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The Godfather (1972)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ When it comes to a No. 1 movie I don't think anything else will do. A perfect pairing of popular interest mixed with the unanimous thought of it being a great film. And why not? The acting is as good as any movie. The story is the stuff of legends. And Copolla, in just one movie, proved to be one of the most formidable directors of all time. Not bad for a project that was surrounded by doubt and turmoil. ” - ellgreatone
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (164 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Every new era ushers out an old way of doing things. The runaway train blazed a path through the Old West that ended the outlaw way of doing things. It civilized, and likely bettered the west. But did we exchange our old values for less scrupulous ones. Universal message gets played out with great acting, script, direction, and the best soundtrack in film history. ” - ellgreatone
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ I get upset when I see someone refer to this movie as dated. For me, it's about as fun to watch as anything. It aesthetically tells a big story about a big man during big times in America. It's bold, it's brash and scathing. It's a fine movie without adding in the ridiculous special effects, philosophical way of thinking, and overall depth with which it hits the human psyche. Look at the poster. It's Terrific. ” - ellgreatone
Contempt (1963)
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Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. (103 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ Perhaps the best movie I've seen about a serious relationship deteriorating. Beautifully shot, both in terms of locations and the people. The middle scene, when Bardot admits to her contempt of her husband, can't be any better. The best foreign-language film I've seen. ” - ellgreatone
Stairway to Heaven (1946)
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A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. (104 mins.)
“ A WWII pilot crashes into the ocean, miraculously surviving, and starting his life over. But the heavens come calling, as he was supposed to die. This pilot starts suffering mental issues, seeing images, and perhaps hallucinating the afterlife altogether. Yep, this fun movie thinks big. ” - ellgreatone
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
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A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life. (229 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ The best movie about the power of redemption, and making those first steps toward redemption. De Niro's Noodles, for all we know, never made his ultimate redemption, but hurt in every cavity of his body to make wrongs right. I assume everyone has something they regret in life, making this hyperbole on the matter must-see viewing for anyone with a conscience. ” - ellgreatone
The Conformist (1970)
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A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. (113 mins.)
“ Just the most beautiful film ever. The people, places and events are all exotic and attractive. The plot is convoluted, which makes it sexier. And the scene on the train with the background flashing by will be remembered on my death bed. I watched this movie five times in a row when I bought it. ” - ellgreatone
The Last Picture Show (1971)
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In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically. (118 mins.)
“ A powerhouse of 70s American cinema. Great soundtrack, great script, great directions, and most of all, great acting. It was Orson Welles helping Peter Bogdanovich to choose black-and-white for the film. A small-town melodrama that hits universal nerves. ” - ellgreatone
The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
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In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave... (105 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
“ A movie that attempts to measure and define human emotion through material possession. The best-filmed ballroom scenes put on celluloid, paired with exceptional acting, and a dark message that will cut deep on a universal level. ” - ellgreatone
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ A step down in story from the original. Luckily, a little man by the name of Robert De Niro steps in and saves the day, fleshing out the parts of the book left out in the original film. Pacino plays a haunted Michael. John Cazale leads the rest of the cast in what is a strongly acted, perfectly shot film. ” - ellgreatone
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Anytime I see the Samurai, I sit down, watch it the whole way through and feel like I just finished a trilogy of films. The picture is nearly four hours long, but it is dense in plot, and heavy on action. You can spend nine hours watching the excellent LOTR trilogy, or check this one out and see exactly how its done. Rightfully considered among the greats. ” - ellgreatone
Blade Runner (1982)
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A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ This is a movie that grows on me the more I watch it. After a first viewing, it was an enjoyable time thanks to the effects. It didn't have any human element and I hadn't quite grasped the value of human life the picture was portraying (I was a teenager). Well, I caught on to the philosophy, and I now feel it has one of the great romances in movie history. It may be my favorite movie after another decade worth of enjoyment. ” - ellgreatone
Days of Being Wild (1990)
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Set in 1960, the film centres on the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy, who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute... (94 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ For me, the best Wong Kar-Wai movie. Plenty of human interaction is based off what has been learned beforehand. Plenty of humans hurt others because of their inadequacies. This film deals with such a man, hurt by his troubled childhood, and unable to deal with it, he uses women. It's a sad movie, but incredibly cool as well. ” - ellgreatone
