100 Best / Favorite Movies of All Time

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  • 100 Best / Favorite Movies of All Time: Halfway through writeups on my Top 100 movies. At this rate, I should be done around 20041.Godfather 2. Pacino was never better. The First Godfather is a great story. Godfather 2 is a great film. By bookending the first Godfather, we get 2 great actors, Pacino and Deniro, telling the story of America in the 20th century. Young,ruthless and honorable, Vito Corleone is every immingrant who has had to fight in the land of opportunity. Older, ruthless, jaded and contemplative, Micheal Corleone is every son. Greater opportunities, greater challenges and tougher choices. The scene with Fredo is the greatest scene ever put on film. It still haunts me to this day.
  • 2.Casablanca You should pick up the DVD on this one. Nice print and some real extra goodies that explain what a wonderful accident this classic film is. Certainly the people who made this film had no idea they were making a classic. It was just another studio release that needed to be put together quickly. Bogart was not Bogey yet. Bergman was a slight risk. The wonderful supporting cast were just studio regulars and hanger-ons. "As Time Goes By" was a minor hit. But put them all together and movie history is born. There is not a bad moment in this film, there is not a bad performance. Honor, sacrifice, love and the balance of power in the whole world are just some of the themes that run throughout this movie. So many scenes from this movie resonate in my memory. Rick on the train track, Sam and Rick in the bar late at night, Victor Lazlo leading the singing that drowns out the Germans and of course the classic ending with Bogey, Bergman and Rains. Simply a wonderful film.
  • 3.Citizen Kane I have been in the video bussiness for the past eleven years, so I appreciate all the camera techniques that came from this movie. And yes it did change many things about how movies are made. (On a side note you should check out some of the Camera work Greg Toland used on John Ford's Long Voyage Home from the year before he worked with Welles on Kane.)But the camera work isnt what makes this a great movie, that comes from the script. "You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man" is my favorite quote from any film. It just sums up Charles Foster Kane. this is a counter argument to my theory on Casablanca, that classics can not be planned. Welles planned, knew and schemed to make this the classic it is now recognized to be. It is that unbelievable bomabast and granduer that makes this film a classic.
  • 4.Pulp Fiction The pure audacity of this movie still amazes me. Only a true Movie fan could make a movie this outrageous. From the jaggled narrative to the great soundtrack, Tarantino breaks a lot of the movie tenets while still paying homage to film noir and about 20 other film types. In recent times, I have heard many who say Reservoir Dogs is his best film. I love Dogs but all I can say is watch Pulp Fiction again. This is a master filmmaker at the pinnacle of his talent. It is not a surprise to me that Quentin has not come close to matching this work. It also does not surprise me that we have not heard anything from him in awhile. It is hard to settle for good work once you have tasted greatness. Easily the best film of the Nineties and I wonder when I will be so surprised and happy watching a movie again for the first time.
  • 5.The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance I have always been a sucker for a Western and they dont come any better than this one. A deceptively simple story that tells so much with so little. I recently read a biography of John Ford and it certainly helps explain so much of this classic. Ford was a fascinating man, so complex, so compelling. As Ford was nearing the end of his film career and growing more bitter this movie intended to sum up all the great westerns that he and others made in the preceding 25 years. "This is the west, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend" Anoher great quote that tells so much about this movie and just about every other movie ever made.
  • 6.The Third Man As I review this list as well as plan the rest of the 80 films to get to my top 100, I am struck how much scenes from these classic movies stay with me. I can close my eyes and see snippets of these movies that are permantenly imbedded in my mind. The Third man has a few of these scenes. Most Notably, The scene where Welles character Harry Lime is introduced and we see the classic Orson Welles smile. It is movies like this one that let you never forget this is a visual medium, so much can be told and so much can be left unsaid.
  • 7.Lawrence Of Arabia One of the most memorable first starring roles in Movie history. O'Toole is mesmerizing with just the right touch of fanaticism, fatalism and frenzy to make Lawrence stay in our thoughts long after the movie is over. Of course this is a stunning visual masterpeice, ( I highly recommend at least renting the DVD 2 disc set that came out a few months ago. A really wonderful remastering and lots of special goodies)but the story on this one makes it rise to the top of the epics list. Many people have criticized the script because it never clarifies Lawrence's motivations. Was he heroic, was he a shameless self promotor? You the viewer are left to decide. In my opinion of course he was both. Heroism is often muddled by motivations.
  • 8.Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. This is Capra's Masterpiece, not Its a Wonderful Life (a great movie that will probably find itself near the bottom of this list somewhere). Somewhat a radical movie for its time, policians are corrupt-a notion that is totally accepted today. Stewart is wonderful as the aw-shucks Boy Scout Leader Jefferson Smith. Jean Arthur is heavenly as the tough as nails assistant who hearts gets melted by Smith. Claude Rains, making his 3rd appearance in my top eight films, is his usual stellar self as the disullioned Senator. Its also a great movie to explain the term fillibustering.
  • 9.Singing in the Rain In a bad mood? May I suggest the perfect cure; a viewing of this wonderful film. There is a joy and innocence to this movie that always make me smile. Gene Kelly was a great athlete. His physical style of dancing works so well in this modernd fable. Donald Oconnor always makes me laugh and Cyd Charisse has inhabited my fantasies ever since I saw her in this movie.
  • 10.The Magnificent Ambersons. This should have been Welles greatest movie. But it isnt because there is a long story about editing, Welles ego, his clashes with studios and lost film that is a very good story in its own self. But what we now have is still a wonderful movie. Joseph Cotten, cinema's least rspected great actor shines in the wonderful role of Eugene Morgan. It is a simple story of lost love, class distinctions, regrets,jealousy and many more elements that make up the most complex of story ideas; human beings.
  • 11.Millers Crossing- I dont find many people who consider this near the top of the Coen Brother's best movies nevermind near the best of all-time, but to me it is definitely their masterpiece. Its the one where the cheap humor is replaced by a stunning visual style and punctuated by a stellar noir story. Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, Albert Finney, John Torturro and a whole cast of others are perfect in this dream world of grey people. The scene with Torturro in the woods is so heartbreaking, so difficult to watch and even more difficult to turn away. Sometimes I think the Coen's should watch this movie a few times before they make another movie just to keep their excesses in check.
  • 12.Bringing Up Baby This is the greatest screwball comedy of them all. Supposedly this is based on the true life romance of Katherine Hepburn and Director John Ford. Could be some truth to this as it was written by long time Ford writer Dudley Nichols. The pipe and glasses Grant favors also are a bit of a clue as they are long time Ford trademarks. No matter the inspiration, if you want to laugh, rent this movie. Cary Grant is superb as the befuddled scientist and Hepburn plays against type as the bumbling socialite. And Baby what a baby is in store for you.
