lyoness913's Top Ten Favourite Movies of All Time
Dec 1, 2006
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#10 Rebecca 1940, Joan Fontaine, Lawrence Olivier
This Hitchcock classic truly has a taste of every genre included within its fantastic script. A young lady (Fontaine) accompanies a lady of stature to Monte Carlo where she works as her personal assistant. She soon meets Maxim de Winter (Olivier) and they fall madly in love and marry. However, when the new Mrs. de Winter moves into her husbands enormous country estate, she is plagued by memories of his ex-wife who drowned in a boating accident only a year ago. Mrs. Denvers, the housekeeper and biggest Rebecca admirer, starts to drive the new Mrs. de Winter to madness in true Hitchcock form.
If you havent seen this movie for whatever reason, if you think its too old or irrelevant, you are missing out. This film has more character, charm, humour, horror, suspense as well as romance than any movie Ive ever seen. It kept me captivated from start to finish and I am sure it would do the same to any viewer.
#9 The Wizard of Oz 1939 Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Maragaret Hamilton
This of course, is the fantasy classic involving Dorothys search for the perfect place. It turns out the land of magical creatures including the tin man, the scarecrow, and the cowardly lion isnt all its cracked up to be. The Good Witch Glinda has put some precious shoes on Dorothys feet but the Wicked Witch wants them more than anything. The Wicked Witch wants the shoes, the lion wants courage, the scarecrow wants a brain and the tin man wants a heart. Dorothy just wants to go home. Thus they begin their search for the ever powerful Wizard of Oz who will grant them each of their wishes. Or, will he? Or, can he?
I dont know anyone who isnt familiar with this wonderful tale. The moral of the story of course; Theres no place like home.
#8 Snatch 2000, Jason Statham, Stephen Graham, Alan Ford, Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, Rade Serbedzija, Benicio Del Toro
This film is director Guy Ritchie at his best. Turkish (Statham) gets into some trouble when he gets involved with criminals who want him to arrange a fight for them. When his prize fighter gets the hell beat out of him, he needs a replacement. He goes to the one-hit-wonder Mickey ONeil (Pitt), to be his fighter. He either gets Mickey to fight for him or he gets killed by thugs. The plot intertwines and mingles with jewel thieves, badasses, regular petty criminals and gypsies. It is hilarious and fast paced, and its the best comedy/action Ive ever seen.
If youre scared off by the British accents and the British production of this film, dont be. They make Hollywood look all kinds of bad in this fabulous movie. If you like this, youll certainly like Ritchies film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
#7 The Godfather 1972, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Cann, Robert Duvall, Dianne Keaton, Talia Shire
The story of the most powerful mafia family in New York, the Corleones, is legendary in movie making history. Don Corleone (Brando) is hosting his daughters wedding. No Italian father can refuse a request on the day of his daughters wedding so the movie starts with some serious requests. For example, the local funeral director would like the Don to kill the men who beat and raped his daughter. The movie progresses and we meet the Corleone family. Tom (Duvall) was an orphan that the Don took in as a child. Michael (Pacino) is a war hero and hasnt had much to do with the family business. Sonny (Cann) is the hot headed son and supposed future heir to the Corleone throne. The fate of the family unfolds and unlikely Michael is made to be head of the family. We stay mesmerized by this high profile life of crime.
I originally watched The Godfather when I was about 20 years old. I watched both The Godfather and The Godfather 2 back to back, which is how it should be done. This is a magnificent work of art and a testimony to the skill of director Francis Ford Coppola. Every movie buff should own this award winning film.
#6 Back to the Future 1985, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
Doc Brown (Lloyd) has invented a mechanism for time travel call the flux capacitor, and Marty (Fox) is going to help him out in his experiment. Something goes totally wrong and instead of Doc going on his anticipated time travel, Mary ends up going back to 1955. When he gets there he looks Doc up and explains what has happened. In the mean time, Marty causes some trouble and accidentally meets his future parents. By doing so, he may have created a rift and prevented his parents from ever marrying, and therefore his very existence is in jeapordy.
This movie, directed by Robert Zemeckis, is absolutely brilliant. The actors are perfect in their roles and the story never skips a beat. The creativity is mind boggling and the concept of time travel changed forever when this movie was first released.
#5 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 1971, Gene Wilder, Jack Alberton, Peter Ostrum
The original Willy Wonka was my favourite movie as a child, and it still is. Charlie Bucket lives in a tiny cottage with his mother and both sets of grandparents. They are so poor they must eat cabbage soup each night. The greatest thing in the world is happening though, and it gives Charlie hope. Willie Wonka has a factory in his town that makes the best chocolate and candies in the world, and although its been closed forever, its opening its doors one last time. 5 lucky people will find golden tickets which will get them and one guest into Wonkas factory. Of course, Charlie eventually wins a ticket and he is privy to the most exciting candy making magic in the world. He and Grandpa Joe get a tour of Wonkas dream factory with 4 other annoyingly spoiled children. Guess who wins the big prize??