Rocky (1976)
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Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ Standing on the shoulder of giants. This was a fell-good sports movie made in the 70s, that followed the formula of both. It featured the overall acting-soundtrack-direction-script-antihero that led to success for so many other pictures in the first half of the decade. And it got even more cliched by telling yet another underdog story. But, when you do something better than pretty well any other movie, it doesn't matter how formulaic you get. ” - ellgreatone
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
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Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ After about 30 viewings, I'm to a point where I try to watch the film from different points of view. At first, I was overwhelmed with the macro portion of the film, taking in planets and ships, and Jedi. Now, I like to try to see things from Luke, or Leia, or Han, or Artoo's point of view. It's that kind of film. Massive in scope, but delicate in its intimacy. ” - ellgreatone
Roman Holiday (1953)
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A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Far and away the best romantic comedy of all-time. Audrey kills it from start to finish, completely hiding a fine performance from film legend Gregory Peck. It's fun, it's serious, it's fairly realistic in its reverse princess story. And, in the final minutes, it presents the most heartwrenching scene any movie that allows laughs can bring. A classic in all the right ways. ” - ellgreatone
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ As big as this film is, it's the human element that makes it great. O'Toole is spot on as the title character and gives you some insight as to who the man was that united the tribes of Arabia during WWI. The quintessential war film from the quintessential epic movie director. ” - ellgreatone
Casablanca (1942)
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In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Everything came together for this one. It's a film I revisit at least a couple times a year. Action. Romance. Turmoil. It's as if they brought all the elements of film together in this one. Oh, and there's Bogey and Bergman to go wtih "As Time Goes By." Rightfully holds its place among the best of all-time. ” - ellgreatone
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
“ You say GoodFellas. I say City of God. One of the great crime films as told through the eyes of a non-criminal. It jumps seamlessly from plotline to plotline and doesn't judge. Everything is matter of fact in the most violent city in the world. You just hope you make it out alive. ” - ellgreatone
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
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From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military. (163 mins.)
“ Maybe not the best film that is British, but certainly the best British film. Tells a great story about an aging British military man, bringing depth to an otherwise comic character. It builds upon the comic it was based on by simultaneously criticizing and painting a compassionate portrait of the British military. And it begs the Brits to kick the hell out of the Nazis. And there's nothing wrong with that. ” - ellgreatone
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
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A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ There are crimes every year in the Academy Awards. Gloria Swanson not winning best actress for this is one of the most egregious. She's spot-on as the creepy silent film star dealing with having all the money and none of the fame. An affront on Hollywood, while providing the viewer with insight as to why some stars may act the way they act. Wilder's social commentary is always as good as it comes. ” - ellgreatone
Chungking Express (1994)
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Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Wong keeps his movies in a state of ambiguity, and why not? Life is that way, right? Obviously, from him, this one is gorgeous and sumptuous. ” - ellgreatone
Children of Paradise (1945)
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (189 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
“ Movies like this make me wonder if 1945 moviegoers saw it and wondered just what was possible with film. It tells an intimate story intimately, but on an epic stage. Rightly considered one of the greatest French films from one of its most underrated directors, Marcel Carne. ” - ellgreatone
The Matrix (1999)
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A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ Like Star Wars, a film that has been copied blatantly time and time again. The Wachowskis created a world that hadn't been seen before and surrounded it with a predictable plot with some not so predictable pieces. But what sets it apart is the action. In a day and age when action films are a dime a dozen, this one is a diamond in the rough. ” - ellgreatone
Rio Bravo (1959)
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A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy. (141 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ The most entertaining movie I've ever seen. Great set pieces. Great action. They cast two popular singers, and each of them did admirable work. It's over two hours, but could be longer thanks to the deft hand of the master, Howard Hawks. ” - ellgreatone
L.A. Confidential (1997)
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As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice. (138 mins.)
Director: Curtis Hanson
“ I get it. Film noir should be black-and-white. At its best, it should have a 1940-something next to its title. Sorry, though. This is the best I've seen. The story goes in all directions, but is tightly wrapped at its ending. Spacey and Pearce are each cool noir customers, but Crowe plays a much more realistic version of a man stuck in a noir situation. Top marks for all the technical portions of the film. ” - ellgreatone
Yi Yi (2000)
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Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives. (173 mins.)
