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Your Top Five Favorite Movies Of All Time

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  1. sablebrush52

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    This is a tough one for me. I was going to ask for you top three movies and then chickened out because I would find it hard enough to limit it to five. So here goes, for this moment at least, in no particular order:
    Modern Times
    Night Of The Hunter
    Ikuru
    King Of Hearts
    Wizard Of Oz

    There's a bunch more that come to mind that I like as much, like Rear Window, Best Years Of Our Lives, Maltese Falcon, Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, A Man For All Seasons, Seven Samurai, Toy Story 1 & 3, Up, Fantasia, Finding Neverland, The Lion In Winter, Bonnie And Clyde, Arsenic And Old Lace, Bringing Up Baby, The General, the latest Star Trek, and many others, but I promised that I wouldn't list more than five, so I won't mention any others here.

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    This is really tough.

    In no particular order:

    Electra Glide in Blue
    The Searchers
    The Quiet Man
    We Were Soldiers Once
    Lonesome Dove

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    Hi Warren,

    All great choices. I worked on Lonesome Dove.

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    Great topic!

    In no order:
    The departed
    Tombstone
    My Blue Heaven
    The Pianist
    5th Element

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    Papillon ("Hey, you bastards. I'm still here.")

    The Dead (John Huston's version of James Joyce's short story)

    The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

    Time Bandits

    (I know that's only four, but I have too many choices for fifth.)

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    No order.....
    El Dorado
    Boondocks Saints
    The Ghost And The Darkness
    Usual Suspects
    The Abyss

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    sable: In front of or behind the camera. I was in the middle of writing "The Great American Novel" and then McMurtry came up with "Lonesome Dove." No point in continuing with my little book.

    The Lion in Winter . . . 2 of the best with a great script, wonderfully shot . . . it's in my top ten. Could easily have been in my Top Five.

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    In no particular order
    Rio Bravo
    Cool Hand Luke
    My Cousin Vinny
    Saving Private Ryan
    Outlaw Josie Wales

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    Off the top of my head,

    Star Wars (trilogy)
    LOTR and Hobit movies
    Young Frankenstein
    Indiana Jones (trilogy)
    Forest Gump

    I know, I cheated a little! Lol!

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    @ petes03
    Hell, I cheated a LOT!!

    @Warren
    I was behind the camera. I was hired to paint a live-on-location matte painting of the Montana ranch in winter. It was July when I arrived in Albuquerque and was driven to the location in Angel Fire. We were situated on the Torres Ranch, a huge parcel of land. Wouldn't you know, a huge storm system, actually a swarm of storm systems, collided overhead. It started snowing in July! The scene of the cowboys riding in the snow were shot in July!
    Thankfully, the snow melted quickly so I wasn't out of a job. But that storm system played merry hell with me for the week that I worked on the shot.
    In the end, we did a cross dissolve between my painting and the actual location to show the passage of the seasons.

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    El Dorado
    Shawshank Redemption
    Tombstone
    Lonesome Dove
    Open Range

    I guess I am a sucker for a good western.
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    Great story! Thanks for the vignette.

    I've always thought Lonesome Dove was and is not only a great story, but that the movie really did McMurtry's tale justice.

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    No order

    Hangem High
    john wayne green berets
    Dire Hard
    lethal weapon
    The Good the bad and the ugly

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    Lists such as these is why my oldest son has several dozen different films that revolve in and out of his "Top 10" depending on his mood and his audience on a given day.

    For me to choose a "Top 5" would be a lot like having to name which of my four sons is my favorite ... it's an unanswerable question ...

    Several of the above named titles are names that come quickly to mind in considering how I could possibly hope to answer the question ... "The Lion In Winter" and "Usual Suspects", for example, are among those that came quickly to mind ... problem is, there are between one and two dozen names that also spring up almost as quickly ...

    Some names no one has yet mentioned that are among that flood of memory include:
    "Giant", "The Godfather", "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner", "Unforgiven", "Easy Rider", "The Wild Bunch", "The Sting", "Rocky", "Jaws", "North By Northwest", "The Birds", "The Bridge On The River Kwai", and "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" ...

    Were I to stop and think a few minutes, that list could easily double and maybe even triple ...

    Here's one that might be ONLY on my list, but it was a FABULOUS move ... "A Big Hand For The Little Lady" ... perhaps the best movie no one ever saw.

    In short, I cannot pare the list to 5 ... there are too many which I quite simply cannot exclude ...

    (Edit) Kudos to Pipebow88 on the "Open Range" pick ...

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    1. Barry Lyndon
    2. LotR (trilogy) Haven't seen Hobbit movies
    3. 12 O'clock High
    4. The Battle of Britain
    5. Tora Tora Tora!

