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  1. DanyKenobi340

    DanyKenobi340 Jedi Youngling star 3

    Mar 15, 2009
    Not including Star Wars, just list your top 10. Any movies with a sequel can count as one.

    Mine..not really in any specific order, but all favorites...

    1. Big Fish
    2. I am legend
    3. Assassins
    4. The Dark Knight
    5. Dumb and Dumber
    6. City of angels
    7. Analyze this/that
    8. Meet the parents/Fockers
    9. Bruce Almighty
    10. Taken
    11. Lethal Weapon (all)
    12. Signs
    13. Rambo (all)
    14. Zorro (both were pretty good)
    15. The Last Samurai

    Im sure I forgot some, yours?
  2. MrZAP

    MrZAP Jedi Master star 5

    Jun 2, 2007
    1. Star Wars OT (1977-1983)
    2. Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
    3. The Godfather Part I (1972)
    4. Amadeus (1984)
    5. The Producers (1968)
    6. Double Indemnity (1944)
    7. Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
    8. The Lion in Winter (1968)
    9. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    10. A Christmas Story (1983)
    11. Ed Wood (1994)
    12. Man On Wire (2008)
    13. Citizen Kane (1941)
    14. Goodfellas (1990)
    15. All That Jazz (1979)
    16. The Seven Samurai (1954)
    17. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    18. Gladiator (2000)
    19. Jaws (1974)
    20. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
    21. West Side Story (1961)
    22. Gandhi (1982)
    23. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    24. The Incredibles (2004)
    25. Barton Fink (1991)
    26. The Graduate (1966)
    27. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    28. Fantasia (1940)
    29. The Prestige (2006)
    30. Mad Max 2: Road Warrior (1981)

    Lots of Honorable Mentions which I haven't ordered yet:
    Dirty Harry (1971)
    Milk (2008)
    It Happened One Night (1934)
    Across the Universe (2007)
    WALL-E (2008)
    Frost/Nixon (2008)
    Good Will Hunting (1997)
    Star Trek (2009)
    District 9 (2009)
    Blazing Saddles (1974)
    Glory (1989)
    American History X (1998)
    Ratatouille (2007)
    Raising Arizona (1987)
    Office Space (1999)
    Annie Hall (1977)
    Blade Runner (1982)
    Chicago (2002)
    Grand Hotel (1932)
    A Clockwirk Orange (1971)
    Young Frankenstein (1974)
    Spartacus (1960)
    The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
    Back to the Future (1985)
    The Princess Bride (1987)
    The Lion King (1994)
    Planet of the Apes (1968)
    Goldfinger (1964)
    American Graffiti (1973)
    Touch of Evil (1958)
    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    The Matrix (1999)
    Star Wars PT (1999-2005)
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
    Batman Begins (2005)
    Mad Max (1979)
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
    Spaceballs (1987)
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders ot eh Lost Ark (1981)
    Cinderella (1950)
    Forrest Gump (1994)
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
    March of the Penguins (2005)
    Super-size Me (2004)
    The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001
    UHF (1989)
    Jurassic Park (1993)
    Toy Story (1995)
    E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1082)
    Fargo (1996)
    No Country for Old Men (2007)
    Juno (2007)
    Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
    A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    Dead Poets Society (1989)
    Rear Window (1954)
    To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    House of Flying Daggers (2004)
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    The Sixth Sense (1999)
    Patton (1970)
    Gone With The Wind (1939)
    The Terminator (1984)
    Casino (1995)
    Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
    The Royal Tenenbaums (2004)
  3. DAR

    DAR Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 8, 2004
    Here's my list with some commentary:

