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Favourite "boy movies" - my top-150!!
12. Sep 2004 at 18:41
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Forgive me. I'm a compulsive list-maker.

Order based on combination of (a) quality and quantity of boy content and (b) my appreciation of the movie overall. Order would be completely different if I was rating them only on either one of these two criteria.

1. [b]My Life as a Dog[/b] (1985)
2. [b]Je suis le seigneur du château[/b] (1989)
3. [b]Searching for Bobby Fischer[/b] (1993)
4. [b]L.I.E. [/b] (2001)
5. [b]Léolo[/b] (1992)
6. [b]Stand by Me [/b] (1986)
7. [b]Abandoned[/b] (2001)
8. [b]Au revoir les enfants[/b] (1987)
9. [b]Pelle the Conqueror [/b] (1987)
10. [b]400 coups, Les [/b] (1959)
11. [b]Rushmore[/b] (1998)
12. [b]Artificial Intelligence[/b] (2001)
13. [b]Billy Elliot[/b] (2000)
14. [b]Château de ma mère, Le [/b] (1990)
15. [b]Gloire de mon père, La[/b] (1990)
16. [b]Machuca [/b] (2004)
17. [b]Dear Frankie[/b] (2004)
18. [b]My Dog Skip [/b] (2000)
19. [b]Perfect World, A[/b] (1993)
20. [b]About a Boy[/b] (2002)
21. [b]Central Station[/b] (1998)
22. [b]War, The[/b] (1994)
23. [b]Little Man Tate [/b] (1991)
24. [b]Sixth Sense, The[/b] (1999)
25. [b]My Girl[/b] (1991)
26. [b]Terminator 2: Judgment Day [/b] (1991)
27. [b]Souffle au coeur, Le [/b] (1971)
28. [b]Reflecting Skin, The [/b] (1990)
29. [b]Ratcatcher[/b] (1999)
30. [b]King of the Hill[/b] (1993)
31. [b]Ivan’s Childhood [/b] (1962)
32. [b]Cross My Heart and Hope to Die[/b] (1994)
33. [b]Flower & Garnet[/b] (2002)
34. [b]Vipère au poing [/b] (2004)
35. [b]Vie devant soi, La [/b] (1977)
36. [b]Devil’s Backbone [/b] (2001)
37. [b]Classe de neige, La [/b] (1998)
38. [b]Peter Pan[/b] (2003)
39. [b]Ring, The[/b] (2002)
40. [b]Slums of Beverly Hills[/b] (1998)
41. [b]The Shining[/b] (1980)
42. [b]Kolya[/b] (1996)
43. [b]1900 [/b] (1976)
44. [b]Tin Drum, The [/b] (1979)
45. [b]Ma vie en rose [/b] (1997)
46. [b]Empire of the Sun[/b] (1987)
47. [b]Butcher Boy, The [/b] (1997)
48. [b]I’m Not Scared (2003) [/b]
49. [b]Grand chemin, Le [/b] (1987)
50. [b]Road to Perdition[/b] (2002)
51. [b]Small Faces[/b] (1996)
52. [b]Lovers of the Arctic Circle[/b] (1998)
53. [b]E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial [/b] (1982)
54. [b]Joe the King [/b] (1999)
55. [b]Dutch [/b] (1991)
56. [b]Mighty, The [/b] (1998)
57. [b]Thief, The [/b] (1997)
58. [b]Happiness[/b] (1998)
59. [b]Malèna[/b] (2000)
60. [b]Slingshot, The[/b] (1993)
61. [b]Elementary School, The[/b] (1991)
62. [b]Fracture du myocarde, La [/b] (1990)
63. [b]Europa Europa[/b] (1990)
64. [b]Motorama[/b] (1991)
65. [b]Good Son, The[/b] (1993)
66. [b]Sling Blade[/b] (1996)
67. [b]Simon Birch[/b] (1998)
68. [b]Black Stallion, The [/b] (1979)
69. [b]Cinema Paradiso[/b] (1989)
70. [b]Unstrung Heroes [/b] (1995)
71. [b]Together [/b] (2002)
72. [b]Sous-sol [/b] (1996)
73. [b]3000 Miles to Graceland [/b] (2001)
74. [b]Almost Famous[/b] (2000)
75. [b]Igby Goes Down[/b] (2002)
76. [b]Cold Light [/b] (2004)
