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It’s bold for someone like me with no credibility in the movie business to be making such lists but I’m hoping for some debate. I always love arguing about sports, but arguing about movies can be just as good. These five are simply my opinion of the five best movies of all time, not my five favorite. I know pretty much everyone that reads this will strongly disagree with the movies that I’ve chosen, it is your American right to do so. Just don’t attack me personally, attack my choices, and if you are willing to do that you better have something to back it up.

1. The Godfather

In my opinion there is no greater movie. The cast and acting have rarely been matched in the history of movies. Francis Ford Coppola, in his finest picture, created a masterpiece. He took the book that Mario Puzzo wrote and turned it into the finest motion picture we may ever see. The way Coppola took Pacino and transformed Michael Corleone from nice guy to wise guy was truly amazing. The performances of Brando, Caan, Cazale, Pacino, Keaton, and Duvall all skyrocketed them to stardom, with the exception of Brando who was already an established screen legend. I don’t know if we will ever see another movie as good as this. This is truly a work of art.

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2. Citizen Kane

This movie is the greatest accomplishment of Orson Welles’ life. Not only did he star in this movie but he also wrote and directed it. Based on the life of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, Citizen Kane follows the life of Charles Foster Kane through the stories of the people who knew him. This movie shows how once you are gone you are remembered through the words of others, whether it be good or bad. Beautifully written, wonderfully acted, and marvelously directed this movie could easily be number one on the list. It is the number one movie according to AFI and is widely considered to be the greatest movie ever made.

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3. The Wizard of Oz

Based on Frank Baum’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” this movie stands the test of time. This was one of the first movies to have color in it. Not only does this movie take us to a beautiful fantasy location but it gives us songs that we have been singing since our youth. Judy Garland played Dorothy with perfection and her beautiful voice shines throughout the duration of the film. We will never forget who the Tinman, the Lion, and the Scarecrow are as long as we live. We will always know exactly what people mean when they refer to the Yellow Brick Road. For a movie to become such a big part of society is quite an accomplishment, and for that it’s one of the greatest movies of all time.

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4. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

In this Stanley Kubrick film he takes the threat of nuclear war and turns into one of the all-time classic movies ever made. Peter Sellers works brilliantly in this movie as Lionel Mandrake/President Merkin Muffley/Dr. Strangelove. The way he sells each of these characters would leave you to believe that three different actors were portraying them if you didn’t know Sellers was doing it. George C. Scott’s intentional over acting is perfect as Gen. ‘Buck’ Turgidson. This movie has one of the best last lines of any movie I’ve ever seen with the simple ‘Mein Fuhrer…I can walk!’

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5. Pulp Fiction

There seems to be an unwritten rule that a movie that isn’t at least 30 years old can’t be considered one of the all time greats because it hasn’t had a chance to achieve legendary status, I disagree. This 1994 release has everything you could want in a movie. A great cast, beautiful directing, quality dialogue, and a few great stories. Quentin Tarantino, who wrote and directed this movie, has a knack for telling great stories through epic and consistent movies. Throughout the duration of Pulp Fiction there is never a down period, every story is just as good and as interesting as the one before it. This is one of those movies that in 20 years will be looked at as an all-time great.

So there is my list. I look forward to hearing your opinions.

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