In my humble (not that humble, really) opinion, as someone who enjoys movies, there are only a handful of truly great movies. To be truly great, there has to be a compelling story and good acting. It has to seem real. Another important factor is (although this is more important in comedies [more coming soon]) re-watch-ability (probably not a word). On this list are movies from what I consider the modern era, 1970 to now. I also have to have seen the movie for it to make the list. Any other factors are those which I will make up so as to put movies I like on the list. Deal with it.
1. The Godfather Part 2. -- Simply, the best movie ever made. I will admit my top 4 can change on any given Sunday, but, for now, this is the top dog. I really like the split stories between DeNiro's portrayal of young Vito as well as Pacino's continued rise to the top as Michael.
2. The Shawshank Redemption. -- Modern day version of The Count of Monte Cristo.
3. The Godfather Part 1 -- Only the beginning of the story.
4. The Usual Suspects -- Can be watched again and again. Mid 1990's movie is not that dated. Great story, great acting.
5. Schindler's List -- Anything need to be added here?
6. Se7en --I did not want to type it that way, but that's the official title. Who am I to do anything about that?
7. LA Confidential -- Underrated movie. Watch it sometime, if you haven't yet. Great cast, great story, great acting. It has it all. Only drawback in Danny DeVito.
8. Goodfellas -- Another monstrous gangster movie. Clearly, I like this genre of movies. And my name doesn't even in a a vowel.
9. A Time to Kill -- Great exchange, right here. Matthew's acting leaves a bit to be desired, but this is arguably Samuel L.'s best movie, this side of Snakes on a Plane.
10. Forrest Gump -- the best movie examining the 1960's, starring a "slow" man from Greenbo Alabama. I think Jenny died of AIDS.