Directors Ten best movies in Hollywood

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  1. nagesh

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    Hi,
    I wanted your opinions on the Top Ten movies made (sorry not best) in hollywood. The movies can be anything like edge to seat thriller,romantic, Hororr,Action,or Comedy, but it should be one of the best in it's category.
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Well Nagesh there have been a lot of threads started on ‘best’ lists, so you might want to try a search.

    For me, I would have a hard time coming up with a 100 best, much less 10. But for your consideration (and all comments are my opinion, of course):

    ·The Gold Rush—Chaplin’s funniest, if not his best (alternates are City Lights and Modern Times
    ·Singin’ in the Rain—the best musical ever made in the opinion of many, many critics.
    ·Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs—the film that changed animation forever.
    ·Vertigo—Hitchcock’s best, though many perfer Rear Window or North by Northwest.
    ·Bringing Up Baby—the best screwball not made by Preston Sturges (there are a ton of others).
    ·The Palm Beach Story—Preston Sturges’ best (though many prefer The Lady Eve or Sullivan’s Travels.
    ·The Naked Spur—the best Western (though many would vote for The Searchers).
    ·Some Like It Hot—the best post-screwball comedy.
    ·Goodfellas—the best gangster movie
    ·Citizen Kane—many say it is just the best.
     
  3. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    I have to admit I don't understand the distinction between top 10 and best 10, but I will say that you can click on the link in my sig for my idea of the top 10.

    As far as Lew's excellent list, I'll just give you my twist on it. [​IMG]

    · The Gold Rush—Chaplin’s funniest, and his best, as a matter of fact, the best silent film ever IMO.

    · A Hard Day's Night - doesn't often get labeled the best musical (Lew is right that that goes to Singin' in the Rain), but I would put A Hard Day's Night above it (SITR is great but suffers from one unfortunate ballet number at the end)

    · Toy Story - Lew is right about the merits of Snow White, but I think this is even better animation, and it's also to computer animation what Snow White was to 2D animation.

    · Rear Window—Hitchcock’s best, though Vertigo (and NxNW) are also both great

    · What's Up, Doc? — I'm not really sure that I think this is better than Bringing Up Baby, but for me, it's certainly a contender for best screwball comedy not made by Preston Sturges, as is It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    · Sullivan's Travels—Preston Sturges’ best (though as Lew pointed out, the Palm Beach Story is also top notch

    · The Magnificent Seven — Westerns are where I'm going to have to disagree with Lew. I actually thinking Blazing Saddles is the best, but since it's a comedy as well as a western, many scoff at calling it a western. Others in the running for best western for me are High Noon, Butch Cassidy, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Ford's best western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    · Dr. Strangelove—the best post-screwball comedy, but just barely over Some Like It Hot.

    · The Godfather —the best gangster movie. Goodfellas is also great (and Scorsese's best), but it can't touch The Godfather (imo)

    · The Apartment—certainly not the usual choice for overall best (which is as Lew says Citizen Kane, or sometimes Casablanca), but still the best IMO.
     
  4. Angelo.M

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  5. Brook K

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    Taxi Driver
    It's A Wonderful Life
    The Maltese Falcon
    Sullivan's Travels
    Singin' In The Rain
    The Crowd
    Unforgiven
    Rear Window
    Sunset Blvd.
    A.I. Artificial Intelligence
    All That Heaven Allows
     
  6. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    I might well have picked Dr. Strangelove, but I don’t think that it is a Hollywood movie. Same with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a good choice and one I might have chosen if I remembered it at that time I was typing.

    I certainly love all the films on both the other lists other than Toy Story, which I have not yet seen.

    Kudos to Brook for including a Sirk and a film noir.

    Put all 30+ (including the alternates) of these films in a hopper and watch them in any order—you will have had a lot of fun and a sound base to judge other films (even if you don’t like some of the films).
     
  7. Rand

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    Hmmm, only Hollywood films eh? And I also don't understand the distinction between top and best. Well here's another ten anyway, avoiding others number one picks.

    Modern Times
    Wuthering Heights (Wyler)
    The Best Years of Our Lives
    The Searchers
    Swing Time
    The Godfather Part Two
    Casablanca
    Out of the Past
    Cat People (Tourneur)
    Night of the Hunter
     
  8. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Producer

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    How about a 10 of the Best Not Made in Hollywood...

    Seven Samurai
    Das Boot
    Children of Paradise
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Grand Illusion
    La Dolce Vita
    Ran
    Raise the Red Lantern
    The Bicycle Thief
    The Double Life of Veronique
     
  9. JonZ

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    2001 A Space Odyssey
    Citizen Kane
    Apocalypse Now
    The Godfather
    The Godfather Part 2
    Vertigo
    Once Upon A Time In America
    Dr Strangelove
    One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
    Jaws


    I just hate to make great films lists without including Seven Samurai,Ran and The Good The Bad and Ugly
     
  10. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    And what is worse, Jon—two of your films are ones made in England, not Hollywood.
     
  11. Brook K

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    And Once Upon A Time was filmed at Cinecitta, right? [​IMG]
     
  12. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    [​IMG]
     
  13. JonZ

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    D'oh!!!!!!!

    Im operating on 3 hours sleep and was too lazy to verify [​IMG]
     
  14. Arman

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    This may change any minute [​IMG]:

    Psycho - Hollywood's greatest horror & thriller
    Singin' In The Rain - Hollywood's greatest musical
    Finding Nemo - Hollywood's greatest animation
    The Magnificent Ambersons - Hollywood's greatest soap opera ever made
    Black Hawk Down - Hollywood's greatest war film
    Before Sunrise - Hollywood's greatest coming of age/romantic film
    Artificial Intelligence: A.I - Hollywood's greatest sci-fi
    The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King - Hollywood's greatest fantasy film
    City Lights - Hollywood's greatest silent film
    Some Like It Hot /or To Be or Not To Be - Hollywood's funniest and greatest screwball comedy

    Special Honorable Mention: Citizen Kane - Hollywood's greatest film.(?)(!)
     

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