Alright, movie nerds. Prepare to celebrate and fight, because we’re gonna delve into that dangerous realm of assigning perfection.
Somebody on reddit asked this question…
To help us get started, here are some opinions and defenses from Redditors, along with their chosen film title, director, and year released.
1. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957)
Twelve Angry Men is probably the most impressive one I’ve seen.
The whole movie is just a jury reached a verdict, sitting in one room. It really captivated me
2. Primal Fear (Gregory Hoblit, 1996)
I really love Primal Fear.
Young Edward Norton and Richard Gere are awesome.
3. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, 1998)
Saving Private Ryan. It sticks in my mind since the moment I saw it in a movie theater when I was a young kid.
It’s still a perfect WW2 film in my opinion. D-Day, survival, and following a mission to rescue a man.
4. The Matrix (Lana and Lilly Wachowski, 1999)
It’s not everything, but for irmt wants to do it’s absolutely perfect.
The only action movie I really have enjoyed and I have lived in the philosophy it presents ever since I saw it.
5. The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)
An enemy that is almost impossible to detect before it is too late. A setting that does nothing to help the characters, but only help the enemy.
A hero we love to root for, played by a great actor in his prime.
A killer soundtrack.
The greatest practical effects to date.
An ending that leaves us asking the same question of, who is the thing?
It’s just a simple story that never loses any suspense
The question of who is the thing is only ever answered with the same exact question.
It’s a vicious cycle that is terrifying to watch. Just a perfect story that’s easy to follow.
6. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
Casablanca off the top of my head.
One of the few movies I could watch over and over and never get tired of.
7. Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)
Aliens. One of the few sequels as good or better than it’s predecessor.
One of the best female protagonist arcs in all of cinema.
Incredible art/set design and special effects.
Great supporting characters and cast.
A film score that fits perfectly.
Still sets the bar for action Sci fi 35 years later.
8. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums
I could watch it everyday and not get tired of any part of it.
9. Clue (Jonathan Lynn, 1985)
Clue! It’s hands down my favorite movie.
I laugh so hard every time I watch it!
10. Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988)
Die Hard. It is precision perfect in each detail.
I can’t think of one sour note in the whole thing.
11. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Gore Verbinski, 2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean. Action adventure, romance, comedy, with a touch of scary (when you’re younger)
12. Parasite (Bong Joon Ho, 2019)
Parasite. I can’t get over how clever it is
13. When Harry Met Sally… (Rob Reiner, 1989)
When Harry Met Sally. I just love how it takes place over multiple years of them constantly running into each other.
Perfect storytelling right there.
14. Big Hero 6 (Don Hall & Chris Williams, 2014)
Big Hero 6. Emotion, action, plot twist.
15. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a perfect movie
I may or may not have saved that one for last because it’s my favorite too. 🙂
What do YOU think is the perfect movie?
Tell us in the comments.