Favourite 50 Films of All Time - A List by Nancy Amazon

Far from being a top 50 films of all time list, this list contains my favourite films of all time. I get asked for this list all the time, so here goes.

What's the difference between a top 50 and a favourite 50? Well, "Citizen Kane" and "All About Eve" were great films, but on a typical Saturday night? Pass me that copy of "Heathers". You know what I'm saying?

A favourites list contains films I'd pull out for entertainment because they are funny, romantic, inspiring, sad... or they just say something to me.

  1. Running on Empty - 1988 - Sidney Lumet
  2. Funny Girl - 1968 - William Wyler
  3. The Philadelphia Story - 1940 - George Cukor
  4. Say Anything - 1989 - Cameron Crowe
  5. Sense and Sensibility - 1995 - Ang Lee
  6. Garden State - 2004 - Zach Braff
  7. Love and Other Catastrophes - 1996 - Emma Kate Croghan
  8. Saving Face - 2005 - Alice Wu
  9. High Art - 1998 - Lisa Cholodenko
  10. Dangerous Liaisons - 1988 - Stephen Frears
  11. The Lord of the Rings (the trilogy) - beginning 2001 - Peter Jackson*
  12. Monty Python and the Holy Grail - 1975 - Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam
  13. A Star is Born - 1954 - George Cukor
  14. Star Wars (original trilogy) - beginning 1977 - George Lucas*
  15. All Over Me - 1997 - Alex Sichel
  16. The Breakfast Club - 1985 - John Hughes
  17. Galaxy Quest - 1999 - Dean Parisot
  18. Pulp Fiction - 1994 - Quentin Tarantino
  19. Before Sunrise - 1995 - Richard Linklater
  20. La La Land - 2016 - Damien Chazelle
  21. The Princess Bride - 1987 - Rob Reiner
  22. Bound - 1996 - Andy and Larry Wachowski (as was then)
  23. Walk the Line - 2005 - James Mangold
  24. Grosse Point Blank - 1997 - George Armitage
  25. Girlfight - 2000 - Karen Kusama
  26. Fucking Åmål - 1998 - Lukas Moodysson
  27. Casablanca - 1942 - Michael Curtiz
  28. Moulin Rouge - 2001 - Baz Luhrmann
  29. Leaving Las Vegas - 1995 - Mike Figgis
  30. Heathers - 1989 - Michael Lehmann
  31. High Fidelity - 2000 - Stephen Frears
  32. Go Fish - 1994 - Rose Troche
  33. A League of Their Own - 1992 - Penny Marshall
  34. La Femme Nikita - 1990 - Luc Besson
  35. The Silence of the Lambs - 1991 - Jonathan Demme
  36. Some Kind of Wonderful - 1987 - Howard Deutch
  37. Gilda - 1946 - Charles Vidor
  38. LA Confidential - 1997 - Curtis Hanson
  39. Ladyhawke - 1985 - Richard Donner
  40. Out of Sight - 1998 - Steven Soderbergh
  41. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon - 2000 - Ang Lee
  42. Breaking the Waves - 1996 - Lars Von Trier
  43. The Way We Were - 1973 - Sydney Pollack
  44. Chasing Amy - 1997 - Kevin Smith
  45. The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 1975 - Jim Sharmen
  46. Priscilla: Queen of the Desert - 1994 - Stephan Elliot
  47. Circle of Friends - 1995 - Pat O'Connor
  48. Carol - 2015 - Todd Haynes
  49. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - 2004 - Michel Gondry
  50. Edward Scissorhands - 1990 - Tim Burton

I compiled this list because it is sometimes difficult to gauge whether you and a reviewer have the same "standards" of enjoyment. I hope this gives people a better idea where I'm at. And now everyone can stop asking me what my favourite movie is!

Of course, there would be some overlap in my best of and favourites lists, but I'm too scared to make up the first list - this list was difficult enough, and it is constantly changing. As you can see I am a child of the eighties and nineties. Guess I'm showing my age.

(* yeah, this is cheating, but it's my list so... meh.)