Saturday, March 22, 2008

100 Films

PJ has a neat post; she put up a list of the Top 100 films according to the Internet Movie Database. She bolded the 36 she'd seen; for no real reason whatsoever, I'm going to bold the ones I've seen, too. And I'm going to translate the foreign titles, just because.

1. The Godfather (1972)
2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
6. Schindler’s List (1993)
7. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
8. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
9. Casablanca (1942)
10. Seven Samurai (1954)
11. Star Wars (1977)
12. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
13. 12 Angry Men (1957)
14. Rear Window (1954)
15. Goodfellas (1990)
16. City of God (2002)
17. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
18. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
19. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
20. The Usual Suspects (1995)
21. Psycho (1960)
22. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
23. Fight Club (1999)
24. Citizen Kane (1941)
25. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
26. North by Northwest (1959)
27. Memento (2000)
28. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
29. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
30. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
31. The Matrix (1999)
32. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
33. There Will Be Blood (2007)
34. Se7en (1995)
35. Apocalypse Now (1979)
36. Taxi Driver (1976)
37. American Beauty (1999)
38. Léon (1994)
39. Vertigo (1958)
40. Amélie (2001)
41. American History X (1998)
42. The Departed (2006)
43. No Country for Old Men (2007)
44. Paths of Glory (1957)
45. M (1931)
46. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
47. Chinatown (1974)
48. The Third Man (1949)
49. The Lives of Others (2006)
50. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
51. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
52. Alien (1979)
53. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
54. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
55. The Shining (1980)
56. Spirited Away (2001)
57. The Pianist (2002)
58. Double Indemnity (1944)
59. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
60. Forrest Gump (1994)
61. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
62. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
63. L.A. Confidential (1997)
64. Das Boot (1981)
65. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
66. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
67. Downfall (2004)
68. Aliens (1986)
69. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
70. Raging Bull (1980)
71. Metropolis (1927)
72. Rashômon (1950)
73. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
74. Modern Times (1936)
75. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
76. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
77. Sin City (2005)
78. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
79. Rebecca (1940)
80. The Seventh Seal (1957)
81. All About Eve (1950)
82. Some Like It Hot (1959)
83. City Lights (1931)
84. Amadeus (1984)
85. On the Waterfront (1954)
86. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
87. The Great Escape (1963)
88. Touch of Evil (1958)
89. The Prestige (2006)
90. The Elephant Man (1980)
91. Jaws (1975)
92. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
93. The Sting (1973)
94. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
95. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
96. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
97. The Apartment (1960)
98. Braveheart (1995)
99. The Great Dictator (1940)
100. Blade Runner (1982)

I've seen 92. I can't believe there are so-called film buffs out there who've seen anything less than three-quartes of this list at best, but I'm finding a lot of that. Man, people used to take being a film buff seriously. And this is a pretty mundane, obvious list, I have to say. I was going to do some commentary, but I feel at least half of thse movies are monstrously overrated, so I don't much care, to be honest.

This isn't to single anyone out, by the way. I'm just saying that a saw a good deal of these before I was out of high school.

6 comments:

Sway said...

You should make a list of 100 must see movies!

Also apparently I made a bog as Sway years ago and now the interwebz makes me sacrifice small animals in order to make it log into the zendulo one. So Sway=Zen because I'm ridiculously lazy and quite bad at technology.

Chance said...

I may be wrong about this, but aren't all the ones you haven't seen foreign films? Interesting.

PJ said...

I'm not at all surprised that you've seen most of the films on the list, though I was surprised that you haven't seen Amelie or The Lives of Others, which are both amazing in very different ways.

J.D. has only seen 24, but he's got a few more years before he finishes high school. You guys finish high school when you're 18, right?

Distributorcap said...

50 for this 50 year old
and i thought i saw a lot of movies

i have a ton of catching up

Anonymous said...

I've seen 66 of them. I guess the real questions are actually how many of those did I actually like, how many of those do I really care that I've seen, how many of those do I dislike now but not at the time I saw them, and how many of the ones I haven't seen do I actively choose to avoid . . .

SamuraiFrog said...

Zen: I couldn't even narrow it done to 100, I'm such a nerd. I had my list of 500 favorite movies up last year because I wouldn't narrow it down any more.

I don't know, I enjoy seeing which name you're going to use next.

Chance: Yeah, it just kind of happened that way. Two of them are in English; Hotel Rwanda I just haven't seen, and The Pianist I want to see but for one reason or another, haven't. I love Polanski, generally.

PJ: I tried to see Amelie a few times, but the DVDs I kept getting from Netflix wouldn't play. It's on this massive, general, informal list of stuff to see. So is The Lives of Others.

The plan is to finish high school by 18, but I can't speak for J.D. ... ;D

DC: Ah, you're one of those people who had a life. I've heard of you.

John: That's a whole other set. Like I said, I actually dislike a number of those movies.