Saturday, January 27, 2007

What Are Your Favorite Movies of All TIme

If you listen to Hugh Hewitt, you know that on Friday at 5:00-6:00 PM, he has Emmett of the Unblinking Eye as his guest. He and Emmett review current trailers and films, but also take a look back at the best 10 in some class (e.g. movies starring Clint Eastwood, best war movies, best movies about short people.) Over the past 4 weeks they have been listing the 100 best movies of any genre since movies began. You can see the entire list here.

Here is the top 21. I point to them because you'll note that 1939 was an amazing year for film. While 2007 was a good year (and 2006 a disaster), one wonders why almost 70 years later, we are making films that can't compare to 1939.

21. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
20. Young Frankenstein (1974)
19. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
18. The Searchers (1956)
17. King Kong (1933)
16. Gone with the Wind (1939)
15. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
14. The African Queen (1951)
13. Psycho (1960)
12. Paths of Glory (1957)
11. Chinatown (1974)
10. Stagecoach (1939)
9. The Star Wars Trilogy [Star Wars (1977)/Return of the Jedi (1983)/The Empire Strikes Back (1980)]
8. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
7. High Noon (1952)
6. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
5. It Happened One Night (1934)
4. Raging Bull (1980)
3. Citizen Kane (1941)
2. Casablanca (1942)
1. The Godfather (1972)/ The Godfather Part II (1974)

I have always loved the movies almost as much as I love books (not quite, though.) For better or worse, I'm going to compile my own list of best 100. But I need some help. Please use the comment section to give me as many of your top picks as you like.

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