• 06-11-2004, 04:56 PM
    datarush
    Top 100 movies, more or less
    In alphabetical order, and well over 100, but what the hell. I'm not sure how I'd rank these, but some are creatively and professionally inferior to others, which indicates that movies with especially appealing stories or film elements can get on my short list. Also more recent movies tend to get rated higher so the oldies on the list are more likely to be truly great. I can enjoy almost any type of movie, but try harder to find good things in Sci Fi or Fantasy films. There could be great foreign language movies that I don't know about, but I probably would tend to rate them lower anyway unless they're really exceptional and can break the language barrier. The Seven Samurai and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are the only ones like that on my list, so far.

    7th Voyage of Sinbad - favorite childhood movie still has magic
    Abyss
    Adventures of Robin Hood - one of the very best swashbucklers
    Alien
    Aliens - similar yet different to the original, and often better
    American Beauty - great acting and story albeit a diminishing lame ending
    Back to the Future
    Baron Munchausen - underrated fantasy
    Blade II
    Blade Runner - the unique atmosphere takes it over the top
    Blade
    Blazing Saddles - there's too many classic gags here to leave it off the list.
    Braveheart - only movie on the list that has nostril flaring by lead actor.
    Brazil
    Bridge on the River Kwai
    Carnival of Souls - 2nd best of the old psychological horror films
    Cleopatra 1963
    Clerks
    Clockwork Orange
    Close Encounters
    Conan the Barbarian
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    Das Boot
    Day the Earth Stood Still
    Die Hard
    Dune - This would've been a great 6 hour movie, but 3 is not enough
    Elizabeth - an exceptional modern costume drama
    Empire of the Sun
    Excalibur - Glitches and all, a great medieval fantasy
    Fifth Element
    Finding Nemo - Goofy fish make it better than most animation
    Forbidden Planet - Way ahead of its time; source of many Sci Fi icons
    Forrest Gump
    Fugitive
    Full Metal Jacket
    Gandhi - Kingsley makes the film doing a great Gandhi
    Gettysburg
    Ghostbusters
    Gladiator - brilliant staging hides ahistorical derivative story
    Godfather
    Goldfinger - best of the old Bond films
    Goodfellas - top notch gangster movie
    Green Mile - Most people don't know how good this film is.
    Hamlet (1990) - Shakespeare for the masses, like me.
    Hard Times - a great rock 'em, sock 'em fight movie
    Hulk - best computer character (besides Gollum)
    Independence Day - DVD version makes a little more sense.
    Intolerance - best silent film I've seen
    Jason and the Argonauts - Some think its the best Harryhausen movie
    Jaws - the music immortalizes the nailbiting action
    Jurassic Park - I wanted the dinosaurs to win
    Kill Bill - I think it should've stayed as one movie
    LA Confidential - Its got that gritty cop/detective movie aura
    Last of the Mohicans - Native American Ninja warriors!
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Little Big Man - A really good story about the west, without being a western.
    Lord of the Rings Fellowship Ext. - Truly magical beginning
    Lord of the Rings/Two Towers Ext. - frantic pace, suffering Frodo & Gollum
    Lord of the Rings Return of the King - fitting climax tho a bit sad
    Magnificent Seven - Possibly the best western of all, even with copped story
    Mary Poppins - practically perfect in every way
    Matrix - raised the bar for modern action filming
    Men in Black
    Minority Report - very interesting speculations on future tech
    Monsters Inc.
    Moulin Rouge - mesmerizing dance numbers put it on the list
    Mulholland Drive
    Oh Brother Where Art Thou - Seriously humorous story of a Dapper Dan guy
    Once upon a time in the West - unique movie of west direct from Italy
    Outlaw Josey Wales - One of Eastwood's best characters
    Pale Rider - shade less than immortal because main char. becomes immortal
    Paths of Glory
    Patriot - Mel plays William Wallace again, fighting the British, again
    Pianist - A more personalized real story of the Holocaust
    Planet of the Apes (1968) - Sci Fi at its twisted best
    Platoon
    Princess Bride - An inconceivable movie
    Psycho (original) - best of the old horror films
    Pulp Fiction - Its too cool
    Quest For Fire - best caveman movie
    Raiders of the Lost Ark - made back when Lucas still had good ideas
    Red Violin - fascinating but they muck up the ending
    Repo Man - cheap B movie values add to the cult film flavor
    Reservoir Dogs
    Road to Perdition
    Road Warrior
    Saving Private Ryan - best war movie I've ever seen
    Seabiscuit
    Seven Samurai - rare foreign film that elevates my brain activity
    Schindler's List - Not a movie you can watch often, but must be watched.
    Shootist - poignant and one of the best crafted westerns
    Shrek - laugh out loud cracks keep it going
    Spartacus - still the best Swords and Sandals movie
    Spiderman
    Star Trek I - It only seemed to take forever to bring it back
    Star Trek II - Added what the 1st movie left out - characters you care about
    Star Trek IV - Arguably the best Star Trek movie
    Star Trek VI - Great finish for the original cast
    Star Trek Generations - I liked it, and I'll miss Kirk
    Star Trek First Contact - best of TNG movies, few as they are
    Star Wars - First movie in years I went to see several times
    Star Wars Empire Strikes Back - the trilogy dropped off a cliff after this one
    Star Wars Phantom Menace - better than the critics think it is
    Starship Troopers - hokey and yet captures sense of hostile remote alien war
    Taxi Driver - 'are you talking to me?'
    Ten Commandments - 'so let it be written, so let it be done'
    Terminator
    Terminator 2
    Terminator 3 - I love them all
    The Bounty - Mel and Anthony chew it up. I would've wanted to stay too.
    Thing - still the ultimate gross-out, creepy, dark humor movie
    Time Machine - its aged well over the years
    Titanic - It didn't make anyone king of the world, good as it is
    Tombstone - Could've been great but some odd flaws lower the rank.
    Tomorrow Never Dies - No one does it better, with Michelle Yeoh's help
    Total Recall - its got the Sci Fi coolness
    Toy Story (both)
    True Romance - 2 or 3 sequences put it on the list
    Unforgiven - great modern western
    We Were Soldiers - you can feel the tension
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit - great combo of real life and animation
    Wizard of Oz - because, because, because, because....
    X2 Xmen United - vast improvement over the 1st draws you in
    Yellow Submarine - bespeaks of a happier time nearing its end
    Young Frankenstein - I always thought the monster was just misunderstood
    Zulu - the Queen's army keeps a stiff upper lip and kicks ass
  • 06-11-2004, 09:52 PM
    Dusty Chalk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by datarush
    Hulk - best computer character (besides Gollum)

