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While my knowledge of films is not large enough for me to do anything near enough a Top 100, this is my Top 10 along with a small list of runner up films that while not on the top, are pretty close.

10: Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards - 1961)
9: Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola – 2003)
8: Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley – 1992)
7: When Harry Met Sally… (Rob Reiner – 1989)
6: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Peter Jackson - 2001-2003)
5: The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola - 1972)
4: Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku - 2000)
3: Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino – 1994)
2: It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra – 1946)
1: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz – 1942)

And here are my runners up alphabetically:

Aliens (James Cameron – 1986)
American Beauty (Sam Mendes – 1999)
Die Hard (John McTiernan – 1988)
Fargo (Joel and Ethan Coen – 1996)
Fight Club (David Fincher – 1999)
Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki – 1997)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Stephen Spielberg – 1981)
Titanic (James Cameron – 1997)


Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:12 am
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Patrick wrote:
That's quite a list Meatloaf...you do lose cred for having Die Hard 2.


Not to mention Die Hard 3 >.<


Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:44 am
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JJoshay wrote:
Patrick wrote:
That's quite a list Meatloaf...you do lose cred for having Die Hard 2.


Not to mention Die Hard 3 >.<


But Die Hard 3 is awesome


Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:42 am
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My Top 10, in alphabetical order:

Brokeback Mountain
The Departed
Do the Right Thing
Hoop Dreams
Junebug
Killer of Sheep
Leaving Las Vegas
Magnolia
The Sweet Hereafter
Toy Story


I know it's skewed towards modern films. I've seen all the classics (and greatly admire many of them). I'll defend each of these movies to the death.


Mon Aug 24, 2009 7:51 pm
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Shade wrote:
The Departed
Do the Right Thing
Leaving Las Vegas
Magnolia
The Sweet Hereafter



All on my top 100. I enjoy all of the films on your top 10, but these five are in a league of their own. Funny enough, I'm least enthusiastic, of all films, about 'Toy Story'; I genuinely admire the choice of posting 'Junebug'. I think I'll post another link to my Top 100 in readable Blog Spot form in a little bit.


Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:25 pm
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Evenflow8112 wrote:
All on my top 100. I enjoy all of the films on your top 10, but these five are in a league of their own. Funny enough, I'm least enthusiastic, of all films, about 'Toy Story'; I genuinely admire the choice of posting 'Junebug'. I think I'll post another link to my Top 100 in readable Blog Spot form in a little bit.


I understand not loving Toy Story; to me, it's the peak of modern animation in America in terms of story and visual appeal, not to mention it's enormous influence (although I think influence matters little in these sort of debates). Out of curiosity, what is your favorite American animated film?

I'm glad you like Junebug. It's certainly in my top 5 if I had to actually rank them. The film never feels quirky or "indie" to me, and I don't think a single scene is wasted. I also think the ending is among the finer endings of the decade.

I'd dig seeing your top 100.


Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:35 pm
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Shade wrote:
Evenflow8112 wrote:
All on my top 100. I enjoy all of the films on your top 10, but these five are in a league of their own. Funny enough, I'm least enthusiastic, of all films, about 'Toy Story'; I genuinely admire the choice of posting 'Junebug'. I think I'll post another link to my Top 100 in readable Blog Spot form in a little bit.


I understand not loving Toy Story; to me, it's the peak of modern animation in America in terms of story and visual appeal, not to mention it's enormous influence (although I think influence matters little in these sort of debates). Out of curiosity, what is your favorite American animated film?

I'm glad you like Junebug. It's certainly in my top 5 if I had to actually rank them. The film never feels quirky or "indie" to me, and I don't think a single scene is wasted. I also think the ending is among the finer endings of the decade.

I'd dig seeing your top 100.



I reserve top spot in American animation for 'Beauty And The Beast'. I think it is the most artistically accomplished film that has ever been released by Disney or any other American animated film studio (the highly overrated The Little Mermaid notwithstanding). I will ultimately admit that, while I do not LOVE 'Toy Story' (although don't get me wrong, it is a classic), it is the forerunner for greatest American animated film - it is 'The Godfather' of the animated world (it even has an equally accomplished sequel to boot!). It's impact is undeniable, such that even the most jaded cynic must attest to it's magnitude.


http://philius-1987.blogspot.com/2009/07/my-personal-top-100-films-list.html


The Top Ten, for purposes of brevity:

