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James   

I´m doing this kinda quickly, so I´ll probably amend later. Also I´m just really in the beginning
of my movie watching, never been a huge movie guy, so in a year or 2 I´m sure I´ll have watched a some movies for the first
time that will enter this list.

My list:

1. Ben Hur
2. Pelle the Conqueror
3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
4. The Sound of Music
5. Romeo & Juliet
6. Love Story
7. Scrooge.....the one with Albert Finney
8. The Mission
9. The Black Robe
10. Sunshine....told the story of the Jews´ experience in Europe brilliantly, had the most difficult scene to watch I´ve ever seen, with Ralph Fiennes.

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LC   

I'm the same way—not a huge movie guy. I do love 'em, but I just don't put enough time aside to watch 'em. BUT... I'd love to have the time to watch a movie a day. 

I actually still remember the first flick I saw in a theater (not counting any kid films my folks may or may not have brought us to): It was Jaws. Man, that was a thriller for young teens (my sisters and me—I don't think my little bro went). We didn't realize how un-lifelike the shark was....

Anyway, I'll give you a list of 25 movies that I've seen that have stuck in my head as great and entertaining and moving. As always, I ha've way overwritten.

• A Dog's Purpose (2017). Who's to say our childhood dogs haven't come back to rescue us as adults?
• A League of Their Own (1993). Those Legendary Ladies of Baseball—all class. I met a group of them at a show a few years after the movie came out. Made me love the movie even more.
• Sandlot (1993). A great nostalgia blitz for the way we grew up in a long-gone era... all that time on sandlot diamonds, pretending you were Mickey Mantle or Bobby Murcer, and confident you'd play for the Yankees someday. 
• Field of Dreams (1989). Intrigue on the diamond. Love it, and need to watch it again.
• Eight Men Out (1988). Can you tell I like baseball flicks? I know there were liberties taken with facts, but the net effect captures the sadness of the situation....

• Hard Day's Night (1964). The Beatles' film debut is still a great time.
• Vacation (1983). Love Chevy Chase's shenanigans as head of the Griswold household.
• Christmas Vacation (1989). More Chevy.... the scene where he opens the attic door and gets clobbered by the pull-down stairs is always a kick. 
• Dodgeball (2004). Flat-out fun. I think Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn are great. 
• Groundhog Day (1993). Actually, Bill Murray might be my favorite actor, or at least in the top five, off the top of my head)

• Apollo 11 (2019). I found this very gripping—it uses all archival film in telling the story of Apollo 11. At the pivotal movement, the touch-and-go reentry to Earth scene, a great old John Stewart song, "Mother Country," turns up. It was actually brought on the flight by one of rite astronauts who made an early mix tape; the playback device (a prehistoric iPod, you could call it) held only 12 songs.
• Apollo 13 (1995). Ron Howard did a masterful job retelling this story of this space mission.
• Titanic (1997). An epic... You just wanna tell Capt. Smith to STOP THE SHIP!
• Eight Days a Week (2018). I love Ron Howard's skillful directing, and also his reverence for the Beatles.
• The Godfather (1972). I"m gonna make you an offer you can't refuse...

• Caddyshack (1980). What a cast! 
• The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1993). Lots of suspense, and those great dinosaurs. The sequels are great too.
• Toy Story II (1999). The rare case when the sequel is even better than the original. The addition of Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl iced it. 
• You, Me, and Dupree (2016).  Love Owen Wilson, and Matt Dillon is great here, and, of course, there's Kate Hudson.
• Hacksaw Ridge (2016). A moving war flick based on true events. 

• 13 Ghosts (1960). The B&W original seemed to be on TV every Saturday when I was a kid—and scared the bejeezus out of me every time.
• It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Yes, hokey and dated, but... it's nice to see an uplifter.
• The Birds (1963). A bit of Hitchcock horror. I didn't realize until just now the hell that Alfred put actress Tippie Hedren through (see: https://www.indiewire.com/feature/best-alfred-hitchcock-movies-films-ranked-184715/)
• There's Something About Mary (1998). Lotsa laughs, plus a Brett Favre cameo.
• The Jackal (1997). My wife and I were extras in this Bruce Willis/Richard Gere film, shot partly in Richmond, Va., when we lived there... but it's still a great movie anyway! 

 

 

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Not a movie guy at all...Other than taking my kids to their movies when they were young, I probably haven’t seen more than 20 other movies....

