Jun 24, 2006

All time best movies?

All this talk around the web about judging got me thinking about how I never agree with top 100 lists for anything.

It then got me thinking about trying to put together my own list.

What are you top ten favorite movies? Any movies, any gerne for any reason.

Mine are (at least this morning):
In no particular order

Goodfellas
Godfather
The Great Escape
Die Hard
French Kiss
Dogma
The Excorcist
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
Lord Of Illusions
The Ref

55 comments:

Harry Hunsicker said...

Subject to change and in no particular order:

- THE GODFATHER

- AFTER HOURS

- SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT

- THE SEARCHERS

- CASABLANCA

- PULP FICTION

- THE PINK PANTHER (avec Peter Sellers)

- ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY

- THE STING

- ANIMAL HOUSE

MonkeyMan said...

Top Ten movies.
The Haunting (the original B/W version).
The Changling
Usual Suspects
Seven
Road To Perdition (everytime I watch this one it goes up a notch.)
Saving Private Ryan
The Godfather
Vertigo
Rear Window
Psycho
But this is hard because Bullet should be in there as well as the Professional as well as there was another mystery that Jean-Paul Belmondo did that was really good. And one of my all time favorites of coarse is "Heaven's Prisoners".

Maggie Griffin said...

How can you choose only 10? And having read Harry's list...how did I manage to leave Rear Window out of mine? Ack!

Goodfellas
The Godfather
Goldfinger
Raiders of the Lost Arc
French Kiss
The Thief of Bagdad (1940 version)
A Christmas Story
Pulp Fiction
Lawrence of Arabia
The Ref

Jennifer Jordan said...

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,

The Godfather,

Delicatessen,

Amelie,

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,

Blade Runner (The Director's Cut),

Fight Club,

The Crow,

Lost in Translation

Maggie Griffin said...

Oops...sorry MonkeyMan!

Graham said...

Let's see:

- RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

- STAR WARS

- PULP FICTION

- CHINATOWN

- KEY LARGO

- MILLER'S CROSSING

- BLADE RUNNER

- THE WIZARD OF OZ

- GOLDFINGER

- MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL

I only get ten?

Jon The Crime Spree Guy said...

Choosing ten is hard, and mine would change dailey I'm sure.

I'm going to compile a list and see what comes up most.

Dave White said...

Jaws
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Chinatown
Spider-man 2
Batman Begins
Goldfinger
Die Hard
Jackie Brown
Miller's Crossing
Mystic River

And now we'll go five worst I've seen:

Titanic
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Patch Adams

watching Fever Pitch
now and between the Red Sox and Jimmy Fallon's awful comedy... yuck

Dude, Where's My Car

Anonymous said...

The Awful Truth
All About Eve
Sexy Beast
Gangster No 1
Some Like It Hot
Out of The Past
Sunset Boulevard
Diva
Born Yesterday (the original, not the remake crap)
Night of The Hunter
Ask me again tomorrow and the list will be different!
Donna

Bill said...

No particular order:
The Searchers
Rio Bravo
Ride the High Country
Casablanca
Chinatown
The Big Sleep (Bogart version)
The Producers (orignal version)
Star Wars
American Graffiti
Animal House
Tomorrow's list would be different.

Anthony Rainone said...

The Big Lebowski
O Brother Where Art Thou
The Marriage of Maria Braun
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Wings of Desire
Casablanca
The Maltese Falcon
The Godfather
LA Confidential
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

JR said...

In no particular order:
~Croupier
~Henry V (1989)
~Philadelphia Story (1940)
~Breaker Morant
~Year of Living Dangerously (very underrated in my opinion)
~Prince of the City (ditto as above)
~The Thin Red Line (1998)
~A Hard Day's Night
~Blade Runner (Director's Cut)
~The Seventh Seal
After looking at my "top" 10, I was pleasantly surprised to find a mix of genres.

Anonymous said...

Ali said

in not particular order and in an hour it will be different......

