I show you mine, you show me yours
“To each his own” is the most valuable motto in a world as diverse as ours. It allows me to peacefully coexist and be friends with others whose interests are far different than mine. It doesn’t matter that I like God and you don’t, or that you like the Red Sox and I hope you get hit by a train.
No matter what, your opinion is just as good as mine. And today is all about sharing opinions.
In a blog post last week, I published a list of the
77 movies that I consider to be the best of all time based on a formula that I devised in my childlike brain.
That list was alphabetical, nothing more than a catalog of films that score a 10 out of 10 on my ranking scale. Today, though, I’m giving you a rundown of The 10 Best Movies Ever.
Keep in mind that, to me and many other scientists, a list of “the best movies I’ve ever seen” is far different than “my favorite movies ever.” That’s because a film like “Schindler’s List” is undeniably great, but it’s not one I’d ever consider a favorite. Likewise, “Happy Gilmore” is a movie I could happily watch every day of my life, but I’m not dumb enough to think it’s among the best ever.
My Top 10 consists of the best movies I’ve ever seen, some of which also happen to be among my favorites of all time. (You can find the basic premise of the unsophisticated formula I use to rank films on the post I mentioned earlier.)
There’s one condition to me sharing my Top 10 with you: You must do the same by posting yours (or at least your Top 5) below.
And, yes, I agree that it’s difficult to judge movies across genres. But flying a plane is also difficult and people still do that every day, so we’re gonna do this, too.
Behold, all ye foul-smelling peasants! The 10 best movies I have ever seen:
THE TOP 10
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
3. Good Will Hunting (1997)
4. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
5. The Usual Suspects (1995)
6. The Godfather (1972)
7. Love Actually (2003)
8. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
9. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
10. Do the Right Thing (1989)
The next five: As Good As It Gets (1997), Braveheart (1995), Pulp Fiction (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Young Frankenstein (1974).