#151 Posted by Doskias (307 posts) -

I was incredibly tempted to simply type Robocop ten times, but I feel like that would be disrespectful to the OP's intent. So, in no particular order, here are the nine movies that are almost as good as Robocop:

Terminator 2
Clue
Blazing Saddles
Die Hard
Pulp Fiction
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the RIng
John Carpenter's The Thing
The Godfather
Saving Private Ryan

I'm sure if I gave some more time, I could probably do a proper list, and some of htese might not even be on it. But this is what came to me in the moment, and who cares, because the original Robocop is the greatest achievement in cinematic history.

#152 Posted by Tatsuyarr (68 posts) -

In no particular order:

- Regarding Henry

- Once upon a time in America

- The Godfather trilogy

- Raiders of the lost Ark

- The thin red line

- Star Wars first trilogy

- Back to the future

- Rocky (all of them except 5)

- Scott Pilgrim vs the World

- Angel Heart

Using trilogy is not cheating!

#153 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (2775 posts) -

Here is a REAL list, not some weird 'do I seem cool' list. These are all movies I would flip the channel to and keep watching.

Its a Wonderful Life (A fucking classic folks...makes men cry.)

African Queen (It's Bogart Bitch, and add a can of whoop-ass Katharine Hepburn)

The Great Escape (A fun thriller of a movie! Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough!)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (It is one movie, lets be real, all 9 hours of it!)

Star Wars Episode IV (The first and the best. The one that started it all.)

The Life of Brian (Funny, yet topical and interesting..makes you think about ancient people.)

Time Bandits (A fun movie with great visuals, gotta respect Terry Gilliam.)

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (The funnest dystopian post-apocalyptic movie ever...feral boy rules!)

Jaws (Best horror/monster movie ever...because it could happen.)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Anyone who did have this on their list is a ponce.)

#154 Posted by Gadol (6 posts) -

Godfather all

Star Wars all

Forest Gump

Love Actually

Wall-e

#155 Posted by iBushido (108 posts) -

I'm going to put NO thought into this and just write 10 movies in no particular order. This way it doesn't take me the entire night. It'll be less than accurate, but at least I'll have time to play some games tonight instead of sit here debating with myself.

1. Seven Samurai

2. The Shawshank Redemption

3. Kill Bill (Vol 1 & 2)

4. Alien

5. The Thing

6. Forest Gump

7. Reservoir Dogs

8. Enter the Dragon

9. The Silence of the Lambs

10. Jurassic Park... no, Jaws... no, The Shining... god damnit...

#156 Edited by crithon (3264 posts) -

1. Brazil

2. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

3. Lone Wolf and Cub series

4. the Street Fighter

5 . Django

6. Young Frankenstein

7. Cowboy Bebop Knocking on Heaven's Door

8. Shawn of the Dead

9. 101 Dalmations

10. Black Dynamite

#157 Edited by deadmoscow (262 posts) -

1. Apocalypse Now - Best war movie ever made. Incredible vibe, astounding performance from Marlon Brando, incredible across the board. Interestingly, it's one of the rare films whose director's cut is actually worse than the theatrical release.

2. Blade Runner - The one thing that Blade Runner does better than any other sci-fi film is that it doesn't rub your face in the fact that it's science fiction. It respects your intelligence and simply presents you with a world and a story that happens within it. The set design is also super awesome throughout the film. See also...

3. Ghost in the Shell - I absolutely love the long shots and soundtrack of this film. I also really liked how heady and philosophical it got when it probably could have gone in the complete opposite direction quite easily (whoa, robot people! they can do crazy shit!).

4. Mulholland Drive - David Lynch is a modern master, and this is absolutely his best film. The film is riddled with little clues and tidbits as to what's actually going on, and it's shot on absolutely incredible film stock. It has a dreamy, classic Hollywood look to it while still having modern sensibilities.

5. Seven Samurai - You really couldn't pick a better representation of this era of cinema. This film is the number one reason why Kurosawa is such a legendary figure.

6. The Seventh Seal - Poignant, wonderful meditation on life, death, religion, and how one can find meaning and purpose.

7. Drive - Nicolas Winding Refn has an absolute mastery over the aesthetic qualities of his films. Drive fits together perfectly and hits like a hammer to the face.

