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After having a big discussion about the merits of the recent Sight & Sound Bestest List, it has become paramount (IMO tongue.gif) that we AVSers have a chance to post our own List.

You can use any adjective (or none at all) you wish to describe your list.
There is no Right or Wrong.
No one HAS to justify their choices to anyone else here.

OK, now I need to go upstairs and look thru my library.....wink.gif

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I looked thru my disk library and came up with ~200 "nominees."
Will choose 44 tomorrow and post 'em here.

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I failed....I could only get it down to 50.tongue.gif


Listed alphabetically:

A FISH CALLED WANDA
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
A.I.
ALIEN/ALIENS
AMADEUS
APOCALYPSE NOW
BENJAMIN BUTTON
BLACK HAWK DOWN
BLADE RUNNER
CASINO
CHILDREN OF MEN
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
CROUCHING TIGER
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
DUNE
FORREST GUMP
GODFATHER 1&2
GOOD FELLAS
INDIANA JONES 1&2
JACKIE BROWN
JAWS
LOTR
MELANCHOLIA
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
MONSTERS INC.
NATURAL BORN KILLERS
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
ON GOLDEN POND
PLATOON
PULP FICTION
RAISING ARIZONA
RAN
RESERVIOR DOGS
RIVER'S EDGE
RUTHLESS PEOPLE
SHAWSHANK
STAR WARS 1&2
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
THE DARK CRYSTAL
THE DEER HUNTER
THE INCREDIBLES
THE LAST EMPEROR
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
THE MATRIX
THE THIN RED LINE
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
TRAINSPOTTING
TREE OF LIFE
UNFORGIVEN
WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE

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A caveat: I tried to stay away from foreign movies as much as possible...sorry about that.wink.gif

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Films that will be "rediscovered" some day

These are titles that, although known today, do not have huge acclaim or big followings. Someday, sifting through the 1968 and later catalog, viewers will recover and make a big deal over them.

Obviously, it's impossible to know what future tastes will value, or what our era will look like to them. I intend no "best, greatest" or other metric here.

Where the titles are linked, it's to my capsule reviews.

Hell in the Pacific (1968) (for the WW2 centenary, John Boorman retrospective, and Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune boomlets of 2039).

The Night of the Following Day (1968) (part of yet another 1960s nostalgia wave).

Twisted Nerve (1968) (carrying the psycho-sexual thriller torch after Hitchcock passed his peak, plus Bernard Herrmann score)

The Beguiled (1971) (Clint Eastwood retrospective, picking out an uncharacteristic gothic Civil War title)

The Offence (1972) (renewed appreciation of one of Sean Connery's best; intense doesn't begin to describe it)

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) (Cimino, Eastwood, Jeff Bridges)

Hard Times (1975) (Great Depression nostalgia, Walter Hill's first picture, Charles Bronson's best)

Wise Blood (1979) (for the John Huston retrospective; nothing quite like it)

Stardust Memories (1980) (for when Woody Allen is rediscovered)

Ms. 45 (1981) (in a future "rape and revenge" box set this will be the only one worth watching)

The Hunger (1983) (Tony Scott's first, when tastes in horror shift to the leisurely atmospheric, plus hot lesbian vampire action)

Trouble in Mind (1985) (Alan Rudolph retrospective; his strangest)

Hope and Glory (1987) (more Boorman and WW2 centenary; lovely film)

Prospero's Books (1991) (phantasmagoric Shakespeare; it depends how much nudity, particularly of children, future viewers want to see)

Sense and Sensibility (1995) (Ang Lee will be remembered, costume and Jane Austen will always come around again, and it has a set of famous actors: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, etc)

Fallen (1998) (for some future fad for sad, autumnal demonism; this and the Millennium tv series are the only titles that come to mind; plus Denzel retrospective)

Titus (1999) (as a demonstration on how movies can revitalize a little-regarded play)

Possession (2002) (for romance trawling; both costume and contemporary)

Wilderness Survival for Girls (2004) (for a future study of micro-budget films of the period)

The Fountain (2006) (when SF/fantasy tastes change)

-Bill
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RIVER'S EDGE

I almost had that on the "will be rediscovered" list. My review here.

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Whatever happened to Alan Rudolph? I loooooooooooved Choose Me and The Moderns!


