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What? No "Blues Brothers?"
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, April 15, 2008

No "Pulp Fiction" either.

John Hawkins lists his favorite 50 movies. See if yours are on the list. I found about 10 I'd put on a favorites list. Notably missing were the two above and "Alien". And I'm a bit more of an old movie buff so many of my other 40 would probably come from a bygone era anyway.
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Invasion USA made #10?
Army of Darkness in the top 10?

Oh well, it is HIS list, I’ll just try and respectfully disagree.
Written By: looker
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What? No The Bridge on the River Kwai? No The Right Stuff? Are we sure this guy is even American?
Written By: Steverino
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I won’t even get into the ones he missed. How about the ones he listed?

300 is a wonderful movie, but if it is your #1 movie ever, you’ve got issues.
Sin City made the list? Even Alba couldn’t save that trash
Kull the Conqueror?
And to agree completely (again) with looker... Invasion USA?

Written By: meagain
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I also find the list severely lacking in classics. I would have fit at least "The Big Sleep", "Casablanca", "Mister Smith Goes to Washington" on to that list, without being terribly discriminating as to what I’d replace with them either. I can’t imagine that I’d give "The Patriot" a position on such a list if I were to draw it up, much less fifth place. Watching that film reminds me most acutely of how lacking the stock of films set during the revolutionary period, which one would think a rich and wonderful era for stories, is. The only one that I liked that I am able to quickly recall is "1776".

Written By: Paludicola
Heh ... hey, I didn’t say it was a good list, I said it was his list. What you realize is "favorite" lists are very personal.

Me, I’d have Casablanca and The African Queen on there among many more of the classics to include a couple of John Wayne flicks (heh ... like "McQ" maybe?). Jaws - a classic horror film, just like Alien. The Longest Day - epic. Speaking of epic, Ben Hur. Etc.

But those are my preferences. And that’s what’s fun about this ... comparing preferences.
Written By: McQ
49) Starship Troopers — "Hiliary Clinton, most unyielding President in US history"
44) We Were Soldiers — went to see instead of "BlackHawk Down" assuming it would be less intense, I was wrong
41) The 5th Element — a favorite in my house
36) Pitch Black — Riddick lives
34) Kill Bill Vol. 1 - Tomoyasu Hotei’s "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" is awesome
28) The Matrix — shows the poetry of cartridge casings
18) Animal House — great fun, lots of funny quotable lines
14) Team America: World Police — Durka durka durka .. definitely not PC
1) 300 — In Sparta, this would be the only movie

Missing from my list
"Galaxy Quest", a great spoof on Star Trek and trekkies
"Apocalypse Now" — Robert Duvall is great .. you have to watch it at least 5 times to understand it.
"Blazing Saddles" — great fun, lots of funny quotable lines

If you have a home theater, definitely add/rent/borrow Tom Criuse’s "War of The Worlds" .. it will be worth it.
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Written By: Martin McPhillips
Any man who doesn’t have The Wild Bunch in his top ten favorites is gay and French.
Written By: Don
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Any man who doesn’t have The Wild Bunch in his top ten favorites is gay and French.
The gay accusation is one thing, but then you go overboard and get really insulting with the French accusation.

(But you reminded me of Michael Caine talking about his old London neighborhood and his old man, who Caine said was the type of guy who thought that anyone who ate chicken was gay.)

All right, then, anyone who doesn’t have The Maltese Falcon in their top ten is from Staten Island.

That cannot be topped. Sorry, New Jersey.
Written By: Martin McPhillips

You took the word right out of my mouth.
I will just say my tastes differ significantly from his.

Once Upon A Time In America.
The Wild Bunch.
The Caine Mutiny.
Zulu(?). The one with Michael Caine.
The Hill.

Written By: timactual
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Once Upon A Time In America.

I really like that one. Great sound track, too.
Written By: timactual
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Any author of a movie favorite list that does not include Shawshank Redemption and DOES include The Fog should be forced to shampoo my crotch.

Written By: Captin Sarcastic
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Any author of a movie favorite list that does not include Shawshank Redemption and DOES include The Fog should be forced to shampoo my crotch.
I feel your pain, even if I think the punishment a bit too...French.

Written By: Joe
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I feel your pain, even if I think the punishment a bit too...French.
It’s also too . . . gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Written By: Don
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Zulu(?). The one with Michael Caine.
The other one was Zulu Dawn. I saw it in the theator as a kid, I recall it as a good movie.

Some others:

Blackhawk Down
HEAT (in particular, the shootout scene).
Master and Commander.
Das Boot.
Ride with the Devil. Excellent depiction of the Civil War in the west (Missouri). Captures the way they actually thought, most Westerns transport the modern thought process back to the period.

Written By: Don
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My god. "All time"?

Anyone who doesn’t have "Dr. Strangelove" on his list is strictly from corn.

Somebody check me: I don’t see a Hitchcock title in the joint.


Something is very wrong in all this.
Written By: Billy Beck
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Ben Hur
They Were Expendable
Black Hawk Down

Would be my top 5 off the top of my head. Sin City is great, if you take it for what it is, which is a comic book on the screen. That is one fine coat you’re wearing........
Written By: Crusader
I’ll have to compile and post my own list this weekend. I’ve actually been "suspected" because my all-time #1 choice is All That Jazz, but I’ve got some good He-man Women Haters Club movies on my list.

Say, Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?
Written By: Steverino
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Ye gods.

5th Element was simply awful. Likewise Matrix and its third-rate clone, Equilibrium. And no top movies list with a Steven Seagal movie (with the possible exception of Under Siege) can be taken seriously.

My own top 50 list:

The Fugitive (1993)
Heat (1995)
Ladyhawke (1985)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
The Mummy (1999)
The Negotiator (1998)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
United 93 (2006)
48 Hrs. (1983)
Absolute Power (1997)
Back to Back (1996)
Batman Begins (2005)
Bestseller (1987)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
The Changeling (1980)
Coming Out Alive (1984)
Dead Again (1991)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Dracula: The Dark Prince (2001)
Elizabeth (1998)
F/X (1986)
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
The Illusionist (2006)
The Last Legion (2006)
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
The Mechanic (1972)
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Men in Black (1997)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Outland (1981)
Playing God (1997)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Reckoning (2004)
The Ref (1994)
The Replacement Killers (1998)
The Rock (1996)
Serenity (2005)
The Seventh Sign (1988)
Sneakers (1992)
Soldier (1998)
Spy Game (2001)
Strange Days (1995)
Stuart Little (1999)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
Tombstone (1993)
Unforgiven (1992)
Van Helsing (2004)
Volcano (1997)
Zero Effect (1998)

Written By: Achillea
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Did I miss someone mentioning Groundhog Day? Best movie made in the last twenty years, and the only movie I watch at least once every single year (On Feb 2, naturally).

And, really, anybody who puts Starship Troopers and Rambo: First Blood on their top 50 list needs to get a Netflix membership and watch some better movies.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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