Here we go again! It’s time for another rollicking, roller coaster installment of the Last Movie Outpost Top 150 Movies Of All Time, as voted for by you – the Outposters themselves.
This time we dive down deep from where we left off last time around and tackle a bumper crop of 30 positions to take us down to the top 50. It’s big, but it’s probably not clever. If you have missed the other parts of this epic countdown then you can catch them here. First up are the “Also-Ran” movies, then 150 to 130. Pulling in on the bumper of that one is 129 to 100. Finally there is the most recent which was 99th position down to 80.
Let’s keep on keeping on. And remember, don’t blame us! You voted for this.
Trips into a fantastical world find themselves teamed up here – a tie for The Wizard Of Oz and Pan’s Labyrinth.
Run For it Marty is back, hoping for a good result in this section of the rundown:
“The Wizard of Oz is the only movie that can have a person dressed up in a lion costume and have people accept it. I think that’s all that needs to be said about its greatness.”
As for Pan’s Labyrinth, Pops has some adulation:
“Bias check: I’m a big Guillermo del Toro booster, so Pan’s Labyrinth is in my top ten movies overall. Simply a masterwork, it moves effortlessly through differing genres— fantasy, war drama, horror— and somehow manages to fit them together perfectly. Special shout-outs to Sergi López as the heartless General Vidal, and to Doug Jones for his visceral dual performance as the Faun and the Pale Man… or are they one in the same?”
Alfred Hitchcock at his best, some say. Where do you think Vertigo ranks for him?
“Widely considered to be Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Vertigo for me is more of a thesis statement for Hitch’s entire career, with its pioneering camera techniques (we wouldn’t have the Jaws dolly zoom without the Vertigo Effect), its themes of murder and obsession, use of color, and of course, Kim Novak as the definitive Icy Hitchcock Blonde™ “
A spellbinding modern Western, No Country For Old Men, finds itself bracketed by Alfred Hitchcock’s second entry in as many places in the form of North By Northwest.
Gigantic Cahuna has got this one:
“Cormac McCarthy, The Cohen Brothers, Tommy Lee Jones. It was always going to be epic. So epic it introduced us to Javier Bardem and reignited Josh Brolin’s career.”
Pops is on a roll:
“I flip-flopped between this and the aforementioned Vertigo on my own Top 30 list, and in retrospect, I think I should have gone with North by Northwest. By turns thrilling and amusing, it stars probably my favorite classic actor, Cary Grant, as the traditional Hitchcock innocent-man-on-the-run, Eva Marie Saint as his droll love interest, and James Mason as one of the best Bond villains of all time.”
One has “Drive” in the title, the other is kind of about driving. Hey, it works! Mulholland Drive and Mad Max: Fury Road in for joint 74th place.
Run For It Marty gets his Lynch on:
“Mullholland Drive is David Lynch’s surreal masterpiece about the dreams and illusions of Hollywood shattered by reality. At least I think that’s what it’s about. Maybe that’s wrong. Who knows?”
Gigantic Cahuna speaks more in one article than Max does for an entire movie:
“I love Mad Max: Fury Road, and I went into it very wary. It looks amazing and it’s relentless. Nothing about it is… mediocre!”
“War Is Hell” ruminations again, this time getting the Kubrick treatment as Gustav Hasford’s The Short Timers becomes Full Metal Jacket.
Cahuna love you long time, soldier boy!
“Decided I wanted to re-read Short Timers a while ago. Second hand copies in hardback now over $100 dollars! Looks like I will just have to go without. Iconic movie though, even though sometimes it veers towards the ridiculous it’s always sublime.”
The champ is down! It’s all over! Citizen Kane is the perpetual winner of every single greatest movie poll ever run. Not here though. At the extreme other end of the scale is The Princess Bride, a movie so quotable that I am just going to stop now before I go down a rabbit hole.
Run For It Marty chips in again:
“Citizen Kane is an iconic movie for sure. Maybe the most iconic to old school cinephiles. Welles’ use of story structure, editing and camerawork were all innovative. My favorite technical aspect is the use of dual focus photography in many of the shots.”
