My All-Time Favorite Movies :: FilmListography

List your favorite films of all-time
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Editor’s Note: This is an impossible list to compile and keep at a reasonable number. I am going to limit myself to 30, but oh my stars is that a hard number to narrow down to – I love so many movies, but there are always more posts to ramble on about the ones I love that did not make this list.

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Written by Charlie Kaufman, Pierre Bismuth & Michel Gondry
Directed by Michel Gondry


I can’t see anything that I don’t like about you.” ~ Joel

But you will! But you will. You know, you will think of things. And I’ll get bored with you and feel trapped because that’s what happens with me.” ~ Clementine

Okay.” ~ Joel

[pauses] “Okay.” ~ Clementine.”

2. Almost Famous (2000)
Written & Directed by Cameron Crowe


I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriously, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.” ~ Penny Lane

3. Lost in Translation (2003)
Written & Directed by Sofia Coppola


I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.” ~ Charlotte

You’ll figure that out. The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” ~ Bob

4. Reality Bites (1994)
Written by Helen Childress
Directed by Ben Stiller


You see, Lainie, this is all we need. . .couple of smokes, a cup of coffee. . .and a little bit of conversation. You and me and five bucks.” ~ Troy

5. Garden State (2004)
Written & Directed by Zach Braff


Fuck, this hurts so much.” ~ Andrew

“I know it hurts. That’s life. If nothing else, It’s life. It’s real, and sometimes it fuckin’ hurts, but it’s sort of all we have.” ~ Sam

6. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Written by Brett Halliday,& Shane Black
Directed by Shane Black


Okay, you’ve got 30 of my fucking seconds. Thrill me.” ~ Perry

7. Boyhood (2014)
Written & Directed by Richard Linklater


Do you still love dad?” ~ Mason

I still love your father, but that doesn’t mean it was healthy for us to stay together.” ~ Mom

What if after we move he’s trying to find us, and he can’t?” ~ Mason

8. Pretty in Pink (1986)
Written by John Hughes
Directed by Howard Deutch


I just want them to know that they didn’t break me.” ~ Andie

9. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Written by Goran Dukic & Etgar Keret
Directed by Goran Dukic


Being here with you reminds me of what I was like before my suicide.” ~ Zia

What were you like?” ~ Mikal

I was happy…” ~ Zia

10. True Romance (1993)
Written by Quentin Tarantino
Directed by Tony Scott


I had to come all the way from the highway and byways of Tallahassee, Florida to MotorCity, Detroit to find my true love. If you gave me a million years to ponder, I would never have guessed that true romance and Detroit would ever go together. And til this day, the events that followed all still seems like a distant dream. But the dream was real and was to change our lives forever. I kept asking Clarence why our world seemed to be collapsing and things seemed to be getting so shitty. And he’d say, “that’s the way it goes, but don’t forget, it goes the other way too.” That’s the way romance is… Usually, that’s the way it goes, but every once in awhile, it goes the other way too.” ~ Alabama

11. Modern Girls (1986)
Written by Laurie Craig & Anita Rosenberg
Directed by Jerry Kramer

Modern Girls (Jerry Kramer, 1986)

And we never pay for parking. And we never carry cash, it’s bad luck.” ~ CeCe

And we never buy our own drinks.” ~ Margo

Words to live by.” ~ Clifford

And we never wait in line.” ~ Margo

12. Wild at Heart (1990)
Written by Barry Gilford & David Lynch
Directed by David Lynch


This whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.” ~ Lula

13. The Anniversary Party (2001)
Written & Directed by Alan Cumming & Jennifer Jason Leigh


Would you like a lolly? You’re never too old for a lolly.” ~ Joe

14. Me Without You (2001)
Written by Sandra Goldbacher & Laurence Coriat
Directed by Sandra Goldbacher


You’ve changed do you know that?” ~ Marina

What?” ~ Holly

I said you’ve really changed do you know that?” ~ Marina

15. Before Sunrise (1995)
Written by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan
Directed by Richard Linklater


Maybe we should meet here in five years or something.” ~ Celine

All right, all right, five year- Five years! That’s a long time!” ~ Jesse

It’s awful! It’s like a sociological experiment!” ~ Celine

16. Gas Food Lodging (1992)
Written & Directed by Allison Anders


It was the same for both of us. It was like we’d finally met our twin. Can you grasp that? Here we were from two different worlds, and yet when we were alone, together we made the same person. In his arms I knew who I was, Shade. Just Shade. That was more than enough.” ~ Shade

17. Broken English (2007)
Written by Zoe R. Cassavetes
Directd by Zoe R. Cassavetes


“I’m just trying to figure out if this is supposed to mean something.” ~ Nora

18. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Written by Tom Jankiewicz, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink & John Cusack
Directed by Tom Jankiewicz


