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« on: March 29, 2008, 11:51:19 PM »

There are a few old threads about "favorite" films, but nothing that I found with a search of this board that was recent or direct to resurrect, so...,
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TEN FILMS OF ALL TIME?  

Here's my list, in no order, and right outta my ass:   TeddyR 

 1) REAR WINDOW (1954)
 2) CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962)
 3) CINEMA PARADISO (1988)
 4) OSSESSIONE (1943)
 5) GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1946)
 6) IVAN THE TERRIBLE (aka IVAN GROSNYY I) (1944)
 7) THE NIGHT STALKER (1972)
 8) SCROOGE (Alastair Sim version) (1951)
 9) THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)
10) THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)

There are lots of other films I love, like PATTON or SOUNDER or NIGHTS OF CABIRIA or LA STRADA or MY LIFE AS A DOG or NOT OF THIS EARTH... but, let's keep it to TEN... WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE TEN FILMS OF ALL TIME?  
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2008, 12:40:14 AM »

O.K. my top 10 (and this could change tomorrow or the next day after that) at the moment. And I'm basing this on those films I seem particularly inclined to watch again and again and again.

1. PLANET OF THE APES
2. THE OMEGA MAN
3. SOYLENT GREEN
4. TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA
5. BRAZIL
6. 1984
7. NIGHTMARE ALLEY
8. BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
9. COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT
10. THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD

Also very fond of the Quatermass Films, The Crawling Eye, The other Universal Studios Horror and Sci-Fi films, Lewton Films, Bruce Lee Films and Jackie Chan stuff like Police Story. Also great classics like THE MALTESE FALCON which nearly made my list above.
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2008, 03:37:37 AM »

Like Hallows said -right out my a$$-and ditto with Jase SF-could change tommorrow-
.BRIDE of the MONSTER
.the BRAIN that WOULDN"T DIE
.the RAVEN (1935)
.TAXI DRIVER
.the GOOD,the BAD,and the UGLY
.MANSON (1971)
.NIGHT of the LIVING DEAD
.the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (the original,of course!)
.ROCK and ROLL HIGH SCHOOL
.SON of FRANKENSTEIN
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2008, 03:37:30 PM »

Spur of the moment, subject to change, in no particular order, etc.

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
CASABLANCA
LA DOLCE VITA
VERTIGO
CHINATOWN
FIVE EASY PIECES
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
PARIS, TEXAS
THE WIZARD OF OZ
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2008, 04:06:15 PM »

1. Star Wars
2. Forbidden Planet
3. The Thing From Another World
4. The Thing (1982)
5. Excalibur
6. Ben Hur
7. Alien
8. Gojira
9. Conan the Barbarian
10. Sense and Sensibility (how'd that get in there?  TeddyR)
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2008, 06:25:37 PM »

Spur of the moment, subject to change, in no particular order, etc.
NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
CASABLANCA
LA DOLCE VITA
VERTIGO
CHINATOWN
FIVE EASY PIECES
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
PARIS, TEXAS
THE WIZARD OF OZ
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NIGHT OF THE HUNTER probably belongs on my top 10 list also, c'est la vie!  THE WIZARD OF OZ holds up remarkably well (I just watched it again, and still enjoy it as much as ever, perhaps even more than ever).  All great choices, REV!   Thumbup
THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD prob'ly belongs there, too.   Thumbup  To all participants. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2008, 07:28:02 PM »

I could be forgetting a few films but heres off the top of my head...in no real order
1.) Jaws (I'd say its my favorite)
2.) Empire Strikes Back
3.) A Christmas Story
4.) Return Of The Living Dead
5.) Beetlejuice
6.) Cadyshack
7.) Nightmare On Elm Street 3
8.) Toy Story
9.) Dawn Of The Dead
10.) Friday The 13th Part 1
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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2008, 07:51:54 PM »

Well, some of these move in and out of my top 10 from time to time . . . but here's my list as of this exact moment (in no particular order, excet the first two):

