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WHAT DO GREAT FILMS HAVE IN COMMON?

What makes a great film? Everyone will, of course, have their own views, and no one view is definitive. I give my own opinion during the course of compiling this list. At this stage, I would merely suggest that no one should be prejudiced by any one single criterion. Films can be great even if they star a cast of unknown actors. Films of course can be great even if they are written in a foreign language or screened in black and white. Films can be great even if they are all action with no dialogue, or all dialogue with no action. Conversely, the world's best directors have all made turkeys, and the world's best actors have starred in them. I trust that in my selection of great films, there are very few defining qualities - other than quality itself.

Active links to my reviews of some of the films featured here will be highlighted below.

THE HOW AND WHY OF THE COMPILATION OF THIS LIST

Many people enjoy the old party game of compiling lists of 'favourites', and one of the most popular topics for such lists is 'favourite movies'. This is my list, and for me it serves two purposes;

  1. It satisfies the desire to put down in writing my feelings, and to promote these films so that others unfamiliar with all on this list, can be introduced to them. I hope anyone who chooses to watch any of these films for the first time, will enjoy the experience; that will be sufficient justification for the list.
  2. The list also serves as a page of links to my reviews of these movies. Links to each of the films on this page will be highlighted as each new review is added. I hope you enjoy the reviews.

As with everyone I suspect, my tastes change with time. Some films I watch for the twentieth time, and I find something new with each viewing. Other films wear a bit thin with repeated screenings, and I will eventually grow bored with a movie I once loved. Some date less well than others, and viewed ten or twenty or fifty years after first screening, they just do not seem so good anymore. And of course, there are always new movies coming along to add to the list. Consequently this list will be dynamic, and will be adjusted on a regular basis to reflect my current opinion.

Finally, I should point out something about the 100 movies on this list. They are my favourites, and I can defend the fact that they are all great films, but I cannot claim they are definitively the greatest ever. I am not a professional film reviewer; I am a casual film viewer. I do not spend all my evenings at the local cinema, catching the latest offerings, and many of the most universally admired films from the past are works which I have never seen. I therefore make no claims for the movies on this list, except that they are my favourites, and they are all worth watching.

This then, is my list of 100 favourite films, with links to reviews, and accompanying notes.

THE TOP 20

01) The Big Country

02) Nottinghill

03) Dave

04) In the Heat of the Night

05) The Untouchables

06) Witness

07) Star Wars : Episode IV - A New Hope

08) The Terminator

09) Apollo 13

10) Kingdom of Heaven

11) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

12) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

13) Charade

14) Zulu

15) Shenandoah

16) For a Few Dollars More

17) The Sting

18) The Fugitive

19) Die Hard

20) Master and Commander : The Far Side of the World

The Big Country
The Big Country

ENTERTAINMENT v QUALITY

For many people a list like this would be full of action packed entertainment movies with amazing special effects (yet in my opinion - ineptly stupid). For others the list would be full of serious-minded well directed movies, full of talent, and perhaps with a philosophical or moral message (yet in my opinion - mind-numbingly pretentious or boring). It's my belief that all of the movies on my list have both entertainment value and great quality of direction and production. Neither is enough by itself.

I am quite proud of the fact that every decade from the last sixty years is represented in just this top 20 ranging from 'The Big Country', made in 1958, to 'Kingdom of Heaven', in 2005. It's true there are no foreign language films or black and white films (though a few of these are featured further down), but the top 20 list does include almost every genre from comedy to period drama, and sci fi to westerns. Some are unashamedly fun ('Dirty Rotten Scoundrels') or fantasy ('Terminator'), while some portray real events ('Apollo 13' and 'Zulu').

The top 20 includes just two Best Picture Academy Award winners ('In the Heat of the Night' and 'The Sting') and these two films plus 'Star Wars' garnered a total of 18 awards between them. Half of the films in my top 20, however, didn't get a single Oscar between them; though whether that says something about my taste, or the tastes of Academy members, is for you to decide.

FILMS 21 - 40

21) Jaws

22) Raiders of the Lost Ark

23) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

24) The Day of the Jackal

25) The Apartment

26) The Battle of Britain

27) Jurassic Park

28) The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill .....

