Five Favorite Films

Michael Jai White's Five Favorite Films

The star of Vigilante Diaries has a sweet spot for 1980s comedies.

by | June 28, 2016 | Comments

(Photo: Getty Images / Ben Gabbe / Stringer)

Michael Jai White, known for terrific performances in such diverse projects as Tyson, Why Did I Get Married, Spawn, Black Dynamite and Tyler Perry’s For Better or for Worse has been a busy guy. His latest film, Vigilante Diaries, is playing in limited release, but he made time for Rotten Tomatoes when we asked him what his favorite movies are. Here are five from the top of his list: 

The Princess Bride (1987) 97%

I think Princess Bride is my very favorite all time movie. It’s gotta be number one. There is no way that movie comes on without me watching it. It’s funny. It’s sweet. It’s adventurous. I can watch it with my kids. It’s just a delight. I just feel great watching the movie and afterwards. It might be the one movie I’ve seen more than any other movie. I don’t know if that kills my tough guy image.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 97%

To me, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the funniest movie ever made. There are influences in this film that caused me to write Black Dynamite. I’m such a Monty Python Fan. I think that the layers of humor go from absurdly silly to very intellectual and then you have the physical humor on top of that. I don’t think I’ve seen a movie as physically and mentally funny with the brilliance of satire and political humor underneath it. This movie is just so layered, and again it is what influenced me in writing Black Dynamite.

Enter the Dragon (1973) 94%

This movie largely influenced me by putting me in the position I am in now. It’s the greatest martial arts movie ever made.

Say Anything... (1989) 98%

Say Anything is just such a sweet coming-of-age movie. I just love everything about it: the romance, the comedy, the time period, the music, and the chemistry between the two lead characters. This movie was the beginning of a lot of great careers. The image of John Cusack and the Peter Gabriel song “In Your Eyes” is just so iconic. And Cameron Crowe is my favorite director of all time. If there were a sixth favorite film, it would have been Almost Famous.

Coming to America (1988) 67%

In my opinion, Coming to America is the second funniest movie ever made. And it is one of the most quoted films I’ve ever seen. It’s just a masterpiece.

Vigilante Diaries is now open in limited release.

Tag Cloud

Television Academy anime Travel Channel Cosplay comic CBS All Access Kids & Family Comedy concert GIFs Food Network unscripted Mindy Kaling VOD cults Syfy political drama cops Reality Competition social media LGBT Animation Mary Tyler Moore Pop TV Reality PlayStation Writers Guild of America game of thrones DirecTV reviews true crime Podcast Cannes CNN 21st Century Fox witnail screen actors guild Drama 24 frames Amazon Studios Thanksgiving Columbia Pictures Sundance Now spanish language Academy Awards Masterpiece screenings Rom-Com Premiere Dates news mission: impossible IFC critics TLC Winners Disney streaming service police drama Fantasy harry potter singing competition BAFTA universal monsters ghosts parents Opinion Trivia sequel Infographic binge Arrowverse Dark Horse Comics jamie lee curtis Shudder Women's History Month Baby Yoda SundanceTV YouTube Premium independent cancelled Summer ESPN Bravo justice league zombie Netflix Christmas movies Acorn TV TV Avengers Chernobyl Mary poppins Valentine's Day FX on Hulu documentaries Freeform versus Year in Review movie E! Pirates Classic Film Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt documentary BET Awards Fox News TCA Black History Month TNT what to watch FX HBO hispanic zombies Photos serial killer Anna Paquin Christmas composers Ghostbusters LGBTQ TCA 2017 First Look blockbuster 20th Century Fox sitcom crime green book talk show vampires Awards Nat Geo free movies criterion APB TCA Winter 2020 Teen thriller Pixar name the review Amazon Prime cars The Witch best Tumblr kids Apple AMC Emmys finale Disney PaleyFest Turner Classic Movies animated disaster Netflix BBC blaxploitation Amazon Prime Video Box Office joker rotten movies we love 2017 Watching Series medical drama Martial Arts die hard Binge Guide USA Vudu BBC One A24 Captain marvel Star Wars BBC America American Society of Cinematographers Elton John twilight space TIFF foreign quibi SXSW Apple TV Plus indie Cartoon Network politics USA Network OneApp Funimation Extras VH1 tv talk doctor who slashers DGA Star Trek spinoff stoner breaking bad Musicals Sony Pictures Music Rock Epix cancelled TV shows Tarantino The CW cartoon The Arrangement cancelled TV series Musical mockumentary Trailer a nightmare on elm street dc Lionsgate cancelled television comedies National Geographic Disney Channel cinemax Quiz travel directors DC streaming service Song of Ice and Fire sag awards dark ratings boxoffice ITV El Rey video on demand adaptation Marvel Television movies Heroines WarnerMedia Polls and Games HBO Go Pet Sematary Set visit Western psycho Ovation series NBC award winner Film Pride Month 71st Emmy Awards comiccon Peacock hist richard e. Grant halloween toy story Rocky Biopics Mary Poppins Returns supernatural Toys Comics on TV discovery CW Seed Sundance Paramount Network Esquire Lucasfilm Creative Arts Emmys Marvel Studios miniseries Nickelodeon President Awards Tour NYCC crime drama Rocketman Emmy Nominations biography Crackle Tubi Family Sci-Fi YouTube Hallmark Ellie Kemper GoT stand-up comedy MCU science fiction dragons child's play all-time Grammys romance Film Festival transformers Fall TV CBS golden globes FXX spy thriller Character Guide facebook Turner Country MTV war Tomatazos 007 2019 elevated horror Lifetime Christmas movies Winter TV CMT FOX mutant X-Men Universal Crunchyroll Holidays latino E3 dceu Action children's TV YA A&E canceled TV shows romantic comedy Holiday The Walking Dead casting Super Bowl Election south america See It Skip It Sundance TV TBS Shondaland Oscars ABC indiana jones technology YouTube Red robots crime thriller nature Amazon revenge Sneak Peek franchise Best and Worst New York Comic Con Logo TV renewals Spring TV Brie Larson christmas movies 2020 History Britbox strong female leads 2018 Paramount theme song Discovery Channel Superheroes game show asian-american Nominations Hulu Mystery Lifetime First Reviews Spike Stephen King Adult Swim crossover Red Carpet Video Games Comedy Central Comic Book WGN Countdown Endgame Apple TV+ Hallmark Christmas movies films dramedy satire comics 4/20 Walt Disney Pictures 2016 Marathons werewolf Pop Superheroe Mudbound canceled zero dark thirty TV Land aliens Hear Us Out sports IFC Films festivals teaser video spain Horror reboot DC Universe streaming The Purge HBO Max Disney+ Disney Plus ABC Family historical drama diversity renewed TV shows SDCC VICE adventure 45 PBS docudrama scary movies Certified Fresh Calendar Marvel Disney Plus period drama Trophy Talk TruTV 2015 television OWN Spectrum Originals natural history book dogs DC Comics Black Mirror MSNBC based on movie Chilling Adventures of Sabrina San Diego Comic-Con psychological thriller chucky Interview batman BET RT21 spider-man Warner Bros. Showtime TCM RT History cats Schedule Starz anthology GLAAD cooking