I’m honestly not a big movie watcher, and most of the movies I do watch are after they come out on television (helps that they are edited). Someone recently asked me to name my 10 favorite movies of all time. I thought that sounded fun, and I thought it’d be cool to know yours too.

So here are 10 of my favorite movies (click on the names to see the trailers)…

  1. Castaway – I watched this movie a dozen times the summer I was home recovering from cancer surgery. It was more than a movie, it was about hope for my future. The quote that still gets me today is, “I had power over ‘nothing’, and that’s when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive. Somehow. I had to keep breathing, even though there was no reason to hope, and all my logic said that I would never see this place again. So that’s what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing. And one day my logic was proven all wrong because the tide came in, and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back. In Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass… And I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have Kelly. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?”
  2. Shawshank Redemption – Wow, what a great movie. It’s still a must see. Remember this, I like to think the last thing that went through his head – other than that bullet – was to wonder how in the world Andy Dufresne ever got the best of him.”
  3. BraveheartBlood and guts. Definitely a man movie.
  4. Dumb and Dumber – I love comedies and this one has to be at the top of that list. Harry and Lloyd on an epic adventure to reach Aspen, Colorado. I can quote nearly every line in this movie and was recently challenged by my friend Amber Henderson (also a Dumb & Dumber fan) that I couldn’t preach a sermon that had a Dumb and Dumber quote in it. It was easy enough that I did it the following Sunday evening. Here are two of my favorite quotes, We got no food, no jobs… our PET’S HEADS ARE FALLING OFF! and “I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this. I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver’s is full of it, man.”
  5. Field of Dreams – “Dad, you want to have a catch?” Enough said.
  6. Nacho Libre’Not sure what it was about this movie that appealed to me, but I loved it. I probably watched it a dozen times. I’ll never forget the baptism scene where Nacho is worried about the salvation of his friend, so he takes it on himself to give him a sniper baptism. That still makes me laugh today. (Watch it here)
  7. Tombstone“I’ll be your huckleberry.” I had to have at least one Western on my list.
  8. Troy – Why did I like the movie Troy? One word baby, “Testosterone!”
  9. Star Wars Movies – I loved all of the six Star Wars movies and their amazing sound effects. My friend Ryan is also a Star Wars fan and I quoted him this line from one of the Star Wars movies. He can’t remember it, can you? “Hey, want to buy some deathsticks?”
  10. Gladiator – I probably like this movie better than Braveheart and Troy. Gladiator had a great villain you loved to hate (Joaquin Phoenix).

So, what are your Top 10 favorite movies?

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  1. blogprophet says:

    wow, my list would match up a lot

    field of dreams

    are def in my top 5

  2. Chris Gallagher says:

    OK, here is mine:

    – The Untouchables

    – BackDraft

    – The Christmas Child (A must see)

    – Tombstone (yes, for the huckleberry quote)

    – Shrek

    – A Walk To Remember (one of the first I saw after my heat problems)

    – Daddy Day Care

    – The Old Star Wars (a Must)

    – Cars

    – National Treasure

    – I would add to my list: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Black Hawk Down, Pursuit of Happiness, Superman. How is that for a chaotic mix.

  3. nick gill says:

    Star Wars (Original)

    Saving Private Ryan


    Lord of the Rings

    The Thin Man (look it up!)

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Last of the Mohicans



    The Apartment

    I’m not sure if this is a definitive Top 10, but it is pretty close.

  4. Ryan Mills says:

    hey trey, i remembered it once you said it was from 5. i kept thinking the first three. i got stumped on star wars – unheard of.

  5. Maria says:

    Great list there Trey. Here are some of my faves:

    Sense & Sensibility-love is patient

    Awakenings -so much of it is gospel like

    A walk to Remember-how others make us want to be a better person

    Gladiator- Russel Crowe, enough said, love the accent

    Steal Magnolias-tough times call for tough women

    Schindler's List- what love will convict us to do

    Les Miserables- a story of redemption & forgiveness =) #1

    All of the Lord of the Rings-the spiritual battle we fight everyday

    As good as it gets-how some are sent to rescue us from ourselves

    Shrek-My hero movie!

