My Favorite Movies of all time

by Freddy Atkins | created - 27 Jan 2011 | updated - 27 Jan 2011 | Public

Without having any prejudices for any one kind of genre, these are my favorite movies of all time. I am a film major, and film and history teacher. I love movies and I recommend these most of all!

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1. Planet of the Apes (1968)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

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79 Metascore

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Votes: 147,776 | Gross: $33.40M

This is my number one all time favorite! Great SCI -FI, an interesting take on society, and excellent performances by entire cast. The make up had to be believable in order for it to work. John Chambers did an award winning job! It spawned four sequels, but this is the best! Screenplay by Rod Serling. Interesting soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith. The ending is one of the biggest shockers of all time! Heston became my favorite actor after seeing this at the theater when I was four years old. It sure made an impression on me!

2. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

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100 Metascore

Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 328,973 | Gross: $1.59M

Some people think that this may be the greatest film of all time. I tend to agree. Everytime I watch this, I like it a little more. Welles was a true genius with a vision, and way ahead of his time. What happened to him after all of the challenges he experienced with this film was really sad. It really helps to watch it with the exceptional commentary tracks on the DVD special edition, by Roger Ebert and Peter Bogdanovich. I was forced to watch it at a very young age by my Mom, then again by my film professors. I never regretted being made to watch this one!

3. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

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87 Metascore

There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman

Votes: 96,831 | Gross: $0.09M

This is George Romero's low budget masterpiece of horror. (Although pretty tame compared with today's horror films!) Filmed entirely in Pennsylvania.`This films scares on many levels. It's dark, was released in the turbulent late 60's, and was filmed in B&W. It has been the inspiration for many films that followed,and still stands alone today. It was followed by the very successful, and critically acclaimed "Dawn of the Dead" in 1980. They're coming to get you Barbara!

4. Strangers on a Train (1951)

PG | 101 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

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A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 106,646 | Gross: $7.63M

Hitchcock has come to be my favorite director over the years. If I had to choose, his films alone could make up my entire top ten list. So this film, Hitch's first American film for Warner Brothers, is the one that I pick. This has all of the classic Hitch elements, great cast, including supporting roles, awesome cinematography, and a very well crafted story, along with elements of black comedy. The carosel segment at the climax is breathtaking! New DVD release includes two versions, final release, and preview version.

5. From Here to Eternity (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

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In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Votes: 36,672 | Gross: $30.50M

This movie has everything that makes a classic film! Winner of eight Academy Awards, this is a landmark film which put Sinatra's fading career back in the spotlight and earned him the supporting actor Oscar. Lancaster. Cliff, Kerr, and Borgnine deserve awards themselves! This should be treasured by film lovers forever! Don't miss it!

6. Somewhere in Time (1980)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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29 Metascore

A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright

Votes: 22,629 | Gross: $9.71M

This film has achieved a sort of "cult" following since its release in 1980. It is part Sci-Fi, part love story, and part historical fantasy. Christopher Reeve plays writer Richard Collier who receives a pocket watch from an old woman who tells him "return to me". He becomes obsessed in finding out more about her, and his journey begins. Jane Seymour plays the young woman, and Christopher Plummer her manager. It is a haunting film, with a very interesting ending. Maybe not the best of films altogether, but defiantly worth a watch. Beautiful images of Michigan's Mackinaw Island, and a beautiful score by John Barry.

7. Lost in America (1985)

R | 91 min | Comedy

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76 Metascore

A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago.

Director: Albert Brooks | Stars: Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty, Sylvia Farrel, Tina Kincaid

Votes: 5,903 | Gross: $10.18M

This film always makes me laugh, no matter when I watch it. Albert Brooks is brilliant as the ad man, who decides to give it all up, and travel across the country with his wife Julie Hagerty to find themselves, and be one with nature. It doesn't exactly work out as they planned! Big laughs all along the way. If you are feeling down about your life, put on "Lost In America", you'll feel better!

8. Lost Horizon (1937)

Unrated | 97 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La - but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard

Votes: 10,146

This was my Mom's favorite film, she was 12 when she first saw it at a theater, and it made quite the impression on her. She always talked about Shangri-La, where time stands still. It took me quite a while to finally get to see it, but I can understand how she fell in love with it. Directed by the great Frank Capra, it's original running time was 132 minutes when my Mom saw it in 1937, 24 minutes were cut out for a WW2 reissue, to tone down the film's pacifist message. It has been restored by using footage found all around the world, which took about 25 years to assemble. Very different from other Capra films. Always makes me feel what my Mom first experienced as a youngster in that dark theater over 70 years ago!

9. The Sunshine Boys (I) (1975)

PG | 111 min | Comedy

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A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a TV special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin, Lee Meredith

Votes: 4,531

I remember getting to stay up late and watch this on TV, when I was young! Neil Simon's filmed adaptation of his hit stage play, features Walter Matthau and George Burns as feuding ex vaudevillians reteaming for a TV special reunion. Burns first screen role in 36 years earned him the Academy Award. Richard Benjamin is hilarious as Matthau's nephew and his manager. Hilarious dialogue and situations!

10. Pickup on South Street (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

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A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye

Votes: 10,129

Director Sam Fuller's Film Noir crime drama is an American Classic. Traitors, goverment secrets, petty crooks, right vs. Reds, this one is packed full of gritty dialogue and raw energy. Feds and Comunists, crooks and cops. Richard Widmark is awesome as he tries to hit it big! Beautifully restored and released by Criterion. This one made me get on a Noir collecting kick!