Time To Watch Some Movies!
There is nothing better than seeing a great film and wanting to share it with others – and thanks to the internet, we can do it all day long!
Ten Great Films That Begin With the letter “A”!
A terrific social media trend is going around where people share lists of their favorite films, A-Z. More on this in a moment.
But first, I decided to do it one letter at a time, so here we go – ten of my favorite movies that begin with the letter “A”!
10 – Animal House!
Yes, it is official “National Lampoon’s Animal House” but since this is arguably the funniest film ever made, I am going to go with the shortened title.
Check out the vintage trailer:
John Belushi showed that he could command the big screen, and togas were never funnier than in this hilariously profane look at college life…I suggest watching it as a double bill with “Old School” – here’s a bunch of fun trivia about the movie and the trailer as well:
From comedy to horror, this is also arguably the greatest film of its genre:
9 – Alien
The most shocking sci-fi horror film of all – with the greatest poster as well! So many reasons to love this movie, and this scene is certainly iconic, isn’t it?
What a way to introduce a new cast member! None of the subsequent films can measure up – remember, “Aliens” is an action film more than horror – and that shocking introduction of the aline will never be topped!
Now onto one of the most interesting psychological biographies about Hollywood I’ve ever seen:
8 – Auto Focus
Greg Kinnear is mesmerizing as Bob Crane, who shot to fame as the star of “Hogan’s Heroes” – but he was a, shall we say, FAN OF WOMEN?
Check out the trailer – a blend of Hollywood bio-pic and sleazy exploitation:
Bob Crane loved to film himself having sex with female fans, and sleazy sidekick Willem Dafoe had no problem being his cameraman! A fascinating character study directed by Paul Schrader, who wrote “Taxi Driver.”
This is based on a true story, while our next film is a fictionalized version of Cameron Crowe’s teenage years – writing for Rolling Stone!
7 – Almost Famous
Cameron Crowe released a director’s cut of this great film – with more funny scenes, context and music – a classic movie about rock’n’roll!
Read more about the film, and the girls who followed by band:
Now, here’s a movie that has one of cinema’s more iconic lines:
“No, YOU’RE Out Of Order!”
6 – “And Justice For All”
Al Pacino shows that he’s got a set of lungs and he’s not afraid to use them in this late 70’s courtroom drama.
Next up is one of my all-time favorite films: a masterpiece about the horror of war – and working with Marlon Brando:
5 – “Apocalypse Now”
Franci Ford Coppola went into the jungle and came back with this anti-war masterpiece. Yes, Brando was a nightmare to work with, but the ending of the film has even been parodied on “Seinfeld”, and Coppola’s wife even made a documentary about how the experience almost destroyed their life:
What a great double bill!
Next on the “A” list is a Best Picture winner from 1977- yes, it beat “Star Wars” – Woody Allen’s masterpiece:
4 – “Annie Hall”
Diane Keaton won Best Actress for her portrayal of the title character – a film full of humor, insight, and of course, a small bit with Christopher Walken that is classic:
“Annie Hall” is an example of a film that is perfection: every scene works. A more recent comedy also balanced serious and funny – thanks to a “career best” performance by Hugh Grant:
3 – “About A Boy”
“You could end up childless and alone!”
“Well, fingers crossed, YES.”
Check out the trailer:
Hugh Grant has said that this 2002 film is the closest to his “real life” persona – a guy who simply doesn’t want to connect with anyone for any length of time – until “a boy” enters his life in the best way…Chris Weitz directed this, and its a terrific film – funny, emotional, and inspiring.
Now, one of the greatest “growing up” films of all time – directed by a guy who went on to make an “outer space movie”:
2 – “American Graffiti”
“Where Were You In ’62?”
The trailer asks this simple question – check it out:
One night in central California, as a group of high school graduates try to determine their future – a classic “coming of age” film with a great cast, expertly directed by George Lucas, who used this success to convince 20th Century Fox to let him make his passion film “Star Wars”….
Finally, a brilliant movie that is as topical today for reasons we all know:
1 – “All The President’s Men”
The story of the downfall of President Richard Nixon – Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are terrific as the Reporter who won’t let the Watergate story fade away – even with overwhelming odds against them…a history lesson worth watching:
It’s one of a number of great political films, check them out here:
There you have it, ten great films that begin with the letter “A”!
Yes, so many left off: from “Anti-Christ” to “Anchorman”, “Airplane!” to “Anvil!”, but I had to choose a list – so let me know what yours are!
It all started with a great social media experiment – everyone posting their favorite movie lists from A-Z – here’s a look at it:
I loved taking part, and guess what – there’s another one that is just as fun!
My friend Beetley Pete has been doing a musical countdown to the alphabet – and here is the latest – the finger-snappin’ letter “N” – check his list out here:
I will be doing a music version as well – but for now, movies with an “A” are here to enjoy.
As you can see, we have so many to choose from, let me know your favorite “A” movie!
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