Thomas's Top 10 Favorite Movies: Introduction & #10

Thomas's Top 10 Favorite Movies: Introduction & #10

Recently, a friend of mine asked me what my "Top 10 Movies Ever" list looks like.

While my #1 is firmly set in stone, I have a selection of films that I've kept in the back of my mind as movies that have imparted a long-lasting affect on how I interpret theatrical storytelling. However, it's been a very long time since I've actually listed them out, and I haven't ever published why these movies are my top 10.

I've decided that now's a great time to change that.

To be clear, I am not reporting here on top 10 movies ever made. I believe it is important to distinguish the difference between how well a film is made and how much a film affected me and my worldview.

With that said, this series is meant to express my personal interest in movies, and I invite you to follow along as I count down, comment on where my favorites land with you, and share what your favorites are as well.

So now, my list begins with #10:

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Sometimes, the best told stories are the ones where not much is said at all. This is the case with Drive, a drama romance starring Ryan Gosling, a stunt driver by day and get away driver by night. Although his defining feature is his tendency to be a loner, Driver (the name assigned to Gosling's character in the credits) falls in love with a waitress named Irene. Eventually, Driver's double life catches up him, putting his new love interest in harms way, and the movie depicts the lengths this man of few words would go to protect her from his life.

If this premise sounds familiar, that's because it's almost the exact same plot as 2017's Baby Driver, also featuring an ambiguously named low-word-count protagonist, getaway stunt driving sequences, and a newfound love interest in need of protection from a precarious lifestyle. Turns out, Baby Driver was also my favorite movie of 2017.

Despite the name, Drive is not entirely action packed. It's not heavy on visual effects. And as I mentioned, there's not a whole lot of talking. In fact, Driver says a mere 891 words in the whole 1 hour and 40 minute run-time. What makes stories like these so appealing to me is the charisma of the main character. How actions and body language communicates everything Driver is thinking and feeling better than words can.

Drive delivers a mesmerizing love story set against an 80's style electric soundtrack with a conclusion that isn't what most would expect, yet hits a satisfying note; satisfying enough to be number 10 in my top ten favorites.

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