Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Free Republic's Top Movies (Vanity)
- ^ | 2/23/03 | Me

Posted on 02/23/2003 11:42:15 AM PST by pupdog

In a recent thread, Freepers were asked to discuss their favorite movies, and we did, 470+ posts worth.

Well, far be it from me to miss an opportunity for statistical analysis and scientific inquiry, so I compliled all of the results, and present them to you here. I bring to you, Free Republic's Top 124 movies:

#77-124 (3 votes each):

The Andromeda Strain, Armageddon, Arsenic and Old Lace, Back to the Future Part 3, The Birds, Cinema Paradiso, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Dawn Of The Dead, Deliverance, Dirty Harry, The Empire Strikes Back, Flight Of The Phoenix, Forbidden Planet, Full Metal Jacket, Glory, Gone With The Wind, Groundhog Day, Heat, Henry V, The Hunt For Red October, Immortal Beloved, Kelly's Heroes, Last Of The Mohicans, Lawrence of Arabia, Life Is Beautiful, Little Big Man, Machurian Candidate, McClintock, The Mummy, My Fair Lady, The Pink Panther series, Popeye, Predator, Raisin' Arizona, Sand Pebbles, Sense And Sensibility, Signs, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Spiderman, Star Wars, The Thing, The Third Man, Tremors, True Lies, Unforgiven, The Usual Suspects, The Women, Yentl

#53-76 (4 votes each):

Aliens, Back To The Future, The Best Years Of Our Lives, The Big Lebowski, Black Hawk Down, Blade Runner, Caddyshack, A Clockwork Orange, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Exorcist, Fiddler On The Roof, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Life Of Brian, The Man Who Would Be King, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, The Shawshank Redemption, Stalag 17, Thin Man series, Top Gun, Treasure of the Sierra Madres, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Wizard Of Oz

#32 - 52 (5 votes each):

Amadeus, Apocalypse Now, Ben Hur, Brazil, Chariots Of Fire, Dumb & Dumber, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, A Man For All Seasons, Midway, North By Northwest, Office Space, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Rear Window, Shane, The Ten Commandments, This Is Spinal Tap, The Sound Of Music, We Were Soldiers, Young Frankenstein, Zulu

#23 - 31 (6 votes each):

African Queen, Animal House, Apollo 13, Dr. Strangelove, Gettysburg, Gone With The Wind, Goodfellas, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

#19 - 22 (7 votes each):

Alien, Doctor Zhivago, Gladiator, The Godfather Part III

#15 - 18 (8 votes each):

Blazing Saddles, Das Boot, Red Dawn, Saving Private Ryan

#10 - 14 (9 votes each):

Citizen Kane, It's a Wonderful Life, Outlaw Josey Wales, Patton, Pulp Fiction

#9 (10 votes):

Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

#8 (12 votes):

The Matrix

#5 - 7 (13 votes each):

Casablanca, The Godfather Part II, The Patriot

#4 (14 votes):

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

#3 (15 votes):

Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring

#1 - 2 (23 votes each):

Braveheart, The Godfather

Yes, a tie. I'll let you all now fight it out over which one is better.

There were 777 movies mentioned altogether. There was some ambiguity in how people made their selections, but I won't bother getting into methodology, since this was just a fun diversion and not meant to be scientific.

What that, discuss.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS:
Now, since I compiled them, I get the right to make my-tatest-are-better-than-yours comments. :-) OK, I'll try not to be that bad, but you've been warned.

The Matrix: If you haven't seen them yet, download the trailers for the sequels: movies.yahoo.com has them. I'm salivating.

The Patriot: OK, I'm as patriotic as they get, and yet I'm wondering if I'm the only person here who really disliked this movie. I have a thing against movie cliches, and this one threw them at me faster than I could keep track of. Now Braveheart, on the other hand...

Pulp Fiction: A number of people posted that they didn't understand the appeal of this movie. I think this is really one of those you-get-it-or-you-don't movies. I liked it a lot, but I can see how others wouldn't. The best I can say to explain it is that it's not about plot, and entirely about dialogue. It's probably right up there at this point with Holy Grail for most-quoted-movie.

Brazil: Even with 5 votes, I think this was underrated. And I agree with those who pointed out how especially appropriate the movie is right now.

Dumb And Dumber: You know, I like dumb movies, and I love Jim Carrey. But...but... can I at least suggest Man On the Moon to ya? The Truman Show? Liar Liar? Even the first Ace Ventura?

The Wizard Of Speed And Time: The best movie that got only 1 vote. The reason I feel this way is I was the one vote. :-) I'm on something of a personal mission to spread awareness of this one as much as possible, so if you ever see it, rent it, buy it, etc.