Director: Edward Yang
“ Spoiler alert: Yi Yi tells the story of a family in Taipei. That's about it. It's the sensitivity Yang uses to bring importance to this ordinary family that makes it great. It's amazing what creating a realistic, down-to-earth movie can do. It proves its points without using any effort. ” - ellgreatone
Limelight (1952)
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A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives. (137 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ Chaplin sentiment at its finest. Autobiographical to a degree, and Chaplin, it turns out was as talented speaking as he was in silent films. Just a great, sad film that makes me glad he always took his time and did things the way he wanted to do them. Would it be nice to have more hours of Chaplin? Of course. But what we got was made stronger by the fact that he put so much into what he gave us. This was his best. ” - ellgreatone
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. (130 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ As disgusting as it sounds, I didn't see this movie till I was 27. Shame on me. Everything is right with it. I'll even buy into Jimmy Stewart being a jerk for a few scenes. While it is cheesy, it's cheesy in a most perfect way. The quintessential movie by a director who made a lot of sentimental pictures. This was the one that worked the best. ” - ellgreatone
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Ali vs. Frazier. Republican vs. Democrat. Saito vs. Nicholson. This, for me, is the showdown to end all showdowns. The antagonist (if there is one) is doing what most would do in making POWs slaves. The protagonist wants to stick to the books, making for one of the all-time great battles of the brain. Oh, and they blew up the largest structure in Ceylon at the time as a climax. So, there's action, too. ” - ellgreatone
Blood Simple. (1984)
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A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ Again. I get it. Noir should be black-and-white. We will get to that at some point. Just perfect in every way. I love 'It's the Same Old Song' because of this movie. It displays the best traits from directors that have since become some of the best in the world. Perhaps because they were figuring themselves out as filmmakers, they were willing to keep it simpler with their first outing. It worked. ” - ellgreatone
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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In future Britain, Alex DeLarge, a charismatic and psycopath delinquent, who likes to practice crimes and ultra-violence with his gang, is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ What's the point in being good? That's what A Clockwork Orange asks. Alex DeLarge, an awful excuse for a human has answered that question whole-heartedly by being terrible. The real question the movie asks is if you can be good if you really want to be bad, but act in a good manner because you are afraid of the consequences. Great stuff. Great book, too. Read it. ” - ellgreatone
Wild Strawberries (1957)
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After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Ingmar Bergman is the boss, and for me, this is his best film. It feels more human than the Seventh Seal and Persona, yet keeps with his tradition of bending your thoughts in directions you didn't know was possible. It's interesting that a man far from death could convey how nearing death must feel so well. ” - ellgreatone
The Third Man (1949)
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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ Hey, there's Harry Lime. What a jerk. That's what I thought after watching the movie the first time. Now on second, third, fourth, however many viewings since, I look forward to Welles' apperance in the movie. I wish they built up unseen characters more often before giving them a right entrance. Oh, the rest of the movie is excellent as well. ” - ellgreatone
The General (1926)
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When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. (67 mins.)
“ I saw this movie for the first time about a month ago and was fascinated at the effort Keaton put in. Firstly, the camera work was perfect, sitting the camera still and letting him do his work. But the more I've thought about it, the more I believe this is the most valuable piece of acting ever. The movie would not have been good without Keaton. With him, it's one of the best ever. ” - ellgreatone
King Kong (1933)
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ King Kong is King Kong. That's really all I have to say. Truly a classic. The acting is stiff, but in a charming way. It's the appreciation for imagaination that gets me going. ” - ellgreatone
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Yeah. I did it. I love Taxi Driver. I understand the greatness of Raging Bull and Goodfellas. But I still prefer this one as a Scorsese picture. You get Scorsese as a director with a movie that actually follows some sort of plot. Most Scorsese films are almost documentary, but this one spins a tale. And I am constantly interested in DiCaprio's isolated undercover cop. He should've won an Academy Award for his role. ” - ellgreatone
V for Vendetta (2005)
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In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ Another wild card in the list. I'm definitely one of the people who think this movie is a classic. Not unlike a lot of cult movie followers, I love everything about this movie. From the opening speech by the title character to the fact they never show his face. I know what you're thinking: 'Come on, above Barry Lyndon.' Well, that's the way things are around these parts. ” - ellgreatone
Barry Lyndon (1975)
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An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England. (184 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubrick doing a period piece. The guy made this film look as good as any ever with what appeared to be minimal effort. The story, for me, is exciting. I love the romances O'Neal's character gets himself into, and the way he connives his way through life. It's a character unlike many in motion picture history. And the narrator brings it all together. ” - ellgreatone
