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Initial post: Nov 13, 2012 5:03:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2012 12:57:35 PM PST
Mine Are:

1.The Empire Strikes Back
2.The Lion King
3.Lord of the Rings Trilogy
4.Dark Knight
5.Terminator 2
6.Wreck-it-Ralph
7.Return of the Jedi
8.Toy Story
9.Star Wars (1977)
10.Dark Knight Rises
11.Shrek
12.Shrek 2
13.Back to the Future
14.Saving Private Ryan
15.Toy Story 3
16.The Avengers (2012)
17.The Terminator
18.Star Trek 2:Wrath of Khan
19.Raiders of the Lost Ark
20.A Boy Named Charlie Brown

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 5:16:59 PM PST
I trust you've seen some movies made before 1970? ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 5:19:18 PM PST
Sadly not much. I've seen West Side Story, I think Mary Poppins and Walt Disney's classics.

However I do want to see Gone with the Wind, but it's length is what's keeping me.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 7:18:26 PM PST
Tough call here, so I'll just stick with the 20 features that stand out the most in my mind:

1. Back to the Future
2. Pulp Fiction
3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
4. North by Northwest
5. Memento
6. Citizen Kane
7. Vertigo
8. Spellbound
9. 2001: A Space Odyssey
10.The Right Stuff
11.Casablanca
12.On the Waterfront
13.The Fountainhead
14.The Red Shoes
15.Fantasia
16.The Dark Knight
17.Kill Bill (both parts)
18.Lawrence of Arabia
19.Fargo
20.The Maltese Falcon

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 7:22:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2012 5:49:16 AM PST
J. Baker says:
These aren't my top 20, rather my top ten favorites from my two favorite American directors:

Robert Aldrich's....

Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Ulzana's Raid
The Flight of the Phoenix
Kiss Me Deadly
Hustle
Emperor of the North
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Attack
The Grissom Gang
Vera Cruz

Robert Wise's....

Odds Against Tomorrow
The Curse of the Cat People
Blood on the Moon
The Haunting
The Sand Pebbles
The Body Snatcher
The Day the Earth Stood Still
I Want to Live!
The Andromeda Strain
West Side Story

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 8:13:49 PM PST
Scott West says:
My list changes quite a bit, my top 3 never change though

20.It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
19.The Big Lebowski
18.American History X
17.Fargo
16.Silence of the Lambs
15.Seven
14.A Christmas Story
13.Scarface
12.A Clockwork Orange
11.Ed Wood
10.The Deer Hunter
9.Casino
8.One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
7.Godfather
6.Godfather II
5.Raging Bull
4.Taxi Driver
3.Back to the Future
2.Pulp Fiction
1.Goodfellas

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 10:38:45 PM PST
Not in any particular order
1. Chinatown
2. Dr. Strangelove
3. Saving Private Ryan
4. Midnight Cowboy
5. Psycho
6. Deliverance
7. Taxi Driver
8. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
9. Dumb And Dumber
10. John Carpenters The Thing
11. Alien
12. Dirty Dozen
13. Dirty Harry
14. Easy Rider
15. LA Confidential
16. Treasure Of Sierra Madre
17. The Usual Suspects
18. Insomnia
19. Dazed And Confused
20. Hellbound:Hellraiser 2

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 10:45:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2012 10:46:57 PM PST
Balok says:
As with some previous posters, I'm not sure that I can make a list of "my 20 favorite films" -- the list keeps changing depending on which one I've seen last. I also in general can't rate them in order since I'm not sure how to compare movies as different as, say, "Persona" and "Singin' in the Rain" in any way that would make the expression "I like _____ better than _____" meaningful. So with those provisos, I will present a list of 20 favorite films (not necessarily a list of *the* 20 flims I like best). And I will take the opposite tack of JB-UCC: I will limit myself to one film per director, and list them in alphabetical order by director.

