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FROM THE TOP 250 FILMS - Time for us to view them again?

 

Maybe it is time to revisit the TOP 250 films from the IMBD - and to begin to view them again for further insight and cultural entertainment - while we plunge ahead into 2013 and 2015 and beyond.

 

Style has always been a part of film - so much so that it even drives fashion, as in the recent James Bond films and how the Internet is buzzing about the production tailors.  Period pieces in films may also play a part in how classic men's shoes and boot styles may show signs of a resurgence.      

 

I named this 2013 to 2015 because many times we have to reserve serious book reading in our weekly routine, as well as other disciplines which give us a balanced life.  But given the time frame is 3 years, that amounts to 156 weeks - which at once a week would amount to a good sizable amount out of the 250 film titles presented.  This is not a contest in numbers, but simply a process to get us back into the story of what made these films notable. 

 

Many of you may already have a vast personal library of DVDs, films, or personal favorites saved on Netflix and other devices.  That would not be my point of in presenting why we should revisit these great films - but rather, to watch them again for messages and inspiration (and flat out just good entertainment too) which  may have not been as easily available to our senses when we first viewed them.  (This list may be expanded to include all time classic films, such as It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (one of the great comedies of the 1960's) - and others.  But for now, I believe the list is a good starter - and we need to enjoy the journey.

 

So I ask you to begin by choosing from the following list - and post how you felt about your selection, either in a simple line, a few sentences, or great detail - depending on what moves you.

 

The numbers below represent:

 

RANK  -  POPULAR RATING  -  TITLE/YEAR  -  NUMBER OF IMDB VOTES RECEIVED

 

