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Top 10 movies of all time - The Thread

Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2008, 6:16am

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I'm kind of obsessed with organising my thoughts, so I put together a top 10 list of my favorites (as in movies I enjoyed watching the most, not necessarily the best made movies). I just thought it'd be interesting to see what everybody's top 10 list of all time is! Please note you're only allowed one film per trilogy.

1. The Truman Show
Plot holes, but so damn emotionally intense.

2. Back to the Future I

The second one is pretty much equal in awesomeness, but this one is more of a classic.

3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Raiders is a better movie, but I enjoyed watching this one more (No ticket!).

4. Schindler's List
God, the ending!

5. Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The only witty one.

6. Shaun of the Dead

I needed a comedy in here, and this is my favorite.

7. The Dark Knight
Ledger, etc. etc.

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Will always remember the march of the Rohirrim in the cinema. Damn.

9. Casino Royale
The most badass movie ever, and the best Bond by far (I've seen them, yes).

10. Wall-E

So cute!
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2008, 6:52am

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Here's my list in no particular order.

1. Fight Club

2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

3. Snatch

4. Jaws

5. The Big Lebowski

6. Pulp Fiction

7. Seven

8. Fargo

9. Glengarry Glenross

10. Punch Drunk Love
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2008, 7:05am

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Mine is posted from my iPod so I'm not gonna bother with all the flashy movie titles typed in bold ha.

1.) Robin Hood: Men in Tights

2.) Independence Day

3.) Final Fantasy: Advent Children

4.) Coming To America

5.) Anchorman

6.) Waking Life

7.) Beverly Hills Cop 3 (they all work for me)

8.) The Matrix

9.) Shaun of The Dead

10.) King of Kong: Fist Full of Quarters
(if any one hasn't seen this documentary GO BUY IT! A rental doesn't even do it justice. Incredible story.

These are also in no specific order. They all work for me ha.
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2008, 7:20am

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1. Ben Hur
William Wyler's epic adaption of a tale of the Christ will always be the single finest moment in cinema, at least to me.

2. The Dark Knight
Emotional, complex, and self-questioning, it's executed nearly perfectly.

3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
The greatest adventure film. Ever.

4. Casablanca
Not only does "Raiders" owe much of its atmosphere to this picture, it has some of the best dialog I've heard in a film. Even minor characters have indelible personality.

5. The Bourne Ultimatum
Yes, even with the annoying shaky cam, the sheer kinetic energy makes it truly great. A nice ending to a great trilogy.

6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
I love Tolkien's writings, and the first in the trilogy was adapted the best in terms of tone and sentimentality. Not to mention the fight between Aragorn and the Uruk-hai captain is strictly kickass.

7. The Pirates of Penzance
Ah, Gilbert and Sullivan. Wit, words, and a strange comedic wisdom. This adaption of the legendary play, starring Kevin Kline and Rex Smith, is a joy to watch.

8. Les Miserables
Liam Neeson shines as the goodhearted, reformed theif Jean Valjean in this strictly dramatic, non-musical version of Victor Hugo's masterpiece.

9. Secondhand Lions
An underdog screenwriter managed to create an excellent, emotional, and extremely moving story about manhood and growing up. Notable for too many reasons to count, but it may be the only film where Michael Caine talks in a Texan drawl.

10. Clear and Present Danger
Harrison Ford will always be one of my favorite stars, and he shines in his last turn as Jack Ryan. A great ending, too.
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2008, 7:50am

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Hm, difficult. I find it hard to order my top films, as that seems to depend on my current mood. So here just the current "Top List" in no particular order:


1. Sleepy Hollow
Love every single thing about that film. Especially the intelligent screenplay and burtons awesome artdesign.

2. Terminator 2
Fantastic Filmmaking, awesome villain. Great Film despite the fact that Schwarzenegger is in it.

3. Lord of the Rings: The fellowship of the ring
Sine I'm only allowed to take one, I'll go with the first as it was the best standalone movie for me.

4. X Men 2
Fantastic cast, good subtext and fun all around. Best comic book film I've seen yet.

5. Nightmare before Christmas
My favorite musical and cleverly cunstructed metaphor for the Habitus concept.

6. Ice Age
Scrat! I love you!

7. Indiana Jones and the last crusade
Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, dream team par exellence.

8. Pirates of the Carribbean
Fun, witty, and it's got skeletons. Always a good thing.

9. The Magnificent seven
Brilliant brilliant Western. Love it.

10. 12 angry Men
Fantastic Drama. 12 People. One Room. One question: Guilty or not.
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2008, 8:00am

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Goddamn you, Pooky. I spend a good hour writing a new thread for this same thing with pics and in-depth details and when I take a break to go see Milk you beat me to it. smile
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2008, 8:32am

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Boohoo I wasn't first sad

Copy and paste your list damnit haha.
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Enemy of the State

"You're either incredibly smart, or incredibly stupid."
I love this movie because of how intricate the writing and the general concept at play are. Will Smith epitomizes his usual, and Gene Hackman and Jon Voight are there for appropriate support. I really liked the themes about privacy, especially given that a decade has passed since this film was made, and government acts are still in play. If you haven't checked this out, please do. Tony Scott at top form.


