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I'm bored, so I made this one myself. 

This list compiles 280 films from 4 different lists of the top 100 greatest films.  How many have you seen? Copy this list and mark the films you have seen in bold. If you liked it, add a star (*) in front of the title, if you didn't, give it a minus (-). Use a zero if you're indifferent or can't recalll your opinion.  Then, put the total number of films you've seen somewhere in the subject line and pass it on!

Bonus: Think all four of these publications missed a film that belongs on the list? Add it at the bottom under Viewer's Choice.

About the list:  To avoid the usual grousing about list quality, this list compiles the selections of the top 100 films as selected by four different sources: the AFI, Time magazine, IMDB’s user ratings, and The Village Voice.  Yes, there are many other top 100 lists, but three of these come up first in Google, so I’m arbitrarily choosing to consider them the most authoritative.  I added the Village Voice for additional foreign balance to AFI’s Hollywood-biased approach.  The sum of them makes for a pretty diverse list of 280 great films from the popular to the obscure but groundbreaking.

AFI and Time and IMDB and Village Voice

* Chinatown (1974)
* Citizen Kane (1941)
City Lights (1931) – apparently I really need to see this, since all 4 sources chose it
* The Godfather (1972)
* The Godfather Part II (1974)
* It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
* Psycho (1960)
* Singin' in the Rain (1952)
* Star Wars (1977)
* Taxi Driver (1976)

AFI and Time and IMDB

* Casablanca (1942)
* Double Indemnity (1944)
* Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
* Goodfellas (1990)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – never seen it, amazingly
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
* On the Waterfront (1954)
* Pulp Fiction (1994)
Raging Bull (1980)
* Schindler's List (1993)
* Some Like It Hot (1959)

AFI and Time and Village Voice

* King Kong (1933)
The Searchers (1956)

AFI and IMDB and Village Voice

* 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)one of my all-time favorites
All About Eve (1950)
* Modern Times (1936)
* North by Northwest (1959)
Sunset Boulevard (1950) – I actually feel guilty for not seeing this one
The Third Man (1949)
0 The Wizard of Oz (1939) Maybe I’ve seen it too much, but I’m pretty ambivalent about this one now
* Vertigo (1958)

Time and IMDB and Village Voice

* Blade Runner (1982)
* Metropolis (1927)
absolutely essential

AFI and Time

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
* E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)haven’t seen it since I was 12, but I liked it then
* A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Unforgiven (1992)


* A Clockwork Orange (1971)
* Amadeus (1984)
* Apocalypse Now (1979)
0 Forrest Gump (1994)
– left me feeling a bit bamboozled, but decent enough I guess
* Jaws (1975)not just a scary movie, this thing is brilliant.  A Spielberg masterpiece.
* Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
0 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
* Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
* Rear Window (1954)
The Apartment (1960)
* The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
* The Maltese Falcon (1941)
* The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) – that’s right…I read the book but never saw the film.  How the hell did that happen?

Time and IMDB

City of God (2002)
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
* The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
* The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
* The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
* Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Time and Village Voice

* Aguirre: The Wrath Of God (1972)
The Apu Trilogy (1955, 1956, 1959)
* Barry Lyndon (1975)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The 400 Blows (1959)
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Man With a Movie Camera (1929)
* Notorious (1946)
* Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
Sunrise (1927) – listed more than Nosferatu.  Interesting.  I’ve never seen this, but I love Murnau, so I imagine I’d like it.
Tokyo Story (1953)
Ugetsu (1953)
Umberto D (1952)

AFI and Village Voice

* Duck Soup (1933)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The Gold Rush (1925)

IMDB and Village Voice

* M (1931) one of the most important films you’ve never seen.  Prototype for film noir.
* Rashômon (1950)
* Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) (1954)
The Seventh Seal (Sjunde inseglet, Det) (1957) – love Wild Strawberries and Fanny and Alexander, but I’ve yet to see Bergman’s best-known film all the way through.
* Touch of Evil (1958) - whether it's the original, or the version reconstructed from Welles' edit memeo, this film is excellent either way

Time Only

The Awful Truth (1937)
Baby Face (1933)
Bande à part (1964)
* Brazil (1985)
Camille (1936)
Charade (1963)
Children of Paradise (1945)
Chungking Express (1994)
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
The Crowd (1928)
Day for Night (1973)
* The Decalogue (1989)if you haven’t seen this, I implore you to do so.  Magnificent.
Detour (1945)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Dodsworth (1936)
* Drunken Master II (1994)
* 8 1/2 (1963)
* Farewell My Concubine (1993)
0 Finding Nemo (2003)
OK, but nowhere near as good as The Incredibles
0 The Fly (1986)I like Cronenberg lots, but this is not one of my favorites.
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Ikiru (1952)
* In A Lonely Place (1950)
0 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
It's A Gift (1934)
Kandahar (2001)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
The Last Command (1928)
Léolo (1992)
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
* Miller's Crossing (1990)
Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)
Mouchette (1967)
Nayakan (1987)
Ninotchka (1939)
Olympia, Parts 1 and 2 (1938)
* Out of the Past (1947)
Persona (1966)
* Pinocchio (1940) One of my favorite of all Disney movies, because it’s actually dark and creepy at times.
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Pyaasa (1957)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
The Singing Detective (1986)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Swing Time (1936)
Talk to Her (2002)
A Touch of Zen (1971)
Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
White Heat (1949)
* Wings of Desire (1987) - I adore this film.
* Yojimbo (1961)