1. 9.2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 960,968

 
2. 9.2 The Godfather (1972) 684,978
 
3. 9.0 The Godfather: Part II (1974) 442,241
 
4. 8.9 Pulp Fiction (1994) 747,663
 
5. 8.9 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 291,668
 
6. 8.9 12 Angry Men (1957) 236,238
 
7. 8.9 The Dark Knight (2008) 934,807
 
8. 8.9 Schindler's List (1993) 492,874
 
9. 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 686,326
 
10. 8.8 Fight Club (1999) 731,475
 
11. 8.8 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 470,916
 
12. 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 711,171
 
13. 8.8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) 401,596
 
14. 8.7 Inception (2010) 750,190
 
15. 8.7 Goodfellas (1990) 419,160
 
16. 8.7 Star Wars (1977) 527,683
 
17. 8.7 Seven Samurai (1954) 148,775
 
18. 8.7 Forrest Gump (1994) 631,882
 
19. 8.7 The Matrix (1999) 693,211
 
20. 8.7 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 616,206
 
21. 8.7 City of God (2002) 315,428
 
22. 8.6 Se7en (1995) 559,296
 
23. 8.6 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 469,593
 
24. 8.6 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) 131,829
 
25. 8.6 Casablanca (1942) 256,070
 
26. 8.6 The Usual Suspects (1995) 437,706
 
27. 8.6 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 399,922
 
28. 8.6 Rear Window (1954) 193,310
 
29. 8.6 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 165,301
 
30. 8.6 Psycho (1960) 244,201
 
31. 8.6 Léon: The Professional (1994) 407,909
 
32. 8.5 Sunset Blvd. (1950) 86,957
 
33. 8.5 American History X (1998) 443,481
 
34. 8.5 Memento (2000) 504,191
 
35. 8.5 Apocalypse Now (1979) 281,097
 
36. 8.5 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 433,048
 
37. 8.5 Saving Private Ryan (1998) 491,418
 
38. 8.5 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 229,442
 
39. 8.5 City Lights (1931) 55,902
 
40. 8.5 Alien (1979) 325,271
 
41. 8.5 Spirited Away (2001) 216,392
 
42. 8.5 North by Northwest (1959) 141,405
 
43. 8.5 Modern Times (1936) 70,936
 
44. 8.5 Django Unchained (2012) 320,543
 
45. 8.5 Citizen Kane (1941) 199,702
 
46. 8.5 Back to the Future (1985) 385,558
 
47. 8.5 The Shining (1980) 340,405
 
48. 8.5 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 586,406
 
49. 8.5 The Pianist (2002) 265,985
 
50. 8.4 Life Is Beautiful (1997) 211,177
 
51. 8.4 The Departed (2006) 487,150
 
52. 8.4 M (1931) 62,925
 
53. 8.4 Vertigo (1958) 147,641
 
54. 8.4 Paths of Glory (1957) 71,367
 
55. 8.4 American Beauty (1999) 504,936
 
56. 8.4 Taxi Driver (1976) 290,407
 
57. 8.4 Double Indemnity (1944) 60,094
 
58. 8.4 Aliens (1986) 294,715
 
59. 8.4 Toy Story 3 (2010) 284,523
 
60. 8.4 WALL·E (2008) 384,196
 
61. 8.4 The Lives of Others (2006) 150,638
 
62. 8.4 The Intouchables (2011) 177,325
 
63. 8.4 The Green Mile (1999) 399,182
 
64. 8.4 Gladiator (2000) 538,580
 
65. 8.4 A Clockwork Orange (1971) 323,834
 
66. 8.4 The Great Dictator (1940) 69,691
 
67. 8.4 Amélie (2001) 320,059
 
68. 8.4 The Prestige (2006) 441,749
 
69. 8.4 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 119,579
 
70. 8.4 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 130,364
 
71. 8.4 Reservoir Dogs (1992) 376,389
 
72. 8.4 Das Boot (1981) 108,036
 
73. 8.4 Cinema Paradiso (1988) 83,179
 
74. 8.3 The Third Man (1949) 74,297
 
75. 8.3 Requiem for a Dream (2000) 343,031
 
76. 8.3 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 50,459
 
77. 8.3 The Lion King (1994) 321,317
 
78. 8.3 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 396,678
 
79. 8.3 Once Upon a Time in America (1984) 131,915
 
80. 8.3 Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) 368,139
 
81. 8.3 Full Metal Jacket (1987) 275,829
 
82. 8.3 L.A. Confidential (1997) 268,653
 
83. 8.3 Braveheart (1995) 434,538
 
84. 8.3 Chinatown (1974) 133,248
 
85. 8.3 Oldboy (2003) 193,449
 
86. 8.3 Singin' in the Rain (1952) 90,510
 
