I have to admit, when I first began making this thread, I underestimated how difficult it was going to be. It was incredibly hard limiting myself to
only 5 films for each decade, but also very fun and satisfying taking a trip through memory lane. These are by no means the best films, just my
favorites for many different reasons. Enjoy!
I'm going to begin here because I just haven't watched many movies pre-70's
The movie that made everyone scared to swim in the ocean. Also responsible for giving Great White's a bad reputation they didn't deserve. Still a
really great movie with one of the most iconic theme songs ever. da na da na da na...
Regarded by many as the greatest horror movie of all time. So great it transcended its own genre and was even nominated for an Oscar. Not just
arguably the greatest horror movie of all time, but one the the great films, period. Kinda' scary too..
A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick was way ahead of his time and so was this film. His films are not meant to be watched only once, you need mutliple watches to catch
all the nuances, and most of his films aren't fully appreciated until many, many years later. I think he knew that too.
Enter the Dragon
I watched this many times as a kid, and throughout most of my life I thought it was just another Kung Fu movie. Until I watched it again as an adult
and realized just how great it actually was. Bruce Lee had a bright future and would have made many more great films.
Not the best one in the series, but I felt I had to pay homage to one of the biggest franchises in history. Just as popular today, if not more, and
they have their fingerprints in every corner of entertainment and culture. This franchise will most likely stand the tests of time.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Aah, the eighties.. in my very biased opinion, the greatest decade in history (for obvious reasons). Well at least as far as influence and culture
goes. This one was tough.
Not to take away from the greatness of the first film, but in my opinion this one was even better. A matter of preference, really. Many films have
tried to replicate the mood and atmosphere this film achieved, but I think it's impossible. 30 years later it remains the golden standard.
E.T: the Extra-terrestial
Sticking to the alien theme but going a little more lighthearted. Who doesn't love this movie? If you don't love this movie, you simply have no heart.
One of the most likable cast's ever too. A timeless classic.
You really have to understand Stanley Kubrick and his approach to making films to fully appreciate his work. He's the nuance king, and always has gems
and secrets hidden throughout his films. His films demand mutliple watches and this film only gets better with each. By far the most meticulous
filmmaker ever. Oh, and there's this guy named Jack Nicholson in the film.
Back to the Future
Everything about this movie is just really cool and we all wanted to be Marty McFly at one point. The Nike Mag's, the Delorean and the red bubble
vest.. need I say more? There's also a lot of conspiracy theories steeped into the film.
Probably the most enjoyable film on my list. With possibily the weirdest trio in history. So weird, that it was so perfect. Actually, it was mostly
Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.. I don't even know the last guys name. Who you gonna' call?
This decade was by far the most difficult to choose from. I didn't realize how many great films there were and im torn that some didn't make the list.
This was definitely the end of the Golden Age..
Very raw, very gritty and very bold; Quentin Tarantino in a nutshell. This was the first film of his I ever saw - he has such a distinct style that
you just know it's a Tarantino film when you're watching it. His films have some of the best soundtracks too.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Similar to 'Aliens', the rare moment in cinema history when the sequel is better than its predecessor. Again, not taking anything away from the
greatness of the first, but T2 took everything up a notch but still maintained the heart and soul of the film.
Saving Private Ryan
Possibly the greatest WW2 film ever (Dunkirk?)? I remember watching this in class and it leaving such a profound affect on everyone that we couldn't
stop talking about it for days. Classic.
Who doesn't like a good gangster flick? Well, this is one of the better ones with everything the genre has to offer - plus more. Top class
performances from top to bottom, with Joe Pesci being the most memorable.
That's right, an animated film, and quite possibly the best one ever too. I used to have this on replay all day when I used to babysit my nephew. I've
watched this way more times than I can count. Name a better duo than Woody and Buzz, I bet you can't..
Welcome to the new millennium, where society took a really dark turn and began to go downhill.. and fast. Luckily there were still some great films to
keep us busy.
This was my favorite movie for a very long time. Russell Crowe and Jaoquin Phoenix, that is all..
The Dark Knight
Thank God for Christopher Nolan. This film revolutionized the industry and set the new bar. Probably why films are not as good anymore.. is this the
best superhero movie ever? I think so. And Heathe Ledger went out with one of the greatest performances in history.
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Remember when I said very raw, very gritty and very bold? Take that up a few notches and you've got this film. If there was ever a role that you
couldn't see anyone else ever playing, it's gotta be Uma Thurman playing Beatrix Kiddo. The cinematography and art direction was also spectacular in
The Lord of the Rings
I'm going cheat and put the entire trilogy here, because you can't really watch one without the others. This is a masterpiece of epic proportions. And
I mean EPIC, try watching the entire trilogy in one sitting.
City of God
Probably the most unrecognizable and unfamiliar film on my list. A little foreign gem from Brazil. I can't say enough good things about this film and
it's one of those movies you must watch before you die. So if you haven't already, what are you waiting for?
Wow! That was really fun.. and now I'm really high off nostalgia.. so what do you think of my list?
What are some of your favorites?
edit on 12-9-2017 by knowledgehunter0986 because: (no reason given)