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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My favorite movies: 50 to 26

Let's continue with one man's 100 favorite movies. On Monday, 75 to 51 were ranked. On Tuesday, it's 50 to 26. Wednesday, it's 25 to 1. Here we go:

50. Bull Durham (1988): The tagline says it all: A major-league love story in a minor-league town.

49. Used Cars (1980): A young Kurt Russell is the best used car salesman of them all.

48. Total Recall (1990):  Arnold Schwarzenegger on Mars? It's perfect.

47. The Game (1997): David Fincher's thriller starring Michael Douglas takes you places you would never expect.

46. Heat (1995): We finally see Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino together on the big screen.

45. The Empire Strikes Back (1980): I beg to differ when critics say Empire is the best of George Lucas' franchise, but Darth Vader's big reveal at the end of the film can't be topped.

44. The Godfather II (1974): Not as good as the original, but it's close.

43. Casino (1995): It's Goodfellas in Las Vegas, and almost as good.

42. The Graduate (1967): A young Dustin Hoffman pulls you in.

41. The Untouchables (1987): Kevin Costner and Sean Connery are perfect together taking on Al Capone (Robert DeNiro) during the prohibition era. 

40. Rain Man (1988): Dustin Hoffman is amazing as an autistic man reunited with his brother played by Tom Cruise.

39. The Poseidon Adventure (1972): Gene Hackman is great in this visually-stunning film about a capsized cruise ship and a small group of passengers trying to survive.

38. Planet of the Apes (1968): "Take your stinking paws off me you damn, dirty ape!"

37. Rudy (1993): Before Sean Astin made his mark in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he was that little dude trying to make it as a tackling dummy for the Notre Dame football team. All joking aside, this is an inspirational true story.

36. Walll Street (1987): Greed is good, and so is Michael Douglas in this Oliver Stone classic.

35. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935): Treat yourself to this classic Universal horror film next Halloween. Or next week.

34. First Blood (1982): Before Sylvester Stallone's John Rambo became an over-the-top character, the original kept it relatively real.

33. Aliens (1986): "Game over, man! Game over!"

32. Hoosiers (1986): Gene Hackman as Coach Norman Dale is magical. Favorite quote: Jimmy Chitwood, "I'll make it."

31. Back To The Future (1985): A joyride from start to finish. 

30. Citizen Kane (1941): For years, many have insisted Orson Welles' Charles Foster Kane is media mogul William Randolph Hearst. That's up for debate, but this film is a fascinating tale of one man's rise and fall. 

29. Breaking Away  (1979): Four teen-agers come of age in Bloomington, Ind., in this underrated sports film. A high recommend.

28. The Breakfast Club (1985): There's an argument for this as THE teen film of the 1980s. Since I was a teen-ager in the 80s, you will get no argument from me. 

27. The King's Speech (2010): Colin Firth's portrayal of a stuttering King George VI of Britain is an all-time performance.

26. Major League (1989): How great would it have been had Roger Dorn actually played third base for the Indians in the late 1980s? 

To read movies 100 to 76, click here

To read movies 75 to 51, click here

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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