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What are the films you've given your highest rating? 
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Over the years, I've seen a lot of movies, and I like to think I've seen more good movies than bad. For a long time, I've kept a list of movies I've seen, and rated them on a 4-0 scale. These are the films I've given 4 stars to; my ratings are usually inspired by my mood at the time, and a few have changed over the years as I have re-evaluated films I've seen. But this also functions as a list of movies I like a lot.

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12 Angry Men
12 Years A Slave
The 400 Blows
2001: A Space Odyssey

Ace In The Hole
Adaptation
Adventureland
The African Queen
Airplane!
Alien
Aliens
All The President's Men
Amarcord
American Graffiti
The Apartment
Apocalypse Now
The Aviator

Babel
The Bank Dick
The Battle of Algiers
Battle Royale
Battleship Potemkin
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
The Believer
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Bicycle Thief
The Big Lebowski
The Big Sleep (1946)
Blade Runner
Blowup
Bonnie and Clyde
Boogie Nights
Bowling For Columbine
Brazil
The Bridge on the River Kwai

Carrie (1976)
Casablanca
Charlie Wilson's War
Chicago
Chinatown
Citizen Kane
City Of God
A Clockwork Orange
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Cloud Atlas

The Dark Knight
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dazed and Confused
The Deer Hunter
The Departed
Doctor Zhivago
Dog Day Afternoon
Dogville
Do The Right Thing
Double Indemnity
Downfall
Drive
Dr. Strangelove
Duck Soup

Easy Rider
Ed Wood
Elephant
The Empire Strikes Back
E.T.

Fargo
Fight Club
Five Easy Pieces
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
The French Connection
From Here To Eternity

Gangs of New York
Gimme Shelter
Glengarry Glen Ross
The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
The Gold Rush
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Goodfellas
The Graduate
Grand Illusion
The Great Escape
Groundhog Day

Harlan County USA
Hearts and Minds
High And Low
Hoop Dreams
The Hustler

In the Realm of the Senses
It Happened One Night

JFK
Juno

Kill Bill
The Killer
Kind Hearts and Coronets
King Kong (1933)

La Dolce Vita
The Last Temptation of Christ
The Last Waltz
Le Cercle Rouge
Le Million
Le Samourai
Le Trou
Lilya 4-Ever
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lovely and Amazing

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The Magnificent Ambersons
The Maltese Falcon
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Manhattan
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Man Without A Past
Metropolis
Midnight Cowboy
Million Dollar Baby
Modern Times
Mon Oncle
Monster
Monty Python's Life of Brian
The Most Dangerous Game
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Munich
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Nashville
Nebraska
Night and Fog
Night and the City
A Night to Remember
Nights of Cabiria
North By Northwest
Nosferatu (1922)

Once Upon a Time in America
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
On the Waterfront

The Passion of the Christ
Paths of Glory
Peeping Tom
The Pianist
The Producers
Pulp Fiction
Punch-Drunk Love

Raging Bull
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Rashomon
Rear Window
Rebel Without A Cause
The Red Shoes
Return of the Jedi
Revolutionary Road
Rififi
Roots

Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
Scenes From a Marriage
The Searchers
The Seven Samurai
The Seventh Seal
Sex and Lucia
The Shawshank Redemption
Short Cuts
Sideways
Silver City
Sin City
Singin' in the Rain
Some Like It Hot
Spider
Stagecoach
Star Wars
Stevie
Strangers on a Train
Stray Dog
Sunrise
Syriana

Taxi Driver
The Terminator
The Third Man
This is Spinal Tap
Throne of Blood
The Times of Harvey Milk
Tokyo Story
Tootsie
The Toxic Avenger
Traffic
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

United 93
Up In The Air
The Usual Suspects

Videodrome

The Wages of Fear
Walkabout
Welcome to the Dollhouse
White Heat
The Wild Bunch
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wrestler

Yojimbo

So I guess you can comment, provide your own list of 4-star films, or tell me the list sucks. Either way is cool, but these are all movies I have no problem recommending.

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Post Re: What are the films you've given your highest rating?
I rate out of 1-10 scale, and I more often than not take it to the edge of 9.5 but not go full in yet. It's an arbitrary combination of how much quality I perceive it to have and how much I enjoy/admire it.

Longer list when I get home, but here are some of what get my 10's:

Oldies: 12 Angry Men, Brief Encounter, Citizen Kane, Paths of Glory, 2001, The Godfather, Rear Window, Rashomon, Casablanca, The Passion of Joan of Arc, All About Eve, Sunset Blvd.

