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150 Greatest Movies: 1970-2006

Unread postby swerb » Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:07 pm

1. The Godfather (1972)

Perfection in film making, a movie without a single weakness. The transition that Michael goes through in this film, the tens of classic scenes and moments, the lines that are repeated ad nauseum to this day ... 35 years later. The script, the casting, the acting, the story - all superb. The most influental movie of all-time and Pacino, Brando, and Caan were born for their roles in it. The greatest movie ever made.

2. The Godfather - Part II (1974)

A little slower moving than the first one, but every bit as brilliant. Pacino is even better in II, and it may be the greatest acting performance ever in my mind. DeNiro is predictably amazing as the young Vito Corleone as the film continues to perform the case study of the two as dons of the Corleone family.

3. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

"I am your father Luke". The climax of one of the most dramatic scenes in motion picture history as Vader reveals the truth to Luke during their epic light saber battle late in the film. The darkest and most serious film of the original trilogy, as the characters from Star Wars are developed further and Yoda is introduced. The best of this series, and one of the greatest movies ever made.

4. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)

The conclusion of a stunningly powerful trilogy, of which all three were nominated for Best Picture of the Year. This is the only of the three that won, and the film was clearly deserving as it ended the journey for Frodo, Sam, and Smeagol/Gollum. Everything leads up to the battle scene at the end of this film, which is as visually impressive as any other scene in film history.

5. Star Wars (1977)

The fourth of the six episodes, but the first in the series to be released in the theaters. The ultimate tale of good versus evil, and a film that set the stage for one of the greatest fantasy stories to ever be portayed on the silver screen. It's easy to watch this film now and tell me you're not overly impressed, but I can't imagine many people saying that in 1977 when the special effects were off the chart.

6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Simply put, the first and last half hour of this movie are as powerful and realistic as any scenes in film history, and are at times agonizing to watch due to their vicious realism. An amazing cast. 8-10 of my favorite actors. Some say the story itself is overrated. I can see that, I guess, but felt that Spielberg ties it up all nicely at the end. In my view, this is the greatest war movie ever made. The realism, the Normandy beach reenactment, the absolutely superb acting ... all are off the charts.

7. Caddyshack (1980)

Any time I update this list I get criticized for ranking a comedy this high, but I strongly feel an exception needs made here, and that this is one of the greatest films ever. It's clearly one of the most influental movies of all time. Try playing a round of golf without one of the lines being spouted out by someone in your group. And the cast! Dangerfield, Chase, Knight ... Bill Murray as Carl Spackler may be the greatest comedic character EVER.

8. The Deer Hunter (1978)

Powerful. Moving. Depressing. A story of what Vietnam did to a group of friends and their community. They started as blue collar steel workers from a midwestern town being called off by their country to war. The last 30 minutes of this movie are incredibly hard to watch, as they return back to said town, deeply changed ... and deal with life post-Vietnam. The russian roulette scenes are gripping as any scenes from any film ever.

9. Lost In Translation (2003)

I'm gonna catch heat for having this movie so high. It's clearly a love/hate film. Some see it as vastly overrated. Others, like me, see it as a work of genius. One of the greatest performances ever for Bill Murray. The story is so simple. An older unhappily married man meets a gorgoeus young unhappily married woman in Tokyo, a city both are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with. Yet the film guides you through a roller coaster of emotions. I simply can't do it justice with a short paragraph here. Just see it if you haven't. And if you have, see it again ... it gets better each time.

10. The Downfall (2004)

Called "Untergang, Der" in German, this is an amazing film. It examines the last days of World War II, from the perspective of Adolf Hitler, who is portrayed brilliantly and accurately in the movie. Almost the entire movie is filmed from inside Hitler's bunker, deep under the streets of Berlin, as the Russians make their final assault on the city, which effectively ended the war and toppled the Nazi regime. The range of emotions Hitler goes through in his final days, with his top advisors, is stunning to see portrayed on film. If you have not seen this movie, you need to.

11. Hoosiers (1986)

The greatest serious sports movie off all time. Some have called it "the Rocky of basketball". I call Rocky "the Hoosiers of boxing". In a role taylor made for him, Gene Hackman is amazing as a coach with a checkered past that comes to small town Hickory, Indiana to lead the team to the state championship. Dennis Hopper is excellent as the town drunk that lives and dies with the team, as well as the bottle.

