"Ridley Scott's dystopian masterpiece is easily one of my favourite films of all time. Based on a Philip K. Dick novel, Blade Runner focuses on Harrison Ford in what was, for me, his finest role, the reluctant and vulnerable bounty hunter Rick Deckard. A legendary performance from Rutger Hauer and some of the finest desolate and depressing scenery I've witnessed in cinema later and you have a staple favourite of mine. Thank God it came out on DVD again after all these years!"
"Genre-defining science-fiction which spawned a huge expanded universe and all new levels of fandom across the globe. Iconic characters and a storyline that borders on gospel. Everyone knows this film and the characters involved, which is testament to its qualities."
"Cameron did it best. He geared up the franchise with some hardcore action and created a solid continuation of the story. Every character was memorable down to the mottos on their uniforms. I can't stress enough on how poinltess the mid 80s science fiction would have been without this film."
"This movie accomplished what many thought was impossible...to bring the story of Tolkien to the big screen and succeed. Also to have a movie that was over three hours long to become such a massive hit was no small task either."
"An epic finale to a magnificent trilogy. This film has epic battles, brilliant acting, powerful music, and awesome special effects. It is the sum of both the other films unfolding to a huge climax that does the novel justice."
"Well it's the ultimate uplifting sports film, ain't it? Can you guys think of a more defining example? It's got all the ingredients: the underdog hero, the veteran coach, the training montage... Plus it's a damn fine movie, with a real touching love story as well. Definite thumbs up from me."
"The first and the best of the Indiana Jones trilogy, it has everything needed to justify watching it every year: the iconic but intellectual hero, the adventure and the chases, the epic spectacle, John Williams’ outstanding score, and sheer excitement throughout! Do I need to give more reasons? :)"
*****Moz La Punk
"It's about bloody samurai, what's not to like? If you only had to watch one samurai film in your life, this is it. It's more than three hours long but unlike The Magnificent Seven, not once was I bored or fervently wishing the movie to end already. And Mag Seven wasn't nearly as long either. This film was also particularly innovative in plot devices, while not the first one to do what it did, it was one of the first and it brought many together, plus it was really well done. And the score is just fabulous."
"It's not just a fantasy, it's also a old style fantasy which harkens back to those fairy tales where everything was not "and they lived happily ever after." There were also terrible monsters that ate bad children who wouldn't listen and whatnot. Also it managed to incorporate a backdrop of WWII Spain. A visually stunning film that's bound to fascinate young and old viewers alike."
****Moz La Punk
"This was on TV the other day and every time I see it I think "I absolutely love this trilogy I'm going to watch the next two as soon as ! can!" and then I forget and don't. I HAVE seen this trilogy surprisingly enough, and it is all brilliant, although 1 and 2 are better in my opinion."
"I don't really remember much of this film since it's been a while since I last saw it but I vividly remember all the vibrant colors. It has to be one of the weirdest sci-fi movies I've ever seen and the special effects were something special."
***Moz La Punk
"Epic battles, a masterpiece of a trilogy, i picked this one of the 3 purely because it was the first one that came to mind. Magnificent, in cast, acting, special effects, lines, drama. Everything was great about these films."
"The whole film is like a stab in the gut; scene after scene of terrifying acts of genocide, racial hatred and sadism that defined The Holocaust. Filmed with art and dignity; it is by no means a gorey 'snuff' film like 'The Passion'. Filmed in black and white throughout and thrown into colour at the end; when hundreds of present day Jews (many of them Oskar Schindler's workers) come to pay their respects to him. Liam Neeson acts superbly throughout; after all his work Schindler feels nothing but guilt at how many more he should have saved."
****Moz La Punk
"It became the benchmark for popular epic cinema for decades. The film is monumental enough to be beyond criticism. It tidies up a lot of complex history… Dressed up with 1939 Technicolor, pastel-pretty for the dresses and blazing red for the passions, and a thunderous Max Steiner score, this still has a fair claim to be considered one of the best pictures of Hollywood filmmaking."
"Everything I love about classic Hollywood is in this film. You can watch this over and over again and it'll still feel fresh. Ideal introduction to anyone who wants to get into "old" black & white movies. What's not to like: Romance, suspense, adventure in the Orient, the most quotable dialogue, the finest cast of character actors in the history of cinema, nazis, spies, gamblers, floozies, hustlers, thieves, revolutionaries, corrupt womanizers. Plus Hollywood's all-time leading actor in the defining role of his career."
"My favourite Star Wars film of all time. Where the imperial march actually wins through and through. It doesn't feel as dated as ANH but still holds on to 'what Star Wars is all about'. Vader isn't on a leesh in this film either (Tarkin, Palpatine) so he has full authority to execute plans as he sees fit. He is the most iconic figure of the franchise afterall!"
"Considering the quality of parodies and spoofs today, this has got to be a valley above the rest. A fantastic homage to George A. Romero and his effortless attempt to master his own genre. Shaun of the Dead speaks volumes on how one perculiar event can change the life of an everyman. One of the few comedies that can appeal to everyone."
"It's sometimes difficult to forget that this film was made just before the speight of Big Brother-esque reality TV shows took of. I guess they really didn't get the message. I could honestly see something as ridiculous and inhumane as this happening in the future as TV executives strive for ratings. Definitely something to see before you die, not least because of the classic comedy."
"This list could do with some more westerns. As we all know some of the best westerns were made far removed from the true west, in Italy by Sergio Leone. Not only is this one of the best westerns, it's one of the most accessible and entertaining inroads into the genre, it's got a twangin' rock'n'roll inspired score from Morricone, some great humourous dialogue and unforgettable characters. Yea, my explanation is lame, but you know this belongs up there."