1. Annie Hall (Allen)
2. Matador (Almodovar)
3. Persona (Bergman)
4. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Bunuel) -> despite the provisos above, this is without question my #1 favorite film EVAH
5. The Bank Dick (Cline)
6. Orphee (Cocteau)
7. Casablanca (Curtiz)
8. Singin' in the Rain (Donen/Kelly)
9. Potemkin (Eisenstein)
10. Vertigo (Hitchcock)
11. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick)
12. The Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
13. Blue Velvet (Lynch)
14. Duck Soup (McCarey)
15. Last Action Hero (McTiernan)
16. The Band Wagon (Minnelli)
17. Safety Last! (Newmeyer/Taylor)
18. Chinatown (Polanski)
19. Miracle in Milan (de Sica)
20. One, Two, Three (Wilder)

But I could probably list 50 others that I might have put on the list in place of some of the ones that appear there. . .

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 10:57:10 PM PST
J. Baker says:
>Balok: "But I could probably list 50 others that I might have put on the list in place of some of the ones that appear there. . ."<

I know that feeling. And it nags so at me, which is why I gave myself such a cowardly handicap.

Have to say, I don't get the love for 'Last Action Hero'. If I did a non-cowardly top 20, you might well say something likewise of several of mine.
If you only limited yourself two per director, would you have bumped LAH in favor of 'Purple Rose of Cairo'?

- Curious in Southern California.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 2:49:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 14, 2012 1:05:00 PM PST
Today's list of the twenty films which I may not respect or admire the most but films I love watchin' every stinkin' minute of:

It's a Gift
Lifeboat
Double Indemnity
A Walk in the Sun
The Best Years of Our Lives
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
All About Eve
Ace in the Hole
High Noon
Singin' in the Rain
The Night of the Hunter
The Hustler
To Kill a Mockingbird
Dr. Strangelove
The Flight of the Phoenix
The Pawnbroker
The Producers
Five Easy Pieces
A Safe Place
The Conversation
The Great Waldo Pepper
Field of Dreams
Galaxy Quest

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 4:20:52 AM PST
I'll just say one title that sums up my love for the movies:

Singin' in the Rain.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 4:41:48 AM PST
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Balok says:
@JB-UCC:

> Have to say, I don't get the love for 'Last Action Hero'. If I did a non-cowardly top 20. . .

I won't attempt to defend LAH. I enjoyed it, and that was the criterion for the list that I made. For example, I would not claim that _One, Two, Three_ is Billy Wilder's greatest film; but it happens to be the one that I enjoy the most. Also keep in mind that what a posted wasn't a "top 20," but rather "20 films that are among my favorites."

OTOH, if you hadn't been so quick off the mark, I probably would have edited LAH out of the list in favor of an embarrassing omission, Renoir's _Rules of the Game_.

> If you only limited yourself two per director, would you have bumped LAH in favor of 'Purple Rose of
> Cairo'?

Probably not -- among Woody Allen's movies, I'd almost certainly put _Manhattan_ and _Hannah and Her Sisters_, and possibly _Sleeper_ and _Vicky Christina Barcelona_ ahead of _Purple Rose of Cairo_ (remember, we're arguing "favorite" here, not "best").

But since I've brought the subject up, and I'm too lazy to start a new thread, here's a list of 120 films that might easily have been on the list of 20 favorites (i.e. I like these films at least as much as some of the ones that I did put on the list). Note that the exclusion of a film doesn't mean that it would not have been on the list of "X films that might easily have been on the list of 20 favorites" -- indeed, I had to cull the list when I discovered that I had accidentally listed 130 rather than 120.

