84. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Save for a short period of time in my youth when I genuinely enjoyed “The Sound of Music”, musical films have never been my favourite way to pass the time. Something about them just doesn’t really connect with me. I can understand why so many other people enjoy them and fully congratulate them for this ability, but movie musicals just aren’t for me. Having said that, there is the occasional moment or film where I do find musical numbers endearing. Mostly this happens in comedies that are self-reflexive to the type of performance they are putting on, and their musical numbers end up parodying the musical genre, more than actually taking part in it. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to call “Singin in the Rain” one of these type of films, but that doesn’t stop it from being completely entertaining. It’s the colour and the design of the film that speaks to me more than anything else. Even as I’m writing this, I’m having trouble coming up with the title to even one of its musical numbers, short of its titular track. But the images of the pink scarf and Gene Kelly dancing in the thick rain, (much of which was actually milk) stay with me. Add those moments to the fact that it is essentially a musical film parodying the silent film days, and you have a movie that anyone can enjoy.
83. Aliens (1986)
It’s an action movie with effective horror elements. It’s directed by James Cameron at the top of his game. It has a twelve-foot tall alien battling Sigourney Weaver inside of a mechanical robot. What more do you need to know? And why?
82. The Bicycle Thief (1948)
“The Bicycle Thief” is one of those movies that I’ve talked about elsewhere, so I’m not going to add much here, only going to reiterate how powerful this film is. If you don’t tear up at the end of this film, you’re not human.
81. The Matrix (1999)
“The Matrix” follows that tried and true Hollywood formula of a movie coming out of nowhere and blowing us all away with its inventiveness and thoughtfulness, only to far out stay its welcome with two lackluster sequels. But you can’t fault the original for being as good as it is. Without a doubt it is one of the most important films of the 1990’s, and one of the best action/sci-fi films of all time.
80. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Visually and thematically, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is one of the most impressive films I have ever seen. It’s the rare heartbreaking story that actually delivers on its intended message that hope can be found in even the bleakest of situations. The term “powerful” gets thrown around a lot in movie reviews and trailers, but very few movies deserve that moniker as much as this one does.