What are your top favorite movies of all time. In order, and put why next to them if you want?
1. Saving Private Ryan-
This is the greatest war movie ever made. Spielberg transports you to the battlefields of World War II unlike any movie has ever done before. Tom Hanks gives his best performance ever, which is saying a lot, and the ending is so emotional. It is a movie that is touching, thrilling, but most of all it is a harsh reminder of how horrible war really is. This movie is my favorite movie ever, because for the rest of my life, I will always be reminded of what those men did in WWII, because of how graphic and moving this movie is.
2. The Dark Knight-
A movie that achieves perfection in every way. The script is top notch, it is full of action, and the acting is superp all around. Heath Ledger gives the second greatest performance ever, and really makes you fear the Joker. The special effects are brilliant, and the story is thrilling and sends a powerful message.
3. 12 Angry Men-
A movie that takes place entirely in one room, that is about twelve jurors who must decide the fate of a kid charged with First Degree murder. eleven think he's guilty, and one thinks he's innocent. The one man is played by Henry Fonda, who gives the performance of a lifetime, and he has to convince the eleven jurors of the kid's innocence.
4. The Shawshank Redemption-
This is a movie about a man, TIm Robbins, who is wrongly convicted of killing his wife and her lover, and he is given a double life sentence in a maxim security, corrupt New England Prison. There he befriends Morgan Freeman, who plays another man with a life sentence, and the movie progesses with their life in prison. The cinematography is absolutely brilliant, and Morgan Freeman is excellent. The ending is very...very picture perfect, and the movie does an amazing job of showing how the outside world changes over time, while the walls of the prison are resistant to any time change.
5. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King-
In this movie Peter Jackson does a masterful job of rounding out one of the greatest trilogies of all time. A movie that won eleven academy awards, the all time record, LOTR ROTK, shows how Frodo must fulfill his quest of destroying the ring, while the forces of good try and hold off the evil Sauron's forces by fighting them head on. Elijah Wood gives an astounding performance where he develops the character of Frodo to the same amount of detail described in Tolkien's masterful books. Ian McKellen gives an amazing performace as the Savior like Gandalf. Every actor is really amazing. Andy Serkis, who plays Gollum, went through hell to play the role, and he achieved it brilliantly. The battle scenes are the most epic of any movie ever, and the charge of the Rohirrim is something that every movie lover must see. A truly epic and awe inspiring film.
This is a World War II movie that is about one of the greatest military figures of all time. George S. Patton, played by George C. Scott. George C. Scott gives the greatest performance of all time as Patton. He is fiesty, agitating, outspoken, not the hero we wanted, but the one we needed. All of his successes are outweighed by his outspokenness, and stubbornness. The movie portrays Patton as a flawed god, who believes that he was reincarnated after having faught in ancient battles of old. The movie really takes the American's experience of World War II in Europe, and puts it into a nutshell. A really outstanding movie, that shows you what an amazing man he was.
7. Gran Torino-
This might be the best mix of comedy, action, emotion, and message of any movie ever. Clint Eastwood writes, directs, stars in, and produces this one. He got snubbed from any Oscars, but boy did he deserve them. Clint Eastwood plays his typcial , hardened, low key, old bitch. He's racist, and hostile toward pretty much every thing that moves. One of his Asian neighbors tries to steal his precious Gran Torino car. Eastwood stops him, and is really...really pissed. But strange circumstances make him a hero in the eyes of his Asian neighbors, and he befriends his next door neighbors. He helps them out, gets the son started at a job, and even is willing to sacrifice everything for them. A great American classic, and hilariously funny at some parts.
8. Forest Gump-
Tom Hanks gives another excellent performance in this movie, as the retarted Forest Gump. The story is really amazing, and has some extremely emotional pieces, and is also very funny. Forest Gump achieves so much with an IQ of 77. He is an all american football player, a medal of honor winner, a national celebrity ping pong champion, a shrimp boat company owner, and a founding investor in Apple. The movie's message is powerful: No matter what, if you can set your mind to do something, anything can be accomplished.
9. The Bourne Ultimatum-
Matt Damon plays the troubled ex-CIA agent Jason Bourne, a man who has amnesia, and cannot remember his past. Meanwhile the CIA has been hunting him for two years, and he is still on the run, trying to uncover his past. The CIA is starting covert opps programs to take out enemy targets that threaten US security. The cinematography is excellent and really makes you feel like you are in on the action. The pacing and editing is some of the best ever, and the story is very fulfilling in the end.
10. Blazing Saddles-
This is the funniest movie of all time. Full of great old Hollywood comedians like Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, and Cleavon Little. I was kept laughing throughout the entire movie, and every gag was funnier than the next. Mel Brooks is one of the most talented comedians of all time.
So what are yours?