Published: March 13, 2009
My Opinion on the Best of the Best Films Ever
Besides gaming, the one form of media that has had the most effect on me was the film media. Movies are a way to get a message across to the audience that can be enjoyed by anyone with half a brain cell.
Having said that, though, if you try to make a list of the best films, this is almost impossible because film style changes every day. I mean, if you try to compare The Maltese Falcon to Transformers, its incredibly easy to tell when each was made. But I can still try, cant I?
This list is a little different, though, because instead of just doing a little list of the best, Im going to go the extra mile by highlighting the best from each decade since 1950, and then give my personal opinions. But now then, its time to roll up my sleeves and get this bastard started!
1940 - 1949
5. Its a Wonderful Life (1946) Going in this film, I expected to hate it. Why? Because its so happy! Im not used to such warmth in a film. And yet Wonderful Life surprised me, and I ended up loving it. Its not the best Christmas movie, but it certainly is among the best.
4. Fantasia (1940) What else can be said about Fantasia? With the exceptions of Pinocchio, Snow White, and Toy Story, its the one of the greatest animated film of all time! Seriously though, that last scene STILL makes me tremble to this day, proving that you dont have to be real to tug at the audiences emotions.
3. The Maltese Falcon (1941) Now, although this film disappointed me slightly, after seeing the two above, Falcon still remains one of the best Mystery films ever made, despite the fact, and possible because, they never actually find the Falcon. (OMFG SPOILERZ!)
2. Citizen Kane (1941) Oy. Can you say overrated? The problem with this film is that people rave about it so much, that when you see it, you cant help but be disappointed. After all, being number 1 on pretty much EVERY TOP 10 FILM LIST has got to make the film to good to be true, right? Still, the camerawork is amazing, the second best Ive ever seen. ROSEBUD.
1. Casablanca (1942) Wow. Just wow. Easily the best romance ever, (Screw Gone With the Wind!) Casablanca not only is the best film of the 1940s, its one of the best films ever made. It took everything I expected it to be, and built on it from there, which turns into a treasure trove of quotes, songs, characters, and ideas. The next time someone says, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. or, Well always have Paris, or even, Play it, Sam. youll understand what they mean.
1950 - 1959
5. The African Queen (1951) Now granted, I dont like this movie as much as most people, but even I have to admit that for its time it was a satisfyingly entertaining story. Just dont expect a random kid walking down the street to like it. Still, it IS Humphrey Bogart, and Ive never seen a Bogey movie that was bad, so to hell with it.
4. Ben-Hur (1959) This film is the definition of epic. Everything from the visuals, to the sound, to the story, to the significance is all top tier. After all, 11 Academy Awards has got to count for something, dont you think? But either way, the fact that its almost 4 hours long is something that I could never bring myself to excuse.
3. The Caine Mutiny (1954) I have a confession to make. I LOVE COURTROOM DRAMAS! And although only a third or so of the movie takes place in court, the rest of the film is worth sitting through just for that. Oh, and the out of court scenes are good too, I suppose.
2. Vertigo (1958) Im going to go out on a limb here and say that Psycho is no longer scary. (BLASPHEMER! say the fans.) If you agree with me, then its easy to see why Vertigo is Alfred Hitchcocks best film (With the possible exception of North By Northwest). But hey, even if you disagree with me, you have to admit that its not often that you can combine a great thriller with a great romance. I commend thee, Mr. Hitchcock!
1. 12 Angry Men (1957) Oh yeah. The second greatest courtroom drama ever made (In my opinion), 12 Angry Men is the film that proves you dont need lavish sets, beautiful effects, stunning music, or even much a storyline to be a great film! All you need is 12 actors at their prime and uber-realistic personalities characters. The dialogue is so flawless, that I cant see any problems while watching it, despite the fact that the plot is basic, and the sound and effects are nonexistent.
5. Psycho (1960) Sure, watch it now and its about as scary as watching Saw, but this list is all about how good it was during the time, and for its time, it was the best horror-thriller so far.
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Oy. Now, this film is a love it or hate it situation. You either love it for single-handedly perfecting the sci-fi genre, or hate it for its incredibly pretentious nature, plodding story, and absolute boredom-inducing length. But hey, it must be pretty darn good to be this high on the list, eh?
3. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) Ever heard of spaghetti westerns? Well, its a fancy way of saying a western made in Italy. Well, this is the best of them all. Surprisingly violent, with interesting characters and a REALLY good musical score, TGtBtU is, as far as Im concerned, Eastwoods best work, and thats saying a lot. Its also the best camerawork Ive ever seen in a film, ever.
2. Dr. No (1962) Who doesnt love good old 007? From books, to movies, to games, James Bond has always been a solid contender for Coolest character EVAR, so why not watch his film debut, and arguably the best film in the series?
