Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • Hayley

      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
chesilbeach

Your Top 10 films!

Recommended Posts

Another one of our 10 year celebrations, tell us your Top 10 films of all time! Like with the books, you don't have to give them any order, you can include a series as one selection, and it's up to you what criteria you use.

 

Mine will take a bit of thinking about, and definitely some narrowing down … looking forward to seeing what everyone's choices are!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is difficult. I solemnly swear I do like recent films.

 

Cries and Whispers - Ingmar Bergman
Autumn Sonata - Ingmar Bergman

Come and See - Elem Klimov

Tokyo Story - Yasujiro Ozu
The Seven Samurai - Akira Kurosawa

Citizen Kane - Orson Welles
On the Waterfront - Elia Kazan

Brief Encounter - David Lean

The Bridge on the River Kwai - David Lean
Paths of Glory - Stanley Kubrick

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I ran a couple of film/book polls on a forum once and got people to PM me their votes so I could do a reveal over the course of a Bank Holiday/weekend etc.  I got them to include quotes about the films they had voted for and rolled the results out over several hours, it was quite good fun with people popping back to check the results and comment on them.

 

I need to think about this list.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've revised a previous list, as there were a couple of additions that had to find their way in ...

 

1. The Philedelphia Story - George Cukor (1940)
2. Now, Voyager - Irving Rapper (1942)
3. Jaws - Steven Spielberg (1975)
4. The Red Curtain trilogy - Baz Luhrman (1982, 1986, 2001)
5. A Room With A View - James Ivory (1985)
6. Four Weddings and A Funeral - Mike Newell (1994)
7. The Toy Story trilogy (1995, 1999, 2010)
8. Etre et Avoir - Nicolas Philibert (2002)
9. The Cornetto trilogy - Edgar Wright (2004, 2007, 2013)
10. A Royal Affair - Nikolaj Arcel (2012)
 
These are in chronological order, and I've sneaked a few trilogies in there to save me a couple of spaces!  As ever, this is always subject to change, and I'm still not 100% sure that some of the films I've taken out don't deserve to be there, but for today, this is my top 10. :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is really hard to narrow it down to 10, but I did it by thinking of movies that I could watch more than once in a day, and have in some cases.

 

You've Got Mail (1998)

The Color Purple (1985)

Groundhog Day  (1993)

Bus Stop (1956)

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Heathers (1988)

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Sense & Sensibility (1995)

Wuthering Heights (1992)

 

I could add so many more!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Star Wars V, Empire Strikes Back (or Star Wars II) (Irvin Kershner)

Fight Club (Edward Norton. Brad Pitt)

12 Monkeys (Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Terry Gilliam directs)

The Machinist (Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh)

Rounders (Edward Norton, Matt Damon)

The Score (Edward Norton, Robert DeNiro)

American Psycho (Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe)

8 Mile (Eminem)

21 Grams (Sean Penn, Naomi Watts)

Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day Lewis, Madeleine Stowe)

Edited by Anna Begins

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

These can change at any moment :)

 

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Doctor Zhivago

The Searchers

ET – the Extra Terrestrial

Singing in the Rain

Psycho

Lord of the Rings (trilogy)

Wizard of Oz

Tie J

  1. Casablanca
  2. Citizen Kane

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I narrowed my list down to 26! This is SO HARD!!!   :giggle2:

 

In no particular order, and with much gnashing and gnawing and forehead bashing, this is my list of films I would immediately and happily watch at any time;

 

Serenity (2005 - Nathan Fillion)

The Fifth Element (1997 - Bruce Willis & Mila Jovovich)

A Lion In Winter (1968 - Katherine Hepburn & Peter O'Toole)

A Matter Of Life Or Death (1947 - David Niven)

Ghost Dog (1999 - Forest Whitaker)

Leon: The Professional (1994 - Jean Reno)

Truly Madly Deeply (1990 - Juliet Stevenson)

Star Wars (4, 5 & 6 original three)

Young Frankenstein (1974 - Gene Wilder)

Blade Runner (1982 - Harrison Ford) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Monsters Inc (2001)

Pirates of the Caribbean (all of them)

The Lion King (1994)

Tarzan (1999)

Harry Potter (all of them, but especially 1,2,3, 4 and 6)

Love Actually (2003)

Monty Python films

Jurassic Park (1993)

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Edited by Tiger

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is too difficult (and I'll probably change my mind again as soon as I hit post!)

