In my quest to narrow down every movie ever to my five favorite for reasons, I have found myself struggling because it's so hard to compare. It's kind of hard to compare things like the fun wit of Snatch with the classic action and setting of Empire Strikes Back, or the horror of Alien with the insanity of Mad Max: Fury Road. So in an attempt to help me with this process, I have come to this site on the advice of the blind voice of reason in order to ask you throngs of unwashed masses for your opinions.
So, list your top five movies, ideally with a short justification or whatever to help out your old pal Steve.
1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Silence of the Lambs
5. Donnie Darko
1) Gone With the Wind because the cinematography is beautiful, acting is great, and the morals taught in it are some great ones.
2) Some Like it Hot because it's hilarious and jazzy.
3) Young Frankenstein because it's hilarious and spoofs one of my favorite books of all time.
4) Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below because the animation is breathtaking and the subject matter, grief, is handled incredibly well, in my opinion. This movie ripped my heart out, stomped on it, burnt it, then shoved it back inside me.
5) The Green Mile because the actors show the emotion of the characters so well that the audience is forced to feel them, too.
1. The Godfather Part 2
2. The Godfather Part 1
3. Forrest Gump
4. Blazing Saddles
1. True Romance
2. Road Warrior
3. The Devil’s Rejects
5. Very Bad Things
Honestly other than the first one and probably the second, I could probably switch out the last three for other movies (or rearrange them) at various times.
The usual suspects
Lord Of The Rings 1
Rocky 1 *my list, not necessarily all time lol*
Fellowship of the Ring
The Last Samurai
Empire Strikes Back
1. Jacob's Ladder: Ever wanted to see Silent Hill in movie form? Well, this does that, except it actually understands its source material and puts a unique spin on it. Unlike the actual Silent Hill in movie form, which is a braindead slasher flick. Can't say much more without having a spoilers. Or Airplane. Airplane has a special place in my heart always.
2. This one's also split between Mud, The Bag Man and Ratatouille. Mud's a weird, weird coming-of-age story about Matthew Mcconaughey being Matthew Mcconaughey in a land so rural that people live on river-rafts instead of regular trailers. The Bag Man is an unapologetically flambuoyant Spy-Action-Noire thriller that takes place in a shitty motel. The whole movie looks and feels like David Lynch snorted a line of No Country For Old Men and ran off into the woods with a camera. Ratatouille is the heartwarming story of a torn-apart family finally coming together as one rat's dreams come true. Take your pick, unlike the last one, I can't tell which one of these is an acquired taste, I just know that 2/3 of them probably are.
3. Hero with Jet Li: If you're not fond of amusingly weird, hard-to-follow, Kung Fu movies, this is probably the best OG Wuxia flick you're going to find that doesn't fall into So-Bad-It's-Good territory. If we were going sheerly by my favorite Kung Fu movie, this would /easily/ be swapped out for Drunken Master (1979 original). However, sheerly because of how beautiful, layered, and epic it is, Hero probably has a lot more going for it. Noticing I may be blinded by nostalgia and the droll charms of Jackie Chan, Hero takes this spot, simply for being technically, artistically, and narratively more substantial.
4. Evil Dead 2: Takes the rules of a horror movie, turns them on their head and blatantly makes fun of them, while at the same time creating tension and even sneaking in a few genuine scares. Created the Ash we all know and love. And the gore is great too.
5. Redemption with Jason Statham: A poignant, in-depth criticism of often tonedeaf and over-romanticised aspects in action movies. It shows mental illness, the idea of a lonely drifter, the struggles of veterans, and revenge in general, for what they really are. And all without sacrificing the badass shit we watch action movies for. It's an unapologetic downer, and I love it for that. Not really the greatest as a standalone film, but it's a refreshing breath of sickening, terrible air.
EDIT: Decided to purposefully exclude Austin Powers and Indiana Jones from this list, because I can't really pick a favorite out of any of them. All I really know is that the 4th Indy (Crystal Skull) and the 4th Austin (Cat in the Hat) are both utter shit that ruined the fucking series. If I had a favorite, these would easily take 4 and 5. Hell, they'd take 2 and 3 and make the current ones 4 and 5.
