The top 10 films on Top 10 Films. Two years of lists & over 100 individual top 10s. But what films have featured most often? See below for the ultimate list.
One of my ideas when I first thought of setting up Top 10 Films was collating the number of top 10 lists a film appears on to aggregate the ultimate top 10. In other words, instead of struggling to think of my all-time best-of list, I’d let the top 10s I make over the years do the talking for me. So, as 2011 came to a close, and the site having passed its second birthday, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the films I’ve featured most in my top 10s. To make it more personal, I’ve only chosen films I’ve featured in my own lists as opposed to those written by the site’s contributors. I’ve also ignored some seasonal films such as Scrooged and Bad Santa which appear quite frequently thanks to several Christmas-themed lists.
So the following is a great overview of some of my favourite films. It is of course wholly informed by the themes, genres, actors, directors and time periods I’ve decided to throw into the top 10 mixer but looking at the films that appear most frequently I can safely say they are the films I have most affection for and would, without doubt, appear on an all-time list if I ever decided to tackle one.
The following list features the most talked about films on the site at the end of 2011. These films have featured on more top 10 lists than any others.
10. The Breakfast Club
An instant favourite, John Hughes’ seminal coming of age film from 1985 appears on three lists: No. 2 in American Coming of Age Films; No. 3 in Films Set in One Day; and No. 6 in Single Location Films
9. Wonder Boys
An underrated character study from director Curtis Hanson and starring Michael Douglas appears in three lists: No. 1 in Best Films of 2000; No. 6 in Best Film of the Decade (2000s); No. 9 in Male Adventures in Self Discovery
8. Withnail and I
Undoubtedly one of my favourite comedies of all time, Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann are brilliant as the eponymous Withnail and I. The film has appeared in three lists so far: No. 1 in British Comedy since 1980; No. 2 in Best Buddy Films; and No. 5 in Male Adventures in Self Discovery
7. 12 Angry Men
Sidney Lumet directs one of the greatest films ever made. The film is even more impressive given the single location setting and the nuanced approach to a fantastic ensemble cast. The film has appeared in three lists so far: No. 1 in Single Location; No. 1 in films set in one day; and No. 4 in films to see before film school
6. Stand By Me
Rob Reiner’s inspired tale of children on adventure is taken from Stephen King’s equally impressive novella. The film has so far appeared on four lists: No. 1 in American Coming of Age; No. 1 in 1980s Childhood Adventure Films; No. 2 in Stephen King Adaptations; and No. 2 in Films to make you happy
Sideways is my favourite film of the last decade and as such appears all over the site: No. 1 in Best Film of the decade (2000s); No. 1 in Best Films of 2004; No. 6 in Male Adventures in Self Discovery; plus Most Memorable Moment (2000s); Funniest Moment (2000s); and No. 4 in Best Character 2000s
4. There Will Be Blood
One of great films of the last few years, There Will Be Blood has rightly appeared many times on the site so far: No. 1 in Top Films of 2007; No. 2 in Best Film of the decade (2000s); No. 2 in Best First Ten Minutes (2000s); No. 2 Best Ending (2000s); and No. 2 and No. 4 Best Performance (2000s)
One of Steven Spielberg’s best films appears several times on Top 10 Films: No. 1 Best Family Film; No. 3 Best 80s Family Sci-Fi; No. 3 in 1980s Childhood Adventure Films; No. 4 in Steven Spielberg films; and No. 4 in Films to make you happy
Easily in my top ten films ever made, Ridley Scott’s Alien is about to get a prequel in the highly anticipated Prometheus. Obviously, I can’t wait but in the meantime I’m happy to lavish praise on the fire-starter: No. 1 in Science-Fiction Horror; No. 4 in Best Horror 1967-1979; No. 4 in Ridley Scott Films; No. 5 in Scariest Movie Scenes; No. 6 in Gory Film scenes; as well as Films beginning with ‘A’; and Top10Films Analysis: Alien and Feminism. Also check out my review.
An unsurprising number one – Jaws has been a favourite of mine since childhood. A timeless thrill ride that has been loved for generations: No. 2 in Steven Spielberg films; No. 1 in Scariest Movie Scenes; No. 1 in High-Concept; No. 3 in Best Horror 1967-1979; and No. 4 in Richard Dreyfuss films
Written and compiled by Daniel Stephens.
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