    I could go on & on, but these are but a few that come to mind.

    (Maybe Nacho Libre will make the cut? who knows =))

  6. Joshua Tucker says:

    The Last Samurai.

    That’s my list, 1 – 10. Tom Cruise is usually lame, but this movie is downright amazing.

  7. JD says:

    In no particular order:



    Rear Window

    The Others

    The Sixth Sense

    The Magnificent Seven

    Star Wars (any of them)

    The Search for the Holy Grail (Monty Python)

    Blazing Saddles

    Young Frankenstein

  8. That Girl says:

    I LOVE Shawshank Redemption and I like Field of Dreams. Mr. Riley can quote all the dialog from Dumb and Dumber.

    My fav might be Shawshank but there are a couple of chick flicks after that. Don’t you just LOVE Pretty Woman? :)

  9. TREY MORGAN says:

    Blogman – I’m glad you’re not picking on me today :)

    Chris – Untouchables were awesome, but I’ve never seen “The Christmas Child.” I’ll have to check it out. Oh, and National Treasure … yea, def a top 10.

    Nick – Never heard of the Thin Man and yes, Mohicans rocked!

    Ryan – I’ve got the funniest story about that quote. Me and my two oldest boys (Taylor and Parker) were talking one night at camp when a little (probably 11 y.o.) camper walked past us on his way to his cabin. Out of know where, one of my boys whispers quietly over to the kid, “Hey kid, wanna buy some death sticks?” The kid stops in his tracks, turns and looks at us and says perfectly, “You don’t want to sell me any death sticks. You want to go home and rethink your life.” And he walked off. I have no idea who the kid was, but he knew his Star Wars. We laughed all weekend about that.

    Maria – Shrek … amen Sister!

    Joshua – Last Samurai. Hum, I might have to check it out. I honestly can say I probably turned my nose up at it a little early just because of Tom Cruise.

    JD – Blazing Saddles! You are a man after my own heart.

  10. cwinwc says:

    1. Christmas Vacation. This is a Christmas Eve tradition at our home which usually includes 2 laughs per punchline. The first one when most of us say the line prior to the line being said, The 2nd one when the line is actually said on the movie. Makes me want to yell, “Squirrel!”

    2. The Hunt for Red October. You must be a (what ever the Russian word is) “buckeroo” to enjoy it.

    3. Field of Dreams. If you play it, they will come.

    4. The Green Mile. “Walking the mile, walking the mile.”

    5. Dumb and Dumber! You’re from Austria? Well “put another shimp on the bar-be,” “Good-day mate.”

    6. Stripes. “You touch my stuff, I kill ya. You touch me, I kill ya. You call me Francis, I kill ya.”

    7. Patton. “George, you’re a pain in the neck.”

    8. The Shawshank Redemption. Hopefully this isn’t a sign that I’m “institutionalized.”

    9. Blazing Saddles. “Telegram for Mongo.”

    10. We Are Marshall. Made me want to go there.

  11. Larissa says:

    I don’t know if I can come up with 10…but I’ll try.

    1. Dumb and Dumber…favorite comedy ever. It just never gets old! “Big gulps, huh?” :)

    2. Crash

    3. Christmas Vacation

    4. Vacation (the first one)

    5. Legally Blonde

    6. Napoleon Dynamite

    7. Juno

    8. American Beauty

    9. Moulin Rouge

    10. The Breakfast Club

  12. chrisclouse says:


    Great list… As I stated on my blog, The Shawshank Redemption is my all time favorite…

    But, I have to admit that I am a little disappointed that I didn’t see Fried Green Tomatoes anywhere on any list… come on???

  13. Mike says:

    These lists are hard because it’s easy for me to forget the old with all the new. Or remember the old in a better light than I would view it today.