Gigantic Cahuna cracks open his storybook:
“The Princess Bride is one of those movies where, if you come across it while channel surfing, no matter where it is up to in the movie, you stop surfing and watch the rest of it. It takes a real talent to balance the tone the way this movie does. Cary Elwes should have been a bigger star.”
Peter Jackson’s difficult second album, The Two Towers, is in at the giggle position.
Pops speaks up for a movie many don’t love:
“The Two Towers, while not the best of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, certainly for me at least, has the greatest moments of the series: Gollum’s animated (heh) quarrels with Sméagol, Gandalf’s return in ascended form and his subsequent exorcism of King Théoden, and Gandalf’s sunrise charge down the mountainside with the Rohirrim. Let’s give Ian McKellen the MVP prize for this one.”
Up from the depths, forty stories high! Godzilla (1954). Man in suit never die.
Long, long, long time Outposter Tubby Walters is all in on the Big G:
“In 1954, Toho Studios had arguably its greatest year in two important releases: Seven Samurai and Gojira. In my opinion, Gojira stands out not just as a nuclear metaphor but also as one of the first great foreign progenitors into franchising a film, regardless of Toho knew it at the time or not.
Gojira was incredibly innovative in special effects, film score, and even acting in the Japanese and foreign market. Many critics felt the subject matter as nothing more than ‘B’ movie material. No, critics across the Land of the Rising Sun clinged to the film and what followed was one of the longest running film franchises in history, over Batman, Star Wars, Star Trek, James Bond, and the MCU.”
Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago, wants a table right now for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Outpost Founder Member MacLeod writes:
“Back in 1987, Ferris Bueller was one of the most-watched VHS cassettes in my house for about a year. My whole family loved it. I can’t listen to The Beatles “Twist and Shout” now without picturing the street dancers in downtown Chicago. #SaveFerris”
Drunken Yoda wants to build on this:
“I have been watching Ferris every couple of years and it never gets old. Wanting to be Ferris but knowing that I’m Cameron, it’s another great Hughes movie that resonates to this day. My kids love it too.”
Described by many as the single most beautifully shot film ever made, Lawrence Of Arabia cleaned up at the Oscars. Time to revisit if it’s been a while.
He’s back again for seconds. MacLeod has this to say:
“Lawrence Of Arabia is one of the most visually stunning movies I’ve ever seen. The camerawork, the use of colours. Man, you can feel the heat and dryness of the desert! Terrific performances from the leads. It is great, it is brilliant, it is breathtaking!”
Billy Bob Thornton goes full Tugg Speedman in Sling Blade. As does Pops, apparently:
“The wife has forbidden me from watching Sling Blade ever again, because every time I do, I wind up doing the Karl Childers impression for a week. Mmmh.”
Big Trouble In Little China was quite simply the greatest movie in existence to my year at school. I have never seen The Maltese Falcon.
Gigantic Cahuna reminisces a little too much:
“The experience of making this movie may have put John Carpenter off studio productions for life, but it does nothing to make me love it any less. To a young version of me, at the time, this movie was pretty much the single most awesome thing on the planet. Kung-Fu, monsters, ghosts and Kim Cattrall to electrify my teenage hormones.”
Run For It Marty gets his movie historian hat on:
“The Maltese Falcon is notable for 2 reasons. The first is that this was John Huston’s directorial debut. The second is that the last line of this movie is one of the most iconic in movie history ‘The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of.'”
The biggest bracket of the round. Pretty much an awesome all day viewing marathon in itself. Saving Private Ryan in a lock with Snake Plissken’s finest hour – Escape From New York. Meanwhile, The Departed‘s dirty cops also pile in with a certain archaeologist’s third outing in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
MacLeod had no friends, at this point:
“Saving Private Ryan was the first movie I saw alone in a cinema. There are so many great scenes aside from the first 15 minutes. The combat sequences are nothing short of incredible and it’s emotionally exhausting. There is no heroism here, no glamorization, it is a group of soldiers fighting to survive.”
Gigantic Cahuna adjusts his eye-patch:
“Carpenter and Russell teaming up again just one place higher than Little China. What can you say about this movie? A stone cold classic. And in today’s world seems almost prescient! Shame about the sequel though.”
“Yeah, so it’s a remake of Hong Kong’s Infernal Affairs. Doesn’t make it any less good. Just look at all the talent on display. Twisty and turny like a twisty and turny thing trapped on a roundabout.”
