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Hollywood Dreams and Top Movie Picks


Sitting watching the 84th Academy Awards this past Sunday seems to have brought back my hopes of one day obtaining my WGA card (Writer’s Guild) finally becoming a paid Screenwriter. I’ve always had a knack for writing and a great imagination. Now to make the time to really hone my skills and get some outlines done for the stories I have jotted down over the past several years.

Every year at this time I not only revisit my Hollywood dreams but I always think of my all-time favorite movies and this year is no different. Well, except I not only thought of my Top 10 favorites I also madeĀ  up Top 5 lists for different genre’s like Drama, Romance, Comedy, Gangster, Comic Inspired, Sci-Fi and Horror.

American Beauty

Top 10 All -Time Favorite Movies

  1. American Beauty
  2. Casablanca
  3. Breakfast Club
  4. Shawshank Redemption
  5. Godfather
  6. Scarface
  7. Dead Poets Society
  8. Jaws
  9. Empire Strikes Back
  10. Rocky 2

Top 5 Drama Movies

The Usual Suspects

  1. Usual Suspects
  2. Fight Club
  3. American History X
  4. The Professional
  5. Silence of the Lambs

Top 5 Romance Movies

P.S. I Love You

  1. P.S. I Love You
  2. Pretty Woman
  3. When Harry Met Sally
  4. Serendipity
  5. Ghost

Top 5 Comedy Movies

Kevin Smith Clerks

  1. Clerks
  2. Elf
  3. Stripes
  4. Caddy Shack
  5. Animal House

Top 5 Gangster Movies

The Godfather II Al Pacino

  1. Godfather II
  2. Goodfellas
  3. Casino
  4. Miller’s Crossing
  5. Carlito’s Way

Top 5 Comic Hero Movies

The Dark Knight

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. X-Men First Class
  3. Thor
  4. Iron Man
  5. Watchmen

Top 5 Sci-Fi Movies

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

  1. Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
  2. Transformers
  3. Star Wars
  4. Star Trek (2009)
  5. Alien

Top 5 Horror Movies

Halloween Michael Myers

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. Friday the 13th Part 2
  3. Amityville Horror
  4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  5. Saw

The movies listed are my choices out of thousands I have seen. I’m sure if you ask me again next year some of them may change because there are so many great films in every genre. What are some of yours?


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