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KSR Best Movie Ever Bracket (Post 1980 Edition)


OK it is that time of year again…as we head into the Dog Days of Summer, thoughts turn to topics that don’t solely include UK Sports. And with that in mind, the radio show begins the summer Bracket chatter with our first ever attempt to pick the KSR Radio Best Movie Bracket Contest. Now we have thought about undergoing such an endeavor in the past, but a number of things have gotten in the way, most importantly the fact that not everyone has seen every movie. So with that in mind, I tried to limit the scope to pick the KSR Best Movie under these criteria:

1. All Movies Since 1980

Look I know people love Casablanca, On the Waterfront, Citizen Kane and a host of other movies from another generation. That is nice. And it is very likely that the 1970s produced the best decade of movies of all-time. But I am looking for a contest that virtually everyone can participate in…the 1980s seemed like a good starting point.

2. Movie Must Be Well-Known and Watched by Many

I am in no way going to try and argue that these are the BEST movies since 1980. There have undoubtedly been many that have higher quality than most on this list and I could do a complete different bracket with just the movies that I prefer. But I wanted to pick movies tha most everyone has seen, and thus this list seems to work best.

3. No Comedies Are on the List

I realized as I began that comedies are hard to compare to other movies…how is “Billy Madison” like “Schindler’s List?” It isn’t. So we will do those in another bracket at another time. Where a movie could have a couple of labels (like “Lost in Translation”), I went with what I thought was the best description.

So the 64 movies below are what I have come up with…there are very few superhero movies because I haven’t seen many of them and am not really into them (sorry). Movies with many sequels, even the good ones, are combined into one listing. The 64 below make up my first stab at the list…the radio show tomorrow will give people a chance to replace one movie off the list with another one if they can make a good case for it. My guess is a few will be able to, so once that is finished, we will have the final list to put into a bracket for the shows on Thursday and Friday. The list below is not in any order beyond decades and wont be the four brackets. Let the movie watching begin:

Indiana Jones
Star Wars
Back to the Future
Die Hard
Top Gun
Do the Right Thing
Karate Kid
Full Metal Jacket

Raging Bull
Con Air
Forrest Gump
Shawshank Redemption
Pulp Fiction
Blair Witch Project
Boyz N the Hood
Fight Club
Good Will Hunting
Usual Suspects
Saving Private Ryan

Lord of the Rings
There Will be Blood
Hurt Locker
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Dark Knight
Lost in Translation
Almost Famous
Cast Away
No Country for Old Men
Gangs of New York
Walk the Line

Field of Dreams
Jurassic Park
Silence of the Lambs
Boogie Nights
Harry Potter
Kill Bill
American Psycho
Zero Dark Thirty
Wolf of Wall Street
Gone Girl
Schindler’s List
The Shining

Article written by Matt Jones

208 responses to “KSR Best Movie Ever Bracket (Post 1980 Edition)”

  1. bigbluegdud

    Flawed from the get-go. 64 movies and Braveheart is not on your list??? Tragic.

    1. hatticall

      Brace heart is on the list

    2. bigbluegdud

      Sho nuff. Thx. Missed it on first glance. I can sleep peacefully now.

    3. unbridled

      Braveheart is the best movie ever made and it’s not even close!

    4. runningunnin.454

      Also Rob Roy.

    5. ukjaybrat

      +5 for unbridled !

    6. catdaddyd

      John Wick, Fright Night, Kick Ass.

    7. mollydoglikesUK

      Yes, great call.

  2. blooznky

    Only two that I haven’t seen. I refuse to watch Potter and Rings…

    1. bakju keha

      well then you are missing out, especially on LOTR

  3. Hartline

    I have less faith of this being as good as the food bracket as you all generally know absolutely nothing concerning many of these films. But then again, the amount of anger that’ll generate may be worth it.

    1. ukjaybrat

      this is going to create the flamiest of flame wars the internet has ever seen

  4. RealCatsFan

    You had Shawshank, but you totally missed another great Tom Hanks flick: “The Green Mile”. Also, a couple of great Robin Williams movies: ‘Dead Poets Society”, and “Awakenings”, the latter giving us a transcendental performance by Robert DeNiro.

