• 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 Comment


  1. John Allison says:

    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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