My Top 100 Movies of My Youth (1979-1999)

A few years back I made a list of everything I’ve loved since the turn of the millennium. I bet that list would look quite different now, what with new additions and certain movies shifting position on rewatch. Here is a Top 100 a little more (yet not completely) set in stone – the movies of my childhood and teen years. Sure, a few have been discovered since 1999 and others appreciated even more as I have matured. Yet nearly all I can remember at which of three cinemas I saw them in, or local videoshop I rented them from first, many were watched with that interruptive News At 10 in the middle of their broadcast or discovered on Moviedrome . And while it is not a list entirely fueled by nostalgia… it is fair to say, given the rankings and my predisposed inclinations to Eighties & Nineties Hollywood, long term love affairs often give many of the movies listed here their unbeatable edge.
  1. True Romance (1993)
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  3. Miller’s Crossing (1990)
  4. Alien (1979)
  5. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
  6. The Terminator (1984)
  7. Se7en (1995)
  8. The Shining (1980)
  9. Dazed and Confused (1993)
  10. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  11. An American Werewolf In London (1981)
  12. Die Hard (1988)
  13. The Warriors (1979)
  14. Léon: The Professional (1994)
  15. John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)
  16. Say Anything… (1989)
  17. Aliens (1986)
  18. Goodfellas (1990)
  19. Dances With Wolves (1990)
  20. Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
  21. Trainspotting (1996)
  22. Back To The Future (1985)
  23. Toy Story (1995)
  24. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  25. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
  26. Manhunter (1986)
  27. Before Sunrise (1995)
  28. Good Will Hunting (1997)
  29. Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
  30. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  31. Trading Places (1983)
  32. Ghostbusters (1984)
  33. Mad Max (1979)
  34. 48 Hrs. (1982)
  35. Blade Runner (1982)
  36. Quick Change (1990)
  37. Election (1999)
  38. Speed (1994)
  39. Do The Right Thing (1989)
  40. Lethal Weapon (1987)
  41. Out of Sight (1998)
  42. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
  43. Rushmore (1998)
  44. The Hudsucker Proxy (1993)
  45. Shallow Grave (1994)
  46. Clerks (1994)
  47. Groundhog Day (1993)
  48. Ringu (1998)
  49. White Men Can’t Jump (1992)
  50. Falling Down (1993)
  51. Batman Returns (1992)
  52. The Usual Suspects (1995)
  53. The Abyss: Special Edition (1989)
  54. Batman (1989)
  55. The Big Lebowski (1998)
  56. The Killer (1989)
  57. The Paper (1994)
  58. Predator (1987)
  59. Ed Wood (1994)
  60. Robocop (1987)
  61. The Untouchables (1987)
  62. Raging Bull (1980)
  63. Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom (1984)
  64. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  65. Field Of Dreams (1989)
  66. Jerry Maguire (1996)
  67. Fearless (1993)
  68. Twin Peaks: Northwest Passage (1989)
  69. Funny Games (1997)
  70. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
  71. Fletch (1985)
  72. The Truman Show (1998)
  73. Scream (1996)
  74. Beautiful Girls (1996)
  75. JFK (1991)
  76. The Last Boy Scout (1992)
  77. South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut (1999)
  78. Fight Club (1999)
  79. Point Break (1991)
  80. Alien³ Assembly Cut (1992)
  81. Kingpin (1996)
  82. The Fugitive (1993)
  83. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
  84. Stand By Me (1986)
  85. William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)
  86. Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi (1983)
  87. Blue Velvet (1986)
  88. The Color Of Money (1986)
  89. Hana-Bi (1997)
  90. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
  91. Gallipoli (1981)
  92. Three Kings (1999)
  93. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  94. Dead Calm (1989)
  95. Schindler’s List (1993)
  96. Ridicule (1996)
  97. Withnail & I (1987)
  98. Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)
  99. Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
  100. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Check out my wife Natalie’s Point Horror blog https://cornsyrup.co.uk

We also do a podcast together called The Worst Movies We Own. It is available on Spotify or here https://letterboxd.com/bobbycarroll/list/the-worst-movies-we-own-podcast-ranking-and/

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