AFI Only

A Place in the Sun (1951)
0 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Can’t remember this well enough to know what I thought of it.
American Graffiti (1973)
* An American in Paris (1951) - Worth it for the climactic dance number alone
Annie Hall (1977) – seen a bajillion Allen films, but not this
Ben-Hur (1959)
Bringing up Baby (1938)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
* Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
- Dances with Wolves (1990)
Nice try, Kevin, but your movie was tiresome.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Easy Rider (1969)
* Fantasia (1940)
* Fargo (1996)
Frankenstein (1931)
* From Here to Eternity (1953)
0 Giant (1956)
saw this when very young.  I think I liked it, can’t remember.
* Gone with the Wind (1939)an archetype of cinematic melodrama; too bad Mildred Pierce didn't also make any of the lists
* Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
* High Noon (1952)
It Happened One Night (1934)
* M*A*S*H (1970)yay, Robert Altman!
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
- My Fair Lady (1964) I love Audrey Hepburn, and Shaw’s Pygmalion, but the two of them plus Rex Harrison does not equal a happy sum.
* Network (1976)
Patton (1970)
* Platoon (1986)
* Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
- Rocky (1976) 
- I think I laughed out loud at this even as a kid
Shane (1953)
* Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Stagecoach (1939)
The African Queen (1951)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
* The French Connection (1971)Best. Chase. Ever.
The Graduate (1967)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
0 The Sound of Music (1965)seen so much I’m sick of it, but I liked it as a kid
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Tootsie (1982)
* West Side Story (1961)
Wuthering Heights (1939)
0 Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)


12 Angry Men (1957)
* Alien (1979)
* Aliens (1986)
* American Beauty (1999)
American History X (1998)
Batman Begins (2005)
* Das Boot (1981)
- Braveheart (1995)
a trying-too-hard epic
* Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
* Amelie (Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le) (2001)
* Fight Club (1999)
* Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
* Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
* The Professional (Léon) (1994) if you haven’t seen the director’s cut, do so.  It vastly improves the film over the butchered American version.
Memento (2000)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
* Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo cinema Paradiso) (1989)
* Paths of Glory (1957) if you though Dr. Strangelove was dark and cynical…
Rebecca (1940)
* Requiem for a Dream (2000) Don’t ever need to see THAT again, but it was good once.
* Reservoir Dogs (1992)
0 Saving Private Ryan (1998)Meh.  The HBO miniseries Band Of Brothers used the same production team to tell a more effective story, in my opinion.
* Se7en (1995) – So widely (and often badly) imitated it makes me laugh.
* Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi) (2001)  - I would have put far more Miyazaki films than Disney and Pixar films on this list.
Sin City (2005)
* Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
* Strangers on a Train (1951)
0 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
It’s a good action movie, but the splashy effects tend to obscure the fact that the first film had a far better storyline.
* The Departed (2006)
* The Elephant Man (1980)
Yay, David Lynch!
The Great Escape (1963)
* The Incredibles (2004) Best Pixar film yet.
* The Matrix (1999)
The Pianist (2002)
* The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
* The Shining (1980)
* The Sting (1973)
* The Usual Suspects (1995)
Downfall (Untergang, Der) (2004)
Life Is Beautiful (Vita è bella, La) (1997)

Village Voice Only

A Man Escaped (1956)
* A Trip to the Moon (1902)Beautiful.  Modern effects artists would do well to watch this and remember that things don’t have to be realistic to be evocative.
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
All That Heaven Allows (1956)
An Actor's Revenge (1963)
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
Broken Blossoms (1919)
Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
Close-Up (1990)
* Contempt (1963)
Fox and His Friends (1975)
Greed (1924)
Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966)
Intolerance (1916)
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
Jules and Jim (1961)
* La Jetee (1961)
Landscape in the Mist (1988)
L'Atalante (1934)
Les Vampires (1915-16)
Los Olvidados (1950)
Masculine-Feminine (1966)
Mean Streets (1973)
My Life to Live (Vivre sa vie) (1962)
* Nosferatu (1922)
October (1927)
Ordet (1955)
Paisan (1946)
Pather Panchali (1955)
Performance (1970)
Pickpocket (1959)
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
Salo (1975) – I hear this one is quite harrowing.  As in, makes watching Tideland seem like a walk in the park.
* Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Underappreciated Hitchcock masterpiece.  Thrilling, and very timely both then and now.
Shoah (1985)
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
Suspiria (1977)
The Bicycle Thief (1949)
The Conformist (1970)
The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
The General (1927)
The Golden Coach (1952)
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1965)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)  - Only Welles I haven't seen. 
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
The Rise of Louis XIV (1966)
The Rules of the Game (1939)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)I appreciate its massive influence on the horror genre, but it’s not really my preferred style of horror film.
Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1966)
Wavelength (1967)

Viewer's Choice:
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind
Black Orpheus
Withnail & I
The Trois Couleurs Trilogy
Raise The Red Lantern
Rear Window
The Chimes At Midnight

Date: 2006-11-03 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I vote to add Legendgs of the Fall and The City of Lost Children (and others that I adore, that aren't so popular.)

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) – that’s right…I read the book but never saw the film. How the hell did that happen?
Because the movie didn't do justice to what the book creates in your mind.

* Pinocchio (1940) – One of my favorite of all Disney movies, because it’s actually dark and creepy at times.
In that case, check out The Black Cauldron.

Date: 2006-11-03 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Actually, I disliked The Black Cauldron precisely "because the movie didn't do justice to what the book creates in your mind."

City of Lost Children is an excellent choice. I love that movie.

Date: 2006-11-03 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah. I have not read The Black Cauldron so I wasn't making a comparison. That movie also scares me =P so I don't quite remember it.

Date: 2006-11-03 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hmm, and I liked the movie better than the Lloyd Alexander books, probably because I tried to read them as an adult.

Date: 2006-11-03 01:18 am (UTC)

Date: 2006-11-03 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love Pinocchio--that scene were the boy turns into a donkey still gives me chills.

I basically worship at the altar that is 2001.


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