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(7,377 posts)
Thu Jan 21, 2016, 06:58 PM Jan 2016

Your 20 favorite motion pictures

not necessarily the best but what you personally like the most.

Mine in no particular order.

Local Hero
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Apartment
Planet of the Apes

Monty Python and Holy Grail
Mr. Roberts
Blazing Saddles
American Graffiti
North By Northwest

Being There
Breaking Away
Sunset Blvd.
Father Goose
Little Big Man

The Fortune Cookie
Bull Durham
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
A River Runs Through It
Hope and Glory

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Your 20 favorite motion pictures (Original Post) Mendocino Jan 2016 OP
Great list Lochloosa Jan 2016 #1
Thank you and would like Mendocino Jan 2016 #3
Not a big hit but try The Air I Breathe. But what a cast. Lochloosa Jan 2016 #10
Mine sarge43 Jan 2016 #2
The Manchurian Candidate Mendocino Jan 2016 #4
Second that sarge43 Jan 2016 #5
She lost to Patty Duke, Mendocino Jan 2016 #7
Mine 47of74 Jan 2016 #6
Hmmm ghostsinthemachine Jan 2016 #8
Are you the guy holding on to the stage during US Blues? Lochloosa Jan 2016 #14
Nope ghostsinthemachine Jan 2016 #16
I can understand why she got more screen time... Lochloosa Jan 2016 #18
While I ponder my 20, I must say your list is very good CBGLuthier Jan 2016 #9
I do like Billy Wilder. Mendocino Jan 2016 #19
Mine: The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2016 #11
Good list. I would add only my favorite L.A. Confidential. kairos12 Jan 2016 #12
"She is Lana Turner" Mendocino Jan 2016 #24
That was a great scene. kairos12 Jan 2016 #25
The critics be damned list..ha ha tokenlib Jan 2016 #13
I'll just start listing some favorites and see if it adds up to 20. Tommy_Carcetti Jan 2016 #15
These threads need Terry Gilliam's *Brazil* hunter Jan 2016 #17
Why not Vertigo? El Supremo Jan 2016 #20
Favorite list Mendocino Jan 2016 #21
In alphabetical order begin_within Jan 2016 #22
Harold and Maude is a great movie OriginalGeek Jan 2016 #27
Happy anniversary! begin_within Jan 2016 #28
I should look for it on Blu-ray OriginalGeek Jan 2016 #29
Here are mine... a la izquierda Jan 2016 #23
Every time I make a list like this I kick myself OriginalGeek Jan 2016 #26


(15,976 posts)
10. Not a big hit but try The Air I Breathe. But what a cast.
Thu Jan 21, 2016, 10:15 PM
Jan 2016

The Air I Breathe is the 2007 directorial film debut of Korean-American filmmaker Jieho Lee, who co-wrote the script with Bob DeRosa. It stars Kevin Bacon, Julie Delpy, Brendan Fraser, Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Emile Hirsch, and Forest Whitaker. The film was financed by NALA Investments through its production company NALA Films, and was released on January 25, 2008 in the United States


(28,926 posts)
2. Mine
Thu Jan 21, 2016, 07:31 PM
Jan 2016

Ben Hur
The Big Lebowski
Body Heat

Dangerous Liaisons
The Duelists
Fort Apache

Galaxy Quest
The Heiress
It Happened One Night
A Knight's Tale
The Lady Eve

Lawrence of Arabia
The Lion in Winter
The Lord of the Ring
The Manchurian Candidate
My Favorite Year

There's about 20 more I could add


(7,377 posts)
7. She lost to Patty Duke,
Thu Jan 21, 2016, 08:38 PM
Jan 2016

the "safe pick" for her role in The Miracle Worker, but Angela deserved the Oscar.



(18,470 posts)
6. Mine
Thu Jan 21, 2016, 08:33 PM
Jan 2016

Mine, in no particular order (don't judge)

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Ben Hur
The Big Lebowski
The Shoes of the Fisherman

Star Wars Episode VII
Uncle Buck
Christmas Vacation
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

Field of Dreams
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Steel Magnolias

Lake Placid
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Apollo 13
Forrest Gump
Smokey and the Bandit

Yeah I can probably come up with a few dozen more.


(3,569 posts)
8. Hmmm
Thu Jan 21, 2016, 08:40 PM
Jan 2016

The Jerk
The Godfather I and Ii
Paint your wagon
Schindler's list
The naked gun
Gone with the wind
The grateful dead movie (I'm in it)
Toy story II
Jason and the argonauts
Movie movie
The silver streak
A night at the opera
American graffiti
Alice in wonderland (Disney)
Midnight cowboy
The naked gun
The big lebowski


(3,569 posts)
16. Nope
Fri Jan 22, 2016, 11:35 AM
Jan 2016

What is funny is that I been a lifer, tour head from the Bay Area, but only seen that guy at a show one time. A Frost show in the early eighties.
He is the star of the show for me... "Chicklets" then see him later. So funny.

