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Setting all the ones we have to aside...Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, first 3 Star Wars, etc.

The best movie ever is a tough one.

Beginning to end, the biggest jolt, in order, on the first viewing I ever got was:

Pulp Fiction
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler's List
Raiders of the Lost Ark
American Beauty
Braveheart/The Patriot
Blazing Saddles
The Commitments/Blues Brothers

Honorable mention:
Liar Liar
GI Jane
Close Encounters
Back to the Future
All of Me


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Definitely share the love of The Blues Brothers. :cool:

I just found this thread. I'm a long-time movie nut, so I already have a list. It's an old one, and I think I'd change it a fair amount now, but I'll just put it up as is.

1. Local Hero (1983)
2. Dersu Uzala (1975)
3. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
4. Mon Oncle (1958)
5. The Seventh Seal (1957)
6. Hedgehog in the Fog (1975)
7. Rashomon (1950)
8. Touch of Evil (1958)
9. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
10. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)

11. Citizen Kane (1941)
12. Brazil (1985)
13. Umberto D. (1952)
14. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
15. Ordet (1955)
16. Ikiru (1952)
17. Ugetsu (1953)
18. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
19. Pather Panchali (1955)
20. L'Atalante (1934)

21. Nights of Cabiria (1957)
22. Men with Guns (1997)
23. Wild Strawberries (1957)
24. Casablanca (1942)
25. Ivan's Childhood (1962)
26. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
27. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
28. This is Spinal Tap (1984)
29. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
30. Days and Nights in the Forest (1970)

Guess I'll stop there, as that's probably already more than anyone wants to see. :p


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I just found this thread. I'm a long-time movie nut, so I already have a list. It's an old one, and I think I'd change it a fair amount now, but I'll just put it up as is.
Interesting to see that almost all your favourite movies were made over a 40-year period that ended almost 40 years ago. Did the introduction of computers ruin film making for you, or did you write this list in the late eighties?


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Interesting to see that almost all your favourite movies were made over a 40-year period that ended almost 40 years ago. Did the introduction of computers ruin film making for you, or did you write this list in the late eighties?
Lol. No, it’s not *that* old a list — it’s just a few years old.

And no, I don’t have some special cut-off date when I think all movies became rubbish. I love movies from every period, from the silent era to the present. I’ve just seen a lot of movies from that entire span, and it just happens that a lot of my favorites are mid-century. I didn’t pick these movies in a calculated way for effect. They’re just genuinely the movies I enjoyed the most, and these are the years those top movies happened to fall.


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Got a new entry see.
I raved about this film in the 'Now Showing' thread, as did virtually everyone else who saw it, but after viewing again at home (3 times actually - once on my own, once with Mrs Howie and once more with Sam Mendes' director commentary), I've decided that 1917 is absolutely top 10 material. It's an astonishing piece of filmmaking.
Contrary to what many suspected, the impact of this film is not lessened by the small screen (although a big tv and some decent surround sound definitely helps).
It's not perfect, It does have some minor flaws, mainly to do with the somewhat 'convenient' narrative, but as a technical exercise it's just about as good as it gets.
The performances are great, the first act piles on the tension and feeling of impending doom like no other movie, the sound design is off the charts and my god... that camerawork.
Brilliant, brilliant film.

For reference, here is my original post:
After the humiliating debacle that was the 'Rank The Star Wars Movies' thread, I could be opening myself up to a whole load of fresh abuse here, but what the hell. I'm a big boy, I can take it.

Now there are 2 ways of going about this; you can be all high-brow about it if you want to, and start reeling off the usual list of pretentious, Sight & Sound 'Top 10 movies of all time' candidates, OR you can be honest about it and talk about the films you actually enjoy. For example, I think Schindler's List is one of the greatest and most important movies ever made, a true cinematic masterpiece, but is it one of my favourites? Do I enjoy it? Would I settle down on a Saturday night with a 6-pack and a pizza to watch Schindler's List? HELLLL no. In those circumstances I'd sooner watch Dunston Checks In.
So keep your Godfathers, your Raging Bull's, your Clockwork Oranges and your Shawshank f***ing Redemptions to yourself, let's hear about the stuff you really like!