    1. The Empire Strikes Back- A film that just crackles from beginning to end. Funny, exciting and emotional.
    2. Goodfellas-Just pure movie making. Everyone is on a top from. And it's the best use of a soundtrack ever in a film.
    3. The Godfather- Very close to Goodfellas, but the Michael in Sicily scenes tend to slow the movie down for me.
    4. Lord of the Rings-Trilogy-Just from the sheer scope and effort it deserves to be close to the top. But the fact that Jackson and co pulled it off makes it that much better. And for my money better than book.
    5. Star Wars-Opened up many possibilities for what film has become good and bad. But we sometimes forget that it's a really great film.
    6. Cool Hand Luke-Newman's most iconic role.
    7. Fight Club-Funny, brutal and insightful. Pitt has never been better.
    8. Sunset Boulevard-A funny and brutal take on Hollywood that still resonates today.
    9. The Incredibles- Sheer fun, the best comic book movie ever made.
    10. Treasure of the Sierra Madre-Another film that doesn't feel dated because greed will always be timeless. Bogart was never better.
    11. Aladdin-Disney's last great hurrah from 2-D animation(though I love Lion King) Robin Williams has never been better
    12. Blade Runner-The influence has been felt for years, but time has proven it to be a great film
    13. The Manchurian Candidate(1962)-Another film that resonates with us today. Brilliant on all fronts.
    14. The Dark Knight-Not only a great film but one that opens up all the possibilities for what the comic book film can be.
    15. Stalag 17-A film that takes great joy in breaking down and ridiculing the enemy. A film that would never be made in our politically correct world.
  4. starwars6554

    starwars6554 Jedi Master star 6

    Jul 9, 2002
    I can't really order it, but here's my top 15:

    1. Boogie Nights (written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson)

    I can (and do) watch this film all the time. It's ridiculously well written and acted, beautifully shot, and the second to last scene is an absolute master class in how to build tension until it can't do anything but explode. But most of all -- it's a lot of fun! I recently saw this film in theaters and I'll tell you what: you couldn't wipe the smile off of my face!

    2. There Will Be Blood (written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson)

    It's interesting watching this film when compared to Anderson's earlier work (specifically Boogie Nights). He takes such a minimalist approach, and yet because the characters are so well drawn and the writing is so top notch, you can't take your eyes off the screen. This film should have won Best Picture and Best Director in 2007.

    3. Goodfellas (directed by Martin Scorsese)

    What can I say about anything Scorsese's done that hasn't been said before again and again? I'm a big fan of Scorsese, but I'm an even bigger fan when he turns his lens to the streets of New York and the people he was surrounded by growing up. What's so funny about me?

    4. Raging Bull (directed by Martin Scorsese)

    I know a lot of people who don't like this film because of how despicable of a human being Jake LaMotta is, but the reason I love this film is exactly that -- I'm fascinated by how self-sabotaging a person can be. Jake could have had it all, but as a result of who he is he ended up with nothing. Scorsese should have won his first Oscar as Best Director for this film.

    5. Taxi Driver (directed by Martin Scorsese)

    The quintessential film from the 70s, I vividly remember being shocked the first time I saw this film -- shocked by the audacity of Scorsese's camera movement, shocked by the sociopathic tendencies of Travis Bickle, and shocked by the violent ending. I recently had the chance to see this film on the big screen, and boy oh boy was I in awe from the first frame 'til the last!

    6. Synecdoche, New York (written and directed by Charlie Kaufman)

    To me, this was the best film of 2008. A lot of people didn't see it, but to put it simply, it's one of the most beautiful and painful and truthful films I've ever seen. I don't cry very often while watching films, but this one moved me to tears. It's Charlie Kaufman unleashed!

    7. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (directed by Sergio Leone)

    I could watch the Mexican stand-off scene at the end of this film all day, every day. Enough said.

    8. Network (directed by Sidney Lumet)

    I'm a big fan of Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, etc.), and he might not have a better film than Network. Paddy Chayefsky writes a beyond brilliant script and Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall turn in the performances of their careers.

    9. Jaws (directed by Steven Spielberg)

    Is there a more perfect popcorn film than Jaws? I think not. This might be one of the best serial killer films of all time.

    10. The Fountain (directed by Darren Aronofsky)

    One of the most beautiful and powerful films I've ever seen. It's very dense and hard to wrap your head around, but if you put in the time, it's well worth your effort. I once watched this film five times in one week and was tempted to watch it a sixth. Also, the score for this film is out of this world.

    11. Zodiac (directed by David Fincher)

    I'll be honest -- I didn't like this film when it came out. But then I watched it again and finally got it. I love that Fincher has the balls to make, what he terms, "The serial killer movie to end all serial killer movies," wherein the Zodiac Killer is never caught! But this film isn't really about a vicious serial killer -- it's about obsession over minutiae and minutiae taking over your life.