Airplane! (Abrahams/Zucker/Zucker)
Manhattan (Allen)
Hannah and Her Sisters (Allen)
Women on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown (Almodovar)
Volver (Almodovar)

The Player (Altman)
Footlight Parade (Bacon)
It Could Happen to You (A. Bergman)
The Seventh Seal (Bergman)
Wild Strawberries (Bergman)

The Virgin Spring (Bergman)
Fanny and Alexander (Bergman) -- even though the mini-series is IMO superior
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (A. Brooks)
Young Frankenstein (M. Brooks)
L'Age D'Or (Bunuel)

Belle de Jour (Bunuel)
The Phantom of Liberty (Bunuel)
City Lights (Chaplin)
Modern Times (Chaplin)
Farewell My Concubine (Chen)

The Innocents (Clayton)
Les Espions (Clouzot) [contrarian pick of the week #1]
Miller's Crossing (Coen/Coen)
Fargo (Coen/Coen)
The Philadelphia Story (Cukor)

Gaslight (Cukor)
Captain Blood (Curtiz)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (Curtiz)
Night and the City (Dassin)
Rififi (Dassin)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Demy)
Donkey Skin (Demy)
Arabesque (Donen) [so sue me for believing that Sophia Loren trumps Audrey Hepburn]
Movie Movie (Donen)
La Strada (Fellini)

Amarcord (Fellini)
My Darling Clementine (Ford)
Mr. Roberts (Ford)
Local Hero (Forsyth)
The Naked Kiss (Fuller)

Tarzan and His Mate (Gibbons)
Brazil (Gilliam)
The Running Man (Glaser)
Clueless (Heckerling)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Herzog)

Fitzcarraldo (Herzog)
Notorious (Hitchcock)
Rear Window (Hitchcock)
North by Northwest (Hitchcock)
Family Plot (Hitchcock)

The Maltese Falcon (Huston)
The Man Who Would Be King (Huston)
On the Town (Kelly)
Rashomon (Kurosawa)
Ikiru (Kurosawa)

Yojimbo (Kurosawa)
Sanjuro (Kurosawa)
Red Beard (Kurosawa)
Dodes' Ka-Den (Kurosawa)
Ran (Kurosawa)

Doktor Mabuse, der Spieler (Lang)
Scarlet Street (Lang)
Heathers (Lehmann)
Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone)
A Hard Day's Night (Lester)

Ninotchka (Lubitsch)
Network (Lumet)
It's a Gift (McLeod)
Au Revoir les Enfants (Malle)
My Dinner with Andre (Malle)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Mamoulian)
Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan (Meyer)
Yolanda and the Thief (Minnelli)
The Pirate (Minnelli)
Ugetsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi)

Nosferatu (Murnau)
The Last Laugh (Der letzte Mann) (Murnau)
Hamlet (Olivier)
Madame de. . . (Ophuls)
La Ronde (Ophuls)

Good Morning! (Ozu)
Pandora's Box (Pabst)
Repulsion (Polanski)
Rosemary's Baby (Polanski)
The Thief of Bagdad (Powell/Berger/etc.)

Head (Rafelson)
Johnny Guitar (Ray)
All of Me (Reiner)
La Grande Illusion (Renoir)
The Rules of the Game (Renoir)

The Seventh Victim (Robson)
Roma, Cita Aperta (Rossellini)
Top Hat (Sandrich)
Taxi Driver (Scorsese)
The Adventures of Don Juan (Sherman)

Bicycle Thieves (de Sica)
The Usual Suspects (Singer)
Swing Time (Stevens)
Shane (Stevens)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Stuart)

Mr Hulot's Holiday (Tati)
Cat People (Tourneur)
The 400 Blows (Truffaut)
Small Change (Truffaut)
Gilda (Vidor)

L'Atalante (Vigo)
White Heat (Walsh)
The Barkleys of Broadway (Walters)
The Magnificent Ambersons (Welles)
The Public Enemy (Wellman)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Wiene)
Double Indemnity (Wilder)
Sunset Blvd (Wilder)
Some Like it Hot (Wilder)
The Apartment (Wilder)

Fedora (Wilder)
The Body Snatcher (Wise)
The Haunting (Wise)
God of Gamblers (Wong)
The Story of Qiu Ju (Zhang)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 5:47:30 AM PST
J. Baker says:
Bay, Thank you for mentioning 'The Body Snatcher'. Now I have to go back shame-faced and reedit my list.
You'd think my keeping it that simple would allow me to remember that I like 'The Body Snatcher' well enough to put it in my top six for Wise.

