Tuesday, October 02, 2007

100 Movies

I picked up this meme from Studeo. I bolded the films which I've seen. The especially adored are in red.

A few of them I've been anxious to write reviews of.... maybe I'll find the time someday to get that done.

Of course, Citizen Kane wouldn't take much time. Every time I sit down to write something concrete about the film, I only ever end up with: "Wow."

And I've added a couple of mini-reviews, or, rather, thoughts, to a few of the films.

And, I ask... is there anything I'm missing out on? Anything I haven't seen that I simply must, and at the earliest opportunity?

1.
Citizen Kane (1941)
2.
Casablanca (1942)
3. The Godfather (1972)
Occasionally people are shocked that I haven't seen The Godfather; however, I can't resist asking, though many won't know what I'm talking about: Could I possibly love it more than The Foster-Father?
4.
Gone With The Wind (1939)
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

6.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
I don't think I could ever love a movie as much as this one. I've bumped into people who watched it and found it extremely silly; they couldn't have seen it as children. I grew up on it, and the mere thought of it still brings me to fairyland.
7.
The Graduate (1967)
8. On The Waterfront (1954)

9.
Schindler's List (1993)
10.
Singin' In The Rain (1952)
11.
It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
12. Sunset Boulevard (1950)

13. The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957)

Alec Guinness is superb. He's simply a superb actor, and the movie is worth seeing even if for him alone.
14.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
15. Star Wars (1977)
Alec Guinness always regretted that people seemed to know him only as Ben Kenobi, when in reality he was an extremely accomplished actor who had performed in many great films. If you know him for only Star Wars, I recommend seeing some of his other movies. The three that spring to mind first are The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Dectective, and The Man in the White Suit.
16. All About Eve (1950)
17.
The African Queen (1951)
We love Bogart in all his movies, but I don't know if he was ever so wonderful as he was in this film, character-wise. I'll never forget those leeches all over him, and likewise I'll never forget how he jumped back into the water and kept going.
18.
Psycho (1960)
19. Chinatown (1974)

20. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

21. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

22.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
23. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
24. Raging Bull (1980)

25. E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
26. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
27. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

28. Apocalypse Now (1979)

29.
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
30.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
31. Annie Hall (1977)
32. The Godfather Part II (1974)

33. High Noon (1952)
34.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
35.
It Happened One Night (1934)
36. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

37.
The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
38.
Double Indemnity (1944)
39.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
40.
North By Northwest (1959)
41.
West Side Story (1961)
42.
Rear Window (1954)
43. King Kong (1933)

44. The Birth of a Nation (1915)

45. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
46. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
47. Taxi Driver (1976)

48.
Jaws (1975)
49.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
50.
Butch Cassidy and the Sunshine Kid (1969)
51.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
52. From Here To Eternity (1953)

Not recommended. From reading Fr. Gardiner, I understand that the book is rather morally rotten, and the movie felt like it was really pushing it with the censors, and laughing because it made it past. Frank Sinatra was a real darling, and we all loved him, but that increased the tragedy.
53. Amadeus (1984)
54. All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

55.
The Sound Of Music (1965)
Here's a confession: I'm not that into The Sound of Music. I enjoy the songs, but ever since reading the real story of the Von Trapps, I've never been able to view the movie without reflecting on how a truly beautiful story was down-played and, I felt, wasted.
56. M*A*S*H (1970)

57. The Third Man (1949)

58.
Fantasia (1940)
59. Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

60.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
61.
Vertigo (1958) 62. Tootsie (1982)
63. Stagecoach (1939)

64.
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
65. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

66. Network (1976)

67.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
68.
An American In Paris (1951)
69. Shane (1953)

70. The French Connection (1971)

71.
Forrest Gump (1994)
72.
Ben-Hur (1959)
73.
Wuthering Heights (1939)
I should have hated it. I'm a big Bronte fan, and the movie cut the tale short. I didn't like Cathy. But I don't think I'll ever see another Heathcliff who was so utterly and completely 'my Heathcliff.'
74. The Gold Rush (1925)
75. Dances With Wolves (1990)
76. City Lights (1931)
77. American Graffiti (1973)
78.
Rocky (1976)
79. The Deer Hunter (1978)
80. The Wild Bunch (1969)
81.
Modern Times (1936)
82.
Giant (1956)
83. Platoon (1986)

84. Fargo (1996)

85.
Duck Soup (1933)
86.
Mutiny On The Bounty (1935)
87. Frankenstein (1931)
88. Easy Rider (1969)

90. The Jazz Singer (1927)
91.
My Fair Lady (1964)
Fun, funny, and with enjoyable music, but, above all... seeing Sherlock Holmes pace back and forth singing 'The Street Where You Live' is a delight beyond words.
92. A Place In The Sun (1951)

93. The Apartment (1960)

94. Goodfellas (1994)

95. Pulp Fiction (1994)

96. The Searchers (1956)

97.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
98. Unforgiven (1992)

99.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
100.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
James Cagney, a great actor, a great man, and a great dancer! I'm sorry he didn't get to play more roles like this one. But do see The Seven Little Foys starring Bob Hope. Cagney comes back again as George M. Cohan, and, naturally, steals the show.

2 comments:

M.E. said...

You absolutely must see "Some Like It Hot" (one of the funniest movies ever made, and you're old enough to really get the humor in it now!), and "Dr. Zhivago", a classic; a perfect depiction of the cheerless, brutal existence that was (is) communism, and at the same time a heart wrenching love story. Some questionable moral situations, but a beautiful movie nonetheless.

Mrs. Lively said...

I was sad to see that "The Quiet Man" and "The Fighting Sullivans" was not on the list. I'm sure there's many other great ones that weren't listed, but those are the ones that immediately came to mind.