my post the other day, here (slowly but surely) come my favorite 10 movies, with the "why" in 25 words or less.
#10 - Raiders of the Lost Ark. A game-changing thrill ride - quests, daring feats, heroic acts, a feisty beautiful heroine (Karen Allen!), mystery and intrigue, and Nazis - I hate these guys.
I find that, although these are remarkable bits of film-making, the list is more about my emotional or intellectual reaction to the movies, and mostly the former. Give me a thrill and a lump in the throat, and you're one of my favorite films.
So, Citizen Kane and Gone With the Wind and other admittedly great films don't make this list, but - well, you'll see.