“I’m sorry if I fucked up your life.” ~ Marty

It’s not over yet.” ~ Debi

19. Valley Girl (1983)
Written by Wayne Crawford & Andrew Lane
Directed by Martha Coolidge


So, when can I see you again?” ~ Randy

Gee, Randy… why don’t you wait until the end of the evening to say these things?” ~ Julie

It’s how I feel. It’s what I want.” ~ Randy

I’m here with you now.” ~ Julie

20. Pride (2014)
Written by Stephen Beresford
Directed by Matthew Warchus


Nobody said anything about hiding who we are.” ~ Reggie

Yes, they did. You.” ~ Mark

I just think if everybody takes it easy on the…” ~ Reggie

Flamboyance.” ~ Ray

We’re more likely to fit in.” ~ Reggie

I’m sorry, just to be clear, when you say “flamboyance”, you mean gay. And when you say “everyone”, you mean me.” ~ Jonathan

Jonathan.” ~ Mark

Good. It’s just I haven’t spoken 1950’s in quite a while.” Jonathan

21. Chasing Amy (1997)
Written & Directed by Kevin Smith


You know, I didn’t just heed what I was taught, men and women should be together, it’s the natural way, that kind of thing. I’m not with you because of what family, society, life tried to instill in me from day one. The way the world is, how seldom it is that you meet that one person who just *gets* you – it’s so rare. My parents didn’t really have it. There were no examples set for me in the world of male-female relationships. And to cut oneself off from finding that person, to immediately halve your options by eliminating the possibility of finding that one person within your own gender, that just seemed stupid to me. So I didn’t. But then you came along. You, the one least likely. I mean, you were a guy.” ~ Alyssa

Still am.” ~ Holden

And while I was falling for you I put a ceiling on that, because you *were* a guy. Until I remembered why I opened the door to women in the first place: to not limit the likelihood of finding that one person who’d complement me so completely. So here we are. I was thorough when I looked for you. And I feel justified lying in your arms, ’cause I got here on my own terms, and I have no question there was some place I didn’t look. And for me that makes all the difference.” ~ Alyssa

22. Untamed Heart (1993)
Written by Tom Sierchio
Directed by Tony Bill


He doesn’t make sense, I don’t make sense, together we make sense.” ~ Caroline

23. A Place in the Sun (1951)
Written by Theodore Dreiser, Patrick Kearney, Michael Wilson & Harry Brown
Directed by George Stevens


I love you. I’ve loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I’ve even loved you before I saw you.” ~ George

24. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
Written by Lorene Scafaria, Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Directed by Peter Sollett


Are you sad that we missed it?” ~ Norah

“We didn’t miss it. This *is* it. C’mon. You wanna go home?” ~ Nick

25. Take This Waltz (2011)
Written & Directed by Sarah Polley


Sometimes I’m… walking along the street and a shaft of sunlight falls in a certain way across the pavement and I just wanna cry. And then a second later, it’s over. I decide because I’m an adult, to not succumb to the momentary melancholy; And I thought that sometimes with Tony, she just had a moment like that. A moment of not known how or why, and she just let herself go into and there was nothing anyone could do to make it any better. It was just her and the fact of being alive, colliding.” ~ Margot

26. The Way, Way Back (2013)
Written by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Directed by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash


You’ve got to go your own way, and you, my friend, are going your own way.” ~ Owen

27. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Written by Zach Helm
Directed by Marc Forster


“I brought you some flours.” ~ Harold

28. Beautiful Girls (1996)
Written by Scott Rosenberg
Directed by Ted Demme


You know there are fours words I need to hear before I go to sleep. Four little words. “Good night sweet girl.” That’s all it takes. I’m easy, I know, but a guy who can muster up those four words is a guy I want to stay with.” ~ Andera

29. Dream for an Insomniac (1996)
Written & Directed by Tiffanie DeBartolo


Anything less than mad, passionate, extraordinary love is a waste of your time.” ~ Frankie

30. The Dreamers (2003)
Written by Gilbert Adair
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci


We do love you very much!” ~ Isabelle

I don’t want to be loved very much, I just want to be loved.” ~ Matthew

7 thoughts on “My All-Time Favorite Movies :: FilmListography

  1. This is wild, you’ve listed so many of my top favorite movies it’s frightening. Chasing Amy, Reality Bites, Gas Food Lodging (which no-one ever knows what I’m talking about), Beautiful Girls, Pretty in Pink, Before Sunrise, Almost Famous, and Eternal Sunshine…scary! Great taste!

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