*I realise that some of you aren't actually sad enough to have a 'Top 10 Favourite Movies' list but knowing you lot, if you're half as anal about films as you are about rollercoasters you'll have a f***ing spreadsheet! If you haven't, then just 'some films that I really like' will suffice. I'm one of those by the way - mine aren't in any strict order, just 10 films that I love. Here goes, then:

Die Hard
I knew it! From the moment I walked out of that cinema back in 1989 I knew I'd seen something special. People scoffed at the time; 'Don't be daft Howie, it's only a cheesy action film', they said, and yet here we are almost 30 years later and Die Hard still comes out on top in almost every 'Best Action Film' or 'Best Thriller Film' list there is. Breakthrough performances from Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman (RIP), Joel Silver's flair for destruction coupled with John McTiernan's attention to detail make this the ultimate thrill ride. Quite simply the most exciting 2 hours I've ever spent in a darkened room. It also gets a special nod for being the first 18 rated movie I saw at the pictures. Not bad for a spotty 15 year old wearing his dad's blazer and sporting a weeks worth of bumfluff. Still got the ticket stub. I keep it in the sleeve of my region 1, Special Edition Die Hard Trilogy Boxset.
This also gives me another excuse to show off this photograph, which I'm quite proud of. :)

Back To The Future
Be honest, who doesn't love Back to the Future? Literally the perfect summer blockbuster. Doc and Marty make one of the most endearing on-screen pairings ever. Biff is hilarious. Crispin Glover as George quietly steals the show in every scene he's in. The story is brilliant, the effects are fab, it's witty, inventive, exciting, has the best non-John Williams theme tune in existence and still looks as fresh as the day it was released. What's not to love?

You gotta have a James Cameron movie in your top 10, right? It's written in geek law. But then so it should be - he's one of the greatest showmen there is. Avatar, The Abyss, Terminators 1 & 2 - all fab. Even True Lies is better than most people give it credit for. But for me, Aliens was his finest hour. It starts out suspensefully enough, but as the danger and tension escalates, Cameron just keeps on tightening the screw.
Choose the theatrical version for a more streamlined, efficient thrill ride, or go for the Special Edition if you want a bit more character depth and emotional wallop, but either way this remains an outright classic.

The original, of course, not that bastardised remake. I love Paul Verhoeven movies, he's one of my favourite directors. Starship Troopers is incredible, plus Basic Instinct, Hollow Man and Total Recall (the original, of course, not that bastardised remake) are all great - but Robo is the pick of the bunch. As a teen I loved it for the cool robots, the gun-porn and the uber-violence, but as I've gotten older I've come to appreciate the many other layers that this film has. Political satire, social commentary, (very) dark comedy, human drama, even some spiritual/religious parallels can be found if you look closely enough (it's no accident that the 'resurrected' Murphy appears to walk on water in the final showdown).
But best of all, it's got a toxic, melting man being splattered all over a car windscreen! :D
I'd buy that for a dollar!

The Blues Brothers
I love John Landis movies, he's one of my favourite directors. Who doesn't love Trading Places, Coming to America, American Werewolf in London, Spies Like Us etc..? And let's not forget Michael Jackson's Thriller - THE greatest pop video of all time.
But yeah, The Blues Brothers is the one for me. I watched it again recently following the death of Aretha (RIP) - still as bonkers as ever! I only recently found out there are 2 versions of the Blues Brothers - the 'theatrical' version which gets shown on tv nowadays (and I had on VHS for years) and an 'extended version' which is on the DVD and BluRay editions. Oddly, the 'best' version would be somewhere halfway between the two. The extended musical numbers are great, as are the extended car chase elements, but several of the additional scenes are unfunny and simply not required. We don't need to see the Bluesmobile being supercharged by an electricity sub-station, for example, we'd always just assumed it was a magic car.
Anyway, I'm rambling - it's still a great film.

I love Richard Donner movies, he's one of my favourite directors. I love The Goonies, I love The Omen, I love Scrooged and I love all 4 Lethal Weapon films - but Superman is the best. I realise this one might raise some eyebrows, but this goes right back to my childhood, see. It was probably my first 'favourite' film growing up, and I still enjoy giving it a watch now.
There's one truly awful bit - the 'Can you read my mind?'' sequence where Supes' takes Lois flying - I either fast-forward or leave the room when that bit comes on cos it literally makes me want to heave, but the rest of the film, despite some very dated effects, is still pure movie magic. Plus that theme tune...