The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Bergman handles death (literally this time) with ease once again. I love the scene when you can see the silhouettes walking on the hilltop. The starkness of Max von Sydow's face. And the scene where he plays chess with Death is as iconic as they come. ” - ellgreatone
The Apartment (1960)
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A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Way, way ahead of its time - as most Wilder pictures were. Jack Lemmon, the nicest guy ever, essentially running a whorehouse out of his apartment for higher-ups in his company. Comedy - and heartbreak - ensue. ” - ellgreatone
The Terminator (1984)
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A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Hands down the best action movie ever made. The pacing is breakneck and barely ever matched in movie history (see: Bourne Ultimatum). The story, while allegedly borrowed, is pretty innovative. Putting hits on people in the past is a pretty cool idea. Even cooler is sending someone to stop them. Cooler yet is when that someone turns out to be your... sorry, just about spoiled it. ” - ellgreatone
Braveheart (1995)
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When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ Something can be said for movies that evoke emotions. I'm a sucker for them (Rocky, Titanic) as long as they're done well. From the epic battle scenes (blood flying onto the camera) to the cheesy speeches, I like Gibson's film. What gets me is the man it portrays. While the script is admittedly based on hearsay, if any of it is true, William Wallace was a pretty heroic guy. The end almost always makes me cry. ” - ellgreatone
Blue Velvet (1986)
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The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. (120 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ I still can't get my wife to watch this movie with me. She always walks in when Dennis Hopper is having one of his classic psychotic scence in a movie where 'Leave it to Beaver' goes terribly wrong. Coming from a small town where not a lot happens, I like the thought of a hideous underbelly undermining everything that goes on. All you have to do is scratch the surface to find out. ” - ellgreatone
Vertigo (1958)
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A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ Jimmy Stewart as an obsessed/ scared detective. Who'd have thought that in a million years? Stewart is great in the movie, but what really puts this one up on a pedestal is Hitchcock. From the reverse camera trick to his overuse of light in some scenes makes this entire movie play like a dream. ” - ellgreatone
Stagecoach (1939)
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A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. (96 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ The original western deserves a spot on any Top 100 list. There were westerns before this, but this was the first modern western, starring of course, John Wayne in a John Ford film. The action scenes are frenetic for 1939, and the romance between Wayne and Claire Trevor is heartfelt. ” - ellgreatone
The 39 Steps (1935)
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A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. (86 mins.)
“ Robert Donat rules. And this was his best film, and yet again, it is made better by the fact that Hitchcock directed it. Perhaps the original 'wrong man' movie finds Donat trying to solve a riddle he is being chased for. Truly a landmark Hitch film. ” - ellgreatone
The Killing Fields (1984)
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A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. (141 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
“ The thing that struck me about this movie was a scene where the camera tracks its way through a hospital. That's when I knew not only was I watching an emotionally engaging film, but one that was well done. Truly a love story in every sense of the word in which the hero is not all that heroic, and the damsel (this time a man) saves his own life basically by refusing to die. Heartwrenching ending as well. ” - ellgreatone
Unforgiven (1992)
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Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man. (131 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ It's not about how fast you can draw a gun, it's about how accurate you are when you're firing it. Clint Eastwood lived the legend of the quickdraw in the 60s, but dispelled it in the 90s with this Best Picture winner. His William Munny is a real character with grievous flaws who finally does something heroic with his life before riding into the sunset (which is the pouring rain in this one). ” - ellgreatone
M (1931)
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Crime films are great. Serial killer films are always interesting. Why not combine the two? They already did. Peter Lorre is a long way from playing opposite Bogey in his greatest role as the serial killer. The twist is that organized crime in town is suffering because of this killer, and the gangsters hunt him alongside the townsfolk. Remake this thing, Hollywood, and for God's sake, stop making Fantastic Four movies. ” - ellgreatone
Ikiru (1952)
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ If every emotion has a penultimate move that corresponds with it, then Ikiru represents somber. Shimura is spot on as the man facing a death sentence (cancer). Kurosawa directs his most human film in this one and boggles the heart, instead of the mind. ” - ellgreatone
Rear Window (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
“ There's no way it's possible to make a good movie all happen in the same room. That's unless you're Alfred Hitchcock. Perhaps the perfect introductory film to Hitch (before Psycho and North by Northwest, but after Notorious and the 39 Steps). This one is a textbook suspense movie. And if you hate suspense, watch it for the eternally beautiful Grace Kelly. ” - ellgreatone
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans. (195 mins.)
