The Flix List: 100 Things We Love About the Movies

Thanks to my witty and über clever pal John from The Droid You’re Looking For, I’m inspired to join the fun in putting together this post. He’s passionate about movies so much that there’s already a second edition of the 100 things he loves about the movies! Something this joyful and fun should be shared, so I’ve invited two of FC’s contributors Ted and Vince to join in and list a myriad of stuff we love about the world of cinema. So here goes:

[Ted’s list in blue, Vince’s in green and Ruth’s in purple]

  1. “Bond, James Bond”
  2. Ennio Morricone
  3. “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”
  4. The rain scenes in Jane Austen’s movies
  5. “Henry Jones Jr., Indiana is the name of the dog” – Henry Jones Sr.
  6. Alejandro Jodorowsky
  7. “And I felt His voice take the sword out of my hand.”
  8. “More human than human is our moto.” – Dr. Terell
  9. Monica Vitti swimming in the Mediterranean in L’Avventura
  10. John Barry’s theme songs (especially this one)
  11. “I’m the Dude man!”
  12. Blade Runner‘s ‘tears in the rain’ monologue
  13. Big Hollywood movies filmed with IMAX cameras
  14. Superman catching Lois falling from a chopper
  15. Yves Montand driving off a cliff with a smile on his face in Wages of Fear
  16. Spanish Buzz
  17. “You’re one ugly mother******!”
  18. “What we do in life echoes in eternity”
  19. Hitchcock cameos
  20. Audrey Hepburn’s smile
  21. Mature actors who get better with age (i.e. Helen Mirren)
  22. “Warriors – come out to playaayy… Warriors – come out to playaayy…”
  23. Gerard James Butler
  24. The big battle scene in 13 Assassins
  25. Wolfman Jack in American Graffiti
  26. Marion Cottilard’s singing in Nine
  27. Roy Scheider rear-ending a parked semi at 100mph in the Seven Ups
  28. Timothy Dalton’s Bond
  29. Peter Coyote in Bitter Moon
  30. Keanu Reeves in The Matrix
  31. “Snake Plissken, I thought you were dead.”
  32. The tantalizingly s-l-o-w doorway kiss in Dear Frankie
  33. John Williams and Hans Zimmer
  34. Marlene Dietrich to Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles): “Better lay off those candy bars.”
  35. Heath Ledger in Ten Things I Hate About You
  36. “I’m Batman!” from both the 1989 and 2005 version
  37.  Claudia Cardinale
  38. Alan Rickman’s voice
  39. “I’ll be back.”
  40. Period dramas’ men :D
  41. Robert Blake’s giant cell phone in Lost Highway
  42. Rufus Sewell in Tristan + Isolde
  43. “Yippee-ki-yay, mother******!”
  44. Cathy Moriarty in White of the Eye
  45. David Duchovny & Minnie Driver in Return to Me
  46. Frank Booth: “F#$% this Heineken sh&%! Pabst Blue Ribbon!!”
  47. “That’s thirty minutes away. I’ll be there in ten.”
  48. “Why do we fall, sir? So we might learn to pick ourselves up.”
  49. Alan Alda in To Kill a Clown
  50. The colors of Zhang Yimou’s films

  51. Any scene involving tumbler/batmobile/batpod in Christopher Nolan’s Batman flicks
  52. Emmanuelle Beart in Manon of the Spring
  53. The finale of The Passion of the Christ
  54. Steven Seagal’s weird fighting style in his films
  55. Butch Cassidy to Sundance Kid: “Who are those guys?!”
  56. Sundance Kid to Butch Cassidy: “Who are those guys?!”
  57. Cate Blanchett

  58. The opening scene of The Transporter
  59. Ennio Morricone’s theme for The Man with No Name Trilogy
  60. Disney Princess movies
  61. “Do you feel lucky, well do you punk!?”