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    In no particular order,

    Casablanca
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    Seven Samurai
    The Shining
    Caddyshack

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    No particular order:

    Shawshank Redemption
    Glory
    LOTR trilogy
    The Replacements
    The Empire Strikes Back

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    Hmm, that is challenging:

    1. Goodfellas
    2. Outlaw Josey Wales
    3. Blade Runner
    4. The Hustler
    5. The Usual Suspects

    I couldn't leave out these
    - Pulp Fiction
    - Apocalypse Now
    - Full Metal Jacket
    - Reservoir Dogs
    - To Kill a Mockingbird
    - Snatch
    - Fargo
    - Cool Hand Luke
    - Platoon
    - No Country for Old Men
    - The Best Years of Our Lives
    - Stand By Me

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    In no order:

    Outlaw Josey Wales
    Indiana Jones Movies (with the exception of the Temple of Doom - didn't like that one as much)
    National Lampoon's Vacation
    True Grit (original John Wayne version)
    Kelly's Heroes

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    A lot of the movies you guys are naming are also on my all time favorites list, the ones I named last night are just what popped into my head at the time!

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    Great topic, and an ever changing list for me, but here goes:

    - Glory
    - Silverado
    - The Empire Strikes Back
    - Life is Beautiful
    - Lost in Translation

    Thanks, Jesse, for kicking this topic off!

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    Tough choices. In no order

    To Kill A Mockingbird- B/W
    She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
    The Lion in Winter
    The Quiet Man
    84 Charring Cross Road- Anne Bancroft at her best

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    No order:

    Conan the Barbarian (original)
    Oh Brother, Where Art Thou
    The Green Mile
    The Outlaw Jose Wales
    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Tough to choose only five. There are a few close honorable mentions...

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    Ice Cold in Alex
    Hatari!
    Father Brown, aka The Detective
    The General

    Too many choices for #5, I'm only really sure about the first two as it is.

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    1. Blade Runner
    2. Citizen Kane
    3. No Country For Old Men
    4. Children of Men
    5. Solaris (Tarkovsky's 1972 version)

    But, my favorite films change very often.

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    King of Hearts
    Hombre
    The Seven Samarai
    Shane
    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Tough to list just 5, but these had the most profound impact on me as a kid.

    PS it was very difficult not to include, "The Great Santini" or "Midnight Express". Both of which shocked me as a child.

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    I like Children of Men as well and have it on DVD.

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    1. Barry Lyndon
    2. LotR (trilogy) Haven't seen Hobbit movies
    3. 12 O'clock High
    4. The Battle of Britain
    5. Tora Tora Tora!

    You got a fine collection there!

    Mine are:
    1. The Battle of Britain
    2. Zulu
    3. Das Boot
    4. Kelly's Heroes
    5. Where Eagles Dare

    Along with all the other classics like Easy Rider and Dr strangelove, but I'm just a sucker for a good war film. Preferably with Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Jurgen Prochnow or Michael Caine in it.

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    As others said, can’t really narrow it to 5. But the first 5 that come to mind at the moment are:

    2001 A Space Odyssey
    Chinatown
    Network
    No Country For Old Men
    Waking Life

    And suddenly an alternate list of 5 emerges:

    JFK
    Inception
    Donnie Darko (Director’s Cut)
    Dr. Strangelove
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

    And another bonus vote for Children Of Men

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    Casablanca
    Seven Samurai
    LOTR trilogy
    Elizabeth R
    Flags of our Fathers/Letters from Iwo Jima

    Doña Agatha bat Tedesco
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    The Road to Series (you can't pick just one)
    Goodfellas
    Casino
    Anatomy of a Murder
    North by Northwest

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    Creature from the black lagoon
    Dumb and dumber
    The Commitments
    Night of the living dead
    The descent

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    That's a tough and ever changing list to make, but Zulu is usually on mine.

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    Man this is tough, I love movies!
    JAWS
    Gettysburg
    Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear
    From Hell
    The Quiest Man

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    Anglesey said:
    "I'm just a sucker for a good war film.
    Preferably with Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton ... "

    "Where Eagles Dare" meets that definition perfectly ... if you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to do so.

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    Warren said:

    I've always thought Lonesome Dove was and is not only a great story, but that the movie really did McMurtry's tale justice.

    I agree...it was one of the very few books that I ever read, where the movie lived up to the book..the casting and the story line were faithful on the big screen. I read the book after reading that president Reagan had admitted he thoroughly enjoyed the book while on the mend from the assassination attempt.

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    1. Josey Wales
    2. The Godfather 1 and 2
    3. Silence of the Lambs
    4. Gladiator
    5. Braveheart

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    Brian, I'm also a huge Donnie Darko fan.