Geek law again - you gotta have a Spielberg in there. You just gotta. But which one? Raiders? Maybe. ET? Nah, too schmaltzy. Jurassic? Hmm possibly. Technically it should be Schindler I suppose, but I can't vote for something that doesn't have one single laugh in the entire movie.
Nah, it has to be Jaws, surely? It's just... perfect. The 'event movie', defined. Even now, over 40 years later, the Jaws effect is as powerful as ever, the thought is always there every time you 'go into the water'. Just those first 2 notes of the theme music is enough to make the blood run cold. (thank you again, Mr Williams).
And that goggle-eyed head that pops out of the hole in the boat? I know it's coming, but it still gets me. Every. Single. Time.
F**k the fake-looking shark, this is a masterpiece. No other word.

You've probably noticed that there's a definite 70's and 80's vibe going on here, but it's not all outdated old tosh y'know. From the 90's we have...

True Romance
I love Tony Scott movies (RIP), he's one of my favourite directors. Well, some of his early work was pants (Beverly Hills Cop 2, Days of Thunder, and I absolutely hate Top Gun) but I love The Last Boy Scout (sorry @witchfinder ), Man on Fire, Crimson Tide etc...
True Romance, though, is the highlight. What a film! Quentin Tarantino's script ably honed into a slick, stylish, violent and extremely funny caper, with a cast to die for. Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Samuel L Jackson - the list just goes on. Brilliant, brilliant film. Makes me cry every time. Also, it features a great sequence filmed on Viper at Magic mountain! :)

Now, I'm not really a massive Bond-y. I've seen them all, obvs, and most of them are varying degrees of watchable. Casino Royale was new and original but a bit dull. Quantum of Solace was a chaotic mess, but Skyfall just nails it. If it wasn't a Bond film it would still be a first-class spy thriller in its own right. It's just a beautifully put-together film that oozes class and confidence. Great villain, spectacular locations, gorgeous photography and some thrilling action to boot. If it wasn't for that naff, miniature looking subway crash it would be just about perfect.

How many is that? 9 right? Ok one more.

Avengers Assemble
Or just The Avengers, if you live in 'Murica. Yes I know, this is a bit of a cheap one. Judging by the 'Rank The MCU' thread, this one won't be a popular choice. I get it, I totally get it - it's just a silly, money grabbing, comic-book movie but the thing is... it's just so damn entertaining. Literally every scene leaves me with a grin a mile wide. See, I'm one of those people that still thinks Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the greatest tv show ever made, and my inner Joss Whedon fan gets immense joy from seeing this huge, mega-budget action spectacle sprinkled with endless little Joss Whedon-isms.
Yes, it's just a load of CGI smashy smashy but it's the most enjoyable dose of CGI smashy smashy there is, and Hulk smashing Loki is still by far the funniest moment of the entire MCU.

So that's my lot, 10 movies that Howie really digs. A few others that were considered include Predator, American Werewolf, Fight Club, Pixar's Cars, Goodfellas, Gravity, American Beauty, The Revenant, LOTR: The Two Towers and, of course, that much loved classic Return of the Jedi.

Let the abuse commence....
<braces one's self>
So Avengers (Assemble) gets the boot, and 1917 goes in. Interestingly, that makes Sam Mendes the only director with 2 movies in the Howie Hall of Fame (with another, American Beauty, in the 'runner up' section). Go, Sam!


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The performances are great, the first act piles on the tension and feeling of impending doom like no other movie, the sound design is off the charts and my god... that camerawork.
I've only just seen this video, which (from 08:40 onwards) has some nifty breakdowns of said excellent camera work:

