Top Twenty Movies of All Time - One Person's Choice
History of Top Twenty Movies List
There are probably as many top ten lists as there are movies. Ten is a very small number so I decided to expand it to twenty. Everyone has their own opinions when it comes to any given movie. Ask five women what they thought about "Full Metal Jacket". I happened to love it but I have a feeling not all women will. Ask five men what they thought about "Gone With the Wind" and I have a feeling their answers will be different from five women. I think you get my point. Movies can be very subjective. Of course there is the criteria of judging a movie by its direction, costumes, lighting, story telling, and many other technical aspects. There is also judging movies by their box office takes, how much money they made. So, I have chosen a sacred and difficult subject but since I labeled it "One Person's Choice", I get to tell you what I think the top twenty movies should be. I am obviously not Siskel and Eibert or imbd.com but, you might enjoy my choices.
A Southern Belle
Movies on DVD/Blu Ray
Top Twenty Movies of All Time
1. Gone With the Wind - filmed in 1939 it has stood the test of time. No movie has ever equaled the burning of Atlanta and of course there's Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. Need I say more?
2. Citizen Kane - filmed in 1941 this drama is considered by filmmakers, critics and fans to be one of the best movies ever filmed. Orson Welles directed and starred in his first feature film.
3. Vertigo - filmed in 1958, one of Hitchcock's greatest psychological thrillers. I am a big Hitchcock fan and agree with all the other lists that have Vertigo in the top ten. Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak were the icing on the cake.
4. Ben-Hur - filmed in 1959. This film won eleven Oscars as starred one of my favorites, Charlton Heston. An epic drama of revenge, forgiveness and belief.
5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - filmed in 1939. I know it is an animated film but it was Disney's first and in my opinion best! It won an Oscar for Best Animated film and all the characters are delightful. I am a bit partial to this film as you can see from my Avatar.
The African Queen
Movies on Blu Ray
5. The Quiet Man - filmed in 1952 this film is a St. Patrick's Day staple. Starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the beautiful Irish countryside, it is surely a favorite with many.
6. The African Queen - filmed in 1951. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, this journey down the river to destroy a German gunboat won Bogart a Best Actor Oscar.
7. Star Wars - filmed in 1977 this was an epic space movie. Introducing us to the likes of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo played by Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, this first in a series was definitely a leap into space we didn't expect.
8. Saving Private Ryan - filmed in 1998, certainly one of the most realistic war movies to hit the big screen. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, we knew it was going to be a winner.
9. Little Big Man - filmed in 1970 this western, though light-hearted at times provides a lesson in social injustice and prejudice. Starring Justin Hoffman who is Little Big Man, a white man raised by Indians telling his life story in his very old age.
10. Planet of the Apes - filmed in 1968, this film's surprising ending made one wonder about the whole ape domination over man premise in the film. The makeup in this film is phenomenal and it just happens to star Charlton Heston.
The Quiet Man - Pub Scene
The Cowardly Lion
11. Fatal Attraction - filmed in 1987, this psychological thriller made a lot of men having affairs think twice. Starring Glenn Close, Michael Douglas and Anne Archer, this is one film you won't forget!
12. Jaws - filmed in 1975 this one kept people out of the water. The cast, including the mechanical big white, were superb. Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, each character playing off the other and giving us some humor in a scary movie.
13. The Searchers - filmed in 1956 and said to be one of John Wayne's favorites, he was the star in this movie. The searchers were looking for John Wayne's niece who was kidnapped by Indians.
14. The Green Mile - filmed in 1999 this is about a gentle giant in a 1930s prison. The prison guards realize he is something special but the townspeople don't. Starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan.
15. The Wizard of Oz - filmed in 1939 this fantasy film is just amazing. From Kansas to Oz with lots of action in between. Starring Judy Garland whose rendition of "Over the Rainbow" has never been surpassed.
Jaws - The Indianapolis Speech
Indiana Jones Drawing by John Bryne
16. Forrest Gump - filmed in 1994 and starring Tom Hanks and Sally Field. There is so much to say about Forrest Gump. If you haven't seen it, you really should.
17. Sunset Boulevard - filmed in 1950 and starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden. The tale of a washed up silent film star and a wannabe writer, not to mention her husband Max. A film noir superbly done.
18. Raiders of the Lost Ark - filmed in 1981 this movie was reminiscent of the serials shown in theaters in the thirties and forties. Indiana Jones searches for the Ark of the Covenant and fights the Nazis who are looking also looking for it. Starring Harrison Ford, another one you shouldn't miss.
19. Schindler's List - filmed in 1993, the story of Businessman Oskar Schindler, the last person anyone would suspect or believe to be helping the Jews escape from Nazi Germany. A very moving film. Starring Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley.
20. The Bridge Over the River Kwai - filmed in 1957, this film won seven Academy Awards. According to Wikipedia it is considered one of the greatest films of all times. About British prisoners in a Japanese war camp. Need I say it shouldn't be missed?
Forrest Gump - in Vietnam
How Many of the Movies I've Chosen Do You Think Belong on This List?
Top Twenty Best Movies, Really?
Now I know you're sitting there scratching your head and thinking, what happened to "Shawshank Redemption" or "Apocalypse Now" or so many others you would have chosen as being in the top twenty, but, I could only choose twenty. It wasn't easy. There are so many, many movies I like. I even felt bad leaving out "Casablanca" and "E.T.", yes, I said E.T. to name only a few. The problem is twenty is such a small number when you're looking at thousands and thousands of movies!
I hope you share some of my likes and can use this list as a springboard to look for other top movies to view. I would love to hear your thoughts about my list.
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