Best motion picturesIn your opinion, what are the ten best motion pictures ever made? They can be American or foreign. I would nominate Midnight Cowboy as one of the best I have ever seen because...

Best motion pictures

In your opinion, what are the ten best motion pictures ever made? They can be American or foreign. I would nominate Midnight Cowboy as one of the best I have ever seen because of the story, the acting, the photography, the direction, the music, and the message it conveys.

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rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I honestly can't think of a film I thought was better than The Godfather, though I thought the sequel was far inferior (though still very good). Among more modern films, I thought Pulp Fiction was extraordinary for its sequencing and dialogue, and Shawshank Redemption as well for sheer emotional power. My personal favorite film of all time was quite recent- No Country for Old Men. I found the bleak scenery, the sparse dialogue, and suspense to be just stunning. In general, I am a bit of a Coen Brothers geek, and I thought that was a masterpiece, though I know others might rate some of their work a bit higher, and of course much credit for the film should go to the author of the novel, Cormac McCarthy.

William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The movies I can enjoy watching again and again are (not necessarily in order of preference):

The Third Man

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

The Three Days of the Condor

Citizen Kane (I've seen this so often I'm just about burned out)

Midnight Cowboy

The Graduate

Glengarry Glen Ross


The Heiress

The Godfather

Brief Encounter

Jean de Florette

Manon of the Spring

Through a Glass Darkly

The Searchers

The Magic Flute (Ingmar Bergman's version)

I have seen a number of movies based on Stephen King's novels. I would rate Misery over The Shawshank Redemption.



Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would agree one hundred percent with The Shawshank Redemption.  It is the perfect mix of everything a movie should be. I absolutely love the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the impact of the original Star Wars can not be understated.  More recently I really enjoyed Avatar and Inception.

I do agree with the earlier posts about the greatness of The Godfather.  Saving Private Ryan and Forrest Gump were two other movies that I didn't enjoy as much as the ones listed above, but their impact on the film industry is undeniable.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have to second the previous post's selection of The Godfather. It has become an iconic representation of organized crime, and Marlon Brando's character of Vito Corleone is larger than life. It boasts an incredible cast, including the young Al Pacino and Diane Keaton. Additionally, its followup, The Godfather Part 2, is probably the greatest sequel ever made, providing a breakout role for Robert DeNiro as the young Vito Corleone.

mlsiasebs eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For books that were made into movies, I think the earlier Harry Potter movies were some of the best made because they really brought the books to life.  The scenes that were created on the big screen were such a good match for the descriptions in the books. 

For the resources available, Gone with the Wind and the Wizard of Oz were great for the effects they had in the movie and I think they both pushed the movie industry forward.


lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I immediately thought of the absolute perfection of story and acting in Shawshank Redemption. I also would bring up Titanic because whether you loved the movie or not, most people commend the fact that even though you know that the boat will sink, you are still on the edge of you seat as you watch it all happen. The compelling frame story of the old lady, Rose, telling her story is part of what makes it so watchable.

vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

All the ones already mentioned are good selections, but I will mention The Wizard of Oz just because it's one of those films that, once seen, few people will ever forget. Many people can remember many details of the plot and dialogue. Plus, it is the source of one of the most enduring mysteries in film history: what, exactly, are the wicked witch's soldiers singing as they march outside her castle?  :-)

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My favorite films are those that are powerfully written and often those that use literary devices and literary conventions, like "told stories" (or stories within the story), symbolism, metaphor, and monologue. A few from the very top of my list of the greatest movies ever made: Hiroshima Mon Amour, Network, Persona, Raging Bull, and Apocalypse Now.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Wow, this is a tough one.  I think that to a certain extent it is just a matter of individual preference.  However, when I look at the AFI top film list and watch the movies, I generally agree those are very good.  I liked Citizen Cane, and even the Godfather.  It's really a matter of taste.

clyoon | Student

Here are the 10 best movies in my opinion.

In no particular order, they are:

1) Masquerade (Korean movie)

2) Harry Potter series (my favorites are the first movie and the last one)

3) Transformers 1

4) Frozen (I loved how they focused on the true love in family instead of the romantic relationship and I love how the character of Elsa was written)

5) The Sound of Music (I'm a huge fan of Julie Andrews)

6) Bridesmaids (hilarious movie!)

7) White Chicks (another hilarious comedy)

8) Wedding Dress (Korean movie, a real tear jerker)

9) Cheaper by the Dozen (both the first and second movies, they are comedies)

10) Marley and Me (I love family/dog movies and this one made me really cry)

I really really really love these:

1. 3 idiots its an indian movie about three friends going through college and is simply amazing. Alot of great life lessons and comedy in here.

2. Pacific rim the music acting and everyting was simply amazing

3. Burfee -cuest indian love story EVER

4. Wolf boy- korean movie

5. Miss congeniality

6. Harry potter



9.captain america 1

10.everything tyler Perry/ Madea

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