1. Superman (1978) My mum was 6 months pregnant with me when she saw this in the cinema in The Netherlands. The movie and the stellar music have always been innately amazing to me, so maybe that's part of the explanation. Only recently watched the entire 188 minute extended TV cut on Blu Ray. A bit slower but I thought, as a huge fan, it was perfect and never boring. Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando were perfect in this movie. Verisimilitude to the extreme. Easily Richard Donner's best movie. A stunning accomplishment (and much of it was filmed in the UK btw!) A huge inspiration for The Dark Knight trilogy I think. Superman 2 (the original and Donner cut especially) & Superman 3 are a great watch too. Superman 4 is just bizarrely bad. What a shame that was with Gene Hackman back.
2. Star Wars (1977) The best one with the best atmosphere I reckon. The original Star Tours ride felt like you were there, amazing. Star Tours 2 in comparison sucks.
3. Back To The Future (1985) Genius movie with all the right elements. The one movie I watched the most as a kid and we constantly had the rental at home by my demand. Was luckily a bit older with the release of parts 2 & 3 and could see these in the cinema. Superb trilogy with perfect cast and music.
4. Titanic (1997) Stunning retelling of the tragedy with a Romeo & Juliet story thrown in to make you care. James Cameron did a sterling job bringing the ship to life and relating it to modern day relic hunters. Rest in peace Bill Paxton & James Horner. There are a couple of deleted scenes such as Rose getting Jack from 3rd class, the captain ordering the lifeboats to return and numerous others that really ought to make it into a 4 hour director's cut. Maybe some day.
5. The Dark Knight (2008) The best of the trilogy but I love all 3 movies. For me the best Batman incarnation. The Joker is scary and very smart. Michael Caine as Alfred is stellar. Morgan Freeman adds techie coolness. They made everything look very realistic. Surprisingly, I dislike pretty much all other Christopher Nolan movies!
6. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) Arnie's best and a superb sequel. The terminators in 1 & 2 were always incredibly frightening and intimidating for their time and with the music the chases / hunts always felt almost sickly. You can't look away but you want to hide as well.
7. Jurassic Park (1993) Probably my favourite Spielberg movie, although his entire catalogue up to Schindler's List (with the exception of 1941) is pretty much perfection to me. The T Rex scene in JP was incredibly convincing and still works so well. Very difficult to tell what is real and what is CGI. Most movies since still don't look THAT good to me. Incredible atmosphere which is what probably sold it so well.
8. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Easily the best Marvel movie for me. In fact I don't like any of the others anywhere near enough (maybe Guardians of the Galaxy 1 comes close to be fair). Thanos was an incredible villain. So much fun, spectacle and just a great dramatic story, loved the whole Gamora-Thanos relationship stuff, really great. The conclusion Endgame I thought was pretty terrible but I don't tend to like most Marvel movies in general it seems.
9. Star Trek: First Contact (1996) The best Star Trek movie for me. Most of the others have been entertaining but never quite brilliant. This one had it all I thought. Superb effects. Excellent characters. The stakes seemed raised compared to previous movies. A fight for survival of the entire human race. Also the best Star Trek soundtrack. Brilliantly done. Ironic that the first movie without Kirk finally saw Star Trek get really good. To me William Shatner was missed though.
10. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) For me the best comedy but it has such heartfelt moments. John Hughes was a terrific story teller and without him Hollywood cinema would be much poorer.

Notable mentions:
Pixar movies such as Toy Story 3, Up!, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Brave, Inside Out
Other John Hughes movies: Breakfast Club, Home Alone, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Quentin Tarantino movies: The Hateful Eight, Once upon a time in Hollywood, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Inglorious Bastards & Django Unchained
Schindler's List (1993) - Another classic. Perfectly executed. But a bit too grim to rewatch too often. It's no worse than any of the ones in my top 10, but rather rewatch any of those.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986) - One of my favourite musical movies. There are many others.
Joker (2019) - One of the best movies of that year.
Lampoon's Vacation (1983) - I will get to Magic Mountain to ride the revolution one day damn it! Chevy Chase's best. The Christmas one is great too though.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020). I thought this was brilliant and for me as a Eurovision fan it made up for no show this year and more so, easily Will Ferrel's best. Funny, heartfelt and great music.
The Greatest Showman (2017) - Stunning entertainment and a celebration of human diversity. Hugh Jackman gets a great movie musical after all after a very disappointing rendition of Les Miserables I thought (love the stage show). Absolutely superb songs.
The Intouchables (2011) - Brilliant, funny and moving. Best French film I've seen (and I've seen a lot through film studies).
Casino (1995) - I prefer this over Goodfellas. A bit repetitive in places but a masterclass in the rise and fall of gangsters
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - Like Casino but way funnier. Leonardo DiCaprio is superb.
Avatar (2009) - Easily the best 3D movie.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - Danny Boyle's best. Superb soundtrack.
Alien (1979) & Aliens (1986) - Great two parter. Don't care for the other movies.
The Matrix (1999) - Excellent entertainment. The sequels were daft.
Cloud Atlas (2012) - Superb imagery, ideas, actors playing different characters across different times and music pushing things forward, though ironically the long trailer might be a better watch than the actual film somehow.
Fast & Furious 7 (2015) - Totally ridiculous but tonnes of fun. Paul Walker running on that bus falling off a cliff in slow mo was great.
Die Hard (1988) - Superb. The sequels were never nearly as good but the 2nd and 3rd are not bad.
Black Book / Zwartboek (2008) - One of Paul Verhoeven's best. Great authentic story telling in Dutch, English and German.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) - Finally a really good rendition of what was always a great idea.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) - Spectacular, very sexy how it is done with the plane intro straight into cool opening credits and for me this is now more of an interesting series to follow than James Bond which is getting a bit dull (though I did like Spectre and Skyfall mostly). The song choices though are terrible and the new one doesn't sound better. It needs to be sexy, fun and dramatic. Not depressing, surely?! Bring back the type of James Bond songs such as Nobody does it better, For Your eyes Only, Licence to Kill and GoldenEye.

