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Have you seen the following movies?

These are the top 10 movies as ranked by the American Film Institute. Which have you seen?

24Citizen Kane
25The Godfather
26Gone With the Wind
13Lawrence of Arabia
52The Wizard of Oz
25The Graduate
5On the Waterfront
27Schlindler's List
17Singin' in the Rain

posted 21-Aug-1998 4:40pm  
I've never seen Gone With the Wind, and now I've missed it in the theaters again. The Wizard of Oz and Singin' in the Rain are among my favorite movies.
posted 21-Aug-1998 4:53pm  
Wow, I checked them all. Maybe I need to get a life.
posted 21-Aug-1998 5:14pm  
Clips from most of them, but the Wizard of Oz is the only one I've seen in its entirety.
posted 21-Aug-1998 6:05pm  
"Casablanca", "Lawrence of Arabia", and "The Wizard of Oz."
posted 21-Aug-1998 8:31pm  
I saw Gone With the Wind in an on-base theater in Athens, Greece when I was just a wee child. I marked The Godfather, but I'm not sure I've actually seen the whole thing.
posted 21-Aug-1998 8:57pm  
Interesting selection.
(I wonder what kind of psychopaths this study will show we are. Hmmmm......)
posted 22-Aug-1998 3:57am  
I, too, tend not to like old movies, mostly because I think the acting was very different and they mostly used very different cues to indicate "real." There are a few I've enjoyed, but mostly I like stuff since 1975 or so much better. I do think that the list is really skewed.
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posted 22-Aug-1998 1:32pm  
Makes me wonder what criteria the American Film Institute is using for ranking movies.
posted 22-Aug-1998 4:02pm  
The only ones I *like* are The Graduate, Wizard of Oz, and Schindler's List. But my favorite movies include The Lion in Winter (1968), Contact, Eve's Bayou, Bulworth, Holiday (1938), and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944).
posted 24-Aug-1998 9:19am  
I counted godfather and gwtw, though I've fallen asleep during them twice now. All but LofA and OtW.
posted 24-Aug-1998 2:31pm  
I recently went to look at the American Film Institute list of 100 top films and was surprised that I had only seen 29 of the movies listed. I was wondering what others thought of the list over all? Full list is here.

bill most of the top 100 list was older films and I for one tend not to like old movies, probably because they do not have enough action for me. *** lizzie I have only seen 2 of these so don't feel bad, we just have different tastes.
posted 24-Aug-1998 10:28pm  
See Citizen Kane on a head full of acid.

*** reality - but have you seen Wizard of Oz whilst listening to Dark Side of the Moon?

posted 25-Aug-1998 1:51pm  
Never even heard of On the Waterfront
posted 25-Aug-1998 2:00pm  
I've only seen one of these. I guess this means I suck? I watched an old movie called Summertime, with Katherine Hepburn and some foxy Italian guy. I really enjoyed it, even if they didn't show them in bed together.

macquivr: Then you suck more than I do. At least I've heard of these movies. grin

posted 25-Aug-1998 2:23pm  
Singin' in the Rain is one of my favorite movies ever! Others that I wish had made the list were Jean Cocteau's "La Belle Et La Bete" (Beauty and the Beast), and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" with gorgeous Rex Harrison and stunning Gene Tierney. *sigh* - they don't make 'em like they used to.
posted 26-Aug-1998 2:46pm  
Only parts of Lawrence of Arabia, and not The Graduate or On the Waterfront, but I've seen the rest. I wasn't all that fond of The Godfather, but I really like the rest.
***bill, lizzie: I usually dislike modern movies because there is too much action and they move too fast... :)
***lisa: I enjoyed The English Patient quite a bit... :)
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posted 27-Aug-1998 1:46pm  
*** reality, thanks for supporting "Dune:the movie", I thought it was great actually (amazingly cool sets and a great feel throughout). I also read the book after I saw the movie. I actually liked the focused mind-energy weapons from the movie better than how the book described "the weirding way" (not sure of the spelling there). Also, I was really moved by the movie's portrayal of the Freman, Paul's speach to them, the vileness of the Harkonen. Also, the Bene-gesserit mind control stuff was handled well.
**** lisashea, I think it's bogus and unfair to criticize a movie for being "lacking" compared to a book. A movie that covered all the ground the book covered would have had to have been 20 hours long. All movies that are based on books need to be edited down to 2-3 hours. I thought David Lynch did a good job of extracting the important aspects of the book to put in his movie Also representing the many mental aspects of the book was a real challenge that I feel he did well with. The scene where Paul took the Gom-jabar test with the Bene-Gesserit mother, I was viscerally charged by it. The movie has tons of great audio clips as well - Kyle McLauglin did a great job of delivering Herbert's classic lines.

Jeez, the more I think about it, the more I think that this was a great movie - levels of magnitude better than most other Sci-Fi movies. Why do so few people agree with me?

posted 27-Aug-1998 7:27pm  
sorry, just like classic literature I don't like classic movies....too cheesy and they know they're classic (usually based upon a classic book) so they know they're gonna get ratings on the title and so they don't pay attention to anything in the movie itself. BTW lisashea: dune was a great movie.

reality, lisashea: I would like to know why you assume that because I say the movie is good that I thought it had anything to do with the book. I saw the movie before reading the book.....Book is awesome...if you don't compare the movie to it the movie is too. I never said they were the same or even alike. Please use at least a small part of your brain the next time you want to bash someone's opinion of something.

