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Best Films You've Ever Seen.
To counter cinema depression after chiming in on the "worst films" thread.

 11:18 am on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

The Best Movies You May Not Have Seen:

Wings Of Desire
The original, and infinitely more powerful German film that Hollywood's "City Of Angels" was based on.

Until The End Of The World
As unique and quirky as all of Wim Wender's films... but with William Hurt adding to this inspirational and truly original film's appeal.

An intelligent and deliciously stylized science fiction drama starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.

Baraka is a Sufi word that means "the breath of life". This stunning audio and visual montage lives up to it's name with scenes that will make you laugh, cry, and take your breath away.

The Tango Lesson
Incredibly well directed, passionate, and autobiographical account of filmmaker Sally Potter's love affair with one of the greatest tango dancers in the world. Stunning choreography.

Latcho Drom
Exquisite musical documentary revealing the height, flight and plight of today's real gypsy culture.

The Buena Vista Social Club
Another musical documentary showing how Ry Cooder reunited the greatest musicians cuba's ever known resulting in a Grammy Award winning album.

You'll never see a bug the same way again.

Rosencranz and Gildensturn Are Dead
Absolutely hilarious film adaptation of a Shakespeare farce written for the stage by Tom Stoppard. (most renowned for having penned the script for Shakespeare in Love) Featuring Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfus, and Gary Oldman.

La Femme Nikita
The foreign film that made Luc Besson famous. (Fifth Element, The Professional, The Big Blue) Original film that hollywood's "The Long Kiss Goodnight" was based upon.

The Professional
Redefined what an action film could be with a quirky un-politically correct lolita romance thrown into the mix.

Life Is Beautiful
Hilarious, touching, and poignant film. Do not get the dubbed version, only with the subtitled version can fully appreciate why Roberto Benigni won an Oscar for his comedic performance in this outstanding Italian film.

Donnie Darko
David Lynch meets Vanilla Sky with a dash of Edward Scissorhands. Bizarre, dark, yet nonetheless very entertaining for those that enjoy a mind twister.

Smoke Signals
Sundance award winning comedy with mystical overtones about life on (and off) the reservation. First major film written, and directed by a Native American.

Waking Life
WILDLY psychedelic animated film that explores the philosophical edge of Life, The Universe, and Everything.

Forget Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Red Dragon... this is the Michael Mann film that started it all. Red Dragon is just the new hollywood remake of this original film adaptation of Thomas Harris' book.

The Critically Acclaimed Films Which, In My Opinion, More Than Deserved The Awards And Accolades Received:

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Moulin Rouge
Dangerous Liasions
American Beauty
As Good As It Gets
The Graduate
Raising Arizona
The Lord Of The Rings

Other miscelaneous favorites that I just don't have the time to write about at the moment:

The Milagro Beanfield War
Like Water For Chocolate
Dangerous Beauty
Brother Sun Sister Moon
Fight Club
Brotherhood of the Wolf
Man in the Moon
Fantasia 2000
Dream With The Fishes
The Big Lebowski
About Adam
Henry and June
Grosse Point Blank
L.A. Story

[edited by: mivox at 11:33 pm (utc) on Nov. 3, 2002]
[edit reason] repaired Wim Wenders' name [/edit]


Robert Charlton

 6:43 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

There was a thread a year or two back on the same subject, but I guess Brett doesn't archive Foo threads. Here are some of the same films I posted before, organized by director. Too many for one post, but here are some of them.

Stanley Kubrick: Paths of Glory, Dr Strangelove, Barry Lyndon, 2001, Clockwork Orange

Roman Polanski: Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown

Chris Marker: La Jetee

Robert Altman: McCabe and Mrs Miller, Thieves Like Us, Vincent and Theo, Three Women

Luchino Visconti: The Leopard, Death in Venice, Ossessione

Bernardo Bertolucci: Before the Revolution, Last Tango in Paris, The Conformist, The Last Emperor

Nikita Mikhalkov: Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano

Ridley Scott: Bladerunner, Alien

Milos Forman: Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ivan Passer: Intimate Lighting

Francis Ford Coppola: Godfather 1 & 2; The Conversation; Apocalypse Now; Bram Stoker's Dracula

Zhang Yimou: Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, Shanghai Triad

Ang Lee: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Eric Valli: Himalaya


 6:48 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Rocky Horror Picture Show..

in another dimension.. with voyeuristic intentions..


 8:25 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Shawshank Redemption
The Green Mile
Casblanca (every line is a classic)
The Matrix
Good Will Hunting
The Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu)
Trains Planes and Automobiles
Blazing Saddles (more beans, anyone?)
El Mariachi and Desperado
El Norte
Chariots of Fire
American Beauty
Dude, Where's my car? (only joking, dude)
Singin' in the Rain

Oh, heck I could sit here all day.


 8:41 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

The Lord of the Rings!


 9:13 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

El Mariachi

I couldn't believe it when I heard that Rodriguez made this one with a total budget of $7000!


