Live Poll: IMDb Poll Board Users' Top 10 All Time Classic Movies

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Intro:

The poll board users have chosen their most beloved all time classic movies. They all have reasons for picking their special candidate from 1960s and earlier. Which user's pick would you agree the most? Tell us about your favorites here.

Rules:

It got to be made in the 1960s or earlier. Only 10 per user. There has to be a reason for picking the personal #1 of every user. Please state why you would your #1 as #1. I'll take your statement 1:1 to the list, except the staff has reasons why I should not take it on the list, or if it's offensive or something like that. Please give me the tt-numbers of the movies to put them on the list.

Link:

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls097362665/

Poll:

https://www.imdb.com/poll/tCR9ErOTg10/
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Shortened the title to:
IMDb Poll Board Users' Top 10 all Time Classics
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Please clarify your poll's premise by changing "It got to be made in the 1960s or earlier." to reflect 1969 or earlier. To avoid any ambiguity.

I might have to reconfigure my list as I left out movies from 1961 to 1969 in my IMDb advanced search to create this list.
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"I'll take your statement 1:1 to the list," Say that again... please?

1. Casablanca (1942)
2. The Apartment (1960)
3. North by Northwest (1959)
4. Le Million (1931)
5. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
6. Rome, Open City (1945)
7. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)
8. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
9. To Catch a Thief (1955)
10. The Third Man (1949)

A case for Casablanca: Humphrey Bogart has given us, Rick Blaine ... the greatest antihero in cinema.  It's also one of the most delightfully quotable films ever created. What a bittersweet romance with the brilliant chemistry between Humphrey Bogart's Rick and Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa Lund.

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Thank you for being the first to make a suggestion on this. I took your suggestion 1:1 on the list. I hope you're ok with it. :D The idea is that every filmbuddy has a favorite.
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"I took your suggestion 1:1 on the list."
But what does this mean?
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Because I misread the initial text, I did not include movies from 1961 to 1969. This dramatically shifts my list northward of 1961.

1. Casablanca (1942)
2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
3. The Battle of Algiers (1966)  
4. Z (1969)
5. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)  
6. The Music Man (1962) 
7. The Apartment (1960)
8. North by Northwest (1959)
9. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953) 
10. Ivan's Childhood (1962) 

Same reasoning for my number 1 spot in my original post.
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1:1 means no editing by me. If a poll board member like Dan, Jen or Jessica tells me to correct typos or something like that - that's another point. I would do that.
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My favorite is 12 Angry Men (1957), but I really cannot sort the rest by rating, so I'm going to sort them chronologically.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Casablanca (1942)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Samson and Delilah (1949)
The Thing from Another World (1951)
Rear Window (1954)
Some Like it Hot (1959)
Marš na Drinu (1964)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)

A case for 12 Angry Men:
Superb, tight script. Marvelous direction and camerawork. Brilliant acting all around.  Unforgettable characters. Roller-coaster of emotions. One of the rare films that makes you feel like you're taking part in it.
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1.) Ikiru
2.) 12 Angry Men 
3.) Psycho
4.) Gaslight 
5.) Invasion of the Body Snatchers
6.) Diabolique 
7.) Night of the Living Dead 
8.) Gone with the Wind
9.) Singin' in the Rain
10.) Seven Samurai 

Takashi Shimura gives such an incredible performance, his facial expressions matched with the dreary tone made it impossible not to feel for him. The story is something we can all relate to in some way or another and it is told so well that we are left with a great deal to contemplate after the credits roll.


