25 Films That Make Cinema GREAT

A Listmania! list by "simon_llama"
 
The Italian Job [DVD] [1969]
1.  The Italian Job [DVD] [1969] DVD ~ Michael Caine
The list author says:
  "A joy to watch every time, Caine on form in the best caper movie ever and of course 'that' famous line..."
£5.15   Used & New from: £0.08
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

A Matter Of Life And Death [DVD]
2.  A Matter Of Life And Death [DVD] DVD ~ David Niven
The list author says:
  "Quite simply - a masterpiece of British cinema from concept to execution. A stunning work which will never diminish."
£4.70   Used & New from: £1.84
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

Moulin Rouge -- Two-Disc Set [DVD] [2001]
3.  Moulin Rouge -- Two-Disc Set [DVD] [2001] DVD ~ Nicole Kidman
The list author says:
  "Took my breath away on first viewing for its sheer audacity. You either 'get' a film like this or you don't, but the reward if you do is endless."
£3.29   Used & New from: £0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Aliens (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1986]
4.  Aliens (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1986] DVD ~ Sigourney Weaver
The list author says:
  "Obviously the debate over this and the original still rages (the others are still superfluous) yet comparison is moot, both are essential but this is one firecracker of a way to expand on the idea."
£4.34   Used & New from: £0.05
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Dr Strangelove [DVD]
5.  Dr Strangelove [DVD] DVD ~ Peter Sellers
The list author says:
  "Any great cinema list by definition should include Kubrick, and my choice is made, despite my love of 2001, because how can you resist... 'gentleman, you can't fight in here, this is the war room!'"
£19.79   Used & New from: £1.06
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Gregory's Girl [DVD] [1981]
6.  Gregory's Girl [DVD] [1981] DVD ~ John Gordon Sinclair
The list author says:
  "The awkwardness of young love,  played and captured to perfection. Not a single frame fails to put a smile on my face."
£19.50   Used & New from: £0.98
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

Hannah and Her Sisters [DVD] (1986)
7.  Hannah and Her Sisters [DVD] (1986) DVD ~ Mia Farrow
The list author says:
  "Alas Woody Allen may have become an acquired taste for some, but this sums his best work not least as a showcase for the acting ensemble."
£3.62   Used & New from: £1.22
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [VHS] [1981]
8.  Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [VHS] [1981] VHS Harrison Ford
The list author says:
  "A director inspired created a gem of modern cinema, and literally left me breathless. As the 4th episode creeps closer in 2005 let's hope the magic continues."
£9.94   Used & New from: £1.00
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind--Collector's Edition (two discs) [DVD] [1978]
9.  Close Encounters of the Third Kind--Collector's Edition (two discs) [DVD] [1978] DVD ~ Richard Dreyfuss
The list author says:
  "Still the archetypal alien film which cries out to be seen (and heard) as big as possible. And.... I admit... got tears outta me (only the first 10 times!)"
£5.08   Used & New from: £0.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

John Carpenter's The Thing [DVD] [1982]
10.  John Carpenter's The Thing [DVD] [1982] DVD ~ Kurt Russell
The list author says:
  "After twenty years this has lost none of its power to absorb the viewer... and frighten the living daylights out of them!"
£4.27   Used & New from: £0.30
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [1995]
11.  The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [1995] DVD ~ Tim Robbins
The list author says:
  "A beautiful story that has rightly climbed in appreciation. Truly uplifting."
£2.90   Used & New from: £0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (571 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (2 Disc Special Edition) [1975] [DVD]
12.  One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (2 Disc Special Edition) [1975] [DVD] DVD ~ Jack Nicholson
The list author says:
  "As a testmant to the depth of feeling this extraordinary film generates I don't think I've hated any character more than the Head Nurse! Watch it and see why!"
£4.41   Used & New from: £0.84
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

It's a Wonderful Life [1946] [DVD]
13.  It's a Wonderful Life [1946] [DVD] DVD ~ James Stewart
The list author says:
  "A darker movie than you might expect, since James Stewart is driven to the point of suicide, but a shining example of classical Hollywood. Dare I say, it's a wonderful film!"
£10.58   Used & New from: £1.06
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (773 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Strictly Ballroom [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1992]
14.  Strictly Ballroom [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1992] DVD ~ Paul Mercurio
The list author says:
  "One of the few times I've seen an audience burst into spontanaous applause at the end (without stars in attendance). Feel good - everytime!"
£12.89   Used & New from: £0.05
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Piano [DVD]
15.  The Piano [DVD] DVD ~ Holly Hunter
The list author says:
  "As high an artistic accomplishment in every aspect of the craft as it able to get, and that includes dividing an audience who don't agree. I, of course, argue that it is gorgeous."
£7.32   Used & New from: £0.59
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

