Best movies of all time (tag)
I was tagged by Lallopallo for a movie tag to list my favourite films alphabetically (quite a while ago) and write why I liked them. I delayed doing this tag and was promptly tagged by Sahaja. I have been mulling over this tag for a while as there are a lot of films which I’ve liked and enjoyed in the past but very few films which stuck in my mind, very few that I genuinely remembered. Finally, after some scratching of the head as to why I liked them, I made a list, but I fear it is not really a comprehensive list and some movie or the other may have to be added on later.
One tends to love movies from one’s favourite genre the most. I don’t want to put myself in a box by saying I like such and such genre, not anymore, because genres are not “pure” in any case. The kind of movies which I like are those which give me thrills, whether of the mental kind (psychological thrillers) or the funny kind (I do not have a partiality towards a particular kind of humour and can enjoy situational, mental and slapstick humour) or the action adventure kind (sci-fi are my favourites and so is fantasy) or the romantic kind (I prefer serious romance).
I guess I’ve included almost all kinds of movies (!) and it would have been more relevant to write about the kind of movies I don’t like. Well, I don’t like horror films, or films with gore, and I quite dislike preachy films. I also do not like films where the director seems more intent on giving us information rather than trying to entertain, because being an avid reader, I prefer to get my information by reading textbooks or other serious books or magazines. For me the printed word fulfills a wide range of functions (including entertainment) but with a movie my expectations are different. If a director is asking me to sit for 2-3 hours in a darkened hall and not do anything except eat popcorn, I expect the movie not to be a bore. If a movie throws light on some important issue, makes me think, is not preachy and holds my attention as well, then the movie would be at the top of my list, not otherwise. I consider the ability of a director to entertain very important and I think it’s very tough to do so as it needs a creative mind. It is not easy to entertain people, whether to make them laugh or draw them into your world, or make them learn something without putting them off…
I also do not like movies where the director is more engrossed in showcasing his own talent and that of his crew, rather than thinking of the audience. Movies which are obsessed with high tech stunts but are bereft of a plot, movies which are full of beautiful costumes, pretty people, exotic locations and great cinematography but are shallow and lack substance all fall in this category.
So here goes my list:-
As good as it gets
Awesome acting, awesome story and realism. There is a moral of the story, told in a most gentle way.
Aradhana and Anand. Poignant stories and great acting!
Beautiful Mind (A)
The most amazing portrayal of a schizophrenic I have seen. Russel Crowe deserved an Oscar for this one.
Bourne Identity (The)
One of the best thrillers I have seen to date. Great story too.
Back to the Future
I am a sucker for time travel movies.
I enjoyed this movie a lot when I first saw it but am not sure how I will react if I see it again. At the time I I was immensely entertained as it had some of my favourite stars and also that I had seen the shooting of an elaborate scene in this movie as I had gone to this bungalow where the shooting was happening with a cousin of mine who was close to Hrishida.
Without doubt the best crime movie I have ever seen. Great acting and great characters.
Sad, poignant and heartbreaking. I loved it. I saw it after I read the book and there is something special about movies which one sees after enjoying the book.
2nd runner up: Deewar
A typical Bollywood drama which pulled at the heart strings.
A touching story about a mentally challenged man played superbly by Anil Kapoor.
Powerful tragic story of revenge.
Liked all the three films. Great story and also a book that I devoured.
Jaya was a favourite with me and this movie was one of a kind when it was released.
Gone with the Wind
A great romantic saga, one which I enjoyed after reading the book. This movie had haunted me for several years after seeing it!
Hare Rama Hare Krishna
A different kind of film, this time about the love between a brother and a sister. Great music too.
The movie was a refreshing change from the standard superhero movies.
Fantasy, time travel, and adventure together, what more could I want? I know…I would love to get hold of that game!!
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
This movie had me in tears.
Lawrence of Arabia
The adventure, the desert, Peter ‘O’ Toole, everything just went to my head!
I enjoyed this movie a lot even though I was not a fan of Sanjay Dutt. Great entertainer.
For me this is a classic. Mind over matter. Superb idea well executed.
Mugale-e-Azam, a romantic classic this time. Beats all love stories I know of!
A well done adaptation of Othello
Pirates of the Caribbean I
A great adventure/fantasy and ofcourse Johnny Depp was the icing on the cake. But I did not like the follow-up movies much, certainly nor worth listing them here.
I loved it because of the music, Guru Dutt (my favourite star of yesteryear) and the basic premise of the movie. How idealism can ruin a person’s life.
A tale of true love overcoming odds.
Great music, great story!
Star Wars – These movie are not just the movies for me. It’s a cult. Any Star Wars fan will know what I mean.
A crime thriller of Mumbai’s underground criminal network.
Silence of the Lambs
A chilling thriller in the true sense! It’s got elements of horror but overall it’s a murder mystery with killing suspense. Nicely done.
Sound of Music
One of my favourite films
Taare Zameen Par
I love movies with children and about children, and this was the best I’ve seen of this kind
An enjoyable murder mystery.
I will probably not like this movie that much if I see it today, but I loved it when I saw it over all those years ago.
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