Have we lost all sense of decorum? You want me to make a definitive best movies ever list? I don't come to your job and tell you to put a way bigger ball-gag in your mouth than you're accustomed to.
There's no way I'm going to get into another conversation about the difference between 'good' and 'like'. It's a constant struggle to define it for myself and then explain those definitions to others. Suffice it to say, I differentiate, and a 'best' movies list makes me think of good more than like. In other words, taking my personal biases aside - as best I can - what are the best movies ever made?
The Godfather and The Godfather: Part 2
If one of these was clearly the better film, I would likely call it the best film ever made. Only the split between fans keeps it from being a definitive victory. If you could take the two movies together, as one whole story, it wins horse's head down.
My personal pick for the greatest film of all time if I allow some bias to seep in. Not only is it a fantastic film, it affected the world in a tangible way. To this day, people fear sharks far more than is necessary, and I'm afraid of the water.
Casablanca and/or Citizen Kane
I don't love either of these movies, but other people sure do.
The Shawshank Redemption
A more modern classic, this one creeps into a lot of top tens, as well as holding the number one all-time spot on IMDB.
The subject matter alone makes it hard for me to celebrate it in the way I'd celebrate, say, Big Trouble in Little China, but I guess it's great.
Okay, okay, now I'm blurring the lines. A Hitchcock movie must be included. I think this is my favorite, but it's splitting hairs between this, Vertigo and Psycho. (Never been a big fan of North by Northwest.)
2001: A Space Odyssey
The de facto Kubrick film isn't even close to my favorite, but it seems to get a lot of respect from best of collections.
Now that I've covered that, here's a quick look at some of my personal best movie picks:
A Clockwork Orange
Grosse Pointe Blank
Shaun of the Dead
The Dark Knight
American History X
Big Trouble in Little China
Inside (A L'Interieur)
The Usual Suspects
Short Answer: Maybe one day I'll compile a definitive list of my favorite films of all-time, but it feels like a monumental undertaking. This is a good first step, I suppose.