  • 13.To Kill a Mockingbird I have always loved this movie. I think it was one of the first movies I ever remember seeing and I try to watch it every couple of years. Through my many watchings, different questions and messages have become paramount for me. Who didn't want Gregory Peck to be your father? Is there really a better role model for being an adult male than Atticus Finch? Is that really Robert Duvall playing Boo Radley? Why did Harper Lee only write one book? Mockingbird is still one of the best adaptions of a beloved novel. Along with Scout, Dill and Jem, we get to remember the wonderment, fear and adulation of childhood. I am glad that this will always be available to me.
  • 14.Raging Bull They really should make more black and white movies. This classic would look awful in color. I always thought black and white was a misnomer, they should call it shades of gray. It is that grayness, that lends so wonderfully to stories of murkiness, deceit and the baseness of human nature. Scorcese is the best filmmaker of the past 30 years and this is his ultimate masterpeice. A flawlessly filmed movie, a stunning script and superb acting makes the story of Jake Lamotta so compelling. Like all great artists Scorcese finds invaluable truth in the fringes of society. I know some people who wont watch this movie because it is about boxing. All I can say, this movie is about boxing like Citizen Kane is about publishing
  • 15.Dr. Strangelove Kubrick was ultimately the most cold and detached of the so-called great filmmakers. His masterpeices are calculating examinations of various human emotions and events. But then you have Strangelove, a comedy with a lot of fire in it. Strangelove is Kubrick's best in my opinion. A perfect movie for the perfect time. The Cold War was in full form and that paranoia and fear was perfect for the satire and biting comedy of this gem. I still laugh at the image of Slim Pickens on that bomb and the wonderment of Peter Sellers and his various roles. But the most amazing thing is the that cold tactician Stanley Kubrick made this movie. Truly Amazing.
  • 16.Red River Of the movies in my top 20, this is the one with the biggest flaw. To pt it bluntly the ending of this movie sucks. The first 90% of this movie is the best western ever filmed. I will not divulge the ending because some people may have not seen this classic yet, but if Howard Hawks had only been more faithful to Borden Chase's serialized story it would definitely have been the best western ever made and it might be considered for the top movie of all time. Oh well, what we have is John Wayne at or near the top of his acting career. We have Montgomery Clift at the beginning of his stellar career and we have a great story of man against man against nature. As John Ford suppossedly proclaimed after viewing the film for the first time. "Who knew the SOB (Wayne)could act" Act he could and his Tom Dunston rivals his Ethan Edwards character from The Searchers and in many ways is the better performance.
  • 17.Treasure of The Sierra Madre An existential meditation on the power of greed to corrupt in a populist film, ok that may be overstating the message and method of this film. But in our endless pursuit of material goods and wealth, we find our self very much identifying with the growing madness that is Fred C. Dobbs. As played superbly by Humphrey Bogart, Dobbs transition from heroic to insane is certainly allegorical enough to the madness that overtakes almost all of us as we age and find ourselves on the proverbial treadmill of attaining material needs and yet never truly finding what we are seeking. The source material is a great book with its own little mystery. Who really was B.Traven. John Huston did one of the best adaptations to film in movie history and his father Walter’s performance of Howard, the aged weary moral center of the story, is rightly considered one of the best performances ever put on film. I may have overstated in the first line by calling this existential but it most certainly is meditation. A wonderful meditation that makes you look at your own voracity and needs.
  • 18.Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean is known for making great epics and lord knows he did them very well, but to me Lean is the master of one of my favorite subjects; fanactism. Whether the obsession is love like in Doctor Zhiavago, self-promotion in Lawrence of Arabia or honor in Bridge on The River Kwai, Lean's main characters are unforgettable for their single-mindedness. The Alec Guinness character Colonel Nicholson is his best. A military man from a young age, honor cannot allow him to do a bad job. Everything and everyone around him tells him not to make a great bridge but if you have to do a job, do it well. It is this internal battle (wonderfully played out by his moral opposite in the William Holden character) that is the meat of this movie and also why the ending is so haunting and compelling
  • 19.Rear Window For me, Rear Window was the first interactive movie. The Mastery of this movie is to tap into the natural voyeuristic inclinations of all movie lovers. In the middle of a hot steamy New York summer, amidst a clammy suffocating apartment, Hitchcock delivers his coldest most calculating and cerebral masterpiece. Hitchcock uses the camera like a scientist uses a telescope to study, prod and ultimately dissect the Stewart and Kelly characters, the stifling oppressive neighborhood, and eventually the viewers of this classic. It is that self-examination that lies in the excellence of this film. Much like the Stewart character, you know it is wrong to spy but you just can’t help yourself.
  • 20.Diner According to the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus “the only constant is change”. According to me, rapidly approaching ancient American reprobate “the key to life is in the transitions” Diner though not often considered one of the greatest of films is all about those transitions. Diner is the one movie I think I could have (no matter how foolish that sounds) and most certainly wished I had written. Levinson is like the anti-Kubrick. His best movies are his personal ones. I have read interviews where he states there is a little bit of himself in all the main characters. And what wonderful characters they are, a group of friends are in their mid twenties and almost all are looking at the key transition that can be found at that time of life. Some are looking at marriage some are looking at careers and most are fighting like hell to stay young and together while life is pulling them screaming and laughing into the next stage of their lives. And we the viewers get pulled and get to laugh right along with them. To the amazement of many of my friends, I didn’t make my wife pass a test on the Boston Red Sox before I agreed to marry her. But I did give it some thought. I was just too chicken and I knew I was lucky when she agreed to marry me.
  • 21.Godfather The amazing thing about this movie is how little screen time Marlon Brando has as the Godfather. He still resonates in everyone’s conscience because of that stunning opening scene at Connie’s wedding. This movie is an amazing accomplishment considering the money men wanted to fire both Coppola and Pacino many times during the making of the movie. Deniro originally tried out for the role of Sonny. They tested James Caan for the role of Michael. No one wanted Brando because of his unreliability. Despite all the hardship and toils this is a stunning story about a man and his three sons (Connie does not count she is simply a plot device). You know another amazing thing about this movie; you come away from it thinking the mafia isn’t really a bad thing. No innocents get hurt, honor, trust and family are paramount and you really get to eat very well. Of course if you come away thinking of a career in crime, may I suggest a viewing of my number 44 film, Goodfellas. That should help sway any inclinations.
  • 22.Bull Durham Bull Durham is much like Diner for me. Movies not usually found on best of all time lists. I guess these are selections form my favorite side. Also like Diner, Bull Durham is another funny look at life's transitions. In this one Kevin Costner's Crash Davis is looking at the end of his baseball playing career, Susan Sarandon's Annie is looking at the end of her career as team groupie/hen mother. You see the ending coming like a hanging curve. But what a wonderful arc to that curveball. Costner is very convincing as a ballplayer but Tim Robbins to be charitable really sucked as a ballplayer. My favorite scene from this movie is the one when Robert Wuhl, one of the tam's coaches, comes out to the mound to talk with the Robbins, Costner and a lot of the other teammates. I always wanted to know what they talked about at the mound.
