Great movies?

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  1. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Senior member

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    Well, Versace, I figured I'd take you up on the offer.  How bout it fellas?  What - in your opinions - are the great movies of all time?

    (I'm sorry I'm not starting, but I just got in really late and need to get to sleep.  I'll post mine tomorrow.)
     


  2. banksmiranda

    banksmiranda Senior member

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    Batman
    The Rock
    Das Boot
    The Matrix(only the first)
    Speed
    Cinema Paradiso
    Starship Troopers
    Blade
    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
    Office Space
    Seven Samurai
    Dr. No
    Goldfinger
    The Gods Must Be Crazy
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy
    E.T.
    Bad Boys
    Mary Poppins
    Coming to America
    Terminator
    Terminator 2
    LA Confidential
    Meet the Parents
    Die Hard
    Pulp Fiction
    True Romance
    Ronin
    Heat
    Blade
    Taxi Driver
    Raging Bull
    The Usual Suspects
    The Graduate
     


  3. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    banksmiranda - Especially good calls on Office Space, Meet the Parents, Ronin, and Heat (sounds like you're a DeNiro fan as well).

    I'm not sure if the following movies would be classified as 'all-time greats, but they are worth taking a look at if you are interested.

    Independant Films:

    Pi - Darren Arnofsky's first film. About a socially-reclusive mathematician that discovers the mathimatical 'code' needed to predict the stock market. He slowly goes insane as people trying to get the numbers from him push him over the edge. Done in black and white on grainy film.

    Requiem for a Dream - Darren Arnofsky's second film (better, IMO). Three kids (age 22?) living in Brooklyn strive for a better future. They are living ok lives, but strive for happyness. They use drugs as both their means for temporary happyness and as a means of getting money. Every time they try and better their lives it makes it a lot more screwed up. The music score is great; the soundtrack is the thing that led me to watch the movie in the first place.

    Mainstream Films:

    Snatch - Guy Ritchie's second film. Starring Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham. I'd consider this a heist-comedy. Several different parties are all after an 84-carat diamond. Lots of humor along the way. Its a British movie and very well done. I don't know a single person that has watched this and disliked it. Also, check out Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (Ritchie's first film). A high-stakes poker game leaves some friends 500,000 pounds in the hole. Kind of similar to snatch as far as the humor and antics, but with a different plot.

    I'll add more later, I'm off to take some ebay photos.
     


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    Lock Stock and Snatch were enjoyable, though compared to Tarantino's movies they seem like Disney productions.
     


  5. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Senior member

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    Big Fish - see related post
    Catch Me If You Can
    The Count of Monte Cristo
    Gangs of New York
    Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark/ The Last Crusade
    Men of Honor
    Ocean's Eleven (remake)
    Orange County
    Philadelphia
    The Sandlot
    Star Wars (the original trilogy)
    The Sting
    The Usual Suspects
    Zoolander
     


  6. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    Memento
    House of Games
    The Spanish Prisoner
    Identity
    Minority Report
    Pulp Fiction
    Face/Off
    Changing Lanes
    About a Boy
    Thelma & Louise
    Alien
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Seven
    Fight Club
     


  7. Andrew

    Andrew Well-Known Member

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    What about godfather and scarface.?

    Godfather I and II are the best
    Scarface
    Pulp Fiction
    Reservoir Dogs
    Kill Bill
    Bowling for Columbine
    Usual Suspects
    Fight Club
    Punch Drunk Love
    Lost in Translation
    El Mariachi/Desperado
    The Shawshank Redemption
    American History X
    Saving Private Ryan
    Ocean's 11
    Memento
    Silence of the Lambs
    Citizen Kane
    Se7en

    Not in any particular order, jus off the top of my head. Never get tired of watchin those movies.

