My Favorite Movies of All Time: The Top 10

Double IndemnityNext to reading my favorite activity is watching a good movie. I have fond childhood memories of the theaters in Plainfield, New Jersey. I saw Ship of Fools with my mother at the Strand Theater. The Paramount Theater featured Saturday afternoon stage shows. The Liberty Theater lacked the charm and beauty of the Strand and the Paramount, but when the lights dimmed the ambiance didn’t matter.

I’m a list maker from way back and so I’ve come up with my top ten favorite movies. Maybe some of yours show up here.

Annie Hall (1977)

Best in Show (2000)

Dead Again (1991)

Double Indemnity* (1944)

Julia (1977)

Rope (1948)

Ship of Fools (1965)

Tension (1949)

Turning Point (1977)

Two for the Road (1967)

* Favorite of favorites. I posted about Double Indemnity back in February on the Mystery Fanfare blog, recommending it as a must-see film for crime writers.

Two for the Road

With the exception of Dead Again and Best in Show I favor movies made before 1980. Not that I don’t enjoy those from the post-1980 era—there’s Against All Odds, Crash, Fargo, Full Monty, The Jagged Edge, anything by Woody Allen, and countless others—but there’s something special about the older films.

Or am I dating myself?

What are your favorite movies?




My Favorite Movies of All Time: The Top 10 — 2 Comments

  1. Great list, Maggie! I own copies of Annie Hall and Double Indemnity. I like the older films too, but some of my favorites are more recent, like Fargo. Julia is a favorite of mine also. My top ten include Chinatown, Godfather I and II, Annie Hall, Casablanca,The Silence of the Lambs, The Shining, Rear Window, Sunset Boulevard, Taxi Driver…. Oops, that’s eleven! Hard to pick just ten.