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Movies - Honorable Men

Here are some that are just outside the top 100.  Keep in mind that I like all these movies but let's face it; the problem with any Top 100 list is that there is only room for 100.  Considering that there are literally thousands of movies out there some of them just aren't going to make the top 100.  Since the list is a work in progress and new movies can be added at any time, here is where former and future top 100’s reside.  The list is heavy with war movies.  I like the genre, but they just can’t crack the top 100.  I guess you can call these the second 200+.  So here they are in alphabetical order.

Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)

Although not as classic as the original, the movies stayed true to the story and the complete trilogy. Watching the entire series is still certainly is a good way to kill a rainy afternoon.

Beer (1985)

Any movie that the subject is beer has to make my list somewhere.  This is a cute movie with decent performances by Loretta Swit and Rip Torn.

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

I like war movies and this is a good one; but it is a little on the long side at 175 minutes and not quite top 100 material.

Bullit (1968)

Perhaps the best car chase scene of all time.  Unfortunately, the rest of the movie isn't quite that good.  Still, if you watch this movie you can appreciate why Steve McQueen was so popular in his time.

Cannonball Run (1981)
Cannonball Run 2 (1984)

These two movies are some mindless entertainment. The plots make Swiss Cheese look solid but who cares?  Typical Burt Reynolds "road" movies with ensemble casts from the early 80's including a young Jackie Chan.

Cinderella (1950)

This is a Disney masterpiece for sure, but frankly not one of my favorite movies.

Coraline (2009)

This is really a nice animated 3-D movie that is suitable for all ages although very little kids may be a little scared at some of the scenes.  I was a little leery of it when my daughter convinced me to take her to see it during theatrical release, but I quite enjoyed it once I got there.

Death Wish 2 (1982)
Death Wish 3 (1985)
Death Wish 4 (1987)

These are some pretty good movies, but not quite top 100.  While the original movie was somewhat believable, with each sequel the story got a little more far-fetched.  Of course, if you enjoy violent movies and seeing the bad guys get it, you can’t go wrong with any of these.  Jimmy Page even did the sound track for the fourth movie.

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

This movie has a great cast and a great story – a just miss.

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

This is a great Disney animated film that is one of my top 10 Disney animated features.  Whoever cast David Spade and John Goodman knew what they were doing.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

This is a pretty good Vietnam era movie; it just can’t quite break into the top 100.

Guns of Naverone (1961)

I’ve always like Alastair McClain and this was his finest.

Harry Potter movies (Multiple Years)

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen them all and like them, but honestly if I never saw one again it would be ok.  The movies are fairly true to the books (which I have read) and do an excellent job of bring the world of Harry Potter alive on the screen.  I highly recommend them, but the just aren’t the kind of movie I could watch over and over.

Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Honey I Blew Up the Baby (1992)

These are a couple pretty good movies that I really enjoy, but they just don’t quite have it.  There is a third installment of this franchise, Honey We Shrunk Ourselves (TBD) that should be avoided (see my list of sequels that should never have been made).  Honey I Blew Up The Baby features a young Keri Russell as the babysitter. 

Indiana Jones movies (Multiple Years)

I’ve seen them all and like them all, but just like the Potter series, they just aren’t that “classic” to me.  Don’t get me wrong, Harrison Ford is an excellent actor and the movies are highly entertaining with great action and visual effects.  They just can’t quite crack the top 100.

Jaws 2 (1978)

Not as good as the original, but certainly still worth watching.

Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

Let’s face it, any movie starring Clint Eastwood and Telly Savalas has to be alright, especially a war movie.

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

I was actually hoping that the Jamie Foxx character bought it in the end.

Legally Blonde (2001) (Chick Flick for Guys)
Legally Blonde 2 (2003) (Chick Flick for Guys)

I normally don’t care too much for Reese Witherspoon, but these movies are fun to watch. 

The Longest Day (1962)

Perhaps they should have called this “The Longest Movie” since it is 178 minutes long. This is a very detailed recounting of the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, perhaps one of the biggest turning points ever in any war.  This is really an excellent movie, but unless you are a history buff you’ll be sound asleep within minutes.

