Top 20 All-Time Hollywood

Every year there are new blockbuster movies and potential classics that audiences can enjoy for generations to come. If you are looking for a list of great movies – arguably the best movies Hollywood has ever made, then start with this list of 20 best movies as your guide.

The American Film Institute and other critically respected organizations update their “Best” lists every year. Though the rankings may change, and there are occasionally new entries toward the top, here are the consistently ranked top Hollywood movies.

20 – To Kill A Mockingbird. Gregory Peck give an unforgettable performance in this adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel. His search for justice has inspired and influence courtroom dramas every since.

19 – E.T. No other film captured the imagination of young audiences in the 1980’s than E.T. This extra-terrestrial teamed up with Drew Barrymore to form the best chemistry between child and alien that the big screen has ever seen.

18 – Alien. Director Ridley Scott’s best film to date. Spawning multiple sequels that never lived up to the quality of this break-out film. A must-see for any sci-fi fan.

17 – Rear Window. How many of Hitchcock’s films usually make “best-of” lists? We could easily put five of them up here. But James Stewart’s performance is unbelievable.

16 – Unforgiven. This movie handed Clint Eastwood an Oscar for Best Picture and remains a classic revenge tale.

15 – Pulp Fiction. A more recent addition to the American Film Classic library. This put Quentin Tarrantino on the map and inspired a generation of screenwriters.

14 – King Kong. A classic, and innovative at the time for this use of stop motion animation in the much-copied Empire Stat Building climax.

13 – 12 Angry Men. Another courtroom drama for the ages. Shot almost entirely in a jury deliberation room, this movie proves a play can be adapted effectively for the screen.

12 – Annie Hall. A comedy classic that won Woody Allen a Best Director award from the Academy, even though he did not show up to accept. This movie became a template for off-beat romantic comedies that still works today.

11 – Rocky. If the Rocky series had ended after the first movie, this would still be a sports classic. This humble love story about a fighter who finally gets his shot never gets old.

10 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A breakthrough in animation on the scale of Pixar’s achievements, and even greater considering the lack of technology. This movie is still beautiful.

9 – Casablanca. The story of a love-torn man during World War Two. Proof that the lives of two people can have a great impact on the entire world.

8 – Chinatown. Roman Polanski’s epic film about a private eye played by a young Jack Nicholson who gets in over his head.

7 – North By Northwest. Another Hitchcock movie that stands the test of time. A caper that unfolds when the wrong man is targeted.

6 – Wizard of Oz. An epic that every family can watch and enjoy together no matter how young or old.

5 – Schindler’s List. Steven Spielberg’s classic story of how one man saved so many from the horrors of the concentration camps.

4 – Titanic. James Cameron’s epic story of love caught in the middle of a world famous disaster.

3 – Gone With the Wind. One of the most famous adaptations. This Civil War drama remains a staple of best Hollywood movies lists.

2 – Citizen Kane. Orson Welles’ story of a fallen titan broke the rules of story and directing.

1 – The Godfather. The end all be all of gangster films. Francis Ford Coppola’s classic is the story of a mafia family that still feels fresh today.

The Holiday Season Mood With A Christmas Movie

Apart of Christmas tree, decorations, parties and gifts, there is something that adds a special atmosphere to the holiday season: Christmas movies.

Almost all adults have sweet memories related to a Christmas movie; a movie that remains favorite and have – sometimes just for a second – a special flavour: the taste of childhood.

We are now adults and know that movies related to Christmas create a fun atmosphere and also teach moral lessons to our children.

When I was a child, the most watched Christmas movies in Belgium were 1950’s American movies (Hollywood style obviously) or French films.

For twenty-five years, our society evolved and the quality of Christmas TV broadcasts in French-speaking Europe has decreased. Movies of Christmas Eve have generally been replaced by musical broadcasts whose quality was not the best. Lots of TV companies also tend to offer hundred times viewed movies: for instance, TVI will display Harry Potter 1 and 2 on December 24th while we were expecting watching Harry Potter 3 or 4…

However, thanks to the Internet and DVD stores, I have the opportunity to watch the movies I love instead of those proposed by TV companies.

Here are some examples of beautiful and/or humorous Christmas movies I love:

“Bishop’s Wife”

A nice movie in the Hollywood tradition!

While working on plans to build a cathedral financed by a rich widow, Henry Broghaman, an Episcopal bishop neglects his family and prays for divine guidance.

His prayers are heard and Dudley, an angel, is sent to help him. The mission of the angel is not to assist with the building, but in his relations with his family that he is neglecting.

But Dudley falls in love with the bishop’s wife and Broghaman is jealous…

French title of this movie is “Honi soit qui mal y pense” (Old English: shame upon him who thinks evil of it).

“The sound of music”

This movie tells the story of Maria, a young Austrian who was studying to become a nun. She was hired by Captain Von Trapp, a widower to be the governess to his seven children.

