As I love movies, and I have dubbed this movie week, I’m going to present you with the movies that I think are the best of all time. When I say best, I mean films  which are exceptional in script, acting, costumes, sets, editing, music and effects. Every single aspect of film making is exemplary. And more importantly, when these pieces are put together it is a true work of art. This is MY personal list: I’m sure there are people who will hate some of the films that I’ve chosen, or don’t think they are good examples are superior film making, but that really doesn’t matter. Different films are going to appeal to different people.

  1. Casablanca- The script-The acting- the chemistry between actors-the soundtrack. Magic.
  2. Schindler’s List- The choice to do it in black and white except for that one scene- that alone makes it one of the most powerful movies ever.
  3. Shawshank Redemption- I never thought a prison movie could teach me that much about life and human nature. Outstanding and I think highly underrated.
  4. Rear Window.  Hitchcock fans might disagree with me, but I think this movie says it all. I think it’s his best work.
  5. Gone With the Wind- Epic- Vivian Leigh is a force to be reckoned with
  6. The Wizard of Oz- Come on- just beautiful
  7. Some Like it Hot- Still one of the most clever movies I’ve ever seen. And the timing of the actors and the expressions.  Gold.
  8. The Godfather- As close to perfect as a movie is going to get
  9. The Philadelphia Story- I have a think about Hepburn and Grant….
  10. Raiders of the Lost Ark- I thought this movie was brilliant and entertaining.

Now a funny thing happened as I wrote this list: I realized that some of these are actually some of my favorites as well.  There goes that theory…

So what are some of the movies that you think are superior examples of filmmaking?

33 thoughts on “My 10 Best

  1. Lawrence of Arabia is for on my list, and I prefer Hitchcock’s Rebecca to anything else of his. For their visual achievement, I love Tarsem Singh’s The Fall and Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. And the three Lord of the Rings films are at the top of my favorites list.

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  2. Some Like it Hot, The Wizard of Oz, and Philadelphia Story are in my favorite movies of all time. Not only are are they spectacularly written, acted, directed, shot, and costumed I just love them.
    I agree with Rear Window too. As much as I love To Catch a Thief, I think Rear Window is much more quintessential Hitchcock. And that’s saying something. Grace Kelly is perfection in that film. And Jimmy Stewart!?! I mean come on.
    GWTW just for Clark Gable alone.
    Raiders! That movie changed movie going for me when I saw it.
    The Godfather is as perfect as film making can be.
    As for the rest of your list, you’re spot on for each one.
    Thanks for sharing your Best of list this morning, I truly enjoyed it!

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    1. Thank you! I love movies and they’ve made such a huge impact on my life. I love sharing the things that are special to me, and hearing what’s special to others!

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    1. Right! It was on tv a few weeks ago and I still plopped down and rewatched it. It’s amazing to me because really, it’s one set. To get that much tension and emotion and nuance out of a room and a view…

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  3. Reign Over Me really made an impact on me. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has amazing cinematography and is very creative. Those are just a couple of recent movies off the top of my head. I’ll try to think of more.

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    1. Which version of Mitty, old or new? I’ve never seen reign over me….when it came out I wasn’t emotionally ready….one day I will watch it


  4. I think “The King’s Speech” and “O Brother, Where Art Though?” are both phenomenal examples of film-making. The acting and stories are top-notch, but it’s really the visuals that set these two apart in my mind.

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