    Here’s what I came up with (in no particular order)

    1. Star Wars – ANH
    2. Shawshank Redemption
    3. The Matrix
    4. The Last Samurai
    5. Hitch
    6. August Rush
    7. Crash
    8. LOTR – Return of the King
    9. Meet the Parents
    10. Stand By Me

  14. Maria says:

    At Chris,
    How could I have forgotten, total tear jerker. Love it when Twunda went on the Bug-bangin rampage! Too kool & scary, it could happen, them hormones can get edgy =) This movie inspired me to go fry some green tomaters.

  15. Marlo B. says:

    Hmm there are so many but here are a few…

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    When Harry Met Sally
    Star Wars I II and III
    Indianna Jones I II and III
    LOTR Trilogy
    The Breakfast Club
    Top Gun
    The Godfather I and II

  16. DJG says:

    I love
    Field of Dreams
    Star Wars (any of them)
    Gladiator &
    (I may not have put them in my top 10 but I will humor you)

    6 Days and 7 Nights (my chick flick)
    All James Bond Movies(the newest one is best)
    Stripes (a Classic)
    and any Mel Brooks movie!

  17. Haley says:

    Good choices with Shawshank, Dumb and Dumber, and Tombstone (we use to watch that one a lot; along with Shawshank) It’s hard now because I’ve some of these on VHS but need to purchase them on DVD.

    On my list of movies to watch over and over again are
    Dirty Dancing
    Pretty Woman
    Cool Runnings
    Big Fish (amazing movie)

  18. TREY MORGAN says:

    Cwinwc – Christmas Vacation is my all time favorite Christmas movie. We sit down and watch it every year. And the Green Mile, oh yea, I loved that one too.

    Larissa – You handled 10 just fine. Napoleon Dynamite was a big hit at our house.

    Chris – I remember you saying Shawshank was your favorite. And you and MARIA are saying … it’s tough for me to come up with too many chick flicks. Never seen Fried Green Tomatoes or The Notebook. I did watch Message in a Bottle when I was sick once. Kind of liked it, but I blamed that on the sickness :)

    Larry Bob – Open Range and Dancing with the Wolves were awesome!!!

    Marlo – Where you been? :) Indiana Jones movies are great!!!

    Donna – Thanks for humoring me! Not bad movies for a Jr. fan 😉

    Haley – I haven’t seen Cool Runnings in forever. But Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman? Haley, we’ve got to have a talk 😉

  19. Mrs. Terrazas says:

    Im surprised that the movie 300 (LOTS of blood and guts, if you haven’t yet seen it Im sure you will love it lol), Lord of the rings (every guy at our church loves them, and I have to say when I watched all of them (only because I was sick at home so much when I was pregnant I had watched every other movie in the house) I love them too :), and completely not a man’s movie but funny and has some strong biblical influence Even all mighty

  20. Terry says:

    I’m with you on “Dumb and Dumber.” Until the Lord of the Rings trilogy came out, I always told people that it was my favorite movie, to my wife’s embarrassment. It moved to #2 after the LOTR trilogy, to my wife’s relief. (By the way, I’ve seen the movie at least 20 times, but that’s not exactly the way I remember the John Denver line:)

  21. Trace says:

    Loved your list! Mine would include:

    Tommy Boy – Chris Farley at his best.

    Office Space – If you’ve ever sat in a cubicle, you can relate!

    The Christmas Story – “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

    Gladiator – “My name is Gladiator.”

    The Passion of the Christ – I’ve only seen it once. In fact the DVD is still shrink wrapped and placed neatly on the shelf. Still can’t bring myself to watch it again, although the images from the movie are still fresh in my mind.

