When you own
395 420* movies that you love, it’s hard to narrow that down to a small list of favorites. I buy a lot of movies, but I have a pretty strict policy of only buying movies that I want to see over and over and over and over and over… you get the point. That’s not to say a few have snuck in that I don’t love as much (freebies or lackluster franchise sequels), but by and large, 90 percent of the movies I own I still watch repeatedly.
Basically, I have 400 all-time favorite movies. Some I probably don’t enjoy as much as I used to because I’ve seen them sooooo many times, but I generally still enjoy watching them every few years. All this makes it very hard to pick my favorites. They all are. But I was able to narrow it down to my mostest favoritest.
But before we get to that, lets look at some of my movie stats.
Stoney’s Movie Library Stats
I found categorizing movies somewhat difficult as many fall into multiple categories. Many of the action movies can also be considered sci-fi, though they are not pure sci-fi. Super hero movies are a great example. Technically those are sci-fi but I classified them as action.
- Blu-ray: 281
- DVD: 222
- Digital only: 24
- Digital copies: 281
- Oldest movie:1923 (The 10 Commandments – A contest win that was part of the 1956 version box set)
- Movies released before I was born: 4 (Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is the most watchable.)
- Favorite oldest movie: Gone in 60 Seconds (1973)
- Shortest movie: 24 minutes (A Wish for Wings that Work)
- Longest movie: 6 hours, 22 minutes (Jesus of Nazareth – 1977)
- Most recently purchased: Nobody
- Movie categories
- Action: 121
- Sci-Fi: 75
- Comedy: 57
- Adventure: 36
- Animated: 35
- Drama: 21
- Horror: 21
- Thriller: 17
- Fantasy: 16
- Romance: 6
- War: 4
- Western: 4
- Heist: 3
- Musical: 2
Stoney’s Favorite Movies
I have a life rule: I don’t play favorites. I find choosing one thing over another challenging, especially with large amounts of data. But even with small data sets, I find it hard. However… after a quick scan of my movie library, I easily pulled out 50 movies as ones that I currently love the most. But that was way too many, so I grudgingly culled the list down to 25(ish).
These are not ranked. I do not have the ability to do that. I have placed them in alphabetical order.
- The A-Team – Don’t @ me, this movie is just balls-to-the-wall fun.
- Black Hawk Down – Non-stop action. Hard to beat.
- Book of Eli – I love so much about this movie: Concept, execution, twist, soundtrack. So good.
- The Dark Knight – Absolutely one of the best superhero movies of all time. I love the disappearing pencil scene.
- Die Hard – I never get tired of this movie. I never get tired of any Die Hards, but this one is classic. It’s also a holiday movie. Get over it.
- Galaxy Quest – It’s hard to pull off homage and spoof at the same time, but GQ did it off with extreme success. And for the record, I loved this movie before loving it was cool.
- Ghostbusters – One of the few perfectly executed movies. Fires on all cylinders.
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 1 & 2 – These are my favorite of all the Marvel movies. They were the first two I owned since Iron Man. I just loves them.
- John Wick – Also comes with a stellar soundtrack!
- King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Underrated movie that deserves better. Guy Ritchie movies can be hit and miss; this one is a hit. And again, a killer soundtrack.
- A Knight’s Tale – I love period pieces with modern music. This movie is total fun.
- Lego Movie 1 & 2 – I didn’t expect to love the first one, and I did. I like the second even more. And again, with the awesome soundtracks. Everything about these movies is awesome! (See what I did there?)
- Limitless – Aside from starring my man-crush, that’s not (just) why I love this movie. It’s a great what-if scenario with great effects to match.
- Logan – I love all the X-Men movies, but this one tops my list. But I repeat myself.
- The Martian – Does such a great job mixing humor with tragedy. It’s also one of the rare stories without a bad guy.
- Moulin Rouge! – The first 20 minutes of this movie is chaotic sensory overload. One of the few musicals I love. And oh, that soundtrack!!!
- Mystery Men – Another underappreciated movie. With such an all-star cast (at the time), this movie could and should have been better, but I still love it so much.
- The Princess Bride – True love. Need I say more?
- Pitch Black – Fantastic horror/sci-fi movie and one of the best redemption stories told.
- Serenity – Movie follow-up to the Firefly TV series. It follows up on a few threads from the series but stands on its own as great sci-fi.
- Star Trek / Star Trek Into Darkness – These movies are a huge influence on my writing. I love when characters make seemingly great decisions to notoriously bad results. THAT’S a way to move a plot forward.
- Three Kings – I’ve loved this movie since its release. I’m not sure what I love about it other than just a great story that is both fun and real.
- Tommy Boy – The Farley/Spade duo is pure genius. This movie has so many great quotables and, never gets old.
- The Wedding Singer – Romcoms don’t get any better than this. However, 50 First Dates is a very close second.
- Wreck-it Ralph – Lots of game nostalgia here, but a clever story as well. “I’m gonna wreck it!”
There are so many movies I love, I could easily continue with this list. But ain’t nobody got time for that. So now it’s your turn… How many of these do you agree or disagree with?
*I may or may not have purchased a few moves between writing and publishing this post.
If Breakfast Club is not currently part of your collection, go buy it now.
Oddly enough, it isn’t. I have debated for years whether to buy it or not. I’ve seen it enough times that I should have by now.
This was fun to read! We watched “Nobody” last night. I liked it —did you?
Die Hard is AMAZING and man, Bruce Willis, I miss him in movies
Bruce Willis puts out a movie about every fifteen minutes… problem is they are all crap. He’s barely in them but does it for an easy payday. He’s the new Nick Cage! It’s sad because I used to love seeing his movies. Now I avoid them… unless it’s another Die Hard!
I love it! Saw it in the theater and then bought the disc. Will be watching it a lot!
Wow, Stoney! That’s a lot of movies. Limitless stars my only outside of house crush, as well. haha Great movie.
I LOVE Moulin Rouge and the soundtrack. I am sorry, but you need It’s a Wonderful Life because it is, and it is. Enjoyed this, thanks!
We own Wonderful Life. My wife makes me watch it every now and then. I do not enjoy it though. My Christmas movies are move in the vein of Die Hard, Gremlins, Scrooged, and my new favorite, Fatman!
This was fun! I read your list to my husband since we own most of these. He agrees with your all of your choices, I agree with five. Don’t hate me.
I like him better anyway.
I agree with 90% of these, I haven’t seen the other 10%
What are the 10% and when will you remedy that?