I am in the scene with the girl doing her "hooting" I am right after she sits down, wearing a skull and roses shirt. About ten seconds.
My girl at the time Eileen is the girl dancing in the hallway in the tank top and Levi's skirt. She got a lot more screen time than I did. Was her only show too.


(12,723 posts)
9. While I ponder my 20, I must say your list is very good
Thu Jan 21, 2016, 09:31 PM
Jan 2016

I know a few Billy Wilder films belong on mine and Hope and Glory and Local Hero are a couple of favorites. In fact I can say without qualification that at least 75% of the films on your list are in my top 100.


(7,377 posts)
19. I do like Billy Wilder.
Fri Jan 22, 2016, 01:54 PM
Jan 2016

I could add his Some Like It Hot, One Two Three, Stalag 17, and Double Indemnity.

The Velveteen Ocelot

(114,494 posts)
11. Mine:
Thu Jan 21, 2016, 10:48 PM
Jan 2016

Bedazzled (Peter Cook and Dudley Moore)
Body Heat
Dr. Strangelove
The Elephant Man
The Imitation Game
The Killing Fields
Lawrence of Arabia
The Manchurian Candidate
A Man For All Seasons
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Night of the Hunter
The Ruling Class
The Silence of the Lambs
This Is Spinal Tap
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Year of Living Dangerously


(4,186 posts)
13. The critics be damned list..ha ha
Fri Jan 22, 2016, 10:51 AM
Jan 2016

City Lights
The Gold Rush
The Great Dictator
North by Northwest
The Man Who Came to Dinner (underrated and totally insane)

Duck Soup
A Night at the Opera
It Happened One Night
Citizen Kane

Lawrence of Arabia
The Shoes of the Fisherman
Star Wars A New Hope
Star Wars Empire Strikes Back

The Shawshank Redemption
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Gone With the Wind


(42,978 posts)
15. I'll just start listing some favorites and see if it adds up to 20.
Fri Jan 22, 2016, 11:32 AM
Jan 2016

In no particular order:

The Big Lebowski
The Right Stuff
Office Space
Cloud Atlas
Star Trek II
A Serious Man
O Brother Where Art Thou
The Natural
Raising Arizona
The Jerk
Field of Dreams
The Naked Gun
Fight Club
Apollo 13
The Blair Witch Project
Independence Day

Not all of these movies are necessarily great movies objectively, but all of them I enjoyed a lot and have no problem watching over and over again.


(38,203 posts)
17. These threads need Terry Gilliam's *Brazil*
Fri Jan 22, 2016, 11:46 AM
Jan 2016

George Orwell got it wrong in 1984.

Brazil is how the world really turns out...



(21,551 posts)
22. In alphabetical order
Fri Jan 22, 2016, 02:25 PM
Jan 2016

Au Hasard, Balthazar (1966)
The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Chinatown (1974)
Contact (1997)
El Norte (1983)
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Harold and Maude (1970)
Ikiru (1952)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Psycho (1960)
Soy Cuba (1964)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Tokyo Story (1953)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)


(12,132 posts)
27. Harold and Maude is a great movie
Fri Jan 22, 2016, 03:50 PM
Jan 2016

one of the first movies my (now) wife rented at a video store for us to watch one day when we skipped class to go have fun. It was one of her favorite movies and she was amazed I had never seen it.

I often wonder if she was subliminally trying to get me open to the idea of dating an older woman (She didn't need to - I was already hooked lol) (I was 22 and she was 29 when we started dating. Our 30 year anniversary this July)



(21,551 posts)
28. Happy anniversary!
Fri Jan 22, 2016, 04:11 PM
Jan 2016

Maybe you can watch H&M again in honor of your anniversary. The Cat Stevens songs give it a lift too.

a la izquierda

(11,773 posts)
23. Here are mine...
Fri Jan 22, 2016, 02:27 PM
Jan 2016

In no order:

Nostalgia for the Light
Le chateau de ma mere
The Fifth Element
También la lluvia

Immortal Beloved
The Shining
The Birds
The Professional

Rudo y cursi

El violin
Hombres armados
V for Vendetta
Todo sobre mi madre
Nosferatu (my favorite movie of all time)


(12,132 posts)
26. Every time I make a list like this I kick myself
Fri Jan 22, 2016, 03:43 PM
Jan 2016

when I see something on another list I forgot. But here's a good effort. Films I will always love for whatever reasons:

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
Glengarry Glen Ross
Repo Man
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Big Lebowski
Blade Runner
The Warriors
Star Wars (episodes 4, 5 and 6)
Being John Malkovich
The Jerk
Leap of Faith
Planes, Trains and Automobiles

If i got 21 I'd put all Monty Python movies in addition to stuff Pythoners were in or wrote or sneezed at.

edit to add: CRAP! Shadow of the Vampire needs on my list. Not sure which to remove to make room so I won't.

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