The Shawshank Redemption


"Get busy living, or get busy dying."
I don't think I need to explain this. I just love this movie for its classic value - despite being part of relatively recent cinema - and its endearing themes of redemption (lol) and escape. Again, this is a must see for anyone who appreciates film.

Fight Club

"You are the all-singing, all dancing crap of the world"
One of the most exceptional screenplays I've ever seen formed into images, unbelievably executed given that the book was so-so. The screenplay adaption is superb, the characters perfect, and the art direction unlike any other you're likely to see: that is, unless you see it in another Fincher film.


Lucky Number Slevin


"Why do they call him the rabbi?"
This film caught me COMPLETELY off-guard. I thought it would be a quirky, Ocean's 11-type caper film, and instead it was so much more. Some may see the twist coming, but even so, it is swift, deliberate, and oh-so-much fun to watch. This film is, remarkably, top notch black comedy with bits of the best drama I've seen since I started watching movies. The ending alone sells this film. You HAVE to watch it.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

"One of the worst performances of my career, and they never doubted it for a second."
It's funny, given that I want to call this John Hughes' biggest triuph, because almost all his better known films - The Breakfast Club, Uncle Buck - are pretty big triumphs for the genre they're produced in. Basically, Matthew Broderick embodies one of the most memorable, deceptively clever characters in cinematic history.

No Country for Old Men

"Call it, friend-o."
I held a labored contempt towards the Coen brothers until I saw this film. After that, I've grown to love everything the duo produces. This movie is just....incredibly told. I can't say it has the highest themes, like Shawshank, but the way in which the characters are pitted is magnificent to watch. Cat-and-mouse stories, as evidenced by Enemy of the State and North by Northwest, can make some of the best narratives: and this one surely doesn't disappoint.

Citizen Kane

"Rosebud"
Call me a film snob or a purist, but you simply MUST give credit to Welles for conceiving this and Freund for shooting it. The most beautiful cinematography of its time, and some of the best for our time. Only Deakins or Kaminski could ever hope to outclass Kane's cinematographic bravado, and even then it's a close one. Watch this movie solely for the camerawork, it is, to be direct, breathtaking.

North by Northwest

"Who is this Caplan fellow?"
Hitchcock was someone I surprisingly never found that impressive. His stories were never particularly intricate or labored in themes and messages, they were simple tales of suspense. And, at least in this case, I loved what he set out to do. Cary Grant just owns his role, and the cropduster scene will go down in history as what typifies a chase scene.

12 Angry Men

"Wherever you run into it, prejudice obscures truth."
Henry Fonda, christ. I came to this film relatively late (last year) given the movies I watch, but God, I'm glad I watched it. For being a black-and-white film, I was surprised at its quality and the depth-of-composition. Besides that, the important thing is the acting and direction. Someone give Sidney Lumet an Oscar, he deserves one.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

"No anchovies, and I mean it: no anchovies."
This was the first film I ever saw, and it stuck with me. I love the art direction, I love the way Jim Henson handled the props and costuming, and for some reason I love the dialogue in it. Sue me.

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Others worth mentioning:
- Die Hard
- Cool Hand Luke
- Chinatown
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- Snatch
- Singin' in the Rain
- The Matrix
- Saving Silverman
- Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang
- Raging Bull
- The Fall
- The Truman Show
- The Usual Suspects
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2008, 9:42am

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Dammit. Once again someone beats me to the punch, and now Ben and I will look like we like exactly the same things. Ah well.........

I went to 15. wink


1.) The Shawshank Redemption


An unparalleled filmmaking achievement. Plain and simple. Arguably (or perhaps inarguably) the greatest movie ever made to date. The Shawshank Redemption is a powerful, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching article of cinema that shouldn't be missed by anyone. Incomprehensibly excellent writing, acting, directing, and the cinematography of Roger Deakins make this movie flat-out amazing. What I consider the most important and endearing theme in any movie: the endurance of spirit and hope.

2.) Fight Club


Smart, stylized trickery. Harsh contrast and color grades of greens give this surreal look at non-conformity the quality of being 'timeless' or, at least, way ahead of its 1999 release date as far as stylistic filmmaking looked. All-out odd and fun, expertly directed and acted, humorous and serious, innocent and violent- Fight Club is no-holds-barred cinematic experience.

3.) Ferris Bueller's Day Off

There really isn't much to say here past listing the name of it. Classic 80's pulp film, classic John Hughes, classic highschool. Classic movie. Timeless movie. Unforgettable movie. Hilarious movie. Awesome movie. There aren't enough adjectives to describe this one.

4.) The Lion King

The definition of 'epic' in referring to a movie, I think. The Lion King is one of the only movie I've seen in my entire life, animated or live-action, that I would safely consider a 'masterpiece'. Haunting, hilarious, tear-jerking, and triumphant. And Beauty and the Beast got nominated for Best Picture but this didn't. Pffttt. Best animated film ever. Take that, ill-conceived, overhyped, bloated/message-y Wall-E. wink


5.) Rush Hour 2


People always ask me why I regard this movie so highly. Really, I don't know. I just love it. I think it- and many people combat this statement with 'Shaun of the Dead'- is the epitome of the perfect blend between action and comedy. Dead-on. That, and you just can't beat a loud black actor like Chris Tucker teaming up with an amazing martial artist like Jackie Chan. Once was amazing, but twice? Somehow this sequel topped it's predecessor by a huge margin and just left me wanting more. Sadly, Rush Hour 3 wasn't quite the 'more' I wanted. But really, that doesn't matter. Because I'll always have the first two perfect action-comedies to keep my eyes company.

