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    True Romance
    The Deer Hunter
    American History X
    John Carpenter’s The Thing
    The Dark Knight
    The Departed
    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Good the Bad and the Ugly
    There will be Blood
    Caroline
    J.F.K
    Rounders
    The Cabin in the Woods
    Good Will Hunting
    Shakespeare in Love
    Hamburger Hill
    Children of Men
    The Terminator
    Citizen X
    Million Dollar Baby
    Creepshow (1982)
    Enemy at the Gates
    Water World
    As Good As it Gets
    Cinderella Man
    Zodiac
    Inception
    The Prestige
    The Rocket
    In the Name of the Father
    Friday Night Lights
    Kick Ass
    Smokin Aces
    The Wrestler
    Once Were Warriors
    Runaway Train
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Prometheus
    La Femme Nikita
    Saving Private Ryan
    Full Metal Jacket
    Mr. Holland’s Opus
    The Summer of Sam
    Inside Man
    State of Grace
    Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows
    Law Abiding Citizen
    Jaws
    WALL.E
    The Changeling
    48 Hours
    The Outsiders
    Dances With Wolves
    Titanic
    Platoon
    The Professional
    Wanted
    Glory
    Amastad
    Blade Runner
    Legends of the Fall
    The Unforgiven
    Scarface
    Predator
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
    The Big Lebowski
    Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels
    The Prophecy
    The Man in the Iron Mask
    Schindler’s List
    The Silence of the Lambs
    Erin Brokovich
    The Social Network
    A Beautifull Mind
    The Black Stallion
    Good Fellas
    Moon
    Crash
    Raging Bull
    Minority Report
    No Country for Old Men
    The Fighter
    Forest Gump
    Carlito’s Way
    Seven Years in Tibet
    Shine
    Raising Arizona
    Anonymous
    Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
    Pulp Fiction
    Warrior
    Se7en
    The Abyss
    Ratatouille
    21 Grams
    Heat
    Babel
    The Exorcist
    The Shinning
    Twister
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Under World
    Casino
    Quadrophenia
    Das Boot
    A.I Artificial Intelligence
    The Matrix
    Shooter
    The Reader
    Gandhi
    Quest for Fire
    Bad Boys (1983)
    Happy Feet
    United 93
    The Cell
    Fargo
    Sid and Nancy
    Reality Bits
    Highlander
    Dawn of the Dead
    U.S Marshals
    Fire in the Sky
    Sin City
    16 Blocks
    Super Size Me
    The Sword and the Sorcerer
    Aliens
    Monsters Inc.
    The Basketball Diaries
    Red Dawn
    The Usual Suspects
    Vacancy
    Changling
    A History of Violence
    Taken
    Momento
    Vampires
    Reign of Fire
    Dazed and Confused
    Colors
    Deliverance
    Mr. Holland’s Opus
    Taps
    Gangs of New York
    Natural Born Killers
    The Sixth Sence
    Requiem for a Dream
    Very Bad Things
    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    Memphis Belle
    Kingpin
    Reservoir Dogs
    Alive
    Slap Shot
    The Bear
    Chaplin
    Detroit Rock City
    A Knight’s Tale
    New Jack City
    The Right Stuff
    State of Grace
    3:10 to Yuma
    Taxi Driver
    Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
    We Own the Night
    The Visitor
    Sleepers
    Office Space
    First Blood
    The Holiday
    Time Bandits
    To Live and Die in L.A
    A River Runs Through It
    GI Jane
    All The President’s men
    Tora, Tora, Tora
    Slumdog Millionaire
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    The Thirteenth Warrior
    The Sting (1973)
    The Blues Brothers
    The Lord Of The Ring: The Two Towers
    House (1986)
    Brides Maids
    300
    Thunderheart
    Being John Malkovich
    Quarantine
    Strange Days
    Coming to America
    The Road Warrier
    Snatch
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    The Fugitive
    Gladiator
    One Crazy Summer
    Fight Club
    City of God
    Amelie
    Rob Roy
    Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
    Clash of the Titans (1981)
    Midnight Run
    So I Married an Axe Murderer
    Die Hard
    American Gangster
    The Game
    The Orphanage
    South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
    Romancing the Stone
    Biloxi Blues
    The Godfather
    Conan the Barbarian
    A Fish Called Wanda
    Lady in White
    Walk the Line
    Over the Hedge
    Spies Like Us
    What About Bob?
    D.O.A (1988)
    Rudy
    American Me
    Munich
    A Clockwork Orange
    House on Haunted Hill
    The Salton Sea
    The Last Temptation of Christ
    Lean on Me
    The Contender
    Donnie Brasco
    Spirited Away
    Mystic River
    Gone Baby Gone
    Stand By Me
    Milk
    Papillon
    Black Hawk Down
    The Color Purple
    Say Anything
    Total Recall (1990)
    Donnie Darko
    An American Werewolf in London
    Stargate
    In the Mouth of Madness
    Trading Places
    Good Morning Vietnam
    Hustle and Flow
    Fist Full of Dollars
    Wonderland
    Life is Beautiful
    Starship Troopers
    The Artist
    The Lion King
    Little Big Man
    Invincible
    Cloverfield
    Angel Heart
    Inglorious Basterds
    Graystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes
    Patton
    The Doors (1991)
    48 Hours
    Traffic
    The Bone Collector
    Minority Report
    Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
    The Lost Boys
    The Fly
    The Hunt for Red October
    Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure
    Boogie Nights
    What Dreams May Come
    Apocalypse Now
    The Boondock Saints
    Halloween
    Doomsday
    Bowling for Columbine
    Braveheart
    Downfall
    Training Day
    Philadelphia
    8 Mile
    Mississippi Burning
    Eastern Promises
    Bridge on the Rive Kwai
    I am Ledgend
    Phenomenon
    Bull Durham
    Caddy Shack
    Where Eagles Dare
    Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
    An Inconvenient Truth
    Crossing Over
    The Mist
    Trainspotting
    Armageddon
    Pink Floyd The Wall
    Heartbreak Ridge
    Lucky Number Sleven
    Mad Max
    Jerry Maguire
    King Kong (2005)
    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
    The Fifth Element
    Crossroads
    Malcolm X
    Finding Nemo
    Mona Lisa Smile
    The 40 Year Old Virgin
    Tremors
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Porky’s
    Interview with the Vampire
    The Crow
    Hancock
    Super Bad
    White Man’s Burden
    Jacob’s Ladder
    Tropic Thunder
    Cujo
    Poltergeist
    Willow
    Sunshine
    Monster
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    Inside Job
    Naked Lunch
    True Believer
    The Prestige
    28 Weeks Later
    Young Guns
    Black Swan

