The list author says: "This is a list I have put together based on the following criteria: what I think are the best all around films, personal favorites, rewatchability, great performances, profound message, the right point in my life to see a particular movie, and various other things, all of which are subjective. And, yes, I realize this is lacking many classics like 'Citizen Kane' & 'Casablanca,' but I will emphasize what I said before that many of these are "Right Film at the Right Time," and since I am 32, the 80's & 90's movies had the biggest impact on my life."
"This movie got robbed by Titanic. There is nothing about this film that isn't great: the story, the direction, the performances, the atmosphere. I get the same, original sense of excitement every time I watch this."
"This is for the "Bootleg Cut," not the theatrical; just a great story about the last great age of Rock N'Roll. The characters and situations are so rich and well developed, but that is probably because they are based on real people and events."
"While I do think this has a good story, it is so visually stunning and the effects have held up so well even in this age of 3D and movies like 'Avatar' and such, it gets better and more rewarding with repeat viewings."
"I know that there is a feeling that this is just a cheap, "Hollywood" war movie, but I think this is the best depiction of combat in the history of film, encompassing both massive combat and personal struggles amid death and destruction. Again, great performances. And, yeah, this movie and Tom Hanks got robbed at the Oscars."
"I think Casino is the best of the Scorcese gangster films, but I would put GoodFellas and The Departed near the same level. I always thought that Casino had such an interesting, engrossing story of Las Vegas from a different era."
"Again, probably rates so high because it came out in my prime movie viewing life. But I don't know if there is another movie that so many viewers can relate to, despite the time frame of the movie (1977?.) For each character in the movie, there was a corresponding classmate of mine."
"Crazy things that the devil can do. This has always had a special place for me, being raised catholic. It just has some kind of added mythology knowing some of the backstory of exorcists and the ritual of exorcism. Also, great direction and acting."
"With other series based entries on this list, the ranking kind of goes for the whole series. Not this one. the other 5 Star Wars movies wouldn't even crack the top 50, maybe 100. This one's story is so dark and rich, and it is the only on that I can really watch repeatedly."
"This movie is so underrated it is rediculous. After seeing this, I've never understood why Billy Bob Thorton gets so much crap. His direction is excellent, and he completely loses himself in the Carl role. Dwight Yokum and John Ritter are also great."
"Although I think from "Russia with Love" may be a better film, I think this one encapsulates the full-on height of Bond-Mania: cool story, memorable bad guy and henchman, most well-known female character name, sweet car. This on had it all, including Connery."
"This was much, much better than expected when I saw it in the theater. In fact, I thought it was the best picture of 2006, better than "Crash," anyways. Such an engrossing story that I did not know too much about, at least the fact based portions. I know some of this has been fictionalized."