All-Time Movie Rankings | Travis Bean

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  1. You’re young, so you might not know any of my generation’s favorite action movies – but if you do, what’s your opinion of those old “Men on a Mission” movies? Like Where Eagles Dare, Kelly’s Heroes, The Dirty Dozen, The Guns of Navarone, etc… Or any Sean Connery Bond movie. Nothin’ serious, of course. Just popcorn stuff. I would be interested to know what you youngins think of those old gems.

    • Hey Jerry! I will admit that’s one genre I’ve never delved into. Not because I’m not into it, but it’s never been a major priority of mine. I’ve seen The Dirty Dozen though (mostly because I’m an Aldrich fan) and remember really enjoying it. I will seek all those movies you mentioned!

      I am a big fan of westerns (I watched a lot of em with my dad), which I think fits into this category. The whole “man on a mission” angle reminds me of the Boetticher/Scott movies (Comanche Station, Seven Men From Now) that I really love. Also the classics from Anthony Mann (Man of the West, The Man from Laramie) and Delmer Daves (The Hanging Tree, Broken Arrow) have remained very vital.

      On the subject of Bond, I’ve always wanted to watch the older Bond movies but have never gotten around to it. One of these days I might buy a Bond boxset and burn through em all.

      • If you do watch any of the “Men on a Mission” movies suggested, you will understand the inspiration to many many things in your movie universe. From the entire “Star Wars” franchise to “Inglorious Basterds”. In fact, “Where Eagles Dare” is said to be Tarantino’s favorite movie!

        The early Bond series (with Sean Connery) is a different matter entirely. The Bond movies of today follow trends. The Bond movies of the 1960’s set the trends.

        • I’m excited to check these movies out!

  2. Didn’t see Sunset Boulevard anywhere on your list. Check it out if you haven’t already.

    • Hey Dave! I have seen Sunset Blvd a couple times. I’ve never been a huge fan of Billy Wilder but I believe Sunset Blvd stands out as perhaps his best work. Gloria Swanson played that part perfectly. I’d probably put it in the “Very Good” section.

  3. this a great ranking – i love that demons 2 is in essential, i really like that movie too. there’s some films at the top of your ranking i’ve never heard of but look really interesting like Bayan Ko, i’ve added them to my watchlist!

    • Glad to hear it! If you ever have any questions about my movies, feel free to ask! You can also offer up suggestions for me (it sounds like you have great taste if you like Demons 2).

      Also, you can find me on Letterboxd @TL_Bean

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