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Across all genres, these are the best movies of all time. ( Edited by karj )  

Best movies of all time
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#1
The Godfather

If for nothing else, The Godfather is brilliant in it’s humanizing of the mobster. Here we're presented with a rich and complex layering of characters, desires, personal codes and meanwhile vulgar displays of violence. Every time I watch it, I see something else. (Too bad the third was such a disappointment.)
http://www.film.fm/movie/the-godfather-1972-243

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#2
Fight Club

Fight Club is a 1999 American feature film adaptation of the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, adapted by Jim Uhls and directed by David Fincher. The novel was optioned by producer Laura Ziskin, who hired Uhls to write the script for the film. Several directors were sought to film Fight Club; David Fincher was hired to direct based on his interest in the project despite previous difficulties with the studio 20th Century Fox. Major actors and actresses were considered by the studio to help promote the film, and actors Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter were ultimately cast into the lead roles. Fincher worked with Uhls to develop the script, seeking advice from others in the film industry and his own cast members.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fight_Club

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#3
The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film, written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the Stephen King novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The film stars Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding. The film portrays Andy spending nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison, a fictional penitentiary in Maine, and his friendship with Red, a fellow inmate. This movie exemplifies the potential gap between initial box office success and ultimate popularity. Despite a lukewarm box office reception and not grossing enough to cover its budget, The Shawshank Redemption received favorable reviews from critics and has since enjoyed a remarkable life on cable television, home video, and DVD. It continues to be hailed by critics and audiences alike, fourteen years after its initial release, and is frequently ranked amongst the greatest films of all time.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shawshank_Redemption

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#4
Lord of the Rings trilogy

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy consists of three live action fantasy epic films: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and Return of the King (2003) (often abbreviated to LotR, FotR, TTT, and RotK). The trilogy is based on the three-volume book The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. While they follow the book's general storyline, the films also feature some additions to and deviations from the source material. Set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the three films follow the young hobbit Frodo Baggins as he and a Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. The Fellowship becomes divided and Frodo continues the quest together with his loyal companion Sam and the treacherous Gollum. Meanwhile, the wizard Gandalf and Aragorn, heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, unite and rally the Free Peoples of Middle-earth, who are ultimately victorious in the War of the Ring.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lord_of_the_Rings_film_trilogy

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#5
Amelie

Amélie is a 2001 French film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou. Its original French title is Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain which literally translates as "The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain"; poulain is French for foal. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical and somewhat idealised depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation. Amélie won best film at the European Film Awards; it won four César Awards (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelie

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#7
Die Hard

Die Hard is an Academy Award nominated 1988 American action film. It was written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza, stars Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman, Paul Gleason, Reginald VelJohnson and William Atherton, and was directed by John McTiernan. A critical and commercial success, Die Hard propelled Willis' film career and established Rickman as a popular portrayer of villains in American film. The film also started the Die Hard series. The movie is based on a 1979 novel by Roderick Thorp titled Nothing Lasts Forever, itself a sequel to the book The Detective, which was previously made into a 1968 movie starring Frank Sinatra.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Hard

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#8
Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American fantasy film, written by Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson, and directed by Burton. The film features Johnny Depp as the titular Edward, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Anthony Michael Hall. The plot revolves around a man named Edward, an inventor's creation, who has dangerous shears and scissors for hands, and appears frightening, who is adopted into a colorful, but stereotypically suburban, family. The film is a comedy-drama set in an exaggerated and highly stereotypical vision of American suburbia and the typical families that inhabit it. It intentionally combines clichés and styles from both the 1950s, early 1960s and the late 1980s. The concept, and many of the motifs of Edward Scissorhands can be compared to the English Gothic novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and the French legend of Beauty and the Beast. Edward Scissorhands was a modest box office hit, grossing $56 million worldwide.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_scissorhands

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#9
Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects is a 1995 American neo-noir film written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Bryan Singer. The film tells the story of Roger "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey), a small-time con man who is the subject of a police interrogation. He tells his interrogator, U.S. Customs Agent David Kujan (Chazz Palminteri), a convoluted story about events leading to a massacre and massive fire that have just taken place on a ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro Bay. Using flashback and narration, Verbal's story becomes increasingly complex as he tries to explain why he and his partners-in-crime were on the boat. The film, shot on a USD $6 million budget, originally began as nothing more than a title taken from a column in Spy magazine called "The Usual Suspects" after Claude Rains' line in Casablanca. Singer thought that it would be a good title for a film whose poster he and McQuarrie had come up with as the first visual idea.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usual_suspects

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#10
Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane (1941) is an American dramatic film, and the first feature film directed by Orson Welles, who also co-authored the screenplay. It was released by RKO Pictures. The story, often considered to be a veiled portrayal of the life of William Randolph Hearst, is fictional. Upon its release, Hearst prohibited mention of the film in any of his newspapers. The film traces the life and career of Charles Foster Kane, a man whose career in the publishing world is born of idealistic social service, but gradually evolves into a ruthless pursuit of power. Narrated principally through flashbacks, the story is revealed through the research of a newspaper reporter seeking to solve the mystery of the newspaper magnate's dying word: "Rosebud."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizen_Kane

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#11
The Departed

It's easy to call Nicholson a ham given his selection of certain roles; however, he redeems himself for any past missteps, in The Departed. He's just delightful to watch in this, as are his younger counterparts, who really shine in this one. I didn't think there was much life in this genre. It blew me away.
http://www.movli.com/movie/the-departed-3572