“ Liam Neeson. Ben Kingsley. Check. Ultimate holocaust movie script. Check. Spielberg. Check. In what was obviously an intensely personal movie, the dream-weaving director makes one of the most starkly real films ever put on celluloid. Epic. Heartfelt. Thought provoking. Well shot. Well acted. Just about everything is right on this one. ” - ellgreatone
The Elephant Man (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. (124 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ This, for me, is the ultimate tear-jerker. As John Hurt, who plays the title character put it about a person not being emotionally moved by the film: 'That's a person I'd rather not know.' Lynch makes his most literal movie here and it turns out as touching as any movie I've laid eyes on. The scene with Merrick and the good doctor's wife is sure to bring tears to anyone with a soul. ” - ellgreatone
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ Just about as cool as movies get. For Tarantino, in his second effort, to have this kind of confidence, is amazing. Everything seems fresh 16 years later and I have to guess it will still feel fresh in another 16 years. The acting was top-notch. Some of the long shots with the camera are awesome. And everything about the movie makes you think. ” - ellgreatone
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette. (100 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ The movie sucks you in when Greenstreet starts giving information about the Falcon. To me, it's a hybrid between a noir film and an Indiana Jones film because of the mythic nature surrounding the statue. Bogart was great and the film was the second-best directorial debut of all-time behind Citizen Kane. So, congrats on that, John Huston. ” - ellgreatone
Hard Times (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans. (93 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ Walter Hill made some darn good movies. Charles Bronson is just darn good. The two come together to make a simple tale of a guy who kicks the holy hell out of everyone and makes some money in the process. The movie makes you feel like you're in the Depression. Part of it is the run-down background, the other the look on Bronson's face throughout the movie. ” - ellgreatone
The Rules of the Game (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Renoir's 1939 effort tells me anything is possible with movies. The fact that the director makes it all seem so effortless is all the more amazing. I don't know much about the background of the movie, but the chateau they filmed in was perfect, with long hallways and big doorways to allow Renoir to tell several different stories - in the background and foreground - all at once. ” - ellgreatone
Taxi Driver (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, while attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ This is a perfect storm. The ultimate character study put in the hands of one of the all-time great director-actor duos. DeNiro gives the best performance in movie history, while Scorsese keeps the visuals interesting and heartwrenching while working with a script that lacks an intriguing story. God's lonely man is in all of us somewhere. Travis Bickles shows you what happens when he escapes. ” - ellgreatone
Persona (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Comes second to Citizen Kane in opening sequences. I've read Roger Ebert saying the first 10 minutes of Kane give you an outline of what will happen in the film. With Persona, the first 5 minutes allows your heart and psyche to get in conjunction with what the final 90 minutes will bring you. This movie challenges your mind in the primal of ways, and was done expertly by the master that is Bergman. ” - ellgreatone
The African Queen (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ The greatest star movie ever. Shot on location, this one features an Academy Award-winning Bogey giving his best performance. And a Hepburn who just shames him with her talents. It's a lot of different movies packed into one. But for me, it's an action-packed odd-couple film that turns into a tender love story. This is a movie literally anyone can enjoy. And it has alligators. ” - ellgreatone
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ Is it possible not to like Jaws? That's it. For me, I have to think everyone has seen it and felt the same way I feel about it. If not, straighten up. ” - ellgreatone
Double Indemnity (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions. (107 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ A movie from the time of the greatest generation showing that some of them were just dirtballs. Stanwyck makes me forget what was so lovable about her in 'The Lady Eve,' with her villanous character and MacMurray is her enabler in a story about killing a husband to collect on his insurace. Wilder throws Edward G. Robinson into the mix to give this fast-talking movie even more flare. ” - ellgreatone
The Warriors (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the near future, a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down. (92 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ I don't think I can say this about any other movie, but what I like the most about this is the colors. I prefer black and white in most instances, but if there is an argument for color film, it is within this movie (and The Conformist). On top of that, the script and acting all have a campy feel that are done so sincerely that it helps the film feel endearing. By the time the Warriors hit the beach, you can feel why it is superior in so many ways to today's comic-type movies. ” - ellgreatone
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ Why is this movie this low? It's a question I ask more and more as I move down the list. This movie has so much. The Skywalker lineage. The powers of the force. Yoda. The romance between Leah and Han. Those damned four-legged tanks walking through the snow. It's got the best of the Star Wars saga, it's just lacking that pure originality that gets coupled with the first movie, and that goes miles for me. ” - ellgreatone
Boogie Nights (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (155 mins.)
