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Old 08-23-2019, 10:58 AM
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Airplane!

The funniest movie ever made and my favorite movie of all time.

Also, only on this message board could a single-answer question be answered with so many multiple answers and caveats
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The movie that I will watch any time and is absolutely the most quotable fun movie:

The Castle

This Australian "mockumentary" is 1. not long (80 minutes), 2. makes you happy, 3. doesn't go for the turn to the camera laughs like Christopher Guest movies, and 4. has more call-backs than Arrested Development. I promise you'll enjoy it the first time and it gets better every time after that. The U.S. cut/version is superior to the Australia release.
"Dad reckons fishing is 10% brains and 95% muscle, the rest is just good luck."
"We're going to Bonnie Doon"
"Tell him he's dreamin'"
"Seasonin'"
"This is going to the pool room"
"YOu know what they say about Greeks"
It's just a good fun movie about underdogs who you don't need to feel sorry for.
Great flick. After all these years, "tell him he's dreamin'" causes an immediate smile, and brings back all the hilarity and warmth that movie has to offer.

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I've already named my favorite, upthread, but reading the choice made by posters tells you something about they themselves. I started listing the films here that would be on a "top 20" list for me and came up with nine. All of them are very different films. Then I added others not mentioned here, and I'm up to fourteen. Maybe I'll start a thread like that.
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The one movie I've re-watched the most in the last 15 years is Sideways
No matter how many times I see it or think about it, Miles' line

"I'm not drinking any fucking Merlot"

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The original Arthur. I couldn't bring myself to watch the remake.
Good to hear, I wouldn't have replied if you said the remake, but I would be wondering if you had a serious head injury.

Arthur is a very good movie, I still use Hobson's "I'll alert the media." from time to time, though no one seems to know it anymore.
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:22 AM
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Interesting the range of movies being cited!

Also interesting that at least a few Dopers have handles or quotes from a movie, but cited a different movie as their favorite.

Finally, interesting that I am the first to mention...

Big Trouble in Little China.

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Old 08-23-2019, 11:52 AM
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I grew up on Dinosaurus, and love the film (I strongly believe that the fight between the T. Rex and the steam shovel inspired the fight between Ripley in the Loader vs. the Alien Queen in James Cameron's Aliens), but it's got too many flaws to be my favorite.



The Wah Chang stop motion is way below Harryhausen standards, and in a lot of scenes it's clearly not even animated at all -- they used a puppet to save time and money. For my money there are better dino flicks to choose as a favorite.

But, hey, I could see if Dinosaurus hits your Sweet Spot. I was just looking at the Dell comic adaptation of it a couple of days ago, and felt that warm rush of nostalgia.
If the question had been best I probably would have gone Valley of Gwangi but ------- there is something in Dinosaurus! that always just appealed to me more. The human acting is a little better and the little boy with his cereal toys -------- it just has something. And the caveman while funny is also a little heroic as well. Ray did stop-motion the best; he is without the best that ever will be since CGI has basically killed a lot of the art. But Dinosaurus! just has that "it" factor" for me.


Now if we were talking Christmas movies ------ Santa Claus Vs. the Devil. What can I say? Stories, even bad stories, are just my thing.
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:44 PM
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit, with second-place going to The Princess Bride.
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:02 PM
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I have two absolute single favorite movies (I know, I know) that I choose from based on the circumstances. For the SDMB, it has to be

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Old 08-23-2019, 06:49 PM
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Well, sitting atop my list, in a statistical tie, are “The Man Who Would Be King” and “My Favorite Year.”

TMWWBK was formerly my clear #1 — but I re-watched it with my kids.

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My go to is George Cukor's The Phildelphia Story. Features three actors who each deserve a greatest of all time accolade and a solid supporting cast including Roland Young in a wonderful turn as Uncle Willie. Add to that a rendition of "Lydia the Tatooed Lady" and it's pretty much a perfect movie.
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So many of my perfect 10 movies have been listed already.
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Casablanca is probably better, but The Maltese Falcon was the first noir I saw, and it sticks with me as my favorite. I remember my astonished delight at the rapid-fire dialog.
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Well, sitting atop my list, in a statistical tie, are “The Man Who Would Be King” and “My Favorite Year.”

TMWWBK was formerly my clear #1 — but I re-watched it with my kids.
What about the sequel -- "The Man Who Would Be King of the Popes"?
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My favorite LOWBROW: The Island of Lost Souls, 1933. “Not to schpill BLOT, THAT is the Law! Are we not MEN?”

My favorite HIGHBROW: Either The Passion of Joan of Arc, (1928), or Metropolis, (1927). Just watched that again two weeks ago. I will never get tired of any of these.
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I can't POSSIBLY pick just one. I will say, whenever these movies are on tv, I will drop everything to watch: 'Gone With the Wind', any 'Harry Potter' movie, any 'Lord of the Rings' movie, any early 'Star Wars' movie. .... Other than that, 'Sunset Boulevard' is right up there.
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and 'Lawrence of Arabia' - till I die, I will watch this, also.

