BCB's Top 101 Films Poll (2017 edition) - FULL RESULTS ARE UP!!

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BCB's Top 101 Films Poll (2017 edition) - FULL RESULTS ARE UP!!

Postby algroth » 16 Mar 2017, 04:33

So, it's been a while since we last did this, I think, and it would be interesting to do a new poll. We'll keep the same rules as the previous polls, which are as follows:

You will need to send a PM including FIFTY (50) films, with up to 250 points distributed as you wish among them (5 per film being the neutral amount). The list will be determined by the number of votes first, and by the total amount of points second. If the film is not in the English language, then please write both the original title and its English translation. Include year and director for each film, that way I don't get the films mixed up.

Not obligatory, but please try to respect the following layout, avoiding the enumeration at the start, as it'll make things easier for me:

*Original film title* [*Translated film title, if applicable*] (*director*, *year*) - *score*

Example:

The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) - 8
Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) - 5
Ladri di biciclette [The Bicycle Thieves] (Vittorio de Sica, 1948) - 2
etc.

To take part, all you have to do is send me the lists via PM before May 1st. Hope to see plenty of lists by that date! :)

At long last, THE RESULTS (WARNING - for the most part I've tried the best I could to find the original trailers, or at least clips which were representative enough of the film in order to complement the list as samples, but it is necessary to point out that some of these, despite being the official trailers of the time, contain spoilers):

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Airplane! (1980)
Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker

Still craving for the love of his life, Ted Striker follows Elaine onto the flight that she is working on as a member of the cabin crew. Elaine doesn't want to be with Ted anymore, but when the crew and passengers fall ill from food poisoning, all eyes are on Ted. --FilmFanUk (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZhSiVXL_aA

Votes: 3
Points: 14
Voters: never/ever (6), fange (5), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Boyhood (2014)
Directed by Richard Linklater

There has never been another movie like Boyhood, from director Richard Linklater. An event film of the utmost modesty, it was shot over the course of twelve years in the director’s native Texas and charts the physical and emotional changes experienced by a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his divorced parents (Patricia Arquette, who won an Oscar for her performance, and Ethan Hawke), and his older sister (Lorelei Linklater). Alighting not on milestones but on the small, in-between moments that make up lives, Linklater fashions a flawlessly acted, often funny portrait that flows effortlessly from one year to the next. Allowing us to watch people age on film with documentary realism while gripping us in a fictional narrative of exquisite everydayness, Boyhood has a power that only the art of cinema could harness. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiDztHS3Wos

Votes: 3
Points: 14
Voters: John Coan (6), pcqgod (5), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Get Carter (1971)
Directed by Mike Hodges

Jack Carter (Michael Caine) -- a vindictive and amoral London gangster -- returns to his home town of Newcastle after his brother dies in a car accident. Carter, however, is convinced that he was murdered, and begins an investigation into Newcastle's criminal underworld. When Carter is ordered to leave town by the minions of a shadowy mob boss, his suspicious become confirmed, and he begins his brutal vengeance. --Denny Gibbons (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV4XrUDBlfM

Votes: 3
Points: 14
Voters: Ranking Ted (5), The modernist (6), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Naked (1993)
Directed by Mike Leigh

The brilliant and controversial Naked, from director Mike Leigh, stars David Thewlis as Johnny, a charming and eloquent but relentlessly vicious drifter. Rejecting anyone who might care for him, the volcanic Johnny hurls himself around London on a nocturnal odyssey, colliding with a succession of other desperate and dispossessed people and scorching everyone in his path. With a virtuoso script and raw performances from Thewlis and costars Katrin Cartlidge and Lesley Sharp, Leigh’s depiction of England’s underbelly is an amalgam of black comedy and doomsday prophecy that took the best director and best actor prizes at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLtLUL1wy7g

Votes: 3
Points: 14
Voters: driftin (1), martha (10), The modernist (3)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Heat (1995)
Directed by Michael Mann

Neil McCauley is a thief... an expert thief... one of the best. His philosophy in life - become attached to nothing in life that you can't walk away from in 30 seconds if you spot the "Heat" around the corner. His crew of criminals is a high-tech outfit pulling off professional jobs that impress even the likes of Detective Vincent Hanna. But Hanna, a man driven through life only by his work, becomes obsessed, at the expense of his private life, with bringing McCauley down. As McCauley's crew prepare for the score of a lifetime, and Hanna's team tries to bring him in, the two find that they are challenged by the greatest minds on the opposite side of the law that either one has ever encountered. --Michael Silva (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfKbIbiX458

Votes: 3
Points: 14
Voters: John Coan (4), WG Kaspar (5), Ranking Ted (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Chinatown (1974)
Directed by Roman Polanski

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T37QkBc4IGY

Votes: 3
Points: 14
Voters: Goat Boy (4), WG Kaspar (5), Ranking Ted (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #20 (down 71)


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Lost in Translation (2003)
Directed by Sofia Coppola

A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte, meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial; Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights after a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar. They form a bond that is as unlikely as it is heartfelt and meaningful. --Jwelch7542 (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU0oZsqeG_s

Votes: 3
Points: 14
Voters: fange (5), Copehead (5), Darkness_Fish (4)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Directed by Sidney Lumet

At the end of the banking day on August 22, 1972, Sonny, Sal and Stevie enter a small branch of the First Brooklyn Savings Bank. After all the customers have left and the bank is about to close, they, armed, proceed to rob it. But the robbery does not go according to Sonny's plan, he who is the leader. One problem after another arises, which ultimately leads to a standoff, them locked inside with ten hostages - the male bank manager, the male security guard, and eight female tellers and clerks - and the police, the media and a hoard of on-lookers outside. Despite Sonny and Sal having a suicide pact if things go wrong, Sonny tries to negotiate a way out, he figuring that the hostages are their only saving grace. As Sonny deals with the authorities - primarily "good cop" Moretti who seems to give Sonny whatever he wants, and "bad cop" Sheldon, an FBI agent who plays hardball with Sonny - the public, watching the interactions, have mixed emotions about what Sonny is doing, some who are sympathetic to him as a person. As the situation turns into a circus both inside and outside the bank, the emotions are brought up a notch when Sonny's second wife is brought to the scene, "she" who is able to shed some light on why Sonny needs the money. As day turns to night, the standoff continues until... --Huggo (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne6KMHLTvik

Votes: 3
Points: 14
Voters: John Coan (4), Davey the Fat Boy (5), WG Kaspar (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #18 (down 73)


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Platoon (1986)
Directed by Oliver Stone

Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two non-commissioned officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin. A line is drawn between the two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon. --Jeremy Thompson (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGsyEkfjhQk

Votes: 3
Points: 14
Voters: fange (5), PENK (4), WG Kaspar (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Blazing Saddles (1974)
Directed by Mel Brooks

The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar (Harvey Korman), a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor (Mel Brooks). Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff (Cleavon Little) in the west. Bart is a sophisticated urbanite who will have some difficulty winning over the townspeople. --John Vogel (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKayG1TrfuE

Votes: 3
Points: 14
Voters: Goat Boy (4), pcqgod (5), kath (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Days of Heaven (1978)
Directed by Terrence Malick

One-of-a-kind filmmaker-philosopher Terrence Malick has created some of the most visually arresting films of the twentieth century, and his glorious period tragedy Days of Heaven, featuring Oscar-winning cinematography by Nestor Almendros, stands out among them. In 1910, a Chicago steelworker (Richard Gere) accidentally kills his supervisor, and he, his girlfriend (Brooke Adams), and his little sister (Linda Manz) flee to the Texas panhandle, where they find work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer (Sam Shepard). A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating a timeless American idyll that is also a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVbg9xc7tGc

Votes: 3
Points: 14
Voters: driftin (1), joels344 (8), Davey the Fat Boy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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The Hustler (1961)
Directed by Robert Rossen

"Fast" Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary "Minnesota Fats" to a high-stakes match, but he loses in a heartbreaking marathon. Now broke and without his long-time manager, Felson faces an uphill battle to regain his confidence and his game. It isn't until he hits rock bottom that he agrees to join up with ruthless and cutthroat manager Bert Gordon. Gordon agrees to take him on the road to learn the ropes. But Felson soon realizes that making it to the top could cost him his soul, and perhaps his girlfriend. Will he decide that this is too steep a price to pay in time to save himself? --jgp5300 (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7aFFqz2bXU

Votes: 3
Points: 15
Voters: WG Kaspar (5), Darkness_Fish (7), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #93 (up 9)


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A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Directed by Richard Lester

Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play cheeky comic versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWbiVqlSMgc

Votes: 3
Points: 15
Voters: pcqgod (5), fange (5), Snarfyguy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Dirty Harry (1971)
Directed by Don Siegel

In the year 1971, San Francisco faces the terror of a maniac known as Scorpio- who snipes at innocent victims and demands ransom through notes left at the scene of the crime. Inspector Harry Callahan (known as Dirty Harry by his peers through his reputation handling of homicidal cases) is assigned to the case along with his newest partner Inspector Chico Gonzalez to track down Scorpio and stop him. Using humiliation and cat and mouse type of games against Callahan, Scorpio is put to the test with the cop with a dirty attitude. --commanderblue (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjBNldYiUmg

Votes: 3
Points: 15
Voters: Copehead (6), Jumper K (4), Ranking Ted (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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In a Lonely Place (1950)
Directed by Nicholas Ray

When a gifted but washed-up screenwriter with a hair-trigger temper—Humphrey Bogart, in a revelatory, vulnerable performance—becomes the prime suspect in a brutal Tinseltown murder, the only person who can supply an alibi for him is a seductive neighbor (Gloria Grahame) with her own troubled past. The emotionally charged In a Lonely Place, freely adapted from a Dorothy B. Hughes thriller, is a brilliant, turbulent mix of suspenseful noir and devastating melodrama, fueled by powerhouse performances. An uncompromising tale of two people desperate to love yet struggling with their demons and each other, this is one of the greatest films of the 1950s, and a benchmark in the career of the classic Hollywood auteur Nicholas Ray. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7S8PcTtbOM

Votes: 3
Points: 15
Voters: Davey the Fat Boy (5), WG Kaspar (5), Ranking Ted (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #64 (down 20)


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The Wild Bunch (1969)
Directed by Sam Peckinpah

It's 1913, and the traditional American West is dying. Among the inhabitants of this dying time era are a outlaw gang called "The Wild Bunch". After a failed bank robbery, the gang head to Mexico to do one last job. Seeing their times and lives drifting away in the newly formed world of the 20th century, the gang take the job and end up in a brutally, violent last stand against their enemies who deemed to be corrupt in a small Mexican town, ruled by a ruthless general. --blazesnakes9 (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdy0t_8mQBw

Votes: 3
Points: 15
Voters: Davey the Fat Boy (5), WG Kaspar (5), Ranking Ted (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #74 (down 10)


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The Exorcist (1973)
Directed by William Friedkin

Accompanied by her 12 year-old daughter Regan, actress Chris McNeil relocates to Washington D.C. where she is filming a movie. Mother and daughter have a good relationship but after a time Regan begins to act strangely. She undergoes various neurological tests but doctors can find nothing to explain her behavior. As Regan's situation reaches crisis proportions - she has to be tied to her bed, swears like a sailor and speaks in tongues - Chris turns to Father Karras, a Roman Catholic priest and psychiatrist to see if an exorcism might be the solution to their problem. Karras is incredulous but the church eventually agrees calling in Father Merrin, who has previously conducted an exorcism and come face to face with the devil. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyW5YXDcIGs

Votes: 3
Points: 15
Voters: driftin (1), Goat Boy (5), Darkness_Fish (9)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Les quatre cents coups [The 400 Blows] (1959)
Directed by François Truffaut

François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told from the point of view of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups) sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdXTtX_cz3s

Votes: 3
Points: 15
Voters: never/ever (6), martha (5), PENK (4)
Position in 2011 poll: #15 (down 69)


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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo García (1974)
Directed by Sam Peckinpah

When rich rancher El Jefe learns that his unmarried daughter is pregnant, he offers $1 million to anyone who brings him the head of the man responsible - Alfredo Garcia. Two of the bounty hunters, Quill and Sappensly, hire various people to go out and find Garcia for which they are offering a few thousand dollars. Piano player Bennie is one of those and as his prostitute girlfriend Elita knows Garcia, they set off to find him. When they learn Garcia is already dead, Bennie digs him up to get the head but only death and misery follows for everyone concerned. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPaUPU9xdgM

Votes: 3
Points: 16
Voters: Davey the Fat Boy (5), Snarfyguy (5), The Write Profile (6)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Das Leben der Anderen [The Lives of Others] (2006)
Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Gerd Wiesler is an officer with the Stasi, the East German secret police. The film begins in 1984 when Wiesler attends a play written by Georg Dreyman, who is considered by many to be the ultimate example of the loyal citizen. Wiesler has a gut feeling that Dreyman can't be as ideal as he seems, and believes surveillance is called for. The Minister of Culture agrees but only later does Wiesler learn that the Minister sees Dreyman as a rival and lusts after his partner Christa-Maria. The more time he spends listening in on them, the more he comes to care about them. The once rigid Stasi officer begins to intervene in their lives, in a positive way, protecting them whenever possible. Eventually, Wiesler's activities catch up to him and while there is no proof of wrongdoing, he finds himself in menial jobs - until the unbelievable happens. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FppW5ml4vdw

Votes: 3
Points: 16
Voters: WG Kaspar (5), Ranking Ted (5), The Write Profile (6)
Position in 2011 poll: #19 (down 58)


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The Thing (1982)
Directed by John Carpenter

An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog explodes, eventually leaving no explanation for the chase. During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team that investigate. The team soon realizes that an alien life-form with the ability to take over other bodies is on the loose and they don't know who may already have been taken over. --Goth (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p35JDJLa9ec

Votes: 3
Points: 16
Voters: driftin (1), Goat Boy (5), Jumper K (10)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Psycho (1960)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother. --Col Needham (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps8H3rg5GfM

Votes: 3
Points: 16
Voters: Davey the Fat Boy (5), kath (5), Darkness_Fish (6)
Position in 2011 poll: #63 (down 14)


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The Blues Brothers (1980)
Directed by John Landis

After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? --Sami Al-Taher (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HCR4c1zPyk

Votes: 3
Points: 16
Voters: fange (5), Copehead (6), kath (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Directed by Woody Allen

Judah Rosenthal is an ophthalmologist and a pillar of the community who has a big problem: his mistress Dolores Paley has told him that he is to leave his wife and marry her - as he had promised to do - or she will tell everyone of their affair. When he intercepts a letter Dolores has written to his wife Miriam, he is frantic. He confesses all to his shady brother Jack who assures him that he has friends who can take care of her. Meanwhile, filmmaker Cliff Stern is having his own problems. He's been working on a documentary film for some time but has yet to complete it. He and his wife Wendy have long ago stopped loving one another and are clearly on their way to divorce. He falls in love with Halley Reed who works with a producer, Lester. Cliff soon finds himself making a documentary about Lester and hates every minute of it. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBzlQ7bUtKk

Votes: 3
Points: 16
Voters: John Coan (6), fange (5), Davey the Fat Boy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Persona (1966)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman

By the midsixties, Ingmar Bergman had already conjured many of the cinema’s most unforgettable images. But with the radical Persona, this supreme artist attained new levels of visual poetry. In the first of a series of legendary performances for Bergman, Liv Ullmann plays a stage actor who has inexplicably gone mute; an equally mesmerizing Bibi Andersson is the garrulous young nurse caring for her in a remote island cottage. While isolated together there, the women perform a mysterious spiritual and emotional transference that would prove to be one of cinema’s most influential creations. Acted with astonishing nuance and shot in stark contrast and soft light by the great Sven Nykvist, Persona is a penetrating, dreamlike work of profound psychological depth. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amxvetvKfho

Votes: 3
Points: 16
Voters: driftin (1), joels344 (10), Goat Boy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #81 (up 4)
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Re: BCB's Top 100 Films Poll - 2017 edition

Postby algroth » 16 Mar 2017, 11:32

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North by Northwest (1959)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he is mistaken for a man by the name of George Kaplan. Foreign spy Philip Vandamm and his henchman Leonard try to eliminate him but when Thornhill tries to make sense of the case, he is framed for murder. Now on the run from the police, he manages to board the 20th Century Limited bound for Chicago where he meets a beautiful blond, Eve Kendall, who helps him to evade the authorities. His world is turned upside down yet again when he learns that Eve isn't the innocent bystander he thought she was. Not all is as it seems however, leading to a dramatic rescue and escape at the top of Mt. Rushmore. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZmbbx2p4yI

Votes: 3
Points: 17
Voters: John Coan (8), PENK (4), Ranking Ted (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #50 (down 26)


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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Directed by David Lean

