Movies are the other big source of the stories I enjoy.

And I have read a couple of books/stories about movies, one of the more enlightening is:

Pictures at a Revolution
Mark Harris’ remarkable book about that amazing year (1968) of movie making, the year that signaled a death for the old Hollywood and the beginning of a new one

Top Movies — My 5 Star Ratings

When my son and I were once leaving the theater, and I said that was a bad movie, he asked the obvious question, “How do you know a good movie?” I responded off the top of my head, “You know it’s a good movie when you remember it a month later.”

What I have posted here is the list of my top rated movies, most of which I have remembered for years.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Les Miserables



The Blues Brothers

Paris, Texas

On the Waterfront

Out of Africa

Legends of the Fall

Cinema Paradiso

Blue, White, & Red

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Dangerous Liaisons


The Year of Living Dangerously

The Decalogue

Double Indemnity

Night of the Hunter

Harold and Maude

The Graduate

Hotel Rwanda

The Last Picture Show

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Raising Arizona


Run Lola Run

Shawshank Redemption

The Sting

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Gone with the Wind

Wuthering Heights (1939)


Apocalypse Now

Midnight Cowboy


West Side Story

Dr. Zhivago

Bridge on the River Kwai

American Graffiti



North by Northwest

The Birds

Rosemary’s Baby

High Noon

Babette’s Feast

The Gods Must Be Crazy

Black Orpheus


Chariots of Fire

Closely Watched Trains

Don’t Look Now

Double Life of Veronique

Grapes of Wrath

My Night at Maud’s

Mulholland Drive

Zhou Yu’s Train

The Player

Splendor in the Grass

La Strada

Thelma and Louise

Wings of Desire

Six Degrees of Separation

The African Queen

The Bride Wore Black

An Affair To Remember

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

The Lives of Others

Somewhere in Time

Thomas Crown Affair

Zorba the Greek


Il Postino

Murder on the Orient Express

A Thousand Clowns

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring…

Lonesome Dove

Sophie’s Choice




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