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OK this is a toughy, I guess, since it's hard to narrow them down to just five - but for the sake of brevity give it a shot.

Add a reason if you feel so inclined...

In no particular order:

Heat
Traffic
ESB
Annie Hall/Manhattan (OK OK - so I couldn't choose just one from Woody)
Cinema Paradiso (3rd generation Italian sense of obligation came into play here)
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post #2 of 36
Are these personal faves? If so:

- Jaws
- Goodfellas
- Glengarry Glen Ross
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
- American Grafitti

The reason? The above five movies I can watch anytime, anywhere, anyplace and STILL enjoy them as though I'm seeing them for the very first time. They all share great stories and good writing and each contain my favorite lines and phrases from all of filmdom.
post #3 of 36
no order

Excalibur
Ghost
Field of Dreams
The Matrix
Dances with wolves


also good

Jurassic park
sixth sense (first and second viewings are best)
Braveheart
Amadeus

My ONE movie that I never pass up when channel surfing:

The Final Countdown (since my dad was on an aircraft carrier right after Pearl Harbor)
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post #4 of 36
favorites:
LA Confidential, Saving Private Ryan, The Shawshank Redemption, Dances With Wolves, Memento.

2001 favorites:
Memento, Monsters, Inc., Amelie, Shrek ... and probably The Royal Tenenbaums, but I haven't seen that yet...
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post #5 of 36
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[quote]Originally posted by pscates:
<strong>Are these personal faves? If so:

- Jaws
- Goodfellas
- Glengarry Glen Ross
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
- American Grafitti

The reason? The above five movies I can watch anytime, anywhere, anyplace and STILL enjoy them as though I'm seeing them for the very first time. They all share great stories and good writing and each contain my favorite lines and phrases from all of filmdom.</strong><hr></blockquote>


Ah yes - films from some of the finest Hollywood BratPack era directors ever (Scorsese, Spielberg and GL)... what an era. There's this great book I've got at home called "The Brat Pack" (I think). I'll try and find out the author and let you know pscates...you might enjoy reading it.

Also speaking of classic lines, how about this pearler from "The Sound of Music":

Mother Superior to Maria when she says she can't go back.
"Maria, what is it you c*n't face?" Seriously - check it out!
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1. Tron
2. Tron
3. Tron
4. Tron
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1) Cruel Imntentions
2) Human Traffic
3) End of Days
4) Fast and the Furious(John Banks loves this one)
5) Cats and Dogs!
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post #9 of 36
Can I just say (without trying to start a flame war) that while the movies listed above are certainly entertaining, most are just typical Hollywood bullsh*t blockbuster soulless moneymaking garbage (you know what I'm talking about...your heat's, your braveheart's, your fast and the furious's). Keep in mind that this is just my opinion, but I hate the way hollywood panders to the lowest common denominator for the sake of money. I know, I know, movies are business just like any other, but fer feck's sake, what happened to making art? same with most music made today. Now let me clarify a bit: I like movies that are just entertaining, just like i like catchy pop songs (sum 41 comes to mind), but there's been a real dearth of artistic merit lately in the consumer artforms of movies and music. I mean, c'mon, the fast and the furious is one of the best movies ever made? God, I soulnd like a real elitist a-hole. honestly, that's not my intent. my intent is to rouse people to support creative endeavors rather than "whatever's playig at the local cineplex" so that hollywood will make better movies and stop spoon-feeding us nonsense. Sorry if I offended anyone. You're all entitled to your own opinions.

and now for my list, composed of but one film, the only film I can identify as my favorite (all the other movies in the list change daily, but this one has been my favorite since I saw it a few years ago):

1. rushmore

other good movies I've seen recently:
Abre Tus Ojos
Waking Life
Amelie
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post #10 of 36
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Hi David,

Thanks for posting

[quote]Originally posted by david:
... but there's been a real dearth of artistic merit lately in the consumer artforms of movies and music.

... my intent is to rouse people to support creative endeavors rather than "whatever's playig at the local cineplex" so that hollywood will make better movies and stop spoon-feeding us nonsense.
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Agreed... but I've found over the last few years I have not been making the time to see as many independent films as I once used to. Ditto for music. No excuse really - good wake up call from you though!

What was "Rushmore" about (who directed/starred - don't take this the wrong way - it'll help at the video store)... I'll try and check it out just out of curiosity.

No offence taken from the post - all opinions welcome. Heck I'd probably change some of my choices every day. It was just how I felt when I thought I'd start the list.

[Edit: typos (hate'em), but bad syntax I can live with.]

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Good Will Hunting
The Matrix
Saving Private Ryan
Sixth Sense

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How bout fav books?