The Castle [VHS] [1997] [1998]
16.  The Castle [VHS] [1997] [1998] VHS Michael Caton
The list author says:
  "Despite being the least known film on this list, and certainly the one with the smallest budget, this is a comedy gem with a heart of gold. An australian film worthy with the best. SEE IT!"
Used & New from: £3.98
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

See buying options
American Beauty [DVD] [2000]
17.  American Beauty [DVD] [2000] DVD ~ Kevin Spacey
The list author says:
  "My first reaction (and I'd even missed the first 20 minutes) was WOW. It still is... (and I've caught up with the first reel!). Remarkable at every level."
£3.15   Used & New from: £0.09
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

An American Werewolf In London (Special Edition) [DVD]
18.  An American Werewolf In London (Special Edition) [DVD] DVD ~ David Naughton
The list author says:
  "A genre defining film, a bench mark in special effects, jenny agutter in the shower - like you would need any more recommendation?"
£4.83   Used & New from: £0.43
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

Monty Python's Life Of Brian [DVD] [1979]
19.  Monty Python's Life Of Brian [DVD] [1979] DVD ~ Graham Chapman
The list author says:
  "If a criteria of a good film is 'repeat-abillity', then here is a film (python at its best) which delivers scene after scene that remain funny, 'he say's he wont haggle'... 'follow the shoe'... etc!!"
£3.79   Used & New from: £0.34
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Reservoir Dogs [DVD] [1993]
20.  Reservoir Dogs [DVD] [1993] DVD ~ Harvey Keitel
The list author says:
  "Not a film to forget in a hurry, an explosion of talent that staked a claim for best film of the 90's."
£2.75   Used & New from: £0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

West Side Story [1961] [DVD] [2002]
21.  West Side Story [1961] [DVD] [2002] DVD ~ Natalie Wood
The list author says:
  "An evocotive musical that set standards and anyway, stars Natalie Wood (officially the world's most beautiful woman) (well OK...until Halle Berry was born)"
£7.24   Used & New from: £1.27
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)

Zulu [1964] [DVD]
22.  Zulu [1964] [DVD] DVD ~ Stanley Baker
The list author says:
  "You know, it really doesn't contain the line 'Don't you throw those bloody spears at me'. Epic, in the classic style."
£9.83   Used & New from: £0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Gladiator (2000) - Two Disc Set [DVD]
23.  Gladiator (2000) - Two Disc Set [DVD] DVD ~ Russell Crowe
The list author says:
  "Ahh, but they CAN still make 'em if they try. Ridley Scott, with a perfectly cast Russel Crowe, lifts his own high standards."
£2.57   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (682 customer reviews) | 16 customer discussions

Star Wars Trilogy (Special Editions) [VHS] [1977]
24.  Star Wars Trilogy (Special Editions) [VHS] [1977] VHS Mark Hamill
The list author says:
  "Well of course the 'holy trinity' are here, alas though that episodes I,II, III are destined to eclipsed in our affection by..."
Used & New from: £1.12
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (832 customer reviews)

See buying options
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Special Extended DVD Edition) [DVD] [2001]
25.  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Special Extended DVD Edition) [DVD] [2001] DVD ~ Elijah Wood
The list author says:
  "Two films in and the cinematic achievement is awesome. Simply, these really are what make cinema great."
£4.25   Used & New from: £0.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

More Actions

Discover more about this author
 See all of their Listmania! lists
Make your own list
 Create a Listmania! list
View your page on Amazon.co.uk
 Go to Your Profile page

Customer Discussions about products in this list
Discussion Replies Latest Post
mothership 0 21 Nov 2014
Ultimate Edition vs 30th anniv. Ultimate Edition 2 21 Nov 2014
Audio and Subtitles are: 0 13 Oct 2014
Great unknown Christmas movies? 9 17 Jan 2014
Benny Hill considered funnier than Monty Python--get Hill DVD's here at amazon.co.uk 0 15 Jan 2014
Hollywood about sinks to new depths? 0 22 Nov 2013
Does this still include a slipcover? 1 27 May 2013
Subs? 4 6 Mar 2013
Languages 2 6 Mar 2013
Benny Hill considered funnier than Monty Python! 0 18 Jan 2013
blu-ray regions 1 22 Nov 2012
languages and subtitles 6 28 Oct 2012
 
   

About this Listmania!

 

Author

"simon_llama"
Qualifications: Cinema Marketing Manager
Last updated: 03/01/2003
Report abuse
    

More Listmania!

 

Greatest Films
Greatest Films: A list of 25 items by "obies_store"

DVD's you just gotta love. No order DVD's you just gotta love. No order

DVD's you just gotta love. No order: A list of 19 items by Louise P. "pinkfoodcolouring"

Films to set your life to Films to set your life to

Films to set your life to: A list of 25 items by Robert D. "robteds"

My favourite movies My favourite movies

My favourite movies: A list of 5 items by S. P. Murray "Charlie CookeII"

some cool films some cool films

some cool films: A list of 25 items by Peter J. Holliday "audio_slave_22"