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Wow! Nice lists gentlemen. Agree with most of oink's list and thanks much Bill for many movies I have not seen; I printed the lists just now so I can check-out all the fresh (at least to me) goodies. Will have to figure out my own set of 44 and post soon.
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[Ms. 45 (1981) (in a future "rape and revenge" box set this will be the only one worth watching)
-Bill

Nice review sir. I didn't realize 'til now that you included exploitation flicks in that thread. Guess I have some reading to do. I've been sitting on a vhs rip of Ms. 45 and can't wait to finally see it. I'm a fan of Angel, Savage Streets, etc cool.gif

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I almost had that on the "will be rediscovered" list. My review here.
-Bill
Good review...River's Edge is a wonderful little gem....very Lynchian.

Looking at your list, I noticed a number of them are on my "nominee" list, and some I haven't seen in a very long time, and some I haven't seen before.
Thanx for that...I'll seek some of those out.smile.gif

BTW, if anyone wishes it, I will post my "nominee" list (and even THAT was hard to put together eek.gif).
It's very VERY difficult to edit down a list like this, but it was an interesting exercise.cool.gif

My "44 list" is not my Bestest or Greatest or Favs list; I can't really seperate out those terms in a meaningful way.
The only thing I can say is those movies AFFECTED me in different ways and stick out in my memory.
I won't say anything else on the subject, otherwise I will touch off a Semantics War.biggrin.gif

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haven''t thought through this yet, but want to add one movie i just watched again for the first time in years - master and commander

how did a movie that good never get a sequel?

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haven''t thought through this yet, but want to add one movie i just watched again for the first time in years - master and commander
how did a movie that good never get a sequel?
That is a damn good question....I simply don't know.
BTW, M&C made my "nominee" list....easily.wink.gif

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I failed....I could only get it down to 50.tongue.gif
Listed alphabetically:
A FISH CALLED WANDA
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
A.I.
ALIEN/ALIENS
AMADEUS
APOCALYPSE NOW
BENJAMIN BUTTON
BLACK HAWK DOWN
BLADE RUNNER
CASINO
CHILDREN OF MEN
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
CROUCHING TIGER
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
DUNE
FORREST GUMP
GODFATHER 1&2
GOOD FELLAS
INDIANA JONES 1&2
JACKIE BROWN
JAWS
LOTR
MELANCHOLIA
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
MONSTERS INC.
NATURAL BORN KILLERS
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
ON GOLDEN POND
PLATOON
PULP FICTION
RAISING ARIZONA
RAN
RESERVIOR DOGS
RIVER'S EDGE
RUTHLESS PEOPLE
SHAWSHANK
STAR WARS 1&2
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
THE DARK CRYSTAL
THE DEER HUNTER
THE INCREDIBLES
THE LAST EMPEROR
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
THE MATRIX
THE THIN RED LINE
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
TRAINSPOTTING
TREE OF LIFE
UNFORGIVEN
WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE

Isn't a Top 44/50 list a moving target? I don't think I've ever kept the same list of favorites at any one point in my life. Thanks for sharing your list though.

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Yes, it is always moving...
BTW, I didn't include any movies from this year (although some might qualify).

At any rate, I am sure I missed some.
I looked only at my video collection, so there is that too.wink.gif

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Forgive my laziness, but you had several of my favorites as well, so i just edited mine as needed.

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
APOCALYPSE NOW
BLACK HAWK DOWN
BLADE RUNNER
CASINO
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
CROUCHING TIGER
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
FORREST GUMP
GODFATHER 1&2
GOOD FELLAS
INDIANA JONES 1&2
LOTR
MELANCHOLIA
MILLBABY
MONSTERS INC.
NATURAL BORN KILLERS
NO COUGOLDEN POND
PLATOON
PULP FICTION
RESERVIOR DOGS
SHAWSHANK
STAR WARS 1&2
THE INCREDIBLES
THE MATRIX
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
UNFORGIVEN

I also added...

