Hi, In your opinion, Which movie is The Greatest Movie Ever? It should be one that you have personally seen as i think the personal experience is also very important in the Art sense. Would be happy to see some Action/Comedy titles in there too. Just trying to see if there is a general consensus regarding which film is the best of the best, the most brilliant, The Greatest Movie Ever!
What a difficult question to answer - there are so many great films! But if I had to narrow it down to just one film being the best all-around developed movie of all time, it would have to be GANDHI. After GANDHI would be these five: The Godfather (the original, #1 in the series) Ben-Hur Gone With The Wind LOTR (the whole trilogy) Excalibur
Considering an answer would be purely subjective, based upon the question, it is impossible for me to answer, because no single film qualifies for me. I can't even give you a favorite because it would depend upon my mood. You cant use the Oscars as a deciding criteria because of how films are chosen and who votes. While I cant give you a specific film I can give you criteria for you to use from Director John Huston
It is not an exact quote, but it is as close as I can make it -
"A great film has several memorable scenes in it, and no bad ones."
Start there to make a search, but not even the AFI will name a single film, but they will give you a list of the 100 best dramas, westerns, comedies, etc...
In my opinion,out of all of the movies I have watched, I would have to say, the Greatest Movie Ever in the Christmas genre is, "It's a Wonderful Life." In the Classic Family category, "Heidi," Classic Old Time Movie, if that is even a genre would be, "Gone With the Wind" and All time Greatest Thriller, "Gone Girl." The Greatest Movie Ever as far as comedy goes, "The Hangover." The Greatest Movie Ever in the Western films, "Shane." Did I leave any categories out?
All of these foregoing movies would be in my top ten. In my top ten I include franchises as a single film. So Godfather one and two make the top 5 as a single film (3 was vile so it is not on the list). All three Lord of the Rings movies count in my top ten as one marvelous compendium.
I would like to add the Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption to the list of greats (Steven King is brilliant). I can and do watch them over and over again.
There are so many, not one will do: Casablanca The Caine Mutiny The Ten Commandments Doctor Zhivago War and Peace, especially the Russian version Saving Private Ryan Lawrence of Arabia Zorba the Greek Judgement at Nuremburg Ivan the Terrible, the Russian version Potemkin, the Russian version The Pianist The Godfather, especially Part I The Great Escape
Thanks for all the nominees guys, so many good titles out there, all for us to discover. But i think the most mentioned film is Godfather 1 and the most mentioned trilogy is LOTR. Good choices guys. And i'm sure there will be more titles for us to discover, so keep watching and just keep going. Keep adding to this list if you know more names guys. Thanks again.
I personally find many of the listed films to be excellent (and a couple to be out of left field). The films I give a ten-star rating to would be: 12 Angry Men American Beauty Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon The Dark Knight Dr. Strangelove, or; How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Fargo The Godfather The Godfather, Part II Grave of the Fireflies Juno Memento No Country for Old Men O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Pianist The Princess Bride Raising Arizona Schindler's List The Silence of the Lambs Thank You for Smoking To Kill a Mockingbird The Usual Suspects Wag the Dog Feels like I may have forgotten one or two. Anyway, to more directly answer the topic at hand, the Best All-Around Film may be The Godfather, but my personal #1 Greatest Film is O Brother, Where Art Thou? It's a toss-up between O Brother and The Princess Bride for Most Rewatchable Film, and Grave of the Fireflies is easily the Greatest Animated Film; it's a toss-up between Fireflies and Crouching Tiger for Best Film Not in the English Language.
Wow--like everyone else, I cannot pick a single favorite. I don't even know if anyone else would consider the movies that struck a chord with me to be "great." As another has commented, that is totally subjective. A few of my favorites, though, (depending on my mood) would be:
Grumpy Old Men On Golden Pond Driving Miss Daisy Somewhere in Time Dances With Wolves Mrs. Doubtfire Dead Poets' Society Enemy Mine Titanic The Poseidon Adventure (the original, with Shelly Winters) The Birds Psycho
That's an even dozen, and I think that's probably a good enough listing...
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