I recently revised my Top Ten movie list that I’ve maintained for years. Over that time, it hasn’t changed much. Most recently, “Interstellar” was added bumping out “The Return of the King.”
I was pleased to read a recent article that Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Rashomon) agrees with me in placing The Godfather II over The Godfather. For some reason, I have always liked The Godfather II more and it seems I am in good company.
Kurosawa’s own “Seven Samurai” makes my list at the third slot bracketed by my two favorite Film Noir movies “Casablanca” and “Citizen Kane”.
As a common theme on my list, I vastly prefer “Seven Samurai” to its American remake “The Magnificent Seven”.
The two epics “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” fill slots five and six followed by the war epic “Das Boot” of which I would recommend the original sub-titled version over the overdubbed “The Boot” version. I cannot think of a more gripping war movie.
“Wages of Fear” sits at number seven. This is a fabulous movie with a universal theme of bad people stuck in inescapable bad circumstances. Like Seven Samurai, this black-and-white original is much better than its 1970’s American remake named “Sorcerer.” Although, in it’s own way, Sorcerer has some unique qualities that make it worth at least one viewing.
The list ends with the constant favorite “Pulp Fiction” followed by “Interstellar” as the newcomer.
Here is the list itself followed by a link to the Evernote version (as of 2014-01-12):
- The Godfather II
- Seven Samurai
- Citizen Kane
- Lawrence of Arabia
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Wages of Fear
- Das Boot
- Pulp Fiction
- American Beauty
- Dark Star
And, here is a link to the most current version of the list: