Filling the Holes (for John)

For a while now I’ve been contemplating building a list of movies that I feel that I should watch. I’m a firm believer in the thought that the more I learn on the topic, the more I discover that there is more to learn. As I watch more and more movies I constantly discover that there are more and more films which I need to see. Yesterday Andrew posted up a list of films that he wants to work through and is having everyone vote on them to determine how he will start. I had no idea he was doing this and while I like his way of choosing what to watch, I decided to take a different approach. I would gather some of the “Top Film Lists” and combine them into an overall list and then pick and chose from the top 100 films.

I thought the benefit of doing this would be that I could get a general consensus of what the most important, artistic, historic important or just most entertaining films are from around the world. I looked around at a lot of lists (even thought about including Andrew’s) but in the end I ended up limiting it too 6 lists. My main requirement for choosing a list was that it had to be all (or near to all) inclusive and that it couldn’t be just a list of favourite films. I also tried to keep it from including a compiled list of lists although I did include the Sight & Sound lists as I feel they are really strong lists but I did not include the TIFF list. I know this is not very scientific and pretty arbitrary but when it comes to any best of list they are completely arbitrary anyways. Oh and I also had to be able to find the list in easy to copy and combine form. There are a lot of good lists that have each movie on a separate page and it is cool that they provide that much information but it is totally useless when trying to merge with other lists.

Here are the 6 lists that I ended up including:

What I did was rank each movie from each list in reverse order. So, the number 1 movie would get a score of a 100 while the number 100 movie would get a score of 1. Then I added up all the scores fore each movie and created the list below. I have bolded each movie that I have not seen or that I have only seen once and do not remember anything about (I am getting old so I forget things). My plan is to start working through the list in December and to carry on throughout next year. I can’t promise that I will do write ups on the movies here but if I can find the time I just might. I have a feeling I’m in for a really good time of movie watching.

p.s. Doing this has been instigated by finally finishing my Home Theatre set up in the basement. I hope to provide a write up about the setup in the next while. I was able to build it all for under $10,000 and it is pretty sweet. Pictures are forthcoming.

p.p.s. I just noticed I have Man with a Movie Camera, Rashoman and a few others are listed twice. There may be other minor glitches but hopefully I caught most of them. If I can find the time I might clean the list up to get it in the exact order.

p.p.p.s. Wow there are a lot of movies that I have not seen.

