Manbeef's Movies That Matter

I've noticed that a good amount of my readers believe me to be somewhat of a soft critic. Well to them I have a simple reply: blow me. That's right. Get on your... well I do have a better response actually. It's that actual film critics get paid to watch films. I don't. I have to pay to see them. And I'm not gonna plunk down nine dollars to see films like 'Catwoman' or 'The Perfect Man', because I know they're bad. Instead, I look forward to films like 'Batman Begins' and 'Star Wars' because I know I'll like them. So then it'd make sense that most of the films I review are films that I want to see. Right?

So to show the films that I truly enjoy I'll take a page from Stephen King. He wrote in an editorial that good films matter, because you remember them in twenty years. Films that don't you'll forget shortly afterwards. So here's a list of the classics, the few films that are indelible (ooh, vocab) in my memory and I consider to be the best films ever made.




Gone With the Wind (1939)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Casablanca (1942)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

All About Eve (1950)

Rear Window (1954)

The Killing (1956)

12 Angry Men (1957)

Vertigo (1958)

North by Northwest (1959)

Psycho (1960)

8 1/2 (1963)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

The Graduate (1967)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

The French Connection (1971)

The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Annie Hall (1977)

Star Wars (1977)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Raging Bull (1980)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Goodfellas (1990)

Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Schindler's List (1993)

Forrest Gump (1994)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

American Beauty (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

Memento (2000)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Avatar (2009)

Boyhood (2014)

Dunkirk (2017)