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Since the worse movie thread was such a good one I thought I'd take the opposite path.

 

For me it always comes down to Three Choices

1. The Great Escape... What a great, no pun intended, movie. Also has probably the greatest stick in your head for days theme song.

 

2. The Godfather, this probably should be excluded from this post.

 

3. Star Wars...nuff said

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Casablanca. Movie is easily the best ever. 7 quotes out of the top 100 on AFI's qoute list.

 

Lawrence of Arabia. Truly epic. Makes Gladiator look like amateur hour.

 

Passion of the Christ: No need to say more. Watch it w/o the subtitles for an even more powerful effect if you have seen the film before.

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The short answer for me would have to be

 

Pulp Fiction - mostly for it's innovation and uniqueness, there's just so many things about that movie that hit me the right way. I think it's perfect.

 

followed very closely by

 

The Shawshank Redemption

 

Funny thing is, out of all of the movies I've seen, my top two are from 1994.

 

I think my third favorite would have to be Psycho.

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#1 - Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

#2 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

#3 - 12 Monkeys

 

Comments on your movies: I've never seen the Shawshank Redemption, but it's on the list of movies to see eventually.

 

Braveheart is an awesome movie (if only for the battle scenes, man, if LOTR had battles like that...) but its very innacurate history makes me grouchy.

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Halloween - It would not exist if it were not for the brilliance of Psycho (mentioned above), but it remains the absolute greatest slasher/horror film I've ever seen. The sequels are for the most part garbage, but the original will always be a classic in my eyes.

 

[TIE] Se7en and Silence of the Lambs - Let me say off the bat that I have a heavy interest in serial killers. Not to say that I want to one day be one of course, but I've always been fascinated by the criminal minds behind some of the most gruesome crimes of the last century. Anyone interested in reading and studying the case histories of some of these men should check this site out:

 

The Crime Library

 

They give some great recommendations on books to pickup to read more about the individual you are researching as well.

 

Now, about the films; I'll watch just about anything with Jodie Foster in it to be quite truthful. Silence of the Lambs though takes a slight edge because of Hopkin's performance as Lecter. Jame Gum also happens to be a truly frightening combination of real life serial killers like Ted Bundy, Gary Heidnik, and Ed Gein. His portrayal by Ted Levine is just brilliant. I just love this movie to tears.

 

Switching gears, I remember seeing Se7en four times in the theater when it was released. The gruesomeness of the deaths portrayed really disturbed me when I watched the film the first time. Morgan Freeman plays against type as the cynical cop wanting out of all of the insanity. Kevin Spacey made the killer more human then he deserved to be given the setup throughout the entire film. The movie also earns my respect for having the balls to follow through with its ending. You have to feel sorry for Pitt in the end, but alot of us would have done the same.

 

What About Bob - Still remains the absolute funniest movie I've ever seen. Years later I can still watch this film and laugh at all the right spots. Bill Murray is one of the most talented comedians to ever have walked this planet of ours. This movie is a great example of why I believe that to be true. Richard Dreyfuss is every bit as important as the straight man to Bob's stalker personality. The movie would not have worked as well as it did without him. I'M SAILING!

 

Oh, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Original Star Wars trilogies are also a given for me by the way.

 

EDIT: I'm also attempting to get some different names in with my post. Though I heartily agree on The Shawshank Redemption (Morgan Freeman will always be Red dammit!) and a few others mentioned.

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My favorite movie of all-time is:

 

Glory - If you've ever wondered what the big deal is about Denzel Washington, watch this film. The scene where Denzel's character is being whipped for going AWOL is the most powerful thing I've ever seen in a film. I get choked up every time I watch this movie. I'm getting choked up right now just writing about this movie.

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I once made a top ten list on some website... and I had real trouble doing that. I could probably name 10 directors, writers or series and we'd be well passed 50.

 

If pressed:

 

12 Monkeys

Being John Malkovich

Ran

Almost Famous

Dumb and Dumber

Big Lebowski

 

Also most things mentioned including Silence of the Lambs, Eternal Sunshine, Shawshank, Star Wars, Braveheart, Ghostbusters, Seven, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, Groundhog Day, every Pixar movie, etc etc.

 

It's much much easier to think of movies you love than movies you hate.

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Did you guys ever try out this site?

 

http://www.ymdb.com

 

Here's my list I made about 2 years ago. My top 3 was the same as I said now, but looking back on it now, I actually think I would rearrange it now. Funny how we look back on things...

