Don't hate me if your favorite is not on the list.

My top 10 movies of all time, I started this list years ago but I have never published it because I know many people will argue that I got it all wrong – which in itself will be fun, and I’m sure I will get to hear about other movies that are great I have never heard of before.

Don’t expect this to be a normal top 10 with The Godfather on the list, oh no, you might as well stop watching now.

For me it is not about the cinematic experience, it’s about did it move me, did it make me do something, make me think differently, did it make me laugh so hard I fell of my chair laughing so hard.

I think there is only one movie that shares the same actor – Alan Rickman. In my blog post I embedded all the trailers for the movies I am talking about, it is OK to visit my site, it usually contains more info than what is in the video.

Top 10 List (Try different browser if they don’t all display)

10. Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 – this one made me laugh so hard, it takes place in the 80’s which I can relate to, and the whole motif of chopping off the bellman’s arm was comic genius for me. It is a bit raunchy, but if you have my sense of humor you will love this. Go watch the trailer on my site, it is cut really well.

9.  Sideways – To me this movie is all about transporting yourself to another location, kind of like taking a mini vacation. The trailer is not that good, the movie is much better than it lets on.

8.  Bottle Shock – Another wine movie. I love the pacing of this movie. There is a promise at the beginning of the movie and there is multiple payoffs at the end that are so good. My favorite scene is when he is in the law office and he uses a sword to open a bottle of wine.

7. It’s a Wonderful Life – this has to been my top feel good movie. You will cry at the end.

6. Star Wars – I can remember the exact theater and where I was sitting in the theater when I saw this one, that is how much of impression it left of me. Leaving the theater I was blown away at what I just saw.

5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – this movie is a good one to re-watch every so often to remind you need to stop and smell the flowers every once in awhile. This is not my top comedy but it is really close.

4. The Sound of Music – Watching this movie with my kids is fun, I can watch this one over and over again with them and never get bored, and of all the movies on this list I think this one is the most beautifully filmed.

3. Die Hard – this has to be my number one action film of all time. One of my favorite scenes is where Bruce Willis bare foot is being chased around at the top of the building and has time to stop for a look at a pin up poster of a girl for a split second.

2. Princess Bride – This over the top fairy tell movie is so almost so over the top it is a spoof of all fairy tell movies.

Before I tell you my number one movie of all time please remember how I titled this blog post, Dave Dugdale’s Top 10 Movies of All Time, so if your favorite is not on the list, don’t get mad at me, this is more of insight into my odd taste in movies, please add yours to the comment if you like, perhaps I will watch it if I haven’t already.

1.  Office Space – The first time I watched this with my wife I was physically laughing so hard I fell on the floor laughing. One of my favorite scenes is after the main character is hypnotized and unscrews apart his cubical and then pushes it down with one finger so he can have a window view.

So there you have it, you can disagree with me all you want in the comments but I am sticking to this list.


  • Freaky as hell. After passing on Office Space for 10 years I finally saw it. And you put it as your #1. Being an IT guy, I love it.

  • Great pick, but You should extend your experience to larger time frame and space, out of mainstream production/distribution. Depends what you are looking for. Lots of movies are not going to make you fell from your sofa laughing too much, but they can be an amazing experience to watch, to discover another craft of filmmaking: Metropolis (German, 1927),ChungKing Express (HKG), Kungfu hustler (HKG), Sonatine (Japan), Army of the shadow (France), Amelie (France), MadMax2 (Aus), Snatch (UK), Farewell my concubine (China). All interesting stories and amazing pictures/mood. Hope you will give it a try and enjoy. Cheers

  • Love your list Dave, will definetely be checking out some of those films which i havent seen sometime soon… after I finish breaking bad that is :P. Heres mine:

    10)The Godfather
    9)Princess Bride
    7)Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
    6)Pulp Fiction
    2)Saving Private Ryan
    1)Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

  • Interesting list. It always amazes me when someone hates a movie that I love to bits, and vice versa.

    Here’s my top ten:

    10. Sideways
    9. Hellboy
    8. The Fall
    7. Snatch
    6. Pulp Fiction
    5. Alien
    4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    3. Unforgiven
    2. No Country for Old Men
    1. O Brother Where Art Thou

    But if you asked me again tomorrow…

  • Interesting list. I will have to see sideways.

    The “internet sensitive guy” syndrome we see so often in modern forums has me concerned about the future security of our country. How a list can hurt someone’s feelings to the point they get mad and go on a rant? It is kinda funny and sad. No one will make a good movie about the adventures of our society on the internet. LOL

    My list..

    10- The Lord of the Rings entire trilogy. (Yes that make this a top 12 and therefore a bit “better” than others, LOL)

    9- District 9 – brilliant direction and marketing.

    8- Stand By Me – this movie was so well received it made this song number one some 20 years later for the second time. No other song has been number one for two different generations.


    6- Ironman

    5- Saving Private Ryan – seeing the. beach scene in the theaters at a double the normal shutter speed made this film start off as the most visually disturbing movie ever. This effect does not come across at all in the modern HD or today’s digital cinema. But to have seen it in a film projector type cinema it will literally bother your eye balls. I felt jarred by it, and made war as close to real as possible on a screen. I hope future generations will resurrect the old film projector sometime, watch this and value what was done for our country and all of Europe.

    4- 300 – best use of light and shadows. And when you say “the 300 look” everyone knows what you mean.

    3 – The Empire Strikes Back. Just like your Star Wars I remember everything and saw it with my dad.

    2 – Firefly – love the show, loved the movie.

    1 – Open Range – best gun fight of all time. And great lines and sound.

  • Alien and aliens, before the mythology was dismantled by the later movies. Amongst many other sins committed upon the franchise the later movies and crossover series made the alien just another bogeyman and hence less of a psychological scare.

    Jaws, saw it as a kid with my best chum (chum bad colloquialism to use in context) Literally had to sleep with light on for 9 months

    Die hard, also destroyed by sequels.

    Bladerunner, really guys? no one else? BLADERUNNER!

    Stand by me, still cry every time. Anybody else cry more at movies as they get older?

    Starwars the first IV V VI although I need a rest as my 4 year son watches them on rotation

    Angel Heart. Stand out performances by Mickey Rourke pre boxing carear and subsequent plastic surgery. Robert DeNiro as Louis Cyper (get it…?)

    Planes Trains and automobiles, weep tears of laughter and sadness.

    Moon, Thoughtful Scifi on a minuscule budget. David Bowie junior proving he has star quality too.

    The Unforgiven. The West as it really was? the film Eastwood edged towards via all his previous western outings.


    Oh and Bladerunner

  • Well after renting movies for a couple of years I can definitedly say that any list of top ten movies has to be broader since not everyone likes the same stuff… but these are your picks and they are great! Office space changed my mind!

  • Kung Fu Hustle is the only bluray I’ve been compelled to purchase in the past 7 years and I’ve seen a thousand blurays. The sub bass is amazing and I have six 15″ subs in an infinite baffle setup, so I know what I’m talking about.

    I sort of lied. I also bought a Wall-E bluray for my daughter.