29) Downfall

30) Batteries Not Included

31) Starman

32) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

33) Genevieve

34) The Naked Gun

35) The Dam Busters

36) Falling Down

37) Ghost

38) Sleepless in Seattle

39) Duel

40) I Robot

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark

DIRECTORS AND STARS

Two names may already be standing out to readers of this list. Director Steven Spielberg collaborated with actor Harrison Ford in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'. Spielberg directed no less than five movies in my top 40, the others being Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Duel (his early made-for-TV film). Harrison Ford meanwhile has appeared in five movies (the two Indiana films, Star Wars, Witness and The Fugitive).

Spielberg undoubtably knows how to make entertaining, box office hits, with a professional expertise. Some of his work could be criticised for being overly commercial, but I would nevertheless regard him as the greatest of directors for the continuing high standard of his work. I don't generally follow film stars - the movie is more important than any face which appears on screen - but Harrison Ford does seem to possess a happy knack of picking the big winners when it comes to selecting his movie roles.

In my full top 100 list, Spielberg has directed seven films (no other director has more than four to his credit). Ford has starred in six.

In my list of films 21-40, I include the German movie 'Downfall' which explores the last days of Adolf Hitler in his Berlin bunker. Perhaps to my shame, it is the only foreign language movie in my top 100, but no doubt I - and all of us - should be less lazy about reading subtitles and should embrace such works; to ignore the vast majority of the world's cinema just because of language difficulties is surely to miss out on a treasure trove of great work.

FILMS 41 - 60

41) The Man Who Never Was

42) Terminator II - Judgement Day

43) The Grissom Gang

44) The Cincinnati Kid

45) The Caine Mutiny

46) War of the Worlds (2005 version)

47) The Outlaw Josey Wales

48) Predator

49) Key Largo

50) Torn Curtain

51) The African Queen

52) Red Corner

53) Pretty Woman

54) Aces High

55) Ice Station Zebra

56)The Quick and the Dead

57) A Fistful of Dollars

58) Quatermass and the Pit

59) Operation Crossbow

60) Housesitter

Red Corner
Red Corner

SEQUELS AND SERIES

Franchises and sequels and remakes seem to have become the staple of an ultra-cautious film industry where fortunes can be made - or lost - on the box office success of a movie. Why risk capital on a new and untested story when you can repackage a formula which has been a proven success in the past, and which seemingly guarantees profits in the future?

It's something of a cliché to suggest that sequels are rarely as good as the original, and there is some truth in that (the reasons will be explored in a future page), but nonetheless there have been some extraordinarily good remakes of classic films, and many stories which are continuations of an original film idea, but which have stayed true to the qualities which marked the original for greatness.

In this list I include several films which have been remade, including 'Rear Window' and 'War of the Worlds'. Usually it is the older version which is favoured - the high standard of entertainment which decreed that a remake should eventually be made, inevitably makes the original a hard act to follow. However in the case of 'War of the Worlds', I believe the remake scores highly for the quality of acting and direction, the emotional pull, and of course for the vastly superior special effects which were not possible in the 1953 original.

Of course in this list, franchises such as Terminator, Predator and Harry Potter also figure prominently. Indiana Jones has three entries in my top 100 list, and so does the never-ending sequence of James Bond movies.

A few lesser known pictures are now appearing in my top 100 list - movies like 'The Man who Never Was', 'Starman', 'Genevieve' and 'Red Corner', and an early Hugh Grant feature with the absurdly long title of 'The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill, But Came Down a Mountain'. (Hugh Grant in a romantic comedy would you believe?) I guess a particular pleasure would be to introduce a few visitors to this site to some of these slightly lesser known movies.

FILMS 61 - 80

61) Rear Window (1954 version)

62) Dances with Wolves

63) Alien

64) Phone Booth

65) Kind Hearts and Coronets

66) Psycho

67) Big Deal at Dodge City

68) School for Scoundrels

69) Deep Impact

70) In the Line of Fire

71) The Last of the Mohicans

72) Enemy at the Gates

73) The Man with the Golden Gun

74) Westworld

75) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

76) Destry Rides Again

77) The Towering Inferno

78) Blast from the Past

79) The Birds

80) Goldeneye

Rear Winndow
Rear Winndow

THE GOLDEN ERA ?