    I think you're forgetting Dragonheart.
  • 06-13-2004, 04:34 PM
    datarush
    Almost forgotten
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dusty Chalk
    I think you're forgetting Dragonheart.

    Yes that was a good one, back in the days when it wasn't common. Now there's almost too much CGI and not enough story.
  • 06-14-2004, 05:56 AM
    Dusty Chalk
    No, what I mean is, I think the dragon in Dragonheart is the best computer character ever. The way they mapped the dragon's face to some human's (Sean Connery's? Not sure -- I know he does the voice, I think he did the face as well) gave it that anthropomorphic human quality that has yet to be surpassed.

    Although Gollum was quite good as well, probably for the same reasons.
  • 06-14-2004, 08:34 AM
    Bryan
    Hulk? The CGI was good but the screen swapping was beyond irritating. Completely took away from the story. What are the qualifications for the list? For example, Star Trek wouldn't make most any list while most would argue of those movies either Wrath of Khan or Voyage Home was the best of the Star Trek genre.

    Some of mine (in no particular order and not comprehensive list):

    Lord of the Rings trilogy
    Godfather trilogy
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Lion King
    Star Wars: ESB
    Braveheart
    Apollo 13
    Saving Private Ryan
    Schindler's List
    Tora! Tora! Tora!
    Shawshank Redemption
    Platoon
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    The Pianist
    Pulp Fiction
    The Philadelphia Story
    Grapes of Wrath
    Gone with the Wind
    The Green Mile
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Ben-Hur
    The Ten Commandments
    Planet of the Apes (original version)
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Gladiator
    E.T.
    Groundhog Day
    Pirates of the Carribean
    The Sixth Sense
    Shrek
    The Passion of the Christ
    The Silence of the Lambs
    The Wizard of Oz
    Finding Nemo
    Toy Story 2
    Bambi
    Psycho
    Terminator 2
    Bridge on the River Kwai
    Die Hard
    L.A. Confidential
    It's A Wonderful Life
    Citizen Kane
    The Matrix
    Beauty and the Beast
    Miracle on 34th Street (original version)
    Sparticus
    Titanic
    Jaws
    Jurassic Park
    Blazing Saddles
    The Magnificent 7
    Casablanca
    12 Angry Men
    Dr. Strangelove
    Momento
    Seabiscuit
  • 06-14-2004, 09:04 AM
    datarush
    The list
    Actually, we have quite a few movies in common on our short lists, its just that my short list is longer. Star Trek IV is my favorite of the Star Treks. As far as the Hulk goes, I liked the actors and musta been in the mood for a pissed off green guy :)



    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bryan
    Hulk? The CGI was good but the screen swapping was beyond irritating. Completely took away from the story. What are the qualifications for the list? For example, Star Trek wouldn't make most any list while most would argue of those movies either Wrath of Khan or Voyage Home was the best of the Star Trek genre.

    Some of mine (in no particular order and not comprehensive list):

    Lord of the Rings trilogy
    Godfather trilogy
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Lion King
    Star Wars: ESB
    Braveheart
    Apollo 13
    Saving Private Ryan
    Schindler's List
    Tora! Tora! Tora!
    Shawshank Redemption
    Platoon
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    The Pianist
    Pulp Fiction
    The Philadelphia Story
    Grapes of Wrath
    Gone with the Wind
    The Green Mile
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Ben-Hur
    The Ten Commandments
    Planet of the Apes (original version)
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Gladiator
    E.T.
    Groundhog Day
    Pirates of the Carribean
    The Sixth Sense
    Shrek
    The Passion of the Christ
    The Silence of the Lambs
    The Wizard of Oz
    Finding Nemo
    Toy Story 2
    Bambi
    Psycho
    Terminator 2
    Bridge on the River Kwai
    Die Hard
    L.A. Confidential
    It's A Wonderful Life
    Citizen Kane
    The Matrix
    Beauty and the Beast
    Miracle on 34th Street (original version)
    Sparticus
    Titanic
    Jaws
    Jurassic Park
    Blazing Saddles
    The Magnificent 7
    Casablanca
    12 Angry Men
    Dr. Strangelove
    Momento
    Seabiscuit