Show & Tell: Your Top 5 Movie List

junkyardarts January 2, 2013 4
Show & Tell: Your Top 5 Movie List

I recently read an article over at XOJane about how to use the ‘top 5 movies’ test to break the ice with a stranger and figure out if you have compatible taste. Not only did the article stress me out as I tried to compile my top 5 list which is almost impossible, but I was also concerned that my top 5 would be so disappointing to everyone. How my low-brow sensibilities would be so horrifying to some, and my love for action movies would be seen as frivolous to others. And yet while I wouldn’t want to be judged on my shitty taste in most things, I’ll sure as hell judge you if you say your favorite movie is any of the 3 new Star Wars flicks. The judgement will be swift and cruel.

So here we go. My Top 5 Movies…as best I can pick right now. And let me state that while these may be my favorite movies, it is not my list of what I believe to be the best movies made. An important distinction.


Jurassic Park



True Romance

Honorable Mentions: Top Gun, First Blood, The 13th Warrior, LoTR Trilogy extended versions, Kingdom of Heaven extended version, Alien, Stargate, Muppets Take Manhattan, Million Dollar Mermaid, Dances with Wolves, The Lion King, Beetlejuice, A League of Their Own and about a million others that I just can’t think of off the top of my head.

So. Go ahead. Tell me yours and then we can judge each other. If you can’t remember what they are, the NYTimes has a list of the top 1,000 movies ever. Start there.


  1. John Slaney January 2, 2013 at 6:22 pm -

    I went to my personal collection in order to come up with this, since I almost always buy what I consider to be EXPONENTIALLY AWESOME…

    – Jaws
    – No Country For Old Men
    – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
    – Let The Right One In
    – The Naked Gun

  2. junkyardarts January 2, 2013 at 8:53 pm -

    Let the Right On In (original version) was certainly one of the best movies of the 2000’s, absolutely. It was one of the most romantic movies I’ve ever seen. That would be on my shortlist of great movies. Texas Chainsaw Massacre is also not only a classic in the genre, but one of the most successful low-budget movies ever made. It was executed so perfectly I’m pretty sure it ruined some viewers lives. Good short list!

  3. Brian January 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm -

    Oh man. Where to begin? Better yet, how to stop?! My list, like all others, in no particular order:

    – True Romance (I want to be Clarence.)
    – Citizen Kane (This might be the top dog)
    – Ken Burns’ National Parks
    – The Thin Man
    – The Great Escape

    Honorable Shout-Out: The Shawshank Redemption, The Legend of 1900, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dogtown & the Z-Boys, The Fall, Last of the Mohicans, Gonzo, Texas Chainsaw Massacre…

  4. Bradley January 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm -

    Here it goes my faves:

    1. City of God
    2. Fight Club
    3. The Usual Suspects
    4. Goodfellas
    5. Memento

    And honorable mentions go to Leon the Professional, American History X, American Beauty, Blade Runner, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.