  • 23.Wild Bunch The magic of this movie is how wonderfully it straddles the classic and modern worlds of filmmaking. It is populated by numerous stellar actors from the Classic era, William Holden, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, yet has the modern feel of stunning violence and ambiguous motivations and conclusions. And it is a Western to boot. of course it is the Western that pretty much precipitated the end of the genre-Unforgiven and Silverado are wonderful exceptions. Along with Bonnie and Clyde, this maybe the most influential movie of the past 40 years. On screen violence would never be the same. There is a weariness to the characters and story that so wonderfully foreshadows the ambivalence of filmmaking in the 1970’s and beyond
  • 24.Hustler I love Paul Newman; he always has been one of my favorite actors. And he is wonderful in the flashy role of Fast Eddie Felson, but the real joy of this movie is in the supporting players. George C. Scott as Bert Gordon is cunning and calculating but with just the right touch of transparency. Piper Laurie in her best role as Sarah Packard is haunted, hurt, heroic but ultimately tragic. The real star though is Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats, the dapper fat man, who Eddie almost breaks. Gleason who is better known for his variety show and The Honeymooners was never better. He has just the right touch of panache, cool and self-awareness. Despite The Color of Money being a good movie, it just did not seem right for Eddie Felson being old and a beer distributor. Plus it was in color, I think any movie set in a pool hall should be shot in black and white.
  • 25.Last Picture Show It was inevitable that “polite” civilization would overtake the west. The Wild Bunch and a few lesser movies document this very well. The Last Picture Show is a more lyrical contemplative look at the last vestiges of this encroachment. In this small backwater Texas town, the uneasiness of youth is in direct contrast with a town that is struggling to maintain its past. The movie is very well cast with Jeff Bridges, in one of his first roles, as Duane the center of the struggle. Cybil Sheppard is superb in the role of Jacy, the epitome of a modern teenager. The best casting though was Ben Johnson, best known for his roles in classic westerns, as Sam the Lion. Peter Bogdanovich, a former film critic, was a huge fan of John Ford and his classic westerns. This film serves as an homage and obituary for these westerns and the ideals they portrayed. Bogdanovich was never to make a movie close to this again.
  • 26.Rashomon One of the great truths that human beings need to come to grips with at sometime in their life is that there really are no absolute truths. There are simply perceptions of the truth depending on many extenuating causes. Once this becomes apparent, they should watch Rashomon. Kurosawa is my favorite foreign film director and this is my favorite of his movies. With Seven Samurai, which you will find later in this list, Kurosawa developed the iconoclastic maverick label he is now known for but Rashomon was the first bold step for the great filmmaker. The tight yet intricate plot, the magnificent performances and ultimately the message of this movie (or is a total lack of message the message?) that still has this film resonating with me 20 years after seeing this film for the first time. This was my first bold step into Foreign Films and I still question what took me so long.
  • 27.The Night of The Hunter The thing about Charles Laughton’s Night of the Hunter is people sometimes try to take it very literally. These people are either confused of want to know “What is the big deal?” The movie is a modern fable with wonderful performances and some of the most stunning visuals ever put on film, but it just does not fit in any standard movie category. This of course is its strength but leaves many viewers unmoved. Mitchum was never better with just the right touch of malice and humor. I recently rewatched this movie and came away thinking it was a mixture of Huckleberry Finn, To kill a Mockingbird, a b-rated thrasher movie and just enough acid to make it work. I cannot recommend it strongly enough.
  • 28.Do the Right Thing I was going to use this write up to point out the depths that Spike Lee’s career has fallen (just look at Summer of Sam), but it really is not fair to Spike and more importantly it would not be fair to the wonderment of Do the Right Thing. A lot of Directors only have one great movie in them. In my opinion it is better to have one great one than to have many adequate films.
    Great movies usually take us to places we don’t know or take us inside places we know but avoid for one reason or another. It the latter world, we get to see in this landmark film. The big city neighborhood with its mixture of ethnicities and cultures are brought to boil on this summer day and we the viewers are so much the better for it. Great performances, a superb script and as always with a Lee film tremendous use of music.
  • 29.Exorcist-The Exorcist is different than most of the previous entries in my list. Its greatness is derived in the first time movie going experience. It does not hold up as well as many of the other listings to repeated viewings but its impact after the first viewing in a dark movie house was so extraordinary that the movie still is one of my all time great film happenings. Basically it scared the bejeesus out of me and I loved every moment of it. I really think Linda Blair deserved an Oscar for her performance. I do not want to short change the artistry of the film by suggesting you should not view the movie a second or third time, but like your first time at many things the first viewing of horror and suspense of this movie is hard to beat.
  • 30.StagecoachThe Westerns are a personal favorite of mine and they can be found throughout this list. This is the one that started them all. John Ford’s real name was John Feeney. He grew up in Portland Maine. His parents came over from Ireland with the mass exodus of the potato famine. How does this background give us the author of the blueprint of the most popular film genre for 30 years? It is a lot easier than you think. A great western like Stagecoach has just the right mixture of romanticism, fatalism, religion, humor and adventure. These are same themes that can be found in most of the great Irish literature. Stagecoach is the granddaddy of all Westerns as art. With Stagecoach, Ford developed the melting pot of themes and visuals that led him to his many outstanding achievements
  • 31.Lady Eve-The Lady Eve is my favorite Preston Sturges movie and I love most of his work. In this age of tabloids and tell all books, it is difficult sometimes to remember Henry Fonda as any thing besides Jane and Peter’s Father and all the gossip that has surrounded his name. But no matter his personal life he was one of the greatest of all American actors and his role of the shy, bemused and at times angry Charlie Pike might be his best. Barbara Stanwyck another under appreciated actor of the golden era is just right in the tough con artist role. Of all the movies up to this point in my list, Lady Eve is the one that probably has been viewed the least by mass audiences. If nothing else is accomplished with this list, I hope it influences enough people to give some of these older classics a viewing.
  • 32.Raiders of The Lost Ark- This is Spielberg’s best. And it is not even close, but I am not a fan of Close Encounters. I remember watching this movie in the theatre and feeling exhausted once it was done. That level of anticipation, involvement and execution is a very difficult in this voyeuristic endeavor we all love. Passive moviemaking this ain’t. Harrison Ford was the perfect choice on the heels of his role of Han Solo. Ford brought the right touch of weariness and doggedness to the role of reluctant hero Indiana Jones. Nazi’s, religion, romance and that giant boulder make this the ultimate Saturday afternoon movie going experience.