In my introduction I suggest that one should not be prejudiced by the age of a film and in this latest batch of movies, numbers 61 to 80, there is the oldest work on my list. 'Destry Rides Again' starred James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich and was made in 1939. Was there a 'Golden Age' of Hollywood? Perhaps yes, if one considers glitter and glamour, and the wealth and the power of the movie moguls as the key criteria, but in terms of quality, I think not.

If one can generalise grossly, I would say that films from the first half of the 20th century tend to characterised by beautifully simple plots (which even I can understand), clear dialogue and clear morality, with good guys wearing white hats and bad guys wearing black. Entertainment is the priority. But there is also some atrociously over-the-top acting, banal dialogue, and clichéd scripts.

Films from the second half of the 20th century have tended to be characterised by an ever increasing professionalism in presentation, as movie makers have learned how to use film to express themselves with greater realism. I would say that the general quality particularly of acting and script writing has improved immeasurably. But sometimes this has been at the expense of entertainment value, with blurred moralities, muffled incoherent conversations, and gimicky camera work.

These are generalisations, and there are plenty of classic movies from every decade since film was invented which stand out from the rest, and I just hope I have included some of these stand out films on this page.

FILMS 81 - 100

81) Big

82) The Ipcress File

83) Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom

84) Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1956 version)

85) Small Soldiers

86) United 93

87)The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

88) Where Eagles Dare

89) North by Northwest

90) Monty Python's Life of Brian

91) Mrs Brown

92) The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951 version)

93) Eye of the Needle

94) The Eagle Has Landed

95) Goldfinger

96) Ben Hur

97) The Blue Max

98) Titanic

99) Cellular

100)My Fair Lady

United 93
United 93

THE BEST FILMS

So this is my list of 100 favourite films.

Already I can imagine the shakings of many heads in amazement, and the bursting of blood vessels as readers try to comprehend the selections, and even more so - some of the absences. For something so trivial, few subjects manage to raise temperatures so high as a person's list of favourite films.

If it's some comfort to such people, the list will change, so maybe some of your favourites will be added in due course when I see the light (or at least see the movie).

Anyway, we can't agree on politics, or religion. What would the world be coming to if we all agreed on movies?

If you read any of my reviews (links are in blue) I hope you enjoy them.

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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Craig Easom; Thanks very much for that. The list is probably overdue for a slight overhaul - a change to the running order, and maybe a few additions and deletions from the list. And I'm currently in the process of completing a review of 'Witness', one of my all time favourite movies.

I note from your profile Craig that you are keen on cinema and movies. As soon as I can, I think I shall have to take a look at some of your pages on the world of film. Alun


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Craig Easom 2 years ago from Great England

Some great films here. I love that you've clearly put a lot of thought into doing the list. My "top 100" films list would look very different but as you said, everyone's favourite films will be entirely different. Liked and shared.


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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Adventuretravels; I'm sure many would dispute my choice of films Giovanna, but if a film is skillfully made (acting, dialogue, direction etc) and if I enjoy it enough to see it time and time again, then that makes it a great film as far as I'm concerned. I think I've now seen all of these films at least three times, and some I've seen many more times than that!

I like all genre of movies; probably sci-fi is my favourite genre, but as with other genres, special effects and action are not enough. There has to be thoughtfulness in the writing and acting as well. Cheers, Alun.


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Adventuretravels 2 years ago from London UK

Wow you do know a lot about what makes a great movie - wish I had time to watch all of these!


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Many thanks PDXKaraokeGuy; I appreciate your visit and comment. Whatever the excitement that action and special effects can generate in a movie, one needs to identify with and believe in the characters and the situation they are in, if one is to really get involved emotionally in a movie. I think great direction and/or great dialogue is therefore hugely important. Alun.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

This is a great list. Very unusual and unique... much like my music lists. I alsao don't like action films and I think Michael Bay is one of the worst film dirctors ever. Action for the sake of action is annoying. Well done.