“ A classic, and one of the best movies of the last 20 years. You go in knowing you're watching a movie about porn and a 13-inch penis and instantly are made aware the movie is of the highest quality by a 3-minute tracking shot that, for me, is the best in movie history. The cast is as good as any in movie history and does an expert job in weaving a story that has, essentially, been told many times before. ” - ellgreatone
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Hamer
“ Just saw this for the first time a week or so ago and was absolutely enchanted by it. The lead role, played by Dennis Price, steals the show against Alec Guiness's titular performance as Price's eight relatives. The movie revolves around Price's plan to kill off his relatives in order to become the 10th Duke of Chalfont. It's made great by the courtesies and manners Price's character shows in between the killings. ” - ellgreatone
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
“ Between the moral conundrum (is one life worth 5 or 10 or 100?) and the almost documentarian special effects, this one was an instant classic. Spielberg completes one of his best movies and the cast plays the parts of humans well, keeping the whole thing in perspective. Even Vin Diesel is good in this movie. That's how incredible it is. ” - ellgreatone
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician. (96 mins.)
“ Just saw this one yesterday (I've been on a hot streak of late), and couldn't think of too many movies I'd seen that I'd enjoyed more. Lancaster and Curtis (heroic and funny types in most movies) are about as calculated as any characters in movie history in this one. And the dialogue rivals any of the best British movies in this regard. Cinematography is also risen to fantastic heights in a movie I might have missed if not for TCM and DVR. ” - ellgreatone
La Dolce Vita (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
“ Let's get this out of the way. Fellini was a fine director. With that being said, this movie exemplifies the features that make me love actor Marcello Mastroianni so much. He has this I'd care if I wasn't so detached (or overwhelmed or lost in the shuffle or any number of things) attitudes that comes off as so cool that it blows the coolness of McQueen, Dean and Newman right off the map. This film has tons of merits thanks to the work of Fellini, but for me, it's a chance to see my favorite actor playing his best role. ” - ellgreatone
The Leopard (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. (186 mins.)
“ It would be hard for me to include the likes of The Conformist and David Lean's epics without plopping Visconte's period piece in somewhere. Lancaster struggles throughout the movie with the fact he ain't all that anymore, but behind the story lies a backgroud so sumptuous it can't be ignored. The movie can be big in some landscapes, but usual has an interior beauty as it lays lazily around its estate or dances the night away in a ballroom. ” - ellgreatone
Metropolis (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ I guess it's not surprising this movie is so close to Blade Runner on this list as it is essentially the same sort of scenario: Brilliant director gets above average script and let's everyone else know what imagination can bring to the table. While Lang's skill wasn't on display like it was in 'M,' his (and everyone involved with the film) imagination was set free and the Germans were able to tell the rest of the world to go back to the drawing boards because movies just changed.d ” - ellgreatone
The Usual Suspects (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ 'Well, I do believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyzer Soze.' The ultimate (and in this movie's world that is the case) criminal pulls a disappearing act in this movie so slick not even the usually well-informed viewer knows which end is up. There are holes in the script, but the strengths far outweigh the weaknesses. Kevin Spacey is just awesome in this movie. And the end, oh, I won't ruin it. ” - ellgreatone
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Welcome to the world of narration, Mr. Freeman. The movie itself is good. But like a great score, Morgan Freeman's voice makes the movie great. Much like other classics, this movie is both tender and brutal. The love story, while not romantic, is as good as any in the history of movies. You expect great acting from Freeman and Robbins, but each of the players, well known or not, are spot on. ” - ellgreatone
Before Sunrise (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (101 mins.)