77. [b]Full Monty, The [/b] (1997)
78. [b]Broken Wings[/b] (2002)
79. [b]Sunday’s Children[/b] (1992)
80. [b]Signs[/b] (2002)
81. [b]Paradise [/b] (1991)
82. [b]Ville dont le prince est un enfant, La [/b] (1997)
83. [b]Soleil[/b] (1997)
84. [b]Neverending Story[/b] (1984)
85. [b]Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets[/b] (2002)
86. [b]Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone[/b] (2001)
87. [b]Lord of the Flies[/b] (1963)
88. [b]Edges of the Lord [/b] (2001)
89. [b]Hearts in Atlantis [/b] (2001)
90. [b]Two Summers[/b] (2002)
91. [b]Cider House Rules, The [/b] (1999)
92. [b]Boys of St. Vincent, The [/b] (1992)
93. [b]Rambling Rose[/b] (1991)
94. [b]Client, The[/b] (1994)
95. [b]Love that Boy[/b] (2003)
96. [b]Crazy in Alabama [/b] (1999)
97. [b]Sang du renard, Le[/b] (1996)
98. [b]Hours, The[/b] (2002)
99. [b]North[/b] (1994)
100. [b]Welcome to the Dollhouse[/b] (1995)
101. [b]Toto le héros[/b] (1991)
102. [b]Boy’s Summer in 1945, A[/b] (2002)
103. [b]Just Looking[/b] (1999)
104. [b]Liam [/b] (2000)
105. [b]Kids[/b] (1995)
106. [b]Lord of the Flies [/b] (1990)
107. [b]Flight of the Innocent[/b] (1993)
108. [b]Battle of Algiers, The[/b] (1965)
109. [b]Avalon [/b] (1990)
110. [b]River Wild, The [/b] (1994)
111. [b]Love Actually[/b] (2003)
112. [b]Freeze, Die, Come to Life [/b] (1989)
113. [b]Home Alone [/b] (1990)
114. [b]Home Alone 2: Lost in New York [/b] (1992)
115. [b]Christmas Story, A[/b] (1983)
116. [b]Others, The[/b] (2991)
117. [b]Enemy at the Gates[/b] (2001)
118. [b]Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore [/b] (1974)
119. [b]You Can Count on Me [/b] (2000)
120. [b]What Have I Done to Deserve This? [/b] (1984)
121. [b]Ice Storm, The [/b] (1997)
122. [b]I’m the Father [/b] (2002)
123. [b]War of the Buttons [/b] (1994)
124. [b]Guerre des tuques, La[/b] (1984)
125. [b]Hope and Glory[/b] (1987)
126. [b]Royal Tenenbaums, The[/b] (2001)
127. [b]Eight Legged Freaks[/b] (2001)
128. [b]One Hour Photo [/b] (2002)
129. [b]Parenthood[/b] (1989)
130. [b]Leo[/b] (2002)
131. [b]Sandlot, The[/b] (1993)
132. [b]Ponette[/b] (1996)
133. [b]Être et avoir [/b] (2002)
134. [b]Popi [/b] (1989)
135. [b]Don’t Torture a Duckling [/b] (1972)
136. [b]Magnolia[/b] (1999)
137. [b]Quest, The[/b] (1986)
138. [b]It [/b] (1990)
139. [b]Promesse, La [/b] (1996)
140. [b]Cité des enfants perdus, La[/b] (1995)
141. [b]Victor… pendant qu’il est trop tard [/b] (1998)
142. [b]Yi Yi [/b] (2000)
143. [b]Rain[/b] (2001)
144. [b]Bicycle Thief, The[/b] (1949)
145. [b]Frailty [/b] (2001)
146. [b]Jurassic Park [/b] (1993)
147. [b]Day the World Ended, The [/b] (2001)
148. [b]Father of the Bride[/b] (1991)
149. [b]Handful of Grass, A[/b] (2000)
150. [b]Innocents, The [/b] (1961)
  
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Reply #1 - 13. Sep 2004 at 00:19
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I'm thrilled that Flight of the Innocent is now in your top 107!  Cheesy

I'll look this over more carefully, when I'm not so sleepy.
  
