forrest’s top 10 movies of all time

April 21, 2022

written by
Forrest Darabian

Watching movies has always been one of my favorite pastimes. No matter the genre, decade it released, or runtime, watching a film is always a great experience. Today I’ll be taking you through a top-10 list of my personal favorites films. A pretty subjective list of course, but nonetheless, behold “The Top 10 Movies of ALL TIME.”

10. Alien

Genre: Horror / Sci-fi
Released: 1979

“In space, no one can hear you scream” is the tagline for this movie and it sure is a good one. This tale of 7 crew members aboard a spaceship traveling back to earth will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end! Once the crew realizes a bloodthirsty alien is onboard with them, it’s a guessing game of who will survive till the end. The movie may seem a bit dated, but it’s an excellent horror movie even if you’re not much of a horror fan.

9. Pulp Fiction

Genre: Crime / Action
Released: 1994

Quentin Tarantino’s 2nd film is arguably his most popular, and there is no question why. This action-packed crime thriller with plot-twist after plot-twist is a wild ride for anyone who hasn’t seen it. The all-star cast includes: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and Bruce Willis. The soundtrack is incredible as well!

8. The Shining

Genre: Horror / Thriller
Released: 1980

This Stanley Kubrick film is an adaptation of one of Stephen King’s greatest novels. Possibly the greatest movie adaptation of a horror novel ever, but funny enough, Stephen King hated this film. As a reader of the book, I can clearly see why. This movie is very, very different than the book. Now that is not necessarily a bad thing, especially in this case. It is just a very different take on the story. If you ever get the chance, give the book and movie a shot and you’ll clearly see the difference. Both are equally amazing and terrifying!

7. Baby Driver

Genre: Crime / Action
Released: 2017

Quite possibly, my favorite movie from the past decade has got to be “Baby Driver.” This movie offers loads of humor, action, drama, romance and suspense. At the end of the day, this is a very unique take on a bank robber movie that left me wanting to be a getaway driver in another life. They make it seem so fun! Once again, the soundtrack is impeccable. Make sure to give it a listen even if you don’t watch this one.

6. 28 Days Later

Genre: Horror / Thriller
Released: 2002

The one thing about zombie movies and zombie t.v. shows, is that most of the time, the zombies are always slow, feeble, and dumb. If you’re not afraid of zombies, I seriously dare you to watch this movie. The zombies in this film are infected with a rage virus that essentially makes them very fast, and very deadly. Just one drop of blood is all it takes to make any survivor turn into the undead. The cinematography mixed with the soundtrack, makes this movie a serious work of art that should be watched with the lights off! (if you’re brave enough).

5. American Beauty

Genre: Drama
Released: 1999

This emotional film explores the subject of irony in multiple aspects of life. Whether it be love, hatred, or even death, this story of a man going through a midlife-crisis is not what you expect. In this film, we follow Lester Burnham in his final days of being alive, as he slowly spirals into an unhinged state of mind and takes control of his life. Dark, depressing, weird, and beautiful.

4. Inglorious Basterds

Genre: Action
Released: 2009

Another Tarantino film on this list is probably one of his more underrated films: “Inglorious Basterds.” This movie is a period piece taking place during World War 2. It explores multiple violent storylines that end up becoming one huge insane plot to end the war. Very entertaining, very bloody, and full of sweet, sweet revenge. Definitely check this one out.

3. V For Vendetta

Genre: Action
Released: 2005

This film is an excellent comic-book adaptation! In this movie, we watch how over the span of a year, a masked man named “V” uncovers the truth behind their corrupt neo-fascist government and urges the people of England to band together and overthrow it for freedom. Natalie Portman stars as “Evie,” an accomplice that over time,  helps V execute his plan. You’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout this movie, especially in the final act!

2. Fight Club

Genre: Action / Thriller
Released: 1999

Sorry, I’m not allowed to talk about this one. Just go watch it.

1. Donnie Darko

Genre: Sci-fi? I guess? Who knows.
Released: 2001

To this day, most of the cast of “Donnie Darko,” don’t even know what the movie is about. It sure is a mind-bomb of a movie that will leave you very confused needing to rewatch it multiple times. That is weirdly what makes this film is so interesting and wonderful though. The cast consists of: Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore, and even a young Seth Rogen! Along with this all-star cast, we get a huge mashup of different genres from sci-fi to thriller to dramedy. It’s a weird unexplainable film, but it will leave you thinking about it long after viewing. Enjoy!