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!
Titanic, the first and last movie i ever bring my kids to watch with us.
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)
Gone With The Wind
LOTR (the whole trilogy)
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take this anymore"
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...
You get my point.
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf" and "Vertigo" and "It's a Wonderful Life" and "My Name is Nobody" (an old Western with Fonda).
I like a lot of movies. Here's just a few.
The Deer Hunter
Bridge over River Kwai
The Third Man
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
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?
Secondhand Lions, with Robert Duvall and Michael Caine. If you have not seen it you really should. I love it !!!!
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.
LOTR is a great trilogy. Has anyone ever seen Warrior? It's one of my favorites.
Oh, I have to throw out, The Lion In Winter. Love, love that film!
There are so many, not one will do:
The Caine Mutiny
The Ten Commandments
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 Godfather, especially Part I
The Great Escape
The movie I saw only once, that sticks out in my mind as epic at the moment is the 1st black and white silent motion picture of......Beauty And The Beast.
Many are my fav.. The top 5 are:
...Up (animated but great 1)
...Godfather Triology(1st 1 in particular)
...The Departed (Starring Jack Nicholson and De Caprio)
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.
Requiem for a Dream, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Schindler's List, Blade Runner
How come there aren't any new titles from the contemporary era?
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
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Dark Knight
Dr. Strangelove, or; How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
The Godfather, Part II
Grave of the Fireflies
No Country for Old Men
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Princess Bride
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.
You are right, there are a lot of contemporary hits too. Thanks for all the movie titles guys.
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
Dead Poets' Society
The Poseidon Adventure (the original, with Shelly Winters)
That's an even dozen, and I think that's probably a good enough listing...
Wow! That's a good quote. Those are some good ones guys, thank you.
I would have to say Star Wars. Because everyone knows Star Wars.
But if you want to talk classic. I would have to say the Wizard of Oz or The sound of music.
Wizard of Oz is probably one of the oldest movies that has been shown on television for decades, and it has been sold in every home video format that has been invented.
Makes me wonder how many people remember the lazor disc player.
Mull Holland Drive
According to IMDB and me, The Shawshank Redemption 1994 is the best Hollywood Movie of all time. You can watch this movie on movies4star.
Without a doubt the greatest movie ever is 'Idiocracy' ;The guy who wrote it said "I never thought my movie would turn into a documentary"...and it has in spades!
The new (recent) greatest movie of all time is Gold!!!!
(But you wouldn't want to watch it more than once.)
Oh wow,the $64,000 question.
where shall I begin??????
Its a wonderful life
Gone with the wind
wuthering heights (Olivier & Olberon version)
Captains courageous (Spencer Tracey)
The wizard of Oz
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
I better stop..........I could go forever
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