We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
We here at The Scorecard Review love every color in the rainbow, especially when those colors are in a movie title. With Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren starring in RED (yes, the title is ALL CAPS), which comes out October 15, it’s the perfect time to release TSR’s TOP 7 Movies with a Color in the Title. This is the first “color” film for Willis. Sure, he came close with Color of Night. But color isn’t a color people, so it doesn’t count. Unfortunately, neither does The Color of Money. I was never seduced by Juliette Binoche and the Three Colors trilogy (Blue, White, Red). I think we can all agree Eddie Murphy had an amazing decade in the 80s, but that doesn’t mean Golden Child earned a place on this list. Even Tom Hanks (The Man with One Red Shoe) and Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) didn’t make the list. Here’s the best color has to offer …
7. Pretty in Pink (1986)
Recap: Andie (Molly Ringwald) doesn’t fit in high school. She’s poor and while a nerd (Jon Cryer) is head-over-heels in love with her, she is starting to have feelings for a rich boy (Andrew McCarthy).
Reason: Duckie stands at reason number one for why this movie made the TOP 7. His undying affection for Andie gives every little geek hope, especially when he is lip-syncing “Try A Little Tenderness.” Ringwald and writer John Hughes are a huge reason we love 80s movies, but let’s not forget about Steff’s (James Spader) hair. Steff is a classic 80s asshole. One question though, Andie is not technically pretty in pink, right? I don’t think it’s her color.
6. Crimson Tide (1995)
Recap: A terrible place for an argument is on a U.S. nuclear missile submarine. That’s exactly what happens when a captain (Gene Hackman) is ready to launch his missiles after half a report comes through. A young officer (Washington) stages a mutiny to prevent it.
Reason: It’s forgotten, right? When you read the title, you think, “Oh yeah THAT movie. That was good.” Washington and Hackman staring each other down in any setting is fantastic, but when you put the two on a nuclear sub, it’s explosive. Well, not technically, just figuratively. You also get to watch Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini, Steve Zahn and Rick Schroder in supporting roles. Let’s not forget the thing that everyone has heard, Quentin Tarantino punched up the screenplay.
5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Recap: A jealous queen wants to be the fairest of them all. But that title goes to Snow White. Snow hangs out with seven dwarfs, but the queen eventually tracks her down and feeds her a poisonous apple. Now Snow can only be awakened by a kiss from a prince.
Reason: Seven characters separate this Disney flick from the others … Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful and Grumpy. The queen is legitimately evil even though she’s animated. The songs are universally loved and all I have to say is “Heigh-Ho” and now that song will be in your head the rest of the day. The adorable comedy still shines through even though it’s been more almost 75 years. Wow, that means Disney will have another reason to reissue this classic in 2012.
4. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Recap: Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is the man, the anchorman, in San Diego during the 1970’s. Along comes Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), who has her eyes on the anchor desk. All hell breaks loose when Ron becomes threatened.
Reason: That’s right. Ron beats Snow. Why? Because I love scotch and milk was a bad idea. This is Ferrell’s second best film (Old School is No. 1) and he’s surrounded by such an amazing group of funny men (and woman with Applegate). The cameos are outstanding (Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn) and this movie can’t be watched enough. The repeatability factor is off the charts. There is nothing sadder than the news that a sequel with Anchorman set in the 80s won’t be happening. Nothing.
3. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Recap: A young poet (Ewan McGregor) falls for a courtesan (Nicole Kidman). Unfortunately, he’s not the only one. A jealous duke (Richard Roxburgh) wants her as well. Plus, a theater must be saved set during the turn of the century (1900) in Paris.
Reason: No. This movie isn’t cheesy. Baz Luhrmann is able to take elements from past and near present musical moments and gel them together to make them something better. The joy and heartache in this film shine through because of the music, which doesn’t actual happen in most modern-day musicals. Christian and Satine have their place in “greatest film couples of all-time.”
2. Goldfinger (1964)
Recap: A man loves gold a little too much and the British super spy James Bond (Sean Connery) must stop him. Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) attempts to take over Fort Knox to cause worldwide economic disaster.
Reason: The third James Bond film is my personal favorite. The name Pussy Galore is a gift from screenwriter heaven. Oddjob and his amazing bowler hat always make me smile. This Bond also has the addition of some much needed humor. Do you expect me to talk (more about Goldfinger)? No, Mr. Bayer, I expect you to die.
1. The Blues Brothers (1980)
Recap: Convinced they are on a mission from God, “Joliet” Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) get their band back together to try and save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up.
Reason: I don’t remember it, as I was only a toddler. But in the late 70s, early 80s it was a Blues Brothers world. They dominated “Saturday Night Live,” had the number one album, sold out concerts across the nation and actually pulled off an insanely cool movie honoring everything they loved about the blues. It’s the most quotable movie on the list, beating out Anchorman, with my personal favorite being, “Three orange whips.” That’s right, another color! And I’m biased. Blue is my favorite color. Proof that lightening doesn’t hit in the same spot twice … Blues Brothers 2000 which I am still trying to burn from my memory.