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david_geoffrey

My Top Ten (Films)

Lists like this are always of the moment, but for the moment my top ten films of all time are (not neccessarily in preference order)

1) Matter of Life and Death
2) Spirited Away
3) Casablanca
4) The Philadephia Story
5) A Canterbury Tale
6) The Jungle Book (The classic version)
7) Carry on Up the Khyber (for the dinner scene alone)
8) Fanny & Alexander
9) Excalibur
10) Rear Window
LornaDoone40

In no particular order:

Casablanca
Notorious
North by Northwest
Rear Window
A Matter of Life and Death (sooo love that film!    )
Blithe Spirit
Adams Rib
The Philadelphia Story
Now Voyager
Twelve Angry Men
david_geoffrey

Nice! Fellow Hitchcock fan then...I have to admit my list was partly chosen with balance in mind, so with Rear Window being my favourite Hitchcock I didn't chose any others, but good to see them in your list. But no room for To Catch a Thief?
LornaDoone40

Oh yes - thats in my other top ten list!  
Shaker

OMG  :shock:  Somebody else whose favourite film is A Matter of Life and Death ... I don't believe it Most people that I've ever mentioned it to have never even heard of it - I thought I was almost the only one who knew about it! Perhaps there's a whole secret network of us AMoLaD fans out there, with special passwords and secret handshakes to recognise each other.

Almost the perfect film, IMHO, but there we go. Anyway, to the list:

1) A Matter of Life and Death;
2) The Godfather and Godfather Part II (slightly cheating but not really, as Part II is both a sequel and a prequel to The Godfather);
3) The Shawshank Redemption - classic tearjerker;
4) The Green Mile - ditto;
5) Gone With the Wind - like no. 1, nearly perfect. A huge, sprawling, sumptuous cream cake of a film to lose yourself in for hours;
6) The Third Man - sheer brilliance;
7) The Quiet Man - John Wayne in a non-horse opera role, and making a good fist of it as well;
8.)Doctor Zhivago - a masterpiece, end of;
9) Life of Brian - perhaps the finest comedy film of all time;
10) Death in Venice - visually stunning. A long film that has nothing to say and take two hours or more in which to say it, but says it beautifully. Style over substance, maybe, but what style.
LornaDoone40

admin wrote:
OMG  :shock:  Somebody else whose favourite film is A Matter of Life and Death ... I don't believe it Most people that I've ever mentioned it to have never even heard of it - I thought I was almost the only one who knew about it! Perhaps there's a whole secret network of us AMoLaD fans out there, with special passwords and secret handshakes to recognise each other.

Almost the perfect film, IMHO, but there we go....


 Its wonderful... David Niven is of course delightful (one of his best roles), Marius Goring as conductor 71 (wonderful character acting), Roger Livsey (that table tennis scene he apparently did to prove how long he could stand still for!), and Ray Massey as Abraham Farlan - brilliant stuff. The whole court scene is just amazing...  (Most people I know give me blank looks too...)

Ok, my other top ten list - again, no particular order, but mostly films post 1960's except for

1  To Catch A Thief  
2  The Shawshank Redemption
3  Life of Brian
4  Dances With Wolves
5  The Elephant Man
6  Dogma
7  When Harry Met Sally (no groaning from the men please!)
8  Schindlers List
9  Gangs of New York

Loads of other films I like/love but those two lists just about cover it.
LornaDoone40

david_geoffrey wrote:
Nice! Fellow Hitchcock fan then...I have to admit my list was partly chosen with balance in mind, so with Rear Window being my favourite Hitchcock I didn't chose any others, but good to see them in your list. But no room for To Catch a Thief?


My Dad is a huge movie buff and loves Hitchcock, which is where I get it from - although we're split on Vertigo. (I like, he doesn't).

My favourites are all the Cary Grant/Jimmy Stewart ones (I'm such a girl!) although The Birds has to figure in the list somewhere, even though I have to watch it through the fingers of my hand...  :smt095
david_geoffrey

admin wrote:
OMG  :shock:  Somebody else whose favourite film is A Matter of Life and Death ... I don't believe it Most people that I've ever mentioned it to have never even heard of it - I thought I was almost the only one who knew about it! Perhaps there's a whole secret network of us AMoLaD fans out there, with special passwords and secret handshakes to recognise each other.

