Your TOP 15 MOVIES of All-Time
I've seen this thread before, but now that we know everyone better and there are new people, let's go again ...
Mine - in no particular order ....
1. Lord of the Rings (I'm cheating and count this all as one)
3. The Three Musketeers (w/ Michael York - 2 movies, also counts as one)
4. Lawrence of Arabia
5. A Christmas Story
6. The Wild Bunch
8. Big Trouble in Little China
9. The Thing
10. Spider Man II
12. The Natural
13. Phantom of the Opera
14. Last of the Mohicans
15. Army of Darkness
1. A River Runs Through It
2. Legends of the Fall
3. Pulp Fiction
4. Last of the Dogmen
5. Office Space
6. Blade Trilogy (ranked 3 was the best, then 1 then 2)
8. Kill Bill 1 and 2
9. Reservior Dogs
11. The Outsiders
13. Full Metal Jacket
14. Dances with Wolves
15. Donnie Brasco
1.Halloween(all of them)
3.Kiss of the Dragon
5.Romeo Must Die
8.Blood in Blood out
9.Mi Vida Loca
11.Texas Chainsaw Massacre(The Newer one)
12.fast and the furious
13.The Hills Have Eyes
1) Star Wars (the original trilogy)
2) The Lord of the Rings trilogy
3) Open Range
4) The Cowboys
5) Pirates of the Carribean
6) Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan
7) Quigley Down Under
8) Spiderman I & II
9) X-Men I & II (haven't seen III yet)
13)Robin Hood, Men in Tights (thoroughly hilarious Mel Brooks movie)
14)Young Frankenstein (same as the above entry)
15)The Fast and the Furious
1.Star Wars eps 111
2.Dawn of the dead (1970) Version
6.Above The Rim
7.Boys N the Hood
9.Ninja Turtles 2
10.Boold in blood out
13.Paid and Full
14.Night of the living dead
15.If looks could Kill
I loved that film .... the way they fixed up their living space with JCPenney stuff, and used the restaurant for meals. That blonde-haired guy ****ed up, though ... if it wasn't for his screwup, they might still be up there ;D
1. The Jerk (sad but true all the rest are random order)
2. Silence of the Lambs
3. It's a Wonderful Life
3. Gone With the Wind
4. Shawshank Redemption
5. The Big Chill
6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
7. Planes Trains and Automobiles
8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
9. Midnight Cowboy
10. Nightmare Before Christmas
12. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
13. Indiana Jones
14. Body Heat
15. The Terminator
And about five minutes after I post this I'll think of 10 others I would replace these with...
It's been longer than five minutes ....
I love your 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12 ... but especially 9.
I often tell people that Jon Voigt (used to be) one of the very best film actors ... and the way to tell was to watch "Midnight Cowboy" back to back with "Runaway Train" - made 12 - 14 years later. Now THAT'S range.
Both those films shouldda made my list (esp. Runaway Train)
1) Steppenwolf (based on the Hermann Hesse novel)
2) Siddhartha (same as above)
3) The Razor's Edge (80s version w/ Bill Murray)
4) Help! (Beatles)
5) After Hours
7) 'Round Midnight
8) The Last Temptation of Christ
9) Where the Buffalo Roam
10) Pow Wow Highway
11) The Blues Brothers
12) Vanishing Point
13) The Time Machine
14) Altered States
15) Mo' Better Blues
Bill Murray's Gonzo over Johnny Depp's?
I liked 'em both .... Christina Ricci is SO sexy.
And 'Laslow' too.
Benecio del Toro is one helluvan actor though ... who played him in "Buffaloes Roam"?
Depp and del Toro don't embue their respective characters with the same zany humor as Murray and Boyle, IMO.
Of course, WTBR was based not only on "Fear and Lothing in L.V." but on "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" as well, so comparisons only go so far...
This list is constantly under revision, so I'll present the current edition alphabetically.
American Beauty (1999) - Kevin Spacey's mid life crisis is the best work of his distinguished career and the lynchpin of an excellent ensemble cast. Also, a surprisingly touching film, full of quiet observations about life and loss.
Blazing Saddles (1974) - Arguably the best comedy ever made and light years ahead of its time, as the humor and racial satire still hold up well today.
Citizen Kane (1941) - I didn't expect this movie to live up to the hype, but I was pleasantly surprised. Incredibly influential in a visual sense, the film has been copied and parodied so much, people who haven't seen it will find viewing it almost surreal.
Cool Hand Luke (1967) - Simply a masterpiece. Paul Newman is one of the finest actors ever and his performance in this film is the high water mark of his career.
Dawn of the Dead (1978) - Arguably the best horror movie ever and undoubtedly the best zombie movie ever. George Romero blends horror, humor, action, suspense and social commentary into a classic film that was achieved on a fraction of what studio movies cost to produce.
Full Metal Jacket (1987) - Stanley Kubrick pulls incredible performances out of several members of the cast, including R Lee Ermey and Vincent D'Onofrio. Also, Mathew Modine's best work. The first 45 minutes are absorbing, even after repeated viewings.
The Godfather I/II (1972/1974)- I included parts I and II because they're inseperable in my mind. If pressed to choose, I would say this is one case where the sequel actually exceeds the original. The litany of great actors in these films give them the edge over Martin Scorsece's mob classics like Goodfellas and Casino.
Jaws (1975) - Spielberg at the height of his game. A terrific ensemble cast and an unforgettable score. This movie doesn't get nearly enough credit for its influence. Its spawned countless duplicates and certain plot elements are repeated like gospel by screenwriters 30 years later.
