March 04, 2007

Top 25 movies of all time

Just as a goof on a slow news day, here are the Top 25 movies of all time as chosen by IMDB readers. Go to IMDB for the complete list of the Top 250. The second number is the average rank and the last number is the total number of votes.

1. 9.1 The Godfather (1972)
2. 9.1 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
3. 8.9 The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. 8.8 Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966)
5. 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
6. 8.8 Casablanca (1942)
7. 8.8 Pulp Fiction (1994)
8. 8.8 Schindler's List (1993)
9. 8.7 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
10. 8.7 Shichinin no samurai (1954)
11. 8.7 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
12. 8.7 Star Wars (1977)
13. 8.7 Rear Window (1954)
14. 8.7 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
15. 8.7 12 Angry Men (1957)
16. 8.6 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
17. 8.6 Cidade de Deus (2002)
18. 8.6 The Usual Suspects (1995)
19. 8.6 Goodfellas (1990)
20. 8.6 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
21. 8.6 Psycho (1960)
22. 8.6 C'era una volta il West (1968)
23. 8.6 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
24. 8.6 Citizen Kane (1941)
25. 8.6 North by Northwest (1959)

I have seen all of the films but the foreign ones. I know, I know - the Ugly American. Surprisingly, I have very few problems with the list. None of the Lord of the Rings movies would make it on mine. They were breathtaking but tedious. Glad to see 12 Angry Men, one of my favorite films, gets its due. I love Hitchcock, but I would have had Notorious and Rebecca ahead of Rear Window, Psycho, and North by Northwest.

Disappointed the following didn't make the grade with IMDB readers - To Kill a Mockingbird, Jaws, On the Waterfront. I'd throw The Great Escape up there as well, not as much for the movie, but only because McQueen is the baddest mofo Hollywood has ever produced. I think I'd squeeze Monty Python's Holy Grail on as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pulp Fiction certainly doesn't belong on the list. The acting generally sucked, the screenplay was a tad weak. Only the Samuel Jackson scenes were remarkable and that doesn't make a movie!

We need more comedy (how about "Raising Arizona") and action (Die Hard or Braveheart). We could even use another mystery (Death on the Nile?). I am certainly surprised there is no Western ("High Noon" or "Searchers" or "The Alamo"). No musicals either (Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, or Sound of Music).

Mon Mar 12, 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Myra Langerhas said...

Great feedback. I disagree about your conclusions on Pulp Fiction. It's great not for its acting but its direction. It was a great concept united by genius.

Comedies are tough. I am ver much like IMDB voters thinking it is tough to elevate a comedy to 'Greatest' status. I enjoyed Raising Arizona, but couldnt think of putting it even in my Top 100.

Action? I like both of the movies you cited, but the dialogue is so sophomoric. Dont get me wrong, if I either movie is on, and my calendar is clear, I will watch. I have probably seen each at least 8 times.

As for the westerns, I love the movies you cite. All great. They just dont make it into my 25. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon is one of my faves. And, I am a big Gary Cooper fan.

Prob is that any time you say that a movie should be there, you have to take one out.

As for musicals, I wont argue with your choices, but I just dont like tha genre. That is my bias, I admit. I did like West Side Story, but woudnt put it anywhere near my Top 25.

It is fun to do a list. I challenge you to do one. Send it to me and I will make it a blogpost and critique. Dont get me wrong. I am not trying to challenge you but would love to hear your ideas.

All the best,

Tue Mar 13, 02:19:00 AM  

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