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Old 19-12-2007, 10:24   #1
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The DVD Forums - 100 Best Classic Films

I had originally planned to make a feature out of this to launch classiccinema.co.uk, but as that has yet to take off, I thought I'd better announce the results of the classic film poll now.

These results may contain duplicates - I've been through the data a number of times, but invariably there's always going to be something I've missed! If you spot any, let me know and I'll republish the corrected list...

1 Vertigo
2 Star Wars
3 The Godfather
4 Jaws
5 North By Northwest
6 The Godfather: Part II
7 Alien
8 It's a Wonderful Life
9 Citizen Kane
10 The Wild Bunch
11 The Searchers
12 Rear Window
13 Once Upon a Time in the West
14 Seven Samurai
15 The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
16 Life Of Brian
17 Taxi Driver
18 Assault On Precinct 13
19 The Shining
20 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
21 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
22 Lawrence of Arabia
23 The Great Escape
24 Casablanca
25 The Conversation
26 Black Narcissus
27 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
28 Don't Look Now
29 Superman
30 The Apartment
31 Goldfinger
32 The Maltese Falcon
33 A Matter of Life and Death
34 A Clockwork Orange
35 Sunrise
36 Halloween
37 Letter From An Unknown Woman
38 Dr Strangelove
39 2001: A Space Odyssey
40 The Wizard of Oz
41 Rio Bravo
42 Annie Hall
43 Bringing Up Baby
44 Where Eagles Dare
45 Kings Row
46 The Omen
47 His Girl Friday
48 Raging Bull
49 Monty Python and The Holy Grail
50 Some Like It Hot
51 Way Out West
52 The Big Sleep
53 Apocalypse Now
54 the third man
55 12 Angry Men
56 Dressed To Kill
57 Waterloo Bridge
58 Psycho
59 The Magnificent Ambersons
60 The Lavender Hill Mob
61 The Sting
62 Airplane
63 get carter
64 The Fearless Vampire Killers
65 Singin' in the Rain
66 Federico Fellini - 8 1/2
67 M
68 All the President's Men
69 Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux
70 Written On The Wind
71 Big Wednesday
72 All That Heaven Allows
73 Carry on Screaming
74 The Miracle Woman
75 Dirty Harry
76 A tree grows in Brooklyn
77 The Blues Brothers
78 the italian job
79 The Lady Vanishes
80 Pickpocket
81 Silent Running
82 Gone With The Wind
83 THE RULES OF THE GAME
84 Ben Hur
85 Bob le Flambeur
86 Rebecca
87 Chinatown
88 Alice Adams
89 This is Spinal Tap
90 King Kong
91 The 39 Steps
92 Stage Door
93 Charade
94 Blade Runner
95 Grease
96 Network
97 The Life of Oharu
98 La Belle et la Bete
99 Darby O'Gill and the Little People
100 The Deer Hunter
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Old 19-12-2007, 10:46   #2
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I've forgotten the ten I voted for now .
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ColinP - are these the same? :
54 Superman
97 Superman: The Movie

A fine list there, but should have a Laurel & Hardy in there somewhere.
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ColinP - are these the same? :
54 Superman
97 Superman: The Movie

A fine list there, but should have a Laurel & Hardy in there somewhere.
Great list, Colin. I never could choose my favourites in the end, it's good to see such fine taste from this Forum's members

new - I think The Music Box covers your fear about Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy.

EDIT: plus Way out West!

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new - I think The Music Box covers your fear about Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy.

EDIT: plus Way out West!
Could not see them for looking

Just goes to show how hard it must be for Colin to sort these things out.
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ColinP - are these the same? :
54 Superman
97 Superman: The Movie

A fine list there, but should have a Laurel & Hardy in there somewhere.
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Old 19-12-2007, 16:10   #7
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It's a great list, a list of classic films that you'd actually like to see. Nothing "worthy" in there.
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14 It's a Wonderful Life
25 Its a wonderful Life
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25 Its a wonderful Life
Perhaps one is the colorized version and one the B/W
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This list looks much better! I did notice a couple of ineligibles near the bottom though. Blade Runner (#94) and This Is Spinal Tap (#89) are post-1980 films.
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'The Life of Oharu' (Mizoguchi, 1952)

Look, I'm a fan of Mizoguchi's work. Ugetsu is fantastically constructed on a character and story level. And Miss. Oyu is one of the most intense dramatic works I've ever seen. But I think Mizoguchi misfires somewhat with The Life of Oharu.

Yes, we're still treated to his exquisitely complex shot construction, but the story here is nowhere near as strong or engaging as the other two films I've just mentioned. There are individual moments of intensity, but he just doesn't sustain any kind of momentum. The first act works well enough. Events seem connected, logical, thematic, character-driven, etc. And most of act two is driven by the momentum set up in the first act, so we buy the protagonist's misfortunes. But then there's this stupid moment at the end of the second act where...



...and you're just pulled right out of the movie. I mean, bloody hell... I already knew I was being set up for a tragic film, but there are limits. At this point, the seams in the story begin to show, and out interest in the character is jeopardised because the premise is jeopardised. What's worse is that it begins undermining everything that preceded it. You lose interest.

But that's me.

Sorry, I just saw this today for the first time and had to vent. From what I understand, this film is very highly regarded and I just don't get it.
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In a list of classic films I'm surprised there's no 'Breakfast at Tiffanys'.
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Aww, I thought we was having another one then.
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Aww, I thought we was having another one then.
Nah, just typed "The Life of Oharu" into the search bar, and this came up

But a new one would still be cool.
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Looking at my pile of favorite movies, I realise that most of them will never trouble any top 100 list, or top 1000 list come to that.
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Looking at my pile of favorite movies, I realise that most of them will never trouble any top 100 list, or top 1000 list come to that.
My position is not as extreme as that. Nevertheless, in that list there are several movies which I regard as utter rubbish while The Bridge On The River Kwai and The Band Wagon have been excluded.
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After that looked at it deliberately for omissions of fave films and for me Cat People (1942) and Farewell my Lovely (1944) (which i prefer to the Big Sleep), to kill a mockingbird and Planet of the Apes are all classics that aren't there (unless i missed them, couldn't believe the last two would be omitted). Also there's Requiem for a Heavyweight (more serling) but hardly anyone's ever heard of that and recently I've been thinking of the Tarzan films, but havent rewatched them as an adult so I doubt there hardly classics.
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In a list of classic films I'm surprised there's no 'Breakfast at Tiffanys'.
A popular favourite with an iconic performance by Hepburn, 'Breakfast at Tiffanys' is not actually THAT highly regarded as a film. The main criticism's are that it waters down and sentimentalises Truman Capote's novella and Mickey Rooney's caricatured Mr. Yunioshi is considered pretty racist these days. It's a charming film but even as Hepburn's light romantic comedies go, I would pick Roman Holiday over it.
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Grease shouldn't even be in the the Top 100 musicals, let alone Top 100 films.
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