12. Alien (1979)

The standard for sci-fi horror movies, and one of the greatest films ever made. A mining ship investigates a SOS call on a distant planet. An alien life form makes it's way back on to the ship before they depart, and all hell breaks loose. An amazing performace by Sigourney Weaver in her coming out party as an actress. The film was light years ahead of its time. The alien and set design were fantastic ... the ship's design is so believable that you feel you're really peering inside an actual space vehicle. The film has you on the edge of your seat throughout - as you never know where the danger will strike next. Great tag line too. "In space, no one can hear you scream."

13. The Shining (1980)

Classic Nicholson as he plays a caretaker of a hotel abandoned for the winter. An evil and spiritual presence consumes Nicholson, and his son begins to see terrifying visions of the hotel's brutal past. All hell breaks loose about an hour or so in, and takes you on a terrifying ride towards a great ending. One of the scariest movies of all-time in my view, and one of the greatest films ever.

14. Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

Anthony Hopkins role as "Hannibal Lechter" is one of the greatest performances ever. This is the terrifying tale of a young FBI agent (played brilliantly by Jodie Foster) tracking a psychopathic killer, and needing the help of an even more psychopathic Lechter to do it. An all-time classic.

15. Good Fellas (1990)

The standard for post-Godfather mob movies. A phenomenal cast. DeNiro, Liotta, Pesci, Bracco, Sorvino. Basically, this is the story of Henry Hill's (played by Liotta) ascent to the highest levels of the mob hierarchy, then the hard fall as it all comes crashing down.

16. The Usual Suspects (1995)

A brilliant, brilliant film ... and an epic performance by Kevin Spacey as "Verbal Kint". A boat is blown up, and five seemingly unconnected ex-cons are brought in by police for questioning. The twists and turns are phenomenal, as is the legend of "Kaizer Soze".

17. Schindlers List (1993)

It wasn't until I recently rewatched this film that I fully appreciated it's greatness. Liam Neeson plays "Oskar Schindler", a greedy German businessman that exploits cheap Jewish labor during WWII to help his factory business thrive. As he continues to witness the horrors experienced by the Jews, Schindler begins to use his factory as a way to save them. A masterpiece.

18. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The beginning of the LOTR triolgy, and the beginning of the journey for Sam and Frodo. As it is in all three films, the cinematography is nothing short of breathtaking, making you genuinely believe you are witnessing the trek through middle earth to destroy the ring. Despite the lofty rankings of these films and the Star Wars films, I am not a huge fantasy guy. These movies are so well done, so believable, so breathtaking ... and are close to perfect tales of good versus evil.

19. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

The journey continues, and Sam and Frodo make the acquaintance of Smeagol/Gollum, who becomes a central character the rest of the way. Sauron's forces increase, his allies grow, brilliant battle scenes are waged, and the stage is set for the War of the Ring.

20. Munich (2005)

"Crash" winning best picture in 2005 over "Munich" is one of the all-time robberies in Academy history in my view. The movie starts with the recreation of the apprehension and murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The movie centers around what happened next, the Israeli government hiring five Mossad agents to track down and kill the individuals responsible for the attack.

21. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

An incredible tale of an innocent man (Tim Robbins) wrongly jailed for the murder of his wife. Robbins forges a great friendship with another inmate, played by Morgan Freeman. A great story, with top notch acting.

22. The Terminator (1984)

The coming out party for James Cameron as a director and Ah-nold as an actor. A terrifying film that was way ahead of it's time, and Schwargenegger was perfect as the cyborg killing machine sent back in time to wipe Sarah Connor from the face of the planet.

23. Gladiator (2000)

Russell Crowe is a pompous ass in real life, but is a helluva actor as evidenced by the fact that he stars in three of the top 65 on this list, including the spectacular film "Gladiator". A great story, powerful acting, and frighteningly realistic special effects in the battle scenes make this one of the greatest films of the modern era.

24. Platoon (1986)

Charlie Sheen is a fresh faced young recruit thrust into the horrors of Vietnam in this Best Picture of the Year winner in 1986. Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe were perfect choices for the two main veteran seargents in this film, one an brutal murdering machine (Berenger) and the other an idealistic druggie struggling with the premise of the war itself.

25. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Superb casting, acting, writing, and dialogue make "Pulp Fiction" Quentin Tarantino's best film ... and easily one of the best movies made in the last 40 years. The plot flips back and forth between the lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a pair of diner thieves, and a gangster's wife brilliantly in this all around enjoyable film.