The children were initially hostile to her but finally became her friends when she thaught them the joy of singing.

Captain Von Trapp and Maria fell in love and get married. When the Nazis took power in Austria, Captain Von Trapp and his whole family fled the country and found refuge in Switzerland.

This romantic musical comedy is one of French-speaking European favorite movies.

“3615 Code Pere Noel”

Thomas is a child who has everything: a mother who loves him, a cheeky grandfather, thousands of different and expensive toys.

Thomas is a clever child and on Christmas Eve, while planning of catching, he communicates with him through the Minitel (the French ancestor of the instant messenger).

Unfortunately, the alleged Santa Claus is a psychopath employee that his mother just laid off. A few hours later, the false Santa penetrates Thomas castle and the nightmare begins.

The English title of this thriller is “Dial Code Santa Claus”

“Le Pere Noel est une Ordure” (Santa Claus is a junk)

“SOS Distress and Friendship” is a charity association run by Mrs Musquin. While she decided to celebrate Christmas Eve with her family, Pierre and Therese, will spend their evening the phone and try to give some hope to desperate people.

They do not know that this Christmas Eve will get them into silly accidents as well as unannounced visits of desperate, and sometimes, dangerous people. The evening will turn into a humorous nightmare.

The American remake of this movie is “Mixed Nuts”.

“Scrooged”

This is a modern adaptation of the Dickens tale. Francis Cross, who is the program director of a TV station, is a disagreeable person.

During the Christmas Eve, three ghosts will take care of them and teach him how to become a pleasant person by showing him the good side of life.

This movie is also a nice message that teaches to the world the real meaning of Christmas.

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”

The return of Griswold Family!

25000 bulbs on the front of the house blinding the neighbors, unbearable related family, a burning Christmas tree, a charred Christmas turkey, hostile neighbors, a removed Christmas bonus and a lot of unexpected accidents, this is the Christmas of the Griswold family.

I watched this movie for the first time in the late 80’s and never have enough of it! I even bought the DVD in order to have the opportunity to create a hysteric Christmas atmosphere any other day of the year!

“Surviving Christmas”

Tired of the customs associated with Christmas and New Year? What about being paid $250,000 to to celebrate a traditional Christmas Eve with an unknown person?

Americans Love Good Car Movies

There seems to be something about car movies that Americans really like. Have you noticed all the movies that are primarily based on cars? They’re all over! Movies like Bullitt and Smokey and the Bandit are classic ones that have spawned their own generation of car fanatics.

More modern movies such as Gone In 60 Seconds (2001) and Redline have taken a new twist on the plotlines with stealing cars and racing exotic cars. Gone In 60 Seconds (2001) is actually a remake of the 1975 version that spawned the Eleanor (which was originally a yellow ’73 Mustang Fastback). Most people don’t know that. Personally, I enjoy old car movies like this. I like classic cars and I really like the film style of the ’60s and ’70s.

Now our car movies sport street racing and gang activity (The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious). That isn’t to say, however, that these movies are trash and not worth viewing – quite the opposite, in fact. These are great movies that appeal to a whole different generation of car enthusiasts. Actors like Steve McQueen have been replaced by Brian Walker (if they were ever to do a remake of Bullitt I think Daniel Craig would play the role of Bullitt) and Vin Diesel.

Incidentally, Vin Diesel has a name that’s quite cut out for the automotive industry. Vin, meaning Vehicle Identification Number and Diesel, which is a fuel type. Go figure.

Move Over Movies

Wide Awake Face Lift eliminates the fear of anesthesia in that requires no major anesthesia. Now with the introduction of 3D facelift, there is a new breakthrough in facelift procedure through reversing facial fat loss (the 3rd dimension of aging) thus preventing the “too pulled” and done look that is common with a traditional facelift.

Gravity has been blamed as the main cause of aging but the lesser known and neglected cause has been the fat loss in select areas of the face. The classic facelift pulls the face in only a two-dimensional angle even though the loss of fat in the face causes it to age in the third dimension. The 3D Face Lift breaks tradition of the old facelift by adding the person’s own fat to hollow areas of the face.

The avant-garde procedure takes place with the patient wide-awake using only local anesthesia and, remarkably, sitting up! Following the face lift he takes fat from unwanted areas and then processes and re-injects it into the areas of the face affected by thinning, such as under the eyes and cheeks.

What is more amazing is that our fat harbors a lot of stem cells which when injected under your skin can act as repair cells by producing natural growth factors and rehabilitating sun damaged and aging skin. So more recently, plastic surgeons have been taking advantage of these stem cells from fat, which then repairs volume, aging skin, and the underlying tissue.

The 3D lift is Hollywood’s newest fountain of youth, giving outstanding and progressive results. In about an hour patients look younger, and most importantly natural, after having a procedure that used only local anesthesia!