SCARFACE [DePalma version]
THE THING [Carpenter Version]
INVASION OF BODY SNATCHERS [Kaufman Version]
THE EXORCIST [Friedkin]
TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA [Friedkin]
BLADE RUNNER [RIDLEY SCOTT]
TRUE ROMANCE [TONT SCOTT]
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE [Peter Hunt]
DAWN OF THE DEAD [ROMERO VERSION]
PUPPET ON A CHAIN [GEOFFERY REEVE]

Good thoughts / good blog

Ali
www.shotsmag.co.uk

Annie C said...

Only 10 is really hard.. so in no particular order, and could be different tomorrow...
-The Third Man
-The Year of Living Dangerously
-Blowup (1966 original)
-The Remains of the Day
-Charade
-Dead Again
-Body Heat
-Casablanca
-Groundhog Day
-Zorba the Greek

pass the popcorn, please..

Annie

Rae said...

Ooooh, fun ;-)

Judgement at Nuremburg
Lord of the Rings (the whole trilogy)
Tootsie
Some Like It Hot
A Midsummer Night's Dream (the 1935 version)
The Apartment
Buffalo Bill and the Indians
A Star is Born (the Judy Garland version)
All the Fred and Ginger movies
The Thin Man

JD Rhoades said...

Casablanca
The Maltese Falcon
The Godfather
Aliens
Reservoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Raising Arizona
Leon (The Professional)
The Road Warrior

MonkeyMan said...

Ten worst would be....
Faceoff (I just hate Cage. And to my horror he's going to play "Ghostrider!" Kill Me NOW!"
Monster's Ball (Halley Berry being naked didn't even make up for how depressing this movie was.)
The Haunting (the remake)
Psycho (the Remake, never saw this one but the whole idea makes me want to puke)
ALiens vs Predator(could have been awesome but sucked large)
Mystic River I love lehane but hated the novel and the movie. Sorry I figure this one will draw flak.
Burglar (never saw it but it come high recommended by Block)
Less then Zero (a movie having nothing to do with anything except with Robert Downey Jr. drug problems.
Dead Bang (Don Johnson)
Harley Davidson and the Marboro Man

Hollywood should stop with the whole remake thing and start using stories that haven't been done. Like when (god for bid) the reamke the scareface who are they going to cast in Al's spot? James Gandolfini. And Don't think they won't because look at Psycho. The perfect movie, greatest director, perfect cast everything. And what does the new director say, "We didn't want to change a thing." WHY MESS WITH IT THEN! I got to go this is getting me hyper. Monkeyman

Ross Hugo-Vidal said...

The Magnificent Seven
The Great Escape
Kelly's Heroes
Star Wars
Goldfinger
LOTR trilogy
The Godfather
From Here to Eternity
Gone With The Wind
Casablanca
Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice (after 19 years of marriage, I know what's good for my health, but aren't they the same movie?...)

I'd need a separate 10 for comedies
(I figure Kelly's Heroes is so sublime, it's not a comedy...). This is a great idea. Can we 60's TV series next? We could include the 50's and 70's too. Then a second list of 80's- present, so I would have some place to put The A-Team.

Three guesses as to my gender?

Dana Kaye said...

No particular order:
Igby Goes Down
Donnie Darko (NOT director's cut)
Auntie Mame
Some Like It Hot
The Godfather
Scarface
Particles of Truth
But I'm a Cheerleader
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
Do The Right Thing

Harry Hunsicker said...

I find it odd that no one has mentioned CITIZEN KANE, usually a top contender on most "Best Of" lists. I saw it a few months ago for the first time and while I enjoyed the experience and recognized Welles' storytelling prowess, it didn't strike me as THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER. (EVER!)

It was a great flick but not, you know, like TWO MOON JUNCTION or anything.

Libby Hellmann said...

Oh boy.. summer fun. My top ten (in no particular order):
The Godfather
The Godfather, Part II
Chinatown
LA COnfidential
Gone with the Wind
The Battle of Algiers
And Now My Love (Claude Lalouche)
Z
Casablanca
Apocalypse Now
Ferris Buehler's Day Off
(OK.. that was 11 -- sue me...)

Julia Spencer-Fleming said...

Babe
Henry V (Kenneth Branagh version)
Truly, Madly, Deeply
The Fugitive
LOTR trilogy
Willow
The Seven Samurai
The Princess Bride
When Worlds Collide
Monty Python & The Holy Grail

Jeremy said...

