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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepR View Post
    The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    Once Upon a Time in America

    full stop
    To me nothing even remotely matches Sergio Leone's filming style and atmosphere. There's a kind of magic to these movies that I haven't found elsewhere. I simply love his style. The rest of my list wouldn't be very original, something like:

    Blade Runner
    Alien
    Apocalypse Now
    The Shining
    Heat
    Lord of the Rings trilogy
    Star Wars original trilogy
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    Not in any particular order..
    Polyester
    Ruggles of Red Gap
    Sling Blade
    Midnight Cowboy
    Lord of the Rings trilogy
    Taxi Driver
    Young Frankenstein
    The Pawn Broker
    Winged Migration
    Ingmar Bergman's Magic Flute

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    Quote Originally Posted by polyesterkatz View Post
    Not in any particular order..
    Polyester
    Ruggles of Red Gap
    Sling Blade
    Midnight Cowboy
    Lord of the Rings trilogy
    Taxi Driver
    Young Frankenstein
    The Pawn Broker
    Winged Migration
    Ingmar Bergman's Magic Flute
    I loved it, totally charming and am glad others have discovered it, as well. If you haven't seen it yet, go do! It sounds great in its original Swedish .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wood View Post
    Bergman Winter Light
    Bresson Pickpocket
    Bunuel Los Olvidados
    Chabrol The beast must die
    Dos Santos Vidas secas
    Douglas Comrades
    Dreyer Ordet
    Fassbinder The bitter tears of Petra von Kant
    Godard Band of outsiders
    Greenaway Vertical features remake
    Herzog Fata Morgana
    Leigh Naked
    Loach The wind that shakes the barley
    Malle Phantom India
    Olmi The tree of wooden clogs
    Ozu Late Spring
    Pasolini Medea
    Rocha Black God, White Devil
    Rohmer The Green Ray
    Satyajit Ray Pather Panchali
    Shepherd Service for Southend
    Truffaut Farenheit 451
    Veber The dinner of idiots
    Von Trier Dogville
    I was pleased to find Mike Leigh's Naked on somebody's list. As a huge fan of his work, I think this one of his best. It's a wonderful movie, full of surprises.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znapschatz View Post
    I was pleased to find Mike Leigh's Naked on somebody's list. As a huge fan of his work, I think this one of his best. It's a wonderful movie, full of surprises.
    Yes, I'm a great fan of Mike Leigh too. This seems quite different from his other work, more politically charged and hard edged, I really like it.

    As the homeless and unwell man in the film said: "Maggie! Where are you?"

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    In no particular order:

    1. Shawshank Redemption
    2. Mystic River
    3. Amadeus
    4. Forest Gump
    5. The Naked Gun
    6. South Park: The Movie
    7. Godfather 1&2
    8. Braveheart
    9. Midnight Run
    10. Star Wars

    Very honorable mentions:

    - Airplane
    - True Romance
    - Pulp Fiction
    - King's Speach
    - Predator
    - The Sting
    - The Power Of One
    - Fight Club
    - Inglorious B@$t@rd$
    - Groundhog Day
    - Blues Brothers
    - Reservoir Dogs
    - The Usual Suspects
    - Big Fish
    - Men In Black (one of the most "clever" movies ever)

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    In no order:

    Alien
    Blue Velvet
    The Godfather
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Doctor Zhivago
    Planet of the Apes
    Casablanca
    Star Wars
    The Egyptian
    Outcast of the Islands

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    Dr Johnson's mention of Zulu conjures up the whole genre of Thin Red Line films where The White Man in either the heyday or the twilight of colonialism is pitted against the Dervishes, the Boxers or whomever. We list Khartoum, 55 Days at Peking, Four Feathers along with Zulu. I seem to remember also one about the failed British invasion of Afghanistan back in the 1800s; don't recall the name. Stiff upper lip at all times!
    Last edited by Strange Magic; Nov-06-2016 at 17:08. Reason: Edit: I could find no evidence for that 1842 Afghanistan film. Must have been a dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACE View Post
    I'll play. In no particular order:

    - The Big Lebowski (Coen Bros)
    - Fearless (Weir)
    - Casablanca (Curtiz)
    - Sunshine (Szabó)
    - Children of Men (Cuarón)
    - The Mission (Joffé)
    - Lawrence of Arabia (Lean)
    - Vertigo (Hitchcock)
    - Unforgiven (Eastwood)
    - Young Frankenstein (Brooks)