26. Scarface (1983)

"You wanna f*#% with me? Okay. You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend!" ~ Tony Montana

27. Revenge of the Sith (2005)

"Good. Good. The Force is strong with you. A powerful Sith you will become. Henceforth, you shall be known as Darth... Vader." ~ Darth Sidius

28. Return of the Jedi (1983)

"Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for... sister. So, you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed her, too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the Dark Side... then perhaps she will... " ~ Darth Vader

29. Animal House (1978)

"My advice to you is to start drinking heavily." ~ Bluto Blutarski

30. Old School (2003)

"You think I like avoiding my wife and kids to hangout with nineteen year old girls everyday?" ~ Beanie

31. The Raging Bull (1980)

"Come on, hit me. Harder. Harder." ~ Jake LaMotta
32. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

"I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I'll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doing their job." ~ Mr. Pink

33. Office Space (1999)

"The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care." ~ Peter Gibbons

34. Clerks (1994)

"This job would be great if it wasn't for the f#*%ing customers." ~ Randal Graves

35. Requiem For A Dream (2000)

"I'm somebody now, Harry. Everybody likes me. Soon, millions of people will see me and they'll all like me. I'll tell them about you, and your father, how good he was to us. Remember? It's a reason to get up in the morning. It's a reason to lose weight, to fit in the red dress. It's a reason to smile. It makes tomorrow all right. What have I got Harry, hm? Why should I even make the bed, or wash the dishes? I do them, but why should I? I'm alone. Your father's gone, you're gone. I got no one to care for. What have I got, Harry? I'm lonely. I'm old." ~ Sara Goldfarb

36. Mystic River (2003)

"Thanks for finding my daughter's killer, Sean. If only you'd been a little faster." ~ Jimmy Markum

37. A Few Good Men (1992)

"Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to." ~ Colonel Jessup

38. A Bronx Tale (1993)

"You gotta do what your heart tells you to do. Let me tell you somethin' right now. You're only allowed three great women in your lifetime. They come along like the great fighters, every ten years. Rocky Marciano. Sugar Ray Robinson. Joe Louis. Sometimes you get 'em all at once. Me? I had my three when I was 16. That happens. What are you gonna do? That's the way it goes, you know? Tell you right now. See this girl? Maybe this girl, she put wind in your sails. Maybe she's your first great one. " ~ Sonny

39. Jackie Brown (1997)

"Look, I hate to be the kinda nigga does a nigga a favor, then, BAM!, hits a nigga up for a favor in return. But I'm afraid I gotta be that kinda nigga." ~ Ordell Robbie

40. The Taxi Driver (1976)

"I got some bad ideas in my head." ~ Travis Bickle

41. Rocky (1976)

"Apollo Creed vs. the Italian Stallion. Sounds like a damn monster movie." ~ Apollo Creed

42. Castaway (2000)

"Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on." ~ Chuck Noland

43. Seabiscuit (2003)

"The horse is too small, the jockey too big, the trainer too old, and I'm too dumb to know the difference." ~ Charles Howard

44. Jaws (1975)

"You're gonna need a bigger boat." ~ Brody

45. Rocky IV (1985)

"Uh Rock, remember what I said about wanting to be you? Forget it." ~ Paulie

46. Glory (1989)

"There's more to fighting than rest, sir. There's character. There's strength of heart. You should have seen us in action two days ago. We were a sight to see! We'll be ready, sir. When do you want us?" ~ Colonel Robert G. Shaw

47. Titanic (1997)

"1,500 people went into the sea... when Titanic sank from under us... there were twenty boats floating nearby... and only one came back. Six were saved from the water... myself included. *Six*. Out of 1,500. Afterward, the 700 people in the boats had nothing to do but wait... wait to die... wait to live... wait for an absolution... that would never come." ~ Rose (older)

48. Rocky II (1979)

"I was wonderin' if, uh, you wouldn't mind marryin' me very much." ~ Rocky Balboa

49. American Beauty (1999)

"Look at me, jerking off in the shower... This will be the high point of my day; it's all downhill from here." ~ Lester Burnham