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Reply #2 - 13. Sep 2004 at 11:43
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Thanks for showing us yours...

I'll show you mine but I must update it first...  it will take a few days.

  
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Reply #3 - 13. Sep 2004 at 13:40
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Zabladowski >

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I'm thrilled that Flight of the Innocent is now in your top 107!


Well, as I said, it's a combination of boy content quantity/quality and my own appreciation of the film. Manuel Colao, as YoungArthur recently pointed out, is a good contender for most beautiful boy in film. He has a lot of screentime in the film, his character is very sympathetic and he does a decent job with the acting. So the movie gets a very high rating in terms of boy content quantity and quality.

As for my appreciation of the film, based on the one viewing I gave it a few years ago (when I ended up fastforwarding through some of the parts near the end, cause I just couldn't take it anymore), well, let's just say it wouldn't be anywhere near my top-150 if I were to rate it on that criterion alone. Although I will admit that, looking back on it, I don't remember it as being quite as bad as I originally rated it. It may just be because I have a bad memory and now all that really comes to mind when I think of the film is the boy's face (and that's not such a bad thing). Or maybe I need to give it a second chance. Maybe I will, someday. But for now there are too many other films on my list that have priority over it.

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Joseph - As a reluctant and lazy list maker I can say I've seen 81 of those you listed and I enjoyed all of them. Smiley  Of the first 25 you listed (seen 17) I would rate my top 5 in this order using roughly your same criteria:

1. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
2. Stand by Me (1986)
3. Gloire de mon père, La (1990)
4. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
5. Sixth Sense, The (1999)
  
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I own 56 of your list and have seen quite a few others  Cheesy
  
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I just counted, and I've seen 111 from your list.  Smiley

It's a great list, too!

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Man, I'm so out-of-it. I haven't even seen half of these. :erm:
  
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Well, Elliott, that's about where I was almost 3 years ago when I first came here. Smiley
  
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Elliott,

One of the reasons these lists are created is so that you will know what movies to see next. This thread should give you enough material to keep you busy for awhile.  Grin
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Since everyone else is counting I did as well. I have seen all but 24 on your list, joseph. There was only film I had never heard of. Following up on cal's suggestion, I created my version of a top 150 using your criteria; that is to say giving as much weight to the boy performance/content as to my enjoyment of the film. It took me a few days to figure this out but my version of a top 150 follows. It was interesting to me that there were only 39 films on both of our lists.  Smiley
  
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[b]Zab's Top 150 Boy Movies of all time.[/b]

Those movies which appear in josephk's ranking as well have their position in that list noted in parentheses.