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Audra; thanks so much for visiting and for indexing my list. As you can see - like you - I enjoy all genres, and as long as the film has talent in the script, acting, or direction, yet isn't too elitist and dreary, it may appeal.

Certainly 'Mrs Brown' isn't typical of the movies I like (because I do generally enjoy at least a little action in a movie) but the relationship between Judi Dench and Billy Connolly is brilliantly executed. 'The Birds', like all Hitchcock movies. has some great set pieces (notably the crows gathering on the climbing frame) and 'Nottinghill' has such a witty and charming theme. 'The Untouchables' briefly replaced 'In the Heat of the Night' as my all-time favourite movie when I first saw it. As for 'Enemy at the Gates', that's one of my favourites from the new millennium.

I must make special mention of 'Downfall' though. I recently hired a DVD because I needed to refresh my memory of the film before writing a hub review. I watched it several times in quick succession. First, it's intriguing to see how a German director and actors handle this terrible part of their history. The film avoids some of the typical Nazi cliches, and shows the characters as real human beings, but certainly doesn't flinch from showing the brutal depravity of the Nazi regime. Secondly, as a psychological drama it is so powerful - desperate people in desperate circumstances, some traumatised, some confused, some still adhering to Nazi principles - none of them really knowing what to do next as the Russians encroach on Berlin. I certainly recommend it.

Cheers Audra. Pleasure to hear your views.


AudraLeigh 4 years ago

Hi Alun! I am a big movie fan! I enjoy watching almost all genres! I really like how you took time to list your faves and be a moderator at the same time. This reminded me of Siskel and Ebert tv show without the fighting.

I am eager to see ‘Downfall’…putting that on my list! Of the 30 movies on your list I have seen, the following are my favorites.

1. ‘ Notting Hil’l: Love Hugh Grant in anything! Love the brownie scene!

2. ‘Mrs Brown’: Billy Conolly was brilliant in this drama!

3. ‘The Untouchables: Deniro, Connery!

4. ‘Enemy at the Gates’’: Jude Law was a good actor then What happened to him? It is a hard one to watch,

5. ‘The Birds’: Funny, I sat down to watch it one day. It was really good. So I sat there and watched, the birds came out, the credits rolled. I had no idea I was watching The Birds until the end! It was wild!

I am indexing this as a must see list. Thanks for writing and sharing!


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

darkland; thanks so much for paying a visit to this page and checking out my list, and for your comments.

As far as 'Saving Private Ryan' is concerned. I actually agree. As you appreciate, I'm a fan of Spielberg's films generally, and this is one of his most respected projects in England. It took me several viewings to take to this film. I think my problem was that most of the soldiers seemed a bit too ill-defined and indistinguishable in the mud and rubble - at first viewing I couldn't even figure out which members of the platoon had survived the film and which hadn't! However, having watched it several times I've enjoyed it more and more, it's genuinely moving, particularly at the beginning and the end, and the D Day landing sequence is extraordinarily powerful and realistic, I intend updating this page once or twice a year, so next time round 'Saving Private Ryan' will definitely get a listing.

Thanks for mentioning 'Eye of The Needle' - one of my favourite wartime dramas. 'Duel' is such a simple film in many ways, but so well directed - it's hard to think of how any scenes could be improved. The ending is particularly good - any lesser director would just have the truck explode in a cliched ball of flames - Spielberg has it dying slowly like a great monster.

Alun.


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darkland 4 years ago from Anchorage, Alaska

Hi Alun,

I loved every movie on your list. I don't think I'd have them in the same order, of course, but it is a great list.

Conspicuously missing in my mind was "Saving Private Ryan". Do you have any thoughts on how it was received in England and what did you think of it (presuming you've seen it)?

Thanks for adding "Eye of the Needle" and "Duel". two films that have never gotten the attention they deserve.


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Thanks for that message. Best wishes to you too, both for the holidays, and during the present situation in Virginia Tech. I have responded by e-mail regarding your involvement in this incident.


