Top Five Movie Favorites

The Top Five Movie Favorites

Citizen Kane (1941) - Movie critics, scholars and thousands of other experts routinely refer to this milestone motion picture as the greatest American film ever made. Orson Welles co-wrote, directed and starred in this masterpiece at the tender age of only 25. Film excellence at its most impressive, "Kane" tells the tragic tale of an American newspaper tycoon, from an apparently happy -- but abruptly abbreviated -- childhood, through a high profile life of wealth and power to eventual decline and isolation from the world. Kane's personal triumphs and tragedies are viewed from the perspectives of those who knew him best as a newspaper reporter attempts to determine the meaning behind his dying word: "Rosebud." The film's brilliance and depth still resonate deeply 50 years later.

Dirty Harry - (1971) Clint Eastwood's finest hour and 42 minutes.  This classic film follows San Francisco cop Harry Callahan as he races to capture a serial killer before one of his victims -- a kidnapped girl -- dies.  Excellent direction, locations and story combine with Eastwood's powerful screen persona to create his most impressive motion picture. Clint's portrayal of the loner cop who routinely ignores policy in his single-minded quest to bring the killer to justice established a classic character. Though four sequels were made, the original film remains the best of the bunch. "Do you feel lucky?"

Goldfinger - (1964) The biggest, best and most popular of the James Bond films, Goldfinger offers excitement, colorful locations, swift direction, a good story, some of the best gadgets, cars and, of course, one of the best portrayals by the only actor uniquely qualified to be the definitive Bond: Sean Connery.  In this third adventure, the series was just hitting its stride after two excellent entries, "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love." This time, Bond tries to stop international gold smuggler Auric Goldfinger from robbing Fort Knox. It was this picture that established and solidified the worldwide "Bond" phenomenon in the early 60s. Little known fact: The James Bond craze can trace it's origins to an interview with President John F. Kennedy in 1961, during which he was asked what books he was reading.  Among his choices was a spy novel written by Ian Fleming about a superspy named James Bond.

Planet Of The Apes - (1968) One of the best science fiction movies ever made, this fascinating adventure concerns three astronauts who crash land on a planet where apes are the masters and humans only mute primitives. Filmed in remote sections of Utah and Arizona, this intelligent, intense and engrossing movie was co-written by Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame and contains one of the most memorable final images in movie history. Followed by four sequels of diminishing quality ("Beneath The Planet Of The Apes" is the only one worth a look) and a TV series which ran one season. This film offers a graphic example of how much more intelligent and substantial movies used to be once upon a time.

Casablanca - (1942) Considered by many to be the best film ever made, this timeless, exciting wartime romance about sacrificing love for a higher purpose sports an outstanding script (one of the most quoted in history), excellent performances and flawless direction. Bogart plays a cynical loner who owns Casablanca's most popular nightspot where he meets up with old flame Ingrid Bergman and must choose between her and defeating the Nazis. Movie perfection.

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