6.) Big Fish

One of the only Tim Burton movies I truly have liked, (the other is Sleepy Hollow) Big Fish is really a movie of genius. It, surprisingly, hits home for me on every level with its folklore, whimsical style, endearing acting, relentless heart, old-south conventions, and the lead character's striking/eye-watering resemblance in spirit and stories to that of my own grandfather. This movie is amazing, and I didn't expect it to be even close to so. Made me cry, one of only three movies to do that. (the other two listed above, Shawshank and The Lion King)

7.) Mission: Impossible

A big, messy, convoluted ball of an intrigue/action movie- but Mission: Impossible is one of my favorite and most rewatchable movies in my massive DVD collection. A thriller of sorts, it's edge-of-you-seat fun spun into pieces with sweeping, grand, slow scenes in great Brian DePalma fashion.

8.) Minority Report

In my eyes Spielberg's best movie. And really the only one of his I genuinely thought was really 'high-caliber stuff' the way people usually say all of his movies are. Smart, complex, and intense; Minority Report nevers ceases to amaze and offers such effortlessly cool concepts and seamless special effects even today that there's no denying the precision of the movie. Couple this with an excellent performance from Tom Cruise and some incredibly sharp acting (sadly early in his career) from Colin Farrel- and you've got yourself a little snippet of sci-fi genius. Easily the best Sci-Fi movie in my book. And yes, that's including topping Star Wars and Bladerunner. smile

9.) Lucky Number Slevin

This movie surprised me completely. Blew me away, even. The production values, the feel to it all, the acting, and most-especially the incredibly witty and crafty writing elevated this movie so high above others that may appear similar to it- I slap myself for passing this up, against the beckons of my friends who said it was excellent, when it went through theaters. Now, I can't get enough of it. Too smart for it's own good, Lucky Number Slevin has perhaps the most if not one of the most interesting and unexpected twists in it I've ever seen. I can't and wouldn't dare give it away here, but I highly, highly recommend seeing this movie. Fascinating, fun, and serious filmmaking.

10.) Zoolander


Perhaps the most-quotable movie I've ever come across, and in my mind an instant comedy/satire classic. Comedically, you've got Ben Stiller's best work, Owen Wilson's best work, and Will Ferrel's best work all wrapped up into this high-production-value, high-laughs movie. I love this movie so much, I quote it so much, it might appear borderline-obnoxious. But this is my guilty pleasure, and one of the few movies these days that can get just as many raunch-laughs without hefty gross-out humor or R-rated language.

And the other 5 I won't say anything about, but I simply can't leave off this list:

11.) Uncle Buck


12.) Enemy of the State


13.) The Departed



14.) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles



15.) Goodfellas


Whew.....that was a long-winded post. Sorry about that guys, I felt like I needed to say/show it all. smile
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2008, 1:59pm

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I went up to #12. They aren't in order by favorite

My list: smile

1. United 93
2.Flight Plan
3. War of the Worlds
4. Saving Private Ryan
5. Shaw Shank Redemption
6. The Client
7. Indiana Jones the First One
8. I am Legend
9.The Firm
10. James Bond
11. The God Father
12. The Matrix
13. Jurassic Park I,II, III
14. Jaws I

Not as cool looking as the others with pictures and all, but it gets the point across.

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Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2008, 2:03pm

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Besides a few nods to 12 angry men and citizen kane, I find it amusing (and sad) that 75+ years of film making will be virtually ignored in this thread, not to mention the contributions of Eurpoean Cinema.
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Hmm... well, there's no way I could ever put the list in order, and I probably won't be able to say for sure what my definite top movies are... but here it goes.

Here's a very rough list (I did 15):

1. Back to the Future

2. A Beautiful Mind

3. Big Fish

4. The Dark Knight

5. Edward Scissorhands

6. King Kong (2005)

7. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

8. The Matrix

9. Minority Report

10. Psycho

11. The Prestige

12. Sleepy Hollow

13. The Shining

14. The Truman Show

15. Vertigo


There are many others, but these are the ones that (I think) would be my top fifteen (not in order). I also hope to add The Shawshank Redemption, which I'll be seeing soon.
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2008, 5:30pm

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When I finished school I had a six month spell of relaxation. I didn't want a job, okay. This is a list of the films I watched repeatedly, and nightly.

Predator.

Die hard.

Tremors, bloody love this film, although the ass blasters went a little to far.

Young sherlock holmes, I think the scene with the stained-glass-window-knight c.g.i thing first started my interest in movie making.

Comando.

Goonies, hey you guys.

Lost boys, now that's story telling.

The thing, still freaks me out when he shocks the guy who's chest bursts open revealing some nice gnashers. And we then see the head spider, classic.

Hammer house of horror, mainly the vampire ones, but they all good, well nearly.

Them. The one with the huge ants, ooh, or should it be empire of the ants, Joan collins hmmm!
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Here are a few of my faves. They are in no special order, some bring back great memories, others i love for the cinematic genius, others because they are just such good fun.