And technicolor movies are the worst...weird tones of color make me go crazy!!! :P

posted 28-Aug-1998 9:31am  
I have seen the Wizard of Oz more times than I can count. I have seen parts of the Godfather, but I can't get into it so I always end up wandering away. I have seen part of Lawrence of Arabia. and I have heard of the rest.
*lisashea: hear hear. and what is worse is picking up the novel adaption of the movie adaption of the original book. bleagh.
*anonymous: no, but this friend of mine keeps going on about it. I'll have to try it sometime.
*pookster: dune was a good movie. it made me want to go out and read the book, which I did, and then I figured out why everyone was cursing the movie. the book is much better, if you haven't read it, please do so. then try watching the movie again. it isn't the same at all.
*pookster: there is a distint tie in the comments between movies and books, the next logical step would be that by your saying dune was good was the implication that it compared somehow to the book. did I bash your opinion? my first line was that Dune was a good movie. I watched it, then read the book and there was no comparison. it was one of the movie adaptations that got things horribly wrong. taken seperately, it was good, taken together, it wasn't. the thing is, it has to be compared to the book because the movie is 'Dune' and the book is 'Dune' and they tell two different stories which happen to be much the same. I can understand bill's point about the fact that therre is much to be cut out, which is fine, but some of the director's interpretations of stuff makes a perfectly good movie cheesey when you go to the source.
bill: my only problem was their handling of the weirding way. when I first saw the movie, it was really cool, then I read the book and tried to watch the movie again, it wasn't the same, it was cheesey. I had to walk away. I do realize that there is no real way for them to really portray a special training that gives you conscious control over every muscle in your body combined with a fighting style without it seeming even hokier.. I did watch (and enjoy) when they showed the 4.5 hour version of the movie really really late on tv at one point.
posted 28-Aug-1998 1:25pm  
All but Citizen Kane, Lawrence and Waterfront. I do want to watch those, though. I make an effort to watch "well known old movies" to see what others rave about and also to understand comments made in various contexts!

Pookster: Actually some of the finest movies ever created are based on "classic literature". That's the whole reason the literature is classic - it is understood and loved by more than one generation. Because of that, they actually have to put a great deal of work into the movie to please these people who love it. On the other hand, they *can* take a fine story (Starship Troopers, Dune) and completely DEMOLISH it by making an awful movie.

Lelle: Watch "The English Patient" - modern and incredibly well done. Modern doesn't necessarily mean "commercial" if you research :)

Lelle: I cried at the end!! My SO came home to me crying and I kept saying, "It's not fair ..." but I suppose of course it was.

Pookster: Dune was NOTHING like the book. The book series is an incredibly environmental statement with all sorts of intertwined belief systems. The movie was completely awful. It was fun as an "adventure movie". Compared to what the book said, it was extremely shallow, lacking, inferior, disgusting :)

Bill: We need a survey on this. But in short, Starship Troopers was a great "movie" - sort of like a Mars Attacks. It was an AWFUL version of the book. Why call it Spaceship Troopers at all?? Dune was a good "sci fi movie" but the whole "voice-destructo-word" and "rain falling at the end" and scant treatment of other major themes made it quite inferior to the book. We had this debate at lunch actually :) Yes, it should have been a miniseries. If they wanted to make a movie they could have gone the Blade Runner route - said "BASED ON the novel Dune by Frank Hebert" instead of trying to claim it WAS the novel.

Pookster: See the Dune survey. The movie was CALLED DUNE. If it was called anything else, I wouldn't have compared it to the book. They claimed it was a "movie adaptation of the book" which therefore means it should not completely destroy the meaning of the book.

posted 1-Sep-1998 10:36am  
Wow. I've seen eight of the top ten! That's not bad considering my count for the whole 100 is around 65. So my average in the top ten is higher than for the others. Hey, I must have pretty good taste in movies.

lisashea: I agree with your comment that "Starship Troopers" was a good movie, but an awful representation of the book. In my opinion, "Space: Above and Beyond" is a better adaptation of "Starship Troopers" than its own movie.

I also saw DUNE before reading the book. I loved it. I find it almost universal that people who read the book first HATED the movie with more passion than normal. People who saw the movie FIRST liked it more, and were interested enough to read the book.

posted 6-Oct-1998 5:51am  
I must admit it: I've seen many scenes from these movies, but I haven't seen entirely any of them.
posted 21-Nov-1998 6:20am  
BatzMaru: I'm curious that some of your favorite movies are very recent films. Are you speaking of "current favorites that will be different in a few months" or do you really think that twenty years from now you will still think 1998 was a great year for movies?
posted 22-Nov-1998 6:08pm  
Of the three I clicked, only The Godfather and Casablanca are on my personal favorites list.
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posted 12-Oct-2011 2:07pm  
Only Singin' in the Rain.

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