My roommate asked me the other day what my favorite movie was. Without thinking I answered Top Gun. Upon further thought, though one of my favorite movies (and on this list), I think I’ve changed my answer. And while watching my number 1, I decided to make this list of must-see movies.
So the title of my post might be a little hyperbolic, but still… You should probably try to watch all of the movies on this list. Also, if you don’t like Edward Norton or Tom Cruise, you should probably leave now.
10. American History X
Another creepyish movie. But damn good. It’s basically about two brothers involvement in a neo-Nazi movement, and the older one’s reformation. Lots of tough topics, graphic scenes, and ultimately a phenomenal story… Oh yeah, and of course, the Great Ed Norton, so it’s a win-win.
Best Quote: “Hate is baggage. Life’s too short to be pissed off all the time. It’s not worth it.”
I haven’t laughed so hard in a movie since… Probably Mean Girls. So basically for ten years. And also I feel like that ages me. Whatever, Stove. Seriously, though. So funny.
Best Quote: “You’re more beautiful than Cinderella. You smell like pine needles and you have a face like sunshine!”
8. Jerry Maguire
This movie showed us the money, made us fall in love, made us want to play football, and made us want to have 100 kids that look like Jonathan Lipnicki but only when he’s little. And, there were about a million amazing quotes that came out of this movie. Aside from “Show me the money,” there’s “Did you know the human head only weighs 8 lbs?”, “You complete me,” and of course the best one listed below. All of that in one film? Sign me up.
Best Quote: “You had me at hello.”
7. Primal Fear
This movie’s a little creepy. But also amazing. And it’s one of Edward Norton’s first acting roles. This guy is like my favorite actor, and he rocked his second movie role ever. And I don’t want to spoil anything, so I just won’t say anything further. You can’t go wrong with this movie. Gosh.. Even looking at the pictures for this movie gives me the heebie-jeebies. (Sidenote: people are going to be upset, but Fight Club is not on this list. I’m sorry. I think now’s probably not a good time to tell you I haven’t seen it.)
Best Quote: “You want justice, go to a whorehouse. You wanna get fucked, go to court.”
6. The Shawshank Redemption
It’s actually been a while since I’ve popped this one in. But I think I should probably re-watch it soon. It’s based on a Stephen King novel, so you know it’s good. (Don’t worry, The Shining isn’t on this list, but I could have added it.. maybe.) Plus, it’s got a stellar cast, which includes God.
Best Quote: “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
5. The Goonies
Kids that go on a treasure hunt. Plus, it’s got Rudy (I mean, Sean Astin), Chunk, Sloth, and some kid you can’t understand. ‘Nuff said.
Best Quote(s): “Hey you guuuuuuyssss!!!!” and “Do the truffle shuffle!”
4. Stand By Me
Kids that go on a treasure hunt of different sorts. And by treasure I mean hunt for a dead kid. But on the way, they learn a lot about themselves, and their older douche bag brothers. Phenomenal movie for any time of year. Side note: Who knew Jerry O’Connell would grow up the way he did? Humph.
Best Quote: “Sick balls, Chompy!”
3. Mean Girls
You may question my judgement here, but whether you’re a guy or a girl, you can’t help but laugh at this movie. And if you think you can, then YOU CAN’T SIT WITH US!
Best Quote: “Don’t have sex. Because you will get pregnant. And die.”
2. Top Gun
I’m not even attracted to Tom Cruise, but there’s just something about him that every girl loves in this movie. I think it might be his huge… F14.
Best Quote: “Hey Goose, ya big stud!” “That’s me, honey!” “Take me to bed or lose me forever.” “Show me the way home, honey.”
1. Forrest Gump
What’s not to love about Forrest Gump? Not only does this movie contain the best cliches (“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”), the most profound thoughts (“I’m tired now. I think I’m gonna go home.”) and the most hilarious quotes. (“I gotta pee.), but you simply fall in love with all of the characters in the film, especially Haley Joel Osment and except for that hoe-bag Jenny.
Best Quote: “I’m not a smart man… But I know what love is.”
Do me a favor… Leave me your list in the comments below. I need some movies in my life!