1 GHOSTBUSTERS " who ya gonna call"



2 STAND BY ME



3 SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION


4 BACK TO THE FUTURE



5 CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND



6 ALIENS



7 ANCHORMAN



8 EMPIRE STRIKES BACK



9 ROCKY IV ( you gotta love the training sequence)



10 TERMINATOR TWO



Some are a little cheesy but there is no accounting for taste i guess. smile
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This is going to be really hard, and I know I'm going to forget some films as well. Top ten (I can think of) in no order.

1. Forrest Gump
I'd consider this one to be flawless. I've seen it dozens of times, and I tear up every time I see it.

2. The Goonies
Classic. Probably the best child acting in a film. Ever.

3. Speed Racer
This film may not seem like much at first glance (trailers make it look bad). But once you take a seat and try to enjoy the film, it takes you away. Emile Hirsch plays a perfect Speed and Mathew Fox is a total badass. Oh, the last 5 minutes of the film alone make this movie a 10 in my book. Did I mention the film is downright gorgeous?

4. Enemy of State
Edge of your seat, white-knuckle thriller. My favorite performance by Smith. Extremely satisfying to watch. Very nice to look at too.

5. The Usual Suspects
Amazing performances by everyone. Beautiful photography. The best plot twists I've witnessed in a movie.

6. The Bourne Ultimatum
I don't think I've ever seen a third film in a series that ties it all together as well as this film. Great directing as well. One of my favorite endings in a film.

7. The Dark Knight
Phenomenal directing. Ledger's performance was so incredible. I found this film to more of an extremely good action drama, but with batman in it to top it off. Actually, I think that is why the film's title lacks "batman". Hmmm...

8. The Big Lebowski
Funniest film I've ever seen. Unfortunately, whenever I see a movie with Jeff Bridges in it, I always see him as The Dude (that's why I hated him in Iron Man). Nobody else will make comedies like the Coen Brothers. Ever.

9. X-Men 2
Best Comic book film ever. Dark Knight is amazing, but not for being like a comic book. I love the focus on Wolverine's backstory. This movie was a tank of whoop-ass.

10. Wall-E
What Pooky said. It was tough to choose between this and The Incredibles, but I liked Wall-E's story more. Disney would be royally screwed now if it weren't for Pixar.

I know I'm missing a few... Those were films that stuck out to me the most though.
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Mike Q wrote:

Lost boys, now that's story telling.
Dude, that movie was made in my home town! smile Sorry, just had to mention it.
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FreshMentos wrote:

2. The Goonies Classic. Probably the best child acting in a film. Ever.
i think Stand By Me beats it in the acting department, although Goonies is amazing. smile
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Rating: +2/-2

Oh, Bryan, always with the snarky criticism whilst not offering a list yourself. I can't say I didn't expect it.
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Bryan M Block wrote:

Besides a few nods to 12 angry men and citizen kane, I find it amusing (and sad) that 75+ years of film making will be virtually ignored in this thread, not to mention the contributions of Eurpoean Cinema.
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Must you always be such a snob? Most of the people here are kids who have never had exposure to films that weren't released in theaters during their lives, or aren't considered "must-sees" like Star Wars. Give them a break, and get off your high horse! razz

That being said - for balance:

-Breathless
-The Conformist
-Wild Strawberries
-Umberto D.
-Sunrise (GREAT FILM)

-The Sound of Music


I mean come on - there are plenty of other older films that are worth mentioning, but honestly - they aren't going to be anyone here's favorites. We can appreciate them, but they're not going to have a lasting impact on us.

That being said, I have no way of possibly putting my films into any sort of order that I'll ever be happy with. They are my favorite films, not the ones I consider the best movies of all time. Most of these are going to sound cliche and stereotypical, but coming off of 4 months of pretentious/artsy film school, I really really don't care razz .

1. Lord of the Rings - I count them as one film, and it's my favorite of all time - hands down.
2. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - come on... the bad guys win - and that's the whole point!
3. The Dark Knight - having had time to properly analyze it, and despite its flaws (it's freaking long), its worthy of one of the top spots in my list.
4. Apollo 13 - perhaps its the combo of astronomy geek and sucker for "getting back home" movies - but this is seriously one of the best crafted films I've seen.
5. Casino Royale - Exactly what a franchise reboot should be. Kept all the elements of classic Bond that were working and canned the ones that weren't... hell it's even a good film in its own right.
6. There Will Be Blood - I think that this movie is the modern day Citizen Kane... and in a lot of ways I think that it's better than Kane.
7. Galaxy Quest - a fun movie that will ALWAYS make me laugh, but is also a great sci-fi film on its own.
8. Pan's Labyrinth - a fantastically demented fairy tale - gives me great confidence in Guillermo Del-Toro's handling of the upcoming Hobbit films.
9. Knocked Up - It was a close call between this and 40 Year Old Virgin/Superbad... but Knocked Up won out in the end. While it may not be as funny as the other 2 Apatow comedies, it mixes the humor with an incredibly touching story and heart that can't be beat.
10. E.T. - When thinking which film I should close my list with, I realized that I shouldn't go too fancy. Returning to my childhood, E.T. was one of those films that made me fall in love with cinema. The wonder and imagination is unmatched IMO.