Run For It Marty places this in the franchise:
“Most people consider this to be the second-best of the Indiana Jones adventures. The standout role in Sean Connery as Henry Jones Sr. My favorite moment is when Indy causes that Nazi motorcycle driver to crash and Indy starts laughing. He looks over at Connery, who isn’t amused and then he stops laughing immediately.”
Drunken Yoda thinks it’s a closer run race:
“Taking a character without a ton of depth and giving him some by adding Sean Connery as his father. It’s really a toss-up on whether or not this is the best or Raiders.”
The movie that made children everywhere simply unable to eat mashed potato sensibly ever again – Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Run For It Marty names this as one of his personal greats:
“This is my favorite Spielberg movie of the 1970s. I love everything about it. I think the special effects still look great and the story holds up well.”
Another of those serendipitous brackets forms again as two movies about punching people find themselves in a tie. Rocky and Fight Club.
Cahuna feels his bitch-tits wobble:
“This movie feels like it almost needs to come again. More relevant today than it was in it’s own time perhaps?”
As a Scotsman, MacLeod probably knows a thing or two about fighting. So he’s chimed in on Rocky:
“Rocky is actually one of my all-time favourite films. I do have a nostalgic bias mainly cause I watched all of them a lot when I was a kid. The classic tale of a down on his luck guy who spends his life trying to be a good person before finally getting a shot at the big time.”
David Cronenberg letting the gross flow even more than usual in The Fly (1986).
Run For It Marty should have checked his teleporter for foreign objects:
“Jeff Goldblum turns into a human fly and vomits on people causing them to dissolve. Chris Walas did a phenomenal job on the makeup effects in this movie.”
Nada chimes in:
“I will always remember the summer of 1986, Fox had released a double bill for the ages, Aliens and The Fly. My two favorite films of that year and those two also landed in my top 10 of all time! The Fly was one of David Cronenberg’s update on the classic 1958 film. If you know anything about his work, you know that he excelled in body horror. On top of a great horror film, there was an actual moving love story that felt real. If you have never seen this film, do it! Do it now!”
Romero’s total invention of the new Zombie genre kicks up a gear in one of the exceptional horror movies of our lifetime – Dawn of the Dead (1978).
Gigantic Cahuna soiled his big boy pants:
“One of my earliest trailer memories was the “People they kill get up and kill…” trailer for this to herald it’s home video release. I was so young but I had to see it. And see it, I did. Terrified doesn’t even come close. I was way too young for this.”
Hey boys! Look what I got here! It’s Blazing Saddles at 53.
“When I asked my dad what the funniest movie he ever saw was, this was his answer. He went in expecting a straight Western, but when Slim Pickens came on the scene, he knew it was something else. Perhaps the funniest and most timeless of Brooks’ films. Thank God it was made before the modern day.“
Drunken Yoda has thoughts:
“‘Where are the white women at?’ Enough said. Too bad there’s no way this movie, that’s clearly making fun of racism, isn’t considered racist today. That’s the insane world we live in.”
You always knew who to avoid at college, they would endlessly quote Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Inability to heed this advice would have rendered your college experiences sexless.
Gigantic Cahuna veers dangerously close here:
“Sure, The Life Of Brian is probably a better movie, and funnier. But this one is sillier and much more quotable. And isn’t that what Python is all about?”
Winner of all five majors at the Oscars, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest also brought us Christopher Lloyd for the first time. Not a bad effort all round.
Run For It Marty gets himself committed:
“The coolest thing about this movie is the cast. Sure it has Jack Nicholson in the lead role, but it also has Taxi co-stars Christopher Lloyd and Danny DeVito. It won the 4 big Oscars (Picture, Director, Actor, and Actress) in 1976.”
Not six, not eight, but Seven. Now, what’s in the box?
“It is one of the darkest and disturbing films I have ever seen. It is a great film, but I have only seen it three times. It’s not a film that I ever will say, “Hey let’s watch Seven!” Yes, you should see it, but you have to be in the right frame of mind as it is so depressing.”
A lot more single entries here as we hit the final bend before the home straight. And not a Marvel movie in sight for the first time in this countdown. Without further ado, TO THE DEBATES!