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What are your top favorite 5 movies of all time?

Asked by jabag11 (676points) January 21st, 2011

And I mean movies that really moved you and touched you, so not like comedy or horror movies please. Thank you!

oh and also not really really old classics like Casa Blanca or anything like that!! lol. 90’s and new would be nice lol.

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Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Funny Girl
Old, but it was an amazing movie

gorgeousgal3's avatar

Gilda, Roman Holiday, Titanic, Kill Bill Volume1, Kill Bill Volume 2

Michael_Huntington's avatar

oh and Casablanca
An honorable mention to Casablanca

erichw1504's avatar

The Score (Norton’s performance was amazing on its own)
Training Day (Denzel is off-the-hook in this film)
The Dark Knight (Duh.)
Donnie Darko (A movie you must watch at least three times to truly appreciate)
The Bourne Ultimatum (The pace and action of this film are unbelievable)

Seelix's avatar

I’m going to do my best to stick to your criteria. These aren’t my favourites of all time, but from 90s on and not comedy or horror:

Walk the Line
Fight Club
La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow)
La vita e’ bella (Life is Beautiful)

josie's avatar

The Outlaw Josey Wales
GI Jane (because I absolutely knew the real life personification of Master Chief John James Urgayle)
Shane An old movie, my dad’s favorite. I have always tried to “be” Shane because my dad would have been proud.
In The Line of Fire A terrific story of redemption
The Shawshank Redemption Speaking of redemption

Earthgirl's avatar

It’s really hard to pick just 5!!
The Secret of Roan Inish
It Happened One Night
Miller’s Crossing
North by Northwest
The English Patient

xjustxxclaudiax's avatar

1)FORREST GUMP- All time favorite!! (Has seen more than 100 times)
2)The Notebook
3)Go Fish
4)Lost And Delirious
5)Finding Nemo

Kardamom's avatar

Sense and Sensibility (The one with Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson) excellent dialogue, wrenching stories about un-available love, stunning scenery.

Goodnight Mr. Tom—a very touching story about a young orphan, during WWII, that was sent along with other children, to live in the countryside with with strangers, to keep them safe during the war. A real tear jerker, but not sickly sweet. Very realistic portrayal of the times.

Rear Window—classic Alfred Hitchcock. Witty dialogue, smoldering (yet subdued) romance, intriguing drama. Starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.

The Young Sherlock Holmes. An interesting take involving a “what if” they showed the life of Sherlock Holmes during his formative years at school with a young soon to become Dr. Watson. A young actor named Nicholas Rowe plays Holmes. Great dialogue, great visuals, interesting mystery, great scenes showing how Sherlock Homes may have come to be how he is.

Lost in Translation. Bittersweet romance between an older man and a younger woman. Two very unlikely people meet and fall in love, but it’s mostly about the stolen looks they give each other that make you think and wonder in your own head about how they are feeling. Very romantic, but simmering under the radar. Great visuals of a high end Japanese hotel.

Bleak House (mini series with Gillian Andersen) this is an excellent version of the Charles Dickens book with lots of twists and turns and intrigue and bittersweet un-requited love and marvelous cinematography.

Young Frankenstein. Extremely funny movie with dialogue that you are sure to repeat over and over again. Great “film noir” stylings, excellent ensemble cast: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Cloris Leachman, Terri Garr.

Shall We Dance (the original Japanese version). Very funny dialogue, painfully realistic look at one man’s love for a woman he can’t be with (for all sorts of reasons) and the trouble he goes to to try to be with her anyway. Great ballroom dancing lessons scenes and ballroom competition scenes. Has a happy ending, but not in the way you might have expected.

Austinlad's avatar

Impossible to limit my list, but here are 10 that especially touched me and which I continue to watch again and again.

The Red Shoes
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Flashbacks of a Fool
Brief Encounter
Viva Zapata
Michael Clayton
A Christmas Carol (1951 version)

To see others I love, check out my movie review site

glenjamin's avatar

What’s wrong with comedy? It can be touching. Anyway My top 5:

1. Braveheart
2. The Karate Kid (with Ralph Macchio)
3. Fight Club
4. Gladiator
5. The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson)
I could list many more, but this is just a sample. Braveheart is a definite #1 though

Vunessuh's avatar

Requiem for a Dream
The Machinist
City of God
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Best in Show

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

To Kill A Mockingbird
My Fair Lady
Young Frankenstein
All About Eve
and Big Fish ;)
That is my list for today
@Kardamom-I forgot about the original Shall We Dance? I loved that movie. :)

JustJessica's avatar

1. GO
2. Breakfast Club
3. Goonies
4. 3:10 to Yuma
5. Crank
6. Snatch
7. Dangerous Beauty
8. Dogma

jesienne's avatar

The Lovers from the North Pole
The Spirit of the Beehive
Eyes without a Face

Cruiser's avatar

2001 A Space Odyssey
Apocalypse Now
Young Frankenstein
Pulp Fiction

Brian1946's avatar

Forbidden Planet
The Sixth Sense
The Exorcist

Brian1946's avatar



Clive Barker rules!

naomi29's avatar

Twin Peaks (Fire Walk w/ Me)
There Will Be Blood
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Silence of the Lambs
The Life Aquatic

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Touching movies, that are not classified as comedies, eh?