An inordinately complex man who has been labeled everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, T.E. Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier under an assumed name. The story opens with the death of Lawrence in a motorcycle accident in Dorset at the age of 46, then flashbacks to recount his adventures: as a young intelligence officer in Cairo in 1916, he is given leave to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I. In the desert, he organizes a guerrilla army and--for two years--leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with desert raids, train-wrecking and camel attacks. Eventually, he leads his army northward and helps a British General destroy the power of the Ottoman Empire. --alfiehitchie (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPQ7CR3wn8A

Votes: 3
Points: 17.5
Voters: Goat Boy (10), kath (5), hippopotamus (2.5)
Position in 2011 poll: #58 (down 17)


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Don't Look Now (1973)
Directed by Nicolas Roeg

Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie mesmerize as a married couple on an extended trip to Venice following a family tragedy. While in that elegantly decaying city, they have a series of inexplicable, terrifying, and increasingly dangerous experiences. A masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg, Don’t Look Now, adapted from a story by Daphne du Maurier, is a brilliantly disturbing tale of the supernatural, as renowned for its innovative editing and haunting cinematography as its naturalistic eroticism and unforgettable climax and denouement, one of the great endings in horror history. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUWB-Kw4FiM

Votes: 3
Points: 18
Voters: Davey the Fat Boy (5), The modernist (10), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #8 (down 64)


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Citizen Kane (1941)
Directed by Orson Welles

When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane's dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. Though Kane's friend and colleague Jedediah Leland, and his mistress, Susan Alexander, shed fragments of light on Kane's life, the reporter fears he may never penetrate the mystery of the elusive man's final word, "Rosebud." --Jwelch5742 (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dxh3lwdOFw

Votes: 3
Points: 18
Voters: hippopotamus (10), Snarfyguy (5), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #4 (down 68)


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L’année dernière à Marienbad [Last Year at Marienbad] (1961)
Directed by Alain Resnais

Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais’ epochal Last Year at Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad) has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. Written by radical master of the New Novel Alain Robbe-Grillet, this surreal fever dream, or nightmare, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled château they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais’ investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIdSQ-Hsukk

Votes: 3
Points: 18
Voters: joels344 (8), algroth (6), PENK (4)
Position in 2011 poll: #68 (down 4)


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The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
Directed by Peter Jackson

The Fellowship divides to conquer as Frodo and Sam, with the help and hindrance of Gollum, continue their way to Mount Doom. Gandalf and Pippin ride to Minas Tirith to help defend Gondor while Merry remains with Éowyn and the other Rohan fighters. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli seek aid from those that live in the Cursed Mountains. All these battles have one goal in mind: distract the Eye of Sauron and buy Frodo a little more time to destroy the ring. --PompeyV (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5X-hFf6Bwo

Votes: 3
Points: 19
Voters: never/ever (6), Copehead (8), kath (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #87 (up 17)


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Hotaru no haka [Grave of the Fireflies] (1988)
Directed by Isao Takahata

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival. --Kyle Prerz (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vPeTSRd580

Votes: 3
Points: 19
Voters: algroth (9), never/ever (8), martha (2)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Groundhog Day (1993)
Directed by Harold Ramis

TV weatherman Phil Connors is cynical, to say the least, and having to go yet again to Punxsutawney, Pa. on February 2 to see if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow isn't his idea of fun. He's grumpy with his segment producer Rita and downright nasty with cameraman Larry. He doesn't take the shadow business at all seriously but the next morning, awakens to find he is reliving the same day. Initially disbelieving and fighting what is happening to him, Phil eventually accepts that he will re-live the same day over and over again. He uses the opportunity to acquire new skills - piano playing and ice carving among them - and soon becomes the most admired man in Punxsutawney. Just how many times he relives the day, however, is anyone's guess. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSVeDx9fk60

Votes: 3
Points: 20
Voters: fange (5), Ranking Ted (5), The Write Profile (10)
Position in 2011 poll: #17 (down 49)


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The Big Sleep (1946)
Directed by Howard Hawks

The Big Sleep is the story of a private investigator, named Philip Marlowe, hired by a wealthy general to find out and stop his youngest daughter, Carmen, from being blackmailed about her gambling debts; things almost immediately unravel and blow up from here, as Marlowe finds himself deep within a web of love triangles, blackmail, murder, gambling, and organized crime. Marlowe, with the help of the General's eldest daughter, Vivian, skillfully plot to free the family from this web and trap the main main behind much of this mischief, Eddie, to meet his end at the hands of his own henchmen. --Alec (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-K49CUaeto

Votes: 3
Points: 20
Voters: WG Kaspar (5), hippopotamus (5), The Modernist (10)
Position in 2011 poll: #74 (up 8)


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All About Eve (1950)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington. Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing and tells Margo and her friends a melancholy life story. Margo takes Eve under her wing, only to have Eve use her and connive against her. --Jwelch5742 (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MILphnfj2mo

Votes: 3
Points: 20
Voters: kath (5), hippopotamus (10), Snarfyguy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #71 (up 5)


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My Fair Lady (1964)
Directed by George Cukor

Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond -- one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor. --Jwelch5742 (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0xhzA78u4Q

Votes: 3
Points: 20
Voters: kath (5), WG Kaspar (5), hippopotamus (10)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Monty Python's The Life Of Brian (1979)
Directed by Terry Jones

The story of Brian of Nazareth, born on the same day as Jesus of Nazareth, who takes a different path in life that leads to the same conclusion. Brian joins a political resistance movement aiming to get the Romans out of Judea. Brian scores a victory of sorts when he manages to paint political slogans on an entire wall in the city of Jerusalem. The movement is not very effective but somehow Brian becomes a prophet and gathers his own following. His fate is sealed however and he lives a very short life. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKPmGjVFbrY

Votes: 3
Points: 21
Voters: never/ever (8), Copehead (8), WG Kaspar (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #41 (down 23)


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Zerkalo [The Mirror] (1975)
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society. --Xavier Martin (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXYfRkuA3cM

Votes: 3
Points: 21
Voters: driftin (1), joels344 (10), algroth (10)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Paris, Texas (1984)
Directed by Wim Wenders

New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in Paris, Texas, a profoundly moving character study written by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Sam Shepard. Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape all its own) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski). From this simple setup, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e590FeeGCM

Votes: 3
Points: 22
Voters: PresMuffley (9), pcqgod (5), Copehead (8)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg

Lucas Jackson, natural born world shaker, someone with more guts than brains, a man who refuses to conform to the rules he has been given. Sent to a prison camp for a misdemeanor Luke soon gains respect and becomes an idol. He has some fun in jail doing things for the hell of it, after his mother dies the Bosses put him in the box afraid he might want to attend the funeral. When he gets out he runs and gets caught and runs and gets caught, the bosses try to break him but he just won't break. --Sandra Spence (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q111bDVYNXk

Votes: 3
Points: 23
Voters: PresMuffley (4), martha (10), Darkness_Fish (9)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Star Wars (1977)
Directed by George Lucas

The Imperial Forces, under orders from cruel Darth Vader, hold Princess Leia hostage in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy. --Jwelch5742 (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP_1T4ilm8M

Votes: 3
Points: 23
Voters: never/ever (12), fange (5), Copehead (6)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Directed by John Cassavetes

This uncompromising portrait of domestic turmoil details the emotional breakdown of a suburban housewife and her family’s struggle to save her from herself. Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk give unforgettably harrowing performances as a married couple deeply in love but unable to express their ardor in terms the other can understand. This landmark American film is perhaps the most beloved work from the extraordinary John Cassavetes. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5O7ujg3VQU

Votes: 3
Points: 24
Voters: joels344 (10), PresMuffley (9), Davey the Fat Boy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Der Himmel über Berlin [Wings of Desire] (1987)
Directed by Wim Wenders

Wings of Desire is one of cinema’s loveliest city symphonies. Bruno Ganz is Damiel, an angel perched atop buildings high over Berlin who can hear the thoughts—fears, hopes, dreams—of all the people living below. But when he falls in love with a beautiful trapeze artist, he is willing to give up his immortality and come back to earth to be with her. Made not long before the fall of the Berlin wall, this stunning tapestry of sounds and images, shot in black and white and color by the legendary Henri Alekan, is movie poetry. And it forever made the name Wim Wenders synonymous with film art. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAzzR2Uklok

Votes: 3
Points: 25
Voters: pcqgod (5), martha (10), The Write Profile (10)
Position in 2011 poll: #60 (up 1)


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The Shining (1980)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "Shining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel. --J.S. Golden (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S014oGZiSdI