  • 33.Animal House-The famous saying goes “Youth is wasted on the young”, all I can say is wasted indeed. A friend recently told me his only regret in life was the fact he had a steady girlfriend during his college years. If you have seen Animal House, I do not need to explain the correlation between the preceding two statements and the merits of this flick. if you have not seen this movie, well then our opinion of college experience might be different I would like to tell you this movie has some deep messages on the need to fight authority or the need for brotherhood and sticking together but I was too busy laughing my butt off to catch any of these messages. So if you need a laugh, then pop a keg, get a group of buddies together and spend some time with the misadventures of Otter, Bluto, Dean Wormer and the rest of the denizens of Faber College. You will not be disappointed.
  • 34.All About Eve- Bette Davis in a sympathetic role? Margo Channing might be a bitch but at least you know what you get with her. Eve Harrington on the other hand is so nice and so deadly. The theme has been used in countless movies before and after Eve but boy has it never been done better. It is witty and vicious but it tells so much about ambition and the ruthless things it can cause. Was Eve Harrington the first true example of passive aggressive behavior or was she simply aggression concealed in pretty packaging? I guess it really doesn’t matter because ultimately she was the best celebrity stalker ever put on film.
  • 35.Chinatown- It always has intrigued me that Chinatown was made by Polanski after Sharon Tate’s murder and before he fled the country to avoid prosecution for statutory rape. Like all great noir’s, Chinatown has the weariness and cynicism that only comes from knowing tragedy intimately. It is a remarkable piece of filmmaking considering it was made on the downward spiral of a descent into scandal and ridicule. Of course, Polanski had a great deal of assistance in making this one. The script is almost letter perfect. Robert Towne was never better. Nicholson, Dunaway and John Huston were perfectly cast and they executed wonderfully. Only Los Angeles, a city of sunny platitudes and a murky underbelly, could be created on such deception and greed. Even if it is only fiction, the real story is probably just as much a quagmire of lies and duplicity.
  • 36.The Wizard of Oz-The Wizard of Oz is taken for granted as an institution and it is unjustly characterized as only a family viewing tradition. If this movie were made today it would still be a technical wonder but consider this was made in 1939. Of course they would not try to make a movie of this scale today because the cost would be so prohibitive or everything would be done on a computer and it would lack the grandness and wonder of its current original version. The most amazing quality of this movie is neither the technical nor the acting. It is simply the concept and the creation of such a uniquely different world. Frank Baum often gets forgotten in the making of this masterpiece. Oz is a remarkable place.
  • 37.My Man Godfrey-First and foremost Godfrey is a very funny movie. When you can start with that basis and then add in understated social commentary, you now have the makings of a true classic. Powell and Lombard made this movie after they were divorced. Just think of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman getting together and making a romantic comedy. I don’t think so. Powell was truly underrated, along with his Nick Charles of Thin Man movies; he was the epitome of being the smartest person in any scene but never flaunting it. This movie also has one of the great underrated character actors, Eugene Pallette. He plays Lombard’s father in Godfrey and he is truly hilarious. You can also find his unique voice and presence in such classics as The Lady Eve, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Heaven Can Wait and Topper. That is some of the greatest movies ever made and this fat man with the gravelly voice makes all of them better.
  • 38.A Hard Days Night-A Hard Day’s Night is the least respected most influential movie ever. It also is a great deal of fun and the soundtrack ain’t bad either. To many young viewers the premise and delivery of the movie is old hat, but back in 1964 the look was so new, so fresh and just cheeky enough of a tweak to establishment to let people know the doldrums of Rock and Roll and Movies of the early Sixties were over. Often it is regarded as the point America stopped grieving for the Kennedy assassination, but this is only really important to people old enough to justify this thesis. And I am sure that was not the Beatles intention. Do we have an MTV without this movie? Probably but it would not have been the fun it was when it first started (unlike the 24 hour commercially crass excuse they now air). There is always room in this world for irreverence and the Beatles showed us all why it can be so much fun.
  • 39.Star Wars-I was 16 years old in 1977, so I never owned a Star Wars lunch box but I sure did love the movie that year. This is the only movie I have seen more than once in a theatre. I saw it three times that year. I have watched it occasionally since but the greatest impact was viewing it in that dark theatre with friends and getting totally lost in another world, another time and another adventure. This alone makes it a great movie. What takes it to legendary status is the script, the acting, the special effect, the directing, the music… You get my point. Empire Strikes back might be a better film, but Star Wars is the better movie and whether your age is 16, 6 or 60. Sometimes you just want a great movie.
  • 40.Cool Hand Luke-Unlike the Hustler, where Newman is just one of many great actors, Cool Hand Luke is all about Paul Newman. He is in just about every scene and like every one in the movie from the guards to his fellow inmates you cannot take your eyes off him. This is the most serious but still cool movie I have ever seen. It is basically the story of Jesus Christ and Judas (the George Kennedy role) updated to a southern prison. Newman is Christ if he was a rebel screw up and Kennedy is Judas with some serious issues of desire (notice how many times he calls Newman his baby). The 2 most interesting characters besides Newman and Kennedy are the small but pivotal roles for women. Jo van Fleet as Luke’s mother is stunning in the denial of Luke scene and Joy Harmon as the girl who washes the car is something special in a whole different manner.
  • 41.Blade Runner-This movie is the first one on this list to rate this high because of its visual and atmospheric excellence more than it’s story. Basically it looks and feels wonderful; wonderfully bleak that is. The Story is pretty basic; man chases Bots, Bots chase man. Man falls in Love with Bot. I know many people who love this movie for the story and the social, cultural and philosophical agenda is supposedly portrays but to me it is still all about the bleakness. Future Noir never really took off as a movie genre (Dark City being a wonderful exception) and I think that is because it was done so well here why even try. I used to be very excited when Ridley Scott was going to release a new movie, but with the disappointment of both Gladiator and Hannibal, I find myself more and more going back to this movie and Alien for my Scott fix
  • 42. Bonnie and Clyde There is such a sense of innocence to Bonnie and Clyde that gets forgotten because of the furor of the ultra-realistic violence. The characters, a couple of amoral young adults bored with their pedestrian life and fueled by the sexual energy between them go on a bank robbing killing spree. The screen violence was revolutionary for its time but it seems tame compared to stuff they show on TV these days. So what we are left with is a movie made by young actors starting out on their careers and an unproven TV director. The fact that is has been the blueprint for so many movies does not deter from the uniqueness of this movie. Warren Beatty was never better and it is a toss up between Bonnie and Clyde and Chinatown for the best Dunaway performance. Add in a couple of unproven Genes; Hackman and Wilder, mix in some great character actors like Dub Taylor, Denver Pyle and Michael Pollard and you got revolutionary moviemaking without even trying.