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1. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
2. Late Spring (1949)
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
4. Psycho (1960)
5. Playtime (1967)
6. Tokyo Story (1953)
7. Rear Window (1954)
8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
9. M (1931)
10. The Two of Us (1967)

I'll think about the reason for #1.
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Can I switch positions 1 and 2? Here's the text for the new number 1: This film is about the oppositions between family and individual, modernity versus tradition, but most of all, the smiling surface versus the depths of feeling that are mostly hidden from our view. And this is a more powerful source for compassion than emotional outbursts in other movies.
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Switched position #1 & #2 and added your quote to the option. Please check, if it is like you wanted. Thank you for contributing, albstein.
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You only need to change the movie that represents the options :)
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Sorry, albstein. I changed it. :D
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Breumaster,

For your consideration:
  1. Fantasia (1940)
  2. My Fair Lady (1964) 
  3. Fiddler on the Roof (1971) 
  4. Sister Kenny (1946) 
  5. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 
  6. Casablanca (1942) 
  7. Rear Window (1954) 
  8. The Wizard of Oz (1939) 
  9. It Happened One Night (1934) 
  10. The Song of Bernadette (1943)
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Breumaster,

Let met think about this.
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If you don't want to quote anything, it's also ok. I just think it yould be fine, if anyone had a word for his/her/divers favorite, to give it more meaning.
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Breumaster,

For your consideration:

Case for Fantasia: How would you visualize classical pieces of music? Fantasia offers great performances of abstract and program major classical pieces of music backed up by the creative vision of hand drawn Disney animation. It is an excellent introduction to classical music.
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Thank you, Dan. I consider you would like to offer the text after the question mark. That makes sense, so I'll put it to the list. Thank you, Dan, for giving your quote to it. It makes your suggestion more complete. :)
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Fiddler On the roof is from 1971.
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Thanks to you all who already gave me your suggestions. I'll put them all to the list. If it needs some time, so thank you for your patience. It's lovely that so many users like to share their favorite classics. There are still many options for further users top ten.
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I've put all suggestions to the list. :D
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1-Psycho
2-Lawrence of Arabia
3-2001: A Space Odyssey
4-Casablanca
5-12 Angry Men
6-Breakfast at Tiffany's
7-North by Northwest
8-Sunset Boulevard
9-Citizen Kane
10- To Kill a Mockingbird

I don't have a quote, but if it is very necessary, I will think of one.

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Thank you for contributing, cinephile. It ist not carved into stone, not a straight duty. I just think it's nice to tell the users why our #1 picks are our #1s. It makes the motive why we pick them more clear and people can better comprehend, why this one is the pollboard users #1 pick. If you don't want to tell, you don't have to. But I think it would really be better for the idea, so I will provide suggesters quote 1:1 when it doesn't colide with IMDb's rules. I guess they will tell us, if it does. ;)
I'll put your suggestion to the list.
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It can also be a short review. I shortened mine a little to be more to the point.
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Quote: 

"I like how Alfred Hitchcock create the suspense in this movie and how Anthony Perkings portrayed Norman Bates."

It is short but I have watch the movie a long time ago so details aren't fresh in my memory.
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Thank you for the quote. :D
That makes your suggestion more complete. :D
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cinephile:

May I suggest a little edit on your quote?

"I like how Alfred Hitchcock create the suspense in this movie and how Anthony Perkings portrayed Norman Bates."

the edit would be:
"I like how Alfred Hitchcock created the suspense in this movie and how Anthony Perkings portrayed Norman Bates."

The master of suspense is dead since 1980. So the past would be preferable, if you allow.
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this is such a great poll...hope you hit the 70’s next...

 

1. metropolis (1927)

2. 2001:a space odyssey (1968)

3. 12 angry men (1957)

4. citizen kane (1957)

5. the five pennies (1959)

6. a day at the races (1937)

7. the hustler (1961)

8. angels with dirty faces (1938)

9. double indemnity (1944)

10. midnight cowboy (1969)


tough decisions all around...great one breu....

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hey breu...hate to do this to you (and it was entirely my fault)...i noticed on my quote i accidently added an 's' to the word 'convey'...if you could change that, great...if not...it aint gonna kill anyone...peace always...rocky
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That's no problem. I'll do that. Peace. :D
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Done. ;)
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thanx....
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rocky-o: The after 1970 list is in the making you can look at it here:
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls097400659/
The getsatisfaction-site:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/ps-imdb-poll-board-users-top-10-movies-since-1970

I would feel honored to receive your suggestion. :D
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Ooh, how fun!  :D

Let me think...
1. Move Over, Darling
2. Come September
3. The Birds
4. Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
5. Pillow Talk
6. Rear Window
7. Mary Poppins 
8. The Ten Commandments 
9. The Bells of St. Mary's
10. McLintock! 
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Sure!
For Move Over, Darling:
A hilarious romantic comedy with a perfect cast, relatable characters, and elements still relevant today.  Special shout out to Chuck Connors' laugh out loud performance.
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Thank you, I've put it to the list by copy and paste. :)
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Thank you; is animation allowed?  If so, I'd like to remove Mary Poppins and put Disney's Sleeping Beauty at #2.
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Sure! Done. I can put to the list what ever you think is reasonable or simply ok. The point is that it's your suggestion and it's a mirror of your movie preferences. So you decide what is ok for your top 10 selection and what is not. I So it's 'Sleeping Beauty' at #7? That's ok, NIA.
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Well, I'd just remembered it last night, and wondered how on earth I could've forgotten such a great film.  So yes, I'd like it at #2, please.  Thank you!
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Changed "pick" to "list" in the intros question.
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Still 26 options to go. Anyone?
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urbanemovies' Classic Movies, Top Pick: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Quote: "Most of these movies have been my favorite classic movie at one time or another, but Lawrence of Arabia (1962) has probably held the distinction for me the longest. As with most of David Lean's masterpieces, it excels in just about every way one can measure a film and is still as impressive some fifty years later. The almost four hour epic is so well-made, one oddly doesn't want it to ever end."

My Top Ten Favorite Classic Movies (in no particular order)
Top Ten Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Top Ten Cool Hand Luke (1967) 
Top Ten Citizen Kane (1941)
Top Ten It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Top Ten Fort Apache (1948)
Top Ten Captains Courageous (1937)
Top Ten The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Top Ten Seven Samurai (1954)
Top Ten Captains Courageous (1937)
Top Ten Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)


Top Ten Favorite Honorable Mentions (Outside Looking In)
Top Twenty-Five Giant (1956)
Top Twenty-Five Sabrina (1954)
Top Twenty-Five Casablanca (1942)
Top Twenty-Five The Searchers (1956)
Top Twenty-Five Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Top Twenty-Five Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
Top Twenty-Five In Harm's Way (1965)
Top Twenty-Five M (1931)
Top Twenty-Five Gone with the Wind (1939)
Top Twenty-Five North by Northwest (1959)
Top Twenty-Five Ikiru (1952)
Top Twenty-Five Vertigo (1958)
Top Twenty-Five Spartacus (1960)
Top Twenty-Five National Velvet (1944)
Top Twenty-Five The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
(done for my own benefit to ensure the right ten were selected)
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Thank you, urbanemovies. :D
I've put your suggestion to the list except the honorable mentions.
Your #6 and #9 are the same movie. Is that intended by you? If yes, I woud like explain it why picking it twice in your option. Thank you, nice picks! :)
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Yes, it was a mistake. Please replace the #9 slotted title, Captains Courageous (1937) with Goldfinger (1964) in my top ten list of most beloved and personal favorite classic movies.

Also, fix the phrasing of my quote at the the same time.
"Most of these movies have been my favorite classic movie at one time or another, but Lawrence of Arabia (1962) has probably held the distinction for me the longest. As with most of David Lean's masterpieces, it excels in just about every way one can measure a film. The film has aged well, it remains an impressive work, even by modern-day standards, some fifty years later. The almost four hour epic is so well-made, one oddly doesn't want it to ever end."

The top twenty-five listing was more for my sake than yours. I had a hard time leaving these titles outside my top twenty-five personal favorites: Village of the Damned (1960), Sergeant York (1941), I Remember Mama (1948), The Longest Day (1962), Twelve O'Clock High (1949) as well as a few others
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Done. Please check if there is anything I can do about.
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Thanks, please

replace
The film has aged well, it
remains an impressive work, even by modern-day standards, some fifty years later.
with
The film has aged well over the past fifty years; it remains an impressive work, even by modern-day standards.
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urbanemovies:
Done.
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Hi Breu, my classic movies are these:

1_[link=tt0021749] City Lights
2_[link=tt0062622] 2001: A Space Odyssey
3_[link=tt0050976] The Seventh Seal
4_[link=tt0042804] Los Olvidados
5_[link=tt0038650] It's a Wonderful Lif
6_[link=tt0023427] Scarface
7_[link=tt0061512] Cool Hand Luke
8_[link=tt0038787] Notorius
9_[link=tt0042876] Rashomon
10_[link= tt0064100] Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

"City Lights has the most beautiful romantic history of cinema"
By the way, a great idea
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Nice to see you suggesting! :D
Good picks!
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Did you mean "story" or in deed "history"? Thank you for the praise. :)
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Sorry, "Story"
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Ok, Joe. I'll change it. :D
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Breu, I have a small suggestion for your list, instead of "Quote" it would be more accurate to use "Reason" since I think that line is the justification for choosing such a film in the first place of ten, if you disagree I will understand.
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I would like to reach at least 12 options. Free options: 23
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I have top 10s for "By Genre" but not all time top 10. To Generic to be able to generate a list.
Thanks for asking though.
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Ok, Ed. Not bad. But if you change your mind later, you can tell me. :D
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Off the top of my head:

1 - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
2 - 12 Angry Men
3 - Army Of Shadows (Melville)
4 - Seven Samurai
5 - Midnight Cowboy
6 - Citizen Kane
7 - Once Upon a Time In The West
8 - Der Letzte Mann
9 - On The Waterfront
10 - Chaplin (anything by him, really)

These wonderful films I had to leave out, I hope they forgive me:

The Secret of Santa Vittoria
Le Samourai
Requiem For A Heavyweight
Brute Force
Metropolis
Anything by Buster Keaton, Hitchcock, Sam Fuller, Tati
Cool Hand Luke
The Third Man
Frankenstein
The League Of Gentlemen
Singing in The Rain
Damn The Defiant
Freaks
Ikiru
Sanjuro

and many others.

I don't consider The Good, The Bad & The Ugly as the best film ever, but for me it's certainly the most beautiful-looking film ever. Every frame is a joy (what most people feel for Lawrence Of Arabia, I feel for The Good, The Bad & The Ugly) but what appeals to me most is the universal theme. Even though there's a war going around them, these three men are only concerned about one thing: gold. In other words, themselves.

I also like the fact that (despite the stereotyping title) all three main characters are far from stereotypes: The Good is not that good, he doesn't mind doing business with criminals, or leaving a man tied up in the desert and stealing from him. The Bad isn't that bad: he gives the wounded, battle-weary soldier his own much needed drink. And The Ugly isn't that ugly at all, he has a human side: he loves his brother, and is ashamed to admit to Blondie that they had a fight. Add that to the best musical score of all times, and you've got an endlessly enjoyable masterpiece.

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Thank you for contributing. This poll suggestion is about your favorite Top 10 Classical Movies. So they should be your favorite movies. Please think over. You're free to give your Top 10. That can also be turkish movies. or Indian, whatever. If your list reflects your mind of being the best ten classical movies, so why not state it like that? For other movies, there is the movie list for movies since 1970.
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls097400659/
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May I ask you to shorten the quote a little?
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One more thing: Chaplin as a place on your list, ok. But I need a specified movie that stands for all chaplin movies. Which movie of Chaplin would you pick for an exemplary presentation? Or should it be a complete Chaplin list? Also ok, but its limitated to ten.
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Everyone who wants to change the word "Quote" to "Reason": Please hit the like Button on this reply!
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Yep.  ;)
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Ok, so I do. :D
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Well, they are my favorite movies actually, at least from that era. I actually hate "best movies" lists, what's best in a work of art is subjective, it's immeasurable. So I prefer "favorite" lists.

If you want a definite title by Chaplin, ok.

1 - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
2 - 12 Angry Men
3 - Army Of Shadows (Melville)
4 - Seven Samurai
5 - Midnight Cowboy
6 - Citizen Kane
7 - Once Upon a Time In The West
8 - Der Letzte Mann
9 - On The Waterfront
10 - The Gold Rush

And a shorter explanation for my no.1 pick:

I don't consider The Good, The Bad & The Ugly as the best film ever, but for me it's certainly the most beautiful-looking film ever, therefore my favorite from the pre-1970 era. What also appeals to me is the universal theme. Even though there's a war going around them, these three men are only concerned about one thing: gold. In other words, themselves. I also like the fact that (despite the stereotyping title) all three main characters are far from stereotypes. Add that to the best musical score of all times, and you've got an endlessly enjoyable masterpiece.

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Thank you very much. That's kind of you. I'll put in the new Quote (Reason) and Goldrush
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my list:
  1. Paths of Glory
  2. The Searchers
  3. All Quiet on the Western Front
  4. he Bridge on the River Kwai
  5. Animal Crackers
  6. The Magnificent Seven
  7. Citizen Kane
  8. Going My Way
  9. The Grapes of Wrath
  10. Lawrence of Arabia


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Thank you, otter. I'll put your suggestion to the list. :D
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Any reason for your #1?
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It's brilliantly acted by Douglass, Menjou, and Macready. It's a gripping story, beautifully told and shot by Stanley Kubrick. The ending scene is very moving and poignant and shows the sorrow and pain of war. 
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riverotter:
Thank you, done. :D
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1. Bicycle Thieves
2. The Bridge On the river Kwai
3. The best years of our lives
4. Brief Encounter
5. Destry Rides Again
6. The Day the earth stood still
7. The General
8. The Cabinet of dr. Caligari
9. Sunset Boulevard
10. High Noon

You asked for classic movies so I left out the spaghetti westerns. Or do you want my personal top 10? Then I will change the list.
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No, he meant ''classic movies'' as in ''movies from at least 50 years ago''.
You just need to pick your personal Top 10, of any genre.
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Then my list would be:
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2. Bicycle Thieves
3. The Bridge On the river Kwai
4. The best years of our lives
5. Brief Encounter
6. For a Few Dollars More
7. Destry Rides Again
8. The Day the earth stood still
9. Day of Anger
10. Death Rides a Horse
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Hoekki:
Thank you. As mihailo noticed, on this list there are only movies allowed that are produced before 1970. Would you like to add a quote why you picked this movie for #1? (Reason:). It would complete your suggestion. But you don't have to, if you don't want. I've put your suggestion to the list. :D
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Because The Good, the bad and the ugly is at #1 at other lists, maybe you can place Bicycle Thieves at #1 in my list. My Quote:
This movie is about a bike that’s stolen. That’s it, nothing more. I love the simplicity of this story. It’s a very realistic and touching movie.
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Hoekkie:
That's ok by me. Done. :D But for me it's not bad, if other users want 'the Good, The Bad & The Ugly' at first place. I changed it. :D Thank you for the Reaso line. :D
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1_Seven Samurais(1954)
2_Greed(1924)
3_Bambi(1942)
4_Fantasia(1940)
5_Citizen Kane(1941)
6_Spartacus(1960)
7_Ben-Hur(1959)
8_Playtime(1967)
9_The Trouble with Harry(1955)
10_Dumbo(1941)
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Dracko:
Thank you for suggesting. I'll put them to the list. Is there a Quote I should put in for your #1 (Reason:)? It would make your suggestion more complete. But you don't have to give a quote if you don't want to.
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Let me think of something
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Dracko:
Do you have an idea for your #1 pick?
Would be nice if you could put it here. :)
If not, that it's ok, too.
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*bump*
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*bump*
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is the only inclusion criteria that the film was made before 1970? 
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You can pick whatever you want before 1970. :)
I got the flu at the moment. So I'm not so often online.
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feel better breu....
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Thank you, rocky.
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Ah, I hope you feel better soon, Breu. : )
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1.- Le Trou (1960)

It's a film about a group of prisoners making a hole in an attempt to escape, but what sounds like a slow and maybe boring plot is actually a cinematic jewell where everything works to leave you totally inmersed with the film, and also having a powerfull social commentary. Movies show its magic when they create something so great out of something apparently so simple.

2.- On the Waterfront (1954)
3.- All About Eve (1950)
4.- Inherit the Wind (1960)
5.- Singin' in the Rain (1952)
6.- Le Salaire de la peur (1953)
7.- Casablanca (1942)
8.- La Grande Illusion (1937)
9.- I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
10.- Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)
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Pencho15:
Thank you, Pencho. I've put your suggestion to the list.
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This was very difficult but also fun. Below are my ten favorites, not in any particular order. 

  1. Lawrence of Arabia
  2. Rear Window
  3. To Killl a Mockingbird
  4. On the Waterfront 
  5. Ox-Bow Incident
  6. Elevator to the Gallows
  7. The Adventures of Prince Achmed
  8. Double Indemnity
  9. Tokyo Story
  10. Bonnie and Clyde
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"And I saw the "since 1970" one and that just overwhelmed me, lol." Dear freaking lord that overwhelmed me. The parameters are too wide. I mean... if they were from 1970 to say... 1990? I could easily make a throwaway list. Most of my all time favorite films come much later than that. But to wittle it down to ten? That will be painful and frustrating.
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i felt the same way stephen.,although most of mine will probably come from the 70's..the best decade of film...
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Thank you guys! All of you! I've made this idea because I see a change of style of movies since 1970. There were several chages in public in the late 60s and the early 70s and movies changed like the whole society changed. So I decided to put the "change mark" on 1970. These two polls are equal in quality, but show up two principly different time-ages of making movies. In the times before 1970, there also were a hundret thousands of productions. But the time-span is about more than 80, 85 years.

Today the ammount of technolization of the zivilization is exploding so many moviemakers can do productions below 1 million. (Look at 'Paranormal Avtivity', which easily was made of a 5 digits ammount of money - and made more than 190 millions at the box office). But we got many very good otherwise production that doesn't have to cost more than 5 millions. Anyway the time-span between 1970 and 2020 is only ~50 years (this time-stamp is still at 2019). I know it's more difficult to choose movies from that decade. But on the other hand: When there is no challange, it could get boring. So the aim for the second poll suggestion is set a little bit higher to find out for yourself, which top 10 on 1970-2020 is your favorite.
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I actually think movies have dropped significantly in their quality since late 1980's. There are still great movies, classics, movies that try to say something, movies that experiment with stuff, movies that aren't afraid to go against conventional ideas. But they are getting fewer and fewer by day, as big studios ruin everything with copycat films, characters and plots.

If you gave us the option to name, let's say, 100 favorite titles from the pre-70 era, I'd still have difficulty selecting, and feel sorry that I have to leave certain titles out. On the other hand, if you asked me to name 100 favorite titles after 1970, I'd probably get stuck at around 50, and have difficulty filling in the rest.
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Thank you. I don't think exact like you.
There were high and highest quality movies right after 1990. Think of 'Shawshank Redemption', 'Schindler's List', 'Saving Private Ryan', 'Forrest Gump'. There always were good and very high productions. The turn why we think productions all in all were better at an earlier time is, that we don't remember on 3/10s before the 1970s, because who would promote a 3/10 in that times? There always were productions which didn't get compliance and weren't metioned ever after. But today with fully developed marketing machines, it's another time for even selling rubbish.
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