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Guest Mykiller

Casablanca, The Adventures of Captain Marvel, Angels with Dirty Faces, City Lights,A Hard Day's Night, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Duck Soup,The Quiet Man, Sons Of the Desert and the Hunchback of Notre Dame(39) or The Bride of Frankenstein or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington or Ed Wood or Field of Dreams or The Dirty Dozen or....

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Guest sueq

the hanging tree; wild in the streets; sadie thompson; verboten; greed; lover come back; night of the hunter; a christmas carol; city slickers; chiefs. I wish I could have a lot more choices. There are so many good movies. I like the old mysteries and all movies with very good (happy) endings.

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Guest dannyocean

"It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", "The Last Of Sheila", "Pennies From Heaven", "Stardust Memories", "Hickey And Boggs", "Hail The Conquering Hero", "The Big Carnival", "The Sweet Smell Of Success", "Queen Of Hearts", "Citizen Kane" or "The Lady From Shanghai".

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Guest robthew

EraserheadTaxi DriverAnnie HallLocal HeroAndrei RublevDrunken Master 2The ConformistThe GodfatherThe American FriendPulp Fiction"Eraserhead" and "Taxi Driver" are the most hypnotically paced movies I have ever seen. "Annie Hall" is the funniest, and "Local Hero" the most charming. I've read that Al Gore lists "Local Hero" as his favorite movie, which is really atypical for a politician - they usually go for the obvious and say something like "Mr. Smith goes to Washington". Looks like he has a human side after all. I don't think that "Andrei Rublev" or "Drunken Master 2" are perfect movies, but they have some astounding sequences in them. At times, watching "Andrei Rublev", it feels like you are witnessing a miracle unfold before your eyes. The fight sequences in "Drunken Master 2" are so fast and intricate that it is hard to believe they were conceived, let alone performed."The Conformist" is the movie I'm most glad to have seen in a theater - it's a visual wonder.The last three - just great in every way: plots, characters, performances - just perfect.

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Guest Lime, Harry

The Third ManMRaging BullNorth by NorthwestThe Maltese FalconTouch of Evil 2001: A Space OdysseyThe SearchersRed RiverThrone of Blood

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Guest BlueAngel

At least for tonight . . .O Brother, Where Art Thou?NotoriousThe Philadelphia StoryCasablancaMoulin Rouge (the 1950s version; haven't seen the new one yet)The Caine MutinyL.A. ConfidentialWaiting for GuffmanCitizen KaneSilence of the LambsIs that ten? It's hard to decide. Could also easily throw in The Maltese Falcon, Touch of Evil, The Full Monty . . . so many more!

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Guest ctalbott

I especially like all the eclectic choices... it's making my "to see" list grow! I haven't seen Drunken Master II . . . and I can't find a reference to it . . . who was in it and when was it filmed?

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Guest Mykiller

...was retitled Legend of Drunken Master for the American Market starring Jackie Chan and it just came out on video and DVD

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Guest jjmadison

Wow! Spinal Tap on the top ten list. Osborne "goes to eleven" in my book!

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Guest ccbaxter

A Letter to Three WivesThe ApartmentThe HeiressAll About EveLauraThe Magnificent AmbersonsThe Lady EveGentleman's AgreementThe Third ManHis Girl Friday

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Guest TERMarlene

A very glittery, girly list of ten films I can't live without:-Gigi-Sabrina(1954)-Camille-Queen Christina-An American in Paris-Meet Me in St. Louis-Gilda-Laura-Little Women(1933)-To Catch a Thief

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Guest WVdave

The GodfatherThe Blues BrothersThat's EntertainmentGone With the Wind Citizen KaneThe FountainheadThe Mission2001: A Space OdysseyApocalypse NowHoward's End

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Guest Doe, John

Wow you guys have hit a great broad sampling of the best of the best. I'll take the list of all these movies mentioned on this thread over AFI's any day.I have so many favorites, and so many are already mentioned here, I decided to list only ones that haven't been mentioned thus far. We can pool our flicks and show them at the Tiki Auditorium Film Festival!The Man Who Would Be KingThe CircusMeet John DoeCasinoJFKAdventures of Baron Munchausen (Gilliam's)SwingersGoldfingerBottle RocketOnce Were WarriorsOthers that came to mind: The Killing, Braveheart, Detour, Monkey Business, The Iron Giant, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Defiant Ones

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Guest brennen

I remember really liking the movie Swingers in the summer of 97. but i watched it just last year and i wondered why. it seemed really vulgar to me and not as funny as i remembered.the iron giant was suprisingly good for a cartoon. my favourite cartoon film would have to be The Secret of Nymh or The Snowman (sentimental favourites.I really don't like Braveheart. i remember all of my English teachers having a "thing" for Mel Gibson. they would never show the Hamlet with Branaugh or Olivier!