1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
While Star Wars IV A New Hope is, well, also amazing, it's filled with the pulpy B-movie tropes that the Space Opera genre is known for. A New Hope might have legitimized the genre, but it didn't really do anything different. Empire Strikes Back did, it was darker and grittier and it instead of having a hopeful ending everyone was pretty f-ed. However, it also wasn't that over the top darkness for darkness sake such as what happened to comics during the Dark Age of Comics (the 90s).
2. The Princess Bride
This isn't your typical fantasy where the hero gets the girl. It's a hilarious comedy that really plays around with your typical fantasy tropes, along with using a genius narration to tell the story (a grandfather is telling this whole story to his sick grandson. This gives them the excuse to skip over the boring parts and "gross kissing" scenes. The grandson even occasionally interrupts his grandfather to ask questions, much to his annoyance). The characters are memorable, the quotes are iconic and writing is superb.
"Have fun storming the castle!"
3. Indiana Jones and the Raider of the Lost Ark
This move is just awesome. It's filled with action and chases and conspiracies and people getting their faces melted off! All of the Indiana Jones movies (IV never happened!) are pretty awesome, but this one is just a step above the rest. It's characters are more likeable. Despite the aforementioned face-melting it seems somewhat more grounded.Plus face-melting. I don't think I can mention the face-melting enough.
4. The Blues Brothers
Watched this when I was way too young. I have pretty much every line memorized. It's hilarious and has great music. What more can you ask for? Also Akyroyd in his prime along with Belushi in one of the last films he ever made. And unlike movies like Animal House, which has been ripped off a million types, it's pretty unique, which has helped it age.
Look, this is just the "classic teen movie" for people my age. I never felt connected with any movie like the Breakfast Club or the American Pie films. Those weren't made for people my age. But Juno was in high school when I was in high school. More importantly, I thinks she was written for teenage girls. We have so few protagonists to relate to. Juno isn't a perfect person, but she's realistic and human (and quirky!)
Not in Any particular order.
Great stories and well done.
My top 5 and my favorite quotes from them.
5. Monty Python And The Holy Grail - "You're using coconuts!"
4. Reservoir Dogs - "Can you hear that?"
3. Blade Runner - "It's too bad she won't live. But then again, who does?"
2. Apocalypse Now - "This mission does not exist, nor will it ever exist."
1. It's Such A Beautiful Day - "After lunch, Bill put on the Lion King slippers and flew to the bus stop."
That's super hard to rank and all, so I'll just spew 5 films that really feel me.
1) The Grand Budapest Hotel. It's so beautiful, articulate, candy-colored, stiff, cartoony and disarmingly crass at times.. Every frame is symmetrical. The soundtrack is great. After watching this film a few times, you'll pick more and more on that layer of sadness and loss it has (but I never fail to laugh out loud at least few times!). Extremely Wes Anderson.
2) Metropolis. Yup, the animated one! It's got the guys from Akira working on it, and (I'm bracing myself here) I'd say it's better than Akira. It's a new take on one Osamu Tezuka's spectacular mangas, and it's choice in music and shots are just phenomenal. Of course the animation is 10/10 (especially in the eyes, you can catch so much emotion).
3) Castle In The Sky. My favorite Miyazaki film with a lovely theme, and boy! Is it a fun ride. Makes me think of everything I've ever wanted out of JRPG.
4) The Virgin Suicides. This movie has no message or moral or supernatural mystery. You get no feeling of hope or resolution. It just haunts you, because you feel that it is so terribly wrong. Directing is A+.
5) The Room. It boasts a likable, fleshed out cast as well as a complex, emotional yet reasonably relatable story arc depicting the main character's romantic demise. It is directed with unmistakable artistic flair and taste, the sound track being it's highlight. I cannot express my admiration for this film, nor can I explain to you how much emotion I am overcome with at the very sight of a football. I cannot recommend this film more.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is like, the only Wes Anderson film I haven't laid my eyes on yet. Hot dang, I oughta torrent that. I remember reading the book years back.
The Room would be number 6 for me, simply because it is the greatest unintentional comedy of our time.
>Grand Budapest Hotel
FUCK I knew I was missing someone!
Several people have mentioned this movie in this thread and this is the first I've ever heard of it.
To be frank, if it didn't get so much Oscar buzz, I wouldn't have heard about it either.
In no real order:
The Last Samurai
From Russia with Love
7 Days in Hell
Fucking thank you. Steve was shitting on The Last Samurai but it's fantastic
I think it's obvious Betaband was being sarcastic.