    - Andrew
     


  8. Mike

    Mike Senior member

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    Everybody seems to have mostly newer movies on the list. In addition to many of the ones listed I have to add some older movies that fit the list-

    Citizen Kane
    Touch Of Evil
    The Big Sleep
    Casablanca
    The Maltese Falcon
    Psycho
    Notorious
    Rebel Without A Cause
    Rio Bravo
    It Happened One Night
    Singin' In The Rain
    Taxi Driver(this isn't EALLY old, but not really NEW)

    -And then the newer ones
    The Untouchables
    Ocean's Eleven
    Analyze This/That
    Thomas Crown Affair(Either Version)
    Out OF Sight
    Reservoir Dogs
    Pulp Fiction
    Usual Suspects
    Godfather I & II (These are the same as "Taxi Driver")
    GoodFellas
    Casino
    L.A. Confidential

    ...and so many more
     


  9. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Senior member

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    How could I forget?.

       The Godfather

    Also gotta mention these...

       About A Boy
       Big
    The Family Man
       Gladiator
       My Cousin Vinnie
       Rudy
       The Patriot
       Some Like It Hot
       Spy Games
     


  10. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    many of the films mentioned so far are good and entertaining, but not what i'd consider to be great. great art moves you emotionally, intellectually, and sometimes spiritually-it hits you in the gut and when the film is over you feel you've truely experienced something. at the risk of sounding like the simpson's comic book guy...

    italian:
    la dolce vita
    accatone- best movie about a pimp
    rocco and his brothers
    8 1/2
    le notte di cabiria-funniest movie about a prostitute
    il bell'antonio-best movie about a dandy (or metrosexual)
    amore-best performance by an actress ever, also best "just got dumped" scene ever

    in english:
    taxi driver
    raging bull- robert de niro's best performance and best boxing movie ever.
    2001: a space odyssey
    a clockwork orange
    husbands-best guy/middle age crisis movie ever
    a woman under the influence
    godfathers 1 and 2
    last tango in paris
    the last emperor

    shanghai triad (chinese)
    yojimbo (japanese)
    hunger (danish or norwegian) best starving artist movie ever
    tampopo (japanese)
    rififi (french) the original 'ocean's eleven' was based on this
    my life to live (french) best drama about a prostitute ever
    les enfants terrible (french)

    comedies (though any of the above is good for laughs):
    man bites dog (belgian) best movie about a serial killer
    the hot chick with rob schneider
    the doors
    natural born killers
    the graduate
    almost any woody allen film (i said 'almost')
    anything by almodovar
    anything by pasolini
     


  11. banksmiranda

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    When Harry Met Sally (Billy Crystal's great in this)
    Beverly Hills Cop
    Trading Places (Eddie Murphy/Dan Aykroyd)
     


  12. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Senior member

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    Good point -- I guess the subject shoulda been "Movies We Love." I'll have to remember to check this thread the next time I decide to rent a movie. I hate when I have to spend half an hour wandering around looking for something I haven't seen and would like to.
     


  13. matadorpoeta

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    glad to hear it navystyles. i edited my list with a little more info about some of the films. some of them will be hard to find, but you'll find them with a little searching.
     


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    I've always like The Iron Giant. It's animated, but it's still awesome. Especially the end.
     


  15. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    Here are some of my favorites -

    Lord of the Rings - amazing.
    Star Wars - the original trilogy
    The Adventures of Robin Hood - with Errol Flynn
    Boiler Room - Hey, I used to be a broker
    When Harry Met Sally - my all time favorite romance
    Saving Private Ryan - powerful
    Say Anything - "I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen."
    Breakfast at Tiffany's - Love the style of George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn.
    American Pie - my guilty pleasure, hilarious.
    To Catch a Thief - Cary Grant and Grace Kelly - wow.
    The Right Stuff - American ingenuity at it's best.
    The Insider - IMHO - Russell Crowe's best work so far.
    Traffic - powerful look at the drug problem.
    Love, Actually - best movie I've seen recently.

    I know there are more, but this is a decent start.

    Bradford
     


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