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    Casino
    Empire Strikes Back
    Goldeneye
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    The Searchers

    and at least 45 more....

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    Well this list could change on a daily basis as I have time to sit and think about it. So here goes 5 of my favorites.
    Christmas Vacation
    First Blood
    The Rope
    Goodwill Hunting
    Taxi Driver

    I know this isn't a movie but a mini series, Band of Brothers is an all time favorite and I seem to stop on it whenever I see it on.

    This is really impossible I would need to do at least my top 50 if not 100.

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    I am totally blown away by how eclectic most of the lists are. I thought that people would be more into one or two genres at most.

    Zulu! Michael Caine finally gets noticed. What a great movie. This is the problem with getting old and then trying to make a list of anything. If I had watched Zulu in last month or so I suspect Electra Glide in Blue wouldn't have made my top 5.

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    Can't promise they won't change tomorrow.
    The Horse's Mouth with Alec Guinness
    Seventh Seal
    Santa Sangre by Alejandro Jodorowski
    Deep Throat
    Window Water Baby Moving by Stan Brakhage
    Except the first choice, which appeals to me and few others, these are some of the most innovative films that have been made. No history of Cinema that does not mention them all is authoritative.

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    1. Gangs of New York
    2. The Big Lebowski
    3. LA Confidential
    4. Clerks
    5. Leon: The Professional

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    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Lonesome Dove
    On the Waterfront
    Citizen Kane
    Shane

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ternps0JFwo

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    And I especially liked Ann Margaret walking away from the camera in "Viva Las Vegas"

    It may not have been a monumental film in many regards, but I suddenly realized girls weren't icky anymore...so it was monumental to me.

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    Every time I read someone's list I think, "Oh yeah, I should have put that on my list too!"

    I tend to like war movies because they show ordinary people rising to meet extraordinary situations. Also, I'm just interested in history, particularly combat aviation.

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    I really like a lot of movies.....my favorite genre would be sci-fi/fantasy that have a thinking message. I also like war/historical pictures. Marvel's Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, X-Men, Spiderman as well as DC's Batman, Man of Steel are all favs. Clint's Dirty Harry series also - but none would make my top five.
    Well here goes:
    1) The Matrix
    2) It's a Wonderful Life
    3) The Day the Earth Stood Still (Both Versions)
    4) Patton
    5) War of the Worlds (Original & 1995)

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    The Godfather (and the parts concerning Vito's youth in Part 2)
    The Sting
    Lonesome Dove
    LOTR
    The Quiet Man (see also The Searchers, Big Jake, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance)

    Also runner up votes for the Lion in Winter ( " My God, if I went up in flames there's not a living soul who'd pee on me to put the fire out!" "Let's strike a flint and see"), Dr. Zhivago, Zulu, LA Confidential, Legends of the fall.......really just five?!?!? Seriously

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    These are my favorites, don't know about great . #1 Sargent York #2 Shane. #3 Giant. #4 Quiet Man# 5, my Favorite is The Best Years Of Our Lives. Guess you can tell a man by his movies. Sorry just had to put Lonesome Dove in. Some of my friends in La showed him how to ride a horse when he did The Apostle here.

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    I can't argue with any of your choices, Bradley. The Best Years Of Our Lives chokes me up every time that I watch it. Gary Cooper did some of his best work in Sargent York.

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    Godfather
    Star Wars
    The Big Lebowski
    Forest Gump
    Casablanca

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    Here are five of my favorites that no one has mentioned (About ten already named are among my top picks).

    "8 1/2" Fellini
    "Shoah" grim but necessary
    "Jaws"
    "Caine Mutiny"
    "Fargo"

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    This list is impossible... I guess I'll just list the movies that I for some reason watch every time I see them on TV even though I've seen them all at least 20 times:

    The Shawshank Redemption

    The Green Mile

    Tombstone

    The Godfather Part 2

    The Patriot

    If I could do a top 5 Westerns, Dramas, Comedies etc. I might have better luck. I'm not even sure that these are my all time favorites; I just knowv that I have seen them the most.

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    Hmm. Maybe:

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Python and the Holy Grail

    The Great Escape

    Die Hard 1

    Star Wars 1-3

    I do like Kelly's Heroes, Airplane 1 and Band of Brothers, TV though it may be. Oh, and the Sean Connery James Bonds. Terminator 2 was a total surprise for not sucking.

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    Can't believe I left this off the list, perhaps the best court room scene ever. A few good men!

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    FIVE That's like having a million favorite pipes and saying pick 5. Are you crazzzzy.

    And every bodies list BTW is great. Hopefully I am adding five I didn't see posted yet.