Other favorites:
-Jurassic Park
-The Matrix (and yes, it's sequels are HIGHLY underrated)
-Jaws
-The Bourne Ultimatum
-Memento
-Little Miss Sunshine
-Transformers
-Armageddon (it's big, it's stupid, it's loud, it's totally scientifically inaccurate... but come on... it's badass)
-The Departed
-Close Encounters of the Third Kind
-Spider-man 1 and 2 (I'm still waiting for the real number 3 to come out... the one that wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen...)
-Children of Men
-And Schindler's List - which I've determined is a film that, as a human being, needs to be seen.


I probably forgot a whole bunch... but whatever - It's winter break, and my brain is 90% switched off! razz
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Christ, ones that I completely forgot....

- The Rules of the Game
- Memento
- Apollo 13
- Forrest Gump
- Stand By Me
- Jerry MaGuire

As for what Bryan's comments, I think that 75 years of cinema are ignored also because cinema has simply gotten better over time. Technological advancement, realizations of deeper storytelling: it's all happened. So while Fritz Lang might have figured himself a genius at conveying dark, German expressionism in 'M', it was still better conveyed in 'Blade Runner' by Ridley Scott. And I like 'M' better, I just think Scott's film made it more entertaining.

Likewise, Ozu's subjective camerawork in 'An Autumn Afternoon' might be "classic" and be important for Japanese and world cinema, but that still doesn't mean it in any way compares to the things we see today. I noted that I liked Cool Hand Luke, too, because its messages, direction, and acting are all hugely on-point. But I wouldn't pause for a second to say that The Shawshank Redemption isn't a whole lot better than it.

The things we should give nods to, we do: Citizen Kane is still good by today's standards, the cinematography and 'lighting' cuts in editing are still HUGELY intriguing for today's films. 12 Angry Men is still a taught, suspenseful drama that's well-executed by a director who is still working in Hollywood. North by Northwest has some incredible chase sequences (cropduster, Mt. Rushmore) that I think will live on, uneclipsed by other chase movies, save Enemy of the State.

Like I said, it's easy to be a film snob or a purist, but don't just give credit to something because it's 'a classic'. By and large, classic cinema has been rightly improved upon since time has gone by - that's inevitable - and the more recent movies are therein more enjoyable. It's not because we're young, or uninformed. It's because we see the improvements in cinema as as entertaining artform, and we appreciate them.

When the 'film brats' like Scorcese, Spielburg and Lucas rolled around, do you think they expected to be classics? No, probably not.
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Okay, my top ten..

1. Empire Strikes Back
Call me a fanboy all you want, but this is the best film of all time. It was the first movie I've ever watched that wasn't a cartoon, and I loved it. Eleven years later, it still remains my favorite.

2. The Dark Knight
Yeah, yeah, it's not a classic, but it's still an amazing film. I've watched it countless times already on DVD and it simply never gets old.

3. Forrest Gump
As FreshMentos said, this film is simply flawless. A truly creative film, and a great performance by Tom Hanks.

4. Xmen 2
Loved it. The best Marvel film of all time, IMO.

5. Patriot
My favorite Mel Gibson movie.

6.Return of the King
Though all three videos were great, this LOTR video tops them all.

7. Boondock Saints
People either love or hate this film..

8. Big Fish
Pretty much what everyone else has said about it.

9. JFK
Best Oliver Stone movie I've ever seen, including W.

10. Air Force 1
Harrison Ford is the good guy, Gary Oldman is the bad guy. Nuff said.
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Forrest Gump

No Country for Old Men

Jaws

The Sandlot

Saving Private Ryan

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Oh, Brother Where Art Thou

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Dark Night


Thats more than 10 but who really reads this crap anyways right.
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*In no particular order


1. The Shawshank Redemption - Same reasons everyone else has it on their top 10. Its a fantastic story that excells in all different way.


2. Jaws - A movie that is at first a horror film and then an adventure film. After you are amazed by the directing and the shark, you begin to notice the Oscar-worthy performance of Robert Shaw. His greatest role of his career.


3. L.A. Confidential - Just an awesome movie that takes an impossible to film book and turns it into a sharp film. Getting Kevin Spacey, Guy Pierce, and Russell Crowe into one film could never go wrong.


4. Alien - The ultimate sci-fi/horror film. Ridley Scott used the tight sets to induce fear in a creature you only see at the end of the film. Something a movie these days would probably dare not do.


5. Raiders of the Lost Ark - Same reasons as everyone else.


6. The Empire Strikes Back - The best of the Star Wars.


7. The Fellowship of the Ring - The best of LOTR.


8. Kingdom of Heaven D.C. - An amazingly beautiful film that got butchered for theaters.


9. Almost Famous - A great movie about music and those that contribute to it. A great script based off the true experiences of the director and backed by an awesome cast that is rounded out by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jason Lee.


10. Rushmore - Bill Murray's best film by far. A great comedy and a great drama made by the always impressive Wes Anderson. If you haven't seen it go buy it now.
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The Lion King
28 Days Later
Shaun of the Dead
Rushmore
Princess Mononoke
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
About a Boy
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Finding Nemo
MirrorMask

This was done in 5 minutes, I'm sure I'd replace a couple on there with some films I'm forgetting. No order.
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Princess Mononoke
Serpent, you're my hero... I could not for the life of me remember the name of this movie... Last time I saw it musta been 6-7 years ago.