“ I just mentioned an unromantic love story with Shawshank. Well, James Berardinelli once wrote this was the greatest romance in the movies and I'd be inclined to agree. Richard Linklater may be the most underrated director today, and this is his best movie. It is essentially boy meets girl, but for me it speaks about love on every level possible, making every other romantic movie look sloppy in comparison. ” - ellgreatone
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. (179 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Not a whole lot better than the other two LOTR movies, but it comes packaged with the best battle in movie history so it gets mentioned first on the list. It's hard to categorize these movies because they still seem fresh in my mind. There is a chance we will live in a world 10, 20, 100 years down the road where the trilogy is considered the best thing that ever happened in the movies. ” - ellgreatone
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ I like to think in any life-threatening situation, I can either escape or fight my way out. Well, thanks a lot 'Alien.' The tagline - 'In Space No One Can Hear You Scream' - is perfect. The movie gives you this monster, which on its own is terrible. But then it also tells you that you've got nowhere to run. It's just not fair. Stupid movie. Might as well sit back and wait for something to burst out of my chest. ” - ellgreatone
The Wild Bunch (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. (135 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ Plenty of movies have signalled the end of the Old West. This one does it best. Bloody opening and closing scenes bookend an otherwise methodic picture. The Bunch stick together through thick and thin, and in the end head the way of the Western genre. The four remaining members walking side-by-side to go to the final battle is one of the most iconic shots in movie history. ” - ellgreatone
Scarface (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An ambitious and near insanely violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall. (93 mins.)
“ There are older movies you watch and think you can't believe the public let that one slip through. Clockwork Orange and Some Like it Hot come to mind. Well, this is the ultimate in those terms. Paul Muni plays the original Scarface with as much bravado as Pacino did in '83, setting the stage for the bloody finale. Capone, who the movie is based on, sent men to have the movie stopped. The guys failed to rough up the filmmakers and opted to consult on the movie instead. Not even Al Capone could stop the original Scarface. ” - ellgreatone
No Country for Old Men (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ A modern classic. It's always nice when you can finish a newer movie and know it is going to be remembered. Josh Brolin gave an Oscar-worth performance and Tommy Lee Jones was equally captivating. But it was Javier Bardem stealing the show with his killer to end all killers, Anton Chigurh. That's a name that is scary just to read. And the Coens handle it all so well. It's essentially three chase movies wrapped up in a horror movie with some drug-dealing mixed in and at no point does that become overbearing. ” - ellgreatone
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ I gave Mastroianni props earlier and now it is Fellini's turn. The premise to this movie is just so classic. Fellini was having director's block so he made a movie about a director suffering the same affliction. He basically made lemonade from the lemons he was given. But what I love is how ridiculous the movie gets. From the bathhouse scene to the closing parade, this movie has no bounds. ” - ellgreatone
The Exorcist (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
“ Flat-out, hands down the scariest movie ever. I think I've seen some DVD copies that say 'The scariest movie ever' on the cover. It isn't in quotations and wasn't said by a critic. You'll see crappy movies do that. They will just put whatever they want on the cover because no critics had anything nice to say about their film so they put something bland like, 'so funny you'll crap your pants' below the title. Well, the marketing team for this movie put 'The scariest movie ever' on the DVD cover and it's just plain fact. No need for quotation marks. ” - ellgreatone
High Noon (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. (85 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ This movie goes to show what a great soundtrack can do. It brings constantly into light the fact that this isn't about a man going to a gunfight at high noon. It is about Grace Kelly's character standing by her man through thick and thin. For me, it's about what it means to be married. Granted, shame on her for marrying a guy who through circumstance, would get into a gunfight with three men. ” - ellgreatone
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
“ Welcome to my childhood. I abandoned this movie for about 20 years and revisisted it about a year ago to find that it was just a fresh and just as authentic as it was when I was younger. I don't think any movie captures the essence of what it means to be a kid better than this. It's as though Spielberg took what was going to be a magical movie and added the Spielberg magic to it. ” - ellgreatone
Scarface (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed. (170 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Mucho macho is a stupid term I've heard used sporadically in our lexicon. Well, this movie has mucho macho. But at it's core is the Treasure of the Sierra Madre story about a guy who loses everything because of greed. In a way, it is the ultimate 80s movie. Phieffer's character in the movie says 'nothing exceeds like excess.' Well, that pretty much sums it up as the film, and Montana, end in excessive bloodshed. ” - ellgreatone
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ I still can't understand why this movies isn't given more credit when it comes to greastest films lists. There is nothing wrong with this one. Fox plays the time-travelling role to perfection and handles meeting his teenaged parents with a sincerity I don't think many actors could pull off. The script is as fun as any in movie history and the movie doesn't take itselft too seriously. It's as enjoyable an experience as I can think of in any facet of life. ” - ellgreatone
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy. (93 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
“ Most movies lost social importance over time. This movie, I predict, will grow more important as the media (and society) continues to fall into the hands of the stupid, and, sometimes, ignorant. Straitharn deserved an Oscar for his role of Edward R. Murrow, played during the time he brought communist hunter Joseph McCarthy down. It chronicles an important time in American history, while, through its very nature, criticizes what our country has become. ” - ellgreatone
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a posse catches up three men suspected of killing a local farmer, some of them become strongly divided on whether or not to lynch the men. (75 mins.)