With that in mind, I ‘be seen most of Woody Allen’s movies, with Play It Again Sam or Take The Money and Run as my favorites...

Hard Days Night, of course...

Godfather 2 over Godfather One...

Casablanca...Every line uttered seems philosophical...

Enter The Dragon...A Bruce Lee tour-de- force...

Wizard of Oz...No explanation necessary...

I look at James’ and LC’s lists and have only seen(besides the ones on my list), Love Story and Eight Days A Week and maybe(don’t remember) Toy Story 2...

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LC   

Lew, you had to have seen A Hard Day's Night...! The Beatles? John Paul George Ringo? 

Also, I'm expecting to put Let It Be on that list—the new Peter Jackson-produced film coming up in September. That will be an event. 

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James   

LC, you never over write.....we appreciate you putting the thought you do into your posts, and we love reading them.

"Caddyshack" was great because of Ted Knight and Rodney. It maybe should have made my top 10. I saw "Enter the Dragon" and the other Bruce Lee movies back in the 70s, only because my best friend was a Bruce Lee freak back then, he had the nuun-chucks (sp?) and got good at them. Though I would not have gone to a Bruce Lee movie on my own volition, I actually loved those movies, got my intro to Chuck Norris from one of them.

Another movie I recently watched was Samson & Deliliah with Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature. The movie was good, but Hedy Lamarr´s performance as Delilah makes it great, for me. She and some of those actresses from her day are a huge treat to watch on the screen. Lot of beauty, strong character and a lot of class...and they celebrate being a woman.

Ok, please carry-on..

 

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AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies

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AFI 100 Years... series
1998 100 Movies
1999 100 Stars
2000 100 Laughs
2001 100 Thrills
2002 100 Passions
2003 100 Heroes & Villains
2004 100 Songs
2005 100 Movie Quotes
2005 25 Scores
2006 100 Cheers
2006 25 Musicals
2007 100 Movies (Updated)
2008 AFI's 10 Top 10

The first of the AFI 100 Years... series of cinematic milestones, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies is a list of the 100 best American movies, as determined by the American Film Institute from a poll of more than 1,500 artists and leaders in the film industry who chose from a list of 400 nominated movies. The 100-best list was unveiled ...5See 

Criteria[edit]

Films were judged according to the following criteria:

  1. Feature length: Narrative format, at least 60 minutes long.
  2. American film: English language, with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States. (Certain films, notably The Bridge on the River Kwai, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Lawrence of Arabia, were British-made but funded and distributed by American studios. The Lord of the Rings was New Zealand-made with American funding.)
  3. Critical recognition: Formal commendation in print.
  4. Major award winner: Recognition from competitive events including awards from organizations in the film community and major film festivals.
  5. Popularity over time: Including figures for box office adjusted for inflation, television broadcasts and syndication, and home video sales and rentals.
  6. Historical significance: A film's mark on the history of the moving image through technical innovation, visionary narrative devices or other groundbreaking achievements.
  7. Cultural impact: A film's mark on American society in matters of style and substance.

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List[edit]