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    This is my list, but what’s your opinion? what’s missing? what doesn’t belong?


  • Most all of the true classics are there.

    A few I’d add…

    Last of the Mohicans
    One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Layer Cake
    Boiler Room
    Big Red 1
    Serpent & the Rainbow
    The Usual Suspects
    Ronin
    The Score
    American Beauty
    Bond  (All the originals anyway)

    Sorry if I duplicated… it’s hard in a list that’s not alphabetized.

    And more I’m sure… just can’t think of any ATM.

    There are a few there I would have never chose, but they were good movies in their own right.  At least there aren’t many there I absolutely disliked.

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    @Young:

    This is my list, but what’s your opinion? what’s missing? what doesn’t belong?

    It is too long and of little use. It isn’t separated into genres and is void of any useful categorizations. There aren’t any obvious piles of crap on there in a quick skim (take that back, “Mona Lisa Smile” is a pile of crap despite all the hotties in it)  It is okay to like what you like. Our approval is not required.

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    Yes, it’s not very usefull, and No, I don’t need approval. I just wanted to share it with everyone.

    I think Mona Lisa Smile is a wonderful movie about peer pressure and female adolescence in 1950s America.

  • '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 '12

    Take out one of the two Dazed and Confused’s and Jacobs ladder and add Crimson Tide and A Simple Plan, unless they were already there, I skimmed it pretty quick.

    You must put Black Hawk Down at the top as to not counfuse people.  When any one thinks of there favorite movie, BHD is the first one that pops into all of our heads I’m sure.

    Were these there?
    Spinal Tap
    Almost Famous
    The Last Boy Scout
    Valkyrie
    The Hidden
    Rushmore

    Nice list man.

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    I agree it needs to put categorized by -type-.

  • 2022 2021 '20 '19 '18 '17 '16

    smoke Valkyrie, it´s a piece of cemented together scrap version and not worth a watch…

    exchange it with 12 monkeys instead… 😄 😄 😄

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    I had a hard time leaving 12 Monkeys, and Almost Famous off the list, but no way would I lose Dazed and Confused, or Jacob’s Ladder.