****Moz La Punk
"The sands of time have disgested all memory of the "pioneer" who initially categorized political commentary in literature under "embellishment". Meanwhile, names such as Stanley Kubrick, Peter Sellers and George C. Scott among others stick by like the Strontium-90 isotope. Everything that reaches height in this movie owes itself to severe underdoing. Sometimes an actor accidentally trips in the middle of a shoot. Why not include it in the final product? While that's being done, let's wait until after the movie's production to inform Slim Pickens that it's a satire. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is politics caught on tape."
"An old old film that a lot of younger people may never bother to see because they think its not worth it. But it has a wonderful world, great characters and is a classic film. The songs are memorable and it shows you how the world used to look at things. Dorothy is an innocent naive young girl yet is older than a hell of a lot of todays mothers! It also teaches you what is important in life, brains, heart, courage and having family. There is more to it than the above, but i do presume that this film needs little explanation really. (And i kind of feel mine is not very good one!)"
"Even better than the book, the movie shows the discontent people have for today's society. Not a movie about fighting but about how people are slowly losing contact with what is really important in life."
"Adding to the list I'd recommend everyone see Reservoir Dogs at least once in their lives. It's a terrific mix of stylized cinematics, social commentary, off-colour humour, semi-realistic violence and a solid story line. Not to mention the iconic "ear scene" where Mr Blonde introduces Marvin Nash to a straight razor, to the tune of "Stuck in the Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel."
**Moz La Punk
"Second chapter in the Revengence trilogy (three not by story related movies), this Korean film sees excellent acting and a very interesting story with some major twists leaving the audience with mouths wide open from surprise. Not only is this a great place to start following the rich Korean movie industry, it's also painfully to watch at times - both by what is happening to people's teeth and for people who get the chills by thinking of being imprisoned without good reason for fifteen years."
"Possibly one of the best original scripts out there, it has complicated plotting, macho repartee, Bryan Singer’s remarkable direction and an astonishing male cast: Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Pollak, Benicio del Toro and Giancarlo Esposito. This is truly of the best thriller movies about blackmail and betrayal."
"I hate musicals, en masse. However, the sheer quality of the songs and cameo musicians in this film more than makes up for the musical interludes. Instead of becoming a part of the film you hate, the music is integral to your enjoyment. Their rendition of Rawhide is one of my favourite pieces of cinema. Filled with stereotypes, hilarious comedy and the ultimate car chase, this film is an out and out winner."
"Probably my favorite Hitchcock film. Simple yet mesmerizing filming style makes you feel as if you are actually right there in the room while you spy on everyone's inter-connected lives. The beauty of it is that it's just as watchable today as it was when it came out, which not all classics seem to be able to do. Add in a murder-mystery plot that will keep you guessing and second-guessing yourself til the end, and you're in for a wild ride."
"My favourite Fonda role. One man stands against 11 others over a murder case. The ultimate jury 'thriller'. Every performance is pristine and believable. That is whats good about having such a confined cast, you get to know them better. Their motivations, their strengths and weaknesses. A true tale of intellect and logic, should never be missed!"
"To be able to take as tragic of an event as the Holocaust and create a movie that not only makes you sad but also to make a person smile was no small event. Roberto Benigni blew one out of the ballpark with this movie."
"City of God (Cidade De Deus), the South American movie about a young kid from the ghetto growing up and seeying his friends lose their lives in the progress. Very powerful movie with its own distinct style that has been given so many praise that it's crazy it hasn't been mentioned before. It probably won't make the final cut because not enough people know it, which is a shame. It's actually a downright embarresment for movie fans everywhere that it won't make the cut."
"Like a flattened little dog, this comedy is to die for. I don't recall any other comedy that manages to blend Brit-style humor (from none other than Monty Python regulars) with American-style vulgar comedy (Kevin Kline's finest hour) so perfectly. Oh no, its' K-K-K-K-Ken c-c-c-coming to k-k-k-k-kill me!"
"If you are living in this century and haven't seen the Matrix yet then something is probably wrong with you. Probably. I found it to be really resonating with the present high-tech culture and it's worth at least one viewing."
"This is truely a brilliant film that everyone should have seen! Its every person's dream to relive the same day over and over again exploring every potential possibility of what could be made of it, and this film shows the pro's, and cons! Of getting to do it. Its brilliantly acted and a funny classic."
"A fantastic musical. A great movie that makes fun of the movie studios trying to adjust to silent movies moving to "talkie" movies. And let's not forget the fantastic dance choreography of Gene Kelly. Some of his best work."
"Intense action set amongst a rebellious school class who must fight each other to the death in a bid for survival under a horrific and controversial new disciplinary law. Definitely one that gets you thinking about how you would act if thrown into the same situation. An infamous film that probably also makes for essential viewing."
"A lovely film about the fallacies of mental institutions. Brilliant acting and whatnot."
Voted by YOU; the members of Listal during May 2008.
This is a compiled list of nominated and backed films by the members of this website. The List isn't ordered by Must See Most to Least but a general collection of the 100 Greatest & Most Memorable Films of Mankind.
Big Thanks to the following for helping out with their nominations and contributions to the list:
Yui, chibiyusa, Defender of Knowledge, GemLil, Grand Assault, Prelude, rb6k, Manling, Voxy, Moz La Punk, Yama, Saritha Ann, vanious, DC, Thilian, Vix, robelenator, Munky, Claudia, spiegalr, Bael, doudouce, coyoteblue, Dionysian Child, col, Biggsy, eragon, baum, escafield, Phil, Ipanema, Brodie Bruce, AFIoscar, natatliegoes, PvtCaboose and myself. :-)