I considered a lot of those you listed. Back to the Future is one of my all-time favorites movies, but looking 'objectively' at it, I don't see what's important/ground-breaking/iconic about it, so I left it off the list.
I guess you're right, but I thought that since it was a near-perfect example of a modern blockbuster, as well as one of your personal favorites, that BTTF would have made it on your list. If I had to pull together one of my own, I'm not sure if I'd put it on myself, but I was wondering about your reason for excluding it on yours.
Same goes for It Happened One Night, which, when we admit it, is just another screwball comedy. A near-perfectly executed one, sure, but if I had to go for the finest example of the genre, it would be The Philadelphia Story, which I listed.
Well, from what I understand, It Happened One Night
is one of the first screwball comedies made period, and easily made one of the biggest impacts on the industry. From how often the movie's plot has been stolen, to the downgrade of undershirt sales thanks to Clark Gable's shirtless scene, and not to mention that it was the first film to win all 5 major Oscars. The Philadelphia Story
is great too, but I think both films deserve a slot here.
I'm not entirely sold on the other titles, and I have not seen them all.
If I had to pick an "absolute best film ever", my vote might just go to Seven Samurai
. It's a 3-1/2 action epic that balances humanity and despair perfectly well, and it doesn't drag on much at all. Aspects taken into the film's editing are still being copied today, and the film as a whole is considered by many to be Kurosawa's greatest statement.
Your mileage may vary on the rest of the films I mentioned, but I'd at least consider that one. I can write about any of my other choices if you want me to, though.
Some others I just thought of that I would consider myself-
Halloween, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Out of the Past, Paths of Glory, The Nightmare Before Christmas (okay, there's bias there, but I still think that it's the perfect animated film), Persona, Singin' in the Rain
Huh, I thought I had more, too.