    1. AP

      I agree, Dead Poets not being there is sad. I think we need 4 play in movies.

    2. ukjaybrat

      fargo out and green mile in… imo

    3. CATandMONKEY

      I will take see your Green Mile but keep Fargo in lieu of Blair Witch. That movie ONLY worked if you accepted the pre-marketing attempts at making believe if was truly ” found footage.” Once that bubble was busted the movie becomes a stinkier steamier pile than it even initially appears…And I SO wanted it to be “true.” That was the only chance the flick had at being truly creepy.

    4. ukjaybrat

      i could give you that. i completely overlooked blair witch. much like the rest of the world once it came out

  5. hatticall

    Star Wars 1977

    1. dalematt88

      The first movie is but there are others after 1980 both of the original trilogy sequels are post 1980 as well as the prequels and force awakens

    2. CATandMONKEY

      Any mention of prequels as good movies removes you from consideration as a judge. 😃

    3. ukjaybrat

      C&M yeah pretty much. nothing in that universe exists pre-darth vader

    4. rickwhitetx

      You can’t just say Star Wars, you have to specify which one(s). Saying Star Wars is like saying Indiana Jones. It should be about single movies, not a collection of movies.

    5. CwoodCat

      They have to mean Empire right…when it comes to a “greatest movie” list…Empire would be the one to put out there. Any other would be like starting Mark Coury over Patrick Patterson.

  6. hatticall

    The Breakfast Club 🤘🏼

    1. mollydoglikesUK

      He said he left out comedies and will do a separate bracket for those. But yes, I agree. That’s gonna be top 10.

  7. Matteo

    Regardless of everything can we all just agree that The Godfather is the best movie of all time?

    1. bigbluegdud

      Part 2? Yes.

    2. LdyWldKat

      Nope not even close…

    3. CATandMONKEY

      Godfather II NOT one of the best? I need what you are smoking.

    4. runningunnin.454

      Well, is The Godfather on the list or not? If not, why is Rocky there…it was mid ’70’s.
      Godfather I was better than II; but DeNiro as the young Godfather was pretty good.
      Another good DeNiro movie was “Sleepers”.

    5. CATandMONKEY

      The “prequel” scenes with DeNiro if taken by themselves might be the Best Godfather movie.

  8. Moving4Ward

    This aggression will not stand man. No Big Lebowski equals a bummer of a list

    1. RealCatsFan

      Agree that TBL is a great movie, but he said they will do a separate list for the comedy genre.

    2. rickwhitetx

      Goonies is a comedy too.

    3. mollydoglikesUK

      I don’t get Big Lebowski, as hard as I’ve tried to like it.

  9. dalematt88

    The two you missed to me are Inception and The Prestige

    1. dalematt88

      Also shutter Island

  10. justafish2002

    Catch Me If you Can, The illusionist, inception, Lion King, Top Gun, Mission Impossible… Also, you have Batman and Dark Knight; if youre splitting Batman, which Batman movies are you referring to?

    1. dalematt88

      If I remember right from the show today he wanted to differentiate between Keaton Batman and Bale Batman. Good call on the rest of your list too. Id prefer the prestige over the illusionist if there can only be one though.

    2. ukjaybrat

      they should do a kids movie one later. curious where lion king and toy story would land in that tournament

    3. catsarerunnin

      Keaton IS Batman.

    4. Sentient Third Eye

      He even said so.

  11. hatticall

    Scent of a woman

    1. runningunnin.454


  12. BradCat65

    The Big Chill

    1. runningunnin.454


    2. catdaddyd


    3. mollydoglikesUK

      Ugh. Overrated.

  13. hatticall

    Lion King and Toy Story trilogy

  14. Matteo

    Boyz N The Hood is my sleeper pick, no offense but I feel like if you just go by assumptions, not a lot of people in Kentucky have seen it

  15. dalematt88

    Compiled list of Ads and subtracts for me so far:
    Mission Impossible
    The Prestige
    Toy Story
    Lion King
    Shutter Island
    Green Mile

    Raging Bull
    Walk the line
    Boyz in the hood
    Almost Famous
    Boogie Nights
    Do the Right Thing

    Caveat is that Avatar is the only movie I have seen that I have on the subtract list, the others I just haven’t seen yet.