10. 'The Decalogue' (1988)
9. 'Pulp Fiction' (1994)
8. 'Grave Of The Fireflies' (1988)
7. 'This Is Spinal Tap' (1984)
6. 'Fargo' (1996)
5. 'Annie Hall' (1977)
4. 'Schindler's List' (1993)
3. 'GoodFellas' (1990)
2. '2001: A Space Odyssey' (1968)
1. 'Raise The Red Lantern' (1991)


I'm sure Woody Allen would be interested to know he's sitting right beneath 'Schindler's List' :)


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I know it's skewed towards modern films. I've seen all the classics (and greatly admire many of them)


Really? you've seen 'all the classics?' didn't think that was possible. or for someone to even know what 'all of them' are. Is there a list you used to guide you?


Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:58 pm
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calvero wrote:
Really? you've seen 'all the classics?' didn't think that was possible. or for someone to even know what 'all of them' are. Is there a list you used to guide you?


Touche. I should have been clearer: I've seen all of the AFI top 100, all of Ebert's Great Movies (and counting...if one shows up that I haven't seen, I watch it right away), all of Empire's top 500, all the best foreign film Oscar winners and most of the nominees (as part of undertaking with a few like-minded friends in college), etc etc.

My point was just that although my actual top 10 skews modern, it's not because I haven't seen Bergman, Renoir, City Lights, 2001, Kane, etc.

Evenflow8112 wrote:
I will ultimately admit that, while I do not LOVE 'Toy Story' (although don't get me wrong, it is a classic), it is the forerunner for greatest American animated film - it is 'The Godfather' of the animated world (it even has an equally accomplished sequel to boot!). It's impact is undeniable, such that even the most jaded cynic must attest to it's magnitude.


I think that's well stated, although I think there are those who feel that Finding Nemo is the pinnacle, in that it mastered the tools Toy Story invented (although I don't hold this view).

Beauty and the Beast is obviously a wonderful film. I think it's clearly the most beautiful of the traditionally animated American films (and it features Jerry Orbach to boot!). So I can't argue that choice.

I also like your top 100 quite a bit, in particular the placement of Withnail & I.


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Touche. I should have been clearer: I've seen all of the AFI top 100, all of Ebert's Great Movies (and counting...if one shows up that I haven't seen, I watch it right away), all of Empire's top 500, all the best foreign film Oscar winners and most of the nominees (as part of undertaking with a few like-minded friends in college), etc etc.


wow, impressive. where can I find Empire's top 500 list?

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My point was just that although my actual top 10 skews modern, it's not because I haven't seen Bergman, Renoir, City Lights, 2001, Kane, etc.


I think its natural for some of our favorites to be films we saw in our formative years. And films that you could see relatively 'fresh.' How can anyone see Kane today without having some opinion beforehand? But when you see a recent film it doesn't have that sort of baggage.

When I was in college I thought Pulp Fiction was one of the best films I'd ever seen. Now, its still one of my favorites, but probably no where near my top 10. You may feel differently about Brokeback, Departed etc 10-15 years from now. For me a film has to stand the test of time to be one of my favorites.


Tue Aug 25, 2009 2:46 pm
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calvero wrote:
wow, impressive. where can I find Empire's top 500 list


http://www.empireonline.com/500/1.asp

Now, I should point out that I don't think that is a very good list (it skewers wildly in favor or newer movies), but a list that long is interesting nonetheless.


calvero wrote:
I think its natural for some of our favorites to be films we saw in our formative years. And films that you could see relatively 'fresh.' How can anyone see Kane today without having some opinion beforehand? But when you see a recent film it doesn't have that sort of baggage.

When I was in college I thought Pulp Fiction was one of the best films I'd ever seen. Now, its still one of my favorites, but probably no where near my top 10. You may feel differently about Brokeback, Departed etc 10-15 years from now. For me a film has to stand the test of time to be one of my favorites.


I definitely agree about what we see during our formative years bearing a greater weight on our feelings about them. I partially agree about the test-of-time issue, although for me I feel like I can get a good grasp on my feelings about a movie after about 12-15 months. Obviously I could feel differently about these films in the future, but I don't think any of them are falling out of my top 25 or so. There are very specific reasons why each film speaks to me and why I feel each is a masterwork. For example, I first saw Goodfellas about 12 or 13 years ago, and I saw The Departed on it's opening day in theaters. Now as you pointed out, the "fresh" experience makes it a little bit different, but for me I felt right away that The Departed was a better film, and since then that opinion has only grown. Could that be due to the build-up and minor let-down I felt with Goodfellas? Clearly, that could be the case. However, The Godfather and City Lights also had a huge build-up in my mind and both excelled and are in my top 20, so it's not simply a matter of expectation. I feel The Departed is better paced and flawlessly editied, while Goodfellas, to me, suffers from a few dull scenes and some weird editing choices. In addition, Liotta is mediocre in the lead role for me, while I find the acting in The Departed to be top-notch (yes, even ole Jack, who I feel is over-the-top in a very intentional and true-to-character way).