Thanks!
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Off the top of my head and in no particular order, todays list is:

1- Jaws
2- Nosferatu (1922)
3- Dumb & Dumber
4- The Bourne Supremacy
5- Gladiator
6- Team America
7- Pans Labyrinth
8- The Dark Knight
9- The Iron Giant
10- One Hour Photo

Mantra
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Frosty G wrote:

Raiders of the Lost Ark - Same reasons as everyone else.
Is it me, or does Ford have a striking resemblance to Shia Lebouf in this still?
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STAR WARS IV (all the other SW's should have had this look and feel)
2001 (at the time it rocked)
Wizard of Oz (ultimate classic)
The Usual Suspects
The Bourne Identity (all of them)
Close Encounters
Back To The Future
The Matrix (first is the best but all are good)
Clockwork Orange
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Day The Earth Stood Still (not the new one)
Lord of the Rings
Pirates of the Carribbean
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Alien

15 is not enough... 50 is not enough. New movies, Wanted was cool, Dark Knight best Batman yet..... WallE, my boy and I have seen it now maybe 12 times.
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There's a difference between my favorite movies and the best movies. I know some movies I consider highly aren't the best, hah.

So here's my list in no particular order of my favorite movies:

1. The Prestige
I can't stop loving this movie, it's twisting plot, it's gripping drama, and the actors of course.

2. Reservoir Dogs
I liked Pulp Fiction, but I consider this movie to be the higher. This film had a lot of drama, with constant yelling, character flaws all over the place, an intense ending, and a few drops of Tarantino dialogue. Perfect.

3. Quiz Show
I just saw this, and I instantly liked it. The cinematography was outstanding-- not insanely cool like Minority Report-- just good. I also loved the performances, specifically James Franco.

4. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Self explanatory, hah. Classic.

5. Blazing Saddles
The most offensive, blatant, and lewd humor of that time. A+.

6. Children of Men
I really like how this movie plays out, and even more, the striking realism that this may happen some day.

7. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
A classic, a great story, and an awesome way to let a legend live on.

8. The Bourne Ultimatum
Oh, the sweet action, realism, and insane chases. I love it like no other.

9. Fight Club
"I am Jack's smirking revenge." Ed Norton is pretty close to Morgan Freeman on the narration he gives in this insane movie, and the twist flipped my world upside-down.

10. Burn After Reading
I saw this again last night, and it was even funnier the second time. I don't know why I liked this film so much; I can only tell you that it strikes a certain chord in me.


The Dark Knight would have made the list if this had been the best movies of all time, but honestly, I didn't like the movie that much. It was just... really well made.
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Oooohhhh tricky...

Actually I don't think I've got a top ten, but some films I enjoyed more than once are

Amélie - beautifully crafted film, no violence or explosions, and a look that inspired so many imitators. Seriously, watch it - wow!

L'Appartement - I just love Monica Bellucci

Irreversible - DO NOT WATCH THIS FILM!!! It is absolutely harrowing and will leave you traumatised. But as 9 11-minute reels played in reverse order, your sympathies change with each reel - it's well constructed from this view, but certainly not an easy watch. No no no...

Fight Club - A truly excellent script, grabs your attention right from the first page. It is script art. Amazing.

Shaun of the Dead - Like a 90-minute 'Spaced'. With Zombies. What's not to love?

28 Days Later - I do like this film, it's better than it should be. The scenes of London deserted really make it. If you know London, you'll understand.

The Breakfast Club - Just pure teen 80's-ness. Yes the script was weak, the characters cardboard, etc, but a film of victory, great message, and I still love it smile

Betty Blue - More Frenchness I'm afraid, but actually a rather moving film. The directors cut is too long, but try it one day. Very sad. But Beatrice Dalle on all those student posters gets into your head.

I also enjoyed - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (surprised me - was expecting it to be tacky but it was self-aware), La Conzeguence Del Amore (or similar - Italian - ok film, incredible soundtrack really made it bigtime), Jules et Jim (just a bit of a classic if a bit French), Various Carry On films - the ones with a bit of intelligence to the scripts alongside the slapstick

So it appears I like foreign sentimental films, and that probably sums it up - I do. smile
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freshmentos wrote:
"Dude, that movie was made in my home town!

You mean santa carla; the murder capitol of the world... lol. Where was that by the way. And has anyone seen that pile of shi... of a re-make?
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Some good lists already. My list changes depending on what films I've seen recently, but here it is at the moment.

1. Casablanca
2. The Prestige
3. Rushmore
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
5. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
6. Fargo
7. The General
8. Citizen Kane
9. Rear Window
10. Nuovo cinema Paradiso


Evman wrote:

-Sunrise (GREAT FILM)
Having seen Sunrise on print with live piano accompaniment, I heartily agree. biggrin
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I also forgot to mention Il Postino. Sorry for all the interjections!
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Mike Q wrote:

freshmentos wrote:
"Dude, that movie was made in my home town!

