Friday, August 17, 2012

The Greatest 100 Movies of All Time

This one is going to be a little unique... but it will count as "ONE" new experience. I'm posting this now so you can see the list of movies that I'll be going through over the next 300+ days.  The list will be updated as titles are scratched off my list. My goal is to watch the "greatest 100 movies of all time".... and yes I know these classics can be debated from sunup to sundown. But this list seems to be the most comprehensive summary of all of the major lists out there.  If you have any interest in watching any of these with me... let me know!  I'll bring the popcorn! ~ Christina

The Greatest 100 Movies of All Time

  1. The Shawshank Redemption (Done)
  2. The Godfather (Series) (Done)
  3. Star Wars (Series)
  4. Psycho - Possibly the most influential thriller ever made, Alfred Hitchcock’s tale of a psychotic mama's boy (Anthony Perkins) hasn’t dimmed with age.
  5. Casablanca (Done)
  6. It's a Wonderful Life (Done)
  7. Schindler's List (Done)
  8. The Wizard of Oz (Done)
  9. Citizen Kane - Director and star Orson Welles’s masterful fictional biopic about the titular tycoon set a new standard for the movies that followed.
  10. Rear Window - Alfred Hitchcock’s voyeuristic triumph finds James Stewart and Grace Kelly navigating the twists and turns of a nail-biting thriller.
  11. Pulp Fiction (Done)
  12. Gone With the Wind (Done)
  13. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee’s story is poignantly reimagined in this 1962 coming-of-age pic with a career-defining performance by Gregory Peck.
  14. North by Northwest - One of Hitchcock’s finest works of suspense, this mistaken-identity movie boasts crack performances by Cary Grant and James Mason.
  15. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Jack Nicholson as a crazy-sane mental patient is one of many fine performances that anchor Milos Forman’s adaptation.
  16. Vertigo - James Stewart stars as the acrophobic detective at the heart of this 1958 tale of obsession also from the Hitchock canon.
  17. Jaws (Done)
  18. Apocalypse Now - Coppola’s nightmarish Vietnam epic, starring Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen, redefines the war flick and the dangers of the jungle.
  19. Taxi Driver - Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese make movie magic in the tale of a rage-filled New York cabbie bent on correcting the world’s injustices.
  20. Ben-Hur - This 1959 Charlton Heston classic tells the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur on an ambitious scale made evident by its famed chariot race.
  21. The Bridge on the River Kwai - Based on a true event, this 1957 war drama finds Alec Guinness’s British commander leading a perilous effort in the wilds of Burma.
  22. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Done)
  23. Lawrence of Arabia - Peter O’Toole nabbed the Oscar for his first major role, in David Lean’s breathtakingly gorgeous 1962 biopic.
  24. Singin' in the Rain - The inimitable Gene Kelly directs and stars in one of the most beloved musicals of the fifties, opposite Jean Hagen and Debbie Reynolds.
  25. The Maltese Falcon - John Huston’s influential noir mystery stars Humphrey Bogart as a hard-drinking gumshoe tracking the elusive titular statue.
  26. Raging Bull - A visceral black-and-white drama about an aging boxer (Robert De Niro), Martin Scorsese’s 1980 flick is one of the best of its decade.
  27. The African Queen - Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn’s odd-couple chemistry anchors John Huston’s 1951 romantic adventure.
  28. 2001: A Space Odyssey - Stanley Kubrick’s hypnotic, thought-provoking mind bender was revolutionary in 1968 and has been a sci-fi staple ever since.
  29. The Grapes of Wrath - John Ford’s adaptation of the Steinbeck novel features one of Henry Fonda’s greatest performances ever.
  30. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - In Kubrick’s satire, fears come true when a psychotic general starts an all-out nuclear war.
  31. King Kong - The pioneering 1933 horror-fantasy favorite stars Fay Wray as the comely blonde who entices the love-struck giant ape to his doom.
  32. Some Like It Hot - Billy Wilder directs Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon in this wonderfully satirical 1959 work about two jazz musicians on the lam.
  33. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Done)
  34. High Noon - Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly are the married couple who add romance to this terse 1952 Western, a much-lauded classic of the genre.
  35. Blade Runner - Ridley Scott’s moody futuristic thriller boasts stunning effects and unmissable performances by Harrison Ford and Sean Young.