    1. DelrayCat

      If you have not seen Boogie Nights…you are way off base by excluding it. Classic…far better than any you want to add.

    2. CATandMONKEY

      Adding or deleting a movie you have not seen or only seen edited on TBS means you have no ground to stand with regards to an opinion of those movies.

    3. runningunnin.454

      C & M, I agree…if a network has to edit a movie, they should not show it.

    4. CATandMONKEY

      IFC plays all movies uncut. That makes it my favorite movie channel…That, and the numerous flicks you won’t find often on other channels.

    5. justaguyinthebackrow

      Subtracting Raging Bull, even if you haven’t seen it, doesn’t speak well for you.

  16. hatticall

    Die Hard

  17. evilcarl

    Is this Ryan’s list? Or Ryan’s kid’s list. Maybe this is Alan Cutler’s list.

    Something so awesome should not be rushed. This is rushed.

    Jaws. Jaws was one of the best of all time and set up an awesome genre.
    Rushmore. Or the Royal Tennenbaums. That dude has to have one on there.
    Speaking of The Dude, No Big Lebowski?
    Nothing for, and I mean nothing for John Hughs, not even the Breakfast Club. I guess we know who was the prince in his own fairy-tale.
    I stop seeing woman if they haven’t seen The Breakfast Club or The Big Lebowski at this stage. If they don’t have the want to, I don’t want to.
    Blair Witch is one of the worst movies of all time. All time. Sold tickets on hype, yes. Disappointing. Everyone agrees.
    Scarface, most people that have the poster up can’t tell you the plot. No, really. Most think Tony Montana gets away. From the DEA. Spoiler. Neither happen.
    A Few Good Men is based on a play, and maybe I like it because of my interests, but come-on. There are some of the best scenes several of those actors have ever done.

    Look, we all see movies through our own prism. I get that. But you seem to have watched these through the prism of a teenage girl that could google what movies should I like. You’ve never seen Tombstone. WTF. The criteria is if you’ve seen it then it turns into if people have asked you for 5 years if you’ve seen it.

    This should bracket should be broadened for integrity with strict criteria for making it to the 128. Maybe career box office. Annual box office. Cult status. Award nominations, not necessarily wins. Awards years later, like Steve Martin’s “The Jerk” being talked about now as being genius much more so than it was than. Something, other than Matt Jones favorite color, who he saw the movie with, and reputation. And if they have to do it without you, so be it. There are about 10 movies that have been ranked here that are universally panned as the most overrated of all time. I realize there is a lot of recency bias from the last decade on here and I agree almost 99% of the time with about other issues because of how we both were raised, but as The Tony Kornnheiser show says, ‘Honestly! What the bleep are we doing out her man?’

    I can’t trust your judgement anymore base upon this list. Oy.

    1. dalematt88

      Jaws was before 1980 and Big Lebowski is arguably a comedy

    2. CATandMONKEY

      At least some of these movies are good. That would not be the case if he were to come up with a music list.

  18. chuckleslovakian

    I’ve got Memento, Inception, and Princess Bride as the most glaring omissions. But a solid list.

    1. DelrayCat

      I just don’t get the love for Inception. That movie was terrible.

    2. CATandMONKEY

      The Princess Bride could be classed a comedy though it far exceeds the scope of most in the genre.

  19. luke_emberton

    Scent of a Woman
    Green Mile
    Catch Me if You Can
    Training Day
    American Beauty
    Minority Report
    LA Confidential
    Leaving Las Vegas
    Face off
    Dead Poets Society
    and Back To The Future is a comedy so you do have a comedy listed

    1. CATandMONKEY

      +10 for LA Confidential. Better than most of the original list.

    2. ukjaybrat

      back to the future is no more a comedy than any of the marvel movies. it’s intended to be a serious movie with heavy comedic tones. it’s an “adventure movie” that includes younger audiences. i wouldn’t call it a comedy though

    3. justaguyinthebackrow

      It is so sad that I had to go so far down to see someone list American Beauty, arguably a favorite to win it all.

