Good to see so many fellow movie buffs: It's a tough question that's why I asked it
I too have a sort of 'rotating top 5' that varies (a little) as the years go on and mood takes me.....I'd also point out that these are equal 'first' in my book.
The story couldn't be simpler- it's cops and robbers: a heist movie
But what marks it out is the realism, the grittiness of the way it's filmed and visceral shoot outs that have still to be bettered on screen
Then (after the many, many times I've watched it) you realise that DeNiro and Pacino are not at all different- either of them could do the others 'job' with barely a change of step- and the only person in the whole world who actually understand them is the one they have set out to destroy
You could argue it's over long- but it's the close-in portrayal of these two apex predators stalking around their chosen ground that makes endlessly watchable.
See also: Collateral by the same director and The Town- more heist and grittiness
(Note: Mrs Demoncase can tell I'm ill if I've stuck Heat on the DVD player while nesting under a blanket with a bowl of mulligatawny soup
Clint Eastwood directs and stars in a utterly stark deconstruction of the cowboy movie genre....
It point-by-point takes each of the cowboy movie staples (The gunslinger comes to town, the vengence ride, being quick on the draw and so on) hangs a nose around their neck and coldly kicks the stool out from under their feet.
1.To put it into context: watch any The Good, The Bad & The Ugly- another of my favourites
2. As a companion piece: watch Pale Rider.
I love Alien- but Aliens has a massive place in my heart. It's got everything- horror, action, sci-fi cool, twist and turns- even 3 dimensional characters.
It's a breathless roller-coaster ride- and the touchstone for sci-fi movies at Casa Demoncase
Growing up with Star Trek's anti-septic take on space travel, the grubby and battered kit of the Aliens universe seemed more 'real'.
And who doesn't think the Colonial Marines are the coolest looking space marines to ever grace the screen?
(The guys who wrote the Halo series of games definitely did!)
Again, packed with tour-de-force performances for everyone involved.
A tale of informers and moles, organised crime- cops and robbers.
No-one is quite what the seem and it piles twist on twist.
I could watch this every week.
The Dark Knight
Heath Ledger's performance make this movie superb....The Joker is a true sociopath and in this take on Batman's world he finally shines.
Now.....Who wants me to make the pencil disappear?
Brilliant set pieces- superb dialogue.
While I love the Marvel movies, this is a stand out.
About the events at Rorke's Drift.
A classic about the utter futility of war and heroism needed.
Very, very British- very old fashioned but superb for all of that.
"PREEEE-SENT!....FIRST RANK......FIRE!.....SECOND RANK......FIRE!..."
Superb movie about the futility of war- My favourite Vietnam movie and got me into Vietnam re-enactment
See also We Were Soldiers Once and Full Metal Jacket
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The opposite end of the scale from any James Bond movie, but a far more realistic and tense tale that oozes Cold War paranoia. A proper spy movie
Saving Private Ryan
A Bridge Too Far
A movie about a massive failure- I watch it with the wife and she shouts at the TV every time someone in command makes yet-another-stupid choice that dooms men when they deployed
It's a cartoon of a movie- a dystopian future.Two words: Gun kata!
Expansive, classic, epic. What's not to love?
Firefly universe swansong.
The Wild Bunch
Ultra violent western that is a slow spiral of death and dissolution- and all the more horrifying that Pike and gang can't see it.
A genre defining movie- borrowed in part or whole by so many other movies since- but the long sections outside of the eponymous simulation drag....and less said about the sequels the better (Related: I paid £4 for a second hand DVD of The Matrix- the second movie cost £0.75.The Third was £0.25