Votes: 4
Points: 7
Voters: driftin (1), PresMuffley (2), Goat Boy (1), The modernist (3)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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La double vie de Veronique [The Double Life of Veronique] (1991)
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irène Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. Though unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, emotional bond, which Kieślowski details in gorgeous reflections, colors, and movements. Aided by Slawomir Idziak’s shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner’s haunting, operatic score, Kieślowski creates one of cinema’s most purely metaphysical works. The Double Life of Véronique is an unforgettable symphony of feeling. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9jXNXVCYFw

Votes: 4
Points: 10
Voters: driftin (1), joels344 (2), algroth (2), PresMuffley (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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M (1931)
Directed by Fritz Lang

A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. “Who Is the Murderer?” pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . . In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsVproWjN6c

Votes: 4
Points: 13
Voters: never/ever (2), martha (1), Davey the Fat Boy (5), Snarfyguy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #31 (down 25)


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Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot, to carry out a diamond robbery. Right at the outset, they are given false names with the intention that they won't get too close and will concentrate on the job instead. They are completely sure that the robbery is going to be a success. But, when the police show up right at the time and the site of the robbery, panic spreads amongst the group members, and two of them are killed in the subsequent shootout, along with a few policemen and civilians. When the remaining people assemble at the premeditated rendezvous point (a warehouse), they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop. --Soumitra (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vayksn4Y93A

Votes: 4
Points: 14
Voters: fange (5), martha (1), WG Kaspar (5), The modernist (3)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
Directed by John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes engages with film noir in his own inimitable style with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays a gentleman’s club owner, Cosmo Vitelli, desperately committed to maintaining a facade of suave gentility despite the seediness of his environment and his own unhealthy appetites. When he runs afoul of loan sharks, Cosmo must carry out a terrible crime or lose his way of life. Mesmerizing and idiosyncratic, the film is a provocative examination of masculine identity. It is presented here in two versions: Cassavetes’s original 1976 edit and his 1978 one, nearly thirty minutes shorter. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRrj60C24Y0

Votes: 4
Points: 16
Voters: John Coan (4), Jumper K (4), Snarfyguy (5), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Directed by Frank Darabont

Chronicles the experiences of a formerly successful banker as a prisoner in the gloomy jailhouse of Shawshank after being found guilty of a crime he did not commit. The film portrays the man's unique way of dealing with his new, torturous life; along the way he befriends a number of fellow prisoners, most notably a wise long-term inmate named Red. --J.S. Golden (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmzuHjWmXOc

Votes: 4
Points: 16
Voters: never/ever (3), Copehead (2), WG Kaspar (5), Darkness_Fish (6)
Position in 2011 poll: #87 (up 35)


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The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog and King Vidor

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help. --Jwelch5742 (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNugTWHnSfw

Votes: 4
Points: 16
Voters: PresMuffley (4), Goat Boy (2), pcqgod (5), kath (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!
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Re: BCB's Top 100 Films Poll - 2017 edition

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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Directed by Bryan Singer

After a number of people are killed and a cargo ship set on fire, Roger 'Verbal' Kint is questioned by U.S. Customs Agent Dave Kujan. Reluctant at first, Verbal begins to tell them what happened starting with when he met four men, all criminals, sharing a holding cell for a few hours. Together, they join forces to successfully hijack a jewel shipment and head to Los Angeles to lay low. There they are contacted by a lawyer, Kobayashi, representing the much-feared international criminal Keyser Söze who wants them to do a job for him. The result is the attack on the cargo ship. Verbal refuses to give evidence in the case and is set free. Only then does Kujan realize what's really happened. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiXdPolca5w

Votes: 4
Points: 17
Voters: fange (5), Copehead (4), WG Kaspar (5), The modernist (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #89 (up 40)


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Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Directed by John Schlesinger

The naive Joe Buck quits his job of dishwasher and travels from a small town in Texas to New York expecting to make money as a hustler. On the arrival, he is lured by the crippled crook Enrico Salvatore "Ratso" Rizzo that takes some money from him. Soon Joe is broken and homeless without any client or money, and he meets Ratso again on the streets that invites him to move to his apartment in a derelict building. Ratso has a strange cough and his health gets worse. He dreams on moving to Florida where he believes he will be healthy again. Joe and Ratso develop a friendship and Joe decides to go with his friend to Florida as soon as he gets the necessary money. --Claudio Carvalho (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2yBydiEJrI

Votes: 4
Points: 17
Voters: John Coan (6), fange (5), martha (1), Snarfyguy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Pulp Fiction (1994)
Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are two hit men on the hunt for a briefcase whose contents were stolen from their boss, Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). They run into a few unexpected detours along the road. Marsellus is out of town, and he's gotten Vincent to take care of his wife, Mia (Uma Thurman. That is, take her out for a night on the town. Things go smoothly until one of them makes a huge error. Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) is a boxer who's been approached by Marsellus and been told to throw his latest fight. When Butch ends up killing the other boxer, he must escape Marsellus. Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) (not their real names) are two lovebirds/thieves who have decided to rob the restaurant they're currently eating at. But the restaurant doesn't turn out to be as easy as the other places they've robbed. --G. Reaper (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7EdQ4FqbhY

Votes: 4
Points: 17
Voters: fange (5), Copehead (2), kath (5), Ranking Ted (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #43 (down 6)


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Barry Lyndon (1975)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

In the Eighteenth Century, in a small village in Ireland, Redmond Barry is a young farm boy in love with his cousin Nora Brady. When Nora gets engaged to the British Captain John Quin, Barry challenges him to a duel of pistols. He wins and escapes to Dublin but is robbed on the road. Without an alternative, Barry joins the British Army to fight in the Seven Years War. He deserts and is forced to join the Prussian Army where he saves the life of his captain and becomes his protégé and spy of the Irish gambler Chevalier de Balibari. He helps Chevalier and becomes his associate until he decides to marry the wealthy Lady Lyndon. They move to England and Barry, in his obsession of nobility, dissipates her fortune and makes a dangerous and revengeful enemy. --Claudio Carvalho (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lzSoKOs1fc

Votes: 4
Points: 18
Voters: PresMuffley (5), PENK (4), Davey the Fat Boy (5), Jumper K (4)
Position in 2011 poll: #100 (up 54)


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The Conversation (1974)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Harry Caul is a surveillance expert who can bug people at anytime and anywhere. Living in a isolated world, his business is his work. One day, he records a young couple, having a conversation in a park in San Francisco. When he finally is able to pierced together the entire recording, he soon realizes that there's something definitely with this couple's conversation, Fearing that they are being targeted by someone who wants them dead, Caul races against time to figured out the truth before the couple get assassinated by whoever is behind this murder plot. As his investigation leads him deeper to the revelation, his relationship with fellow colleague, who he works for, and his closest friends started to deteriorate. Soon, Caul find himself entrapped in a world where the truth is far more deceiving than what it seems to be. --blazesnakes9 (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD_CAJHIIQE

Votes: 4
Points: 18
Voters: Davey the Fat Boy (5), Ranking Ted (5), Snarfyguy (5), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #76 (up 20)


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Akira (1988)
Directed by Katsuhiro Ōtomo

Kaneda is a bike gang leader whose close friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project known as Akira. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda runs into a group of anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader. The confrontation sparks off Tetsuo's supernatural power leading to bloody death, a coup attempt and the final battle in Tokyo Olympiad where Akira's secrets were buried 30 years ago. --Tzung-I Lin (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2Jxx1EMcJo

Votes: 4
Points: 18
Voters: driftin (1), never/ever (7), pcqgod (5), fange (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Directed by John Huston

Sam Spade is a partner in a private-eye firm who finds himself hounded by police when his partner is killed whilst tailing a man. The girl who asked him to follow the man turns out not to be who she says she is, and is really involved in something to do with the 'Maltese Falcon', a gold-encrusted life-sized statue of a falcon, the only one of its kind. --Graeme Roy (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boZoLR17If8

Votes: 4
Points: 20
Voters: fange (5), WG Kaspar (5), hippopotamus (5), Ranking Ted (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #36 (down 8)


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La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc [The Passion of Joan of Arc] (1928)
Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981—in a Norwegian mental institution. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQj_3AY-E1g

Votes: 4
Points: 20
Voters: driftin (1), joels344 (4), algroth (10), Davey the Fat Boy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #99 (up 55)


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El espíritu de la colmena [Spirit of the Beehive] (1973)
Directed by Víctor Erice

Criterion is proud to present Víctor Erice’s spellbinding The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena), widely regarded as the greatest Spanish film of the 1970s. In a small Castilian village in 1940, in the wake of the country’s devastating civil war, six-year-old Ana attends a traveling movie show of Frankenstein and becomes possessed by the memory of it. Produced as Franco’s long regime was nearing its end, The Spirit of the Beehive is a bewitching portrait of a child’s haunted inner life and one of the most visually arresting movies ever made. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqvpMJNlqxE

Votes: 4
Points: 21
Voters: driftin (1), PENK (9), Snarfyguy (5), The Write Profile (6)
Position in 2011 poll: #30 (down 13)


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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Directed by Frank Capra

George Bailey spends his entire life giving up his big dreams for the good of his town, Bedford Falls, as we see in flashback. But in the present, on Christmas Eve, he is broken and suicidal over the misplacing of an $8000 loan and the machinations of the evil millionaire Mr. Potter. His guardian angel, Clarence, falls to Earth, literally, and shows him how his town, family, and friends would have turned out if he had never been born. George meant so much to so many people; should he really throw it all away? --Tommy Peter (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewe4lg8zTYA

Votes: 4
Points: 22
Voters: Goat Boy (2), kath (5), Darkness_Fish (10), hippopotamus (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #32 (down 9)


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Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushu [Spirited Away] (2001)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

10-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku, who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents. --Jwelch5742 (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOSP8sm_NoQ

Votes: 4
Points: 22
Voters: driftin (1), never/ever (6), martha (10), kath (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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12 Angry Men (1957)
Directed by Sidney Lumet

12 Angry Men, by Sidney Lumet, may be the most radical courtroom drama in cinema history. A behind-closed-doors look at the American legal system that is as riveting as it is spare, this iconic adaptation of Reginald Rose’s teleplay stars Henry Fonda as the dissenting member on a jury of white men ready to pass judgment on a Puerto Rican teenager charged with murdering his father. The result is a saga of epic proportions that plays out over a tense afternoon in one sweltering room. Lumet’s electrifying snapshot of 1950s America on the verge of change is one of the great feature film debuts. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dosg0p7LAB4

Votes: 4
Points: 24
Voters: John Coan (12), fange (5), Copehead (2), WG Kaspar (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #45 (up 5)


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Performance (1970)
Directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg

Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent. --Brad Jackson (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mggYe5E5laU

Votes: 4
Points: 25
Voters: Goat Boy (5), Ranking Ted (5), Snarfyguy (5), The modernist (10)
Position in 2011 poll: #28 (down 10)


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Aliens (1986)
Directed by James Cameron

Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the alien attack on the mining ship Nostromo, awakens half a century later when she is found by a salvage ship. The welcome given to her by the "Company" officials is far from warm, since they refuse to believe her discovery of alien existence and strip her off her flight officer's license. Ripley also discovers, much to her horror, that the moon LV-426 where her crew had encountered an alien species for the first time, is now colonized by the company. But when all contact from the moon is lost Ripley is called back into action again as an advisor to a team of tough space marines with lots of firepower. To get rid of her recurrent nightmares about the alien creature, Ripley prepares for a final battle with the monsters - and this time, there are hundreds of them out there. --Soumitra (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKSQmYUaIyE

Votes: 4
Points: 25
Voters: Goat Boy (10), Martha (1), PENK (9), WG Kaspar (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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The Wicker Man (1973)
Directed by Robin Hardy

Sergeant Neil Howie arrives on a Scottish island looking for a missing teenager girl, Rowan Morrison. The place belongs to Lord Summerisle and is famous because of their plantation of apples and other fruits and their harvest. Sgt. Howie realizes that the locals are pagans, practicing old rituals, and Rowan is probably alive and being prepared to be sacrificed. --Claudio Carvalho (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-tDnavDCwI

Votes: 4
Points: 26
Voters: driftin (1), kath (5), Darkness_Fish (10), The modernist (10)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Directed by John Ford

Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked off their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his uncle's farm and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life - Hopefully. --Colin Tinto (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOuAZLA_jWQ

Votes: 4
Points: 27
Voters: PresMuffley (7), pcqgod (5), Davey the Fat Boy (5), hippopotamus (10)
Position in 2011 poll: #76 (up 49)


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Children of Men (2006)
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Set in 2027, when no child has been born for 18 years and science is at loss to explain the reason, African and East European societies collapse and their dwindling populations migrate to England and other wealthy nations. In a climate of nationalistic violence, a London peace activist turned bureaucrat Theo Faron, joins forces with his revolutionary ex-wife Julian in order to save mankind by protecting a woman who has mysteriously became pregnant. --Ryan Devlin (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VT2apoX90o

Votes: 5
Points: 14
Voters: driftin (1), joels344 (2), algroth (1), kath (5), WG Kaspar (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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Duck Soup (1933)
Directed by Leo Carey

The country of Freedonia is in the middle of a financial crisis and on the brink of revolution. In order to gain a bail-out from the wealthy Mrs Teasdale, the government appoints Rufus T Firefly as its president. However, Mr Firefly shuns the pomp and pretentiousness of government; along with the prudence and rationality of it too. Meanwhile, the neighbouring country of Sylvania is plotting to overthrow Freedonia and sends Pinky and Chicolini to spy on Firefly. War seems inevitable. --grantss (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CEdb0sGfaI

Votes: 5
Points: 19
Voters: John Coan (4), martha (2), Davey the Fat Boy (5), kath (5), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #24 (down 9)


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The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

The continuing saga of the Corleone crime family tells the story of a young Vito Corleone growing up in Sicily and in 1910s New York; and follows Michael Corleone in the 1950s as he attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba. --Keith Loh (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJr92K_hKl0

Votes: 5
Points: 19
Voters: Goat Boy (1), PENK (4), Davey the Fat Boy (5), WG Kaspar (5), Jumper K (4)
Position in 2011 poll: #5 (down 28)


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Rear Window (1954)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate. --Col Needham (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m01YktiEZCw

Votes: 5
Points: 21
Voters: joels344 (1), kath (5), Darkness_Fish (4), hippopotamus (5), The Write Profile (6)
Position in 2011 poll: #6 (down 26)


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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Paranoid Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper of Burpelson Air Force Base, believing that fluoridation of the American water supply is a Soviet plot to poison the U.S. populace, is able to deploy through a back door mechanism a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union without the knowledge of his superiors, including the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Buck Turgidson, and President Merkin Muffley. Only Ripper knows the code to recall the B-52 bombers and he has shut down communication in and out of Burpelson as a measure to protect this attack. Ripper's executive officer, RAF Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (on exchange from Britain), who is being held at Burpelson by Ripper, believes he knows the recall codes if he can only get a message to the outside world. Meanwhile at the Pentagon War Room, key persons including Muffley, Turgidson and nuclear scientist and adviser, a former Nazi named Dr. Strangelove, are discussing measures to stop the attack or mitigate its blow-up into an all out nuclear war with the Soviets. Against Turgidson's wishes, Muffley brings Soviet Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky into the War Room, and get his boss, Soviet Premier Dimitri Kisov, on the hot line to inform him of what's going on. The Americans in the War Room are dismayed to learn that the Soviets have an as yet unannounced Doomsday Device to detonate if any of their key targets are hit. As Ripper, Mandrake and those in the War Room try and work the situation to their end goal, Major T.J. "King" Kong, one of the B-52 bomber pilots, is working on his own agenda of deploying his bomb where ever he can on enemy soil if he can't make it to his intended target. --Huggo (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98NaJ8ss4sY

Votes: 5
Points: 23
Voters: PresMuffley (5), kath (5), Ranking Ted (5), Snarfyguy (5), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #11 (down 20)


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L.A. Confidential (1997)
Directed by Curtis Hanson

1950's Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. --Greg Bole (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4XbnrmbEME

Votes: 5
Points: 24
Voters: Copehead (5), kath (5), WG Kaspar (5), Jumper K (4), Ranking Ted (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #55 (up 25)


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Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Directed by David Lynch

A love story in the city of dreams . . .

Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ5Q0CHQ0EU

Votes: 5
Points: 25
Voters: driftin (1), joels344 (8), Goat Boy (8), pcqgod (5), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #37 (up 9)


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Cidade de Deus [City of God] (2002)
Directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund

Brazil, 1960s, City of God. The Tender Trio robs motels and gas trucks. Younger kids watch and learn well...too well. 1970s: Li'l Zé has prospered very well and owns the city. He causes violence and fear as he wipes out rival gangs without mercy. His best friend Bené is the only one to keep him on the good side of sanity. Rocket has watched these two gain power for years, and he wants no part of it. Yet he keeps getting swept up in the madness. All he wants to do is take pictures. 1980s: Things are out of control between the last two remaining gangs...will it ever end? Welcome to the City of God. --Jeff Mellinger (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4sPxzDBcXA

Votes: 5
Points: 25
Voters: never/ever (4), WG Kaspar (5), Darkness_Fish (5), Ranking Ted (5), The Write Profile (6)
Position in 2011 poll: #21 (down 7)


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The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Directed by Charles Laughton

The Night of the Hunter—incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed—is truly a stand-alone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters, are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic—also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish and writer James Agee—is cinema’s most eccentric rendering of the battle between good and evil. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8dX6ZKJe2o

Votes: 5
Points: 26
Voters: Goat Boy (4), PENK (4), Davey the Fat Boy (5), Darkness_Fish (3), The modernist (10)
Position in 2011 poll: #44 (up 19)


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Metropolis (1927)
Directed by Fritz Lang

Sometime in the future, the city of Metropolis is home to a Utopian society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those is Freder Fredersen. One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of children, she and the children quickly disappear. Trying to follow her, he is horrified to find an underground world of workers who apparently run the machinery that keeps the Utopian world above ground functioning. One of the few people above ground who knows about the world below is Freder's father, John Fredersen, who is the founder and master of Metropolis. Freder learns that the woman is called Maria, who espouses the need to join the "hands" - the workers - to the "head" - those in power above - by a mediator who will act as the "heart". Freder wants to help the plight of the workers in their struggle for a better life. But when John learns of what Maria is advocating and that Freder has joined their cause, with the assistance of an old colleague. an inventor called Rotwang, who turns out to be But their nemesis goes to works towards quashing a proposed uprising, with Maria at the centre of their plan. John, unaware that Rotwang has his own agenda., makes plans that include shutting down the machines, with the prospect of unleashing total anarchy both above and below ground. --Huggo (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrFBId1b8U0

Votes: 5
Points: 26
Voters: never/ever (7), pcqgod (5), PENK (4), kath (5), Snarfyguy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #76 (up 51)
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Re: BCB's Top 100 Films Poll - 2017 edition

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Stalker (1979)
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphys­ical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a professor into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuOnfQd-aTw

Votes: 5
Points: 26
Voters: driftin (1), joels344 (10), algroth (1), PENK (9), Snarfyguy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #37 (up 12)


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Casablanca (1942)
Directed by Michael Curtiz

The story of Rick Blaine, a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early stages of WWII. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick's cafe has become a kind of haven for refugees seeking to obtain illicit letters that will help them escape to America. But when Ilsa, a former lover of Rick's, and her husband, show up to his cafe one day, Rick faces a tough challenge which will bring up unforeseen complications, heartbreak and ultimately an excruciating decision to make. --Kyle Perez (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkL9l7qovsE

Votes: 5
Points: 27
Voters: Goat Boy (2), kath (5), WG Kaspar (5), hippopotamus (10), Ranking Ted (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #2 (down 21)


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Trainspotting (1996)
Directed by Danny Boyle

A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friends: Sean Connery wannabe Sick Boy, dimbulb Spud, psycho Begbie, 14-year-old girlfriend Diane, and clean-cut athlete Tommy, who's never touched drugs but can't help being curious about them... --Michael Brooke (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LuxOYIpu-I

Votes: 5
Points: 27
Voters: Goat Boy (10), fange (5), martha (1), Copehead (5), The Write Profile (6)
Position in 2011 poll: #89 (up 66)


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The Third Man (1949)
Directed by Carol Reed

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime—and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas’s evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9yyDEDGlr0

Votes: 5
Points: 35
Voters: hippopotamus (5), Ranking Ted (5), Snarfyguy (5), The modernist (10), The Write Profile (10)
Position in 2011 poll: #3 (down 19)


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Alien (1979)
Directed by Ridley Scott

In the distant future, during her return to Earth, the commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress call from a distant moon. The seven-member crew are awakened from hypersleep and the spaceship subsequently descends on the moon. While exploring the moon, a three-member team of the crew discover a derelict spaceship and a huge chamber inside her containing thousands of eggs. When a curious team member goes near the egg, the parasite inside the egg attacks him, rendering him unconscious. He is brought back aboard and the spaceship takes off. After a little while, the parasite dies and his host wakes up seemingly unruffled. Everything soon returns to normal - but not for long. --Soumitra (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjLamj-b0I8

Votes: 6
Points: 23
Voters: driftin (1), Goat Boy (2), pcqgod (5), kath (5), WG Kaspar (5), Ranking Ted (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #46 (up 25)


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Badlands (1973)
Directed by Terrence Malick

Badlands announced the arrival of a major talent: Terrence Malick. His impressionistic take on the notorious Charles Starkweather killing spree of the late 1950s uses a serial-killer narrative as a springboard for an oblique teenage romance, lovingly and idiosyncratically enacted by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. The film introduced many of the elements that would earn Malick his passionate following: the enigmatic approach to narrative and character, the unusual use of voice-over, the juxtaposition of human violence with natural beauty, the poetic investigation of American dreams and nightmares. This debut has spawned countless imitations, but none have equaled its strange sublimity. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKykxE7CBbc

Votes: 6
Points: 26
Voters: driftin (1), Goat Boy (3), PENK (9), Davey the Fat Boy (5), Snarfyguy (5), The modernist (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #13 (down 6)


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Shichinin no Samurai [Seven Samurai] (1954)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBfgNpSQm3I

Votes: 6
Points: 26
Voters: driftin (1), joels344 (8), algroth (5), never/ever (5), martha (2), kath (5)
Position in 2011 poll: New!


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The Big Lebowski (1998)
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. --J. Lake (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd-go0oBF4Y

Votes: 6
Points: 27
Voters: PresMuffley (2), never/ever (3), Copehead (2), WG Kaspar (5), Ranking Ted (5), The Write Profile (10)
Position in 2011 poll: #29 (up 19)


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Vertigo (1958)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Police detective John 'Scottie' Ferguson is asked by an old college friend, Gavin Elster, if he would have a look into his wife Madeleine's odd behavior. He's taken to believing that she is the reincarnation of a woman who died many years ago and is concerned about her sanity. Scottie follows her and rescues her from an apparent suicide attempt when she jumps into San Francisco bay. He gets to know her and falls in love with her. They go to an old mission church and he is unable to stop her from climbing to the top of the steeple, owing to his vertigo, where she jumps to her death. A subsequent inquiry finds that she committed suicide but faults Scottie for not stopping her in the first place. Several months later, he meets Judy Barton, a woman who is the spitting image of Madeleine. He can't explain it, but she is identical to the woman who died. He tries to re-make her into Madeleine's image by getting her to dye her hair and wear the same type of clothes. He soon begins to realize however that he has been duped and was a pawn in a complex piece of theater that was meant to end in tragedy. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5jvQwwHQNY

Votes: 6
Points: 28
Voters: Goat Boy (1), pcqgod (5), martha (1), Ranking Ted (5), The modernist (10), The Write Profile (6)
Position in 2011 poll: #12 (down 4)


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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

In a near-futuristic society, late teen Alex DeLarge is the leader of a gang of thugs - his "droogs" - who commit acts of ultra-violence, often with sexual components, without any regard for their victims, and purely because it strikes their collective fancies. These acts are largely fueled by drug use. In addition, Alex is a lover of music, especially that of Ludwig van Beethoven, which, when he listens to it during these acts, intensifies his pleasure, and in turn inspires him to commit further such acts. He does not tolerate any challenge to his leadership by his droogs. Although the authorities in general know of Alex's delinquency, they have so far been unable to catch him in the act of his crimes, until one night after a sexual assault of an older woman. Alex and Alex alone is charged, convicted and incarcerated. But Alex sees what he believes is an easy way out when the government looks for subjects to participate in a new rehabilitation therapy, the end result being release from prison after the two week therapy. The therapy ends up having consequences that Alex did not envision. The questions become how Alex will function, and how others will act toward him in his changed state. --Huggo (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN-1Mup0UI0

Votes: 6
Points: 28
Voters: PresMuffley (9), never/ever (3), pcqgod (5), martha (1), kath (5), WG Kaspar (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #61 (up 45)


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Goodfellas (1990)
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners' success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy? --Colin Tinto (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ilzidi_J8Q

Votes: 6
Points: 29
Voters: John Coan (6), Goat Boy (1), Copehead (6), WG Kaspar (5), Ranking Ted (5), The modernist (6)
Position in 2011 poll: #52 (up 38)


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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones

History is turned on its comic head when, in 10th century England, King Arthur travels the countryside to find knights who will join him at the Round Table in Camelot. Gathering up the men is a tale in itself but after a bit of a party at Camelot, many decide to leave only to be stopped by God who sends them on a quest: to find the Holy Grail. After a series of individual adventures, the knights are reunited but must face a wizard named Tim, killer rabbits and lessons in the use of holy hand grenades. Their quest comes to an end however when the police intervene - just what you would expect in a Monty Python movie. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urRkGvhXc8w

Votes: 6
Points: 29
Voters: never/ever (5), martha (2), Copehead (8), kath (5), WG Kaspar (5), Jumper K (4)
Position in 2011 poll: #22 (up 8)


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Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes [Aguirre, the Wrath of God] (1972)
Directed by Werner Herzog

A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirres, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction? --Chris Makrozahopoulos (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJDuicFyJPg

Votes: 7
Points: 32
Voters: driftin (1), joels344 (4), Goat Boy (4), never/ever (4), Jumper K (10), Snarfyguy (5), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #89 (up 76)


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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Directed by Miloš Forman

1963. With a few months left in his sentence, thirty-eight year old convict Randall Patrick McMurphy - "Mac" - serving time for several assaults and statutory rape, has just been transferred from a labor camp associated with Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton to a psychiatric hospital. Mac has been able to use acting "crazy" - having a belligerent and smart-alecky attitude and anti-authoritarian behavior - to his benefit in not having to do any work. He is at the hospital as the authorities at Pendleton want him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to prove he is not crazy, believing this is all an act to get out of work. He believes this stint will get him out of any more work while he serves out the remainder of his sentence. He is placed in a ward with a group of men who have differing degrees of lucidity and control of their mental faculties. He continues to behave in the same manner as always to get what he wants, using the other patients either as accessories or things for his own amusement. He adds to his list of goals to do anything to annoy the ward's tyrannical head nurse, Miss Mildred Ratched, whose seeming want is to break the spirit of any of the men in her care. In his battle with Nurse Ratched, Mac eventually tries to help the men get a voice of their own while in the hospital, and for some for their eventual return to the outside world. --Huggo (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXrcDonY-B8

Votes: 7
Points: 40
Voters: John Coan (8), Goat Boy (3), never/ever (5), fange (5), kath (5), Darkness_Fish (4), The modernist (10)
Position in 2011 poll: #39 (up 27)


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This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Directed by Rob Reiner

Director Rob Reiner (as Marti DiBergi) follows the fictional British rock group Spinal Tap on their latest tour in this mockumentary. The famed band, with a dozen or more studio album, have a lot to deal with. They clearly aren't as popular as they once were and face playing before sparse crowds in smaller venues. They also have to deal with canceled dates (not to worry, their manager says when they lean their gig in Boston has been canceled, it's not a big college town), arguments about their latest album cover and the arrival of one of the band members' girlfriends who would like to play a role in managing the band. All in all, not a successful tour. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N63XSUpe-0o

Votes: 7
Points: 41
Voters: never/ever (5), pcqgod (5), Copehead (8), kath (5), WG Kaspar (5), Jumper K (10), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #9 (down 1)


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Blue Velvet (1986)
Directed by David Lynch

College student Jeffrey Beaumont returns to his idyllic hometown of Lumberton to manage his father's hardware store while his father is hospitalized. Walking though a grassy meadow near the family home, Jeffrey finds a severed human ear. After an initial investigation, lead police Detective John Williams advises Jeffrey not to speak to anyone about the case as they investigate further. Detective Williams also tells Jeffrey that he cannot divulge any information about what the police know. Detective Williams' high school aged daughter, Sandy Williams, tells Jeffrey what she knows about the case from overhearing her father's private conversations on the matter: that it has to do with a nightclub singer named Dorothy Vallens, who lives in an older apartment building near the Beaumont home. His curiosity getting the better of him, Jeffrey, with Sandy's help, decides to find out more about the woman at the center of the case by breaking into Dorothy's apartment while he knows she's at work. What Jeffrey finds is a world unfamiliar to him, one that he doesn't truly understand but one that he is unable to deny the lure of despite the inherent dangers of being associated with a possible murder. Still, he is torn between this world and the prospect of a relationship with Sandy, the two who are falling for each other, despite Sandy already being in a relationship with Mike, the school's star football player. --Huggo (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_BybDB_phY

Votes: 7
Points: 41
Voters: driftin (1), Goat Boy (9), fange (5), Copehead (8), Snarfyguy (5), The modernist (3), The Write Profile (10)
Position in 2011 poll: #16 (up 6)


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Brazil (1985)
Directed by Terry Gilliam

In the dystopian masterpiece Brazil, Jonathan Pryce plays a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy. This cautionary tale by Terry Gilliam, one of the great films of the 1980s, has come to be esteemed alongside antitotalitarian works by the likes of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And in terms of set design, cinematography, music, and effects, Brazil is a nonstop dazzler. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKPFC8DA9_8

Votes: 7
Points: 42
Voters: driftin (1), algroth (10), martha (10), Copehead (6), kath (5), Ranking Ted (5), Snarfyguy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #10 (up 1)


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Taxi Driver (1976)
Directed by Martin Scorsese

Travis Bickle is a lonely, impotent and insomniac ex-marine, who spends his nights driving his taxi throughout the shadowy streets of mid-70's New York City. Travis is fed up with the society he finds himself surrounded by, wishing that a "real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets". But Travis's personality sees him being unable to connect with virtually anyone, until he becomes infatuated with a blonde campaign worker named Betsy and then later meets an adolescent prostitute named Iris. As Travis grows increasingly more paranoid of his situations, he begins to sees these relationships he develops as 'missions' of which he will need to be the saviour. --Kyle Perez (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44gB58YS53A

Votes: 7
Points: 51
Voters: PresMuffley (10), John Coan (10), Goat Boy (1), fange (5), Davey the Fat Boy (5), The modernist (10), The Write Profile (10)
Position in 2011 poll: #14 (up 6)


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Il buono, il brutto, it cattivo [The Good, the Bad and the Ugly] (1966)
Directed by Sergio Leone

During the American Civil War, three men set off to find $200,000 in buried gold coins. Tuco and Blondie have known each other for some time now having used the reward on Tuco's head as a way of earning money. They come across a dying man, Bill Carson, who tells them of a treasure in gold coins. By chance, he tells Tuco the name of the cemetery and tells Blondie the name of the grave where the gold is buried. Now rivals, the two men have good reason to keep each other alive. The third man, Angel Eyes, hears of the gold stash from someone he's been hired to kill. All he knows is to look for for someone named Bill Carson. The three ultimately meet in a showdown that takes place amid a major battle between Confederate and Union forces. --garykmcd (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCN5JJY_wiA

Votes: 8
Points: 33
Voters: never/ever (4), pcqgod (5), fange (5), martha (2), Davey the Fat Boy (5), kath (5), Jumper K (4), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #24 (up 17)


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Fargo (1996)
Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen

Based on a true story, a car salesman in Minneapolis, MN, Jerry Lundegard hires two criminals to kidnap his wife. Her father is wealthy and Jerry needs the money. However, things don't go according to plan and soon three people are dead outside of Brainerd, MN. The 7-month pregnant Sheriff of Brainerd, Marge Gunderson is soon on the case, and she is very intuitive and resourceful... --grantss (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2tY82z3xXU

Votes: 8
Points: 33.5
Voters: PresMuffley (2), John Coan (2), pcqgod (5), martha (2), kath (5), hippopotamus (2.5), Ranking Ted (5), The Write Profile (10)
Position in 2011 poll: #69 (up 63)


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Withnail and I (1996)
Directed by Bruce Robinson

London. The 1960s. Two unemployed actors—acerbic, elegantly wasted Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and the anxiety-ridden “I” (Paul McGann)—drown their frustrations in booze, pills, and lighter fluid. When Withnail’s Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths) offers his cottage, they escape the squalor of their flat for a week in the country. They soon realize they’ve gone on holiday by mistake when their wits—and friendship—are sorely tested by violent downpours, less than hospitable locals, and empty cupboards. An intelligent, superbly acted, and hilarious film, Bruce Robinson’s semi-autobiographical cult favorite is presented here in its complete and uncut version. --Criterion Collection

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9Z0DV33gAY

Votes: 8
Points: 46
Voters: John Coan (10), Goat Boy (1), fange (5), PENK (4), Copehead (8), Ranking Ted (5), The modernist (10), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #39 (up 34)


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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