No order:
Casablanca

Before Sunset/Before Sunrise I count them as one since they are a continuation of the same story.

Arsenic and Old Lace: Grant's best comedic performance, the hell with Bringing up Baby.
The Usual Suspects

North by Northwest

The Maltese Falcon

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Stalag 17

Leon the Professional

Raiders of the Lost Ark


Note: This list is subject to change and will be completely different tomorrow morning. I could easily put Bridge over the River Kwai, Godfather I/II or Notorious on the list.
If I am letting my bias affect this list, Lush Life and Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned would both be on the list.

Sean said...

Oh good lord, this is hell.

The Sting
Casablanca
The Usual Suspects
Godfather, can I count one and two together?
Leon: Ms. Portman was unreal.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Notorious: My fav Hitchcock film.
Pulp Fiction: Like it or not, it inspired many imitators.
Chinatown
Caddyshack!

Aldo said...

GODFATHER
MEMENTO
BLADE RUNNER
FIGHT CLUB
TRAINING DAY
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
MAN ON FIRE
CHINATOWN
MILLER'S CROSSING
FARGO
LA CONFIDENTIAL

seek said...

In no Particular order....

Meet the Parents
Meet the Fockers
Slingblade
An American Werewolf in London
What About Bob?
Old School
A Christmas Story
Hoffa
Grumpy Old Men
Office Space

Ayo said...

This is so hard, but I have managed to narrow it down to the following in no particular order -

Pulp Fiction
The Good,the Bad and the Ugly
The Usual Suspects
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Maltese Falcon
Bullet
The Thomas Crown Affair (the original)
Mash
The Big Sleep (Bogart)
Blade Runner (The Director's Cut)

Ayo

don bruns said...

Rio Bravo and Midnight Cowboy were the two best movies ever made...or maybe Dr. No and Casablanca were. No...wait, it will come to me tomorrow. Here's my current best ever list.

Don Bruns
Rio Bravo
Rear Window
A Hard Day's Night
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf
Midnight Cowboy
Lady and the Tramp
The Sting
Thomas Crown Affair ( both versions..Rene was so hot in the new one!)
Three Days of the Condor
Mystic River

Bill Cameron said...

I am terrible at this. I keep reading people's lists and saying, yeah, that one too. My list is definitely up over a hundred just in the last ten minutes.

So I thought, what are the movies that I can watch over and over again? Some of the movies I consider truly great I won't watch all that often. Saving Private Ryan and Lawrence of Arabia come to mind. But others I can watch again and again and again. Some of these are probably great movies, and some are probably just great to me.

The Usual Suspects (to me, this is a great writer's movie. I can watch it any day of the week.)
Raiders of the Lost Arc
The 13th Warrior (what can I say, I love it)
Snatch
Casablanca
Charade
Blade Runner (Director's Cut)
Raising Arizona
Miller's Crossing
The Big Lebowski

Duane Swierczynski said...

This is a tough one. All I can do is start listing them off the top of my head, and suffer the ridicule later:

RoboCop
The Apartment
The French Connection
Spider-Man (and 2)
The Odd Couple
Reservoir Dogs
Pulp Fiction
Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn
Clerks
Payback
Grosse Point Blank
Leon: The Professional
The Long Goodbye
The Exorcist
Batman Begins
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
The Usual Suspects

and a recent addition:

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Hardluck Writer said...

Favorite: McCabe & Mrs. Miller

The rest in no particular order:

-- To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch version)

-- Roaring Twenties

-- Strawberry Blonde

-- The Third Man

-- Touch of Evil

-- The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

-- Taxi Driver

-- Dr. Strangelove

-- Lolita

-- Clockwork Orange

-- Blade Runner (director's cut)

-- Godfather II

-- Jungle Book (Disney cartoon)

-- Paths of Glory

-- Spartacus

-- Memento

-- Pulp Fiction

-- Duck Soup

-- Jeremiah Johnson

-- Little Big Man

-- Marathon Man

-- Straight Time

-- Straw Dogs

-- Run, Lola, Run

-- Sunset Boulevard

-- The Apartment

Gerald So said...

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Empire Strikes Back

Chinatown

Superman II

Grosse Point Blank

Zero Effect

The Big Lebowski

Goldfinger

Lethal Weapon

Men In Black

JA Konrath said...

