The Movies

As with The Book List, I spent quite a bit of time looking through various lists of the best movies before deciding which list to go by. It ultimately came down to The AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies and the IMDB Top 250. I chose the IMDB list since it is mostly rated by users rather than film critics. I generally don't agree with film critics as I think they're too snobby, so I went with the IMDB list and chose the Top 100 off their 250. I may, at some point, decide to watch all 250, but I don't want to be too ambitious right now! And as with The Book List, I'll try and provide reviews as I watch the movies.

*Disclaimer: In January 2012, I decided to amend this list to read 50 of the Top 100. Why? Well, because I've kind of hated most of the movies I've watched off this list. 

1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. The Godfather
3. The Godfather, Part II
4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
5. Pulp Fiction
6. Schindler's List
7. 12 Angry Men
8.  Inception
9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
10.The Dark Knight
11. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
12. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
13. Seven Samurai
14. Fight Club
15. Goodfellas
16. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
17. Casablanca
18. City of God
19. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
20. Once Upon a Time in the West
21. Rear Window
22. Raiders of the Lost Ark
23. The Matrix
24. The Usual Suspects
25. Se7en
26. It's a Wonderful Life
27. Sunset Blvd. 
28. Memento
29. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
30. Toy Story 3
31. Forrest Gump 
32. Leon: The Professional
33. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
34. Apocalypse Now
35. Citizen Kane
36. American History X
37. North by Northwest
38. American Beauty
39. Taxi Driver
40. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
41. Saving Private Ryan
42. Vertigo
43. Amelie
44. Spirited Away
45. WALL-E
46.Paths of Glory
47. The Pianist
48. Lawrence of Arabia
49. Double Indemnity
50. City Lights
51. M
52. A Clockwork Orange
53. The Lives of Others
54. The Departed
55. To Kill a Mockingbird
56. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 
57. Requiem for a Dream
58. Das Boot
59. Reservoir Dogs
60. The Third Man
61. Modern Times
62. L.A. Confidential
63. Chinatown
64. Life is Beautiful
65. Black Swan
66. Back to the Future
67. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
68. The Prestige
69. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
70. Raging Bull
71. Cinema Paradiso
72. Pan's Labrynth
73. Singin' in the Rain
74. Rashomon
75. Some Like it Hot
76. The Green Mile
77. Once Upon a Time in America
78. The Bridge on the River Kwai
79. Amadeus
80. All About Eve
81. The Great Dictator
82. Bicycle Thieves
83. Full Metal Jacket
84. 2001: A Space Odyssey 
85. Braveheart
86. Inglorious Basterds
87. The Apartment
88. A Separation
89. Downfall
90. Metropolis
91. Gladiator
92. Up
93. Gran Torino
94. The Sting
95. Unforgiven
96. Oldboy
97. The Elephant Man
98. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
99. The Maltese Falcon
100. On the Waterfront

Total: 48/50


  1. I loved reading through this list. I haven't seen many of these. Of the movies you haven't seen yet, I would recommend Casablanca, Gladiator, and The Green Mile.


  2. Found you through Mingle Monday and I love all of your lists! So inspiring!


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