I know which movies I would consider perfect. The Warriors, Back to the Future, Slap Shot, the original Halloween from 1978, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from 1974.
What are yours?
AskReddit users shared what they believe are perfect films.
1. Dr. Strangelove
“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
The idea that all of humanity could come to an end because the people in charge are idiots still blows my mind. This movie was made 55 years ago.”
2. Little Miss Sunshine
“Little Miss Sunshine.
The characters, and the cast selected for them, absolutely brilliant. The storyline is really in depth yet relatable because the Hoover’s are like any other family; complicated. The writing is superb, all the characters have development and impactful scenes. And the camerawork…my word is it phenomenal. Time and time again each shot is symbolic.
Every character’s position in frame means something. Fantastic work. And don’t get me started on the soundtrack. If you’re not blown away by any of the sheer skill I’ve mentioned, the music throughout will definitely sway you. Touching and emotive, so fitting. It’s so lovely and I always get emotional by its beauty every time I watch it.”
“The original Alien. I’m 24 years old, born in 1995. First time watching was in the grandparents farmhouse in Ireland. Grandmother puts it on at 10:30 and says “enjoy lads, love you both” and leaves us with coca cola, crisps.. you name it we had it, all the munchies two twelve year olds could want. End of the film and I’ve never been so fucking terrified. Still scares me to this day and I practically know it word for word!”
4. Blues Brothers
“The first Blues Brothers.
It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses.”
5. The Thing
“John Carpenter’s The Thing
It’s the perfect blend of isolation, paranoia, bloody horror, practical effects, and a shapeshifting alien.”
6. Raiders of the Lost Ark
“Raiders of the Lost Ark is the perfect action movie for me. The intro to Indiana Jones in the jungle is perfect, even with little dialogue. The pacing is great, the characters are solid, the humor is natural, the environments are diverse, and the music is unforgettable. Just an awesome, fun time.”
7. The Hunt for Red October
“The Hunt for Red October.
Believable characters, believable tech even for the one bleeding edge thing that underpins the whole movie. Deaths are few and significant. Very little in the way of special effects so what is there doesn’t screw things up too badly.
It’s a repeat watch for me.”
8. What About Bob?
“What About Bob?
Richard Dreyfus legitimately hated Bill Murray on set. Julie Hagerty is a comic genius, Charlie Korsmo puts in a child performance for the ages, and for bonus a young Katherine Erbe from Law & Order!”
9. Back to the Future
“Back to the Future (the first one, though I do enjoy the other two). The dialogue is brilliantly tight, the acting is incredible and the story while bizarre is original and executed flawlessly and includes some truly iconic sequences (the skateboard chase scene, the insane bedroom scene with his mom, the parking lot knockout, the johnny b. goode sequence, etc).
Also, the whole aesthetic of the movie is one big masterpiece. The set pieces, the cinematography, the soundtrack – it all fits together as one. When I think of “movie magic” this is one of the movies that comes to mind.”
“Prisoners. It never had a dull moment and always makes you think- like if you’re in that situation what would you do? Or.. Oh he’s the one who did it, fuck nvm it’s her! oh it’s him for sure or maybeee it’s.. etc. Etc. The acting is only just the best acting can ever reach. Ugh everything was just genius from start, middle to end.”
This is one of those movies that’s the equivalent of the Ballmer Peak. If the comedy broke just a little, or the timing was off, it would be really bad. Instead it’s comedic genius from Mrs. Cleaver being the only one who could speak Jive to all the exterior shots of a jet that has propeller noises.”
12. Die Hard
Perfect action movie. Also, Alan Rickman.”
13. Children of Men
“Children of Men. Its cinematography is incredible. The acting and story flow of events is also perfect. Everything came together and its beautiful.”
14. The Prestige
Has big names, good unexpected and believable twists, a touch of sci fi, and touches on some interesting moral\ethical dilemmas that humanity might need to deal with one day.”
Character development, the pace, the ending, everything was perfect.”