It’s tricky and somewhat dangerous to approach any piece of art with the lens of “perfection.”
It’s all subjective, after all, and many hate what others love, even though the content they’re looking at is identical.
That said, screw it, let’s rank some stuff.
What do the people of Reddit consider the perfect flicks? Let’s find out.
1. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)
Hot Fuzz. The movie is perfectly constructed, no dialogue is wasted, almost everything mentioned or shown comes up later in the movie (what I would use to teach Chekov’s gun if i were a film school professor), perfectly parodies american action heavy buddy/buddy cop movies, funny dialogue with great timing, sharp visual humor and cuts.
2. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)
Princess Mononoke, for me.
Just pure beauty with a wonderful message.
3. Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
Great editing as no scene or second of the movie is wasted.
[…]Everything about this movie is made so well. The non-verbal character interactions in the movie with a great example being Lorraine following Marty back to Doc’s house. That whole scene with Marty and Doc and the looks Christopher Lloyd gives. It’s just great comedic timing with no words needed. The entire opening scene tells us so much without a single word being spoken as well.
The music, the editing, the casting, and all the little changes from the future to the past being paid off in small ways is just great. I could rewatch this movie over and over.
4. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan, 2006)
The Prestige might not be the best movie, but it executes its formula perfectly.
5. Dead Poets Society (Peter Weir, 1989)
I saw it in high school and it had everything.
The love of literature, the first time someone falls in love, a lovely teacher and more!
You can see that I really love it! 🙂
6. The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985)
The Goonies. The music, the adventure, the 80s, etc… the perfect Sunday arvo movie.
7. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir, 2003)
Master and Commander, directed by Peter Weir.
I believe it is the perfect period piece. It captures the mood and feel of being on a Napoleonic war ship in a way that creates a ling lasting distinct emotional memory of the film.
He achieves this mainly through masterful use of mis en scene, period music, realistic dialogue etc.
This perfection of tone and feel is what Peter weir does best and I think this is his masterpiece.
8. Gattaca (Andrew Niccol, 1997)
Gattaca. It’s perfect science fiction.
The scenarios it posed could very much occur in the decades to come.
9. The Fifth Element (Luc Besson, 1997)
I’d say The Fifth Element : grand scope, perfect pace, excellent actors, humor blending in perfectly without diminishing the message and a feast for eyes and ears
10. No Country for Old Men (Ethan & Joel Coen, 2007)
No country for old men. Everything about that film is spot on.
11. The Incredibles (Brad Bird, 2004)
The Incredibles. Amazing villain, story, characters and animation.
It’s just such a fun kids movie with adult themes and the sequel was great too.
It’s probably my favorite pixar movie.
12. The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)
The Princess Bride. It’s got everything: Action, fantasy, romance, comedy, great dialogue, and amazing characters.
Also, the fight between Inigo and Wesley is easily the best swordfight scene in film history
13. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (Tim Burton, 1985)
Peewees big adventure is the greatest hero story ever told!
14. Coraline (Henry Selick, 2009)
My favorite trivia piece from any movie is from Coraline: every knit item in the movie was handmade to fit the puppets by one woman.
Her name is Althea Crome, and she specializes in micro-knitting (sometimes with needles as fine as a human hair!)
15. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
For me it’s Jurassic Park.
I saw it at the cinema when it came out and I’ll never forget the awe I felt at those awesome dinosaurs (I was a kid who loved dinosaurs).
It’s perfectly paced, it has adventure and emotion, the dinosaurs are the best ever made even to this day, and to top all that it has the most beautiful musical score ever.
Just watching the scene when they first see the dinosaurs makes me emotional! Spielberg is truly a genius
I’m cool with pretty much everything on this list except The Prestige. That movie broke its own rules. FIGHT ME.
Or just tell me what YOU consider to be a perfect movie.
Let’s get into it in the comments.