(and this don't mean Favorite, it means Best (the difference being that Favorite means personal, based on emotion and such, but Best ,to me anyway, means it was superior in all facets, technically, emotionally, script, performances...etc.)
In other words, these are the movies I'd put in a time capsule if I could only save 20 (and my list is 20 instead of 10, cuz 10 ain't enuff!)
If I think it might be a little obscure, I'll put up a you tube trailer
In no particular order:
The Godfather/Godfather part 2-
These count as one , as they are purty much one 7 hr movie really. I can't really find a durn thang wrong with anything, in either one of em.
It's powerful, surreal, impacting and the acting and writing is just stellar
My favorite Spielberg movie and it just might be a perfect thriller, this movie may have been ripped off more than any other one in history
Lawrence of Arabia
One of the great performances in history, the landscapes, the scope, the beauty of the cinematography...
The greatest of all the John Wayne Movies, and maybe the best John Ford movie ever, I could watch it every day and marvel at it's technique
If you've seen it ,you know why, amazing combination of score and film, the best movie about a city ever made
The Third Man
The second best film about a city ever made, it's vivid depiction of Vienna in stark B&W is divine
The Seven Samurai
Kurosawa's best film IMO, a nearly 4 hr masterstroke of adventure that never feels long
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Leone' changed the way we think of cinema, from his ability to turn a landscape to a closeup, to his use of score and long takes.
The Red Shoes
Powell and Pressburger at their finest, and it's just a story about ballet! but oh what a story!
It's here due to it's innovation and amazing storytelling, we all love it, but it's also an important film
I still don't know how Hitchcock pulled this off, one set, one POV, very few characters, but it's riveting and thrilling!
very few people put this on their lists, and I frankly don't know why, name a more harrowing realistic glimpse of the holocaust that isn't a documentary?
Kubrick blowing our minds, nuff said
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
another Powell and Pressburger film that is near perfect, it's light and airy, yet riveting and beautiful to look at
so scary that some people have to shut down and laugh because they can't handle it, a perfect mix of mood, atmosphere and dread
Dr Strangelove (or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb)
black comedy has never been this on point, it's a fantastic film that get's overlooked I think
Bogie is awesome, Ingrid is beautiful, Claude Rains is gayer than ever, lol, no, it's just amazing it is!!
a film so important they named a condition for it, it's so good that I often think it's Kurosawa's best film instead of seven samurai
The African Queen
2 actors in a boat for 2 hrs, and you will want to watch it over and over
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
La Dolce Vita
The Wild Bunch
Once Upon a Time in the West
North by Northwest
next will be a list of my favorite movies!
and see ya at the fishin hole!