All movies are not created equal.

And in a world where the opening weekend box office is king, but like fast food, they don’t really nourish you for very long, few films impress me. Maybe it is time to go to the video store and check out AFI’s list of the 100 best films.

Some of them are boring to sit through, but they haunt you later.

And some enter into the culture, so that a reference to them is instantly recognized…

Rosebud! for example.
I think we’re not in Kansas anymore…

Fasten your seat belt, it’s going to be a bumpy night…

E.T. phone home…

Nobody’s perfect…

‘Twas beauty killed the beast…

Louie, I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship…

Tomorrow is another day…

Smile you son of a …
Just the phrase brings to mind a scene, and often the context of the scene. Rosebud is about a lost boy who grew up too rich. ET is about a lost boy and his ET. Fasten your seat belts is about getting old and being replaced, but fighting back. Beauty killing the beast is about exploitation of nature. Smile you son of a …is about  man triumphing over evil.
And many of the visual scenes stay with us…singing in the rain…the helicopters doing the flight of the valkyries… the fin in the water…the Titanic…the clicking clock in High Noon…
That is what art does: it lets you see the world anew, and brings with it delight and tears.

Some of them won academy awards, but many did not.

Some of them made money when released, but some, like It’s a Wonderful Life and the Shawshank Redemption, did not.

Some are comedies, some dramas, and even a few action pictures. But most of them are worth your five bucks at the video store to take home and watch.

The updated list has only a few films since 1990:Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story, the Shawshank Redemptionand The Sixth sense and Fellowship of the Ring, Forest Gump, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, Titanic, Silence of the Lambs, and Unforgiven.

But perhaps why these types of lists are important is to tell younger filmgoers to check out the great films of the past: not the boring ones, but ones worth watching over and over again.

Citizen Kane. The Grapes of Wrath. Lawrence of Arabia. Cabaret. A Night at the Opera.

So if you aren’t into watching the silver surfer or the latest action film, check out the list.

Roger Ebert even has links to his reviews on 75 of the films, if you want to check out the story line first.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket 

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