What are your top 10 films?

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in AppleOutsider edited January 2014
I searched extensively for a thread like this, and couldn't find one. So here goes. My top 10 films, and a mini-review for each one.



My top 10 films:



#1. Amadeus.



I doubt that this masterwork will be topped in my lifetime. An extraordinary play turned into an extraordinary film by one of the greatest living film makers. In this film, very much like in Mozart's music, nothing feels out of place or wrong. Sequences driven by godly music and academy award winning acting drive the compelling story forward with incredible power and perfection. Amadeus rightfully swept the 1985 Academy Awards.



#2. Downfall.



Showing in uncompromising realism and detail the last few days of Hitler's life, Downfall is an exceptional masterpiece. The film draws the viewer in through it's somber desolation. Silent moments and almost overbearingly realistic scenes make the viewer feel as if they are in Hitler's bunker in the last days of the war. I am left feeling like the world came to an end when the masterful coda of this elegy finally draws to a close.



#3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.



This film is hard to review. It's absolutely brilliant in the way it achieves epic levels without any battle scenes, special effects, or anything technically extravagant. It's funny in places, heart breaking in others, and overall is a multi-layered masterwork completely on par with Forman's later masterpiece "Amadeus." The way it ensnares and entrances the viewer is almost unexplainable. A true masterpiece.



#4. Schindler's List.



In my opinion, Schindler's List and Downfall are the two greatest World War II films ever made. Watching one after the other, they don't seem to match as a series of any sort, but that's exactly the point. One side of the situation (the jews, the concentration camps, the ghettos) was entirely different than the other side (Hitler's private life, the lives of all his close friends). That's what's so great about putting those two films together. And of course, Schindler's List is a brilliant piece of film making. I've counted at least seven "cinematic sequences" in the film, on par with the most gripping musically driven sequences from Amadeus.



#5. The Fellowship of the Ring.



No other team could have brought The Lord of the Rings to the screen the way Peter Jackson and his team did. Absolute perfection in all areas of film making for this one. The music and the cinematography in particular are what make this film so spectacular. A true masterpiece. Almost a modern Amadeus in the fantasy genre.



#6. Babel.



Babel cuts abruptly between Japan, Morocco, and Mexico, covering four different stories, and succeeding on every level in spite of the fact that the four stories aren't even happening at the same time. In Iñárritu's previous films, his technique of jumping around between stories was a little disorienting, and sometimes distractingly abrupt, but in Babel it's as smooth as a river, and even when he cuts abruptly from a japanese club to a moroccan desert, the viewer doesn't feel confused. He melds these four tragic stories together seamlessly, and the result is a brilliant kaleidoscopic film that grips the viewer merely by the brilliance in which it moves.



#7. Life is Beautiful.



I'd call Roberto Benigni the "modern day Chaplin" if he had made more than one masterpiece. The Tiger and the Snow was good, but nothing in comparison to his eternal gem "Life is Beautiful." He did something that nobody else succeeded to do. He brought to the screen a completely fictional fairy tale, full of ridiculously unrealistic events and impossible scenarios, that still operates on a brilliant level. The messages of love, connection, and the pure genius in which Benigni plays out the film, transcend the need for a realistic story. And the music is absolutely beautiful.



#8. City Lights.



Charlie Chaplin has the ability to walk on the very thin line between comedy and tragedy without falling off. City Lights is hilarious and tragic at the same time. The physical comedy is masterfully executed, and the result of Chaplin's ability to meld that with a deep storyline, creates one of the greatest films ever made. Pure genius.



#9. Modern Times.



Another Chaplin masterwork. Basically the same things I said about City Lights apply here. It's an absolutely whole and perfected masterpiece that incorporates almost every human emotion in it's delicate folds. How Chaplin achieved that balance between comedy and tragedy is beyond me. It's absolutely amazing.



#10. The Circus.



Yet another Chaplin film. The Circus, while it does have deep moments, and overall a very serious storyline, presents itself primarily as a comedy. And it's one of the best comedies i've ever seen. The stunts and the physical comedy in this film are brilliant. Just brilliant.
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  • Reply 1 of 154
    Wow, your tastes are a bit different from mine. I won't argue your list, because any list like this boils down to a personal taste.



    The only one from your list I'd include in mine would be Cukoo's Nest.



    I'd definitely include "Airplane" and "The Blues Brother's"



    More recently, I really liked "Master and Commander" (based on Patrick O'Briens books... definitely read them if you liked that movie!) and "The Last Samurai".



    Going back to an old TV mini-series... "Shogun" was very good... does that count as a "film"?



    hmm.... 4 more....



    "Star Wars" (episode 4, the original)

    "Top Gun"

    "Riding Giants" (Surf documentary)

    "Tora!, Tora!, Tora!"