87. 8.3 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 242,681
 
88. 8.3 Some Like It Hot (1959) 109,316
 
89. 8.3 Bicycle Thieves (1948) 51,272
 
90. 8.3 Metropolis (1927) 67,823
 
91. 8.3 Amadeus (1984) 165,747
 
92. 8.3 Rashomon (1950) 62,851
 
93. 8.3 Princess Mononoke (1997) 121,669
 
94. 8.3 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 249,999
 
95. 8.3 All About Eve (1950) 52,388
 
96. 8.3 The Sting (1973) 106,548
 
97. 8.3 Unforgiven (1992) 172,179
 
98. 8.3 The Apartment (1960) 63,789
 
99. 8.3 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 304,044
 
100. 8.3 Raging Bull (1980) 146,448
 
101. 8.3 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 93,318
 
102. 8.3 Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 32,196
 
103. 8.3 Grave of the Fireflies (1988) 66,900
 
104. 8.3 Die Hard (1988) 356,185
 
105. 8.3 Batman Begins (2005) 545,318
 
106. 8.3 A Separation (2011) 82,347
 
107. 8.3 Yojimbo (1961) 45,568
 
108. 8.3 Inglourious Basterds (2009) 447,492
 
109. 8.3 Snatch. (2000) 351,651
 
110. 8.3 For a Few Dollars More (1965) 85,305
 
111. 8.2 The Great Escape (1963) 100,356
 
112. 8.2 Downfall (2004) 152,369
 
113. 8.2 Pan's Labyrinth (2006) 282,993
 
114. 8.2 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 49,906
 
115. 8.2 Up (2009) 328,642
 
116. 8.2 On the Waterfront (1954) 62,928
 
117. 8.2 Toy Story (1995) 327,438
 
118. 8.2 The Elephant Man (1980) 100,572
 
119. 8.2 The Seventh Seal (1957) 67,165
 
120. 8.2 Heat (1995) 266,362
 
121. 8.2 The General (1926) 31,522
 
122. 8.2 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 74,195
 
123. 8.2 Blade Runner (1982) 298,036
 
124. 8.2 The Kid (1921) 30,820
 
125. 8.2 Rebecca (1940) 55,398
 
126. 8.2 Gran Torino (2008) 324,591
 
127. 8.2 Wild Strawberries (1957) 37,525
 
128. 8.2 Scarface (1983) 308,496
 
129. 8.2 Fargo (1996) 260,118
 
130. 8.2 Ran (1985) 50,662
 
131. 8.2 The Big Lebowski (1998) 313,891
 
132. 8.2 Touch of Evil (1958) 48,121
 
133. 8.2 The Deer Hunter (1978) 147,391
 
134. 8.2 Cool Hand Luke (1967) 76,903
 
135. 8.2 The Gold Rush (1925) 37,370
 
136. 8.1 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 249,271
 
137. 8.1 No Country for Old Men (2007) 360,364
 
138. 8.1 It Happened One Night (1934) 39,221
 
139. 8.1 Sin City (2005) 422,012
 
140. 8.1 Strangers on a Train (1951) 57,826
 
141. 8.1 Jaws (1975) 240,796
 
142. 8.1 Casino (1995) 195,650
 
143. 8.1 The Sixth Sense (1999) 429,888
 
144. 8.1 Platoon (1986) 183,767
 
145. 8.1 The Thing (1982) 158,372
 
146. 8.1 Trainspotting (1996) 279,802
 
147. 8.1 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 93,405
 
148. 8.1 The Avengers (2012) 492,316
 
149. 8.1 The Wizard of Oz (1939) 173,055
 
150. 8.1 High Noon (1952) 51,758
 
151. 8.1 Good Will Hunting (1997) 321,159
 
152. 8.1 Hotel Rwanda (2004) 164,027
 
153. 8.1 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 427,654
 
154. 8.1 Warrior (2011) 165,475
 
155. 8.1 The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) 65,073
 
156. 8.1 Annie Hall (1977) 114,565
 
157. 8.1 Gone with the Wind (1939) 135,169
 
158. 8.1 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 38,135
 
159. 8.1 My Neighbor Totoro (1988) 76,533
 
160. 8.1 Notorious (1946) 47,876
 
161. 8.1 Into the Wild (2007) 231,831
 
162. 8.1 V for Vendetta (2005) 454,600
 
163. 8.1 Finding Nemo (2003) 360,742
 
164. 8.1 Life of Brian (1979) 166,333
 
165. 8.1 How to Train Your Dragon (2010) 214,715
 
166. 8.1 Dial M for Murder (1954) 58,304
 
167. 8.1 The King's Speech (2010) 254,469
 
168. 8.1 There Will Be Blood (2007) 229,136
 
169. 8.1 The Big Sleep (1946) 42,939
 
170. 8.1 The Night of the Hunter (1955) 40,470
 
171. 8.1 Network (1976) 62,999
 
172. 8.1 The Terminator (1984) 340,598
 
173. 8.1 Ben-Hur (1959) 96,828
 
174. 8.1 Million Dollar Baby (2004) 273,256
 
175. 8.1 Stand by Me (1986) 163,206
 
176. 8.1 Groundhog Day (1993) 255,218
 