50. Apollo 13 (1995)

"Houston, we have a problem." ~ Jim Lovell

51. Mulholland Drive (2001)
52. Apocalypse Now (1979)
53. About Schmidt (2002)
54. Major League (1989)
55. Braveheart (1995)
56. Rounders (1998)
57. Eight Men Out (1988)
58. Cinderella Man (2005)
59. Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
60. Rocky III (1982)
61. One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (1975)
62. Back To The Future (1985)
63. E.T. (1982)
64. Casino (1995)
65. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
66. The House of Sand and Fog (2003)
67. Aliens (1986)
68. Seven (1975)
69. Airplane (1980)
70. Pay It Forward (2000)
71. Mallrats (1995)
72. Copland (1997)
73. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
74. Miracle (2004)
75. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
76. Fatal Attraction (1987)
77. Match Point (2005)
78. Patton (1970)
79. Chinatown (1974)
80. The Godfather - Part III (1990)
81. Field of Dreams (1989)
82. Bull Durham (1988)
83. Cape Fear (1991)
84. Heat (1995)
85. The Green Mile (1999)
86. 21 Grams (2003)
87. Full Metal Jacket (1997)
88. Unfaithful (2000)
89. Diehard (1988)
90. American History X (1998)
91. Gangs of New York (2002)
92. Deliverance (1972)
93. Good Will Hunting (1997)
94. Poltergeist (1982)
95. Top Gun (1986)
96. We Were Soldiers (2002)
97. The Unforgiven (1992)
98. Blazing Saddles (1974)
99. Brians Song (1971)
100. The Goonies (1985)
101. Training Day (2001)
102. The Insider (1999)
103. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
104. V For Vendetta (2005)
105. Do The Right Thing (1989)
106. Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)
107. Sea Of Love (1989)
108. The Patriot (2000)
109. Dirty Harry (1971)
110. Closer (2004)
111. The Life of David Gale (2003)
112. The Fugitive (1993)
113. Chasing Amy (1997)
114. Traffic (2000)
115. Fight Club (1995)
116. Sideways (2004)
117. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
118. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
119. The Hurricane (1999)
120. L.A. Confidential (1997)
121. Mean Streets (1973)
122. Capote (2005)
123. Big Fish (2003)
124. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
125. United 93 (2006)
126. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
127. Sling Blade (1996)
128. The Princess Bride (1987)
129. Crash (2004)
130. Ray (2004)
131. Internal Affairs (1990)
132. The Sixth Sense (1999)
133. JFK (1991)
134. The Red Dragon (2002)
135. Gahndi (1982)
136. The Blues Brothers (1980)
137. Wall Street (1987)
138. The Natural (1984)
139. Slap Shot (1977)
140. Dumb And Dumber (1994)
141. The Big Lebowski (1998)
142. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
143. The Siege (1998)
144. Fargo (1996)
145. Blackhawk Down (2001)
146. Stand By Me (1986)
147. Basic Instinct (1992)
148. The Game (1997)
149. Frequency (2000)
150. The Doors (1991)
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Unread postby Guest » Thu Dec 14, 2006 4:09 pm

Lord of Rings = Garbage
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Unread postby Mr. MacPhisto » Thu Dec 14, 2006 4:22 pm

I'm amazed when anyone takes the time and thought to compile a list of their favorite films. So good job on that Swerb.

I've got well over 200 DVDs and really would find it quite hard to rate them (and several were shot long before 1970).

I will throw in a couple that are definitely in my Top 150 from 1970 on that weren't on your list.

-Superman: The Movie - Christopher Reeve just embodied that role and the film is still great to watch. It is a bit dated just as so much from the 1970s often is, but a great film. I'd also throw the new Richard Donner cut of Superman II up there - wow.

-Batman Begins - You think I like the DC comics stuff? This was a fantastic film and probably the best comic-based film ever. Burton's original Batman and Batman Returns are also up there for me.

-Raiders of the Lost Ark - I like the Indiana Jones movies more than the Star Wars films.

-Ghostbusters - Generally if Bill Murray is in it then it's good. Not always, but generally. Not as good as Caddyshack but still excellent. The Stay Puft Marshmellow Man rocks!

-Beauty and the Beast - Okay, I've got a soft spot for Disney films and a whole lot of pre-1970s Disney movies would be on my all-time list, but this is an amazing movie. I'd also probably throw Lion King and Aladdin up there too.

-Toy Story and most all the Pixar films - I love animation and good stories and these are about as good as they come. Cars, Monsters Inc, and the Incredibles are probably my favorites, but Toy Story was such a groundbreaking film. I thought it would suck and suck bad when it came out and then was convinced to see it by several friends and ended up blown away.