  20. JS

    Space Jam needs to be on here

  21. katmandue2you

    The Green Mile
    A Few Good Men
    One Flew Over the Cuckcoo’s Nest
    Jagged Edge
    Cape Fear
    Ohh yeah….Gone With The Wind (ever heard of it?)
    Ohh yeah….The Wizard of Oz (ever heard of it?)
    I like the way you (Matt) determine that you want a cutoff date that allows everyone to participate, when in essence its the cutoff date in which you feel you can participate. I find you have this pre-disposition with most things in life. If it’s outdated to you then it’s outdated. Just wait, there will be a time all the young people act like your time is irrelevant. It’ll happen like this…you will have the wisdom of time and history, and therefore perspective, and some “young’un” will come along and act like all the things you know and understand better than he are simply irrelevant because he considers it old. You admit the best movies likely came from the 70’s then you decide it shouldn’t be included. God forbid we give a cutoff date for when the good music started. It sure as hell wasn’t the 80s. LOL just sayin

    1. DelrayCat

      Cape Fear…yes…awesome flick.

    2. RealCatsFan

      Get off my lawn! 😀 And I am 51, so I can commiserate with you to a degree. 🙂

    3. CATandMONKEY

      I cannot defend Matt’s list; some of it is pretty myopic but he lays out there​ ground rules up front. That is totally legitimate. That is why a list of “#1Billboard Hits from 2001-2010” won’t have any Beatles or Elvis.

    4. RealCatsFan

      Also, I do agree that some of the “young uns” would serve themselves well to sit down for two hours a few times a year and watch a classic or two. It’s sad that my teenage daughters’ attention spans are so short that I could never get them to sit through anything that is not in color.

    5. CATandMONKEY

      My wife actually gets angry that many of the B&W classics from the 30’s and 40’s are rated 4stars on Dish info. I attempt, with limited success, to explain that without brilliant colors, gigantic explosions and 100 million in CGI that a good story needs a good script, direction, dialogue and acting. Some of the best movies on TV are B&W and only on AMC or similar channels at 2 AM.

    6. rickwhitetx

      Movies since 1980 dude. Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz are slightly before 1980.

    7. Sentient Third Eye

      I loved the Cape Fear remake until I finally saw the original, and now I can’t stand to watch the remake any longer. The original version beats it in every way.

  22. David Andrew

    He should do a worst movie bracket.

  23. runningunnin.454

    The Titanic, are you kidding. But for the phony love affair, the movie copycats a British movie from 1958, called “A Night to Remember”.

    1. CATandMONKEY

      Titanic was terrible on every level except the box office.
      Macarena was a popular song once. No doubt it is on Matt’s list right above Sgt Pepper’s/With a Little Help…

    2. catsarerunnin

      I guess your heart doesn’t go on….

    3. CATandMONKEY

      Rimshot…Well played


    Rain Man, Breakfast Club, Apollo 13

    1. RealCatsFan

      Ding ding ding – winner winner winner. Well, #1 & #3, Breakfast Club was a fairly entertaining teen movie, but not on the same plane as the others.

    2. RealCatsFan

      And on the topic of Dustin Hoffman, if we webt back to the 70’s you would have to have “Little Big Man” on the list. Absolutely EPIC movie.

    3. catsarerunnin

      Rain Main and Apollo 13 are both GREAT movies.

    4. Laker Cat 18

      Apollo 13 definitely needs to be there.

  25. DelrayCat

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Meatballs, Spaceballs, and This is Spinal Tap.

    1. RealCatsFan

      All good movies, all comedies.

    2. Laker Cat 18

      My girlfriend loves Spaceballs, I hate it. LOL.

  26. nicky

    Caddyshack (1980) and it’s not even close…..Fast Times next

    1. CATandMONKEY

      See criterion #3

  27. Forbzut

    Where is Rounders? Add some play in games.

  28. catsarerunnin

    As Good as it Gets….Jack Nicholson as Melvin Udall with the unforgettable line “people who talk in metaphors should shampoo my crotch”.

    1. runningunnin.454


  29. oddthomas

    Every single one of you guys over the age of 35 are forgetting the most important movie in history. It’s a little flick called……..Stand By Me……..(mic drops)

  30. DelrayCat

    Frailty, Devil’s Rejects, Stigmata

    1. UKMallard86

      Anyone else think Good Will Hunting? It was certainly a better movie than Blair Witch and a couple others on here imo.