  • 43.Pyscho Psycho was such a huge change for Alfred Hitchcock and Moviemaking as an art form that movies have never been the same since. It is arguable whether that is a good thing or not but in the end really matters little. The genie was out of the bottle. What was so revolutionary? Well let us count the ways… Norman Bates was one of the first psychotic antiheroes ever put on screen. He was definitely the hero of this movie and don’t delude yourself in to thinking anything else. The fact that he was a homicidal lunatic with serious Mommy issues is somewhat irrelevant. Only Hitchcock with his own perversions and issues could have put such a sympathetic spin on it. What ultimately makes this one of the true turning points in film history is the shower scene. Violence before Psycho was almost always implied. Very rarely did you ever see blood, and terror was best left for the viewers to conjure themselves. You needed little imagination to understand the violence portrayed in that scene though. There is much to be said about man, woman and the interaction between the sexes from that scene. She was nude (and desirable) and vulnerable. Bates is dressed up as his mother but the constant thrusting of the knife was such a sexual act that in no way could a woman be the attacker. I am not sure exactly why Hitchcock was able to make the movie his career had been only hinting at before then, but I do know it was no surprise he never came as close to this genius after Psycho
  • 44.Goodfellas-There is much to love about GoodFellas. It is the quickest long movie that I can think of, that is you are amazed when it finishes so quickly and then you realize it is a 146 minutes and every minute was needed to tell this great story. The acting is top notch and made Joe Pesci a star. Scorcese’s directing is brilliant but I want to write about Scorcese’s use of music in this one. Soundtracks that use popular hits that everyone know are far too commonplace, but often they seem tacked on to many movies just to help sell the soundtrack but never in a Scorcese movie do you get that feeling. His use of popular music from Tony Bennett, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Derek and The Dominoes, Bobby Darin, The Sex Pistols and many other classic rock and oldies staples is breathtaking. Each song has a purpose and does so much in building the atmosphere and feel of this wonderful movie. It might be the best soundtrack I can think of and when you compare it to some dreck, say like Forrest Gump, you can appreciate the true mastery of this movie
  • 45. A Touch of Evil- The third Orson Welles movie in my top 50 and many times I consider it my favorite of his holy trinity. This movie is so good that even Charlton Heston, one of the worst actors to become a big star, looks great as a Mexican. Many consider this the end of the classic Film Noir genre of post World War II Hollywood, and if that is true its good to see it go out so spectacularly. Welles as the bloated and corrupt Captain Quinlan is a classic Noir bad guy character and Janet Leigh is wonderful as the murky female lead character but the true star of this one is the cinematography. It is one of the best-shot movies with Welles reinventing a lot of the techniques he pioneered with Kane.
  • 46.The Right Stuff-Phillip Kaufman is the least heralded great director. He certainly is not prolific having directed 11 movies in a 35 year directing career but the majority of those 11 movies are at least pretty good movies and in the case of some like The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Invasion of The Body Snatchers remake and most definitely The Right Stuff they are classics and musts for any true movie lover. Some very good actors did their best acting in this one. Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid and Scott Glenn immediately jump to mind but everyone was wonderful in this one. The scene where Sam Sheppard as Chuck Yeager flies alone in the test plane while the Astronauts are mugging it up for the press is one of the classic scenes of American film.
  • 47.Being There The 1970’s was a great decade for filmmaking and most of the great movies that came out of that decade are easily defined as 70’s movie. Films like Taxi Driver, Network and even The Godfather movies are essential movies but most definitely they are easily branded as byproducts of the Me generation. This is not a bad thing, but when I think of Being There, which came out in 1979, I get no such feeling. This movie could have easily been created in any decade and I think it would have been a hit. This is not meant to denigrate these other films as much as it is to praise Being There. The story of Chance The Gardener is just a wonderful piece of filmmaking. It has a sly and understated script, superior acting from the whole cast especially Sellers and Jack Warden and finally it is directed sure handily and magnificently by the underrated Hal Ashby who also brought us Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Coming Home and the often neglected Bound for Glory. If you are really feeling in a sly sacrilegious mood, I might suggest you try a double feature of Being There with Cool Hand Luke for two modern takes on Jesus Christ.
  • 48.African Queen I am surprised that no one has tried to make The African Queen into a Broadway play. Some of the action of this movie would be hard to replicate but the essence of the movie, the relationship between Bogart and Hepburn, would easily translate to the stage. Of course, why bother? The movie already exists and what a movie it is. Plus I wonder how good of a movie or play it would be if you didn’t have Bogart and Hepburn. The two leads who are on screen together for much of the movie are perfectly cast. The supporting players, especially the always wonderful Robert Morley are top notch and John Huston did a wonderful job of not just shooting wild animals during the making of this movie. It has some of the best color cinematography of that era. It is just a wonderful movie.
  • 49.The Quiet Man The Quiet Man holds a special place in my heart, as it was my Mother’s favorite movie. It is so politically incorrect these days that they could never make a movie like it today but then there is really no reason as we already have this wonderful movie. Ireland and Maureen O’Hara never looked better; it has a wonderful script and even better direction from John Ford. It was movies like this that led John Wayne to be the most popular actor of the last century and John Ford to be one the best directors. Like all Ford movies the true treasure often resides in the supporting characters and the wonderful cast he got to play them. The Quiet Man boasts a plethora of Ford’s usual “company” Ward Bond, Victor Mclagen, Barry Fitzgerald, Mildred Natwick and his own brother Francis Ford.
  • 50.Alien I can see why some people enjoyed Aliens more than this movie. Many people enjoy roller coasters more than playing Chess. I like them both but I always prefer a good game of Chess more. Alien is one the greatest plot number 1 movies of all time. I remember seeing this movie for the first time in the theatre when I was in High School and I still remember the awe and dread it caused. It has also had one of the greatest advertising campaigns ever done for a movie. For weeks before its release on TV and in coming attractions at theatres single letters would pop up with appropriate music. In the days before the Internet and six thousand Entertainment Tonight shows on TV, it built a real buzz because no one knew what the heck the movie was about and it set the right mood of uneasiness and uncertainty needed for this classic
  • 51. The Producers Sometimes you just need to laugh. Movies made in the 1960’s most often seem dated and out of place on a second or third viewing. It could be because the 60’s, our most anachronistic of decades, was the biggest cultural amalgam since World War 2. Counter culture mixed with a healthy irreverence ruled the decade and the movies, as is often the case, were a mirror to its time. The Producers magic is that it was able to reflect those tumultuous times but present it a timeless manner of grand laughter that it allowed the movie to remain a marvelous experience on the second, third or even 20th viewing.
    What brings The Producers into greatness is its ability to take a taboo ultra serious subject like Nazism and through chutzpah and pure silliness turn into a belly laughing humanistic experience.
    and finally what makes this movie one of the greatest ever made is that it is flat out funny. The perfect cast, bulbous eyed Zero Mostel, the wide eyed Gene Wilder and the manic eyed Dick Shawn, mixed with a braggadocio and bravado so often missing in movies these days makes it the best movie Mel Brooks will ever make.
