Wow, a lot to comment on here, but let me start with the Top 10.
Before I start though Mitch, what was your value system? Pure entertainment? Acting, Story? Directing, Technical accomplishments, Historical value?
I know when I looked at AFI's list it had many movies such as DW Griffiths "Birth of a Nation" on it because of its place in movie history. Many Chaplin movies, etc.
1.Schindler's List (1993) I undertand its high ranking, and its significance to History. But how does the enertainment value compare with the others listed?
2.The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2003) This is my #1. Of course the running time would be near 10 hours!
3.Casablanca (1942) This would be my likely #2. I loved this movie.
4.The Godfather: Part 2 (1974) Worthy of a high rank, but the obvious question here is why ranked higher than the Original? Best sequel movie ever made though.
5.To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) I almost didn't make it through this movie, as the 1st 45 minutes or so was painfully slow in setting up. But the last half more than made up and I agree that its a top 50 movie, but this ranking is high. A must see for those (like Swerb) that refuse to see movies made before 1970!
6.The Godfather (1972) No quibble with this ranking. I concur.
7.Lawrence of Arabia (1962) I must admit. I just don't see why this movie is ranked as high as it is. I liked it but honestly, it would struggle to make my Top 100 list.
8.Citizen Kane (1941) Again, good movie. I see you at least didn't rank it as numero uno, and Orson Wells was terrific, but I still don't rank this high. Maybe Top 25.
9.American Beauty (1999) This must be the one that makes your list unique. Huh? I do not agree. Love Kevin Spacey though, but not this movie.
10.Star Wars (1977) Is this a ranking for all 6? I didn't see any other Star Wars listed. And we know that Star Wars 5 has to rank higher than Sideways!
A lot more comments to follow!
Great Stuff Mitch, though we should be in CBS parking lot before a Steeler Sunday debating the movie merits with some spirits in hand!