Top 100 Greatest Movies All-Time: The Recap and Analysis

I know. I know. I said that I would put this up a week ago, but I didn't. But I'm putting it up now! So never fear! Anyways, here is the master list of all 100 films that I ranked in my top 100, and also with some breakdowns of the list and some of my greatest regrets from the list. Hit the jump for the breakdown.

The Top 100 Movies

Here's the Complete List
  1. Godfather
  2. Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
  3. It's a Wonderful Life
  4. Shawshank Redemption
  5. Goodfellas
  6. Reservoir Dogs
  7. Godfather II
  8. Unforgiven
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird
  10. The Dark Knight
  11. Usual Suspects
  12. Dr. Strangelove
  13. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  14. Citizen Kane
  15. Saving Private Ryan
  16. Fight Club
  17. Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
  18. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  19. Pulp Fiction
  20. Fargo
  21. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  22. Gladiator
  23. Die Hard
  24. Rocky
  25. The Departed
  26. Collateral
  27. The Prestige
  28. The Untouchables
  29. Training Day
  30. Raging Bull
  31. The Third Man
  32. Chinatown
  33. Blazing Saddles
  34. Schindler's List
  35. Network
  36. The Manchurian Candidate
  37. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  38. Deer Hunter
  39. Iron Man
  40. Duck Soup
  41. The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
  42. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
  43. Memento
  44. Batman Begins
  45. A Clockwork Orange
  46. Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi
  47. Taxi Driver
  48. Mystic River
  49. Vertigo
  50. Serenity
  51. Back to the Future
  52. On The Waterfront
  53. Se7en
  54. The Big Lebowski
  55. Spider-man 2
  56. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  57. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  58. Any Given Sunday
  59. Finding Nemo
  60. Sin City
  61. French Connection
  62. Harvey
  63. Scarface
  64. Casino Royale
  65. Some Like It Hot
  66. District 9
  67. Lawrence of Arabia
  68. The Maltese Falcon
  69. Casablanca
  70. The Shining
  71. The Lion King
  72. V for Vendetta
  73. Kill Bill
  74. 12 Monkeys
  75. Road To Perdition
  76. Glory
  77. Good Will Hunting
  78. The Matrix
  79. Rear Window
  80. Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail  
  81. The Wrestler
  82. The Royal Tenenbaums
  83. The Princess Bride
  84. Anchorman
  85. American History X
  86. The Incredibles
  87. Children of Men
  88. The Great Escape
  89. Wall-E
  90. Full Metal Jacket
  91. Million Dollar Baby
  92. Demolition Man
  93. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  94. Boondock Saints
  95. Unbreakable
  96. Groundhog Day
  97. Snatch
  98. The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King
  99. Forest Gump
  100. Red Dawn


Most Appearances by an Actor in the List:
-Morgan Freeman with 7 appearances in the Top 100, with three in the Top 10.
-Second Place: Robert De Niro with 6 movies
-Third Place: Tie with Harrison Ford (thanks to Indiana Jones/Star Wars) and Jimmy Stewart (thanks to being incredibly awesome) with 5 movies.
-Notables: Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Al Pachino, and Jack Nicholson all had 4 movies; Tom Hanks and Christian Bale had 3 appearances; and there were tons of people tied with 2, most notably Denzel Washington, Gregory Peck, and Sean Connery.
- Number of Hayden Christianson or Robert Pattinson: NONE BECAUSE THEY ARE THE WORST ACTORS EVER.  Essentially, they are wasting good oxygen and that is four good kidneys that more deserving people are deprived of because these two wastes of space are allowed to keep breathing.

Most Appearances by a Director in the List:

- In a kind of surprising turn of events. There are FOUR directors tied at the top of the list with 4 movies apiece making the Top 100: Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, and Christopher Nolan. This is kind of amazing because I thought that honestly Scorsese or Kubrick would have had way more movies and that one of them would have won it outright. Spielberg makes sense that he would be this high, but also Nolan is my favorite current director in Hollywood as all of his films have been great so far (with the exception of Insomnia which was not poorly done but I just didn't like it).
Second Place: Quentin Tarantino with 3 movies
Third Place: Several tied with 2 movies, most notably Frank Capra and Alfred Hitchcock.
Last Place: Uwe Boll. Do I need to explain this?

Number of Movies by Genre:
Science-Fiction: 17
Action Movies: 11
Comedy: 10
Comic Book Films: 9

My Biggest Regret:

I'm very proud of my list, I am. But I do have to say that there are several films that I still wish had made the list, so I'm just going to list a few that I wished had been on there but when push came to shove they were left off:

Psycho, Gone Baby Gone, Inside Man, Big Fish, Blood Diamond, Hamlet (Branagh's version), American Gangster, No Country for Old Men, North by Northwest, Sixth Sense, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, A History of Violence, Heat, Jackie Brown, Stranger Than Fiction, Jerry Maguire, Apollo 13, Three Kings.

But I have to say that there is one film that I really should have put on the list, and even now putting the total list up I wish that I had put it instead of several other movies: American Psycho. I love this movie, and it's the film that put Christian Bale firmly on the map. When I first saw it I said that Bale was the perfect choice to play Bruce Wayne/Batman, and now he is the definitive movie Batman. This movie is so brilliantly dark and twisted, easily one of the most unexpectedly funny films and the scene where he goes completely crazy and visits the ATM is one of my favorite scenes in any movie. I'm now kicking myself even more for leaving this film off the list. Le Sigh...

Well that's it folks. The list is done. Keep an eye out on the blog for more movie related posts in the upcoming weeks, and at the end of the year I'm going to be doing my top 10 best films of 2009 (right now if you want to know what's number one, it's the only movie that came out this year on the Top 100 list [it rhymes with Mistrict Tine]). Until then, take it easy boys and girls.

1 comment:

  1. Adam, who is curently a little drunk, is insisting I let you know that Heat being on your list only as an honerable mention is unacceptable. He is very angry about this and you need to know.