2021 had many great films release, but were any of them great enough to breach my Top 10 Films of All Time? Well, let’s find out!
10. The Dark Knight (2008)
My favorite superhero film of all time and it will forever remain in my Top 10, but it did drop down from #9 this year to make room for another film that entered the list! This film is brilliant and gave me my love for movies. The very first scene in the film is my favorite opening scene of all time.
9. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
This film made me fall in love with Wes Anderson as a director and his style. Although I don’t love all of his films, The Grand Budapest Hotel gets it perfect for me. It is a joyful ride that Adrien Brody breaks in certain points with vulgar interjection in hilarious ways.
8. The Thing (1982)
One of the greatest horror films and mystery films of all time. The Thing cemented my love for horror films, delivering exceptional visual effects to support a stellar story and plotline. There is so much I can say about this film, but I will stop myself so I’m not writing an entire essay.
7. Annihilation (2018)
I get goosebumps every single time I watch this film. I am entirely enthralled from start to finish because of every incredible scene that is breathtaking in one way or another. The bear scene blows my mind every time, as well as the climax when Natalie Portman’s character faces off with the alien. And then not to mention the metaphor with cancer surrounding the entire premise of the film.
6. Captain Phillips (2013)
To many people, this is a surprise to see on my list, but I am just in love with this from in every sense because it is mostly a showcase of incredible performances, primarily Tom Hanks who gives the greatest performance of his life, in my opinion. Then factor in the intense story which gets my blood pumping each time and the outstanding soundtrack behind it. Then finally, that ending scene where Tom Hanks is breaking down in the infirmary makes me cry every single time.
5. American Psycho (2000)
This film is new to my list, but it is one that should have been in here the entire time. American Psycho is a perfect film that has influenced so much of my work and will continue to. It’s an amazing story with a thought-provoking ending that I am dearly in love with.
4. The Naked Gun (1988)
This is the funniest film I have ever seen. Period. But not only is it very funny, because a lot of films are, it also has an excellent story as the foundation of the film. But what makes the film so hilarious is how straight-faced it is. It is the exact sense of humor that I love and has even, possibly, shaped my own way of telling jokes.
3. Uncut Gems (2019)
Uncut Gems is entirely overwhelming and chaotic and that is exactly why I love it. I felt different after watching and I saw the world in a different way. Adam Sandler continues to surprise me whenever I watch the film. The film is just so exciting and unlike anything I’d seen before.
2. American Animals (2018)
Speaking of films I’d never seen anything like, American Animals completely blew me away every single time I watched it. The fact that this flew under everyone’s radar is shocking considering it is so outstanding. I keep finding new details with every watch, and I find myself watching this pretty often. It’s so exciting, thought-provoking, and emotional.
1. Scream (1996)
Scream is not only the greatest horror film, but also the greatest parody film of all time, undisputed. Wes Craven created something magical with this film that gave one of the best ending twists ever. This also has inspired a lot of my own work in the past. I could continue to go on and on, but I would have to do that every year since this film will continue to be at the top of my list because of how much it impacted me and will continue to influence my career.