If you could only see five movies in your life, which five would they be? Such a tough decision! Comedies? Historical significance? Sports? Hunky dudes or sexy gals? Maybe the internet can help you narrow down the possibilities.
On IMDb, they list the top grossing films of all time:
Avatar, Titanic, The Avengers, The Dark Knight, and Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace.
They also list the top five by popular vote:
The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Pulp Fiction, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Another listing can be found on the British Sight & Sound website:
Citizen Kane, Bicycle Thieves, Tokyo Story, Vertigo, and The Rules of the Game.
At the New York Times, you can look through a list of the top 1000 movies of all time to help narrow down the choices.
The American Film Institute chooses these:
Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, and Lawrence of Arabia.
Tim Dirks at Filmsite.org has chosen his top five (although I am including his top six because I believe Schindler’s List deserves a mention):
Casablanca, The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather (series), Star Wars (series), Gone with the Wind, and Schindler’s List.
Entertainment Weekly has also selected a top six:
Citizen Kane, The Godfather and The Godfather Part II (tie), Bonnie and Clyde, Casablanca, and Psycho.
I found this list to be particularly helpful and interesting. The Movie Times lists the top-grossing movies adjusted for inflation. Check out the full list here: http://www.the-movie-times.com/thrsdir/alltime.mv?adjusted+ByAG. The top five:
Gone with the Wind, Star Wars, The Sound of Music, E.T., and Titanic.
I found a list of the top five children’s movies on the Huffington Post:
E.T., Explorers, The Goonies, The Sandlot, and Toy Story.
I could go on and on. Everyone seems to have a list of the top movies. However, if you could only watch five of them, which would they be? It seems that many people would agree to Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, Titanic, and The Godfather. Would you choose the same? Maybe you’d like to pick the five longest movies. According to AMC, the longest running English-language movies are:
Hamlet, The Iceman Cometh, Gods and Generals, Once Upon a Time in America, and Lawrence of Arabia. For those of you who are curious, Gone with the Wind comes in sixth. There are some much longer European movies, so if you want to really live it up and read subtitles while watching a nice, day-long movie, check with the internet for those.
For me, the choice would come down to which movies I personally enjoy enough to watch again and again. In my younger days, I watched An Officer and a Gentlemen a couple of hundred times, but that was for eye candy. I also love The Full Monty just for fun. I can’t remember how many times I have been watching TV late at night and got sucked into another viewing of Tremors. Somehow I just can’t pull myself away from that movie. I won’t count any kid’s movies that I watched with and for my kids, so no Little Mermaid. I have watched The Shawshank Redemption many times, and that would probably be my first pick for my list. I think I would also agree with Gone with the Wind. I just love that movie. It’s so big. So that’s two. Star Wars is just good fun, and who doesn’t love looking at Hans Solo? That would be my third choice. I have to pick a classic—Psycho? The Birds? Rear Window? Vertigo? I’ll go with my favorite from that list: Vertigo. For my final pick, Saving Private Ryan. Such a great movie. Great actors, great action, great story. I can watch that movie again and again.
So there you have it; my picks for the five movies I would choose if those were the only movies I could ever see. I think it’s a good list; there is a little something for everyone.
The Shawshank Redemption, Gone with the Wind, Star Wars, Vertigo, and Saving Private Ryan.
What do you think of my list, and which movies would you put on your list?