The Flix List – Birthday Edition: Fave movies from each decade I’ve lived through

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Happy Friday, everyone! Today is my birthday. Apparently I share my b’day with quite a few famous people: Thomas Alva Edison, Eva Gabor, Burt Reynolds, the late Leslie Nielsen, Sheryl Crow, Sarah Palin, Carey Lowell, Jennifer Aniston and um, Taylor Lautner. Hmmm, an eclectic group, wouldn’t you say?

Just for fun I thought I’d list my top ten favorite movies from the past three decades I’ve lived through. I’m not going to include the 70s as in my toddler years I obviously didn’t get to see many movies. I did see Superman: The Movie when I was about four think, and fell instantly in love w/ Christopher Reeve. Obviously my penchant for hunky superheroes started pretty early, huh? 😀

Well, this is going to be a challenge to simply pick only ten out of each decade, but I’m going to try. Again, these aren’t the ‘BEST’ movies, they’re simply my favorite based on replay value:

1980s (in order of release)


  1. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
  2. Somewhere in Time (1980)
  3. Superman II (1981)
  4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  5. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
  6. The Living Daylights (1987)
  7. The Untouchables (1987)
  8. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
  9. Die Hard (1988)
  10. The Little Mermaid (1989)

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Chariots of Fire (1981)
  • A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
  • Working Girl (1988)
  • Licence to Kill (1989)
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989)

1990s (in order of release):


  1. Beauty and The Beast (1991)
  2. Jurassic Park (1993)
  3. The Age of Innocence (1993)
  4. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
  5. Speed (1994)
  6. Heat (1995)
  7. Sense & Sensibility (1995)
  8. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  9. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  10. The Matrix (1999)

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Groundhog Day
  • The English Patient
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Schindler’s List
  • Titanic

For the past decade of 2000s, I actually wrote a post back in January 2010 to highlight my five favorites of 2009 as well as my top 25 picks of the decade. I had a hard time narrowing ’em down to 10, but I might do that later this weekend. So here are my Top 25 Favorite Movies of the past decade, also in order of release:

  1. Chicken Run (2000)
  2. Moulin Rouge (2001)
  3. Finding Nemo (2003)
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  5. Phantom of the Opera (2004)
  6. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  7. Unbreakable (2004)
  8. Batman Begins (2005)
  9. Casino Royale (2006)
  10. Dear Frankie (2005)
  11. Gladiator (2005)
  12. Children of Men (2006)
  13. The Painted Veil (2006)
  14. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
  15. Stranger than Fiction (2006)
  16. 300 (2007)
  17. Atonement (2007)
  18. Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  19. The Visitor (2007)
  20. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
  21. Bella (2008)
  22. The Dark Knight (2008)
  23. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  24. District 9 (2009)
  25. Avatar (2009)

So folks, I’d love to hear your picks. What are some of your favorite movies in the past 3 decades?