I think it's obvious you're more of an autist than Ryder.
1) Real Steel (I'm a sucker for robots beating the shit out of eachother.)
2) The Lion King (What Bucky said.)
3) Gravity (I was on the edge of my seat! Then I fell.)
4) Paul Blart (Laughed my ass off)
5) The Godfather (Well fleshed out.)
Top 5 (no particular order, due to genre disparities I don't rank entries at the top between each other): Inception, Interstellar, Kimi No Na Wa, The Shawshank Redemption, Groundhog Day
Extended List: The Dark Knight, Her, The Matrix, It's a Wonderful Life, Whiplash, Dark City, Inglourious Basterds, LA Confidential, The Big Short, There Will Be Blood, Spotlight, The Martian, Minority Report, LoTR: The Twin Towers, Der Untergang (Downfall), Inside Out, 12 Angry Men, Les Miserables (2012)
1. Legend of the guardians: The owls of Ga'hoole - Great animated movie and plot
2. Tremors movies - Not sure which is my fav out of the series.
3. Norbit - How can you not love Eddie Murphy in this movie.
4. Lion king - Nuff said
5. Brother bear - Another animated movie that I love
Some other good movies: I am Legend, World War Z, Titanic and many more
Dear god sir, I assumed movies were a subjective thing but you somehow found the wrong answers. Legend of the Guardians? World war Z!? NORBIT?! How dare you sully my thread with such a mockery of film-making.
I stand by my choices! Well I think the Alien movies sucked. Predator movies are way better in my opinion.
Honestly the thread was already fucked as soon as Mizal and Steve placed Mad Max: Fury Road over the original Road Warrior.
Though i put Rocky on my list. So I've little room to talk.
We get it, you're old and set in your ways so you can't enjoy good films.
I didn't say Fury Road wasn't good, I'm just saying it wasn't as good as Road Warrior.
"Everything was better in my days!" the bitter old man croaked. "The action didn't hurt my eyes, the actors weren't kike lovers and the,,, what was I talking about?"
Yes, we get it Steve, you’re an edgy millennial that has to constantly prove you’re a big rebel against the machine and the “baddest motherfucker” on the site.
We’re all very impressed.
Let me know when you’re not living vicariously through Malk anymore.
Pffh, don't tag me with your opinion of "Kids hating the machine!" This Irish cunt's a pro-big government, pro-EU socialist, not the mohawk, anarchist and leather-bound youth of your day.
Pffh again, Easter holiday's starting Friday and Steve's free and hunting, Steve'll be off the horrible dry spell then.
EDIT: Actually probably misremembering important parts of both movies. I'll have to rewatch them before I actually try to make points about RW vs. FR.
I’m not talking about your faggot political leanings you dipshit, I’m referring to your behavior on here which is most definitely trying to resemble that of an anarchistic leather clad mohawk wearing punk not unlike one from the Mad Max movies that I was talking about in the first place before you went into the whole “End is old lulz” routine.
The problem with Fury Road is they basically took the last part of Road Warrior with the tanker and stretched it out into a whole movie and added a bunch of CGI.
Which again wasn’t the worst thing in the world, but it felt a lot more cartoony and like I was watching “Borderlands: The Movie” rather than a Mad Max one.
Didn’t really care about any of the characters in Fury Road either. Even the villains were lack luster. I mean sure they made a few of the lieutenants look cool, but they were sort of just brought up briefly and then got killed immediately next scene. Even Immortan Joe just didn’t seem all that menacing compared to Lord Humungous.
Tom Hardy was fine playing Mad Max though.
Still not sure why people label Fury Road as a “feminist” movie just because Furiosa and lesbian grannies defeat the patriarchy though. If it hadn’t been for Mad Max helping these ladies out and then even later on convincing them that they needed to go kill Immortan Joe rather than continuing to run, they wouldn’t have won in the first place.
In any case it was still better than Beyond Thunderdome. I probably liked it better than the original Mad Max movie, but that one is slightly different anyway since it's pre-apocalypse rather than post apocalypse.
Ah, yeah, that was one of my biggest qualms. The villain was just a horny old man in a corset. With cancer. I mean, apparently he was a war vet, (Unless he made/stole the medals he wears) which I guess is something, but he himself never really posed any threat to the group. His wealth, his retard child, and his warboys were the only things he had going for him, and he even used those poorly. We're never shown that he's very strategically smart, only that he's a pretty good Post-Apocalypse politician who fucks a lot.
