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How do you expect us to answer if we don't agree with the top five you've selected?

That doesn't suprise me, you've shown your affection for Kubrick far too many times in the past.

 

Pick from the poll (or not), then make your own list on this thread.

 

The poll was meant to be a guideline.

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The Coen Brother bear mentioning on this list as well

 

Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Raising Arizona

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I would agree with Scorsese.

 

I think that you also have to consider Steven Spielberg, just a little.

 

Good films to choose from by Spielberg: Jaws, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler's List, the Indiana Jones films, Empire of the Sun, Minority Report, Amistad, Munich, and a bunch of others.

 

I would pick these five of his:

-Schindler's List

-Saving Private Ryan

-Amistad

-Munich (I feel it to be underrated)

-Minority Report

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The Coen Brother bear mentioning on this list as well

 

Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Raising Arizona

 

 

Am I the only one who thinks Raising Arizona is the best movie on that list? What a classic, so many great lines. One of the rare movies I can watch anytime I see it on TV, over and over again.

 

 

"And this here's the TV. Two hours a day, either educational or football, so you don't ruin your appreciation of the finer things. "

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Such a poll without Billy Wilder??

Other names I would consider:

 

John Huston

Howard Hawks

Orson Welles

Sam Peckinpah

Robert Altman (some claim he is the best American director in history)

David Lynch

 

I would add William Wyler to the list.

How is his resume better than Orson Welles' or Robert Altman's? He's made one great film and one conventional and overrated epic.

I think Ben Hur, Roman Holiday, The Letter, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Heiress, Mrs. Miniver and Wuthering Heights are all great films. I can watch all of them (except maybe Mrs. Miniver) repeatedly.

 

From Welles I've watched Citizen Cane, Touch of Evil, The Lady From Shanghai and The Stranger. I loved Touch of Evil.. hated The Lady (and I love Rita), liked The Sranger but didn't think it's anything special and I have to admit I'm not into all the technical aspects so I'm not a Citizen Cane fan.

 

I don't think Altman is anything special. I guess 3 Women and MASH are pretty good but I don't care for most of his work.

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The Coen Brother bear mentioning on this list as well

 

Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Raising Arizona

 

 

Am I the only one who thinks Raising Arizona is the best movie on that list? What a classic, so many great lines. One of the rare movies I can watch anytime I see it on TV, over and over again.

 

 

"And this here's the TV. Two hours a day, either educational or football, so you don't ruin your appreciation of the finer things. "

:notworthy

 

Raising Arizona is one of the most overlooked comedies ever. I never hear people mention it as a classic when it really is.

 

Nic Cage is the man.

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The Coen Brother bear mentioning on this list as well

 

Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Raising Arizona

 

 

Am I the only one who thinks Raising Arizona is the best movie on that list? What a classic, so many great lines. One of the rare movies I can watch anytime I see it on TV, over and over again.

 

 

"And this here's the TV. Two hours a day, either educational or football, so you don't ruin your appreciation of the finer things. "

Great movie.. love the Cohen brothers.

 

 

A lot dont like it, for whatever reason, but i absolutely loved O Brother Where Art Thou

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Guest FlummoxedLummox

The Coen Brother bear mentioning on this list as well

 

Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Raising Arizona

 

 

Am I the only one who thinks Raising Arizona is the best movie on that list? What a classic, so many great lines. One of the rare movies I can watch anytime I see it on TV, over and over again.

 

 

"And this here's the TV. Two hours a day, either educational or football, so you don't ruin your appreciation of the finer things. "

Great movie.. love the Cohen brothers.

 

 

A lot dont like it, for whatever reason, but i absolutely loved O Brother Where Art Thou

My favorite by them is either that or the Hudsucker Proxy.

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I think that you also have to consider Steven Spielberg.

Agreed. Spielberg is my personal favorite but to each his own.

 

I also think that guys like Mel Brooks [has won an Oscar, 3 Emmys, and a Grammy for those keeping score at home] and John Hughes [can't even talk about 80's films without talking about John Hughes. He defined a decade!] get the shaft because they aren't dramatic directors. However, if you take their body of work into account, you've got some great and/or entertaining stuff right there. For the record, I'm basing my decision solely on how much *I* enjoy an artists work.

 

For Brooks I'll throw out:

The Producers [1968 - Academy Award winner - Inspiration for "Achtung Baby"]

Blazing Saddles [set the precident for over-the-top comedies from the Zucker Brothers, the Farrelly Brothers, etc]

Young Frankenstein [brilliant movie and entertaining to this day]

History of the World Part 1 ["I bring you these fifteen.. *crash* ..uh ten... TEN Commandments!"]

Space Balls [Makes me laugh even after my 100th viewing]

 

For Hughes I'll throw out:

The Breakfast Club

National Lampoon's Vacation

Weird Science

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Sixteen Candles

 

Actually, I think I'll throw out another guy with an impressive body of work that is really overlooked; Rob Reiner:

A Few Good Men ['nuff said]

Stand By Me [What a great movie. Speaks to me in the same way as The Wonder Years did]

The Princess Bride [One of my all time favorites]

This is Spinal Tap [This "Rockumentary Mockumentary" was some groundbreaking stuff]

The American President

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Casino is better than Mean Streets, Goodfellas, and The Departed.

No way it's better than GoodFellas.

 

Casino is a good movie, but GoodFellas is much better. Casino is marginally better than The Departed, I think.

 

 

FWIW I definitely agree with Casino being better than both Goodfellas and The Departed.

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Casino is better than Mean Streets, Goodfellas, and The Departed.

No way it's better than GoodFellas.

 

Casino is a good movie, but GoodFellas is much better. Casino is marginally better than The Departed, I think.

Casnio is like Goodfellas except it has a better plot, better characters, better acting, a better ending and Scorsese fixed most of the things he did poorly in Goodfellas and improved on that format.

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i know he's not in the same breath as all these legends but i have to give a shout-out to Michael Mann as he directed some of my fave movies. he mostly produced a lot of tv stuff but when he did make movies like Heat, The Insider, Last Of The Mohicans, and Collateral...can't go wrong with any of those (Miami Vice, sucked but i still loved the music he picked out!). anyway, his attention to detail is amazing (although the goofs for Heat are pages long :lol )

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