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Guest PatrickMcCart

North By NorthwestSupermanHelp!It Happened One NightBlazing SaddlesThe Cabinet Of Dr. CaligariCitizen KaneAround The World In Eighty DaysLawrence Of ArabiaAbel Gance's Napoleon

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Guest G, Davey Joe

This was harder than I thought.1. The Deer Hunter2. The Godfather3. Mean Streets4. Pulp Fiction5. The Godfather Part II6. Traffic7. Taxi Driver8. Schindler's List9. Goodfellas10. Raging Bull I guess that's good enough.

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Guest TCMhost-Joy

Davey, I'm curious . . . what about Pulp Fiction puts it in your top 10 list?

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Guest Kavan

1. It's a Wonderful Life2. Meet Me in St. Louis3. The Deer Hunter4. Reds5. Fight Club6. And Now My Love7. A Christmas Carol (30's version)8. Airplane9. Somewhere in Time10.Johnny Guitar

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Guest BroncoRick

I took a class in Japanese Cinema in college. The two that left the biggest impression are both films I've never seen offered on cable!Anyone familiar with Sansho the Bailiff or Hara Kiri?I remember them both as being just terrific!

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Guest G, Davey Joe

Joy, to answer your question about Pulp Fiction, I suppose it's just one of my favorite movies. It's very entertaining, each time I watch it. It's daring, original, fresh, and funny. The performances are great, as is the dialogue. Why do you ask? Have you seen it? Did you like it?

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Guest TCMhost-Joy

Davey, I was curious, because I didn't see Pulp Fiction until long after it was released on VHS in the video rental stores. I had heard so much hoopla about it, although it isn't really the type of movie among my first (or second) choice, I gave in to my curiosity and rented it.It does seem to be a cultish film, but I can't grasp why it had such wide appeal. There wasn't anything at all appealing about it to me. THere wasn't one redeeming person, everyone in it had a perverted view of life, disgusting and debase. I guess it was just way too dark for me. Anyway, I asked because I'm always curious about what folks put in their "desert island" picks, and I'm sure you and many others wouldn't be caught dead on a desert island with MY top choices. LOL! Thanks for answering. :)

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Guest G, Davey Joe

I'm sure your picks are good, but I still have to defend mine. I can appreciate being overexposed to a movie and not even caring by the time you see it. The same thing happened to me with Titanic. In fact, I'll admit that the first time I saw Pulp Fiction, I didn't get it. I didn't see it having a point, but at the same time, I was compelled by the colorful characters. After I watched it again, it hit me that movie had a message, while being entertaining. I have to disagree with you about the redeeming characters, in fact, I think the whole theme of the movie was redemption. When Vincent and Jules miraculously survived from a barrage of bullets, Vincent blows it off, but Jules decides to leave his life of crime. We all remember what happens to Vincent. Anyway, now I'm rambling. By the way, what are your picks? I'd like to hear them.

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Guest TCMhost-Claire

I agree with davey on the theme of redemption in Pulp Fiction...in fact, I think it's a shame that Travolta got all the attention from this movie--although he was brilliantly cast--because I thought Samuel Jackson stole the show. He does indeed experience an epiphany after the bullets miss him, and the rest of the film is about his decision to change his ways. A second theme of redemption occurs between the Bruce Willis character the Ving Rhames character, when Willis saves Rhames from humiliation and Rhames forgives Willis' transgressions if he will keep silent about the incident. Uma Thurman's character is given a second chance when she is saved from her drug overdose; the diner bandits are given a second chance by Jackson. The very title of the film is a giveaway to Tarantino's aesthetic: he's evoking the old pulp fiction crime stories, which were themselves quite brutal. The film is an homage to those stories, while incorporating the redemptive theme which would never have appeared in those stories. Put that together with the non-linear narrative and some wonderful dark, ironic humor (I still can't see a banana slug without thinking of John Travolta) and you have a great movie.

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Guest TCMhost-Joy

Davey, I may have to sit down again with an open mind with Pulp Fiction, although that genre and dark humor doesn't appeal to me. Thank you for taking the time to offer your insight. :)I have tried to sit down and come up with ten choices, and that is so difficult for me...to think I would be left to watch only ten movies forever -- what a horrible thought! :)But, here's what I'd consider: For my fill of love (both lost and fulfilled), historical, and long-viewing pleasure: "Gone With The Wind." For my penchant with time travel and romance, and haunting music all wrapped up in one, "Somewhere In Time." For something completely whimsical: "Singin' in the Rain." For my fix of Jimmy Stewart, "It's a Wonderful Life." For my western fix, (And another dose of Jimmy Stewart) "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance."For fairy tale, "The Wizard of Oz" and "Cinderella" (The version with Leslie Ann Warren). For complete stupidity, love of Dudley Moore, and the fun of reciting all his lines ver batim, "Arthur." For excitement and a triple dose of Harrison Ford, "Indiana Jones" (trilogy). And finally, as a constant reminder of the power of women, "Double Indemnity" with Barbara Stanwyck. This list changes every time I think about it, so it will be accurate for today only. :)

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Guest G, Davey Joe

That's not a bad idea Joy, but I agree that Pulp Fiction isn't for everyone. And thanks to Claire for backing me up. Pretty good list Joy, but it would be tough to single out ten films, I'd need about 100, at least.

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