Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

How can a movie be so hopeful and heartbreaking at the same time? That’s the magic of this wholly unique and crowning achievement of Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman. This visceral romance uses quaint production design to bring to life a sci-fi concept that could’ve easily strayed from being used so simply. But instead, we get this intimate, raw portrait of love and all its ups and downs.

The film contains one of Jim Carrey‘s most reserved and spectacular performances, coupled with a stellar turn by Kate Winslet.¬†Their romance plays out in reverse, thanks to a recreation of Joel’s memories, complete with some incredible practical effects that give the film a quirky feel without going overboard. Despite the totally surreal setting of the mind and the sci-fi concept that drives it, Eternal Sunshine actually is one of the most realistic depictions of love and all that comes with it.

My favorite line: “I wish I’d stayed.”

4. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Adventure has a name, and it will always be Indiana Jones. This hero is a product of classic serials that came before him, but he’s since influenced an entire genre and inspired countless characters. Raiders of the Lost Ark is where the action adventure found new life, and it’s all thanks to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Harrison Ford. They crafted a story that was fun and thrilling, and it defined the modern blockbuster. That’s really all that needs to be said. You know why I love this movie so much.

My favorite line: “It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage.”

3. The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

Despite being the middle chapter of a trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back could actually work on its own without either the preceding or following movies. It throws audiences into a story in progress straightaway, but it also offers enough details to where we don’t need to know anything beforehand to follow it competently. It’s a true ensemble story, with our heroes spread¬†across the galaxy and dealing with one of the most threatening villains in cinema history. Our hero’s rushed training forces us to question his validity as a savior of the universe, and a harrowing twist throws everything that we thought we knew into upheaval. It’s a soap opera, but in the best way possible.

My favorite line: “Never tell me the odds.”

2. Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Not only is this the best film that Robert Zemeckis has directed (as I determined in my ranking of every film from the director’s career), but it’s also one of the best films ever made. Time travel is somehow made simple and even lighthearted by way of a flawless script and compelling characters. There are so many strange pieces to this cinematic puzzle that it’s a miracle that this movie even exists. It’s almost as if Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis each hit their head on a toilet and came up with this movie that has influenced cinema in countless ways.

My favorite line: “Chuck! Chuck, it’s Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Berry. You know that new sound you’re looking for? Well, listen to this!”

1. Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

They just don’t make movies like this anymore. Nowadays, writers seem to make their stories far too complicated, shoehorning in plot elements and story arcs where there don’t need to be any. All things considered, Ghostbusters is a fairly small-scale story, despite the fact that New York City is threatened by the unleashing of innumerable spooks and specters. We don’t need a rich history of Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) to understand their relationship. It all comes through in their interaction. And we don’t need a complicated plot device to get them into the business of busting ghosts. They’re just doing it for the money, and they become makeshift heroes in the process. Oh, and this movie is absolutely hilarious. Any movie that can be cool and funny is just fine by me.

My favorite line: “Yes, it’s true. This man has no dick.”

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