A Top 10 List

Elijah Sale Shares his favorite films

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Elijah Sale, Contributor

#10 The Disaster Artist (2017)

Tommy Wiseau, a strange man who wants to make films, moves to Los Angeles with his best friend, aspiring to become successful. James Franco directs and stars in this hilarious true story about the making of the infamous film, “The Room.” The movie is very entertaining and gives you an interesting look on the creation of the “Best-Worst Movie Of All Time.”

#9 Knives Out (2019)

Just after a 85 year-old crime novelist is murdered, Detective Benoit Blanc must investigate the dysfunctional family. All family members are suspects. This movie is probably the most entertaining film I have ever watched. From beginning to end, you are constantly hooked. This film has great performances from an All-Star cast and will leave audiences shocked.

#8 1917 (2019)

Two British soldiers are given an order to stop a batallion from falling into a trap. Director Sam Mendes creates an absolutely beautiful film as he perfects the “One-Shot.” The movie has some of the best cinematography yet. Audiences truly feel like they are on the battlefield with these characters. The film tells a powerful story about trust and persistence. Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins create one of the most realistic films ever.

#7 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

Randle McMurphy is transferred to a mental institution and does not expect the head nurse to create a very hostile environment. Jack Nicholson gives an incredible performance along with stellar co-stars. The film has a slow pace and gives audiences an amazing message about being set free. The movie has one of the most satisfying endings ever. 

#6 Rango (2011)

When a chameleon is left in the desert, he must find out who he truly is as he enters a town acting as a well known outlaw. Being one of the best animated movies of all time, “Rango” tells a deep story about finding out who you really are and looking fear in the eye. “Rango” is very different than most animated movies. It has a much more realistic feel to it. Johnny Depp delivers a very unique performance that really fits the character of Rango.

#5 Logan (2017)

An old and weak Wolverine is given a task to help a familiar girl get to her friends in order to stop an attack from a mutant agency. “Logan” proves that Comic Book Movies don’t always need incredibly high stakes. This film is incredibly emotional and is a perfect way to end Logan’s story. Hugh Jackman delivers his best performance as this character. “Logan” is easily the best X-Men film. 

#4 Inglourious Basterds (2009)

A group of Jewish soldiers team up with a plan to end the war against the Nazis. Quentin Tarantino perfects the “Multiple plot” aspect as he creates a story where multiple plot points come together in the end. This film has two of my favorite performances ever coming from Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz. In my opinion, this film is Tarantino’s best film yet. 

#3 The Usual Suspects (1995)

After Keyser Soze, a feared drug lord, is seen on an exploding ship, five men are put on a job to track Keyser Soze down. With one of the best plot twists ever, this film has one of the greatest movie endings in history. The cast has amazing chemistry together and Kevin Spacey delivers one of his greatest performances ever. This film also includes one of my favorite lines; “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” 

#2 Joker (2019)

Arthur Fleck, a mentally-ill loner is mistakenly made a political symbol of Gotham and is driven crazy by many problems happening. Joker is a stunning film with a lot of amazing attributes. The incredible performance by Joaquin Phoenix is one of the best in movie history. The script is beautifully written by Todd Phillps and Scott Silver. The dark and psychological tone of this movie stays with you throughout the entire runtime. The unsettling soundtrack/score digs into your skin and matches with the dark feel of the movie. An absolutely incredible movie that will always be one of my favorites. 

#1 The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

Walter Mitty, a Time Magazine employee, embarks on an incredible journey around the world in search of a lost photograph. This film is maybe the most underrated movie ever. It tells an amazing story about what you would do for love, remembrance, facing an enemy and finding yourself. Ben Stiller wrote, directed and starred in this film and gives a stunning performance. This movie also has one of the best soundtrack/scores ever. Every time the music is playing, it puts you in the moment with these characters. Cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh takes advantage of the beautiful scenery and gives amazing shots that show off the amazing landscape. This film is easily my favorite movie yet and deserves a lot more recognition than it gets.