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StarTrek IV, The Voyage Home.
I can follow the dialogue word for word, I've watched it so much.

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My favorite LOWBROW: The Island of Lost Souls, 1933. “Not to schpill BLOT, THAT is the Law! Are we not MEN?” <snip>
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Blade Runner (version with Ford's narration, if it matters)
Thank you for specifying. That's my favorite version too. I'm a big fan of '40s & '50s noir, and narration is very common. The narration by a world-weary Deckard fits the futuristic (well, not anymore) noir perfectly. I wonder if people who hate the narration have seen many old noirs, like Sunset Blvd. Ridley Scott knew what he was doing with the narration but took it out because, I assume, most people didn't get that that's what he was going for. I love the movie either way, it's in my Top 5, but I'll always have a soft spot for Scott's original noir vision.
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I saw Whatever Happened to Baby Jane at a college film society, probably in 1979, and found it so disturbing I could never watch it again. Victor Buono gives me the creeps even when I see him as King Tut on the Batman teevee show or Reverend Jim’s dad on Taxi.
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Dammit. I asked my gf what her favorite movie was and she has been thinking it over. When she asked me, I mentioned Pulp Fiction, but she corrected me. Apparently my favorite is actually Jackie Brown. She is correct. She knows me better than I do.
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There are so many already named that I love: The Castle, Rear Window, North by Northwest, The Right Stuff, A Clockwork Orange, Casablanca... I love them all.

There are two others not yet named and they are a toss-up for me. One was critically recognized, the other not: A Room With a View and Zodiac.

The latter, despite having a cast of excellent A-list actors (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo) and wonderful performances by supporting actors (John Carroll Lynch, Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Chloë Sevigny and others) did not receive much in the way of recognition. Yet the producers of this film took a complex story, wove it into a tense, creepy, compelling narrative while maintaining its historical accuracy and added touches of pure comedy, horror and pathos. I never tire of watching it.
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. There are a few that come close (Jurassic Park and The Birdcage come to mind) but my heart will always belong to Wonka.
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Thank you for specifying. That's my favorite version too. I'm a big fan of '40s & '50s noir, and narration is very common. The narration by a world-weary Deckard fits the futuristic (well, not anymore) noir perfectly. I wonder if people who hate the narration have seen many old noirs, like Sunset Blvd. Ridley Scott knew what he was doing with the narration but took it out because, I assume, most people didn't get that that's what he was going for. I love the movie either way, it's in my Top 5, but I'll always have a soft spot for Scott's original noir vision.
I've seen and loved many noirs. Sunset Boulevard is one of my favorite movies. Blade Runner with H. Ford's uninflected narration is still shit.
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If you ask me today, The Martian is probably the film I will not turn off and watch anytime it is on.
I wouldn't pick it as my all time favorite. But I have watched it six times since its release, which was only four years ago.
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Terminator 1. It's been my favourite movie ever since I was about 10. I have other movies that I love despite flaws but there are no serious flaws in The Terminator, taken as a solo movie without the sequels.
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I've been through the entire list several times now, but I can't come up with my "all time favorite" any better than the Steve McQueen thriller with this user's name! If it's not "Bullitt" I can't think what else it might be! I've seen that movie many times and it's always fresh, exciting and fun!

I hesitate to mention "Rebel Without A Cause" because I think I grew past that one some time in my thirties! Same with most (if not all)) of Brando's things.

But I'm tempted to mention (at least) Paul Newman's "The Hustler" in passing.

Many great movies already mentioned -- enough to convince me that this is a difficult task!
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A year ago, I would have said The Rocketeer, or maybe Rocketship X-M, but lately I've been developing a jones on Godzilla (the original Japanese-language version); it's kinda become my rainy-day, warm feeling movie. There's just something about a guy in a rubber suit kicking over meticulous little buildings.
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He likes gladiator movies.
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Badlands - Terrence Malik's first movie with Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. It was the support to something else at a midnight session, and TimeOut only gave it a mediocre review. I had seen Sheen only a few days before on TV in The Execution Of Private Slovik and that was incentive enough. It is just about the least well known American masterpiece of movie making that I have introduced to people.

The other movie I considered I also initially caught as a support - at the drive-in. Cool Hand Luke was the mere support for the vastly inferior Easy Rider.

Before the advent of video and away from big cities it was hard to keep up with movies unless they appeared on TV.
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Dammit. I asked my gf what her favorite movie was and she has been thinking it over. When she asked me, I mentioned Pulp Fiction, but she corrected me. Apparently my favorite is actually Jackie Brown. She is correct. She knows me better than I do.
Turn up your hearing aide old man....

I chuckle as i write this...

My Fave used to be "The Jerk" , Steve Martin.

Then became "Rain Man" ...

Then became "Pulp Fiction" :

My taste and memory change too.
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I cannot choose an absolute favorite single movie. Thank og a number of my faves have already been listed. Allowing me to mention “the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
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