    12. The Godfather (written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola)

    I'm not sure that I can add anything of worth here, except that about a year and a half ago, I saw a brand new print of The
  5. CloneUncleOwen

    CloneUncleOwen Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 30, 2009
    I couldn't come up with a TOP 15 because of all the genre, styles, etc.
    Here are 15 I would recommend in no particular order. I've also
    excluded contemporary films. Each of these is a good example of its genre
    and of what the director wanted to say.














    THE MUMMY (1932)


  6. Merlin_Ambrosius69

    Merlin_Ambrosius69 Jedi Master star 5

    Aug 4, 2008
    15 is a really tight, tiny number to reduce my hundreds of favorite films down to! I keep a fairly iron-clad list of "50 BIG ONES", plus an ever-shifting appendix of 100 Runners-up... but, for the sake of this thread, I'm willing to compromise and whittle it down to 25. Deal? Okay!

    In chronological order of release:

    1. King Kong (1933)
    2. Gone with the Wind (1939)
    2. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    4. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    5. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
    6. Bridge over the River Kwai (1957)
    7. The Loved One (1965)
    8. Woodstock (1970)
    9. The Exorcist (1973)
    10. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    11. Raiders of the Lost Ark 91981)
    12. Scarface (1983)
    13. Amadeus (1984)
    14. Miller's Crossing (1990)
    15. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    16. Groundhog Day (1993)
    17. Pulp Fiction (1994)
    18. Rushmore (1998)
    19. Fight Club (1999)
    20. Spirited Away (2001)
    21. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    22. Cold Mountain (2003)
    23. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2003)
    24. Munich (2005)
    25. The Dark Knight (2008)

    Keep in mind, I beg you, that there are many many more that it pained me to leave off, including The Prestige (2006), The Fountain (2006), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Catch Me if You Can (2002), Husbands and Wives (1992), John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), An American Werewolf in London (1981), The World According to Garp (1981), The Haunting (1967), Picnic (1958), and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), to name only a scant handful.
  7. DanyKenobi340

    DanyKenobi340 Jedi Youngling star 3

    Mar 15, 2009
    Wow, some honorable mentions guys! Yeah, I knew 15 was going to be a very tight list,lol.

    Some more of mine...

    Forest Gump
    The Freshman
    Kingdom of heaven
    Star Wars (all) never seen the cartoon one
    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Three Musketeers
    Toy Story (would be my favorite animated movie)
    King Kong
    Black Hawk Down
    Tears of the sun
    The Grinch who stole Christmas(favorite Christmas movie)
    Jingle all the way (2nd favorite Christmas movie[face_laugh])
    First Knight (yeah I know its a "chick flick" but it was pretty good")
    Ace Ventura (forgot about these, love'm all!)
  8. -polymath-

    -polymath- SFF:F/TV Trivia Host star 4 VIP - Game Host

    Jun 7, 2007
    My list:

    1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    2. Cold Mountain
    3. Hoosiers
    4. Slumdog Millionaire
    5. Gladiator
    6. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
    7. Zelary
    8. The Great Escape
    9. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    10. The Natural
    11. A River Runs Through It.
    12. Karate Kid
    13. Usual Suspects
    14. Fight Club
    15. Blade Runner
  9. Jedi_Keiran_Halcyon

    Jedi_Keiran_Halcyon Jedi Knight star 6

    Dec 17, 2000
    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
    Halloween (1978)
    Star Wars
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Return of the Jedi
    The Adventures of Robin Hood
    Back to the Future
    Superman (1978)
    Batman (1989)
    Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    Singin' in the Rain
  10. timmoishere

    timmoishere Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Jun 2, 2007
    1) The Princess Bride
    2) The Empire Strikes Back
    3) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    4) Pulp Fiction
    5) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
    6) Dogma
    7) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    8) The Dark Knight
    9) Spider-Man 2
    10) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    11) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    12) Die Hard
    13) Revenge of the Sith
    14) A New Hope
    15) Shrek
  11. Bill-Thompson

