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Added by Ruisperkele on 28 Dec 2011 09:35
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DISCLAIMER!

This here represents the WHOLE Film-trilogy. Because Kobayashi intended originally Human Condition to be one film with three acts.

As a separate movies it really doesn't even work. The structure is flawed, timing is off etc.

But when you watch this film as a whole. One piece. It's probably the single greatest cinematic archievement in japanese film industry. And comes close to be one of the greatest in cinema all together.

There really was no competition at all with the first place on this project. The following 49 films are all great. But this one stands alone, way above.
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People who added this item 305 Average listal rating (167 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Ordet (1955)
Only film I really even considered for the first place. Carl Th. Dreyer's best film very personal movie for me.
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People who added this item 378 Average listal rating (202 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
I think you are not human, if this film didn't touch you at all.

Also pretty much the most accomplished film visually I have seen. Ever.
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People who added this item 199 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
Nick Ray's best film and Nick Ray was pretty much The Man in Hollywood. Enough said.
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People who added this item 2419 Average listal rating (1583 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 9
12 Angry Men (1957)
Probably the greatest debut film ever, including Citizen Kane.

Lumet's study on some basic human morals, doubts and justice is also very entertaining and suspenseful, which is very admirable for the whole film happens in one room.
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People who added this item 594 Average listal rating (409 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Rio Bravo (1959)
Great Walter Brennan, with and without teeth. Duke's best western also.
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People who added this item 444 Average listal rating (270 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.1
It feels like you were the one carrying the explosives... Very intense.
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People who added this item 402 Average listal rating (228 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Rififi (1955)
Great example for what one can archieve even with shoestring budget. This movie cost less than a used car to film and it's still one of the greatest I have seen.

Heist scene is really phenomenal.
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People who added this item 740 Average listal rating (425 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Ikiru (1952)
Probably my favourite AK. And one of the most touching films ever made.

I am really waiting for the Tom Hanks remake. It will probably be very good laugh...
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People who added this item 2702 Average listal rating (1879 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.5
Hitchcock's best film. There no competition. Suspenseful and masterfully crafted film. Has some of the most clever set pieces ever, truly. Minimalistic yet grand as hell.
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People who added this item 360 Average listal rating (219 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
Bogie's finest hour. And one of the finest noir films ever made still being a lot more than that.
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People who added this item 939 Average listal rating (572 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8
Touch of Evil (1958)
Veli Orson's greatest film there's no question about it. And as such earns it's place on this list.

One of the great pioneers and geniuses of the seventh art.
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People who added this item 233 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
There really is not enough words to describe how much I admire Fuller and his vision. For me probably the most important director of all time.
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People who added this item 1331 Average listal rating (819 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
Rashomon (1950)
Second AK on list. One of the most influential films for me, because this along with couple other of Kurosawa's films really opened cinema as an artform for me.
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People who added this item 391 Average listal rating (237 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Limelight (1952)
Last of the Chaplin's masterpieces. Finnish film scholar Peter von Bagh said on his History of Cinema that if the only surviving film clip of Chaplin was his sad stare to camera from Limelight, he still would be considered one of the greatest in business.

I think he's pretty much correct on that. Great and touching film, still having some of the most hilarious Chaplin moments, for example the ending with Buster.
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People who added this item 411 Average listal rating (251 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
Umberto D. (1952)
The trip is more important than destination in italian neorealism.

One of the finest of the film movement in question.
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People who added this item 538 Average listal rating (342 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Third AK. Yes, I really like him and his pictures...

