6.19.2009

My 100 Favourite Movies

Inspired by Crystal, who was herself inspired by someone else, I decided to make a list of my 100 favourite movies.

It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I tried to write them roughly in order of how much I like them, but that became somewhat unwieldy, so after the top ten they are listed in alphabetical order.

There is a disproportionate number of films from the past ten years. I suppose I remember recent movies better. If I gave it a few more days I could replace half with completely different titles.

Here's my Top Ten:

L'avventura (1960, Michaelangelo Antonioni)
Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
The Age of Innocence (1993, Martin Scorsese)
Le passion de Jeanne d'Arc (Eng: The Passion of Joan of Arc; 1928, Carl Dreyer)
The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
Goodfellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
The Godfather, Part II (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
La dolce vita (1960, Federico Fellini)
Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Steven Spielberg)

The next ninety, in alphabetical order:
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
A Clockwork Orange (1971, Stanley Kubrick)
À la folie... pas du tout (Eng: He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not; 2002, Laetitia Columbani)
Alien (1979, Ridley Scott)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004, Adam McKay)
Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)
Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997, Jay Roach)
Batman Begins (2005, Christopher Nolan)
Beautiful Girls (1996, Ted Demme)
The Big Sleep (1946, Howard Hawks)
The Bourne Identity (2002, Doug Liman)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004, Paul Greengrass)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007, Paul Greengrass)
Braveheart (1995, Mel Gibson)
Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
Casino Royale (2006, Martin Campbell)
Casino (1995, Martin Scorsese)
Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
The Constant Gardener (2005, Fernando Meirelles)
The Conversation (1974, Francis Ford Coppola)
The Corporation (2003, Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007, Wes Anderson)
Dark City (1998, Alex Proyas)
The Dark Knight (2008, Christopher Nolan)
Dead Man Walking (1995, Tim Robbins)
El maquinista (Eng: The Machinist; 2004, Brad Anderson)
Elizabeth (1998, Shekhar Kapur)
The English Patient (1995, Anthony Minghella)
Exotica (1994, Atom Egoyan)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999, Stanley Kubrick)
Fight Club (1999, David Fincher)
Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis)
The Fugitive (1993, Andrew Davis)
Fucking Åmål (Eng: Show Me Love; 1998, Lukas Moodysson)
Ghostbusters (1984, Ivan Reitman)
The Godfather, Part III (1990, Francis Ford Coppola)
Gosford Park (2001, Robert Altman)
Hamlet (1997, Kenneth Branagh)
Jackie Brown (1997, Quentin Tarantino)
JFK (1992, Oliver Stone)
Juno (2007, Jason Reitman)
Kundun (1997, Martin Scorsese)
Kung Fu Panda (2008, Mark Osborne and John Stevenson)
La règle du jeu (Eng: Rules of the Game; 1939, Jean Renoir)
Ladri di biciclette (Eng: The Bicycle Thief; 1948, Vittorio De Sica)
Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Eng: Amélie; 2001, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995, Mike Figgis)
Léolo (1992, Jean-Claude Lauzon)
Les quatre cents coups (Eng: The 400 Blows; 1959, François Truffaut)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004, Wes Anderson)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris)
Lost in Translation (2003, Sophia Coppola)
Malèna (2002, Giuseppe Tornatore)
Meet the Parents (2000, Jay Roach)
Memento (2000, Christopher Nolan)
Minority Report (2002, Steven Spielberg)
Monsters, Inc. (2001, Pete Docter and David Silverman)
Natural Born Killers (1994, Oliver Stone)
Once (2007, John Carney)
Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
Ratatouille (2007, Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava)
Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)
The Rock (1996, Michael Bay)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, Wes Anderson)
Saving Private Ryan (1998, Steven Spielberg)
Schindler's List (1993, Steven Spielberg)
Serenity (2005, Joss Whedon)
The Shawshank Redemption (1995, Frank Darabont)
The Shining (1980, Stanley Kubrick)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008, Danny Boyle)
Spartan (2004, David Mamet)
Spider-Man 2 (2004, Sam Raimi)
The Squid and the Whale (2005, Noah Baumbach)
Star Trek (2009, J.J. Abrams)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982, Nicholas Meyer)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980, Richard Marquand)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1984, Irvin Kirshner)
The Sweet Hereafter (1997, Atom Egoyan)
Synecdoche, New York (2008, Charlie Kaufman)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999, Anthony Minghella)
Taxi Driver (1974, Martin Scorsese)
Touch of Evil (Restored to Orson Welles' Vision) (1958, Orson Welles)
Toy Story (1995, John Lasseter)
Trois Couleurs: Rouge (Eng: Three Colours: Red; 1994, Krzysztof Kieslowski)
The Truman Show (1998, Peter Weir)
Umberto D. (1952, Vittorio De Sica)
Wayne's World (1992, Penelope Spheeris)
Why We Fight (2005, Eugene Jarecki)

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2 Comments:

Blogger crystal said...

Thanks for the mention.

Great list - we have some in common. I also like so many that you mentioned that I didn't include ...
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Apocalypse Now, The Fugitive, Dark City, The Conversation, etc.

9:07 PM  
Blogger PrickliestPear said...

It was an interesting exercise. I've seen literally thousands of movies, so I figured it wouldn't take long, and that my favourite movies would be the ones that would most readily occur to me when I was compiling the list. But I probably thought of 250 movies before remembering even some of my top 20. Memory is a strange thing.

10:29 PM  

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