October 27, 2010


Dear readers, I am participating in Alphabe-Thursday where ‘F’ IS FOR FILMS – AND CRITICS’ TOP SEVEN MOVIES OF ALL TIME! DO YOU AGREE?

Film critics of the UK Guardian and Sunday Observer newspapers recently voted the following as their top 7 movies of all time:

1. Chinatown (Polanski 1974 below)
=2. Psycho (Hitchcock 1960)
=2. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky)

4. Annie Hall (Woody Allen 1976)
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrik 1968)
6. Brief Encounter ( David Lean 1945)
7. Apocalypse Now (F Coppola 1979)
So much for the critics! What’s your take? Here are some suggestions:
8. Lost in Translation (below)
9. Breathless (A Bout de Souffle)
10. Casablanca
11. Dr Zhivago
12. Gone with the Wind
13. When Harry met Sally
14. Godfather Part One
15. In the Mood for Love
16. Room with a View
17. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
18. Hannah & Her Sisters
Do tell me! And do check out other Alphabe-Thursday posts @
Jenny Matlock!
And, finally, thank you to all my dear readers and also new followers who visited or commented this week! Have a great weekend!
And see you again for Ruby Tuesday!


Heavenly Housewife said...

Thank god u included Gone With the Wind, its my favourite!
*kisses* HH

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Nora,
Great picks! I don't know which I would choose--there are too many!! lol

I hope you are having a great day in beautiful Spain...
Sending hugs,

One Heart said...

Ooh, I love it when you have a new post. So much fun here and movies, oh my goodness, my favorite of all.

Okay, I TOTALLY disagree with the critics. I have a post titled Favorite Movies back in August where I list just 12 of my favorites. The list would be eternal. But from here I would definitely choose Gone with the Wind, Room with a View, When Harry Met Sally, and maybe Godfather. Casablanca...?...not too big on Bogart but for a classic, maybe.

Fun! Thanks as always. Now I have to watch a movie. ;)

Z said...

Some Like It Hot - my favourite comedy. And I love Bogart -you can't top Casablanca, but he and Bacall were so good together. I love to watch To Have and Have Not for him visibly falling for her, and for her nerves - you can see the stiff angle of her neck to disguise her shaking. And the Big Sleep, impenetrable plot but it doesn't matter.

How about The Shawshank Redemption? And if you asked my son, he'd say The Graduate. I love Audrey Hepburn, and would say Breakfast at Tiffany's if it weren't for that awful comic Oriental character of Mickey Rooney, so will go for the elegant wit of My Fair Lady.

I'm afraid I could go on and on.

A 2 Z said...


My 2 favs are Dr Zhivago and La Cage aux Folles (a French-Italian movie made in 1978). In 1996 they made an American version called The Birdcage. If you ever get your hands on the French version you will die laughing. Following you from Alphabe-Thursday!


Red Couch Recipes said...

LOL! I have never seen any of the critics movies! I guess I am out of touch! I don't know what I would say are the top movies -- but me and the critics don't agree. Visiting from AT. Joni

Jackie said...

I love movies but I have no idea. Chinatown? I never seen that. I'll have to see if I can get it free online. Yes I can !

Write Chick said...

I've never seen any of the critics movies. However, I love Room with a View and When Harry Met Sally.

H said...

Oh no! PANIC. I know that I will choose and then immediately change my mind! But here goes...

Off the top of my head, my top 10 choices would be Ghandi, Cry Freedom, The Fugitive, Notting Hill, Educating Rita, The Thirty Nine Steps, The (original) Italian Job, The Hunt for Red October, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and The Full Monty.

And now I know that the second I click 'Publish your comment', I'm going to think "Oh no! I forgot about..."

H said...

To Kill a Mockingbird!!!! See, I told you!!!

Mary said...

Never heard of Andrei Rublev...definitely Gone with the Wind & we absolutely love The Shawshank Redemption!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Very interesting picks from the UK Critics. I'm still a Gone With The Wind Fan and will watch Dr. Zhivago again and again. Altho, I really like Diane Keaton, I didn't much care for Annie Hall. Neat post on Film as the Letter F.