 

The Virgin Suicides - Sofia Copolla

Lost in Translation - Sofia Copolla

The Darjeeling Limited - Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson

Slumdog Millionaire - Danny Boyle

Fight Club - David Fincher

Harry Potter (Series)

Lord of the Rings (Trilogy)

Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell

The Color Purple - Steven Spielberg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

These can change at any moment :)

 

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Doctor Zhivago

The Searchers

ET – the Extra Terrestrial   The Great Escape (how could I possibly not list this great WWII film)

Singing in the Rain

Psycho

Lord of the Rings (trilogy)

Wizard of Oz    Stalag 17 (my close friend's brother played "Blondie" in this great WWII movie)

Tie J

  1. Casablanca
  2. Citizen Kane

 

Much to my dismay, I find I have to scratch 2 films I thought were great to make room for 2 others that just can't be omitted.

Edited by muggle not

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Much to my dismay, I find I have to scratch 2 films I thought were great to make room for 2 others that just can't be omitted.

 

Have you found that since thinking about what films would make your favourite list your brain has been mulling it over and throwing up more and more into your consciousness? 

 

I think I will be tweaking my list as time goes on, as I said, I had narrowed it down to 26, whittling it to 10 was a real struggle. Strangely enough muggle not, E.T., The Wizard Of Oz and The Great Escape sit within my 26!  :smile:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have you found that since thinking about what films would make your favourite list your brain has been mulling it over and throwing up more and more into your consciousness? 

 

I think I will be tweaking my list as time goes on, as I said, I had narrowed it down to 26, whittling it to 10 was a real struggle. Strangely enough muggle not, E.T., The Wizard Of Oz and The Great Escape sit within my 26!  :smile:

Definitely, I try not to think abut it as more and more films keep " popping" up.  For example, I also really liked A Lion In Winter. Peter O'Toole was an actor that I really like, especially in the epic Lawrence of Arabia.

 

Star Wars V, Empire Strikes Back (or Star Wars II) (Irvin Kershner)

Fight Club (Edward Norton. Brad Pitt)

12 Monkeys (Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Terry Gilliam directs)

The Machinist (Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh)

Rounders (Edward Norton, Matt Damon)

The Score (Edward Norton, Robert DeNiro)

American Psycho (Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe)

8 Mile (Eminem)

21 Grams (Sean Penn, Naomi Watts)

Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day Lewis, Madeleine Stowe)

Did you read the book. It was great.

Edited by muggle not

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lawrence Of Arabia is a fabulous film, but in this instance the combination of O'Toole and Hepburn, with that wonderful script made my choice for me.  :smile:

 

Such a tricky, tricky list to write (as was the Top 10 favourite books list). The sands will shift under my choices no doubt.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

4. The Red Curtain trilogy - Baz Luhrman (1982, 1986, 2001)

9. The Cornetto trilogy - Edgar Wright (2004, 2007, 2013)
 
These are in chronological order, and I've sneaked a few trilogies in there to save me a couple of spaces!

 

Haha! It's so cheeky of you to include these as trilogies. And clever! :D

 

This is so, so difficult. It's even more difficult than choosing my top 10 books. I would find it much easier if I could do my top 10 sci-fi, top 10 musicals etc. :( In fact, I'm going to do just that, because there's just no way I can narrow them down. :blush2: I'll post the lists in my own reading thread so I don't break the rules here. :)

 

Here are my favourites, in no particular order:

 

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

The Time Machine (1960)

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Harvey (1950)

The Third Man (1949)

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Dead Poet's Society (1989)

Pleasantville (1998)

 

I'm sorry, but I have to include some that just missed the cut.  :blush2: I narrowed it down a lot, I swear!