    Some other favorites:
    House of Games (Mamet); The Deer Hunter (Cimino); Rocky (Avildsen); Jaws (Spielberg); La Dolce Vita (Fellini); To Kill a Mockingbird (Mulligan); Amores perros (Iñárritu); Ride the High Country (Peckinpah); The Verdict (Lumet); The Best Years of Our Lives (Wyler); The Thin Blue Line (Malick); Adaptation (Jonze)
    Glad to see this one mentioned. It's a good caper film with twists that gets too little attention.
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    Top 10:

    1 . Shawshank Redemption ( 1994 )
    2 . Casino ( 1995 )
    3 . The Fugitive ( 1993 )
    4 . Schindler's List ( 1993 )
    5 . The Graduate ( 1967 )
    6 . Dirty Harry ( 1971 )
    7 . The Godfather ( 1972 )
    8 . Jaws ( 1975 )
    9 . Brief Encounter ( 1945 )
    10 . Kind Hearts And Coronets ( 1949 )


    Other favourites

    North by North West ( 1959 )
    Goodfellas ( 1990 )
    Full Metal Jacket ( 1987 )
    Shane ( 1953 )
    Sink the Bismark ( 1960 )
    Taxi driver ( 1976 )
    Ice Cold in Alex ( 1958 )
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail ( 1975 )
    Life of Brian ( 1979 )
    The Dam Busters ( 1955 )

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    A Clockwork Orange/Stanley Kubrick (1971)
    2001: A Space Odyssey/Stanley Kubrick (1968)
    Barry Lyndon/Stanley Kubrick (1975)
    Eyes Wide Shut/Stanley Kubrick (1999)
    Aguirre, the Wrath of God/Werner Herzog (1972)
    Stalker/Andrei Tarkovsky (1979)
    The Seventh Seal/Ingmar Bergman (1957)
    The Invisible Man/James Whale (1933)
    No Country for Old Men/Joel & Ethan Coen (2007)
    Blade Runner/Ridley Scott (1982)

    Notable mentions:
    Don't Look Now/Nicolas Roeg (1973)
    Repulsion/Roman Polanski (1965)
    The Pianist/Roman Polanski (2002)
    Dreams/Akira Kurosawa (1990)
    Before the Rain/Milcho Manchevski (1994)
    F for Fake/Orson Welles (1973)
    Citizen Kane/Orson Welles (1941)
    Alphaville/Jean-Luc Godard (1965)
    Rain Man/Barry Levinson (1988)
    Papillon/Franklin J. Schaffner (1973)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    Dr Johnson's mention of Zulu conjures up the whole genre of Thin Red Line films where The White Man in either the heyday or the twilight of colonialism is pitted against the Dervishes, the Boxers or whomever. We list Khartoum, 55 Days at Peking, Four Feathers along with Zulu. I seem to remember also one about the failed British invasion of Afghanistan back in the 1800s; don't recall the name. Stiff upper lip at all times!
    The Drum?????????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wood View Post
    The Drum?????????????
    Thanks for the suggestion, but that's not it. At least I don't think so. I remember the British army depicted laden with chests of drawers and tea sets and paraphernalia of all sorts totally useless in such terrain and conditions, laboring up over mountain passes, etc. Maybe I'm actually recalling a vivid written account of the fiasco and not a film at all. As I recall, only one British soldier survived the catastrophe and returned to tell the tale.
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    In no particular order:

    Tokyo Story
    Battleship Potemkin
    Ordet
    Sunrise
    Winter Light
    Stalker
    Diary of a Country Priest
    Nazarín
    Sansho the Bailiff
    Woman in the Dunes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange Magic View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion, but that's not it. At least I don't think so. I remember the British army depicted laden with chests of drawers and tea sets and paraphernalia of all sorts totally useless in such terrain and conditions, laboring up over mountain passes, etc. Maybe I'm actually recalling a vivid written account of the fiasco and not a film at all. As I recall, only one British soldier survived the catastrophe and returned to tell the tale.
    Commonly told, but not entirely accurate. The known survivor was a doctor who had been seriously wounded, but there were @150 others taken prisoner, later released. That was out of 16,000+ troops and retainers who started the retreat. However, the tales of all that crap they were transporting was true.
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