 9:34 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

The Matrix - My fave film of all time (not saying its the best film though) Action, Guns, Special effects, Martial Arts, Philosophy, Sci-fi, fate, hope, humour, arty, re-watchable.

12 Angry Men - Black and white courtroom drama, very clever, great script, great acting.

Godfather 1 + 2 - I'll just hop on the bandwagon.

The Professional - Directors Cut

Fargo - great satire

Being John Malkovich - most origial film in years

Dark City - great sci-fi


 10:02 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Dirty Dancing
Nothing to lose
Weird Science
Girls just wanna have fun
Boon Dock Saints
The big hit
Fast and the furious
Behind enemy lines
oh and I almost forgot ďIn gods handsĒ itís a surfing movie. No I donít only watch it for the guys;)


 10:26 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

I cant believe nobody mentioned "Top Gun"

I used to watch that all the time when I was younger. Great film even to this day.

Who can disregard ET. Probably a film that will go down in history as the beginning of the movie revolution.

The first one was good.. the other 2 where just playing catch up and did not to the first version justice.

.Shallow grave
Excellent story line and filmed in my home Scotland :)

Jurassic park
An old movie now but at the time the effects where cutting edge. I can still remember the atmosphere in the cinema.

.Saving private Ryan
Really well made movie that made you almost feel as if you where fighting with them. Great effects. One that will be remembered for a long time.

.I know what you did last summer
Very creepy but made in the way a horror/suspense should be.

.Urban legend
Very well made movie that had a great script. Also great acting and some of the timing made a lot of peopel jump in the cinema.

My list is a lot longer... Just thought I would share the highlights :)


 10:28 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Luc Besson's The Big Blue is fantastic.


 10:29 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Dr Strangelove
The Leopard
Aguirre the Wrath of God
The Holy Mountain
El Topo
The last Tango
Apocalypse Now
Most unknown films by Coppola
City of Women - Fellini
Wild Swans? (about chinese in US)
On A Sunny Day (newport jazz festival with the great aretha Frankin before she sold out)
The Last Picture Show
Ship of Fools
The Meaning of Life
Life of Brian
Bananas and almost all Woody Allen films
A French movie about a saxaphone player and his fan (yep cant remember the title!)
Blues Brothers
Harrison Ford loses his wife in Paris )is this every man's dream? (forgot the title..)
Almost any Zucker-? parody films like Flying High and the Naked Gun - great sight and verbal gags - excellent escapism
(Many ive forgotten but i probably like even more than these)

[edited by: chiyo at 10:41 am (utc) on Nov. 4, 2002]


 10:30 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Luc Besson was my favourite director until 5th Element and Joan of Arc :(

When is he gonna direct another movie?


 10:42 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Here we go....

Lord of the Rings
The Mummy (but not the second one)
All the Indiana Jones films (although the last one wasnt as good)
Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob
Starship Troopers
Shawshank Redemption
Arlington Road (Tim Robbins one, havent seen the original)
Usual Suspects
Toy Story
Fight Club
The Stand
The Green Mile
Austin Powers (1 and 2 havent seen 3 yet)
Empire strikes back
Independence Day


most of the films mentioned by others (including those mentioned on the worst films thread!).



 10:57 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

how come nobody mentioned Lynch's "The Straight Story" yet?


 11:44 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Dante_Maure: yes, leon. the difference is around 30 additional minutes, showing more persoanl relationship between matilda and reno.also some additional training scenes (matilda shot definitely double of jay leno!) and some violence scenes (shows how theywork as a team, then go to dinner etc.) and some fun scenes . most was taken out of movie because US public could see this as unapropriate relationship (she is 13). i find it very strange that in US nudity+sex(there is NONE in leon though) is so unaceptable in big movies, but violence ,expolsions,gore is no problem.


 12:03 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Harrison Ford loses his wife in Paris )is this every man's dream? (forgot the title..)

That was Frantic.

Not just loses the wife, but he gains a bimbette.

Trouble is, all he wants is the wife back


 12:40 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

My 2 cents (and with the Euro we can say this now too!)

2001: A Space Oddessy
12 Angry Men (the original)
Dr. Strangelove
Seven Samurai
Dehrsu Usala (ok - most Kurisawa films!)
Short Cuts
Cool Hand Luke


 1:04 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

i find it very strange that in US nudity+sex is so unaceptable in big movies, but violence ,expolsions,gore is no problem.

Some might suggest that sexual repression leads to violent and agressive tendencies.

Of course... I'm as non-violent as they come. ;)


 4:51 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ordet [Dryer]
The wild bunch [Peckinpah]



 4:58 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Mark Candiotti wrote

"Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources - watch both, alone, to the end, they (you?) could change your life "

He is right.


 5:44 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Monty Python in search of the Holy Grail
The Fifth Element

And many others you've mentioned before.


 7:28 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)


what about..


Jacob's Ladder


 9:37 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory.

Whenever I do well on the Google update I sing "I've got a golden ticket!"