Rank Title Score
1 2001: A Space Odyssey 521
2 The Searchers 507
3 Citizen Kane 496
4 Vertigo 491
5 The Bicycle Thief 466
6 The Godfather 457
7 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 455
8 Tokyo Story 441
9 The Passion Of Joan Of Arc 427
10 The Rules Of The Game 426
11 Ordet 401
12 Au hasard Balthazar 394
13 The Godfather Part 2 385
14 Taxi Driver 372
15 Psycho 360
16 Touch of Evil 353
17 Seven Samurai 351
18 8 1/2 348
19 L’Atalante 345
20 Rashomon 333
21 Singin’ in the Rain 322
22 Andrei Rublev 318
23 Apocalypse Now 314
24 Raging Bull 314
25 The Night of the Hunter 302
26 La Dolce vita 296
27 The Seventh Seal 294
28 Some Like it Hot 289
29 Breathless 285
30 Chinatown 272
31 Lawrence of Arabia 269
32 The 400 Blows 268
33 Sunset Boulevard 264
34 City Lights 259
35 M 258
36 Battleship Potemkin 251
37 It’s a Wonderful Life 249
38 Contempt 237
39 Pather Panchali 232
40 Stalker 229
41 Persona 227
42 The General 225
43 Close-Up 212
44 Intolerance 211
45 L’Avventura 209
46 The Gold Rush 209
47 The Third Man 209
48 Barry Lyndon 200
49 Casablanca 199
50 North by Northwest 199
51 Modern Times 197
52 The Gospel According to St. Matthew 197
53 A Man Escaped 196
54 The Wizard of Oz 195
55 Mirror 174
56 Sherlock Jr. 168
57 Playtime 167
58 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 159
59 Metropolis 155
60 Wild Strawberries 155
61 Ugetsu 153
62 The Battle of Algiers 152
63 The Conformist 151
64 Shoah 149
65 Rear Window 146
66 The Magnificent Ambersons 146
67 Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles 145
68 Man with a Movie Camera 143
69 All About Eve 136
70 Blade Runner 135
71 Blue Velvet 131
72 Gone with the Wind 130
73 Fanny and Alexander 128
74 Pickpocket 128
75 Aguirre: The Wrath of God 124
76 The Mirror 124
77 The Wild Bunch 123
78 La Strada 121
79 Greed 120
80 King Kong 116
81 Once Upon a Time in the West 116
82 Duck Soup 115
83 Nashville 112
84 In the Mood for Love 104
85 Pierrot le fou 103
86 The Man with a Movie Camera 100
87 The Apartment 97
88 The Decalogue 97
89 Make Way For Tomorrow 95
90 On the Waterfront 94
91 Star Wars 93
92 The Son 93
93 Amarcord 92
94 Living 92
95 Mulholland Dr. 92
96 Babette’s Feast 91
97 Jaws 89
98 Viridiana 89
99 My Life to Live 88
100 Journey to Italy 87
101 The Birth of a Nation 87
102 Three Colors Trilogy 87
103 Late Spring 86
104 The Lady Eve 86
105 Magnolia 85
106 La Jetee 84
107 Winter Light 84
108 A Woman Under the Influence 83
109 Bringing Up Baby 83
110 E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial 81
111 La Promesse 81
112 Tender Mercies 80
113 The Leopard 80
114 The Apostle 79
115 Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs 78
116 The Diary of a Country Priest 78
117 The Seven Samurai 78
118 The Earrings of Madame de… 77
119 A Man For All Seasons 76
120 Children of Paradise 76
121 La Grande illusion 76
122 Notorious 76
123 Rio Bravo 76
124 The Miracle Maker 75
125 Broken Blossoms 74
126 L’eclisse 74
127 Paths of Glory 74
128 The Grapes of Wrath 74
129 Grave of the Fireflies 73
130 Jules and Jim 73
131 Pulp Fiction 72
132 Schindler’s List 72
133 Into Great Silence 71
134 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 71
135 Munyurangabo 70
136 The Maltese Falcon 70
137 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 70
138 Apu Trilogy – Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apu Sansar 69
139 The Flowers of St. Francis 68
140 Nights of Cabiria 67
141 The Philadelphia Story 66
142 Come And See 65
143 Les Enfants du paradis 65
144 Sátántangó 65
145 Chariots of Fire 64
146 Double Indemnity 63
147 The Straight Story 63
148 Swing Time 62
149 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days 60
150 The Grand Illusion 60
151 Aliens 59
152 Blow Up 59
153 Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys 58
154 Black Narcissus 57
155 Day of Wrath 56
156 Sansho the Bailiff 56
157 Annie Hall 55
158 The Bridge On The River Kwai 55
159 The Child 55