1       Stand By Me (6)
2       Sling Blade (66)
3       Lucas
4       L.I.E. (4)
5       Eres mi heroe
6       Hard Goodbyes: My Father
7       The Man Without A Face
8       Second Best
9       My Father's Glory (15)
10      My Mother's Castle (14)
11      I'm Not Scared (48)
12      The Testimony of Taliesin Jones
13      Searching For Bobby Fischer (3)
14      Tom & Thomas
15      Scars
16      Report Card Day
17      Au revoir les enfants (8)
18      The Return
19      E.T. (53)
20      Peter Pan (38)
21      Dear Frankie (17)
22      Someone Like Hodder
23      Jet Boy
24      A Home Run For Love
25      Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer
26      Sunday's Children (79)
27      The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick
28      Motorama (64)
29      D.A.R.Y.L.
30      Mov og Funder
31      Mondo
32      Blue Jeans
33      Kamchatka
34      Flight of the Innocent (107)
35      The Cure
36      An Angel for May
37      El Bola
38      Billy Elliot (13)
39      Fresh
40      The Sixth Sense (24)
41      Cross My Heart (62)
42      Over The Edge
43      Abandoned (7)
44      The Rocking Horse Winner
45      Le Grand chemin (49)
46      Neverending Story (84)
47      Where Eskimos Live
48      In His Father's Shoes
49      Family Sins
50      Killer Kid
51      Kenny & Company
52      Promises
53      Dog of Flanders 1959
54      Goodnight Mr. Tom
55      Angel Doll
56      My Uncle Silas II
57      Incompreso
58      Ivan's Childhood (31)
59      The Slingshot (60)
60      A House With A View of the Sea
61      Ciao Professore
62      Ali Zaoua
63      Kes
64      My Life So Far
65      Prince & The Pauper 1962
66      Wide Awake
67      Across The Sea of Time
68      Color of Paradise
69      For A Lost Soldier
70      Central Station (21)
71      Digger
72      Hary Potter & The Sorceror's Stone (86)
73      Oliver Twist 1948
74      Pelle The Conqueror (9)
75      Secrets of the Heart
76      Summer To Remember 1960
77      Ma Vie en Rose (45)
78      Boy With Green Hair
79      Joshua's Heart
80      Little Crumb
81      Peppermint
82      Viper in the Fist (34)
83      The Kid 1921
84      The Client (94)
85      Freedom is Paradise
86      Class Trip (37)
87      Bashu The Little Stranger
88      Tomorrow The World
89      When I Grow Up
90      You Are Not Alone
91      Mendel
92      On the Sunny Side
93      Simon Birch (67)
94      This Special Friendship
95      The War (22)
96      A Little Monk
97      Cross My Heart & Hope To Die (32)
98      Josh and S.A.M.
99      Land of Faraway
100      Canary Yellow Bicycle
101      My Bodyguard
102      Only Journey of His Life
103      Magnet
104      Little Lord Fauntleroy 1936
105      Tenth Summer
106      Lilya 4ever
107      Blue Yonder
108      About A Boy (20)
109      Magonia
110      Kolya (42)
111      Little Men
112      Two Of Us
113      Hollow Reed
114      Children of Heaven
115      Storm Boy
116      You Are Free
117      The Last Winter
118      Machuca (16)
119      Stone Boy
120      War of the Buttons (123)
121      Invisible Children
122      All About Lily Chou Chou
123      Home Alone (113)
124      Malena (59)
125      Son of the Shark
126      Stolen Summer
127      Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby
128      Butterfly
129      Children Are Watching Us
130      Go Toward The Light
131      Pure
132      Holiday Affair
133      Fading Light
134      Bad News Bears
135      Indian in the Cupboard
136      Tom's Midnight Garden
137      Shiloh
138      Hop
139      Education of Little Tree
140      O'Shaughnessy's Boy
141      Olly Olly Oxen Free
142      Marvin & Tige
143      Journey
144      Last Action Hero
145      Yi Yi (142)
146      Man Woman & Child
147      Off Season
148      India Pravile
149      The Browning Version 1994
150      A Little Romance


Now it's your turn, cal
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Yes, it's interesting that so few films are on both our lists, but that has to do more with the fact that you have seen much more films than I have than with any difference in tastes we might have.

Except for the ones that are on both our lists, I have only seen five movies on your top 150. They are:

7      The Man Without A Face - A movie that most people here praise a lot. I saw it a long time ago and it didn't make much of an impression. I probably need to see it again.
69      For A Lost Soldier - I have voiced my very strong negative feelings about this one a few times. Interesting premise, terrible movie. Even worse if you've read the book.
71      Digger - I couldn't even get to the end of this one. I rented it a few years ago and kept it for a week, trying to watch it about three times. I found it extremely irritating for some reason.
83      The Kid - I'm assuming you mean Disney's The Kid, with Bruce Willis. I hated that movie with a passion.
144      Last Action Hero - Not bad. Didn't make the top-150, but it's alright.
  
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I thought I had caught all of the confusing titles....

The Kid that I am referring too is the 1921 silent film which made Jackie Coogan the first legitimate boy star in movie history.

As for the others, you already know I favor manipulative stories that don't feel manipulative as I'm watching them. Pay It Forward flunked that standard and isn't on the list, Digger is one of several on the list that others may find too drippy, but I liked it.  Smiley

The Man Without A Face should be watched before you read the book, you'll probably like it better that way; so too I guess with For A Lost Soldier - I haven't read the book, but I sure did like Maarten Smit in the film. He is far more responsible than the screenwriter for me placing the film where it is on my list.
  
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Looks like I buzzed in a little late on that followup. Good thing this isn't a game show.  Cheesy
  
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Oh, in that case I haven't seen The Kid. I sure agree that it looks a hell of a lot better than Disney's craptacular opus.
  
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