Skip to comments.Film critics pick the 50 best movies of all time
Posted on 02/04/2012 12:16:26 AM PST by iowamark
Endless lists have been made, and it's a great way to start an argument at a party. What's better, 'Chinatown' or 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'? 'The Wizard of Oz' or 'Singin' in the Rain'? Everyone's picks are different, but for their new book 'The Greatest Movies Ever,' film critics Gail Kinn and Jim Piazza selected their choices for the best 101 movies of all time. First published in 2008, this edition of the book is revised with new picks like 'Slumdog Millionaire.' Here's a sampler -- the 50 films that got the top spots on Kinn and Piazza's list.
50.'Bonnie and Clyde'
49.'2001: A Space Odyssey'
48.'Rules of the Game'
45.'The Deer Hunter'
42.'The Lives of Others'
38.'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb'
37.'The African Queen'
36.'The Best Years of Our Lives'
34.'It's A Wonderful Life'
32.'It Happened One Night'
31.'Strangers on a Train'
30.'Saving Private Ryan'
29.'A Streetcar Named Desire'
27.'Jules and Jim'
25.'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'
21.'La Dolce Vita'
19.'To Kill a Mockingbird'
18.'Gone with the Wind'
17.'On the Waterfront'
13.'All About Eve'
12.'Some Like It Hot'
10.'Singin' In The Rain'
7.'The Wizard of Oz'
6.'North by Northwest'
5.'Lawrence of Arabia'
1.'The Godfather' and 'The Godfather Part II'
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At best it should come in around 120 or 121
When I was going through cardiac rehab I met a wonderful Polish woman who had also recently survived a heart attack. She was a young girl in 1939 when the Nazi’s invaded Poland and she wound up in a concentration camp during the Nazi occupation. She survived though she lost her entire family to the camps.
One day when we were talking she told me that the Pianist is a very good movie, very close to what many had experienced. She then looked at me and said, “Schindler’s List is shit!”
For that reason alone, I cannot put it anywhere on a “top” list.
If the list is to include a Truffaut film (I thought it was English only at first), I’d go with “The 400 Blows” over “Jules and Jim”. And it’s good to see “Chinatown” increasingly recognized as one of the best of all time - I’ve always thought so.
No Tombstone or Fort Apache.
I guess these movies were too lowbrow for his elite taste.
I would have put Young Frankenstein in there instead...
The Quiet Man.
My favorite Western didn’t make the list. My second favorite Western did.
2. The Searchers
I'm with you guys on that. I could never understand why film critics always rate this film as one of the greatest movies of all time. It some really funny bits (my favorite being Christopher Walker as Annie Hall's suicidal brother), but as far as comedy's go I think it's average. Not only would this movie fail to make my "Top 10" list of "Greatest" films, it wouldn't even make my "Top 10" list of greatest WOODY ALLEN films. (I vastly prefer the zany over the top stuff he did in the late 60s and early 70s to the sappy romantic comedy stuff he did in the late 70s and early 80s).
Even more perplexing is the film he made two years later, Manhatten (1979) is ALSO beloved by critics and cited as a masterpiece. I find it to be insanely boring. The only good part about Manhatten is Woody Allen's character dating a 17 year old is UNINTENTIONALLY funny for those of us who viewed the movie AFTER the Soon-Yi scandal.
I’ll second that!
Opinions are like... Well you know.
“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”
Stupid beyond belief. Doesn’t belong on this list.
O Brother, Where Art Thou; Midnight; The Lady Eve; Song of Bernadette
#20, The Searchers
BS!! Not one movie with Clint Eastwood, Bruce Lee or Mel Brooks! PHOOEY!
Well wait, we haven’t seen Spike Lees movie yet “BAM” about Obama starring Denzel Washington as Obama. That could be #1!! You never know!
But it has New York liberals in it, so therefore that automatically qualifies it to be high up on any movie list. “Oh look, Woody Allen sneezed and the cocaine flew off the table! Oh ha ha ha such genius! Give him an Oscar!”
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