia but WTF: a masterpiece like Full metal jacket is on place 20, and after that come only completely stupid and lowbrow entertainment movies (for example a fckin DISNEY MOVIE).. Have you ever seen Movies like Clockwork Orange, Schindler’s List or Fight Club, movies with a meaning, with a message, movies that are precious and intelligent?
December 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm
December 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm
@vocal555 I agree, but this is Jame’es list and these are the movies that he likes, or have effected him the most, if he wanted to put Twilight as number one, which he would never, he could because its his list.
December 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm
@[email protected] Of course he can, but according to his videos hes one really intelligent person and i was just a bit disappointed
December 23, 2011 at 2:44 am
@vocal555 Woah there big fella. This is titled “Top 30 FAVORITE films” not “Top 30 BEST films”. There is a big difference
December 23, 2011 at 7:16 am
@Snufflufugus 😀 what a logic! Like: Ok these are the best films ever made, but those bad ones are my favourite. xD thats rly stupid
January 3, 2012 at 2:40 am
@vocal555 @Snufflufugus I agree with snufflufugus. A lot of times there are those movies that are bad, the senseless, and stupid and that’s why we love them. Because they are senseless, because thwy are stupid. It let’s us just let go and enjoy the stupidity
January 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Pff Kid if you’re going to be a pretentious cocksucker at least post movies that are worth metioning, and not that mainstream bullshit like Figth Club. However this are James FAVORITES movies based on his personal feelings, he’s not being objective on them. @vocal555
January 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm
@sirbalmont haha thats the dumbest thing ive ever heard XD youre one of these retarded hipsters like ,,ouh this movie is mainstream, i hate it”