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I'll go first.

1. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). Elizabeth Taylor is my favorite actress. This was her masterpiece. She said Richard Burton should have won the Oscar. She was right. She noted he was playing against type. I'd note his performance was evocative of his battle with alcoholism. I've listened to an interview of him talking about alcoholism while he was sober. It was very thought provoking. He was superb in this film.

Edit, I'll post my next four soon. I'm not going to hit the back button and lose my "work." Big Grin
 
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I'll be curious to see your list, Daniel. I have a couple at the top of my list, but this will give me some time to think about what is "top five" for me.

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5. The Phineas and Ferb Star Wars crossover movie
4. The Avengers: Infinity War
3. The Avengers: Endgame
2. The LEGO Batman Movie
1. KungFu Hustle

I look forward to the entertainment industry scaling new heights and producing new favorites that replace all those in the list today.


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To Kill A Mockingbird
Apocalypse Now
Hard Days Night
Stand By Me
The Last Picture Show
Wild Strawberries
Juliet of the Spirits
Beauty and the Beast - Cocteau not Disney


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Revised twice and over the limit I know, but....


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Hard for me to pick. This is probably a best guess.

Casablanca
The Princess Bride
El Dorado
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Remember the Titans
 
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This has all been a big help in choosing videos (series and movies) to watch - especially on the stairstepper. (I finally discovered "Who's Afraid of...etc." is presently available on HULU for subscribers - which I am, through Spotify).

Looking forward to it. Remembering that Elizabeth Taylor got lots of extra credit at the time because her weight was on the heavier side then, and she let herself be shown cackling, double chin and all. Wondering what Richard Burton did that made her argue he (not she) should have won the best acting award for his performance.

(And other people's lists are helpful too. So many great old films I missed seeing at the time!)


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The Red Violin
Cocteau's 1930s Beauty and the Beast
Jules et Jim
Pan's Labrynth
The 1930s original version of Lost Horizon

Wow, that went quick. I could easily list many more. But these are films I could see (and have seen) again and again. And that doesn't happen very often.


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Blazing Saddles
Addams Family and Addams Family Values
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Oh Brother Where Art Though
Fargo

Bonus movie: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

That’s actually 7.


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I have a lot of trouble coming up with lists like this. For example, I adore the Star Wars films. I've watched the original trilogy a million times. I think they are underrated in terms of art, because they are so popular, they are science fiction, and they do have their cheesy moments, but they also have an experimental side to them that shows Lucas' film school roots. The first hour of the first film is told almost wholly through visuals--but what visuals!--and it does so in a way that makes viewers care about the fate of two non-human creatures wandering in a trackless desert. But I still wouldn't put it on a list of five best films. Instead, I'd make put it on a list of five epic adventure films and then make a list of five character dramas and five romances, and so on and so on.

However, I'll name one favorite and mull over whether their are others I want to name. I'm a huge Gregory Peck fan, so I'll say that To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite film.


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5. The Phineas and Ferb Star Wars crossover movie
4. The Avengers: Infinity War + Endgame (one story arc, count as one movie)
3. South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut
2. The LEGO Batman Movie
1. KungFu Hustle
Revised my list above slightly.

When making the list of "favorites," I simply go by this question: "if I really have nothing better to do and have to watch some old movies I have already watched before, which would I go for?"

That question is very much hypothetical these days because there is so much new content, new movies getting released every hour around the world and the Internet let me access much of these so easily, I rarely ever rewatch anything I watched before.

The lists may look very different if I were to make a list of "best" movies, for what I think is "best" by some more cerebral criteria may not be what I "like" by whims. I interpret "favorite" closer to the latter than the former.


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All your lists explain why I can hardly ever find anything to watch. Nobody is making movies for me.


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Originally posted by piqué:
The Red Violin
Cocteau's 1930s Beauty and the Beast
Jules et Jim
Pan's Labrynth
The 1930s original version of Lost .


I could revise my list to include Cocteau, but I’ve already revised it twice. I keep thinking of more so I’m gonna go with best 8.


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I'll give it a try, but as others have said, the lists may vary as time goes by.

Dr. Strangelove
Blazing Saddles
Paths of Glory
The Deerhunter
The Apartment

That's largely off the top of my head and tomorrow might change, but Dr. Strangelove has headed the list for me for a long, long time. Peter Sellers is nothing short of brilliant in his three roles.

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I don’t watch many movies, so if I chose five, they would be plucked from a small and insubstantial set.


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2. Plenty (1985). This was my personal discovery of Meryl Streep and her performance was almost rapturous.

She played opposite Charles Dance. Sir John Gielgud, Tracy Ullman, and Sting were supporting characters.

This film is set during WWII and its aftermath. It explores the relationship between optimism and disillusionment.
 
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