The Top 10 Films of All Time

Bold statement but here is my list.  4 from Kubrick, 3 from Coppola, 1 each from Polanski, Lynch, Lean.  There are films I can think of that could easily supplant others on this list but today, this is my list.  Is it obvious that I think the 1970’s produced the greatest movies ever?

10. Blue Velvet (1986) Directed by David Lynch (Trailer)

The newest movie on my list is 24 years old.  Severed ears, candy-colored clowns, mystery, and suspense.  Dennis Hopper’s Frank Booth is one of the scariest villains ever on screen.  And Dean Stockwell’s “Ben” is one of the creepiest characters.


9.  Dr. Strangelove (1964) Directed by Stanley Kubrick (Trailer)

Kubrick’s comedy about nuclear annihilation.  I made sure I did not post any pictures of the Big Board on the web.


8.  Barry Lyndon (1975) Directed by Stanley Kubrick (Trailer)

This movie is underrated, under appreciated, and probably the most beautiful movie Kubrick ever made.  Part of it was filmed in only candlelight, a technique Kubrick pioneered.  Many scenes look like they are painted on a canvas.


7.  The Godfather Part II (1974) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (Trailer)

A bit sprawling but still a near perfect film.


6.  Chinatown (1974) Directed by Roman Polanski  (Trailer)

Who knew a film about water (and secret family secrets) could be so intriguing?


5.  A Clockwork Orange (1971) Directed by Stanley Kubrick (Trailer)

Like many films of the 70’s, this was waaaaaaay ahead of it’s time.  Possibly a bit too “ultra-violent” for some people, Kubrick made a film that looks like no other and tackles the question of freedom and choice.

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4. The Godfather (1972) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (Trailer)

Not much needs to be said to justify this selection.  It’s a good thing Coppola ended up choosing Al Pacino for this role.  It wouldn’t have been as good with anyone else.


3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Directed by David Lean (Trailer)

One of the greatest epic films of all time.  And it’s themes are still playing themselves out in the Middle East today.  If you like films with thousands of extras, mile long panoramic shots, camels, and exotic locales, check it out.


2. Apocalypse Now (1979) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola  (Trailer)

I’m torn between liking the extra scenes introduced in the Redux version and liking the original.  This film looks great, sounds great, and grabs you and won’t let go.  A statement that needs to be made time and again about war and humanity.  This is the End.


1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Directed by Stanley Kubrick  (Trailer)

And now, the greatest film of all time.  This film came out 9 years before Star Wars and the space scenes look better and the science is more realistic.  Long gaps of silence with beeping or breathing.  Very little dialog.  It’s a work of art and a film that took cinema to it’s fullest potential of music, sound, and scene composition.  Add to this the theme of the movie which travels over 1,000.000 years in a single frame.  A film that follows technology from the ape-man to a super being transcending human understanding.  The ultimate trip.


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6 Responses to The Top 10 Films of All Time

  1. Susan says:

    Blue Velvet? Not like you need more Kubrick, but The Shining has a higher scare factor I think. And talk about pioneering technique. Steadycam was bigger than shooting by candlelight I think. Barry Lyndon is worthy of honorable mention, but not top 10.

    I bet if you did a list of films just from the last 30 years a few would oust a couple you have here.

  2. admin says:

    What’s wrong with Blue Velvet? I was going to put Lost Highway. Overall Blue Velvet has a gripping story and great characters. It has some of the elements of Lost Highway in an easier to comprehend package.

    Barry Lyndon is underrated. It is a masterpiece of cinematography. Just for that, we’ll be watching it this weekend.

    I definitely had other films I considered: Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Lord of the Rings, Pulp Fiction. None of them could knock off any of the ones I posted.

  3. T Bagshaw says:

    I am with you on all of these I would have a few sub Like Glenngary Glen
    ross A few Hitchcock flicks (Rear window, The 39 Steps) Just watched Chinatown and Lawrence again recently great flicks.

  4. admin says:

    All great choices. But once you start limiting yourself to 10, the choices get harder. I could have put lots of films on the list but I’m a child of the 70’s. 🙂

  5. Susan says:

    Blue Velvet is just too bizarre to be considered truly great.

    With the exception of Raging Bull, I think the other 3 you mention should be on here. Why do you need both Godfather 1 and 2? How can you have Coppola 3 times and dis Scorcese?

    If we watch Barry Lyndon then we have to watch Dances with Wolves too.

  6. admin says:

    Because I looked at Scorsese’s filmography and nothing was better than the 7 Kubrick/Coppola films. If I had a Top 20 list, they would be on it.

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