The 5 Must-See Movies of All Time

I've decided to make my Top 5 list a weekly occurance. So every Sunday (because Sunday is the most boring), I will post my Top 5 for the week. It gives me a chance to talk about something non-training related without sounding totally random. Last Sunday I wrote about 5 of the most influential people I've ever met.

So now I present you with The 5 Must-See Movies of All Time...

1) Fight Club

Who saw that twist coming? WHO?! Don't you dare say you saw it coming, cause you'd be a liar. This movie is one of those movies which can never be reproduced. The feeling you get when you watch it is unique to this film alone.

Why you must see it: Because it makes you take a second (and third... and fourth) look at yourself. It makes you wonder what kind of dark and twisted side lies deep down within. Plus, Edward Norton and Brad Pitt make an awkwardly perfect team that you just can't resist loving.

2) Donnie Darko

Do you believe in fate or free will? If you knew your future, would you take a different path? I can't count the number of times I've shown this movie to a friend and then had to explain it afterwards. If you're going to watch this movie, prepare for your mind to be blown.

Why you must see it: Because on the surface it's just a movie about a possibly insane teenager going about his daily life. But underneath, it's about all of us... and how our everyday decisions pile on top of eachother to affect future events. It puts forth the heartwrenching question, how much would you sacrifice to save those that you love?

3) The Graduate

I apologize for this being the only older movie on my list (I'm a baby of the 80s, what can I say?). But despite its lack of showmanship and flashy effects, it's camera angles and bold characters definitely make it worth your time. The film's main character is an awkward, almost pervy teenager who has the rest of his life looming overhead.

Why you must see it: Because this movie speaks to every generation and does an amazing job translating through the years. But if you can't think of any other reason to watch this film, see it because it's iconic. The parodies are countless (you don't even realize how many everyday things are referencing this movie until after you see it).

4) Requiem for a Dream

Depressing? Yes. Imagery? Awesome. A story about family and love and drugs... and a story meant to remind us that we all have a little bit of hidden desperation inside.

Why you must see it: Because your first thought when the film ends will be, Wow... I have it SO good. It will remind you to call your parents and tell them you love them, and make you thankful you never got into hard drugs when you were younger.

5) Sin City

Probably the only film on my list which doesn't have some deep meaning or significance for mankind. But what it does prove is that unique and compelling filmmaking it still alive. It also serves to remind us just how far we've come with technology and animation.

Why you must see it: Because even you won't be able to tell what is real and what was computer generated. Along with the great scenes, it has great storytelling... with narration reminiscent of old school Pulp Fiction and heroes mirroring those of the wild west.

If you think I left a movie off my list or I'm insane for picking the ones I did, I would love to hear about it. Leave me a comment.


Karen said...

The Graduate--My favorite!!

The future is in PLASTIC!!

Marcy said...

YOu know, I've never seen Donnie Darko *gasp* I better get to it then, no shouldn't I? ;-)

Michelle said...

Very interesting movie list. Did you also like A Clockwork Orange? Seems like it would fit here well too.

Kelly said...

Clockwork Orange... no, actually. My brother owns it and loves it. I've tried three times to watch that movie and it just bores me to death. And when it's not boring, it's a little too vulgar even for my tastes.

mrjwhit~ said...

I have only seen Fight Club. It was a very good movie, but the end disturbed me. Kind of felt yuck at the end. The other moves have all slipped past me, too. Guess I need to get to it.

Rainmaker said...

Wow, I'm really slacking. I haven't seen any of them.

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