  36. On the Waterfront - Elia Kazan’s gritty, evocative drama has Marlon Brando as the former boxing champ who utters the famous line, “I coulda been a contender.”
  37. The Searchers - This complex Western, John Ford’s 1956 favorite, features the Duke in Indian territory on the hunt for his missing niece (Natalie Wood).
  38. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - This inspiring Frank Capra parable tells the story of a starry-eyed senator (James Stewart) who takes a stand against the political machine.
  39. Notorious - Alfred Hitchcock’s ninth movie, starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, features many iconic moments, including that famous marathon kiss.
  40. Chinatown (Done - 8/18/12)
  41. The Graduate (Done - 8/16/12)
  42. Bonnie & Clyde (Done - 8/17/12)
  43. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - John Huston’s 1948 adventure stars Humphrey Bogart as one of three gold prospectors undone by their own good fortune.
  44. West Side Story (Done)
  45. Rebecca - The only Hitchcock movie with a Best Picture Oscar, this gothic mystery stars Laurence Olivier as a moody widower.
  46. Fantasia (Done)
  47. Shane - A great cast (Alan Ladd, Jack Palance) anchors George Stevens’s 1953 Western about a lone gunman defending a pioneer family.
  48. All Quiet on the Western Front - Lewis Milestone’s hugely popular adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's novel is the first great antiwar movie to be made with sound.
  49. A Streetcar Named Desire - Marlon Brando’s portrayal of a brute in Elia Kazan’s intense adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play is the stuff of movie legend.
  50. Sunset Boulevard - Billy Wilder’s dark 1950 comedy features Gloria Swanson as an aging film queen and William Holden as her suitor.
  51. Double Indemnity - One of Billy Wilder’s finest works, this classic noir stars Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck as co-conspirators in marital murder.
  52. It Happened One Night - Frank Capra’s madcap comedy pairs Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert as a reporter and a socialite who fall in love despite the odds.
  53. Stagecoach - Amazing stuntwork and great turns by John Wayne and Thomas Mitchell drive John Ford’s genre-defining high-stakes 1939 Western.
  54. The Third Man - Carol Reed’s haunting 1949 mystery has too many iconic parts to mention plus a sardonic turn by Orson Welles as a man presumed dead.
  55. The Philadelphia Story - George Cukor’s sophisticated romantic farce stars Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart in a battle of societal wits.
  56. The Quiet Man - Lushly filmed on location in Ireland, John Ford’s gorgeous 1952 romance follows John Wayne as he travels to the country and finds a wife.
  57. Rebel Without a Cause - The drama that made James Dean an anti-hero for decades to come is also an unmissable snapshot of the fifties generation gap.
  58. The Adventures of Robin Hood - This 1938 swashbuckling costume epic stars Errol Flynn in arguably his greatest role, as the titular prince of thieves.
  59. All About Eve - This acerbic Oscar-sweeping drama stars Bette Davis as an aging Broadway dame and Anne Baxter as a scheming young social climber.
  60. Red River - For Montgomery Clift’s first-ever role, he stars as the adoptive son of John Wayne’s vicious rancher in this Howard Hawks Western.
  61. Roman Holiday - Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck's chemistry drives this old-fashioned courtship story, which was nominated for ten Oscars in 1953.
  62. The Big Sleep - Howard Hawks’s classic noir sets the standard for private-detective flicks, with star turns by Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
  63. Midnight Cowboy - John Schlesinger’s gritty, provocative portrait of two unlikely friends provided career-defining roles for Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.
  64. The Wild Bunch - This controversial 1969 Western was one of the most brutal of its day with plenty of stomach-turning violence courtesy of Sam Peckinpah.
  65. The Night of the Hunter - Robert Mitchum’s performance drives this noirish thriller from director Charles Laughton about a psychopath prowling the Ohio River Valley.
  66. The Best Years of Our Lives - William Wyler’s landmark 1946 drama follows three World War II vets, including Oscar winner Harold Russell, as they return home.
  67. Easy Rider - In Dennis Hopper’s generation-defining 1969 classic, he, Jack Nicholson, and Peter Fonda hit the road in search of nirvana.
  68. Bringing Up Baby - Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant shine in the definitive screwball comedy of the thirties, courtesy of ace director Howard Hawks.
  69. Duck Soup (Done - 8/18/12)