Raymound E. Feist - Serpent War Saga, and the Riftwar Trilogy

Phillup Pullman - His Dark Materials trilogy

Hary Potter book 4

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[quote]Originally posted by Mac+:
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What was "Rushmore" about (who directed/starred - don't take this the wrong way - it'll help at the video store)... I'll try and check it out just out of curiosity.
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From imdb.com:
Max is a homely 10th-grade scholarship boy at Rushmore, a private school where he fails classes but constantly organizes clubs and plays. He befriends a depressed local factory magnate, Blume, and falls for a recently widowed teacher, Ms. Cross. When a scheme gets him expelled, he tries his Rushmore style at the local high school. He ignores the proffered friendship of a student, Margaret, to pursue the unattainable Ms. Cross. Max discovers Blume also loves her; he seeks vengeance, Blume retaliates, war ensues, and Max's troubles deepen. Rescue comes from unexpected places, including his sweet father, a barber. Can Max accept a realistic place in the world?

Written and Directed by Wes Anderson. Co-Written by Owen C. Wilson. Starring Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Luke Wilson, and others.

This movie is all about the little touches. definite repeat viewing value. The soundtrack is also amazing, featuring great british invasion classics (and some you've probably never heard).

I forgot to mention that this movie features the most masterful use of slow-motion filming I have ever seen. It adds a lot of depth.

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post #14 of 36
Rushmore doesn't make my top 5, but Rushmore is the reason why The Royal Tenenbaums will probably make my top 5 for 2001.
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post #15 of 36
ehhm, roighhhht....

If I had to pick one or two from each genre, it'd be something like this:


War: Saving Private Ryan, Full Metal Jacket
Romantic Comedy: When Harry Met Sally
Sports Comedy: Slapshot, Caddyshack
Sci-Fi: Close Encounters, The Matrix
Horror: The Shining (Scream my arse...modern horror movies blow)
Drama: Fight Club


There are definitely others. Trying to pick even the top 10 movies, is like trying to pick the top 10 rock songs...just doesn't work. There are too many good ones.

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post #16 of 36
Memento

Lost Highway

Seven

The Matrix

The Kentuck Fried Movie (it's a classic)
post #17 of 36
Obviously,

1. Mallrats
2. Dogma
3. Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back
4. Clerks
5. Chasing Amy

In no order
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post #18 of 36
Many of the ones already mentioned, but I wanted to include some older ones. The 1970s are my favorite non-current period for movies:

The Godfather I and II
Lawrence of Arabia
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

also, not from the 1970s, but:
Vertigo
The Ten Commandments

[edit: So many others from the 70s I forgot about: Rocky, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, Annie Hall, Taxi Driver, Clockwork Orange.]

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post #19 of 36
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[quote]Originally posted by BRussell:
<strong> Many of the ones already mentioned, but I wanted to include some older ones. The 1970s are my favorite non-current period for movies:

The Godfather I and II
Lawrence of Arabia
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

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Hey nice choices BRussell...
One of my favourite all time lines comes from Cuckoo's nest...
"Well at least I tried"

[quote][edit: So many others from the 70s I forgot about: Rocky, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, Annie Hall, Taxi Driver, Clockwork Orange.]
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Yeah, I know what you mean... I loved that era too!
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post #20 of 36
Saving Ryan's Privates. hehehehe

Actually, the drama wasn't that great except for an utterly jaw dropping opening sequence. It is the only film for which I could see people in the audience physically unable to look at the screen. It created pure horror on people's faces, just stunning. Never been to war, never want to. Awe stricken silence every time I see that opening. The rest of the film was a solid three star effort.

Overall La Vita e Bella is a better film. However, I'm afraid many of our American friends saw a voiced over version which most likely ruined it. See it in Italian if you can, it's magical. It succeeds in ways that Ryan, and more tellingly, even Schindler's List do not. When you think about the film, think how for all it's greatness (and it is a very good film) Schindler's List never (I want to say 'transcends' here, but perhaps that is too strong) 'unbinds' itself from the fact of the material. Even that should be unfair, if I intended to hold this closeness to memory against Schindler's List. (With Spielberg, one never wants to say history) With the given material (the holocaust and this biography), you should want to stay as close as you can to it. That is the proper thing to do, and the safe thing, though the film is not by any means diminished because of this safety.

I say it only to point out the courage of the clown film. La Vita e Bella isn't afraid to put the characters before the event, even one so great and fresh in the public conciousness as the holocaust. In the end it exploits circumstance less. Yet it risks the public's anger all the more for it is hopeful rather than dutiful. It's just so brave and wonderful. Watch it, if you have already, watch it again.
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post #21 of 36
1 Dead Poet's Society
2 The boys of company C
3 The Godfather I
4 In the name of the Father
5 Carlito's way
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post #22 of 36
So hard to narrow down, but I'll try.
1. Pink Flamingos
2. Blue Velvet
3. Fast Times At Ridgemont High
4. Rock N Roll High School
5. Rushmore

Strangely, I've never seen any of these movies on the big screen, only on video. I have watched all of these movies more than ten times though.
post #23 of 36
I am not going to try to narrow it down to five, just pick five out of this list and call it my top five...