 

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

The Ten Commandments (1956)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

In no particular order;

 

1. The Shawshank Redemption

2. Star Wars (original trilogy)

3. Tremors

4. Teminator 2

5. Spaceballs

6. Blazin' Saddles

7. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

8. On the Waterfront

9. Some like it hot

10. Silent Running

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What great lists! 

 

I LOVE Silent Running Ian, it's been too many years since I last saw it. I may have to do something about that.  :yes:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1. The Shawshank Redemption

I saw that at the cinema when it was first released, and it was one of the few films where I didn't look at my watch a single time to see how much longer was left. I thought it was excellent, and yet, I've never had the inclination to watch it again. :shrug:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I saw that at the cinema when it was first released, and it was one of the few films where I didn't look at my watch a single time to see how much longer was left. I thought it was excellent, and yet, I've never had the inclination to watch it again. :shrug:

 

I was one of those who came to the film a few years later, once it had picked up a bigger following. I loved it then and I've probably seen it a dozen times since. And I'm certain I'll watch another dozen times or more. I'll never get sick of it! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The top three have been pretty much set in stone for years.  After that it's a bit more fluid:

 

Aliens

LA Confidential

Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope to the heathens out there)

Ben-Hur

The Great Escape

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Tremors

Superman: The Movie

The Terminator

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmm.. off the cuff..

 

Pretty Woman

Dirty Dancing

Winter's Bone

Pitch Perfect

Big

Avengers series

X-Men series

Mary Poppins

Green Mile

The Shawshank Redemption

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do I really HAVE to restrict myself to just ten movies??? OK, ten of my very favourite films, in no particular order, are:

 

  1. Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
  2. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
  3. Amadeus (1984)
  4. 300 (2006)
  5. The Princess Bride (1987)
  6. Blithe Spirit (1945)
  7. Rope (1948)
  8. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
  9. Valmont (1989)
  10. His Girl Friday (1940)

There are many more incredible films I could among my favourites, but these were the first that came to mind. I'm quite eclectic in my tastes, and like to cover pretty much all eras, but I have a great fondness for screwball comedies.

 

Honourable mentions also go to:

Many of these movies I can quote from start to finish! You can probably tell, among my favourite actors are James Stewart, Carey Grant, John Cusack, Kim Novak, and Katherine Hepburn - many of my favourite films feature those people!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm definitely going to have to edit this list.

 

In no order:

 

1. Chronicle

2. Primer

3. The Road To El Dorado

4. Bridget Jones' Diary

5. Leon

6. Harvey

8. Arthur Christmas (yes it's a Christmas film but still a favourite)

9. Harry Potter (particularly Azkaban and the Deathly Hallows pair)

10. The Truman Show

 

Honourable mention to the anime of Makoto Shinkai; the short Voices of A Distant Star and full length 5 Centimetres Per Second, and also The Iron Giant. Also Jurassic Park.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Such fantastic films and excellent choices here, you guys! :D

 

My top top 10 would be:

 

1. Jaws (1975)

2. Bottle Rocket (1996)

3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

4. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

5. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

6. Rear Window (1954)

7. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

8. Desk Set (1957)

9. Bullitt (1968)

10. Gross Pointe Blank (1997)

 

My other top ten would be:

 

1. Lost in Translation (2003)

2. Psycho (1960)

3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

4. Stand By Me (1986)

5. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

6. The Princess Bride (1987)

7. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

8. Stranger than Fiction (2006)

9. Ordinary People (1980)

10. State Fair (1945)

 

;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Once upon a time in America

Schindler's List

Pulp Fiction

Die Hard

Cool Hand Luke (Newman at his most beautiful)

Fugitive

Kill Bill vol 1 &2

The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Some like it Hot

When Harry met Sally

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now



×