My 48 Favorite Movies For The 48 Years Of My Life


In celebration of my 48th birthday earlier this month, I am doing three special posts: first, one on my 48 favorite books for the 48 years of my life, which published this past Sunday; then, today, my 48 favorite movies; and this Friday, my 48 favorite albums.

For this list, I broke it down, roughly by decade or every 12 years of my life. I did not always have a movie for every year, as sometimes I had two for another year instead. Unfortunately, this did leave out a lot of favorites from before I was born, including Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve, and Touch of Evil, just to name a few. The ones in bold are my favorite for those 12 years and those in bold and with an asterisk are underrated classics.


  1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  2. The Wild Bunch
  3. Fiddler on the Roof
  4. The Sting
  5. The Godfather, Part II
  6. The Conversation*
  7. Rocky
  8. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  9. Smokey and the Bandit
  10. Apocalypse Now
  11. Breaking Away*
  12. The Empire Strikes Back


  1. Raiders of the Last Ark
  2. Blade Runner
  3. Amadeus
  4. The Breakfast Club
  5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  6. The Princess Bride
  7. Broadcast News
  8. Die Hard
  9. Do The Right Thing*
  10. Dead Poets Society
  11. Goodfellas
  12. The Natural

1993- 2004

  1. Schindler’s List
  2. Groundhog Day
  3. Forrest Gump
  4. Clueless
  5. As Good as it Gets
  6. Saving Private Ryan
  7. Run Lola Run*
  8. The Matrix
  9. Office Space
  10. Almost Famous
  11. Gladiator
  12. Kill Bill 1 & 2


  1. Little Miss Sunshine
  2. Lars and the Real Girl*
  3. Deadpool
  4. Winter’s Bone*
  5. Up in the Air
  6. Inception
  7. Django Unchained
  8. Boyhood
  9. Spotlight
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy
  11. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  12. Moonrise Kingdom

If you had a list of favorite movies for the number of years for every year of your life, what would be some of those you’d have to include? Any crossovers?

6 thoughts on “My 48 Favorite Movies For The 48 Years Of My Life

  1. I don’t normally see people who have seen, let alone admit to enjoying, Amadeus. My dad loved it, so we watched it frequently at our house. The acting is outstanding, and the music is simply exquisite. Other favorites that make my list as well as yours is the Star Wars trilogy, of course. Ferris, pretty much your entire 80s and 90s list. We have good taste in movies!


  2. One movie that I absolutely love, is Men Don’t Leave. It starred Jessica Lang and Joan Cusack. It’s not even out on DVD. At least, the last time I checked it wasn’t. It’s a good story but also so well-acted.


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