The Boondock Saints
Entropy
Blues Brothers
Apocalypse Now
Full Metal Jacket
Ghostbusters
Suicide Kings
Blade Runner
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Unforgiven
O Brother Where Art Thou
Brothers McMullen
12 Monkeys
Seven
To Kill a Mockingbird
Breakfast Club
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Clerks
The Sting
The Godfather
Melina
Swingers
Meatballs
Return to Paradise
Man Bites Dog
Nobody's Fool
American History X
Raiders of the Lost Ark

and about a hundred more...

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post #24 of 36
Best movies? That is poblematic...you would almost have to seperate it into genre.
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post #25 of 36
Les Quatre-Cent Coups
Tirez sur la Pianiste
Jules et Jim
(Possibly the best French film ever.)
Lawrence of Arabia
Rear Window
(Grace Kelly...Mmm...)
All About Eve
Blow Up
(Unjustly obscure today, but still great.)
The Lady from Shanghai
Carnal Knowledge
(Surprise! Candice Bergin can act. No surprise: Simon Garfunkel can't.)
Au Revoir, Les Enfants
Network
Belle de Jour
(Catherine Deneuve...Mmm...)
Wild Strawberries
Hud
The Lion in Winter
Charade
(1963; Marky Mark stars in the remake. Ur...thanks, but no thanks.)
Les Parapluies des Cherbourg
Midnight Cowboy
La Nuit Americain
Persona
Husbands and Wives
(1992; The last Woody Allen film that matters.)
Sabrina (1954)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Wonder Boys
Rushmore
Julius Caesar
(1953)
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Proof
(1991)
Being John Malkovich
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
You Can Count On Me
Bonnie and Clyde
Afterglow
(At the time, I'd thought Julie Christie was dead!)
Shakespeare in Love
Dog Day Afternoon
A Fish Called Wanda
A Room with a View


Great films everyone should see.


Cheers,

Mark.

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post #26 of 36
I can't believe no one has Ferris Bueler's day off in their list.
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I would have liked Shakespeare in Love much more if they hadn't cut the original ending. They leave you guessing in the end, but with the original, they just go ahead and tell you the ending the way it should be.
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post #28 of 36
David! I wholeheartedly agree w/ your first post!

Brazil
Naked Lunch
Bladerunner
Lost Highway
Fear and Loathing in Las vegas
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post #29 of 36
Oh, I almost forgot:

Stop or My Mom Will Shoot.

Just kidding.
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post #30 of 36
Ahhhhh tough to narrow it down so.

1. Matrix
2. Shawshank Redemption
3. Empire Strikes Back
4. Pulp Fiction
5. Aliens

Honorable Mention:

Memento
Fight Club
Traffic
Sixth Sense
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post #31 of 36
Too hard to name the5 favorites, but heres an arbitrary list of 5 I really enjoyed:

A Night on Earth
The Party (Peter Sellers has gotta be the funniest)
The Shawshank Redemption
The Milagro Beanfield War
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post #32 of 36
No particular order:

The Shawshank Redemption
What About Bob?
Moulin Rouge
Schindler's List
Pleasantville
The Truman Show

I know that's six movies, and sorry there's no "oldies" in there. I honestly haven't seen many. Of everything I've seen (and remember), those six are my all-time favs.

EDIT: Does no one else like Schindler's List? Talk about a powerful movie!

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post #33 of 36
Gee, reading everyone's list here, there are so many *really* good films. I hadn't quite realised.

But 2001: A Space Odyssey <a href="http://us.imdb.com/Title?0062622" target="_blank">http://us.imdb.com/Title?0062622</a> is definitely in my top five. It made an incredible impression on me when I first saw it. I came out of the cinema with my mouth wide open, as did everyone else.

A reviewer's comment from the above site:

2001 a space odyssey is the best film ever made.there is no other film like it and i suspect their never will be.this is a directors film with director as the star.the visual flair of the film as still to be matched despite all the technological innovations that have been invented since its making in 1968.there is very little dialogue in the film,just enough to structure the story the rest is left to polemic direction and perfectly choreographed sound and visuals,the use of music plays a very important roll in this film,with composers as diverse as Gyorgy Ligeti,Aram Khatchaturian,Johann Strauss and Richard Strauss when Ligeti's Atmospheres begins playing as Dave Bowman enters the stargate sequence is one of cinemas enduring images,which once seen is never forgotten,the whole film from start to finish is an extravaganza that assaults the senses.i have heard many people comment on how boring this film is,but after all you need a little imagination to appreciate the finer things in life and this is certainly one of them.a true classic.this is the sci-fi film all others use as a reference....in a nutshell the BEST.

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[quote]Originally posted by Eugene:
<strong>I would have liked Shakespeare in Love much more if they hadn't cut the original ending. They leave you guessing in the end, but with the original, they just go ahead and tell you the ending the way it should be.</strong><hr></blockquote>

What was the original ending?
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post #35 of 36
Crap. And just two nights ago I was milling around the movie store thinking I had already seen every movie worth my time.
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post #36 of 36
In no order:

Lawrence of Arabia
The Empire Strikes Back
The Godfather Part II
Heat
Apocalypse Now

And so many runners up... I love movies! Honourable mentions include The Third Man, L.A. Confidential, Taxi Driver, The Train...
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