The American Film Institute has come out with its new list of the Ten Best Movies of all time. Here they are:
1 CITIZEN KANE
2 THE GODFATHER
4 RAGING BULL
5 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
6 GONE WITH THE WIND
7 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
8 SCHINDLER'S LIST
10 THE WIZARD OF OZ
Many people have long felt that Citizen Kane is indeed the greatest movie of all time and I doubt that this will change any time soon. The film by Orson Welles is, quite simply a work of genius.
Still, some lists now place Vertigo at the top of the list. Interestingly, neither Orson Wells nor Alfred Hitchcock ever won an Oscar.
Note that very few of these top ten movies are of recent vintage. Only Schindler's List, The Godfather and Raging Bull fall into that category. The rest are all old -very old.
I can't imagine why Singin In The Rain made the top ten, delightful as it is. I can think of many finer (and more successful) movie musicals, including a few of very recent vintage.
Anyway, it is a solid list and it's certainly a good list of "must see" movies.