Name the Best Movies ever Made

Since there is a Forum titled “Name the Worst movie ever made.” I figure why not make a Forum for “Name the Best Movies ever made?”

Now, I know this is a matter of personal opinion but let us know your favorite movie.

Sometimes the “best” movies aren’t the ones we watch the most… I think “Schindler’s List” was an outstanding movie, possibly the “best”, but I find myself watching “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” over and over again.:wink:

My list would go something like:

Andrei Rublev
A Man Escaped
Children of Men
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Diary of a Country Priest
12 Angry Men
It’s a Wonderful Life

I could go on but that’s a good size list for my top films. That being said, I definitely understand that 3/4 of those films are not films most people would want to watch as they are rather slow (sometimes very slow) and not meant for entertainment. If I had to recommend a film to an average movie goer I would probably recommend Brazil, as it is highly entertaining but also in my opinion briliant.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
The Princess Bride
Iron Man
A Christmas Story
Bell’s of St. Mary’s

Oh, not sure if this counts, but I am eagerly looking forward to the new Sherlock Holmes movie. I’m dragging my husband to that one. :bounce:

Gone with the wind
on the waterfront
going my way
mr. Smith goes to washington
ben hur
the ten commandments
wuthering heights
the passion of the christ

the godfather i and ii
from here to eternity
the wizard of oz
dr. Zhivago
some like it hot
sunset boulevard

Lost in Translation
A Clockwork Orange
City of God
The Great Gatsby
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Annie Hall
Pulp Fiction
Taxi Driver
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
L.A. Confidential
North by Northwest

The Breakfast Club
Citizen Kane
Lost Horizon
Kings Row

Havana is right about three of them!

King’s Row
Citizen Kane
Hoop Dreams
The Passion of the Christ

Wizard of oz
gone with the wind
schindlers list
titanic camersons version

are my favorites

3 way tie

Independence Day
Batman Begins/Dark Night
That Thing You Do!

My list changes every now and then. But a few certain films always seem to pop up in my top ten list:

Gone With The Wind
When Harry Met Sally
84 Charing Cross Road (this film is an absolute gem)
The Age of Innocence
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (just the first one in the series; it really captured the essence of the book, I think. And the casting was flawless)

Well I would never think movies with immorality and evil things, however subtle it may be, would get on the list on a Catholic forum, but comes to show how as conservative people call themselves, relativism finds its home.

Anyhow, when I did watch movies, I found Gladiator to be very interesting.
For war movies.

But then you have the more “catholic” movies like "A man for all seasons " and “Dialogues *des Carmélites” .

And just what movies are you referring to, if I may ask? :slight_smile:

For the best movies ever made (that I have seen) they would have to be Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Bridge over the River Kwai, and Man for All Seasons. They are also among my favorites. Others would include:
Dr. Zhivago
Stalag 17
(first movie starring Peter Lorre, 1931)
Shawshank Redemption
Sound of Music & Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews fan)
Was a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Forrest Gump
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Field of Dreams
The Natural
(fallen man, penance, forgiveness and redemption all in a baseball movie)
And finally, most Alfred Hitchcock movies, from *The 39 Steps *up to Frenzy.

All those romantice movies and the sort.
I remember for sure that Schindler’s List had immoral scenes, because I was in school and in social studies they put it and I was indignant and left the classroom.

I see. Thanks for clarifying.

The Matrix

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The Wild Bunch
most of the Michael Mann movies (mostly b/c of their attn to detail)
Ben Hur
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The Maltese Falcon
Last of the Mohicans
Man on Fire

And there’s no immorality or evil in Gladiator? In the actions and character of Commodus, for example? In all the blood and gore and glorification of violence?

But of course, it doesn’t have any romance in it, so all the blood ‘n’ guts ‘n’ slashing ’ n’ maggot infested wounds and rape and incestuous references with Commodus and his sister must be OK. :rolleyes:

The Godfather trilogy
Star Wars IV V and VI
Ben Hur
Gone With the Wind
L.A. Confidential
Schindler’s List
Saving Private Ryan
The Wizard of Oz
Forrest Gump
All Die Hard movies
All Indiana Jones movies
Runaway Jury
The Hours
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Blade Runner
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Matrix
The Departed
The Shining
All About Eve
Mystic River
Carlito’s Way
The Great Escape
The Grapes of Wrath
It’s a Wonderful Life
Rear Window
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Strangers on a Train
Midred Pierce

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