Saturday, May 19, 2007

Which are the best movies of all time?

It's one of those lists everybody likes to make and debate. It's a marketing technique at music and DVD stores. Can one actually make such a list? Or do tastes change? If you look at the Oscars through history, some oscars are clearly better than others.

I don't think you can make one list - I think it has to be split by genre.

Here is mine. I've kept it to movies I've seen/remember. There are others I think I saw when I was a kid that I need to watch again - like "The French Connection," "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" and "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" . I can hardly remember them now.

The following are not an attempt at a best 10 or 5. They are not ordered. They are merely the best as they came to mind. I will update them as I remember more.

Period drama

Howard's End
Remains Of The Day
Room With A View
Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Musical

The Wall - Pink Floyd
Fame
Grease
Annie

Romantic Comedies

As Good As It Gets
Notting Hill
Groundhog Day
Love Actually

Best Bond Movies

For Your Eyes Only
Casino Royale
Thunderball
Octopussy
Tomorrow Never Dies

Action/Adventure

The Bourne Supremacy
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Terminator 2
Die Hard
Heat
Fight Club
Collateral
Snatch
The Last Boy Scout (probably not on too many "movie buff" lists, but it cracks me up)

Drama

The Godfather I
Gladiator
Finding Neverland
Dead Poets' Society
American Beauty
Garden State
Chocolat
A Beautiful Mind
Requiem for a Dream
Amadeus
Crash
Yesterday
Stand By Me

Thriller

Man on Fire
The Fugitive
Gorky Park
Sixth Sense
Seven
LA Confidential
Silence Of The Lambs

Western

Unforgiven

Science Fiction / Fantasy / Superheroes

ET
The Lord of The Rings - Return of The King
Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back
12 Monkeys
Gattaca
Spiderman 2
The Matrix
Batman Begins

Comedies

A Fish Called Wanda
Raising Arizona
Caddyshack
There's Something About Mary

Animated

Jungle Book
Shrek 2
A Bug's Life
Happy Feet
Finding Nemo
The Incredibles

(I have yet to see the Toy Story movies - difficult to believe, I know)

5 comments:

laurie said...

ah, you gotta include "persuasion" with ciaran hinds and amanda root. it's the only movie i've ever watched and then immediately rewound and started watching it again.

outofctrl said...

Nice list...but why isn't Thhe Lion King on it?

It is the question said...

Laurie: thanks for stopping by. I don't know Persuasion. I'll have to look it up.

outofctrl: Hey, just because I'm African doesn't mean I'm going to rank a movie about Africa right up there. Especially one made by those Disney ignoramuses...

(Actually...*blush*...I have not yet seen Pumba and buddies)

chitty said...

A Fish called Wanda.
All great movies and a very good list. Many of my own favourites are in there.
I'd also include Raging Bull, Miller's Crossing, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption and Schindler's List.

It is the question said...

Chitty: *blush*...good grief, my brain is fried from overwork. Fixed.

Haven't seen Raging Bull. Can't remember if I saw Schindler's List and Miller's Crossing - need to rewatch if I did.

Not a fan of Tarentino - think he uses violence as a gimmick/gratuitously.

I enjoyed the Shawshank Redemption but thought it was overhyped.