Hoping someone has a movie or movies in their top 5 I have not watched, so I can watch them too.
Here are mine. My criteria is being able to watch it over and over again until I know many of the lines spoken in the movie.
#1 Casablanca since 1976 when I was 19. Saw it on late night TV after I got off my summer job where I was working 2nd shift. Love at first viewing. A love story focused on a man, Mr. Bogart and Ms Bergman were legendary.
#2 Lawrence of Arabia. Peter O'Toole was never better, but David Lean's cinematography of the beauty of the desert is unmatched! Took a while but in the last 10 years it finally overtook my third favorite movie to move into the second position.
#3 Maltese Falcon. Obviously, I became big Humphrey Bogart fan after Casablanca, and in my opinion the dialog in Maltese Falcon, is the best of the Bogart tough guy movies. Outpacing "The Big Sleep," great movie but climax, left me puzzled for years until I saw Robert Mitchum's version of the "The Big Sleep." I needed to watch Mitchum's step by step version.
#4 Platoon, I know this is not classic movie, but it has finally reached this level, because I have watched it around 40 times. I think it is because Oliver Stone gave all the actors important lines in the movie. Guys like Junior who I never saw in another movie has significant lines in this movie. Forrest Whittaker, who has won an Oscar is in the movie, even Johnny Depp is in the movie. Although, a war movie, if you can handle the violence and bloodshed, the dialogue is as good as the Big Sleep's. Stone did a great job developing the characters of the soldiers in the "Platoon."
#5 I love "To Have and Have Not," so a picture has to be special to make me leave out a movie where Lauren Bacall tells Humphrey Bogart, "you know how to whistle don't you Steve you just put your lips together and blow!" Humphrey Bogart then whistles twice. But it is not #5, neither is "Gone with the Wind." Which for the longest time sat at number 4 on my all time list. Clark Cable was a cool rascal, but Vivian Leigh's, Scarlett O'Hara, might be the the most complicated character any actress or actor has portrayed on film, she was remarkable. But alas this movie no longer makes my top five.
I am about to disappoint many of you Golden Age fans, but Lord of the Rings(LOTR), the trilogy, rounds out my top 5. Maybe it is because it is my youngest son's favorite movie, and we went to see each one at the the theatre together. Maybe it is because he can quote Eragon's speech before the last big battle word for word. Maybe it is because I have no problem carving out the 10+ hours required to watch the extended versions of all three back to back to back. Probably it is because they made an animated version of LOTR when I was 20, in 1977 and they only completed half the movie in the animation and I wanted over 20 years to see what happened Frodo. Forget the cinematography, which was great, or the epic story of good versus evil, making me wait that long to find out how it ended had to make my appreciation for this film reach Everest like heights.
That' s my long winded way of telling you my list hope you can share yours.