You mean santa carla; the murder capitol of the world... lol. Where was that by the way. And has anyone seen that pile of shi... of a re-make?
The city is actually called Santa Cruz, and yes at one point it was considered the Murder Cap of the world because there were three serial killers on the loose at once. That was back in the 70's though. Joel Schumacher changed the name to Santa Carla so the city wouldn't get such a bad image.

That piece of Sh!t wasn't a remake, it was a sequel. I know some of it was filmed in Santa Cruz because my friends were in the background of one of the shots. Not sure if all of it was filmed in my city though. Enh, who cares...
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Unrelated, they shot two entire seasons of Prison Break in and around the block that I live on, and my neighbor Robert Knepper is a costar and was recently in the Transporter 3. Booya!

Oh yeah, and the location scouts for the show decided to film a hold up scene in a diner we always shoot at after the owner of the establishment insisted the scouts watch Cover's Story. Booya x2!
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1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

In no particular order:

The Dark Knight
Wall-E
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Schindler’s List
E.T.
Die Hard
Jurassic Park

I'm probably forgetting a bunch, so if I remember any I'll post them. I'll also come up with a list of my favorite "old" movies for Bryan. smile
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Ah, an amendment to my list already:

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford would be in top 10 instead of something else.

I'd also love to add:

The Sting
Casino Royale
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Cup (Phörpa)
Jurassic Park
Wayne's World

unsure There are just too many great films. I don't think I could narrow it down to a top 10 to be honest.
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Yeah, add The Assassination of Jesse James to my top as well. God, I know I've posted a lot in here, but I just keep remembering faves! biggrin
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Nobody said The Godfather...?

I don't know if I can really choose ten, but a few are


The Godfather
The Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile
12 Angry men
Silence of the Lambs
The Matrix
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I guess I'll be renting Shawshank Redemption tonight considering everyone seems to have enjoyed it so much.
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When you watch it, look out for my favorite bit: the voiceover by Brooks, the librarian.

In my opinion, it marks the shift in the movie from standard Academy Award fare to something classic and incredible.
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My favourite 15 films in no particular order:

- Three Colours Blue
- Run Lola Run
- Pan's Labyrinth
- The Hudsucker Proxy
- Magnolia
- 12 Monkeys
- Pleasantville
- The General (Keaton)
- Santa Sangre
- Saboteur
- Trust
- The Red Squirrel
- The Iron Giant
- Millions
- Roman Holiday
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PSFreak wrote:

Nobody said The Godfather...?
It actually took me three tries before I could sit through The Godfather, I thought it was okay.

Some of my faves are:

The Girl Next Door
Sin City
300
X Men 3
The Color of Money
Children of Men
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Back to the Futures (part II especially)
The Warriors
Risky Business
Once Upon A Time in Mexico

EDIT: OH, forgot American Beauty. And Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

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Mine goes something like this:

1. Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo (aka The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)

2. The Godfather

3. The Pianist

4. Shawshank Redemption

5. LOTR

6. Empire Strikes Back

7. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

9. Chariots of Fire

10. Gandhi


Just missed out: 12 Angry Men, The Dark Knight
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It has been two years since a reply has been made to this topic, but I thought that I'd resurrect this poor thing to see if anyone has changed their minds over the years as far as what the "Top 10 best films of all time" are? And to bring this back so the people who weren't here then can chime in.

My favorites....
In no particular order

1 ) Rebel Without a Cause

2 ) It Could Happen To Y ou

3 ) Superman: The Movie

4 ) Back to the Future: Part I

5 ) Taken

6 ) Forrest Gump

7 ) Star Wars

8 ) Inception

9 ) Toy Story

10) The Karate Kid (The original, not that thing with Jackie Chan)


I couldn't help myself, I had to throw this one in...
11) Rambo: First Blood
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Wow, my list has changed quite a bit in 2 years. It is now:

1. Inglourious Basterds
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. Back To The Future: Part I
4. Shaun of the Dead
5. Black Swan
6. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
7. The Truman Show
8. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
9. The Departed
10. Inception

11. Casino Royale
12. Lost In Translation
13. (500) Days of Summer
14. LOTR
15. King Kong (2005)
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Some staples for me still include:-

Amelie (Jeunet's production design is always luscious)
Slumdog Millionaire (brilliant storytelling)
Fight Club (inception? Pah!)
The Breakfast Club (When teen movies had morals, not pie-***ing)
Shaun of the Dead (still funny and before concessions to studios)
Memento (you don't need a huge budget to tell a twisting thriller)
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pdrg wrote:

The Breakfast Club (When teen movies had morals, not pie-***ing)
Hehe, amen.
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1. Star Wars (A New Hope)

2. The Fellowship of the Ring

3. Inception

4. Serenity

5. Batman Begins

6. The Prestige

7. The Matrix

8. Star Trek (2009)

9. King Kong (2005)

10. The Incredibles

11. Raiders of the Lost Ark

12. The Bourne Trilogy

13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

14. Memento

15. Back to the Future

16. The Shawshank Redemption

17. The Iron Giant

18. Die Hard

19. T2

20. The Emperor's New Groove



I don't really have the time to write something about each of these right now, but I might edit this post later. [/u]
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10. The Great Escape Simultaneously a mature and upbeat movie, with a cast full of awesome guys who were convincing heroes without slow motion, huge muscles, or big guns.