  • Both are quality movies.  There would be no reason to leave those off a comprehensive list of movies that are impeccably done.

  • '17 '16 '15 '14 '13 '12

    Oh agreed.  Dazed and Confused is in my top 10 for sure,  you have it listed twice.  Not that its not worthy of being listed twice.  “Straight A’s……just kidding.”


  • Truth be told that is why I didn’t really list any “to be removed” from the original list.

    From my perspective, a list like this is HIGHLY subjective thing.

    For myself I use three basic criteria to evaluate a movie’s “value” for myself…

    1. Overall cohesiveness of the movie… ie. Does the story, cinematography, sound track, narration etc. etc… make sense and work together.  ie. Shawshank Redemption (need I say more? The movie had every element that makes a great movie)

    2. Cast… Do the actors make the movie… ie. Edward Norton MADE American History X.  Not to say other actors couldn’t have filled the role, but at the end of the day Norton made you compelled to have sympathy and compassion for an otherwise anti-hero character and brought depth to what would otherwise be a black and white issue (pun intended).

    3. Does the movie move you?  (This will easily be the most subjective of the categories)  The story needs to speak to you… and nothing in the first two criteria will do anything for you if this element is missing.  I will cite a few movies that I think are questionable (for this exact reason)  A River Runs through It (I will die knowing those hours were lost), South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut (offered to those who South Park doesn’t speak to), Water World (Costner couldn’t convince me that ice is cold).  Again a highly subjective category.

    My last thought on this subject?

    Was Blade Runner in there?  Cause if it wasn’t…

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    I personally thought that “Blade Runner” was overrated, but their are worst movies that made the list, so I will add it for one of the “Dazed and confused” entries.

    If I want to judge a movie, I ask myself….

    “Do I want to watch it, even if I’ve seen it already?”

    If the answer is yes, it’s a good movie IMO.


  • @Young:

    “Do I want to watch it, even if I’ve seen it already?”

    Well that doesn’t really make it a qualifier by my standards.  I’ll watch old re-broadcasts of golfing championchips on a Sunday morning when I’m hung-over over anything else… that doesn’t make them my “favorites” or great.

    And on the subject of Blade Runner… yes (depending on your era)  I can see that watching it might be not as spectacular as others(especially when it was so critically acclaimed).  But then again if A.I. made your list… personally a movie I felt was the same, sans violence and real sense of a bleak future but with better graphics… then it really does come down to a sense of subjective perspective.  If Blade Runner had the technology that Spielberg used, then there wouldn’t even be a debate.

    But again, it’s all subjective to the viewer.

    At minimum I will say that of the 333 movies you listed, I share your view with well over 200. (didn’t count)

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    @Hepps01:

    @Young:

    “Do I want to watch it, even if I’ve seen it already?”

    Well that doesn’t really make it a qualifier by my standards. I’ll watch old re-broadcasts of golfing championchips on a Sunday morning when I’m hung-over over anything else… that doesn’t make them my “favorites” or great.

    I enjoy watching movies, and a good or great movie is a mater of a simple equation IMO.

    BTW… If your watching old re-runs of anything, it’s probably your favorite something… if not, you should change the channel and watch something better.

    And on the subject of Blade Runner… yes (depending on your era) I can see that watching it might be not as spectacular as others(especially when it was so critically acclaimed).But then again if A.I. made your list… personally a movie I felt was the same, sans violence and real sense of a bleak future but with better graphics… then it really does come down to a sense of subjective perspective. If Blade Runner had the technology that Spielberg used, then there wouldn’t even be a debate.

    I’m 40 years old, and have been watching movies since I was 9, I don’t need my Sci-Fi to be spectacular (Sunshine, Moon, and 2001 are all there), I just don’t feel great about Ridley Scott’s early stuff (Alien is not there, but Aliens is). However, He changed my mind recently with Prometheus.

    Now lets use your example of Artificial Intelligence, A film conceived and started by Stanley Kubrick before he died, which was than finished by Steven Spielberg. The first half feels like Kubrick, where the second half is obviously Spielberg, and just like Blade Runner could have been better with technology, A.I could have been better with Stanley.

    I like Kubrick and I get his work (A clockwork Orange, 2001, and Full Metal Jacket made my list) more than I get Ridley (Gladiator, and Robin Hood didn’t make it),…. and that is where subjective opinion enters any conversation about art.

    But again, it’s all subjective to the viewer.