    2. CATandMONKEY

      As a recovering Catholic have always loved Stimata. Any Rob Zombie film will not be taken seriously by most simply due to preconceived notions and the subject matter.

      GWH Is better than probably half the movies on the original list.

  31. tunesquad11

    My Final Four:
    Indiana Jones, Forrest Gump, The Dark Knight, and Field of Dreams.

    Also, I think there needs to be a spot for Inception and Hoosiers. Maybe subtract ET and Departed?

    1. tunesquad11

      Django Unchained and The Da Vinci Code are really good movies too.

    2. rickwhitetx

      Which Indiana Jones? You can’t include all of them.

  32. catsarerunnin

    O Brother Where Art Thou?….”she done R-U-N-N-O-F-T”.

    1. CATandMONKEY

      Personally a huge fan of most Cohen Brother films. Many might be classified as comedy but are usually so much more. Hudsucker Proxy is way undervalued.

    2. catsarerunnin

      Totally agree.

  33. Sentient Third Eye

    Because of the degrading quality in moviemaking, anything after about 1980 ought to be dismissed out of hand, if we’re talking all-time. Sorry, but even a mediocre director from the sixties would be considered a genius today, and Oscar-winners today would not be considered talented enough to work in the sixties.

    The all-time best?

    Citizen Kane, Vertigo

    That’s really where the list begins and ends. Anything else is just celebrating mediocrity.

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      And how does eliminating older movies increase participation? Most cable systems have Turner Classic movies as part of Expanded Basic, but the “new movie” channels are premiums. So older movies are actually more inclusive.

    2. CATandMONKEY

      Come on sir, you seem most often a sensible type. Your all-time faves show that. No argument here BUT setting criteria or time frame for a list is no different than “Player of the Week, Player of the Month, Player of the Year or SEC player of the week, month or year.” Matt made the post so he decides the ground rules. Not at all illegitimate​. I suspect he chose 1980 probably because he was born that year…Not that I agree with a number of his submissions.

      If the list is Best Movies of all time (No qualifiers) then your two submissions probably hit the top three in just about every list. Very few lists don’t have Citizen Kane at the top.
      But after that we need to add foreign/non-western films.
      Happen to be a fan of much of Kurosawa’s work…Even some of the less critically acclaimed.

    3. justaguyinthebackrow

      Strange that you left off, well any Kubrick film. This makes your list incomplete and voids your claim. Lolita is the best movie of all time.

  34. Baize

    Money Ball is in the NIT?

  35. CwoodCat

    In saying “Star Wars” surely you are implying “The Empire Strikes Back” it was released in 1980 and is the gold standard in terms of the saga films.

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      Matt lists “Star Wars”, which was the original title for “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” – but the film came out in 1977, three years before his 1980 cutoff!

      With only the third movie on his list, he violated his own rules! LOL!

    2. jbruce24

      He said all movie series that have sequels are lumped together. So it would technically have all 7 movies.

    3. Sentient Third Eye

      Does having a later sequel give the 1977 Star Wars an exemption to allow it in the contest, then?

  36. runningunnin.454

    Rain Man, LA Confidential, As Good As It Gets should definitely be added. I would add Cider House Rules.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Also The Hunt for Red October and Clear & Present Danger…what about Crimson Tide?

    2. catsarerunnin

      Only time I actually enjoy hearing “roll tide!”.

  37. Laker Cat 18


    1. Sentient Third Eye

      This topic isn’t sports, but it’s not THAT bad…

    2. rickwhitetx

      Really? Really?? Yeah, I enjoy watching it, but a good movie it ain’t. It is one of the worst disaster movies of all times. The science in it is crap. The idea is crap. Pretty much like all disaster movies. I do love watching them, but, as I said, they are not good movies.

    3. Laker Cat 18

      Not insinuating it’s the best movie of all time, but it definitely deserves to be in the bracket over some of the others mentioned.