 

http://www.ymdb.com/user_top20_view.asp?usersid=7806

 

P.S. Check out my #4. Would anyone agree with me?? :D (I love that movie :drool)

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I think this is more favorites than best ever, just as the previous thread was "movies I hated" rather than worst ever. That's how I interpret it.

 

Many good choices here, and it's always fun when someone's best is also on the list of someone else's worst. (e.g. Lebowski) :)

 

My top movies have mostly already been listed, but if I were to flesh my list out a little it would include:

 

The Matrix: Yeah, the next two sucked, and the franchise ended up a bloated ridiculous thing. Doesn't change the fact that the first one was the ultimate in "cool" when it first came out, from the trippy sci-fi plot to the slick leather clothes to the dope sunglasses. I still remember the mysterious trailers asking "What is the Matrix?" ("Unfortunately, no one can be told what the matrix is...")

 

The Incredibles: I could have listed Toy Story 2 or Finding Nemo here as well, but the Incredibles just slightly edges those two out in my book, from the retired superheroes theme to the jazzy soundtrack to the stunning visuals.

 

The Ghost in the Shell: Not the best anime ever made, true, but as I've mentioned before it was the one that got me into the genre and still one of my all-time fave films.

 

Iron Monkey: It's no Casablanca (or even Braveheart), but I love kung fu films and this is my favorite one. Brilliant fight sequences + laugh-out-loud humor + Donnie Yen + Yuen Woo Ping = chop sockylicious!

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What's the difference between "Best" and "Favorite"? Wouldn't a person's choice as Best movie also be their Favorite? On what grounds would you say a movie is better than your favorite movie?

 

One might enjoy repeated viewings of, say, Dodgeball or Edward Penishands the most, but feel that On the Waterfront is a better film. For example.

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Oh boy this is tough to narrow down. I'll just list some of my favorites in no particular order:

 

Alien

Aliens

Blade Runner

Enter The Dragon

Predator

Heat

Gladiator

Saving Private Ryan

Shawshank Redemption

Last Of The Mohikans

Jaws

The Exorcist

12 Monkeys

The Fugitive

Seven

The Thing

Terminator 2

The Empire Strikes Back

The Insider

The Sixth Sense

Signs

ET

Close Encounters

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Tommy Boy

 

 

 

I am pretty confident with that list. :) There is no way I could narrow that down to a "top 10" or put them in any particular order.

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Here are some of my bests...not yet mentioned (I think).

 

Goodfellas (uhm, why hasn't this been mentioned yet)

Patton

Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition)

Band of Brothers (Not really a movie, but the best WWII thing ever)

Animal House

L.A. Confidential

Fight Club

Saving Private Ryan

 

-Dean-

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One might enjoy repeated viewings of, say, Dodgeball or Edward Penishands the most, but feel that On the Waterfront[/i'] is a better film. For example.

 

So then, On the Waterfront is better than Edward Penishands? ;)

 

Seriously, I dont think there should be a difference. If Dodgeball is my favorite movie, then it is the BEST. :) It's just always so subjective.

 

I want to see some Best movies lists then.

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The movie also earns my respect for having the balls to follow through with its ending.

 

And that is one of many, many reasons why Se7en is my all-time favorite film. :tu

 

L.A. Confidential and The Castle of Cagliostro are high on my personal faves list as well.

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The Matrix: Yeah, the next two sucked, and the franchise ended up a bloated ridiculous thing. Doesn't change the fact that the first one was the ultimate in "cool" when it first came out, from the trippy sci-fi plot to the slick leather clothes to the dope sunglasses. I still remember the mysterious trailers asking "What is the Matrix?" ("Unfortunately, no one can be told what the matrix is...")

 

DUDE, I forgot. There's a good #4 for me. :D

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If Dodgeball is my favorite movie, then it is the BEST.

 

Not sure if you are being facetious or not, Cam, but I can't agree with you here. Hudson Hawk is one of my favorite movies to watch because of the sheer spectacle of hubris and lunacy it represents. Seriously, I own the DVD and everything and I love watching it. But that does NOT make it the best...quite the contrary as a matter of fact. I can acknowledge that a movie is crap while still enjoying every second of it. :)

 

I don't enjoy "best" movie lists because it implies we have to debate each one and come to a consensus. I like "favorites" because they represent simply what each member enjoys watching.

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