Movies - Top 10 of all time (1 Viewer)

Gerard K H Love

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What are your favorite movies of all time. This is harder than it looks. It will tell volumes about you.

The Big Lebowski
Pulp Fiction
American Beauty
A Clockwork Orange
Cool Hand Luke
Young Frankenstein
The Shining
No Country For Old Men
The Godfather I & II

Yes, I did not include Barfly or Factotum, but the books were better and I think all of us should refrain from those two movies- to be objective.
I wanted to include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but the book is better.
These are movies that not only entertained but influenced me in some way.
Not in any particular order with the exception of Dr. Strangelove which is definitely #1:

Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)

A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)

The Commitments (1991, Alan Parker)

The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944, Frank Capra)

Black Sabbath (1963, Mario Bava)

Strangers on a Train (1951, Alfred Hitchcock)

Being There (1979, Hal Ashby)

Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)

Pink Flamingos (1972, John Waters)

I've left out recent films in favor of "enduring classics." Sometimes movies that really impress me when they're new don't hold up so well 5 or 10 years later.
this is a tough one, but:
Dead man
Donnie darko
No country for old men
North fork
Paris, texas
Bagdad cafe
Me and you and everyone we know
The abyss
City of the lost children
City of god
Dark crystal
Buffalo 66
Do documentaries count?:
Capturing the friedmans
Flight from death: the quest for immortality
Dark days
Unknown white male

i know that's more than 10, but it's the best i could do.
A Clockwork Orange
The Exorcist
The Red Violin
Pulp Fiction
Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny
The Piano
The Gods Must be Crazy (I & II)
The Shawshank Redemption
Gotta claim ignorance on that.

As for Kubrick, perhaps we were all persuaded by that scene in "Clockwork" where Litl' Alex goes into the record store and Kubrick shamelessly has a copy of 2001: A Space Odyssey at the counter display in full regalia.:cool:

Oh, I would have added "Henry and June" if it had come to mind when I was posting.
no order and could change at any second.....

The Fire Within (Louis Malle, 1963)
Bay of Angels (Jacques Demy, 1963)
Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005)
The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
In A Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950)
Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman,1971)
Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes, 1976)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah, 1974)

there's one movie on a pedestal, that is above all my other choices, somewhat of a cliche, but so be it. Casablanca.

10 doesn't seem like enough. christ, I missed so many.
ah well.
Wow chronic are you a?....see previous post. :D

I have been called many things, but never a ?

I wanna change one of my selections and swap out Being There for White Heat, but what can I take out to accommodate Sunset Boulevard? Hmm.

i think there was maybe a sequel made, when the kids are all older? not sure about this, or what the title is, but would love to see it. a really gut-wrenching movie.

It's called City of Men. I haven't seen it either but a satisfactory follow-up to City of God is hard to imagine.
Hooch - I hear ya on the Casablanca mention. That is one film that blew me away when I finally got around to watching it. I mistakenly thought that it belonged to my parents' generation and couldn't possibly hold up after the intervening years. WRONG. I have turned a lot of people on to this film (after pleading and badgering, of course) and not one of them has complained. They all loved it.

As for my Top 10, I chose to divide it into 5 dramas and 5 comedies. Laughter is important to me and I think comedy is every bit as difficult to pull off as drama.
To paraphrase a famous poet : "Comedy has kept the rope from my throat/Maybe it will loosen yours".

Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
Godfather I (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
Godfather II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes)
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007, Andrew Dominik)
Modern Romance (1981, Albert Brooks)
Lost In America (1985, Albert Brooks)
Animal Crackers (1930, Victor Heerman)
O Brother Where Art Thou ? (2000, Coen Brothers)
Sleeper (1973, Woody Allen)

I may be rolling the dice a bit on Jesse James, but it sure looks like it has what it takes to hold my admiration for years to come. Also, my apologies to Kurosawa, Wilder, Bergman, and Spike Lee - four directors who have always made me feel AND think.
okay this a hard one but here's the short list:

Apocalypse Now
Godfather I
Short Stories
Jackie Brown
O Brother Where Art Thou
LA Confidential
No Country For Old Men
Clockwork Orange
Dr Strangelove

I know I will think of more but there you go.
Just off the top of my head.
ok, because this thread has become a tad cold and because I've been sick lately and have had the time to think about the movies I left off, here are the movies that I love and can't believe aren't in my top 10....

A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
Leaving Las Vegas (Mike Figgis, 1995)
Bull Durham (Ron Shelton, 1988)
Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964)
Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959)
Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)
The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939)
Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958)
The Informer (John Ford, 1935)
The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
Stardust Memories (Woody Allen, 1980)
Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
Apocalypse Now ( Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
as well as any John Cassavetes film, except for Faces (which I like, but don't love).

ok, sorry to Bogart, but I've been sick...
have pity, show some mercy, some human kindness.
or something.
Why didn't I mention...

Babel (2006, Alejandro González Iñárritu )
All About Eve (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Do The Right Thing (1989, Spike Lee)
Drunken Angel (1948, Akira Kurosowa)
Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
In America (2002, Jim Sheridan)
Big Fish (2003, Tim Burton)
The Conversation (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
American Pop (1981, Ralph Bakshi)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975, Milos Forman)

Man I loves me some movies. I wouldn't mind continuing this into Top 10 Westerns, Crime Dramas, Romances, etc...
Too tough for me to type a top 10.