8. The Departed - In my opinion, Scorsese's best work. It's the best cop film out there.

9. Alien - I don't care what anyone says, this is way better than Aliens. No question.

10. Eraserhead - I love how completely balls to the wall weird this movie is. You'll never forget it once you've seen it.

#158 Edited by Omelet_Pants (165 posts) -

Everyone should check out Memento. For those that don't know, it's a mystery/psychological thriller that put director Christopher Nolan on the map. It's about a man who has no short term memory who tries to solve a murder. The fascinating thing about this movie is the way it's presented: the scenes in the movie are played in reverse. This makes you actually feel what the main character is going through with his short term memory loss. It's kinda hard to describe, so here's a better explanation from wiki: Memento is presented as two different sequences of scenes: a series in black-and-white that is shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order. The two sequences "meet" at the end of the film, producing one common story.

It's the type of movie that you'll watch over and over again to catch things that you didn't notice the first time around.

My top 10, in no particular order:

Memento

Good Fellas

Casino

Full Metal Jacket

The Big Lebowski

Shawshank Redemption

Pulp Fiction

Reservoir Dogs

Forrest Gump

The Usual Suspects

#159 Edited by Omelet_Pants (165 posts) -

Also, check out Grizzly Man. It's a documentary about a guy who went to Alaska every year for 15 consecutive years to study Grizzly Bears. The guy is a real eccentric character. He thinks he can communicate with the bears and does crazy stuff like admires their dung that they leave behind. He also hugs and kisses them... basically everything you're not supposed to do while studying wild animals. There's tons of beautiful and incredible footage of Alaska... But the documentary takes a tragic turn when the Grizzlies eat him and his girlfriend, and it's caught on tape. Yes, it's a documentary, but non-documentary people will be entertained.

#160 Posted by Lukeweizer (2683 posts) -

Came in, saw all this praise for "The Dark Knight", left.

#161 Posted by Jackentrote (43 posts) -
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Matrix
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  • Al Risala (The Message)
  • Clerks
  • Inception
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian
  • Ong Bak

This was more confusing and painful than fun to do, scru u!

#162 Edited by MightyDuck (1522 posts) -

My 10 favorite? Hmmm, in no apparent order. There are some "bangers" on this list, I realize that.

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • The Matrix
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • Running Man
  • Christmas Vacation
  • You've Got Mail
  • Empire Strikes Back
  • Die Hard
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze
#163 Edited by smcn (926 posts) -

Monty Python's Life of Brian

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Not much of a movie person. Nowadays I mostly watch movies with RiffTrax. Which means I've seen every Twilight movie.

#164 Edited by Red (5995 posts) -

1. Rushmore
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
4. Children of Men
5. Fargo
6. Almost Famous
7. Shawshank Redemption
8. Doctor Strangelove
9. Network
10. The Iron Giant

Order changes, but this is generally pretty representative. I sure need to watch more Kubrick, though.

#165 Posted by ShaggE (6456 posts) -

(no particular order)

1. The Crow

2. A Nightmare On Elm Street (can I put the whole franchise here? If not, then... I dunno... Nightmare 4? Maybe?)

3. Killer Klowns From Outer Space

4. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

5. Freaks

6. Eraserhead

7. Airplane!

8. Terminator 2

9. The Flying Deuces

10. Alice (the Jan Svankmajer one)

#166 Posted by potarto72 (2 posts) -

1. Donnie Darko (2001)

2. Pulp Fiction (1994)

3. The Green Mile (1999)

4. Citizen Kane (1941)

5. 127 Hours (2010)

6. No Country for Old Men (2007)

7. Falling Down (1993)

8. Fight Club (1999)

9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

10. Rocky (1976)

11. Forrest Gump (1994)

12. Jaws (1975)

13. Braveheart (1995)

14. Chronicle (2012)

15. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Honorable Mention: The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Kill Bill (2004) Toy Story Trilogy (1995-2010)

#167 Posted by lead_dispencer (39 posts) -

Sigh.. I applaud you all with trimming down your favorite movies, when I try to narrow my own down it becomes a sorting match between my own thoughts. Easy ones like the Green Mile or Saving Private Ryan I feel like should be up there with Jaws or Terminator 2 but then my head goes "hey what about Kill Bill or Fight Club or the first goofy movie?" and then the list of ten turns to 20 and its an exponential growth that I cannot finish. :(

Basically, I have too much love to contain!!

