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What are the best films of all time?

April 3, 2011
By KATHRYN SPIRA , For The Leader Herald

Last week I watched a show called "Best in Film: the Greatest Movies of Our Time," where people voted for their picks of the best films in various genres. It was hosted by Tom Bergeron, who normally hosts "Dancing With the Stars."

According to the ABC TV website: "In an unprecedented collaboration between ABC News and People Magazine, it was America's turn to decide. We gave movie fans the opportunity to vote online for their favorite films of all time in 15 different categories, from best sci-fi film, best musical, best action flick, to greatest screen kiss and more.

Online voters selected the winners from a list of English-language film nominees created by an elite panel of film industry experts, including dozens of well-known actors, producers, directors and critics.

Over 500,000 votes were cast in the online poll, powered by, which was open from late November 2010 to early January 2011."

I haven't seen most of these films since I don't like action, suspense or science fiction films. The exception to this is I did watch Avatar. It wasn't really my cup of tea though I could appreciate it for how it was made.

In my opinion, the most entertaining part of the show was the section highlighting the Top Lines: Number 5 was "Casablanca," with Humphrey Bogart's line, "Here's looking at you kid." Then there was number 4, "When Harry Met Sally." After Meg Ryan's Sally fakes an orgasm in a restaurant, Rob Reiner's mother says, "I'll have what she's having." And number 3 was "The Godfather" with Marlin Brando telling his mafia hitmen to "Make him an offer he can't refuse." Number 2 was "Sudden Impact," with the quote from Clint Eastwood, "Go ahead make my day." Finally, the number 1 line came from "Gone With The Wind."

At a time when there was no swearing in movies Clark Gable as Rhett Butler said the often quoted, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."

Overall, I really enjoyed the show and agreed with the top picks.

It's hard to argue with 1939's "Gone With the Wind" being the best film of all time or "The Sound of Music" being the best musical of all time.

The show ran two hours and I found thoroughly entertaining.

Terry was a trooper and took notes in detail for me because we watched it together.

I actually got to be a part of a couple of films that might have made somebody's "best of" list while I was pursuing my acting career in Hollywood. I was one of the screaming extras in the crowd when the giant Stay-Puff marshmallow man was coming down the street (of course we had to imagine what the special effects department would come up with). And I got to be a waitress at the Cafe' Au Go-Go where the Doors had played in the film of the same name. I was good at that. I had done plenty of waitressing while pursuing my acting career!

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website at



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