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My Top 50 Films All-Time

Updated on August 25, 2014

April 27, 2012

I am not a professional film critic, nor do I have any credentials that qualify me to tell the public what the best movies of all-time are. Then, again, I am not your every day movie goer. I am a life-long viewer obsessed with movies and film stars mostly from the Golden Era of films. I believe I was a movie lover right out of the womb.

I was always into movie trivia and behind the scenes stories of film stars. I went through a period in my life where I watched two or three movies a day. There was almost a symbiotic relationship between Hollywood and myself. I simply love movies and movie stars. Not today's stars. They are not the same as the ones I grew up with. Maybe there are a couple like Diane Lane, for example. There was a glamour and a star-power that simply did not carry over into today's actors. For me, the star usually makes the movie. A few films would be powerful simply for their storyline, but most require the magnetism of the Hollywood star.

The film critic has criteria that he, or she goes by to give a film a place on their list. I have only one. I must thoroughly enjoy the film whether it makes me laugh, cry, sad, feel good, or gives me the Wow factor. So, here I go with my list of the Top 50 Films of All-Time. Four of my top five are usually in the top five of most lists out there; they are just that good. The only one missing is the film claimed on most lists to be the number one film of all time, Citizen Cane. Sorry, but I just can not even include this film on my entire list. The film was ahead of its time and used camera angles and various behind the scene skills that are far reaching and significant to the professional film critic. I just did not enjoy watching.

The Godfather

The Godfather II

Gone With the Wind

Casablanca

From Here to Eternity

The Sand Pebbles

Cool Hand Luke

Dr. Zhivago

An Officer and a Gentleman

The African Queen

Ben Hur

The Best Years of Our Lives

Imitation of Life

It's a Wonderful Life

From the Terrace

Inherit the Wind

Lawrence of Arabia

Pillow Talk

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Manhattan Melodrama

Double Indemnity

Body Heat

Urban Cowboy

Sergeant York

"10"

To Kill a Mockingbird

Arthur

The Graduate

Giant

The Apartment

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

E.T.

Psycho

The Deer Hunter

Dances With Wolves

A Place in the Sun

The Shawshank Redemption

Some Like it Hot

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Seven

Midnight Cowboy

The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Pulp Fiction

Silence of the Lambs

The Wizard of Oz

On the Waterfront

Sullivan's Travels

The Searchers

Jaws

Romancing the Stone

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      WILLIAM EVANS 

      3 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Thanks, RJB. Great to get approval from a person with a major in creative writing. I actually have Cool Hand Luke in my top ten. I have probably seen it 20 times! BTW, you may notice in the All-Time Favorites listings over the past few years that Godfather is number one in most of them now as with my list rather than Citizen Kane. Ironically, my wife and I saw it on our first date.

      I will check out Take Shelter. Without giving it too much thought, the first thing that comes to mind in later films is my love for The Notebook. That is a dead giveaway that I am a hopeless romantic!

      Thanks for stopping by...........

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      rjbatty 

      3 years ago from Irvine

      We have very similar tastes. I'd have a hard time coming up with a list like this. It would be a bit different but would include most of the ones you assembled. I'd include "The Great Escape," "The Magnificent Seven," "Platoon," "Cool Hand Luke" and some others, but you grasped most of the masterpieces. It's funny that you excluded "Citizen Kane." I agree with you on this. The film is mesmerizing because of its use of cinematography, lighting and mood, but even with all that I've always felt the picture was over-rated. So many lists place "Citizen Kane" at the top of their list. Supposedly, it's the best film ever. I'm glad to see that I'm not alone in feeling this is an unsupported assertion. I'd like to see you do a similar list on stuff produced from the 1990's forward -- if you watch any of this material. I'd like to get your take on a small film called "Take Shelter." If you haven't seen it, give it a whirl then write a Hub about your feelings. You might like it or you may hate it, but I'd be curious where you go. With your extensive exposure to the classics, I'd love to get your feedback on some newer independent films such as "Take Shelter." I've got you on my "follow" list so I'll be waiting to see what comes next re. your expansive experience with the film industry.

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      jeharr 

      6 years ago

      Great list. Our taste vary just a bit. Pulp Fiction out High Noon in.

    • discovery2020 profile imageAUTHOR

      WILLIAM EVANS 

      6 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Thanks, Alecia. Didn't you just love the dialogue in Double Indemnity? A little over the top for today's crowd, but I watch it every chance I get.

      My computer has been down, so you might have rec'd this twice.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 

      6 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Great to hear that, Stanleyreese. Let me know how you like them. Thanks for stopping by.

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      WILLIAM EVANS 

      6 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      I'm impressed that you have seen all these. Great minds and all that. Hey, you have just got to see Manhattan Melodrama with Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy and Mickey Rooney. Outstanding storyline.

    • discovery2020 profile imageAUTHOR

      WILLIAM EVANS 

      6 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      We share the Godfather fanaticism. Thanks for stopping by.

    • discovery2020 profile imageAUTHOR

      WILLIAM EVANS 

      6 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Thanks, Alecia. Didn't you just love the dialogue in Double Indemnity? A little over the top for today's crowd, but I watch it every chance I get.

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      stanleyreese 

      6 years ago from Alabama

      Good job. Our taste are similar, it seems. I have not seen some of these so they are now on my must-see list.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow! I've seen every one of these except for Manhattan Melodrama....of course, I'm old so that helps! :) Great hub, loved the trip down memory lane.

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      A Godfather Fanatic here :).. so jumped at your hub right away.

      This is some collection! The first two... no doubt about them... no movies are better!

      All in all a great hub. Voted up, shared all over!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      6 years ago from Pune, India

      Great list, thank you for sharing it.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      6 years ago from Pune, India

      Great list, thank you for sharing it.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Double Indemnity has to be my favorite on this list. I haven't seen all of these but I think you have great variety and I think many of these films helped make cinema great. Great job!

    • discovery2020 profile imageAUTHOR

      WILLIAM EVANS 

      6 years ago from GARLAND, TEXAS

      Thanks young lady. I appreciate the comment.

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      SUZY EVANS 

      6 years ago

      I agree with each and every one! Great Article!

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