#168 Edited by Slaps2 (251 posts) -

In no particular order (accept for point break being at the top):

  1. Point Break
  2. Hurt Locker
  3. Skyfall (without a doubt the best bond movie)
  4. Gravity
  5. Apocalypse Now (probably a perfect movie)
  6. Alien (Not Aliens. James Cameron is a hack and a bad filmmaker.)
  7. Heat
  8. The Dark Knight
  9. Princess Mononoke
  10. Grave of the Fireflies (If you've never heard of this movie, don't look it up, just watch it... bring tissues)

I feel like a lot of movies on my list a very recent, but I really loved a lot of recent movies.

#169 Posted by Slaps2 (251 posts) -

@nomin: #6... best intro ever. It was #11 on my list.

#170 Posted by w1n5t0n (174 posts) -
  1. A Scanner Darkly
  2. Zodiac
  3. Jurassic Park
  4. Toy Story 3
  5. The Dark Knight
  6. Scott Pilgrim
  7. 127 Hours
  8. The Matrix
  9. The Raid: Redemption
  10. Redbelt

The order is probably interchangeable.

#172 Posted by N3m3s1s (2 posts) -

#57 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) - 4 years, 10 months ago


For me, Tarantino's sense of humour worked in Reservoir Dogs, especially the opening scene in the diner, and excelled in True Romance, but in Pulp Fiction is just felt tired and anything after that is predictable. For David Mamet, you need to see Glengarry Glen Ross, his other stuff is pretty good too but that's the pinnacle. He also did some work under an alias for Ronin. For Aaron Sorkin, he singlehandedly wrote the first few (ie good) seasons of The West Wing and the underrated Studio 60 on The Sunset Strip though in film, A Few Good Men and Charlie Wilson's War are his only real highlights.

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Agree with you on Tarantino and Mamet but in defense of Sorkin, if you have not seen "Network" you might want to take a look at that one again. I have not seen an episode of west wing and your post probably came before social network was released. Network was some brilliant sceenwriting and I'd put that atop of his list.

#173 Posted by EVO (3909 posts) -

@n3m3s1s: HandsomeDead is long gone dude.

#174 Posted by Mousse_gallon (178 posts) -
  1. The Lord of the Rings (1-3)
  2. Princess Mononoke
  3. Star Wars (4-6)
  4. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  5. Seven Samurai
  6. Lupin III "Castle of Cagliostro"
  7. The Shawshank Redemption
  8. Vampire Hunter D "Blood Lust"
  9. Escaflowne
  10. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
#176 Edited by thevigilanteoflove (504 posts) -

This is an old ass thread, and I may have posted here before, but my opinions have changed since then surely. Here are my top ten as of now in no particular order.

-Manhattan: My favorite Woody Allen movie, and one of the coolest representations of New York City that I've seen, and it's in black and white! It hits this really great balance of romance and angst, while still being witty, and it has a great soundtrack of mostly Gershwin songs.

-Annie Hall: Changed my whole perspective on movies and writing in movies. It is hilarious, and even after probably twenty viewings, I am always noticing new jokes and references that I never saw before.

-Hannah and Her Sisters: I'll just get all my Woody Allen choices out of the way now I suppose. It's my favorite movie about neurotic women that's for sure, and it's funny, and charming, and gets a little dark but ends oh so well. Woody plays somebody obsessed with his own death, which is just how I like him.

-The Apartment: Great romantic comedy from 1960 that holds up ridiculously well. Jack Lemmon plays the relatable everyman who I can't help but get behind. Also gets a little dark for a rom-com from 1960, but it's very funny.

-Spider-Man 2: Still my favorite comic book/superhero movie. I think I just really like watching Peter Parker having to deal with all of is personal problems. That's always what has attracted me to the character, not so much his superhero problems.