160 Gertrude 54
161 Hour Of The Wolf 54
162 Jules et Jim 54
163 Bonnie And Clyde 53
164 Histoire du Cinéma 53
165 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest 53
166 Steamboat Bill Jr. 53
167 To Be or Not to Be 53
168 Yi Yi: A One and a Two 53
169 Ponette 52
170 Sweet Smell of Success 52
171 Ugetsu monogatari 52
172 The Burmese Harp 51
173 Stroszek 50
174 Hold Me While I’m Naked 49
175 Places in the Heart 49
176 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 48
177 The New World 48
178 The Rise of Louis XIV 48
179 Still Life 47
180 The Apu Trilogy 47
181 The Mother and the Whore 47
182 Jesus Of Montreal 46
183 The Graduate 46
184 Wings of Desire 46
185 The Death of Mr. Lazarescu 45
186 Eureka 44
187 GoodFellas 43
188 Heartbeat Detector 43
189 Los Olvidados 43
190 Summer Hours 42
191 The Palm Beach Story 42
192 Mean Streets 40
193 Ran 40
194 The Adventures of Robin Hood 40
195 A Clockwork Orange 39
196 An Actor’s Revenge 39
197 Gertrud 39
198 Henry V 39
199 Rashômon 39
200 Berlin Alexanderplatz 38
201 The Double Life of Veronique 38
202 My Night at Maud’s 37
203 The Good, The Bad And The Ugly 37
204 Becket 36
205 Silent Light 35
206 Airplane! 34
207 Badlands 34
208 October 33
209 The Bride of Frankenstein 33
210 Faust 32
211 Beauty and the Beast 31
212 Paisan 31
213 There Will Be Blood 31
214 Koyaanisqatsi 30
215 Nosferatu 30
216 Performance 30
217 Sans Soleil 30
218 Paris, Texas 29
219 Beau Travail 28
220 Great Expectations 28
221 Funny Face 27
222 How Green Was My Valley 27
223 Two or Three Things I Know About Her 27
224 Vivre Sa Vie 27
225 The Return 26
226 The Spirit of the Beehive 26
227 Tootsie 26
228 Umberto D 26
229 Caché 25
230 Les Vampires 25
231 Salò, Or The 120 Days Of Sodom 25
232 The Manchurian Candidate 25
233 The Island 24
234 All That Heaven Allows 23
235 Days of Heaven 23
236 White Heat 23
237 Crimes and Misdemeanors 22
238 It’s a Gift 22
239 Paprika 21
240 The Shining 21
241 Do the Right Thing 20
242 Floating Weeds 20
243 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 19
244 Born Into Brothels 19
245 Diabolique 19
246 Fox and His Friends 19
247 Stagecoach 19
248 Ikiru 18
249 The Best Years of Our Lives 18
250 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 18
251 A Trip to the Moon 17
252 Syndromes and a Century 17
253 After Life 16
254 Kes 16
255 To Kill a Mockingbird 16
256 Un Chien Andalou 16
257 Wavelength 16
258 Ashes and Diamonds 15
259 Husbands 15
260 Rebel Without a Cause 15
261 Spirited Away 15
262 The Color of Pomegranates 15
263 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 14
264 L’Age d’Or 14
265 The Trial 14
266 A Brighter Summer Day 13
267 Madame de… 13
268 The Golden Coach 13
269 The Producers 13
270 Celine and Julie Go Boating 12
271 Sullivan’s Travels 12
272 Partie de Campagne 11
273 Pickup on South Street 11
274 Dogville 10
275 Masculine-Feminine 10
276 Mildred Pierce 10
277 A Matter of Life and Death 9
278 Voyage in Italy 9
279 The Road Warrior 8
280 Early Summer 7
281 Letter from an Unknown Woman 7
282 The Shop Around the Corner 7
283 Amadeus 6
284 Bride of Frankenstein 6
285 A One and a Two 5
286 Fiddler on the Roof 5
287 My Darling Clementine 5
288 Opening Night 5
289 The Last of the Mohicans 5
290 Landscape in the Mist 4
291 Sophie Scholl: The Final Days 4
292 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 4
293 The Piano 4
294 Ratcatcher 3
295 Rome, Open City 3
296 The Silence of the Lambs 3
297 Touki Bouki 3
298 Zero De Conduite 3
299 Shadow of a Doubt 2
300 Swept Away… 2
301 The Deer Hunter 2
302 The Iron Giant 2
303 Imitation of Life 1
304 L’Argent 1
305 Suspiria 1
306 The Story of the Weeping Camel 1

1 Comments

  1. I find it really interesting that 2001 and The Searchers came out on top above Citizen Kane and Vertigo. I believe it is the fault of the Arts & Faith List which has the latter two ranked fairly low.

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