These are what I'd consider to be my favourite films. If I had to select my favourite film of all time, I think it would have to be 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick . WARNING: may contain spoilers.
2001: A Space Odyssey
The epic themes of extraterrestrial life and human evolution. The look and style of the sets. The music and extraordinary special effects. HAL 9000 ('Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?'). The monoliths. Dave Bowman tripping through the Star Gate to... where? The slow pace and lack of dialogue all add up to make a film that is completely unique.
A Beautiful Mind
Based on a true story, Russell Crowe plays John Nash, an oddball genius mathematician who achieves greatness but is cursed by paranoid schizophrenia; people around him turn out to be in his own head. Exciting, dazzling, intelligent. Crowe is at the top of his game. Also stars the delectable Jennifer Connelly, who won an Oscar.
A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film of the book by Anthony Burgess has all the hallmarks of Kubrick's genius. Withdrawn for some 27 years, it's really pretty tame by today's standards. It follows the criminal adventures of Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his 'droogs' and Alex's subsequent incarceration and treatment via psychological conditioning. Fantastic music, great acting and glorious early 1970s kitsch.
The iconic sci-fi/horror movie from the late seventies. May seem a bit slow paced to modern eyes but this just builds the tension and lets you soak up the atmosephere. The special effects stand up well, H. R. Giger's sets and alien design are as creepy and disturbing as ever, and as a bonus it has one of my favourite actors in - Ian Holm. It's like being inside a nightmare. It's sequal, Aliens was a fantastic film as well.
Ah, Alive, depicting the legendary 1972 Uruguayan Air Force plane crash into the Andes, where the survivors were stuck for over two months in the inhospitable mountains, having to resort to cannibalism to survive. A great tale of human endurance and courage. Starring Ethan Hawke, I have a real soft spot for this film.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
One Day in September
The Black Hole
The Company of Wolves
The Lord of the Rings (animated)
Withnail and I