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Film is a form of art.  As with all types of art, selecting which examples of the form are "best" is entirely subjective.  The American Film Institute, as authoritative a source as one is likely to find, listed what it considers the 100 best American movies of all time.  While...

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Film is a form of art.  As with all types of art, selecting which examples of the form are "best" is entirely subjective.  The American Film Institute, as authoritative a source as one is likely to find, listed what it considers the 100 best American movies of all time.  While most of the list, in my opinion, is fine, there are selections that I believe are greatly overrated.  "Tootsie" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," for example, are on the AFI list, while many of my own favorites are not.  

"Citizen Kane" is the most respected film ever by film scholars and critics, yet, great as it is, many film lovers would prefer to relax in front of "The Great Escape" or "The Godfather."  Also, comedies tend to be neglected when such lists are made, despite the wealth of very fine comedies that have been made over the years.  

I cannot decide on a single best film of all time.  Below is a list that I would unreservedly recommend:

The Godfather (I and II)

Goodfellas

Lawrence of Arabia

Prince of the City

Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

The Lives of Others

Once Upon a Time in America (the whole 4-hour version)

Aguirre: The Wrath of God

Annie Hall

Duck Soup

Singing in the Rain

Patton

The Wild Bunch

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Fearless

Breaker Morant

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Because it was made in 1939 and was so spectacularly done in the sense of its artistic magnitude with the time and areas covered along with new medium of color puts Gone With the Wind at the top of the list. Accompanying it, of course, goes The Ten Commandments with the flamboyant Cecil B. DeMille's "virtual cast of thousands."

Others to be ranked high that have not yet been mentioned are The Grapes of Wrath, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Maltese Falcon, Vertigo, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? Dr. Zhivago, The Sand Pebbles, Patton, and for a tremendous study of characterization, Cool Hand Luke.

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In order, for me, it is Forrest Gump, Gone With the Wind, Sound of Music and Wizard of Oz. Forrest Gump is a masterpiece in my opinion--brilliantly written with a real feel for each time period it encompasses. The message in that movie is beautiful.

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I can only say what my favorites are, not which are the greatest, so here goes:

The Godfather (I & II)

Goodfellas

No Country for Old Men

Miller's Crossing

The Big Lebowski

Shawshank Redemption

2001

The Usual Suspects

It's a Wonderful Life

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I would add to the many fine movies mentioned in the above posts the following films:

1. Unforgiven

2. Apocalypse Now

3. Lone Star

4. Persona (Ingmar Bergman)

5. Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman)

6. The Godfather Part II

7. Red (from the Red, White, Blue Trilogy)

It's difficult to choose from my list and the films mentioned above, which one is the best of them all. It is all a matter of personal taste and how each film speaks to a particular individual. I prefer to choose my group of best films and leave it at that.

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My favorite movie of all time is a toss up between two very different films, Rocky and Schindler's List.

I think Rocky is the most inspiring story I've ever seen. The training and fight sequences are exciting, and the plot has just enough of a twist to keep it from becoming the same old story that we've already seen a million times.

Schindler's List packs a tremendous emotional punch. Spielberg's direction brings out Oskar Schindler's conflicted but ultimately compassionate humanity in a way that I have never experienced in any other film.

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It is hard for me to choose a favorite movie, let alone the best movie.  I think that a movie is a very personal thing.  I like Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings, but this is partly because I enjoy the books so much more than the movies.

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That's a very interesting list to get us started - mostly classics but a few new films thrown in too. 

The fact that you included Die Hard on your list makes me wonder what our critieria should be in choosing films for this conversation.

If I were to choose a top movie or two based on pure entertainment value, I'd throw Last of the Mohicans into the mix. I love that film, in part, because it offers a certain poetry plus action, good characters and good acting, and a great score.

Another one of my absolute favorites, enthralling but not exactly fun, is another Coppola film - The Conversation

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I also have to go withThe Godfatherfilms (both the original and Part II). They made stars of Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino, created yet another iconic character for Marlon Brando, and solidified the careers of Diane Keaton and Robert Duvall. The two films just get better with each viewing, and all other gangster films pale in comparison.

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