    "The soloist" for a recent movie. Liked it a lot.
    "The Postman" is one I didn't see posted yet, but might have scrolled past.
    "Dances with Wolves" needs to be included.
    "Any Which Way but Loose and Can" Right Turn Clide
    "Midway" The response to pearl harbor.

    I humbly reserve the right to post an intuitive thought here ... When ONE comes to mind.
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    The Best Years of Our Lives and Mr. Blandings Builds a Dream House are two more absolute favorites.

    This is a great thread btw......very fun to read.

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    terminator 2, predator, casino, pulp fiction. can't think of a fifth that sticks out in my mind that I would put in my top five. I love too many movies

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    I would have to go with;

    Lawrence of Arabia
    Ben Hur
    Saving Private Ryan
    Dances With Wolves
    10

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    Okay I have not read through everyone's response, I didn't want to be influenced at all.

    In no particular order.

    - Akira.
    - Lost in Translation.
    - There Will Be Blood.
    - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
    - Water Walker.

    -damnyak AKA Double-Goofy.
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    Time Bandits - Its a good one of Wally.
    Caddy Shack - What is this, buy a hat get a free bowl of soup?
    The Outlaw Josey Wales - Dying ain't much of a living, boy. Or is that Pale Rider?
    Willy Wonka - We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams.

    I was 10 when Star Wars came out, so enough said.

    Honorable mention to Inglourious Basterds (Quentin)

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    no order.... Braveheart, Hook, Tombstone, Flyboys, Wedding Crashers

    “A pipe in the mouth makes it clear that there has been no mistake–you are undoubtedly a man.”
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    Five of my favorites would include:

    Vertigo (damn near perfect)
    Reservoir Dogs (the soundtrack alone makes it a classic)
    The Empire Strikes Back ties with Raiders of the Lost Ark (both for the sentimental reason that they were pure magic to a kid)
    Jaws (the perfect summer blockbuster?)
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles (barely a good movie, but it makes me howl - still)

    All five could have been Hitchcock, but that's no fun.

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    Wow. It is very difficult to winnow it down to just 5. Here's an attempt...

    1. Lawrence of Arabia
    2. Blade Runner
    3. Apocalypse Now
    4. The Godfather
    5. Raging Bull

    The almost made it to the list list (I couldn't help myself)...
    Munich
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Snow Falling on Cedar (for the shear beauty of the cinematography)
    Unforgiven
    The Deer Hunter
    2001: A Space Oddity
    A Touch of Evil
    The Conformist (again for cinematography)
    The Wages of Fear
    Night of the Hunter
    In Cold Blood
    The Seven Samurai
    A Prophet
    The Thing (John Carpenter's remake)
    Alien
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    City of God
    Knife in the Water
    Dersu Uzala

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    Terrific choices so far. Some films, like Lonesome Dove, The Seven Samurai, and Best Years Of Our Lives, get mentioned by a number of responders.

    What is interesting to me is the absence of some films that are considered legendary. One that comes to mind is Gone With The Wind. It's not on anyone's list.

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    In no particular order:
    Midnight Cowboy
    Seven Samurai
    Airplane!
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Casablanca

    Also like Kevin Smith's films (at my age, for shame) and anything by Kurosawa. I don't mind a good western. The wife and I decided to fill in the blanks on the IMDb top 250 that we hadn't seen. Fellini's 8 1/2 nearly put us off watching another film ever again. It's a darling of many film buffs I know, but by thunder, I found it incomprehensible.

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    @ Sablebrush regarding Gone With The Wind;

    Certainly an epic movie of its day that had worldwide acclaim and was a dear movie for most Southerners at the time of its release. An accurate depiction of Northern aggression and insurgent terror waged by one of the worst Presidents in our History. Hollywood has been very kind to Lincoln whereas the real Lincoln opposed the 13th Amendment in the late 1850's and only supported it in 1863 to keep European powers out of our Civil War. As always, the victors get to write the History books.

    Today, the movie is mostly forgotten by those under 60 years of age.

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    We have Gone with The Wind on DVD but to tell the truth, I've never been able to make it the whole way thru that one (the wife and daughters love it).

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    I need to add a couple more that I watch whenever they're on.

    A Few Good Men (You can't handle the truth)
    Raising Arizona (Unfinished Huffhinds)
    Band of Brothers (especially Crossroads)
    The Pacific (Just brutally good)
    Star Wars (saw it 10 times in theater)
    Top Gun (guilty pleasure)
    Four Brothers (AKA Sons of Katie Elder)

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    We have Gone with The Wind on DVD but to tell the truth, I've never been able to make it the whole way thru that one (the wife and daughters love it).

    I have that problem with all of the LOTR films and The Hobbit. They're absolutely gorgeous films, made with passion, care, and love. And they knock me out quicker than Temazepam.

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