Top 20 Roles of Lee Van Cleef

Lee Van Cleef is one of the greatest badasses of all-time. It didn’t matter if he was the villain or the hero, he just owned the screen every time he was on it.

He started out in small villainous roles in westerns before reaching unprecedented heights in his work with Sergio Leone. He went on to star in several spaghetti westerns and maintained a solid career until his death in 1989.

These are my twenty favorite roles that he has played.

1. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
2. The Big Gundown
3. For A Few Dollars More
4. Death Rides A Horse
5. The Grand Duel
6. Sabata
7. Day of Anger
8. The Magnificent Seven Ride!
9. The Hard Way
10. Escape From New York
11. The Octagon
12. The Return of Sabata
13. The Squeeze
14. High Noon (small role)
15. Beyond the Law
16. God’s Gun
17. Captain Apache
18. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (small role)
19. Posse From Hell (small role)
20. The Master (TV series but he starred)

Ranking the Edgar Allan Poe Films by Roger Corman and Vincent Price

Roger Corman directed Vincent Price in a ton of films. They were regular collaborators, especially during the 1960s. And one thing they loved collaborating on was films based off of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. In fact, they made eight Poe films together.

Here they are, ranked:

1. The Haunted Palace
2. The Masque of the Red Death
3. The Raven
4. The Pit and the Pendulum
5. House of Usher
6. Tales of Terror
7. An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (TV Special)
8. The Tomb of Ligeia

Top 10 Roles of Alan Rickman

*written in 2016.

I read this morning that Alan Rickman passed away. He was an accomplished actor that was a delight in every role he played. He had range and versatility. He covered a lot of genres and a lot of different character types.

I first noticed him, as a kid, in Die Hard. He was a great villain. He then popped up in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, also as a villain. As the years went on, he broadened his range and gave us many memorable characters. Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series of films is probably his most recognized role.

I’ve decided to list what I consider to be his ten best roles in film. I wish he would’ve had the time to do even more.

1. Die Hard
2. The Harry Potter series
3. Galaxy Quest
4. CBGB
5. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
6. Dogma
7. Rasputin
8. Michael Collins
9. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
10. Quigley Down Under

Top 25 Roles of Bill Murray

*written in 2015.

Bill Murray is a god.

He has gone from being the best talent in Saturday Night Live history, to being the focal point of some of the greatest comedies of all-time, to being nominated for an Academy Award and constantly giving us great performances.

In fact, I would consider him to be my favorite living actor at this point.

Plus, he’s a serious Cubs fan and loves the Blackhawks as well.

This list is comprised of not necessarily my favorite films with him in it but of my favorite roles that he has played.

And here we go!

1. Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II
2. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
3. Scrooged
4. Ed Wood
5. Where the Buffalo Roam
6. What About Bob?
7. Coffee & Cigarettes
8. Rushmore
9. Groundhog Day
10. Lost In Translation
11. The Royal Tenenbaums
12. Caddyshack
13. Stripes
14. Zombieland
15. St. Vincent
16. Meatballs
17. Moonrise Kingdom
18. Tootsie
19. Mad Dog and Glory
20. The Grand Budapest Hotel
21. The Monuments Men
22. Kingpin
23. Broken Flowers
24. Quick Change
25. City of Ember

Top 20 Roles of Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum is awesome. He’s been one of my favorite actors since first seeing him in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

I’ve already done countdown lists of other actors’ films: mostly horror icons. Goldblum has been somewhat of a science fiction (and horror) icon but he’s gone on to be one of the most versatile actors working in the business.

This list is comprised of not necessarily my favorite films with him in it but of my favorite roles that he has played. For instance, I list Death Wish but his role was minuscule. And Independence Day is high but there are other films lower on the list that I see as better movies. Also, Jurassic Park and Lost World are together, as he played the same character in both.

But anyway, here’s the list!

1. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
2. Jurassic Park/The Lost World
3. The Fly
4. Independence Day/Independence Day: Resurgence
5. Portlandia (TV series but every role he plays is top notch)
6. Earth Girls Are Easy
7. Pittsburgh
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
9. Into the Night
10. The Prince of Egypt
11. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
12. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 version)
13. Transylvania 6-5000
14. Death Wish
15. The Big Chill
16. Vibes
17. The Great White Hype
18. Powder
19. Deep Cover
20. Holy Man

Top 25 Films Starring Boris Karloff

I’ve done a list like this for horror legends Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Basil Rathbone and Bela Lugosi. So why not Boris Karloff?

Karloff was most famous for playing the monsters in several of Universal’s old horror pictures from the 1930s-1940s. He also went on to star in a slew of other classic horror films.

He was one of the most talented actors of the genre and went on to inspire a lot of actors – Jack Nicholson, for instance.

Boris Karloff was an amazing talent and his ability to chill audiences to the bone was what made him a legend.

These are his twenty-five best films.

1. Bride of Frankenstein
2. Frankenstein
3. The Raven (1963)
4. The Mummy
5. The Mask of Fu Manchu
6. Comedy of Terrors
7. The Terror
8. Black Sabbath
9. Son of Frankenstein
10. The Old Dark House
11. House of Frankenstein
12. Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff
13. The Raven (1935)
14. The Black Room
15. The Invisible Ray
16. The Black Cat
17. Die, Monster, Die!
18. The Walking Dead
19. Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
20. Corridors of Blood
21. The Ghoul
22. Black Friday
23. The Devil Commands
24. The Black Castle
25. Curse of the Crimson Altar

Top 25 Films Starring Bela Lugosi

I have done a list like this for Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Basil Rathbone. I am working my way through all of the legends of classic horror.

So of course, I have to do one for Bela Lugosi.

It was Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula in 1931 that created the image of vampires in cinema and fiction from that point forward.

Even though Dracula is his most famous role, he also went on to star in a slew of other horror classics. He went from being at the forefront of the Universal Monsters franchise to horror legend and to befriending infamous director Ed Wood. He also had a song made about him by the post-punk band Bauhaus.

These are his twenty-five best pictures.

1. Dracula
2. The Wolf Man
3. Son of Frankenstein
4. The Ghost of Frankenstein
5. White Zombie
6. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
7. The Return of the Vampire
8. Chandu the Magician
9. Mark of the Vampire
10. The Raven
11. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
12. The Whispering Shadow
13. Night of Terror
14. The Return of Chandu
15. The Phantom Creeps
16. The Black Cat (1934)
17. The Invisible Ray
18. Scared to Death
19. Bride of the Monster
20. Murders In the Rue Morgue
21. Night Monster
22. The Devil Bat
23. The Black Cat (1941)
24. The Corpse Vanishes
25. Plan 9 From Outer Space