My Top Movies and TV Shows

This post provides a list of my favourite movies/TV programmes. It is based on the ratings that I have given them on IMDb. Given that IMDb hasn’t been around as long as I have, I suspect that there are many titles that I have forgotten to add – they may get added in due course.

I have not tried to rank them within the two bands (those rated “10” and “9”) – I think it gets to a point where that’s not possible as it depends so much on your mood on the day, so mostly it is an alphabetical list. Also, TV series are particularly difficult to rate/rank as there are always certain episodes which are “better” or “worse” than others.

Of course, none of this is absolute either – the ratings are just according to my tastes and we all have very different views on these things. Also, I’m not suggesting that any of these titles are without their faults – many make their way onto the list purely for the entertainment value or due to nostalgia.

The table shows the IMDb score, the title with a link to the movie/TV programme on IMDb, and then, if there are any, any posts I have done related to that title.

JawsBook Review: “Jaws” by Peter Benchley, Contents Tourism – Jaws/Martha’s Vineyard, Favourite Photos: Where’s Chrissie?, “The Shark is Broken” Review: One of the Greatest Movies spawns One of the Greatest Plays
RobocopNostalgia and Movies: Robocop
RushBook Review: “To Hell and Back” by Niki Lauda
The West Wing
Titanic“Titanic” – The Greatest Disaster Movie?
Top Gun Maverick
ZuluContents Tourism – Zulu
24Writing novels – finding time and setting challenges
Apollo 13
Back to the Future
Big Hero 6
Bohemian Rhapsody
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Death in Paradise
Doctor Who
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Ghosts (TV series)
Hadashi-no-Gen (2007)Preferring Live Action over Anime – Hadashi-no-Gen
Hidden Figures
Hiroshima (2005)In the Shadow of the Mushroom Cloud: 75 Years since the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “The Shark is Broken” Review: One of the Greatest Movies spawns One of the Greatest Plays
It’s a Sin
Kuraimazu Hai (2008)Climber’s High
Kuroi Ame (Black Rain)Kuroi Ame (Black Rain)” – The Best Movie about the Bombing of Hiroshima
Madam Secretary
Night BombersThe Avro Lancaster
Rogue OneContents Tourism – Star Wars Planes
Shizumanu Taiyo (2016)Shizumanu Taiyō” – Japan’s Best Disaster Narrative
Special Bulletin“Special Bulletin”, “Special Bulletin” – A Special TV Movie that Needs a Remake
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Picard
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New HopeContents Tourism – Star Wars Planes
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes BackContents Tourism – Star Wars Planes
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force AwakensContents Tourism – Star Wars Planes
Terminator 2: Judgment Day“The Shark is Broken” Review: One of the Greatest Movies spawns One of the Greatest Plays, Photographing Planes at Miyazaki Airport
The Full Monty
The Negotiator
The Terminal
The Man with the Golden GunContents Tourism – James Bond island and Phuket, Book Review: “Christopher Lee – Tall, Dark and Gruesome”
Threads“Threads” – A Terrifyingly Believable Disaster Movie
Top Gun
Tsubaki Sanjuro (1962)
Under SiegeContents Tourism – USS Missouri, ‘the Mighty Mo’
When They See Us
You Only Live TwiceContents Tourism – Akime, Contents Tourism – Himeji, Contents Tourism – The New Otani Hotel, The BOAC Flight 911 Memorial

Update (7 February 2022): Special Bulletin and Borgen added to list.

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