    OK, so there's 10 ... further thought might bump a couple off my top-10 list, but they'd at least be very close behind
  • Reply 2 of 154
    nofeernofeer Posts: 2,422member
    wizard of oz



    ben hur



    godfather





    2001 space odyssey
  • Reply 3 of 154
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    I don't think it's fair to put films in a top 10 list because our tastes change over time as we age, acquire more life experiences, gain new points of view...



    Here are a few all-time favorites, in no particular order (and this is by no means a complete list):



    -Blade Runner

    -Star Wars (don't give me any of that "Episode __" nonsense)

    -Lust, Caution

    -Contact

    -Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles

    -Oldboy

    -Beetlejuice

    -The French Connection

    -The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    -The Big Lebowski

    -Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    -Dumb & Dumber

    -Kingpin

    -The Hidden Fortress

    -All James Bond movies with Sean Connery

    -It's a Wonderful Life

    -Shaun of the Dead

    -All Pixar movies (but not "Cars")

    -Aliens

    -High and Low
  • Reply 4 of 154
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post


    I don't think it's fair to put films in a top 10 list because our tastes change over time as we age, acquire more life experiences, gain new points of view...



    Here are a few all-time favorites, in no particular order (and this is by no means a complete list):



    -Blade Runner

    -Star Wars (don't give me any of that "Episode __" nonsense)

    -Lust, Caution

    -Contact

    -Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles

    -Oldboy

    -Beetlejuice

    -The French Connection

    -The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    -The Big Lebowski

    -Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    -Dumb & Dumber

    -Kingpin

    -The Hidden Fortress

    -All James Bond movies with Sean Connery

    -It's a Wonderful Life

    -Shaun of the Dead

    -All Pixar movies (but not "Cars")

    -Aliens

    -High and Low



    Was Lust, Caution really good? I've been wanting to see it, but something about it just gave me the impression that it might be mediocre.
  • Reply 5 of 154
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by thehellgate911 View Post


    Was Lust, Caution really good? I've been wanting to see it, but something about it just gave me the impression that it might be mediocre.



    It hit a very delicate balance, and I never felt anything was unrealistic in its presentation. It was actually very sad.
  • Reply 6 of 154
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post


    I don't think it's fair to put films in a top 10 list because our tastes change over time as we age, acquire more life experiences, gain new points of view...



    Here are a few all-time favorites, in no particular order (and this is by no means a complete list):



    -Blade Runner

    -Star Wars (don't give me any of that "Episode __" nonsense)

    -Lust, Caution

    -Contact

    -Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles

    -Oldboy

    -Beetlejuice

    -The French Connection

    -The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    -The Big Lebowski

    -Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    -Dumb & Dumber

    -Kingpin

    -The Hidden Fortress

    -All James Bond movies with Sean Connery

    -It's a Wonderful Life

    -Shaun of the Dead

    -All Pixar movies (but not "Cars")

    -Aliens

    -High and Low



    Come one Spammie...



    Contact???
  • Reply 7 of 154
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Guybrush Threepwood View Post


    Come one Spammie...



    Contact???



    Yeah, why? Doesn't have to be everyone's favorite, and it has some spots that drag and don't make a lot of sense... but it's still one of my 'guilty pleasures'. ...and I thought I'd get criticized for Dumb & Dumber...
  • Reply 8 of 154
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,358member
    In no particular order.





    1. Lord of the Rings

    2. Aliens- Yes..I consider this the quintessential alien/action flick

    3. Shawshank Redemption

    4. The Matrix

    5. North by Northwest

    6. Schindlers List

    7. Life is Beautiful

    8. City of God

    9. Gladiator/Braveheart- toss up

    10 Empire Strikes Back- Darth pwns beotches.
  • Reply 9 of 154
    zinfellazinfella Posts: 877member
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  • Reply 10 of 154
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by zinfella View Post


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    Heheh... "movies", not "film"...
  • Reply 11 of 154
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hmurchison View Post


    In no particular order.





    1. Lord of the Rings

    2. Aliens- Yes..I consider this the quintessential alien/action flick

    3. Shawshank Redemption

    4. The Matrix

    5. North by Northwest

    6. Schindlers List

    7. Life is Beautiful

    8. City of God

    9. Gladiator/Braveheart- toss up

    10 Empire Strikes Back- Darth pwns beotches.



    Another good list. Hitchcock was a genius...
  • Reply 12 of 154
    hardeeharharhardeeharhar Posts: 4,841member
    -Timerider -- The Adventure of Lyle Swann <- most underrated film ever, transcends bad

    -Big Trouble in Little China

    -The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

    -The gods must be crazy

    -The gods must be crazy ii

    -Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

    -I'm gonna get you sucka

    -StarTrek IV

    -Spiderman II

    -The Grudge



    Fascinating comedies, all.
  • Reply 13 of 154
    sammi josammi jo Posts: 4,634member
    Some that immediately come to mind... in no specific order





    Brazil (seen this one so many times, way ahead of its time.. Terry Gilliam rocks!)