Derdriu 5 years ago

Alun: Purple is good. So are photos on animals and flowers.

Best wishes for the holidays and many thanks for all the great learning fun hubs,

Derdriu

P.S. Remember the Buncefield fire which you discussed? I currently am at Virginia Tech (http://stessily.hubpages.com/hub/A-Prayer-for-Virg...


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Thanks Derdriu. It's always been a pleasure hearing from you.

Currently I'm writing a 'Shades of Purple' page which I promised to write for a friend of mine, and soon after that I may write about 'Shades of Green' which you once said was your favourite colour. Also, because I've just begun digitally scanning some of my old photos, I would hope to publish a few more hubs in the future on animal and flower subjects.

But irrespective of what the future holds, my heartfelt thanks for your visits to date. Alun.


Derdriu 5 years ago

Alun: Thank you for giving such a kind nudge about my misperceived sense of accomplishment in thinking that I had read all of your hubs. But your review of Genevieve now can be considered most definitely "lu et approuvé" (read and approved).

Generally, I try to read, and be supportive of, as many hubs by my followers -- whom I also follow -- as possible. It is a beautiful experience in dramatic organization, intelligent writing, and most appropriate photography (especially if it is your own) which I find in all of your hubs.

Any hub which you write will be appreciated by me, particularly about flowers and shades of green.

Respectfully,

Derdriu


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Derdriu.

I've just responded to your comment about this page, but I should also say thank you for your loyalty to all my pages.

(There is actually one which you haven't yet commented on - a review of the film 'Genevieve', but that is such a quintessentially English movie, you may never even have heard of it, let alone seen it !!)

However, you have been the most supportive of all HubPage members and visitors to my pages, which is especially gratifying in view of the quality of your own work. Your comments have always been thoughtful and generous, and have helped encourage me to keep writing. In some respects our pages are similar, not least in that some of the subject matter may be of relatively minority interest, and therefore may not always attract as many visitors as we would like - in those circumstances the support of those who do happen upon the pages is extremely welcome and encouraging, and makes the effort of writing them seem worthwhile.

I will try to find another way of acknowledging your contributions in due course (maybe in a page entitled 'Shades of Green', or maybe in a flower page).

Yours Alun.


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Thanks Derdriu. I hope to do a few more reviews in the near future, tho' I've been a bit tied up with other subject matter recently. It's always interesting to hear which movies other people like and why. As far as 'Casablanca' is concerned, I have seen it once, but not for more than a decade (maybe two) and I think I would need to see it again. On the TV service I have (not satellite, and limited channels) black and white movies tend to screen in the daytime when I am at work. As I mention, I wouldn't necessarily claim the list is by any means definitive as the 100 best ever movies, as there are so many I haven't seen - I could only claim that the featured films are all very good movies worth watching. A second comment will follow regarding your visits to my pages.


Derdriu 5 years ago

Alun: What an articulate, diverse and fascinating compilation of your list of the 100 greatest movies! There are many films with which I would agree, such as "Kingdom of Heaven," "Master and Commander," "The Man Who Never Was," "Housesitter," "The Last of the Mohicans," and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and many many more. At the same time, there are some unexpected omissions: For example, many people here always list "Casablanca." Are there theatres which show old films in England? Or is your viewing based entirely on TV reruns, new releases, and DVDs?

Thank you for sharing, voted up + all categories,

Derdriu

P.S. I think I just met my goal of reading all your hubs! What great learning fun!


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Thankyou Steve for your comments. If we have 21 films in common, I reckon that's a pretty high figure considering the huge number of movies released each year. In fact, looking at you list, there's at least another 25 which would be in my top 200. What's more, Alfred Hitchcock - your favourite director - is probably second on my list after Spielberg.

I do like the original Star Wars movie (Episoode IV) best, probably because it's the most complete. It stands on its own with a satisfactory conclusion. 'The Empire Strikes Back' has to be watched in conjunction with 'New Hope' and 'Return of the Jedi' for it to work. Besides, I just don't find 'Empire' quite so much fun.