Possibly Mifune's best performance in Kurosawa film and possibly also best Shakespeare adaptation.
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People who added this item 455 Average listal rating (271 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
M L, IL presents: Journalism, the true story.
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People who added this item 297 Average listal rating (164 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.4
Kenji Mizokuchi's finest film. This really brings front all the themes that are integral to his filmography. Also this along with Ugetsu has most visually astonishing pictures I have seen in his films.
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People who added this item 53 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
Elokuu (1956)
One of the most innovative and exceptional finnish films I have seen. Ever. And one of the best depictions from the life of a drunkard. Yes, better than Wilder's Lost Weekend for example.
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People who added this item 534 Average listal rating (320 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Giant (1956)
Each of the Jimmy Dean's films could make on this list. However even though I personally like him better in Rebel, this film is overall better. Old american epic and very enjoyable film to watch considering the length.
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People who added this item 1189 Average listal rating (748 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.4
It was hard choice between The Killing and this, both are Kubrick's best films, but I suppose this has more depth and message in this than Killing, arguably.
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People who added this item 81 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
The ultimate "poikain seikkailu"
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People who added this item 746 Average listal rating (499 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
High Noon (1952)
Gary Cooper is desperate and alone. Very good and cynical look on the typical american hero and townspeople. Admirable themes considering the time and the place.
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People who added this item 1069 Average listal rating (618 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
For me, probably the most personal of all Bergman films. Also one of his greatest archievements. Victor Sjöstrom is great.
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L-O-V-E /// H-A-T-E
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People who added this item 115 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7
One of the most famous finnish films and rightfully so.
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People who added this item 352 Average listal rating (209 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
My Uncle (1958)
I just love Tati and his strange and wonderful humor. Also his films are always wonderful looking and just such a great joy to watch. This already has many of the elements which Tati used in his magnum opus Play Time almost a decade later.
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People who added this item 103 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
Forty Guns (1957)
Another Fuller, another masterpiece. Barbara Stanwyck screen presence is huge... It's hard to believe that she was already 50 when she acted on this one.
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People who added this item 306 Average listal rating (197 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
This was for a long time my favourite Fellini. I watched it again some time ago, and it had lost some of it's tint comparing to 8 1/2 and La Dolce vita. But it still is very enjoyable film and gives us a peek on mastro's early career and really demonstrates what visionary Fellini was from the very beginning.
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People who added this item 1533 Average listal rating (983 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.4
Very creepy film, also funny as hell at times and considering the subject, it's also very very cynical depiction of the Hollywood system, where only beautiful and strong survive.
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People who added this item 63 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
Budd Boetticher's underrated and somewhat forgotten masterpiece. Existentialistic western, where both Randolph Scott and Lee Marvin do the roles of their careers.
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People who added this item 678 Average listal rating (350 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
Tokyo Story (1953)
The most famous of Ozu's deep humanistic dramas from his later career. One of the most touching japanese films ever made and I also like very much of Ozu's way to use camera, which basically means, that it doesn't move, ever and angles are pretty unsual at places.
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People who added this item 118 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.7
Gregory Peck is less of an pompous brick than usually and I Actually like his role in this. Westerns seems to be very dominant genre pictures on this list... Well, I like westerns, deal with it.
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People who added this item 396 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Greatest american heist film ever made. Sterling Hayden is adamant and Marilyn Monroe is cute in her little supporting role.

I just love Huston's way to deal with mere coincidence in his films. I especially love the ending in this.
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People who added this item 1104 Average listal rating (666 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
All About Eve (1950)
You can almost taste the poison in dialogue...
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People who added this item 178 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
Andy Griffith's performance in unbelievable. Somewhat forgotten film in Kazan's filmography, but still one of the best I would say.
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People who added this item 344 Average listal rating (222 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
Opportunistic and poisonous characters, witty dialogue and some gorgeous nighttime filming.
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People who added this item 193 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Some maybe could say this is a "quota Melville", for I am a fan. But I honestly think that this is one of the master's more underrated works. Ending is borrowed from great John Huston and the rest from all over the film noir and heist film canon. Gambler Bob is one of the most sympathetic characters in all of Melville's films.
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People who added this item 805 Average listal rating (565 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Searchers (1956)
"We'll find 'em. Just as sure as the turnin' of the earth."

The famous line from Duke. No one in the whole film industry could utter such pompous lines with such grace as him.
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People who added this item 1098 Average listal rating (695 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
Alec Guinness builds a bridge. My personal favourite of David Lean's epic films.
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People who added this item 580 Average listal rating (326 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.9
A very long conversation with very emotionally heavy subject matters. A great film by Resnais and one of the catalysts for the film movement known as Nouvelle Vague...
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People who added this item 176 Average listal rating (101 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Robert Ryan is one of my favourite actors of all time and I love Jimmy Stewart as well. Interesting western, because there really isn't archetype hero here. Character's are very film noirish types. And there's actually some very deep emotions buried in this masterpiece.

Also visually very exceptional piece of work, like many other Mann's films.
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People who added this item 67 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
And third Fuller and third masterpiece. Great film about war, soldiers and racistisism.
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People who added this item 202 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Richard Widmark runs around the city being very anxious and Gene Tierney is sa cute as ever. One of the Dassin's better works and very nice cityscapes and scenery.
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People who added this item 242 Average listal rating (177 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
Duck Amuck (1953)
Probably the best of the classic Warner cartoons. Innovative and beautiful animation from the old days.
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People who added this item 845 Average listal rating (506 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Klaatu barada... nectie... no... nectar... nickel. Noodle?

Anyways. The greatest of the classic B-scifi films from the States. Solid antiwar-statement on it's own and immensely entertaining as well.
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People who added this item 404 Average listal rating (206 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.6
Night and Fog (1957)
Maybe not one of the greatest films of the decade, but surely one of the most important ones and thus earning it's place on this list.

Resnais' study on the horrors of the holocaust is at times very hard to watch. But this is one film I think pretty much everybody should see. Depiction of human cruelty is overwhelming...
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People who added this item 184 Average listal rating (96 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Satyajit Ray is a filmmaker from whome I would like to see lot more. Very unique films and his Apu trilogy could really be here all together I suppose. I chose this one.
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People who added this item 229 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 7.9
I have seen Bresson Man Escaped some many years ago, but I haven't got it here so this must do now.

I must admit, että Bresson has never been one of my favourites. His minimalism seems so far fetched at times that it really becomes a bore. But I really liked Country priest and it's humane characters. Ending is devastating in all it's clarity and simplicity.
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Best films of the decade.

This list will not be updated after 31st of December because it's part of a listing project with couple of other members on this site.

This time I try write something about each film. Just couple of notes, why I chose it here and maybe something else. Mostly gibberish though, I suppose.

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