    Contact (my favorite sci-fi movie... RIP Carl Sagan)

    Mon Oncle (anything by Tati is a must see)

    Titanic (I'm sure most of have us have seen it, love it or hate it.. i loved it)

    The Life of Brian (for me, the best Monty Python movie)

    A Night on Earth (contains one of the most hilarious scenes *ever*! )

    The Party (Peter Sellers... total genius)

    2001 A Space odyssey (wonderful, my other favorite sci fi movie)

    Shawshank Redemption (super plot twist!)

    V for Vendetta (Where are you, "V"..??????) \

    Room with a View (something about this movie gets me every time)

    Milagro Beanfield War (there's hope after all)

    Schindler's List ('nuff said)

    Hulot's Holiday (more Tati)



    and so many more worthy of mention I could type all night; I'm sure I've omitted many of my favorites.
  • Reply 14 of 154
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Fascinating picks... I'd like to see some "favorite" bad movies lists also. Nothing but the best of the worst!



    I'd have to start off the "So Bad They're Good" list with:



    -Battle Royale

    -For Your Height Only

    -Freaked

    -Grindhouse: Death Proof

    -The City of Violence

    -Norbit

    -Quest For Fire

    -Underworld Evolution

    -Girl Boss Guerilla

    -Hanzo the Razor series

    -Prime Cut

    -Uzumaki

    -Top Secret

    -The entire Planet of the Apes movie series
  • Reply 15 of 154
    tontontonton Posts: 14,067
    No particular order:



    Shawshank Redemption

    The 5th Element

    Alfie (Remake)

    The Beach

    Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Mad Max

    Augustin, King of Kung Fu

    Closer

    An Affair to Remember

    Star Wars

    The Fellowship of the Ring

    Saved!

    The Breakfast Club

    Spartacus

    The Wizard of Oz

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

    The Wedding Banquet

    My Girl

    Fight Club

    Trainspotting

    The Graduate

    Good Will Hunting

    Time Bandits

    Finding Nemo

    The Incredibles

    The Sixth Sense

    Parenthood

    White (Trois Couleurs Series)

    Moulin Rouge

    The Pink Panther

    Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Reply 16 of 154
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tonton View Post


    No particular order:



    Shawshank Redemption

    The 5th Element

    Alfie (Remake)

    The Beach

    Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Mad Max

    Augustin, King of Kung Fu

    Closer

    An Affair to Remember

    Star Wars

    The Fellowship of the Ring

    Saved!

    The Breakfast Club

    Spartacus

    The Wizard of Oz

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

    The Wedding Banquet

    My Girl

    Fight Club

    Trainspotting

    The Graduate

    Good Will Hunting

    Time Bandits

    Finding Nemo

    The Incredibles

    The Sixth Sense

    Parenthood

    White (Trois Couleurs Series)

    Moulin Rouge

    The Pink Panther

    Breakfast at Tiffany's



    Got some good ones in there... a few I forgot about too.
  • Reply 17 of 154
    Top 8 in particular order:



    Beaches

    Brian's Song

    Steel Magnolias

    Old Yeller

    My Girl

    Philadelphia

    Terms of Endearment

    Ghost
  • Reply 18 of 154
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,877moderator
    House of Flying Daggers

    The Green Mile

    The Matrix

    King Kong Peter Jackson remake minus Jack Black

    Toy Story

    American Beauty

    Batman Begins

    Requiem for a Dream

    Forest Gump

    American Gangster

    Saving Private Ryan

    Psycho (the original one)



    Not necessarily all my favorite and tastes do change. I would have probably put movies like Short Circuit, the original Superman, Smokey and the Bandit etc in there years ago.
  • Reply 19 of 154
    This is my favourite film right now.



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL7uGwb7iBs&feature=user



    So... touching.
  • Reply 20 of 154
    iposteriposter Posts: 1,560member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Guybrush Threepwood View Post


    Come one Spammie...



    Contact???



    Not one of my personal all time favorites, but it's not terrible, at least they attempted to follow the book. Everyone's opinions differ, they gave a Best Picture Oscar to the (IMHO) boring train wreck called The English Patient after all!



    IRT Topic:



    Wow, 10 best movie lists are tough to make, for all the reasons mentioned above.

    Some just off the top of my head here, more than 10 and no particular order or genre:



    Alien/Aliens (back in the VHS days, I recopied them into one long movie )

    2001

    Life is Beautiful

    Grave of the Fireflies (yes it's anime, but right up there with Life is Beautiful or Schindler's List in my book! Saddest movie We've ever seen.)

    Saving Private Ryan

    Forest Gump

    LOTR series

    E.T.

    Jaws

    Young Frankenstein

    Blazing Saddles

    Dr. Strangelove

    The African Queen

    Bringing up Baby (the original madcap comedy)

    Tremors (best of the B monster movies!)

    Anything by Pixar

    Spirited Away

    Princess Monoke

    The Matrix
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