1. The Godfather
2. The Godfather, Part II
3. A Clockwork Orange
4. Taxi Driver
5. Deliverance
6. Fiddler on the Roof
7. The French Connection
8. North by Northwest
9. 12 Angry Men
10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers


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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2008, 08:07:48 PM »

Bah, I should have tried this first before reading the other lists -- Now I can't stop thnking about other's choices here --
So, based on the standard of going back to them again and again:
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Nosferatu
Citizen Kane
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Robot Monster
Die Blaue Angel (The Blue Angel)
Fires on The Plain
Night of The Hunter
The Seven Saumurai

While I deeply enjoy some of the other films mentioned here, (ALL of the films of David Lean should be on a list somewhere (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Dr. Zhivago -- All of them) -- these are films I'm forever trying to get other people to watch with me, or watch at all, but will still watch them alone if I can't find anyone --
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2008, 10:31:19 PM »

In no particular order

1.  V For Vendetta
2.  Stranger Than Fiction
3.  Brain Donors
4.  Severance
5.  30 Days Of Night
6.  Better Off Dead
7.  Weird Science
8.  City Of Angels
9.  While You Were Sleeping
10. Lilo and Stitch
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2008, 10:39:21 AM »

The more I think about it, the more difficult this becomes.  If you look at my list above, there are some glaring omissions:

1. Shane
2. The Wild Bunch
3. Journey to the Center of the Earth
4. War of the Worlds
5. Rio Bravo
6. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
7. The Tin Drum
8. The Great Escape
9. Oliver!
10. Papillon
11. Judgment at Nuremberg
12. Night of the Living Dead
13. Dirty Harry
14. Inherit the Wind
15. To Kill a Mockingbird
16. Casablanca
17. The Birds
18. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
19. Psycho
20. Last House on the Left
21. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
22. The Odd Couple
23. Midnight Cowboy
24. Marathon Man
25. Serpico
26. Dog Day Afternoon
27. Planet of the Apes
28. The Greatest Story Ever Told
29. The Ten Commandments
30. Ben Hur
31. Barry Lyndon
32. I Want to Live!
33. The Maltese Falcon
34. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
35. Cool Hand Luke
36. The Hustler
37. Mean Streets
38. Shaft
39. Witness for the Prosecution
40. Anatomy of a Murder
41. Eraserhead
42. Walking Tall
43. Vanishing Point
44. The Dirty Dozen
45. The Magnificent Seven
46. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
47. The Thing (From Another World)
48. Ice Station Zebra
49. Blackboard Jungle
50. Once Upon a Time in the West

 . . . I could go on and on.  The list is endless.  This is an exhausting exercise.
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2008, 10:51:15 AM »


N.    King Kong (1933)

N-x.    Plan 9 from outer space

N-y.   The Big Lebowski

N-z.   Leon – The professional

N-q.   The great dictator

N-r.    Clash of the titans

N-s.   Them

N-t.   Arsenic and old lace

N-u.   can't decide on just one more so it’s ether none here or dozens more….
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2008, 11:52:43 AM »

It's a little funny that I found this list I made nine years ago. Having not looked at it in ages, I cringe at some of the inclusions while others just plain surprise me. A list I'd make today would differ. Where I went to college it snowed A LOT in wintertime, so you had to spend time inside without much to do, and in late 1999 my movie-loving roommate and I spent an afternoon making a list of our favorite 100 films we'd seen during the 1990's. Not made then, just seen then. This was mine:


