Perfect American Movies

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by 63dot, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    ...or ones you would give a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10

    there are many foreign movies i would rate as a 10, too many to list here, but very few american movies of late i put as a 10...

    but among them are, imho:

    "when harry met sally"
    "annie hall"
    "the family stone"
    "forrest gump"

    and a mini-series i put in that category:

    "band of brothers"

    and for a documentary:

    "an inconvenient truth"
  2. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Off the top of my head:


    Apocalypse Now

    Blade Runner

    Clerks / Clerks II



    You and Me and Everyone We Know



    Last Days


    Crash (the JG Ballard one)

  3. jczubach macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2007
    are you a chick?

    you are definitely a guy!!!;)
  4. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    4 Words...

    Snakes on a Plane

    Obviously kidding, I've seen budget movies on the Sci-Fi channel that were more complex and better done
  5. 63dot thread starter macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    yeah, like chicks like to watch "band of brothers" and the three hours of world war II commentaries that come with of brothers makes private ryan, letters from iwo jima, flags of our fathers, and thin red line look like disney flicks :) :)

    no, i am a guy, but not a war/gun fan per se, since i have had the unfortunate experience of having a lot of machine guns pointed at me in belfast when i was a missionary there, scoping out for a full time pastoral job/therapist predecessor, an englishman and missionary of the anglican church, had his brains blown out by the british SAS since they thought he was IRA by accident...luckily i came out of there alive and it was during an especially hot-button time in that city

    i am asian american so nobody would see me as an IRA man with a bomb in my backpack :) backpack my have had bible tracts in it though...both the protestant and catholic sides treated me nicely...but not the case with the ulster constables and their SAS partners who had become extremely battle hardened

    when i came back to the states, a christian neutral belfast group called and asked my wife and i to work in falls road, belfast full time...but i chickened out and those guns and the freshly bombed out places scared me and made me a little shaky for years

    i did a short stint with the us "intelligence community" against the soviets right after belfast and that did not help my nerves all that much

    as you can see, i tend toward peaceful movies

    but, he he, i loved pulp fiction :)
  6. Markleshark macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
  7. jczubach macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2007
    just funning you, that's all...
    one of my all time favourites is "A Patch of Blue" cry like a little girl every time i see it. really, no offence intended and cannot argue with your choices, even the harry/sally one has it's moments, and i 'stress', moments
    Reservoir Dogs was better IMHO.
  8. poopyhead macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2004
    in the toe-jam of greatness (Fort Worth)
    easy rider
    the elephant man
    fear and loathing in las vegas
    eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
    fight club
    the last king of scotland (I think it is american)
  9. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2005
    Moorestown, NJ
    I loved it for that reason! That was the appeal, it was just hilarious.

    I agree! I thought it was very clever and not well known. I would classify it as an "adult" Napoleon Dynamite with less awkwardness and more flat out humor.

    As for my own list:

    Harold and Maude
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    I Am Sam
    Garden State
    What's Eating Gilbert Grape
    Office Space
    Billy Elliot
    Stranger Than Fiction
    (more of just an odd emotional connection than thinking the movie itself is actually amazing :) )
  10. 1020 macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2006
    Off the top of my head:

    The Godfather
    Carlito's Way
    Taxi Driver
    Dog Day Afternoon
    Silence of the Lambs
    Schindler's List
    The Boondock Saints
    Pulp Fiction
    American History X
    Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
    High Noon
    Star Wars

    There are also some comedies that I would rate 10/10, but I can't think of any right now.
  11. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I thought that was possibly one of the best American films I've seen, but I'd still only give it an 8/9 out of 10 (¨are you ebay user...¨ and other bits of dialogue made me cringe.)

    I'd give the 1955 War of the Worlds and Donnie Darko a 9/10. I don't find Hollywood (or American film or TV in general) can do comedy but they're good for action/adventure.
  12. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    Here's the English language films on my watch and rewatch list, I don't know that any of them are 100% flawless, though:

    The Searchers (Ford, 56)
    Stagecoach (Ford, 39)
    Citizen Kane (Welles, 41)
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (Ford, 62)
    Casablanca (Curtiz, 42)
    His Girl Friday (Hawks, 40)
    Double Indemnity (Wilder, 44)
    The Big Sleep (Hawks, 46)
    Rear Window (Hitchcock, 54)
    Vertigo (Hitchcock, 58)
    North by Northwest (Hitchcock, 59)
    Psycho (Hitchcock, 60)
    Bringing Up Baby (Hawks, 38)
    The Lady Eve (Sturges, 41)
    Sunset Blvd. (Wilder, 50)
    C'era una volta il West (Leone, 68)
    Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 67)
    Chinatown (Polanski, 74)
    The Conversation (Coppola, 74)
    Mean Streets (Scorsese, 73)
    The Godfather (Coppola, 72)
    Goodfellas (Scorsese, 90)
    Jaws (Spielberg, 75)
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg, 77)
    E.T. (Spielberg, 82)
    Die Hard (McTiernan, 88)
    Star Wars: Episode IV (Lucas, 77)
    Little Miss Sunshine (Dayton/Faris, 06)
    Black Hawk Down (Scott, 01)
    Se7en (Fincher, 95)
    Léon: The Professional (Besson, 94)
    The Usual Suspects (Singer, 95)
    Trainspotting (Boyle, 96)
    Lock, Stock.... (Ritchie, 99)
    L.A. Confidential (Hanson, 97)
    Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 94)
    The Matrix (Wachowski, 99)
    American Beauty (Mendes, 99)
    The Sixth Sense (Shyamalan, 99)