  62. Monica Vitti swimming in the Mediterranean in L’Avventura
  63. Sam Peckinpah kick started the bloody shoot’em up in Hollywood in The Wild Bunch
  64. The visual feast of Tarsem’s The Fall
  65. Lillian Gish with her Winchester in Night of the Hunter
  66. Aragorn’s sheer charisma in the Lord of the Rings …
  67. … and the amazing ensemble-cast of the Peter Jackson’s trilogy
  68. Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey
  69. Roy Scheider rear-ending a parked semi at 100mph in the Seven Ups
  70. Gregory Peck & Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday
  71. Inspiring historical-based movies, i.e. Amazing Grace
  72. Louise Brooks in Pandora’s Box
  73. Christian Bale’s romantic side in The New World
  74. John Woo’s action scenes in The Killer, Hard Boil and Face/Off
  75. The witty repartee between Bond & Vesper in Casino Royale
  76. Jane Fonda’s astro-striptease in the intro to Barbarella
  77. British actors
  78. The epic car chase in The Bourne Supremacy

  79. Sense & Sensibility‘s brilliant screenplay
  80. Clint Eastwood
  81. The Jesus scene in Ben-Hur
  82. Marlene Dietrich to Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles): “Better lay off those candy bars.”
  83. The Iceland scenery in Beowulf & Grendel

  84. Hearing big explosions and machine guns roar in digital sound at a big theater
  85. The ‘Phantom leads Christine to his lair’ scene in Phantom of the Opera
  86. Bobby Peru’s teeth in Wild at Heart
  87. The musical segments of Moulin Rouge
  88. David Lean’s wide shots in Lawrence of Arabia and Ryan’s Daughter, filmed in 65 mm
  89. Creative movie title sequences
  90. Max Schreck as the rat-like Nosferatu
  91. Russell Crowe’s performance in The Insider
  92. David Lynch
  93. Gabriel Byrne as D’Artagnan
  94. Movie soundtracks
  95. Saw The Empire Strikes Back on the big screen and in digital sound back in 1997
  96. Hugo Weaving’s masked performance as V
  97. The fight scene in the original Drunken Master
  98. The chariot race scene in Ben-Hur

  99. M. Emmet Walsh
  100. Movie blogs :D

Well, that’s all folks. Thoughts on any of our picks? Also feel free to share your own list of things you love about the movies in the comments.

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46 thoughts on “The Flix List: 100 Things We Love About the Movies

  1. Ruth: I’m surprised, where is Gerard Butler?? :P

    Ted: The car chase in The Bourne Supremacy is definitely the best in the Bourne trilogy!

    Vince: Love that chase in the desert in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

    • Oh yeah I love that car chase in Bourne 2, I wonder where the big car chase will take place in The Bourne Legacy.

      • Hey Ted, I actually watched that scene again last night and I knew I had to post the clip here. Spectacularly relentless… LOVE Karl Urban and Bourne is the franchise that make me like Damon, too.

        • Yeah The Bourne franchise is definitely one of my favorites, I’m a little skeptical about Renner taking over the franchise since he’s officially being offer the lead role in The Bourne Legacy. It seems a lot of people in Hollywood is assuming that M:I-4 will be a big hit and apparently Renner will have the same amount of screen time as Cruise in the film.

          • I won’t be watching the Bourne franchise now that Renner is cast. I was just saying the same thing at Castor’s blog, I think it’s silly to call it that and not have the Jason Bourne character. I wish they’d just stop at the trilogy and just come up with something else entirely. As for Mission, I think that franchise’s overstayed their welcome for me.

            • It’s kind of funny the studio said they don’t want to have any of the new Bourne films be related to the books yet they named the new movie The Bourne Legacy, which the exact same name of the fourth book. I’m looking forward to it though, I think Tony Gilroy can deliver a good spy flick.

              I’m also looking forward to M:I 4 too, Brad Bird’s first live action film and they’re giving him time to make sure the finished film is as good as it could be. The previous M:I films were released in the summer season and this new one opens in December. M:I-3 was rushed into production because they delayed it so many times after Fincher left the project.

              • Well, I’ll ask you what you think of it, but I don’t know enough about that director to entice me, either.

                As for M:I 4, I might check it out as I’m curious to see how Brad Bird tackles it.

                • Tony Gilroy wrote the screenplay for the first three Bourne films and when Greenglass decided to not return to direct this fourth one, Universal offered Gilroy to direct it. His first film was Michael Clayton (great film), his last one was Duplicity (I was very disappointed by it). Hopefully he can deliver this new Bourne flick.

  2. Great List Flixers!! This is one I would never try and do myself. I haven’t got the knowledge or memory to complete it.

    It would go like this…

    1) the film with the woman with the hair
    2) The music in the film on motorbike…you know the one?

    And so on, not a pretty sight I am sure you will agree.

    This list how ever is very well put together. Thanks for sharing.

    I love the way you have separated the contributors out into colours, but lets be honest Ruth, we all would guess your ones….:-) hehehe The Romantic in you shines through.

    C

    • Thank you, Custard! I’ve got great help from my friends, all I had to do is come up w/ 50 :D He..he.. I was considering putting #23 in blue/green, but I think people would know it’d be a mistake, ahah. Glad the romantic side of me came out, I have to balance the more macho stuff from Ted and Vince, right?

  3. 57 is off course my favourite :)
    Who is Alejandro Jodorowsky? You mentioned him twice.
    HAve you hear yesterday that Lynch is making a new film?

  4. Great call on Alejandro Jodorowsky Vince, I should’ve included him on my directors list a while back. I still don’t know what El Topo was about but it was quite a movie.

  5. You know what the first thing is that springs to mind? Robert Downey, Jr.’s scenes in the Iron Man movies where he is in his workshop working and interacting with the robots.

    I. Love. Those. Scenes.

    Also Emma Thompson.

    Also anytime Russell Crowe uses a sword.

    Also … ok. Maybe I should do one myself. Except I never even finished the “Cinematic ABCs” post. :D

    • Oh yes, RDJ in his workshop in Iron Man is delightful indeed, no qualms from me there :) Ahah, Russ w/ the sword, good one, same applies for GB too… I know you’re just ok w/ The Insider, but I really respect his performance in that movie even though it’s not his best look.

      I’d LOVE to see your Cinematic Alphabet list. It’s much easier to do as you just have to collect 26 photos.

  6. A list like this wouldn’t be complete without Gerry and Rufus, glad to see they both got in. And especially with the parts and scenes mentioned. And the Dear Frankie kiss? WOW! Let’s just say it’s one of the best ever ;-O

    • Why of course, Becky. I knew I had to put a picture from one of GB’s movies, and the DF one just sprang to mind. It’s the simplest kiss that’s the most romantic…

  7. It’s impossible not to spot GB there ;)
    I also see some GB related list there.

    I like that number 19…I will also put Stephen King Cameo in it.

    • He..he.. as you would w/ Cillian right? ;)

      As for cameo, I also get a kick out of seeing Stan Lee in a bunch of his Marvel movies.

    • I have to give credit to John from TDYLF for the idea, and actually I only had to come up w/ 50 as my two guest bloggers provide the rest :) I’d love to see something like this at CZ, Rich, I’m guessing there’ll be a lot of zombies, ahah.

    • Just making sure you’re paying attention John :D He..he..no, it’s just a simple mistake on my part. It’s been fixed now, thanks for letting me know.

  8. Just stumbled upon this, it is a great post! I did one of my own, a few weeks ago, but it was nowhere near as diverse and richly knowledgeable as the contributions by the three people here. Fantastic. My favourites are #88 and #94… oh, and #92, but anyone who reads my blog knows that #92 is always, ALWAYS, gonna be on my list. :)

    • Hi there Magnolia, welcome to FC and thank you for your kind comment! I have to give credits to my wonderful contributors who are much more of a cinephile than your humble blogger here, that’s why this list is rich and diverse :D

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