Newer Stuff: My Neighbor Totoro, Requiem for a Dream, Schindler's List, A Separation, the 3 Before films, Toy Story 3, Memento

Thinking of movies to put in the latter category is harder than I thought.

EDIT: And in my attempt to categorize things, I blank out the late 70s-early 80s. Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounter of the Third Kind, and The Empire Strikes Back would also get my 10s.


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My highest ratings go to my top 50 or 60 films. Since 2000, my highest ratings would be something like
Minority Report
Whale Rider
A Separation
Goodbye Solo
In America
Persepolis
Memories of Murder
Hugo

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Toy Story 3

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Post Re: What are the films you've given your highest rating?
You have The Toxic Avenger! I completely respect that selection. Have you seen any of the sequels? Or, even better: have you seen Peter Jackson's Dead Alive (or Braindead, if you prefer)? That might be the greatest non-Troma Troma.

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My list would include Adaptation., Dawn of the Dead (original), Mishima, Sansho The Bailiff, Close-Up, The Exorcist, Solaris and many more.

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You have The Toxic Avenger! I completely respect that selection. Have you seen any of the sequels? Or, even better: have you seen Peter Jackson's Dead Alive (or Braindead, if you prefer)? That might be the greatest non-Troma Troma.


I have seen many Troma movies,including the Toxic Avenger sequels. And I have seen Dead Alive. With Jackson, I lean a little bit more toward Bad Taste, which is hilarious. Under any circumstances, I think The Toxic Avenger is one of the greatest B-movies ever made.

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This would be my sort of Top 50 since 2000 I guess. There's probably a few I forgot to add (which would remove others). A lot I haven't seen in a decade or more, and it's entirely possible I might not feel as strongly about them now as I did at the time.
In alphabetical order.

21 Grams
Almost Famous
Another Earth
Apocalypse Now
Before Sunrise
Before Sunset
Black Book
Blood Diamond
Cloud Atlas
Donnie Darko
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Europa Report
Funny Games U.S.
Ghost World
Green Street Hooligans
Heavy
Hotel Rwanda
In My Father's Den
Inception
Irreversible
Jagten
Ken Park
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Lost in Translation
Memento
Minority Report
Mulholland Dr.
No Country for Old Men
Serenity
Sin City
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
The Cabin in the Woods
The Departed
The Good Girl
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Machinist
The Others
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
The Return
The Woodsman
Thirteen
Traffic
Turtles Can Fly
V for Vendetta
Waking Life
Watchmen
We Need to Talk About Kevin


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Post Re: What are the films you've given your highest rating?
A good number, but as with anyone there are those that stand out.

Alien, Amadeus, Apocalypse Now, Au Revoir, Les Enfants, Cache, Come and See, Dazed and Confused, Do the Right Thing, Fitzcarraldo, Jeanne Dielman, L'Age d'Or, Magnolia, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, Pulp Fiction, Strange Circus, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Weekend, Where the Wild Things Are.

Among many others.

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JJoshay wrote:
A good number, but as with anyone there are those that stand out.

Alien, Amadeus, Apocalypse Now, Au Revoir, Les Enfants, Cache, Come and See, Dazed and Confused, Do the Right Thing, Fitzcarraldo, Jeanne Dielman, L'Age d'Or, Magnolia, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, Pulp Fiction, Strange Circus, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Weekend, Where the Wild Things Are.

Among many others.


Nashville is in my top 10, Weekend in my top 30 or 40 for sure. It's playing in Santa Monica in a few weeks. I just have to see how that thing plays to an audience, even if it's a Godard-savvy audience.


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@ Troma, especially Toxic Avenger

There are some movies that are so thoroughly American, have so much of all that which is uniquely the stew of this country's influences and fears, that they work as naked statements on what makes us us. The Toxic Avenger is one such movie, Burn After Reading is another... there are some movies that just couldn't read as perfectly to any other audience. They're as American as movies can get.