-Die Hard - First and Third films are my favorite, but they all redefined the action genre and are still very entertaining. The banter between Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis in the third film always stands out.

-Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - I'm a reformed Star Trek geek and am not all that into Trek anymore, but this film (and most of the other ones) is fantastic. Ricardo Montalban is great as Khan and the story is well developed. One of my favorite Sci-Fi films ever.

-Monty Python and the Holy Grail - One of the funniest movies ever, though I like Life of Brian even more. All of the Python films are up there as are A Fish Called Wonda and Fierce Creatures.

-Young Frankenstein - I don't get how you can stick Blazing Saddles up there and leave off Young Frankenstein. RIP Peter Boyle, I hope you're helping out with "Putting on the Ritz" up there in heaven.

-Tommy Boy - I still nearly crap my pants laughing so hard every time I see this movie.

-Dodgeball - see above. Rip Torn is sublime as Patches O'Houlihan. So much comedy gold in this one.

-The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - I love Terry Gilliam films and this is my favorite. Brazil, Time Bandits, and 12 Monkeys are also on there.

-Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - I also love Shakespeare and, in particular, Hamlet. You must know Hamlet well before seeing Stoppard's play-turned-film with Oldman and Roth, but if you know it then there's hardly anything funnier.

-Signs - I say bah-humbug on The Sixth Sense. I saw the ending coming from a mile away. Signs or Unbreakable are my favorite M. Night films. Unbreakable probably is above Signs, though I love how Night turns an alien invasion movie into a film about faith recovered. Brilliant!

-Talladega Nights - new to the DVD collection and the only Will Ferrell movie I find consistently funny.

-The Passion of the Christ - no matter what your religious background, this is an amazing film that is one of the best crafted I've ever seen. I feel the Romans should have been speaking Greek and not Latin (Greek was the lingua franca of the empire at the time and most of those stationed in Judea representing Rome likely didn't speak Latin at all - everyone else in the area would have understood Greek), but it's a remarkable film.

-The Others - Great ghost story with a nice twist. Kidman is great as the mother and the whole thing is well acted and well played. The feeling of isolation works so well in this film.

I think that's all I can come up with off the top of my head.
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Unread postby consigliere » Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:56 pm

The Lord of the Rings trilogy was a complete masterpiece. And, I am not a Dungeons and Dragons dork either. I generally hate fantasy movies.....but the movies were just beautifully done, the acting solid, and the cinematography and special effects amazing.

I happened to catch "Rudy" on TV the other day.....and no matter how times I watch that movie, the end when he throws down the QB for a sack sends chills up and down my spine. The only thing that sucked about that movie was it was about Notre Dame football.

Also, a lot of movies in the 80s have left a huge imprint on me.....whenever I channel surf and I come across these movies, I always watch: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Predator, Rocky IV, Die Hard, Cobra, Rambo II, First Blood, Back to the Future, War Games, Robocop, Ghostbusters, Romancing the Stone, Scarface, Stand By Me, Glory, Full Metal Jacket, Rain Man, Days of Thunder, Top Gun, Aliens, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Terminator, Lean On Me, The Road Warrior, Lethal Weapon, The Blues Brothers, and more.....
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Unread postby docstank » Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:24 pm

Everyone please listen up!
The best movie nobody has seen.......or at least rated in their top ever list. The former is more probable.
Go and rent...Return to Paradise, now.
Be warned, you may have to alter your top list.
By the way, why in the world is Stand by Me so low on the list, I would argue top 20 of all time. To each his own but really Munich 21 slot ahead of the top Rocky film? Definitely a very solid list you have put together, however, I can happily say I have seen nearly all of them and agree with you on most.
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P.S. if you get nothing else from this post Go See Return To Paradise featuring Juaquin Phoenix(not sure on that spelling), and Vince Vaughn portreying a character very different from the Vaughn we have grown to love these days.
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Unread postby Guest » Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:56 pm

I own Return to Paradise and agree it is an awesome flick
Great story line and cast
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Unread postby swerb » Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:43 pm

Stank, I just added "Return To Paradise" to my Netflix queue and moved it right to the top. Thanks for the reccomendation. I'll report back in here after seeing it.
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Unread postby Mr. MacPhisto » Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:56 pm

The Lord of the Rings trilogy was a complete masterpiece. And, I am not a Dungeons and Dragons dork either. I generally hate fantasy movies.....but the movies were just beautifully done, the acting solid, and the cinematography and special effects amazing.


