My 100 Greatest Films of All Time

1. The Color Purple (1985) .. Steven Spielberg

2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) .. Frank Darabont

3. Reservoir Dogs (1992) .. Quentin Tarantino

4. Goodfellas (1990) .. Martin Scorsese

5. Pulp Fiction (1994) .. Quentin Tarantino

6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) .. Ang Lee

7. Stand by Me (1986) .. Rob Reiner

8. Brokeback Mountain (2005) .. Ang Lee

9. Full Metal Jacket (1987) .. Stanley Kubrick

10. L.A. Confidential (1997) .. Curtis Hanson

11. Airplane! (1980) .. Jim Abrahams & David Zucker & Jerry Zucker

12. Once (2006) .. John Carney

13. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) .. Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly

14. Million Dollar Baby (2004) .. Clint Eastwood

15. The Lion King (1994) .. Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff

16. Sideways (2004) .. Alexander Payne

17. Star Wars (1977) .. George Lucas

18. All About Eve (1950) .. Joseph L. Mankiewicz

19. City of God (2002) .. Fernando Meirelles

20. The Godfather (1972).. Francis Ford Coppola

21. The Godfather: Part II (1974) .. Francis Ford Coppola

22. In Bruges (2008) .. Martin McDonagh

23. The Usual Suspects (1995) .. Bryan Singer

24. American History X (1998) .. Tony Kaye

25. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) .. Elia Kazan

26. Donnie Darko (2001) .. Richard Kelly

27. Abre los Ojos (1997) .. Alejandro Amenábar

28. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) .. Jonathan Demme

29. The Professional (1994) .. Luc Besson

30. Cool Hand Luke (1967) .. Stuart Rosenberg

31. The Wrestler (2008) .. Darren Aronofsky

32. House of Sand and Fog (2003) .. Vadim Perelman

33. Trainspotting (1996) .. Danny Boyle

34. Requiem for a Dream (2000) .. Darren Aronofsky

35. In the Bedroom (2001) .. Todd Field

36. Being John Malkovich (1999) .. Spike Jonze

37. Moulin Rouge! (2001) .. Baz Luhrmann

38. The Station Agent (2003) .. Thomas McCarthy

39. Se7en (1995) .. David Fincher

40. The Dark Knight (2008) .. Christopher Nolan

41. Rear Window (1954) .. Alfred Hitchcock

42. Fight Club (1999) .. David Fincher

43. Hotel Rwanda (2004) .. Terry George

44. Little Children (2006) .. Todd Field

45. Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) .. Stanley Kubrick

46. Gods and Monsters (1998) .. Bill Condon

47. The Matrix (1999) .. The Wachowski Brothers

48. American Beauty (1999) .. Sam Mendes

49. Saving Private Ryan (1998) .. Steven Spielberg

50. Glory (1989) .. Edward Zwick

51. Good Will Hunting (1997) .. Gus Van Sant

52. The Hurt Locker (2009).. Kathryn Bigelow

53. Inglourious Basterds (2009).. Quentin Tarantino

54. Vertigo (1958)… Alfred Hitchcock

55. City Lights (1931).. Charlie Chaplin

56. Rules of the Game (1939).. Jean Renoir

57. Seven Samurai (1954).. Akira Kurosawa

58. Let the Right One In (2008).. Tomas Alfredson

59. North by Northwest (1959).. Alfred Hitchcock

60. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).. Stanley Kubrick

61. The Breakfast Club (1984).. John Hughes

62. Double Indemnity (1944).. Billy Wilder

63. The Apartment (1960).. Billy Wilder

64. Jaws (1975).. Steven Spielberg

65. A Single Man (2009).. Tom Ford

66. Primer (2004).. Shane Carruth

67. Annie Hall (1977).. Woody Allen

68. The Exorcist (1973).. William Friedkin

69. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).. Lewis Milestone

70. Nosferatu (1922).. F.W. Murnau

71. A Clockwork Orange (1971).. Stanley Kubrick

72. His Girl Friday (1940).. Howard Hawkes

73. 12 Angry Men (1957).. Sidney Lumet

74. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982).. Steven Spielberg

75. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).. Milos Forman

76. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).. Sergio Leone

77. Stripes (1981).. Ivan Reitman

78. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).. Steven Spielberg

79. Unforgiven (1992).. Clint Eastwood

80. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).. Robert Mulligan

81. The Piano (1993).. Jane Campion