    A caveat: this is just from the movies I have watched this year (when I started tracking stuff like this).
  13. Henri Gaudier macrumors 6502a

    Henri Gaudier

    May 4, 2005
    Just American ones eh? A bit of an odd limitation but .. here goes. I share the odd film with other people so I wont repeat them but a few not mentioned so far are:-

    The Straight Story
    Dark Passage

    What constitutes an American film anyway? The money or the talent? Lock Stock is wholly Brit crap surely?:p Or something I do like - Bladerunner has an English director with a fantastic Dutchman. Without either of these two it would be an entirely different film.
  14. it5five macrumors 65816


    May 31, 2006
    New York
    Add Annie Hall and take off a few of the movies and we have almost identical lists.
  15. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    That's why I went with English-language for my list...much easier that way. After all "Léon" is directed by a frenchman with a french main star (playing an italian) and an american supporting cast. I don't know if it was originally filmed in English or not.

    "C'era una volta il West" had a french actress, an italian director, writers and crew, predominantly american cast, filmed in Spain. Normally, it would be considered an Italian movie, but because of the italian tradition of shooting silent and dubbing dialogue and adding all sound in post-production, the lines become significantly blurred.

    "Annie Hall" actually is one of my favorites, I just haven't seen it yet this year. I took the easy way out in creating my list because there are films on my watch and rewatch list that are there for limited reasons, for example "Black Hawk Down" is on there mainly for camerawork and sound editing, not because it's perfect. Same for "Diehard", which is on there for the prototypical hero characterization and it's strict adherence to classical Hollywood script formula.
  16. Mistershark macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2007
    Bourne Ultimatum
    Best in Show
    For Your Consideration
    Rear Window
    Secret Window
    Stranger Than Fiction
    School of Rock
    The Good Shepherd
    X-Men 3
    Dial M for Murder
    Back to the Future 1,2,3

    EDIT: I almost forgot.
    Dead Poet's Society
  17. steamboat26 macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    Arlington VA
    Office Space
    Bourne Trilogy
    Saving Private Ryan
    Why We Fight (Jarecki Documentary)
    An Inconvenient Truth
  18. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I agree that it's too hard to keep US, Canadian, and British movies separate....

    Lots of good ones on the list so far. I'll add a couple random ones of mine that are at least fairly close to my notion of a 10:

    Big Fish
    Antwone Fisher

    And these are obviously limited in that they're not dramas, but they're pretty perfect comedies as far as I'm concerned:

    Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny

    I think there are plenty of American films that give me as good or better visceral satisfaction as the best movies from anywhere else in the world do, but I guess you have to look harder. I mean, you have to bear in mind that 95% of the movies that the rest of the world makes are crap also.

    If you're in the US, you hear about, what, the four or five best movies that get made in France every year, if you pay avid attention? And the four or five best in the last decade if you're a casual watcher? But you hear about most of the lousy movies that are A-released in your own country.

    And actually, although I don't care to see many movies like that one, it is pretty much spot-on perfect at what it tried to be. Definitely Tarantino at his best from what I've seen.
  19. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    That's a British film.
  20. Mistershark macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2007
    Oops, my mistake. It's been awhile.
  21. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    Nothing gets a 10/10, but here are some of my favourites.

    A Wonderful Life
    Boyz in da Hood
    Reservoir Dogs
    Shawshank Redemption
    Finding Nemo
    St Elmo's Fire
  22. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    The Bourne Trilogy
    Fight Club
    American History X
    Walk The Line
    Blood In, Blood Out
    The Usual Suspects
    Full Metal Jacket
    Blood Diamond
    Hotel Rwanda
  23. j/k/Andy macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007
    Raising Arizona
    The GodFather Part II
    North by NorthWest
  24. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    Best. Film. Ever (Seriously, i have watched it over 20 times)

    Apart from that:
    Gone In 60 Seconds
    Band Of Brothers
    Shawshank Redemption
    Saving Private Ryan

    British Films:
    The Italian Job
    Hot Fuzz
    Billy Elliot (note to post high above, it is British)
    Mean Machine

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