    Bill-Thompson Jedi Youngling star 3

    Jul 4, 2008
    1) The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    2) Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    3) Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
    4) Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans (1927)
    5) Barton Fink (1991)
    6) The Godfather (1972)
    7) Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
    8) Road To Perdition (2002)
    9) El Laberinto Del Fauno (Pan?s Labyrinth, 2006)
    10) Finding Neverland (2004)
    11) WALL·E (2008)
    12) Hotaru No Haka (Grave Of The Fireflies, 1988)
    13) Marty (1955)
    14) Eastern Promises (2007)
    15) Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away, 2001)

    I started keeping track of all the films I've seen and rated a few years ago. The list is missing a lot of films simply because I don't like to retroactively rate films so the list is limited to films I have seen since I started maintaining it. Anyways, the rest of my list beyond the top 15 can be found here, [link=]Bill's Movie Emporium[/link]
  12. Drew_Atreides

    Drew_Atreides Jedi Master star 5

    Apr 30, 2002
    1. Aliens
    2. The Untouchables
    3. The Thin Red Line
    4. Army of Darkness
    5. The Blues Brothers
    6. The Big Lebowski
    7. The Dark Knight
    8. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Original)
    9. Halloween
    10.Kill Bill
    11.The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    12.Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
    14.Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    15.Paths of Glory
  13. StarWarrior77

    StarWarrior77 Jedi Youngling star 3

    Oct 30, 2008
    OK, Star Wars is above all, so here is a list of my top 15 non-star wars movies.

    1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

    2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

    3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    4. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

    5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    6. Space Jam

    7. Signs

    8. Jurassic Park

    9. Up

    10. Toy Story 2

    11. Spider Man 2

    12. Shrek

    13. Toy Story

    14. Spider Man 3

    15. Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (Yes, I watch Disney Channel. [face_mischief])
  14. madman007

    madman007 Jedi Master star 4

    Aug 22, 2007
    [X] This would be where I would put all 6 Star Wars movies as a whole despite some that were less than others. They all are [hl=yellow]Star Wars[/hl]. But, because of the ruling in the first post that says, not including Star Wars, which some have ignored, I have my next 15 among some honorable mentions.

    1. Field Of Dreams - Not just about baseball. The mens' tearjerker movie. I still break down at " you wanna have a catch?" Come on, men, admit it!

    2. Bull Durham - It's only coincidence that Costner is in my next movie. THE baseball movie to end all baseball movies. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. And sometimes it rains.

    3. Almost Famous (or the 3 hr version, Bootleg)- The movie that combines my two loves: music and movies.

    4. Playing By Heart - Angelina, Connery, Gillian Anderson....all in one movie. First movie I'd ever seen with Angelina and she impressed me then. Great stories combined into one.

    5. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Audrey. Need I say more?

    6. Wonder Boys - A very big departure for Micheal Douglas and a quirky story. I learned alot about writing in this film and applied it to my own.

    7. Once Upon A Time In America - Rent (buy) the 3hr 45 min version. They cut the US version down to 2 hrs and it makes no sense. One of the few times when DeNiro was outshined by James Woods.

    8. Pan's Labyrinth - A horrific and beautiful fairy tale just like they used to be.

    9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - One of those strange ones that demands repeat viewings. I find something different each time.

    10. Glengarry GlenRoss - The ensemble cast sent from Heaven! Pacino, Spacey, Arkin, Lemmon, A.Baldwin, Harris. Be warned: much profanity. But very well acted.

    11. Juno - Whoa...dream big! The movie with alot of heart. The dialogue may not be Hamlet, but it's true.

    12. Citizen Kane - A movie ahead of its time done by a man who was ahead of his time. Breakthrough in just about every category. Its cinematic techniques are still being used today. Great storytelling.

    13. Raiders of the Lost Ark - There is no substitute for action/adventure movies.

    14. Lord of the Rings (Return of the King) - I have the extended version that's nearly 5 hours and I'll never go back and watch the theatrical one. Each one has the best line that gets me every time: My friends, you bow to no one.

