What Are Your Top Five Favorite Films?

Here’s a fun midweek question for you: What are your top five favorite films of all time? This is a very tricky question to be sure. So much so, that when I was coming up with this post I had to think long and hard about what my five favorite flicks are. Here’s what I came up with:

This Is Spinal Tap
The Empire Strikes Back
Goodfellas
Big Trouble in Little China
Aliens

Now here’s the thing, both Spinal Tap and Empire are always in my top five, but others tend to drift in and out. I also tend not to put my recent films in my favorites list…which is why Avengers: Infinity War isn’t on there. Additionally, I have a hard time settling on what my so-called favorite film is, as I tend to have different beloved films in each genre.

These are just my own personal criteria, you’re mileage may (and will) vary. So take some time, think it over, and list your five favorites below!

  • http://themidnitedrive-in.blogspot.com Quiggy

    I could write a whole blog piece on this topic. (who knows, maybe I have…) But I’m like you, having favorite films depending on the genre. Distilling it down to five is tough. But, in no certain order here are some that I’ve watched dozens of times:

    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
    An American Werewolf in London
    Blazing Saddles
    Big Trouble in Little China
    El Dorado

  • Laurel Lane

    Gettysburg
    Ben Hur
    The Harry Potter Series (I consider them 1 whole)
    Romeo and Juliet (1968)
    1776

  • Jimster

    This is more difficult than I thought. My final criteria became what movies will I always watch when I see them listed on TV. Today, my answers are below. 🙂

    Inherit The Wind
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    The Magnificent Seven
    Star Wars: A New Hope
    Young Frankenstein

    • WDPjr

      I found it interesting that you chose “The Two Towers” out of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Personally, I just don’t think of them as separate movies, unlike the Star Wars movies. I think of the LotR trilogy as one long, great movie and deserving of a place on my top ten list. Now that we are locked down due to coronavirus, I think I will start watching them again today!!!

  • richardpeck

    Best Years of Our Lives, Singin’ in the Rain, Seconds, A Thousand Clowns, 1776

  • rgordon7

    “Broadway Danny Rose”
    “Midnight in Paris”
    “Coming Home” (the 2014 Chinese film directed by Zhang Yimou with Gong Li – not the similarly titled 1978 US film)
    “The Last Emperor” (the 218 min. extended version)
    “When Do We Eat?”

  • David

    Midnight Run, Jaws, The Warriors, The Sting, The Gumball Rally.

  • Alf Messina

    “Women in Love”(1969 original)
    “The Graduate”
    “Midnight Cowboy”
    “2001: a Space Odyssey”
    “Zabriskie Point”

  • polliwogg

    The Apartment.
    Airport (The original)
    When Harry Met Sally
    *batteries not included
    An Officer and A Gentleman

  • James Reed

    “F/X”
    “Frankenstein” (1931)
    “Planet of the Apes” (1968)
    “The Odd Couple”
    “Zombi Holocaust” (the original cut of “Doctor Butcher M.D.”)

  • clark-kent

    For anyone who loves movies, identifying their Top Five Favorites should be a daunting task. So, it can seem more difficult when you have so many favorites like me, who can easily and has made lists of my 50 and yes even of my 100 favorite films. Some confuse their favorites with the best films ever and then may even become embarrassed by revealing their absolute favorites when they finish their list. That said, picking my top five favorites quickly came to the surface as I have to believe they were ones I pick most often to watch over and over again because they are my top favorites and I never tire of them. Mainly because they do it for me, i.e., entertain, captivate, inspire and remove me from boredom, stress, bad TV or any other thing going on my day-to-day life I’d like to escape from and leave behind for two or three hours.

    So here are mine and I simply put them in alphabetical order:
    The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
    Casablanca (1942)
    The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    Some Like It Hot (1959)
    The Ten Commandments (1956)

    Then I thought this was way too easy so I waited a couple of hours and still came up with the same five, so without a doubt they are my five favorites!

  • dirkwrestler

    I’m all over the Place:
    Dazed & Confused
    Auntie Mame
    Double Indemnity
    A Touch Of Class
    Casablanca

  • WDPjr

    Here are my official 5 favorites, in no particular order:

    Best Years of Our Lives
    Captains Courageous
    Stagecoach (1939)
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Empire Strikes Back

    However, there at least 10 others that I really like every bit as well and have rewatched often. Casablanca, Seven Samurai, The Apartment, Bridge on the River Kwai, Anatomy of a Murder, 12 Angry Men, Rio Bravo, ….. I could go on and on. Point being that 5 really isn’t enough!

  • Mike

    Too many…start with:
    Bridge on the River Kwai
    The Apartment
    The Godfather
    Rocky
    Jaws
    A few more that can easily be in my Top 20:
    My Cousin Vinny; The Green Book; Young Frankenstein; The Fugitive; 12 Angry Men; Top Gun; One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest; The Great Escape; Dirty Dozen; Planet of the Apes; The Hustler; Deliverance; Angels With Dirty Faces; Capricorn One; and so many more.

  • garykevinware

    My top five are all based on literary classics.
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
    Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
    The Man Who Laughs (1928)
    A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
    The Miracle Worker (1962)