Salty Popcorn – the TOP 50 Movies of All Time – (Pt1: 50 – 40)

This has taken close to a week to compile. I realised that lists appear to be the current fave thing on Orble and have always wanted the “close to” definitive list of what my favorites actually are.


The Salty Popcorn Top 50 films of ALL TIME
The Salty Popcorn Top 50 films of ALL TIME


So many people always ask me “what’s your top 10”, “top 5” etc and it’s always stumped me. I explained that it is more that I have 5 fave action films, 5 fave sci fi films and so on. But now – after looking at close to 10000 film titles and listing close to a 100 films here is the top 50 as I feel at time of writing – I know I have probably forgotten some and will kick myself when I realise. It should be noted that all films in this list have a perfect score of 10 out of 10.

You should try looking for 50 movie posters – it takes close to 2 bottles of wine. LOL
Anyways – I know the majority of people will disagree or hate a lot of my films but most of you will see a few and go “I did like that film”. Let’s hope so.
The reasons they are my top films and why I like them so much is probably a combination of acting, directing, cinematography, sound and more importantly what was happening in my life at the time when the film came out and how I reacted to this particular film due to current circumstance.
This list is in actual order and starts at the bottom (number 50). Enjoy this first batch – numbers 50 to 40. More to come this afternoon.

Number 50:

La Cité des enfants perdus or The City of Lost Children (1995)

This director is one of the most original visionaries of our time who is a master of creating a visual feast. Jean-Pierre Jeunet has directed some cinematic brilliance. Delicatessen, Amelie, the not very liked Alien 4 and this one – my fave of the lot (although the orchestrated sex scene in Delicatessen is one of the best scenes in film). In this film the evil Krank in an alternate world kidnaps children to steal their dreams which will slow his aging process. When one young child (Denree) is kidnapped, his monster of a brother (played by Ron Perlman – Hellboy) sets out to find him. Amazing!!!!


Number 49:
Jaws (1975)


I don’t think anyone needs a plot summary of this one. Everyone knows the music. It’s so bloody chilling and I still hum it to people who go swimming in the ocean with me. Sammy, a close friend of mine who is now 18 is still not allowed to watch it because it terrifies his mother so much. Spielberg – you do rule!!!


Number 48:
The Exorcist (1973)



Did someone say “hot pea soup” and lots of swear words? This film is chilling and I could be completely wrong but I think it was the first film to mention the nasty C word. Also, there is so much trivia in relation to this film but here is a couple. 1) in adjusted dollars this would still rate as the highest grossing R rated film of all time 2) There are tales about ominous events surrounding the year-long shoot, including the deaths of nine people associated with the production and stories about a mysterious fire that destroyed the set one weekend. Actors Jack MacGowran & Vasiliki Maliaros died before the film was released.


Number 47:
Millions (2004) – suss the REVIEW HERE


The UK is about to switch its currency from Pounds to Euros, giving a gang a chance to rob the poorly-secured train loaded with money on its way to incineration. But, during the robbery, one of the big bags falls literally from the sky on Damian’s playhouse, a 5-year old given to talking to saints. The boy then starts seeing what the world and the people around him are made of. Ethics, being human and the soul all come to the forefront in this film.
I just loved this clever film. Truly a must see – as pretty much this entire list is.


Number 46:
Requiem for a Dream (2000)



The best drug film ever made! For the first half of the film I wanted to be a junkiie – the “taking the hit” shots are truly cinematic genius – the second half of the film I gave coffee and anything drug related a wide berth. Drugs are BAD kids!!! Directed by Darren Aronofsky – the famed director of Pi and starring Jared Leto and Jennifer Connely. Jared needs to act more – he is sensational on film and Jen is superb in anything.


Number 45:
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)



This is a true visual extravaganza starring Hellen Mirren as you haven’t seen her before. The film is all about food and color. The color thing is easy to miss if you get hooked in the story but every room of the restaurant is a different color and every time someone changes rooms their clothes and everything change color. True food film masterpiece.


Number 44:
Metropolis (1927)



The great grandpa of sci fi. How can a silent sci fi film made in 1927 still be one of the best ever made. This is a visionary film that made the most of everything it ever had and invented special effects. NO CGI back then and still superb. Back in 1926 computers weren’t even invented yet, all effects had to be done by hand or in simple editing. And when you take a look at all the thins that have been done in this movie, it’s impossible not to get impressed. Huge buildings, explosions, flooding, picture phones, transformation sequences, robots and so on. No movie has ever pulled the limits of special effects as much as this one.


Number 43:
Apocalypse Now (1979)



Coppola’s BEST work. And that was just dealing with Brando let alone making one of the most difficult films of all time. Movies have been made about the making of this film and how could anyone forget that amazing helicopter scene, breathtaking, or what about Robert Duvall’s “I love the smell of napalm in the morning”.


Number 42:
The Birds (1963)



Everyone will disagree but this was my fave Hitchcock film. My budgie loved it to. This film made me scared of him for weeks. I think an appalling attempt at a remake is in the works.


Number 41:
Dances with Wolves (1990)



Kev’s best – crap – I knew I would forget one so this Number 41 has a tie with The Untouchables. But this one holds a special place – it was playing at the movies when I started working for Hoyts was back at a young 18. LOL. The music and tone of this film were fantastic, it is just a shame that Kev tried to remake this film with his next films – Waterworld – which I loved for its Mad Max on water themes and The Postman (appalling).


Number 40:
Thelma & Louise (1991)



The best chick flick of all time. Sad, happy, thrilling, a road trip and the first time we get to see Brad Pitt near naked. LOL.




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