    15. Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh's full 4 hr version) - Just a classic tale done so well with a great cast. When will you ever see Billy Crystal and Robin Williams do serious Shakespeare? What a piece of work is man...
    Honorable mentions: Fanboys (you didn't say movies about Star Wars!), Crash (2005), Short Cuts, Magnolia (yes, the one with the frogs. Still excellent), Into The Wild, State & Main, Stardust, (500) Days Of Summer.

    I'd say my list is rather eclectic.
  15. MrZAP

    MrZAP Jedi Master star 5

    Jun 2, 2007
    You know, I actually didn't like Stardust. I mean, the acting was alright, but it just seemed like it was trying to wear too many genre hats.

    ST-TPM-ASF-TNE Moderator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 27, 2001
    Top Twenty-Five (no particular order):

    Batman Begins
    The Dark Knight
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    The Matrix
    The Matrix Reloaded
    The Matrix Revolutions
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
    Spider-Man 2
    Star Trek
    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
    X2: X-Men United

    Films that almost made it:

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    Black Hawk Down
    Saving Private Ryan
    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  17. madman007

    madman007 Jedi Master star 4

    Aug 22, 2007
    I like it mainly because it came originally from Neil Gaiman. The movie was an ok interpretation but of course, (say it with me) the book was better.
  18. KellyLCrutcher

    KellyLCrutcher Jedi Knight star 2

    Feb 28, 2009
    Just 15 favorites? It's so hard. [face_thinking] [face_frustrated] :)

    I think I've got my list now. My top 15 favorite NON-star wars movies, in no particular order, include:

    BEN-HUR (1959 version with Charlton Heston)
    DUNE w/Kyle MacLachlan (I saw the Dune miniseries and it was okay, but not as good as the movie-)
  19. Aiel

    Aiel Jedi Master star 4

    Oct 14, 2004
    1. Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark

    2. Terminator 2

    3. Enter the Dragon

    4. A Hard Day's Night

    5. Ben Hur (1959 version.)

    6. The Lion King

    7. Amadeus

    8. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. (How books to movies are supposed to be made.)

    9. Almost Famous

    10. Schindler's List

    11. My Fair Lady

    12. Prince Caspian

    13. Dirty Dancing

    14. Superman. (I and II.)

    15. Hamlet. (4 hr Kenneth Branagh movie.)
  20. Ambassador Cara Jade

    Ambassador Cara Jade Jedi Knight star 6

    Oct 23, 1999
    I don't think I could ever rank my favorite films, but I can definitely list them off as I think of them.

    Star Wars (I know it's a cop out, but I count them all as one)
    Big Fish
    Peter Pan (the Disney version)
    Finding Nemo
    American Graffiti
    Moulin Rouge!
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    The Hours
    A Knight's Tale
    The Birdcage
    Sliding Doors

    I stopped thinking...I went and looked at my DVD collection. :p
  21. JMJacenSolo

    JMJacenSolo Jedi Padawan star 4

    May 21, 2006
    I only have a Top 5

    The Departed
    Terminator 2
    Back to the Future
    The Lion King
  22. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One star 8

    Dec 11, 2000
    Copying and pasting from my Facebook profile. :p

    Star Wars (all of them)
    The Godfather (I & II)
    Donnie Darko
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    The Matrix
    The Lord Of The Rings
    Jurassic Park
    Kill Bill
    Kingdom Of Heaven (Director's Cut)
    Independence Day
    The Lion King
    Beauty & The Beast
    The Prestige
    Batman Returns
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    Street Fighter
  23. LittleMissNightsaber

    LittleMissNightsaber Jedi Youngling star 3

    May 2, 2009
    1. All Dogs Go To Heaven- I don't know why. The movie is addictive. Burt Reynolds was the best voice for Charlie. The other movie was a weak spin-off.
    2. Return of the Jedi- My first SW film. I fell in love with Luke Skywalker because when I first saw it, the scene was him defeating the rancor.
    3. Prince Caspian- The action scenes were the only reason I watched.
    4. Raiders of the Lost Ark- I loved Indi because he's Han Solo as well. I also liked Marion/Indi relationship.
    5. Curse of The Black Pearl- Out of all three, this one was the best. I particularly liked the sword-fighting and Jack Sparrow.

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