9. Platoon A lot of movie attempting to be dark and psychological fall flat when they're replaced by ridiculous action, extravagant SFX or flagrant patriotics. Fortunately, this had none of them and managed to really convey the disgusting, as well as terrifying, atmosphere of Vietnam.

8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson. That is all I need to say.

7. Juno Totally surprised me with its wit and heart. Some of the dialogue at the beginning is ridiculous ("Honest to blog", anyone?) but full of endearing characters and a perfect drama/comedy mix. Ellen Page is possibly the best actor in her age group.

6. Braveheart It sucks that Mel Gibson has been going downhill for a while, because this is an awesome movie, with every range of emotion and great storytelling (WHO CARES IF IT'S HISTORICALLY ACCURATE!)


5. We Were Soldiers Another Gibson movie. He's a really good actor who seems to get into his roles really well. This movie is also great on the opposite end of the spectrum from Platoon. Violent, but very patriotic without being ridiculous. The Vietnamese are not displayed as soulless monsters, and there are several scenes away from the battleground that give a few minutes to breath.

4. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King The most emotional, epic, and triumphant movie of the series and a perfect conclusion. So much has been said about this that any more would be redundant. This is what made the movie for me, however: "I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you!" One of my 3 favorite scenes in any film, ever.

3. The Shawshank Redemption Another movie I surprisingly liked. It wasn't very intense or dramatic, but still left me smiling at the end. Morgan Freeman was awesome.

2. The Last Samurai Melodramatic and idealistic, yeah. Subtle and realistic, no. But still an inspiring and dramatic story about the samurai and their end. The final scenes are some of the best I've seen in any movie.

1. Rocky This connected with me personally a great amount, as an athlete and a human being. It's impossible not to connect to Rocky as he goes through all his challenges, but still remains a kind and brave, if flawed, person. This series got me more times than any others: in fact, the fourth one is the only one that didn't get me all sentimental. The first one is still the best, of course.

Others that got close:
Die Hard
Fight Club
Batman (1989)
Cinderella Man
Saving Private Ryan
Terminator 2
The Passion of the Christ
It's A Wonderful Life
The Longest Day
Keys of the Kingdom
Inception
Invincible
Undisputed II/III
Raging Bull
Goodfellas
Pulp Fiction
A Beautiful Mind
Gladiator
First Blood

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One that I saw this year that I felt worthy of mention, and probably the only foreign film I've ever seen, is,
"Christmas Story".

It is an obviously fictional story of the man who became Santa Claus. It was made in Finland and I thought it was absolutely wonderful! (Although the audio was dubbed rather than having subtitles so that was a bit distracting).

Anyway definitely recommend that one, although not quite good enough, in my opinion, for my "top ten all time movies."
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Wow, my list really has changed in three years..

1. The Empire Strikes Back (Still the perfect film IMO)

2. Fight Club (Thanks Tarn for the recommendation)

3. 500 Days of Summer

4. Moon

5. Shawshank Redemption (I said I would rent it in my previous post back in 2008, became one of my favorites of all time)

6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

7. Exit Through the Gift Shop

8. The Big Lebowski

9. Watchmen


10. Inception (The unbelievable hype afterwords almost ruined it for me)

Five honorable mentions..
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Batman Begins
Toy Story
Catch Me If You Can
Tropic Thunder
Big Fish
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Fight Club
The Big lebowski (WAY TO GO DONNIE)
Elf
Inception
Dark Knight
Gangs of New York
Fargo
Good Fellas
Pulp Fiction
Boondock Saints
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Biblmac wrote:

One that I saw this year that I felt worthy of mention, and probably the only foreign film I've ever seen, is,
"Christmas Story".
[...]
It is an obviously fictional story of the man who became Santa Claus. It was made in Finland and I thought it was absolutely wonderful!
A Finnish movie about Santa Claus? Try this on for size!

Oh, and you should watch more foreign movies wink
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Hahahaha! The movie I watched, I only watched because it was a on netflix as a "play now" so I could watch it on my computer whenever I felt like it. Haha but "Rare Exports", that movie looks AWESOME! Haha. Anyway, got any foreign films you recommend?
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Did I dream that whole conversation about E.T.? Edit:(Oh, that's in the Health thread. Makes sense.)

Biblmac, check out some Jean-Pierre Jeunet films! I've recently been catching up on the films of his that I've missed. Mic-Macs a couple nights ago, Delicatessen last night, City of Lost Children tonight probably. He's a fantastic, visionary director with a superb sense of humor, and immense respect for classic cinematography and technique, despite being self-taught. His films are incredibly unique.

The only film of his that I can't recommend is Alien: Resurrection, and I didn't even know he made it until a couple days ago.
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Aculag wrote:

Did I dream that whole conversation about E.T.? Edit:(Oh, that's in the Health thread. Makes sense.)
What dosen't make sense is that this implies that you have dreams about FXhome conversations.
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I think that makes perfect sense.
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It would certainly explain a few things.
Posted: Fri, 8th Apr 2011, 5:30pm

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Aculag

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They're more like nightmares, really. I had this one where CX3 and I were crushed under a giant wall of text that Atom posted. Or maybe that was something else.