Directors Your 10 favourite American films?

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  1. john davies

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    1.Sunrise (Murnau)
    2.North by Northwest (Hitchcock)
    3.Some Like it Hot (Wilder)
    4.Casablanca (Curtiz)
    5.Letter from an Unknown Woman (Ophuls)
    6.Vertigo (Hitchock)
    7.Citizen Kane (Welles)
    8.The Band Wagon (Minnelli)
    9.Night of the Hunter (Laughton)
    10.Singin in the Rain (Kelly, Donen)

    also; The Searchers, Mulholland Dr, Top Hat, Apocalypse Now, To Be or Not to Be.

    I'm excluding 2001 as officially British.

    Just in case anyone hasn't noticed, i'm a listaholic. Humble apologies for taking up so much space. Until i've seen a shrink to resolve my underlying insecurity (anyone who sees a psychiatrist needs their head examining), i'll struggle to keep the compulsion in check...
     
  2. ErikG

    ErikG Cinematographer

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    Right now:

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    Valley Girl
    Last American Virgin
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Star Wars
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Jaws
    The Thing
    Return of the Jedi
    Flash Gordon
     
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    In no order and off the top of my head:

    Citizen Kane
    City Lights
    Being There
    The Unknown
    The Cameraman
    The Court Jester
    Around the World in Eighty Days
    North By Northwest
    The Maltese Falcon
    Speedy
     
  4. john davies

    john davies Stunt Coordinator

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    That's the first time i've come across The Court Jester in a top 10 (as far as i remember). Great fun! "The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle".
     
  5. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Unordered and just how I feel right now:

    ·Vertigo
    ·The Palm Beach Story
    ·Bringing Up Baby
    ·Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    ·Singin’ in the Rain
    ·Raging Bull
    ·Citizen Kane
    ·Casablanca
    ·Apocalypse Now
    ·Some Like it Hot

    I left all of the Kubrick’s off my list, not being able to decide if they were truly American.
     
  6. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Producer

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    No order...

    Unforgiven
    Casablanca
    North by Northwest
    Zelig
    Glengarry Glenn Ross
    The Usual Suspects
    This is Spinal Tap
    Fargo
    Blade Runner
    Manhattan
     
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    Guess I'll leave off Kubrick too, and for this one will go with no more than 1 film from a single director.

    Taxi Driver
    It's A Wonderful Life
    The Maltese Falcon
    Sullivan's Travels
    Singin' In The Rain
    Tabu
    Sunset Blvd.
    Unforgiven
    A.I.
    Psycho
     
  8. MartinTeller

    MartinTeller Screenwriter

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    American Movie
    American Graffiti
    American Pie
    American History X
    An American Werewolf in London
    American Beauty
    American Pop
    The American Friend
    The Last American Virgin
    American Pimp


    But seriously, folks... this is pretty tough. Well, this is just off the top of my head and could easily change any time. I'm also going to leave off Kubrick, and just to simplify things, gonna leave off Hitchcock too.

    Taxi Driver
    Eraserhead
    Sleeper
    It's A Wonderful Life
    Network
    Star Wars trilogy (okay, so I'm cheating a bit)
    Harold and Maude
    Amadeus
    Airplane!
    El Norte

    Boy, there's a lot that were really hard to leave off.
     
  9. Ric Bagoly

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    10. True Romance (Tony Scott, 1993)

    9. The Untouchables (Brian DePalma, 1987)

    8. Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam, 1998)

    7. Escape From New York (John Carpenter, 1981)

    6. American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1999)

    5. The Terminator (James Cameron, 1984)

    4. Batman (Tim Burton, 1989)

    3. The Doors (Oliver Stone, 1991)

    2. Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988)

    1. Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969)
     
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    1. The Shawshank Redemption
    2. Rudy
    3. Searching for Bobby Fischer
    4. Dominick and Eugene
    5. Field of Dreams
    6. A Midnight Clear
    7. October Sky
    8. What's Eating Gilbert Grape
    9. King of the Hill
    10. Mr. Holland's Opus
     
  11. Arman

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    This sorted list is based on my outdated All-Time Top 20 or Top 10 movies I have the most fun watching thread and my feelings now. I'll make updates later. Unlike AFI, I do not consider Lean's Lawrence of Arabia as an American film. It will be included in my Best UK or British Films list / All-time Greatest Films List (American or Foreign). I'm also disqualifying a couple of UK and/or USA films, Ivory's The Remains of The Day, Welles' Touch of Evil & 2001: A Space Odyssey (would had been my choice in sci-fi or 60's category being the greatest sci-fi film ever)

    1. Citizen Kane (Welles) - #1 spot for the serious film buffs' (all over the world) top favorite American film ; of course, it is indeed, one of the world's greatest films of all-time

    2. The Magnificent Ambersons (Welles) - Why not a back to back spots for the genius, Welles with his America's greatest (or mother of all!) provocatively and profoundly thought-provoking soap opera of all-time.

    3. City Lights (Chaplin) - most romantic American film of all-time

    4. Singin' In The Rain (Donen & Kelly) - America's (or even World?) greatest musical ever. Period.

    5. To Be Or Not To Be (Lubitsch) - one of America's funniest (for comedy /satire /anti-war ever) and in my mind, it also one of the greatest most underrated films of all-time

    7. Psycho (Hitchcock) - a spot for the Master and why not the greatest horror/thriller of all-time made/released during the 50's/60's

    8. The Godfather II (Francis Ford Coppolla) - need I say more? Every year since I saw this (greatest crime/mafia epic) film, it never fails to get a spot in my Top 10 favorite/greatest American films list.

    8. Say Anything ... (Crowe) - coming of age masterpiece, Raising Victor Vargas is just as magnificent but I really have to pick one from the '80s

    9. Tarantino's Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill Volume 1 - go figure why; like what some of the films in this list, they are both two of the most visionary / revolutionary / inventive / influential films of their (or all-) time

    10. Finding Nemo (Stanton & Unkrich) - a spot for animation (?) & the greatest American animation film of all-time but as you would notice in my signature I would put the other (year) 2003 American masterworks Lost in Translation and Raising Victor Vargas ahead of Finding Nemo on Best of 2003 and/or of all-time lists

    or

    a spot for either (2002's gorgeously magnificent [​IMG]fantasy/sci-fi films), Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers (Jackson) or Minority Report (Spielberg) - I'm just tired of picking the equally spectacular and visionaries, Spielberg's E.T and Close Encounter of the Third Kind and Lucas Star Wars Trilogy.

    I'm still trying to finish/finalize my own Top 100 American Films of All-Time list maybe I'll post it on 12/31/2003 also.
     
  12. Arman

    Arman Screenwriter

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    Another ooppss or in summary, here's my Top 10 American films at this moment:

    1. Citizen Kane (Welles)
    2. The Magnificent Ambersons (Welles)
    3. City Lights (Chaplin)
    4. Singin' In The Rain (Donen & Kelly)
    5. To Be Or Not To Be (Lubitsch)
    6. Psycho (Hitchcock)
    7. The Godfather II (Francis Ford Coppolla)
    8. Say Anything ... (Crowe)
    9. Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill Volume 1 (Tarantino)
    10. Finding Nemo (Stanton & Unkrich) or The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers (Jackson) or Minority Report (Spielberg)
     

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