Movies - Top 10 of all time

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

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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


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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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In no particular order:

Lord Of The Rings trilogy
Alamo (2004)
Taxi Driver
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's nest
Rasputin - Dark Servant Of Destiny
Dr. Strangelove
Clockwork Orange
Panic In Needle Park
Iron Weed
American Splendor
Blazing Saddles

Gangster movies (yes, I enjoy a good gangster movie):

The Godfather trilogy
Donnie Brasco
Luciano (Italian movie)
Once Upon A Time In America
The Youngest Godfather
and the sequel:
A Godfathers Story




Most movies by/with Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Steve Martin, John Candy, Marx Brothers...
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me too! every time someone posts here, i think oh shit, i forgot about that one!. there are now at least 20 more movies i would like to add to my original list.
Just send one of us moderator types the new list, we can update it.


Bukfan -

Great idea for a thread high-jacking. :p
My favs in the crime/gangster genre (not including Godfather) are:

Once Upon A Time In America
The French Connection
Eastern Promises
Resevoir Dogs



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Bukfan -

Great idea for a thread high-jacking. :p
My favs in the crime/gangster genre (not including Godfather) are:

Once Upon A Time In America
The French Connection
Eastern Promises
Resevoir Dogs


Yes, maybe we should have a thread for the gangster/crime movies - and one for Best Westerns!;)

I forgot The French Connection 1 & 2. Great movies!
M? - The old German one with Peter Lorre? I've seen it many years ago. It's quite famous.

Gerard: Yes, Casino is also a great gangster movie! I even went out and bought the book!
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...Most movies by/with Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Steve Martin, John Candy, Marx Brothers...

yes, how could i forget the marx bros? and john candy was great. i forgot trains planes and automobiles too. i love charlie chaplin too.
10 Best Comedies of all time?:

10. Napoleon Dynamite
9. Fletch
8. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
7. Young Frankenstein
6. Monty Python Search for the Holy Grail
5. Blazing Saddles
4. Sleeper
3. Blues Brothers
2. Dr. Strangelove
1. The Big Lebowski

Forgot a lot of movies...but I have to use my 30 minutes editing time to put Spinal Tap in there somewhere near the top.

Digney in Burnaby

donkeys live a long time
Duel, early one by Steven Spielberg. Dennis Weaver vs. an anonymous truck driver.
Taxi Driver.
Cool Hand Luke.
The Haunting, the original with Claire Bloom, from the novel by Shirley Jackson.
Blade Runner.
The Rowdyman, early Gordon Pinsent who got nominated for an Oscar last year, a 50 year in the making overnight success.
Gulliver's Travels, animated by the Fleischer Bros.
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, when I fell in love with Jody Foster.

Most of these seen on t.v. Last time I went to a theatre was close to 15 years ago.

hank solo

Just practicin' steps and keepin' outta the fights
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Thanks chronic, I haven't checked angryalien for ages. They've added a few since my last visit. Some of those are better than the originals.

Gerard K H Love

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I was just reading the Was Bukowski somewhat bisexual thread and then to see this. It's too bad when you have a crush on someone who has made another choice. Then if what has been rumored about her is bullshit then, nevermind. I think Jodie Foster is a great actress and is quite attractive.


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It's too bad when you have a crush on someone who has made another choice

I hate to break it to you Gerard, but you were probably never in the running either way. On the bright side, since we're talking sexual fantasies here, now you can have Jodie Foster and Rosie O'Donnell... umm, wait a minute, let's make that someone other than Rosie. Bea Arthur maybe?

Hmmm, I guess I'll have to get back to you on that. This will require some deep thinking.

Gerard K H Love

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Yo chronic I am not the one who said he was in love with Jodie Foster. She has played some great roles, however. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Rosie is another story.
Vancouver international film festival is running now and I am thinking about movies and I am making this an excuse to reply to this old thread with my favorite list. the order is arbitrary.

1. Nostalgia (Andre Tarkovsky, 1983)
2. Umberto D (Vittorio De Sica, 1952)
3. Time of the gypsies (Emir Kusturica, 1988)
4. La Strada (Fredrico Fellini, 1954)
5. The seven samurai (Akira Kurusawa, 1954)
6. Life, and nothing more (Abbas Kiarostami, 1991)
7. Pulp fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
8. The elephant man (David Lynch, 1980)
9. Children of Heaven (Majid Majidi, 1997)
10. Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura, 1983)
It changes almost every year but right now my all time Top 10 would be

1. Taxi Driver
2. The Dreamlife of Angels (La Vie rêvée des anges)
3. Cool Hand Luke
4. Barton Fink
5. Masculin, féminin
6. A Bridge Too Far
7. The Royal Tenenbaums
8. Dead Man's Shoes
9. Oldboy
10. Alfie (The Caine Version, not the horrid Jude Law remake)
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Here are some of my favorites that come to mind now:

L'âge Des Ténébres - Denys Arcand (2007)
Les Invasions Barbares - Denys Arcand (2003)
Le Déclin De L'empire Américain - Denys Arcand (1986)
Leaving Las Vegas - Mike Figgis (1995)
Factotum - Bent Hamer (2005)
Hedwig And The Angry Inch - John Cameron Mitchell (2001)
Boogie - Radu Muntean (2008)
The Big Lebowski - Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (1998)
Ghost World - Terry Zwigoff (2001)
Den Brysomme Mannen - Jens Lien (2006)
Bitter Moon - Roman Polanski (1992)
Taxidermia - Gyärgy Pálfi (2006)

I didn't see Denys Arcand mentioned in other lists. He's Canadian and in my opinion one of the finest directors out there.
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