“ The thinking man's western turns out to be a movie of the heart and not of the head. Fonda plays his part well, but it is Quinn and Andrews stealing the show as the two men who are to be wrongfully put to death. Andrews deserves some sort of award or a school or street named after him after the show he put on in this movie. The movie proves that some of the best genre films can stray far from the formula to find success. ” - ellgreatone
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. (126 mins.)
“ There are so many holes in this movie that it makes it hard to think of as a great movie. But there are so many strengths in the film that it makes it impossible not to think of. The main players (Sinatra, Harvey, Lansbury) are as good as can be, while the story subverts everything our consciousness tells us is going on. And the fact that they made the movie in 1962 is so cool, fanning the stupid flame that was the red scare with a thumb of the nose. ” - ellgreatone
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ James Cameron's strength isn't in his originality, it's in taking a tried and true formula and making it in the highest quality possible. This movie is proof. While it lacks the originality that helped make the first movie so great, it capitalizes on the idea that Cameron is a visual wizard. And I just love the idea of going out and trying to kick the butts of the baddest organisms in the galaxy and the bravado it takes. Even more enjoyable is the inevitable failure, and the intelligence Weaver's character shows in order to escape. A sci-fi landmark and rightfully so. ” - ellgreatone
Touch of Evil (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ For me, the entire movie is encapsulated in Welles. Forget the star power Leigh and Heston bring, this is Welles' show through and through. From the opening shot, which lasts more than three minutes, to Welles' death, this movie belongs to him. And the fact that the former boy genius plays such a nasty, filthy role is what makes his shady police officer so fun to watch. ” - ellgreatone
Titanic (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (194 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Only speak in hyperbole when it comes to movies like Titanic. I guess it could be likened to this generation's Gone With the Wind. Everything here is predetermined. You know the ship is sinking. You know they fall in love. You know there is going to be class conflict. Well, that's not what it's about. Much like GWTW, this one is about the spectacle. And I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy watching fake people go spinning off the propeller of a sinking 900-foot ship. ” - ellgreatone
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ As strange as it sounds, the first movie in the trilogy has a 'Blue Velvet' type feel to it. I can't think of too many settings as homey as The Shire. I want to live in The Shire and even feel as though I have after the first 30 minutes of the movie. Everything is so perfect. Then all of that gets swept away. Just perfect. ” - ellgreatone
Patton (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
“ A character study planted in the middle of one of the great war movies. Who'd have thought such a thing was possible. Scott plays the title character and gives a performance that doesn't ask you to like Patton, just to follow him through WWII. The movie is far from a commercial for the man, as most biopics are. It is just a presentation. And the movie, much like the man, doesn't care what you think. ” - ellgreatone
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (137 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Perhaps the most intrusive movie ever. It pervades not only by way of supernatural pregnancy, but also through the human relationship known as marriage. Nothing is sacred in this movie movie as a husband sells his wife's womb for a shot at fame. This movie is unsettling on so many different levels that only a master like Polanski could've pulled it off so well. ” - ellgreatone
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
“ Zombies. Real scary stuff, right? This is more of a food for thought movie with the food being human brains. Both a literal and figurative idea. But what is going on in those brains is the constant thought of material possessions. That one-track thought-process is made fun of throughout the movie by Romero, the king of zombies. ” - ellgreatone
Red River (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son. (133 mins.)
“ This movie made me a fan of Monty Clift. It takes a lot of acting bravado to go toe-to-toe with the Duke, but Clift does a good job of it. And let's not forget Howard Hawks directed this one. And like any Hawks production, he can keep any plot - even herding cattle - moving at a perfect pace. ” - ellgreatone
Jules and Jim (1962)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
“ An absolute gem of a movie that thanks to its uniqueness, should live on forever. The nonchalant attitude with which the romance is carried on is so off-putting that it actually becomes enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of French films from that time, but this iconic picture is just too hard to resist. ” - ellgreatone