My Favorite Movies

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Vertigo 1958,  PG)
(favorite line) midge:"you're not lost.......mother's here favorite scene: a toss-up betweeen kim's entrance... and the green scene... one of my all-time favorites. "Jimmy Stewart with a twist". ....highest recommendation.
North by Northwest 1959,  Unrated)
North by Northwest
favorite line (of many):Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself "slightly" killed. similar to hitchcock's the 39-steps and saboteur. multiple locales, the wrongly accused man on the run. however with nnw hitch raised the bar to a new level. a must see. click image to see the 50th anniversary trailer.....
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Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964,  PG)
Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Brilliant, "Mein fuhrer, I can walk!" for my money...kubrick's best.
Double Indemnity 1944,  Unrated)
Double Indemnity
classic noir, Stanwyck and MacMurray sizzle, the hollywood bowl and schubert's 8th........
plus i'm a patsy for a movie with a great confession scene (and this one has two)...actually one.. in two parts.
Out of the Past 1947,  Unrated)
Out of the Past
an all-time favorite.....some of the best dialogue I can remember in any film. highly recommended.
Psycho 1960,  R)
more than just a "shower scene".... A must see!
The Lives of Others 2006,  R)
The Lives of Others
fantastic from the beginning to the end...
The New World 2005,  PG-13)
The New World
Brilliant and beautifully done. Malick does more with less and lets the thoughts of the participants and their surroundings tell the story. Highly Recommended.
Casablanca 1943,  PG)
"We'll always have Paris".....truely an all-time classic.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2001,  PG-13)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
A beautiful and romantic epic.........
Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring) 1960,  Unrated)
Jungfrukällan (The Virgin Spring)
Beautiful and brutal. Enjoyed the spiritual questions it raises. Highly recommended.
Saving Private Ryan 1998,  R)
Saving Private Ryan
Powerful, me this is a Spielberg masterpiece.
The Notebook 2004,  PG-13)
The Notebook
Emotionally charged and very satisfying to watch....A great movie with a great message. Highly recommended.
Sunset Boulevard 1950,  Unrated)
Sunset Boulevard
Another classic from the wonderful Billy Wilder.
Memento 2000,  R)
loved the non-linear storyline.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988,  R)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Fantastic, romantic, tragic...and more. Highly recommended.
Chinatown 1974,  R)
a definitive classic...planning on viewing this again this week with friends.......
The Godfather 1972,  R)
The Godfather
Fantastic. Loved seeing this eye opening milestone in filmmaking when it was first released. A must see!
The Godfather, Part II 1974,  R)
The Godfather, Part II
almost as good as the original, and that's saying alot! highly recommended.
No Country for Old Men 2007,  R)
No Country for Old Men
Wasn't surprised that this tale of fate garnered alot of academy awards, including Best Picture. Excellent ending. Highly recommended.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980,  PG)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
THE Star Wars movie....hands down!
The Deer Hunter 1978,  R)
The Deer Hunter
Terrific Vietnam war film which follows the similar/different paths of three friends.... Outstanding performances all around. A must see!
Dogville 2003,  R)
Gritty, brutal and moving......a fantastic film..Highly recommended.
Dial M for Murder 1954,  PG)
Dial M for Murder
fantastic, the murder scene is a masterpiece of suspense. i saw this on tv many times and once on the big screen in 3-D, hitch felt this one wasn't much of a challenge since he merely followed the plays blueprint, however, i think it is one of his best films. loved john williams' portrayal of inspector hubbard. hitchcock fans are required to see this, others are strongly encouraged to see it also........
L.A. Confidential 1997,  R)
L.A. Confidential
Great cast, writing, direction....perfection!
Mary Poppins 1964,  G)
Mary Poppins
Fantastic, saw this twice in the theatre when I was a wee lad..........
Out of Africa 1985,  PG)
Out of Africa
All all-time favorite in the romantic epic category. Streep and Redford are great. Beautiful to look at too! Thumbs up.
The Pianist 2002,  R)
The Pianist
One of my alltime favorite films. No complaints about this one. Highly recommended.
Raging Bull 1980,  R)
Raging Bull
How did Scorsese not win an Oscar for this?
The Third Man 1949,  Unrated)
The Third Man
Great cinematography, great cast, great acting. To put it's great!
The Usual Suspects 1995,  R)
The Usual Suspects
Fantastic crime drama. Can't think of any movies with a better ending. Highly recommended.
The Wizard of Oz 1939,  PG)
The Wizard of Oz
charming, scary and groundbreaking....definitely a classic!
Sideways 2004,  R)
An alltime favorite comedy of mine. Just a fantastic film. Lots of laughs. Exceptional writing. Big thumbs up!
The King and I 1956,  G)
The King and I
Terrific musical with some wonderful songs. A tremendous vehicle for Brynner.
West Side Story 1961,  PG)
West Side Story
Shakespeare, Sondheim and Bernstein.... If you haven't already seen it you should rent it "tonight!".....
The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) 1957,  Unrated)
The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)
This Bergman classic is a new favorite of mine. I especially enjoyed the knight's confession scene. Highly recommended.
