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Monday, December 19, 2011

My favorite movies: 75 to 51

Let's continue with one man's top 100 favorite movies. On Sunday, 100 to 76 were ranked. Monday, it's 75 to 51. Here we go:

75. Coming to America (1988): Some movies never get old. This Eddie Murphy classic is one of them.

74. Three Kings (1999): This film starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube as U.S. soldiers at the end of the Gulf War attempting to steal gold from Kuwait is a hidden gem.

73. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971): Sorry Johnny Depp. One man was born to play Willy Wonka and it's not you. It's Gene Wilder.

72. Lethal Weapon (1987): Had someone said in 1986 Mel Gibson and Danny Glover would make a great pair as L.A. cops, I would have said no way. They do.

71. Beverly Hills Cop (1984): How cool is Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley? Very cool. How funny? Very funny.

70. Sea Biscuit (2003): Most know the story of Secretaritat, but if you haven't watched the story of Sea Biscuit, it's well worth your time.

69. Cast Away (2000): This film was a one-man cast for most of it, and the great Tom Hanks pulled it off superbly.

68. Superman: The Movie (1978): Music can make a movie and John Williams does not disappoint with this score.

67. Minority Report (2002): This thriller starring Tom Cruise is one of Steven Spielberg's most underrated films.

66. V for Vendetta (2006): "Remember, remember the fifth of November."

65. Scarface (1983): This tale of an up-and-coming drug lord played by Al Pacino is not for the faint of heart, but will forever remain a classic.

64. The Seven-Year Itch (1955): Two words: Marilyn Monroe.

63. Eight Men Out (1988): Director John Sales' film is a riveting tale of the 1919 Black Sox and the corruption of the World Series. It stars Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd and and John Cusack.

62. The Social Network (2010): The story about Facebook provides questions about who deserves the credit for its creation, but the answers are up to you.

61. Frost/Nixon (2008): Frank Langella (Richard Nixon) was nominated for an Oscar, but didn't win. He should have.

60. Forrest Gump (1994): It seems almost un-American not to have good 'ole Forrest on this list.

59. Caddyshack (1980): This might be the most quoted sports film of all time. Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield and Chevy Chase grab most of the headlines, but Ted Knight is right there too.

58. The Usual Suspects (1995): The fun part of this suspense thriller is predicting the ending. Good luck trying.

57. The Right Stuff (1983): This film about America's first venture into space won four Oscars. It's can't miss.

56. 48 Hrs. (1982): The on-screen chemistry between opposites Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy is perfect.

55. Rocky II (1979): If you can stomach the first 90 minutes, the epic rematch between Rocky and Apollo make it worth it.

54. Dazed and Confused (1994): Ben Afleck, Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey are barely recognizable in this hilarious 1970s high school comedy.

53. Ferris Beuller's Day Off (1986): Eveyone loves this film - the sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids and dweebies.

52. Groundhog Day (1993): Bill Murray is stuck in the same day over and over again, and each day is funnier and funnier.

51. American Beauty (1999): Kevin Spacey's Lester Burnham is a true classic movie character.

Coming Tuesday: 50 to 26

To read movies 100 to 76, click here:

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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