    4. Laker Cat 18

      rickwhitetx – You’ve done a great job critiquing everyone else’s selections, but you haven’t contributed to the topic whatsoever. What are some of your favorite movies that did not make the list?

    5. rickwhitetx

      Laker Cat … Fair question. I would probably consider Deadpool and take Blair Witch off. (Trying to think of excellent movies and not just ones I enjoy). Okay, how about these;

      The Elephant Man
      The Big Chill
      The Right Stuff
      A Time to Kill
      Dead Poets Society
      Field of Dreams
      A Few Good Men
      Apollo 13
      The King’s Speech
      The Martian

    6. RealCatsFan

      Some good ones, Rick. Another one not mentioned that was an excellent movie” “Castaway”. “WILSON!!!”

    7. RealCatsFan

      Oops, now I see that it was on Matt’s list. DOH!!

    8. rickwhitetx

      Thanks RCF. And, yes, I have seen them all. 🙂

  38. Laker Cat 18

    I’ve always been a fan of US Marshalls & Shooter. Always seem to stop when I catch them flipping channels.

    1. runningunnin.454

      The Fugitive, too.

  39. Mc12

    Cinderella Man. I know Blair Witch Project was popular, but it is actually a terrible movie so I’d replace it with something comparable in terms of quality: Glitter.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Cinderella Man was good; but they did somewhat of a disservice to Max Baer; he was not the jerk the movie portrayed.

    2. Mc12

      True. Just Hollywood exaggerating a little to create a villain.

      A lot of people don’t know this but the real Forrest Gump ran a 5.1 40 at Alabama. The rest of the story though is spot on lol.

      Seriously though, I actually enjoyed the movie Cinderella Man over Rocky.

  40. PAPA


    1. Sentient Third Eye


    2. RealCatsFan

      Yes, great movie, but too early. But since we are on the subject of Clint Eastwood westerns, “Pale Rider” should be added to the list – technically a better movie, albeit much darker.

    3. Forbzut

      Unforgiven should be on this list.

  41. Laker Cat 18

    Gladiator has to take the championship right?

    1. ukjaybrat

      it’s a tossup between gladiator and braveheart for me

  42. Sentient Third Eye

    For newer movies, the best I saw last year was “Silence”. It was easily better than any Oscar-nominated movie. The best I saw in 2016 was “In the Heart of the Sea”. It was better than any Oscar-nominee that year, too. Makes me just not pay attention to Oscars anymore. They are out-of-touch.

  43. bigkat



  44. UKMallard86

    Did not mean to reply on an earlier comment, but Good Will Hunting would beat a few of these others imo.

  45. ChicagoCat

    Wait you said no comedies, yet somehow Con Air made the list…

    1. ChicagoCat

      Also, The Rock is an infinitely better movie than Con Air. If we’re including Bruckheimer/Bay masterpieces that has to be tops.

    2. ukjaybrat

      can’t argue with this !

  46. bakju keha


    Gravity ( sucks once clooney is gone )
    Zero Dark Thirty ( seriously? Hacksaw Ridge if you want war or anything else )
    Gremlins ( again, seriously? )
    Nightcrawler ( great acting, not great movie )
    Con Air ( Starring Nicholas Cage )

  47. ukcamel

    American Sniper, Dallas Buyer’s Club, The Spectacular Now, 12 Years a Slave, Black Swan, and Mystic River all deserve consideration.

  48. rickwhitetx

    Whatever the 64 ends up being, it’ll have more controversy than the NCAA basketball tournament bracket.

  49. MIDDAY

    Lots of corny movies on that list that could easily be replaced with:

    Dead Poets Society
    The Right Stuff
    The Big Chill

    AND the BIG LEBOWSKY – You may consider this a comedy, but in fact, it’s a religion. =)

    Also, Titanic was pretty epic.

    1. catdaddyd

      I think all those movies are horrible.

  50. Mc12

    Can John Higgins officiate a few of these rounds? Although he’s a terrible official, his brother Jonathan was pretty good in Magnum P.I. If he’s the ref, I’m willing to bet the final will be Boogie Nights vs. There will be Blood ironically.

