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Friday, March 02, 2007

My Top 20 movies...

Since RealTick kept me from trading today, I decided to build on one of my answers from the interview I did with Victoria last month.

It is hard to name your "favorite" movie, as most of us have many favorites that span different genres and decades. So, I put together my Top 20 list for those of you interested.

I would like to see what some of my fellow bloggers list as their Top 20 - how about it Estocastica, Jamie, and Mike?

Here are my top 20 in no particular order (actually 19 - I still need to add one more...any suggestions?):

> Heat
> Collateral
> Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
> Reservoir Dogs
> Saving Private Ryan
> Die Hard
> Gladiator
> Back to the Future
> There's Something About Mary
> Blow
> Goodfellas
> Pirates of the Caribbean
> Spider-Man
> The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
> A Few Good Men
> Pulp Fiction
> The Sixth Sense
> Good Will Hunting
> Vanilla Sky

edit - candidates for #20:
> Glengarry Glen Ross
> Boiler Room
> Casino
> The Shawshank Redemption
> Raising Arizona
> Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
> Caddyshack
> Raiders of the Lost Ark
> The Matrix



Anonymous said...

What about The Godfather?

On another note, I watched The Secret and read The T.A.D. Principle this week. Great stuff. I am going to work on the T.A.D. exercises this weekend and really put things into place. I feel like I could take on the world!!!

Thanks for a great blog.

Anonymous said...


Trader-X said...

Jerry - glad to hear that you got somehting from it!

Don't know about The Godfather!

Craig - no to Porky's, though it is entertaining.

I was thinking Caddyshack - great movie.

TJ said...

We have some common favorites, Scorsese, Mann, and Tarantino. Good idea, I'll put a list together this weekend.

Trader-X said...

Cool. Yes, a few more Scorsese's barely missed the cut...

Anonymous said...

Did you forget the instant classic Little Man?

esto said...

I vote for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?." To be a proper top 20 movie list, it has to include at least one Coen brother film. For me, it was a toss up between "O Brother" and "The Big Lebowski." It was a tough decision, but the soundtrack of "O Brother" places it just ahead of "The Dude."

I'll list my top 20 this weekend.

QQQBall said...

lawrence of arabia
sound of music
shakespeare in love
notting hill
good fellows
apocolypse now?

i would never vote for pirates of the caribe - come on X!

Anonymous said...

It's GoodFellas, not Good Fellows! And he listed it.

Trader-X said...

The first Pirates was great...a very entertaining movie. Johnny Depp is brilliant, and should have won an Oscar.

The second one not as good...

Anonymous said...

Great list!

Anonymous said...

Quite a mix of movies dude.

OONR7 said...

Resevoir Dogs... amazing. Hated Vanilla Sky for 3/4 of the movie then I ended up loving it.

Good picks.

Anonymous said...

is this top 20 all time or, like, top 20 after 5 beers at the old fraternity house?

Trader-X said...

As the title says, my top 20 movies.

And I was never in a fraternity.

Anonymous said...


How can you not have that movie on there? Robert De niro

Anonymous said...

if u haven't checked out The Prestige, take a look...its definitely on my top 20 list

Trader-X said...

john, I actually have that in my Netflix queue for next week - The Prestige and Borat!

Also worthy of Top 20 consideration - Garden State.

Joao Henrique said...


Here is my small contribution:

American History X
As good as it gets
Blade Runner
Conspiracy Theory
Devil's advocate, The
Enemy at the Gates
Fight Club
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler's List
Star Wars Trilogy
The Godfather Trilogy
The Last Samurai
The Lord of the Rings
The Matrix
The Pianist
The Silence of the Lambs
The Usual Suspects

Anonymous said...

If I may, just let me say this about Heat. I love this film, but Mann took it to its perfect ending...and then he kept going. The true ending occurs outside the hotel after Neil has dispatched Waingro, as he reaches the car and looks one last time at Eady and then walks past her. "Don't let yourself get attached to anything in your life that you cannot walk out on in 30 seconds if you feel the heat coming around the corner". Neil understands the discipline that is required and he adheres to it, losing his only chance at redemption. And then? The film careens into a lengthy and rather mundane chase wherein Neil is taken down by the overwrought burnout case with the failing marriage. Huh? Will somebody explain that to me?

Trader-X said...

joao, you have several that almost made my list:

American History X
Blade Runner
Fight Club
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Last Samurai
The Matrix
The Usual Suspects

Anonymous said...

Garden State was a good movie.

Anonymous said...

And for the love of all that is right and good, X, put "Brick" at the top of your Netflix queue. After your 2nd or 3rd viewing, when Brick is in your top 5, you may paypal me an appropriate donation.

Trader-X said...

Brick looks interesting.

OK all of you anons - start posting with names. Make them up if you have to...I have been relaxing the rules but will once again delete anonymous comments.

Anonymous said...

Here are my top 20. Probably a few that no one else is going to list, lol.

Shawshank Redemption
The Outlaw Josie Wales
2001 a Space Odyssey
Dances with Wolves
Conspiracy Theory
The Sixth Sense
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Love and Death
True Lies
Time Machine (the original)
War of the Worlds (the original)
Dirty Harry
Remember the Titans
Good Will Hunting

I know, I cheated, I listed 21.

Anonymous said...

2001 a Space Odyssey? I hated that movie!!!

Anonymous said...

That is why I said there would be some on my list that no one else would have, lol. I loved HAL in that movie. It came out while I was growning up and I wanted to be a scientist/engineer, which I did become.

Anonymous said...

I am the chart troll responsible for the three anonymous remarks.

My name is clue and these are my top 5:

Ghost Dog
In the Mood for Love
Night of the Iguana
Three Days of the Condor

I could flesh out the list with "penis stuck in zipper" comedy classics and Bruce Willis blockbusters but they have already received their richly deserved recognition.

Thanks for your blog, X, and for your efforts to define good trading.

Anonymous said...

Dude, how is it possible that no one has mentioned 'Old School'??? It's an egregious omission from any top 10 list.

Trader-X said...

Old School was funny...his best all around movie. But that fight scene in Anchorman is brilliant!

Clue - Ghost Dog, I love Forest Whitaker. He was also great in The Shield, and I can't wait to see him play Idi Amin.

Go make some good trades today everyone.

QQQBall said...

Whittaker should have won an Oscar for "Bird", that was an awesome performance.

went to see "Lives of Others" or something like that yesterday... very, very good film.

anon is correct about "Heat"- that was almost a good movie, except it has val kilmer who ruins any move. he even messed up "The Saint" with his over-acting, but w/ elizabeth shue, it was still almost watchable.

ill add "Rounders" to my list - great flix

Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone suggested Wall Street.