Probably loads more movies I can't think of right now. Bit of a film buff....
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In no particular order...

Labyrinth- This wins as my all time favourite, I think. Jim Henson was pure creative genius and everything feels so authentic despite being a fantasy world, likely due to the lack of CGI. You can really tell how much heart and hard work went into this film, and it's something I can watch on repeat without tiring of it. The songs are also magical!

Wizard of Oz- Classic! And no I don't just love it because it's old. I watched it religiously as a child and just find it an enjoyable film with a nice message and cute characters.

The Green Mile- I adore this film despite making me cry like a little baby, which most films do now come to think of it. I think the character development in this movie is unreal, and the acting is great as well. It's a little on the long side, but it doesn't feel dragged out like a lot of three hour movies do.

Schindler's List- Absolutely gut-wrenching, and the juxtaposition of heartless humans alongside a person with a heart of gold makes for a cinematic masterpiece. It's another long film that doesn't feel unnecessarily dragged out.

Dead Man Walking- I guess I like death row movies, and though this isn't quite as good as Green Mile, it's very underrated.

Neverending Story- An amazing fantasy film that I grew up watching and still enjoy to this day! Not as good as Labyrinth, bu definitely a classic in my books.

Sweeney Todd- What is not to love about a horror musical?! It's dark, it features Johnny Depp, and it has some good tunes.

Titanic- OKAY, I am ****ing basic for saying this but this movie TUGS on my heart strings and I am absolutely not a fan of romance films apart from the odd few (this, When Harry Met Sally, and embarassingly, the Notebook). Obviously the Titanic was a tragedy, but the idea of falling in love so fast and then losing a lifetime of what that love could be hurts me to the core! I certainly believe in that once in a lifetime love and watching it play out on screen and then having one of them DIE just makes me a blubbering mess. Fun fact I use to also pretend to be Jack and re-enact the death scene basically on the daily as a child.

Rainman- Another movie I don't see on too many people's lists, but I think it's a masterpiece. It doesn't really portray autism in the best light I guess (a bit stereotypical) but I thought the movie as a whole was well done with good acting.

Forrest Gump- Okay, how could you NOT love it. This movie is an absolute roller coaster ride of emotions, from happy to funny to sad to heartbreaking and back to happy. I adore it and there's no questions as to why it appears on so many people's top movie lists!

Home Alone 1 & 2- If I want a cheesy, classic film that makes me laugh and feel good every time I watch it, I turn to these. My grandpa also loved them so it makes me think of him, which is bonus points as well.

Honourable mentions...

The Truman Show
Requiem for a Dream (actually, this would probably be in my top 10 come to think of it)
Bohemian Rhapsody
Les Miserables
When Harry Met Sally
The Illusionist
Paranormal Activity

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Not in a specific order even though the first two movies stand out a bit more for me.

Fight Club

I don't really know what to say about this movie, it's just awsome from the start to the end and the plot twist is the best one ever made in my opinion.

Pulp Fiction

I'm a big Tarantino fan and this movie has everything I love about his movies.

Matrix / Terminator 2

The two best sci-fi / action movies.


I was speechless. it was dramatic, funny, scarry, sad, violent and I'm sure I felt at least 10 more emotions. It has every thing you could wish in a movie and I'm a big fan of the directing style from director Bong Joon-ho.

Inglorious Basterds

Another awsome Tarantino movie.