The movies on this list are ranked according to their success (awards & nominations), their popularity, and their true greatness from a directing/writing standpoint. To me, accuracy when making a Top 5 all time list is extremely important.
My lists are not based on my own personal favorites; they are based on the true greatness and/or success of the person, place, or thing being ranked.
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Back to the Future – 1985
Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean “time machine” invented by slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love – so he can get back to the future.
Marty McFly is a teenager living in a small town who wishes to make it as a musician but unfortunately no one wants to give him a chance. And his family is not the kind of family he or anyone could be proud of. His brother has a crappy job. His mother is a drunk. His father doesn’t have any guts especially when his Biff Tannen is around.
Biff walks all over him. But among of the bright spots in his life is his girlfriend, Jen and his friendship with Emmett Brown, a crackpot scientist. One night Brown sends for Marty to meet at an unusual time. And it’s there that Brown unveils to Marty his invention a time machine which he built into a Delorean. Brown reveals that due to the great amount of power needed for the time machine to works he tricked some Libyans into giving him some plutonium.
Return of the Jedi – 1983
This was an effort from the Disney company to provide audio material related to the Star Wars saga for the hungry throngs. The producers seem to have been more aware than ever of the limitations of basically turning the latest chapter of the film into a radio play for generations not at all in the habit of listening to story episodes in the latter medium. Packaging is lavish and colorful, and used record pile customers should clutch hungrily at the inside of the jacket to see if the big color picture booklet is still there.
In terms of what one actually listens to, the standards seemed to be a bit diminished from earlier efforts in the series. In fact, providing pictures seems as important, if not more important, than making a good record, as the production advertises itself as “dialogue, music and photos from the original motion picture.”
A narrator whose voice can best be described as cheesy has taken over, bringing some parts of the record down to a grade-C level. Of course, much production value is instantly added by the voices of cast members, particularly Sir Alec Guiness.
Raiders of the Lost Ark – 1981
The year is 1936. A professor who studies archeology named Indiana Jones is venturing in the jungles in South America searching for a golden statue. Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trap doing so, miraculously, he escapes. Then, Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artifact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence.
Jones has to venture to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artifact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Renee Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it.
Renowned archeologist and expert in the occult, Dr. Indiana Jones, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant, which is believed to still hold the ten commandments. Unfortunately, agents of Hitler are also after the Ark. Indy, and his ex-flame Marion, escape from various close scrapes in a quest that takes them from Nepal to Cairo.
The Empire Strikes Back – 1980
Fleeing the evil Galactic Empire, the Rebels abandon their new base in an assault with the Imperial AT-AT walkers on the ice world of Hoth. Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca and the droid C-3PO escape in the Millennium Falcon, but are later captured by Darth Vader on Bespin.
Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker and the droid R2-D2 follows Obi-Wan Kenobi’s posthumous command, and receives Jedi training from Master Yoda on the swamp world of Dagobah.
After receiving a vision from Obi-Wan Kenobi and fleeing the ice world of Hoth with his friends after an Imperial attack, Luke Skywalker travels to the marsh planet of Dagobah, where he is instructed in the ways of the Force by the legendary Jedi Master Yoda.
Star Wars – 1977
Part IV in George Lucas’ epic, Star Wars: A New Hope opens with a Rebel ship being boarded by the tyrannical Darth Vader. The plot then follows the life of a simple farm boy, Luke Skywalker, as he and his newly met allies (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2) attempt to rescue a Rebel leader, Princess Leia, from the clutches of the Empire.
The conclusion is culminated as the Rebels, including Skywalker and flying ace Wedge Antilles make an attack on the Empire’s most powerful and ominous weapon, the Death Star.
Luke Skywalker stays with his foster aunt and uncle on a farm on Tatooine. He is desperate to get off this planet and get to the Academy like his friends, but his uncle needs him for the next harvest. Meanwhile, an evil emperor has taken over the galaxy, and has constructed a formidable “Death Star” capable of destroying whole planets. Princess Leia, a leader in the resistance movement, acquires plans of the Death Star, places them in R2-D2, a droid, and sends him off to find Obi-Wan Kenobi. Before he finds him, R2-D2 ends up on the Skywalkers’ farm with his friend C-3PO.