Some of my favorite movies:

Breaking the waves
The unbearable lightness of being
christ, I forgot...
The Ice Storm (Ang Lee, 1997)
8 1/2 (Frederico Fellini, 1953)
my top ten of my first list

Apocalypse Now
Eraser Head
The Professional
Paris Texas
the 3 burials of Melquiades Estrada
Buffalo 66
the Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros
Nobody Knows
Tae Guk Gi
the Deer Hunter

I am a girl ,so one more,

La Strada
Alphabetical... since I'm too much of a puss to rank them numerically:

American Beauty
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Ghost World
The Incredibles
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Princess Bride
Pulp Fiction
Requiem for a Dream

Runners up include Fellowship of the Ring, Casablanca, Bringing Up Baby, and (despite the changes...) Breakfast at Tiffany's. Also really like The Aviator, Gangs of New York, and The Prestige. Though those are more recent viewings so I haven't had time to rewatch them yet.

And before you ask... yes, I love animation. My DVD collection is at least half animation of some variety.
Off the top of my head, ten essential movies.
Not necessarily in this order:

1.) The General
2.) No Country For Old Men - Barton Fink... etc.(or simply: "The Cohen Brothers")
3.) Psycho
4.) Wizard Of Oz
5.) Taxi Driver
6.) Unforgiven
7.) Great Escape
8.) Koyaanisqatsi
9.) Cool Hand Luke
10.) Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Essential. All of them essential.
Koyaanisqatsi! I trust on your spelling.
That's ages ago, memories, Philip Glas music?!
I think they made a second one, don't know the title and never seen it.
I can't get down to 10, so I decided to simply mention some of my faves that I haven't yet seen mentioned:

The Seven Samurai
It's A Wondferful Life
The Philadelphia Story
The Hustler
Raging Bull
Down By Law
Empire Strikes Back
Lawrence of Arabia

& 2 great little films:
Fat City
Breaking Away
Koyaanisqatsi! I trust on your spelling.
That's ages ago, memories, Philip Glas music?!
I think they made a second one, don't know the title and never seen it.

the sequel was 'Powaquatzi' - don't quote me on the spelling!
much more quiet than 'Koya' in a way.
Koyaanisqatsi! I trust on your spelling.
That's ages ago, memories, Philip Glas music?!
I think they made a second one, don't know the title and never seen it.

the sequel was 'Powaquatzi' - don't quote me on the spelling!
much more quiet than 'Koya' in a way.

This will help you'se guys:

Let's continue

Grapes of Wrath
The Flim Flam Man
An Inconvenient Truth
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Kill Bill Vol. 1 - Vol. 2
Road to Perdition .......
I don't think I have 'the' Top-10-movies. But there are a couple of movies that I'm watching again and again over the years.

- Dead Poets Society
- The Fisher King
- Groundhog Day
- Gattaca
- The Last Unicorn
- U2 live in Sidney
- The Wall
- Life of Brian
- Mr. Jones
- Leon The Professional
1. The Big Lebowski
2. Miller's Crossing
3. O Brother Where Art Thou
4. See Father Luke's "The Coen Brothers" answer above
5. One False Move
6. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
7. State of Grace
8. The Untouchables
9. Reservoir Dogs
10. Memento
I could not do just 10:

Being There
Harold and Maude
Annie Hall
Willy Wonka
Me & You and Everyone we Know
An Angel at my Table
Stardust Memories
Cuckoo's Nest
Dial M
Deer Hunter
Blue Velvet
Blazing Saddles
Chuck and Buck
Eternal Sunshine
Rabbit Proof Fence
Spinal Tap
Presented alphabetically with the exception of #1 which is, in my humble estimation, man's greatest film making achievement.

The Road Warrior
Ace in the Hole (a.k.a. Dark Carnival)
An Angel at My Table
Bastard Out of Carolina
Chuck and Buck
Crumb [documentary]
Ed Wood
Edward Scissorhands
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind
Grey Gardens [documentary]
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse [documentary]
L.A. Story
Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains
Leaving Las Vegas
Léon (a.k.a. The Professional)
Lost in America
Me & You and Everyone we Know
Modern Romance
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Nikita (a.k.a. Le Femme Nikita)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Paris, Texas
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Pulp Fiction
Rabbit-Proof Fence
Ruby in Paradise
Seven up (and the five follow-ups; 14 up, 21 up, 28 up, 35 up, 42 up, 49 up) [documentary]
Taxi Driver
Tender Mercies
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (thanks for reminding me F.Luke)
The Hotel New Hampshire
The King of Comedy
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original)
This Boy's Life
This Is Spinal Tap
What's Eating Gilbert Grape

So there are 40 or so of my top 10 movies. There are great movies I exclude because I don't feel that they have held up over time...Clockwork Orange, Dr. Stangelove...I just can't watch them anymore, they are not what they once were. There are a few in my list that may not stand the test of time either, but have so far.
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... Amadeus ...

yeees, Amadeus! - very great!

others I couldn't include due to the 10-limitation:

- Limelight (=late Charles Chaplin - no comedy)
- Star Wars (the classic episodes [iv-vi])
- Matrix (only part 1!)
- The Godfather (1-3)
- Ocean's 11 + 12 (Not 13)

some who nearly make it to the list, but not quite:

- Pulp Fiction
- Die Hard
- You've got mail (no, I'm NOT a girl!)
- City of Angels (NO, I ain't!)
- Beautiful Girls (Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman, ...)
- L'effrontée (Charlotte Gainsbourg - daughter of Serge)
- Fight Club
- Woyzek (with Klaus Kinski by Werner Herzog)
- The scent of a woman

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