177. 8.1 Donnie Darko (2001) 363,667
 
178. 8.1 Twelve Monkeys (1995) 286,576
 
179. 8.1 Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 113,792
 
180. 8.1 Mary and Max (2009) 58,970
 
181. 8.1 The 400 Blows (1959) 41,344
 
182. 8.1 Amores Perros (2000) 110,110
 
183. 8.1 Black Swan (2010) 333,853
 
184. 8.1 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) 290,892
 
185. 8.1 Persona (1966) 32,349
 
186. 8.1 Gandhi (1982) 98,557
 
187. 8.1 Howl's Moving Castle (2004) 107,009
 
188. 8.0 The Killing (1956) 40,265
 
189. 8.0 The Graduate (1967) 135,455
 
190. 8.0 A Beautiful Mind (2001) 303,782
 
191. 8.0 The Princess Bride (1987) 189,251
 
192. 8.0 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) 287,294
 
193. 8.0 Life of Pi (2012) 182,692
 
194. 8.0 8½ (1963) 49,589
 
195. 8.0 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) 34,210
 
196. 8.0 The Hustler (1961) 39,469
 
197. 8.0 La Strada (1954) 29,177
 
198. 8.0 Slumdog Millionaire (2008) 381,983
 
199. 8.0 Rocky (1976) 197,407
 
200. 8.0 The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 49,252
 
201. 8.0 Anatomy of a Murder (1959) 28,646
 
202. 8.0 The Exorcist (1973) 192,222
 
203. 8.0 The Wild Bunch (1969) 46,737
 
204. 8.0 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 35,827
 
205. 8.0 Rope (1948) 58,714
 
206. 8.0 Barry Lyndon (1975) 63,203
 
207. 8.0 Stalag 17 (1953) 30,405
 
208. 8.0 The Artist (2011/I) 116,935
 
209. 8.0 Sleuth (1972) 27,374
 
210. 8.0 Stalker (1979) 39,162
 
211. 8.0 In the Name of the Father (1993) 56,445
 
212. 8.0 Infernal Affairs (2002) 58,054
 
213. 8.0 Roman Holiday (1953) 56,763
 
214. 8.0 The Truman Show (1998) 355,248
 
215. 8.0 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 466,888
 
216. 8.0 Memories of Murder (2003) 28,474
 
217. 8.0 Monsters, Inc. (2001) 284,636
 
218. 8.0 District 9 (2009) 340,428
 
219. 8.0 A Fistful of Dollars (1964) 72,589
 
220. 8.0 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) 264,619
 
221. 8.0 Ip Man (2008) 73,453
 
222. 8.0 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) 62,533
 
223. 8.0 Ratatouille (2007) 280,570
 
224. 8.0 Star Trek (2009) 299,754
 
225. 8.0 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 55,115
 
226. 8.0 La Haine (1995) 56,299
 
227. 8.0 Jurassic Park (1993) 302,722
 
228. 8.0 Shutter Island (2010) 380,825
 
229. 8.0 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 34,827
 
230. 8.0 Beauty and the Beast (1991) 167,505
 
231. 8.0 Incendies (2010) 30,489
 
232. 8.0 3 Idiots (2009) 66,934
 
233. 8.0 Rain Man (1988) 241,859
 
234. 8.0 Rosemary's Baby (1968) 93,268
 
235. 8.0 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) 47,005
 
236. 8.0 Harvey (1950) 33,963
 
237. 8.0 Like Stars on Earth (2007) 30,030
 
238. 8.0 Mystic River (2003) 230,133
 
239. 8.0 Papillon (1973) 54,517
 
240. 8.0 Manhattan (1979) 69,930
 
241. 8.0 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) 117,248
 
242. 8.0 Nosferatu (1922) 48,473
 
243. 8.0 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003) 37,826
 
244. 8.0 The Help (2011) 157,475
 
245. 7.9 Three Colors: Red (1994) 38,838
 
246. 7.9 The Wrestler (2008) 190,943
 
247. 7.9 The Untouchables (1987) 149,868
 
248. 7.9 In the Mood for Love (2000) 44,774
 
249. 7.9 La Dolce Vita (1960) 29,861
 
250. 7.9 The Celebration (1998) 42,254

Edited by David Copeland - 5/4/13 at 6:08am
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#6: 12 Angry Men (1957)

Styles for jurors in 1957:  Suits, Shirts & Ties, dress shoes

 

I thought I would dig in on this "challenge" to start viewing some of the greatest films mentioned in the list - and for me, this is not the first time for 12 Angry Men.  But watching it again reveals some of the modern day natures of "men" in their roles to pass judgment on another person, and how their prejudices (both good and bad) played out in this inspiring screen play.