-Adventureland: Funny and sweet coming-of-age movie directed by the same guy who did Superbad, but the two movies are nothing alike. Adventureland was marketed as this wacky, sex comedy "from the director of Superbad!" but the two movies are so different in tone. It has very relatable characters, and pretty accurately portrays having a shitty summer job.

-Superbad: Still my favorite of any Rogen or Apatow movie, and I enjoy them quite a bit. I think Jonah Hill makes this movie for me. He's quick-witted and a loser and the writing is really funny.

Hot Rod: My favorite thing The Lonely Island has done. It's so dumb. Reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite and Wet Hot American Summer.

Death of a Salesman: The 1985 television movie with Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich.

Husbands and Wives: Gah, another Woody Allen movie. Shot in this cool documentary style with interviews and everything. Daaaark, and weird and timely given the actual relationship scandal he was going through at the time with Mia Farrow.

#177 Edited by Shortbreadtom (780 posts) -

No particular order:

-The Sunset Limited

-Back to the Future

-Mr Nobody

-Fargo

-Pulp Fiction

-Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

-Grave of the Fireflies

-Trainspotting

-Goodfellas

-Inside Llewyn Davis

Honorable mentions go to Django Unchained, Oldboy, Her, Moonrise Kingdom, Nebraska and The Sweet Smell of Success

#178 Edited by UitDeToekomst (716 posts) -

kind of in order, sort of:

  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Inception
  • 24 Hour Party People
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • The Princess Bride
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Ghost World
  • Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth
  • Boogie Nights

Honorable mention for Office Space, The Aviator and Unbreakable

#179 Edited by N3m3s1s (2 posts) -

Few favorites, not necessarily in top 10. There are many great movies that I have not seen so I am looking forward to seeing them.

10. Poughkeepsie Tapes (found footage junkie here and this to me is the king of them all. Not perfect or great by any stretch of the imagination but this one roams through my mind almost everyday and it's been years since I have last seen it. I'll be honest I am scared it's contents, not scared of it but what happens to that poor girl. For me it's one of the most disturbing movies i've ever seen and believe me I have seen most of them.)

09. Incendies / Oldboy (original) / Irreversible / Solaris (Tarkovsky) / Stalker (no reason for me grouping them)

08. Life of Emile Zola / Can't Take It With You / Sunset Blvd / The Innocents

07. The Secret Lives of Others / Primer / Timecrimes / Triangle / Pi

06. State of Grace / Friends of Eddie Coyle / The Killing of a Chinese Bookie / Ran / Rashomon

05. Martyrs / Moon / Tenebre / Deep Red / Rebecca / Them (french) / Inside (french)

04. City of God / Los Olivdados / The Hireling / The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie / Grand Hotel

03. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (My fav Fassbinder) / 400 Blows

02. The Cranes are Flying - Amazing movie, very moving.

01. All About Eve - Great movie! it's been placed on a pedestal inside of me and I'll recommend it til the day I die!

Ones that most have heard of: Ben-Her / On the Waterfront // / Glory / Pan's Labyrinth / Carlito's Way // Psycho / Step Brothers / Zoolander / Dumb & Dumber / Old School / Something About Mary / Wedding Crashers / Superbad / Casino / Goodfellas / Godfather I, II / Blair Witch Project / Cloverfield / West Side Story / Creepshow / Krull / Dark Crystal / Neverending Story / Karate Kid / Back to the Future / Bloodsport / Kickboxer / Memento / Donnie Darko

#180 Posted by crithon (3264 posts) -

I keep these movies close to me, and I always feel inspired

  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
  • Susperia
  • Danger Diabolik
  • Evil Dead 2
  • Batman Beyond Return of the Joker
  • Phantom of Paradise
  • Battle Royale
  • Cowboy Bebop Knocking on Heaven's Door
  • Lone Wolf and Cub Babycart on the River Styx
  • Iron Giant
#181 Posted by UitDeToekomst (716 posts) -

@crithon said:

  • Danger Diabolik

hmmm... are you amongst the small but vocal group of people who were infuriated that this ended up on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000?

#182 Posted by crithon (3264 posts) -

@crithon said:

  • Danger Diabolik

hmmm... are you amongst the small but vocal group of people who were infuriated that this ended up on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000?

