With top 10 lists from my colleagues here at The Awards Circuit coming at you thick and fast over the past week, the challenge now falls to me to pick out those few masterpieces that I rank above all others. I debated for some time over the whole ‘favourite vs. greatest’ issue, and ultimately realised that I’m unable to set biases aside, these are all films that I love on a very personal level. This said I would happily argue that every film here deserves a place on any list of cinematic greats. I’ve also tried to create a broad and balanced list, incorporating films from eight different decades and numerous genres, that really reflects my own varied taste in cinema, although there are undoubtedly overriding themes that link many of these films. I’m sure at least a couple of my choices will raise some eyebrows, but as the newest of the new guys around here, I hope that this list will at least give you a better idea of who I am as a hopeless film addict.
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The 10 best films of all time. Think about how profound that claim is when considering the seemingly unlimited amount of movies that have been made – and from that, the 10 best. It is such an elite group of films, and yet there are many worthy of being considered. I always find such lists to be so intriguing, as it says a great deal to me about a person. Their list becomes their cinematic fingerprint, as it never seems that two lists are the exact same.
For me, the biggest challenge is to separate what may be my favorite movies ever made from the actual best. It might sound silly, but there is a big difference. For example, while The Royal Tenenbaums is one of my favorite movies ever made, I would never argue that it is anywhere near one of the best films ever made. And conversely, I might not be an enormous fan of Gone with the Wind, but how can I deny its greatness? Especially considering the era in which it was made. Ah, another dilemma. How does one compare the smallness of something like Chaplin’s City Lights to the eye candy that contemporary times and technologies have gifted us with something like Cameron’s Avatar? As far as I am concerned, you MUST consider the era a film was made when disputing its relevance in a top 10 list.
In the end, you must accept that there is no such thing as a correct list. And yet while there is absolutely no way to make a correct list, there certainly are many ways to make a wrong one. For example, whether Citizen Kane is #1 or #7 on a list shouldn’t be something we look at and say, you are wrong! It’s apples to apples at that point. But if you have something like Battlefield Earth in your top 10, then surely you deserve a bit of a beat down, no?
Aside from that, to each their own. No pressure, right? It’s in the eye of the beholder, after all.
Have a look at the 10 films I consider to be the best ever made after the jump…
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, Citizen Kane
, Gone with the Wind
, It's a Wonderful Life
, Lawrence of Arabia
, Singin' in the Rain
, Star Wars
, Ten best films ever made
, The Godfather
, The Wizard of Oz
, Top 10
, Top 10 movies
, Top 10 Movies Ever Made