Top Movies

A coworker once had a bet who had seen the most movies of the IMDB Top 250. Surprsingly, I won. I don’t consider myself a movie goer at all, but I guess between seeing movies for school and catching AMC every now and again, I have made some headway into this list. The list does change occasionally (for example, Knocked Up was in the top 100 right after it came out, much like No Country For Old Men is now), but for the most part the classics have remained the same.

Here are the 135 movies I had already seen (more than half the list!):

Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 9.1 The Godfather (1972) 248,668
2. 9.1 The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 293,990
3. 9.0 The Godfather: Part II (1974) 142,336
5. 8.8 Pulp Fiction (1994) 252,721
6. 8.8 Schindler’s List (1993) 170,738
7. 8.8 Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 181,197
8. 8.8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 127,055
9. 8.8 Casablanca (1942) 112,687
11. 8.8 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 226,536
12. 8.8 Star Wars (1977) 220,330
13. 8.7 12 Angry Men (1957) 59,176
14. 8.7 Rear Window (1954) 74,210
16. 8.7 Goodfellas (1990) 136,757
17. 8.7 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 155,002
18. 8.7 Cidade de Deus (2002) 83,174
19. 8.7 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 261,538
21. 8.7 The Usual Suspects (1995) 176,151
22. 8.6 Psycho (1960) 91,645
24. 8.6 Citizen Kane (1941) 97,391
25. 8.6 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 156,184
26. 8.6 North by Northwest (1959) 60,715
27. 8.6 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 214,167
28. 8.6 Fight Club (1999) 223,564
29. 8.6 Memento (2000) 166,481
32. 8.5 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 67,598
33. 8.5 The Matrix (1999) 244,433
35. 8.5 Se7en (1995) 166,728
36. 8.5 Apocalypse Now (1979) 113,384
37. 8.5 American Beauty (1999) 189,879
38. 8.5 Vertigo (1958) 58,612
40. 8.5 Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Le (2001) 114,269
41. 8.5 The Departed (2006) 135,071
43. 8.5 American History X (1998) 127,577
45. 8.4 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 53,778
47. 8.4 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 127,031
49. 8.4 A Clockwork Orange (1971) 120,512
52. 8.4 Alien (1979) 111,615
53. 8.4 The Pianist (2002) 71,963
54. 8.4 The Shining (1980) 102,359
56. 8.4 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 106,091
58. 8.4 L.A. Confidential (1997) 112,845
60. 8.4 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 38,301
62. 8.4 Boot, Das (1981) 48,051
63. 8.4 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 33,799
64. 8.4 Saving Private Ryan (1998) 173,846
65. 8.4 Reservoir Dogs (1992) 131,244
66. 8.4 Requiem for a Dream (2000) 106,374
67. 8.3 Forrest Gump (1994) 174,324
69. 8.3 Aliens (1986) 108,544
70. 8.3 Raging Bull (1980) 54,337
74. 8.3 Hotel Rwanda (2004) 49,426
76. 8.3 Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 138,541
79. 8.3 Some Like It Hot (1959) 43,330
80. 8.3 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 105,508
82. 8.3 The Great Escape (1963) 37,817
83. 8.3 Amadeus (1984) 62,670
84. 8.3 On the Waterfront (1954) 25,090
87. 8.3 The Prestige (2006) 91,363
88. 8.3 Vita è bella, La (1997) 66,362
89. 8.3 Jaws (1975) 86,599
90. 8.3 The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 23,887
91. 8.3 The Sting (1973) 41,627
93. 8.2 Full Metal Jacket (1987) 89,980
96. 8.2 Braveheart (1995) 157,783
98. 8.2 Ratatouille (2007) 46,691
99. 8.2 Batman Begins (2005) 142,394
102.8.2 Once Upon a Time in America (1984) 41,586
103.8.2 Blade Runner (1982) 120,695
105.8.2 The Wizard of Oz (1939) 66,736
109.8.2 Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) 142,363
111.8.2 The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) 59,240
113.8.2 Back to the Future (1985) 122,939
114.8.2 Ran (1985) 22,142
116.8.2 Million Dollar Baby (2004) 77,852
117.8.2 Cool Hand Luke (1967) 26,647
118.8.2 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 139,856
119.8.2 Donnie Darko (2001) 124,554
120.8.2 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 105,397
125.8.1 The Green Mile (1999) 116,473
126.8.1 Annie Hall (1977) 39,941
128.8.1 Gladiator (2000) 171,180
130.8.1 The Sixth Sense (1999) 160,676
132.8.1 Ben-Hur (1959) 36,794
135.8.1 The Deer Hunter (1978) 53,899
136.8.1 Life of Brian (1979) 59,719
137.8.1 Die Hard (1988) 111,102
139.8.1 The Incredibles (2004) 88,017
140.8.1 Finding Nemo (2003) 92,323
142.8.1 Platoon (1986) 67,211
144.8.1 V for Vendetta (2005) 120,843
145.8.1 American Gangster (2007) 32,063
147.8.1 Children of Men (2006) 79,480
150.8.1 The Graduate (1967) 49,661
151.8.1 The Princess Bride (1987) 87,632
152.8.1 Crash (2004/I) 103,349
155.8.1 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 35,877
160.8.1 Gandhi (1982) 29,797
162.8.0 The Night of the Hunter (1955) 14,562
165.8.0 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) 106,897
166.8.0 The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 14,020
169.8.0 The Big Lebowski (1998) 101,548
171.8.0 Little Miss Sunshine (2006) 76,951
172.8.0 Wo hu cang long (2000) 78,912
173.8.0 Gone with the Wind (1939) 50,090
176.8.0 Duck Soup (1933) 17,077
180.8.0 Cabinet des Dr. Caligari., Das (1920) 9,422
182.8.0 Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) 17,026
183.8.0 Snatch. (2000) 95,329
184.8.0 Groundhog Day (1993) 81,943
187.8.0 Patton (1970) 25,397
188.8.0 The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) 4,766
190.8.0 Scarface (1983) 82,059
191.8.0 Toy Story (1995) 82,513
193.8.0 Glory (1989) 37,673
195.8.0 Twelve Monkeys (1995) 106,718
198.8.0 Hot Fuzz (2007) 66,098
199.8.0 Spartacus (1960) 31,284
200.8.0 King Kong (1933) 23,810
201.8.0 The Terminator (1984) 105,304
204.8.0 The Exorcist (1973) 63,212
205.8.0 Lola rennt (1998) 56,067
206.8.0 Frankenstein (1931) 13,660
210.8.0 Toy Story 2 (1999) 72,382
211.8.0 The Lion King (1994) 70,762
212.8.0 Big Fish (2003) 78,304
214.8.0 Bonnie and Clyde (1967) 23,801
215.8.0 Mystic River (2003) 66,458
218.7.9 Magnolia (1999) 80,150
227.7.9 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 13,225
228.7.9 A Christmas Story (1983) 35,869
230.7.9 Casino (1995) 59,581
233.7.9 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 148,943
235.7.9 Casino Royale (2006) 98,494
236.7.9 Shaun of the Dead (2004) 69,047
238.7.9 Cinderella Man (2005) 39,590
242.7.9 Inherit the Wind (1960) 7,256
245.7.9 Shrek (2001) 119,695 14,189