  • 52. It’s a Wonderful Life It is almost impossible to consider this movie on artistic merits alone anymore. For many years it has served as America’s holiday security blanket. Every holiday season America turns it eyes to this greeting card of an America that we supposedly once were and hope to be again. Of course America was never the simple hamlet that Bedford Falls presented and the only truth that may be undisputable is that we can not go back.
    It is amazing that this movie has found this place in our culture. It is often a grim and mean spirited movie. Jimmy Stewart spends a good chunk of the movie contemplating suicide and Lionel Barrymore does a true representation of what America has almost always been truly about; greed.
    Great movies are very hard to define and even harder to plan or predict. However, one formula that is almost fool proof but nearly impossible to create is to have the viewer feel better about humanity and themselves. Frank Capra an immigrant zealot was able to capture this essence on film. Capra’s greatness was to present the America he saw or wanted to see. And like any true zealot, there was little difference. It is that essence that makes this a great movie and I suppose is also the reason it is the holiday chestnut we turn to every year to feel better about ourselves. Like the holiday season itself it is our time to erase the grime and cleanse our souls.
  • 53. Detour This movie could be replaced on this list by at least a half dozen B Film Noirs and not suffer in comparison. It is on this list to be the flag bearer for those wonderful movies that were churned out by a Hollywood after World War 2 and before the American dream Eisenhower 50’s. 15 years of Depression and war had left America much like a punch drunk boxer dazed but still standing. It is this era that America learned to do what it does better than anyone else. It learned to market and sell. It learned to sell the American dream. Like any dream, if you looked close enough you could find a world of nightmares and loneliness. These movies dealt with those fringes, those outcasts who were unable to find their piece of the American dream.
    I could have easily listed movies like Out of the Past or The Big Clock and not gone wrong. What makes Detour make the list is the wonderful direction by Edgar G. Ulmer and even more importantly the go for broke performance of Ann Savage as Vera the ultimate film noir dame.
    Ulmer who is often considered the granddaddy of independent filmmakers was forced to work on “Poverty Row” because like Roman Polanski, he was exiled from Hollywood mainstream by an unconventional sexual dalliance. It is here in the land of Hollywood B Movies, Ulmer designed the blueprint for all future independent moviemakers to make great movies without spending great dollars.
    Vera as played by Ann Savage is the ultimate film noir lady. She is as tough as any guy and takes even less guff. Savage’s acting style is so over the top you will either be enthralled or appalled. Either reaction would probably be ok.
  • 54.Jaws You know the best movies often come from mediocre sources. This ultimate summer blockbuster is a prime example of this theory. The book has its charms and as a summer beach read it certainly scared many but when you take this page turner and put up in livid and vivid color on a 26 foot screen, (Yes boys and girls; theatre screens used to be much bigger in the time before 36 movie Cineplex’s) you have moviemaking history. Spielberg’s career and the concept of summer blockbusters were made with this movie. I was 13 the summer that movie hit theatres and I remember the argument I had with my mother on allowing me to see Jaws. She was sure I would never want to swim again. I love swimming too much to ever not do it but I will say the first few times I went swimming in the ocean after watching it, I went with a certain level of trepidation. I am sure I was not alone. I guess you had to be there…
  • 55.Das Boot The Ultimate cloying submarine movie; and possibly the greatest war movie ever made. Wolfgang Peterson’s masterpiece is often forgotten about when talking about great war movies but out of all the war movies I have ever watched, I suspect that this one does the best job of representing the boredom, madness and loneliness that actually happens in a war. Also the representation of the male gender has never been more accurate, horrifying and sympathetic.
  • 56.Being John Malkovich There really is no point in delineating the plot of this movie. It is so bizarre and so original, that if for some reason you had not seen it, you would not believe I was telling you the truth anyway. This is moviemaking at it's finest in these post-modern surreal times.
  • 57. The Thing (1951) Is Carpenter's remake a better movie? Possibly but for anyone who watched this movie as a 12 year old boy on Channel 56 creature feature double bill back in the 70's with some other pale comaprison, it really doesn't matter. Another one of the touchstone movies in my life that helped explain the difference between really great movies and there lame imitators. The tension and claustrophia of this move can't be beat.
  • 58. The Searchers I have often wondered if obsession like that which is portrayed in this movie so wonderfully truly exists in our society or is just a convenient plot device for literature and movies. I know before I became a father, I would have probably said that it does not exist. Many people are obsessed by many things but I am not sure I knew anyone who had the single minded obsession of Ethan as portrayed in this movie. Now that I have been a father for a few years, I could see my obsession reach these mythical heights if something or someone had my daughter. Of course, I would like to think that I would not be hunting my daughter to kill her because she was spoiled by her abducters. I still say The Searchers is right up there with some of Lean's greaterst movies for portraying fanactism and obssession. One of John Ford's greatest movies and arguably the pinnacle of John Wayne's career.
  • 59. His Girl Friday Cary Grant at his charming and duplicitious best. Of course Rosalind Russell is too smart for him. If only newspaper's actually worked the way they are portayed in this movie, I might have actually stuck with my childhood dream of being a reporter. Ah dialouge when it actually sung.
  • 60. Breaking Away - A great movie is not restricted by its subject matter. I could care less about bike riding. The Tour De France is just another point why you should hate the French - a National obsession dominated by an American even though Lance Armstrong just seems a bit too polished to be truly likable (I do love his Radio Shack ad "No man over the age of 30 will ever use emoticons — no colon parentheses smiley faces . . .")Then there is this little movie. Starring a very young Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern and One hit wonder Denns Christopher. (also a post Bad News Bear Jackie Earle Haley pre his mid career acting resurgence)about townies in a college town winning a local Bicycle race. Seems a little boring seems a little too fomulaic. But put well written well rounded characters into the formula and you can have movie magic. Watch the movie again if you have not seen it before or for some time and try not to get sucked into the story. Try not to cheer for the underdogs and try not to feel good when the movie is over. I dare you.
  • 61.Silence of The Lambs
  • 62.Maltese Falcon
  • 63.Almost Famous
  • 64.Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1956)
  • 65.Badlands
  • 66.Seven Samurai
  • 67.Jules and Jim
  • 68.Deliverance
  • 69.North By Northwest
  • 70.LA Confidential
  • 71.Tootsie
  • 72.Sunset Boulevard
  • 73.2001; A Space Odyssey
  • 74.Misery
  • 75.Double Indemnity
  • 76.She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
  • 77.Se7en
  • 78.Gone With the Wind
  • 79.Network
  • 80.Black Orpheus
  • 81.Three Kings
  • 82.American Beauty
  • 83.Grapes of Wrath
  • 84.The Philadelphia Story
  • 85.Unforgiven
  • 86.High Noon
  • 87.Sullivan's Travel
  • 88.Apocalypse Now
  • 89.Beautiful Girls
  • 90.Vertigo
  • 91.Say Anything
  • 92.Z
  • 93.A Face in The Crowd
  • 94.Fargo
  • 95.Great Escape
  • 96.Rio Bravo
  • 97.Gunga Din
  • 98.Adventures Of Robin Hood
  • 99.From Here to Eternity
  • 100.Dazed and Confused
Author Comments: 