Pondside said...

Howard's End
Babette's Feast
Gone with the Wind
Room with a View
Enchanted April

I'm a romantic!

myorii said...

Okay, I suck. I've never watched ANY of the 18 movies you listed. I've heard about them and have heard so many pop culture references to them but have never actually SEEN them. I guess I need to get my butt into shape and go watch a bunch of these :)

Judie said...

O.k.--Here are a few of mine:
Out of Africa
The Razor's Edge
The Way We Were
To Kill A Mockingbird
Sophie's Choice
Lawrence of Arabia
Mystic River
The Hunt for Red October
Black Orpheus

I could sit here all night, but these are some of my very best choices.

Jo said...

oh, wonderful list, but i do love the movies that Ponside listed as well ... i adore romantic films ... including Sense and Sensibility ..

Annesphamily said...

To Kill A Mockingbird, Fried Green Tomatoes, Remember the Titans! My fav movies. 4ever! Anne

Berlin said...

I hardly watch any movies these days. I don't even know a single one here O.o

Paper butterflies,

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Nora and Lola,

A great post thank you for sharing.
Dr Zhivago and Gone with the wind, have always been favourites of mine.
I will have to check out some more that you have recommended.

Happy Thursday

Francisca said...

Well, I've seen a number of the movies you list, but my tastes mostly take me out of Hollywood. Here are a baker's dozen I've particularly enjoyed, in no particular order:

The Commitments
The Tin Drum
Wings of Desire
Hibiscus Town
The Elephant Man
Until the End of the World
The Tenth Man
The Lover
The Hours
La Vie en Rose

lissa said...

I only saw a few on the list, Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn has always been one of my favorite

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Fried Green Tomatoes (movie and the food!)
Something to Talk About
Big Easy

fredamans said...

I agree with a couple of those, but a couple others are stupid. Just my opinion.


NatureGirl said...

I have too many favorites to pick. Little Miss Sunshine and Oh Brother Where Art Thou come to mind and the fairly recent adaption of The Importance of Being Earnest was great.

My 16 yr old son watches Space Odyssey daily, but it makes me want to join a nunnery just to get a little excitement!

Nick Thomas said...

What? No "Some Like it Hot"?

Michelle said...

Fantastic post for 'F' week! One of the best I've seen!

Holly said...

Oh, where to start? Love Woody Allen films and those older classics too!Great post. 8-)

Jan said...

For me, Space Odyssey and The Godfather! More recently, I'd include Lost in Translation & When Harry Met Sally!Really enjoyed this post! 8-D

gabe said...

Thanks for the quick link! Great idea I do and try and visit everyone who visits me and that makes it supper easy!

I loved Brief Encounter. . .saw it one night on TCM! Also Casablanc a fav!

Sue said...

I love all the old classics with Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, etc.

And I love Good Will Hunting and The American President and Mary Poppins...


EG Wow said...

Cool collection of FINE FILMS!

Mike said...

Superb post - loved Jack Lemmon in The Apartment (top pic)!

tania said...

Loved all the Marilyn Monroe films especially Some Like It Hot! Terrific post :-)

laterg8r said...

my fave is roman holiday :D

La said...

Hmmm I've only seen one of those top seven movies. What do critics know. :o) La

Rachel Cotterill said...

I'm interested to read your suggestions - and shocked to realise that I've only seen two from the original "top 7" list. Must correct that...

bichonpawz said...

We really like Annie Hall and When Harry Met Sally!! xoxo Chloe, LadyBug, and the Mama

Jenny said...

Oh man. I am just classless here.

I'd have to say Rudy, Hoosiers and my Cousin Vinnie...none of which made it on any list!

This was a really interesting link to Alphabe-Thursday.

I was expecting fashion and got culture! A little surprise!

Thanks for linking.


Berlin said...

Thank you very much for leaving your thoughts :D

To your question: Halloween is celebrated here in Malaysia(not vastly), but they made it like a party and dress up thing.

If I were in America, I would love to do some Trick-O-Treating :>

Happy Halloween Nora and Lola!!

Pumpkins bumping on the streets,