A black monolith has an affect on humans, the monolith's effects focusing on two specific time periods. The first period is four million years ago, at the dawn of man. After the appearance of the monolith, the ape men begin to display behavior unknown before then. The second period is the near future, in the year 2001. There are five astronauts aboard Discovery One, which is on a mission to Jupiter. At the beginning of the mission, the reason for it is unknown to the five astronauts. Three of the astronauts are in hibernation at the start of the mission to preserve the manpower over its entire course, leaving mission commander Dr. Dave Bowman and Dr. Frank Poole as the two manning the spacecraft. There is another what is often considered "sixth" astronaut on board, HAL 9000 - referred to simply as Hal - the artificial intelligent computer which controls all of the craft's functions, including the systems keeping the three hibernating astronauts alive. Hal is made all the more astronaut-like as it is given an artificial voice, Hal and the astronauts often having conversations. A 9000 series computer is considered infallible, any error one has ever made being human caused. Ultimately, Bowman and Poole believe that Hal is malfunctioning, they are unaware that Hal's behavior is due to knowledge of classified information it has about events at Clavius, a lunar outpost, eighteen months earlier. However, the issue between the astronauts and Hal becomes a fight for survival. The mission in its entirety has profound consequences for the human race. --Huggo (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHjIqQBsPjk

Votes: 11
Points: 66
Voters: driftin (1), joels344 (10), algroth (13), John Coan (8), Goat Boy (2), never/ever (7), pcqgod (5), Davey the Fat Boy (5), kath (5), WG Kaspar (5), Snarfyguy (5)
Position in 2011 poll: #65 (up 61)


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Apocalypse Now (1979)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

At the height of the Vietnam war, experienced soldier and covert operative Captain Benjamin Willard withdraws from a drunken and disheveled state to accept his most daring and secretive mission yet. His objective is to travel down the Nyung river by boat and assassinate a Green Beret Colonel named Kurtz who has gone insane deep within the Jungle, and leads his men and a local tribe as a god on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory. As Willard and the crew of a Navy PR boat unaware of his objective embark on their journey from the security of civilization into the untamed depths of the jungle, Willard confronts not only the same horrors and hypocrisy that pushed the level headed Colonel Kurtz over the edge into an abyss of insanity, but the primal violence of human nature and the darkness of his own heart. --redcommander27 (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snDR7XsSkB4

Votes: 12
Points: 52
Voters: joels344 (8), driftin (1), Goat Boy (1), never/ever (7), fange (5), martha (1), PENK (4), Copehead (8), WG Kaspar (5), Ranking Ted (5), Snarfyguy (5), The modernist (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #7 (up 4)


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The Godfather (1972)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

The story begins as "Don" Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia "family", oversees his daughter's wedding with his wife Carmela. His beloved son Michael has just come home from the war, but does not intend to become part of his father's business. Through Michael's life the nature of the family business becomes clear. The business of the family is just like the head of the family, kind and benevolent to those who give respect, but given to ruthless violence whenever anything stands against the good of the family. Don Vito lives his life in the way of the old country, but times are changing and some don't want to follow the old ways and look out for community and "family". An up and coming rival of the Corleone family wants to start selling drugs in New York, and needs the Don's influence to further his plan. The clash of the Don's fading old world values and the new ways will demand a terrible price, especially from Michael, all for the sake of the family. --Charlie Ness (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY1S34973zA

Votes: 12
Points: 62
Voters: Goat Boy (1), never/ever (8), fange (5), PENK (4), Copehead (5), Davey the Fat Boy (5), kath (5), WG Kaspar (5), Darkness_Fish (9), Jumper K (4), Ranking Ted (5), The modernist (6)
Position in 2011 poll: #1 (down 1)


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Blade Runner (1982)
Directed by Ridley Scott

In the futuristic year of 2019, Los Angeles has become a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a "Blade Runner". Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate "replicants". The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. When four replicants commit a bloody mutiny on the Off World colony, Deckard is called out of retirement to track down the androids. As he tracks the replicants, eliminating them one by one, he soon comes across another replicant, Rachel, who evokes human emotion, despite the fact that she's a replicant herself. As Deckard closes in on the leader of the replicant group, his true hatred toward artificial intelligence makes him question his own identity in this future world, including what's human and what's not human. --blazesnakes9 (IMDb.com)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eogpIG53Cis

Votes: 13
Points: 171
Voters: driftin (102), joels344 (4), Goat Boy (4), never/ever (11), pcqgod (5), fange (5), martha (10), PENK (9), kath (5), WG Kaspar (5), Ranking Ted (5), The modernist (3), The Write Profile (3)
Position in 2011 poll: #27 (up 26)
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Re: BCB's Top 100 Films Poll - 2017 edition

Postby driftin » 16 Mar 2017, 12:42

[reserved for results as well]

Looking forward to the results.

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Postby joels344 » 16 Mar 2017, 14:02

[Reserved for results]

Should be a fun poll for the next 9 years.

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Re: BCB's Top 100 Films Poll - 2017 edition

Postby martha » 16 Mar 2017, 14:37

Yay! :D
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Re: BCB's Top 100 Films Poll (2017 edition) - NOW TAKING LISTS!!

Postby PENK » 16 Mar 2017, 19:49

algroth wrote:You will need to send a PM including FIFTY (50) films


But even if I add up all the Carry On and Police Academy films I'm still twelve short. Image
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Re: BCB's Top 100 Films Poll (2017 edition) - NOW TAKING LISTS!!

Postby algroth » 16 Mar 2017, 20:11

PENK wrote:
algroth wrote:You will need to send a PM including FIFTY (50) films


But even if I add up all the Carry On and Police Academy films I'm still twelve short. Image


FeelsBadMan :(

You can always fit in the Naked Gun and National Lampoon films in there too. :D

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Postby joels344 » 16 Mar 2017, 21:48

algroth wrote:
PENK wrote:
algroth wrote:You will need to send a PM including FIFTY (50) films


But even if I add up all the Carry On and Police Academy films I'm still twelve short. Image


FeelsBadMan :(

You can always fit in the Naked Gun and National Lampoon films in there too. :D


The first Vacation has some good laughs in it. :D

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Re: BCB's Top 100 Films Poll (2017 edition) - NOW TAKING LISTS!!

Postby algroth » 16 Mar 2017, 21:58

joels344 wrote:
algroth wrote:
PENK wrote:
But even if I add up all the Carry On and Police Academy films I'm still twelve short. Image


FeelsBadMan :(

You can always fit in the Naked Gun and National Lampoon films in there too. :D


The first Vacation has some good laughs in it. :D


So do some of the Naked Gun and Police Academy movies. :) (Haven't seen any Carry On so I cannot comment there.)

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Re: BCB's Top 100 Films Poll (2017 edition) - NOW TAKING LISTS!!

Postby joels344 » 17 Mar 2017, 03:10

algroth wrote:
joels344 wrote:
algroth wrote:
FeelsBadMan :(

You can always fit in the Naked Gun and National Lampoon films in there too. :D


The first Vacation has some good laughs in it. :D


So do some of the Naked Gun and Police Academy movies. :) (Haven't seen any Carry On so I cannot comment there.)


Especially Naked Gun, Leslie Nielsen is one funny dude.

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Postby Copehead » 17 Mar 2017, 06:57

Be careful if you want to vote for C@sino, and why wouldn't you, it will take you hours to work out which one of your 50 films is causing the fLlck up
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Postby PresMuffley » 17 Mar 2017, 07:23

This would be much easier if I hadn't deleted the IMDb account that I rated with.
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Postby algroth » 17 Mar 2017, 07:55

PresMuffley wrote:This would be much easier if I hadn't deleted the IMDb account that I rated with.


:( Yeah, it's definitely handy to have. I'm in the process of transferring all of my ratings to RYM/Cinemos and using that as my database from now on, being that with the boards' closure I see little reason to keep the account I right now have. Hope to see you take part, all the same!

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Postby PresMuffley » 17 Mar 2017, 08:05

I have a RYM account, but I haven't used it in years. Whenever I look at the site now it seems to take forever to load (usually if I'm online I'm using my phone, maybe that's why?)so I try to avoid using it. I might get around to this. Looks fun, even if it will be a lot of work.
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Postby algroth » 20 Mar 2017, 03:12

Got five lists so far. Fellas, keep 'em coming!

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Postby never/ever » 20 Mar 2017, 21:48

Cool! Just stumbled on this.
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Postby algroth » 20 Mar 2017, 23:18

never/ever wrote:Cool! Just stumbled on this.
Do you need year and director too?


It's not mandatory but it would make my life a little easier. :)

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Postby Goat Boy » 22 Mar 2017, 14:20

I've sent my list. Already regretting leaving films out. No Harold and Maude, La Strada, The Apartment, Dirty Harry....
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