Nope, sometimes I even mock films I enjoy. Remember there's even a Beastie Boys video re-enact the video to steal a spaghetti sauce instead of making love atop of money. Plus MST3K introduced film to people they may have never known about, like for example was talking to a friend who liked Gamera more then Godzilla because of MST3K.

#183 Edited by reiddaman (1 posts) -

I can't think of a list as I need to see more classic movies, but some of my favorites in no order include Batman '89, Lethal Weapon 1 and 2, Ed Wood, Jaws, Toy Story. But my absolute favorite movie of all time that I have not seen on this forum is Blade Runner. It has the best story, soundtrack, visual looks, and themes I have seen in any movie.

#184 Posted by BoringK (267 posts) -

In no particular order

  • Fargo
  • Groundhog Day
  • American Graffiti
  • The Evil Dead
  • Alien
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Sneakers
  • Scanners
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Matrix
#186 Posted by xPolyMorphic (36 posts) -

I'm not sure off the top of my head, but No Country, Donnie Darko, Inception, Pan's Labyrinth and Watchmen would probably be on it.

#187 Edited by Xavtron (103 posts) -

1. The Mirror

2. Taxi Driver

3. Persona

4. 2001: A Space Odyssey

5. Wings of Desire

6. Aguirre, Wrath of God

7. The Red Shoes

8. The Godfather

9. There Will Be Blood

10. Rashomon

#188 Posted by Fattony12000 (7416 posts) -
  • Face/Off
  • The Rock
  • Cobra
  • Broken Arrow
  • Commando
  • Terminator 3
#189 Posted by SharkEthic (1049 posts) -

The order will change depending on my mood, but this is more or less my top 10:

  1. Amour
  2. Punch-Drunk Love
  3. There Will Be Blood
  4. Brokeback Mountain
  5. Pulp Fiction
  6. Snatch
  7. The Wrestler
  8. Love In The Time Of Cholera
  9. No Country For Old Men
  10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
#190 Posted by Raven10 (1791 posts) -

An endlessly necro-ed thread. Well I've rated almost every film I have seen in the past decade on Netflix for a total of around 900 films. Of those I have given 59 of them a rating of 5 stars. So here are a selection of those, not limited to 10 because reasons.

1. Several Miyazaki movies including Nausicaa, Totoro, and the underrated Howl's Moving Castle

2. Wall E and the Toy Story franchise

3. Stanly Kubrick films, my favorite probably being Clockwork Orange

4. Lincoln because I could watch Daniel Day Lewis just sit in a room and give inspiring speeches for months without getting bored.

5. There Will Be Blood because I get to see both Daniel Day Lewis being crazy and a great story and production.

6. Brazil

7. City of Lost Children

8. American Beauty

9. Pan's Labyrinth

10. The Lion King

11. Road to Perdition

12. Picnic at Hanging Rock

13. The Matrix

14. Into the Wild

15. Dead Poets Society

16. A Beautiful Mind

17. Titanic

18. The Dark Knight

19. Talk to Her

20. And my most recent addition to this list - Her

#191 Edited by Gatehouse (625 posts) -

This is way harder than I thought it would be. In no particular order I think a top ten for me would be;

  • Leon (aka The Professional)
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Inception
  • The Princess Bride
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Jurassic Park
  • My Neighbour Totoro
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Pulp Fiction

Just off the top of my head, I can rattle off a runners up top ten of;

  • Evil Dead 2
  • Toy Story 2
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Unforgiven
  • The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (despite it ending 16 times)
  • Terminator 2
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Inception
  • Aliens
  • The Raid

Yes, I know, I'm a big fat cheater putting up two lists, but I do love my films oh so very much.

#192 Edited by Slaps2 (251 posts) -

Point Break

Heat (No, not the fucking Sandra Bullock movie.)

Princess Mononoke

Apocalypse Now

Alien

Saving Private Ryan

The Dark Knight

The Empire Strikes Back

Pacific Rim

Django Unchained

Edit: Apparently I already replied to this thread... how old is this thing?