About 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', it's certainly not far below the top 100, and may well creep in in due course when I next see it, because it does have some similarities in style and quality to some of the other Westerns in the list. It probably won't ever top 'For a Few Dollars More' in my affection though; I just love the slightly comic interplay bewteen Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef in that film.

'Big Deal at Dodge City' is a bit of a comedy Western, starring Henry Fonda. I wouldn't say it's got anything really special about it in terms of the acting, direction etc. What appeals for me is the storyline. I hesitate to describe it further, because it's impossible to do so without revealing the ending. Suffice it to say there's a poker game going on, but all is not quite what it seems.


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Steve Lensman 5 years ago from London, England

Good list Greensleeves, many favourites on there. You really did like The Big Country eh? :)

It's funny we both have a William Wyler film as our top favourite, mine was released a year later.

I've seen 89 of the 100 films you've listed here. And 21 of them are also on my 100 favourites (you can view them on my profile page).

Good to see you picked the first Star Wars film, everyone seems to prefer Empire.

I couldn't find Good the Bad and the Ugly on the list, the other two are on there.

And I've never heard of Big Deal at Dodge City and I've collected hundreds of westerns. Interesting.


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Great post..Thanks


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Vinaya, thanks for your contribution. Two of your suggestions may only be missing because I haven't yet seen them. I have watched - and quite liked - 'Scent of a Woman', but not enough to get into the top 100 I'm afraid.

Incidentally I just saw your profile and share several of your interests and outlooks, and would like to welcome you to HubPages. Hope you enjoy writing on this site.


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK Author

FloraBreenRobison, I know what you mean about 1939, as several of the films generally considered as all-time classics were made in that year.

As you'd expect, I couldn't agree about the quality of recent films, but fair enough. I daresay I could include a few silent movies, but most I have not seen for so many years and I think I would have to view them again. In my country black and white films, let alone silent films, generally get relegated to the hours of the day when no one is available to watch them, which is a shame.

As far as the last points are concerned, of course the precise order of a list like this is not to be taken too seriously, and could change with the latest viewing of each film. It's really just a fun exercise. And I suppose to be strictly accurate, these should be called 'favourite' films rather than 'greatest' but to an extent I think the terms are interchangeable. Most movies are meant to be entertaining, so if they entertain me to a high degree, I feel they've achieved their purpose; and that makes them great.

Thanks for your comments Flora. Much appreciated.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I have watched 20 films on the list and Sleepless in Seattle is my best on the list. I feel sad that some of my best films are not listed here, for instance: Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (2005), Passion of the Christ, Scent of a Woman to name a few.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

1939 was indeed the best year of movies- nearly every film made during that year deserved Oscar nominations. I could make a top 100 list of only 1939 movies. If I were compiling a list not a single film would appear from past the year 1970. I notice you don't even consider silent films. I have seen enough recent films, some on your list, to come to the conclusion that outside of som independent films, movies were the highest quality during the studio system era. There was a larger pool of talent,and not an endless array of sequels.

As for what I've seen I have seen 12 on your top 20, 7 of 21-40, 7 41-60, 12 of 61 -80, and 14 of 81-100 for a total of 52, just over the halfway mark (I do this with Cogerson's hubs and his Movie Score lists.)

Of the ones you have done reviews I have seen Five of them, most recently seen is Flight 93-also the most recently filmed. (The others are, in order that you list them: the Big Country, Apollo 13, and Master and Commander: Far Side of the World)

Regarding Cogerson's comment about doing a top 100 list of his own , I don't know that I could do this across genres. I would need a top 100 each for various sub-genres of mystery/suspense fiction as well as Top 100 movie musicals. I might able to do a top 100 of all other genres, but even that I'm not sure I can do. It's easier to figure out what is close to number one, but deciding 1 vs.2 doesn't really work for me as I cannot decide. It is easier if I were to title the list 100 Favourite movies. But greatest, no I don't think I'll tackle that. Too hard for me to be objective and greatest needs objectivity.


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK Author

COGERSON: By the way, 'Enemy at the Gate', which you mention in your comments, will possibly be my next review, as I've seen it two or three times just recently, so it's fresh in my mind.