The Patriot
GI Jane (it really touches me to watch her kick Master Chief’s ass)
City of Angels
Phantom of the Opera

You know, it’s kind of weird to ask “what are your favorite 5 movies of all time and then put so many restictions on it… makes no sense. Because then they’re not of all time and if I can’t choose comedy or horror, they may not be my actual favorites.

Joker94's avatar

It’s impossible to name them all, but here are five
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Inglourious Basterds
The Princess Bride
Garden State
Bonus props to all the Star Wars movies!

deni's avatar

Dumb and Dumber, Pulp Fiction, Ice Age, Silence of the Lambs, Tommy Boy? I can’t think….but obviously I lead a very serious life.

Who’s the DEAD MAN that hit me with the SALT SHAKER?

flutherother's avatar

Local Hero
The Remains of the Day
Glengarry Glen Ross
Blade Runner

Earthgirl's avatar

Sorry I didn’t read the question thoroughly! I’ll change my answer, ha ha…no more It Happened One Night…
I vote for Brazil by Terry Gilliam ;)

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

Mean Girls – I have seen it so much that I know ALMOST EVERY LINE. And because I have watched it so many times I tend to talk with the text while others are watching with me and they become mad a at me ´:)

Happy Potter And The Deathly Hallows – part 1.

American Pie (ALL I LIKE THEM)

My super girlfriends.

filmfann's avatar

Citizen Kane
City Lights
The Best Years Of Our Lives

all in glorious Black & White!

TexasDude's avatar

Youth in Revolt
Trick r Treat
Meet the Robinsons

Honorable mention goes to Red Dawn, (500) Days of Summer, and How to Train Your Dragon.

stardust's avatar

It’s hard to pick just five, but a few of my favourites include:

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Requiem for a dream
A Beautiful Mind
Girl Interrupted
La Vie En Rose

SavoirFaire's avatar

Limiting myself to emotionally powerful movies of fairly recent origin (as per the question details) here is my list:

Life is Beautiful
Stranger than Fiction
Harold and Maude
Requiem for a Dream

OpryLeigh's avatar

Mermaids (with Cher)
Rain Man
The Elephant Man
The Prince of Tides

lemming's avatar

Into The Wild
Vanilla sky
Waking Life
There’s Something About Mary

jabag11's avatar

wow thanks everyone! great answers.1

Kardamom's avatar

@Leanne1986 I totally forgot about the Elephant Man. That was an excellent movie! Pretty much any movie with Anthony Hopkins is worth watching.

@Austinlad The 1951 version of a Christmas Carol is great and so is the one with Patrick Stewart.

I have to say that I am un-familiar with about 90 percent of the choices. I guess I’ll have to start adding stuff to my Netflix list.

A few others that I just remembered are not earth shattering, but they are sweet romantic comedies:

Rueben Rueben (with Tom Conti- witty repartee, sweet un-requited love romance)

When Harry Met Sally (especially the scene where Meg Ryan breaks down after her longtime boyfriend marries someone else immediately. It’s heart wrenching, and hilarious male/female bantering dialogue).

Romantic Comedy (with Dudley Moore and Mary Steenbergen- love smoldering beneath the surface).

And I’m going to go out on an embarrassing limb here- The Homecoming (the original movie that started the Walton’s TV show. It’s just so good.)

OpryLeigh's avatar

@Kardamom I love Anthony Hopkins. Superb actor.

renee_chaine's avatar

Martian Child
According to Greta
Secondhand Lions
I Am Sam
The Pursuit of Happyness
That is, if you’re talking about ONLY movies that have really touched me, etc. Not necessarily my all time favorites. Speaking of comedies and whatnot, I’d have to throw in like Bridesmaids, Baby Mama, Juno, She’s the Man, Easy A… all those kinds of movies. I love chick flicks. :) Haha

Crashsequence2012's avatar

Blade Runner succeeded in doing what a film is supposed to do better than any other I’ve seen.

That is take me in and transport me alone with the story.

NomoreY_A's avatar

Spartacus / Lawrence of Arabia / Bridge on the River Kwai / Donnie Brasco / The Godfather / Dr. Strangelove (Or, How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb). ) Greatest line: No fighting in the War Room!

catlover1221's avatar

Oooohhh…. I have so many movies on my list, but I think I can narrow it down to five, or so…

1) Spaceballs (This movie, I remember all the lines from as well, and can recite them as well as Princess Bride)
2) Blazing Saddles
3) Princess Bride (I can recite all the lines from the movie from memory if given the chance to concentrate, lol!
4) Samurai X- Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Trilogy (I know it’s not one movie, but the story is too good to only list one-Based off a Japanese Animation Series by the same name)
5) The Bishops Wife (with Cary Grant)

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