  22. NB says:

    ~Dead Poets Society
    ~The Green Mile
    ~Shawshank Redemption
    ~Forrest Gump
    ~Rain Man
    ~Dirty Dancing
    ~The Breakfast Club

  23. Phil says:

    My current Top Ten:

    1. Star Wars (the original)
    2. Local Hero
    3. Gregory’s Girl
    4. The Princess Bride
    5. The Sting
    6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    7. The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh
    8. Castaway
    9. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
    10. Titanic

  24. Odgie says:

    In no particular order:

    L.A. Confidential
    The Usual Suspects
    Shawshank Redemption
    The Cowboys
    The Dirty Dozen
    Stand By Me
    The Apostle
    The Killer

  25. lisa foreman says:

    in no particular order – with quotes:

    O Brother, Where Art Thou
    (how’s my hair?)
    (it’s not the dress, it’s the way you see me)
    (with great power comes great responsibility)
    The Muppet Christmas Carol
    (light the lamp, not the rat)
    Searching for Bobby Fisher
    (my son has a gift)
    Mr. Holand’s Opus
    (I want to talk to my son)
    Men In Black
    (did you ever flashy-thing me?)
    (you sit on a throne of lies)
    I, Robot
    (you’re the dumbest smart person I know)
    Iron Man
    (yeah. I can fly)

  26. lisa foreman says:

    this makes eleven, but I can’t believe I left it off

    The Truman Show
    (cue the sun)

  27. preacherman says:

    Pulp Fiction
    Office Space
    Usual Suspects
    Fight Club
    Did I mention Fight Club. :-)

  28. Mike says:

    Gladiator was very well historically researched. It is one of my favorites too.

    I love King Arthur with Clive Owen.

  29. Jen says:

    In no particular order…

    Steel Magnolias
    Hope Floats
    Dead Poets Society
    Gone With the Wind
    National Treasure
    The Cowboys (and any other John Wayne movie)
    Christmas Vacation
    Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

  30. mike says:

    Heh, every time I check back in here to look at other people’s lists, you guys make me re-evaluate my own. Some great movies listed here!

  31. doug young says:

    LOTR: The Return of the King
    LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
    LOTR: The Two Towers
    The Last Samurai
    The Pursuit of Happiness
    Pride and Prejudice
    Reign of Fire
    Anna and the King
    Wyatt Earp

  32. Brie says:

    Hrm. Kyle would probably be better at this than me. He’s got a million favorite movies. But, in no particular order order, here we go:

    Charade (Audrey Hepburn+Cary Grant+ are you sure this isn’t a Hitchcock movie=lurve)

    Apollo 13 (Dad took me to see this for my 16th birthday. I heart being a nerd.)

    Amistad (Still gives me the heebie-jeebies for some parts)

    Patch Adams

    Father Goose

    From the Earth to the Moon (technically a miniseries, but I’m counting it anyway)

    Dead Poet’s Society (Agricola, argicolarum.)

    You’ve Got Mail (so that I can say I have a chick flick. And therefore SOME estrogen.)

    The American President (hey, look, another chick flick! But with politics!)

    Arsenic and Old Lace (Chaaaaaaaaaaaarge! And Boris Karloff playing the brother whose plastic surgery went wrong, leaving him looking like Boris Karloff- priceless.)

  33. Brittany says:

    Ooohhh! I happen to know the Star Wars quote! My little brother was obsessed with Star Wars there for a little while. It is in Attack of the Clones, in the night club. Some weird alien guy is trying to sell Obi Wan death sticks.
    I didn’t like Troy because they messed up the legend and made Paris into a whining, bratty prince.
    The Pirates of the Caribbean movies are the best!

  34. Robert Lukenbill says:

    Tombstone is on the top of my list…very top.

    All the star wars movies

    All the Pirate of the Caribbean movies.

    I love any comedy with Chris Farley in it…that guy was a riot and he was pretty clean too!

    and of course, what guy doesn’t like Dumb and Dumber…that movie rocks…do you remember Petee?

  35. Mulled Vine says:

    Shawshank Redemption
    Star Wars

    are on my list too.

    Finding Nemo is a fave too.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this awesome list.

    This is good top movies list too

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