Sunday, 17 April 2011

Top 100 movies

We watched The Godfather (1972) on DVD for the first time the other night. Yes, I know it's a classic. Yes, I know it's supposed to be one of the best movies of all time. Yes, I know it was released before we were born and we've only just watched it nearly 40 years later.

I got to thinking about all the other 'classic' movies I have not yet seen. We subscribe to Fatso and have a list of DVDs we've ordered to have sent to us. I keep a list of movies (and books) I'd like to see on my phone so, when faced with the task of topping up our list, I can remember the brilliant idea I'd had earlier but forgotten at that crucial moment. ;-)

Now that winter's here and it would seem that hibernation is not an option, it might be a good time for us to catch up on some movies from the IMDB top 250. Maybe we start ordering up some more from the list? 250 might be a bit ambitious for one winter and I've already seen a few of the top 100. Do we start from 100 and work our way up to #1, saving the best for last, or just pick random movies as they become available?

Here are the titles I've seen from the IMDB top 100 movies list:

1.9.2The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
2.9.2The Godfather (1972)
3.9.0The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4.8.9The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
5.8.9Pulp Fiction (1994)
6.8.9Schindler's List (1993)
7.8.912 Angry Men (1957)
8.8.8Inception (2010)
9.8.8One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
10.8.8The Dark Knight (2008)
11.8.8Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
12.8.8The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
13.8.8Seven Samurai (1954)
14.8.7Fight Club (1999)
15.8.7Goodfellas (1990)
16.8.7Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
17.8.7Casablanca (1942)
18.8.7City of God (2002)
19.8.7The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
20.8.7Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
21.8.7Rear Window (1954)
22.8.7Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
23.8.7The Matrix (1999)
24.8.7Psycho (1960)
25.8.7The Usual Suspects (1995)
26.8.7The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
27.8.6Se7en (1995)
28.8.6It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
29.8.6Memento (2000)
30.8.6The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
31.8.6Sunset Blvd. (1950)
32.8.6Forrest Gump (1994)
33.8.6Toy Story 3 (2010)
34.8.6Leon: The Professional (1994)
35.8.6Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
36.8.6Apocalypse Now (1979)
37.8.6Citizen Kane (1941)
38.8.5American History X (1998)
39.8.5North by Northwest (1959)
40.8.5American Beauty (1999)
41.8.5Taxi Driver (1976)
42.8.5Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
43.8.5Saving Private Ryan (1998)
44.8.5Alien (1979)
45.8.5Vertigo (1958)
46.8.5Amélie (2001)
47.8.5Spirited Away (2001)
48.8.5The Shining (1980)
49.8.5WALL·E (2008)
50.8.5Paths of Glory (1957)
51.8.5City Lights (1931)
52.8.5The Pianist (2002)
53.8.5Double Indemnity (1944)
54.8.5Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
55.8.5M (1931)
56.8.5A Clockwork Orange (1971)
57.8.5The Lives of Others (2006)
58.8.4The Departed (2006)
59.8.4To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
60.8.4Aliens (1986)
61.8.4Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
62.8.4Requiem for a Dream (2000)
63.8.4Das Boot (1981)
64.8.4Reservoir Dogs (1992)
65.8.4The Third Man (1949)
66.8.4Modern Times (1936)
67.8.4L.A. Confidential (1997)
68.8.4Chinatown (1974)
69.8.4Life Is Beautiful (1997)
70.8.4Back to the Future (1985)
71.8.4The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
72.8.4The Prestige (2006)
73.8.4Black Swan (2010)
74.8.4Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
75.8.4Cinema Paradiso (1988)
76.8.4Raging Bull (1980)
77.8.3Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
78.8.3Singin' in the Rain (1952)
79.8.3The Green Mile (1999)
80.8.3Rashômon (1950)
81.8.3Some Like It Hot (1959)
82.8.3Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
83.8.3The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
84.8.3Amadeus (1984)
85.8.3All About Eve (1950)
86.8.3The Great Dictator (1940)
87.8.3Bicycle Thieves (1948)
88.8.3Full Metal Jacket (1987)
89.8.32001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
90.8.3Braveheart (1995)
91.8.3Inglourious Basterds (2009)
92.8.3The Apartment (1960)
93.8.3Downfall (2004)
94.8.3Gladiator (2000)
95.8.3Metropolis (1927)
96.8.3Up (2009)
97.8.3Gran Torino (2008)
98.8.3The Sting (1973)
99.8.3Oldboy (2003)
100.8.3Unforgiven (1992)

How about you? How many movies have you seen from this list? Have you got any good recommendations for us to try?


Anonymous said...

up and gladiator are fabulous!

merinz said...

Dr Zhivago and Ben Hur spring to mind. And of course if you could sit through it - The Sound of Music!

Café Chick said...

Morgan, I enjoyed Up and regret not seeing it in 3D. I watched parts of Gladiator while I was in Rome but admit to have been easily distracted during it.

merinz, I have very fond memories of Dr Zhivago from when I was young. I've never seen Ben Hur. Thanks for the suggestion. I think I hold the record for the number of times anyone has watched The Sound of Music - I lost count after several hundred viewings! (I was also in the musical at school ...)

anothercookiecrumbles said...

I've only read 15. I haven't seen or read Lord of the Rings yet, which is bad... I keep meaning to change that, but haven't managed to yet. =(

Toy Story rocks! And Back to the Future is my all-time favourite movie(s).

anothercookiecrumbles said...

argh - read should be seen... sorry!