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Another five of my top 20 films

Mike Nichols' 1967 comedy-drama about an aimless college

Mike Nichols' 1967 comedy-drama about an aimless college kid (Dustin Hoffman) and a middle-class cougar (Anne Bancroft) is filled with iconic scenes, but it's the stunning finale -- just two lines in perhaps 10 seconds -- that will resonate forever. Credit: MGM

Every Friday before the Oscars, I'll reveal five of my top 20 films. It's a highly personal list, which I guess explains how Keanu Reeves wound up on it. Here are movies 15 through 11:

 

 

15

 

POINT BREAK Action cinema at its zippiest and most visceral, with Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey as FBI agents, and Patrick Swayze unapologetically cast as a surfing bank robber. Director Kathryn Bigelow won the Oscar for 2009's "The Hurt Locker," but I'll take this 1991 bruiser any day.

 

 

14

 

REAR WINDOW Hitchcock's best movie has it all: two romantic leads (James Stewart and Grace Kelly), a terrifying villain (Raymond Burr) and just the right mix of chills, cliffhangers, pathos and humor. From start to finish, this 1954 film is pure satisfaction.

 

 

13

 

KISS ME DEADLY B-lister Ralph Meeker achieves A-level nastiness as the meanest Mike Hammer to hit the screen in Robert Aldrich's Cold War noir from 1955. Slapping and sneering his way through a toxic Los Angeles, Hammer searches for "the great Whatsit" -- and it ain't no Maltese Falcon.

 

 

12

 

THE GRADUATE Mike Nichols' 1967 comedy-drama about an aimless college kid (Dustin Hoffman) and a middle-class cougar (Anne Bancroft) is filled with iconic scenes, but it's the stunning finale -- just two lines in perhaps 10 seconds -- that will resonate forever.

 

 

11

 

AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD This 1972 film about a conquistador searching for El Dorado became a myth itself, thanks to the near-fatal friction between tyrannical director Werner Herzog and his half-crazed star, Klaus Kinski. Mad, brilliant filmmaking on a grand scale.

 

 

Readers' greatest

 

Newsday readers tell us their favorite movies. (Comments have been edited.)

HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1978)

How can you go wrong with a good-looking leading man (Warren Beatty) in a love story with a beautiful leading lady (Julie Christie) and the comedy of Charles Grodin and Buck Henry that had sports, suspense, fantasy and a song that you just couldn't get out of your head, even if played badly on a saxophone? -- Dianne Guarino, Centerport

HEAD (1968)

My favorite film is the unappreciated "Head," starring the Monkees and an array of guest stars (including Frank Zappa and Sonny Liston). It pokes fun at the movies and our way of life at that time. Every time I see it, I see something new.

-- Larry Lapka, Massapequa Park

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