Rear Window 1954,  PG)
Rear Window
date rewatched: 5/31/10....Yes, awesome is the word... One of my top tier Hitchcock films... lisa: where does a man get inspiration to write a song like that? jeff: he gets it from the landlady once a month. Highly Recommended.
Amadeus 1984,  R)
F. Murray is simply mesmerizing in this. A must see!
Diabolique (Les Diaboliques) 1955,  Unrated)
Diabolique (Les Diaboliques)
Very rarely does a film billed as "suspenseful as Hitchcock" live up to it's billing. This is the rare exception. Wonderfully done. Highly recommended.
The English Patient 1996,  R)
The English Patient
If you love romantic epics, this is the movie for you! Highly recommended.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007,  R)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
great acting, soundtrack, story, cinematography and direction = a classic.
Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) 1988,  R)
Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
live!... love!.... and a great ending...a delight for any cinephile.... highly recommended.
Notorious 1946,  Unrated)
Finally saw this the other day for the first time. Definitely a favorite Hitchcock work for me. Like many of his films it demands multiple viewings. A superior companion piece to his terrific earlier film , Suspicion. Grant and Bergman are fantasticI can't think of anything that could have been done to improve this film. highly recommended for all and a must see for Hitch fans!
M 1931,  Unrated)
I totally enjoyed this masterpiece from Fritz Lang. Every scene adds to the picture. Definitely my favorite performance from Peter Lorre. A must see!
The Birds 1963,  PG-13)
The Birds
without a doubt the hitchcock film i saw the most when i was much younger. the recent viewing confirmed many impressions from years ago plus it opened my eyes to some elements i had either forgotten or overlooked...standout scenes from the recent viewing which i remembered from prior viewings: melanie surprising mitch with a special present, melanie sitting by the school playground, the attack on the gas attendant and the subsequent bird pov. standout scenes which i had foregetten about: melanie and annie sharing brandy, melanie and mitch discussion at the birthday party... probably hitch's last classic, with frenzy being a near classic... i highly recommend this film to hitchcock fans. i also recommend it to others who enjoy well made suspenseful films....
Arsenic and Old Lace 1944,  Unrated)
Arsenic and Old Lace
Brilliantly funny and quick paced Capra-Grant collaboration. A must see!
ps: prisciilla lane is very cute and charming as well, too bad she wasn't in more films. date viewed: 9/7/10
Umberto D. 1952,  Unrated)
Umberto D.
beautiful story in beautiful black and white.
Meet John Doe 1941,  Unrated)
Meet John Doe
date viewed: 12/19/10 holiday movie marathon.
favorite line: (mayor to the john doe committee) "walk in slowly, like when you come to pay your taxes."
fantastic movie from capra....loved stanwyck, cooper et al....
the finale is beautifully filmed and poignant as well.....highly recommended.
Christmas in Connecticut 1945,  G)
Christmas in Connecticut
date viewed: 12/19/10. holiday movie marathon. i had fun watching the whole cast as they scampered about and frolicked in the snow. lots of warm, holiday fun......highly recommended.
Marnie 1964,  PG)
i loved this movie which many have derided as the point where hitch started "losing it"....i would fix that moment with his next film, torn curtain. however, with marnie hitchcock is still in top form. great performances all around especially from connery, hedren and baker. baker was the revelation for me and was perfectly cast as the all too eager to help sister in law. in spite of three screenwriters, there are several scenes with stupendous dialogue, e.g., mark's proposal to marnie in the car, lil's offer of assistance to mark, even sidney's assesment of marnie to mark, just to mention a few.
favorite line: "let's try again. let's back up and see if you can turn that mt. everest of manure into a few facts."
highly recommended.....
Dancer in the Dark 2000,  R)
Dancer in the Dark
one line review: a truly tragic dancer.
Strangers on a Train 1951,  PG)
Strangers on a Train
fantastic film from mr. hitchcock. beautifully shot by robert burks. wonderful performance from robert walker and granger is pretty good too. as usual the supporting cast is terrific also. plus the famous scenes, miriam's muder, the tennis match, the carousel many great moments! imho, a must see. highly recommended.
Oklahoma! 1955,  G)
oh what a!
O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000,  PG-13)
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Brilliant Coen Bros. fare with a wonderful comedic turn by Clooney.
To Be or Not to Be 1942,  PG)
To Be or Not to Be
favorite line: heil myself....
"why haven't you seen this really funny film yet?" ....THAT is the question!
Rebecca 1940,  Unrated)
favorite line: mrs. danvers (holding a negligee belonging to rebecca) did you ever see anything so delicate? look, you can see my hand through it!
finally saw this classic from hitch. marvelous atmosphere, cast and dialogue. my favorite character: mrs. danvers. favorite colorful extra: mrs. van hopper.
highly recommended....
Paths of Glory 1957,  G)
Paths of Glory
favorite line (paraphrase): look at that cockroach. tomorrow he'll be alive and i won't....
favorite scene: (a no brainer) colonel daxs' apology....
perfectly blends humour (quite often in a subtle manner) and fine drama.......
highly recommended.....
The Leopard 1963,  PG)
The Leopard
aka: the fall of the house of falconeri...

