Cosmic's Favorite Films

My Top Watch List-- Not in any particular order. some Classic, some Popcorn. Will add to as needed.
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1.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
“ Heston bought himself a Corvette as a reward for this one! Heston and Edward G. Robinson would team up later in the cult classic "Soylent Green," Robinson's last film. ” - cosmic320
 
2.
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.)
“ George C. Scott at his finest. ” - cosmic320
 
3.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ Mistaken identity to the nth degree. ” - cosmic320
 
4.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (112 mins.)
“ The original and still the best of the 'apes' franchise. ” - cosmic320
 
5.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon. (113 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
“ The gem of the original cast movies... 'KAAAHHHNNNN!' ” - cosmic320
 
6.
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.)
“ Brings Omaha Beach to life... Or death. ” - cosmic320
 
7.
The Big Country (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land. (165 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Great morality play. Heston takes a back seat to Peck AFTER making Ten Commandments. Good decision, Chuck. Jean Simmons is Wonderful, Burl Ives steals the movie in an Academy Award-Winning performance. Chuck Connors is town baddie. Connors and Heston would team-up later in "Soylent Green." ” - cosmic320
 
8.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubrick at his odd-ball best... I think. Ground-breaking special effects. I saw this in 'Cinerama' at the age of 12-- EEEKKK! ” - cosmic320
 
9.
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. (103 mins.)
“ Fun, Campy, great choreography! Kelly, O'Connor and Reynolds are wonderful together. ” - cosmic320
 
10.
Soylent Green (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO. (97 mins.)
“ Turned into a 'cult classic.' Who Knew! Heston teams up again with his Commandments co-star, Edward G. Robinson, in his last film. ” - cosmic320
 
11.
The Omega Man (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race. (98 mins.)
Director: Boris Sagal
“ Another 'cult classic.' Remade in the Will Smith vehicle 'I Am Legend,' from the book of the same title. Anthony Zerbe, the most under-rated actor in America, is fantastic as Heston's foe, Matthias. ” - cosmic320
 
12.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Cold War Thriller, dark comedy. Peter Sellers playing multiple roles quite well! Sterling Hayden is wonderful as General Ripper. Big screen debut of James Earl Jones. ” - cosmic320
 
13.
The Blue Max (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young pilot in the German air force of 1918, disliked as lower-class and unchivalrous, tries ambitiously to earn the medal offered for 20 kills. (156 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
“ World War I "Have" vs. "Have-Nots" plot. Great aerobatic cinematography / action. Jeremy Kemp plays excellent foil to George Peppard. Later, Peppard would join the "A-Team," and Kemp would become Jean-Luc Piccard's older brother in Star Trek:TNG. ” - cosmic320
 
14.
Ben-Hur (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ Wyler's directorial masterpiece... He gave Heston the lead after working with him in "The Big Country." ” - cosmic320
 
15.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa absolutely steals this one! Academy Award well deserved. Tarantino bloody through and through. ” - cosmic320
 
16.
Airport (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved. (137 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
“ The first of the mega-disaster movies. Fun if you have a couple of hours to kill. Good cast with Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin. Helen Hays is great as the 'little old lady,' Ada Quonsette. Too bad Lancaster considered this one of his least favorite films. ” - cosmic320
 
17.
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust. (117 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ Yes, I'm into cold-war spy films, and this is one of the best. Not a big Redford fan, but he absolutely nails this 'I am not a field agent' role. ” - cosmic320
 
18.
Fail-Safe (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (112 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Sorta like 'Dr. Strangelove,' but serious. Watch 'J.R. Ewing' become a translator for the President of the United States! Walter Matthau outside his comedy envelope as the creepy national security advisor, actually advocating first strike! Bad idea. ” - cosmic320
 
19.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
“ Lots of twists and turns-- Hitch was the M. Night of his time, but 1000 times better. ” - cosmic320
 
20.
PT 109 (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
During WW2, Lieut. John F. Kennedy takes command of PT 109 to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands. (140 mins.)
“ A great "feel-good" movie about JFK during WW II. Heroics abound. Although Cliff Robertson was out of the age range to play this Navy Lieutenant, he had the JFK seal of approval. ” - cosmic320
 
21.
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When a U.S. Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny. (124 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
“ WW II movie about an odd-acting ship's captain, played by Humphrey Bogart. The character Bogie plays has some real insecurities, and the crew takes over the ship. The court-martial ensues exposing the captain's weaknesses, and the mutineers are acquitted. But in the end, it's a lose-lose. ” - cosmic320
 
22.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian. (178 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ Brando can be annoying at times, but still great performances by all. Trevor Howard had great distain for Brando, and almost turned down his role in in "Superman" (1978), because Brando was cast as Jor-El. ” - cosmic320
 
23.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
While not intelligent, Forrest Gump has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ A snapshot of world events in my lifetime... Great SFX. ” - cosmic320
 
24.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
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
“ Cutting-Edge sfx at the time. A ground breaker for what is arguably the most successful franchise in movie history. ” - cosmic320
 
25.
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union. (131 mins.)
“ Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn as cold-war spy wanna-be's. It doesn't turn out too well for either of them. The multi-talented David Suchet turns in a great performance (always) as their Russian contact, Alex. Leave the spying to the grown-ups, boys. ” - cosmic320
 
26.
On Borrowed Time (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Young Pud is orphaned and left in the care of his aged grandparents. The boy and his cantankerous old grandfather become inseparable friends... (99 mins.)
“ A wonderful fantasy that revolves around a grandfather and his grandson, as well as life and death. Sir Cedric Hardwicke has been quoted as saying that his portrail as "Mr. Brink" was his favorite role. A real tear jerker. ” - cosmic320