Film Release year Director 1998 rank 2007 rank Change
Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles 1 1 Steady.svg 0
Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz 2 3 Decrease.svg 1
The Godfather 1972 Francis Ford Coppola 3 2 Increase.svg 1
Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming 4 6 Decrease.svg 2
Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean 5 7 Decrease.svg 2
The Wizard of Oz 1939 Victor Fleming 6 10 Decrease.svg 4
The Graduate 1967 Mike Nichols 7 17 Decrease.svg 10
On the Waterfront 1954 Elia Kazan 8 19 Decrease.svg 11
Schindler's List 1993 Steven Spielberg 9 8 Increase.svg 1
Singin' in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly 10 5 Increase.svg 5
It's a Wonderful Life 1946 Frank Capra 11 20 Decrease.svg 9
Sunset Boulevard 1950 Billy Wilder 12 16 Decrease.svg 4
The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean 13 36 Decrease.svg 23
Some Like It Hot 1959 Billy Wilder 14 22 Decrease.svg 8
Star Wars 1977 George Lucas 15 13 Increase.svg 2
All About Eve 1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz 16 28 Decrease.svg 12
The African Queen 1951 John Huston 17 65 Decrease.svg 48
Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock 18 14 Increase.svg 4
The General 1926 Buster Keaton 18
Chinatown 1974 Roman Polanski 19 21 Decrease.svg 2
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 Miloš Forman 20 33 Decrease.svg 13
The Grapes of Wrath 1940 John Ford 21 23 Decrease.svg 2
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 Stanley Kubrick 22 15 Increase.svg 7
The Maltese Falcon 1941 John Huston 23 31 Decrease.svg 8
Raging Bull 1980 Martin Scorsese 24 4 Increase.svg 20
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 Steven Spielberg 25 24 Increase.svg 1
Dr. Strangelove 1964 Stanley Kubrick 26 39 Decrease.svg 13
Bonnie and Clyde 1967 Arthur Penn 27 42 Decrease.svg 15
Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola 28 30 Decrease.svg 2
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 Frank Capra 29 26 Increase.svg 3
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 John Huston 30 38 Decrease.svg 8
Annie Hall 1977 Woody Allen 31 35 Decrease.svg 4
The Godfather Part II 1974 Francis Ford Coppola 32 32 Steady.svg 0
High Noon 1952 Fred Zinnemann 33 27 Increase.svg 6
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Robert Mulligan 34 25 Increase.svg 9
It Happened One Night 1934 Frank Capra 35 46 Decrease.svg 11
Midnight Cowboy 1969 John Schlesinger 36 43 Decrease.svg 7
The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 William Wyler 37 37 Steady.svg 0
Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder 38 29 Increase.svg 9
Doctor Zhivago 1965 David Lean 39
North by Northwest 1959 Alfred Hitchcock 40 55 Decrease.svg 15
West Side Story 1961 Robert Wise 41 51 Decrease.svg 10
Rear Window 1954 Alfred Hitchcock 42 48 Decrease.svg 6
King Kong 1933 Merian C. Cooper 43 41 Increase.svg 2
The Birth of a Nation 1915 D. W. Griffith 44
A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 Elia Kazan 45 47 Decrease.svg 2
A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick 46 70 Decrease.svg 24
Taxi Driver 1976 Martin Scorsese 47 52 Decrease.svg 5
Jaws 1975 Steven Spielberg 48 56 Decrease.svg 8
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 David Hand, et al. 49 34 Increase.svg 15
Intolerance 1916 D. W. Griffith 49
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 George Roy Hill 50 73 Decrease.svg 23
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 Peter Jackson 50
The Philadelphia Story 1940 George Cukor 51 44 Increase.svg 7
From Here to Eternity 1953 Fred Zinnemann 52
Amadeus 1984 Miloš Forman 53
All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 Lewis Milestone 54
The Sound of Music 1965 Robert Wise 55 40 Increase.svg 15
MASH 1970 Robert Altman 56 54 Increase.svg 2
The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed 57
Fantasia 1940 Walt Disney 58
Rebel Without a Cause 1955 Nicholas Ray 59
Nashville 1975 Robert Altman 59
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 Steven Spielberg 60 66 Decrease.svg 6
Vertigo 1958 Alfred Hitchcock 61 9 Increase.svg 52
Sullivan's Travels 1941 Preston Sturges 61
Tootsie 1982 Sydney Pollack 62 69 Decrease.svg 7
Stagecoach 1939 John Ford 63
Cabaret 1972 Bob Fosse 63
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 Steven Spielberg 64
The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Jonathan Demme 65 74 Decrease.svg 9
Network 1976 Sidney Lumet 66 64 Increase.svg 2
The Manchurian Candidate 1962 John Frankenheimer 67
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966 Mike Nichols 67
An American in Paris 1951 Vincente Minnelli 68
Shane 1953 George Stevens 69 45 Increase.svg 24
The French Connection 1971 William Friedkin 70 93 Decrease.svg 23
Forrest Gump 1994 Robert Zemeckis 71 76 Decrease.svg 5
Saving Private Ryan 1998 Steven Spielberg 71
Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler 72 100 Decrease.svg 28
The Shawshank Redemption 1994 Frank Darabont 72
Wuthering Heights 1939 William Wyler 73
The Gold Rush 1925 Charlie Chaplin 74 58 Increase.svg 16
Dances with Wolves 1990 Kevin Costner 75
In the Heat of the Night 1967 Norman Jewison 75
City Lights 1931 Charlie Chaplin 76 11 Increase.svg 65
American Graffiti 1973 George Lucas 77 62 Increase.svg 15
All the President's Men 1976 Alan J. Pakula 77
Rocky 1976 John G. Avildsen 78 57 Increase.svg 21
The Deer Hunter 1978 Michael Cimino 79 53 Increase.svg 26
The Wild Bunch 1969 Sam Peckinpah 80 79 Increase.svg 1
Modern Times 1936 Charlie Chaplin 81 78 Increase.svg 3
Spartacus 1960 Stanley Kubrick 81
Giant 1956 George Stevens 82
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927 F. W. Murnau 82
Platoon 1986 Oliver Stone 83 86 Decrease.svg 3
Titanic 1997 James Cameron 83
Fargo 1996 Coen brothers 84
Duck Soup 1933 Leo McCarey 85 60 Increase.svg 25
A Night at the Opera 1935 Sam Wood 85
Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 Frank Lloyd 86
Frankenstein 1931 James Whale 87
12 Angry Men 1957 Sidney Lumet 87
Easy Rider 1969 Dennis Hopper 88 84 Increase.svg 4
Patton 1970 Franklin J. Schaffner 89
The Sixth Sense 1999 M. Night Shyamalan 89
The Jazz Singer 1927 Alan Crosland 90
Swing Time 1936 George Stevens 90
My Fair Lady 1964 George Cukor 91
Sophie's Choice 1982 Alan J. Pakula 91
A Place in the Sun 1951 George Stevens 92
The Apartment 1960 Billy Wilder 93 80 Increase.svg 13
Goodfellas 1990 Martin Scorsese 94 92 Increase.svg 2
Pulp Fiction 1994 Quentin Tarantino 95 94 Increase.svg 1
The Last Picture Show 1971 Peter Bogdanovich 95
The Searchers 1956 John Ford 96 12 Increase.svg 84
Do the Right Thing 1989 Spike Lee 96
Bringing Up Baby 1938 Howard Hawks 97 88 Increase.svg 9
Blade Runner 1982 Ridley Scott 97
Unforgiven 1992 Clint Eastwood 98 68 Increase.svg 30
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1967 Stanley Kramer 99
Toy Story 1995 John Lasseter 99
Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 Michael Curtiz 100 98 Increase.svg 2