#193 Posted by gokaired (534 posts) -
  1. The Raid
  2. A Clockwork Orange
  3. The Avengers
  4. Pulp Fiction
  5. Shawshank Redemption
  6. Onk Bak
  7. High Plains Drifter/Paint Your Wagon
  8. The Dark Knight
  9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  10. Singing in the Rain

(List is Subject to change)

#194 Edited by Jeust (10654 posts) -

Here are my picks:

  1. Cloud Atlas
  2. Matrix 3
  3. Matrix 1
  4. Ender's Game
  5. Scott Pilgrim VS The World
  6. Batman Rises
  7. Hot Fuzz
  8. Shaun of the Dead
  9. Sucker Punch
  10. The Fountain
#195 Posted by GregoryGold (63 posts) -

1) Taxi Driver

Then, in no order:

*To Have And Have Not
*Heat
*Casablanca
*The Third Man
*Boyhood
*The Conformist
*The Wicker Man
*Blade Runner
*Withnail And I

#196 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5515 posts) -

In no particular order

  • Aliens
  • Goodfellas
  • Commando
  • Last action Hero
  • The Music Man
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Porco Rosso
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Thing
  • Alien
#197 Edited by fisk0 (4119 posts) -

Huh, I thought I had posted in one of these threads years ago, but apparently I have no previous post in this 5 year old thread. I really haven't watched a lot of movies in recent years, but these would be my favorites, in no particular order:

  • The Thing
  • Das Boot
  • Stalingrad - this 1992 movie and the 1981 movie above are two fantastic German anti-war movies, depicting WWII from the angle we aren't usually shown. They could certainly have gone farther, as they both have protagonists that don't identify with the nazi ideology, and still kinda depict the nazi believers as the same kind of monsters as most US WWII movies do. I'd love to see something that tries to make us identify with the accepted antagonists of the war, maybe described how they were indoctrinated with nationalism/exceptionalism in schools like how All Quiet on the Western Front does, because if the vast majority were like the protagonists in these movies, I doubt Hitler really could've gotten as far as he did. I guess the only movie that really comes to mind that tries to do something like that is Der Untergang.
  • The Battle of Algiers - this is a fantastic movie depicting the Algerian War from both the French and the insurgent side, with scenes of everyday life and atrocities commited by both sides, and the movie was shot on location just four years after the war ended. There was somewhat of a remake a few years ago, set in Haditha during the Iraq War, and titled Battle for Haditha. It was pretty alright too, but certainly not on the level of the 1966 movie.
  • Hardware - post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk robot slasher movie from 1990 somewhat in the vein of the original Terminator. It's got an amazing atmosphere and soundtrack throughout.
  • Robocop
  • 2010 - OK, 2001 is an amazing movie, and I originally had it on this list too, but because we're cutting this down to 10 movies, and I kinda think 2010 is underappreciated, I decided to keep this instead of 2001.
  • Threads
  • The Day After - this and Threads above are drama films about the direct aftermath of a nuclear war. Both were released around the same time - Threads in 1984 and The Day After in 1983. Threads goes for a more documentary style, and depicts the lifes of a few families in Sheffield, UK as the cold war escalates and people start preparing for the worst. The Day After is thematically pretty similar, set in Kansas, and was directed by Nicholas Meyer, who also did the two best Star Trek movies to date - The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country!
  • Stalker

Other movies I kinda wanted to list: Dune, Strange Days, Blade Runner, Alien, Cargo 200, Event Horizon, Johnny Mnemonic (I kinda love that movie despite it's glaring flaws)

#198 Edited by Clovin64 (12 posts) -

The precise order depends on whatever mood I'm in, so take this list with a pinch of salt!

1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

2. The Dark Knight

3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

4. The Empire Strikes Back

5. Jurassic Park

6. Psycho

7. No Country for Old Men

8. Ringu

9. Gladiator

10. Titanic... or The Prestige... or Avengers Assemble... or Forest Gump.

#199 Posted by CornBREDX (5303 posts) -

As old as this is I probably posted in it before... maybe. I don't have a top 10 of all time, as my tastes constantly change and there's a ton of movies I love. I suppose at this point though I can make a top ten and feel ok about it even if it does change. I don't feel it would change dramatically.

Trainspotting- It's still the best movie ever to me. I've seen it so many times. Such a great film I can both relate to and has elements of other genres besides it's own (it's a drug film at heart, but has elements of horror, comedy, fantasy, sci fi and drama all in one). Best movie ever made in my opinion. It's also the first time I noticed Robert Carlyle who is a great character actor up there with Gary Oldman- both of which took to long to be noticed as the amazing actors that they are.