 11:48 pm on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Mark Candiotti wrote

"Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources - watch both, alone, to the end, they (you?) could change your life "

He is right.

Heh. Just rented both... will report later. :)

Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory

Other celluloid tributes to expanded states of consciousness:

Wizard Of OZ - Watch it with the sound turned off and playing Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. Start the CD as soon as the MGM lion roars for the third time.

Alice In Wonderland - any version will do.

Yellow Submarine

Metropolis - The recent anime remake. Gorgeous visuals.

Waking Life

The Doors

Fritz The Cat

American Pop


Altered States

Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas


 12:41 am on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

My Top 5

Dr. Strangelove - my all time favourite.

Spinal Tap - "Hello Cleveland"

Jaws - saw it in the theatre when I was a kid but have learned to love it more as time went on. "we need a bigger boat"

Saving Private Ryan - first 20 minutes is the best action in the history of film.

Citizen Kane - some think it is over-rated but not me. Groundbreaking when it was filmed.

So happy not to see Titanic here. Sci-fi fans, nobody liked 12 Monkeys?

Off topic but...... favourite TV shows , Simpsons, Sienfeld, WKRP, Fawlty Towers.


 3:31 am on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Sci-fi fans, nobody liked 12 Monkeys?

from msg #25:
Everything by Terry Gilliam

That would include:

12 Monkeys
Time Bandits
The Fisher King
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (bit too much angst for me, but brilliantly directed)

And of course, all of the Monty Python madness.


 11:04 am on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Dante, re: the carry on films -

handle with care! Carry on films are low budget british sixties comedies starring (among others) Sid James and Barbara Windsor.

They mostly revolve around childish double entendres and daft visual jokes which never fail to get me chuckling - but they're more in the 'so bad they're good' mould.

Highly nostalgic for those of us htat grew up in the UK in the 60s and 70s but of questionable value to anyone else!

Yes, I loved wings of desire. I just didn't want you thinking carry on films are anything like that beautiful film. Lets just say I have eclectic tastes :)


 11:04 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yes, I loved wings of desire. I just didn't want you thinking carry on films are anything like that beautiful film. Lets just say I have eclectic tastes

Alright, I'll consider myself warned. ;)

While I have an insatiable appetite for beautiful and poignant films, I must admit that when it comes to humor all bets are off.

Sure, I wish there were more films like Rosencranz and Gildensturn are Dead, but high brow intelligent comedies are hard to come by.

I must admit that I have enjoyed my share of belly laughs watching movies like Tomcats, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Zoolander. <hides face in shame>

Robert Charlton

 6:31 am on Nov 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Here are some more, including some black and white classics:

Jean Renoir: The Grand Illusion, Rules of the Game, The Golden Coach

Francois Truffaut: Shoot the Piano Player, Jules & Jim, The Wild Child, The 400 Blows

Satyajit Ray: Pather Panchali, Aparajito, The World of Apu, Devi, The Music Room, Charulata, Distant Thunder

Buster Keaton: Sherlock Jr, The General, The Navigator

Akira Kurosawa: Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Ikiru, Rashomon

Federico Fellini: La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, The White Sheik, Roma

Orson Welles: Citizen Kane, Chimes at Midnight, Touch of Evil, Othello

Michael Curtiz: Casablanca

Preston Sturges: Sullivan's Travels, Palm Beach Story, The Lady Eve

Alfred Hitchcock: Notorious, Strangers on a Train, Vertigo, Rear Window

Carol Reed: The Third Man

John Ford: My Darling Clementine, Cheyenne Autumn, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Howard Hawks: Red River, The Big Sleep, Bringing up Baby

Henry King: The Gunfighter

Fred Zinnemann: High Noon

John Huston: Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Dead, The Man Who Would Be King, Beat the Devil

Stanley Donen: Singin' in the Rain


 3:42 pm on Nov 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

The Matrix
For the Love or Money
The Wallstreet
Starship Troopers
Anna and the King
In the line of fire
007 Series


 6:26 pm on Nov 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Pulp Fiction: Right when you're not expecting it, you get beaten over the head with something crazy. I don't care what the Academy thinks, it's better than Forrest Gump.

Shawshank Redemption: Also better than Forrest Gump.

Forrest Gump: Good movie, but not the best of 1994.

Reservoir Dogs: Tarantino likes to script swear words much in the same way that Samuel Clements used punctuation...

Glen Garry Glen Ross: See above, and substitute "Mamet" for Tarantino.

Falling Down: Midlife Crisis gone horribly wrong. Guilty Pleasure, if you will.

The Conversation: Saw it on AMC a while back for the first time. Now that is story-telling!

The Killer: Back in the 1980s, John Woo made good action movies in Hong Kong (he went downhill after "Broken Arrow"). John Woo and Chow Yun Fat are like a Chinese Scorsese and DeNiro.

Speaking of which: Taxi Driver. Insanity well-described.


 6:20 pm on Nov 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

Memphis Belle
West Side Story
Jesus Christ Superstar
Any of the Star Wars movies
The Emerald Forest
Young Guns

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