2007 update notes[edit]

Twenty-three films from the original top 100 films list were removed in 2007:

Four films released between 1996 and 2006 were added: 

Nineteen films made before 1996 were also added:

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Kirk   

Not necessarily in order:

1. Invaders From Mars

2. Wizard Of Oz

3. Chinatown

4. Jurassic Park (the first movie to make dinos look real on the big screen)

5. 2001, A Space Odyssey

6. Raiders of the Lost Ark

7. Sound of Music

8. The Godfather

9. Jaws

10. Star Wars

 

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susie b   

I ♥️ movies.

Film studies were part of my independent study college major.

So many good ones out there, and depending on my mood, my list changes.

I do like a good # of foreign films, too.

Algiers

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Bonnie and Clyde

Private Benjamin

Bringing Up Baby

Arsenic and Old Lace

North By Northwest

Bell, Book & Candle

Dogma

Breakfast At Tiffany's

Philadelphia Story

Elizabeth & sequel Golden Age

The Bishop's Wife (original)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

The Joy Luck Club

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover

The Bicycle Thief

Life Is Beautiful

The Kid (Chaplin)

Safety Last

Last of the Mohicans

Benny and Joon

Das Boot

Blues Brothers

Moonstruck

Wayne's World

A Fish Called Wanda

To Catch A Thief

To Kill A Mockingbird

Kill Bill l & ll

Top Hat

Herbie the Beetle movies

Any classic Universal monster movie.

Any OLD Our Gang (Hal Roach not MGM)

 

📽️🎥🎬🎞️

 

 

 

 

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On 7/31/2020 at 9:57 AM, LC said:

Lew, you had to have seen A Hard Day's Night...! The Beatles? John Paul George Ringo? 

Also, I'm expecting to put Let It Be on that list—the new Peter Jackson-produced film coming up in September. That will be an event. 

Help was better than Hard Days Night///I am sure nobody agrees. I enjoyed Hard Days Night because it is a great Beatles showcase.

A fun Marx brothers type romp. Also shows George and Eric Clapton's future wife Patty Boyd

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susie b   

HDN and HELP are definitely two different types of films.

HDN is a mockumentary filmed very much in the French New Wave style.

I adore this film!

 

HELP is appropriately named.

It features tour worn Beatles who are almost phoning in their lines.  