82. The Terminator (1984).. James Cameron

83. All the President’s Men (1976).. Alan J. Pakula

84. Boogie Nights (1997).. Paul Thomas Anderson

85. Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961).. Agnès Varda

86. M*A*S*H (1970).. Robert Altman

87. The Fly (1986).. David Cronenberg

88. Grey Gardens (1975).. David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer

89. My Fair Lady (1964).. George Cukor

90. Ordinary People (1980).. Robert Redford

91. Lost in Translation (2003).. Sofia Coppola

92. The Times of Harvey Milk (1984).. Rob Epstein

93. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988).. Robert Zemeckis

94. From Here to Eternity (1953).. Fred Zinnemann

95. Saints and Soldiers (2003).. Ryan Little

96. Adaptation. (2002).. Spike Jonze

97. 21 Grams (2003).. Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu

98. Almost Famous (2000).. Cameron Crowe

99. Away From Her (2006).. Sarah Polley

100. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007).. Alex Gibney

I know that some people will be surprised by some of the picks on my list. I understand, but this list is fluid. I wouldn’t be surprised if the list is not going to be  the same a year from now.

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Posted on June 1, 2010, in Meme and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Nice to see In Bruges @ 22, so few people know about this film.

  2. I LOVE THE COLOR PURPLE. It would make it in my top movies of all time as well.

    Love that L.A. Confidential is in your Top Ten.

    Really great list. I love most of the movies you have on here. And relaly dig to new look of the layout.

    • Oh, thank you, Heather. Damn, I’ve been gone for a long time. I need a new look.

      L.A. Confidental was eclipsed by that movie about that sinking ship. (I dare not speak its name.)

      The list was in any particular order. I wanted to list my favorite films.

  3. mcarteratthemovies

    This top five is flawless, Foolish Blatherer. FLAWLESS. Overall you’ve got a great mix of classic films and more contemporary ones, plus movies all over the genre map. And “The Fly” is in here! I haven’t seen that on anyone’s list so far, but it’s a great film — horror and Kafka-esque sci-fi with a touch of human drama.

    • Thank you, Meredith. I was a bitch trying to get 100 movies on this list. There are some movies that people loved that I hated. I didn’t want to be snobby with my list. There are movies that people never heard and others that almost everyone in the world has seen. I wanted to put my list out there for the world to see.

  4. I agree, glad to see In Bruges in the list, such a great gem of a movie. Many great classics and modern greats in this list.

    • That is one of the movies that I have now. I love that movie. It’s politically incorrect and I love it.

      “They’re filming midgets.”

  5. I’m impressed merely by the fact that you could make a top 100 list because I sure can’t. But good choices for your top 10, like M. Carter pointed out. Some of them I wouldn’t rank quite as high (mainly “Brokeback”), but I have a great deal of love and respect for the vast majority of them.

  6. Some very interesting choices – particularly in your top 20 or so. The Color Purple is a film I’ve always felt was one of Spielberg’s weaker but thats certainly not saying it’s a bad film. That said, I’d be interested why you rate it more highly than some of Spielberg’s true classics – Close Encounters, Jaws, E.T., for example?

    Nice to see Once so highly rated. I first watched it and wondered whether I was watching a music video or a musical and ended deciding I was watching neither. Good film, great music.

    I am a bit surprised – since you love gangster flicks so much – Reservoir Dogs, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction all together in the top 5, why The Godfather doesn’t rate higher?

    • My list is not in particular order. I just put movies in clusters. That’s why gangsters films with bundled together.

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