Good movie, that 'Les Espions'. Why's that contrarian? Definitely better than 'Diabolique'. What's your take on 'La Prisonniere'?

Hey cheers on 'Donkey Skin'. That's my favorite Demy after 'Lola'. Now that's a seriously underestimated film.

Looks to me like the contrarian pick of the month is 'Dodes'ka-den'. That's in my top five personal favorite Kurosawa's too. And possibly the most beautiful first color film from a director know as a master of black and white.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 6:23:52 AM PST
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Balok says:
@JB-UCC:

> Good movie, that 'Les Espions'. Why's that contrarian?

When people think of Clouzot (if they think of him at all), it's almost certainly for "Diabolique" and "Wages of Fear." Admittedly, "Les Espions" is not a perfect film (I think that the ending is kind of weak), but it's worth it to see Sam Jaffe speak French. I'll confess that I've never seen "La Prisonniere."

> Hey cheers on 'Donkey Skin'. That's my favorite Demy after 'Lola'. Now that's a seriously
> underestimated film.

I would have put Les Demoiselles de Rochefort on the list too, but I ran out of space (there are at least 20 more films that could have made my top 20 list, which is why I left out Night at the Opera, Angels with Dirty Faces, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Forbidden Planet, The Gay Divorcee, etc.).

> Looks to me like the contrarian pick of the month is 'Dodes'ka-den'. That's in my top five personal
> favorite Kurosawa's too. And possibly the most beautiful first color film from a director know as a
> master of black and white.

I had been under the impression that its critical reputation has risen since its original trip to flopsville. My take on it is that it may not be a work of genius, but it is clearly a work made by a genius. You've put your finger on the exact reason that I have trouble judging Kurosawa's films: even the ones that aren't very good (I Live in Fear, Dreams) are beautiful to look at. There's also one shot in Dodes' ka-Den (when the mysterious loner's wife turns up) that seems to me a deliberate reference to Bergman's visual style, which I think may be unique in Kurosawa's output. (As you can see from the list, I'm not sure that I can pick only five favorite Kurosawas.)

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 6:41:42 AM PST
My Top 20 movies right now:

1- 2001: A Space Odyssey
2- Alien
3- Baron Munchausen
4- The Breakfast Club
5- Conan the Barbarian
6- Dr. Strangelove
7- Fire and Ice
8- Forbidden Planet
9- Ghostbusters
10- Groundhog Day
11- If
12- It's a Wonderful Life
13- Lord of the Rings
14- Mary Poppins
15- Night of the Hunter
16- The Ninth Configuration
17- The Sound of Music
18- Terminator
19- Vertigo
20- Yellow Submarine

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 1:44:41 PM PST
J. Baker says:
Inspired by Balok's method, I'm going to try again limiting myself only to 1 favorite movie each by 20 of my favorite directors (alphabetical by surname). . .

1. 'Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (Robert Aldrich)
2. 'Une si Jolie Petite Plage (Such a Pretty Little Beach)' (Yves Allégret)
3. 'Le Trou' (Jacques Becker)
4. 'Nazarin' (Luis Buñuel)
5. 'Fargo' (Ethan & Joel Coen)
6. 'Portrait of Jennie' (William Dieterle)
7. 'Day of Wrath' (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
8. 'Six et Demi Onze (6½ x 11)' (Jean Epstein)
9. 'Alphaville' (Jean-Luc Godard)
10. 'Way Down East' (D. W. Griffith)
11. 'From Hell to Texas' (Henry Hathaway)
12. 'A City of Sadness' (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
13. 'An Actor's Revenge' (Kon Ichikawa)
14. 'High and Low' (Akira Kurosawa)
15. 'The Merry Widow' (Ernst Lubitsch)
16. 'Murial, or The Time of Return' (Alain Resnais)
17. 'Death in Venice' (Luchino Visconti)
18. 'Kings of the Road' (Wim Wenders)
19. 'Odds Against Tomorrow' (Robert Wise)
20. 'Cronaca familiare (Family Portrait)' (Valerio Zurlini)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 9:59:12 PM PST
Balok says:
@JB-UCC:

