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Hey there and welcome to my ‘Favorite Films’ segment friends, movie lovers, film critics, Guild members and members of the Academy®

Today we brush off the proverbial dust from another ’10 Films’ from my collection, to be added to my list of  ‘50 films to take into space’.

For those of you who missed that first post can acquaint themselves via the ‘FAVORITE FILMS’ category or simply click on the following link:  https://thestufflegendsaremadeof.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/50-favorites/

If these movies somehow managed to elude your viewing radar, as occasionally films do, (due to frugal and mismanaged marketing campaigns) I recommend you give them a try – there’s great entertainment value in all of them.

For those who have seen them, perhaps its time to give them another spin. Now break out the pop corn, fluffy up your sofa and begin your scroll down memory lane.


As Good as It Gets (1997)

A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship

Director: James L. Brooks

Writers: Mark Andus (story), Mark Andus (screenplay)

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear



Big (1988)

When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body literally overnight.

Director: Penny Marshall

Writers: Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg

Stars: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia



Cadillac Man (1990)

Joe’s a car salesman with a problem. He has two days to sell 12 cars or he loses his job. This would be a difficult task at the best of times but Joe has to contend with his girlfriends (he’s two timing), a missing teenage daughter and an ex-wife. What more could go wrong ?.. a lot, enter a crazy jealous husband with a machine gun..

Director: Roger Donaldson

Writer: Ken Friedman

Stars: Robin Williams, Tim Robbins and Pamela Reed



Don Juan DeMarco (1994)

A psychiatrist must cure a young patient that presents himself as Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world.

Director: Jeremy Leven

Writers: Lord Byron (character Don Juan) (in part), Jeremy Leven

Stars: Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway



A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Director: Charles Crichton

Writers: John Cleese (story), Charles Crichton (story)

Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline



Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam.

Director: Barry Levinson

Writer: Mitch Markowitz

Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker



Groundhog Day (1993)

A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis

Writers: Danny Rubin (screenplay), Harold Ramis (screenplay)

Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliot



Grumpy Old Men (1993)

A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood, only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.

Director: Donald Petrie

Writer: Mark Steven Johnson

Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann Margret



Grumpier Old Men (1995)

Things don’t seem to change much in Wabasha County: Max and John are still fighting after 35 years, Grandpa still drinks, smokes, and chases women, and nobody’s been able to catch the fabled “Catfish Hunter”, a gigantic catfish that actually smiles at fishermen who try to snare it.

Director: Howard Deutch

Writer: Mark Steven Johnson

Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann Margret



Jumanji (1995)

When two kids play an old magic board-game they found, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Director: Joe Johnston

Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay), Greg Taylor (screenplay)

Stars: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt




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    I guess I could do a ‘Mars Mission’ flight with a list like this. Notice how ‘ALIENS’ is missing from my inflight entertainment list… Not highly recommended for quality mission to Mars entertainment – After all, it’s a long flight, a lot could happen…
    In Alphabetical Order

The Abyss (1989)

A civilian diving team are enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.

Director: James Cameron

Writer: James Cameron

Stars: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn



Avatar (2009)

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron

Writer: James Cameron

Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver



Big Trouble (2002)

The lives of several Miami denizens, from ad agents to gunrunners to street thugs to law enforcement to school-children, intersect with humorous and dangerous results.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Writers: Dave Barry (novel), Robert Ramsey (screenplay)

Stars: Tim Allen, Rene Russo and Tom Sizemore



Black Hawk Down (2001)

123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

Director: Ridley Scott

Writers: Mark Bowden (book), Ken Nolan (screenplay)

Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Tom Sizemore



The Book of Eli (2010)

A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

Writer: Gary Whitta

Stars: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis



The Boondock Saints (1999)

Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent.

Director: Troy Duffy

Writer: Troy Duffy

Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus



The Bourne Identity (2002)

A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and without memory, then races to elude assassins and recover from amnesia.

Director: Doug Liman

Writers: Tony Gilroy (screenplay), W. Blake Herron (screenplay)

Stars: Matt Damon, Franka Potente and Chris Cooper



The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

When Jason Bourne is framed for a botched CIA operation he is forced to take up his former life as a trained assassin to survive.

Director: Paul Greengrass

Writers: Robert Ludlum (novel), Tony Gilroy (screenplay)

Stars: Matt Damon, Franka Potente and Joan Allen



The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Jason Bourne dodges a ruthless CIA official and his agents from a new assassination program while searching for the origins of his life as a trained killer.

Director: Paul Greengrass

Writers: Tony Gilroy (screenplay), Scott Z Burns (screenplay)

Stars: Matt Damon, Edgar Ramirez and Joan Allen



Braveheart (1995)

William Wallace, a commoner, unites the 13th Century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule.

Director: Mel Gibson

Writer: Randall Wallace

Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau and Patrick MaGoohan



Cast Away (2000)

A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: William Broyles Jr.

Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt and Paul Sanchez



Crash (2004)

Several stories interweave during two days in Los Angeles involving a collection of inter-related characters…

Director: Paul Haggis

Writers: Paul Haggis (story) Paul Haggis (screenplay)

Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock and Thandie Newton



Dead Poets Society (1989)

English professor John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day.

Director: Peter Weir

Writer: Tom Schulman

Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke



Field of Dreams (1989)

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Writers: W.P. Kinsella (book), Phil Alden Robinson (screenplay)

Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta



Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny, eludes him.