I mean, Jesus Fuck! There's no excuse for this! I mean, even if those are the only 5 movies he's ever seen, they're all in the wrong fucking order!
Motherfucker said Norbit. Lol.
As much as I wish I could say that's the worst list of favorite movies I've seen... That's not even the worst taste in movies we've had here!
Quite surprised Steve didn't lash out at me this time. Lol.
Yours was even worse, but I expected it. I mean, Real Steal was such a shit movie I kind of presumed you were joking, Gravity were people with cool special effects, no understanding of plot or character development or space and a large budget and Paul Blart is such low-rated trash it's only a step above a Larry the Cable Guy movie.
Fuck. I knew I shouldn't have jinxed it >~<
Well to hell with it now…
1. Battle Beyond the Stars
2. The Beastmaster
3. Flash Gordon
4. Ice Pirates
5. 2019 After the Fall of New York
Some other good movies: Krull, World Gone Wild, Yor: The Hunter From The Future and many more!
Age has taken his memory.
Top 5 B-Movies.
Ford you're going to prison for excessive meming
2) Sharknado 2
3) Sharknado 3
4) sharknado 4
5) Sharknado bloopers
There's actually a Sharknado 5 as well now.
Then #5 is sharknado five
They are the best bad movies I have ever seen
I'm going to have to go through every movie I have in my house and collective memory to come to a complete decision. Choices are hard.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird: it has my favorite soundtrack, its storyline is thought provoking, the characters are great, it fought for social justice, Atticus Finch, and the courtroom screens. I could state reasons I like it for thousands of words (but I'm supposed to be writing right now).
2. All Is Quiet on the Western Front: it's by far the most influential movie I've watched- especially the final scene. My writing or my views on war would not be the same without it.
3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail: I don't think this needs explaining. It's also my favorite movie to quote.
4. Ben-Hur (the original, not the crappy re-make): Charlton Heston, some of the best cinematography I've ever seen, an amazing plot, and a movie that just plain amazing.
5. Almost Famous: it has nonstop amazing music from my favorite era of rock (including the Beach Boys and Led Zeppelin). It has humor and made me genuinely care about the characters.
Honorable Mentions: Battleship (yes, I liked it), The Longest Day, The Lord of The Rings Trilogy (or just the first if I'm not allowed to combine them), Das Boot, Casablanca, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and the Pale Rider. (Saving Private Ryan would have been on the top five, but I've never had the time to watch it all yet.)
To Kill A Mockingbird (the movie) freaking terrified me the first time I watched it. Like, the beginning part with Scout singing and then abruptly tearing the picture...That freaked me straight down to the genes, yo. Ack.
All Quiet On The Western Front killed me. I read the book too, and I felt truly emotionally dead at the end. Not like some anime waifu, Aerith ff7 death scene "OMG I'm emotionally dead D':" stuff. Like "I can't cry at this point", Now And Then Here And There stuff.
Haven't heard of 3 and 5, the rest of your top five are solid choices. The rest of your choices are either great or I haven't heard of (Pale Rider, Longest Day), but BATTLESHIP?! Dear god, what happened? How do you deviate so much?
How bad is Battleship anyway? I mean I'm always hearing how bad it is, but it didn't really look any worse than the average made for Scifi channel movie. (Which granted can be pretty bad)
That's why I like it. It's something that requires none of my brain cells to enjoy. Plus, it is an entertaining disaster. IDK why I particularly find this one amusing, but I do.
1. "Daredevil". I know this is a series but it is freaking good.
2. "Last Knights", Starring Clive Owen a good feel action movie with the slightest hint of romance.'
3. "World War Z". Now as a movie it's not that good but as a Zombie movie it's pretty bad ass. Story, Graphics and actors are all top of the line.
4. "The Last Kingdom". A deep story about the Danes invading England, filled with action, Hanging of limbs and, well, Humping.
5."Me before You". A beautiful, Heartwarming story, filled with color so great to watch on a rainy day.
No. You failed. You are a failure. I asked for such a simple thing. The 'top', as in your favorite, five movies. Many people provided bad movies, but they still fulfilled by incredibly simple request. You have somehow failed at that with your very first line. You disgust me.