[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]here are infinite lists, infinite choices and infinite parameters. But some movies are just above all that. Crizic celebrates the best of Hollywood. Here are the nine greatest Hollywood movies of all time.
9. The Godfather
A wedding. A horseís head. A gun in a restaurant toilet. Sicily. Another wedding. A car bomb. A toll-booth. Orange peel. A baptism. A closed door.
8. 12 Angry Men
There are many great ensemble dramas in the history of film. And then there is ‘the’ great ensemble drama, which may very well be Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men. Adapted from a TV movie, this superb motion picture collects some of the finest actors of their own and any other generation, puts them in a room together for an hour and a half, and the result is absolute gold.
7. A Clockwork Orange
Even though it was made in long-ago 1971, there is still something almost fetishistically futuristic about A Clockwork Orange. Perhaps that is owed to the exuberant and indelible production design, its characters’ peculiar teenage argot or its electrified, classical score by transsexual composer Walter Carlos ñ or perhaps simply because the early 70s were crazier ñ in hyper-stylised design and fashion ñ than any period since. Either way, A Clockwork Orange endures, not so much for its philosophical musings on the nature of free will in the face of good and evil, but because it is simply a triumph of style from its opening sequence in the Korova Milk Bar through its cartoony violence and horrible retribution, all the way to its bizarre final shot of Alex (Malcolm McDowell in a role that has dogged him for 40 years) having wild sex before an audience of voyeurs clad in Louis XIV courtier finery as he crows: ‘I was cured all right!’
Though it was dubbed as ‘The movie to take Citizen Kane’s place’, it fell a bit short. But just a bit. Vertigo was simply a masterpiece, and a milestone in film-making.
5. Pulp Fiction
‘The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.’
4. Gone with the wind
Exhausting at least three directors, stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, megalomaniac producer David O. Selznick delivered the epic of Hollywoodís golden age. The greatest romantic movie ever made. Period.
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Jack Nicholson as a crazy-sane mental patient is one of many fine performances that anchor Milos Forman’s adaptation. This insane (pun intended) movie opens up the list with number ten.
2. The Shawshank Redemption
A perennial readersí fave, Shawshank has clearly maintained its resounding emotional throb. It ís a rare one, alright: a blokeís weepie. And also the movie that spawned a thousand Morgan Freeman voiceovers. And not to mention the greatest ending of modern times which blew everyone’s minds away. Shame that it had to compete and lose to one of the most overrated movies of all time at Oscars, Forrest Gump.
1. Citizen Kane
No disputes, nothing. Citizen Kane isn’t just the greatest movie ever made in the history of mankind, it is probably one of the greatest art-pieces made ever.