The Dark Knight- interestingly when it came out (and before that) I had doubts that the movie would be very good. I liked Heath Ledger as an actor (ever since I read about him auditioning for The Patriot, in the middle apologizing for his self-perceived poor performance, and walking out of the audition). Even though he was sort of pigeon holed by the public as a teen actor I knew he wanted to be better than that. I knew he took acting seriously, but I just thought him as the Joker was such a crazy idea that didn't make sense. I couldn't conceive of him actually pulling it off. I was wrong. Not only that, but I also believe his death over shadows a really great performance by Aaron Eckhart as two face. It's a complicated role and he pulled it off- he doesn't get enough props for his performance in that film. Also, I loved that Christopher Nolan used Nestor Carbonell as the mayor in this one. The fan nod is heavy (you won't get it if you didn't see the short lived Tick live action TV show where he played the parody of Batman- Batmanuel). All around a great film for the fans and just anybody that happens to watch it's also a fun action film (although most seem to think it goes on to long). I loved it, as a Batman movie, it did enough to top the first Batman film Tim Burton did for me (and that film is still great, but for different reasons).

Batman- Tim Burton's Batman is still a fantastic movie. Michael Keaton is a great actor, and it's great when he gets to show it. Jack Nicholson's portrayal of the Joker is iconic. I don't feel I need to explain this much.

Predator- it's the best line up of 80s action and horror. A perfect blend for me as I love both genres. Next to End of days (which is an underrated film, but not one of my all time favorites) it's also the best at believing Arnold Schwarzenegger could be defeated. At the time this was the closest we could really get to an Expendables movie, too, even counting The Running Man. The Running Man wasn't as close to having as many heavy hitters on screen in a team, though. There's more guys here you'll notice from other films.

Nightmare on Elm Street- The original, you guys, not the remake. The original Nightmare on Elm Street is so good because it sets up such an amazing movie monster for the (then) modern age. Being that he invaded your dreams also allowed the film makers on the sequels to come up with crazy ideas. I recommend to anyone who hasn't seen it to watch the Documentary about every Nightmare on Elm Street titled Never Sleep Again (it goes through all of the films including Freddy Versus Jason) on Netflix. It's four hours and more behind the scenes stories and thought process behind all the films than they've ever actually done. It's much more candid about the series- everyone gives their feelings on it as well as the perceptions of the public over the years. It's the only good thing to come out of the movie being "remade" despite the fact that it didn't need a remake. Thankfully it doesn't really acknowledge the remake very much so we can pretend it doesn't exist (although, I do feel bad for Jackie Earl Haley who is legitimately a great actor and otherwise perfect casting for that role- he isn't what's wrong with the film). Anyway, Nightmare on Elm street was a great horror franchise that I still watch at least once a year. I love all of the movies (except the second one which I have never cared for).

Buck Privates- I know it's actually before my time, and maybe one that some people would look down on because it's in black and white. I would argue that color doesn't make a film watchable (I can prove it). If you find the movie boring it's not necessarily because it's a black and white film as that really shouldn't matter. Anyway, I love Abbott and Costello. They're the only reason Universal still exists today (they really should have bought them out when they had the chance- that's how powerful they were for the studio at one time). They are probably the biggest tragedy in film history as well- having both died tragically (one of medical reasons, the other broke and alone). Despite that, though, they made tons of films that live on to this day. I would argue their best stuff is actually ahead of it's time. They took vaudeville routines and turned it into something more. I would argue their comedy led the way to the comedy we have now- although they were better at it. Buck privates is probably my favorite because I'm an Army veteran, but also because it's their first big film so they had a lot to prove, still. Not that they didn't always prove themselves. There is very few films of theirs that I think are terrible films- and it could be said that they use the same routines a lot. You do sometimes have to dig for their new stuff (because the way film was done at the time there could be a few films where they use the same jokes, so you have to find the ones where they iterated on the existing routines as well as when they made new ones). They really are a treasure trove of amazing comedy and genius word play that is still unmatched. It's a damn shame- really.

