69. Heat (1995)
Let’s all just agree that we’ll forget “The Righteous Kill” from a few years ago ever happened. That leaves “Heat” as the only movie that both DeNiro and Pacino ever starred in together in the same scene. Sure, they don’t really interact all that often, but Michael Mann created a 3 + hour magnum opus with this film. Both DeNiro and Pacino could have retired from acting after completing this film and their careers would have probably been the better for it. Ah well. As it stands now, “Heat” is the film that stars both men at the zenith of their careers, creating one of the best heist films ever imagined. Plus it also has a very young Natalie Portman in it. This is always a plus.
68. Unforgiven (1992)
“Unforgiven” is the film that made everyone really stand up and take notice of Clint Eastwood, not just as one of the best Hollywood tough guys of all time, but as a true director and artist. It’s the definitive “final western” of all time, and sums up the genre better than any other film made before or since. It might not be the absolute best western ever made, but it’s certainly the most poetic. Clint delivers his best performance of all time and Hackman damn well does the same thing. A truly classic film and one of the few that was rightfully awarded with “Best Picture of the Year.”
67. Seven Samurai (1954)
The most epic film ever made. At nearly four hours, very few films have ever surpassed (or even attempted to surpass) this film in sheer breadth of scope. The extreme running time is merited by the character investment, ensuring that by the time the final battle comes and everything is on the line, you feel every loss. Many films have attempted to tell this same story and all have (in my opinion) failed miserably. Akira Kurosawa was one of the most talented filmmakers of all time, and if you only ever see one foreign language film, it should probably be “Seven Samurai”.
66. Jules and Jim (1962)
Anybody who knows me, knows of my immense love for French New Wave films. If I could pick one era of cinematic time to go back and live in, it would probably Paris, France in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. Movies the likes of which have never been seen before or since were being made in that city at that time, and while I’ll always be more of a fan of Jean Luc-Godard and his fantastic films, Francois Truffaut’s “Jules and Jim” is about as perfect a New Wave film as you could hope for. It moves at a pace and with a sense of urgency that was completely unheard of at the time it was created, and all along it tells the story of not only one, but two tragic love affairs.
65. Almost Famous (2000)
I really think that this poster sums up everything I want to say about this movie. Music and beautiful women, two of the only things worth living for. Cameron Crowe did the impossible and actually made his own autobiographical film something worth investing an audience’s own interest in. Plus, it has Kate Hudson in one of my favourite female roles of all time. Oh Penny Lane…