> 'Nazarin' (Luis Buñuel)

Interesting that you should pick that one. IMHO, it's a very underrated film. The only DVD that I know about is the one from Yume (aka "Yume the Destroyer"). Not only did they make no effort to restore the print from which they made the DVD; they solved the problem of reducing the original film's 1.37:1 ratio to 4:3 by cutting off the left edge of the frame. Thanks, guys.

> 'Alphaville' (Jean-Luc Godard)

At least it wasn't _Weekend_. (I admit that of the small number of Godard films that I've seen, I found _Alphaville_ to be the most tolerable.)

> 'High and Low' (Akira Kurosawa)

I put _Seven Samurai_ on my list because I had to have at least one Kurosawa film on it. If they wanted to make a "Saw" film that was scary rather than gross, they would have the victim being put in a position of having to choose one Kurosawa film to save or dying a horrible death.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 10:04:58 PM PST
Oz le Fou says:
"....they would have the victim being put in a position of having to choose one Kurosawa film to save or dying a horrible death."

If the clock was ticking, and it was a Wilder film that I needed to choose, I just may end up dead.

"Ummm....Ace in the Hole....nooo, wait....ummm....Stalag 17....no, hang on....ummm....One, Two, Three....oh, darn it, wait....ummmm.....Avanti!....no....ummm.....AARRGGGHHHH!!....."

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 11:55:58 AM PST
Melisann says:
It's a Wonderful Life
Rocky
Legends of the Fall
Ben-Hur
The Sound of Music
The Notebook
A Beautiful Mind
Rear Window
Forrest Gump
Dumb & Dumber
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Gone with the Wind
Rain Man
Castaway
Pale Rider
Dances With Wolves
Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Murder By Death
The Villain

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 12:22:17 PM PST
So hard to narrow this down - and know I'm missing a ton of movies that I've really enjoyed. That said:
Frequency
Memento
Fargo
Shawshank Redemption
Pulp Fiction
Atlas Shrugged (esp. Pt II)
American Pie
LA Confidential
13 Conversations About One Thing
Unforgiven
The Changeling
The Secret in Their Eyes
The Lives of Others
The Usual Suspects
Shane
Identity
The Life of Brian
We The Living
Gattaca
3:10 to Yuma

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 6:42:16 PM PST
jack says:
Avatar
Inception
300
American Pie
American Reunion
the hobbit An Unexpected Journey
the lord of the rings 1,2&3
red dawn 2012.
gladiator
ted
Prometheus
alien
Men in Black 3
The Hunger Games

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Joe Anthony says:
1-3. The Original Star Wars Trilogy
4. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
5. True Grit (the original with John Wayne)
6. Big Jake
7. The Cowboys
8. The Alamo (the original with John Wayne)
9. The Quiet Man
10. The Magnificent Seven
11. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
12. The Dirt Dozen
13. Kelley's Heroes
14. Smokey and the Bandit
15. The Cannonball Run
16-17. The Godfather and The Godfather Part 2
18. Gandhi
19. The Poseidon Adventure
20. Driving Miss Daisy

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Rykre says:
Best comedies:

Trading Places
Overboard
Office Space
The Money Pit
The Blues Brothers
Porky's & Porky's II: The Next Day
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Revenge of the Nerds
Johnny Dangerously
One Night At McCool's
Bachelor Party
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
The Man With One Red Shoe
The Gods Must Be Crazy
D. C. Cab
Mr. Mom

Beautiful girls:

Seijun Suzuki's Gate of Flesh
Man of The House
Chasing Papi
Cloud 9
The Joy Luck Club
So Close
DOA: Dead or Alive
Machete
Dazed and Confused
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Sucker Punch
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