I know you didn't ask me to defend that film or any other, but that's just an example of why that film ended up so high on my list.


Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:08 pm
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Here are my 10 favorite movies based on some sort of equation involving 1) Quality 2) Fun Factor 3) Re-Watchabilty 4) Fondness

1. Goodfellas
2. Unforgiven
3. Swingers
4. Memento
5. Stand By Me
6. Bull Durham
7. Do The Right Thing
8. Old Boy
9. Pulp Fiction
10. Planes, Trains and Automobiles


Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:55 pm
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Patrick wrote:
JJoshay wrote:
Patrick wrote:
That's quite a list Meatloaf...you do lose cred for having Die Hard 2.


Not to mention Die Hard 3 >.<


But Die Hard 3 is awesome


Come on no love for either of the die hard sequels, though not as good as the original they still have the core element that made it awesome, Bruce Willis kicking ass and spewing one liners.


Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:42 am
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Already found three new entries for my top 100 of next year, The Hangover, Casino, and Gangs of New York. My appreciation and love for Scorsese grows with every film I see. I haven't had much time for movies recently but plan on getting some high quality viewings in in the next two weeks before school starts, my list includes American Psycho, City of God, Unforgiven, A Clockwork Orange, Inglorious Basterds, and District 9, any other suggestions that may be able to crack my top 100?


Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:51 am
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Meatloaf wrote:
Already found three new entries for my top 100 of next year, The Hangover, Casino, and Gangs of New York. My appreciation and love for Scorsese grows with every film I see. I haven't had much time for movies recently but plan on getting some high quality viewings in in the next two weeks before school starts, my list includes American Psycho, City of God, Unforgiven, A Clockwork Orange, Inglorious Basterds, and District 9, any other suggestions that may be able to crack my top 100?



Meatloaf - a few I didn't see on your list that you might enjoy:

Planet Terror/Death Proof
Jackie Brown

(I see a predilection for Tarantino. With Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, and Pulp Fiction all in your top 100, I figure you'd enjoy these if you haven't seen them already)

Other films I've seen recently, that made my top 100:

Brick
Adventureland
28 Days Later
Shaun of the Dead
Hot Fuzz


Dazed and Confused is an all time favorite of mine, and judging from your list, it's right up your alley. Have you seen it?


Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:28 pm
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HomerJ wrote:
Meatloaf wrote:
Already found three new entries for my top 100 of next year, The Hangover, Casino, and Gangs of New York. My appreciation and love for Scorsese grows with every film I see. I haven't had much time for movies recently but plan on getting some high quality viewings in in the next two weeks before school starts, my list includes American Psycho, City of God, Unforgiven, A Clockwork Orange, Inglorious Basterds, and District 9, any other suggestions that may be able to crack my top 100?



Meatloaf - a few I didn't see on your list that you might enjoy:

Planet Terror/Death Proof
Jackie Brown

(I see a predilection for Tarantino. With Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, and Pulp Fiction all in your top 100, I figure you'd enjoy these if you haven't seen them already)

Other films I've seen recently, that made my top 100:

Brick
Adventureland
28 Days Later
Shaun of the Dead
Hot Fuzz


Dazed and Confused is an all time favorite of mine, and judging from your list, it's right up your alley. Have you seen it?


I saw Jackie Brown and Grindhouse, didn't like grindhouse, and thought Jackie Brown was good just not up on the same level as the other Tarantino's. I saw Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, I loved Hot Fuzz and plan on adding it. I'm looking forward to a dvd release of Adventureland. I didn't like 28 days later. I've seen parts of Dazed and Confused and liked it but never have watched it all in one sitting, I plan on doing that soon.


Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:38 pm
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Meatloaf wrote:
JJoshay wrote:
Patrick wrote:
That's quite a list Meatloaf...you do lose cred for having Die Hard 2.


Not to mention Die Hard 3 >.<


Come on no love for either of the die hard sequels, though not as good as the original they still have the core element that made it awesome, Bruce Willis kicking ass and spewing one liners.