favorite scenes: tancredi and angelica playing hide and go seek...fabrizio and chevally discussing a possible senatorship....the hour long ball.....the statuelike review of the princes' family at the local mass.

favorite line: something had to change on order for everything to remain the same.

loved the little details as well as the luxuriant scenes.....

highly recommended, not to be missed.

note: stick with the italiian language version....available on dvd through criterion....
The Fallen Idol 1949,  Unrated)
The Fallen Idol
favorite line: macgregor, death by mrs. baines...
favorite scene: the paper airplane/note....
a wonderful story about a boy and his idol, the lies we tell, the secrets we keep and the consequences that result........highly recommended!
Sweet Smell of Success 1957,  Unrated)
Sweet Smell of Success
wonderfully written by odetts/lehman, terrific acting by lancaster and curtis and beautifully shot by james wong howe.......
Peeping Tom 1960,  Unrated)
Peeping Tom
fantastic effort from michael powell. a new favorite.
Modern Times 1936,  G)
Modern Times
fantastic all the way through. a new all-time favorite. chaplin and goddard are wonderful. second favorite scene: when the worker sings and dances at the nightclub. my favorite scene: easy, the ending and what an ending,if it doesn't make you even a little weepy, you ain't human..........
Pan's Labyrinth 2006,  R)
Pan's Labyrinth
Terrific fairy tale/nightmare set in 40's fascist Spain.
I Confess 1952,  Unrated)
I Confess
This film is beautiful to look at: shadowing, angles, symbolism, and more importantly it gives us a different look at Mr. Hitchcock himself. A very serious spiritual film that contains wonderful performances, not just Clift's. I did think the film would go in a different direction, and from what I have read Hitch tried to but was restricted by outside pressures. It is a testament to his creativity that he fashioned such a wonderful film under such constraints. This is especially true of the ending which was very satisfying to me. With the possible exception of Vertigo, this may be Hitch's most personal film. It is absolutely a very interesting one. One that I highly recommend.
Monsieur Hire 1989,  PG-13)
Monsieur Hire
monsieur h. is a wonderful film. the most striking elements were michel blanc's and ms. bonnaire's me there was nothing wasted here, every scene seemed to be important, which i love, plus the obvious hitchcock references and a great ending. merci monsieur leconte...
Atlantic City 1980,  R)
Atlantic City
Great role for the great Burt Lancaster. Very realistic crime drama. Strongly recommended.
Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) 1930,  Unrated)
Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)
dietrich is fantastic in the film that made her a star and jannings is terrifyingly good as a man slowly descending into madness. can't think of another song which better sums up the essence of a film than "falling in love again"...
Revanche 2009,  Unrated)
starts off as a traditional heist film but it soon evolves into something totally different and wonderful , terrific acting, interesting characters and beautifully shot as well...........
The Great Dictator 1940,  G)
The Great Dictator
Chaplin's first full talkie left me.......... speechless! Highly Recommmended.
The Man with the Golden Arm 1955,  Unrated)
The Man with the Golden Arm
not normally a fan of sinatra''s acting but he is remarkable in this......parker is fantastic as well as his wheelchair bound girlfriend....and who can forget kim in her sizzling supporting the bernstien score .......and, it helped end the era of the production code.....
Dressed to Kill 1980,  R)
Dressed to Kill
my favorite thriller from mr. depalma......the best american homage to hitchcock ever....highly recommended. .
Come and See (Idi i smotri) 1985,  Unrated)
Come and See (Idi i smotri)
an unforgettable recreation of a child's wartime experiences. gripping from beginning to end.....
Ossessione 1943,  Unrated)
vastly superior to the 1981remake...and for my money more entertaining than the turner/ garfield version ( which is also very good). loved visconti's placing of the action in predominantly rural settings...also, the three leads are perfect in their roles. amazing to think this almost could have been a lost film. highly recommended.....

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  1. flixsterman
    flixsterman posted 4 years ago

    I've seen all but 10 of these and they're all AT LEAST 4 stars. Makes me anxious to check out the ten I've missed. Great list :)

  2. jonnycrumley
    jonnycrumley posted 4 years ago

    An interesting list, many of which I'll be sure to check out.

  3. SkywalkerJones
    SkywalkerJones posted 3 years ago

    nice movie taste.lots of classics