100 The Unbearable Lightness of Being
99 The Devilís Advocate
98 Heathers
97 Dogs In Space
96 Meet Me In St. Louis
95 Matewan
94 Orlando
93 Michael Collins
92 Mask
91 Heavenly Creatures
90 The Fugitive
89 ifÖ
88 Once Upon A Time In America
87 Rob Roy
86 The Hudsucker Proxy
85 Mr. Hollandís Opus
84 Midnight In The Garden of Good And Evil
83 Ryanís Daughter
82 Fargo
81 Farewell My Concubine
80 Little Women (1994)
79 Memphis Belle
78 Metropolitan
77 Whatís Eating Gilbert Grape
76 The Doors
75 Titanic
74 Kalifornia
73 An American Werewolf In London
72 Emma (1995)
71 Chaplain
70 The Crying Game
69 Driving Miss Daisy
68 A Clockwork Orange
67 Forrest Gump
66 Paper Moon
65 The Little Princess (1995)
64 My Own Private Idaho
63 Angels And Insects
62 The Haunting
61 Reservoir Dogs
60 The Remains of the Day
59 Reversal of Fortune
58 Moll Flanders (1995 BBC version)
57 Gettysburg
56 The Shawshank Redemption
55 A Streetcar Named Desire (1955)
54 Antz
53 Sleepy Hollow
52 The Thin Red Line
51 The English Patient
50 The Prime of Miss Jean Brody
49 Suddenly Last Summer (1990ís version)
48 Aladdin
47 Les Deux Vies de Veronique
46 Cats
45 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
44 Boogie Nights
43 Sid And Nancy
42 Babe
41 Mulan
40 Dances With Wolves
39 Pulp Fiction
38 The Phantom Menace
37 Dumb And Dumber
36 Sleeping Beauty
35 Interview With The Vampire
34 High Noon
33 Drugstore Cowboy
32 Thereís Something About Mary
31 Fight Club
30 Beauty And The Beast
29 Braveheart
28 The Nightmare Before Christmas
27 Leaving Las Vegas
26 True Romance
25 Four Weddings And A Funeral
24 The Blair Witch Project
23 The Last Temptation of Christ
22 The Piano
21 The Lion King
20 The Usual Suspects
19 Twin Peaks (pilot released as feature film)
18 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
17 Dr. Zhivago
16 Trainspotting
15 The Iron Giant
14 Jurassic Park
13 Midnight Cowboy
12 Henry V
11 To Kill A Mockingbird
10 The Sixth Sense
9 Schindlerís List
8 The 13th Warrior
7 Good Will Hunting
6 Saving Private Ryan
5 The Last of the Mohicans
4 Mermaids
3 LA Confidential
2 A River Runs Through It
1 Dead Poetís Society
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2008, 01:06:28 PM »

The more I think about it, the more difficult this becomes.  If you look at my list above, there are some glaring omissions:
 . . . I could go on and on.  The list is endless.  This is an exhausting exercise.
 
It's a little funny that I found this list I made nine years ago. Having not looked at it in ages, I cringe at some of the inclusions while others just plain surprise me. A list I'd make today would differ. Where I went to college it snowed A LOT in wintertime, so you had to spend time inside without much to do, and in late 1999 my movie-loving roommate and I spent an afternoon making a list of our favorite 100 films we'd seen during the 1990's. Not made then, just seen then...

Ah ah ah...!   I asked for 10 not 50 nor 100.  You boys need to think about readable posts!   TeddyR  Sure, I know there's way too many wonderful films out there, and exceeding 10 a bit is okay (of course I mentioned a few extras, and also am tempted to revisit my list) but who wants to read an essentially arbitrary list of 100 movie titles?   (I did read your list EMMR, and there's not a dud there, but you're right there are a couple of cringe-worthy inclusions!)  I've got to give The Burgomaster karma for including BARRY LYNDON...  Thumbup
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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2008, 06:00:46 PM »

Reading about the passing of Richard Widmark brought to mind all the many wonderful character study films that are out there be it Widmark's NIGHT AND THE CITY (or even arguably some of his other standout films PANIC IN THE STREETS, NO WAY OUT and KISS OF DEATH) or John Hurt in THE ELEPHANT MAN or Rock Hudson in SECONDS or Tyrone Power in NIGHTMARE ALLEY or Robert Mitchum in NIGHT OF THE HUNTER or Frank Sinatra in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM or Cliff Robertson in CHARLY.
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