THE RIGHT STUFF
TOY STORY TRILOGY
DARK KNIGHT RISES
GLADIATOR
THE ARTIST
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959, so just outside of the 50 years mark, but oh so good)
THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR
ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN
LOVE ACTUALLY (guilty pleasure I know)
UP
GRAN TORINO
SHOOTER (not an Oscar winner I know, but i can watch this over and over again)
GOOD WILL HUNTING
LEGENDS OF THE FALL
THE LAST SAMURAI
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As a matter of fact, most of your "additional" picks made my "nominee" list.

It is a really hard to whittle a list down......really REALLY hard.wink.gif

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As a matter of fact, most of your "additional" picks made my "nominee" list.
It is a really hard to whittle a list down......really REALLY hard.wink.gif
Try picking just ten wink.gif


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Try picking just ten wink.gif
I could, but I wouldn't be satisfied or happy with it.

I don't really have a "favorite" movie or director or actor.
Of course, some I like better than others....wink.gif

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Try picking just ten wink.gif
My top ten has thousands in it.
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In order to be accurate I assume you guys mean Star Wars 4 & 5? tongue.gif And not 1 & 2 eek.gif
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In order to be accurate I assume you guys mean Star Wars 4 & 5? tongue.gif And not 1 & 2 eek.gif

That Indiana Jones #2 looks kind of suspicious, don't you think?

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In order to be accurate I assume you guys mean Star Wars 4 & 5? tongue.gif And not 1 & 2 eek.gif
Doh!redface.gif
I guess I am just old school regarding SW.wink.gif

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That Indiana Jones #2 looks kind of suspicious, don't you think?
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Absolutely not.
I think it's a terrific romp...a great tip of the hat to the old Saturday afternoon serials I grew up with.smile.gif

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I probably wouldn't be able to make such a list. But, I would like to add obvious mentions of Once Upon a Time in the West, The Day of the Jackal, Rocky, Carrie, The French Connection and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

Oh, and we all know that The Last Crusade is really the most enjoyable of the Indy films.
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I guess I went over the "44" number, too. smile.gif More like 170. I took a different approach. I went year-by-year and selected titles I felt fit the broad Subject Line category, then made some cuts per year to keep the ones I couldn't cut for whatever reason. So this time around I guess this isn't my list from the past 44 years overall, but a list of my picks for each of the past 44 years.

From the past 44 years:

1968:
2001: A Space Odyssey
Funny Girl
The Lion in Winter
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Rachel, Rachel
The Scalphunters

1969:
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Midnight Cowboy
Easy Rider
Take the Money and Run

1970:
Patton
Little Big Man
Five Easy Pieces

1971:
The French Connection
Summer of '42
The Last Picture Show
Carnal Knowledge
A Clockwork Orange
The Hospital
Straw Dogs
Play Misty for Me
The Anderson Tapes
Bananas
Johnny Got His Gun
Walkabout

1972:
The Godfather
Deliverance
Cabaret
Frenzy
The Heartbreak Kid
The Hot Rock
The King of Marvin Gardens
Last Tango in Paris
Slaughterhouse-Five

1973:
The Exorcist
The Sting
The Way We Were
O Lucky Man!
Save the Tiger

1974:
The Godfather: Part II
Murder on the Orient Express
Chinatown
The Conversation

1975:
Jaws
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Love and Death
Barry Lyndon
Supervixens
The Man in the Glass Booth
The Man Who Would Be King

1976:
All the President's Men
Carrie
Taxi Driver
Network
The Front

1977:
The Goodbye Girl
Annie Hall
3 Women
The Late Show
That Obscure Object of Desire

1978:
Dawn of the Dead
The Deer Hunter
The End
California Suite
Midnight Express

1979:
Alien
Manhattan

1980:
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Airplane!
The Shining
Ordinary People

1981:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
On Golden Pond
Body Heat
The Evil Dead

1982:
Poltergeist
The Verdict
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
The Thing

1983:
Terms of Endearment
The King of Comedy
Zelig

1984:
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Revenge of the Nerds
Blood Simple
Choose Me
A Passage to India
The Terminator
This Is Spinal Tap

1985:
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Flesh & Blood
Murphy's Romance
Re-Animator
The Return of the Living Dead

1986:
Aliens
Hannah and Her Sisters
Hoosiers

1987:
Broadcast News
Evil Dead II
Full Metal Jacket
House of Games
The Princess Bride
Raising Arizona
Swimming to Cambodia