Willy Wonka is every childs dream movie. It contains the story of a good boy getting rewarded just for being a good boy. This itself is a great lesson. Also, the wonderful oompa loompas and the different rooms in the factory are absolutely excellent. This is a must-have-movie for every kid. The re-make did not do the original near justice.
#4 Pillow Talk 1959 Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall
This romantic comedy is cute, quick-witted and heartily spirited! Brad Allen (Hudson) and Jan Morrow (Day) share a party line together and they absolutely drive each other nuts. Theyve not met in person but when the fateful meeting does come, Brad finds Jan a knockout. He cant risk telling her who he really is because he knows she doesnt like him, so he makes up a personality. He becomes Rex Stetson, a romantic and old fashioned cowboy. Does Jan find out who he really is?? Youll have to watch this hilarious old favourite to find out.
Hudson is absolutely gorgeous in this wonderful, quirky movie. Doris Day plays a divorcee (gasp!), and she is an independent, strong women. In 1959 this wasnt exactly commonly portrayed. This is an excellent film with a fantastic script. Everyone should see it!
#3 Casino 1995, Robert de Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods
This is the true story of the mobs involvement and initial control of Las Vegas. The powers that be choose Sam Rothstein (De Niro) to manage the Tangiers Casino. They then send Nicky Santoro (Pesci) to keep an eye on things. Sam or Ace falls in love with Ginger (Stone) and the film keeps up with their very rocky relationship. Martin Scorsese absolutely reigns as King (in my opinion) for portraying mafia movies as violent and as true as organized crime. The story of the casino and the control the mob had on gambling is fascinating, and the characters are very complex and intruiging.
I have a thing for mob movies and, of course, I own this one. I can watch it over and over again and I never get tired of allowing myself to imagine the exciting life of crime and luxury they must have had. Of course, I wouldnt want to constantly worry about getting whacked either! Scorsese is definitely the master and this well pieced film deserves a top spot on my list!
#2 Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino
Goodfellas is the true story of the life and times of Henry Hill, (Liotta). A mobster since he was a child, Hill becomes encapsulated into a life of crime. He eventually turns on his gangster family, and takes a deal from the FBI. For ratting out his best friends, he gets relocated anonymously. The main characters include the dynamic Casino duo, Pesci and De Niro. This movie is also directed by Scorsese.
If you dont like a lot of gore, you may not like Goodfellas. As I said before, I am a gangster movie junkie and this is, I would argue, the best gangster movie ever made. Dont get me wrong, The Godfather 1 and The Godfather 2 were almost perfect, but there is just something about Goodfellas that takes you directly into the life of Hill and his family and makes you actually root for the bad guy. We want Hill to get away safely and we dont want to see him get killed, even though he deserves it. This is truly an excellent and very exciting film.
#1 Has To Be Shared
Believe it or not, my pick for the best movies of all time are Good Will Hunting and Gone With The Wind
First, Good Will Hunting 1997, Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver has more raw emotion and depth than any other film Ive ever seen. Will Hunting (Damon), is an abused orphan and he is a very angry 20 year old. His best friends, including Chuckie (Affleck) are loyal to him and he appreciates that more than anything in his life. He is always in trouble with the police, usually for assault. Early on in the movie he gets into a fight and ends up hitting a cop. His punishment is to see a psychiatrist (Williams) and work with one of MITs math professors. Will also meets a girl and falls in love. (Driver). The story is about Will overcoming his trust issues and allowing himself to form solid relationships with people he doesnt already know.
Affleck and Damon wrote the script to this remarkable movie. I have probably watched it 20 times, and I always find something new. In one scene, Will is at a job interview for the government and he tells the interviewer just why he shouldnt work for the government. He gives reasons why because of what may happen if he breaks a code, and he basically describes EXACTLY what is going on it Iraq right now. This movie was made in 1997 and its just unreal to watch his performance and absorb the script. Kudos to this film- it is beyond excellent.
Second, Gone With the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havillard
What a magnificent movie depicting Margaret Mitchells epic novel of the downfall of the South. In beautiful Technicolor we see the struggles of Scarlett OHara (Leigh). She is shunned by the love of her life, Ashley (Howard), who marries his cousin Melanie.(de Havillard) Scarlett marries twice as the Civil War rages on and then finally ends up with Millionaire rogue Rhett Butler (Gable). Although Scarlett goes from riches to rags to riches again, she never really understands what it is to love. She never knows what she really wants, besides money and power.
Scarlett is my heroine, my goddess, my icon. She is a woman that did anything in order to live and to ensure her family lived as well. She was tough in times when women were not supposed to be. The story is adventurous and romantic and tragic all together. Gone With the Wind is a masterpiece, and in my mind it will never be out-done.
I hope any of you reading this has enjoyed my Top Ten Favourite Movie List. Its been a lot of fun to write, even if it is out of my comfort zone.
Take care, and thanks for reading!