A lot of the movies I have not seen are absolutely ancient (there seems to be a plethora of World War II movies, e.g., Stalag 17) or foreign (Nuovo cinema Paradiso) or both (Ladri di biciclette). Some are pure Americana (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance).

If I had to make a list of 10 movies from the list that I want to see next, they would be

15. 8.7 No Country for Old Men (2007) 17,810
34. 8.5 Taxi Driver (1976) 92,621
50. 8.4 Laberinto del fauno, El (2006) 76,108
59. 8.4 Leben der Anderen, Das (2006) 26,494
110.8.2 Fargo (1996) 106,275
112.8.2 Unforgiven (1992) 57,116
148.8.1 Amores perros (2000) 35,325
158.8.1 Heat (1995) 86,810
167.8.0 Grindhouse (2007) 47,204
213.8.0 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 70,056

It is hard to come up with a list of favorite movies, or movies that I would recommend. I left out comedies, but I would feel comfortable with these 10 (ok, its 11) movies in my DVD collection if they are the only ones I could own. Each I think is unique in their own right and offers a superb look into moviemaking, acting, directing. More importantly, many are able to elicit emotion that few other films can rival.

1. 9.1 The Godfather (1972) + 3. 9.0 The Godfather: Part II (1974)
6. 8.8 Schindler’s List (1993)
9. 8.8 Casablanca (1942)
16. 8.7 Goodfellas (1990)
21. 8.7 The Usual Suspects (1995)
28. 8.6 Fight Club (1999)
36. 8.5 Apocalypse Now (1979)
49. 8.4 A Clockwork Orange (1971)
66. 8.4 Requiem for a Dream (2000)
82. 8.3 The Great Escape (1963)

I hope to get NetFlix or Blockbuster Total Access soon, and delve deeper into the IMDB 250 and beyond…and I should be seeing No Country For Old Men by this weekend. And Juno too, I hear that is supposed to be excellent. Maybe someday I’ll reach the goal of seeing every Best Picture Oscar winner…

Any other recommendations, from the list and otherwise?

One response to “Top Movies

  1. Hmmm… I do love anything by Hitchcock. And Kubrick. Oh, and On the Waterfront. Fun list.

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