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Have you seen the top 100?

July 13, 2007 am31 9:40 am

My e-mail said it was from the American Film Institute. You remember The Life of Brian? I am sure the American Institute of Film disagrees. And the Film Institute of America just sits in the endzone by himself, muttering.

Anyway, this is the list.

  • I’ve bolded what I’ve seen,
  • italicized the definites, the best,
  • indented the ones that I am pretty sure shouldn’t be here.

MissProfe, one of my new favorite blogs (that’s her, in the new slot in the blogroll on the right), she has her own top 100 list. (it’s only got 17 films on it, but that’s just the newest stuff. I figure she owes us 83 older movies). Maybe one day I will have my own. Soon, in fact. For now it’s easier to criticize someone else’s.

One note: they seem to not be interested in foreign films. That will not be my position when I make my own list.

And, oh yeah. If this looks like one of those meme things, and you like those meme things, “poof, your tagged”

1. Citizen Kane
2. The Godfather
3. Casablanca – I don’t know that I have ever watched it beginning to end
4. Raging Bull
5. Singin’ in the Rain

(95 more, below the fold –>)
6. Gone With the Wind
7. Lawrence of Arabia
8. Schindler’s List
9. Vertigo
10. The Wizard of Oz
11. City Lights
12. The Searchers
13. Star Wars
14. Psycho
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey
16. Sunset Blvd.
17. The Graduate
18. The General
19. On the Waterfront
20. It’s a Wonderful Life
21. Chinatown
22. Some Like It Hot
23. The Grapes of Wrath

24. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
25. To Kill a Mockingbird – Have I seen it all the way through? I know the courtroom scenes
26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
27. High Noon
28. All About Eve
29. Double Indemnity
30. Apocalypse Now

31. The Maltese Falcon
32. The Godfather Part II
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
35. Annie Hall
36. Bridge on the River Kwai
37. The Best Years of Our Life
38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
39. Dr. Strangelove
40. The Sound of Music
41. King Kong – Which one?
42. Bonnie and Clyde
43. Midnight Cowboy
44. The Philadelphia Story

45. Shane
46. It Happened One Night
47. A Streetcar Named Desire
48. Rear Window
49. Intolerance
50. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
51. West Side Story
52. Taxi Driver
53. The Deer Hunter
54. MASH
55. North By Northwest
56. Jaws
– for its impact more than for the film itself
57. Rocky
58. The Gold Rush
59. Nashville
60. Duck Soup – not sure which, if any of the Marx brothers films belong
61. Sullivan’s Travels
62. American Graffiti
63. Cabaret
64. Network
65. The African Queen
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark
67. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
68. Unforgiven – absolutely amazing western
69. Tootsie
70. A Clockwork Orange
71. Saving Private Ryan
72. The Shawshank Redemption
73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
74. The Silence of the Lambs – just not that good
75. In the Heat of the Night – this is one of the very best
76. Forrest Gump
77. All the President’s Men
78. Modern Times
79. The Wild Bunch
80. The Apartment – probably. But maybe just very very cute.
81. Spartacus
82. Sunrise
83. Titanic
84. Easy Rider
85. A Night at the Opera
86. Platoon no way
87. 12 Angry Men
88. Bringing Up Baby – see The Apartment
89. The Sixth Sense – got to be kidding, right?
90. Swing Time
91. Sophie’s Choice
92. Goodfellas
93. The French Connection
94. Pulp Fiction – I liked it, just not top 100
95. The Last Picture Show
96. Do the Right Thing
97. Blade Runner

98. Yankee Doodle Dandy
99. Toy Story – sorry, no
100. Ben-Hur

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 13, 2007 pm31 9:00 pm 9:00 pm

    I think Toy Story may be on there due to the achievement of computer animation that it represented. It was the first full-length computer-animated movie in that 3D-semi-realistic style. I haven’t seen but a handful of these. Did they say what their criteria were?

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