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I just got through watching the movie "The Best Years of our Lives" on TCM. I was flipping through the channels and seen it was on. I wasn't going to watch because I have seen this movie at least a dozen times. Every time I start to watch I have to watch it to the end and I always end up getting the bottle out. Ditto for tonight.

It is all about the story in this film. Not one stunt. Everything is believeable, the actiing - I don't believe there is any acting - it is all real.

Just an incredible film. Gets me everytime.
 

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Ben-Hur gets my vote especially in terms of costumes, sets and acting.

12 O'clock High and 12 Angry Men are both very good.

Dr Strangelove is also one of my favorites.

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There are many great movies....but two scenes that are never forgotten:

Wild Bunch: William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, in the "pause/moment" just before all the shooting starts in the final scene of the movie.

Unforgiven: When Will Munny (Eastwood) is about to shoot Little Bill laying on the tavern's floor and the transcendental line: "Deserve's got nothing to do with it" is uttered.
 

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I wouldn't put this in my best movie category, but it's one of my favorites: The Outlaw Josey Wales.....One of the best is ZULU!

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Too many great movies. Ben-Hur is way up there and so is Shawshank, and Tombstone, The Green Mile, Singing in the Rain,Gladiator, Open Range,a little known one with Alan Ladd " The Iron Mistress",Braveheart, The Italian Job,Spartacus, Lawrence of Arabia, Silence of the Lambs,Legends of the Fall,Bullitt and The Great Escape. Too too many. I love movies. Bulge.
 

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The best movie in my opinion is Das Bot, after spending several years riding both diesel boats & boomers, I felt I could smell the boat, feel the penetration of the diesel fumes into my clothing, skin & food, feel the exhilartion & fear involved in crossing the Atlantic in the winter headed to Bergen Norway. The sounds the boat made the rush of diesel intake air---what a rush.

The comaraderie of the crew was the best. No matter how successful I became after my years in the navy-it was still the most important time of my life.

Phil Berkowitz ICC(SS)-USNR retired
 

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I would have to go with "Lonesome Dove" with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. (Albeit a mini-series due to its length). Also I truly enjoyed Tombstone. I thought Val Kilmer did a great job portraying Doc Holliday.
 

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The Graduate and Butch Cassidy leap to mind, but when I read the title to this thread Das Boot came to mind out of nowhere. Black and white, a very simple plot line, but the acting, the sounds, and the images are all gripping, if not gut-wrenching.
 

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I`m split between my three favorite westerns. Shane, The Fastest Gun and The Shootist. Maybe not the best ever but my favorites.
 

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My absolute must watch when its on is Stalag 17. Great film. Runner-up is Pulp Fiction. Great dialouge. Both well written films. Good luck Chuck Hrosik
 

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My vote goes to "2001" This 1960's movie had some of the absolute best special effects and it was all done without a single computer based graphic. It used camera angles, rotating stages and costuming to accurately portray what space flight would be. It had future electronic communication that are about today's current standards but it did it before the first cell phone, space station, satellite communications for common use, personal computer, or even any manned moon flights having been completed. It also had one of the most memorable sound tracks ever used in a movie.

It started with the creation of human intelligence and ended with the birth of a new human. It spans many millions of years It is just a great movie on so many fronts, I can't even begin to list all the facets that make this movie My Greatest Movie.

I just hope that we do not end up with another psychotic computer like HAL. (Although, sometimes I think my computer might be related to HAL. At least it hasn't locked me out of the house, YET!)

For a much more detailed review, take a look at
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