I have to go with the ones I've seen the most times, even if they don't have a lot of artistic merit to them.

DUCK SOUP

AIRPLANE!

CADDYSHACK

ALIENS

THE ABYSS

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

THE GRADUATE

THE EXORCIST

HALLOWEEN

A BETTER TOMORROW 2

Kat Richardson said...

I can't manage only 10. Of my favorite films these are the ones I can't live without:

01 Raiders of the Lost Ark
02 Gotham
03 Fight Club
04 Double Indemnity/Body Heat
05 Shrek
06 The Sting
07 Bladerunner
08 Snatch
09 Blazing Saddles
10 Cold Comfort Farm

Other greats:
The Usual Suspects
Office Space
Lilo & Stitch
Monsters Inc.
The Professional
Star Wars (original theatrical release)
Charade (original)
To Catch a Thief
To Have and Have Not
Grosse Point Blank
Galaxy Quest
Memento
Gilda
The Producers (original)

anne frasier said...

Night of the Living Dead
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Nosferatu
The Long Goodbye
Fargo
Psycho
The Shining
Taxi Driver
Midnight Cowboy
Harvey



and...

Rosemary's Baby
City Lights
Virgin Suicides
Donnie Darko
Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Graduate
Full Metal Jacket
Heathers
Rear Window
Vertigo
Sophie's Choice
Blade Runner
Being There
Some Like it Hot
Trainspotting
Lolita
Rebecca
Mash
The Birds

anne frasier said...

oh, crap. i forgot picnic at hanging rock!

David Ellis said...

I will call this my "favorite" movies, which may not be the same as the best ... or maybe it is ...

The Spanish Prisoner

The Sixth Sense

Donnie Brasco

The Usual Suspects

Goodfellas

The Fugitive

Roger Dodger

Pulp Fiction

Anatomy of a Murder

Midnight Run

kat tromp >^.^ said...

In alphabetical order:
Addams Family (such a love story)
Arsenic and Old Lace (doG I love Cary Grant)
Blazing Saddles ("Are we awake?")
Charade (Cary Grant--aw heck just about any Cary Grant lite films, like North by Northwest, as plotless as it is)
Field of Dreams (it's not about the baseball)
Harvey ("How are you, Mr. Wilson? Why does the encyclopedia want to know how...?")
Pirates of the Caribbean (swashing and buckling and Johnny Depping)
Safety Last (Harold Lloyd's best silent movie)
Some Like It Hot (Lemon and Curtis. What can I say?)
Willow (more swashing, more buckling)
Not to mention (because that's 10 right there: 9 to 5 or Front Page or His Girl Friday or...)

John R. said...

Memento

Fight Club

Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

Star Wars

The Usual Suspects

The Matrix

Aliens

Pulp Fiction

Ghostbusters

The Sting


... Although really I need another five or ten entries just to cover everything.

Ron said...

Fun thing to do. Whenever AFI does one of their top 100 I find myself always pleasantly surprised by films I've not thought of in a long time. In reading the posts the same enjoyable moments happen.

These are in no particular order but I did notice that most are all films that range from childhood to when I was maybe thirty. That's interesting only in that I see quite a few films each year but these are the ones that pop to mind when I begin thinking of favorites. It has me wondering if I would rate top ten mystery novels across such a span or if most would be current, say, within the last ten years?


Annie Hall

Bullitt

The Great Escape

Witness

Three Days of the Condor

The Birds

Jacob's Ladder

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

Marathon Man

On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Adaptation and Pulp Fiction (a tie)

Annie C said...

Please indulge me.. a new day, a new list! Comedies this time.. (Believe me, I need a smile after a most unfortunate "experiment" this morning with , um, self-tanning product.. two days before flight to Thrillerfest.. oy)

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original- and because I'm now close in skin tone to Oompah Loopahs, argh. Good thing I'm tall..)

Laurel & Hardy's "The Music Box" (the piano movers - brilliant)

The Producers (original with Mostel & Wilder)

Blazing Saddles

Dr. Strangelove

Some Like It Hot

Sleeper

Tootsie

The Ladykillers (original only, Alec Guiness, Peter Sellers.. accept no substitutes!)

