OT: G.O.A.T Movies

Submitted by MichiganFan1984 on May 20th, 2018 at 3:46 PM
So last night my family and I got bored because the basketball game was a blowout so we watched Forrest Gump. This in my opinion is the best movie ever made. It also led to the discussion of what are the best movies ever made. So I’m curious what are your top 3 greatest movies of all time. My top 3 in order are 1. Forrest Gump. 2. Saving Private Ryan. 3. The Dark Knight. Im basing this on the following criteria, the movies should make you think about life, entertain the heck out of you and make you appreciate the characters from a real world perspective. So my questions are.. do you think my 3 are legit or am I crazy? And... what are your top 3 in order. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and hopefully this is the last crap weekend of weather for a while.


San Diego Mick

May 21st, 2018 at 4:07 PM ^

# 1 is The Godfather

# 2 is The Godfather II

And even though I loved Forrest Gump too when I think about that 1994 year of movies Gump isn't even the best that year so...

# 3 is Shawshank Redemption

Other great '94 movies were Pulp Fiction and Nell

I also have a special place in my heart for Back to the Future and An Officer and a Gentleman


May 20th, 2018 at 3:55 PM ^

I can't pick three and feel like I am being totally fair to the upper tier of films, but among my own favorites:


"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"

"Dog Day Afternoon"

"The Godfather"

"The Sting"

....and of course, many, many others.


May 20th, 2018 at 3:56 PM ^

The Dark Knight is definitely in there.


I'm a bit like Harbaugh in these discussions, in that I don't like comparing because I will absolutely forget a movie that I would put in my top three. Same thing for these types of discussions in the music arena. However, just off the top of my head: The Dark Knight, Up, Remember the Titans. Not the three best movies ever made, but more of a "if you could only watch three movies for the rest of your life" list. Those three give a great balance of humor, action, emotion, contemplation provoking, etc. Those would be my personal three most re-watchable movies. 


Just outside of that three for me would Hell or High Water, and probably a dozen others that I am forgetting.



LV Sports Bettor

May 20th, 2018 at 3:57 PM ^

watch it again right away was............."The Usual Suspects".

Too tough for me to single out any great film over all others though I will admit that I'm a huge sucker for sports movies so Rocky 1 and 2 (the best one) along with Hoosiers would be up there for me. Even have to put Rudy close though the whole Notre Dame thing knocks it down a notch. 

IMDB lists Shawshank Redemption as the highest rated of all-time movie so I'm sure that will get a lot of votes here. Interested to see what others have listed. 


May 20th, 2018 at 3:58 PM ^

The Godfather (parts 1 or 2)

Shawshank Redemption

The Hunt for Red October


Goodfellas is honorable mention


PS - The Dark Knight sucked - neg away


May 20th, 2018 at 8:35 PM ^

I would never say it sucked, as Heath Ledger's performance was one of the most charismatic performances I've ever seen and he deservedly won the Oscar. There were also some great set pieces in the movie.

But overall, I thought it has numerous flaws, e.g., Maggie Gyllenhaal (who I generally like) had zero chemistry with both Bale and Eckhart; Two-Face completely got overshone by the Joker, the film was supposed to be in "Gotham" but Nolan couldn't be bothered in numerous parts to obscure buildings / landmarks that clearly identified it as Chicago, Bale's Batman voice was a bit ridiculous, and so on. I could go on, but that's a different thread.


May 20th, 2018 at 3:59 PM ^

Here are my three with explanations: 

1. Fight Club - In a movie that was so misunderstood, a challenge to be more of what we are intended to be instead of a single-serving human being pushed my thought process and still challenges me every day. 

2. The Bridge - Tough movie to watch, but truly helped me understand mental illness and suicide. I believe everyone should watch this movie to give them insight into the life of those suffering from mental illness and how their family and friends fight for them. 

3. Pleasantville - Yep. Go back, watch it again. It touches on every single major issue in our society. As much as we want to blame other things, the failure to try and understand our neighbors, siblings, and family, along with the inability to accept different thinking and behavior drives our society to hate each other. Once we realize that our differences are so small and that those things we judge others by we possess ourselves... 

The Fan in Fargo

May 20th, 2018 at 11:24 PM ^

He either was born in 84 or graduated from Michigan at that time. He's either 34ish or like 50ish. Which means he's an old dirty bastard. Which also probably means gray hair with a hip surgery and he walks hunched over with a drivers license that reads older than dirt. I gradated in 2001 and let the truth be told that my drivers license now reads older than dirt as well.

Blue in Denver

May 20th, 2018 at 4:10 PM ^

1. Shawshank Redemption

2. The Color of Money

3. The Usual Suspects

Fun fact:  To this day I'd have probably never seen Shawshank.  I was dragged kicking and screaming to the theatre by my then-girlfriend.  Instantly became my #1 and no movie before or since has seriously challenged it for me.

I'll always owe you for that, Shell.


May 20th, 2018 at 4:43 PM ^

I loved Tombstone, but a buddy of mine always posts Tombstone memes on FB to a point where it is weird.   What is the obsession with Tombstone?    I loved the movie, but there are a lot better westerns let alone movies.   The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.   Unforgiven.  ...or pretty much any Clint Eastwood Western.

Eleven Year Wo…

May 20th, 2018 at 10:11 PM ^

but I could easily name a dozen westerns that I think are better than Tombstone (and I like Tombstone) without even considering the Eastwood/Leone spaghetti westerns.


The Searchers


High Noon

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Rio Bravo

The Wild Bunch

Ride the High Country


My Darling Clementine

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

McCabe and Mrs. Miller