It’s quite a challenge to determine what is the best movie of all times. Today, I want to propose you my way to choose it.
The best movie is a perfect movie. Let me explain. It’s perfect in every way: the screenplay, the direction, the actors’ performances, the originality of the story, the cinematography, the music, etc. The perfect movie is not necessarily your favourite movie. It’s not a movie that you will necessarily love, but that you will admire. It’s a movie that has an important impact in cinema’s history, that people remember for good or, sometimes, less good reasons.
Of course, even if I presented you my way to choose the perfect movie, we can have many different opinions on what is the best movie ever. The American Film Institute and some other cinematic institutions chose Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) as the best movie ever. Even if it’s not my favourite movie, I learned very interesting stuff about it and agree that it’s a brilliant movie. In fact, it fits perfectly in my definition of the best movie of all times. If it’s not the best movie of all times, it can surely be in the top ten. Since a few years, there’s actually some competition between Citizen Kane and Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), which both fight for the title. Vertigo is another movie that fits into my definition. In fact, this debate simply proves us that many movies could be considered to be “the best movie of all times”. And, in a way, this will always be kind of a subjective choice, but we have to be as much objective as possible.
On my side, I’ve always thought of Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) as the best movie ever made and it’s the same story with Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950), but these are just examples because many movies could be put at the top of the best movies of all times list.
What do you think? Which movie pop-up automatically in your head when you think of “the best movie of all times”?