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rimbaudelaire

"Perfect" Films

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Given that this listing is a personal preference thing, there is a criteria I'd like all responders to follow. 1) Originality (no remakes, no book adaptations, no 'based on a true story'); 2) Intensity of Effect (includes "suspension of disbelief"); 3) Cohesion (logical progression though not necessarily linear); and 4) Complexity (no cliches, etc).

My choices:

Philadelphia

Sling Blade

Do The Right Thing

Pulp Fiction

The Empire Strikes Back

Seven

Psycho

Das Boot

Memento

Casablanca

Taxi Driver

Dog Day Afternoon

The Deer Hunter

Alien

Chinatown

2001: A Space Odyssey

Brother From Another Planet

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Sin City, The Man Who Would Be King, Captains Courageous, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, Midnight Express...

....only in grammar can you be more than perfect. ~William Safire

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Add "Life of Brian" to your list.

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I would add:

Blazing Saddles

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

His Girl Friday

but then I am prone to comedies...

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Harvey

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The Usual Suspects.

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Apologies for not following your criteria, Rimbaudelaire.. tiredness is only excuse I have. :(

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Hmm, since you don't specify no adaptations from plays, I am going to add Brief Encounter and Blithe Spirit.

Following the rules more closely, I shall also add North by Northwest, The Ladykillers, Kind Hearts and Coronets and A Matter of Life and Death.

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grrrr finding it tough to stick to the rules

Most are based on novels.. like your Das Boot.

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The Shawshank Redemption

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"Perfect" Storm...ah that was lame...i'll get my coat..

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grrrr finding it tough to stick to the rules

Most are based on novels.. like your Das Boot.

I'm good at breaking my own rules!

Adapted literary sources are somewhat problematic regarding this particular list. You know? Would Apocalypse Now not qualify because it's "adapted" from Heart of Darkness? Or Blade Runner because it's based (loosely) on that Philip Dick short story?

Here's another perfect film: Local Hero

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The Orphanage (not too sure if that really counts)

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Here's another perfect film: Local Hero

I grew up in a village just round the corner from the village that was filmed in.

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My little list:

Boogie Nights

Goodfellas

Chinatown

Pulp Fiction

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I will also add Singing in the Rain!

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Posted (edited)

Given that this listing is a personal preference thing, there is a criteria I'd like all responders to follow. 1) Originality (no remakes, no book adaptations, no 'based on a true story'); 2) Intensity of Effect (includes "suspension of disbelief"); 3) Cohesion (logical progression though not necessarily linear); and 4) Complexity (no cliches, etc).

My choices:

Philadelphia

Sling Blade

Do The Right Thing

Pulp Fiction

The Empire Strikes Back

Seven

Psycho

Das Boot

Memento

Casablanca

Taxi Driver

Dog Day Afternoon

The Deer Hunter

Alien

Chinatown

2001: A Space Odyssey

Brother From Another Planet

Not for nothing dude but you broke your first rule with alot of these movies. That being said I have to agree with you list particularly Pulp Fiction and Seven. Also I would add...

Serenity

Forrest Gump

Reservoir Dogs

Inglorious b*******

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3 Women '77

Apocalypse Now '79

The Battle Of Algiers '66

Casablanca '42

Cat People '42

Chinatown '74

The Conversation '74

Diabolique '55

Eyes Without A Face '60

Easy Rider '69

Freaks '32

Gettysburg '93

The Last Emperor '87

Le Samourai '67

M '31

Once Upon A Time In The West '68

Paths Of Glory '57

Peeping Tom '60

Psycho '60

Ran '85

The Red Shoes '48

Ride The High Country '62

The Searchers '56

Seven Samurai '54

Singin' In The Rain '52

Sunset Blvd. '50

Taxi Driver '76

Vertigo '58

The Wages Of Fear '53

Wait Until Dark '67

The Wicker Man '73

The Wild Bunch '69

Oh heck, I broke some of the rules with these titles. But that's all for now til I think up more.

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