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK Author

ROBWRITE: Thanks a lot to you for all your comments. To pick up on a few of them:

1) Glad you like Kind Hearts and Coronets. Of course it must have been a lot of fun to make, with Alec Guinness playing all eight members of an aristocratic family who have to be murdered for the ninth in line to succeed to a dukedom.

2) Certainly I think United 93 should be watched. It does go a little against my own criteria for judging films, because there's no real entertainment value in this tragic true story, but I feel it's just so well made and so poignant.

3) Not sure if Blast from the Past will stay on my list after many repeated viewings, but it's a likeable, innocent comedy with enjoyable characters. (A naïve young man hidden away in a bunker for decades by parents fearful of a nuclear attack, ventures out into the modern world for the first time).

So far I am only writing about films I like, because I don't have the patience to sit through and analyse a movie that doesn't grab my attention pretty quickly. (Unless someone wants to pay me for doing so!) Maybe if I carry on writing film reviews, I'll have to become a little more professional, and try my hand at scathing reviews, but not just yet.

Thanks again for your nice comments. All are appreciated.


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Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK Author

COGERSON - Thanks for all your interesting comments.To answer a few of the points you make:

1) I agree Kingdom of Heaven is quite a powerful, intriguing story which mixes some fictional elements with factual events - I have actually visited the crusader castle at Kerak.

2) As far as The Big Country is concerned, the combination of entertainment, a moral message, likeable actors and interesting characters, just works for me.

3) Glad you like Starman - a less well known but really nice bit of romantic fantasy sci-fi.

4) The Grissom Gang was made in 1971. Set in the 1920s, the Grissoms are a brutal, degenerate gang who kidnap a young heiress for ransom. What I like is the strange relationship which develops between Slim Grissom, a psychotic, dim-witted individual who nonetheless falls for the heiress, and the girl who senses his affection for her is the only thing which will keep her alive.

I must admit I haven't seen All the President's Men. Sixth Sense, I've seen once and it's OK - maybe I'll try it again. Pulp Fiction didn't appeal - Usually I hate films which jump around in different time frames - it confuses my poor brain!

Finally, your comment on Housitter made me laugh. We'll have to agree to differ. I just like Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin, and I like the way the comedy of lies they tell begins to escallate into an entirely make-believe alternative life.

Anyway, thanks once more for your considered comments. I look forward to reading your list one day!


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

There are a lot of very good films here. I like a number of the ones you mentioned. I can see why they're your favorites. Its good to see 'kind hearts and coronets' on the list. That's a forgotten gem.

There are a few films on your list I have seen, like "blast from the past", "United 93" and several others. I'll try to catch them sometime, if I get the chance.

It's much easier to make a greatest films list based on personal preference, rather than judging by established criterias of greatness. It took me months to do my "300 greatest films ever" hubs because I was doing it as a film critic, not as a fan, so I included films I don't even really like, just because I thought they deserved to be there.

Fun hub. Nice work.

Rob


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Hey Alun.....awesome list....I had to grab a piece of paper so I would not forget any comments. First of all..thanks for putting this list together....I have seen 81 of the movies you listed.

Movies 1-20. The movie that jumps out at me is #11....I assume it is the director's cut that ranks so high for Kingdom of Heaven...I think Kingdom is one of the best movies made in the last 20 years...a movie that still has great meaning today...as we still fight over the same land. A little surprised The Big Country is #1 but I respect your choice...glad to see two Caine movies in the Top 20

Movies 21-40. Jaws would make my Top 10....but glad to see Starman which is an awesome underrated movie

Movies 41-60. T2 is an all-time classic....and Enemy at the Gate is another awesome underrated movie...I think Housesitter would be 4532nd for me...but maybe another viewing is needed

Movies 61-80. Glad to see Eye of the Needle... a great spy movie and one of Donald Sutherland's best movies

Movies 81-100. North by Northwest awesome...and the only movie on your list that I have never heard of is The Grissom Gang #95

And finally movies I was surprised not to see....Pulp Fiction, The Sixth Sense and All the President's Men.

Awesome list....I have been thinking about doing a hub on my top movies....you have motivated me to do that as well. Voted up and awesome.

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