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25 Films That Make Cinema GREAT

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The Italian Job [DVD] [1969]
The Italian Job [DVD] [1969]
"A joy to watch every time, Caine on form in the best caper movie ever and of course 'that' famous line..."
A Matter Of Life And Death [DVD]
A Matter Of Life And Death [DVD]
"Quite simply - a masterpiece of British cinema from concept to execution. A stunning work which will never diminish."
Moulin Rouge -- Two-Disc Set [DVD] [2001]
Moulin Rouge -- Two-Disc Set [DVD] [2001]
"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."
Aliens (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1986]
Aliens (Two Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1986]
"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."
Dr Strangelove [DVD]
Dr Strangelove [DVD]
"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!'"
Gregory's Girl [DVD] [1981]
Gregory's Girl [DVD] [1981]
"The awkwardness of young love,  played and captured to perfection. Not a single frame fails to put a smile on my face."
Hannah and Her Sisters [DVD] (1986)
Hannah and Her Sisters [DVD] (1986)
"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."
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [VHS] [1981]
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark [VHS] [1981]
"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."
Close Encounters of the Third Kind--Collector's Edition (two discs) [DVD] [1978]
Close Encounters of the Third Kind--Collector's Edition (two discs) [DVD] [1978]
"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!)"
John Carpenter's The Thing [DVD] [1982]
John Carpenter's The Thing [DVD] [1982]
"After twenty years this has lost none of its power to absorb the viewer... and frighten the living daylights out of them!"
The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [1995]
The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [1995]
"A beautiful story that has rightly climbed in appreciation. Truly uplifting."
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (2 Disc Special Edition) [1975] [DVD]
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (2 Disc Special Edition) [1975] [DVD]
"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!"
It's a Wonderful Life [1946] [DVD]
It's a Wonderful Life [1946] [DVD]
"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!"
Strictly Ballroom [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1992]
Strictly Ballroom [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1992]
"One of the few times I've seen an audience burst into spontanaous applause at the end (without stars in attendance). Feel good - everytime!"
The Piano [DVD]
The Piano [DVD]
"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."
The Castle [VHS] [1997] [1998]
The Castle [VHS] [1997] [1998]
"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!"
American Beauty [DVD] [2000]
American Beauty [DVD] [2000]
"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."
An American Werewolf In London (Special Edition) [DVD]
An American Werewolf In London (Special Edition) [DVD]
"A genre defining film, a bench mark in special effects, jenny agutter in the shower - like you would need any more recommendation?"
Monty Python's Life Of Brian [DVD] [1979]
Monty Python's Life Of Brian [DVD] [1979]
"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!!"
Reservoir Dogs [DVD] [1993]
Reservoir Dogs [DVD] [1993]
"Not a film to forget in a hurry, an explosion of talent that staked a claim for best film of the 90's."
West Side Story [1961] [DVD] [2002]
West Side Story [1961] [DVD] [2002]
"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)"
Zulu [1964] [DVD]
Zulu [1964] [DVD]
"You know, it really doesn't contain the line 'Don't you throw those bloody spears at me'. Epic, in the classic style."
Gladiator (2000) - Two Disc Set [DVD]
Gladiator (2000) - Two Disc Set [DVD]
"Ahh, but they CAN still make 'em if they try. Ridley Scott, with a perfectly cast Russel Crowe, lifts his own high standards."
Star Wars Trilogy (Special Editions) [VHS] [1977]
Star Wars Trilogy (Special Editions) [VHS] [1977]
"Well of course the 'holy trinity' are here, alas though that episodes I,II, III are destined to eclipsed in our affection by..."
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Special Extended DVD Edition) [DVD] [2001]
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Special Extended DVD Edition) [DVD] [2001]
"Two films in and the cinematic achievement is awesome. Simply, these really are what make cinema great."