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Winston Groom (novel), Eric Roth (screenplay)

Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise



Gladiator (2000)

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by a corrupt prince, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

Director: Ridley Scott

Writers: David Franzoni (story), David Franzoni (screenplay)

Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen



The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone

Writers: Luciano Vincenzoni (story), Sergio Leone (story)

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef



Good Will Hunting (1997)

Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant

Writers: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck



Green Card (1990)

A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that.

Director: Peter Weir

Writer: Peter Weir

Stars: Gerard Depardieu, Andie MacDowell and Bebe Neuwirth



The Green Mile (1999)

The story about the lives of guards on death row leading up to the execution of black man accused of child murder & rape, who has the power of faith healing.

Director: Frank Darabont

Writers: Stephen King (novel), Frank Darabont (screenplay)

Stars: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan and David Morse



King Kong (2005)

In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Phillippa Boyens (screenplay)

Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody



The King’s Speech (2010)

The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Director: Tom Hooper

Writer: David Seidler (screenplay)

Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter



A Knight’s Tale (2001)

After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.

Director: Brian Helgeland

Writer: Brian Helgeland

Stars: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy and Rufus Sewell



The Ladykillers (2004)

An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord: a sharp old woman.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers: Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay)

Stars: Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans and Irma P. Hall



The Last Samurai (2003)

An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

Director: Edward Zwick

Writers: John Logan (story), John Logan (screenplay)

Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe and Billy Connolly



The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Three trappers protect a British Colonel’s daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.

Director: Michael Mann

Writers: James Fenimore Cooper (novel), John L. Balderston (adaptation)

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe and Russell Means



The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

In a small village in the Shire a young Hobbit named Frodo has been entrusted with an ancient Ring. Now he must embark on an Epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it.

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay)

Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom



The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Frodo and Sam continue on to Mordor in their mission to destroy the One Ring. Whilst their former companions make new allies and launch an assault on Isengard.

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay)

Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen



The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

The former Fellowship of the Ring prepare for the final battle for Middle Earth, while Frodo & Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay)

Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Ian McKellen



Man on Fire (2004)

In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

Director: Tony Scott

Writers: A.J. Quinnell (novel), Brian Helgeland (screenplay)

Stars: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken and Dakota Fanning



Maverick (1994)

Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

Director: Richard Donner

Writers: Roy Huggins, William Goldman

Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner



Meet Joe Black (1998)

A media mogul acts as a guide to Death, who takes the form of a young man to learn about life on Earth and in the process, fall in love with his guide’s daughter.

Director: Martin Brest

Writers: Ron Osborn (screenplay), Jeff Reno (screenplay)

Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani



Message in a Bottle (1999)

A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author.

Director: Luis Mandoki

Writers: Nicholas Sparks (novel), Gerald Di Pego (screenplay)

Stars: Kevin Costner, Robin Wright and Paul Newman



Midnight Run (1988)

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail.

Director: Martin Brest

Writer: George Gallo

Stars: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin and Yaphet Kotto



Notting Hill (1999)

The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.

Director: Roger Michell

Writer: Richard Curtis

Stars: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts and Richard McCabe



Open Range (2003)

A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.

Director: Kevin Costner

Writers: Lauran Paine (novel), Craig Storper (screenplay)

Stars: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall and Diego Luna



The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writers: Forrest Carter (book), Philip Kaufman (screenplay)

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke and Chief Dan George



Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor’s daughter, from Jack’s former pirate allies, who are now undead.

Director: Gore Verbinski

Writers: Ted Elliott (screen story), Terry Rossio (screen story)

Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom



Platoon (1986)

A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Director: Oliver Stone

Writer: Oliver Stone

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe



Pulp Fiction (1994)

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Writers: Quentin Tarantino (stories) Roger Avary (stories)

Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson



Scent of a Woman (1992)

A prep school student needing money agrees to “babysit” a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.

Director: Martin Brest

Writers: Giovanni Arpino (novel), Bo Goldman (screenplay)

Stars: Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell and James Rebhorn



Shakespeare in Love (1998)

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Director: John Madden

Writers: Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard

Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes and Geoffrey Rush



The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont

Writers: Stephen King (short story ‘Rita Hatworth and the Shawshank Redemption’), Frank Darabont (screenplay)

Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and Bob Gunton



Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan

Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Vikas Swarup (novel)

Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and Saurabh Shukla



Snatch. (2000)

Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.

Director: Gut Ritchie

Writer: Guy Ritchie

Stars: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro



Thunderheart (1992)

An FBI man with Sioux background is sent to a reservation to help with a murder investigation, where he has to come to terms with his heritage…

Director: Michael Apted

Writer: John Fusco

Stars: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard and Graham Greene



Tombstone (1993)

A successful lawman’s plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Director: George P. Cosmatos

Writer: Kevin Jarre

Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer and Sam Elliot



True Romance (1993)

Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.

Director: Tony Scott

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and Dennis Hopper



Twelve Monkeys (1995)

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writers: Chris Marker (film La Jetee), David Webb Peoples (screenplay)

Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt



Unforgiven (1992)

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer: David Webb Peoples

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman



If you feel I’ve missed something for the return trip, I welcome you to post your list of  ‘Top 10 Films’ (or more) that you would watch in an endless rotation.

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