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Sunday, December 18, 2011

My favorite movies: 100 to 76

As sports editor of The News-Herald, sports is obviously one of my passions. Another is movies. The movie-going experience is awesome. When talking about or writing about my favorite movies, three factors come into play: 1. Rewatchability, 2. Entertainment value and 3. the PUMAAP (picking up a movie at any point) factor.

With that in mind, I've ranked my 100 favorite movies of all-time. Remember, these are my favorite movies of all-time. Some might think a few movies here stink, but this is only one man's list. We'll run 25 at a time Sunday through Wednesday, then the complete list on Thursday. Here we go in descending order:

100. The Full Monty (1997): The premise - a group of unemployed men who secretly put on a striptease show to earn money - seems ridiculous but it works here.

99. The Goonies (1985): This movies brings back great memories of when I was 15 and saw this classic adventure about a group of kids searching for a mysterious treasure at the theater.

98. Pumping Iron (1977): This documentary about the weight-lifting craze put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the map.

97. Fatal Attraction (1987): One word for this thriller starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close: Intense.

96. When Harry Met Sally (1989): Can a man and a woman just be friends? Check out this comedy with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan to find out.

95. JFK (1991): Oliver Stone's film about the mysteries surrounding the death of John F. Kennedy makes you think.

94. Full Metal Jacket (1987): A disturbing look at the affects war can have on a soldier's mind. Stanley Kubrick's classic is must-see.

93. The Rookie (2002): Dennis Quaid has been in a lot of sports movies, but this one is right at the top.

92. City Slickers (1991): Jack Palance is so good as a grizzled, bitter cowboy he won the Oscar for best supporting actor.

91. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992): Gary Oldman as the prince of darkness is breathtaking and horrifying at the same time.

90. Mr. Baseball (1992): This is a hidden gem starring Tom Selleck as a past-his-prime baseball player who is shipped from the Yankees to play in Japan.

89. Spider-Man 2 (2004): It's rare when a sequel outdoes the original, and as big of a fan I am of the original, I'll take Dr. Octopus over the Green Goblin.

88. Night Shift (1982): Henry Winkler proved he's more than just the Fonz from Happy Days as the timid Chuck. This is one of Ron Howard's earliest films. Michael Keaton is great as Winkler's co-star, and there's even a tiny part by Kevin Costner as Frat Boy #1.

87. Casino Royale (2006): Daniel Craig as 007 is fantastic in this reboot of the spy franchise that doesn't have the camp of Roger Moore and is much edgier than Pierce Brosnan's James Bond.

86. Rocky IV (1985): This is an 80s cheesefest at its finest, but I dare you to turn the channel when the Drago-Balboa 15-round slugfest begins.

85. Tin Cup (1996): Roy McAvoy is exhibit A why you always go for the green when you're hacking away on Sundays.

84. Miracle (2004): The great sports moment in U.S. history deserves a spot somewhere in my top 100.

83. Field of Dreams (1989): If you've lost your dad, then you can't make it through the end of this Kevin Costner classic with dry eyes.

82. Escape from New York (1981): Snake Plissken (played by Kurt Russell): The toughest guy in action movie history.

81. The Rock (1996): Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery have great chemistry in this action flick about a group of marines that take hostages at Alcatraz and threaten San Francisco with bio weapons.

80. Funny Farm (1988): Trouble awaits at every corner when sports writer Andy Farmer (Chevy Chase) and his wife move to the country.

79. Foul Play (1978): There once was a time when Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase were a smash hit on the big screen. This was their funniest film.

78. Victory (1981): If you can get past Sylvester Stallone as an elite soccer goalie and Michael Caine as a world-class midfieler without a chuckle, you will love this tale of prisoners of war trying to escape a Nazi camp during World War II.

77. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): This epic sci-fi film's ending stills confusing me after countless viewings, but it's mesmerizing to watch nonetheless.

76. Jurassic Park (1993): In the movie dictionary next to Juarassic Park, it should read, "A true moviegoing experience."

Coming Monday: 75 through 51.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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