1 posted on 02/23/2003 11:42:15 AM PST by pupdog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: pupdog
SGT YORK-What a morality tale, what a war movie, what an American story.
2 posted on 02/23/2003 11:45:26 AM PST by Az Joe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
Where is Terminator 2!? The action scenes in that are still tops...It's definately one of my favs...one vote!
3 posted on 02/23/2003 11:46:56 AM PST by Capitalism2003
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
And you mean "To Kill A Mockingbird" received no votes?
4 posted on 02/23/2003 11:47:02 AM PST by The Duke
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Capitalism2003
T2 got 2 votes, and yes, it is outstanding. I do wish, though, that they had left in the scene where John and his mother are having a power struggle over what to do with the cyborg, and left out the "Talk cool like a human" scene. Change that, and I'd probably add a vote for it.
5 posted on 02/23/2003 11:56:32 AM PST by pupdog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: The Duke
Nope, none at all. I saw it myself only once when I was really young (grammar school), so I think I need to pop that in again.
6 posted on 02/23/2003 11:57:28 AM PST by pupdog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
Since some folks are asking about movies that aren't included above, here's the full list.
7 posted on 02/23/2003 11:58:25 AM PST by pupdog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
How in the name of Halliwell did "Yentl" make a Freeper list? And no "King Kong" or "Top Hat"?
8 posted on 02/23/2003 11:59:41 AM PST by speedy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
No mention of Luis Bunuel's "The Phantom of Liberty"?

"Disgusting!"

Or Costa-Gavras' "Z" or "The Confession"?

Or Frank Herbert's "Dune"?

9 posted on 02/23/2003 12:06:25 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
OMG, my all-time top-of-the-list movie that I love, that I saw in the theater 3 times, that I bought the minute it came out, it's not there!!

Does no one appreciate the cleverness and razzle-dazzle of MOULIN ROUGE???

And no, I am NOT being sarcastic. I really love that movie.

10 posted on 02/23/2003 12:09:37 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
I disliked The Patriot also. Too violent. I turned it off when they started burning down Mel Gibson's house.
11 posted on 02/23/2003 12:10:22 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Happy people live longer. I plan on living forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cultural Jihad
Isn't that bottom one the bad old "Dune"? (OK, so the Harkonnens were better than the ones in the later version, but the miniseries did a much better job overall).
12 posted on 02/23/2003 12:10:31 PM PST by Chancellor Palpatine (those who unilaterally beat their swords into plowshares wind up plowing for those who don't)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
Can I vote again? I didn't understand that ballot. I think I voted for "Moon over Miami".
13 posted on 02/23/2003 12:11:26 PM PST by chnsmok
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chancellor Palpatine
The special effects may have been better in the SciFi miniseries, but the acting was rather flat, IMHO.
14 posted on 02/23/2003 12:14:41 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
I have to admit to my fondness for Matrix :-)

BTW, am I the only one to see an analogy between the Zombie Liberal Sheeples and those poor suckers in Matrix living in the sickly green world of mind control and delusion?
15 posted on 02/23/2003 12:14:44 PM PST by Tamzee (There are 10 types of people... those who read binary, and those who don't.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Chancellor Palpatine
The 5th Element:

"This is the most extraordinary thing I have ever seen in my whole life!"
16 posted on 02/23/2003 12:20:50 PM PST by Cultural Jihad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Tamsey
BTW, am I the only one to see an analogy between the Zombie Liberal Sheeples and those poor suckers in Matrix living in the sickly green world of mind control and delusion?

Wake people up from the Matrix? Why, what kind of cruel person are you? The Matrix gives us everything we want: food, shelter, stability, warmth...OK, it's all computer generated, but you try telling that to a mother of 6!

The real word, on the other hand, is cold, it's dark, food is scarce, there's no health coverage, no education, no way for someone to find a meaningful job, it's all of our worst nightmares: and you just want to throw people into that based on your warped definition of freedom????

...uh yeah, I think I see what you're seeing. :-)

17 posted on 02/23/2003 12:23:52 PM PST by pupdog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
Every time I think of the two-party system, I can't help but see the scene with Morpheus and Neo...

The blue pill or the red pill? ;-)
18 posted on 02/23/2003 12:38:24 PM PST by Tamzee (There are 10 types of people... those who read binary, and those who don't.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
Something about "The Matrix" I never quite understood - why couldn't it just make everybody really happy, all the time? By all appearances, Neo's life in the matrix sucked.
19 posted on 02/23/2003 12:50:42 PM PST by Chancellor Palpatine (those who unilaterally beat their swords into plowshares wind up plowing for those who don't)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Chancellor Palpatine
Something about "The Matrix" I never quite understood - why couldn't it just make everybody really happy, all the time? By all appearances, Neo's life in the matrix sucked.

They actually explained this. The first design of the Matrix did this, and "entire crops were lost." People simply couldn't accept it. What they redesigned it to, people could. It seemed more real. But even then, what wakes people up out of it is that sense that something is still wrong.