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Post Re: What are the films you've given your highest rating?
Before I begin, this list is obviously dosed with a strong shot of subjectivity. Here goes -

Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Taxi Driver
The Big Lebowski
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Pan's Labyrinth
Skyfall

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Movies that I have given a 10 to:

The Dark Knight Rises
Up
Rachel Getting Married
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Lost in Translation
Road to Perdition
Almost Famous
Cast Away
Wonder Boys
Gladiator
American Beauty
The Insider
Saving Private Ryan
What Dreams May Come
Contact
L.A. Confidential
Amistad
Good Will Hunting
Braveheart
Seven
The American President
The Usual Suspects
The Shawshank Redemption
Pulp Fiction
Forrest Gump
Schindler's List
Heart & Souls
Malcolm X
JFK
Terminator 2
Goodfellas
Glory
Field of Dreams
Die Hard
The Untouchables
Aliens
Platoon
Witness
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Airplane!
Rocky
Jaws
The Godfather Part II
Casablanca


Movies that are a 9 but are bordering on being a 10:


Speed Racer
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
The Departed
The Last Samurai
Minority Report
Memento
Moulin Rouge!
The Sixth Sense
The Cider House Rules
Of Mice and Men
The Silence of the Lambs
Die Hard 2
Arachnophobia
Born on the Fourth of July
Lethal Weapon
Back to the Future
Star Wars
The Godfather


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You actually like those Pirates films? I personally find them to be the exact opposite of entertaining, other then that I agree with most of your choices.


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I like the first one a lot. Second one is so-so. Third movie is one of my favorite movies of recent years. 4th film has a good first 40 minutes and but the rest of the movie sucks.


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I like the first one a lot. Second one is so-so. Third movie is one of my favorite movies of recent years. 4th film has a good first 40 minutes and but the rest of the movie sucks.


I actually like the 2nd one most, the scenes of the Kraken redeeming the not-so-good parts. I still remember that summer of 03 when I instantly found Curse of the Black Pearl to be overrated and didn't understand why people loved it so much. Same time I loved Hulk and didn't get why people hated it.


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MGamesCook wrote:
ilovemovies wrote:
I like the first one a lot. Second one is so-so. Third movie is one of my favorite movies of recent years. 4th film has a good first 40 minutes and but the rest of the movie sucks.


I actually like the 2nd one most, the scenes of the Kraken redeeming the not-so-good parts. I still remember that summer of 03 when I instantly found Curse of the Black Pearl to be overrated and didn't understand why people loved it so much. Same time I loved Hulk and didn't get why people hated it.


I'm with you on the Hulk. I think flaws aside (hulk dogs, last 10 minutes, etc) it's one of the best comic book movies. Ang Lee did a fantastic job for the most part.


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MGamesCook wrote:
ilovemovies wrote:
I like the first one a lot. Second one is so-so. Third movie is one of my favorite movies of recent years. 4th film has a good first 40 minutes and but the rest of the movie sucks.


I actually like the 2nd one most, the scenes of the Kraken redeeming the not-so-good parts. I still remember that summer of 03 when I instantly found Curse of the Black Pearl to be overrated and didn't understand why people loved it so much. Same time I loved Hulk and didn't get why people hated it.

Because The Hulk was an artsy film masquerading as a superhero film, I didn't hate it but the elements just didn't gel together for me, Incredible Hulk was much better.

Johnny Depp's performance is one of the main reasons I hate the Pirates, I just find his character grating, irritating and not the least bit likeable.


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Jesus, was the first Pirates movie really that long ago? I still had hair down to my shoulders back then.

The only time I ever bothered giving films a linear rating, I gave Taxi Driver 10/10 and was considerably harsh to everything else.

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I liked the second one the most too. The first two are enormous fun, but while Curse of the Black Pearl loses a little steam in the last act, Dead Man's Chest starts out slow and then gains momentum as it goes along and ends strongly. The increased zaniness is also infectious but not over the top yet.

The Incredible Hulk is fun, but Hulk is indeed better.


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MGamesCook wrote:
JJoshay wrote:
A good number, but as with anyone there are those that stand out.

Alien, Amadeus, Apocalypse Now, Au Revoir, Les Enfants, Cache, Come and See, Dazed and Confused, Do the Right Thing, Fitzcarraldo, Jeanne Dielman, L'Age d'Or, Magnolia, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Nashville, Pulp Fiction, Strange Circus, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Weekend, Where the Wild Things Are.

Among many others.


Nashville is in my top 10, Weekend in my top 30 or 40 for sure. It's playing in Santa Monica in a few weeks. I just have to see how that thing plays to an audience, even if it's a Godard-savvy audience.


Let me know how it goes, I'd love to catch a theater showing of that film, it would play gloriously.

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