While still an excellent film, you can see that worldwide fame has taken its toll on our heroes.

HELP lacks the energy and innocence of HDN, but that being said, it is a perfect documentation/snapshot of where the Beatles were at that point in their career.

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James   

I just bought, and received in the mail, dvds of old "Our Gang" films. Americana. My advice to all is if you like stuff like "Our Gang".....got it now before the 2020 Puritan mob gets
them taken off the shelves. To be honest, I´m a little stunned that "Our Gang" / "The Little Rascles" hasn´t been cancelled by our new Morality Police. Fortunately I´ve purchased almost
all old tv shows, movies, silents etc. that I want / need (100s of them), so I´m good. Others might not be.

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4 hours ago, James said:

I just bought, and received in the mail, dvds of old "Our Gang" films. Americana. My advice to all is if you like stuff like "Our Gang".....got it now before the 2020 Puritan mob gets
them taken off the shelves. To be honest, I´m a little stunned that "Our Gang" / "The Little Rascles" hasn´t been cancelled by our new Morality Police. Fortunately I´ve purchased almost
all old tv shows, movies, silents etc. that I want / need (100s of them), so I´m good. Others might not be.

Definitely racist stuff going on in that series but enjoyable nontheles

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LC   
6 hours ago, Vinnie B Trask said:

i DONT EXPECT MUCH FROM A REVAMPED LET IT BE MOVIE.

A) Can you learn how to type without the CAPS LOCK on? I've gotta tell you (and no offense): It's annoying. It's generally regarded as "screaming" when you're writing something in all caps. So... aAe you screaming? Or just not aware you're doing it? (The "CAPS LOCK" key is at the far left, next to the A on your keyboard.)

B) Perhaps you don't expect much, but you have to understand who Peter Jackson is, and what he was working with (58 hours of footage), and how he loves the Beatles and has been digging into the project for a long time. I think we'll see a more revealing picture of the Fab Four in their final hours than ever—the good, the bad, and the ugly. I think the "good" part will surprise people who always felt like the Let It Be sessions were pure hell.

Personally, I can't wait. Let It Be was one of the first albums I bought, and I love that record—love it. In fact, I usually list it as my favorite Beatles album (or sometimes have it right behind Revolver). The lineup is outstanding: "Two of Us," "Across the Universe," "I've Got a Feeling," "I Me Mine," "Get Back," the title track, my all-time favorite song "The Long and Winding Road," and more. What a powerful record! 

https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=peter+jackson+let+it+be&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

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susie b   

I really enjoy the really old Our Gang, and for the most part with the exception of a few of the snobby rich kid characters, The Gang is pretty democratic.

 

The Gang members seem to see the other kids as just kids.

They have adventures, play and live life in a pretty color blind manner.

My favorite of all is Farina!!!

😊

 

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11 hours ago, LC said:

A) Can you learn how to type without the CAPS LOCK on? I've gotta tell you (and no offense): It's annoying. It's generally regarded as "screaming" when you're writing something in all caps. So... aAe you screaming? Or just not aware you're doing it? (The "CAPS LOCK" key is at the far left, next to the A on your keyboard.)

B) Perhaps you don't expect much, but you have to understand who Peter Jackson is, and what he was working with (58 hours of footage), and how he loves the Beatles and has been digging into the project for a long time. I think we'll see a more revealing picture of the Fab Four in their final hours than ever—the good, the bad, and the ugly. I think the "good" part will surprise people who always felt like the Let It Be sessions were pure hell.

Personally, I can't wait. Let It Be was one of the first albums I bought, and I love that record—love it. In fact, I usually list it as my favorite Beatles album (or sometimes have it right behind Revolver). The lineup is outstanding: "Two of Us," "Across the Universe," "I've Got a Feeling," "I Me Mine," "Get Back," the title track, my all-time favorite song "The Long and Winding Road," and more. What a powerful record! 

https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=peter+jackson+let+it+be&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

I do not scream with caps. i just see what i am witting better. Nobody on this site is a bigger Beatle fan than me...and i mean nobody.

I just do not think the Beatles were enjoying each other at this time and Yoko's presence there was putting a stain on the band.  Paul had taken over the group more or less at this time out of necessity.  The other Beatles were a bit resentful over it. he could be bossy during this period.

I would agree that with 58 hours of footage you will find more positive moments in the the new movie.

ASK TRASK anything about the Beatles and i will give you the answer if u want to test my knowledge.

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