1988:
The Accidental Tourist
Midnight Run
The Moderns

1989:
Batman
Born on the Fourth of July
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Dead Calm
Heathers
Sex, Lies, and Videotape

1990:
Dances with Wolves
Goodfellas
Joe Versus the Volcano

1991:
Beauty and the Beast
JFK
Grand Canyon
Raise the Red Lantern
The Rapture

1992:
Bitter Moon
Glengarry Glen Ross
Husbands and Wives

1993:
Schindler's List
Alive
Army of Darkness

1994:
Forrest Gump
Ed Wood
Heavenly Creatures

1995:
Toy Story
Sense and Sensibility
Shanghai Triad

1996:
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Nutty Professor

1997:
Deconstructing Harry
Jackie Brown
The Spanish Prisoner
Starship Troopers

1998:
The Big Lebowski

1999:
Toy Story 2
Cruel Intentions
Election
Eyes Wide Shut

2000:
American Psycho
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2001:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Man Who Wasn't There
Vanilla Sky

2002:
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Bourne Identity

2003:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

2004:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Napoleon Dynamite
The Aviator

2005:
Sin City
Crash
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

2006:
Stranger Than Fiction
Curse of the Golden Flower

2007:
Hot Fuzz
No Country For Old Men

2008:
Burn After Reading
Religulous
Slumdog Millionaire

2009:
Zombieland
Black Dynamite

2010:
The King's Speech

2011:
The Artist
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^Hard to argue the quality of your list.

I do know what you're saying...I had to be ruthless to get down to 50.

I forgot to mention I have my disk collection scattered between 2 houses and couldn't access some titles, so there are probably some that would have made the "final" list, but didn't.
Unfortunately, I am too lazy to catalog everything to computer.biggrin.gif

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^Hard to argue the quality of your list.
I do know what you're saying...I had to be ruthless to get down to 50.
I forgot to mention I have my disk collection scattered between 2 houses and couldn't access some titles, so there are probably some that would have made the "final" list, but didn't.
Unfortunately, I am too lazy to catalog everything to computer.biggrin.gif
biggrin.gif I just went from year to year on Wikipedia, "1968 in film, 1969 in film" and so on. Otherwise I wouldn't have remembered all the titles. However, I do have all but a couple of them on DVD/Blu-ray.
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biggrin.gif I just went from year to year on Wikipedia, "1968 in film, 1969 in film" and so on.
Thanx for proving you're brighter than I.tongue.gif

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Naw. A note on something that became more and more stark with every year I clicked onto; for the first decade or two from '68 onward I had no problem finding many of my picks, even before the cut you see here, right off the "biggest box office hits" list for that year at the top of the page. And then I'd find more titles of special interest to me on the lower portion of the page under "listed in alphabetical order" or "listed by release date". But by the time I got to the 2000s, I might find just one or two at the most from the "biggest box office hits" list and the rest I'd find down the page. For quite a few years I couldn't find a single movie in the "biggest box office hits" list for that particular year that I'd want to put on my list here or ever see again.

Oh well. I'm sure it's just me.
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Naw. A note on something that became more and more stark with every year I clicked onto; for the first decade or two from '68 onward I had no problem finding many of my picks, even before the cut you see here, right off the "biggest box office hits" list for that year at the top of the page. And then I'd find more titles of special interest to me on the lower portion of the page under "listed in alphabetical order" or "listed by release date". But by the time I got to the 2000s, I might find just one or two at the most from the "biggest box office hits" list and the rest I'd find down the page. For quite a few years I couldn't find a single movie in the "biggest box office hits" list for that particular year that I'd want to put on my list here or ever see again.
Oh well. I'm sure it's just me.
I doubt it, because it actually dovetails with what many of us have been complaining about for years: Hollywood has become laser-focused on the "quick buck," to the detriment of the Art of Film.frown.gif

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I doubt it, because it actually dovetails with what many of us have been complaining about for years: Hollywood has become laser-focused on the "quick buck," to the detriment of the Art of Film.frown.gif

Whereas tv has grown up. Most ot it is probably still the wasteland it always was, I don't know because I'm pretty selective in what I watch. But there are A LOT of series out there with more artistic merit than nearly anything in mainstream cinema.

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