 

Anger comes in many forms, and lack of anger - or even passive anger - reveals itself in this great film.  How we interact with others, especially if they are our colleagues in some respect (whether temporary or long-term) - is essential to our own character, actions, and summary reputation.

 

I recommend to you another viewing.  (Amazon Instant rents it for $2.99, or Netflix will ship it, unless you already own a copy)

 

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That list is shit.
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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES - 2007

 

With a more robust serious screen play this time around - The Dark Knight once again brought back my early childhood the seriousness of the famous character as originally portrayed in the original graphic novels.  And although I enjoyed the Michael Keaton version in the 1980's, it appeared the franchise developed into a joke of sorts (IMHO).

 

The Dark Knight revisits the child from a stylish world losing his parents to a horrible murder - and is nurtured the remainder of his life without a mother.  His education superb, and the use of his wealth, but still he fell victim to betrayals (as we all do).

 

Soon - another rendition of the current franchise will be released - and I will add it to my collection.

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1. I loved Django- was surprised because I don't generally like Tarantino. Making me rethink that.

2. Saw One Flew Over the Cuckoo's over the wknd also. Just read the book, and of course the film doesn't do it justice. Mental Hospitals are a crime. Even today a lot of what happened in that film can still occur. The patients don't have enough rights.
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Your credentials are?

You work as a film critic for?
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Quote:

 

Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bhowie View Post

That list is shit.


Your credentials are?

You work as a film critic for?

 

 

Hi Steve,
 
I too am not sure what Bhowie meant by judging the whole list (which was developed by the IMDB).  But everyone has their opinion for sure.  My grand daughter found several films in the list she enjoyed, and would not have used the four-letter word to describe another's taste.
 
Thanks for your contribution on the Jack Nicholson film.  I am definitely going to revisit it soon.
 
All my best,
 
David
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I'm intrigued by this but I'm also reading the 1001 books to read before you die.

I think I will focus on watching the films I haven't seen- Top to Bottom if that's OK. Then I'll get through them by 2015.

Grand daughter, eh?

You must be as old as me.
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Originally Posted by Bhowie View Post

That list is shit.

+1

Also, David, you have one of the most pretentious and awful writing styles on SF. And this a site filled with pretentious and awful writing styles.
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400

 

Exceptional . . .

 

" . . . reading the hearts and minds of others in order to present yourself as others may expect, but with an eye on the final outcome."

 

This film, in part, reminds me of my very young days of playing chess with Bobby Fischer - as some of the principles in this screenplay are portrayed.  Moreover, this film extends the advance play in achieving an outcome through careful and precise planning, but arrives at . . .  (spoiler).

 

Highly recommended for the serious thinker,

 

David


Edited by David Copeland - 5/28/13 at 9:34am
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One needn't find all of said examples of the cinematic cannon as enjoyable as others.

I know mine own daughter selected one iteration at random, thoroughly enjoyed it, and would have refrained from using as foul a set of language as you, sir.

All my best,

edina
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SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

 

Even after a fourth viewing of this great film with great actors - the story is still as gripping as when I first viewed it.

 

If you live in moderate to big size city - this one will be a continual reminder of how "professional" relationships can take a strange twist.


David

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THE DARK KNIGHT - 2008

 

As a DC fan from an early childhood, Batman seemed to always have a dark side to him - until a few of the later films started making him look like a stooge.

 

So when I took a chance a few years ago and watched this version - I immediately went out and purchased it for my library. 

 

Startling story, good structure, and finally a return to what the original DC authors had in mind.

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THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

 

Another great film to revisit from time to time.  Knowing how it all ends does not take away other new insights gained in the psychology of the story each time it is watched.

 

A keeper.

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