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#12
Pulp Fiction

Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield are two hitmen on the hunt for a briefcase whose contents were stolen from their boss, Marsellus Wallace. They run into a few unexpected detours along the road. Marsellus is out of town, and he's gotten Vincent to take care of his wife, Mia. That is, take her out for a night on the town. Things go smoothly until one of them makes a huge error. Butch Coolidge is a boxer who's been approached by Marsellus and been told to throw his latest fight. When Butch ends up killing the other boxer, he must escape Marsellus. Pumpkin and Honey Bunny (not their real names) are two lovebirds/thieves who have decided to rob the restaurant they're currently eating at. But the restaurant doesn't turn out to be as easy as the other places they've robbed.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/

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#13
2001 A space odyssey

Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.
http://www.movli.com/movie/2001-a-space-odyssey-709

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#15
Seven

I watched Seven transfixed from the starting credits. It seemed unnecessarily graphic when I first viewed it, but it sat with me for days. I still believe it's one of David Fincher's best, and those closing credits are one of the creepiest things I've seen.
http://www.movli.com/movie/seven-93468

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The Godfather Part II destroys all!!!

Posted 1 year ago

Titanic

Posted 1 year ago

A walk to remember is my all time favorite movie.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/dc/A_Walk_to_Remember_Poster.jpg/220px-A_Walk_to_Remember_Poster.jpg

Posted 2 years ago

Mine are Titanic, Terminator 2, Catch Me If You Can, Cast Away, There Will Be Blood.

Posted 3 years ago

Shhhhhh were not supposed to talk about the fight club!

Posted 4 years ago

CLOCKWORK ORANGE hands down #1

Posted 4 years ago

I cannot vote on this! IT"S WRONG, IT"S ALL WRONG!

Posted 4 years ago

Neither titanic :)

Posted 4 years ago

how do you come up with these pics I understand the godfather being #1 but there are better movies out there!!!

Posted 4 years ago

My rate is moving towards my age

Posted 5 years ago

Oh so many to pick! I looove movies!

Posted 5 years ago

the dark night :)

Posted 5 years ago

Add them Carter--that's the whole point of community generated lists. :-)

Posted 5 years ago

Do not understand how neither Equilibrium, Kingdom of Heaven or Sunshine didnt make the top 100

Posted 5 years ago

That helps--I was sort of wondering if you were REALLY musical obsessed. ;-)

Posted 6 years ago

Ummm, I forgot to say in my comment that I was talking about West Side Story.

Posted 6 years ago

You gotta have at least one musical on the all time best list. The music was strongly jazz influenced and it had comedy, drama and tragedy. What's there not to like?

Posted 6 years ago

Four out of 15 ain't too bad. Probably as good as I could do.

Posted 6 years ago

Kind of strange to see Die Hard in fifth place. I loved that movie, but I find it hard to consider it one of the "best".

Posted 6 years ago

I loved the Godfather, but I wish it weren't number one on every list. There are so many great movies out there!

Posted 6 years ago

Life is Beautiful was so touching and funny... if you haven't seen it you've really got to rent it! :)

Posted 6 years ago

Best of all time? You gotta have Casablanca on that list. How about West Side Story? The first Terminator rocked!

Posted 6 years ago

I have a wack load of favorites, these are just some I can think of at the top of my head...I watch movies quiet often.

Posted 6 years ago

A Knights Tale
Edward Sissiorhands
Lion King
Matilda
Brick

Posted 6 years ago

My Top 5:

Sin City
Borat
Donnie Darko
Zohan
Matrix 1

Posted 6 years ago

Die hard rocks!

Posted 6 years ago

I'm more into sort of magical movies

Posted 6 years ago

I just joved Bridget Jones Diary. Of coure it could be because I Love Huge Grant. What a Hunk....

Posted 6 years ago

I just loved the movies I have listed. There are so many more.

Posted 6 years ago

Oh yes and in classics,. I would have to add The Lion in Winter (original)

Posted 7 years ago

Outside 5 would include The Talented Mr. Ripley, Bourne Trilogy.

Posted 7 years ago

Amelie is one of my favorite movies! It's one of a few dvds that I actually went out to go buy. I wasn't that excited about the director's last film though, "A very long engagement"?

Posted 7 years ago

Hi Shawna,

If you click on the "vote now" button, you can make selections for any of the items, and add your own. :-)

Posted 7 years ago

good to see the shawshank redemption made the top 5 it is my number one. i also would have put goodwill hunting and gone with the wind. edward scissorhands would have been in my top five.

Posted 7 years ago

good to see the shawshank redemption made the top 5 it is my number one. i also would have put goodwill hunting and gone with the wind. edward scissorhands would have been in my top five.

Posted 7 years ago

Glad to see everyone here has a sense of humor. What about "Deep Throat"?

Posted 7 years ago

Good call Julian. We should all be a little embarrassed by this oversight! (And to think, it was partially filmed in my hometown!)

Posted 7 years ago

I can't believe with all the Canadians on here that Strange Brew hadn't been added to the list yet. It has now!

Posted 7 years ago

I just added Bitter Moon. The tough part (or perhaps the good part) about these lists, is that new ideas and selections keep popping into one's mind.

Posted 7 years ago

Tim, if you'd like to add 8 1/2, you can just remove one of your choices and add it as a new one. :-)

Posted 7 years ago
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