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Top 20 Best Films Since the Talkies!

  • Jan 6, 2010
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Thanks to Scotman for the inspiration. I liked all the films from your list but only a handful made "my" top 20. Here they are and please be open to share your comments on why you wouldn't pick some of them.
1
Goodfellas
I chose this over The Godfather, which had better directing, because this is a true tale and a heck of a lot more exciting. Joe Pesci's Tommy was one of the most memorable bad guys ever!
2
It's a Wonderful Life
The best feel good movie ever! Let's us know why all our lives are special. This idea of a world where you were never born has been copied more times than just about any idea. Awesome directing in Capra's finest film and top notch performances from Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
See the full review, "It's a Wonderful Movie!".
3
The Godfather
Many people have this as their top film of all time. Certainly one of the best directed films I ever saw. Michael Corleone went from nice guy to down right scary at the end. "Don't ask me about my business!"
See the full review, "An All-time Classic".
4
Schindler's List (movie)
One of the most realistic depictions of the camps. Liam Neeson in his best role ever. Great acting all around and superb directing. Great use of color at the end and the imposition of the actual persons with the actors.
See the full review, "A Top 10 Film of All-time!".
5
Casablanca
This movie has more memorable lines than any other film. So let's round up the usual suspects and put this film on the list.
6
The Wizard of Oz
I generally hate musicals but I never tire of this film. Garland's Somewhere Over the Rainbow is one of my favorite songs. I get you my pretty and your little dog too!
See the full review, "One of My Favorite Films!".
7
Titanic
I had to have one sappy film on the list and this was the best sappy film of all time. Winslett and DiCaprio make the best screen pairing since Hepburn and Tracy! Awesome special effects and compelling retelling of the event that everybody knew the ending to but didn't care.
8
DVD front
I haven't seen Avatar yet so it may replace this film on the list. The best Science Fiction film I have ever seen. The battle between Neo and Agent Smith is one of the best fight scenes ever!
See the full review, "Modern SciFi Classic!".
9
Saving Private Ryan (Widescreen Edition) (1998)
The best and most realistic war film I have ever seen. You feel like you are reliving the Normandy invasion.
See the full review, "Realistic action!".
10
Pride of the Yankees
My favorite sports film ever. Gary Cooper in one of his best roles in a mostly true tale (he didn't hit those two homeruns) with the Babe as himself! Teresa Wright as Lou's wisecracking wife (Tanglefoot!)
See the full review, "My Favorite Baseball Movie!".
11
Annie Hall
Laddy dah! Bringing out the director of a film to shut up some loud mouth in the movie ticket line was priceless. Woody Allen's masterpiece!
See the full review, "Allen's Best!".
12
Lord of the Rings - The Motion Picture Trilogy
In my opinion way better than then the campy Star Wars trilogy to take the crown as the best trilogy ever! The Two Towers was the best film of the three.
13
Die Hard
Hands down the best action film ever made. John McClane is the top action hero ever.
See the full review, "The First and the Best of the Die Hards!".
14
The Terminator
The movie that made Arnold a household name. The best action scifi flick ever. There was never a need for a sequel and the second one had all kinds of flaws in its story.
See the full review, "Possibly the Best Action/SciFi Film Ever!".
15
Ben-Hur
The best epic film ever made. The chariot race films in letter box format is one of the most memorable action sequences in film history! When Ben Hur's mother and sister are finally cured is one of the best feel good moments in film history.
See the full review, "Can't Be Topped!".
16
Planet of the Apes
As my uncle was one of the ape soldiers in this flick I am partial to it. The twist ending was a shock when the film was first aired in 1968. The scene with see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil was great. And Zira saying she would kiss Taylor but he is so damn ugly is classic!
17
House of Flying Daggers
Great visual effects and story in one of the best fantasy/martial art flicks ever made.
See the full review, "Absolutely the Best Martial Arts Film I have Seen!".
18
Animal Crackers
Hooray for Captain Spaulding. The biggest budget movie for the best comedy team in film history! It was good enough to be shown in prime time on network tv a few times.
19
DVD front
The best superhero film I have seen. Great action, computer graphics and perfect ensemble of actors. Toby McGuire is the most likable alter ego (Peter Parker) of any superhero.
See the full review, "Just as Fun and Fresh as the Original!".
20
Deluxe Edition DVD cover
Though The Joker in The Dark Knight was the best comic book villian on film that story was too long and had a lot of unnecessary storylines (Two Face). This movie was perfect from start to finish and the orgin of the Batman is one of the most intriguing in comic book hero history.
See the full review, "This is a Brilliant Reworking of the Batman Lore!".

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January 08, 2010
Amazing list all these movies are favorites of mine one way or another, from "The Matrix" to "TITANIC" which are childhood favorites of mine to Casablanca which inspired my love for films and movie making. There all great movies.
 
January 07, 2010
great list, except I'll have to disagree with TITANIC; which I would rate a 2 out of 5. I just hated that movie and thank goodness Cameron redeemed himself with AVATAR.
February 24, 2010
The amazing life-like special effects in Titanic cause it to make my list. Kathy Bates does a great job in a supporting role as Molly Brown.
February 24, 2010
Hey, thanks for the reply! You know I forgot about Kathy Bates...good point.
 
January 06, 2010
Great idea to put some comic book movies in there. The Marx Bros. are classic as are the other fav comedy team, Abbott & Costello. Yeah, Titanic was a great love story and a bit sappy, true. I've seen Goodfellas but would not have included it -- was just "okay" to me, though Tobey MacGuire was great in it. Great list! Definitely need to write reviews of these.
February 24, 2010
What made Goodfellas work for me was that I had read the book first (Wise Guys) and it was based on a real story, unlike The Goodfather which was total fiction.
February 24, 2010
I didn't know it was book-based. Thanks. I'm trying to think of a list idea similar to what others have posted, about celebrities or famous people I have met. I've already created a few datapoints.
February 24, 2010
The movie was actually supposed to have the same title (Wise Guys) as the book but the producer felt that people would confuse the movie with a television program that had the same name so they changed it.
 
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