Agree 100% Tony, though I am a HUGE Lord of the Rings buff. I love Tolkien's work but it's the only fantasy stuff I like. There's so much more there in all of his tales.

What I really love about the Lord of the Rings movies is that they finally have made academics and others give Tolkien's work the literary status it deserves. I tried before to get LOTR added to summer readings lists or added to English literature curriculum and was always unceremoniously shunted out the door. After the films it has become a very different story. I can't think of any other movie that helped its source material so much.

I view the Lord of the Rings (the Extended Cuts, of course) as my top dog all time as a complete film right next to Ben-Hur.
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Unread postby Guest » Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:34 pm

Agree with you there, MacPhisto.

I am NOT a D&D geek (see my early trashing of Eragon in tomorrow's Crystal Ball), but there is nothing I loved as a book more than LOTR.

Swerb has a great list, and in honesty, the only thing I disagree on in his top 50 is "Old School"...but if you've read any of my stuff, you know I have a big assed hatred of Will Ferrell.

My top 3 still remains Schindler's List, the LOTR trilogy (I can't seperate them...that's just me), and Casablanca....

But after reading Swerb's list, and some other recommendations...I've got some changing to do on my Netflix Queue.
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Unread postby Mr. MacPhisto » Fri Dec 15, 2006 10:03 am

I had forgotten about Schindler's List. That is a great film, though one I don't watch often because it's a hard film to watch. It's one of those movies that everyone should see at least once (especially those who were recently in Tehran at that ridiculous Holocaust denial conference). The film is equally amazing because it shows what a great director and storyteller Spielberg can be. That can sometimes get lost in his other films, which are generally all fun but often far from high art.
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Unread postby docstank » Fri Dec 15, 2006 2:45 pm

Sounds good Rich, look forward to hearing your opinion and seeing where it ranks. By the way props on an awesome website, your effort really shows....long live swerbsblurbs!
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Unread postby jfiling » Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:18 pm

The French Connection, which has the greatest car chase scene in the history of cinema.

Cidade de Deus, a Brazilian masterpiece in the style of Tarantino or Richard Rodriguez.

Amelie, which is the perfect date movie.

Pi, Darren Aronofsky's pre-Requiem movie.

Oldboy. Just see it.
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Unread postby swerb » Fri Dec 15, 2006 9:44 pm

Stank, thank you ... and check your email. I'll take you up on that.

jfiling, thanks for the reccomendations. I almost rented Pi, as I LOVED Requiem For A Dream. It looked really off the wall. I mean really off the wall. I'll have to see it off your reccomendation.

Also, I just checked Oldboy out on IMDB. Looks great. Just added it to my Netflix queue ... thanks for chiming in.

I'll be honest, my favorite part about doing a list like this is all the fantastic film reccomendations I always end up getting in the post-list debate.

If anyone else has any suggestions of any great movies I ommitted, I'd love to hear em.
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Unread postby johnnyo » Sat Dec 16, 2006 10:27 am

Rich:

Have you been hitting the crack pipe? Godfather III???? Perhaps the worst movie ever made.
Ride it like you stole it.
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Unread postby swerb » Sat Dec 16, 2006 10:37 am

Rich:

Have you been hitting the crack pipe? Godfather III???? Perhaps the worst movie ever made.


I wouldn't go that far. Casted poorly? Yes. Pales in comparison to the first two? Yes.

Still a good movie in my view. Great ending, and another epic performance by Pacino. I love the scene where they whack Joey Zaza.

There's alot of things I felt they should have done different with this film, especially the casting of Coppolas daughter (who directed my #9 movoe, Lost In Translation) in that role. This flick catches alot of slack. Caddyshack 2, Rocky V type slack. I still felt it was a very good movie that did a decent enough job tying up the GF series.
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Unread postby jfiling » Sat Dec 16, 2006 9:32 pm

Swerb,

Pi is off the wall, but there's a genius making that movie, so I'm pretty sure if you appreciated Requiem, you'll dig Pi.