  70. Touch of Evil - Orson Welles’s offbeat 1958 thriller follows a narcotics agent (Charlton Heston) out to take down a corrupt old cop (Welles).
  71. My Darling Clementine - One of John Ford’s most riveting Westerns, this semi-historical work stars Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp and Walter Brennan as his foe.
  72. Yankee Doodle Dandy - James Cagney and Walter Huston star in this 1942 flag-waving musical biography of legendary composer George M. Cohan.
  73. Modern Times - Charlie Chaplin bids farewell to silent comedy with this laugh-a-minute 1936 satire in which he plays a victimized factory worker.
  74. Annie Hall - Widely considered Woody Allen’s finest work, this bittersweet New York romance posits Diane Keaton as his flighty, adorable foil.
  75. Paths of Glory - Stanley Kubrick delivers a powerfully bleak, predictably intense antiwar drama, starring Kirk Douglas, about a military incursion gone awry.
  76. The Bride of Frankenstein - Boris Karloff’s iconic lurching monster meets his match in Elsa Lanchester in this darkly witty 1935 sequel to the horror classic.
  77. The General - Buster Keaton directs himself in this visually stunning 1926 silent comedy that many consider to be the amazing talent’s finest work.
  78. His Girl Friday (Done - 8/18/12)
  79. City Lights - Charlie Chaplin’s final and best silent film finds the Little Tramp helping a blind flower seller (Virginia Cherrill) regain her sight.
  80. Wuthering Heights - Laurence Olivier brings Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff to life in this brooding 1939 adaptation of the famous love story set on the moors.
  81. A Night at the Opera - The first big-budget Marx brothers movie, this 1935 gem, about a group of wisecracking stowaways, is widely considered their best.
  82. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Mike Nichols’s directorial debut stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as the acerbic love-hate pair who dominate the story.
  83. Meet Me in St. Louis - Some of Judy Garland’s greatest songs are integrated into this upbeat, captivating 1944 musical from director Vincente Minnelli.
  84. The Gold Rush - Charlie Chaplin’s most critically acclaimed movie, this melodramatic silent work reimagines the Little Tramp as a prospector in the 1800s.
  85. An American in Paris - One of the greatest musicals of the fifties, this colorful toe-tapping classic finds the grace and athleticism of Gene Kelly on full display.
  86. Top Hat - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are in fine form for this gem, mixing romantic comedy, endless dancing, and a superb Irving Berlin score.
  87. A Star Is Born - George Cukor’s classic tearjerker stars Judy Garland as a young singer whose marriage to an alcoholic film star ends in tragedy.
  88. The Birth of a Nation - The first-ever feature-length silent movie, D. W. Griffith’s sweeping Lillian Gish-starring Civil War drama was a massive technological coup.
  89. The Magnificent Ambersons - Orson Welles displays a refined touch in this 1942 costume drama about a nineteenth-century family’s struggles with the changing times.
  90. Out of the Past - Jacques Tourneur’s beguiling 1947 noir stars Robert Mitchum as a laconic private detective who falls under the spell of a femme fatale.
  91. The Lady Eve (Done - 8/18/12)
  92. 42nd Street - This behind-the-scenes musical tells the story of a flailing producer (Warner Baxter) and a chorus girl (Ruby Keeler) who dreams of fame.
  93. Sunrise - In F. W. Murnau’s American debut, this silent movie with roots in German Expressionism, a deadly love triangle is raised to the level of art.
  94. Ninotchka - This sparkling, delightfully witty Ernst Lubitsch romantic comedy was advertised, famously, as the movie in which “Garbo laughs!”
  95. Greed - Erich von Stroheim’s notorious silent-era production charts one man’s descent into insanity owing to his wife’s unending greed.
  96. Trouble in Paradise - An exquisite, bubbly work by Ernst Lubitsch, this good-natured 1932 comedy follows a pair of con artists en route to romance.
  97. Nashville - Robert Altman’s country-music flick finds a colorful cast, including Shelley Duvall and Keith Carradine, converging in the title city.
  98. Letter from an Unknown Woman - Max Ophuls’s 1948 tearjerker tells the story of the unspoken love of a woman (Joan Fontaine) for her neighbor (Louis Jourdan).
  99. The Crowd - King Vidor’s sad silent masterpiece stars James Murray and Eleanor Boardman as a young couple struggling to make ends meet.
  100. Intolerance - D. W. Griffith’s silent epic starring Lillian Gish is a series of vignettes remarkable for their exquisite sets, photography, and editing.


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