Young Frankenstein

Being There


from Annie
the Orange

Thalia said...

Hello - here's mine.

Grosse Pointe Blank
Dogma
Hairspray
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Clueless
The Princess Bride
The Sound of Music
Wayne's World
School of Rock
All Star Wars

So I like lightweight, whatever.
Thalia

Anonymous said...

All time cool flicks:

Blade Runner
Jaws
Casablanca
Dr. Zhivago (or any David Lean film ... Bridge on the River Kwai.)
In Harm's Way
The Third Man
Star Wars
Zulu
Blazing Saddles
Kill Bill 1&2
Miller's Crossing
Fargo

Honorable mentions:
Anchorman
Brick
Royal Tanunbaums (sp?)
Snatch


Victor Gischler

Gar Anthony Haywood said...

Classic cinema, I don't wanna hear any crap about it:

CHINATOWN
POINT BLANK
CASABLANCA
THE GODFATHER
SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISHER
THE SEARCHERS
DIRTY HARRY
VERTIGO

Personal faves, take 'em or leave 'em:

BLACK SUN
THE WILD BUNCH
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
OUT OF AFRICA
ALIEN
NORTH BY NORTHWEST
HANG 'EM HIGH

Gar Anthony Haywood said...

Wait, my bad. I didn't mean Black SUN, I meant Black RAIN.

BLACK RAIN! (w/ Michael Douglas)

Rick Sachse said...

from the Print Master
Moonstruck
Transporter
Gladiator
Human Trafficing
Red Dawn
Weird Science
Gettysburg
The Sound of Music
The King and I
A Time to Kill

I missed a few

Val McDermid said...

The Sound of Music
The Great Escape
The Godfather
The Maltese Falcon (Bogart version)
Top Hat
What's Up, Doc
Master and Commander
Strangers on a Train
Eight Women
Whisky Galore

anne frasier said...

i thought of another one i don't think anybody's mentioned yet:

easy rider

Ruth Jordan said...

Okay, from Mrs. Crimespree,
It Happened One Night (the romantic comedy)
Posieden Adventure (i spent my own money on this one, a first. Gene hackman"What More Do you want from us?" great stuff)
13 rue Madeleine (Bogie who? Cagney is the king of noir)
Double Indemnity (nope, I'm wrong. Stanwyck is the king of noir)
Bonnie & Clyde (what a movie)
Animal House (A zit, get it)
Red Dawn (who said the cold war was thawing out in the eighties?)
Moulin Rouge ( great movie, an even better f**# you from Nicole to Tom)
Rosemary's Baby (still scarey)
Love and Death (Woody Allen's best movie)

David Skibbins said...

APOCALYPSE NOW

GUNS OF NAVARRONE

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK

JULIET OF THE SPIRITS

THE HARRY POTTER MOVIES

THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS MOVIE

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

CAT BALLOU

BLADE RUNNER

GROUNDHOG DAY


That was fun!

Jon The Crime Spree Guy said...

This is a lot of lists. I also got a bunch via email. Over the long weekend We';;total everything up and post the results next week some time.

I definitly forgot to add some movies to my list.

Buckaroo Banzai
Blues Brothers
Klute
Red Dawn
The Third Man (thank you Richard Barre)

I could go on forever. This should be really intersting when it's done.

Maybe Favorite TV shows next?

Jenni :-) said...

Just ten?? Jon....!

OK, in no particular order:

Casablanca
The Philadelphia Story
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Star Wars
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
Singin' in the Rain
Roman Holiday
101 Dalmatians (the original!)
A Hard Day's Night
Pick a Hitchcock of your choice :-)

Lee Crawford said...

Casablanca

Magnificent Seven

The Gods Must be Crazy

The Great Escape

King of Hearts

Topkapi

Charade

The Trap

Palm Beach Story

The Thomas Crown Affair

Jeremy Lynch said...

I would like us to try a dif approach to this.
We should do a genre next time.
Comedy
Thriller
Horror

Movies banned by Human rights orgs because forcing somebody to watch them is cruel and inhumane.

The movie picker guy said...

In no particular order,
Goodfellas
Rocky
The Godfather
Shawshank Redemption
Gladiator