Movies: Best-Ever

Movies: Best-Ever

by Dom Nozzi

The movies found on this list are the best, most memorable, and most entertaining I have ever seen. Most all of them contain spoken words, phrases, or quotes that are so classic and unforgettable that they are used in our conversations all the time. Who, for example, has not heard someone say…

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”


“We need to get a bigger boat.”


“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”

Many are also important to me because they made me laugh heartily, cry like a baby, portrayed gorgeous scenes, exhilarated me, gave me important insights, or taught me profound lessons. Here, then, are what I believe are the best movies I’ve ever seen. Note that they are not ranked in order of quality.

  • Wizard of Oz
  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • The Great Escape
  • Psycho
  • Friends With Kids
  • The Birds
  • Planet of the Apes
  • The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
  • Duel
  • Deliverance
  • Westworld
  • The Sting
  • Trilogy of Terror
  • Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid
  • Jaws
  • Bonnie & Clyde
  • One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Halloween
  • The Exorcist
  • Airplane!
  • Spartacus
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Pink Floyd’s The Wall
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Testament
  • Brazil
  • Kiss of the Spiderwoman
  • Amadeus
  • Das Boot
  • Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The Wedding
  • Dominick and Eugene
  • The Icicle Thief
  • Romero
  • Sophie’s Choice
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Basic Instinct
  • Unforgiven
  • Purple Rose of Cairo
  • The Straight Story
  • American Beauty
  • The Boys of St. Vincent
  • Manufacturing Consent: Chomsky
  • The Advocate
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Blue in the Face
  • Titanic
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • The Red Balloon
  • Life is Beautiful
  • The Life of David Gale
  • Sideways
  • Sicko
  • Bread & Tulips
  • Across the Universe
  • Animal House
  • Blazing Saddles
  • The Reader
  • North Face
  • The Ledge
  • The Black Swan
  • No Strings Attached
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • Notes on a Scandal
  • Adore
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Muscle Shoals
  • The Other Woman
  • The Intouchables
  • Better Than Sex
  • Spotlight
  • The End of Suburbia
  • The Ice Storm
  • Concussion
  • The Imitation Game
  • 50/50
  • Bad Words
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Fed Up
  • The Longest Ride
  • Her
  • Unmanned: America’s Drone War’s
  • Sex, Drugs and Democracy
  • Gone Girl
  • Rush
  • Broken Circle Breakdown


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One Response to Movies: Best-Ever

  1. kevinjfisher says:

    Yes!! The Great Escape is my favorite movie.

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