Ok, after a few weeks of research, I have come up with my top 100 movies. As I have free time, I will do write ups on these wonderful movies. The Last 50 are pretty much interchangeable and easily could have been replaced by another 100 movies. Some of the toughest omissions include Misery, Boyz N the Hood, Notorious, The Conversation, Ran, Witness, Something About Mary, Lost Weekend, A Letter to Three Wives and about 100 more movies.

It certainly doesn't count as wimping out when you order the list. By doing that I can easily deduce your top 3, for example. If I take up this challenge too (I'm planning on it) I'll probably go top 10 but not order them.

Some great movies in here Gil. I like all these titles. Interesting to see Godfather part II number 1 without the entry of The Godfather anywhere else.

Strong observation Mr Black, I almost included Godfather but 2 to me is such a masterpeice that the original pales oh so slighly in comparison. I probably should have wimped out and went for the the 2 movies combine thing he did in the late70's/early eighties.

How in the world did I miss this list?

You know, I do believe I love every film on this list. Several of my very favorites are here, and every film strikes me as a classic of some degree. I am especially impressed with the variety of genres and time periods you seem to enjoy.

And I thought I was the only person who thought Miller's Crossing was the finest Coen Brothers film (although lately I have been inching Blood Simple up quite a bit).

Terrific, classic list!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

you didnt miss it. I just put it up today. I was inspired by Johhny Waco's entry. Thanks for the compliments. No Miller's is the best and I do love Blood Simple. You know me, I love all movies if they are good, only criteria neccessary. Doing this type of list is so hard because I could rattle another 30 that belong. I might need to do the top 100 thing with explanation someday.

You'd be a brave soul.

And I'd be an avid reader and fan, no doubt!

Again, great list.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ok, I have started this list off-line. I think I will need to finish my ABC's list first.

Great commentary! Looking forward to the next 16!

I just watched Pulp Fiction again, and I was struck by how much slower it seems now (not that that's a bad thing). I remember it really seeming fast-paced when I saw it in the theater, but now I noticed how drawn out some scenes are, and that there are fairly long gaps around the trademark banter. I makes me feel like movies must have started moving much faster over the past 6 years or so.

Thanks actually I am working on making this a top 100. Tough to do but it is fun. Everything is faster. You know no one thinks the audience at large has the attention span of a gnat anymore.

Well if it's makes you feel any better about modern attention spans, I watched Gone With the Wind last night based on your prioritizing of my "to see" list, and I loved it. I'm a bit behind on putting seen movies on my lists - hopefully this weekend.

You're right Jim, I feel that films have become much faster in the last 6 or more years. You just have to look at the films in this list to see that since around the early 90's many of the main stream summer hits are basically no more than a) action scenes strung together by bad buddy buddy dialogue or b) basically a commercial vehicle for toys, Batman 3 (iceman, poison ivy, etc, oh yes and damn you product placement).

Remember Luke looking at the sunset, or the breakfast scene where he is told he can't go to Mos Eisly. I reckon they'd cut both scenes if it was made today. I blame the lack of 'pause' in films today on the mentality of the people going to see films. They don't want mental stimulation, they want visual stimulation. Of course visual effects, CGI, etc are fantastic and often needed, I don't believe you could have made a film like minority report or A.I. without them. But when a films come out like Star Wars IV, V, VI (which I love btw) which are impossible to make without very heavy CGI I feel the director becomes distracted by the possibilities and BANG it's a visual stimulation experience with little thought given to plot support and script.

Anyway, my rant over, I just wish that they would return to the idea of a cinema having ONE big screen and not these poxy bathtowel size screens that seem to have proliferated in the last 10 years. I may as well wait for the DVD and watch it on my home cinema.. the screen is bigger and the sound is better, ha, most importantly I can have a beer while I watch and not worry about getting arrested for bitch slapping the annoying twit using his/her mbile phone.

Now you've done it - I'm going to have to rent Miller's Crossing again.

Nice to see this list expand to 40!

When I first looked at your list Gil, I guess I missed you had Diner in there. What a great little film. Levinson's best in my book. It seems it has been overlooked alot. Good list Gil..

There you go, 40 was fleeting and 100 is final.

Excellent! I will endeavor to see every movie on this list. I haven't seen (or need to rewatch): The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Magnificent Ambersons, Millers Crossing, Raging Bull, Red River, Treasure of The Sierra Madre, Rear Window, Diner, Wild Bunch, Last Picture Show, The Night of The Hunter, Stagecoach, Lady Eve, A Hard Days Night, Bonnie and Clyde, Being There, Detour, The Thing (1951), The Searchers, His Girl Friday, Maltese Falcon, Badlands, Jules and Jim, Sunset Boulevard, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Network, Black Orpheus, Grapes of Wrath, The Philadelphia Story, Sullivan's Travel, Beautiful Girls, Z, A Face in The Crowd, Rio Bravo, Gunga Din, and From Here to Eternity.