    At minimum I will say that of the 333 movies you listed, I share your view with well over 200. (didn’t count)

    Thanks, you have good taste in movies…… I just realized that I forgot “Black Swan”…  Amazing film!!.

    Working Girl is out, Black Swan is in…

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    Not sure why you listed An Inconvenient Truth and Super Size Me, as those are documentaries; but if you really like them that much I guess it is your decision.

    I was surprised at some inclusions and the lack of others. Namely: Bill & Ted… love it.

    The Lord of the Rings/Star Wars: you have The Two Towers and Ep. III & V, but not the rest of them. I am curious as to why. You could get away with not including SW Ep. I and II and maybe The Fellowship of the Ring, but I would think if you like SW & LOTR then you must have A New Hope, Return of the Jedi and Return of the King.

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    Inconvienient truth, is more like “convenient lies”.

    Especially when you consider how Al Gore the flimmaker lives. Petty fear mongering to raise capital for personal gain.

    NEWS FLASH EVERYBODY

    The earth heated up on it’s own and MELTED itself out of a petrified ice age WITHOUT any help from us on several occassions. 100 years of human anything, quite literally pales in comparison to trillions of years of history. IT’S NORMAL.
    Whether we helped 1% or not is totally irrellevant.

    Who are we to be so arrogant to think that we totally control a rock that is mindlessly spinning through the universe at 55,000 mph.

    Freaking out about your -carbon footprint-, and going out of your way to support carbon/enegry based tax systems doesn’t help anyone but those who want to have power over you, and don’t care about their own footprints anyways.

    It’s was a MOVIE, you saw what they wanted you to see.  WAKE UP! You are not on the Truman Show!

  • '18 '17 '16 '15 Customizer

    @Gargantua:

    NEWS FLASH EVERYBODY

    I think we agree on more than you realize.

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    Note: the vilification of Al Gore is best understood in the context of personalisation. When opponents attack something abstract - like science - the public may not associate with the argument. By giving a name and a face and a set of behavioural characteristics - being a rich politician, for example - it is easy to create a fictional enemy through inference and association. Al Gore is a successful politician who presented a film, his training and experience suitable to the task. To invoke Gore is a way to obfuscate about climate science, for which Gore has neither responsibility, claim nor blame.

    http://www.skepticalscience.com/al-gore-inconvenient-truth-errors.htm

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    The lower 48 states set temperature records for the warmest spring, largest seasonal departure from average, warmest year-to-date, and warmest 12-month period, all new marks since records began in 1895.

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/06/08/496265/four-major-us-heat-records-fall-in-stunning-noaa-report/

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    So this year’s melting season has gone 1165 and 754 km3 below the 2010 and 2011 minimums. That’s, how shall I put it? A lot! More than at the time of the last update. Almost double the difference between the 2010 and 2011 minimums. Half the 2007 minimum.

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/04/950761/an-illustrated-guide-to-2012-record-arctic-sea-ice-melt/

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    @Gargantua:

    The earth heated up on it’s own and MELTED itself out of a petrified ice age WITHOUT any help from us on several occassions.

    http://www.skepticalscience.com/climate-change-little-ice-age-medieval-warm-period.htm

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/weather/weather_news/recent-cold-spell-is-a-record-breaker

    recent-cold-spell-is-a-100-year-record-breaker - Posted in the last 4 hours.

    http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Vancouver+stormy+summer+pace+record+cold/6778531/story.html

    They called it Junuary… coldest summer on record in vancouver…

    I suppose we could both do this all day? 😛

    But it wouldn’t resolve our difference of opinion?

    Have you guys seen Van Kilmer in “The Thaw”? An eco-crusader who plans to use a thawed out insect like organism from the past to kill off huge swaths of the population to “save the planet” - what an idiot. I laughed with my whole heart when he died. Definetly not a movie capable of making the 333 list.

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/a-simple-proof-that-the-1930s-were-hotter/

    And the 1930’s were warmer than today…

    IF someone put together a story and told us that - Now that would make a good movie! 😄

    Of course, another -soon to be movie- the green peaceniks of the world are secretly pushing governments to start a limited global thermo nuclear war (Between India and Pakistan). Because the resulting nuclear winter will -cool- the earth.

    Just make sure you know what road you’re going down Frimmel 😉

    This is the article by NASA that appears in National Geographic
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/02/110223-nuclear-war-winter-global-warming-environment-science-climate-change/

  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    YG,

    Have you seen Pandorum?  That movie should make this list…

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