Best Movie Ever...

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  1. Eric

    Eric Senior member

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    I just recently caught "On the Waterfront" and thought it was unbeleivably good. Can't believe I've been deprived of such a good movie for so long. Brandos a hell of an actor, I've only seen him (young that is) in Streetcar and didn't like that movie so much.

    My list would include:

    On the Waterfront,
    Casablanca,
    Braveheart,
    Pulp Fiction,
    Vanilla Sky,
    Groundhog Day,
    American Beauty

    And I'm sure I'm forgetting many others. What are some of yours?

    Eric
     
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    Aaron Senior member

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    Off the top of my head...

    Classics

    ~12 Angry Men with Henry Fonda (one of the greatest social commentaries I've ever seen)
    ~8 1/2
    ~La Dolce Vita
    ~The Usual Suspects
    ~Citizen Kane
    ~Full Metal Jacket, Apocolypse Now, pretty much any Vietnam movie around that time.

    Modern
    ~Fog of War (Robert MacNamara Documentary, amazing)
    ~Touching the Void
    ~Ray
    ~LA Confedential

    There are hundreds more, I don't think you can ever have one "best movie ever."  Although, in the spirit of the holidays, the best Christmas movie ever, IMO, is "A Christmas Story" with Daryn McGavin.

    Aaron
     
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    Kai Senior member

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    Eric:

    I just watched A Christmas Story last night with my family. Have to agree it's the best Christmas movie ever.

    Aaron:
    Nice to see somebody else appreciates Groundhog Day. It's definitely one of my top choices. My favorite comedy ever.

    As for my single, all time favorite movie, I would have to say the Director's cut of Lord of the Rings. I am amazed and enthralled every time I watch it.
     
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    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Gladiator

    Ronin

    I'll think of others later.
     
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    Eric Senior member

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    I think you mixed up your messages there. [​IMG] P.S. I bumped up an older version of this thread, this one can go ahead and die. Eric
     
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    Alex_O Well-Known Member

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    Some of my favorites.

    Jules and Jim (Truffaut)

    The Killing (Kubrick )

    Rashomon (Kurosowa)

    Breathless ( Godard)

    The General ( Keaton)


    Some recent movies I have enjoyed.

    Lost in Translation
    Punch Drunk Love
    Ichi the Killer ( I joke.... somewhat)
     
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    Nonk Senior member

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    The Man Who Would Be King
    Conspiracy (HBO tv movie)
    Dune
    A Bridge Too Far
    Battle of Britain
    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  (mother?)
    Unforgiven
     
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    Usual Suspects
    Shawshank Redemption
     
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    Local Hero.

    Groundhog Day is really well-constructed (and I've probably seen it 50 times, thanks to cable).
     
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    Chariots of Fire
    Glengarry Glen Ross
    This Is Spinal Tap
     
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    Eric Senior member

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    I've heard alot of people here talking about how good Amelie was, so I finally rented it last night. Wow. I was floored, funny, stylish, sad. Damn fine movie. One long term goal I've had is to learn among other languages, French, this film makes me want to make that a short term goal.

    I also rent Valmont, much much better than Dangerous Liasons, and Cruel Intentions. I've read the playwright and I plan on picking up the book some time soon, I'm not gonna try and spell the others name here, but I recommend the movie and the book very much.

    So two more to add to my list:

    Valmont
    Amelie

    Eric
     
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    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Lawrence of Arabia is my favorite movie, but I'd say Swimming Pool is up there if only, dare I say it, for the perfection of Ludivine Saignier... (not to mention Charlotte Rampling showing she's still got it together).
     
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    Stu Senior member

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    You should really rent "Abre Tus Ojos,"  which is the original Spanish film on which Vanilla Sky is based. I think it's better.

    I like your list, but "Groundhog Day?" I mean it was cute and funny and all, but are we talking about the Bill Murray flick?  Not sure it merits the same real estate as some of the others you mentioned.  I would have also included the Godfather (Part 1). Also, I have a soft spot for "Once Upon a Time in America," the long version.
     
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    Abre Los Ojos, yeah I used to own it. Good movie. I prefer Vanilla Sky though. It seems most people will side with the original because thats what your supposed to do, but I enjoy Vanilla Skys soundtrack more, thats probably what give it the edge for me.

    Groundhog Day is probably top 3 for me. It a movie I think should be required viewing once a month. It is the ultimate feel good self improvement movie ever. Its philosophical, psychological and comedically perfect. Try watching it again.

    As for the Godfather I...I think its a very good movie but I'd hesitate to put it among the others I've listed. While I enjoy it, I just don't think deserves a seat among my favorites.

    Eric
     
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    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    this is going to sound really chauvinistic, but one thing i've noticed about people that love the godfather 1 and 2 is that they are male, straight, and the eldest of their siblings. other people just don't really 'get it'. they can watch it and say it's a good movie but it just doesn't hit them in the gut.
     

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