A borderline impossible lineup to create. The legend has been churning out gems since the late 60s. I don’t want to be controversial and hurt anyone’s feelings so I am going to be as fair and non-biased as possible. Arguably my favorite of them all, The Last Waltz, I am choosing to leave off of my list because it isn’t a traditional movie it is a documentary and live concert. But from my forehead down to my pinky toes, Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson are absolute legends. I can watch that documentary/live convert over and over and over again. Here goes nothing:
#1 Goodfellas I would love to entertain and debate anyone who believed this film doesn’t deserve to be number 1. Violence, comedy, gangsters, the Lufthansa Heist and so much more. What do you mean funny? Funny How? What am I a clown? Am I here to amuse you. Henry Hill and Jimmy the Gent Conway are brilliant in this film. One of Deniro’s best. The scene when the guitar solo to Layla comes on and they show all the dead bodies gives me the chills.
#2 Raging Bull Another Deniro classic and in my eyes the best sports movie of all time. Black and white, this stunner keeps you on the edge of your seat for all 129 minutes. That is, ofcourse if you are lazy and choose to watch slouched back on the couch while shoveling buttered popcorn down your throat. Mafia plus sports equals number 2 on the all star lineup.
#3 The Departed The Boston accents, the stellar hall of fame cast consisting of Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and others combined with the epic rat infested plot puts this at 3. The intro to the movie comes in almost halfway through when DiCaprio is doing dips in his jail cell. It is a movie that each time you watch it, you learn something new about the plot. Phenomenally fantastic.
#4 Casino No need for a description. If you haven’t seen it, do so immediately.
#5 Wolf of Wall Street The boobies, money, drugs and rise and fall of that scum bag shithead makes the film make the lineup. I am in the minority here when I say Jonah Hill in that movie makes me want to knock his teeth in with that fucking voice but apparently people loved him in the movie. The lunch scene with McConnahay or however you spell his last name is pure and utter gold.
Honorable mention Taxi Driver, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York, Aviator and Mean Streets.