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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That's all I have to say about their list.
Bonnie & Clyde?
citizen cane is over rated...I could add so many movies to this list and remove so many...haha
No Harry Potter ?
And When I saw “Talladega Nights”, I found out that “Highlander” was the best movie ever !!
It promoted and glamorized perverted sex and decadence--so, of course.....
Where is Errol Flynn's Robin Hood?
It promoted and glamorized perverted sex and decadence—so, of course.....
Where is Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood?
Speaking of perverted sex and decadence...are you familiar with Errol flynn’s personal life? (:
No need to answer. I was being facetious.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind was a gimmick movie that does not belong on the list at all.
Annie Hall is way too high.
No westerns? High Noon, Pale Rider, and Unforgiven would be in my top 50, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence would be in my top 10.
aw, no manchurian candidate
Cop out! Godfather or Godfather II as #1-— pick one!
Titanic (1997), The Posieden Adventure (1972), Sweet Home Alabama, The Family Man, Aliens, Pulp Fiction, The Ninth Gate, Braveheart, Highlander (1986), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), The Professional (1994), Backdraft, Heat, Ronin, 15 Minutes, Places in the Heart, Sweet November, Les Misérables (1998), The Hunt for Red October, The Matrix, Cold Mountain, Dead Calm, Frantic, The Game, The Fugitive, Pitch Black
#8 Annie Hall - I watched it and it was not special.
How could I forget... East West.
King of New York
My mistake” Gone with the Wind” is there. Still a BS list, in my opinion, even if it got a few right.
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!”
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World? The ensemble cast alone makes it worthy.
I'd swap Vertigo & Psycho for To Catch A Thief and Rear Window.
Like others have pointed out No Eastwood films?
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly would be worthy.
They didn't put The Big Country on the list either.
"Come back, Shane!"...
Did they really say that in T. Nights? I have a running joke with a friend of mine about Highlander being the best movie ever (he hates it). Pretty cool if there’s a movie character out there who agrees with me, LOL.
I saw all these crap movies.
Any list of top movies that doesn’t include The Shawshank Redemption is suspect, to say the least.
One day someone told a polish joke at the nurse station and she was there and went ballistic.....she said how wrong it was and such jokes about ethnics (Jews) are what led to the concentration camps...first you make jokes about them, then they become less than human....
\She was a witness to how subtle treating others as less than human starts down a road that leads to Hitlers camps..By the time she was done, no one told anymore polish jokes. (my hubby was polish and always got a kick out of them. A wallet full of single dollar bills only was his polish bankroll) I still think of that when I end up with about 15 singles in my wallet. He passed on in 1990
mine didn’t either...Red River.....John Wayne-Montgomery Clift was also in it I think....Also The Cowboys with John Wayne both were about cattle drives...
Eh...it’s an okay list. I think a number of the picks are “popular” choices designed to sell the book, rather than selections based on the films’ merits. I also think these folks need to see more “foreign” films instead of just picking ones most everyone knows.
Some specific thoughts on the list:
Annie Hall - I agree with others on this thread. 8th of all time is WAY too high. I thought it was quite funny, but nowhere near top 10 or even top 50 material.
Close Encounters - I didn’t personally like this film much at all. Jaws would be a better choice here, though I wouldn’t put even that at #25.
The Graduate - Am the only one who doesn’t “get” this movie? I thought it was okay, but I have yet to see what is so special about it. Maybe it’s a generational thing?
Some that aren’t on the list, but I think probably should be:
-Brute Force: Outstanding prison/film-noir with Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn, Yvonne DeCarlo, and Charles Bickford.
-M (1931 version with Peter Lorre)
-Stalag 17: Much better Billy Wilder film than Some Like it Hot, IMHO. The Apartment would work for me here, too.
-The Last Emperor
-The Third Man - Was Welles ever better than in 3rd man?
-The Wild Bunch
-Voskhozhdeniye (The Ascent). Soviet film from the mid-1970s about a couple of Soviet partisans operating in occupied Belarus. Admittedly kind of an obscure film, but easily one of the very best war movies I have ever seen. It’s up there with Das Boot and Patton for me. (Speaking of which, Patton didn’t make at least #50?)
Yes, I think "It's a Wonderful Life" is a far better movie. Even "Singin' in the Rain" is a better movie.
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