King Kong (1933) - An unmitigated classic that has stood the test of time. Ray Harryhausen's special effects genius overshadow whatever flaws the movie might contain. The pathos of Kong's plight, trapped in a world he never made, hits me almost as hard today as the first time I saw this movie over 35 years ago.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) - Possibly my second favorite movie of all time. John Ford's greatest film. The Duke is in full effect and James Stewart is rock solid as an idealistic lawyer. Lee Marvin's turn as the title character steals the movie, though. Liberty Valance radiates menace throughout in one of the most believable villain portrayals in film history.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Nicholson's best work and he's matched by Louise Fletcher's magnificent turn as the coldy authoritarian Nurse Ratched. Czech director Milos Forman claimed that Ratched (and the asylum) were metaphors for the Soviet Union. A brilliant ensemble cast including Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd in his film debut, and Brad Dourif, also in his film debut, in the haunting role of Billy Bibbit.
Pulp Fiction (1994) - Samuel L Jackson as Jules the hitman is worth the price of admission alone. Fantastic dialogue (arguably the most quotable movie ever) and countless memorable scenes made this one of the most enjoyable movie experiences of my life.
Seven Samurai (1954) - My favorite movie of all time. For my money, Akira Kurosawa is the best director ever and this was his greatest film. Possibly the most influential movie ever made. Three and a half hours long, but you're sad when its over, so transported are you by Kurosawa's vision and Toshiro Mifune's tour de force performance.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - Taut intelligent psychological thriller with a letter perfect performance by Anthony Hopkins as the brilliant serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Scary and clever, its unfortunate its been artlessly and endlessly duplicated over the last 15 years.
The Terminator (1984) - The best action movie ever and its not even close. The pacing is perfect and the story is constructed like a Swiss watch. Schwarzenegger and Hamilton get all the credit, but the hidden strength of this movie is Michael Biehn's lynchpin performance as Terminator hunter Kyle Reese.
Alright. I'll give it a shot. In NO particular order...
1. Star Wars saga (yes, all 6 movies)
2. Lord of the Rings trilogy
5. The Longest Day
6. The Three Amigos
8. National Lampoon's Vacation
9. Star Trek II: KHAAAAAAAANNNNNNNN
10. The Blues Brothers
11. The Ten Commandments (can't beat Charleston Heston and Yul Brenner)
12. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
13. Blazing Saddles
14. The Princess Bride
Props for having army of darkness in your top 15 :D :thumbsup:
In no order.
2. The Lord of the Rings
3. Bad Boys I & II
4. Tremors (just the one with Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward tho, Bert is hilarious.)
5. Kill Bill series
6. Planes Trains and Automobiles
7. Grumpy Old men and Grumpier old men
8. Army Of Darkness
9. Ferris Bueller's day off
10. Con Air
11. Tears of the sun
14. Scarface (all time fav)
15. Pulp Fiction :afro:
I'm DEFINITELY gonna have to get "Army of Darkness" ....
And since so many love the original "Dawn of the Dead," (not on my list, but close) ... am I right when I say that the blonde guy really f'ed things up for the others when he was screwing around with those trucks and got bit?
If he had stuck to the plan like the black guy told him ... they might still be up there. :cuss:
One of my favorites that I have not seen on anyone's list is Clockwork Orange
Here's a little twist on the topic. What are the movies you wouldn't put in your favorite list, but have watched more times than you'd like to admit to? You know, the ones you pause on when come across them no matter how matter times you've seen them?
For some unknown reason close to the top of that list for me would be:
That concept probably shouldn't have worked, yet it does, over and over and over and...
Others I pause on.
Survivor (I think that's the name of it, a ridiculous Robin Williams movie that never fails to crack me up)
Sideways (Comes close to making my top 15)
And.. even though the ten minutes has long passed I can't believe I omitted one of my top movies of all time. NETWORK! Simply brilliant and so far ahead of it's time it's unbelievable. I'm still mad as hell!
Manhunter (original adaptation of Harris's Red Dragon, starring the CSI guy )
The Dunwich Horror (with a young Dean Stockwell)
Where Eagles Dare (Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton & Ingrid Pitt in one of her few non-vampire roles.)
Addicted to Love (Meg Ryan & Matthew Broderick join up to stalk each other's ex's. I don't know why I find that interesting.)
The Last Valley (Michael Caine & Omar Sharif in a story centered on a tiny village in a peaceful European valley during the 100 years war. Things go really bad, of course, and the best looking gal in the village is burned as a witch. I would not have stood for this, personally.)
SS- Portrait in Evil (Often shown on the History Channel, David Warner turns in an incredible performance as Reinhard Heydrich. For some strange reason, I have to stop everything I'm doing when this show comes on. It's like seeing a plane blow up in mid air.)
You know Michael Mann got a lot right with Manhunter. There are some unforgettable scenes in that movie. From the opening sequence of going up the stairs in the dark with the flashlight to the blind girl listening to the tiger's heartbeart. I don't know the actor's name but he was a more believeable Francis Dollarhyde than Ralph Fiennes was. The only complaint I had was he completely screwed up the ending if you were a fan of the book.
The Red Dragon is probably anchored in my top ten reads of all time and I was so excited by the movie. The fact that Michael Mann used the excuse that the ending would be too complicated for movie goers still pisses me off.
Godfather I & II
Hunt for Red October
The Good, the Bad, The Ugly,
Lord Of the Rings Trilogy
Star Wars - Empire Strikes Back
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Of course, some of my other personal favorites are very much cherished by me, even if they arent at the very top of my list
Python's Holy Grail
Jaws (Should be on my top 15)
Full Metal Jacket
and I could go on and on.... :thumbs:
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