Alice in Wonderland (1985): Alice in Wonderland is my all time favorite story. The wonderful thing about it, though, is that it's one of a few treasures in literature that are 100% public domain. It's probably the most adapted story in film history because of this (and, I would guess, because it's the best story to play around with). I have seen a ton of Alice in Wonderland adaptations over the years (I think I own like, 15 of them or something). I believe the first known film from the BBC was Alice in Wonderland (1903). Something that fascinates me is how often it's adapted for TV. It's like TV executives have no problem funding an Alice in Wonderland adaptation. You can find at least one well received Alice in Wonderland adaptation every 10 years (throughout film history I mean) and most of those were made for TV (whether that be in the US or the UK- both countries love to constantly retell the story to varying degrees of success). I don't want to say much more about it at the moment, but I think the US 1985 version of Alice in Wonderland is my favorite because it combines both Wonderland and Through the looking glass into one (decently) coherent story. The music is fun, and the costume design is great. It has everything I like in the Wonderland books, with it's own 80s twists- even at one point actually managing to be kind of horrific. It's the most fun to watch (IMO) of the wonderland films. All time.

Drive: I feel like this might be a cliche' choice, but in this day and age when it's becoming harder to find movies I love I feel like the ones that stand out are even more striking for me. Honestly, the last three feel like that in a lot of ways. Drive is at it's best when it's trying to recapture the 80s and the feel of film in that time. It captures a tone I feel is missing from a lot of films these days- being dark and gritty. In a time when The Expendables is only successful because it's fun to remember sometimes we get film makers who legitimately want to capture what film was like in a time when film was much more experimental and raw. Very few films can do this successfully, but I feel Drive delivers.

Oldboy: Again, the original- not the remake. There was no reason for this movie to be remade. The remake is alright, but it doesn't quite live up to how dark the original film is. The ending felt way to safe in the remake- despite the fact that it does retain the same story. Watch the original if you haven't. It's legitimately a unique film.

Let the right one in: I don't know if I have to clarify the original here as the remake has a slightly different name. I will say the remake is an interesting take on the story and worth watching on it's own, but I much prefer the original in tone and pacing. Despite the strange cat scene, the movie is quite brilliant and if you want to watch the remake watch the original first. I won't say more as your feelings on the film can be a tad spoilery and people should watch it. I feel it's an important film for the modern horror fan. It's a shame no one learned anything from it.

Honorable mention: The girl with the dragon tattoo series (again, the original) is worth seeing as well and another of my modern favorite films to rewatch. There were sequels to the original and I like all of them, personally. There was no need for a remake. Oddly the remake is almost exactly the same film (but again it shys away from being too controversial unlike the original). I prefer the original, but the remake isn't terrible. Watch the original first, in my opinion.

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  • Being There - Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine are so good. Chance is one of my favorite characters in anything ever. It's a really beautiful, profound, and funny movie. Infinitely quotable.
  • The Cable Guy - Absolute classic in my opinion. The whole thing is like a hysterical nightmare that really blends the lines between comedy and horror perfectly. There are scenes in this that I could watch a thousand times and still laugh. Possibly Jim Carey's best performance, he truly seems insane.
  • Tropic Thunder - I love a good skewering of Hollywood and this might be the best ever made. I can watch it
  • Boogie Nights - I had a hard time picking which Paul Thomas Anderson movie to put on here because I love all of them for different reasons. Boogie Nights is probably his best at the end of the day though.
  • Taxi Driver - One of the best movies ever made. It's why DeNiro is one of the greats.
  • Raising Arizona - Nicholas Cage as Wile E Coyote. What more could you want? Brilliant comedic film making. The Coen Brothers at their craziest.
  • Team America: World Police - The funniest movie ever made.
  • Shaun of the Dead - I could watch it a thousand times and still love every minute of it. That to me is the barometer to judge what is your favorite.
  • Wayne's World - It blew my mind when I was a kid. I was absolutely obsessed and it still holds up. Sooooooooo damn funny.
  • The Raid - It may have been usurped by Raid 2 but I've seen the first more and I pop it in when I can't think of anything else to watch. Absolutely brutal and exciting. As far as action movies go I couldn't ask for anything better than this series.

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