1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Uh-oh. Anyone that knows me in real life knows that Im like a broken record when it comes to TKM, but the fact still stands that after I saw it, I said, I cant find anything wrong with it!, and Ive only used that phrase once. For this film. See it. Read the book. You will love both of them.
5. MASH (1970) Im going to be honest. Besides The Odd Couple, which just missed out on the 1960 list, this is the funniest movie Ive ever seen. Yeah. Its that good.
4. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (1977) Whats there to say about the original Star Wars? Fine. A long time ago (1977, actually) in a galaxy far, far away (Southern California to be precise), George Lucas created a great movie, and two great sequels. (Before he shat out 3 terrible prequels, that is.) Whatever. Just enjoy the originals, and try to forget about the horrendous prequels.
3. Jaws (1975) Now HERES a horror classic that still stands up today. However, its yet another series that got raped by horrible sequels. Do yourself a favor. Dont watch Jaws 2, 3, or 4. Just watch this one, and enjoy the spectacle. Who knows, you just might get the crapped scared out of you!
2. The Godfather Part II (1974) Sweet Lord! You knew The Godfather Part II would be on here somewhere, didnt you? Some have called Part II the best film ever made. Im going to say its the best SEQUEL ever made. But still, that aint bad!
1. The Godfather (1972) Yeah, predictable. Sue me. But I cant help it! The Godfather is just that good. Great casting, an easy-to-follow plotline, great cinematography, and the Baptism and Murder scene make this the best Gangster film ever made. Period.
5. Batman (1989) Batman at No. 5? Really? Well, yes! Sure, The Dark Knight was definitely better, but theres no denying just how great Batman is. Its not the most realistic movie, but its a comic book movie! It has a surreal atmosphere to it that makes it obvious that Tim Burton made it, and it has one of the coolest villains ever, the Joker! (Even if Nicholson isnt as good as Ledger, in my opinion)
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Man, George Lucas was king in the 70s and 80s! This film was so good, that even when a horrible sequel was made 26 years later, people enjoyed it out of pure nostalgia value! Now that says a lot. And I still say that Raiders was the best Indiana Jones film.
3. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - One word: AMAZING!
2. Rain Man (1988) Why do critics not like this film? It was one of Dustin Hoffmans best, and it probably was Tom Cruises best (like thats hard). Ah well. I guess that Ill just have to be a minority this time.
1. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) Oh yeah. You saw that coming. Now granted, I dont think this is Spielbergs best work, but that doesnt make E.T. bad. I still think that its one of the best films ever made, and certainly with the best alien! Its really hard not to like the cute little guy
5. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) HOLY SHIT! Talk about action! If you want all-out balls-to-the-wall action fests, look no further. This was 1991? Even the Transformers didnt look as good as the T-1000!
4. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hm. Im not sure what to say about this movie. It wasnt really horror
Lets just say thriller. And it scared the shit out of me, mostly because I was only 8 when I saw it!
3. Schindlers List (1993) Remember how I said that E.T. wasnt my fave Spielberg movie? Well this is. Why? Simple. Its the only film Ive ever shed a tear at, and for me thats quite a statement. Ive said it before, and Ill say it again. If you dont cry after seeing this, YOU HAVE NO SOUL.
2. Toy Story (1995) Not only Pixars best work, but as far as Im concerned, this is the best animated film ever, with the only possible exception being its sequel, Toy Story 2.
1. Forrest Gump (1994) What a great movie! This is why Tom Hanks is renowned as one of the best actors of all time. He took a simple love story about a retarded man and a whore, and made it one of the best films ever. Good old Forrest
5. I Am Legend (2007) I have a question. Why do people not like this movie? I havent got much to say about it other than, WHY!?! As for why I like it, Im not sure. I just find it oddly compelling.
4. King Kong (2005) - Yet another oddball. Ironically, the only problem I had with the film was its length, and not Jack Black! Huh, go figure.
3. The Dark Knight (2008) Now were talking! The highest opening weekend in history, its easy to see why everyone loved The Dark Knight so much. I loved it, you loved it, everyone loved it! I mean, DAMN!
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) What can I say, other than quote Rotten Tomatoes, who was right on the money, A moving and satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy.
1. A Beautiful Mind (2001) Now THIS is a sleeper. Contrary to everyone else, Im going to say that the most fun I had at the movies in 2001 was watching A Beautiful Mind! Not Lord of the Rings, not Harry Potter, this baby. Russell Crowe kicks ASS!
Now were talking! The big one. So, here it is, no more waiting. My Top 10 Films of All Time.
10. I Am Legend
9. King Kong (2006)
8. The Caine Mutiny
6. A Beautiful Mind
4. The Godfather Part II
3. 12 Angry Men
2. The Godfather
1. To Kill a Mockingbird
Questions? Got a Top 10 of your own? Id love to hear it! But for now,
Heres looking at you, kid.