I don't know why, but I'm surprised to see Se7en and Dazed and Confused on this list. It's not that they aren't good - it's just that if I were to guess at your top 100 (not that such a thing would be possible) I wouldn't have picked them. Looking forward to the writeups on those.

BTW, Gone With the Wind is listed twice.

First thanks for the heads up on Gone with the Wind. Certainly means I can plug another film in there. You have some very pleasurable viweing experiences in front of you. Just don't blame me if you do not like them :) Se7en and Dazed are what I consider more favorites than best. Dazed has a very specail appeal because that is close as I ever have seen to someone recreatinng my own High School experience. As I do the write ups on these, certain themes are becoming apparent. Dazed most definitely falls into my life transition theme.

Jim a quck reccomendation for you based on your love of My Man Godfrey. Put the Lady Eve at the top of your list. A very funny movie and you will be happy to see who is playing Henry Fonda's father.

This list is great!!!! I cant help but think of the Godfather films as a whole, but in the end it is most definitely the 2nd one that comes out on top. I saw the DVD version of Casablanca and I agree, it was well done. Pulp Fiction is easily in my top 5, sometimes even 1st depending on my mood. I loved the Millers Crossing, but Ive developed a love for the Coen brothers Big Lebowski which has since become one of my favorite comedies. Superb list, but in my eye there are a lot of excellent foreign films that deserve to be on it, although you have included Jules et Jim which is a terrific, beautiful, tragic film and ranks as my favorite French film.

Thanks for the praise. I almost put the Godfather as a combined entry but alas I am old enough to remember them as distinctly different statements. You have succinlty pointed out my one shame of movie viewing with the comment on Foreign films. For the longest time, I just avoided them all together. I have been trying to remedy the situation lately by viewing as many as I can. I am sure if I do this list again in 10 years I will have more foreign movies to be added.

Good list. Suprised to see Pulp Fiction (one of my all time favs) so high, and Godfather so low. But that's the way it is with lists... they reflect peoples own opinions. There are a few movies on here that I haven't seen that i will look into renting. I like that you put Mr. Smith goes to Washington as high as it is. That is a great movie that seems to get the boot when it comes to these lists. Great list, keep up the good work.

I thought it was great that you had the Peckinpah classic, the Wild Bunch on this list. The only other Peckinpah movie I ve seen is Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, which I absolutely loved. Question for people here, have you guys seen Peckinpahs other movies? Which ones would you recommend?

I would recommend Straw Dogs-Dustin Hoffman in a cross between an english thriller and a classic western. I can also recommend The Getaway with McQueen and Ali McGraw, this is the original that was remade with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. The remake sucks and though the original has some flaws McQueen was very good. I know people who like Cross of Iron which was done by Sam but I have not seen it. Oh yeah the Ballad of Cable Hogue is pretty good as a kind of a counterpoint to The Wild Bunch. Same theme-end of the mystical old west, but this passing is more lyrical than violent. Hope that helps


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This list still continues to impress and to inspire me. Great, great work!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Many thanks for this list, one of the most valuable in the whole of Listology, and please continue work on your commentaries.

Thanks for the encouraging words. I fear my summer of fun certainly has cut into my Listology time (It seemed to happen to a lot of the more regular posters also)but I will be trying to finish up the commentaries soon.

I am thrilled to see My Man Godfrey on this list. It is easily one of the greatest comedies ever, and frankly, it is one of the most fun films ever made. Your highlighting of Eugene Pallette is also appropriate. Powell is one of the most under-rated leading men in Hollywood history, and as much as I like The Thin Man, I'll take My Man over it anyday. Besides, Powell sports the coolest mustache ever...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ah Godrey is so wonderful a movie, it mkaes me smile just to think about it. For all the people who rush to see all the latest and greatest releases, I would love them to check out a movie like Godfrey and If they love good movies they will not be dissapointed.

In my most humblest, I think there are plenty of others on this list too.

BTW, Mr. Bangs thanks for reminding me how much I have been neglecting this list. More work...no time...

Congratuations on reaching the halfway point on this wonderful list! Every time this list pops up in the "recent updates" box it makes me smile.

There are two movies in your top 50 that I have to try again . . . The Wild Bunch, which we turned off after 20 minutes or so because my wife generally dislikes violence in the movies, and Touch of Evil, which we turned off after 30 minutes from (ducking) boredom. I'm coming to see that I don't tend to like noirs (Chinatown and LA Confidential (if it counts) being two exceptions), but I keep trying.

Thanks again for the nice words. If the wife has a problem with violence then Wild Bunch iscertainly not going to work for her. Of course you could try this tact, "Honey, you should watch this movie, this is the one to blame for all the realistic violence now in the movies" It probsbly wont work but it is pretty close to true. I think Mr. Bangs likes this movie even more than me, maybe he can give you a better argument.

Touch of Evil is interesting that you turned away after 30 minutes. The movie does liven up a little after that but if you ain't hooked by then, you probably aint buying. I know many people who dont like Noir's. Different Strokes for Different Folks.

Love the It's a Wonderful Life comments! And it's nice to see you return to this list. I've wondered about it every now and then when reading your "Damn" series. I'm happy you're prolific enough to document what you're seeing now along with your best 100 all-time.

Sir jgandcag, I just watched and loved The Lady Eve, and I'm pretty sure it ended up on my "to see" list because of your review here. Thanks!

Hey, since you're doing an unprecedented amount of NOT watching movies these days, what do you say you peck away at this list a little. :-)

C'mon man, we miss you around here!

I'm very happy to see you updating this. I really enjoyed your Jaws comments!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Me too, me too. LBangs already complimented your Jaws write-up, but it was your Das Boot observations that really did it for me. Speaking of war movies, have you seen A Midnight Clear? It's been quite awhile since I've seen it, but I loved it enough at the time to put it on my "favorites by genre" list.

Thanks to both of you. I dont think I ever watched Midnight Clear. Perhaps if I ever get back to watching movies, I will give it whirl.

even though its #100 nice to see "dazed and confused" in the list

I'd given this list up for lost! So happy you've returned to it, and I love your comments on The Searchers. Especially like the dry line expressing hope that your motives would be different from Wayne's were you ever in a similar situation.