And Oldboy is just awesome. I'd love for you to give a review, because I think you'll be amazed. Rumor has it that Oldboy is going to be remade as an American movie, but I doubt it can touch the original.
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Unread postby swerb » Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:06 am

Just a reminder to myself to include World Trade Center, The Assasination of Richard Nixon, and Return To Paradise next time I update this ...
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Unread postby swerb » Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:23 pm

Here's Mitch's Top 100 List. I'm gonna rerun this front page in the next week ...

http://www.swerbsblurbs.com/article_det ... me=movies&
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Unread postby jfiling » Tue Dec 19, 2006 6:23 pm

Pretty good list from Mitch. Missing one of my all-time favorites though, "Sunset Boulevard". Other than that solid.
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Unread postby Guest » Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:52 pm

Shamed to admit this...but I've never seen Sunset Blvd.

One of the few movies left in life that I really need to see...I shocked Swerb late last year by admitting I hadn't seen either "Raging Bull" or "The Shining"...both of which got taken care of early in 2006 and are now part of the Top 100.

I'm adding Sunset Blvd to my Netflix queue
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Unread postby swerb » Wed Dec 20, 2006 12:14 am

Thats the beauty of forums like this and services like Netflix.

Honestly, I've recieved more good movie reccomendations from this message board and others over the las 3-4 years than I have in my entire life to that point.

Shit, my Netflix queue is at 30 reputedly solid movies I've never seen, and I make a point to see anything of worth .... at the latest when it comes out on DVD. There's always diamonds in the rough out there. And its so easy to tab over to Netflix and add a movie.
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Unread postby docstank » Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:52 am

I agree completely, I am tired of trying to remember movies I "wanted to see" now all I have to do is refer to some of the lists in this forum and I can mark off a classic. I.e. last was Requiem of a dream, props Swerb, next up, Downfall.
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Unread postby swerb » Wed Dec 20, 2006 3:38 pm

You'll like "The Downfall" Stank. Since seeing it, I've reccomended it to 4-5 people ... every one thanked me afterwards.
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Unread postby docstank » Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:07 pm

I will be sure to discuss after I see it. By the way I saw someone with Memoirs of a Geisha on their to be seen list and I just wanted to say that was actually a really good flick.
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Unread postby The Score » Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:12 pm

Tigerland and Wonderboys are 2 underrated movies.

Steal Big, Steal Little is a very unknown movie, and one of my favorites. Kind of sappy though.
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Unread postby jfiling » Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:43 pm

The Score wrote:Tigerland and Wonderboys are 2 underrated movies.

Steal Big, Steal Little is a very unknown movie, and one of my favorites. Kind of sappy though.


Kinda combine the two titles and you end up with one of my favorite underrated movies: "Wonderland". Val Kilmer as John Holmes is... interesting.

Wonderboys is great. I didn't expect to enjoy it, but I did.
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Unread postby jfiling » Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:13 pm

Um, I just revisited this thread, and I couldn't help noticing that the "Citizen Kane" of cinema isn't in this list or on this thread. That movie, of course, is:

CITIZEN KANE!

Please tell me this was some sort of oversight, because I would be stunned at any sort of rationalization that says Citizen Kane isn't one of the top 150 movies ever. I guess if you haven't seen it that would explain it, but otherwise...
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Unread postby swerb » Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:35 pm

1970-2006 jfiling

Actually, I did see Citizen Kane 2-3 years ago. I enjoyed the film, but quite frankly, found it pretty overrated.
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Unread postby yogi » Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:37 am

swerb, great list.

Now you got to start watching movies BEFORE 1970!

I agree pretty much with your list except "Old School" should be nowhere near "Animal House". Kinda like ranking Franco Harris just below Jim Brown if you ask me. The order is right but they don't belong on the same page.

I keep watching the AFI Top 100 movies and I have about 10 to go. I will find my thread somewhere buried here and update it. After I have finished I will rank my list against AFI. Ialso put in movies like LOTR that weren't included. Also foreign films not included in the list either.

I also agree that I get more recommendations for my Intelleflix movie queue from this site than anywhere.
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Unread postby swerb » Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:59 am

Yog, my goal is to see every film of relevance from 1970 on before going back to the films of the old days as a project for a little later in life.

And yes, this forum has been very good. Good discussion, so many good film reccomendations. It should only get better with more members and regular contributors.
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Unread postby jfiling » Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:20 pm

Swerb wrote:1970-2006 jfiling

Actually, I did see Citizen Kane 2-3 years ago. I enjoyed the film, but quite frankly, found it pretty overrated.


Oh God I can't believe I missed the dates on that. I think I confused this post with the other one on the greatest movies. Sorry.
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