Almost the perfect film, IMHO, but there we go.
Well that's three of us at least. I love Powell and Pressburger, The Canterbury Tale on my list is one of theirs as well. If you have not seen it check it out, not quite in the same league as A Matter of Life and Death but very good.

Now I forgot The Third Man on my list - how on earth did I do that. So now I have to jettison one. Maybe Carry on Up the Khyber, and yet...
Lexilogio

1. Ghostbusters
2. It's a wonderful life
3. Shawshank Redemption
4. Groundhog Day
5. Scrooged
6. Sixth Sense
7. The World According to Garp
8. Shaun of the Dead
9. Trouble in Store
10. Carry on Cabby

It's so hard to pick. I've left out Galaxy Quest, for example, Vertigo, and Doctor in the House.
Then there are the simply outstanding films, Godfather, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe, Missisipi Burning (one of the few films to make me cry), The Green Mile, the Shining, Severence,...

Can we not start again and do it by genre?
david_geoffrey

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Can we not start again and do it by genre?
Why not? I was thinking of starting quite a few top 10s actually, books, sweets, poems, music, smells :shock:
gone

I can't think of ten, not being a film buff. I did enjoy Harry Potter though! I don't enjoy visiting the cinema and much prefer to watch them on DVD in the comfort of my own home.
krysta25uk

My favourites at the moment.  They change regularly.

Apocolapse Now
Nightmare on Elm Street
Black Hawk Down
Battle of the River Plate
Lord of the Rings
Troy
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Its a Wonderful Life
The Descent
Mr & Mrs Smith
bigfrankus

hi

the good the bad and the ugly - no comments please

alien and aliens - after that they took it 2 far

old hitchcock films - great

rabbit proof fence - 2 aboriginal girls taken away from their mum who walked across australia - about 2000 miles i think - all the way back home

Brubaker - the 1 with Robert Redford as the undercover new Governor

Shawshank Redemption

and much more
Farmer Geddon

In no particular order:

Blade Runner

Shaun of the Dead

Martin

The Warriors

Gremlins

Streets of Fire

Dead Man's Shoes

Jaws

Whistle down the Wind

The Car

Are you sure you don't want to make it a Best 20?

51st State

Trainspotting

Saving Private Ryan

The Man who sued God

Deliverance

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This is Spinal Tap

Point Break

Nosferatu

Pulp Fiction


Best 30?


Withnail and I

Life of Brian

One Flew of the Cuckoo's Nest

A Clockwork Orange

Alien

Kes

There will be Blood

The Exorcist

Seven Pounds

Blazing Saddles


I could go on...  


:wink:
Conspiracist

Only 10? It means missing a lot out, but I will go for:

Alien
The Big Liebowski
Old Boy
Pulp Fiction
Fight Club
The Life of Brian
Kontroll
The Legend of Hell House
Jaws
Akira

In truth, though, that barely scratches the surface.
Silver

Only ten? In no order:

Life is Beautiful. (Should not be missed)
It's a Wonderful Life. (Need I say more)
Shawshank Redemption (Ditto)
A Matter of Life and Death (Ditto)
Godzilla : Final Wars (Two hours of unbelievable action)
Hostel 1 (Gruesome but brilliant)
Fantastic Four 1 (The comic comes to life)
My Neighbour Totoro (If Disney had been Japanese, he would have made this.)
Mortadelo Y Filemon (Non-stop sight gags. Hilarious)
Superman 1 (The comic comes to life)
Silver

I watched Dog Soldiers yesterday. Great film. Some soldiers on maneuvers in remote Scotland (actually Luxembourg) come up against a group of werewolves and are trapped in a small cottage. There was supposed to be a second one made but it never happened.
Old_Curiosity

My top 10...

In no particular order.

A Matter of Life & Death
Pan's Labyrinth
2001 A Space Odyssey
Metropolis
Blade Runner
The Day Earth Stood Still (The original)
Pulp Fiction
Dogma
Whisky Galore
The Empire Strikes Back

These sort of lists are difficult to do, it would be a different list another day it depends on the mood I'm in.

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