The Mechanic (1972)
The Mechanic (2011)

This is an excellent Charles Bronson film featuring a very young Jan Michael Vincent.  The 2011 remake with Jason Statham is a pretty decent movie too.

Miss Congeniality (2000) (Chick Flick for Guys)
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)  (Chick Flick for Guys)

These are couple excellent movies that star Sandra Bullock as FBI agent Gracie Hart.

The Pacifier (2005)

This movie is living proof that Vin Diesel does in fact have a sense of humor and doesn’t take himself too seriously.  Throw in a priceless performance by Brad Garrett and you certainly have a movie that’s worth a peek.

The Parent Trap (1961)

Haley Mills and of course, Haley Mills are superb in this dual role movie.  Considering the time (the early sixties), the movie seems quite plausible.  Don’t waste your time with the remake featuring Lindsey Lohan.  While Dennis Quaid and the late Natasha Richardson are (were) excellent actors, they really can’t hold a flame to Brian Keith and Maureen O’Hara in their primes.

Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest (2005)
Pirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides

I generally have no use for any Johnny Depp film, but this series shows that given the right script and supporting cast, just about anyone can make a good film.

Police Academy (1984)

The first Police Academy movie was great.  Like with a lot of movie franchises, it went downhill from there.

Princess Diaries (2001) (Chick Flick for Guys)
Princess Diaries 2 – Royal Engagement (2004) (Chick Flick for Guys)

These are a couple of fun films that tell the story of a young girl who finds out she’s a princess.  Sure it’s been done before, but these movies are well cast and well acted and actually somewhat plausible.  Besides, any movie with Julie Andrews can’t be all that bad.

Pretty Woman (1990) (Chick Flick for Guys)

Richard Gene and Julia Roberts have excellent chemistry in this film about a rich guy whose life gets turned upside down by a hooker.  This is a somewhat far-fetched story, but worth watching.  This is a “chick flick” for guys.

Raw Deal (1986)

Arnold S. as a former FBI agent who after some trouble finds himself as the sheriff in a small town.  In order to get back with the bureau he single handedly takes down the Chicago mob.  Caution: The movie features excessive gratuitous violence and a VERY high bodycount.

Red Dawn (1984)

After the US is invaded by Soviet-backed Cubans, a band of outlaw high school students causes all sorts of havoc.  Remember, in the early 80s this was still somewhat of a plausible scenario no matter how far fetched it seems today.  In addition to Patrick Sweazy the movie also features a young Tom Cruise, Jennifer Grey and Lea Thompson.  Sadly the 2012 remake was a complete joke.

Red Heat (1988)

Arnold S. and James Belushi team up as cops who thwart an international drug cartel.

Robin Hood (1973)

This is a Disney masterpiece of animation.  It is often panned by critics as one of the worst Disney aninated features but I think it's pretty good and worth a look.

Runaway Bride (1999) (Chick Flick for Guys)

This is another Gere/Roberts movie this time with Gere as a reporter doing a story on a well, runaway bride.  This is a “chick flick” for guys

The Running Man (1987)

Arnold and Richard Dawson are cast expertly in this futuristic film.

Star Wars Episodes I through VI (Multiple Years)

I like them all, but they can’t quite crack my top 100.

Silver Streak (1976)

Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor make an unlikely pair who hook up to thwart an art thief.  Ned Beatty delivers a great supporting role.

Striking Distance (1993)

Bruce Willis as, well Bruce Willis; this time Bruce plays a disgraced river patrol officer in Pittsburgh.  And he does it well I should add.  Ironically, Bruce Willis actually hates this movie and went as far as to apologize for making it.

Take This Job and Shove It (1981)

Robert Hays (Airplane) stars as a guy who has to take over an ailing brewery. 

TAG: The Assassination Game (1982)

A somewhat dark film about students who hunt each other with dart guns as part of a college game.  The movies features a young, pre-Terminator Linda Hamilton.

Total Recall (1990)

This is another Arnold vehicle about a grim dystopian future.  Ronny Cox and Michael Ironside are part of an excellent support cast that makes this unlikely story come alive.

True Lies (1994)

Any movie with Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold S. has to be good and this one is.

Uncle Buck (1989)

This is a really great John Hughes movie staring John Candy movie that for some reason I never picked up on until quite recently.

 
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