Best Film Lists


Ahh the problem with throwing out the list too early - the oversights are catastrophic!!



Most of my favorites have already been mentioned but I would like to add some that I may have already missed or haven’t been mentioned yet…

My number 1 movie of all time is Once Were Warriors (sorry Peos)…it just is.

The rest:

Midnight Express
The Deer Hunter
Me, Myself & Irene
Broken English (NZ movie)
Step Brothers
Daddy’s Home
Semi -Pro
Straight Outta Compton
Primal Fear
My Cousin Vinny
A Fish Called Wanda
Wayne’s World


“Don’t like” is an understatement.

I’d make a shocking counsellor because my sympathy for druggies is around zero, if not lower.


In no particular order, my best 25:
Apocalypse Now
The Warriors
American History X
The Departed
Romper Stomper
Bad Boy Bubby
Boogie Nights
God Bless America
Mad Max
Animal Kingdom
Highway 61
High Fidelity
Reservoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction
True Romance
The 25th Hour
The Breakfast Club


Schindler’s List

There’s more but these ones always come to mind.


The Thin Red Line
Saving Private Ryan
The Breakfast Club
Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2
The Green Mile
The Silience of the Lambs
Dirty Harry
The Seachers
North by Northwest
Apocalypse Now
Taxi Driver
Blade Runner
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Goonies
Full Metal Jacket
Mad 1 & 2
The Karate Kid (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop
The Last of the Mohicans
Edward Scissorhands
Groundhog Day
Letters from Iwo Jima
Casino Royale (2006)
Cast Away
Black Hawk Down
Punch Drunk Love
Master and Commander
Michael Clayton
Man on Fire
The Social Network
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Zero Dark Thirty
Fight Club
Out of Sight
Boogie Nights
The Misson
Casualties of War
The Game


Occasionally when I’m skimming through I’ll see a rating and be surprised at myself and make a bump by at most . 2.

The thing about Borat is its been sullied by the fact that his subsequent movies have been horrifically bad and Borat himself has been quoted beyond oblivion so it’s just meme status. But I maintain that when I saw it when it came out (with my grandma no less) I was rolling on the seats laughing in agony. It was just so fresh and I’d never seen anything like it. Incredible.


Blackfish is a doco about SeaWorld and how they mistreat their Orcas. It’s incredible. So powerful that the Finding Dory (Nemo sequel) team saw it and rewrote the ending to the film which initially ended with the whole gang living happily ever after at SeaWorld.

Lake of Fire is a doco about the abortion debate. Incredible. Harrowing. Shot in black and white. A hard watch but gripping. It’s so good that the pro choice crowd hate it because they think it’s bias against them and the pro life hate it for the opposite reason. That’s neutrality.


I was wondering if/when Bad Boy Bubby would appear on a list😂

It’s a classic


Blues Brothers
Pulp Fiction
Mad Max
Back to the future
Evil Dead 1,2,3
Big Trouble in Little China
Police Story


Great topic

In no particular order

Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
Empire strikes Back
Raiders of the lost Ark
Blues Brothers
Trading places
Animal Kingdom
Godfather 1
Godfather 2
Full Metal Jacket
Lock stock
In the name of the father
Mississippi Burning
Big Trouble in little China
There will be blood
True Romance


State Of Grace is another favourite of mine.


Also :
Waterloo Bridge,
Fort Apache,
Midnight Cowboy,
Ivan the Terrible,
Andre Rublev
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence
The Thirty Nine Steps


Movies can be a bit like songs - they can have a bigger impact on you simply because you saw them at a certain moment in your life and that memory can rate them higher than what they truly deserve. Others will be memorable no matter when you viewed them.

Warriors falls in to the latter and was huge for me as I had just moved to NZ and was basically living the movie - caught up in a lifestyle that was just surreal at the time.

The below aren’t all classics - but they’re fond memories.

Once were Warriors (1994)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) - Watched from up tree at Wilsons Prom when were were too young to be admitted - fight seen had us karate kicking for days!
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
American Pie (1999)
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Big Night (1996)
Billy Elliot (2000)
Boy A (2007)
Braveheart (1995)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Candy (2006)
Captain Phillips (2013)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Death at a Funeral (2007)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Gallipoli (1981)
Garden State (2004)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Goodfellas (1990)
In My Father’s Den (2004)
Into the Wild (2007)
Kick-■■■ (2010)
Looking for Alibrandi (2000)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Master and Commander The Far Side of the World (2003) - watch it with a good home theatre system
Midnight Express (1978)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Misery (1990)
My Name Is Joe (1998)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Seabiscuit (2003)
Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Big Sick (2017)
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
The Game (1997)
The Illusionist (2006)
The Kite Runner (2007)
The Prince of Tides (1991)
The Sting (1973)
Waking Ned Devine (1996)

Might make a foreign list next


Amazing film. One of my top 20, which I’ll get to eventually.


Sunset Blvd.
Big Lebowski
Catch 22
Solaris (Tarkovsky)
The Conversation
Cuckoo’s Nest
Hurley Burley
So I Married an Axe Murderer
Vertigo (could include any number of Hitchcock’s films)
Mulholland Drive
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Double Indemnity
Touch of Evil
The Big Sleep
No Country For Old Men
Dark Knight
The Spies (Clouzot)
Doctor Strangelove
Closely Observed Trains
Holy Grail
Rules of the Game

That must be around 25, and I still feel like I’ve left so many out…


How recently have you watched it? I don’t think it’s aged well to be honest


Completely agree with this.

It’s the same deal with American Pie (and probably many others). Hasn’t held up well at all on repeat viewings. But seeing it in the cinema without knowing a thing about it in 1999 or whenever it was, hooo boy.

edit: read this


No “Lean On Me”?


Couldn’t help myself.