  51. ukjaybrat

    ok ok ok … everyone asking to add a movie that’s already on the list, you need to just stop speaking. because there are way too many people complaing your favorite movie isn’t in here and IS… ugh almost as bad as the people bashing diallo for checking out his draft stock

  52. MIDDAY

    I bet no one here has ever seen “Rare Birds” or “The Door in the Floor”.

    Pretty much every actor cast in The Big Chill have made steller movies since that one.

  53. Ralph07

    Why would you take off con air. Take karate kid off instead.

  54. lexslamman

    You’re also missing:
    What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Black Swan
    District 9
    Mississippi Burning
    Little Miss Sunshine
    The Insider
    The Fugitive
    Quiz Show
    The Piano
    The Fighter
    The Aviator
    The Thin Red Line
    The Color Purple
    Mystic River

  55. Tim

    The Last Samurai needs to be on this list.
    Remove Endless Sunshine of the spotless mind.

  56. keyserky

    How can you not have Boondock Saints on the list!? Remove Blair Witch project.


    1984 The Thing – Universally considered scariest movie ever
    HEAT – Pacino, DeNiro, Kilmer
    Zero Dark 30
    Silence of the Lambs
    Black Hawk Down

  58. Lexingtonyn

    Hoosiers, A Few Good Men & LA Confidential for Goonies, There Will Be Blood, and Boogie Nights.

    1. mollydoglikesUK

      Yes sir…Hoosiers, AFGM and There Will be Blood.

  59. darrenb7777

    RED DAWN – take out Hurt Locker

  60. RealCatsFan

    “Vanilla Sky” was one weird movie…

  61. sbrock516



    Usual Suspects
    True Romance
    Schindlers List
    Saving Private Ryan
    There will be Blood

  63. sbrock516

    armageddon for Goonies

  64. Yev

    OK, I hear your comment about comedies, and how do you compare Billy Madison to Schnidlers list. But, in the restaurant bracket you had McDonals/Taco Bell being compared to Outback. Those restaurants aren’t even competing for the same market, as one is a higher end sit down restaurant, and the others are low end fast food. Different price points, one has a wait staff, others you order at a counter. One serves alcohol, others don’t. Its yoru bracket, set it up how you want, but you haev just cut out a huge section of the market. Its like saying lets pick the best music of all time, but we wont put country music in.

  65. whodeynation

    Goodfellas has got to be in. Walk the Line can be out. Love Cash but average movie at best.

    1. catsarerunnin

      And as most real Cash fans know,it was pure fiction. But still enjoyed the movie.

  66. 3dcatfan

    Rambo has to be in right?


    Mad Max Road Warrior
    Rob Roy
    True Grit
    Master and Commander

    1. mollydoglikesUK

      Yes, forgot about True Grit. Incredibly good.

  68. William J. Le Petomane

    Dances With Wolves
    Mississippi Burning
    The Bourne Identity

  69. olshel

    Does Alien count since it was released in 1979 even if the sequels are later? It’s a pretty awesome movie.

  70. RealCatsFan

    Agree that “Alien” needs to be on the list. Dump “Blair Witch” for that one all day.

  71. sbrock516

    The Fugitive

  72. sbrock516

    The Untouchables

  73. William J. Le Petomane

    The Silence of the Lambs
    Blade Runner
    Inside Man

    1. CATandMONKEY

      Is Silence not on the list? Holy stupid omissions, Batman.

  74. sbrock516

    Cape Fear

  75. Mrowkoob667

    Stand By Me

  76. sbrock516

    blair witch sucks

  77. keyserky

    Blair witch?? Really????

  78. AmazzzingLarry

    There are only real contenders on this list that are significant to people across all generations. For that reason, Forrest Gump will win.

    1. AmazzzingLarry

      *only a few real contenders

  79. lemicoll

    Are you kidding……no Predator on this list? No Rambo part 2? 2 iconic movies of the 80’s.

  80. William J. Le Petomane

    Coal Miner’s Daughter

  81. lemicoll

    What about American Pie of the nineties? Classic comedy of the decade…”Like warm apple pie”.

  82. decoleh

    A Time To Kill over Hoosiers, Gremlins, Avatar, ot Matrix

  83. Hotbass

    Full Metal Jacket- another Platoon-type movie.

