Just thought I'd start a thread about favourite movies. Mine, in no particular order, are ...
Alien - a great visual film. The chest-bursting scene is still great to watch, no matter how many times I've seen the movie. Great acting - the characters are so believable.
The Silence of the Lambs - the cast and crew apparently got help from the real FBI - and it shows. Great acting, particularly in the exchanges between Lecter and Starling.
Halloween (1978) - just seen this film today. A classic by John Carpenter. Love the tension, aided by the minimalist music.
Starwars: A New Hope - great film by George Lucas that seemed to have it all - imagination, special effects, other worlds, other technologies, great characters. A great space fantasy film.
Starwars: The Empire Strikes Back - great sequel to the above. We're introduced to more worlds, more Imperial ships and vehicles, and more characters, such as Yoda. I always thought the Luke vs Vader lightsaber duel to be much better than the duel between Kenobi and Vader.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - Wes Craven's original had great imagination and a truly iconic character in Fred Krueger. No lame wisecracks, Krueger was down to business in this movie.
Shaun of the Dead - good comedy with British sense of humour. Combining romance, comedy and zombies - and pulling it off - was pretty awesome.
The Thing (1982) - IMO, another great film by John Carpenter. The alien effects were front and centre, but I though there was some good acting - especially from Kurt Russell. It is interesting to watch paranoia and distrust take hold as the film moves along.
The Terminator - I thought Arnie was made for the title role. Michael Biehn did a great job as Reece.
The Fly (1986) - some great acting, particularly by Jeff Goldblum. The special effects were pretty good, too.
As you can probably tell, I like horror films. There are some good films that just miss out, such as Jaws and Aliens.
There are some films that I saw a long time ago when I was a kid - The Shining (in part), One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - that I can't remember much of but am sure they are good films. These aren't on my list.
Then there are classic films that I haven't seen but would make most people's top ten - The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, 2001: A Space Odyssey, ET, Psycho, Casablanca, etc.
What are your favourite films?