In honor of the recent Tim Burton
we're spotlighting numerals and numbers in film. What they have contributed to movies over the years goes beyond simply differentiating an original from a sequel.
For the most part this list excludes sequels. Sorry. It's just too easy. Also, much too simple are the straight up number films. But the English language loopholes are definitely abused throughout this top ten to reflect the best and, well, most viewed options. Check them out!
1. The First Wives Club
This is the smartass chick's chick flick with a message. Bette Midler
. Goldie Hawn
. Diane Keaton
. They starred as jilted first wives in the fashion of 1996. This was before each one faded into the shadow of either her daughter, the lights of Vegas, or random mother-daughter chick flicks. It's a joyful, funny look at life after divorce. It's more about how to thrive than how to survive, and unfortunately what can happen when women define themselves by the male company they keep. It's a girl-power movie that delivers a message: females are strong, successful, and apparently coordinated enough to sing oldies on a whim far into menopause.
Other notable contribution to the numero uno club, depending on one's mood, are as follows: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
for the literature lovers, One Hour Photo
for those that enjoy suspenseful nightmares come to life, The One
) for those addicted to action, Air Force One
for a family action flick (who doesn't love an old Harrison Ford
whooping ass at 32,000 feet?), One Fine Day
for the ladies, One Night At McCool's
for the boys and First Knight
(if you're into Sean Connery
2. Hot Shots: Part Deux
Yes, it is a sequel. Yes, it technically is the French word for two. But this film spoofs hard time and time again. Charlie Sheen
makes another appearance as Topper Harley, foreshadowing his spoof-ready talent that he'd bring out ten years later in Scary Movie 3
(sorry, shamelessly adding a number to a title won't put a film on this list). This is a perfect litmus test movie for a date. The gags range from silly to hilarious with a few moments that fail to be funny. Sure, it was from 1993 and the current events won't resonate as much, but a chicken stretched as arrow or Saddam Hussein with a bikini tan line - if your date doesn't giggle they need to loosen up.
Other notable number twos: It Takes Two
for that Olsen twins fix, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
for the kids that are cooler than everybody else, Two Weeks Notice
for the ladies and the men that owe them one, and You Only Live Twice
for the Bond freaks.
3. Three Amigos
The combined comedic talents of Chevy Chase
, Steve Martin
, and Martin Short
. Combine with hilarious pseudo-authentic Mexican attire. Have them battle bad guys. Signature hip thrust routine. Sold.
Other notable trio films: Three Kings
would actually have won if the author didn't need a laugh tonight, it's a very underrated film that Mark Wahlberg
and George Clooney
do great things with, The Three Musketeers
is always a chivalrous romp that counts as a chick flick, Three Men and a Baby
for the dysfunctional family that's reading this list, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind
for those that demand a sci-fi nod.
4. Four Weddings and a Funeral
The Brits actually hit a home run on this movie. Sure, they have their own sense of humor, er, humour, as well as their own "The Office
." Sometimes it resonates; sometimes it falls a little flat. But here, the happy-ending tale of a group of friends constantly intermingling over the course of many nuptials and one tragic funeral draws the audience in. It's Hugh Grant
before he was the go-to charming Englishman for female friendly movies. The fashion is a bit of a throwback but the connections from wedding to wedding are well done.
Other notable four films: Born on the Fourth of July
for the Oliver Stone
followers and thinkers, Fantastic Four
for the…um, non-thinkers, and Four Brothers
for those needing an intense movie with drama.
5. The 5th Element
Hear us out! Here is a film that takes on multiple topics. The future, apocalyptic events, aliens, love, good, evil, and all we really understand is that whoever was in charge of the art direction of this movie had FULL REIGN. The design of each nuanced part of this movie is camp. It's fun, it's colorful, and it begs the viewer to allow their imagination to push rationality out of the way. Ok, Milla Jovovich
and Bruce Willis
are barely decent actors in this movie, but the attention to detail and outlandish expressions of femininity vs. masculinity (Chris Tucker
?!) is intriguing. Gary Oldman
doesn't do so bad as a futuristic bad guy with a speech impediment, plus who doesn't want to create a perfectly cooked chicken in the microwave from a few pebbles?
Other notable films with five: if you got 'em, share 'em!