  84. CATandMONKEY

    Matt: ” That movie with the chubby dude, Russell Crowe” Is Crowe chubby now? Don’t know and don’t care. But “chubby” in that movie or Gladiator must be Matt-code for “any famous guy that can summarily kick my ass with his pinky finger.”

  85. lexslamman

    More than 1/3 of the list needs to be eliminated:

    Before 1980:

    Star Wars

    Deeply beloved, but not good movies:

    Die Hard
    Back to the Future
    Top Gun
    Karate Kid
    Jurassic Park
    Con Air
    Harry Potter
    Field of Dreams
    Forrest Gump
    Boyz N the Hood
    Fight Club
    Almost Famous
    Cast Away
    The Matrix
    Dark Knight

    Seriously, you could plunge into the world of documentaries and foreign language films to find better bracket members than the movies above, no matter how much you liked The Matrix’s special effects or Heath Ledger’s performance or the DeLorean time machine.

  86. Tberry57

    Won’t be able to argue for these movies tomorrow, but:

    Truman Show
    American History X

    These movies definitely should be on this list somewhere.

  87. ukspanky

    “Dances With Wolves”. BTW, the ORIGINAL “Star Wars”, before it was renamed “Star Wars: Episode IV” was released in 1977.

  88. Irwin R. Fletcher

    Remove: Avatar
    Add: Dances With Wolves

    Avatar is the exact same story, substituting Blue Beings for Native Americans.

    There are numerous glaring omissions, so simply expand the field. It’s not like anyone has to miss an additional class or travel a further distance. Just expand the field.

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  90. mollydoglikesUK

    Master and Commander? Great movie.

  91. tombobsimp

    With all these garbage movies how is PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN not on the list!! Everyone’s seen it and everyone likes it

  92. whoopwhoop

    I’m a little late; however, here would be my additions and subtractions:

    1 Blade Runner
    2 The Sixth Sense
    3 Robocop
    4 The Untouchables
    5 Stand By Me
    6 Reservoir Dogs
    7 Independence Day
    8 Edward Scissor Hands
    9 Total Recall
    10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Series)

    1 Boogie Nights
    2 Kill Bill
    3 Walk the Line
    4 Zero Dark Thirty
    5 Gravity
    6 Blair Witch
    7 Seven
    8 There Will Be Blood
    9 Hurt Locker
    10 Avatar

    Also, Action/Adventure is a genre of movies (for example, all the Indiana Jones movies), and The Goonies is in that genre. The Goonies has some humor in it, but that doesn’t make it a comedy.

  93. bigblue7609

    Listening on podcast so I’m a little behind here but was Mystic River even mentioned? I believe there are a handful of movies you could replace. Like Nightcrawler

  94. Bill Brasky

    Just wanted to add a few for consideration:
    The Sixth Sense
    A Few Good Men
    The Fugitive
    Mystic River
    The Prestige

  95. fireants25

    The first John wick is great…and where are all the Denzel movies he’s been in a ton of excellent movies that are 100x better

    American Gangster
    Man on Fire
    Bone collector
    2 guns
    He got game

  96. LondonKY-Wildcat

    Matt Jones, you piece of TRAILER PARK TRASH, you left out one of the greatest movies of all time,
    “HOWARD THE DUCK.” 😂😂😂😂😂.
    But seriously, what about “PREDATOR”

  97. CatsforNine

    Need to add Fugitive, Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games.

  98. JKyle

    Sling Blade, where is Sling Blade?

  99. CatsforNine

    All the Bourne movies

  100. hga81012

    I second, or like 80th, The Green Mile. And I second American History X, Stand By Me. Also…Interview with a Vampire? Reservoir Dogs? Sleepers? Legends of the Fall? No There Will Be Blood, Lost in Translation, Hurt Locker, Kill Bill. I know yall have since removed it but Con Air? C’mon man.

  101. WinstonBennettFan

    I know way late, but agree with some of the other post on you left a few off. Such as:

    Blade Runner
    The Thing

    Footlose (1984 Kevin Bacon)

    Go Cats Love the show

  102. RonnyFootball

    Um… Taxi Driver and Apocalypse Now are one hundo 2 of the greatest films of all time. Your list is flawed without them.