20 posted on 02/23/2003 1:00:39 PM PST by pupdog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
A Bridge Too Far. The cast in that classic makes it my favorite movie.
21 posted on 02/23/2003 1:04:12 PM PST by cardinal4 (Get the UN out of the US and get the US out of the UN!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
put my vote in for BRAVEHEART!
22 posted on 02/23/2003 1:09:31 PM PST by kstewskis ('Every man dies, not every man lives...")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
I disliked The Patriot also. Too violent. I turned it off when they started burning down Mel Gibson's house.

Aw, should've hung on to the end. They rebuilt him a new one :)

23 posted on 02/23/2003 1:10:59 PM PST by kstewskis ('Every man dies, not every man lives...")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

Comment #24 Removed by Moderator

To: seamole
I couldn't spell Buchanan :-)
25 posted on 02/23/2003 1:15:18 PM PST by chnsmok
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

Comment #26 Removed by Moderator

To: chnsmok
Glad to see Cinema Paradiso on the list. This is the first to come to mind when someone asks 'what's the best movie."
27 posted on 02/23/2003 1:22:29 PM PST by chiller (could be wrong, but doubt it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
I cannot BELIEVE you went to the trouble to provide this list! (Post#7). Did you type that up by hand?

But in case you think I'm being too solicitous, "John Wayne Movies" is NOT a movie. You should probably have thrown that and "The Pink Panther movies" out.

You know, given how scientific this is and stuff.

Because where would "The Lord of the Rings Movies" be on the list if you added FOTR and TTT together? Where it belongs?
28 posted on 02/23/2003 1:30:56 PM PST by Burr5
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Burr5
Ayup: things like this are a labor of love. It's a mathematics thing. :-) I'm actually think of starting a few similar polls to this and making them a bit more structured.

The compilations probably shouldn't be counted, but since it was just for fun, I decided it wouldn't hurt anything. People can throw them out if they want. As a side note, all of the votes for The Godfather Part III came from people saying "The Godfather trilogy".

It's always strange for movies that are essentially multiple parts of a longer story. The Wachowski brothers have already said that the two upcoming Matrix sequels are really two parts of one movie. And if I really wanted to push, I'd throw the 100-hour movie called Babylon 5 on there. :-)

With that, I think I might start on a few more polls soon. This one was fun and educational.

29 posted on 02/23/2003 1:46:04 PM PST by pupdog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
Well, thanks for it. It is a lot of fun, and I hope you do it again.
30 posted on 02/23/2003 3:01:16 PM PST by Burr5
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
Am adding a new favorite to my personal list: The Pianist

Szpilman, a brilliant Jewish pianist who escapes the Warsaw ghetto and aids in smuggling guns to those in the ghetto who in time build up a small ghetto resistance "while waiting" for the rest of the world to understand the atrocities they were suffering under the Nazi takeover of Warsaw.

What will strike you is "history still repeats itself", unfortunately.When does the world start to comprehend while many leaders play their petty political games, innocent men, women and children are being murdered each day "while they wait"...wait for their Jewish (Iraqi) friends throughout the world to get the message out (a question from a Jewish man to Szpilman).

You will feel anger of the utmost while viewing "The Pianist..just like most of us feel anger and frustration at our present day situation in Iraq. If you want more info on the Pianist, this site is pretty good Review Or don't spoil it and go see if for yourself. f_t_d

31 posted on 02/23/2003 3:13:28 PM PST by fight_truth_decay (Occupied)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chiller

32 posted on 02/23/2003 3:40:02 PM PST by chnsmok
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
"I disliked The Patriot also. Too violent."

Yeah I know what you mean, I prefer my war movies all sanitized with spit polish shine as well.

33 posted on 02/23/2003 3:46:55 PM PST by MigrantOkie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
Hubby and I watched "We Were Soldiers" last night with our 13-year-old son. It was quite an experience.

As far as movies w/ subtitles go, what about "Babette's Feast"?

34 posted on 02/23/2003 3:53:45 PM PST by mommybain
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
Nope, none at all. I saw it myself only once when I was really young (grammar school), so I think I need to pop that in again.

I've always been amazed at the 'Pied Piper' effect that To Kill a Mockingbird has had on my kids. In the first few seconds it captures their attention and doesn't let go until the end. Truly a movie of the ages and for all ages, and guarantted to have a profound affect on anyone who views it!

35 posted on 02/24/2003 3:11:34 PM PST by The Duke
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: pupdog
Thanks for the tip on "The wizard of speed and time" Not well known, it only had a few comments on the Internet movie database. Fortunately there is an independent video rental place in town that had it. Definitely worth seeing. A celebration of  the creative spirit and a satire of those who would suppress it. True movie making magic.
36 posted on 02/25/2003 10:07:06 PM PST by Nateman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson