Movies you feel are brilliant

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  1. Emelee

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    You may not always have brilliant movies as your favorite movies. Some of your favorite movies might be favorites for other reasons (such as great actors, feel-good or silly comedy).

    So now I wonder: What movies do you feel are brilliant? Brilliant as in incredibly well told, deep on more than a superficial level, terrific script and a wonderful production.


    Some of the movies I find brilliant are:

    Magnolia (1999)
    Babel (2006)
    The Intouchables (2011)
    Life of Pi (2012)
    Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    Amelie (2001)
    The King's Speech (2010)
    Seven (1995)
    The Usual Suspects (1995)
    I am Sam (2001)
     
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    In no particular order:

    1. I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932) - It's an old film but still packs a punch. Moving, thought-provoking and dramatic with an outstanding central performance by Paul Muni.
    2. Les Miserables (2012) - Visually stunning, great songs, epic story telling. A modern day classic.
    3. Ladri Di Biciclette - Eng. Bicycle Thieves (1948) - Beautifully shot, genuine tension, wonderfully developed and engaging characters, a simple story brilliantly told
    4. Romeo & Juliet (1968) - The best cinematic version of a work by Shakespeare. Stunning cinematography, very accessible even for non Shakespeare fans and genuinely moving.
    5. Crash (2004) - Complex interwoven stories superbly executed. Funny, dramatic, tense, sad are just some of the emotions this film evokes so effectively.
    6. Jean De Florette (1986) - Wonderfully picturesque, story is beautifully told with pathos and humour. Great empathetic characters.
    7. Krotki Film O Zabijaniu - Eng. A Short Film About Killing (1988) - A simple story of a vicious murder so awesomely told that you feel sympathy for the murderer and feel his eventual execution is almost as brutal a crime as the murder he committed.

    I agree this is an amazing film. I particularly loved the dance scene.
     
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    Jaws
    Star Wars (original trilogy)
    Annie (original)
    Silence of the Lambs
    Tootsie
    Meet The Parents
    Meet The Fockers
    Scream
    The Fog
    The Omen
    Poltergeist
    Drop Dead Fred
    United 93
    Flight 93
    Hush
    Hush (there are two movies called Hush, one with Jessica Lange)
    Dracula Prince of Darkness - and also basically any Hammer Horror film
    Stir Crazy
    Young Frankenstein
    Love at First Bite
    The Monster Club
    Air Force One
    Clue
    Misery
    IT
    Cujo
    Gone Girl
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (remake, the original doesn't scare me at all). I mean how is this:

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    ....more frightening than this:

    [​IMG] (I would s*** myself)

    Halloween (original)

    The Mothman Prophecies (that thing scares the life out of me)

    The Exorcist

    Jaws II

    Friday the 13th

    Nine Lives

    Psycho

    Orphan

    The Ugly Daschund

    Everest


    That's loads I know but I love movies. Absolute love nothing better than unwinding with a glass of wine and a good one :)






     
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    I like biographical movies based on people most of all

    A Man for all Seasons

    Argo

    Chariots of Fire

    Elizabeth

    Local Hero

    Marathon Man

    Notorious

    Oliver

    On Golden Pond

    Passage To India

    Saving Private Ryan

    Schindler’s List

    Serpico

    The Killing Fields

    The Odessa File

    The Railway Children

    Vertigo

    Witness

    Casablanca
     
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    To me, the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre mad men looks much better. It actually looks like an amateurish kind of mask/look a psycho guy would make by himself. The remake one looks like a well produced work done by 20 Hollywood make up artists on a big budget. That's the main difference between the movies as well, the original looks raw, real and low budget, as it was. The only modern horror that can compare is Blair Witch Project.

    The original TCM is still one of the most disturbing and scariest horrors I've seen, and I've seen it only once in fact. I really need to rewatch it but I don't think I'm ready.
     
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    Car Cemetery
    La Collectionneuse
    Mondo Cane
    Florentina Hubaldo,CTE
    Dogville
    Kaos
    Sátántangó
    Sayat Nova
    Miguel Gomes' Arabian Nights
    Blokada
    Daguerreotypes
    Cleo from 5 to 7
    Roma
    Persona
    Dogtooth
    Funeral Parade of Roses
    Throw Away Your Books Rally in The streets
    Night and Fog
    My Night with Maud
    Loveless
    Outside Satan
    Double Suicide
    The April Chill
    The Terence Davies Trilogy
    The Dance of Reality
    The Skin I Live In
    Vivre Sa Vie
    Lines(Mazomenos)
    Dans la Ville Blanche
    A Fost Sau N-A Fost?
     
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    The Fugitive is a movie I re-watched recently - it's one of those films I could literally watch a million times and I would still be enthralled. Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones had a brilliant dynamic.
     
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    A few here from all ages:

    - Gone with the Wind.
    - Vertigo.
    - My Fair Lady.
    - All About Eve.
    - Some Like It Hot.
    - Days of Wine and Roses.
    - Star Wars (aka A New Hope).
    - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
    - Sunset Boulevard.
    - The Hours.
    - Breakfast at Tiffany´s.

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    My picks:
    Harold and Maude
    Crimes and Misdemeanors
    Rosemary's Baby
    Vertigo
    Macbeth( Polanski version)
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Jaws
    The Wages of Fear
    The Matrix
    Three Women
    Greed
    Halloween (The very first one).
    Le Jete
    Badlands
    The Shining
    Cat People(original)
     
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    James Newton Howard's score is wonderfully tense. I listen to it frequently.
     
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    This is a wonderful post. It gave me a lot of new movies to see from other posters' suggestion list.
    What came up for me personally is hoq I define the word "brilliant." There were many movies I could have listed that I loved, but I was stuck on if they reached that special status of brilliance. I guess I consider movies that I could see over and over and still have something about which to think. So, now movies I'd like to add to my list of brilliant movies:
    The Exorcist
    The Ninth Configuration
    Welcome to the Dollhouse
    Happiness( Couldn't only sit through this once. It would have received an Oscar if not for the subject matter.)
    The Rapture
    The Passion of the Christ
    Jacob's Ladder

    Movies tuat were awesome, but I'm not sure if they are "brilliant," (a purely subjective term.)

    Poltergeist
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    A Miracle on 34th St(Original version)
    White Heat
    Mildred Pierce
    Double Indemnity
    A Woman's Face
    Superman: The Movie
    Moonstruck
     
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