Thats what made them all the more depressing was that you expected Die Hard to be raped by other inept filmmakers with no budgets, but the fact that you had to watch generally competent people do it made it worse. The original Die Hard was fun, intense and thrilling, the script was witty and the characters memorable, likable and well-developed. The sequels were what Die Hard improved on and set the standard for, they had little of the wit and humor, I could care less about the characters and they were just big budget action films trying to recreate the success of the original like any slasher series with a large number of sequels. The only Die Hard sequel to come close to the fun of the original was Live Free or Die Hard, which at least knew it was ridiculous and had fun with it while 2 and 3 were all too serious for their own good.


Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:25 am
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Top 100, +13 (+13 more)

Fletch (1985)
Scream (1996)
The Crow (1994)
The Mummy (1999)
Jackie Chan’s First Strike (1996)
The Big Bounce (2004)
The Sandlot (1993)
Gremlins (1984)
The Rocketeer (1991)
The Transporter (2002)
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
The Abyss (1989)
Field of Dreams (1989)
Temple of Doom (1984)
Tombstone (1993)
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Phantasm (1979)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
The Thing (1982)
Army of Darkness (1992)
Back to the Future (1985)
Silverado (1985)
Die Hard (1988)
Cars (2006)
Grindhouse Double Feature (2007)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
The Frighteners (1996)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Swingers (1996)
Casino Royale (2006)
Say Anything (1989)
The Blob (1958)
The Road Warrior (1981)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Clerks (1994)
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Shining (1980)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Key Largo (1948)
Grosse Point Blank (1997)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
E.T. (1982)
Dr. No (1962)
Brazil (1985)
Trainspotting (1996)
Hatari (1962)
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit (2005)
The Third Man (1949)
La Femme Nikita (1990)
Dark City (1998)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
North by Northwest (1959)
Untouchables (1987)
Hard Boiled (1992)
Adventureland (2009)
Pumping Iron (1977)
Brick (2005)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Rope (1948)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Bubba HoTep (2002)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Star Wars/The Empire Strikes Back (1977, 1980)
Vertigo (1958)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Blood Simple (1984)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Psycho (1960)
Terminator (1984)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Jackie Brown (1997)
Toy Story 1 & 2 (1995, 1999)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Giant (1956)
Halloween (1978)
Notorious (1946)
Fargo (1996)
Leon, The Professional (1994)
Stand By Me (1986)
Aliens (1986)
High Fidelity (2000)
Citizen Kane (1941)

(I got tired of numbering, but they continue in approximate order of preference. Oops -- sorry, Citizen Kane)

20. Blade Runner (1982)
19. Raising Arizona (1987)
18. Alien (1979)
17. Endless Summer (1966)
16. Taxi Driver (1976)
15. Dazed and Confused (1993)
14. Apocalypse Now (1979)
13. Almost Famous (2000)
12. The Limey (1999)
11. The Wrestler (2008)
10. Memento (2000)
9. Tremors (1990)
8. Pulp Fiction (1994)
7. Sling Blade (1996)
6. Office Space (1999)
5. No Country for Old Men (2007)
4. Rear Window (1954)
3. Jaws (1975)
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
1. Casablanca (1942)

I made this list out of curiosity, just to see how things would shake out. It’s rather absurd, as I’m sure you noticed. Tremors ranks higher than Citizen Kane, and Adaptation didn’t even make the list. But it’s my opinion, so tough crap. Just kidding.

The movies range from 1928 to 2009, breaking down as follows: 20’s (1), 40’s (6), 50’s (10), 60’s (5), 70’s (13), 80’s (29), 90’s (31), 00’s (18).

I had a hard time narrowing it to one hundred, hence the overflow. I had a few extras that were so out of place, I had to make a separate list just for them.

The Lucky Thirteen (crappy movies I love, in no particular order):

Bad Moon (1996)
Beach Girls and the Monster (1965)
The Brain From Planet Arous (1957)
C.H.U.D. (1984)
Deep Rising (1998)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
The Hidden (1987)
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
My Name is Bruce (2007)
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Re-Animator (1985)
Road House (1989)


Sun Sep 06, 2009 5:49 pm
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1. The Lord of the Rings
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
3. Citizen Kane
4. Casablanca
5. It's a Wonderful Life
6. The Third Man
7. Strangers on a Train
8. Duck Soup
9. Apocalypse Now
10. On Her Majesty's Secret Service


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10. On Her Majesty's Secret Service


Good call.


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